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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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Canadian PM ‘Justin Trudeau’ meets SRK, Aamir and other Celebs; See Pics

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Mumbai, Feb 21: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is on a week-long visit to India, spent an evening with Bollywood personalities like Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Anupam Kher and Farhan Akhtar discussing stronger ties between the Hindi and the Canadian film industries.

Trudeau met the Bollywood celebrities on Tuesday night here. He even shared a photograph with Shah Rukh and tweeted: “Tonight, we celebrated stronger ties and new co-production opportunities between Bollywood and the Canadian film industry. And who better to help than Shah Rukh Khan himself. Great to meet you!”

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He also tweeted the photograph with Mr. Perfectionalist, Aamir Khan, and wrote: Aamir Khan – our delegation was very happy to meet you! Thanks for joining us to celebrate a brighter future for the film industry in both our countries.

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Anupam, who met Trudeau and his family, said it was a pleasure meeting the Canadian Prime Minister.

“What a charming and great conversationalist he is. Talked about people, culture and, of course, cinema,” Anupam added.

Actor-director Farhan Akhtar too was delighted to meet Trudeau. He wrote: “Was an honour & a pleasure to meet the Hon. Prime Minister of Canada, @JustinTrudeau & his lovely wife, Sophie. Sir, your leadership in the discourse for ending gender discrimination serves as constant inspiration to us all.”

Madhavan was floored by the “grace and charm” of the Canadian PM. “@JustinTrudeau such a pleasure and honour meeting you sir. Your relatability, grace and charm was most endearing and its easy to see why you are the Pride and toast of Canada.Have a lovely rest of the tour,” he tweeted.

Trudeau arrived here on Saturday on an eight-day visit at the invitation of his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi.

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The visit is aimed at further strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries in key areas of mutual interest such as trade and investment, energy, science and innovation, higher education, infrastructure development, skill development and space.

Cooperation in security and counter-terrorism as well as exchange of views on global and regional issues of mutual interest will also form important components of the visit.

Modi will hold bilateral talks with Trudeau on Friday following which a number of agreements are expected to be signed.

The trip comes nearly three years after Modi visited Canada in April 2015. The last visit of a Canadian Prime Minister to India was in November 2012.

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‘Baaghi 2’ Trailer: Tiger Shroff, Disha Patani starrer is mixed bag of Love & Action

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New Delhi, Feb 21: The much-awaited trailer of Tiger Shroff-Disha Patani starrer ‘ Baaghi 2 ‘ is finally out! One look at the trailer and you would agree that Tiger gives out the ‘Rambo’ vibes.

Tiger Shroff steals the show with this one. Randeep Hooda, Manoj Bajpayee and Prateik Babbar are a surprise package and the trailer promises double the fun and action.

Starring Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani in the sequel, the Ahmed Khan directorial promises some fabulous action moments.

The film is a sequel to Tiger’s 2016 superhit action flick ‘Baaghi’ which also starred Shraddha Kapoor in the lead role.

Co-Produced by Fox Star Studios and Sajid Nadiadwala under the banner name Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, Baaghi 2 is directed by Ahmed Khan and is slated to release on 30th March, 2018.

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Neetu Chandra releases song on International Mother Language Day

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Mumbai, Feb 21: Actress-producer Neetu Chandra released a Bhojpuri song on her YouTube channel ‘Bejod’ on the occasion of International Mother Language Day, which is observed on February 21.

Titled “Ankhiyan ke paani”, the song has been directed by her brother and National Award-winning director Nitin Chandra. It aims at elaborating the significance of the Bhojpuri language and its rich culture, read a statement.

Watch the song here:

“I am proud of the fact that I got an opportunity to stand by my roots by showcasing this video on a digital platform. I intend to showcase my mother tongue, which is Bhojpuri, to the world and let people know about its vibrant and rich culture it stands for,” said Neetu, who has produced the project.

The video for the song has been shot across eight countries, including India, the US, Canada, Singapore and Australia.

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