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French-Senegalese director makes history at Berlinale; top awards for Sebastian Stan, Emily Watson

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Berlin, Feb 25 (IANS) French-Senegalese actor-turned-director Mati Diop made history twice over at the Berlin Film Festival awards ceremony on Saturday night.

She became the first Black director ever to win the Golden Bear, the festival’s top prize, and her documentary ‘Dahomey’ is the second non-fiction feature to win the honour after the French filmmaker Nicolas Philibert’s triumph last year with his film ‘On the Adamant’, reports ‘Variety’.

‘Dahomey’, a 67-minute documentary, is centred around France’s 2021 return of 26 ancient artefacts from the Kingdom of Dahomey to Benin, an attempted correction of 19th-century colonialist injustice, ‘Variety’ notes.

It also adds that the film’s 67-minute running time makes it the shortest film to take the Bear since James Algar’s doc short ‘In Beaver Valley’ way back in 1951, the festival’s first year.

Erstwhile Marvel star Sebastian Stan got the Best Leading Performance award for his role in US director Aaron Schimberg’s provocative black comedy ‘A Different Man’, playing a man with neurofibromatosis whose life falls apart following a miracle cure, adds ‘Variety’.

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Two-time Oscar nominee Emily Watson won the award for a supporting role for her chilling performance in the festival opener ‘Small Things Like These’, playing a mother superior concealing Magdalene laundry abuses in 1980s Ireland.

Accepting her award, according to ‘Variety’, the British actor thanked co-star Cillian Murphy — the film’s lead and producer, although he’s now better known for ‘Oppenheimer’ — for including her in his passion project.

‘No Other Land’, though, turned out to be the night’s most popular and topical winner, says ‘Variety’. The documentary is a devastating on-the-ground study of Palestinian life under Israeli occupation, directed by a four-person Palestinian-Israeli collective.

Juror Thomas Heise described the film as “[showing] us how the inhuman, ignorant politics of the Israeli government consciously wreaks havoc”. He continued: “Bearing witness and doing this responsibly and precisely — that is the true basis of any documentary film.”

Accepting the award, the film’s Palestinian subject and co-director Basel Adra said: “It’s hard for me to celebrate when tens of thousands of my people are being slaughtered in Gaza.” He went on to urge other nations to “respect the UN calls and stop sending weapons to Israel”.

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Big Boss OTT 3: I'll miss Salman Khan, but Anil Kapoor has got his own vibe, says Mannara Chopra

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Mumbai, June 22 (IANS) Mannara Chopra, who impressed fans with her time on ‘Bigg Boss 17’, said she will miss Salman Khan in ‘Bigg Boss OTT 3’ although new host Anil Kapoor has got his own vibe.

Talking about Anil Kapoor replacing Salman Khan as the host of ‘Bigg Boss OTT 3’, Mannara said, “I will miss Salman Khan who has always been my mentor. Even when I was coming out of the House on the final day, he gave me such amazing tips. I will definitely miss Salman Khan, but we cannot deny the fact that Anil Kapoor has got his own vibe.”

‘Bigg Boss OTT 3’ kicked off on Friday with Mannara going live for the opening episode.

“I am looking forward to Anil Kapoor as the host. He is looking terrific, especially the way he is interacting with all the contestants and welcoming them in his own ‘Jhakass’ style… I have all the respect for him,” she said.

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When asked if she would appear in the new season, Mannara said, “Bigg Boss is one platform which got me closer to everyone. Whenever they need me, I will always be there.”

“My new song is coming out on June 27 and I am hoping to collaborate on something with the Bigg Boss,” she Mannara, who has acted in films like ‘Prema Geema Jantha Nai’, ‘Zid’, ‘Thikka’, ‘Rogue’, and ‘Sita’.

’Bigg Boss OTT 3′ airs on Jio Cinema Premium.

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'Trisha On The Rocks': A romantic comedy that sparkles – IANS Rating: **

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Mumbai, June 22 (IANS) Krishnadev Yagnik’s ‘Trisha On The Rocks’ is a delightful romantic comedy that sparkles with charm and humour. Released in 2024 in both Gujarati and Hindi, this film captures the essence of love and laughter through its endearing characters and engaging storyline.

The plot revolves around Trisha (Janki Bodiwala), a lively and spirited young woman, and Vishal (Ravi Gohil), a laid-back and charming man. Their journey through the ups and downs of love is portrayed with authenticity and warmth, drawing viewers into their infectious chemistry and relatable dynamics.

Janki Bodiwala shines in her role as Trisha, infusing the character with energy and charisma that light up the screen. Her performance is matched by Ravi Gohil, who brings a natural and likeable presence to Vishal, creating a believable and enjoyable romantic pairing. Hiten Kumar, in a supporting role, adds depth and humour to the narrative, enhancing the overall ensemble with his memorable performance.

