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96th Academy Awards: In ‘broken dress’, Emma Stone gets emotional while accepting Oscar for ‘Poor Things’

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Los Angeles, March 11 (IANS) Emma Stone is now a two-time Oscar-winner, after she was honoured with the best actress trophy for ‘Poor Things’.

“The other night, I was panicking, as you can kind of see, happens a lot — that maybe something like this could happen and Yorgos (Lanthimos) said to me, please take yourself out of it,” said Emma, who previously won the lead actress Oscar for ‘La La Land’ in 2017, upon accepting the honour.

“And he was right, because it’s not about me. It’s about a team that came together to make something greater than the sum of its parts.”

Emma thanked ‘Poor Things’ director Yorgos Lanthimos and said: “Thank you for the gift of a lifetime in Bella Baxter.”

The actress had also received Oscar nominations in the supporting actress category for ‘Birdman’ and ‘The Favourite’, her first collaboration with Lanthimos.

In total, Emma has received five Oscar nominations, four in acting categories and one for best picture as a producer on ‘Poor Things’, reports variety.com.

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‘Poor Things’ follows Bella Baxter, a distressed pregnant woman, who commits suicide and is brought back to life with the brain of her unborn fetus.

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Sherlyn Chopra opens up on bold scenes in 'Paurashpur 3', says female crew were present on set

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Mumbai, May 30 (IANS) Actress Sherlyn Chopra, who is known for her bold avatar, has opened up about the shooting of the bold scenes in the fantasy period drama ‘Paurashpur 3’, sharing that they have been shot quite aesthetically.

Sherlyn, who plays Maharani Snehlata and Vishkanya Bhaumika in the show, shared: “The bold scenes in ‘Paurashpur’ have been shot quite aesthetically. While shooting bold scenes, only the technicians who are actually needed remain present on the set, along with female assistant directors and female stylists.”

Throwing light on her character, Sherlyn, who has been a part of ‘Bigg Boss 3’, shared: “In ‘Paurashpur 2’, I played the role of Maharani Snehlata, who is portrayed as the ultimate contender for the throne of Paurashpur. In season three, I not only play the role of Snehlata but also the role of Vishkanya Bhaumika, who happens to have an uncanny resemblance to Snehlata. Both characters are rooted in grit, resilience, and iron will.”

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The show also stars Kajol Tyagi, Anubhav Srivastava, Payal Raha, and Prajakta Dusane.

Directed by KayCee and produced by Sachin Mohite, it is streaming on ALTT.

Meanwhile, Sherlyn has starred in Hindi movies like ‘Time Pass’, ‘Dosti: Friends Forever’, the Emraan Hashmi-starrer ‘Jawani Diwani’, the Sharman Joshi and Jimmy Shergill-starrer ‘Raqeeb’, ‘Dil Bole Hadippa’ starring Shahid Kapoor and Rani Mukerji in the lead, and the 2018 film ‘Chameli’.

She was also the host of ‘MTV Splitsvilla 6’.

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Vikrant Massey character tries to outrun cops with load of cash, gold in 'Blackout' trailer

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Mumbai, May 30 (IANS) The trailer for the upcoming comedy-thriller film ‘Blackout’ was unveiled on Thursday, starring Vikrant Massey, Mouni Roy and Sunil Grover.

The trailer begins with Vikrant’s character driving on a highway as the city of Pune is gripped by a blackout due to a power grid failure.

Vikrant, who is portraying a crime reporter, meets with an accident on the highway but soon discovers that the vehicle he collided with was carrying a substantial amount of cash and gold. As he attempts to take the cash, he is joined by a rookie gun-toting character played by Sunil Grover, social media influencers Karan Sonawane and Saurabh Ghadge, and actress Mouni Roy, who all join him in his car.

Vikrant said: “‘Blackout’ pushes the boundaries of storytelling, and I believe viewers will be captivated by its unique narrative.”

The trailer then throws the viewers into a high-speed car chase sequence with the police as Vikrant and the others try to safeguard the cash and gold.

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Sunil shared: “Working on ‘Blackout’ was an extraordinary experience. The film offers a perfect blend of suspense and drama that will keep audiences hooked from start to finish. I can’t wait for the world to see it.”

Mouni expressed her enthusiasm for the film, saying, “Being a part of ‘Blackout’ has been an incredible journey. The film’s unique storyline and captivating characters drew me in from the start. I’m excited for audiences to witness the suspense and excitement that the film has to offer.”

Written and directed by Devang Shashin Bhavsar and produced by Jyoti Deshpande under Jio Studios and Niraj Kothari under 11:11 Productions, ‘Blackout’ will drop on JioCinema on June 7.

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Daler Mehndi’s son Gurdeep spells out essence of travelling: 'Not necessary to travel rich’

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Mumbai, May 30 (IANS) Singer-songwriter Gurdeep Mehndi, who recently released his track ‘Inipu’, is a travel enthusiast. Gurdeep is the son of the legendary Punjabi singer, the King of Bhangra, Daler Mehndi, and has seen his father travel across the planet for his shows.

Gurdeep spoke with IANS about being bitten by the wanderlust bug, and how he makes it a point to focus on travelling as an artiste.

