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Kanpur, UP’s new shooting hub for filmmakers

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Kanpur, Sep 29 : After Varanasi and Lucknow, Kanpur — once known as the Manchester of the East — is emerging as a favourite shooting location in Uttar Pradesh for Hindi filmmakers.

The spate of films being shot in the city have raised hopes of its subsidiary economy coming alive, with people looking forward to employment and even the hotel industry upgrading itself to meet the demands of the filmmakers.

Kanpur first shot to limelight in 2005 when ‘Bunty Aur Babli’ showcased the city’s famous sweet shop ‘Thaggu ke Laddoo’, the overcrowded Bada Chauraha and the Chandra Shekhar Azad University.

Salman Khan’s ‘Dabangg 2’ was based here and the film used montage shots of the Kanpur Kotwali. Filmmaker Vishal Misra then used Kanpur as a canvas for his films — ‘Marudhar Express’ and ‘Hotel Milan — Khilte Hai Gul Yahan Khil Ke Bikharne Ko’.

“Kanpur has a number of virgin locations, which can make the film look realistic and believable. Cities like Lucknow and Varanasi are seen quite often on the big screen, but Kanpur remains unexplored,” said Misra.

Filmmaker Israar Ahmed, who belongs to Kanpur, chose his hometown to shoot his debut film ‘Lateef’, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui as well as his Rajpal Yadav and Sunil Pal starrer next ‘Super Jasoos’.

‘Stree’ director Amar Kaushik’s upcoming Ayushmaan Khurana-starrer ‘Bala’ has been filmed in the city and captures almost all its popular spots, including Mall Road, Civil Lines, the Methodist High School and the Anwarganj Railway Station.

“My film is about a small town person, I thought Kanpur would be an ideal location for it. It has some very attractive locations to show on the big screen,” he said.

Arun Singh Dicky, a line producer, said, “There is growing interest in Kanpur. I get a lot of queries from Bollywood filmmakers who want to shoot in the city.”

A major reason for the sudden interest in Kanpur is its old world charm reflected in locations like the Ganga ghats of Bithoor, tanneries, areas in the old city like Anand Bagh, P. Road, Shivala and DAV Degree College.

“You can find everything from old bungalows to narrow lanes and sprawling resorts here,” said another line producer Mohd Rizwan.

“Director Anubhav Sinha wanted to shoot a sequence of ‘Article 15’ near a lake in a village. I searched for such a place and struck upon Bichiya village in the interiors of Kanpur-Lucknow highway. The film was shot there,” he said.

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Kangana bungalow demolition smacks of malice, says Bombay High Court

Ranaut had sought Rs 2 crore in damages from the BMC and urged the court to declare BMC’s action illegal

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Mumbai, November 27: The Bombay High Court on Friday has said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) action of demolishing part of Kangana Ranaut’s bungalow here smacks of malafide and was done to cause substantial loss to the actor, and quashed the demolition order.

The court also said it did not approve of authorities using “muscle power” against any citizen.

A division bench of Justices SJ Kathawalla and RI Chagla noted that the action undertaken by the civic body left hardly “any manner of doubt” that it was unauthorised.

The bench was hearing Ranaut’s petition challenging the demolition carried out by the BMC at her Pali Hill bungalow in suburban Bandra on September 9.

“The civic body has proceeded to act wrongfully and illegally against the rights of a citizen,” the bench said.

Ranaut had sought Rs 2 crore in damages from the BMC and urged the court to declare BMC’s action illegal.

On the issue of compensation, the bench said it was appointing a valuer who would hear the petitioner and the BMC on monetary damages caused to her due to the demolition.

“The valuer shall by March 2021 pass appropriate orders on compensation,” the court said.

The civic body had opposed the plea and said the actor had brazenly and unlawfully carried out extensive alterations and additions to the bungalow in breach of its approved plan.

