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Kashmir forms Indian bond with Tom Cruise’s latest ‘Mission Impossible’

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Tom Cruise and the IMF crew in a still from Mission Impossible Fallout.

Paris, July 11: Hollywood icon Tom Cruise along with his “Mission Impossible” lands in Indias Kashmir to stop a sinister plot. Before you jump the gun, thats how India finds a place in the narrative of the upcoming “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”.

From the start to the thrilling climax scene, there are many points in the upcoming sixth part of the franchise with a ‘desi’ twist. And they bring Impossible Mission Force agent Ethan Hunt, essayed by Cruise, to India to save the world.

There might be several references to India in the film with the whole final sequence set in the country, but the makers didn’t shoot the movie in India transforming a valley in New Zealand into a small village of Kashmir to shoot the portion.

It starts with an epidemic breaking out in Kashmir, with the country coming on the radar of the after-effects of an attack in several cities around the world.

To wrap the affairs and save the world, the team crosses borders and heads to Kashmir to avert the danger which is threatening a large population of three countries. It is followed by the stuff which has always remained a favourite among the audiences — thrilling action scenes.

From scenes of day-to-day life in Kashmir to an adrenaline-pumping helicopter chase sequence and crash in the snow-capped mountains and a mention of the Indian Army — the film has an action-packed ‘desi’ bond.

The world of the latest “Mission Impossible” film is brought alive by the direction of Christopher McQuarrie, who is the first filmmaker ever to return to direct a second film in the franchise, after “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”. He has also written the script and backed the project as a producer.

Back in 2017, there were reports citing reasons behind the team not coming to India. But no official statement was released about it.

McQuarrie told IANS here that the makers wanted to come to India to shoot the scenes, but their plan of action came in between.

“We wouldn’t have had a permission to shoot a helicopter chase sequence anywhere in the world apart from New Zealand,” he said following the film’s screening for select media from across the world here.

When it comes to India, Cruise shares a special ‘desi’ bond with the place. He even came down to the country back in 2011 to promote his “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”, which featured Indian actor Anil Kapoor. Cruise took out time from his work trip and explored the country and went to Agra to see the Taj Mahal.

For “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”, actors Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin, Michelle Monaghan and Sean Harris are reprising their roles, while Henry Cavill are Vanessa Kirby are joining the cast. The film franchise is about the TV series that ran from 1966 to 1973 and narrates the adventures of Hunt on several missions to save the world.

Starting with the first part in 1996, the franchise has grossed $2.78 billion worldwide so far.

The Paramount Pictures movie will be distributed in India by Viacom18 Motion Pictures. It is set to release in India on July 27 in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.

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Checkout inside pics from Kareena Kapoor’s midnight Birthday Bash

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Mumbai, Sep 21: Actress Kareena Kapoor Khan is celebrating her 38th birthday today.

On the eve of Bebo’s Birthday, her family members threw a little midnight birthday party at her Mumbai residence on Thursday.

Kareena’s sister Karisma Kapoor and sister-in-law Soha Ali Khan shared glimpses from Kareena’s midnight birthday bash.

In the group pictures, we spotted Kareena’s actor husband Saif Ali Khan and Soha’s actor husband Kunal Kemmu along with Kareena and Karisma’s parents Randhir Kapoor and Babita and uncle Kunal Kapoor, who attended with his children Shaira and Zahan.

Karisma took to Instagram to share fun moments from the night. In the one with Kareena, both the actors look casual chic in blue denims and tees. “Happy birthday to the bestest sister ever! ❤️❤️❤️ #mypillar#mybestfriend,” Karsima captioned it.

Check out all the inside pictures from Bebo’s birthday celebrations:

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Kareena Kapoor is her family’s rockstar which is all her birthday cake tells us.

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Looks like the Kapoors and Khan had a blast last night.

