Disclaimers accompanying films suspected to be based on true facts are now going to be the norm rather than the exception as far as rules at the censor board are concerned. It is reliablylearntthat films claiming to be based on true facts would have to get anNOC(No Objection Certificate) from the kin of the biographical subject. Confirming these developments,PahlajNihalanithe chairperson of theCentral Board Of Film Certification (CBFC) says, Filmmakers would not be allowed to sit on face. Either your work is based on true characters or it is a work of fiction. If you claim your film is based on facts then get us anNOCfrom the people concerned. Two big recent films, RahulDholakias Raees andVishalBhardwajs Rangoon took the fictional route adding disclaimers as per censorial requirements rather than face legal suits from the relatives of the characters whom the two films were originally said to be inspired from (AbdulLateefin Raees , Fearless Nadia in Rangoon ). Now even trailers would be required to get anNOCif based on true facts. ExplainsNihalani, This is a sign of the changing times. Earlier trailers were shown only in movie theatres. Now they are released on social network platforms much before they hit theatres. They are watched by millions, discussed and reviewed. After the trailer of Jolly LLB 2 was released, there were lawsuits, as the trailer suggested that the film had real-life references. Weve now decided to be careful with trailers as well. RamGopalVarmas Sarkaar3 trailer will now release with a disclaimer. SaysNihalani, Is Sarkaar based on the life ofBalaSahebThackeray or not? If it is, then please get anNOCfrom his family. If it is not, then kindly state it is a work of fiction. What is the problem here? Youre either telling a fictional story or a real-life story. If your film is based on real-life characters you must get the approval of the people concerned. We are doing this for the benefit of filmmakers who get into messy lawsuits just days before their film releases. By doing this we avoid trouble for filmmakers.
Is the blanket ban onPakstaniartistes in India over? With the unofficial ban not with-standing, the intrepidMaheshBhattis all set to bring back Pakistani artistes to India, come what may. Last week,Bhattmade a call to singer-actor AliZafarin Karachi offering him a song on the theme of cross-border peace. Ali responded favourably. So didShafqatAmanatAli agree to contribute a song toMaheshBhatts endeavour free of cost? Delhi-based actorImranZahidwho will be working withMaheshBhatton this project says, Every Pakistani artisteBhattSaab has approached has responded enthusiastically. Shafqat AmanatAlis manager said he doesnt want any money for this song. We are also working on gettingRahatFatehAli Khan andAtifAslamon board. But what about the unofficial ban on Pakistani artistes in India? SaysImran, We are going to use voices of the Pakistani artistes, not their physical presence, for a play calledMilne Do which will be staged in Delhi onJune8 andMumbaionJune 23. Furthermore, the Indian Government has clarified that it has not banned Pakistani artistes. When the Government has taken a clear stand on the issue, what chance do the protesters stand? Imrandoesnt rule out local pockets of protest at the Pakistani presence in our land. Bhatt Saab is not new to protests. He has dealt with opposition all his life.Dialoguewith Pakistan must re-start on a cultural level. The Delhi government is supporting our endeavour here in Delhi and in West Bengal, MamataBanerjeehas extended support to our mission. However,BJPspokesperson Shaina NC is clear on the issue. Relations with Pakistan have deteriorated to such an extent that there is a move now to declare Pakistan a terror state on an international level. Given the current crisis I dont think we can have Pakistani artistes coming here.
While we have heard the actor crooning to Hangover and Hero recently, Salman Khan is all set to turn singer for yet another film. But this time it is not for Bollywood. The superstar is all set to lend his voice for a Marathi film and that too for his friend Mahesh Manjrekars film. Recently during the music launch of his forthcoming release Rubiks Cube , Mahesh Manjrekar revealed that his friend and superstar Salman Khan has lent his voice for his film but also added that it is not Rubiks Cube.The actor-filmmaker stated that Salman Khan has crooned for another film, a musical titled FU Fun Unlimited which stars Sairat fame Akash Thosar. The film in questionhas about 14 tracks and describing the song sung by Salman Khan as a situational melodyMahesh Manjrekar added that it is a part of the narrative. Besides this, Mahesh also revealed that the music of FU-Fun Unlimited was to be launched under Salman Khans music label Being Human Music but since the latter didnt take off on time, he had to sell it to another music company. However, Mahesh is certain of collaborating with Salman Khan on the music front wherein they will be creating a private album under the superstars music label and he also asked the audience to expect an announcement soon. Not just that but Mahesh also hinted at joining hands with Salman Khan for a film. He revealed that Salman Khan is keen on debuting in Marathi with Mahesh writing and directing the film. As of now, he is waiting for the right script which he will be narrating to the actor. On the other hand, the music launch of Rubiks Cube saw the presence of Salman Khan along with his alleged lady love Iulia Vantur, as the Romanian actress also put up a sizzling act on the song DilLafanga from the film.
