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Mumbai, May 26 (IANS) Actress Tisca Chopra, who is making her digital debut with web series “Hostages” and also gearing up for her directorial venture in Bollywood, says high quality production and content in the web space is keeping filmmakers on their toes to deliver good cinema.

“The way the web space is booming, films have to be reinvented by the makers. In the web space, makers are not looking for a hero-heroine story. They are looking for stories that are engaging,” Tisca told IANS.

Bollywood, said the “Taare Zameen Par” actress, was still chasing a formula.

“The big change is that, in recent times, none of those formula films have worked well at the box office. Rather, films like �Badhaai Ho’, �Stree’ and recently �The Tashkent Files’ earned good reviews and considerably good business. That way, I think digital entertainment is changing the face of cinema,” she remarked.

Tisca, who has worked in films and television, feels a dire need for filmmakers to reorient themselves to cater to an audience that is well exposed to good storytelling. “If filmmakers won’t up their game, it will be difficult for them to pull the audience to the theatres,” she said.

However, she said, “No one will deny the fact that a film has its own charm…watching a film sitting in a dark room, on a big screen, is really an experience.”

In “Hostages”, directed by Sudhir Mishra, Tisca shares screen space with actors Ronit Roy, Parvin Dabas, Aashim Gulati and Anangsha Biswas. She essays a doctor named Mira Anand in the show, which will begin streaming on OTT platform Hotstar from May 31.

Tisca will also be seen in the Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor Khan starrer “Good News”.

Talking about playing character roles in commercial cinema, Tisca said: “I really don’t look at any character that way… it has to interest me. Of course, when it is a lead role, it’ meatier. But Karan (�Good News’ producer Karan Johar) has to offer me such a role.”

When offered the role in �Good News’, she said I found it interesting. “Hopefully, people will like it,” she added.

Apart from acting, Tisca has also tried her hand at production and backed the award-winning short film “Chutney”.

Stating that short film is quite an interesting space where the idea or the story is the key, Tisca said, “Since making a short film does not require a lot of money, it is comparatively easy to make.”

On �Chutney’, she said, “I had a certain amount of money and I decided to put it (in the project). I also got a friend and partner Rasika (actress Rasika Dugal) who also put equal amount of money.”

“When we started looking for someone ready to buy the film, we got a buyer who gave us six times the budget. Maybe we were lucky. In a short film, therefore, one has to get an idea, which is saleable. As feature film involves a lot of money, it’s a little tough.”

On her plans to direct a feature film, Tisca said, “We have just finished scripting. We are going to the next level of casting and other processes. Let us hope it’s not difficult. But even if it is, we will do it,” she asserted.

(Arundhuti Banerjee can be contacted at [email protected])

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Bihar cop Vinay Tiwari quarantined in Mumbai as per norms: BMC

Late on Sunday, Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey said that Tiwari was aforcibly quanratined’ even before he could initiate the probe.

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Mumbai, Aug 3 : Amid the mounting row over the move to shunt Bihar Police officer Vinay Tiwari to isolation, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Monday said that he has been “quarantined as per existing norms in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic”.

Rushing to Mumbai in connection with the probe into the Sushant Singh Rajput case, Tiwari — an IPS officer and Superintendent of Police, Patna Central — is presently lodged in state police guest house in Goregaon.

The BMC said the P/SouthWard administration received information of the officer arriving at the SRPF Group 8 guesthouse in Goregaon east and a BMC team went to meet him on Sunday evening.

“Being a domestic air traveller, he needs to be guided for home quarantine as per the State government guidelines. Accordingly, the P/South ward team approached him at the said guest house late on Sunday evening,” the official said.

The official said that the BMC team explained to him the whole procedure for domestic air travellers, including “home quarantine”, which is fixed by the State government notification dated 25 May, 2020 under number DMU/2020/CR. 92/DisM-1.

“He has also been guided to apply to the competent authority of BMC for exemption in the home quarantine period as per the State government notification,” the official said, with the prospects of Tiwari remaining isolated till around Aug. 15.

Late on Sunday, Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey said that Tiwari was aforcibly quanratined’ even before he could initiate the probe.

“IPS officer Vinay Tiwari arrived in Mumbai today on official duty to lead his police team from Patna but he was forcibly quarantined by the BMC officers at around 11 p.m. Earlier, he was not given a place in the IPS mess when he said that he is staying in a guest house in Goregaon,” Pandey tweeted last night.

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Maharashtra Police capable of unravelling Sushant case: Home Minister

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has discussed the case status with both Deshmukh and also Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh amid the growing clamour to transfer the probe to the CBI.

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Mumbai, Aug 2 : In an apparent retort to Bihar Director General of Police Gupteshwar Pandey’s statements vis-a-vis the probe into the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, the Maharashtra government on Sunday said the state police was fully capable of unearthing the truth in the case.

It also reiterated its known stand of continuing the probe by the state police and not handing it over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), as demanded by the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party and sections of Bollywood.

“The case is now being politicised for political gains. The Mumbai Police is investigating the matter thoroughly and it is capable of getting at the truth,” Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said.

He added that even if the Bihar Police have registered an offence in Patna under Chapters 12, 13 of the Cr.PC, it has to be investigated by the police in whose jurisdiction the incident took place and the case must be tried in the courts here.

“The Mumbai Police are probing the said suicide matter. I strongly condemn the demands for handing it over to the CBI,” said Deshmukh, who has earlier said at least four times that the case will only be probed by the state police.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has discussed the case status with both Deshmukh and also Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh amid the growing clamour to transfer the probe to the CBI.

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Charges against Mahesh Bhatt in IMG Ventures case false: Filmmaker’s advocate

The complaint against Sunny Verma was filed by People Against Rape in India (PARI) founder Yogita Bhayana.

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Mumbai, Aug 2 : A clarification issued on behalf of Mahesh Bhatt has declared that the filmmaker is not involved with IMG Ventures, the company that allegedly blackmailed and sexually assaulted a number of women on the pretext of providing modelling opportunities.

There were reports that National Commission for Women (NCW) has taken cognisance of a case against Sunny Verma, promoter of the company, and issued notices to certain Bollywood celebrities including Bhatt, named in the complaint filed by a social activist.

Vishesh Films, the production house owned by Mahesh Bhatt along with his brother Mukesh Bhatt, has now issued a clarification stating that they plan to take legal action against those who have named the filmmaker in various articles.

“The allegations made against our client Mr. Mahesh Bhatt are made without verification of true and correct facts. We are taking legal action against all the news agencies who have reported false and defamatory articles,” said Ameet Naik, legal counsel and advocate for Vishesh Films.

The complaint against Sunny Verma was filed by People Against Rape in India (PARI) founder Yogita Bhayana.

According to the complaint, Sunny Verma, promoter of IMG Ventures, has been blackmailing and sexually assaulting a number of women on the pretext of modelling opportunities. “Number of TV and film actors are also promoting his company in a video advertisement,” Bhayana’s complaint said.

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