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Transgender beauty queen Nitasha Biswas to make TV debut

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Mumbai, July 12: Transgender beauty queen Nitasha Biswas, who has represented India at international level is all set to make her small screen debut with ‘Dating In The Dark’. Biswas believes rejections are a part of life for a transwoman in India.

“Being a transwoman in India, rejections are a part of our lives. We have faced and continue to face rejections from workplace, friends, family and whom we fall in love with. I believe, love has no gender and it is this positive attitude and confidence that I hold that lets me believe, I will find my soulmate who will embrace me regardless,” Nitasha said in a statement.

Nitasha was born as a boy in a conservative Bengali family. She is entering the world of TV to find love.

It was when she was 22 that the transition for the sex change operation began and at 26, she won the crown as India’s first trans beauty queen and has represented India at the international level.

On her experience on the show, she said: “My experience on ‘Dating In The Dark’ was quite eventful. I went on two dates and though I did not find love but I’m glad, I could confess to my second date about my journey on national television without any hesitation. It took a lot of courage but it was great to see my date had no qualms spending time with me.”

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Richa Chadha faces racism in Georgia

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Tbilisi, Sep 20: Indian actress Richa Chadha on Thursday took to Twitter to share her experience of meeting a “racist officer” at passport control while exiting Georgia.

“Met a racist AF officer at the passport control, while exiting Georgia. Slammed my passport on the desk, twice…muttered under her breath in Georgian, yelled and asked me to hurry. Sad that people like her are the last ones we perhaps see on exiting the country,” Richa wrote.

She also mentioned meeting “the gentlest cabbie” here.

“He was so sweet, he changed my experience of the city, refused a tip, smiled throughout. We communicated only through gestures but I could feel his heart,” she tweeted.

Richa visited Georgia to shoot for the second instalment of Excel Entertainments “Inside Edge”. She will reprise her role as Mumbai Maverick team owner Zarina Malik.

The show also stars Vivek Anand Oberoi and Angad Bedi.

Apart from this, Richa will also be seen in Anubhav Sinha’s “Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai”, Ashwini Iyer Tiwari’s “Panga” and a biopic on southern actress Shakeela.

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‘A Star is Born’ gets India release date

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Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in 'A Star Is Born'

New Delhi, Sep 21: Actors Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga starrer “A Star is Born” will release in India on October 12.

Warner Bros Pictures is bringing the film to India. It will release in English, read a statement to IANS.

Cooper has expanded his creative horizons and will be making his directional debut with “A Star Is Born”. He is also co-producing the project through his 22 and Green production company along with Jon Peters, Bill Gerber and Basil Iwanyk.

The project is based on the eponymous 1937 film, which was directed by William Wellman.

In this new take on the tragic love story, Cooper plays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers and falls in love with struggling artist Ally (Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer until Maine coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Maine fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.

It also features Andrew Dice Clay, Dave Chappelle and Sam Elliott.

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‘Ishqeria’: An out-dated and poorly written love story

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“Sabko confuse karna band kar do”. This harmless dialogue told in a jocular tone in the film, inadvertently sums up the fate of the narrative of this 2 hour film. Purportedly, a college love-story, this film ends up confusing the audience with its constant failed attempts to create suspense.

A chick-flick, “Ishqeria” is a film about a small town girl Kuhu (Richa Chaddha) who falls madly in love with her college senior Raghav Dalmia (Neil Nitin Mukesh).

How she manipulates her way into his heart, the circumstances that lead to their separation and a happily-ever-after ending, is what this film is all about, albeit centred round a convoluted plot.

A hackneyed a la Mills & Boon love story set in Mussorie, there is nothing refreshing or new in the treatment of this film. The characters seem jaded and the drama, trite and oft-seen.

Narrated in a non-linear manner, the screenplay appears a tad confusing. The first half is seemingly watchable, while the second half drags and makes for tiresome viewing.

The uncalled for playful suspense elements are over-stretched for no apparent reason and in the bargain lay bare gaping plot-holes.

Hinging on a wafer-thin and frivolous plot, the narrative is overextended and fails to involve the audience beyond the first half an hour.

Richa Chaddha as Kuhu Singh, a small town girl, essays her character with sincerity and aplomb. She is effervescent and bubbly and lights up the screen with her energy.

Neil Nitin Mukesh as the sad rich boy, Raghav is staid and plays his studious character to perfection with restraint.

The duo are ably supported by stereotypical characters who play their respective friends.

It is the direction which seems slapdash and the poorly-etched characters cannot deliver beyond a point.

The flavour of the film is unrefined and rustic and thus the dialect spoken reiterates this.

Technically, the film is astutely mounted. The camera work is glossy. The swipes used for transition while editing, make the film seem amateurish, giving it a comic-book feel.

The music too fails to leave an impression and the songs are picturised like music videos.

Overall, it is the poorly written script sans any novelty that proves to be the tragedy of this love story.

Film: “Ishqeriaa; Director: Prerna Wadhwan; Cast: Neil Nitin Mukesh, Richa Chadha, Raj Babbar, Manish Anand, Rating **

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