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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



Jacqueline Fernandez injured during ‘Race 3’ shooting



Race 3: Jacqueline Fernandez

Mumbai, March 24: Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez who has been shooting for high-intensity action sequences for her upcoming “Race 3” in Abu Dhabi has suffered an eye injury.

According to reports reaching here, she was immediately rushed to the hospital owing to the sensitivity of the body part. After receiving primary treatment at the hospital, she was discharged.

Jacqueline returned to the sets soon after her visit to the hospital to continue her scheduled scene.

Producer Ramesh Taurani confirmed the news and told IANS, “Yes, it was a minor injury. Jacqueline is hurt above the eye while playing squash. She is better now and has resumed shooting.”

Jacqueline has been shooting for action sequences in Abu Dhabi since the last week, the scenes demand the actress to perform a stylized action and Mix Martial Art techniques involving a lot of kicks and punches. She has been prepping for two hours daily to master her action moves.

The film “Race 3” starring an ensemble cast of Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Saqib Saleem and Daisy Shah.

Produced by Salman Khan Films and Ramesh Taurani under the banner of Tips Films; directed by Remo D’souza, “Race 3” will hit theatres on Eid 2018.


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‘Hichki’ Movie Review: An emotionally inspiring film




New Delhi, March 23: Film: “Hichki”; Director: Sidharth P. Malhotra; Cast: Rani Mukerji, Supriya Pilgaonkar, Sachin Pilgaonkar, Neeraj Kabi, Shivkumar Subramaniam, Asif Basra, Ivan Rodrigues, Harsh Mayar and Kunal Shinde

Rating: 3.5/5

Adapted from a 2008 released English film, “Front of the Class”, which is based on Brad Cohen’s book “Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had”, director Sidharth P. Malhotra’s “Hichki” is a feel good, emotionally packed and inspirational film.

It is the touching story of Naina Mathur, a young girl who would not let Tourette Syndrome keep her from doing what she loved most; teaching. Despite her speech defect, she sets out to become a teacher.

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Tourette syndrome is a neuropsychiatric disorder which sets off multiple motor tics which include compulsive throat-clearing, knee knocking, violent muscle twitches and piercing barks. These tics are beyond one’s control. While the exact cause that sets off these tics is not known, it is believed to involve a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

Rani Mukerji as the plucky Naina Mathur is flawless. She portrays her character with sincerity.

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“I can’t see you as a teacher,” one blunt administrator tells her. To which, she replies, “Before meeting me, did you know about Tourette Syndrome? Well, now that you know, I have educated you.”

This simply tells you how persevering she is.

The film reveals how as a student she was expelled from twelve schools before finally being accepted whole heartedly at St. Notker’s High School. The same school later accepts her as a teacher, mid-term, not because of her brilliant academic credentials but because of a crisis situation. She is hired to teach a class of underprivileged, reluctant misfits. How she wins everyone’s hearts, forms the crux of the tale.

Looking back periodically to show Naina as a child, the film is most powerful in some of those flashback sequences.

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How as a child, she convinces herself that Tourette Syndrome is her lifelong companion and that could teach her important lessons about human nature. That bit of disassociation which is crucial helps her cope with otherwise difficult situations. This comes through in her strained relationship with her father and also when she tells her school teacher, Mr. Khan, “Treat me like other students.”

The film is packed with dramatic moments that are as truthful as they are inspiring. Every scene resonates with sentiments. With apt metaphors and lingo, the writing is simple and straightforward. And while the film intends on communicating life-affirming values, there are moments in the first half that seem forced.

The second half, despite the painstakingly moralistic notes, touches the right chords. You get so immersed with the characters especially Naina. You feel sorry for her when despite her sincere efforts, her class gets suspended, for no fault of theirs.

What elevates the film is the brilliant performances by the supporting cast. You can relate with every character as each one of them is well-etched. The ones that stand out apart from the gang of students are Sachin and Supriya Pilgaonkar as Naina’s estranged parents, Ivan Rodrigues as the School Principal, Neeraj Kabi as Naina’s colleague at school who is keen to dismiss Naina’s students from the school and of course the character who plays Naina’s brother.

The loving relationship between the siblings is well-defined.

With ace production values, the film is well-made. The only sore point is the loud background score that kills the subtlety of the subject.

Overall, “Hichki” remains in your mental space long after you leave the theatre.


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Businessman arrested after Zeenat Aman files rape complaint



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Mumbai, March 23: A Mumbai businessman has been arrested on charges of raping and cheating veteran Bollywood actor Zeenat Aman of more than Rs 15 crore, police said on Friday.

The accused, Sarfaraz alias Aman Khanna, was arrested on Thursday night on the basis of a complaint filed by the actor, a police official said.

“The complaint was filed yesterday night at Juhu Police Station. The accused has been arrested and produced in local court. The matter has been handed over to the Crime Branch. The investigation is on,” DCP Crime Nisar Tamboli said.

Veteran Bollywood actress Zeenat Aman had registered a rape case against a businessman at Juhu Police station.

Earlier, the actress had filed a molestation and stalking complaint against the businessman on 30 January 2018. The accused was arrested by Mumbai’s Juhu police team based on the complaint of stalking and criminal intimidation filed against him by the actress.

It has been handed over to the Crime Branch which is now investigating the case.

Zeenat Aman has been one of the most popular actresses of her time and she shot to fame with films like Hare Rama, Hare Krishna, Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Heera Panna, Qurbani, Yaadon Ki Baraat, Don and many others.

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