If youve seen Sunhil Sippys zany look-see at a young scribes misadventures in Mumbai, you would know that Sonakshi Sinha drinks her hearts content in Noor.In fact theres so much booze-bingeing in the film that the censor board of Singapore has clamped down on the otherwise innocuous film, granting it the draconian NC16 rating which means No Children Under 16 Allowed. This stern rebuke to the films heroines exceptional consumption of alcohol comes after much debate and deliberation. Pahlaj Nihalani the chairperson of the Indian CBFC is quick to point out the discrepancy in the attitude of the Indian censor board and its counterpart abroad. In Singapore they were reluctant to grant any censor certificate to Noor.They did so just hours before release, gave it a NC16 rating which means the film is restricted for viewers under 16. Here in India we gave Noor a UA and that makes the film accessible to children of all ages as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Pahlaj says the Indian censor board goes out of the way to bend guidelines. The CBFC is accused of being over-conservative. But we are far more liberal than the censor in many parts of the world .Though tobacco and alcohol consumption is restricted by censors the world over we allow it because if we dont were called prudes. On the other hand were being questioned on why so much alcohol consumption is allowed in Noor.Damned if we do, damned if we dont.
After quitting films, Esha Deol decided to return to the glamour industry by turning a judge for the reality show Roadies. However, the actress later decided to discontinue the role in its next season and reportedly now she is all set to go the family way. Readers may be aware that Esha Deol tied the knot with childhood friend and entrepreneur Bharat Takhtani in 2012. Now five years later, buzz is that the former Bollywood actress is pregnant. Although none of the family members divulged any details about the same, it was writer Ram Kamal Mukherjee who is closely working with Hema Malini who informed the media about the good news. Ram Kamal is working with yesteryear diva and politican Hema Malini for his second book Beyond The Dream Girl. According to recent reports, he not only confirmed the news but even expressed about how delighted Dharmendra and Hema are about the arrival of their second grandchild. As of now, it is being said that Esha Deol is currently residing at her mother Hemas bungalow in Juhu and has been visiting her in-laws regularly in Bandra. We also hear that the plans have started on full swing and arrangements are already being made for the baby. Rumours have it that it is a winter baby for Esha and that the baby is expected to arrive by the end of this year.
FilmmakerRahatKazmiwho has made Mantostaan , an omnibus of 4 Partition stories by Urdu litterateur Sadat HassanManto, has landed himself in a legal soup. The film was apparently screened on Thursday evening at a theatre in the suburbs ofMumbai owned by a nationwide multiplex without a censor certificate. And now theCensor Board of Film Certificationis all set to lodge an FIR against the offending parties. Confirming the developmentCFBCchairpersonPahlajNihalanisays, Weve received information that filmmakerRahatKazmiheld a screening on Thursday April 20 of his new film Mantostaan without a censor certificate. This is completely illegal and a shocking example of how creative people flaunt rules to taunt the government. Nihalanisays Mantostaan is pending censor certification. Kazmi has submitted the film for censor certification. But we havent issued a certification. How can he screen a film without a censor certification? You cant even screen a 10-second without a censor certificate, let alone a full-length feature film. The onus of publicly broadcasting an uncensored film lies with the digital content provider. Says Nihalani, We are lodging an FIR againstKazmi, and Real Image the digital content provider who provided the content for the screening to the theatre knowing fully well that the film had not received a censor certificate, and also the multiple chain where the screening was held.
Although Priyanka Chopra had earlier revealed that she would be making an announcement on her upcoming Bollywood projects, we are yet to receive details on the same. And now news reports claim that the actress is gearing up to play astronaut Kalpana Chawla. A biopic on the first Indian female astronaut in space, Kalpana Chawla has been in the making. Debutant director Priya Mishra is equally excited about her new project on which she has been working on for the past seven years. Though she added that a new production banner is backing the project, other details are yet to be revealed. On the other hand, it is being said that the film will be mounted on a large international scale and that a new production house Getway may be producing the film. However, neither Priyanka nor any other member of the films team has divulged any further details of the film. We hear that even the script is locked for the same. Kalpana Chawla, who hailed from Karnal [Haryana in North India] have spent 31 days, 14 hours and 54 minutes in space. She lost her life during her second expedition with six other members in February 2003. She has received many awards recognizing her efforts and hard work which includes NASA Distinguished Service Medal, Congressional Space Medal of Honour, and NASA Space Flight Medal amongst others.
We all know that Aamir Khan does not attend any award function. While one may not know the real reason for his decision to shun the award functions, buzz is that, he got mighty upset when Shah Rukh Khan won the much coveted Best Actor award for Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge when everyone (including him) felt that he will win it for his outstanding performance in Ram Gopal Varmas smash hit film Rangeela.Speaking of Aamir Khan and awards, Ram Gopal Varma recently decided to talk about Indian awards functions, their relevance and credibility. Talking about the same Ram Gopal Varma, questioned the authenticity of the existing awards, including the National Awards saying, Fact that Aamir Khan, the greatest film maker of India does not attend any award events including national award speaks about those events. In the same breath, he tweeted Highest quality films are made by Aamir and that he doesnt care to be measured by any Indian award commitee including national speaks loud. While one does not know that whether Ram Gopal Varma posted the aforementioned messages in general or was it mirroring the recent uproar which was caused after the announcement of the recently held National Awards. While Akshay Kumar won the Best Actor for Rustom , there were many who strongly felt that Aamir Khan was the ultimate choice for the Best Actor award for his superlatively outstanding role in Dangal.
