Entertainment http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment.rss en Tue Dec 15 15:13:51 IST 2020 https://www.theweek.in/privacy-an-settlement.html rajinikanth-hospitalised-in-hyderabad-due-to-blood-pressure-fluctuations <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/25/rajinikanth-hospitalised-in-hyderabad-due-to-blood-pressure-fluctuations.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/india/images/2020/12/3/Rajinikanth-hand-gesture.jpg" /> <p>Tamil superstar Rajinikanth was hospitalised in Hyderabad on Friday morning after his blood pressure showed "severe fluctuations".</p> <p>Rajinikanth was admitted to the Apollo Hospitals in Hyderabad. The hospital issued a statement that said "though he did not show any symptoms of COVID-19, his blood pressure showed severe fluctuations and needed further evaluation for which he has been admitted to hospital". Apollo Hospitals said Rajinikanth will be investigated and monitored till his blood pressure settles down.</p> <p>"Apart from fluctuating blood pressure and exhaustion, he does not have any other symptoms and is hemodynamically stable,” Apollo Hospitals said.</p> <p>Rajinikanth had been shooting for a movie in Hyderabad when some people on the set were diagnosed with COVID-19. At least eight crew members of the film, <i>Annaatthe</i>, tested positive. Rajinikanth went into isolation, even though he had tested negative for COVID-19.</p> <p>A buzz had been building up around Rajinikanth after he said he would formally announce his political party on December 31. Rajinikanth had indicated his party would contest the 2021 Assembly polls.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/25/rajinikanth-hospitalised-in-hyderabad-due-to-blood-pressure-fluctuations.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/25/rajinikanth-hospitalised-in-hyderabad-due-to-blood-pressure-fluctuations.html Fri Dec 25 13:50:07 IST 2020 two-movies-by-documentary-maker-don-palathara-to-be-screened-at- <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/25/two-movies-by-documentary-maker-don-palathara-to-be-screened-at-.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/12/25/santhoshan_rima.jpg" /> <p>Two movies by director Don Palathara by the names <i>1956, Central Travancore</i> and <i>Santhoshathinte Onnam Rahasyam</i> have been selected to the 25th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK). They will be screened in the Kaleidoscope and Malayalam Cinema Today categories, respectively. It doesn’t happen very often that two movies by the same director gets picked for a film festival in the very same year.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>After the world premiere of <i>1956, Central Travancore</i> at 42nd Moscow International Film Festival and a subsequent screening at the Indie India fest at Spain, IFFK will be the movie’s debut screening venue in India. However, <i>Santhoshathinte Onnam Rahasyam</i> will have its world premiere at the festival in February.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><i>Santhoshathinte Onnam Rahasyam</i>, starring Rima Kallingal and Jitin Puthenchery is a relationship drama, filmed as a 85-minute single shot and set exclusively in a car. While Shijo K George produced the movie under the banner Bee Cave movie, Saji Babu has done the cinematography.1956, Central Travancore tells the story of a gaur hunting adventure, taken on by a group of migrant farmers in Idukki, before the land reforms. The movie is produced by Abhilash S Kumar under the banner of Art Beat Studios. In this black and white flick featuring Jain Andrews and Assif Yogi in the main roles, Alex Joseph and Jayesh Mohan assume the roles of the cinematographer and the associate camera man, respectively. A few crew members who have worked for both the movies: Basil CJ, background music; Dan Jose, Sound mixing; Arun Varma, Sound editing; Sherin Catherine, Lyrics; Liju Prabhakar; Colouring; and, Dileep Das, Publicity designs. Live sound was recorded by Adarsh Joseph Palamattom in Santhoshathinte Onnam Rahasyam and Sandeep Kurissery and Jiji Joseph in 1956 Central Travancore.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/25/two-movies-by-documentary-maker-don-palathara-to-be-screened-at-.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/25/two-movies-by-documentary-maker-don-palathara-to-be-screened-at-.html Fri Dec 25 12:58:22 IST 2020 controversy-as-golden-globes-relegates-minari-to-foreign-language-film-category <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/24/controversy-as-golden-globes-relegates-minari-to-foreign-language-film-category.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/12/24/minari-poster-golden-globes.jpg" /> <p><i>Minari</i>&nbsp;is an American film, say several Hollywood personalities, including Lulu Wang, Simu Liu and Phil Lord, after it was revealed that Lee Isaac Chung's directorial has been deemed ineligible for the best picture race at the Golden Globes 2021.<br> </p> <p>Variety reported that the film, starring Steven Yeun in the lead, was relegated to the best foreign-language film category as it is predominantly in the Korean language.</p> <p>As per the rules of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which organises the annual Golden Globes ceremony, the contenders for the best drama or comedy/musical categories must feature at least 50 per cent English dialogues.</p> <p>Director Wang slammed the HFPA for its "antiquated rules".<br> </p> <p>Her own movie, "The Farewell" starring Awkwafina, was categorised as a foreign language film at 2020 Golden Globes as it featured extensive dialogues in Mandarin.</p> <p>"I have not seen a more American film than #Minari this year. It's a story about an immigrant family, in America, pursuing the American dream. We really need to change these antiquated rules that characterise American as only English-speaking," Wang said.</p> <p>Also starring Han Ye-ri, Alan Kim, Noel Kate Cho, Youn Yuh-jung, and Will Patton, <i>Minari</i> revolves around a family of South Korean immigrants who try to make it in rural America during the 1980s.<br> </p> <p>Billed as a semi-autobiographical drama take on Chung's own upbringing, the film borrows its title from a plant very common in Korean culture.<br> </p> <p><i>Hellboy</i>&nbsp;actor Daniel Dae Kim called out the HFPA, saying the guidelines of the association have are responsible for sidelining of movies about Asian Americans.<br> </p> <p>"The film equivalent of being told to go back to your country when that country is actually America," he tweeted.<br> </p> <p>Actor Liu, who stars in the titular role of "Shang-Chi" in Marvel Studios' first project with an Asian lead, said "Minari" is an out-and-out American film.<br> </p> <p>"Just for the record, Minari is an American movie written and directed by an American filmmaker set in America with an American lead actor and produced by an American production company," he said.<br> </p> <p>Liu further said that the movie narrates the beautiful story of "an immigrant family trying to build a life from the ground up".<br> </p> <p>"Crazy Rich Asians" director John M Chu also lobbied that "Minari" deserved to compete in the best picture category.<br> </p> <p>"Wait what? This is about America, being American, made by Americans. Simple as that," Chu added.<br> </p> <p>Citing the example of Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds", featuring German, French and Italian dialogues, which was nominated for a best drama motion picture Globe in 2010, Harry Shum Jr proclaimed "Minari" was an American film.<br> </p> <p>"Checks <i>Inglorious Bastards</i>&nbsp;English to German, French &amp; Italian ratio - roughly 30:70. #Minari is an American film," the <i>Glee </i>actor said.<br> </p> <p>Filmmaker Lord said the HFPA should change its rules, or risk a Golden Globes boycott.<br> </p> <p>"It will be in every speech. Every interview. This is a dumb decision," <i>The Lego Movie</i>&nbsp;helmer added.<br> </p> <p><i>Candyman</i>&nbsp;director Nia DaCosta tweeted, "I'm a first-generation American born and raised in New York City and @MinariMovie, a film about a Korean American family searching for the mercurial and multi-faceted American Dream in rural Arkansas, made me feel seen in a way movies rarely do."<br> </p> <p>Phillipa Soo, who recently voiced for an all-Asian animated film <i>Over The Moon</i>, also expressed her confusion over the HFPA's decision.<br> </p> <p><i>Parasite</i>&nbsp;won the Academy Award Best Picture last year. So... not following your logic #GoldenGlobes," the <i>Hamilton</i> star said in a reference to the critically acclaimed and box office hit Korean language film.<br> </p> <p>Writer Celeste Ng, whose novel "Little Fires Everywhere" was adapted into a Hulu mini-series, said only English films don't define what it means to be American.<br> </p> <p>"This is a gorgeous film by an American, about Korean-speaking Americans in America, which would be a strong contender for awards in ANY category. The idea that only films in English count as 'American' is complete bull****," Ng said.<br> </p> <p>The HFPA will announce Golden Globes nominations on February 3, 2021.&nbsp;<br> </p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/24/controversy-as-golden-globes-relegates-minari-to-foreign-language-film-category.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/24/controversy-as-golden-globes-relegates-minari-to-foreign-language-film-category.html Thu Dec 24 18:27:54 IST 2020 friend-family-wish-anil-kapoor-on-64th-birthday-ak-vs-ak-releases-today <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/24/friend-family-wish-anil-kapoor-on-64th-birthday-ak-vs-ak-releases-today.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/12/24/anil-kapoor.jpg" /> <p>Actor Anil Kapoor turned 64 on Thursday. And social media is flooding with warm wishes for the fitness enthusiast. Sharing a picture of herself and Anil Kapoor, his daughter, actor Sonam Kapoor, wrote “Happy birthday, daddy... you're the most positive, kind, liberal human being, and we are blessed to have your values instilled in us. I miss you so much and I can't wait to see you in the new year.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Rhea Kapoor, who is in Goa with boyfriend Karan Boolani, posted a couple of photos of her family and wrote, "Happy birthday to my soul twin. Mentor. Friend. Dad. Competitor. Can't live without you. #legendsonly.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"Wish you always catch the best light and look great in your close-ups. Always have your favourite takes in focus and Release your films on the luckiest days... happy birthday AK,” Karan Boolani wrote on Instagram.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Actor Kareena Kapoor shared an image on Instagram and wrote, “Happy birthday Anil jiii…my forever favourite. May we always give it our best shot….in life or in front of the camera. Always the best. #legend @anilskapoor.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Anil Kapoor, who is currently shooting <i>Jug Jug Joey </i>with Neetu Kapoor and Varun Dhawan in Chandigarh, celebrated his birthday with his co-stars. His wife, Sunita Kapoor, was also present at the celebrations.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"Pyaare dost @anilskapoor. Janmdin ki bahut bahut badhaai evam shubhkaamnaayein. Prabhu aapko lambi aur swasthya purna aayu pradaan kare. Badi mehnat se aur mushkil se aapke jaisa prernatmak dost milta hai. (Lovely friend @anilskapoor. Many many happy returns of the day. I wish god blesses you with long and healthy life. A friend as inspirational as you is rare to find and is found with a lot of efforts)," wrote actor Anupam Kher on Instagram and shared an image. Anil Kapoor’s film, <i>AK vs AK,</i> releases on Netflix on Thursday.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The actor’s son, Harshvardhan Kapoor, posted a screenshot of the trailer of the film <i>AK vs AK</i> on Instagram stories.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/24/friend-family-wish-anil-kapoor-on-64th-birthday-ak-vs-ak-releases-today.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/24/friend-family-wish-anil-kapoor-on-64th-birthday-ak-vs-ak-releases-today.html Thu Dec 24 16:55:19 IST 2020 Riddhima-Kapoor-misses-family-posts-throwback-image-from-Soni-Razdan-birthday <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/24/Riddhima-Kapoor-misses-family-posts-throwback-image-from-Soni-Razdan-birthday.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/sci-tech/2020/april/ridhima-Screen-Shot-2020-12-24-at-10.58.jpg" /> <p>Christmas and New Years Eve will be a low-key affair for many of us. Celebrities are no exception to this. Riddhima Kapoor Sahani posted an image of Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhat, Neetu Kapoor, Alia Bhat and Shaheen Bhat from Soni Razdan’s birthday. The jewellery designer posted the image to her Instagram stories with heart emoji and a tag that read: ‘These faces’.</p> <p><br> <br> The jewellery designer and yoga enthusiast often post images with her family on the social media platform. Sahani, who lives in Delhi, like many others, has been missing her family and friends because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The group is all smiles in the image. the next image on her Instagram stories is her wishing fashion photographer Daboo Ratnani and his wife Manisha Ratnani a happy birthday. A week ago, Sahani posted an image with her mother Neetu Kapoor after the latter was tested negative for COVID-19. She captioned the image: Thank you for all your good wishes &amp; prayers - My mother has tested Covid negative today ?￰゚マᄏ❤️ @neetu54</p> <p><br> <br> Neetu Kapoor, who is shooting for Jug Jugg Jeeyo, posted a boomerang of her grabbing a meal while getting makeup done. “Last day with my #JJJ squad who have become family, will miss them? @raj_a_mehta @heemadattani @sheetal_f_khan @ali_hussain_244 @pintusingh.rani63 @dimplegurnani @dharmamovies #JugJuggJeeyo,” she captioned the film.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/24/Riddhima-Kapoor-misses-family-posts-throwback-image-from-Soni-Razdan-birthday.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/24/Riddhima-Kapoor-misses-family-posts-throwback-image-from-Soni-Razdan-birthday.html Thu Dec 24 12:42:28 IST 2020 mumbai-court-dismisses-kanganas-plea-against-demolition-notice <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/23/mumbai-court-dismisses-kanganas-plea-against-demolition-notice.