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Toilet: Ek Prem Katha Makers Slapped With A Legal Notice For Copyright Violation

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New Delhi, July 5: ‘Toilet- Ek Prem Katha’, an upcoming movie starring Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar which is scheduled to be released on August 11, was slapped with a legal notice by a local filmmaker for violation of Copyright Act saying its song ‘Hans Mat Pagli’ was a copy of the song from his Rajasthan regional movie released recently.

The same complaint was forwarded by the maker to Indian film and TV Producers Council (IFTPC) which took cognizance and sought clarification from Neeraj Pandey, who co-produced the movie with Akshay.

Vipin Tiwari, head of Teetri production, informed that he directed, produced ‘Laadli’ movie which was released on April 7. The movie themed on ‘Save the girl child’ issue was given ‘U’ certificate by the Censor board. “One of the famous songs in the movie, ‘Hans Mat Pagli Pyar Ho Jaega’ was approved in the favor of us by IFPTC and till date its registration is with us,” said Tiwari, adding that upcoming movie copied it, which is a violation of the Copyright Act.

Tiwari has demanded removal of scenes from the movie. “I hereby call upon you to immediately withdraw the promos in this regard used without permission of my client and further not to release movie and to give reply to the said infringement of copyright on punch line and use of title song within a period of 7 days from receipt of notice,” stated the notice that was sent to Neeraj Pandey, Viacom 18 Media Private Limited and two others.

The IFTPC has sent a letter to Pandey, asking him to submit a reply within three days on copyright violation, failing which the matter would be escalated and referred to the disputes settlement committee.

The IFTPC has sent a letter to Pandey, asking him to submit a reply within three days on copyright violation, failing which the matter would be escalated and referred to the disputes settlement committee.

The film stars Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednakar in lead roles and it will hit theaters on 11th August.

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Ali Fazal, Anupam Kher’s films land Oscar nominations

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Los Angeles, Jan 24: Indian actor Ali Fazal-starrer “Victoria & Abdul” has two nominations and Anupam Kher starrer “The Big Sick” stands a chance to win in one category at the 90th Academy Awards, where fantasy drama “The Shape of Water” has a maximum of 13 nods.

“Victoria & Abdul”, a movie about a unique bond between Queen Victoria and her Indian Muslim servant Abdul Karim, stands a chance to win in the Best Costume Design and Make-up and Hairstyling categories. In the film, Ali plays Abdul, with Hollywood veteran Judi Dench as Queen Victoria.

As for Anupam’s “The Big Sick”, it is nominated for the Writing (Original Screenplay) honour for Pakistan-origin Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon.

“The Shape of Water” – a love story between a mute woman who works as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high-security government laboratory in 1962 Baltimore and a misunderstood aquatic monster — is in the race to win an award in Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay categories along with Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer and Richard Jenkins in contention for the statuette in Lead Actress, Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor categories respectively.

It is also contending in technical categories like Cinematography, Costume Design, Film Editing, Music – Original Score, Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Writing (Original Screenplay).

“The Shape of Water” is the tenth film in Oscar history to earn thirteen nominations, with the current record of fourteen nominations held by “All about Eve” (1950), “Titanic” (1997) and “La La Land” (2016).

Actress-comedian Tiffany Haddish and actor-director Andy Serkis, joined by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President John Bailey, announced the nominations on Tuesday via a global live stream. Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra was one of the celebrities who participated in pre-taped category introductions.

“Newton”, India’s official entry for the Foreign Language Film category, had failed to make the cut to the shortlist early in the selection process. Films from Sweden, Chile, Lebanon, Russia and Hungary have made it to the final list.

This year, “Dunkirk” has eight nominations, followed by “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri” with seven nods, “Darkest Hour” and “Phantom Thread” tying at six, “Blade Runner 2049” and “Lady Bird” registering five nods, and “Call Me by Your Name”, “Get Out”, “Mudbound” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” contending in four categories.

“Baby Driver” and “I, Tonya” stand a chance to win in three categories, while films with nominations each include “Beauty and the Beast”, “Coco” and “The Post” apart from “Victoria & Abdul”.

Veteran actress Meryl Streep has registered her 21st nomination with a spot in the Actress in a Leading Role for “The Post”, distributed in India by Anil Ambani-backed Reliance Entertainment. She will be competing with Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”), Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”) and Hawkins.

In the Actor in a Leading Role, the nominees are: Timothee Chalamet (“Call Me by Your Name”), Daniel Day-Lewis (“Phantom Thread”), Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”), Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”) and Denzel Washington (“Roman J. Israel, Esq.”).

At 88 years old, Christopher Plummer has become the oldest acting nominee to date. He is nominated for the Actor in a Supporting Role honour for “All the Money in the World”, in which he replaced Kevin Spacey who was ousted over sexual misconduct claims.

Christopher Nolan has scored his first-ever Oscar nomination for Best Director for his war film “Dunkirk”. Competing with him are; Jordan Peele for “Get Out”, Greta Gerwig for “Lady Bird”, Paul Thomas Anderson for “Phantom Thread” and Guillermo del Toro for “The Shape of Water”.

The 90th Oscars, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will be held on March 4 at the Dolby Theatre here. It will be aired in India live on Star Movies and Star Movies Select on March 5.

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‘Padmaavat’ Review: A breathtaking homage to valour of Rajputs

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New Delhi, Jan 24: Padmaavat: Starring, Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, Aditi Rao, Jim Sarbh: Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

Rating: *****(5 stars)

For my money there is no contemporary filmmaker with the vision and velocity of Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The man makes every frame in his cinema seem like a wondrous timeless work of art.

