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Rahman, Shruti Haasan thrilled about Cannes debut

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Chennai, May 19: Double Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman and actress Shruti Haasan are thrilled to have made their maiden appearance at the 70th edition of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

Both are representing their upcoming trilingual historic drama “Sanghamitra”, a story set in the eight century AD.

On Thursday, the first look posters of the film were launched in Cannes.

The project sees Rahman team up with director Sundar C for the first time.

“This is my first time at Cannes. I’m so overwhelmed to be surrounded by wonderful people,” Rahman told IANS on the phone from Cannes.

“It’s a very ambitious film. Six months back when I heard just 30 minutes of the narration, it was good enough for me to come on board,” he said about the rumoured Rs 150 crore project.

Rahman added “Sanghamitra” not only has great story but “Sundar has good vision for music too”.

“Nothing as compelling as ‘Sanghamitra’ came my way in recent times. The project is in rights hands,” he said, heaping praise on the makers – Sri Thenandal Studios.

The film features Shruti in the role of a fierce warrior.

Talking about being in Cannes for the first time, Shruti told IANS on the phone: “The atmosphere is lovely and there’s so much of excitement around that you get sucked in. It feels special to be in this place at the beginning of my career.”

Has being at Cannes made her happy?

“I’m usually happy around people. I’m a nomad and I find happiness irrespective of the place I’m in,” she said.

In preparation for her role, Shruti has been training in sword fighting in London over the last few weeks.

“It’s going to be a physically taxing role. I’m getting myself ready not just physically but also mentally. Being fit also means building stamina and that’s precisely what I’m trying to achieve,” she said, expressing absolute joy over being part of this project.

Talking about her character, she said: “It’s not a straight-forward role where I follow the instructions of my director and act. The character is layered and I have been waiting for a long time to essay such a role.”

On joining hands with Sundar C, she said it’s going to be “one epic combination”.

“As a director, he is someone who understands the audience’s pulse like nobody. This time with an epic subject in hand, we can only imagine the magic he can weave,” she said.

The project is slated to roll from August. It also stars Jayam Ravi and Arya.

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Watch Rekha’s stunning performance at IIFA stage after 20 years

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New Delhi, June 25: IIFA awards 2018 turned out to be a star-studded affair in Bangkok. From veteran actress Rekha to current heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor brought the curtains down at the IIFA Awards 2018 with their entertaining dance performances.

Veteran actress Rekha set the stage on fire, with her elegance and charm, as she performed at the IIFA 2018. The timeless diva returned to the stage after 20 years and left everyone in awe of her.

Clad in a gorgeous pink anarkali suit, the evergreen actress performed on her hit numbers like Salaam-e-Ishq, Dil Cheez Kya Hai and In Ankhon Ki Masti Mein along with classics like Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya and Thare Rahiyo at the 19th edition of IIFA.

Shraddha Kapoor, who also performed at the IIFA, shared a picture with Rekha after her performance and wrote that the audience were ‘awestruck’ by her. “I have just watched the best performance of my life & possibly the best one I will ever see. When a shooting star decides to come down to earth & the entire audience is awestruck by her performance. Rekhaji, there are no words to describe how lucky we all are that we got to experience your magic right before our eyes. You all are in for the treat of a lifetime,” Shraddha captioned her post.

The 2000-seater Siam Niramit theatre saw thousands of Bollywood fanatics coming to the event to catch a glimpse of their favourite stars.

A string of A-listers like Ranbir Kapoor, Varun, Arjun, Kriti Sanon, Bobby Deol and Shraddha set the stage on fire with their power-packed and electrifying performances.

Varun danced on numbers like “Sau Tarah Ke”, “Tama Tama,” and “High Rated Gabru”.

Bobby danced with Romanian TV presenter and singer Iulia Vantur on numbers like “Gupt Gupt, “Soldier soldier”, “Tera Rang Balle Balle” and tracks from his latest release “Race 3”.

Kriti, Arjun, Kartik and Shraddha also danced to tracks from their films respectively.

Actor Irrfan Khan and late veteran actress Sridevi were named the Best Actors for their remarkable work in films “Hindi Medium” and “Mom”, respectively. Meanwhile, Vidya Balan’s ‘ Tumhari Sulu was chosen as the Best Film.

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IIFA 2018: Irrfan Khan, Sridevi bag top honours, Tumhari Sulu best film

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Bangkok, June 25: Actor Irrfan Khan and late veteran actress Sridevi were named the Best Actors at the 19th edition of the IIFA Awards, for their remarkable work in films “Hindi Medium” and “Mom”, respectively.

