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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.



Bieber, Hailey Baldwin share steamy kiss



Bieber, Hailey Baldwin

Rome, Sep 23 : Engaged star couple Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin shared a steamy kiss on a luxury yacht in Italy.

He has reportedly rented a $13,000 a night villa at the Belmond Hotel Caruso in Ravello to enjoy with the love of his life.

The Canadian singer, 25, looked like he was having the time of his life as he spent quality time with his soon to be wife who wore a skimpy black bikini while they were on a yacht on the Amalfi Coast on Friday, reports

In between showering each other with kisses, they seemed immersed in an intense conversation.

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Case filed against Salman Khan, ‘Love Yatri’ team in Bihar



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Patna, Sep 22: A case has been lodged against Bollywood actor-producer Salman Khan and others associated with his upcoming home production “Love Yatri”, which was earlier titled “Loveratri”, in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district following the order of the local court, police said on Saturday.


The film was earlier titled ‘LoveRatri’

“An FIR was lodged on Friday against Salman Khan and six others including Aayush Sharma, Warina Hussain, director Abhiraj K. Minawala, Ram Kapoor and Ronit Roy in Mithanpura police station following the order of the court,” police station officer-in-charge Vijay Prasad Rai told IANS.

Rai said that the case was lodged against Salman and others in pursuance of an order passed by the court of Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate last week.

The court has passed the order on the complaint of an advocate Sudhir Kumar Ojha.

In the complaint, Ojha has claimed that the title of the movie made fun of the holy festival of Navaratri. He also alleged that the promos of the movie suggested that it contained vulgarity and could hurt the sentiments of Hindus.

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Still from ‘LoveYatri’

“I am happy that a case has been lodged against Salman and others for playing with a popular festival and sentiments of people,” Ojha said.

Earlier this week, Salman had announced on Twitter that the movie’s title has been changed from “Loveratri” to “Love Yatri”. The film is slated to open on October 5.


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Neil Nitin Mukesh, wife Rukmini name their baby girl `Nurvi`




Mumbai, Sep 22: Bollywood actor Neil Nitin Mukesh on Saturday took to Twitter to reveal the name of his daughter, a day after she was born.

Taking to his Instagram account, Neil wrote that he and his wife Rukmini are proud to announce the arrival of their “darling daughter, Nurvi”. The entire Mukesh family is elated,”.

“Both mother and daughter are well by the grace of God,” he added.

Rukmini delivered the baby at the Breach Candy Hospital here on September 21.

In April, Neil had announced via Instagram that they were going to become parents soon and that they were “very excited” for the next phase in their life.

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Now we will be THREE 👶🏼

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Neil married Mumbai-based Rukmini in February 2017. It was an arranged marriage and they had a courtship of one month.


The actor, who is the grandson of legendary singer Mukesh and son of veteran singer Nitin Mukesh, is known for films like “Johnny Gaddaar”, “New York”, “David” and “7 Khoon Maaf”.


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