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Ramesh Sippy to get inaugural Raj Kapoor Award

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Mumbai, Feb 12: Veteran filmmaker Ramesh Sippy, who directed the classic blockbuster “Sholay” and tele-serial “Buniyaad”, would be conferred the first ‘Raj Kapoor Award for Excellence in Cinema’, an official said here on Monday.

Instituted by the Asian Centre for Entertainment Education (ACEE) with various international organisations like World Bank, UNICEF, USC Annenberg Normal Lear Cenre, Hollywood Health and Society, Cinepolis Foundation and CMS, the ‘Raj Kapoor Trophy’ will be unveiled here on Wednesday.

“The global awards are being launched in memory of Raj Kapoor, the quintessential ‘Showman of Post-Independent India’, who was a rare filmmaker to have placed mainstream and popular entertainment which he created in contemporary social contexts,” said ACEE Co-Founder Vinta Nanda.

Raj Kapoor was making films from virtually the official birth of India onwards, when the violence of Partition marked the translation from British rule to democracy, and even without a close reading of history, it is clear that undercurrents in his work often measured the changes, both economic and social, in Indian society, she explained.

Sippy, 71, will receive the first Raj Kapoor Award for Excellence in Cinema at the two-day ‘Elevate 2K18’ bi-annual conclave of ACEE’s programme, The Third Eye in Mumbai, she added.

Honoured with a Padma Shri, Sippy has attained legendary status with his memorable film “Sholay” (1975) and later the popular serial on Doordarshan, “Buniyaad” (1987), based on the Partition of India.

Veteran actors and sons of Raj Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor and Rajiv Kapoor, will take part in a discussion on ‘The Unparalleled Social Commentator, The Showman Raj Kapoor’, which will be moderated by journalist Shekhar Gupta.

Besides the launch of the global award and trophy at the ‘Elevate 2K18’, Nanda said the team behind the latest Bollywood release “Pad Man”, including producer Twinkle Khanna and director R. Balki shall be felicitated at the conclave.

The first trailer of the upcoming film, “102 Not Out” directed by Umesh Shukla of “OMG – Oh My God!” fame – which brings together industry veterans Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor together on screen after a 25 year gap – shall be released at the conclave.

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Amitabh Bachchan meets Twitter officials

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Mumbai, Feb 19: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who threatened to quit Twitter after losing followers earlier this month, met some officials from the micro-blogging site to understand the digital platform.

He says the working on the micro-blogging platform is very apparent.

“The Twitter team came from across the seas to visit me at work and to explain to me how Twitter works… Thank you,” Big B tweeted late on Sunday.

“The truth of the working is so apparent,” he added.

On February 1, the cine icon threatened to quit Twitter, accusing the micro-blogging website of reducing his followers. That time, the fan following of Big B quickly dropped from 33 million to 32.9 million.

Also Read: Amitabh Bachchan decides to leave Twitter as SRK scores 32.9 Mn followers

At present, his following is 33.1 million.

On the film front, the actor will be seen in “102 Not Out”, “Thugs of Hindostan” and “Brahmastra”.

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Emraan Hashmi, Rishi Kapoor to unite for Jeethu Joseph’s horror thriller

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New Delhi, Feb 19: Malayalam filmmaker Jeethu Joseph, known for directing the super hit thriller Drishyam, starring Mohanlal, is making his Bollywood debut. The director will be making a horror thriller, which will star Emraan Hashmi and Rishi Kapoor in the lead.

AZURE Entertainment and Viacom18 Motion Pictures announced a collaboration to produce Jeethu Joseph’s Hindi film debut on Monday in a statement.

“Directing a Hindi feature film has been on the anvil for some time and I have been waiting for the right story.

“This crime mystery thriller with elements of horror has excited me tremendously and we have got perfect casting for the two protagonists in the film. I am looking forward to start the film at the earliest,” said Joseph.

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh also tweeted about the film saying, “Acclaimed filmmaker Jeethu Joseph, who has directed a number of top grossing Malayalam films, including the Mohanlal starrer #Drishyam, will direct his first Hindi film… A crime thriller with elements of horror… Stars Rishi Kapoor and Emraan Hashmi…contd. The Rishi Kapoor – Emraan Hashmi starrer directed by Jeethu Joseph is not titled yet.. Will be presented by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and produced by Sunir Kheterpal… The film will be shot in a single schedule between May and July this year..”

The yet untitled film will be shot in a single schedule between May and July.

Emraan said that the project will be “a riveting, nail biting treat for fans of the genre and with Jeethu at the helm of things. I’m confident the film will be a game changer”.

Ajit Andhare, Chief Operating Officer, Viacom18 Motion Pictures, said: “Ever since we produced ‘Drishyam’, a Hindi remake of Jeethu Joseph’s original masterpiece, we have been looking for a subject to make with Jeethu in Hindi.”

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Ahead of ‘Baaghi 2’ Trailer, makers announce ‘Baaghi 3’

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Mumbai, Feb 19: While everyone is eagerly waiting for the trailer of Tiger Shroff-Disha Patani starrer Baaghi 2, which releases two days later on February 21, the makers of the film have officially announced the release of the third film, Baaghi 3 which will again star Tiger Shroff and will be helmed by choreographer-turned-director Ahmed Khan. The name of the leading lady has not been revealed. 

The “Baaghi 3” announcement was made on Monday through official Nadiadwala Grandson Twitter handle.

The post read: “Our excitement level has just tripled! We are thrilled to share the third instalment of Sajid Nadiadwala’s ‘Baaghi’ franchise, starring Tiger Shroff directed by Ahmed Khan.”

Tiger will start shooting for the third instalment of “Baaghi” in China in December. Later the film’s team will head to Japan.

This is Tiger’s fourth collaboration with Sajid after his debut film “Heropanti”, “Baaghi” and “Baaghi 2”.

Talking about the movie, Sajid said: “‘Baaghi 2’ has been a fruitful journey and a beautiful experience for all of us.

“Tiger is a talented and dedicated actor. Ditto Ahmed Khan, who has helmed the film. Together, we have a great story to tell in ‘Baaghi 3’. I am happy to announce this film even before the trailer of ‘Baaghi 2’ is out.”

Meanwhile, Baaghi 2 is slated to release on March 30. The film is produced by Sajid Nadiadwala under the banner Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment and presented by Fox Star Studios.

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The trailer of “Baaghi 2”, which also features Disha Patani, will be out on Wednesday(February 21).

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