Salman Khan Gets Special Permission
Salman Khan, who faced a serious charge of culpable homicide in the 2002 hit & run case, was sentenced to 5 year imprisonment on 8th May, 2015. But he soon got a bail and has resumed his shooting schedules too. Amidst the controversy & jam packed work schedule, the actor, recently was asked to perform at an awards night gala in Dubai. Though Salman Khan had received bail, the actor, however required the permission to travel abroad, for which, his legal authorities filed an application requesting the court to grant the permission. In a hearing that was held at the Bombay High Court, Salman Khan, received the permission to travel to the Arab city from 27th to 30th May, 2015. Public Prosecutor Abha Singh too revealed that the High Court has accepted his plea. Salman Khan is currently gearing up for the release of ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ starring Kareena Kapoor Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui on 16th July, 2015.
NGO Seeks Ban On A “Lori” Song Lalla Lalla Lori’ from Welcome 2 Karachi
NGO Seeks Ban On A “Lori” Song “Lalla Lalla Lori” from ‘Welcome 2 Karachi’. The song “Lalla Lalla Lori” from ‘Welcome 2 Karachi’, which has gained a lot of momentum in recent times, is now caught up in a legal controversy,even a week before its release recently. The song has been facing charges for maligning a Hindi nursery rhyme and hence an NGO has sought a ban on the song according to a plea filed by them at a Delhi High Court. The Public Interst Litigation (PIL) has been filed by the NGO against the Central Government, Censor Board, the Delhi Government and producers Pooja Entertainment Pvt Ltd. As per that, the lyrics of the song “Lalla Lalla Lori, Daaru Ki Katori” fall under the objectionable category. They claimed that since this is a nursery rhyme which is very popular amongst children, they will be exposed to the word ‘daaru’ (alcohol) at the tender age and it is also against article 47 of the Indian constitution (duty of the state to improve the standard of living and to improve public health affairs).
‘Phir Se’ Release Delayed By Court
The release of Kunal Kohli’s upcoming film ‘Phir Se’ has recently delayed by court. Earlier this year, filmmaker Kunal Kohli found himself embroiled in a legal battle with writer Jyoti Kapoor, after the latter claimed that Kunal’s forthcoming film ‘Phir Se’ had been plagiarized from her work. In the ensuing battle the verdict kept tilting, but never settling the issue. But of late the court has ruled to delay the release of the film till a final verdict is reached. Tweeting about the same Kunal Kohli posted, “What I have learnt from this experience is that the free exchange of ideas is no longer permissible and I would go a step further to say it expressly prohibited. The debate on copyright & plagiarism is settled, it is neither. The industry has to move towards a more closed & protective environment with regards to work in progress. What is left to be decided is merely one principal aspect, what is the value of an idea which should be in direct proportion to the authorship.” However, Kunal refrained from talking about the matter itself, and resigned himself to saying, “The matter is sub judice, the court has granted an ad interim stay & kept the matter post vacations. We are hopeful justice will prevail.”
Digital Short Film Festival Commences in Film City, Noida
The AAFT Festival of short Digital Films at Marwah Studio has created a record of sorts. Throwing light on the same, Marwah Studio president Sandeep Marwah said, “We have created a world record by touching the 86th edition of our festival. There is no other festival in the World to reach to 86th edition so far.” “This is the only festival, which has given opportunity to more than 2000 directors from all over the world to showcase their debut film in the last 22 years,” added AAFT dean Kalyan Sarkar. The films that were screened during the festival were: ‘Taj Mahal – Crown Of Earth’ directed by Aamir Naqvi, ‘Maa Ki Aankhk by Hitesh Tandon, ‘Bloody Red’ by Anjali, ‘Sunaina’ by Parvesh Saini, ‘Side Effects Of Criticism’ by Alok Chaturvedi & ‘Masoom’ by Nikhil Kapoor.
