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Baharul Islam-starrer Assamese film ‘The Woodcutter’ sees global warming through a young girl's eyes

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Mumbai, May 22 (IANS) Assamese film ‘The Woodcutter’, directed by Prakash Deka, talks about global warming through the eyes of a young girl. The trailer of the film was recently unveiled at the Bharat Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival in the presence of Hollywood actress Judi Beecher.

The film was earlier selected as part of the NFDC Screenwriters Lab in 2021. It is set against the backdrop of a changing world, and delves into the conflict of tradition and modernity. The film follows the story of Bonojit, a forty-year-old folk musician, who grapples with the challenges of preserving his craft in the face of societal judgement and personal turmoil.

His daughter, Munu, becomes a symbol of the generational divide as she confronts her father’s profession and its impact on their family.

The film stars Assamese actors Baharul Islam, Sharmistha Chkarvoty, Pratibha Choudhary, and Prajalika.

Talking about the film, producer J. V. Manisha Bajaj told IANS: “The film talks about global warming that is relatable across the globe. I would actually call it ‘global warning’ because we all need to be warned and start thinking about taking care of nature. ‘The Woodcutter’ talks about the subject beautifully through the eyes of a small girl.”

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She further mentioned: “I have been coming to the Cannes Film Festival for a few years now and this script that we picked up from NFDC film bazaar a couple of years ago, has literally taken the shape here. I met some amazing associates in Cannes and now here we are, doing the trailer launch with a finished film. For independent filmmakers, these film festivals serve as a great platform to find the right partners.”

The film is produced by J. V. Manisha Bajaj and Tarsem Antil and directed by Prakash Deka, who belongs to a tribal community from the Northeastern part of India.

–IANS

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Akshay Kumar turns ‘shayar’ on a leisure day, reflects on struggles of life

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Akshay Kumar turns ‘shayar’ on a leisure day, reflects on struggles of life

Mumbai, July 22 (IANS) Bollywood’s ‘Khiladi’ Akshay Kumar, who is on holiday is in the mood for some ‘shayari’ and has shared a gem by poet Bashir Badr.

Taking to Instagram, Akshay, who has 67.7 million followers on the photo-sharing application, dropped a picture with a shayari written on it.

The shayari reads: “Aankhon mein raha, dil mein utar kar nahi dekha… Kashti ke musafir ne samandar nahi dekha! Be-waqt agar jaaunga, sab chaunk padenge… Ek umr hui, din mein kabhi, ghar nahi dekha! Jis din se chala hoon, meri manzil pe nazar hai… Aankhon ne kabhi meel ka patthar nahi dekha! Yeh phool mujhe koi virasat mein mile hain? Tumne mera kaanton bhara bistar nahi dekha! Yaaron ki mohabbat ka yaqeen kar liya maine… Phoolon mein chupaaya hua khanjar nahi dekha!”

Akshay captioned the post as: “On a holiday and in the mood to read some shayari. Came across this gem by Bashir Badr sahab. Kya khoob likha hai!”

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The 56-year-old actor has a career spanning over 30 years and is the recipient of the National Film Award and the Padma Shri.

He marked his debut as the lead with the 1991 film ‘Saugandh’. His breakthrough came in the 1992 action thriller film ‘Khiladi’, directed by Abbas-Mustan. The movie stars Ayesha Jhulka, Deepak Tijori and Sabeeha, while Prem Chopra, Shakti Kapoor, Anant Mahadevan and Johnny Lever played pivotal roles.

Akshay has then featured in movies like ‘Sainik’, ‘Mohra’, ‘Main Khiladi Tu Anari’, ‘Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi’, ‘Dil To Pagal Hai’, ‘International Khiladi’, ‘Khiladi 420’, ‘Dhadkan’, ‘Awara Paagal Deewana’, ‘Khakee’, ‘Garam Masala’, ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa’, ‘Housefull’, ‘OMG – Oh My God!’, among numerous others.

He recently starred in ‘Sarfira’ directed by Sudha Kongara and produced by 2D Entertainment, Abundantia Entertainment and Cape Of Good Films. It also features Radhika Madan.

Akshay next has ‘Khel Khel Mein’, ‘Sky Force’, ‘Singham Again’, ‘Jolly LLB 3’, ‘Hera Pheri 3’, and the Marathi film ‘Vedat Marathe Veer Daudle Saat’ in his kitty.

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Shahid's wife Mira Kapoor spills the beans on her obsession

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Shahid's wife Mira Kapoor spills the beans on her obsession

Mumbai, July 22 (IANS) Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor’s wife Mira Rajput Kapoor, who is currently on a family vacation to Europe, has shared some glimpses from her shopping spree, revealing her obsession with the crockery set.

An avid social media user, Mira, who has 4.7 million followers on Instagram, took to the Stories section and shared a peek into her vacation. She dropped a snap of crockeries — colourful plates.

She has captioned it as: “It is an obsession…”

In another post, Mira shared a picture of flowers and a couch. It is captioned as: “A day for wellness.”

Earlier, she also gave a peek into her ‘delicious vegan summer lunch!’ in a London cafe.

Shahid married Mira in July 2015. The couple have two kids — daughter Misha, and son Zain.

Shahid made his debut with the 2003 romantic comedy film ‘Ishq Vishk’, directed by Ken Ghosh. The film also starred Amrita Rao and Shenaz Treasurywala.

