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IFFM 2018: ‘Padmaavat’, ‘Sanju’ lead nominations for awards

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Mumbai, July 12: Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmaavat” and Rajkumar Hirani’s “Sanju” are leading the nomination pack for the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) Awards 2018.

Simi Garewal, Nikkhil Advani, Sue Maslin, Jill Bilcock, Andrew Anastaisos and Geoffrey Wright will come together as the IFFM Jury at the gala, billed as the southern hemisphere’s greatest annual celebration of Indian cinema.

The jury members will choose winners across six categories — Best Film, Best Indie Film, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Supporting Role and Best Director.

“Padman”, “Hichki”, “Padmaavat”, “Sanju”, “Secret Superstar”, “Raazi”, “Mahanati” and “Rangasthalam” are competing for Best Film, while the contenders in the Best Indie Film category are “In The Shadows”, “Village Rockstars”, “Balekempa”, “Up, Down and Sideways” (Documentary), “Mayurakshi”, “Garbage”, “Sir” and “Love Sonia”.

In the Best Actor category, Ranbir Kapoor’s “Sanju” act is up against Varun Dhawan (“October”), Ranveer Singh (“Padmaavat”), Akshay Kumar (“Padman”), Manoj Bajpayee (“In The Shadows”), Fahadh Faasil (“The Exhibit and the Eyewitness”), Soumitra Chaterjee (“Mayurakshi”) and Shahid Kapoor (“Padmaavat”).

Among the Best Actress nominees are Rani Mukerji (“Hichki”), Vidya Balan (“Tumhari Sulu”), Deepika Padukone (“Padmaavat”), Alia Bhatt (“Raazi”), Bhanita Das (“Village Rockstars”), Keerthy Suresh (“Mahanati”), Tillotama Shome (“Sir”) and Zaira Wasim (“Secret Superstar”).

For the Best Supporting Performance award, Vicky Kaushal (“Sanju”), Ranvir Shorey (“In The Shadows”), Samantha Akkineni (“Mahanati”), Richa Chadha (“Love Sonia”), Freida Pinto (“Love Sonia”), Trimala Adhikari (“Garbage”) and Meher Vij (“Secret Superstar”) are in competition.

As for the Best Director category, Rajkumar Hirani for “Sanju”, Shoojit Sircar for “October”, R. Balki for “Padman”, Siddharth P Malhotra for “Hichki”, Advait Chandan for “Secret Superstar”, Sanjay Leela Bhansali for “Padmaavat”, Rima Das for “Village Rockstars”, Dipesh Jain for “In the Shadows”, Ere Gowda for “Balekempa”, Suresh Triveni for “Tumhari Sulu”, Meghna Gulzar for “Raazi”, Tabrez Noorani for “Love Sonia” and Rohena Gera for “Sir” are competing.

To be held from August 10-22 under the theme of ‘Inclusion’, this year’s gala — with over 60 films in 22 languages — explores the diversity of contemporary Indian cinema, from Bollywood box-office hits, documentaries and art-house premieres, to a Bollywood dance competition and master classes with key figures from the Indian film industry.

IFFM Director Mitu Bhowmick Lange said in a statement: “Our competition section is as diverse as the films and people who come for the festival. It has some mainstream, indie and regional films but the one thing they share no matter what the language or theme, it is fantastic eye-catching cinema.”

She said the fest’s jury is a mix of Australian and Indian talents who share a common thread — the love for cinema.

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Navjot Singh Sidhu sacked from The Kapil Sharma Show for comments on Pulwama attack

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Navjot Singh Sidhu met with harsh criticism after he spoke about the Pulwama terror attack.

New Delhi, Feb 16: Cricketer turned Politician Navjot Singh Sidhu has been sacked from the ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’ following his controversial comments on the Pulwama terror attack.

“The channel has already started with the process of removing Navjot and will replace him with Arachana Puran singh, news agency ANI quoted the sources as saying.

Reacting on the Pulwama terror attack, which left 40 CRPF personnel killed, Sidhu on Friday had stated “For a handful of people, can you blame the entire nation and can you blame an individual? It is a cowardly act and I condemn it firmly. Violence is always condemnable and those who did it must be punished,”.

The former cricketer’s comments were met with harsh criticism and since then social media has been flooded with posts demanding his exit from The Kapil Sharma Show.

Check out some of the tweets below:

This is not the first time Sidhu has landed himself in soup for his soft stand on our neighbouring country.

Sidhu had triggered a controversy last year when he attended Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan’s swearing-in-ceremony. He was much criticised for hugging Pakistan Army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa as well.

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Pakistan’s complicity in business of terrorism must end: Hansal Mehta

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Mumbai, Feb 16: Disturbed after the deadly Pulwama attack, filmmaker Hansal Mehta says Pakistan’s complicity in the business of terrorism should come to an end.

Hansal on Saturday took to Twitter to share his views. He also shared details about his 2017 film “Omerta” starring Rajkummar Rao. It is based on British-Pakistani terrorist Omar Saeed Sheikh’s life.

“While ‘Omerta’ was based on Omar Saeed Sheikh, it was also about the patronage provided to men like Masood Azhar, Omar Sheikh, Hafiz Saeed by the state of Pakistan. Pakistan’s complicity in the business of terrorism must be ended, with brute force if needed,” he posted.

In the worst ever terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir since militancy erupted in 1989, a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) suicide bomber on Thursday rammed his vehicle packed with explosives into a CRPF bus on the Jammu-Srinagar highway in Pulwama district, killing at least 40 troopers on the spot.

After the strike, India rejected Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua’s claims denying her country’s links to the attack, saying that JeM, which claimed responsibility for the strike, is based in Pakistan, and the “links are clear and evident and for all to see”.

The attack has left the security establishment stunned as it created the biggest casualty of security personnel in a single day in peace time.

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Big B to give Rs 5 lakh to each slain CRPF trooper’s family

The actor is currently finding out “from several government sources where and how the amount will be distributed to ensure it is expedited”.

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Mumbai, Feb 16 (IANS) Megastar Amitabh Bachchan will be donating Rs 5 lakh each to the families of 49 CRPF troppers who died in the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

In the worst ever terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir since militancy erupted in 1989, a Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide bomber on Thursday rammed his vehicle packed with explosives into a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) bus on the Jammu-Srinagar highway in Pulwama district, killing at least 40 troopers on the spot. The toll rose to 49 on Friday as several injured succumbed.

The actor is currently finding out “from several government sources where and how the amount will be distributed to ensure it is expedited”.

His spokesperson confirmed the news, saying: “Yes, Mr Bachchan will be giving Rs 5 lakh to each of the martyr’s families and is currently finding out the correct process to do so.”

The “Piku” actor on Friday also cancelled his attendance as a special guest of Virat Kohli’s Foundation event, which will now be held on Saturday.

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