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/9/13/Kangana-Ranaut-1-PTI.jpg" /> <p>A civil court has dismissed a plea filed by actor Kangana Ranaut against Mumbai civic body's 2018 notice for demolition of "unauthorised constructions" at her residential apartment in suburban Khar, according to an order made available on Wednesday.</p> <p>Judge L.S. Chavan, on Tuesday, dismissed the "notice of motion" filed by the actor.</p> <p>The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had in 2018 issued a notice to the actor for demolishing "unauthorised constructions" at her residential apartment in Khar.</p> <p>Ranaut had challenged the demolition notice in the Dindoshi civil court in January 2019.</p> <p>She had also requested the court to restrain the civic body from carrying out demolition at her apartment.</p> <p>The court had then ordered status quo till the hearing of Ranaut's petition.</p> <p>Judge Chavan, after hearing both the sides, dismissed the notice of motion filed by the actor, but gave her six weeks time to approach the Bombay High Court against the verdict.</p> <p>On September 9, the BMC had demolished parts of Ranaut's bungalow in the Pali Hill area of suburban Bandra calling them "unauthorised".</p> <p>Last month, the high court, in its order on Ranaut's petition challenging the BMC's action, had said it was a "mala fide act" done to cause substantial loss to the actor.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/23/mumbai-court-dismisses-kanganas-plea-against-demolition-notice.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/23/mumbai-court-dismisses-kanganas-plea-against-demolition-notice.html Wed Dec 23 21:37:40 IST 2020 shooting-of-rajinikanths-annaatthe-halted-after-crew-members-test-covid-19-positive <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/23/shooting-of-rajinikanths-annaatthe-halted-after-crew-members-test-covid-19-positive.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2019/12/17/Rajinikanth-latest-pic.jpg" /> <p>Shooting of superstar Rajinikanth’s upcoming movie <i>Annaatthe</i> has temporarily been halted as several of the crew members tested positive for COVID-19. At least eight members of the crew tested positive.</p> <p>Sources close to Rajinikanth said the actor has been asked to go into self-isolation and take all the necessary precautions. The actor is expected to return from Hyderabad to Chennai in a day or two.</p> <p>The shooting of the big budget movie, <i>Annaatthe,</i> produced by Sun Pictures was put on hold in March after the COVID-19 lockdown was imposed. The shoot resumed on December 14 and Rajinikanth had travelled to Hyderabad along with his daughter Soundarya, to complete shooting some of the pending portions of the movie.</p> <p>The shoot was scheduled for 45 days and the entire team was at work at the Ramoji Film City. Sources say that only 40 per cent of the movie has been completed and Rajinikanth wanted to finish the project before taking the active political plunge.</p> <p>Rajinikanth, after returning to Chennai, may continue to be in isolation, said sources. He might fly back to Chennai in a chartered flight. The actor is expected to launch his political party on December 31 and begin his active political journey. His to-be launched political party’s office bearers Ra Arjunamurthy and Tamilaruvi Manian, along with his well-wishers, have chalked out plans for his party launch and also public meetings in January, add sources. There were reports that Makkal Sevai Katchi, registered with the Election Commission of India by a person named Stalin from Thoothukudi, is likely be Rajinikanth’s party. The symbol could be auto rickshaw which was used in one of his blockbuster movie <i>Baasha</i>.</p> <p>Sources say Rajinikanth, who was afraid that he may have contracted COVID-19, during one of his meetings with the Rajini Makkal Mandram (RMM) functionaries, has been advised to take all safety precautions and health tips by his well-wishers.</p> <p>It may be recalled that Rajinikanth, who turned 70 on December 12, had undergone renal transplant from a hospital in USA in 2016.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/23/shooting-of-rajinikanths-annaatthe-halted-after-crew-members-test-covid-19-positive.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/23/shooting-of-rajinikanths-annaatthe-halted-after-crew-members-test-covid-19-positive.html Wed Dec 23 19:17:37 IST 2020 pope-francis-likes-it-again-popes-instagram-handle-likes-another-bikini-model-photo <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/23/pope-francis-likes-it-again-popes-instagram-handle-likes-another-bikini-model-photo.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/12/23/pope-insta-model.jpg" /> <p>A few weeks after the Vatican sought an explanation from Instagram after Pope Francis’s official account liked a photo of a Brazilian bikini model, the head of the Catholic appears to have 'liked' another such photo, of OnlyFans' model Margott Foxx.</p> <p>The Pope 'liked' a picture of the sultry model in a black monokini. While it may be possible that the photo was liked by a staff member who handles the social media page of Pope Francis, the model was only too impressed. &quot;The pope liked my picture that means i’m going to heaven,&quot; she tweeted.</p> <p>After a user pointed out that the picture was 'liked' by the Pope, the model had asked, &quot;uhhh the pope liked my picture?.&quot;</p> <p>As the account of the model is private, it hasn't yet been known if the like has been removed. It is to be noted that Pope Francis does not follow anyone on Instagram even as he has a massive 7.5 million followers.</p> <p>Last month, after the Pope 'liked' the picture of model Natalia Garibotto, she too had reportedly joked saying, “At least I’m going to heaven.” After the 'like' had come to light in November, <i>The Guardian</i> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/nov/19/pope-francis-instagram-like-brazil-model-natalia-garibotto">quoted</a> the editor of Catholic daily newspaper La Croix as saying, &quot;The pope is not like Donald Trump, he’s not sitting around using his phone or computer to tweet all day long,&quot; and added that while the pope approves the tweets, he does not usually approve the likes.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/23/pope-francis-likes-it-again-popes-instagram-handle-likes-another-bikini-model-photo.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/23/pope-francis-likes-it-again-popes-instagram-handle-likes-another-bikini-model-photo.html Wed Dec 23 18:36:29 IST 2020 cabinet-approves-merger-of-different-film-bodies-with-national-film-development-corporation <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/23/cabinet-approves-merger-of-different-film-bodies-with-national-film-development-corporation.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/magazine/theweek/specials/images/2020/5/14/63-Cinema.jpg" /> <p>In an attempt to bring convergence into the four independent films related bodies, the Union cabinet, on Wednesday, decided to merge four of its film media units—Films Division, Directorate of Film Festivals, National Film Archives of India, and Children's Film Society—with the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC).</p> <p>The government said the merger of film media units under a single corporation will lead to synergy in various activities with better and efficient utilisation of existing infrastructure and manpower. “This will lead to reduction in duplication of activities and direct savings to the exchequer,” I&amp;B Minister Prakash Javadekar said.</p> <p>The cabinet approved expanding the memorandum of articles of association of NFDC, which will allow it carry all the activities performed by other four units. “The merger of film media units under one corporation will lead to convergence of activities and resources and better coordination, thereby ensuring synergy and efficiency in achieving the mandate of each media unit,” the cabinet statement said.</p> <p>The Films Division and the Children's Film Society were formed during the tenure of first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru. The Films Division is a subordinate office under the information and broadcasting ministry. It was established in 1948, primarily to produce documentaries and news magazines for publicity of government programmes and cinematic record of Indian history. The Children's Film Society, India, an autonomous organisation, was founded in 1955 under the societies act with the specific objective of providing children and young people value-based entertainment through the medium of films.</p> <p>The National Film Archives of India, another subordinate office under the I&amp;B ministry, was established as a media unit in 1964 with the primary objective of acquiring and preserving Indian cinematic heritage. The Directorate of Film Festivals, as attached office of M/o I&amp;B was set up in 1973 to promote Indian films and cultural exchange. The directorate organises the National Film Awards and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, and the annual International Film Festival of India at Goa.</p> <p>The Modi government has been trying to merge different units to bring single brand name which can work better. The NFDC is a central public sector undertaking, incorporated in the year 1975 with the primary object of planning and promoting an organised, efficient and integrated development of the Indian Film Industry. The NFDC has produced a number of films which have won several national and international awards. The movie <i>Gandhi</i> was produced by NFDC which won several Oscar awards.</p> <p>For smoother merger of these media units, the cabinet also approved the the appointment of a transaction advisor and legal advisor to advise on the transfer of assets and employees and to oversee all aspects of operationalization of the merger.</p> <p>The umbrella organisation, NFDC, consequent upon the merger of film media units will be uniquely placed with regard to promotion, production and preservation of film content, all under one management. The vision of the new entity will be to ensure balanced and focused development of Indian cinema in all its genres, including films /content for the OTT platforms, children's content, animation, short films and documentaries, officials said.</p> <p>The government assured that while undertaking this exercise of convergence, interests of the employees of all the concerned media units will be fully taken care and no employee will be retrenched.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/23/cabinet-approves-merger-of-different-film-bodies-with-national-film-development-corporation.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/23/cabinet-approves-merger-of-different-film-bodies-with-national-film-development-corporation.html Wed Dec 23 20:13:58 IST 2020 take-each-day-as-it-comes-zoa-morani-acting-covid-19 <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/23/take-each-day-as-it-comes-zoa-morani-acting-covid-19.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/4/7/zoa-morani-instagram.jpg" /> <p>In April, actress Zoa Morani, daughter of film producer Karim Morani tested positive for COVID-19. After donating blood for plasma therapy trials, she described her experience as "super cool." In her last film, <i>Taish</i>, a Bejoy Nambiar directed thriller drama which released this year on ZEE5, Morani received much acclaim for her role as 'Mahi'. She&nbsp;shares screen space with Bollywood star Sonakshi Sinha in the upcoming Reema Kagti web series, <i>Fallen</i>.&nbsp; In an interview with THE WEEK, she talks about her films, health and what the future holds for her.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Excerpts:</p> <p><b>On her role in <i>Taish</i></b><i></i></p> <p>I play a bride who is getting married into a big and rich family in London. I am getting married to the younger of the two brothers and during the course of all the festivities leading up to the wedding a lot of things are suddenly revealed ...secrets related to the past of the bride and groom and the series of events that take place because of that...On the sets I was initially a bit nervous about being in the company of talented stars but everyone made me feel very comfortable and happy. We'd be playing games in between shots and spending time with each other on the sets and all this is despite the fact that we met each other for the first time on the sets of <i>Taish</i>.</p> <p><b>On being diagnosed with Covid-19</b></p> <p>It taught me to be much more grateful than I was before, especially with being constantly on the chase and complaining about everything. I think I became a lot closer to my family because we were together. They extended their full support when I was diagnosed with Covid. And I realised that you don't really need too much in life to be happy and content and when you see the struggles others are going through in life you feel so bad about being a cribber yourself.</p> <p><b>As a Covid patient&nbsp;</b></p> <p>Even today I seriously have no idea where I got the infection from. I was very, very scared. I did not have severe symptoms; they were very mild, but still the very thought of the virus sitting inside my body made me shiver. I&nbsp;had breathlessness and fever which lasted for 30 days. I would cough a lot and had severe fatigue which also lasted for many days. I isolated myself from everyone for two months because&nbsp;the symptoms started when I was at home. Then I was in hospital for seven days and then came back home and isolated myself again. At the time when I caught the infection, the virus was very new to everyone and that kind of added to the anxiety around it. My body took a big hit and so I rested a lot. Now, in hindsight it feels great to have sailed through it. I feel very lucky to have survived in the face of the virus which has taken the lives of so many around the world.&nbsp;</p> <p><b>On upcoming projects</b></p> <p>I am working on a web show, <i>Fallen </i>for Amazon Prime directed by Reema Kagti. I will start shooting in January for it and am so looking forward to getting back to work now after being at home for far too long.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p><b>On self-assessment of her acting career so far</b></p> <p>I think when I started off, I was a little too overconfident and then of course the universe taught me to sit back and pull up my socks. I think it started off really rough but the experiences resulting from my films not doing well, really helped me grow as a person. The journey matters more and as time passes, I feel I'm rising a few notches higher with each successive project. Yet, right now I have absolutely no idea of where I'm going even though in the past, I was very sure of myself. Because what I</p> <p>&nbsp;planned did not really happen, it is better to not think anymore and take each day as it comes.