Riteish Deshmukh is back to his Marathi roots with his home production Mauli. The film hit the screens on December 14. While the actor has been promoting the film in full form, it hasnt been easy for the makers to get the censor certificate. According to the reports, the film was earlier given A certificate by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). But, Riteish Deshmukh reworked on the scenes to get the U/A certification and sent the film to the Revising Committee for the same. According to a source, the film was proposed an A certificate by CBFC. Then, Riteish Deshmukh and the director reworked on the six scenes with violence, including the one that had expletives. They then knocked the doors of the Revising Committee on December 12 with an edited version and got a UA certificate. Riteish Deshmukh said that they have made a family film. But, no Marathi films have this level of action, hence they had to tone it down. No scenes were removed fully. Mauli also stars Saiyami Kher and is directed by Aditya Sarpotdar. Also Read: Riteish Deshmukh claims competition of Marathi films is NOT with Hindi, heres why (watch video)
Bijendra Pal Singh aka BP Singh, the director-producer of the longest running TV show CID, has been appointed as the new president of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Society and Chairman of Governing Council. The announcement was made on December 13 by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. BP Singh will be heading FTII and his tenure will be for three years starting from March 4, 2017, as per provisions of FTII rules. Interestingly, before being appointed as the FTII Chairman, BP Singh was serving in the capacity of Vice Chairman of the FTII Governing Council. BP Singh has broken several records as the producer-director of CID. The show completed 21 years of unbroken run on Sony TV. In 2004, he even made it to the Limca Book of Records for taking a single continuous shot of 111 minutes on six years of CID. In October Anupam Kher resigned as the chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). The veteran actor cited his busy international schedule as the reason behind him stepping down as the chairman. Also Read: Anupam Kher to be honoured with the prestigious Distinguished Fellow award at MIT, Boston!
Amazon Prime Video, on December 14, announced that it has commenced the production of an all-new season of the Prime Original Series, Breathe. Created by Abundantia Entertainment, the second season of the hugely successful show also marks the digital streaming on-screen debut of Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan.The show will continue to be directed by Mayank Sharma and he, along with Bhavani Iyer, Vikram Tuli and Arshad Syed, have helmed the narrative as writers of the show. Actor Amit Sadh returns in his award-winning role as Kabir Sawant. In its first season, the gritty psychological thriller, Breathe, won over the hearts of Prime viewers across multiple geographies with a gripping storyline, bold narrative, and impactful performances by the cast led by superstar R. Madhavan and Amit Sadh. Now, the second season of the show has gone into production and will be available only on Amazon Prime Video. Vijay Subramaniam, Director and Head of Content, Amazon Prime Video, said, We received a phenomenal response from customers for the first season of Breathe. It was a disruptive, genre-defining show and our audiences loved it! We are now excited to commence work on the second season of the show and have secured Abhishek Bachchan as a lead cast who has effortlessly portrayed diverse & complex roles through his career and will be a great addition to the show. Our customers can expect another exciting face-off between the two leads as Season Two brings back the thrill and edge-of-the-seat drama. Vikram Malhotra, CEO Abundantia Entertainment and Executive Producer of Breathe, said, Season One of Breathe pushed the boundaries of conventional story-telling and created a compelling Indian show that connected with the world. We are humbled by the success of the show and Im very excited that Abhishek has joined the series in a lead role. With Amit continuing in his award-winning role, and an engaging new narrative, I am confident that Season Two will raise the bar even higher. Abhishek Bachchan said, I am very excited to be a part of Breathe. As an artist, I have always liked to challenge myself through portraying unique characters and by being a part of genre-breaking stories. Content streaming and original digital series are the way of the future and I could not resist being a part of this new wave. I had seen Season One of Breathe and when Mayank shared where the story progresses to in Season Two, I knew I had to do this! I look forward to this new dimension in my career. Continuing in Season Two, actor Amit Sadh said, Breathe has been an amazing ride for me! The love and recognition from fans all over the world has made all my hard work worth it. The new Season of Breathe will take the story above and beyond the debut season; I cant wait to return as Kabir Sawant. Breathe is a gritty psychological, thriller series that follows the lives of ordinary people faced with extraordinary circumstances. How far will you go to save the life of a loved one? Breathe explores this very question. This emotional and psychological series was recently renewed for a second season. Also Read: R Madhavan and Amit Sadh starrer Breathe wins big at the 18th ITA Awards