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Shoojit Sircar has ‘no clue’ about film with SRK

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New Delhi, Aug 12 Filmmaker Shoojit Sircar says that he is tied up with Varun Dhawan-starrer “October” and that reports about him planning to collaborate with superstar Shah Rukh Khan on a film are wrong.

According to reports, Shah Rukh and Sircar are keen to collaborate on a film that will be based on the Indian Army.

Asked about it, Sircar told IANS over phone from Melbourne: “No. This is wrong news. I am not aware of it at all. I have no clue. I’m just getting into a film with Varun. That’s already been announced.”

He is in the Australian city for the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne where his 2016 production “Pink” won the Best Film award on Friday. The movie, with a strong social message, has even bagged the National Film Award. But getting recognition in Australia is different for the “Madras Cafe” director.

“It’s a joy and a proud moment for the team, especially because we have got an acknowledgement from the Australian jury. The film has resonated with them as well. That gives a high. It shows that we are on the right path,” he said.

Sircar, who has worked with actors like Amitabh Bachchan, John Abraham and Ayushmann Khurrana, is also looking forward to a chat session on actors and acting process at the festival on Sunday.

“I am going to speak on my films right from the scripting process to execution,” he said.

Talking about his criteria for choosing actors for his films, Sircar said: “I don’t have actors in mind, but definitely I have the characters in mind while writing the script because we are developing the character, then we start working on it…the nuances of the character and then that decides who the actor is going to be. Sometimes, it is also because of the economic pressure.”

“The kind of films that I make…I try to keep the budgets as low as possible,” he added.

Still, he manages to strike the right chord with the audience.

“I am just lucky that they (his films) have all worked. I never thought that my films… like on constipation would work. I thought they were very average stories, but very important. I thought somehow I would just manage. I thank the audience for giving so much of love to my films,” said the director, who has helmed successful films like “Piku” and “Vicky Donor”.

He is set to touch the audience’s hearts with his next, which will be a slice of life love story.

Sircar, unlike most filmmakers, has never locked horns with the Central Board of Film Certification, whose chief Pahlaj Nihalani has now been replaced by writer, lyricist and adman Prasoon Joshi.

Asked about the move, Sircar said: “I think Prasoon Joshi is absolutely eligible. He has been a part of the mainstream film industry. He knows exactly…he himself is a creative person. So, I think he will understand much deeper what we filmmakers want and what people should watch. It’s a great move that Prasoon Joshi has come on board.”

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Jhanvi Kapoor starrer “Dhadak” to release on July 20

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Mumbai, Jan 20: Filmmaker Karan Johar’s “Dhadak”, starring Shahid Kapoor’s brother Ishaan Khatter and veteran actress Sridevi’s daughter Janhvi Kapoor, is scheduled to release on July 20.

Karan is backing the film, an adaptation of the acclaimed Marathi film “Sairat”, through his banner Dharma Productions. He announced the release date on Saturday on Twitter.

“Six months to ‘Dhadak’, releasing July 20, 2018. Directed by Shashank Khaitan and presenting Jhanvi and Ishaan. Dharma Movies, Zee Studios, Apoorva Mehta,” he said in a tweet.

While “Dhadak” will mark Janhvi’s foray into Indian film industry, Ishaan is making his acting debut with Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi’s India-set movie “Beyond The Clouds”.

The original film “Sairat” starred newcomers Rinku Rajguru and Akash Thosar and was produced and helmed by Nagraj Manjule.

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‘Aapla Manus’ role complex, unique: Nana Patekar

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Mumbai: Veteran actor Nana Patekar says his upcoming Marathi movie “Aapla Manus” has given him a chance to explore a unique and complex character that he has not had a chance to portray in the language.

“After ‘Natasamrat’, I was waiting for something special to come my way, a character that wouldn’t leave me even after the narration and with Maruti Nagargoje (the character), I found him,” Nana said in a statement.

“He is a complex character, something that I have never played before in Marathi cinema. He is a man of few words, has a peculiar dialect and mannerism, a characteristic that makes him so unique,” he added.

The Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Ajay Devgn FFilms production is directed by Satish Rajwade. It also features Sumeet Raghavan and Irawati Harshe, who play a young urban couple and share a complex relationship with the father. The unexpected death of the father marks the entry of Senior Inspector Maruti Nagargoje into their lives. Nagargoje turns their world upside down making them question their beliefs about life and family.

Nikhil Sane, Business Head – Viacom18 Motion Pictures Marathi and Colors Marathi, said: “In the last few years Marathi cinema has evolved in many ways, especially with its great ability to deal with diverse nature of stories reflecting our literary, social and cultural values.

“Most importantly, the response of Marathi audiences has been incredible which is clearly reflecting at the box office. ‘Aapla Manus’ has strong storytelling and stellar performances which will connect with our discerning audiences. I am confident that it is going to be the biggest Marathi film post, a treat for the Marathi audiences with none other than Nana Patekar as the protagonist.”

It will release on February 9.

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Medical tourism in India on rise

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India Tourism has been seeing a year on year growth; there has been an increase in domestic travellers as well as foreigners travelling to India. India also attracts patients from several countries for Medical treatments.

Medical tourism or health and wellness tourism refers to the industry where people from across the world travel to other countries to get medical, dental or surgical care and at the same time visit local attractions of that country.

Out of the total Medical tourism across globe approximately 63% is shared between Singapore, Thailand and India with Singapore and Thailand being the leaders in the field.

India has seen a regular growth in Medical tourism traveller’s and from 2013 -2016, the medical visas issued annually has grown from 1.22 lacs to 1.78 lacs.

Following are some of the reasons why people choose India for their treatment:

– World Class facilities and services available in India
– Good qualified doctors
– Cost (Some of the major surgeries in India cost 10-20% of the cost incurred in Western Countries)
– No waiting period for treatments

Some challenges which need to be addressed for patients choosing India as preferred Medical tourism hub

– Improve perception on hygiene and service across the globe
– Ensure quality and service
– Step down facilities for Post Surgical care for recovery. India lacks in centers that can take care of recovery needs post treatments and the patient has to spend more days at a hospital.
– Medical Visa – Procedure to obtain medical visa needs simplification as it can get quite cumbersome as per current regulations

Based on statistics released by the government, Delhi, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu are the top destinations for visitors travelling for Medical tourism. Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi have the large number of quality hospitals and take the maximum share of the pie as of today. These cities have a several hospitals to choose from and offer good connectivity across the globe.

Medical tourism or health and wellness tourism can be divided in to 2 different types:

Curative: This is where the traveller’s come in for specific treatments, a few of the preferred treatments are listed below:

Cardiac Surgeries including bypass surgeries

Knee / Hip Replacement surgeries

Orthopedic surgeries

Cosmetic surgeries

Ophthalmology

Rejuvenation: Traveller’s want to explore the ancient treatments and traditional medicines offered in India and hence they come to India, a few are listed below

Ayurveda
Yoga
Siddha
Yunani
Naturopathy

Considering that we can excel in various parameters catering to medical tourism, our country has tremendous potential to increase our share in the Medical Tourism segment.

Jay Kantawala, Founder of WIYO Travel says, “Medical tourism in India has been seeing a year on year growth in the past decade and is expected to grow 2 ½ times in the coming 8-10 years and become a US$ 1.6 Billion market in coming decade. This industry will get a boost if Visa process is simplified and simple cross border payments. In addition to this we are seeing Health care institutions opting for certifications for NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers) and JCI (Joint Commission International) accreditations, which help in building trust amongst travelers”.

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