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Naseeruddin Shah & Mithun Chakraborty to feature in Lal Bahadur Shashtri biopic

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Mumbai, Jan 11: On Lal Bahadur Shastri’s 52nd death anniversary on Thursday, filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri announced he has roped in veteran actors Naseeruddin Shah and Mithun Chakaraborty for a movie on the former Prime Minister’s controversial death.

The investigative thriller film is titled “The Tashkent Files”.

“A film on the biggest cover-up of a free India required that we work with great actors with credibility. Both Naseer and Mithunda are multiple-time National Award winners. It is a privilege to work with such involved and passionate actors of our times,” Agnihotri told IANS.

The movie will have two sides to the narrative and its story is a crowd-sourced idea, read a statement issued on behalf of the makers.

On Thursday, Agnihotri tweeted: “On this day, our second PM Lal Bahadur Shashtri died mysteriously in Tashkent. Was it heart attack or poison? Even after 52 years, the truth of the biggest cover-up of free India has been denied to his family, followers, citizens. After years of research, I present ‘The Tashkent Files’.”

The director will cast a prominent actor for the role of Shastri. The announcement will happen soon. The film goes on floors next week.

Shastri died in Tashkent, then in the Soviet Union, soon after signing a peace pact with Pakistani rulers to end the 1965 India-Pakistan war.

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Trolls on my sexual orientation affect me: Priyank Sharma

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Mumbai, Jan 17: Priyank Sharma was questioned about his sexual orientation with contestants throwing homophobic slurs during his stint in reality show “Bigg Boss 11”. The actor says trolls on his sexual orientation and character do affect him.

He added that his “loved ones” are also affected.

“I think having an opinion or criticism is fine, but attacking someone’s character is not acceptable. As a celebrity, I am open to criticism but there is a huge difference between criticism and insult,” Priyank said in a statement.

“Trolls on my sexual orientation and character do affect me. Even if I decide to ignore it my loved ones are affected by it which bothers the most more than the trolls,” he added.

The actor will address the issue through TV show “Troll Police”, which brings celebrities and their trolls face-to-face.

“Through ‘MTV Troll Police’, I would like to convey this to people who troll celebrities under the pretext of giving a point of view that if you wish to have fun by insulting others, then you need to pay for it,” he added.

The show is aired on MTV and the episode will air on Saturday.

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Veteran cinematographer W.B. Rao dead, known for films like Rangeela & Khuda Gawah

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Mumbai, Jan 16: Veteran cinematographer W.B. Rao, who worked on films like “Hum”, “Khuda Gawah” and “Rangeela”, died here on Tuesday, said an official of Western Indian Cinematographer’s Association (WICA).

He died at the Bhartiya Arogya Nidhi Hospital, where he was admitted in the ICU, the official said.

Filmmaker Sangeeth Sivan mourned his death.

“W.B. Rao, the much respected and revered cinematographer is no more. ‘Hum’, ‘Khuda Gawah’ and ‘Rangeela’ were my personal favourites,” Sivan tweeted.

Rao had been a part of the film industry for over four decades. He even worked for films like “Raja Hindustani”, “Judwaa”, “Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega” and “Dhadkan”.

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Royal couple Prince Harry, Meghan Markle TV movie in works

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London, Jan 16: Cable network Lifetime has announced that it will make  a film about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s whirlwind love story titled Harry & Meghan: The Royal Love Story.

According to Deadline, the TV movie will depict a timeline of the royal couple’s relationship.

It would also essay everything from their first meet to the initial stages of their courtship and the global media attention surrounding their romance.

Menhaj Huda (“The Royals”) has been tapped to serve behind the lens. Scarlett Lacey will provide the script with Merideth Finn and Michele Weiss (“Flowers in the Attic”) will be its executive producer.

However, the network is still casting actors who will play the title roles.

Earlier, Lifetime had produced “William & Kate”, which aired 11 days prior to the 2011 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Last year in November, Harry and Markle announced their engagement after dating for a year.

They will tie a wedding knot on May 19 at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

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