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/23/take-each-day-as-it-comes-zoa-morani-acting-covid-19.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/23/take-each-day-as-it-comes-zoa-morani-acting-covid-19.html Wed Dec 23 16:34:46 IST 2020 sidharth-malhotra-rashmika-mandanna-to-feature-mission-majnu <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/23/sidharth-malhotra-rashmika-mandanna-to-feature-mission-majnu.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/12/23/mission-majnu.jpg" /> <p>Actors Sidharth Malhotra and Rashmika Mandanna have been roped in for period espionage thriller <i>Mission Majnu,</i> the makers announced on Wednesday.</p> <p><br> Inspired by real events, the film marks the Hindi film debut of South star Mandanna, best known for Kannada film <i>Anjani Putra</i> and Telugu title <i>Geetha Govindam.</i> Filmmaker Ronnie Screwvala, known for films like <i>Uri: The Surgical Strike</i> and <i>The Sky is Pink,</i> has collaborated with Amar Butala and Garima Mehta to produce <i>Mission Majnu.</i><br> Set in the 1970s, the film follows the story of India's most courageous mission in the heart of Pakistan that forever changed the relationship between the two nations, the official synopsis read. &nbsp;Screwvala, who is backed the film via his RSVP Movies, said <i>Mission Majnu</i> aims to is an homage to the sacrifices and efforts of unsung heroes.<br> <br> </p> <p>"There are thousands of heroes who work behind the scenes to safeguard the interest of our country from other terror units and rogue nations. Their work often goes unnoticed and 'Mission Majnu' is an attempt to bring their sacrifices and efforts to the forefront," the producer said in a statement.<br> <br> </p> <p>Written by Parveez Shaikh, Aseem Arrora and Sumit Batheja, the thriller also marks the directorial debut of ad filmmaker Shantanu Bagchi.<br> <br> </p> <p>Mehta, producer at Guilty By Association, said she along with Butala researched on this operation for more than three years and worked closely with writers to bring out this untold story.<br> <br> </p> <p>Butala, whose previous productions include <i>Bajrangi Bhaijaan,</i> <i>Kesari,</i> said the film is a moving tale of patriotism and valour. Malhotra, known for films like <i>Student of the Year,</i> <i>Ek Villain,</i> and <i>Hasee Toh Phasee,</i> will be seen as a RAW agent, who leads the mission.<br> <br> </p> <p>"I am eager to revisit a mission that forever changed the relationship between India and Pakistan. I am looking forward to sharing this special film with everyone," he said.<br> <br> </p> <p>Mandanna said she chose <i>Mission Majnu</i> as her Bollywood debut as she connected with its story. "I am super excited to start my journey in Hindi cinema and to reach out to newer audiences. I am grateful to the makers for offering me 'Mission Majnu' which is written beautifully," she said.<br> <br> </p> <p>The film will go on floors in February.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/23/sidharth-malhotra-rashmika-mandanna-to-feature-mission-majnu.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/23/sidharth-malhotra-rashmika-mandanna-to-feature-mission-majnu.html Wed Dec 23 15:45:17 IST 2020 dulquer-salmaan-post-for-wife-amal-wedding-anniversary-wins-hearts <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/23/dulquer-salmaan-post-for-wife-amal-wedding-anniversary-wins-hearts.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/12/23/dulquer-insta.jpg" /> <p>Dulquer Salmaan and his wife Amal celebrated their 9<sup>th</sup> wedding anniversary on Tuesday, and the actor’s adorable Instagram post for his wife is winning hearts on the internet.</p> <p>Sharing a photo of himself and Amal, Dulquer Salmaan wrote: "Happy 9 years boo! Closing in on a decade and how! Closer stronger and growing up! With that cuddle bug of a super glue that binds us even closer. Here's to decades of us tripping, fumbling through life but always catching each other, propping each other up and standing strong together. You're my hollandaise, my chantilly cream, my truffle, my soy, my wasabi and my harissa! Sorry had to be corny! Happy anniversary, mamma! I love you long time!"</p> <p>The couple are parents to a daughter named Maryam.</p> <p>More than Dulquer’s captions, his quirky hashtags are what always catch the internet’s attention. This too, he added interesting hashtags like #hadtobecorny #whatforeverlookslike #itsalovestory #iasked #yousaidyes #herewearenow.<br> <br> </p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/23/dulquer-salmaan-post-for-wife-amal-wedding-anniversary-wins-hearts.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/23/dulquer-salmaan-post-for-wife-amal-wedding-anniversary-wins-hearts.html Wed Dec 23 12:36:07 IST 2020 fahadh-faasil-malik-to-release-theatres-may <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/23/fahadh-faasil-malik-to-release-theatres-may.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/12/23/malik-fahadh.jpg" /> <p>Malayalam actor Fahadh Faasil’s next <i>Malik</i> will release in theatres in May next year. Producer Anto Joseph took to Twitter to confirm the news. He tweeted: “#Malik Censored with Clean ‘U’&nbsp; In Cinemas from 13th May 2021!”</p> <p>Malik is a highly anticipated film that sees Fahadh teaming up with filmmaker Mahesh Narayanan of <i>Take Off</i> fame. Take Off, the duo’s maiden collaboration, won great critical acclaim after it released in 2017. They paired up again amid the lockdown for C U Soon, an experimental film that premiered on Amazon Prime Video.</p> <p>According to reports, <i>Malik </i>features Fahadh in the titular role, Sulaiman Malik. The actor will be seen in three different get-ups in the film, which is narrated through various time periods. The film also stars Nimisha Sajayan, Joju George, Dileesh Pothan in prominent roles. <br> <br> <br> </p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/23/fahadh-faasil-malik-to-release-theatres-may.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/23/fahadh-faasil-malik-to-release-theatres-may.html Wed Dec 23 10:53:47 IST 2020 karan-johar-announces-epic-series-india-independence <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/22/karan-johar-announces-epic-series-india-independence.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/gallery/shots/2020/october-11-2020/people/karan.jpg" /> <p>Filmmaker Karan Johar on Tuesday announced an "epic series" as part of the "Change Within" initiative to celebrate 75 years of the country's independence.<br> </p> <p>On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti this year, Johar, along with filmmakers including Ekta Kapoor and Aanand L Rai, launched the initiative aimed towards creating inspiring content about the "valor, values and culture" of India.</p> <p>&nbsp;Johar took to Twitter and shared the announcement, tagging Prime Minister Narendra Modi.</p> <p>&nbsp;Filmmaker Rajkumar Santoshi and producer Dinesh Vijan are also part of the initiative. &nbsp;"Happy to announce our first Epic series of #ChangeWithin initiatives to celebrate 75 years of Independence. Friends from the creative fraternity Rajkumar Santoshi, Dinesh Vijan and Mahaveer Jain come together to tell incredible stories of our freedom @narendramodi ji," Johar tweeted.</p> <p>&nbsp;The official handle of Vijan's production house, Maddock Films, tweeted that the team has come together to chronicle stories for "young audiences".<br> </p> <p>"To celebrate 75 years of Independence, #RajkumarSantoshi, #DineshVijan and #MahaveerJain coming together to tell incredible stories of our freedom for young audiences.<br> </p> <p>"An epic series by #ChangeWithin initiative, produced by #MaddockFilms &amp; #SundialEntertainment. @narendramodi ji," the tweet read.<br> </p> <p>Earlier, the filmmakers had said they drew inspiration from the prime minister and were looking forward to celebrating the spirit of the freedom movement.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/22/karan-johar-announces-epic-series-india-independence.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/22/karan-johar-announces-epic-series-india-independence.html Tue Dec 22 16:07:36 IST 2020 rakul-preet-singh-tests-positive-for-covid-19 <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/22/rakul-preet-singh-tests-positive-for-covid-19.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/gallery/shots/2020/april-26-2020/people/72-rakul.jpg" /> <p>Actress Rakul Preet Singh has tested positive for the coronavirus. The actress took to social media to inform everyone, and requested everyone who had come in contact with her to get tested.</p> <p>Rakul Preet Singh posted a message on Twitter that read, "I'd like to inform everyone that I have tested positive for COVID-19. I have quarantined myself. I am feeling fine and will rest up well so that I can be back at shoot soon. Request everyone who met me to kindly get yourself tested. Thank you and Please stay safe.”</p> <p>According to reports, she had started shooting for <i>MayDay,</i> which also features Ajay Devgn and Amitabh Bachchan.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/22/rakul-preet-singh-tests-positive-for-covid-19.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/22/rakul-preet-singh-tests-positive-for-covid-19.html Tue Dec 22 14:46:17 IST 2020 netflix-sets-januay-release-for-the-white-tiger-adaptation <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/22/netflix-sets-januay-release-for-the-white-tiger-adaptation.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/10/29/white-tiger.jpg" /> <p><i>The White Tiger</i>, the screen adaptation of Aravind Adiga's Man Booker Prize winning novel, is slated to arrive on Netflix on January 22.</p> <p>&nbsp;The English-language drama is directed by Ramin Bahrani of <i>Fahrenheit 451 </i>and <i>99 Homes</i> fame.&nbsp;Netflix made the announcement on its official Instagram page and shared the new trailer of the film on Monday night.<br> </p> <p><i>The White Tiger</i>, January 22. Based on a New York Times best selling novel. Executive produced by @priyankachopra and @ava," the post read.<br> </p> <p>"The White Tiger" marks the first lead role of actor Adarsh Gourav, known for films like "My Name is Khan", "Mom" and Netflix series "Leila".<br> </p> <p>Gourav's Balram is the film's protagonist, who works as a driver for Ashok, a wealthy businessman, played by Rajkummar Rao. From being ridiculed by his employers for his underprivileged background and forcing him to take the fall for a crime he didn't commit to becoming a successful entrepreneur -- the trailer gives a sneak peek into Balram's journey.<br> </p> <p>Actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas stars as Pinky Madam, a first-generation immigrant in the US, who is married to Ashok. She is also serving as an executive producer on the film along with Emmy award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay.<br> </p> <p>Chopra Jonas had earlier described <i>The White Tiger</i> as a "powerful film" which will entertain the viewers and also make them uncomfortable.<br> </p> <p>Netflix has produced the movie in association with Mukul Deora.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/22/netflix-sets-januay-release-for-the-white-tiger-adaptation.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/22/netflix-sets-januay-release-for-the-white-tiger-adaptation.html Tue Dec 22 14:23:42 IST 2020 actress-molestation-accused-remanded-judicial-custody-2-weeks <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/22/actress-molestation-accused-remanded-judicial-custody-2-weeks.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/sci-tech/2019/June/woman-girl-harassment-sexual-sex-shut.jpg" /> <p>Two men who were arrested in connection with the alleged molestation of a Malayalam actress at the Lulu Mall in Kochi have been remanded in judicial custody for two weeks.</p> <p>The Kalamassery judicial first-class magistrate court accepted the police argument that as investigations were still continuing in the case granting bail to the accused in such cases would send a wrong message and there was a possibility of the accused fleeing the country. The youth are Mohammad Adil, 24, and Ramshad, 24, of Malappuram district. They were shifted to the borstal, a youth detention centre, at Kakkanad in order to comply with COVID safety norms.</p> <p>The accused were produced before the magistrate court at 2.20 pm on Monday via video conferencing and after subjecting them to COVID test. The lawyer of the accused told the court that his clients had neither deliberately touched the actress nor stalked her. Moreover, the actress had informed that she had forgiven them, the lawyer argued.</p> <p><b>&nbsp;Identification parade</b></p> <p>Meanwhile, inspector P R Santosh said that the police would le a petition to secure the custody of the accused for conducting an identification parade. The youth who were proceeding to Kochi to surrender were intercepted by police on Sunday night and whisked away to an unidentified location. In the meantime, the actress posted on Instagram that she had forgiven them.</p> <p>But the police decided to go ahead with the case as there is no provision for forgiveness legally. The police stuck to its stand that the accused went into hiding after the incident and there were inconsistencies in their behaviour which proved their involvement in the case.</p> <p>After the actress' Instagram post recollecting her harrowing experience in the mall on Thursday had gone viral, the State Women's Commission and Youth Commission intervened. There was outrage on social media against the incident following which the police swung into action.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/22/actress-molestation-accused-remanded-judicial-custody-2-weeks.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/22/actress-molestation-accused-remanded-judicial-custody-2-weeks.html Tue Dec 22 12:50:01 IST 2020 rana-daggubati-joins-telugu-remake-ayyapanum-koshiyum <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/22/rana-daggubati-joins-telugu-remake-ayyapanum-koshiyum.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2019/8/6/Daggubati-rana.jpg" /> <p>Rana Daggubati has been roped in for the Telugu remake of Malayalam hit <i>Ayyapanum Koshiyum</i>. Pawan Kalyan was earlier cast in the remake, directed by Saagar K. Chandra.</p> <p>Directed by late Sachy, the original featured Biju Menon and Prithviraj Sukumaran in the lead roles.