The singer told IANS: “I have seen my father travelling a lot for shows. The best thing about travelling is that you get to explore different types of cultures, people, food, and traditions. It’s not necessary to travel rich. A solo budget trip can bring the same joy as a luxury trip. The only thing that matters is that you travel extensively to enrich your soul and enhance your craft.”

Gurdeep also spoke about his latest song, sharing that he and his team wanted to create something different.

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The singer told IANS: “The germ of the idea behind this track is the two-state culture. Nobody earlier imagined a Sardar guy in a South Indian outfit while having a conversation with a South Indian girl. ‘Inipu’ is a Tamil word which means ‘very sweet’.”

“The track features a very raw format of instrumentation. We deliberately kept the Punjabi influence at bay. The song features just a touch of south,” he added.

‘Inipu’ has been released under the label of Saregama.

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Sanya Malhotra-starrer 'Mrs' to be closing film for New York Indian Film Festival

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Mumbai, May 30 (IANS) The upcoming film ‘Mrs,’ starring Sanya Malhotra in the lead, has been selected as the closing film for the 24th edition of the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF). The film will be screened on June 2.

‘Mrs’ is a captivating account of a woman’s strength and resilience. It also stars Nishant Dahiya and Kanwaljit Singh in pivotal roles. It is the Hindi remake of the acclaimed Malayalam film ‘The Great Indian Kitchen,’ which starred Nimisha Sajayan.

Reacting to the news, Sanya said: “It is a proud moment for me that ‘Mrs’ has been chosen as the closing film for NYIFF. Playing Richa, a character grappling with the delicate balance between tradition and ambition, was an immense honour and responsibility, given that it embodies the struggles of so many Indian women. Our endeavour to breathe life into this story has been incredibly rewarding, and I am eagerly awaiting to share it with the world.”

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In addition, ‘Sumo Didi’ will also be screened on June 2 at the upcoming edition of the film festival. The film has secured double nominations for Best Debut Film and Nikhil Sachan for Best Screenplay.

Shot in Kolkata, Mumbai, and Japan, ‘Sumo Didi’ follows the story of a middle-class girl from a conservative Marwari family. She defies the odds to turn her perceived weakness into her strength and breaks the glass ceiling.

Sharing his excitement, director Jayant Rohatgi said: “After a heartwarming response in Tokyo and Palm Springs, I am excited to be a part of another prestigious film festival at NYIFF. It’s a privilege to be amid such powerful films and filmmakers celebrating the best of Indian cinema. Hetal’s journey is simply remarkable.”

“Her tenacity in breaking through gender stereotypes, social prejudices, a lack of opportunities, and her own demons to make a seemingly impossible dream come true moved me immensely. I hope our film resonates with and inspires the audience in New York as well,” he added.

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Presented by Jio Studios in association with Fresh Lime Films and MA + TH, ‘Sumo Didi’ is produced by Jyoti Deshpande, Akash Chawla, Amit Chandrra, and Arunava Sengupta.

Meanwhile, ‘Mrs’ has secured nominations for Sanya in the Best Actress category and Arati Kadav in the Best Director category.

‘Mrs’ is produced by Jio Studios and Baweja Studios.

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Abhishek Bajaj wanted to play UP character since the time of 'Student of the Year 2'

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Mumbai, May 30 (IANS) Actor Abhishek Bajaj, who plays ‘Chakku Bhaiyya’ in the series ‘Namacool’, revealed his desire to portray a character from Uttar Pradesh, since the time he was working on the movie ‘Student of the Year 2’ (SOTY 2).

The actor, who played the role of Abhishek Sharma in the 2019 romantic comedy ‘Student of the Year 2’, starring Tiger Shroff, Tara Sutaria, and Ananya Panday, shared: “I knew I wanted to do this role when I first read the script. A UP guy with a Lucknawi accent, this guy poses to be an alpha male but has a prominent vulnerable side to himself.”

“When I was working on ‘Student of the Year 2’, characters hailing from UP were becoming increasingly popular. I wanted to play one, but I just wasn’t getting any of those roles. And the moment this opportunity came to me, I had to grab it, and the fact that it was so well written made it a rewarding experience,” said Abhishek.

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“He is a bad guy with a good heart, and I was very happy to bring this interesting character to life on screen. Chakku is a very sweet guy with alpha traits, which made it easy for me to relate to him. Although he talks differently and I don’t fight as much as him, I take a stand for my people, hype them, and be there for them, just like him. And that’s the trait I could relate to the most,” he added.

The bromance dramedy set in the bustling city of Lucknow, ‘Namacool’, also features Hina Khan, Abhinav Sharma, Aaron Kaul, and Anushka Kaushik in pivotal roles.

‘Namacool’ is streaming on Amazon miniTV.

Meanwhile, Abhishek has also been featured in movies like ‘Babli Bouncer’, ‘Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui’, and shows like ‘Santoshi Maa’, ‘Parvarrish – Kuchh Khattee Kuchh Meethi’. He next has ‘Jubilee Talkies – Shohrat Shiddat Mohabbat’ in the pipeline.

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