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‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ to open film fest in Melbourne

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New Delhi, June 30: Alankrita Shrivastavas “Lipstick Under My Burkha”, which was deemed too “lady oriented” by India’s censor board, will be the opening movie at the 2017 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM).

The director is ecstatic about the film being a part of the fest, which is to be held from August 10-22.

“It is a great honour that ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ will be opening the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne. While the film has travelled to many parts of the world, it will be screened in Australia for the first time. I am really looking forward to the reaction of the Australian audience,” Shrivastava said in a statement.

“Breaking through the cacophony of mainstream Indian cinema, it is wonderful that there is an Australian film festival that highlights independent Indian cinematic voices. Independent films are telling important stories, challenging the status quo and are important artistic expressions. I’m delighted to participate in the festival,” she added.

“Lipstick Under My Burkha”, features actors like Konkona Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak, Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur.

The makers fought a long battle with the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and emerged successful after the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal instructed the censorship body that they must be given a certificate for release.

Now the movie, which tells the story of four small town women in search of a little freedom, is ready for release with an ‘A’ certificate.

This year, IIFM will have diversity as the central theme and will screen 60 films in 20 languages.

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Sonam, Kareena, Swara refrain from casting couch talk

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Kareena Kapoor, Swara Bhaskar and Sonam Kapoor at the trailer launch of their upcoming film "Veere Di Wedding.

Mumbai, April 25: Three of Bollywood’s celebrated actors — Kareena Kapoor Khan, Swara Bhaskar and Sonam Kapoor — known for mincing no words on issues, refrained from commenting on the prevalence of the casting couch in the film industry a day after veteran choreographer Saroj Khan’s controversial remark.

The three actresses, along with newcomer Shikha Talsania, were present at the trailer launch of their upcoming film “Veere Di Wedding” here on Wednesday. During the interaction with media, they were asked for their opinion on the casting couch in the Indian film industry.

Swara, who is known for being very vocal about women empowerment and gender equality, said: “Firstly, this topic has nothing to do with our film ‘Veere Di Wedding’, and I think today we should keep our focus on the film. For the rest of thing, you please come on my Twitter timeline.”

Adding to that, Kareena said: “I do not think we should divert focus from this film. This is a very special film, and we have put a lot of effort. I think the film should get its relevant attention.”

Sonam promised to answer questions on the casting couch and women empowerment when she gives personal interviews for the movie.

“I would like to say that all these questions which are not related to film, I promise that we will answer them on one-on-one interactions with you people. But not today. We are trying to keep the focus on the film. We will talk about it in our personal time.”

Produced by Rhea Kapoor and Ekta Kapoor, directed by Shashanka Ghosh, the film “Veere Di Wedding” is releasing on June 1.

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Saroj Khan, at an event in Sangli, had said the casting couch had been happening since the beginning of time, and that it was not restricted to the film industry where “it provides a livelihood at least”. She later retracted and apologised for the comment.

In case if you have missed, Check the trailer of Veere Di Wedding here: 

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Kangana Ranaut to debut at Cannes red carpet

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Mumbai, April 25: Actress Kangana Ranaut will be making her debut at the red carpet of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival this year.

The “Queen” star will attend the fest in association with liquor brand Grey Goose as part of its global celebration of cinematic craft — Vive Le Cinema.

“It is overwhelming to witness the recognition and appreciation for Indian cinema at international platforms like Cannes,” Kangana said in a statement to IANS.

“Grey Goose has created a unique platform of celebration to toast the game-changing films at Cannes this year and I’m thrilled to partner with this global icon of luxury in the country of its origin,” she added.

Anshuman Goenka, Marketing Head of Bacardi India, feels Kangana “embodies the cinematic expression of Grey Goose through her passion for the field and ability to fly beyond the realm of commercial cinema”.

The 71st Cannes Film Festival will be held from May 8-19.

This year, acclaimed Indian actress-filmmaker Nandita Das’ directorial “Manto”, a biographical on controversial Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto, has made its way to the Un Certain Regard segment of the fest. “Nakkash”, featuring Inaamulhaq, will also be part of the film gala.

Tillotama Shome-starrer “Sir” will be screened at sidebar Cannes Critics’ Week.

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‘Kesari’ set gutted 10 days before film’s completion

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Mumbai, April 25: A fire broke out on the sets of Akshay Kumar’s film “Kesari”, destroying the whole set just ten days before the film was expected to wrap up. However, no one was injured.

A source in the know of developments told IANS that Akshay had already left for the day when the incident took place at the set in Wai, over 200 km away from here by road.

“They were shooting a crucial war scene when everyone heard a blast sound, which triggered the fire. The mishap occurred just 10 days before the team was about to wrap the film’s schedule after shooting the climax.

“The explosion was a massive one, but not a single person from the crew was injured,” the source said.

It is not known yet what the makers will do now that the set has been destroyed. While the cause of the fire remains unknown, the quantum of loss they have incurred has also not yet been revealed.

Akshay has teamed up with filmmaker Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions for the movie, being directed by Anurag Singh. The film is said to be based on the Battle of Saragarhi of 1897.

“Kesari”, which is slated for a 2019 Holi release, also features Parineeti Chopra.

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