</p> <p>Rana Daggubati took to Twitter to share:</p> <p>“Another Journey begins!! What joy this is, been able work with so many stars across industries!! And now joining the coolest back home Our very own&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Power Medium star @PawanKalyan !!”</p> <p>The Malayalam film opened to great reviews last year and was well received by the audience and critics.</p> <p>In the Telugu remake Pawan Kalyan will essay a cop (Biju Menon in the original) and Rana will reprise the role played by Prithviraj Sukumaran.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/22/rana-daggubati-joins-telugu-remake-ayyapanum-koshiyum.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/22/rana-daggubati-joins-telugu-remake-ayyapanum-koshiyum.html Tue Dec 22 11:15:23 IST 2020 a-movie-set-in-a-small-village-in-uttarakhand-to-compete-at-sundance-2021 <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/21/a-movie-set-in-a-small-village-in-uttarakhand-to-compete-at-sundance-2021.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/12/21/film-still.jpg" /> <p>A mother toils every day to save money to build a road in a remote Himalayan village so she can take her wheelchair-bound son for physiotherapy. But her husband steals the money for a shamanic ancestral worship ritual called Jagar to seek remedy.</p> <p>This 82-minute family drama, <i>Fire In The Mountains</i>, directed by Ajitpal Singh, will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, considered one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, especially for independent cinema. <i>Fire In The Mountains</i> is the only Indian title among the 10 nominations in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition, which recognises the work being done by emerging filmmakers around the globe.</p> <p>To add to the excitement of the creators of the film, set in a village in Munsiyari in Uttarakhand, the World Cinema category this year also features a film produced by celebrated auteur Wong Kar-wai—called <i>One For The Road</i>, the directorial debut of Baz Poonpiriya has a ladies' man and bar owner enlisted to help fulfil a bucket-list of an estranged friend.</p> <p>Having promoted indie gems like <i>Killa</i>, <i>Liar's Dice</i> and <i>Gurgaon</i>, Mauli Singh produced her award-winning first short film <i>Rammat-Gammat</i> with Drishyam Films. Excited about the Sundance Premiere of her debut feature, the film publicist-turned-producer says, "The fact that my first feature as a co-producer is premiering at Sundance Film Festival 2021 in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition and is competing with a film produced by Wong Kar-wai is so trippy."</p> <p>The 2021 Sundance Film Festival will be held from 28 January to 3 February. Normally held in Park City, Utah, the festival has opted for a virtual edition this year due to COVID-19, combined with drive-in and socially distanced screenings around the country.</p> <p>"Sundance has been a dream since 2012 when my first script was selected for Sundance Mumbai Mantra Script lab and I experienced their love and warmth for independent artists," says Ajitpal whose first screenplay was part of 'Sundance Screenwriters Lab 2012' where it won the 'Sundance Grant' which paved the way for his first debut feature <i>Fire In The Mountains</i>. It is inspired from a personal tragedy, when the filmmaker's cousin sister Amarjeet Kaur died because her husband didn’t take her to the hospital thinking she was possessed by a ghost. The last Indian film to have its premiere in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition section was Qaushiq Mukherjee's sex comedy <i>Brahman Naman</i> which did not win any award.</p> <p>The World Cinema Documentary section has another Indian title called <i>Writing with Fire</i>, a non-fiction feature film on Khabar Lahariya, the path-breaking publication run by an intrepid group of Dalit women working in the oppressive environs of the Hindi heartland.</p> <p>The Sundance Film Festival has introduced global audiences to some of the most groundbreaking films of the past three decades, including <i>Never Rarely Sometimes Always, Zola, Honeyland, Hereditary, Call Me By Your Name, Get Out, The Big Sick, Mudbound,The Cove, Little Miss Sunshine, An Inconvenient Truth, Reservoir Dogs, Sex, Lies, and Videotape, etc</i>. The opening film this year is <i>Coda</i>, shorthand for Child of Deaf Adults and revolves around the conflicts assailing Ruby, the only hearing person in a deaf family. Other notable screenings, offering a much diversified palate, includes <i>R#J</i>, a BIPOC (black, Indigenous and people of color) reimagining of Shakespeare’s 'Romeo and Juliet' shown in an Instagram frame; <i>The Dog Who Wouldn't be Quiet</i> and <i>The Pink Cloud</i> (both in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition section), presaging apocalypse and lockdowns before 2020 happened.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/21/a-movie-set-in-a-small-village-in-uttarakhand-to-compete-at-sundance-2021.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/21/a-movie-set-in-a-small-village-in-uttarakhand-to-compete-at-sundance-2021.html Mon Dec 21 21:47:35 IST 2020 mollywood-actor-who-was-harassed-in-kochi-mall-says-she-accepts-apology-of-the-accused <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/21/mollywood-actor-who-was-harassed-in-kochi-mall-says-she-accepts-apology-of-the-accused.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/sci-tech/2019/June/woman-girl-harassment-sexual-sex-shut.jpg" /> <p>The young Mollywood actor, who faced harassment in a mall in Kochi, said she acknowledges and accepts the willingness of the accused to tender an apology after the two accused said they would apologise to the actor for their inappropriate behaviour.</p> <p>The accused, hailing from Kerala's Malappuram district, had said they were ready to aplologise to the actor and claimed that all that they wanted to do was to click photos with the actor. They had said they did not touch the actress deliberately in an inappropriate manner.</p> <p>Taking to Instagram, the actor, in a story, said, she acknowledges their willingness to extend an apology and thanked the police and media for taking notice of the matter and acting upon it.</p> <p>"In the light of the incident that took place at Lulu, I acknowledge and accept the person's will to extend an apology. I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the police and media who acted with immediate effect. I would also like to thank my family, friends, and everyone who reached out to me with kind words of support. Your words gave me and my family strength through this and I'm acknowledging that there are two other families going through a tough time as well. To all the people who shared their personal experiences with me, I empathise with you and hope you find strength," she wrote.</p> <p>Earlier, The police had taken into custody the duo and said they would be charged under IPC Section 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty).</p> <p>They accused had also expressed willingness to surrender before the police after CCTV visuals of them walking through the Kochi metro station covering their faces with masks were aired by the cops.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/21/mollywood-actor-who-was-harassed-in-kochi-mall-says-she-accepts-apology-of-the-accused.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/21/mollywood-actor-who-was-harassed-in-kochi-mall-says-she-accepts-apology-of-the-accused.html Mon Dec 21 21:23:03 IST 2020 jayasurya-has-narrow-escape-from-accident-sets-of-vellam <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/21/jayasurya-has-narrow-escape-from-accident-sets-of-vellam.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/12/21/jayasurya-vellam.jpg" /> <p>Malayalam actor Jayasurya recently escaped an accident on the sets of film <i>Vellam</i>, when a power tiller went out of control and dragged the actor along. The team was shooting for a scene where the actor was required to handle the power tiller.</p> <p>In a video that is now going viral, actor Jayasurya can be seen having a narrow escape. The power tiller suddenly lost control and went on high-speed, dragging the actor along. The team immediately swung into action and saved the actor from injuries.&nbsp;</p> <p>According to reports, Jayasurya insisted on doing the scene without a dupe because he wanted to keep it original.</p> <p><i>Vellam</i> is directed by Prajesh Sen, who made his directorial debut with <i>Captain</i> which won Jayasurya a state award for best actor. <i>Vellam&nbsp;</i>is produced by Manu P. Nair and John Kudiyanmala under the banner Friendly Productions LLP. Samyuktha Menon plays the female lead in the film.</p> <p>Jayasurya will also be seen in <i>Sunny</i>, which is his 100<sup>th</sup> film.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/21/jayasurya-has-narrow-escape-from-accident-sets-of-vellam.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/21/jayasurya-has-narrow-escape-from-accident-sets-of-vellam.html Mon Dec 21 17:02:42 IST 2020 salman-khan-aayush-sharma-starrer-antim-to-release-in-2021 <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/21/salman-khan-aayush-sharma-starrer-antim-to-release-in-2021.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/12/21/salman-khan-antim.jpg" /> <p>Superstar Salman Khan on Monday unveiled the first look of his and brother-in-law, actor Aayush Sharma's, characters from their upcoming film <i>Antim - The Final Truth</i>.</p> <p>The action-drama reportedly features Khan as a Sikh cop.</p> <p>The 54-year-old actor took to Twitter and shared a clip from the film, featuring the duo. He also announced that the movie will release in 2021.</p> <p>Sharma also shared the video on his social media pages and wrote, "Hardwork demands your blood and sweat, but in return leaves you with a lot. The auspicious beginning of the journey of 'Antim'. Gratitude."</p> <p>Earlier this month, Khan's look from the film was out, where he was seen sporting a turban.</p> <p><i>Antim - The Final Truth</i> is reportedly a remake of the 2018 hit Marathi crime drama <i>Mulshi Pattern</i>.</p> <p>While the original was helmed by Marathi actor-filmmaker Pravin Tarde, the remake will be directed by actor-filmmaker Mahesh Manjrekar.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/21/salman-khan-aayush-sharma-starrer-antim-to-release-in-2021.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/21/salman-khan-aayush-sharma-starrer-antim-to-release-in-2021.html Mon Dec 21 16:57:46 IST 2020 sonu-sood-telangana-villagers-build-temple <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/21/sonu-sood-telangana-villagers-build-temple.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/12/21/sonu-sood-temple-ani.jpg" /> <p>The residents of the Dubba Tanda village along with Siddipet district authorities in Telangana have constructed a temple in honour of Sonu Sood and his philanthropic work. The temple was inaugurated on Sunday, according to reports.</p> <p>"He helped so many people during the pandemic. It's a matter of great delight for us that we've constructed his temple,” a local resident told ANI.</p> <p>Responding to the news, Sonu Sood tweeted: “This is an extremely overwhelming moment. But at the same time I don’t deserve this. I’m just a common man who helped his brothers and sisters.”</p> <p>Sood was hailed as a ‘superhero’ and ‘messiah’ because of the humanitarian work he has done since the lockdown. He helped thousands of stranded migrant labourers reach their homes in villages and towns across India during the lockdown. He also helped many students who were stranded in different countries to return home.</p> <p>Speaking to The Week, Sood had said that the pandemic and the lockdown changed him as a person.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/21/sonu-sood-telangana-villagers-build-temple.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/21/sonu-sood-telangana-villagers-build-temple.html Mon Dec 21 15:23:19 IST 2020 drugs-case-arjun-rampal-appears-before-ncb-for-questioning <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/21/drugs-case-arjun-rampal-appears-before-ncb-for-questioning.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/11/9/arjun-rampal-insta.jpg" /> <p>Actor Arjun Rampal appeared before the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Monday in connection with the Bollywood drugs case probe. NCB had already questioned Rampal and his partner Gabriella Demetriades and arrested her brother in the case.</p> <p>He was previously asked to appear before the NCB on December 16, but the actor had sought time till December 21.<br> On November 9, officials from the NCB had conducted raids at Rampal’s properties&nbsp;in Mumbai. His electronic gadgets were seized and he was questioned for nearly seven hours by the NCB.</p> <p>The NCB had also arrested Rampal’s friend Paul Bartel.</p> <p>The NCB, which has been investigating the drug angle into Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. Before this, Bollywood actresses Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, Shraddha Kapoor and Rakul Preet Singh have also been questioned by NCB officials.</p> <p>The anti-drugs agency had also issued notice to Karan Johar over a viral video allegedly showing drugs being consumed at a party hosted at his residence. Johar, in his response to the notice, claimed that no drug was consumed during the party.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/21/drugs-case-arjun-rampal-appears-before-ncb-for-questioning.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/21/drugs-case-arjun-rampal-appears-before-ncb-for-questioning.html Mon Dec 21 12:58:02 IST 2020 soorarai-pottru-asuran-jallikattu-to-be-screened-golden-clobes-2021 <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/21/soorarai-pottru-asuran-jallikattu-to-be-screened-golden-clobes-2021.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/11/11/soorarai-pottru-amazon-prime.jpg" /> <p>Suriya’s <i>Soorarai Pottru, </i>and Dhanush’s <i>Asuran </i>will be selected at the Golden Globes 2021 in the Best Foreign Film category. Director Lijo Jose Pellissery’s <i>Jallikattu,</i> which is India’s official entry for Oscars 2021 will also be screened at the event.</p> <p>Soorarai Pottru, directed by Sudha Kongara, featuring Suriya and Aparna Balamurali, garnered good reviews after it premiered on Amazon Prime Video recently. The film is based on the life of budget airlines Air Deccan founder Captain Gopinath.