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I won’t show ‘Indu Sarkar’ to anyone: Madhur Bhandarkar



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Kolkata, July 14: National Award-winner Madhur Bhandarkar, who has had several run-ins with the censor board over his critically-acclaimed projects, is exasperated at having to give all kinds of explanations about his next outing “Indu Sarkar”, which is set against the backdrop of the 1975-77 Emergency.

The director is clear that he “won’t show the film” to anyone, especially politicos demanding exclusive screenings.

“I don’t want to politicise the whole thing. Ultimately the story of the film is not (about) politics. The era is that of the Emergency. We don’t want to connect with politics. We want to have a release so that each and every human being can connect with the movie,” Bhandarkar told IANS in an interview here.

With a fortnight to go for the release, Bhandarkar just wants to stick to the July 28 release date.

“I don’t want to miss the release date,” he stressed.

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has suggested 12 cuts and two disclaimers in the film that features Neil Nitin Mukesh, Kirti Kulhari and Tota Roy Chaudhary.

The three-minute trailer of the film was unveiled on June 16.

Controversy over the film has ranged from reactions against the censor board (which recently drew severe flak over “Lipstick Under My Burkha”), backlash against the filmmaker (a Congress representative has announced prize money for any person who can blacken the filmmaker’s face) to politicos demanding exclusive screenings ahead of censor certification for approvals.

“I won’t show the film. If somebody wants to see the film later, then we will take a call. Let the authorities first clear the film, till that time I am not going to show the film (to anyone). Let the censor take a call. I feel the revising committee will be more liberal,” the 48-year-old asserted.

The trailer has prompted Congress leaders like Jyotiraditya Scindia to allege the film is “fully sponsored”. Legal notices have also been sent by a woman claiming to be Sanjay Gandhi’s daughter, who has termed the trailer ‘shocking and grossly misleading’ in its portrayal of the late Congress leader.

“People were saying the film is sponsored, why are they keeping quiet now? Why are they not talking after I have got all the cuts,” an irritated Bhandarkar asked.

Amid all this, Congress leader Jagdish Tytler has written a letter to the filmmaker demanding to see the research behind it, worried over the negative portrayal of a character that apparently resembles him.

“Jagdish wants a clean image in the film — but he has not seen the movie. So how can he say like that? They are having knee-jerk reactions, they are agitating, there’s no point. Have I taken his name in the film? No. Then? Let him see the film and then he should decide,” the “Chandni Bar” and “Fashion” filmmaker said.

But for the umpteenth time, the Padma Shri recipient wonders why the censor board passes certain lines in the trailer but objects to other words in the film.

“Trailer was accepted and loved by everybody. I didn’t get any criticism. The censor board didn’t criticise. They loved the film, they felt these words (like ‘RSS’ and even ‘Kishore Kumar’) should not be there,” Bhandarkar clarified.

“I said, ‘What yardsticks you are using?’ The trailer has been passed. ‘Ab Is desh mein Gandhi ke mayne badal chuke hain.’ These are the lines passed in the trailer. So why are you not allowing (words) in the film,” he said.

With “Indu Sarkar” wading into troubled waters, has the film fraternity been forthcoming in expressing solidarity?

“Nobody has spoken about it much. I understand their fear because of the political tones attached to the film, because film people don’t want to take a stand, especially when the film is political. They will call me and say ‘we are behind you’ but ‘we don’t want to come in the open, yaar, yeh toh political film hai’,” he conceded.

Bhandarkar also pointed to the cinematic liberties taken in Hollywood vis-a-vis films on Holocaust, civil rights and liberties, etc.

Asked about the balance between cinematic liberties and the sense of responsibility in filmmaking, Bhandarkar noted: “I have been making films since so many years. I have a trail of cinema which is topical. I am a responsible citizen. I am a National Award winner, a Padma Shri. I don’t make films for promotions, publicity, etc.”

By Sahana Ghosh



Sanjay Dutt begins ‘Torbaaz’ shoot in Kyrgyzstan



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Mumbai, Dec 17: Actor Sanjay Dutt on Sunday began the shoot of his new film “Torbaaz” in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

“New day, new film. ‘Torbaaz’,” Sanjay tweeted along with two photographs.

In one, he is seen praying with folded hands in front of a picture of Lord Ganesha, and in another image, Sanjay is seen doing ‘aarti’ with some incense sticks.

He is surrounded by the crew members of the movie, said to be an action-thriller set in Afghanistan. It is being directed by Girish Malik.

The film’s producer Rahul Mittra is excited, and tweeted that he is “enjoying minus 10 degrees in the beautiful city of Bishkek”.


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Shilpa Shetty wins PETA’s ‘Hero To Animals’ Award




Mumbai, Dec 17: Actress-entrepreneur Shilpa Shetty Kundra has been honoured with a ‘Hero to Animals’ Award by animal rights organisation PETA for speaking out against the cruelty of circuses; signing a petition asking the government to uphold the ban on jallikattu, bull races, and bullfights; and adopting a stray kitten.

Shilpa’s compassion towards animals was recognised here on Saturday night by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

“Shilpa is beautiful inside and out and has a golden heart that beats for animals. We thank her for standing up for animals through her work and other actions,” Sachin Bangera, PETA Associate Director of Celebrity and Public Relations, said in a statement.

Other recipients of PETA’s Hero to Animals Award have included Zareen Khan, for rescuing a cat from the streets; Cyrus Broacha, for refusing to perform a stunt that involved riding a bull; Rani Mukerji, for helping a dog in distress on her film set; Asin, for saving a dog hit by a car; Imran Khan, for stopping a dog trainer who was smacking a dog on a film set; Sadha Sayed, for helping a puppy who just missed being hit by a car during a rainstorm; and Dia Mirza’s production house, Born Free Entertainment, for showing that homeless animals make wonderful additions to families.


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‘India’s Next Top Model’ picks Ahmedabad’s Riya as winner



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Mumbai, Dec 17: Riya Subodh, who hails from Ahmedabad, has been chosen as the winner of the third season of “Indias Next Top Model”.

Sabita Karki and Shweta Raj emerged as the first and second runners-up respectively.

With the theme of “Fashion gets tough”, this season not only transformed the lives of many young girls but also provided them with the confidence to own the world.

This season saw actress-model Malaika Arora as the host and head judge, actor Milind Soman joining photographer Dabboo Ratnani on the judging panel, and actress Anusha Dandekar and grooming expert Neeraj Gaba reprising their roles as mentors.

“‘India’s Next Top Model’ is a lifetime experience for me. I am saying this because from all the contestants, I was the only one who had no experience of the big fashion world in big cities like Mumbai,” Riya said in a statement.

“The biggest highlight for me was the photoshoot with Milind Sir and Malaika Ma’am. When I decided to take part in ‘India’s Next Top Model’, I knew that this show is going to change my life forever so when judges announced my name as the winner I had all the memories coming back.

“As I look back, I must say that this wouldn’t have been possible without my parent’s support, and a special thanks to the makers of the show who gave me the new identity of a model,” she added.

Before the ultimate battle of fashion, the show’s top three faces — Riya, Shweta and Sabita, got the chance to shoot for OPPO 2018 calendar.

After the photoshoot, Anusha and Gaba surprised the finalists by getting their family members and friends.

The season’s last photoshoot was a family portrait.

While Shweta and Riya’s family members were present for the shoot, Sabita’s parents couldn’t make it. Gaba and Anusha stepped in and posed with her as her family.

Singer Monica Dogra also performed live.

The episode was aired on MTV on Saturday.


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