The past couple of days have been abuzz with news reports about CBFC refusing to certify Lipstick Under My Burkha.The decision has sparked an outrage amongst feminists since the film targets about women unabashedly accepting their sexuality and the director of the film Alankrita Shrivastava has now decided to approach Film Certification Appellate Tribunal for the certification. Lipstick Under My Burkha has received acclaim at several international film festivals but the film has been struggling to get a release in its home country India. The Central Board of Film Certification, as stated by Alankrita Shrivastava, has categorically refused to certify the film because of their guidelines. In a statement released a day ago, the CBFC claimed to have refused to certify the film due to its explicit scenes and portrayal of women-oriented fantasies. Director Alankrita Shrivastava considers approaching FCAT as the next apt step after neither the CBFC nor the revising committee supported the release of the film. Just a day ago, Prakash Jha too confessed that he has been considering of going to the tribunal for the certification of the film. The director of the film, however, slammed the CBFC decision adding that this is a way of stifling womens voices in a patriarchal society. Lipstick Under My Burkha stars Konkana Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak Shah, Plabita Borthakur, Aahana Kumra, Vikrant Massey, Sushant Singh among others.
Almost a month ago we had reported that Tabu will be seen in a Rohit Shetty film in a genre that she is rarely associated with. She has given a nod to the fourth instalment of the directors famous franchise Golmaal.But now we hear that the actress had initially turned down Golmaal Again.Tabu is one of the critically acclaimed actresses of the country and is known for her choice of unconventional roles. While her role in Golmaal 4 wasnt extensive, it was written in the lines of a special appearance. We hear that the actress wasnt convinced about it and had to turn it down when Rohit Shetty approached her. The role was said to be that of an astrologer who makes funny predictions of sorts. On the other hand, Rohit Shetty was certain to have the actress on board for this role and asked her for some time. Thats when he decided to re-write the character along with his team of writers. He later approached the actress with the modifications made and it is being said that she immediately agreed. Reportedly, the role is now meatier with more shades. Golmaal Again stars Parineeti Chopra and Ajay Devgn along with Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor , Kunal Khemmu, Shreyas Talpade, and Neil Nitin Mukesh among others.
Shahid Kapoor recently turned a year older and his loving wife Mira Rajput was equally excited to throw a bash with all his starry friends. In fact, she took extra efforts to keep it healthy to avoid ruining his diet and planned for a nutritious menu for this special day. However, what surprised everyone was how the party was pre-planned. The reason was said to be because the actor was supposed to travel on his birthday which is on February 25 that is today. Reportedly Shahid Kapoor had plans to fly along with Mira and his new born Misha to the capital. The two have decided to visit Radha Saomi Satsang Beas of which they are ardent followers in order to seek blessings on the actors special day. Post this we also hear that Shahid may take off to Europe along with the two of them. Shahid Kapoor has also been busy for the past couple of weeks, owing to the release of Rangoon which also co-stars Kangna Ranaut and Saif Ali Khan.The film released this week, on February 24. The actor has also been shooting with Deepika Padukone for Sanjay Leela Bhansali s magnum opus, period drama Padmavati , in which he plays the role of Raja Rawal Ratan Singh.
Far from the madding crowd, Hrithik Roshan is away for two weeks at a health farm in Germany recovering his expended energy. Says a source close to Hrithik, The last one year has been really stressful for Hrithik. The painful end of his marriage, the Kangna Ranaut controversy, the resounding failure of Mohenjo Daro.Throughout those trying times Hrithik remained a pillar of strength to his parents and two sons. He never let anyone how much he was suffering from within. Hrithik Roshan had vowed to himself that he would take off for a self-introspection health resort after the release of Kaabil.Says a source close to Hrithik Roshan, Someone told him about this health spa in Germany which focuses on nutrition and fasting. Hrithik is visiting this health spa entirely on his own unaccompanied by any member of his family or staff. He is expected to return in the first week of March.
Vishal Bhardwaj and Rangoon team was under legal trouble after a firm had filed a copyright infringement case against the makers over Kangna Ranaut s character. On Thursday, the Bombay High Court allowed a conditional release of Rangoon that would be hitting the screens on Friday. The Bombay High Court on Thursday, however, ordered director Vishal Bhardwaj and producers of the film to deposit Rs 2 crore with the court and this would be refunded post the disposal of the suit. Vishal and the producers of Rangoon were summoned to the court last week by Roy Wadia of the production firm Wadia Movietone Pvt. Ltd. Roy Wadia had filed a commercial suit earlier last week against Bhardwaj and others claiming that Kangnas character was heavily inspired from Fearless Nadiathe protagonist of its 1935 film Hunterwali.Justice KR Shriram had been hearing arguments all day for past three days and had refused to issue an injunction on the films release. He listed the plea for further hearing on its remaining issues. Rangoon starring Shahid Kapoor , Kangna Ranaut and Saif Ali Khan has released today and follows a love triangle set to the backdrop of the World War II.