</p> <p><i>Asuran</i>, directed by Vetrimaaran, features Dhanush and Manju Warrier in the lead. The 2019 film also opened to wide critical acclaim for its strong portrayal of caste-based violence.</p> <p>Other Indian films include Prateek Vats’s&nbsp;<i>Eeb Allay Ooo!,</i>&nbsp;Shyam Madiraju’s&nbsp;<i>Harami,</i>&nbsp;Om Raut’s&nbsp;<i>Tanhaji</i>, Chaitanya Tamhane’s&nbsp;<i>The Disciple</i>, Anurag Basu’s&nbsp;<i>Ludo</i>, Kislay’s&nbsp;<i>Just Like That</i>&nbsp;and Bijukumar Damodaran’s&nbsp;<i>Trees Under the Sun.</i></p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/21/soorarai-pottru-asuran-jallikattu-to-be-screened-golden-clobes-2021.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/21/soorarai-pottru-asuran-jallikattu-to-be-screened-golden-clobes-2021.html Mon Dec 21 11:35:11 IST 2020 ariana-grande-announces-engagement-shares-pics <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/21/ariana-grande-announces-engagement-shares-pics.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/gallery/shots/2019/february-24-2019/people/81-Ariana-Grande.jpg" /> <p>Singer Ariana Grande has announced engagement to her boyfriend, real-estate agent Dalton Gomez.</p> <p>The ‘God is a Woman’ hitmaker shared the news on Instagram on Sunday.</p> <p>"Forever n then some," Grande captioned the series of images, which included a closer look at her engagement ring.</p> <p>According to People magazine, Grande and Gomez had been dating since January and were social distancing together at her home here amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>The couple made their relationship Instagram official in June.</p> <p>Grande was previously engaged to ‘Saturday Night Live’ star Pete Davidson. They called off their engagement in October 2018.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/21/ariana-grande-announces-engagement-shares-pics.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/21/ariana-grande-announces-engagement-shares-pics.html Mon Dec 21 10:28:55 IST 2020 kareena-kapoor-khan-to-pen-guide-to-pregnancy-book-to-come-out-in-2021 <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/20/kareena-kapoor-khan-to-pen-guide-to-pregnancy-book-to-come-out-in-2021.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/12/20/kareena-kk-pregnancy-book.jpg" /> <p>Bollywood superstar Kareena Kapoor Khan is set to pen a comprehensive guide to pregnancy, publisher Juggernaut said on Sunday.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The book, titled <i>Kareena Kapoor Khan’s Pregnancy Bible</i>, will come out next year.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Kareena, who is expecting her second baby with husband actor Saif Ali Khan, made the announcement of her upcoming endeavour on the fourth birthday of the couple’s first child Taimur Ali Khan.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“Today is the perfect day to announce – ‘Kareena Kapoor Khan’s Pregnancy Bible’ for all you moms-to-be. I’ll talk about everything from morning sickness to diet and fitness and being a mom-on-the-go! can't wait for you to read it. To be published by Juggernaut Books in 2021,” the actor wrote on Instagram alongside the cover art of the book.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The book will describe all the medical aspects of pregnancy with a focus on the mother and her symptoms, and include Kareena’s tips on everything from managing morning sickness to diet, exercise, wellness and preparing a nursery.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“I believe pregnancy is a natural process during which we should be active, healthy and happy. In this book I will tell you how I handled my own pregnancies and give you all the information you need to be happy in yours. This subject means a lot to me and I hope to create a book that will help and guide other women,” the 40-year-old actor said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Talking about the upcoming book, Chiki Sarkar, co-founder of Juggernaut, said that India “badly needed” a one-stop book that mothers can use.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“Whether it’s continuing with acting or walking the ramp, Kareena Kapoor Khan is one of the few celebrities in this country who have helped normalize pregnancy and encouraged women to continue their usual lives during those 40 weeks.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“We badly need a one-stop book that Indian moms can use—for their health, fitness and emotional well-being—to navigate this important moment in their lives as well as reinforce this message. This book will be it,” Sarkar said in a statement.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/20/kareena-kapoor-khan-to-pen-guide-to-pregnancy-book-to-come-out-in-2021.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/20/kareena-kapoor-khan-to-pen-guide-to-pregnancy-book-to-come-out-in-2021.html Sun Dec 20 16:29:00 IST 2020 kgf-chapter-2-team-concludes-climax-shoot-sanjay-dutt-wraps-work-on-film <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/20/kgf-chapter-2-team-concludes-climax-shoot-sanjay-dutt-wraps-work-on-film.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/12/3/kgf-2-chapter.jpg" /> <p>Filmmaker Prashanth Neel on Sunday said he has finished shooting the climax sequence of his much awaited action drama <i>KGF: Chapter 2</i>.</p> <p>The film is a sequel to the 2018 period-action blockbuster <i>KGF</i> starring Yash in the lead.</p> <p><i>KGF: Chapter 2</i> also features actor Sanjay Dutt, making his Kannada debut.</p> <p>Neel took to Twitter and posted pictures of the film's cast and crew post the shoots wrap.</p> <p>"Nothing short of a crazy, exhausting and fulfilling shoot. The best team hands down! @duttsanjay sir a true warrior in real life. @TheNameIsYash a treat to work with as always.</p> <p>"An end to the climax shoot. Can't wait for the world to see 'KGF Chapter2' only on the big screen," he tweeted.</p> <p>In August, Dutt, 61, had announced that he would be taking a break from his professional commitments to focus on overcoming his battle with cancer.</p> <p>The actor resumed shooting for the film in November.</p> <p><i>KGF: Chapter 2</i> cinematographer, Bhuvan Gowda, took to Twitter and shared a picture with Dutt, who features in the film as the antagonist, Adheera.</p> <p>"End of Hyderabad schedule (climax fight) and end of @duttsanjay sir portion for #kgfchapter2. Had an Amazing experience capturing the legend on camera," he wrote.</p> <p>Production on the movie was affected due to the coronavirus-induced nationwide lockdown in March.</p> <p>The work on the sequel resumed in August, with actors Prakash Raj and Malavika Avinash joining the team.</p> <p><i>KGF</i> follows the story of Rocky (Yash) who rises from poverty to become the king of a gold mine.</p> <p>The sequel also stars Raveena Tandon and Srinidhi Shetty.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/20/kgf-chapter-2-team-concludes-climax-shoot-sanjay-dutt-wraps-work-on-film.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/20/kgf-chapter-2-team-concludes-climax-shoot-sanjay-dutt-wraps-work-on-film.html Sun Dec 20 16:25:04 IST 2020 paatal-lok-the-family-man-sweep-filmfare-ott-award <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/20/paatal-lok-the-family-man-sweep-filmfare-ott-award.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/12/20/jaideep-sushmita-manoj-web-series.jpg" /> <p>In the first edition of OTT Awards by Filmfare held on Saturday, Amazon Prime Video’s <i>Paatal Lok</i> and <i>The Family Man</i> were the big winners, bagging five awards each.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Prime Video’s <i>Panchayat</i> was not far behind with four awards.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The OTT Awards were introduced this year thanks to the fantastic storytelling of some excellent scripts and well-curated content on streaming platforms, which also saw a rise in viewers, following the shutdown of film productions due to the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Only series released between August 01, 2019 and July 31, 2020 were considered for the award show.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Jaideep Ahlawat won the Best Actor in a Drama Series (Male) for <i>Paatal Lok</i> while Sushmita Sen, who made her debut in a web series with <i>Aarya</i>, bagged the Best Actor in a Drama Series (Female) award.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Check out the complete list of winners:</p> <p>Best Series: <i>Paatal Lok</i></p> <p>Best Director, Series: Avinash Arun and Prosit Roy for <i>Paatal Lok</i></p> <p>Best Actor in a Drama Series (Male): Jaideep Ahlawat, <i>Paatal Lok</i></p> <p>Best Actor in a Drama Series (Female): Sushmita Sen, <i>Aarya</i></p> <p>Best Actor in a Comedy Series (Male): &nbsp;Jitendra Kumar, <i>Panchayat</i></p> <p>Best Actor in a Comedy Series (Female): Mithila Palkar, <i>Little Things</i> Season 3</p> <p>Best Actress in a Comedy Series (Critics): Sumukhi Suresh, <i>Pushpavalli </i>Season 2</p> <p>Best Director (Critics): Krishna DK and Raj Nidimoru, <i>The Family Man</i></p> <p>Best Actress in a Drama Series (Critics): Priyamani, <i>The Family Man</i></p> <p>Best Actor in a Drama Series (Critics): Manoj Bajpayee, <i>The Family Man</i></p> <p>Best Series (Critics): <i>The Family Man</i></p> <p>Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Drama Series (Male): Amit Sadh, <i>Breathe: Into The Shadows</i></p> <p>Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Drama Series (Female): Divya Dutta, <i>Special OPS</i></p> <p>Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Comedy Series (Male): Raghubir Yadav, <i>Panchayat</i></p> <p>Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Comedy Series (Female): Neena Gupta, <i>Panchayat</i></p> <p>Best Original Story, Series: Sudip Sharma, Sagar Haveli, Hardik Mehta and Gunjit Chopra for <i>Paatal Lok</i></p> <p>Best Comedy (Series/Specials): <i>Panchayat</i></p> <p>Best Film (Web Original): <i>Raat Akeli Hai</i></p> <p>Best Actor in Web Original Film (Male): Nawazuddin Siddiqui, <i>Raat Akeli Hai</i></p> <p>Best Actor in Web Original Film (Female): Tripti Dimri, <i>Bulbbul</i></p> <p>Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Web Original (Male): Rahul Bose, <i>Bulbbul</i></p> <p>Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Web Original (Female): Seema Pahwa, <i>Chintu Ka Birthday</i></p> <p>Best Dialogue: Sumit Arora, Suman Kumar, Raj Nidimoru, Krishna DK for <i>The Family Man</i></p> <p>Best Screenplay: Sudip Sharma, <i>Paatal Lok</i></p> <p>Best Cinematographer: Sylvester Fonseca and Swapnil Sonavane for <i>Sacred Games</i> Season 2</p> <p>Best Editor: Praveen Kathikuloth, <i>Special OPS</i></p> <p>Best Costume: Ayesha Khanna, <i>The Forgotten Army: Azaadi Ke Liye</i></p> <p>Best Background Music: Alokananda Dasgupta, <i>Sacred Games</i> Season 2</p> <p>Best Original Soundtrack: Advait Nemlekar, <i>Special OPS</i></p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/20/paatal-lok-the-family-man-sweep-filmfare-ott-award.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/20/paatal-lok-the-family-man-sweep-filmfare-ott-award.html Sun Dec 20 15:02:12 IST 2020 javadekar-announces-iffi-panorama-lineup <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/19/javadekar-announces-iffi-panorama-lineup.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/magazine/theweek/leisure/images/2019/10/18/65-Taapsee-Pannu.jpg" /> <p>Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday announced that 20 non-feature and 23 feature films, including <i>Saand Ki Aankh</i> and Sushant Singh Rajput's <i>Chhichhore,</i> will be screened as part of the Indian Panaroma section at the 51st International Film Festival of India (IFFI).</p> <p>The nine-day film gala, which was previously scheduled to take place in Goa from November 20-28, got postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and will now be held from January 16 to January 24.</p> <p>"Happy to announce the selection of 23 feature and 20 non-feature films in Indian Panorama of 51st IFFI. @MIB_India" Javadekar said on Twitter.</p> <p><i>Saand Ki Aankh</i>, directed by Tushar Hiranandani and featuring Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar, will be the opening movie for the Panorama section at the festival, which will also see the screenings of Vetri Maaran's <i>Asuran,</i> Nila Madhab Panda's Oriya language movie <i>Kalira Atita</i> and Govind Nihalani's <i>Up, Up &amp; Up</i>.</p> <p>The list of films, selected by a jury headed by filmmaker-writer John Mathew Matthan, also includes <i>Bridge </i>(Assamese), <i>Avijatrik</i> (Bengali), <i>Pinki Elli?</i> (Kannada), <i>Trance </i>(Malayalam) and<i> Prawaas</i> (Marathi).</p> <p>Nitesh Tiwari's <i>Chhichhore,</i> starring Rajput, who died in June this year, has been included as part of three mainstream films, which also consists of <i>Asuran</i> and Malayalam movie <i>Kappela.</i></p> <p>The movies were selected by an internal committee of Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF) based on the recommendations of Film Federation of India (FFI) and Producer’s Guild.</p> <p>The non-feature jury was headed by acclaimed feature and documentary filmmaker Haobam Paban Kumar.</p> <p>The jury selected Ankit Kothari's <i>Paanchika,</i> a Gujarati language movie, as the opening non-feature film of Indian Panorama 2020.</p> <p>A total 20 titles, including <i>100 Years Of Chrysostom - A Biographical</i> Film, <i>Ahimsa- Gandhi: The Power Of The Powerless</i>, <i>Justice Delayed But Delivered</i>, <i>Still Alive</i> and <i>Investing Life,</i> will be showcased under the section.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/19/javadekar-announces-iffi-panorama-lineup.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/19/javadekar-announces-iffi-panorama-lineup.html Sat Dec 19 15:29:15 IST 2020 kriti-sanon-tests-negative-covid19 <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/19/kriti-sanon-tests-negative-covid19.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/gallery/shots/2019/march-17-2019/people/72-Kriti-Sanon.jpg" /> <p>Actor Kriti Sanon on Saturday said she has tested negative for COVID-19.</p> <p>The 30-year-old actor, who had recently returned to Mumbai after wrapping up the shoot for her upcoming film with Rajkummar Rao in Chandigarh, had tested positive for coronavirus last week and was under home quarantine.</p> <p>In to Twitter post, Sanon expressed gratitude to the doctors, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and all those who prayed for her good health.