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IFFM Awards: Rani, Manoj named Best Actors, ‘Sanju’ wins Best Film

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Melbourne, Aug 12 : Rajkumar Hirani’s “Sanju” on Sunday walked away with the Best Film honour here at the Westpac IFFM Awards night, where Manoj Bajpayee won the Best Actor for his yet-to-release “Gali Guleiyan” and Rani Mukerji was named Best Actress for her performance in “Hichki”.

Rani, who impressed with her performance as a woman faced with Tourette’s Syndrome in “Hichki”, walked away with two honours at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) as she was also bestowed an ‘Excellence In Cinema’ award.

Veteran actress Simi Garewal, looking elegant as ever in her trademark pristine white, gave away the honour to Rani, who has been a part of the film industry for over two decades.

Overwhelmed by the honour, Rani thanked her fans world over for loving her and her work through the years.

Hirani won the Best Director for “Sanju”, a biopic on the life of Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, while the IFFM Vanguard Award went to actor Ranbir Kapoor for his “breakthrough performance” in bringing alive Sanjay’s tumultuous life journey on-screen.

The director told IANS here that he is happy with the recognition for the movie and is excited about showcasing the movie at La Trobe University here, with “Sanju” co-writer Abhijat Joshi and actor Vicky Kaushal.

Vicky won the supporting actor honour for his well-deserved performance as Kamli in “Sanju”, and Richa Chadha won it too as she won the jury’s heart with her power-packed role as a brothel owner in “Love Sonia”.

The jury members for the fest, launched by Mitu Bhowmick Lange, comprised Simi Garewal, Sue Maslin, Jill Bilcock, Nikkhil Advani and Geoffrey Wright.

Wright, known for the Russell Crowe-starrer “Romper Stomper”, told IANS that he was mighty impressed by the variety that Indian cinema currently has on offer. He said he feels that “perhaps it has gone from recreation to being serious cinema”.

India’s colourful and diverse culture was very much a part of the awards celebration as there were the beats of the dhol, performers dressed in traditional Indian classical attires, Odissi dance, Bhangra and more.

Composers Sachin-Jigar added the chutzpah with some of their Bollywood tracks.

The inclusion-themed ninth edition of the gala gave a Diversity Award to Freida Pinto, who shot to fame and prominence first with her role in Oscar-winning drama “Slumdog Millionairea. In her upcoming film “Love Sonia”, Freida is seen in a never-seen-before avatar.

Tabrez Noorani-directed “Love Sonia”, which opened the IFFM gala and left the audience moved with a story around sex trafficking, won the Best Indie film. A special mention in this space went to “Gali Guleiyan”, which marks Dipesh Jain’s debut as a director.

The Equality In Cinema Award was given to “Mahanati”, the widely acclaimed Telugu and Tamil film on the life of south Indian actress Savitri, who made a mark in the 1950s and 1960s.

Actor Ali Fazal, who was the jury of the short film competition, chose “To-let” as the Indian winner and the Australian winner was “Found”, which is on Islamophobia.

Richa also gave away the IFFM Heroes Award, which celebrates real life heroes who have done good deeds.

IFFM began on Friday, as part of the celebrations, Rani on Saturday hoisted the Indian flag at the Federation House, which also became a stage for a dance competition, bringing the huge and diverse Indian community of Melbourne together — denoting the unifying power of cinema.

The fest will end on August 22.

(Radhika Bhirani is in Melbourne on an invitation by IFFM organisers. She can be contacted at [email protected])

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MeToo: Producers Guild of India amps up efforts to tackle cases

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Mumbai, Oct 17: Within a week of setting up a special committee on sexual harassment, the Producers Guild of India has made it mandatory for all members to sign a declaration affirming that laws around sexual harassment of women at workplace are instituted and implemented.

Last week, the Producers Guild appointed a new committee, with producer Sneha Rajani as its head, to address the issue of sexual harassment at the workplace within the film industry.

It called for an extraordinary general meeting to amend its by-laws, as a result of which it has been made compulsory for all existing and new members to sign a declaration that affirms that ‘The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013’ and any amendment/successor act thereof has been instituted and implemented in their workplaces, as prescribed by the law.

“This is to be signed and submitted by every Guild member within 30 days of receipt of the declaration from the Guild. Within these 30 days, the Guild will schedule a series of workshops to be conducted by specialized external agencies, which will enable its members to institute and implement these robust processes at their workplaces, if they have not already done so.

