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Indian web series ‘Smoke’ to premiere in Cannes

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Smoke stars Kalki Koechlin, Mandira Bedi, Jim Sarbh, Gulshan Devaiah, Satyadeep Mishra, Neal Bhoopalam and Tom Alter.

Mumbai, Oct 3: Indian series “Smoke” by Eros Now Original will premiere at global entertainment content market MIPCOM 2018 in Cannes under the ‘Made in India Originals’ category.

The event is being held at Cannes in France on October 15.

A crime drama, “Smoke”, set in the underbelly of Goa, is the only Indian web series to be showcased at the gala this year.

The teaser of the show was launched on Wednesday. It stars an eclectic ensemble cast of Kalki Koechlin, Mandira Bedi, Jim Sarbh, Amit Sial, Gulshan Devaiah, Satyadeep Mishra, Neal Bhoopalam, Prakash Belawadi and the late Tom Alter.

All eleven episodes of “Smoke”, directed by Neel Guha, will be available for binge-viewing from October 26 on Eros Now.

Its first look will be premiered at MIPCOM with the audience combining the global entertainment fraternity including distributors, broadcasters as well as executives from the global entertainment industry.

Ridhima Lulla, Chief Content Officer, Eros Group, said it’s a great honour to get to showcase the series to a global audience before it premieres on their platform.

“‘Smoke’ couldn’t be more different from our first series ‘Side Hero’, where we launched our originals with a self-deprecatory comedy, a relatively untested genre. ‘Smoke’ on the other hand is a gritty, dark crime drama portraying the never seen side of Goa. There’s no place in India quite like Goa and the show with its unique take on the paradise state makes for a perfect choice out of India to be launched at MIPCOM,” Lulla added.

The sound track for the series has been composed by well-known musician Karsh Kale, who has redefined the Asian Underground genre of music.

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Ileana reveals how she runs away from responsibilities

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Actress Ileana DCruz just goes with the flow of life when she wants to run away from responsibilities, going by her new social media post.

Ileana shared a video on Instagram, where she is seen paddling away in water. Me running away from my responsibilities #byeeee,” she wrote.

The actress recently posted a major throwback picture from her childhood days and gave herself a funny title.

Ileana was last seen on screen in the multistarrer “Pagalpanti”, directed by Anees Bazmee.

She will next be seen in Ajay Devgn’s production, “The Big Bull”, a film reportedly based on India’s biggest securities scam of 1992. The film also stars Abhishek Bachchan.

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Jacqueline celebrates as ‘Genda phool’ crosses 550 million views

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Genda phool, sung by Badshah and Payal Dev, has garnered over 550 million views on YouTube, and actress Jacqueline Fernandez, who stars in its music video, is happy.

The song ran into controversy upon release in March when charges of plagiarism rose. The song draws its hook line from a classic Bengali folk song, “Boro loker biti lo”, and social media was quick to notice that fact. Badshah later contacted Ratan Kahar, creator of the Bengali original, in an effort to sort things up.

The video features random shots of Durga Puja festivities, and Jacqueline is seen in a sari that is worn the traditional Bengali way in some scenes.

“I am extremely happy and grateful that people have showered so much love towards the song. We crossed 550 million views recently and it’s insane. I had so much fun shooting this song. It was a different experience as genre was unexplored for me. The whole process was super exciting, from wearing a Bengali attire that I had never donned to experiencing the touch of folk music and overall, the vibe with its beats,” said Jacqueline.

“It was lovely to see the fan videos as well as the fans recreating the looks and making dance covers on it. I am so happy that we could entertain everyone with this track during the lockdown”, she added.The song also has Pahari and Gujarati versions.


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Selena Gomez urges Facebook CEO to help stop spreading of hate

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Pop star Selena Gomez has written a message to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and the social network’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, urging them to help stop the spread of hate on the platform ahead of the November election.

“Facebook and Instagram are being used to spread hate, misinformation, racism, and bigotry,” Gomez wrote in a private message to the Facebook leadership.

The move comes barely a couple of days after reality TV star Kim Kardashian West decided to freeze her social media accounts for 24 hours on Wednesday to protest against the spread of “hate, propaganda and misinformation”.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Orlando Bloom, Kerry Washington and Sacha Baron Cohen are among those who took part in the protest.

Gomez shared the message she had sent to Zuckerberg and Sandberg with her over 193 million followers on Facebook-owned Instagram on Friday.

“I am calling you both to HELP STOP THIS. Please shut down groups and users focused on spreading hate speech violence and misinformation. Our future depends on it,” she said in her message, while also reminding them of the upcoming election.

“We cannot afford to have misinformation about voting,” she continued. “There has to be fact-checking and accountability,” the pop star said, adding that she hopes to hear back from the Facebook leadership at the earliest.

Facebook and Instagram have faced criticism from the organisers of the #StopHateforProfit campaign, launched in June, which accuses the platforms of not doing enough to stop hate speech and disinformation.


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