</p> <p>"Happy to inform everyone that I have finally tested negative for COVID-19! A big thank you to @mybmc officials, respected Assistant commissioner @mybmcwardKW Mr. Vishwas Mote and my doctor for all the help &amp; assistance. And thank you all for the warm wishes and the love," the actor wrote.</p> <p>Sanon had in her earlier statement said she will get back to work as soon as she recovers.</p> <p>"I’m gonna ride this tide, rest it out and resume work soon. Till then, I''m reading all the warm wishes and they seem to be working. Be safe guys, the pandemic hasn''t gone yet," she had said.</p> <p>On Friday, Maharashtra reported 3,994 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total tally to 18,88,767, while the death toll is 48,574.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/19/kriti-sanon-tests-negative-covid19.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/19/kriti-sanon-tests-negative-covid19.html Sat Dec 19 14:05:39 IST 2020 i-am-back-remo-dsouza-discharged-from-hospital <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/19/i-am-back-remo-dsouza-discharged-from-hospital.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/12/13/remo-d-souza-fb.jpg" /> <p>Choreographer-filmmaker choreographer and director Remo D'Souza, who was admitted to Kokilaben&nbsp;Hospital&nbsp;after suffering a&nbsp;heart attack, has been discharged.&nbsp;<br> <br> </p> <p>The 46-year-old director and ex-judge on reality show "Dance India Dance" was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of Kokilaben hospital on December 11.&nbsp;<br> <br> </p> <p>Taking to Instagram, D'Souza posted a video and revealed that he is back at his home now. &nbsp;"Thank you all for the love, prayers and blessings I am back... thank you @gabrieldsouzaaa @<i>adonis</i>&nbsp;and @edie_rockwood for the beautiful welcome back ... and thanks to all my friends," he captioned the post.&nbsp;<br> <br> </p> <p>D'Souza is one of the leading choreographers in Bollywood with films such as <i>Tum Bin,</i> <i>Kaante,</i> <i>Dhoom,</i> <i>Rock On!</i> and <i>Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani</i> to his credit.<br> <br> </p> <p>As a director, he has made movies such as <i>F.A.L.T.U,</i> <i>ABCD</i>, <i>A Flying Jatt</i> and <i>Race 3.</i></p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/19/i-am-back-remo-dsouza-discharged-from-hospital.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/19/i-am-back-remo-dsouza-discharged-from-hospital.html Sat Dec 19 11:05:34 IST 2020 getting-offers-for-hero-roles-now <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/19/getting-offers-for-hero-roles-now.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/magazine/theweek/cover/images/2020/12/10/32-Sonu-Sood.jpg" /> <p>Bollywood actor Sonu Sood has said filmmakers have started to approach him with lead roles in their films due to his philanthropic work for migrant workers during the coronavirus-induced lockdown.<br> </p> <p>Earlier this year, Sood, known for films like<i> Dabangg</i>, <i>Jodhaa Akbar,</i> and <i>Simmba,</i> catapulted to the national spotlight for his work in helping migrants reach their homes during the lockdown.<br> </p> <p>During a virtual session of <i>We The Women</i> on Friday, Sood opened up about how 2020 has changed his personal and professional life, especially his image of an actor, who has previously played villain in films such as <i>Simmba,</i> <i>R…Rajkumar</i> and <i>Arundhati.</i><br> </p> <p>"I am getting all hero roles now. I have got four-five brilliant scripts. Let’s hope... It's new beginnings, new innings, it is a new pitch and it will be nice fun," the actor said.<br> </p> <p>He recalled that during the shooting of his upcoming Telugu movie <i>Acharya,</i> South superstar Chiranjeevi expressed reservations about hitting him for a scene, given his new found image of a hero.<br> </p> <p>"We were doing an action sequence and Chiranjeevi sir said, ‘You being in the film is a big problem for us because I can’t hit you in the action scene’. He said if he does that people will curse him.<br> </p> <p>"There was another sequence where he was placing his feet on me but that too was reshot," Sood said.<br> </p> <p>The 47-year-old actor also revealed that the makers of another Telugu film have changed the script according to his new image, meaning that he will have to shoot his portions again.<br> </p> <p>During the lockdown, Sood had launched an initiative to help reunite migrant workers who were stranded in Mumbai with their families in distant corners of the country.<br> </p> <p>He and his team rolled out a toll-free number and a WhatsApp helpline to connect with the workers and then arrange transportation - buses, trains and even chartered flights as well as food for the stranded migrants.&nbsp;Sood believes that there was some force working behind him and guiding him during the lockdown period.<br> </p> <p>"Blessings of my parents worked and I was able to connect with thousands of people. There was some kind of inner voice that made me do what I did. I didn’t know how I would do it but once we started, everything just happened,” he said.<br> </p> <p>Joining the actor in the session, titled <i>The Men We Love,</i> was Michelin-star chef Vikas Khanna, who has also been working round-the-clock to help the needy since the pandemic hit India.<br> </p> <p>Khanna, sitting thousands of miles away in New York, launched a food distribution drive ‘Feed India’ that steadily reached millions across the country.<br> </p> <p>"Catering companies were shutting down and so were restaurants, even I was supposed to open two restaurants this year.<br> <br> </p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/19/getting-offers-for-hero-roles-now.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/19/getting-offers-for-hero-roles-now.html Sat Dec 19 10:42:20 IST 2020 musician-shankar-mahadevan-designer-raghavendra-rathore-winners-of-uks-icon-awards <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/18/musician-shankar-mahadevan-designer-raghavendra-rathore-winners-of-uks-icon-awards.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/12/18/Shankar-Mahadevan-fb.jpg" /> <p>Musician Shankar Mahadevan and fashion designer Raghavendra Rathore have been named among 15 winners of the annual 21st Century Icon Awards, unveiled virtually from London on Thursday.</p> <p>"While this award is so special and it means the world to me, I think it is also important for us to focus on this deadly virus and let it not dampen our spirits," said Mahadevan, awarded the 2020 Magnificent Performing Arts Award.</p> <p>"I want to share that this award is a great signal for the industry and it is a huge inspiration for me," noted Rathore, the recipient of the Exquisite Art &amp; Fashion Award.</p> <p>The awards, devised as a celebration of dynamic entrepreneurs and successful individuals chosen from hundreds of nominations from around the world, are organised by Squared Watermelon Limited in partnership with ELITE, the London Stock Exchange Group's international business support and capital raising programme, with other supporters named as Bentley, Stefano Ricci, KPMG and Coca-Cola.</p> <p>Among some of the other 2020 winners included the Dedicated Stalwart Award for Mohit Burman, vice chairman of Dabur India Ltd, and Competitive Sports Awards for Jamaican cricketer Chris Gayle and Argentinian polo player Adolfo Cambiaso.</p> <p>“The next generation of leaders and businesses are truly inspiring and we are absolutely thrilled to be a part of their journey and continued success,” said Tarun Ghulati, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Preeti Rana, Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Squared Watermelon Ltd.</p> <p>The panel of judges for the 2020 awards, which were transformed into a virtual setting due to the coronavirus pandemic lockdown, included a range of industry and political leaders including Baroness Sandip Verma from the House of Lords, Ibukun Adebayo from the London Stock Exchange, Hugo van Vredenburch from Goldman Sachs, David Sayer from KPMG, and curatorial expert Dr Amin Jaffer, among others.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/18/musician-shankar-mahadevan-designer-raghavendra-rathore-winners-of-uks-icon-awards.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/18/musician-shankar-mahadevan-designer-raghavendra-rathore-winners-of-uks-icon-awards.html Fri Dec 18 23:04:27 IST 2020 swara-bhasker-joins-agitating-farmers-calls-it-a-humbling-day <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/18/swara-bhasker-joins-agitating-farmers-calls-it-a-humbling-day.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/12/18/swara-bhaskar-farmers.jpg" /> <p>Bollywood actor Swara Bhasker, who a few days ago, took on a troll who challenged her to debate on the Centre's new farm bills, saying "Why don’t u go engage in a conversation with the protesting farmers," joined the agitating farmers on Delhi borders.</p> <p>Taking to Twitter, the actor posted a few pictures, in which she is seen sitting with the farmers. Bhasker, in her tweet, said it was a humbling day and expressed admiration over the “ grit, resolve and determination” of the farmers.</p> <p>“A humbling day, to see the grit, resolve and determination of protesting farmers and the elderly at #SinghuBorder #FarmersProtests,” she tweeted, sharing the photos.</p> <p>She shared more pictures of the protesters, with the caption, "Snapshots of resilience."</p> <p>Several Bollywood celebrities, including Sonam Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, have already extended their support to farmers protesting against the new farm laws.</p> <p>Kapoor called farmers "founders of human civilisation". "When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilsation," she wrote on Twitter.</p> <p>"Our farmers are India’s Food Soldiers. Their fears need to be allayed. Their hopes need to be met. As a thriving democracy, we must ensure that this crises is resolved sooner than later," Chopra had said in a tweet.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/18/swara-bhasker-joins-agitating-farmers-calls-it-a-humbling-day.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/18/swara-bhasker-joins-agitating-farmers-calls-it-a-humbling-day.html Fri Dec 18 19:04:35 IST 2020 case-filed-against-kangana-ranaut-for-tarnishing-reputation-of-former-union-minister <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/18/case-filed-against-kangana-ranaut-for-tarnishing-reputation-of-former-union-minister.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/gallery/shots/2020/november-15-2020/people/72-Kangana-Ranaut.jpg" /> <p>Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut was, on Friday, accused of having tarnished the reputation of former Union minister Upendra Kushwaha, in a complaint lodged before a court in Patna.</p> <p>Shyam Bihari Singh, the legal cell head of the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party, headed by Kushwaha, filed the complaint against Ranaut before the court of CJM, Patna.</p> <p>The complainant has taken exception to a tweet shared by the actor on December 3, which carried a photograph taken during the recent assembly elections in Bihar with the caption "new star in tukde tukde gang".</p> <p>Labels like "jihadis", "urban naxals" and "Lutyen Liberals" were placed on thumbnails of leaders who figured in the picture. The one placed on Kushwaha read "Azad Kashmir".</p> <p>In his complaint, Singh alleged that a miffed Kushwaha had drawn the attention of Bihar Police, Mumbai Police and the Maharashtra DGP towards the offending tweet, but no action was initiated against her.</p> <p>"When RLSP supporters visited the police station concerned to lodge an FIR they were told to approach the court. Hence, this petition," he claimed.</p> <p>Singh, who was accompanied by senior party leaders including national general secretary Fazl Imam, filed the complaint under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the IT Act.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/18/case-filed-against-kangana-ranaut-for-tarnishing-reputation-of-former-union-minister.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/18/case-filed-against-kangana-ranaut-for-tarnishing-reputation-of-former-union-minister.html Fri Dec 18 18:08:28 IST 2020 no-drug-consumed-party-karan-johar-reply-to-ncb-notice <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/18/no-drug-consumed-party-karan-johar-reply-to-ncb-notice.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/gallery/shots/2020/january-26-2020/people/73-Karan-Johar.jpg" /> <p>Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar, in his response to the notice issued by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), has claimed that no drug was consumed during a party at his house last year, an official said on Friday.</p> <p>The anti-drugs agency had issued the notice to Johar over a viral video allegedly showing drugs being consumed at a party hosted at his residence, the official said.</p> <p>"Johar was asked to give details of the party. Accordingly, the NCB on Friday received a reply from him to the notice," he said.</p> <p>"In the reply, Johar maintained that no drug was consumed at the party," the official added.</p> <p>The NCB had received a complaint regarding the video of a party, which was attended by top Bollywood stars last year, he said.</p> <p>The complaint was about movie stars apparently seen in a ''drugged'' state in the video.</p> <p>Shiromani Akali Dal leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa had sent the video to the NCB and his complaint was marked to the agency’s Mumbai zonal unit, he said.</p> <p>Sirsa had claimed that he had registered a complaint about this video with the Mumbai police in August last year, but no probe was conducted.</p> <p>After the video went viral, Johar had issued a public statement in connection with that video, saying reports of drug consumption at his party were slanderous and malicious.</p> <p>The central agency has been conducting an anti-drugs probe that began in connection with the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June this year.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/18/no-drug-consumed-party-karan-johar-reply-to-ncb-notice.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/18/no-drug-consumed-party-karan-johar-reply-to-ncb-notice.html Fri Dec 18 16:28:42 IST 2020 anna-ben-shares-she-was-sexually-harassed-at-mall <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/18/anna-ben-shares-she-was-sexually-harassed-at-mall.