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Film on child trafficking denied certificate by CBFC




New Delhi, Aug 10: A film on child trafficking made by National award ‘Natya Bhushan’ winning filmmaker Sachin Gupta has not been granted a certificate by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) due to what an official said was its “crude” content.

The film titled “Pakhi” was supposed to release on Friday.

“We have applied for the Revising Committee but the reason that they (CBFC) have given is weird. They said ‘Such movies should not come in the market. How can you think of such subjects? I don’t want my daughter to watch this film.’ They could have given me an ‘A’ certificate,” Gupta told IANS.

“It was humiliating… the way they were talking to me. There should be a protocol while talking to a director. This is not my first film,” he added.

Has he thought of taking the digital route or screening at international film festivals?

“Why digital? I spent so much of money and did eight months of research work. I made a film for the theatre. I am a filmmaker. This is not about film festivals. I don’t want to make a film for four to five people,” said the “Paranthe Wali Gali” director.

“I did bookings and everything. PVR theatres were ready to release the film. I am trying to create something sensible here”, he said.

Gupta, also a theatre director, has been doing shows on social issues for about 15 years in London and Canada.

“If they (CBFC) can approve ‘Great Grand Masti’ then why not a film on child trafficking?”

He said there is nothing objectionable in the film.

“It is a work of fiction. I am not talking about any country or violence, nudity or graphical scenes. The way I have made this film… any family can watch this film without feeling embarrassed,” said Gupta.

“Why should I make a film with a message? I am not a documentary filmmaker. Let the audience decide as far as the message goes. They are trying to discourage a filmmaker. If you try to make something sensible, you are not allowed to make it…at least in our country,” he added.



My job is not to make you happy, says Manoj Bajpayee



Melbourne, Aug 15 : Raw, gritty, intense and flawless in his performances, Manoj Bajpayee, in his over two-decade career, has infused life into many a movies, without feeling the need to leave the audience “happy”. That’s not my job, says the widely acclaimed actor in his straight as an arrow style.

“My job is not to make you happy. As a filmmaker and as an actor, my job is not to make you feel happy. If you’re used to those kind of films, don’t come and watch my films,” Manoj told IANS here.

But he was quick to add: “This is not an arrogant statement, this is a statement of a creative person.”

All the great novelists never tried to make anyone happy, but instead, wrote what they wanted to write, Manoj pointed out, and said: “In the end, they have been paid off by the love of the audience. So, similarly, filmmakers are not supposed to make you happy.

“If they have a story which will make you happy, that would be accidental.”

The actor, who has left an indelible mark with his performance as a gangster in “Satya”, policeman in “Shool”, gang lord in “Gangs of Wasseypur”, greedy politician in “Raajneeti”, CBI officer in “Special 26”, a gay professor in “Aligarh” and more, said there are always going to be disturbing stories which will leave the audience uncomfortable.

“This is the story that the writer wanted you to see, the actor wanted to perform and the filmmaker wanted to make. So, our job is to tell the stories and bring them to the screen, and an audience’s job is to sit and enjoy that story, and take in whatever they can take from the film.

“And those are the films that are known for their greatness. When ‘Pyaasa’ was released, everybody felt very disturbed… But today, ‘Pyaasa’ and ‘Kaagaz Ke Phool’ are supposed to be iconic films. So, these are the kind of films I will be known for and remembered for. That is my strife,” the actor added.

Manoj’s portrayal of a man trapped within the walls and alleys of Old Delhi and his own mind in the upcoming film “Gali Guleiyan”, has won him the Best Actor honour at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) here — a feat he feels wouldn’t have been possible in India in a crowd of mainstream actors.

His performance also stands out in “Love Sonia”, a hard-hitting drama on sex trafficking. While several actors say they keep alternating between heavy dramas and light-hearted affairs, it’s not the same story in Manoj’s filmography.

“It doesn’t happen with me,” he said.

“When an artiste says that after two heavy films, let me do a light one, somewhere they want to balance it out for the audience, not for themselves.

“I’m an actor because I love acting and my romance with this craft called acting is too intense. I’m in this business for a very selfish reason, and that is me, and nobody else. The audience loving it, is by chance.”

What attracted him to Dipesh Jain’s “Gali Guleiyan” was the content, which looks at the other “claustrophobic” side of the colourful picture that several movies have manifested of Old Delhi in the past.

“I was disturbed so much that I wanted the shooting to end. That’s how trapped I felt when I was doing the film,” he said.

How did he let it out?

“My outlet? That time I finished a bottle of wine,” he smiled.

On a lighter note then, “Red wine or white?”

“White wine,” he laughed.


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No stress between us: Alia Bhatt on her relationship with Katrina Kaif



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Mumbai, Aug 14: Actress Alia Bhatt has dismissed any form of stress between herself and her current boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor’s ex-girlfriend Katrina Kaif.

Alia was interacting with the media on the sidelines of the Caprese bags new collection launch on Monday here.

Alia and Katrina were known to share a close bond. They used to post pictures of their workout routines on social networking site Instagram, which were quite popular.

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But ever since Alia started dating Ranbir, there have been reports that the girls were no longer on sweet terms. Even the Instagram posts have vanished.

Reacting to these reports, Alia said, “I don’t check my Instagram likes. So, I don’t know why people are checking that? But I have to admit I have always been very fond of Katrina.

“I believe that its the same both ways, according to us. So, I don’t know why other people feel differently?

“But now I will send her a message to start liking my pictures because if that’s the barometer of friendship then we must start liking everyone’s picture.”

“Or maybe, I don’t have good pictures,” Alia said, adding that from now on she will post good pictures and then maybe “she will like it. But with her, I have no stress whatsoever”.

Alia was shooting for “Brahmastra” in Bulgaria, not long ago. It is written and directed by Ayan Mukerji and produced by Karan Johar. It stars Ranbir-Alia and Amitabh Bachchan.

The “Student of the Year” actor will also be seen in the historical magnum opus “Takht”.

Asked about the challenges of playing a historical character, Alia said: “Honestly, to take any kind of character is challenging whether it’s historical or contemporary or modern.

“I am just very happy and honoured to be associated with such a big film… and to be directed by Karan (Johar) again.”


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Akshay meets Balbir Singh, the living legend from the 1948 Gold Olympics



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New Delhi, Aug 14: Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, who is gearing up for the release of his next film ‘Gold’, met the ‘living hockey legend’, Balbir Singh on Monday.

Kumar took to his social media to praise Balbir Singh, stating that he was a part of the winning team that brought home the first prestigious Gold for India back in 1948.

Akshay will be seen playing the role of the hockey coach who trains team India to win its first gold medal as a free nation at 1948 Olympics. Balbir Singh was also a part of the team that helped the country achieve this feat.

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Singh is a three-time Olympic gold champion. He played a key role in India’s Olympic victories in London (1948), as a Vice-Captain in Helsinki (1952) and as the Captain in Melbourne (1956). As a matter of fact, he still holds the record for the most number of goals scored by an individual. No hockey player has yet been able to beat that record.

A historical sports drama inspired by India’s first Olympic gold medal, “Gold” traces the “golden era” of Indian hockey through the journey of Tapan Das, a young assistant manager in 1936, who dreamt of playing for an independent nation.


Read More: Akshay’s ‘Gold Trailer’ shows one man’s struggle to make India proud

The film also features Amit Sadh, Kunal Kapoor, Sunny Kaushal, Vineet Kumar Singh and Mouni Roy.

Directed by Reema Kagti, Gold will release this Independence Day, marking the occasion of the 70th anniversary of free India’s first gold medal at the 1948 Olympics.


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