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He then went on to star in movies like ‘Fida’, ‘Dil Maange More’, ’36 China Town’, ‘Vivah’, ‘Jab We Met’, ‘Kismat Konnection’, ‘Kaminey’, ‘Phata Poster Nikhla Hero’, ‘Haider’, ‘Padmaavat’, ‘Kabir Singh’, ‘Jersey’, among others.

He was last seen in the science fiction romantic comedy ‘Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya’.

Shahid will be next seen as a police officer in the upcoming adrenaline-pumping action thriller, ‘Deva’. The movie also features Pooja Hegde and Pavail Gulati.

‘Deva’ is directed by Rosshan Andrrews, and produced by Siddharth Roy Kapur, the film promises an action-packed roller-coaster ride full of thrills and drama.

It is set to release on February 14, 2025.

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Madhuri Dixit, hubby Shriram Nene learn life lessons from son Arin

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Madhuri Dixit, hubby Shriram Nene learn life lessons from son Arin

Mumbai, July 22 (IANS) The cardiovascular surgeon and husband of Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit, Shriram Madhav Nene, has shared a video of their son Arin giving life lessons on the forms of expression.

Dr Nene, who has 696K followers on the photo-sharing application on Instagram, shared a reel video, wherein we can see his son Arin talking about valuable life lessons.

The video shows Dr Nene and Madhuri carefully and happily listening to their bundle of joy.

The snippet shows Arin saying: “I think everyone has both of those sides to themselves and they pick different ways to express them. But at the end of the day, art in all forms is a form of expression. It can be anything. It could be paint, you sing, you cook, but we all find ways to express ourselves.”

“It could be through Excel spreadsheets that you find a way. Maybe you colour-code everything. You should never doubt that you can’t pick something out. I think that there are things that you must learn early. And it will be a lot harder if you do it later. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible,” shared Arin.

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He further added: “I’ve known there’s this one jazz pianist who is Japanese and he started learning at the age of 18, and then he would go on to put out amazing works. His name is Rio Fukui. He is fantastic, and he started very late in life and his work is some of the stuff that inspires me to learn.”

The post is captioned: “Never a dull moment when the boys lean in and teach us! Always listening to our youngsters,” followed by a red heart emoji.

Madhuri had tied the knot with Shriram in October 1999. The couple have two sons — Arin and Ryan.

On the work front, Madhuri was last seen in the movie ‘Maja Ma’. It stars Gajraj Rao, Ritwik Bhowmik, Barkha Singh, Srishti Shrivastava and Simone Singh in pivotal roles.

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Shiv Sena demands closure of ‘Bigg Boss OTT 3’ for showing obscene scenes

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Shiv Sena demands closure of ‘Bigg Boss OTT 3’ for showing obscene scenes

Mumbai, July 22 (IANS) Shiv Sena legislator Manisha Kayande on Monday urged the Mumbai Police Commissioner for the immediate closure of the ‘Bigg Boss OTT 3’ show due to obscenity, saying that the OTT show has crossed all limits.

She pointed out that in the episode of ‘Bigg Boss OTT 3’ aired on July 18 showed the actors doing very lewd and disgusting acts in front of the camera.

“Even kids watch this show. So this show should be stopped immediately. Strict action should be taken against the producers of this show and the CEO of the broadcasting company by filing a case under cyber crime. A written request has been made to the Commissioner of Police to investigate the matter,” said Kayande, who is also the state Secretary and Spokesperson of Shiv Sena

Kayande also blamed the actors for trampling social values by crossing all boundaries of family relations.

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She said that she will soon meet the Union Information and Broadcasting Minister to demand that OTT also be brought under the purview of the censor board.

–IANS

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Santosh Singh opens up on fickleness of entertainment industry

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Santosh Singh opens up on fickleness of entertainment industry

Mumbai, July 22 (IANS) Director Santosh Singh, who recently helmed the streaming series ‘Ranneeti: Balakot & Beyond’, has shared his thoughts on the fickleness of the film industry.

Santosh has experienced both the highs and lows of an artiste’s career.

Reflecting on his journey, the director shared that change is an intrinsic part of the job.

Santosh was praised for his work on the streaming series ‘Broken but Beautiful season 1’, which starred Vikrant Massey and Harleen Sethi.

However, despite the show’s success, he was not involved in the subsequent seasons.

Santosh accepts this as a common occurrence in the industry.

The director told IANS: “Directing ‘Broken but Beautiful season 1’ was an incredible experience. The love and appreciation I still receive from fans is heartwarming. Although I was offered to direct season 2, it didn’t work out due to date issues. But that’s just how our industry operates. Interestingly, I ended up directing ‘Apharan season 2’ even though I wasn’t involved in season 1. As directors, we often find ourselves on both spectrums, and you can’t really complain about it.”

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Santosh shared that from his early days as an assistant, he realised that one is only as good as their last release. It’s all about the quality of your work. This understanding has shaped how he approaches his profession and career.

The director firmly believes that if your film and its promotions are good, it will succeed.

“I am just happy about the opportunities I have been receiving so far. I am super excited for my upcoming comedy film ‘Nausikhiye’, starring Shreya Dhanwanthary, Abhimanyu Dasani, and Amol Parashar. It will be released in theatres soon, and I can’t wait for the audience to watch it,” he added.

–IANS

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