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/sci-tech/2019/June/woman-girl-harassment-sexual-sex-shut.jpg" /> <p>In a moving note on Instagram, a prominent Malayalam actress&nbsp;shared that she was sexually harassed at a mall in Kochi on Thursday. She said she was groped by a man while shopping with her family.</p> <p>She spoke of how she confronted the man, and that she was angered by the fact that they ‘walked away without guilt or trouble’. “Two men walked past me in a generously spaced aisle in Lulu hypermarket which barely had people crowding and one of them not so accidentally grazed his hands on my back while walking past me. Because it caught me off guard I couldn’t react immediately. I wanted to give him the benefit of a doubt but you know when something is just not right, you feel it,” the actor wrote on her Instagram stories.</p> <p>She said she went blank for a minute, &quot;trying to process this’. “I walked towards them, but they completely ignored me. I made sure he knew I understood,” she wrote.</p> <p>She wrote that the men followed her again and tried to talk to her sister and her. “As I type this I can think of a thousand things I could have told them and a hundred things I could have done. But I didn’t. I just couldn’t. I just wanted to let this out here so I could feel a little relief. To feel that I have done something about it knowing fully that they walked away without guilt or trouble. Knowing that they might do it again, it angers me,” she wrote.</p> <p>She urged women to be on their guard, and hoped they have the courage to react to such incidents. “Being a woman has been very tiring, to be on guard every minute as you step out of your house. To watch my clothes when I bend and turn. To guard my chest with my arms in a crowd… And on the days I’m home, I worry about my mother, my sister, my friends who have to do the same things. It is all because of these sick men. You take away our safety. You take away our comfort and the joy of our womanhood. I despise you,” the actor wrote.</p> <p>&nbsp;To the men reading her post she said, “If you have done anything remotely inappropriate to a woman, know that you are the lowest form of life and you don’t deserve anything but hell. And to all the women reading her post, she said, “I hope you have the courage to give a tight slap on the face of such men.”</p> <p>After her social media note garnered attention, the police have registered a case and identified the man from CCTV visuals at the mall, Manorama Online reported.<br> <br> <br> </p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/18/anna-ben-shares-she-was-sexually-harassed-at-mall.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/18/anna-ben-shares-she-was-sexually-harassed-at-mall.html Fri Dec 18 14:29:07 IST 2020 singer-neha-kakkar-teases-pregnancy <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/18/singer-neha-kakkar-teases-pregnancy.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/12/18/neha-kakkar-insta.jpg" /> <p>Playback singer Neha Kakkar's post on Instagram has set off rumour mills, leading to speculation about her pregnancy.&nbsp;</p> <p>In the post on Instagram, Kakkar shared picture with husband Rohan Preet Singh, where she is seemingly flaunting her baby bump.</p> <p>The 32-year-old singer captioned the photo, "#KhyaalRakhyaKar" with a hug and heart emoji.&nbsp;</p> <p>Singh, 26, commented on Kakkar's post, "Now, you will have to be extra careful Neha." He also shared the same the photo on his own Instagram page.</p> <p>The couple tied the knot in October, after meeting on the sets of a wedding-themed music video.</p> <p>Kakkar is currently judging the 12th season of singing reality show "Indian Idol" alongside Himesh Reshammiya and&nbsp;Vishal Dadlani.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/18/singer-neha-kakkar-teases-pregnancy.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/18/singer-neha-kakkar-teases-pregnancy.html Fri Dec 18 12:31:24 IST 2020 dhanush-to-join-ryan-gosling-chris-evans-russo-brothers-the-gray-man <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/18/dhanush-to-join-ryan-gosling-chris-evans-russo-brothers-the-gray-man.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/12/18/dhanush-facebook.jpg" /> <p>Actor Dhanush is set for his next Hollywood project. He will be seen in directors Anthony and Joe Russo’s upcoming thriller,&nbsp;<i>The Gray Man.</i></p> <p>&nbsp;He will be joining actors Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jessica Henwick, Wagner Moura, and Julia Butters.&nbsp;The Gray Man is based on Mark Greaney’s 2009 novel of the same name. The Netflix film is reportedly budgeted at $200 million.</p> <p>“The movie is a real mano a mano between those two great actors who represent two different versions of the CIA, in what it can be, and what it can do,” Anthony Russo told Deadline.&nbsp;Joe Russo said, “The intention is for it to be competitive with any theatrical, and the ability to do with with Gosling and Evans is a dream for us. The idea is to create a franchise and build out a whole universe, with Ryan at the centre of it.&nbsp;</p> <p>Dhanush’s first international outing was 2018’s <i>The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir.</i></p> <p>The actor’s fans are excited by the news as he is the only Indian actor to join the star-studded cast.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/18/dhanush-to-join-ryan-gosling-chris-evans-russo-brothers-the-gray-man.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/18/dhanush-to-join-ryan-gosling-chris-evans-russo-brothers-the-gray-man.html Fri Dec 18 10:57:27 IST 2020 drugs-case-ncb-issues-notice-to-karan-johar-over-viral-video <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/17/drugs-case-ncb-issues-notice-to-karan-johar-over-viral-video.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/gallery/shots/2020/january-26-2020/people/73-Karan-Johar.jpg" /> <p>The Narcotics Control Bureau has issued a notice to Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar over a viral video allegedly showing drugs being consumed at a party at his house last year, NCB sources said on Thursday.</p> <p>The notice has been sent to Johar to check the video's veracity, an NCB official said.</p> <p>The central agency is conducting an anti-drugs probe that began in connection with the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June this year.</p> <p>The video, which also shows several top stars, is being investigated as part of NCB's probe, the official said.</p> <p>The NCB had received a complaint regarding the video of a party, which was attended by top Bollywood stars last year, the official said.</p> <p>The complaint was about movie stars apparently seen in a 'drugged' state in the video.</p> <p>Shiromani Akali Dal leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa had sent the video to NCB and his complaint was marked to the agency's Mumbai zonal unit, the official said.</p> <p>After the video went viral, Johar had issued a public statement in connection with that video, saying reports of drug consumption at his party were slanderous and malicious.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/17/drugs-case-ncb-issues-notice-to-karan-johar-over-viral-video.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/17/drugs-case-ncb-issues-notice-to-karan-johar-over-viral-video.html Thu Dec 17 21:44:07 IST 2020 saif-ali-khan-political-drama-tandav-to-release-january-amazon <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/17/saif-ali-khan-political-drama-tandav-to-release-january-amazon.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/review/movies/images/2018/10/26/saif-baazaar.jpg" /> <p>Actor Saif Ali Khan's Amazon Prime Video series <i>Tandav</i> will hit the streaming platform on January 15, 2021.</p> <p>Created and directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, the nine-part political drama features an ensemble cast headlined by Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Tigmanshu Dhulia and Kumud Mishra.</p> <p>The series marks the digital debut of Zafar, known for directing blockbusters such as <i>Tiger Zinda Hai,</i> <i>Bharat</i> and<i> Sultan.</i></p> <p>The filmmaker said through<i> Tandav,</i> the team's effort is to show the audience the "power-hungry world of politics." "As you watch the show, you’ll realise that there is no right or wrong, there is no black or white; world of power is about the world of greys. I believe that content must be backed by credible performances and I am fortunate to have such heavy weights in the show.</p> <p>"I'm excited that my debut as a creator-director in the digital domain is with Amazon Prime Video which will take this intriguing and gripping story of 'Tandav' to millions across the world," Zafar said in a statement.</p> <p>Set in Delhi, <i>Tandav</i> aims to take viewers inside the "closed, chaotic corridors of power and uncover the manipulations, charades as well as the dark secrets of people who will go to any lengths in pursuit of power," the synopsis from the makers read.</p> <p>Produced by Himanshu Kishan Mehra and Zafar, "Tandav" also stars Dino Morea, Sunil Grover, Gauahar Khan, Amyra Dastur, Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub, Kritika Kamra, Sarah Jane Dias, Sandhya Mridul, Anup Soni, Hitten Tejwani, Paresh Pahuja and Shonali Nagrani, among others.</p> <p>Aparna Purohit, Head of India Originals at Amazon Prime Video, called the series a "lush exploration of power." "With Ali Abbas Zafar steering the ship and an outstanding cast led by Saif, Dimple, Sunil and Zeeshan, who will be seen in truly unique avatars, we are confident that this series will resonate with everyone seeking content that is both entertaining and intriguing," Purohit said.</p> <p>The Amazon Original Series also marks the digital debut of Kapadia, recently seen on the big screen in filmmaker Christopher Nolan's<i> Tenet.&nbsp;</i></p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/17/saif-ali-khan-political-drama-tandav-to-release-january-amazon.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/17/saif-ali-khan-political-drama-tandav-to-release-january-amazon.html Thu Dec 17 15:13:06 IST 2020 mahesh-bbau-unveils-adivi-sesh-first-look-major-sandeep-unnikrishnan-biopic <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/17/mahesh-bbau-unveils-adivi-sesh-first-look-major-sandeep-unnikrishnan-biopic.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/12/17/major-film.jpg" /> <p>Telugu star Mahesh Babu on Thursday unveiled the first look poster of Major, starring Adivi Sesh in the lead role. The film is a biopic of Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, the NSG commando killed during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.</p> <p>Mahesh Babu tweeted: “Happy to present the first look of #Major!! Wishing you a very happy birthday @AdiviSesh. I'm sure Major will go down as one of your best performances. Good luck and happiness always!”</p> <p>Recently, Adivi Sesh had shared the look test for his character. He also released a video message as a tribute to Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan. Referring to a photograph of Sandeep, the actor said that he resembled one of his cousin brothers and that he was drawn in by the passion in his eyes. He said that he decided to learn more about Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan and started reading up on him and collecting newspaper clippings that came out on him. Adivi Sesh said that Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan's father was surprised when he approached him with a desire to make a film on his son.</p> <p>The actor had said that the greatest compliment was when Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan's mother told him she looked like her son 'from afar'.</p> <p>The biopic is being simultaneously shot in Telugu and Hindi.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/17/mahesh-bbau-unveils-adivi-sesh-first-look-major-sandeep-unnikrishnan-biopic.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/17/mahesh-bbau-unveils-adivi-sesh-first-look-major-sandeep-unnikrishnan-biopic.html Thu Dec 17 12:43:20 IST 2020 indian-films-fire-in-the-mountains-writing-with-fire-sundance-festival <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/17/indian-films-fire-in-the-mountains-writing-with-fire-sundance-festival.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/12/17/fire-in-the-mountains.jpg" /> <p>Filmmaker Ajitpal Singh's <i>Fire in the Mountains</i> and director duo Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh's <i>Writing with Fire</i> are the two Indian films to have been selected for the Sundance Film Festival 2021, the organisers announced on Wednesday.</p> <p>The festival, which will be held from January 28 to February 3, is presented by Sundance Organisation, a nonprofit that discovers and supports independent artists, and introduces audiences to their work.</p> <p>Singh's debut Hindi feature, <i>Fire in the Mountains</i> will have its world premiere in the 'World Cinema Dramatic Competition', which showcases 10 narrative feature films from emerging talent around the world offering fresh perspectives and inventive styles.</p> <p>Billed as a family drama, the film revolves around a mother who toils to save money to build a road in a remote Himalayan village to take her wheelchair-bound son for physiotherapy but her husband believes that a shamanic ritual (Jagar) is the remedy.</p> <p>Whereas, <i>Writing With Fire</i> marks the feature debut of directors Thomas and Ghosh and the film will premiere in the 'World Cinema Documentary Competition' segment, which celebrates 10 non-fiction feature films from emerging talent around the world showcase some of the most courageous and extraordinary filmmaking today. The film follow this ambitious group of Dalit wonder women -- led by their chief reporter, Meera -- as the team switches from print to digital in order to stay relevant.</p> <p>Armed with smartphones and the courage and conviction one must be born with, they investigate the incompetence of the local police force, listen to and stand by victims of caste and gender violence, and challenge long-standing, harmful practices that lead to injustice and intimidation.</p> <p>"Thanks to the directors' intimate yet respectful lens, we witness these rural reporters' awe-inspiring efforts to dismantle patriarchy and redefine traditional notions of power. 'Writing With Fire' is an electrifying reminder to never underestimate the strength of a woman who's had enough," reads the film's synopsis.</p> <p><i>Fire in the Mountains</i> is a Jar Pictures production backed by Ajay Rai and Alan McAlex and co-produced by Amit Mehta and Mauli Singh. Ajitpal Singh said he is "thrilled" that his feature will premiere at the prestigious festival.