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FTII needs good administrator, not good actor: Ex-FTII chairman Gajendra Chauhan

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New Delhi, Oct 11: The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) needs a good administrator, more than a good actor, its former Chairman Gajendra Chauhan said in reaction to veteran actor Anupam Kher’s appointment to the post on Wednesday.

Chauhan completed his tenure in March. His appointment had triggered student protests at the Pune-based institute. Anupam had then said that the FTII needed a person with much more qualifications than Chauhan had as a producer, director or actor.

On Wednesday, Chauhan, however, extended his good wishes to Anupam.

“I convey my good wishes to him and I want to move on in life. What happens is that when somebody is given a post, then there are a lot of options behind it. I was also appointed from different options. A lot of people didn’t get to see my work. In FTII, it’s more important to be a good administrator than a good actor,” Chauhan told IANS over phone from Mumbai.

“He is quite experienced and runs his own (acting) institute (Actor Prepares) in Mumbai. So, I think he will be able to handle it quite nicely. I wish all the best to Anupamji and wishes he will complete all the work, which I left due to the end of my chairmanship,” he added.

Appointed in 2014 to head the prestigious body, Chauhan, a well-known film and television personality, took charge only in January 2016 when he entered the FTII campus for the first time and chaired the Governing Council meeting.

His appointment was followed by massive protests by FTII students and ex-students and a 139-day strike demanding his removal from the post.

Chauhan, who said he himself had a “lot of administrative qualifications”, insisted that he had not been axed as claimed by a section of the media.

“I have run the administration of the Cinema and Television Artists Association for 22 years. That’s why I was able to do a lot of work during my tenure. The CAG report, which was submitted in Parliament has a line, ‘The best work at FTII was done under the chairmanship of Gajendra Chauhan.’ That’s like a certification of my work. What else do I need?” he said.

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Richa Chadha faces racism in Georgia

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Tbilisi, Sep 20: Indian actress Richa Chadha on Thursday took to Twitter to share her experience of meeting a “racist officer” at passport control while exiting Georgia.

“Met a racist AF officer at the passport control, while exiting Georgia. Slammed my passport on the desk, twice…muttered under her breath in Georgian, yelled and asked me to hurry. Sad that people like her are the last ones we perhaps see on exiting the country,” Richa wrote.

She also mentioned meeting “the gentlest cabbie” here.

“He was so sweet, he changed my experience of the city, refused a tip, smiled throughout. We communicated only through gestures but I could feel his heart,” she tweeted.

Richa visited Georgia to shoot for the second instalment of Excel Entertainments “Inside Edge”. She will reprise her role as Mumbai Maverick team owner Zarina Malik.

The show also stars Vivek Anand Oberoi and Angad Bedi.

Apart from this, Richa will also be seen in Anubhav Sinha’s “Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai”, Ashwini Iyer Tiwari’s “Panga” and a biopic on southern actress Shakeela.

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‘A Star is Born’ gets India release date

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New Delhi, Sep 21: Actors Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga starrer “A Star is Born” will release in India on October 12.

Warner Bros Pictures is bringing the film to India. It will release in English, read a statement to IANS.

Cooper has expanded his creative horizons and will be making his directional debut with “A Star Is Born”. He is also co-producing the project through his 22 and Green production company along with Jon Peters, Bill Gerber and Basil Iwanyk.

The project is based on the eponymous 1937 film, which was directed by William Wellman.

In this new take on the tragic love story, Cooper plays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers and falls in love with struggling artist Ally (Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer until Maine coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Maine fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.

It also features Andrew Dice Clay, Dave Chappelle and Sam Elliott.

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‘Ishqeria’: An out-dated and poorly written love story

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“Sabko confuse karna band kar do”. This harmless dialogue told in a jocular tone in the film, inadvertently sums up the fate of the narrative of this 2 hour film. Purportedly, a college love-story, this film ends up confusing the audience with its constant failed attempts to create suspense.

A chick-flick, “Ishqeria” is a film about a small town girl Kuhu (Richa Chaddha) who falls madly in love with her college senior Raghav Dalmia (Neil Nitin Mukesh).

How she manipulates her way into his heart, the circumstances that lead to their separation and a happily-ever-after ending, is what this film is all about, albeit centred round a convoluted plot.

A hackneyed a la Mills & Boon love story set in Mussorie, there is nothing refreshing or new in the treatment of this film. The characters seem jaded and the drama, trite and oft-seen.

Narrated in a non-linear manner, the screenplay appears a tad confusing. The first half is seemingly watchable, while the second half drags and makes for tiresome viewing.

The uncalled for playful suspense elements are over-stretched for no apparent reason and in the bargain lay bare gaping plot-holes.

Hinging on a wafer-thin and frivolous plot, the narrative is overextended and fails to involve the audience beyond the first half an hour.

Richa Chaddha as Kuhu Singh, a small town girl, essays her character with sincerity and aplomb. She is effervescent and bubbly and lights up the screen with her energy.

Neil Nitin Mukesh as the sad rich boy, Raghav is staid and plays his studious character to perfection with restraint.

The duo are ably supported by stereotypical characters who play their respective friends.

It is the direction which seems slapdash and the poorly-etched characters cannot deliver beyond a point.

The flavour of the film is unrefined and rustic and thus the dialect spoken reiterates this.

Technically, the film is astutely mounted. The camera work is glossy. The swipes used for transition while editing, make the film seem amateurish, giving it a comic-book feel.

The music too fails to leave an impression and the songs are picturised like music videos.

Overall, it is the poorly written script sans any novelty that proves to be the tragedy of this love story.

Film: “Ishqeriaa; Director: Prerna Wadhwan; Cast: Neil Nitin Mukesh, Richa Chadha, Raj Babbar, Manish Anand, Rating **

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