Vivek Oberoi To Help Develop Robotics Centre
Vivek Oberoi to help develop Robotics Centre at Nagpur University. Vivek Oberoi will be sponsoring & helping the funding of the Advanced Centre of Robotics at the Rashtrasant Tukodoji Maharaj Nagpur University According to the proposed plan, the centre will be named after Oberoi’s family. Oberoi wants the robotics centre to be world class and for that he is in touch with the American based ASEA Brown Boveri (ABB), a robotic tech major, which will be the private partner and provide technical inputs and help set up the research centre. Vice Chancellor S P Kane had met Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis in Mumbai last week to discuss the research centre and introducing diploma courses in the university. Oberoi is expected to visit Nagpur along with ABB officials in the 1st week of June.
‘Masaan’ Bags 2 Awards At Cannes
The Cannes Film Festival’s Indian entry ‘Masaan’ has bagged wins 2 awards at Cannes, including Un Certain Regard.
India’s ‘Masaan’ by Neeraj Ghaywan became a big winner in the Un Certain Regard section of the 68th Cannes International Film Festival by bagging 2 awards, even as the top award in this category went to ‘Rams’, a drama set among farmers and their sheep in a remote Icelandic valley. ‘Masaan’ also received the Promising Future Prize, apart from bagging the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) award. Actress Richa Chadha, who features in a key role in the film, said the team feels “blessed.” “#MasaanAtCannes just got the FIPRESCI award. #blessed. Team, take a bow,” Chadha tweeted. The film even won a 5 minute standing ovation post its screening, leaving Chadha and Ghaywan in tears of joy. Ghaywan’s debut feature project, ‘Masaan’ is set in Varanasi and follows the stories of 4 people from a small town and how they fit in to the moralities. It also features Shweta Tripathi, Sanjay Mishra & Vicky Kaushal. The film is an Indian-French co-production with names like Manish Mundra of Drishyam Films, Macassar Productions, Phantom Films, Sikhya Entertainment, Arte France Cinema & Pathe productions.
No Tax Free Rebate For ‘The International Problem’
No tax free rebate for ‘The International Problem’, a movie on AIDS, even after 2 years. A feature film ‘The international Problem’ which focuses on AIDS and guides the youth on sex education and the truth behind Section 377 has not being made tax free by the Government even after more than 2 years of efforts. Made under Shri Education Films banner, the Writer-Producer-Director Dr. Jagdish Waghela has been running pillar to post at Revenue, Health & Health AIDS department. The move has received “U” certificate from the censor board. The makers have written a letter to the President urging the Health Department to review the movie.
‘Inside Out’s Premiere Brings Everyone To Tears At Cannes
The recently held premiere of ‘Inside Out’ at Cannes Film Festival brought tears in everyone’s eyes. Disney Pixar have made a sensational return at the Cannes Film Festival with their new animated film ‘Inside Out’ which has been described as “mind-blowing”.
The reception to the film after its premiere has been mind blowing leaving everyone teary eyed at the end. The film takes place inside the head of 11 year old Riley, where voices like Joy (Amy Poehler), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) Sadness (Phyllis Smith) and Anger (Lewis Black) compete for the girl’s emotions & memories in her psyche “headquarters”. “My daughter was about 9 when she did the voice of Ellie in Up,” said Director Pete Docter, referring to the movie which won him the Oscar for best animated film in 2010. “And then she turned 10 & 11 and at the beginning of this film I saw her looking a lot less energetic and more kind of quiet & reserved and I thought what’s going on in her head? And that’s what really started us working on this film.” Disney Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ releases on 26th June in India.