</p> <p>"Sundance has been a dream since 2012 when my first script was selected for Sundance Mumbai Mantra Script lab and I experienced their love and warmth for independent artists.</p> <p>"This dream would have remained a dream if my producer Ajay Rai had not shown faith in me," the director said in a statement.</p> <p>The film stars Vinamrata Rai in the central role of the mother along with Chandan Bisht, Sonal Jha and first time young actors from Uttarakhand -- Harshita Tewari and Mayank Singh Jaira.</p> <p>Earlier titled <i>Swizerland</i>, Ajitpal Singh said the idea of<i> Fire In The Mountains </i>came from a personal tragedy, when his cousin died because her husband didn't take her to the hospital "thinking she was possessed by a ghost". "The film is about the clash of two world views -- traditional and modern, with a strong woman at the heart of it and I hope my film will make people ask some relevant questions about their blind faiths," he added.</p> <p>Rai, who has produced award-winning films like<i> Killa,</i> <i>Gangs of Wasseypur</i> and <i>Liar's Dice, </i>which was India's official entry at the 2015 Academy Awards, said the team is excited to start their film journey from Sundance. "This is our second film after 'Liars' Dice' to be selected at Sundance, after a gap of seven years, and it feels truly special," Rai said.</p> <p>McAlex, who previously served as an executive producer on projects like "Dangal" and Amazon Prime Video series "Made in Heaven", said the team is delighted to end "this difficult year" on an exciting note.</p> <p>Mauli Singh, who makes her feature debut as a producer with the film, said she couldn't have asked for a "better start than Sundance". "'Fire in the Mountains' is our labour of love and I am excited to see how the world audience will connect with it," she added.</p> <p>The 2021 Sundance Film Festival will have virtual screenings—due to the coronavirus pandemic— as well as the drive-in and socially distanced screenings around the United States, the organisers said.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/17/indian-films-fire-in-the-mountains-writing-with-fire-sundance-festival.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/17/indian-films-fire-in-the-mountains-writing-with-fire-sundance-festival.html Thu Dec 17 11:33:40 IST 2020 urmila-matondkar-instagram-account-hacked <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/17/urmila-matondkar-instagram-account-hacked.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/opinion/columns/Shobhaa-De/images/2020/9/25/82-Urmila-Matondkar-new.jpg" /> <p>Actor-politician Urmila Matondkar on Wednesday said her Instagram account has been hacked, following which she has filed an FIR with Maharashtra Cyber, the state police's cyber wing.</p> <p>Matondkar took to Twitter to report that her Instagram profile was compromised after she responded to a direct message (DM) on the photo-video sharing app. "My Instagram account has been hacked @instagram. First they DM you and ask to follow a few steps and verify the account and then it gets hacked. Really!? #NotDone," the 46-year-old actor wrote on the microblogging site.</p> <p>In a subsequent tweet, Matondkar said she has filed a First Information Report (FIR) with Maharashtra Cyber about the account hack, adding women must not take "cyber crimes" lightly.</p> <p>"'Cyber crimes' is not something that women should take lightly.. as I went to file FIR on my @instagram ac hacking met this dynamic DCP #cybercrime @MumbaiPolice Smt. Rashmi Karandikar who enlightened me lot more on the issue. Will surely be working on it in future. @MahaCyber1," she said.</p> <p>Posts from Matondkar's Instagram account were wiped out, with the display name changed to "Instagram Support".</p> <p>"This is an automated message sent to you. If you have infringed copyright, you will receive an automated message," the message read on her profile.</p> <p>Matondkar, who had contested the 2019 Lok Sabha election from north Mumbai constituency as a Congress candidate, recently joined the Shiv Sena.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/17/urmila-matondkar-instagram-account-hacked.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/17/urmila-matondkar-instagram-account-hacked.html Thu Dec 17 10:52:32 IST 2020 iffi-will-showcase-best-of-cinema-with-world-asia-india-premeires <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/16/iffi-will-showcase-best-of-cinema-with-world-asia-india-premeires.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2018/11/7/iffi-logo.jpg" /> <p>Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday said the 51st edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) from January 16 to January 24 will showcase the "best of cinema with World, Asia and India" premieres.</p> <p>The nine-day film gala, which was previously scheduled to take place in Goa from November 20-28, was postponed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Javadekar said on Twitter that the "51st @IFFIGoa from 16-24th January will witness the best of cinema with World, Asia &amp;amp; India" premieres.</p> <p>"The festival will showcase 47 films in the Indian panorama section, 26 in feature ; 21 in Non feature section. A total of 224 films will be screened under different sections," he added.</p> <p>The festival will be held in a hybrid format that will be both virtual and physical, Javadekar said in September.</p> <p>All COVID-related protocols will be strictly enforced in accordance with festivals convened recently in the international film festival circuit, he had said.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/16/iffi-will-showcase-best-of-cinema-with-world-asia-india-premeires.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/16/iffi-will-showcase-best-of-cinema-with-world-asia-india-premeires.html Wed Dec 16 16:24:54 IST 2020 varun-dhawan-tests-negative-covid19 <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/16/varun-dhawan-tests-negative-covid19.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/gallery/shots/2019/august-18-2019/people/72-Varun-Dhawan.jpg" /> <p>Actor Varun Dhawan has tested negative for COVID-19 and is currently gearing up to resume shooting for <i>Jug Jugg Jeeyo.</i></p> <p>The 33-year-old actor was diagnosed with COVID-19 alongside his <i>Jug Jugg Jeeyo </i>co-stars Neetu Kapoor, Maniesh Paul and director Raj Mehta while they shooting for the film in Chandigarh in the first week of December.</p> <p>According to a source close to the film, both Dhawan and Mehta have now recovered and will resume the shoot from December 19 in Chandigarh.</p> <p>Neetu Kapoor, who flew back to Mumbai after her actor-son Ranbir Kapoor made necessary arrangements, tested negative for the virus on December 11. However, there has been no update about Paul's health.</p> <p>Last week, Dhawan had opened up about his COVID-19 diagnosis, urging people to be "extra careful" amid the pandemic. He also admitted that he could have taken more precautions to safeguard himself from the disease.</p> <p>The film's other cast members—Anil Kapoor, Kiara Advani and Prajakta Koli—had tested negative.</p> <p><i>Jug Jugg Jeeyo </i>is backed by filmmaker Karan Johar.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/16/varun-dhawan-tests-negative-covid19.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/16/varun-dhawan-tests-negative-covid19.html Wed Dec 16 16:01:49 IST 2020 shakeela-trailer-richa-chadha-all-set-to-captivate-audience-adult-star-biopic <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/16/shakeela-trailer-richa-chadha-all-set-to-captivate-audience-adult-star-biopic.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/12/9/richa-chadha-film.jpg" /> <p>The trailer of <i>Shakeela, </i>starring Richa Chadha in the lead role, is out. The Indrajit Lankesh-directorial is the biopic of 90s adult star Shakeela.</p> <p>The trailer gives a glimpse of Shakeela's life and career. The trailer reveals how Shakeela was forced into showbiz after her father's death, and how she went on to deliver one hit after another. The trailer also shows some of the protests against the actress and her films.</p> <p>Talking about the film, director Lankesh said in a statement, &quot;<i>Shakeela</i> is truly a labor of love and commitment to show Shakeela’s story is iconic in so many ways. Her story is almost folklore today, but the truth is that so much happened to her while she soared to success from nothing and then came back to nothing again. I’m happy that our producers are releasing the film so widely, giving me the confidence to know that it’s a film that will appeal to the larger masses. To release in so many languages was important because that was the power of Shakeela.&quot;</p> <p>Actor Pankaj Tripathi essays a south Indian superstar in the film.</p> <p>The film will be released in five languages, including Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam.</p> <p>The film will hit the screens on December 25.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/16/shakeela-trailer-richa-chadha-all-set-to-captivate-audience-adult-star-biopic.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/16/shakeela-trailer-richa-chadha-all-set-to-captivate-audience-adult-star-biopic.html Wed Dec 16 15:01:24 IST 2020 case-filed-against-saif-ali-khan-comments-humane-ravan-adipurush <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/16/case-filed-against-saif-ali-khan-comments-humane-ravan-adipurush.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/gallery/shots/2020/september-06-2020/People/73-Saif-Ali-Khan.jpg" /> <p>A case has been filed against actor Saif Ali Khan for his recent comments about his next film Adipurush, in which he said the film would show the 'humane' side of Ravan.</p> <p>The Om Raut-directorial is the screen adaptation of Ramayana. While Saif plays the antagonist, actor Prabhas will play the role inspired by Lord Ram.</p> <p>The case has been filed by a lawyer in Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh, according to reports.</p> <p>In an interview to the Mumbai Mirror, earlier this month, Saif had said: “It’s interesting to play a demon king, less strictures in that. But we will make him humane, up the entertainment quotient, justify his abduction of Sita and the war with Ram as revenge for what was done to his sister Surpanakha by Lakshman, who cut off his nose.”</p> <p>However, after facing backlash, he retracted his statement. "I've been made aware that one of my statements during an interview has caused a controversy and hurt people's sentiments. This was never my intention or meant that way. I would like to sincerely apologise to everybody and withdraw my statement," Khan, 50, said in a statement.</p> <p>The case is in the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (ACJM), who has fixed December 23 as the next date of hearing. According to reports, the plaintiff has alleged that Saif’s interview is a negative portrayal of “faith” and “faith in Sanatan Dharma”.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/16/case-filed-against-saif-ali-khan-comments-humane-ravan-adipurush.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/16/case-filed-against-saif-ali-khan-comments-humane-ravan-adipurush.html Wed Dec 16 14:12:53 IST 2020 tom-cruise-blasts-m-17-crew-over-lapses-covid-19-protocol <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/16/tom-cruise-blasts-m-17-crew-over-lapses-covid-19-protocol.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/gallery/shots/2018/june-17-2018/people/176-tom-cruise.jpg" /> <p>Superstar Tom Cruise took certain crew members of <i>Mission: Impossible 7 </i>to task after he saw them breaking COVID-19 guidelines on the film's set in London.</p> <p>The superstar launched the blistering attack on the crew members after they huddled around a computer monitor without standing more than the six feet apart, as recommended by experts, reported Variety.</p> <p>"I don't ever want to see it again, ever. And if you don't do it you're fired, if I see you do it again you're f***ing gone," Cruise said in an audio clip, obtained by The Sun.</p> <p>The 58-year-old actor, who is also a producer on the project, said he has been speaking with people in Hollywood to safeguard the film from shutting down due to the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>"We are the gold standard. They're back there in Hollywood making movies right now because of us. Because they believe in us and what we're doing.</p> <p>"I'm on the phone with every f***ing studio at night, insurance companies, producers and they're looking at us and using us to make their movies. We are creating thousands of jobs, you m********ers. I don't ever want to see it again. Ever," Cruise shouted in the video.</p> <p>The actor, who has been strictly enforcing COVID-19 guidelines on the set, also scolded the crew for taking advantage of the safe environment. "You can tell it to the people who are losing their f***ing homes because our industry is shut down. It's not going to put food on their table or pay for their college education. That's what I sleep with every night, the future of this f***ing industry!</p> <p>"So I'm sorry, I am beyond your apologies. I have told you, and now I want it, and if you don't do it, you're out. We are not shutting this f***ing movie down! Is it understood? If I see it again, you're fucking gone," Cruise said.</p> <p><i>Mission: Impossible 7 </i>was one of the first film projects to be adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>In February, filming on the latest instalment had to be stopped in Italy due to the disease outbreak in the country. The movie, seventh in the long-running spy franchise, was scheduled to be shot for three weeks in Venice but the plans were put on hold.</p> <p>Production resumed in September, with filming taking place in Italy and Norway before moving to London in early December.</p> <p>Directed by Christopher McQuarrie, the movie will also feature Ving Rhames, Henry Czerny, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, Angela Bassett, Hayley Atwell, Pom Klementieff, Shea Whigham, and Esai Morales.</p> <p>The Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media film is scheduled to be released on November 19, 2021.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/16/tom-cruise-blasts-m-17-crew-over-lapses-covid-19-protocol.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2020/12/16/tom-cruise-blasts-m-17-crew-over-lapses-covid-19-protocol.html Wed Dec 16 11:54:33 IST 2020