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Prasoon Joshi-led CBFC suggests new initiatives

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Mumbai, Sep 25: The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), chaired by Prasoon Joshi, has suggested new initiatives such as to invite the heads and members of Hindi and regional film associations, and a communication campaign for educating audience segments about the various categories that film content is certified under.

A CBFC board meeting was held here last week under Prasoon’s guidance.

Initiatives for the film industry include the first-of-its-kind step to invite the heads and members of the Hindi and regional film associations like those from the Indian Motion Pictures Producers’ Association, Indian Film and Television Producers Council and South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce to work mutually towards a more efficient and responsible certification process.

Prasoon also had other new initiatives to share like developing a new design of the CBFC certificate keeping in mind the requirements of QR code, prominent display of category code and a guidance video to be prepared for the new and upcoming filmmakers and production houses explaining the online certification process in a simple manner.

He has also proposed a communication campaign for educating audience segments about the various categories that the film’s content is certified under, so that they can decode the film certificates and make an informed choice for themselves and especially children.

“I have been working with the board members and CBFC officials for the last one year for making sure that we make the entire film certification process a smooth one,” Prasoon said in a statement.

“We have taken an initiative to have the interactions with key industry bodies with the CBFC board which in my opinion will go a long way in further streamlining processes.”

Siddharth Roy Kapur, President of the Film and Television Producers’ Guild of India, said: “This was a wonderful initiative by Prasoon Joshi and CBFC board members to solicit feedback and suggestions from the industry. We discussed issues and solutions in an open and cordial fashion and I hope this becomes a regular occurrence.”

Suparn Sen, the secretary of the Film Federation of India, found the film industry’s interaction with the board “very meaningful”.

CBFC board member Vani Tripathi Tikoo called it one of the “monumental meetings of CBFC with a serious focus on outreach for the industry”.

Prasoon had replaced Pahlaj Nihalani, who was slammed by many for being too “sanskari”, as the CBFC chief in August last year. Many filmmakers had locked horns with CBFC over its demands for cuts, mutes and changes.

He had earlier said it’s time to move to “content from controversy”.

“It should be more about the content that drives a film. Why should CBFC be used for a controversy? It is an organisation that consists of people like any other organisation, so why should we be unfair to people who work in CBFC and completely unappreciate the efforts?” he had asked.

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Virat’s wedding anniversary post for Anushka is winning the internet

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Mumbai, Dec 11: It was a year ago that Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma married in a dreamy Tuscany, Italy.

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On completing a year of togetherness on Tuesday, Virat Kohli shared the wedding photographs wished wifey, Anushka Sharma, a happy anniversary and called her his “best friend and soulmate”.

“Can’t believe it’s been a year already because it feels like it happened just yesterday. Time has truly flown by. Happy anniversary to my best friend and my soulmate. Mine forever. Anushka Sharma.”; Virat tweeted.

Anushka shared her wedding video, where an ecstatic Kohli is seen referring to the actress as his “wife”. He also says that he now feels like a “grown up”.

The “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” star captioned the video: “It’s heaven, when you don’t sense time passing by… It’s heaven, when you marry a good ‘man’.”

Virat and Anushka are currently in Australia. Anushka had reached Australia a few days earlier to celebrate the anniversary with Kohli, who is currently leading the Indian Cricket Team against Austraila.

The star couple fondly called as “Virushka” by their fans, tied the knot on December 11, 2017, in Tuscany, Italy.

Happy Wedding Anniversary to Mr and Mrs Kohli !!

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I don’t feel any pressure, but have responsibility towards acting: Ranveer Singh

Ranveer has a filmography boasting of titles like like “Band Baaja Baaraat”, “Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl”, “Lootera”, “Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela”, “Bajirao Mastani”, “Dil Dhadakne Do” and “Padmaavat”.

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New Delhi, Dec 11 : Hopes are high from newly-married Ranveer Singh, who is set to woo quintessential Bollywood fans with “Simmba” later this month. After eight years of entertaining audiences, the actor says he does not feel any pressure to deliver his best as he sees it as a responsibility towards what he loves doing — acting.

Ranveer has a filmography boasting of titles like like “Band Baaja Baaraat”, “Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl”, “Lootera”, “Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela”, “Bajirao Mastani”, “Dil Dhadakne Do” and “Padmaavat”.

Asked if he feels pressure with so many hopes riding on him, Ranveer told IANS in an e-mail interaction from Mumbai: “I have been fortunate enough to experience both highs and lows. (I have been) Lucky and blessed that there have been more highs than lows, but I’m glad that the lows were there because they taught me a lot.”

The actor, who faced failure with films like “Befikre” and “Kill Dil”, says it taught him that filmmaking is a collaborative process.

“According to me, whether it’s my most successful film or least successful film — I know in my heart of hearts that I tried my best, I performed with all honesty and never gave less than a 100 per cent. If a film did not work, that is not in my hands. From my point of view, my perspective, I gave it everything.

