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'Action meets comedy': 'Bade Miyan Chote Miyan' teaser delights fans ahead of release

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Mumbai, April 9 (IANS) Ahead of its April 11 release, the makers of Akshay Kumar and Tiger Shroff-starrer upcoming actioner ‘Bade Miyan Chote Miyan’ have dropped a mind-boggling video that perfectly captures the action and comic scenes from the visual extravaganza.

The video showcases deadly action stunts and yet tickles your bones with some epic funny dialogues delivered by Akshay and Tiger. With some astounding exotic backdrops, foot-tapping tunes and an interesting plot line the movie guarantees to keep you on the edge of your seat.

The adrenaline-pumping video shows the lead actors fighting the goons with weapons, with glimpses of high-octane helicopter thrills. The intriguing video is filled with action and comedy punches, making it an unmissable watch.

The video features exhilarating action sequences that are seamlessly intertwined with hilarious dialogues delivered by Akshay and Tiger.

The post is captioned as: “Action-packed entertainment ke liye taiyyar? #BadeMiyanChoteMiyan aa rahe hain sirf 2 dinon mein..Advance booking open now. Experience in 3D and IMAX In Cinemas this Thursday, 11th April.”

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Presented by Vashu Bhagnani and Pooja Entertainment in association with AAZ films, ‘Bade Miyan Chote Miyan’, also stars Sonakshi Sinha, Manushi Chhillar and Alaya F, is written and directed by Ali Abbas Zafar.

It is produced by Vashu Bhagnani, Deepshikha Deshmukh, Jackky Bhagnani, Himanshu Kishan Mehra and Ali Abbas Zafar.

The film will be released in theatres on April 11, in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada.

–IANS

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Tillotama Shome highlights the tough journey of indie filmmakers like Payal Kapadia

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New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) After Shweta Dhanwanthary spoke up about the travails of indie filmmakers who find it so hard to sell their storyboards in India, OTT star Tillotama Shome took to Instagram with a heartfelt post to amplify the point.

Both posts, which are essentially critiques of the celebrity culture that drives story selection in mainstream Indian cinema, are in response to Payal Kapadia winning the Grand Prix at the 77th Cannes Film Festival on Saturday night.

It was the highest international award an Indian filmmaker has received at a global event after the honorary Oscar for Satyajit Ray in 1992. And yet Kapadia ‘All We Imagine As Light’ was able to see the light of day because of support from international producers Thomas Hakim and Julien Graff, and funding from a whole host of European agencies — Arte, Cineworld, CNC, Condor, Eurimages, Gan Foundation, Hubert Bals Fund, Luxbox, Pulpa Film and Visions Sud Est.

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In a long post, Shome said: “I wanted to put some flowers out today to celebrate the women from my country at Cannes. How did they get there? Ask them and you will weep.”

She then made the point that seems to be on top of the mind of many in the film industry. “It’s nothing short of a miracle for an Indian indie film with no institutional, financial or emotional support from the country, to make it this big,” Shome said.

Speaking like an artiste feeling for others of her ilk, she asked: “How were the films funded, how difficult was it to complete the film in that budget, and oh, how did the actors put together the money to fly to Cannes, so they could bring home the prize, that we are so proud of?”

Shome concludes with these heartfelt words: “Let us put some skin into this game if we are feeling so proud. Otherwise it’s not pride, but just shame for not believing in your own storytellers, until the world asks you to look at them.”

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On Saturday night, as soon as the news of Kapadia’s win came out, Dhanwanthary took to X to make the same point. As already reported by IANS, ‘The Family Man’ star concluded her post with a telling line: “They succeeded despite the industry’s typical standards of success and non-existent encouragement.”

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Fahmaan Khan: Don’t think TV is not practical, we just dramatise everything we show

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Mumbai, May 26 (IANS) Television sensation Fahmaan Khan Khan has opened up about what made shows on the small screen so popular in the 2000s. The actor said that Indian television has a very dramatic format for storytelling and added that he doesn’t think the small screen is not practical.

Talking about what made shows in the 2000s so popular, Fahmaan told IANS: “Firstly, Ekta Kapoor did a fabulous job with bringing the kind of dramas that she did. I think that’s where it started and began to boom. But I think we caught on to our own identity of storytelling.”

The actor asserted that Indian television has its own unique way of putting across stories and telling them.

“Indian television has a very dramatic format to tell stories, which I think we are as people also. We Indians are dramatic in our lives, although we claim to be very practical today. We are still very dramatic…”

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Citing an example, Fahmaan said that a simple sentence like “I love you” in Hindi is more impactful.

“If you have Hindi language it is very dramatic. That is why ‘I love you’ is very simple in English, but in Hindi, ‘Main tumse pyaar karta hun’ doesn’t come out that simply. It comes out with a lot of drama. Television shows in India became a hit in the 2000s because of the drama we got in,” said Fahmaan.

The actor, who became a sensation after his roles in shows such as ‘Kya Qusoor Hai Amala Ka?’, ‘Ishq Mein Marjawan’, ‘Mere Dad Ki Dulhan’, ‘Imlie’, and ‘Pyaar Ke Saat Vachan Dharampatani’, shared that people do like that.

