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Naqvi, Rishi Kapoor inaugurate ‘8th Jagran Film Festival’



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New Delhi, July 2: Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and veteran actor Rishi Kapoor here on Saturday inaugurated the “8th Jagran Film Festival”, which will travel to 16 cities across India and showcase over 400 films.

The festival will feature a retrospective on Rishi’s acclaimed films including “Do Dooni Char”, “Chandni”, “Bobby”, “Kapoor & Sons” and a part of “Mera Naam Joker”.

“I am thankful that they are showing my films. I have been working in the industry for last 45 years, but nobody has showcased a retrospective of my work. I am very humbled by this. They are showing my eight-and-a-half films. This includes eight full films and one part of ‘Mera Naam Joker’,” Rishi said.

Also present at the inaugural ceremony were actresses Divya Dutta and Tannishtha Chatterjee.

The eighth edition of the festival kick-started with the screening of Farhan Akhtar and Annu Kapoor-starrer “The Fakir of Venice”.

The Anand Surapur directorial tells the story of an Indian conman, who is hired to find a fakir who can bury himself in sand for an installation art project in Venice. He passes off a poor slum-dweller from Mumbai as the real thing, conning the European art world successfully.

The festival will pay a homage to late actors Vinod Khanna and Om Puri with the screenings of their films “Achanak” and “Mr. Kabaadi”.

Speaking on the occasion, Naqvi said: “This is a memorable occasion as people who have taken art and films to each and every house are associated with this festival. I am happy that through this festival, social messages are being transmitted to small places across India via films.”

While Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu and the starcast of upcoming film “Mom”, including Sridevi, Akshaye Khanna and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, were supposed to attend the opening ceremony, they were not able to make it to the event.

This year the festival will have Morocco as its country focus.

“We are pleased to showcase Moroccan films here. Bollywood is the oldest known cinema. Surprisingly, in Morocco, there are a few cinemas that are completely dedicated to the Indian movies. People there speak Indian languages just by watching Indian films,” Moroccan Ambassador Mohamed Maliki told IANS.

The five-day Delhi leg of the film festival, which is talking place here at the Sri Fort Auditorium, will showcase Indian films like “Hindi Medium”, “Pink”, “Agneepath”, “Shivaay”, “M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story”, “Phillauri”, “Sachin: A Billion Dreams”, “Neerja”, “Jolly LLB 2” and “Trapped”.

Some films from different countries across the world that will be showcased this year include “Black Cat” (US), “Last Christmas” (Italy), “The Letterbox” (Turkey), “Adios Carmen” (Morocco), “The Bench” (Iran), “Inner Court” (Brazil) and “Letter to the Night” (France), among others.

After its Delhi leg, which will conclude on July 5, the festival will travel to cities like Kanpur, Lucknow, Allahabad, Varanasi, Patna, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Bhopal, Indore, Hisar, Meerut and Raipur. The final leg of the festival will take place in Mumbai.



Revealed! Sara Ali Khan to star opposite Ranveer Singh in ‘Simmba’



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Mumbai, March 20: While reports suggested Janhvi Kapoor and Priya Prakash Varrier were being considered, it has now been confirmed by the makers that it is Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh’s daughter Sara Ali Khan who will play the female lead in the Rohit Shetty directorial Simmba. Sara will share screen space with Ranveer Singh in the cop drama, which will hit the screens on December 28, 2018.

Ace filmmaker Karan Johar, who is producing the film under his production banner Dharma Productions, took to Twitter to confirm the news.

“Sara Ali Khan in #Simmba with @RanveerOfficial directed by ROHIT SHETTY! Releasing on the 28th of December 2018 ! This winter gets hotter!!!!” he wrote.

Sara is currently shooting for her debut film Kedarnath. The film, which also stars Sushant Singh Rajput, is expected to release on December 28, 2018. If the makers of Simmba and Kedarnath stick to their release dates, Sara will have two releases in the space of one week. Now, that would be a dream launch.

Simmba is the official Bollywood remake of Jr NTR’s Telugu hit Temper. “We have bought the rights of Temper but our film is not exactly a remake. We wanted to take four-five scenes from Temper but we thought it’s better to buy the rights. It’s what we did with Singham,” Rohit Shetty was quoted as saying in an earlier interview.

In Simmba, Ranveer Singh will be seen playing the role of a police officer for the first time in his career.

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Madhuri Dixit takes Sridevi’s place in Abhishek Varman’s film



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Mumbai, March 20: Madhuri Dixit has been cast in a role which was to be played by Sridevi in Abhishek Varman’s new directorial, the late actress’ daughter Janhvi Kapoor said on Monday.

“Abhishek Varman’s next film was very close to mom’s heart… Dad, Khushi and I are thankful to Madhuriji for now being a part of this beautiful film,” Janhvi posted on her Instagram page.

She also shared a warm photograph featuring Madhuri and Sridevi, who were considered professional rivals at one point in their careers.

Sridevi, last seen on-screen in “Mom”, died on February 24 in Dubai.


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‘Race 3’ poster: Salman Khan introduces himself as the “selfless” Sikander



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Mumbai, March 19: Superstar Salman Khan on Monday treated his fans to the first look from his much-anticipated film “Race 3”. He will be seen as racer Sikander, who is smart, emotional but mysterious as well.

With a serious look on his face, the actor is seen wearing a smart suit with stylish glares and holding a gun in the image.

“I will introduce my ‘Race 3’ family to you this week… My name is Sikander. Selfless over selfish. ‘Race 3’ this Eid,” Salman posted on Twitter while sharing the image.

Directed by Remo D’souza, “Race 3” also stars Bobby Deol, Jacqueline Fernandez, Daisy Shah, Saqib Saleem and Anil Kapoor.

His co-stars got together to post different facets of Sikander’s personality.

Anil shared: “Introducing our first racer, Sikander… For him family isn’t a word, it’s a sentence.”

Jacqueline gave a hint of the storyline with a post: “Meet Sikander, the mystery you can’t solve.”

Bobby defined his character as the “perfect friend and perfect partner”, and Saqib Saleem wrote: “He is faster than head and heart.”

Co-presented by Tips Films and Salman Khan Films, “Race 3” is produced by Ramesh S. Taurani.

Shot in Bangkok and Mumbai along with Abu Dhabi, the third instalment of the “Race” franchise is slated to release in June around Eid this year.

The film’s 35 day shoot in six locations across Abu Dhabi has already begun.


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