Ranaut had filed the petition on September 9 when the demolition process was initiated by the BMC. The court had in an interim order on September 9 stayed the demolition work. PTI

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Bigg Boss 14: Kavita Kaushik’s husband reveals his relatives in law-enforcement approached him to file complaint against Aly Goni

Talking about his wife’s struggle Kavita Kaushik’s husband Ronnit Biswas slammed Aly Goni. Here’s what he said!

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Bigg Boss 14 saw a massive showdown between Kavita Kaushik and Aly Goni after the actor lost his cool when she takes away his personal items as a punishment for breaking house rules.

In a fit of rage, Aly kicked a trash bin which hurt Kavita, who was standing close to it and the house erupted in chaos.

Now talking about his wife’s struggle Kavita’s husband Ronnit Biswas said, “Physical violence was never a thing which we had signed up for whether it happened directly or indirectly it doesn’t matter.”

“I had seen the promo first, a day before yesterday and I was very disturbed. But once I saw the way Kavita was putting up to it and how she was behaving I felt extremely proud of her. My sadness disappeared and I got happy thinking that no matter how much you try to target this girl, she will not bow down to anyone. She will come out shining and strong,” said a proud Ronnit in a conversation with ETimes TV.

He also went on to say that what Kavita said to Aly was not a big deal. Stating that Aly also said the same line to Kavita thrice, Ronnit revealed, “He has also said this to her thrice after that. So, I think the topic should have ended then and there itself. But I understand most of the housemates know that Kavita is quite strong and if they fight with her or corner her, they will get some footage. It is very sad that in a country where we keep talking about women are equal to men, we worship Goddess, we celebrate women and talk about women empowerment, there is a man who is threatening a woman on national television that he will make her life a living hell or won’t let her sleep.

Few of Ronnit’s relatives, who are in law enforcement, have approached him asking him if he wants to file a complaint against Aly Goni. “I have been getting a lot of calls from our well-wishers and relatives who are into the Police force, Government officials and they are asking me If I want to take action against Aly Goni or register a complaint. Although, I have told them that it is not needed, but I was expecting from the channel and the production house a stricter punishment. One week’s nomination doesn’t make any sense,” concluded Ronnit.

Let’s see if Aly and Kavita bury the hatches in weeks to come or not.

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TV actor Ashiesh Roy passes away

Cine & TV Artistes’ Association (CINTAA) expressed solidarity for Ashiesh Roy who died on Tuesday. The actor’s staff member confirmed the news that he was suffering from a kidney ailment and was undergoing dialysis.

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Actor Ashiesh Roy passed away due to kidney failure on Tuesday. He was 55. Roy had been keeping unwell for a while and was admitted to the ICU in a Mumbai hospital in May this year.

Ashiesh Roy’s staff member confirmed the news. He told that the actor died at his home.

“He collapsed around 3.45 am. He had a kidney ailment and his dialysis was also going on but he had gotten better in the last few weeks… His sister will arrive from Kolkata in the evening. A call on funeral will be then taken,” the staff member said.

The Cine & TV Artistes’ Association (CINTAA) expressed solidarity for Ashiesh Roy via a social media post. “#CINTAA expresses its deepest condolence on the demise of Shri Ashiesh Roy (Member since: January 2003)” CINTAA’s Facebook post read.

In May, Ashiesh Roy had announced on social media that he was on dialysis and even sought financial assistance. “I am in the ICU… Very ill. Dialysis,” Ashiesh Roy first wrote on Facebook, followed by another post that read, “Need your urgent money for dialysis (sic).”

Read: TV actor Ashiesh Roy hospitalised, seeks aid from fans

Following Ashiesh Roy’s social media posts, filmmaker Hansal Mehta also requested film bodies to provide financial assistance to the ailing actor. Hansal Mehta tweeted, “Actor Ashish Roy (Bond) is seriously ill, on dialysis and in the ICU. He has appealed for financial help on FB. I’m doing all I can to help. Can industry associations also help the ailing actor?”

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