Earlier this month singer Sonu Nigam courted controversy when he unleashed a series of tweets claiming that the use of loudspeakers for the morning azaan had disturbed his sleep. However, it wasnt just this statement that landed the popular singer in the eye of the storm; instead it was his culminating tweet that read, Gundagardi hai bas which created a furore. While a certain section of the audience took to twitter condoning Nigams tweets, another segment stood up for the singer. Now, lending his support to Sonu Nigam is none other than Saif Ali Khan who decided to break his silence on the same claiming that the use of loudspeakers for the azaan is a sign of insecurity. Talking about Sonu Nigams tweets in an interview to a popular daily Saif Ali Khan stated that while at one end he agrees the lesser sound the better, on the other he says that there should be certain decibel levels allowed across religious practices. Further Saif who normally steers clear of commenting on controversial topics added that he felt the use of amplification of sound during azaan comes from insecurity, and that this was not just in India but also in Israel where three different religions co-exist. Reasoning his statement about insecurity Saif went on to explain that as a minority, you would like to make your presence felt and hopefully accepted, and that if someone says that it should be extinguished, it will make people uncomfortable. Concluding his explanation about his views of using loudspeakers and amplification devices during religious practices while also talking about Sonu Nigams tweets Saif added that is fine to express your views on the decibel levels, but he still felt that Sonu Nigams tweet was a bit aggressive and that religion should be a private affair and we should be a secular country.
Considering the fame and acclaim that the Bahubali actors tasted across India and even abroad, many filmmakers are entering into the zone of trilinguals. After wrapping up both parts of the Bahubali series, the protagonist of the film, Prabhas is now gearing up for yet another trilingual titled Saaho.Neither is this a part of Bahubali nor an epic drama but Prabhas next trilingual is said to be quite different. Filled with adrenaline pumping action and romance, the film is said to be a quintessential entertainer, to be directed by Sujeeth. Apparently, the actor has already started the preparations for this fast paced and stylish film. Said to be shot at picturesque locations, UV Creations Saaho will be produced by Vamsi and Pramod. From Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy for music to Amitabh Bhattacharya for lyrics, Madhie for cinematography to Sabu Cyril as an art director, some details of the film have been finalized. However the rest of the members of cast etc are yet to be revealed. From what we hear, a renowned action choreographer has been roped in to direct the high octane stunts. On the other hand, Prabhas much talked about Baahubali The Conclusion is slated to release this week, on April 28.
In a very short span of time, Rajkummar Rao showed his versatility in varied roles that he has done so far in his career. Irrespective of the Box-Office results, Rajkummar Rao has always been appreciated by everyone for his flawless performances. He delivered one such performance in the upcoming film Newton , the very film which has now won the Jury Prize for Best Film at the prestigious Hong Kong International Film Festival. Rajkummar Rao shared the good news with all his fans stating, After Berlinale win, another feather in Newtons cap. Won the Jury Prize for Best Film at the Hong Kong International Film Festival. Prior to this, Newton had won the International Federation of Art Cinemas (CICAE) award in its Forum segment at the recently held Berlin Film Festival. Besides Rajkummar Rao, Netwon also stars Pankaj Tripathi. Anjali Patil and Raghubir Yadav in principal roles. The film has been directed by Amit Masurkar. Readers may recall that Rajkummar Rao recently shocked everyone with his extremely unrecognizable look from the forthcoming film Raabta.Even though he plays a cameo in the film, he is reportedly the turning point of the film. Besides Raabta, Rajkummar Rao will be seen in an array of films including Behen Hogi Teri , 5 Weddings, Omerta and Bareilly Ki Barfi.
Towards the end of 2016 we had reported that the Talvar director Meghna Gulzar had locked a subject for her next directorial venture that would be based on the book Calling Sehmat. In fact we had also reported that the film revolved around a Kashmiri girl married to a Pakistani army officer against the backdrop of the 1971 war and that Alia Bhatt had been approached to play the lead. Well now we hear that Karan Johar s Dharma Productions will be coming on board to coproduce the film along with Junglee Pictures. While the film itself will go on floors in June or July this year, it will not feature any major action sequences since it is based on conditions that led to Indo-Pak war in 1971 but not the actual war. Instead the story of the yet untitled venture will follow Alia Bhatts character of a spy as she juggles between responsibilities as a daughter and wife as well as duties towards her nation. Based on the Harinder S. Sikka novel Calling Sehmat, the espionage thriller will have the actress as a Kashmiri girl who is married to an army officer across the border who provides Indian intelligence agencies with invaluable information during the 1971 Indo-Pak war.