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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.

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Sanjay Dutt begins ‘Torbaaz’ shoot in Kyrgyzstan

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Mumbai, Dec 17: Actor Sanjay Dutt on Sunday began the shoot of his new film “Torbaaz” in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

“New day, new film. ‘Torbaaz’,” Sanjay tweeted along with two photographs.

In one, he is seen praying with folded hands in front of a picture of Lord Ganesha, and in another image, Sanjay is seen doing ‘aarti’ with some incense sticks.

He is surrounded by the crew members of the movie, said to be an action-thriller set in Afghanistan. It is being directed by Girish Malik.

The film’s producer Rahul Mittra is excited, and tweeted that he is “enjoying minus 10 degrees in the beautiful city of Bishkek”.

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Shilpa Shetty wins PETA’s ‘Hero To Animals’ Award

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Mumbai, Dec 17: Actress-entrepreneur Shilpa Shetty Kundra has been honoured with a ‘Hero to Animals’ Award by animal rights organisation PETA for speaking out against the cruelty of circuses; signing a petition asking the government to uphold the ban on jallikattu, bull races, and bullfights; and adopting a stray kitten.

Shilpa’s compassion towards animals was recognised here on Saturday night by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

“Shilpa is beautiful inside and out and has a golden heart that beats for animals. We thank her for standing up for animals through her work and other actions,” Sachin Bangera, PETA Associate Director of Celebrity and Public Relations, said in a statement.

Other recipients of PETA’s Hero to Animals Award have included Zareen Khan, for rescuing a cat from the streets; Cyrus Broacha, for refusing to perform a stunt that involved riding a bull; Rani Mukerji, for helping a dog in distress on her film set; Asin, for saving a dog hit by a car; Imran Khan, for stopping a dog trainer who was smacking a dog on a film set; Sadha Sayed, for helping a puppy who just missed being hit by a car during a rainstorm; and Dia Mirza’s production house, Born Free Entertainment, for showing that homeless animals make wonderful additions to families.

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‘India’s Next Top Model’ picks Ahmedabad’s Riya as winner

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Mumbai, Dec 17: Riya Subodh, who hails from Ahmedabad, has been chosen as the winner of the third season of “Indias Next Top Model”.

Sabita Karki and Shweta Raj emerged as the first and second runners-up respectively.

With the theme of “Fashion gets tough”, this season not only transformed the lives of many young girls but also provided them with the confidence to own the world.

This season saw actress-model Malaika Arora as the host and head judge, actor Milind Soman joining photographer Dabboo Ratnani on the judging panel, and actress Anusha Dandekar and grooming expert Neeraj Gaba reprising their roles as mentors.

“‘India’s Next Top Model’ is a lifetime experience for me. I am saying this because from all the contestants, I was the only one who had no experience of the big fashion world in big cities like Mumbai,” Riya said in a statement.

“The biggest highlight for me was the photoshoot with Milind Sir and Malaika Ma’am. When I decided to take part in ‘India’s Next Top Model’, I knew that this show is going to change my life forever so when judges announced my name as the winner I had all the memories coming back.

“As I look back, I must say that this wouldn’t have been possible without my parent’s support, and a special thanks to the makers of the show who gave me the new identity of a model,” she added.

Before the ultimate battle of fashion, the show’s top three faces — Riya, Shweta and Sabita, got the chance to shoot for OPPO 2018 calendar.

After the photoshoot, Anusha and Gaba surprised the finalists by getting their family members and friends.

The season’s last photoshoot was a family portrait.

While Shweta and Riya’s family members were present for the shoot, Sabita’s parents couldn’t make it. Gaba and Anusha stepped in and posed with her as her family.

Singer Monica Dogra also performed live.

The episode was aired on MTV on Saturday.

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