As in all his films there are visuals in Padmaavat that will be remembered for all times to come. And this is as opportune a time as any to salute Bhansali’s cinematographer Sudeep Chatterjee who is a magician, visionary par excellence who can put on screen images that poets and painters put into their creations when at the acme of inspiration.

Almost every moment in the story that Bhansali tells of the royal Queen Padmavati and the Islamic invader who lusts after her, is pure magic.

The mesmerizing mise en scene hooks you from the word go when in a spellbinding introduction, the Queen on a hunting trip manages to wound Raja Ratan Singh, in more than one.

Love-stuck and besotted Shahid Kapoor’s Ratan Singh makes it very clear that he would do anything in his power to protect the beauty and sanctity of the woman he falls in love with and marries.

Palace intrigue is always a high-point in Bhansali’s operatic dramas. In Bajirao Mastani we saw Deepika Padukone as the royal queen who ends up being the second wife of a neighbouring empire. A similar fate awaits Deepika in Padmaavat.

While the conflict between the two wives in Bajirao Mastani was conspicuously contoured, in Padmaavat Deepika’s Padmaavati barely manages to interact with her husband’s first wife (played by Anupriya Goenka).

It is Padmaavati’s conflict with her invader and intended violator Allauddin Khilji which occupies centerstage in this rigorous drama of resonant historicity.

On many occasions the historical facts are tampered with for the sake of edifying the essential conflict between the Queen and her invader.

Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh bring an exquisite operatic duet-like feeling to their parts. Though they sing the same song from different scales,they are like the earth and sky never destined to meet.

Bhansali imparts a portentous potency to their conflict. Without coming face-to-face the two actors convey an almost-unbearable dramatic tension.

The climax with all of the Rani’s female entourage fighting off the advances of Khilji by hurling hot coal bricks on him, is a reverberant homage to Ketan Mehta’s Mirch Masala.

Remember Naseruddin Shah’s moustache-twirling subedaar in Mehta’s film lusting after the feisty Sonbai (Smita Patil)? Bhansali’s Padmavati echores Sonbai with heartening whoops of joy. Indeed this is a film that pays a homage to the greatest filmmakers of the country Raj Kapoor and K. Asif and succeeds in going beyond the vision of these two filmmakers.

The sequences at the end of the film featuring Deepika Padukone and a bevy of women all wearing flaming-red, will stay with you for a very long time. I am afraid Shahid Kapoor as Padmavati’s husband seems a little shaky in his attempts to counter Ranveer’s psychotic Khilji with regal restraint.

Shahid internalizes his character’s struggles to an extent where he looks bored at times.

But there is no dearth of bravura acting in Padmaavat. While Ranveer and Deepika as antagonists rip the screen part, two other actors Jim Serbh and Aditi Rao shine in smaller roles bringing to their part as Khilji’s manipulative toy-boy and idealistc wife, a strong sense of a back-history that belies the length of their roles.

Padmaavat is a work of illimitable splendor. The 3D format seems quite an unnecessary grandeur-enhancement device. When we already have so much to savour and imbibe why hanker for more? This is a film so inured in irradiance and so steeped in splendor you will come away from the experience exhilarated and satiated.

This is a movie so epic in proportion it stands tall among the great films of all time about love and war. In Bhansali we have our own David Lean. Padmaavat proves it.

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We haven’t taken care of our beaches as much as Australia has: Parineeti Chopra

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Mumbai, Jan 24: Bollywood actress Parineeti Chopra unveiled her holiday videos in Australia and celebrated India’s Republic Day and Australia Day on Tuesday.

During media interaction, the actress said that unfortunately India hasn’t taken care of its beaches as much as Australia has.

“I will tell the truth. The water is there, the beach is there, but the Gold Coast is beautiful. Unfortunately, we haven’t taken care of our beaches as much as Australia has,” she said to the host’s comment of how the venue looked like the Gold Coast in Queensland.

The videos feature a spectacular montage of iconic Aussie experience. In the films, Parineeti, can be seen cuddling a koala, learning to surf on the Gold Coast, getting a taste of Australia’s freshest produce, enjoying a bird’s eyeview of Surfers Paradise on the sky-point climb, spotting whales, watching the sunset over the Red Centre in Uluru and standing amid Brunce Munro’s beautiful art installation, ‘Field of Light’. One of the videos also features the actress sing for a background tune.

While reminiscing her memories of working with the team and on the video, Parineeeti said the project had somehow became a passion for her.

“As actors, we associate with many films, brands, and take up different jobs for different reasons. But Australia Tourism and the trips we do every year, the videos, somehow is just a passion project for me.”

“Australia was one of the countries I wanted to visit since I was a child. I wanted to live there, study there. When I became an actor I never thought I will get the chance to be the ambassador for tourism for Australia,” said ‘Meri Pyari Bindu’ actor.

Parineeti travelled to the country in 2017. She said she regretted not being able to enter the waters on the Gold Coast due to an injury then.

Asked what she would like to do on her next trip in April 2018, she said: “Hands-down scuba diving. Last year, we could not do it because of my foot; I wanted to but couldn’t do so many things. As actors, we shoot on sets all the time and now I want to shoot underwater and I am really excited for it.”

The actress is set to travel for another trip to Australia after she finishes a schedule for her next film ‘Namaste London’ in April.

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