On the work front, Kareena is currently busy with her next film ‘Good News’, co-starring Akshay Kumar and Kiara Advani and which will be produced by Karan Johar. Kareena will also feature in Karan Johar-directed Takht, which also stars Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Janhvi Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal and Bhumi Pednekar.

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Nawazuddin’s ‘Manto’ morning shows cancelled; Nandita Das disappointed

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui in still from 'Manto'

New Delhi, Sep 21: There was no first day, first show for Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer “Manto” in several cities in India, and that left the actress-filmmaker  Nandita Das” hugely disappointed”.

“Manto”, co-produced by HP Studios, Filmstock and Viacom18 Motion Pictures, traces the life of writer Saadat Hasan Manto. Nawazuddin Siddiqui has brought the character to life.

The film released on Friday. But its morning shows were cancelled in several cities like Delhi, Noida, Mumbai, Pune and Ahmedabad.

After getting several personal messages and coming across many posts complaining of show cancellations on Twitter, Nandita tweeted: “This is shocking! I just got a similar message from a friend in Ahmedabad… What’s going on? Viacom18 BookMyShow”

“Hugely disappointed… Six years of work and many people’s collective intent and commitment was to find its culmination this morning. Am assured by Viacom18 it will be fixed at noon today. Please let us know if it hasn’t been. Spreading Mantoiyat will not stop,” she added.

The issue came to light when one user wrote: “‘Manto’ morning shows cancelled all over India? That is what Mall of India folks from PVR Cinemas are telling me as they refuse to give me show tickets. Many others being refused. They say distributor issues. Happening all over India it seems.”

One user said “same is the condition in Pune they are saying that the shows are cancelled all over India”, while another said: “Couldn’t book my ticket in Mumbai also”.

It left many wondering about the reason behind the cancellation.

“We would like to inform you that due to some technical glitch, the shows of the movie, ‘Manto’ were cancelled. However, we would never want you to miss out on good cinema and are trying our best to bring you the shows of this most awaited movie. Stay tuned to our app/website for latest updates regarding this,” read a response from the official Twitter handle PVR Support.

Cinépolis India also came forward to explain the reason behind the issue.

“Hi! Apologies! We wish to inform you that we’ve received the print now and we’ll be playing the next show at 1.25 p.m. You can book your tickets for the same via our website/app or at the Box Office,” a post on their official Twitter account read.

When one user expressed his disappointment over missing a “great movie”, Nandita wrote: “That’s what the distribution team of Viacom18 is supposed to do. They are checking. Rest assure ‘Manto’ will reach you. The story must be told and heard. Thank you all for your interest and support. Please keep me posted.”

The film follows the most tumultuous years in the life of the iconoclastic writer Manto and those of the countries — India and Pakistan — which Manto inhabited and chronicled.

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The film stars Rasika Dugal as Manto’s wife and Tahir Raj Bhasin, Rishi Kapoor and Divya Dutta in key roles.

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Richa Chadha faces racism in Georgia

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Tbilisi, Sep 20: Indian actress Richa Chadha on Thursday took to Twitter to share her experience of meeting a “racist officer” at passport control while exiting Georgia.

“Met a racist AF officer at the passport control, while exiting Georgia. Slammed my passport on the desk, twice…muttered under her breath in Georgian, yelled and asked me to hurry. Sad that people like her are the last ones we perhaps see on exiting the country,” Richa wrote.

She also mentioned meeting “the gentlest cabbie” here.

“He was so sweet, he changed my experience of the city, refused a tip, smiled throughout. We communicated only through gestures but I could feel his heart,” she tweeted.

Richa visited Georgia to shoot for the second instalment of Excel Entertainments “Inside Edge”. She will reprise her role as Mumbai Maverick team owner Zarina Malik.

The show also stars Vivek Anand Oberoi and Angad Bedi.

Apart from this, Richa will also be seen in Anubhav Sinha’s “Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai”, Ashwini Iyer Tiwari’s “Panga” and a biopic on southern actress Shakeela.

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