“Failure to submit the declaration to the Guild by the end of 30 days from its receipt, would result in expulsion from the Guild,” a statement said.

The members will also require to affirm that if any nominated representative of a Guild member is adjudged to have engaged in sexual harassment by the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC), the Guild has the right to immediately expel the concerned nominated representative.

“The committee will enable all Guild members to institute and implement robust processes in their workplaces to ensure the highest standards of safety for employees and crew members, whether in offices or on the sets of productions. The Guild is committed to working on a sustained and continuing basis to make industry workplaces safe spaces for everyone who works here,” the statement added.

The efforts have been amped up in view of the rapidly increasing number of names that are coming out in the open as part of the raging #MeToo movement in the country. Nana Patekar, Sajid Khan, Vikas Bahl, Alok Nath, Rajat Kapoor, Kailash Kher and Subhash Kapoor are some of the people who have been named.

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20 Years Of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai: Here’s why Shah Rukh Khan signed the film

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Mumbai, Oct 17: On the very special occasion of the 20th anniversary celebration “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” (KKHH), the lead actor of the film, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan said on Tuesday that initially, director Karan Johar narrated a ‘crap story’ but he signed the film because of the conviction of the director.

“I never listen to scripts, I listen to the heartbeats of the people I work with at times millennial chat with me and say things like why you let go of that script that was such a great script. Till date, I never understood a script. And I can say this with confidence that I never understood the script but the script maker or the filmmaker,” Shah Rukh said in presence of the cast crew and the media as part of the celebration of the 20 years of KKHH; reported IANS.

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Shah Rukh, Kajol and Rani Mukerji on stage with Karan Johar.

He went on adding, “Karan came and narrated an utterly nonsense crap story to me; which is certainly not the one that finally you people saw in the film. In his strange way Karan, the man with many words tried to impress me with his crap story. So yes, I really did not understand the story when I signed in. and I am glad that I did not get into the story and just went ahead with the conviction of Karan, otherwise the film would have not been the way it came out.

From Kareena Kapoor Khan who manage to make time despite having her marriage anniversary party with family, friend and film director Zoya Akhtar, Ayan Mukherjee, Neha Dhupia, Abhishek Bachchan, Shweta Bachchan Nanda, Twinkle Khanna to young actors like Janhvi Kapoor, Ishan Khattar, Varun Dhawan, Siddharth Malhotra, rapper Badshah among many others along with Karan Johar and the star cast of the film joined the party to celebrate the glorious journey of the film.

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Actress Alia Bhatt sent a video message to share her best memory of KKHH.

While sharing the story of how rejecting the film was one of the best contributions from her end to make the film a super hit, Twinkle also quipped about how that decision was one of the best career gifts to Rani Mukherji who eventually played the character of ‘Tina’ in the film.

Released in 1998, the film won National award for “Best Film For Providing Wholesome Entertainment” along with several other awards.

With colourful postcards and written some popular dialogue on them like “Pyaar Dosti Hai”, “I don’t like jokes. I don’t like you” and many more that takes a 90’s kid to the joyride of nostalgia with Rahul and Anjali; a social media booth for celebrities, which was a replica of “The Neelam’s Show” from the film- the evening was not only glamorous with the presence of stars but also filled with beautiful memories of the film.

Though most of the people who were present there, shared their best memory with the film “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”, Salman Khan couldn’t be there and therefore he sent a video message where he congratulates the filmmaker and the cast of the film adding,” hope he (Karan Johar) works with me in future.”

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Watch Video: Guru Randhawa unveils new-age peppy love song- ‘Downtown’

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Mumbai, Oct 16: After ‘Raat Kamaal Hai’ and ‘Ishaare Tere’, Singer Guru Randhawa on Tuesday launched a single named “Downtown”. He calls it’s a new-age peppy love song.

Shot in Canada, the video depicts Guru with Delbar Arya. It shows swanky cars and Guru can be seen riding a bicycle.

Composed, written and sung by Guru, the latest song has been helmed by DirectorGifty and produced by T-Series.

“The song is about a man chilling with his friends, discussing his achievements and the woman he really likes. It’s a new-age peppy love song that everyone will relate to,” Guru said in a statement.

His famous for songs like “Suit suit”, “High rated Gabru”, “Lahore” and “Ban ja rani”.

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