Sachin A Billion Dreams has won two awards at the recently concluded 11th Tehran International FICTS Festival 2018. The film won the awards competing against dozens of sports films that were screened over the 4 days of the festival. The Honorary Diploma and Festival Trophy for the Best Director of a Long Documentary went to James Erskine and the Special Awardfor the Best Film in the Long documentary section went to Ravi Bhagchandka. The docu-drama was the first to have had a wide theatrical release and the highest box office collections for its genre during its release in India. Commenting on this new milestone for the film, Ravi Bhagchandka, the producer said, We are humbled that our tribute to the legend of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar has received accolades at an international forum. We are glad that the story of Sachin Tendulkar fulfilling the dreams of a billion Indians by winning the cricket World Cup is touching hearts the world over and taking the sport of cricket to new audiences globally. The film will now go to the finale of the festival to be held in Milan, Italy in November 2018. The11th Tehran International FICTS Festivalwas held from 16th to 18thJanuary, 2018 under the supervision of FICTS in collaboration with the Olympic and Paralympic Committees, the Ministry of Culture, of Sports and Youth, the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The feature-length, short and documentaries included films from over 23 countries including Japan, Nigeria, Malaysia, Lebanon, Turkey, South Africa, etc. James Erskine, the director of Sachin A Billion Dreams said, It is a great honour that my work on telling the story of Indias greatest cricketing legend has been appreciated on a global stage. Scripting his journey for the big screen involved interacting with Sachin, his family, his teammates as well as players from rival teams and others and I am happy that the emotions are reaching out to a global audience. We are hopeful of more accolades coming our way as the film travels the festival circuit. The World FICTS Challenge Worldwide Championship of Cinema, Television and Sport Culture comprises 16 festivals in 5 continents and is organised by the Federation Internationale Cinema Television Sports (FICTS or International Sports Movies TV Federation). The festival promotes the positive values of sport as a tool for social change through sports films of esteemed directors and in the world of cinema and television.
It is not new to see fans doing some interesting and creative stuff to show their love their respective favourite stars. Whether it is a cocktail named after a character or a restaurant completely dedicated to the theme revolving an actor, fans are known to do some intriguing things that often leave the stars overwhelmed. It was no different for evergreen Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor who now has a signature dish of a restaurant dedicated to his way. Fans show appreciation for their stars in myriad ways and this is an example of it. Recently, an eatery in Byculla revised its menu on the occasion of New Year and decided to serve a biryani named after Anil Kapoors most loved character in Ram Lakhan , called Lakhan Jhakaas Biryani. The actor who popularized bushy moustache and the term jhakaas [superb], was glad to know that people remember his character even after 28 years.Interestingly, the recipe has been shared by the actors former chef.Talking about this sweet gesture, Anil said, Ive heard about this dish. It [news] left me surprised. I am happy that the character is loved so much. With a long-standing fan -base, Kapoor will soon hit the big screen with KriArj Entertainments Fanne Khan , alongside Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Rajkummar Rao, this year. The actor is also set to share screen space with his real life son Harshvardhan Kapoor and daughter Sonam Kapoor in Abhinav Bindra biopic and Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga respectively.
The fate of Sanjay Leela Bhansali s latest venture Padmaavat has been literally hanging in the balance since December last year. After initial protests erupted against the film, the Deepika Padukone Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor starrer was postponed indefinitely. Now the latest update on the release of Padmaavat is the Supreme Courts ruling earlier today that quashed the fresh plea filed by Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh that sought a ban on the release of the film. As per reports, the Supreme Court has denied the plea for a ban on the release of Padmaavat that was filed by Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. In its ruling the court refused to modify the order that was passed last week and further added that the movie ( Padmaavat ) will be released across the country, and it is the duty of the states to provide security.This ruling came after Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh moved the apex court afresh on Monday requesting a ban on the release of Padmaavat which citing law and order issues. As for the film, Padmaavat that is directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali starring Deepika Padukone, and Shahid Kapoor is slated to hit screens on January 25.