At a grand event on Sunday here at the Siam Niramit theatre, a story of an ambitious and enterprising housewife, “Tumhari Sulu” bagged the Best Picture honour, while Saket Chaudhary took back the Best Director Award.

Late Sridevi’s husband-producer Boney Kapoor took the award for her performance in “Mom”. He was emotional as he received the award from actress Kriti Sanon.

“I dedicate this award to the entire team of ‘Moma’,” said an emotional Boney.

The award function also honoured late actors Vinod Khanna, Shashi Kapoor and Sridevi.

Vinod’s award was accepted by veteran filmmaker Ramesh Sippy. Rishi Kapoor took Shashi Kapoor’s award. While actor Anil Kapoor and Boney broke down in tears while talking about Sridevi at the gala.

Here’s a complete list of winners:

Best Film – ‘Tumhari Sulu’

Best Director – Saket Chaudhary (‘Hindi Medium’)

Best Actor (Female) – Sridevi (‘Mom’)

Best Actor (Male) – Irrfan Khan (‘Hindi Medium’)

Best Actor In Supporting Role (Female) – Meher Vij (‘Secret Superstar’)

Best Actor In Supporting Role (Male) – Nawazzuddin Siddiqui (‘Mom’)

Best Story – Amit V Masurkar (‘Newton’)

Best Music Direction – Amaal Mallik, Tanishk Bagchi and Akhil Sachdeva (‘Badrinath Ki Dulhania’)

Best Background Score – Pritam (‘Jagga Jasoos’)

Best Screenplay – Nitesh Tiwari and Shreyas Jain (‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’)

Best Dialogues – Hitesh Kewalya (‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’)

Best Choreography – Vijay Ganguly and Ruel Dausan Varindani, (‘Galti Se Mistake’ from ‘Jagga Jasoos’)

Best Cinematography – Marcin Laskawiec and Usc (‘Tiger Zinda Hai’)

Best Editing – Shweta Venkat Mathew (‘Newton’)

Best Lyrics – Manoj Muntashir (‘Mere Rashke Qamar’ from ‘Baadshaho’)

Best Playback Singer (Female) – Meghna Mishra (‘Main Kaun Hoon’ from ‘Secret Superstar’)

Best Playback Singer (Male) – Arijit Singh (‘Hawayein’ from ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’)

Best Sound Design – Dileep Subramaniam and Ganesh Gangadharan (YRF Studios for ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’)

Best Special Effects – Ny Vfxwala (‘Jagga Jasoos’)

Best Style Icon of the Year – Kriti Sanon

Best Debut Director – Konkona Sensharma

Outstanding Achievement by an Actor in Indian Cinema – Anupam Kher

The 2000-seater Siam Niramit theatre saw thousands of Bollywood fanatics coming to the event to catch a glimpse of their favourite stars.

This year’s IIFA  saw Bollywood’s evergreen actress Rekha taking fans down the memory lane through her mesmerising performance after a hiatus of 20 years.

A string of A-listers like Ranbir Kapoor, Varun, Arjun, Kriti Sanon, Bobby Deol and Shraddha set the stage on fire with their power-packed and electrifying performances.

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Akshay’s ‘Gold Trailer’ shows one man’s struggle to make India proud

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New Delhi, June 25: After releasing some intriguing posters, the makers of Akshay Kumar starrer ‘Gold’ have finally dropped the official trailer of the upcoming film on Monday.

Gold is a story of one man’s dream, dedication and struggle. And, he thus makes India proud.

The trailer opens with a voice-over announcing the words, “Gold, British India,” and an intense-looking Akshay giving ‘the stare’ to the British flag. What transpires over a couple of minutes in the trailer is a mix of patriotism and sports, just everything one could have expected from Khiladi Kumar.

Akshay, perhaps for the first time, will be seen as a Bengali in the film and the trailer gives a peek into that persona.

Naagin star Mouni Roy appears for merely five seconds in the trailer chastising Akshay in Bengali. She plays the actor’s wife in Gold. Akshay then proceeds to deliver a monologue laced with an almost overbearing love for the country.

The over two-minute long trailer also featured Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh, Vineet Kumar Singh and Sunny Kaushal, each of them a hockey player with a passion to play the game.

The film is about India’s first Olympic medal win as a free nation in 1948 at the 14th Olympic Games at London. It will release on Independence Day in 2018.

Post Gold, Akshay will be seen in Kesari which is again a period film based on the Battle of Saragarhi.

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