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Rani, Freida, Rajkumar Hirani spread magic of cinema in Melbourne



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Melbourne, Aug 10: Rajkumar Hirani, Tabrez Noorani, Rani Mukerji, Freida Pinto, Vicky Kaushal, Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal on Friday gathered to spread the magic of cinema in Australia as part of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) — the biggest celebration of Indian movies in Down Under.

On a windy and sunny Friday, the celebrities addressed the opening press conference of the movie jamboree, to be held here till August 22.

Rani, looking simple and elegant in a floral suit, said it was an honour for her to be a guest of honour at the event, where 60 films across 20 languages will be screened.

“On behalf of the Indian film fraternity, I would like to thank the Victorian government for supporting the Indian industry as it is so diverse with so many languages and styles, and it is all put under one roof.

“It’s a matter of great pride for our country to showcase our films here and reach out to people,” Rani, whose film “Hichki” will be screened at the gala, said here.

Australia’s Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley lauded the IFFM and its Festival Director Mitu Bhowmick Lange for organising the country’s biggest Indian film festival in its creative capital Victoria.

In its ninth edition currently, the gala has been strongly supported by Film Victoria, the government body which offers film commission services to productions interested in filming here.

“We are looking at increasing the opportunities and strengthening the connections that we (Australia and India) have with each other. And that’s what IFFM does,” Foley said.

The opening night film is Tabrez Noorani’s “Love Sonia” on sex trafficking. Freida and Richa, along with the film’s lead actress Mrunal Thakur, said they were looking forward to showcase a film about the lesser known side of the harsh reality.

Hirani, who is here with writer Abhijat Joshi and actor Vicky Kaushal to show his latest movie “Sanju” to the Australian audience, said the “lovely people” of Melbourne add to its vibe as a city.

“We come here and start feeling like kids,” quipped Hirani, and added: “I think it’s a fantastic place. We have considered shooting here as a lot of Indian films have been shot here. I actually do very few films but I would want to come and shoot in Australia.”

Apart from film screenings, the inclusion-themed IFFM will host a flag hoisting ceremony on Saturday ahead of Independence Day. Rani will hoist the flag at the Federation Square.

There will also be a dance competition, as well as panel discussions ranging on different subjects concerning the film industry, leading up to the awards night on Sunday.



No stress between us: Alia Bhatt on her relationship with Katrina Kaif



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Mumbai, Aug 14: Actress Alia Bhatt has dismissed any form of stress between herself and her current boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor’s ex-girlfriend Katrina Kaif.

Alia was interacting with the media on the sidelines of the Caprese bags new collection launch on Monday here.

Alia and Katrina were known to share a close bond. They used to post pictures of their workout routines on social networking site Instagram, which were quite popular.

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But ever since Alia started dating Ranbir, there have been reports that the girls were no longer on sweet terms. Even the Instagram posts have vanished.

Reacting to these reports, Alia said, “I don’t check my Instagram likes. So, I don’t know why people are checking that? But I have to admit I have always been very fond of Katrina.

“I believe that its the same both ways, according to us. So, I don’t know why other people feel differently?

“But now I will send her a message to start liking my pictures because if that’s the barometer of friendship then we must start liking everyone’s picture.”

“Or maybe, I don’t have good pictures,” Alia said, adding that from now on she will post good pictures and then maybe “she will like it. But with her, I have no stress whatsoever”.

Alia was shooting for “Brahmastra” in Bulgaria, not long ago. It is written and directed by Ayan Mukerji and produced by Karan Johar. It stars Ranbir-Alia and Amitabh Bachchan.

The “Student of the Year” actor will also be seen in the historical magnum opus “Takht”.

Asked about the challenges of playing a historical character, Alia said: “Honestly, to take any kind of character is challenging whether it’s historical or contemporary or modern.

“I am just very happy and honoured to be associated with such a big film… and to be directed by Karan (Johar) again.”


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Akshay meets Balbir Singh, the living legend from the 1948 Gold Olympics



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New Delhi, Aug 14: Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, who is gearing up for the release of his next film ‘Gold’, met the ‘living hockey legend’, Balbir Singh on Monday.

Kumar took to his social media to praise Balbir Singh, stating that he was a part of the winning team that brought home the first prestigious Gold for India back in 1948.

Akshay will be seen playing the role of the hockey coach who trains team India to win its first gold medal as a free nation at 1948 Olympics. Balbir Singh was also a part of the team that helped the country achieve this feat.

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Singh is a three-time Olympic gold champion. He played a key role in India’s Olympic victories in London (1948), as a Vice-Captain in Helsinki (1952) and as the Captain in Melbourne (1956). As a matter of fact, he still holds the record for the most number of goals scored by an individual. No hockey player has yet been able to beat that record.

A historical sports drama inspired by India’s first Olympic gold medal, “Gold” traces the “golden era” of Indian hockey through the journey of Tapan Das, a young assistant manager in 1936, who dreamt of playing for an independent nation.


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

The film also features Amit Sadh, Kunal Kapoor, Sunny Kaushal, Vineet Kumar Singh and Mouni Roy.

Directed by Reema Kagti, Gold will release this Independence Day, marking the occasion of the 70th anniversary of free India’s first gold medal at the 1948 Olympics.


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‘Rashtraputra’ maker lends his voice for ‘Vande Mataram’




Mumbai, Aug 14: Filmmaker and actor Aazaad, who is coming up with a new film “Rashtraputra”, the life story of Indian freedom fighter Chandra Shekhar Azad, has lent his voice for the song ‘Vande Mataram’, released here on Monday.


Written by late poet Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, the song is different from its popular version.

Only the first two verses of the song were adopted as the National Song of India in October 1937 by the Congress Working Committee. The other verses that included references to Hindu goddesses Durga and Lakshmi were expunged, keeping in view the sentiments of the non-Hindu population.

However, the newly released version of ‘Vande Mataram’ for the film ‘Rashtraputra’ celebrates the later verses of the original song.

“I am lucky to have sung and composed this powerful song. This song is very unique because we are presenting soul mantra of ‘Vande Mataram’,” Aazaad said.

Apart from ‘Vande Mataram’, the film has songs composed by Bappi Lahiri, sung by Palak Muchhal, Aish King and Mika Singh and produced by Bombay Talkies Music Gharana.

Directed by Aazaad and produced by the Bombay Talkies, the film “Rashtraputra” is slated to be released on September 14.


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