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Mumbai, Nov 23: Comedian-turned-film producer Kapil Sharma, excited about his new movie “Firangi”, says he is not very “business-minded” as a producer and rather enjoys the creative part of filmmaking.

Kapil has produced “Firangi” and has also acted in it.

Asked if it is a tough task to dabble in acting and production simultaneously, Kapil told IANS: “I think I am not business-minded as a producer, which I was supposed to be, to make a film in a tight budget.

“For instance, in the film, which we shot in Punjab, we waited for the real winter to come so that we can capture the beauty of Punjab in winter — how people look nice in a village wedding wearing shawls and how larger than life our big fat Punjabi wedding looks like. In fact, we shot in real fog, at a beautiful location in Ropar, from where Satluj river passes.

“Focusing on this elaboration of beauty, what we didn’t realize that in winter, the day is shorter, and therefore the shooting schedule got extended than usual. Therefore, the budget also extended. So I realized that I am someone who enjoys storytelling, creativity and entertainment, but I am not so great with finance management.”

The story of the film “Firangi”, set in 1920s’ Punjab, revolves around a villager named Manga who goes through a tough time in the society for being a servant of British government at a time when Indians were fighting for freedom.

The times around 1920 were quite sensitive in the freedom movement after the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. Was that the trigger for him to take up the subject for the film?

Kapil said: “See, there are two factors in the film that interested me to take it up. Firstly, this film is not just talking about the trouble that a young man of 1920s’ era in that time of the society is going through. It also shows British Government in a positive light. In most of the films, we have seen the battle between the ruthless British people versus victim Indians. This film has a balanced view.”

“Indians who served the British were no less patriot. They had to be true to the ruling government because they were serving them and they were paid to serve. Without being preachy, in a lighter vein, our film addresses all these points.”

Kapil has won the audience’s heart with his humour, but he admits he is in a constant process to change his image.

“Back in Amritsar, I used to act in various serious and intense dramas and used to sing at various ceremonies. I never had an image of a comedian then. So, when I went for ‘The Great Indian Laughter Challenge’, people asked me how I will manage comedy, being a serious actor.

“Now people ask me just the opposite — How will I break the image of a comedian? The fact is everything is just one show or one film away… I am an entertainer, so I should be comfortable playing all the emotions.”

Directed by Rajiev Dhingra, “Firangi” is releasing on November 24.



Hindi Film Industry’s Heart & Soul In Mumbai, Says Association After Proposed Move To UP

Yogi Adityanath had recently unveiled an ambitious plan to set up the film city in Noida and rolled out an open offer to film fraternity to come to Uttar Pradesh.



Film City Mumbai

The Indian Motion Picture Producers’ Association (IMPPA) on Friday wrote a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, stressing that the film industry will continue to stay in the city.

The letter comes days after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath proposed an alternate film city in UP.

Adityanath had recently unveiled an ambitious plan to set up the film city in Noida and rolled out an open offer to film fraternity to come to Uttar Pradesh.

Ahead of his Mumbai visit recently, ruling Congress in Maharashtra had alleged a conspiracy to snatch away the film city to UP, and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had vowed not to allow anybody to “forcibly” take away businesses.

In a letter addressed to Thackeray, IMPPA said they were “happy to note” that the Chief Minister had “vocally and clearly stated that Maharashtra is the birth place of the film industry.”

“Mumbai is the heart of the Hindi film industry and nobody can take it anywhere because the industry consists of its people, which are producers, directors, artistes and other technicians are the ones who form the core of the industry.

“We can assure you that our members will definitely not lose out on opportunities made available to them by other states and countries but they will never shift their base,” the IMPPA said in the letter.

The film body further asserted that Mumbai is the “heart and soul” of the industry.

“It is noteworthy that Mumbai produces majority of films in Hindi language which is the one language in the country which has kept Indians all over the world connected to each other due to the entertainment and drama provided to them by Hindi films which are the main source of saluting our culture and social fabric and keeping national integrity alive and intact.

“In the present economic scenario as the lockdown pandemic continues to wreak havoc, the birthplace of Hindi cinema is gradually becoming the graveyard and we have repeatedly pleaded that necessary steps need to be taken to save the Hindi film industry,” IMPPA added.

It said that the Maharashtra government has a responsibility to ensure the film industry’s survival.

“The Hindi film industry is also a business which needs to be nurtured and looked after and hence all benefits available to other industries have to be made available to films and entertainment industry if they are going to be a sustainable and viable proposition,” the letter added.

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Kangana Ranaut reacts to legal notices against her

She had retweeted the post with pictures of two elderly women, including Bilkis Bano, and wrote that the “same Dadi” who featured in Time Magazine was “available in 100 rupees”.



Kangana Ranaut

Mumbai: Actress Kangana Ranaut on Friday reacted to legal notices piling up against her.

“Film mafia filed many cases on me, last night Javed Akhtar filed one more, Maharashtra government filing one case every hour now congress in Punjab is also joined the gang…. Lagta hai mujhe mahan banake he dum lenge (I think they will take a break only after making me great.) Thank you,” Kangana Ranaut tweeted from her verified account on Friday reacting to a news piece talking about the legal notice.

Earlier on Friday, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee sent a legal notice to Kangana, seeking an “unconditional apology” for her “derogatory” tweets against farmers and activists involved in the farmers protest against the Centre’s three Farm Laws, the committee’s president.

“We have sent a legal notice to Kangana Ranaut for her derogatory tweet calling the aged mother of a farmer as a woman available for Rs 100. Her tweets portray farmers protest as anti-national. We demand an unconditional apology from her for her insensitive remarks on farmers protest,” Manjinder Singh Sirsa, President of DSGMC tweeted.

The notice comes in the wake of a tweet from the actress alleging that the ‘Shaheen Bagh dadi’ also joined the farmers’ agitation over the new agri laws at various border points of the National Capital Region.

She had retweeted the post with pictures of two elderly women, including Bilkis Bano, and wrote that the “same Dadi” who featured in Time Magazine was “available in 100 rupees”.

On Thursday a petition had been filed in Bombay High Court against Kangana. The petitioner seeks the suspension of the verified Twitter account of the actress for allegedly spreading hatred and disharmony.

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Bigg Boss 14: Kavita Kaushik in no mood to give explanation for stormy exit




Kavita Kaushik

Mumbai, Dec 4 : Television actress Kavita Kaushik, who left the controversial reality show Bigg Boss 14 following a spat with fellow contestant Rubina Dilaik earlier this week, is in no mood to offer explanation for her behaviour.

“Dear youtubers, n those messaging n calling for interviews pls know that if I cared to give more explanations I would’ve stayed back n not walked out at will, you can go ahead n write or say anything, just if you paint me bad dont just stop at that , make me the devil. cheers!” Kavita tweeted from her verified account on Friday.

Kavita stormed out of the house during Wednesday’s episode of the show, following a fight with housemate couple Rubina Dilaik and Abhinav Shukla. Explaining her exit, Kavita had shared on Thursday: “When the players take the game as low as themselves always leave on your 1high.”

Supporting Kavita’s decision, actress Kamya Punjabi had tweeted on Thursday: “One needs lot of guts to do that… people die to be in this game n can go till any extend to win it.. u walked out of it. u have created history @Iamkavitak #KavitaKaushik #BB14 @ColorsTV.”

However, TV actress Devoleena Bhattacharjee found Kavita’s behaviour strange. Soon after Kavita’s exit, Devoleena tweeted: “Something is really wrong with #kavita.. #rubina shared personal thing as per the task.. What was she doing then?? Wasn’t it personal whatever she shared..Nobody is talking about that task but #kavita.. #BB14.”

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