‘Dead student’s’ Song Finds Way In Film
Back in 2011, a song entitled “Single Emptiness” was making waves all over the internet and the song continues to be a rage till date. The song was credited to an IIT student named Rohan Rathore, who apparently after being heart-broken in love composed the song for his girlfriend. Rohan was said to have died of cancer 15 days after the song. However, soon it came to light that the song had been composed & sung by Gajendra Verma and that Rohan Rathore was a phony name with an equally bogus story. Now, after releasing the hit in an album, the music composer has decided to lend his song for a film ‘Chor Bazaari’ that stars newbie Ankkit Narrayan. Ironically, the said to be ‘stolen’ song has been used in a film whose hero is a chor as the profession has been passed on to him in his genes.
Aishwarya Was The Queen Of The Red Carpet At Cannes 2015
Of late Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was definitely the queen of the red carpet at Cannes 2015. Wherein she posed with confidence & style. Aishwarya came to Cannes 1st with Devdas with Sanjay leela Bhansali. The film was screened at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival and was featured by Time in their listing of the “10 best films of the millennium”. And now again with ‘Jazbaa’ which happens to be her comeback film, she launched the 1st look with the director Sanjay Gupta. So she started with Sanjay Leela Bhansali
and this year with Sanjay Gupta.
‘Mohenjo Daro’ Release Date Announced
The release date of ‘Mohenjo Daro’ was announced recently. Hrithik Roshan’s upcoming film ‘Mohenjo Daro’s release date has been announced recently.
Disney & Ashutosh Gowariker Production Pvt Ltd (AGPPL) announced the release of ‘Mohenjo Daro’ on 12th Aug, 2016. Directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar, ‘Mohenjo Daro’ is an epic love story, set during the Indus Valley Civilization. The film marks the debut of Pooja Hegde in Bollywood, who stars opposite Hrithik.
Om Puri & Prashantt Guptha Honored At Rajasthan International Film Festival
The 1st Rajasthan International Film Festival at Jaipur saw veteran actor Om Puri & young talent Prashantt Guptha being felicitated with top honors. With the central theme of the festival being ‘The Common Man of Indian Cinema,” the festival highlighted the achievements of Om Puri for his contribution to Indian cinema with its equivalent of The Lifetime Achievement Award. Prashantt Guptha, being a Jaipur native who made his foray into Hindi cinema and showed immense progress over the last couple of years as the handsome villain in Pen India/Shailesh Singh’s ‘Issaq’, followed by 2 releases in 2014, ‘Identity Card’ & ‘6-5=2’ was bestowed upon the “Pride Of Rajasthan” Award. This award follows Prashantt Guptha’s awards at the San Francisco Festival and the National Awards for Excellence among others this year. Amongst several international, Hindi & regional films, the young actor’s critically acclaimed film ‘Identity Card’ was given “Best Feature Film” award at the hands of Padmini Kolhapure.
MPA APSA Academy Film Fund To Help Aspiring Filmmakers
The Motion Picture Association (MPA) & the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) gives an opportunity to aspiring filmmakers with the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund. MPA APSA Academy Film Funds is a unique initiative which has aided aspiring film makers in a lot of development in new film projects. A panel discussion was hosted at the 13th Pune International film festival on 10th Jan, 2015, to create awarness about the Asia Pacific Screen Awards & MPA APSA Academy Film Funds . The panelist for the discussion comprised of celebrated actor, Atul Kulkarni & Lohita Sujith, Director, Corporate Communications, Motion Picture Dist. Association (India) Pvt Ltd. Panelists also discussed how upcoming filmmakers/professionals can benefit from the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund worth USD 100,000. MPA APSA Academy Film Fund has been a hugely successful initiative taking the number of successful projects funded to a total of 20 feature films over the last 6 years. The projects now count amongst them winners of an Academy Award®, APSAs and an International Emmy Award. Grants have been awarded to projects from. India, Bangaldesh, Republic of Korea, People’s Republic of China, Iraq, Kazakhastan, Israel and the Islamic Republic of Iran. In 2014, over 100 submissions were received for the film fund. 4 grants were awarded to 2 documentary film projects from Israel & Denmark and 2 film projects from Bangladesh and the Islamic Republic of Iran.