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Willing to screen ‘Padmavati’ for anyone after CBFC approval, say film makers

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New Delhi, Nov 11: The makers of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmavati” are willing to show the epic drama to anyone doubting its content, but only on getting a green signal from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

“We are screening the film to CBFC as per established procedure and convention followed in the industry. Once a censor certificate is obtained, we do not have any reservations with screening the film to quell any doubts that are being cast on the film, although such practice is without a precedent,” Ajit Andhare, Chief Operating Officer, Viacom18 Motion Pictures, told IANS in an email interview.

Viacom18 Motion Pictures has produced “Padmavati” with Bhansali Productions, and it will distribute the film in India.

The movie is embroiled in a controversy as some Hindu groups and political parties, including the Congress and the BJP, claim that the film distorts history and wrongly portrays Rajput queen Padmavati, a contention Bhansali has repeatedly rebuffed.

One BJP member has demanded that Bhansali be “tried for treason” and that CBFC should not certify the movie, while some want the movie’s release date to be delayed in view of the Gujarat elections, and then there are others who feel the movie must be shown to historians before it is given wings to fly.

The Rajasthan government is also planning to set up a committee to watch the movie.

Andhare is confident the CBFC will have “appropriate representation from the necessary quarters, historians included. We have no reservations on that count. We trust the CBFC’s judgement,” he said, as they await a CBFC screening of the film.

When is the film likely to be certified?

“We are looking at CBFC to do it soonest, to facilitate the planed release on December 1,” he said, underlining that as of now, there are no plans to change the release date.

What is their stand on the political uproar over the movie’s content?

“We have already clarified that all anxieties about the alleged depiction are unfounded. Sanjay has personally assured in a video that the film celebrates the Queen and Rajput valour, dignity and traditions. Contrary to perception, the film celebrates the classic legend of Padmavati and no creative liberty of the kind alleged has been taken,” he said.

The conjecture is that the makers have showcased a romantic dream sequence between Rani Padmavati and invader Alauddin Khilji — a claim put to rest by Bhansali as incorrect.

Distributors in Rajasthan are said to be wary about releasing the film after the brouhaha.

But Andhare said: “All our distributors are with us. There is nothing in the film that should cause any worry. It’s a film Rajasthan will be proud to watch once it gets smooth release.”

He is aiming for “a wide release” for the movie after securing the censor certification.

“We have full faith in CBFC and its chairman (Prasoon Joshi) and are optimistic that we will be able to release the film on time and it will be supported and loved widely by the people resulting in strong business. We have made the film with utmost sincerity and integrity,” Andhare said.

On Friday, Joshi came out in support of Bhansali, saying the CBFC respected him “as an individual and artist”.

“Padmavati” features a cast led by Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh.

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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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Mahesh Bhatt to direct daughter Alia, Aditya Roy Kapur in ‘Sadak 2’

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Mumbai, Sep 20: On the special occasion of Mahesh Bhatt’s 70th birthday today, daughter and actor Alia Bhatt dropped the teaser of Sadak 2, which marks the veteran filmmaker’s return to direction after 19 years.

A sequel to his 1991 superhit film Sadak, the romantic thriller will star Sanjay Dutt, Pooja Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur and Alia Bhatt in the lead roles.

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Alia took to her Instagram handle to share a sneak peek into the upcoming film. In the video she posted, one ne can see the glimpses of ‘Sadak’ and how the story will be taken forward by Alia and Aditya. The video also announces the release date of the movie. It will hit the screens in March 2020.

In the last few seconds of the video, it is Alia who is sweetly humming in the background. The actress, who has six songs to her credit as a vocalist, has apparently sung the song Hum Tere Bin Kahin Reh Nahin Paate that featured in the prequel. It is on this tune that she is seemingly humming.

Along with the teaser, doting daughter Alia also wrote a heartfelt birthday note for her father. Sharing an image of him with an owl, she wrote, “Dear Daddy, on your 70th Birthday you have given me the greatest present I could ask and dream for. You are directing me! Sadak 2 is a dream come true. What I thought will never be possible you have made possible. Thank you daddy from the bottom of my heart, soul and bones. This will be a journey of discovery. Of life, movies, feeling and most of all. Of a father and daughter. I love you my not-so-old man! Happy Birthday.”

For the first time, the ‘Raazi’ star will be directed by her father in the remake of his 1991 blockbuster movie, ‘Sadak’ which starred Sanjay Dutt, Pooja Bhatt, Sadashiv Amrapurkar, Deepak Tijori, and Neelima Azeem.

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The film saw Sanjay playing the character of a young man who falls in love with a prostitute (essayed by Pooja) and bails her out of the clutches of a transgender pimp-lord Maharani played by late veteran actor Sadashiv Amrapurkar in an iconic negative role.

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Anushka Sharma receives Smita Patil award, grab eyeballs in emerald green saree

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Mumbai, Sep 20: Actress Anushka Sharma was conferred with prestigious Smita Patil Award on Wednesday.

The Sui Dhaaga actress was wearing an emerald green Benarsi saree for the event. She kept her makeup minimal and tied her hair into a neat bun.

Anushka was presented with the award by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.

Earlier, actresses Juhi Chawla and Katrina Kaif were also honored with the prestigious award.

The saree Mrs. Kohli was wearing, is made by local artisans. It seems like Anushka has really gotten into the skin of the character she’s playing in Sui Dhaaga.

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Addressing the media here at the 34th edition of the Priyadarshini Academy Global Awards 2018 on Wednesday, Anushka said: “It’s a special day for me because I completed 10 years in the industry on this day. So receiving this award validates the choices that I made in my career.

“I don’t come from a film background. I didn’t have anyone to guide me in my journey. My parents also don’t belong to this industry so they also don’t know how the industry works,” she said.

The actress, who is gearing up for the release of her film “Sui Dhaaga”, made her debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan in “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi” in 2008.

She thanked all the writers and directors for playing a key role in her successful journey.

“I also want to thank all the writers who wrote amazing roles for me and the directors who envisioned me in those roles. I don’t think any actor’s career is complete without the contribution of these two people.

“I want to thank every supporter of mine all over the world who supported me and accepted me for who I am.”

While receiving the award, Anushka said,: “It’s a great of honour to have watched the work of great Smita Patilji. She has been a true inspiration, not just for me but many actresses and many women for her bold, difficult and fearless choices that she made with her work.

“She managed to be disruptive and not adhere to norms of the industry where rules are usually set by others. So, I really appreciate and admire her.”

“Sui Dhaaga” is inspired by the Make in India campaign that was launched by the government in 2014 aimed at promoting the country’s indigenous industries including textile.

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Anushka stars opposite Varun Dhawan in the Sharat Katariya directorial that is produced by Maneesh Sharma under the Yash Raj Films banner. Varun plays the role of a tailor, while Anushka plays an embroiderer in the film, which is all set to release on September 28.

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