“For a film to become a hit or a flop, there are many variables and many factors. That said, I don’t get pressurised. I see it as a responsibility to what I love doing,” he said.

Ranveer, who tied the knot with his long-time lady love Deepika Padukone in November, says he feels responsible when filmmakers come to him for collaborations.

“When filmmakers collaborate with me, I only assume that they expect me to bring something to the table creatively and I like that. I appreciate that the finest filmmakers look upon me as a collaborator. It’s something to be proud of and so I feel responsible,” said Ranveer, who has worked under the direction of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Zoya Akhtar, Aditya Chopra and Vikramaditya Motwane.

As a performer, Ranveer said his effort is always to make people associated with him proud.

“I want to make my fans, family, my team everybody who is directly or indirectly connected to me, my life, my career — proud. So, I feel responsible in that way. So yes, I don’t feel pressurised, but I definitely do feel responsible,” he added.

Ranveer, who has been feted with the “entertainer of the year” award by a magazine, has a bag full of films coming up. His next his “Simmba”, where he is playing a flamboyant police officer. Then there’s “Gully Boy”, “’83” and a period drama “Takht”.

The actor’s last Bollywood outing was Bhansali’s “Padmaavat”, in which he essayed the role of Alauddin Khilji. Ranveer upped his own game with his powerful acting and eccentric mannerisms in the film, and captivated cine-goers with his stand-out performance, which set the bar higher for Bollywood villains.

Would he like to play an anti-hero again?

“Khilji’s part was mentally and emotionally taxing for me. I don’t think I’m keen on going into the dark space again anytime soon. That said, I want to keep doing different things. I will explore new characters that have a fresh set of layers to play. I never say never, but probably not anytime soon,” he said.

Ranveer was in fact advised by many people to not play Khilji.

“The rationale behind that was pretty convincing. They rationalised saying how audiences are very emotional, they even draw lines between actors and stars. If they love a character, they will shower the love on who played the character and if they hate the character, that hate will come upon the actor.”

But the 33-year-old star saw it differently.

“I trusted the audience, I trusted their maturity and the fact that they have evolved over time that they can see the performance for what it is. I felt that if I do this part well, they will appreciate me as an actor. I’m glad I trusted the audience and my trust in them paid off. It was a huge risk, but I’m never one to play it safe. So I’m glad I took the risk,” he said.

(Durga Chakravarty can be contacted at [email protected])

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A web show is no less than a film: Actor Ali Fazal

Ali has appeared in Hollywood film “Furious 7”, and has travelled with his movies to various international film festivals.

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Mumbai, Dec 11 : Working in American TV show “Bollywood Hero” to sharing screen space with Oscar-winning veteran actress Judi Dench in the British-American film “Victoria & Abdul”, making a mark in Bollywood in the beginning of his career with his presence in the National Award-winning film “3 Idiots” to becoming a part of web series “Mirzapur”, actor Ali Fazal has successfully dabbled in different realms of the entertainment world.

The actor says the entertainment industry going through a positive transformation where the lines between web series and feature films are blurring to celebrate good stories over screen size.

“I think this transformation is a natural progression that was bound to happen. Now, a web show is no less than a film. This is the same phase Hollywood went through five years ago when, whether it was OTT (over-the-top) platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime or even television, they offered their audience… great content. That time, cinema faced a challenge…

“Now, globally, the youth is smart enough to consume content on their smartphones, smart TV and the demand for content is increasing,” added the “Fukrey” actor.

Ali has appeared in Hollywood film “Furious 7”, and has travelled with his movies to various international film festivals.

According to the actor, though India is a nation that celebrates cinema on the big screen more, the constant demand for good content by the audience has led content makers to invest in quality production to match the international level.

“That is precisely the reason why, these days, we get to see the extensive promotion and publicity of even web shows, and those are as good as those of a feature film. Perhaps that is why a large audience waits for the digital release of a film, rather than its theatrical release, unless it is an event film that demands to be experienced on the big screen,” said the “Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi” actor.

A question arises on why “content-driven Indian films” that get wide recognition internationally hardly survive in Indian theatres?

“Well, in Hollywood, superhero films are commercial potboilers but they also give space for films that win awards like Oscar, Golden Globe and travel to film festivals. Abroad, there is room for every film because every story has its audience. In our country, it is success driven… If a film earns box office numbers, the film will be in the theatre — whether it is artistically good or not. The good thing is, that is changing now,” Ali said.

The actor has been widely lauded for essaying the role of a gangster named Guddu Pandit in the Amazon Prime web series “Mirzapur”. Its second season will be out in 2019.

Produced by Excel Entertainment, the show features Pankaj Tripathi, Vikrant Messay, Shweta Tripathi and Divyendu Sharma.

Ali has also finished shooting for Tigmanshu Dhulia’s “Milan Talkies” and another feature film, “Prassathanam”, which also features Manisha Koirala and Sanjay Dutt.

(Arundhuti Banerjee can be contacted at [email protected])

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