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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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Amitabh Bachchan’s job application to work with Katrina and Deepika is too funny

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New Delhi, Feb 18: Amitabh Bachchan is one celebrity who is really active on social media. From his pictures of meeting fans on Sundays to remembering his old films, Big B often shares his opinions and comments.

This time the actor shared a picture of a news piece on how the two divas of Bollywood, Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif, find it hard to work short actors like Aamir Khan and Shahid Kapoor. Well for this ‘height problem’, Mr Bachchan shared a solution and yes, also a job application on Twitter.

Big B wrote, “Job Application: Name: Amitabh Bachchan, DOB : 11.10.1942, Allahabad; Age: 76 years, Credentials: worked in films for 49 years, In approx 200 Films, Speaks: Hindi, English, Punjabi, Bengali; Height: 6’2”. .. Available, You Shall Never Have Height Problem!!!”

Let’s see how Aamir and Shahid will react to this post of Big B but Katrina and Deepika must have a smile on their faces after reading this.

Deepika has worked with Bachchan in Piku while Katrina is appearing with him in Thugs of Hindostan. The film also stars Fatima Sana Shaikh and Aamir Khan.

On the work front, Big B was recently seen in a guest appearance in Pad Man. The actor will be starring in Brahmastra alongside Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor. The film is directed by Ayan Mukerji and is slated to release on August 15, 2019. He will be soon seen in Rishi Kapoor starrer 102 Not Out.

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‘Black Panther’ gets Rs 7 crore opening in India

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New Delhi, Feb 18: Marvel Studios “Black Panther”, featuring Chadwick Boseman as the superhero, has registered an opening collection of over Rs 7 crore in India.

The film released in India in English and Hindi on Friday.

“The gross box office collection as of day one is Rs 7.18 crore (including paid previews),” read a statement.

“Black Panther” is among the first films by the house of Marvel Studios which predominantly has a black cast and also shows a number of strong women of substance who work as the protagonist T’Challa’s (Boseman) allies.

Set shortly after “Captain America: Civil War”, “Black Panther” shows T’Challa returning home to the isolated, technologically-advanced African nation of Wakanda to become king.

Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, “Black Panther” also features Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B Jordon, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, Forest Whittaker and Martin Freeman among others.

According to variety.com, “Black Panther” is projected to make at least $170 million in its opening weekend in the US.

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KriArj Entertainment to move High Court against Abhishek Kapoor

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Mumbai, Feb 18: Film production banner KriArj Entertainment on Saturday said it will move the Bombay High Court to reinforce its right on the film “Kedarnath”.

The movie was being jointly made by KriArj Entertainment, T-Series, Balaji Motion Pictures and director Abhishek Kapoor’s Guy In The Sky Pictures (GITS).

However, they have had a fallout. While KriArj Entertainment representatives have blamed Kapoor’s unprofessional behaviour and mismanagement as the reason for constant delay in the movie, Kapoor’s representative has said there was “lack of transparency in KriArj Entertainment’s financial dealings.

In a statement, KriArj Entertainment’s lawyer Lavin C Hirani said on Saturday: “We will be moving the Bombay High Court for enforcing our rights on the film by early next week and we hope to secure the necessary reliefs from the honourable court.”

The lawyer said: “There is enough material to show that KriArj has complied with all its commitments as per their understanding with Abhishek Kapoor/GITS. As I understand, there have been several serious defaults by GITS of its duties and obligations towards KriArj, including there being severe delays in the production of the film which was completely in a mess right from the start of the film for reasons solely attributable to GITS.

“Inspite of the above, KriArj provided its unconditional support to GITS and continued to make huge investments in the film till it was realised that the amounts were not being used for the right purposes.

“KriArj has tried to salvage the situation with GITS several times including making multiple efforts to resolve issues to no avail. KriArj, T-Series and Balaji are the rightful owners of the film as its co-producers and therefore, GITS has no rights to oust KriArj out of the film and out of its legal rights as producers and owners of the film.”

“Kedarnath” had been in news since the start as it is to mark the acting debut of Saif Ali Khan’s daughter Sara Ali Khan, who is cast opposite Sushant Singh Rajput.

Kapoor’s lawyer had earlier said: “GITS has terminated the agreement with KriArj on January 15, 2018 on account of default committed by KriArj. Defaults include default in payment, bouncing of cheque and bouncing of NEFT; as importantly, also lack of transparency in their dealings.

“GITS did not decide to make the contents of termination public. However, KriArj is spreading false and mischievous rumours, playing name-slandering games and wilfully harming the interests of the film.

“The purported allegations of KriArj are frivolous and have no basis. GITS states that KriArj’s actions are clearly an afterthought; and have been made only after the agreement was terminated by GITS on account of default committed by KriArj. KriArj has no right of lien or NOC as claimed by them.”

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