“Yes, urban cities have evolved, and we tend to cater to more practical stuff. I don’t think that television is not practical, I think we are just dramatising everything we show that is happening in our lives. That is the reason why,” he said.

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Karan Wahi looks back at ‘Remix’: The first is always special

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Mumbai, May 26 (IANS) It has been 20 years since his debut teenage TV show ‘Remix’ was released. Actor Karan Wahi, who played the angry lover boy, Ranveer Sisodia, took a trip down memory lane as he said “first is always special.”

Karan took to his Instagram stories and shared a video of him watching an episode of ‘Remix’, which aired from 2004-2006.

“20 years to this… First is always special,” wrote Karan about the show, which also featured Priya Wal, Raj Singh Arora, and Shweta Gulati.

‘Remix’ was a remake of the Argentinian soap opera titled ‘Rebelde Way’. It followed the story of Ranveer, Tia, Yudi, and Anwesha, all 12-grade students in an elite school called Maurya High, who formed the music group “Remix” and became a sensation.

In a journey spanning 20 years, Karan has become a household name courtesy of his work in television shows including ‘Kasamh Se’, ‘Dill Mill Gayye’, ‘Kahani Hamari…Dil Dosti Deewanepan Ki’, and ‘Channa Mereya’. His latest was the web show ‘Raisinghani vs Raisinghani’, a legal drama.

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Karan has also worked in films such as ‘Hate Story 4’ and ‘Daawat-e-Ishq’.

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When Payal Kapadia led 131-day FTII student protest against Yudhishtir of 'Mahabharat'

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New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) Payal Kapadia scripted history on Saturday night by getting the Grand Prix for ‘All We Can Imagine As Light’ at the 77th Cannes Film Festival, but back in 2015, she was a condemned student at her alma mater, the Film & Television Institute of India (FTII).

In 2015, FTII was in a state of ferment because of the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan, a BJP activist whose only claim to fame was that he had played Yudhishtir in the TV serial ‘Mahabharat’, as its chairman.

Kapadia, who had got into FTII on her second attempt in 2012, was one of the leaders of the 131-day protest against Chauhan, who, incidentally, was opposed by a phalanx of Bollywood celebrities, from Rajkummar Rao and Nawazuddin Siddiqui to Anupam Kher, and also by Soumitra Chatterjee and Jhanu Barua.

As several people pointed out on X after Kapadia’s Grand Prix win, FTII initiated disciplinary action against her when she led the boycott of classes. Later, FTII cut her grant.

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In the same year, the Pune Police filed an FIR against 35 students, including Kapadia, after they held the then FTII director, Prashant Pathrabe, captive in his office.

They were protesting against his decision to proceed with the assessment of incomplete student projects of the 2008 batch.

FTII and Hindutva politics, interestingly, are the twin themes of Kapadia’s debut docu-feature, ‘A Night of Knowing Nothing’, that won the Golden Eye at Cannes 2021. The film is still to be released in India.

Going back to Kapadia’s FTII days, she was making a mark creatively as she was firming up her reputation as a firebrand student leader. Her 13-minute film, ‘Afternoon Clouds’, was the only Indian entry in competition at Cannes in any category in 2017 — and it qualified for the 16-film shortlist for the Cinefondation student film section.

The FTII quietly decided to support the film, which enabled Kapadia to walk the Cannes red carpet wearing a sari, and not the designer gowns that usually make the news, for the first time.

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She did not win a prize, but her film was one of just 16 to be selected out of more than 2,600 that had been submitted for consideration from all over the world.

For the Rishi Valley Kodaikanal alumna who studied Economics at Mumbai’s St Xavier’s College and then Sophia, and thereafter spent five years in advertising before getting into FTII, Saturday night must have felt like heaven after a long journey that started with an FIR.

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Huma urges brands that spend money to send people to Cannes support small films instead

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Mumbai, May 26 (IANS) Actress Huma Qureshi hopes brands and companies that spend a whopping amount of money sending people who have nothing to do with films will now find a way to support small and independent films.

Huma’s comments come after Anasuya Sengupta became the first Indian actor to win the Best Actress award at the Un Certain Regard segment and Payal Kapadia’s ‘All We Imagine as Light’ bagged the Grand Prix at the 77th Cannes Film Festival.

The actress took to her Instagram stories and shared a picture of the ‘All We Imagine as Light’ team getting honoured with the Grand Prix, the second-highest award at the Cannes Film Festival.

“So proud of you all @payalkapadia @kantari_kanmani @divya_prabha @chhaya.kadam.75. Hope. There is hope,” she captioned the image.

Huma then wrote a post that read: “Cannes Film Festival is a film festival where Art is celebrated for Art’s sake… I really hope some of these brands/ companies that spend hundreds of dollars sending people who have nothing to do with films instead now find a way to support small and independent films.”

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“I really am so proud of all the incredible women who have brought home such glory! More power to them and to our homegrown storytellers,” she said.

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