Krishnadev Yagnik’s direction is confident and skilful, blending humor with heartfelt moments seamlessly. The pacing of the film is well-maintained, ensuring that each scene contributes to the overall charm and emotional resonance of the story. Pratik Parmar’s cinematography captures the vibrant atmosphere of the film beautifully, enhancing the visual appeal of each scene.

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The music in “Trisha On The Rocks” complements the tone of the film perfectly, adding emotional depth and enhancing key moments throughout the narrative. The soundtrack contributes to the overall feel-good atmosphere, making the viewing experience all the more enjoyable.

Overall, “Trisha On The Rocks” is a heartwarming and entertaining romantic comedy that stands out for its engaging performances and well-crafted storyline. It offers a perfect blend of comedy, romance, and heartfelt moments that leave a lasting impression. For fans of the genre looking for a feel-good movie experience, “Trisha On The Rocks” is highly recommended.

This film is a testament to the enduring appeal of love stories and the joy of laughter, making it a memorable addition to the romantic comedy genre.

Verdict – A refreshing modern story on the New Youth culture in Gujarat.

Movie: Trisha On The Rocks

Duration: 171 minutes

Director: Krishnadev Yagnik

Cast: Janki Bodiwala, Ravi Gohil and Hiten Kumar

Producers: Kalpesh K. Soni, Krunal Soni

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Rating: **

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Sonakshi will not convert to Islam after marrying Zaheer Iqbal, says groom's father

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Mumbai, June 22 (IANS) Ahead of Sonakshi Sinha and Zaheer Iqbal’s wedding on June 23, the actor’s father, Iqbal Ratansi, shared that the actress will not be converting to Islam and that the couple will reportedly have a civil marriage.

According to media reports, Ratansi shared that the wedding will include “neither Hindu nor Muslim rituals. It will be a civil marriage.”

He also reportedly said in an interview that Sonakshi will not convert for sure, asserting that “religion has no role to play.”

Quashing all rumours about Shatrughan Sinha being upset with Sonakshi’s wedding plans, the veteran star finally made an appearance with Zaheer, who will soon be his son-in-law.

The two posed for the paparazzi, with Zaheer and Shatrughan first smiling and then posing outside the building.

Shatrughan also gave his blessings to his soon-to-be son-in-law.

After seven years of dating, Sonakshi and Zaheer will be getting married on Sunday, followed by a celebration at actress Shilpa Shetty’s luxurious restaurant, Bastian, in Mumbai.

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Several personalities, including Huma Qureshi and Aayush Sharma, are expected to join the couple on their special day.

Talking about work, Sonakshi was recently seen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s debut series ‘Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar’, which also stars Manisha Koirala, Sanjeeda Shaikh, Aditi Rao Hydari, and Sharmin Segal Mehta.

The actress will also appear in the horror comedy ‘Kakuda’, directed by Aditya Sarpotdar.

The film is set in a curse-inflicted village in Uttar Pradesh.

In ‘Kakuda’, every house in the district has two doors – a normal-sized one and a smaller one.

The story revolves around a peculiar ritual that requires the opening of the smaller door of each house on Tuesday evenings. Failing to follow this rule invites the wrath of Kakuda, who punishes the man of the house.

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Riteish Deshmukh makes his OTT series debut with ‘Pill’

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Mumbai, June 22 (IANS) Actor-filmmaker Riteish Deshmukh is set to make his OTT series debut with ‘Pill’.

The makers of the upcoming series dropped a motion poster on Saturday, giving a glimpse into the dark and corrupt world of pharmaceuticals.

The motion poster features a voiceover by Riteish, who is heard saying: “Is desh mein kis bimaari se kitne log marte hain, uska data hai humare paas. Lekin kharaab dawai ke wajah se kitne logon ka jaan jaa raha hai, uska koi data nahi hai (We have data on how many people die from various diseases in this country. But we have no data on how many lives are lost due to faulty medicines).”

The caption on JioCinema’s Instagram handle read: “What’s your medicine really made of? ‘Pill’, streaming from July 12 onwards, exclusively on JioCinema Premium.”

The show will air on July 21.

In other news, Riteish will also appear in ‘Kakuda’, a horror comedy co-starring Sonakshi Sinha and Saqib Saleem.

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‘Kakuda’ is set in the curse-inflicted village of Ratodi in the Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh. In the film, every house in the district has two doors — a normal-sized one and a smaller one.

The plot revolves around a peculiar ritual that requires the opening of the smaller door of each house every Tuesday at 7.15 p.m. Failure to comply invites the wrath of Kakuda, who punishes the man of the house.

The film is directed by Aditya Sarpotdar, who is known for ‘Munjya’.

Additionally, Riteish will direct and star in the historical action drama ‘Raja Shivaji’. The bilingual film depicts the journey of a young Shivaji, who rebelled against mighty powers and became the revered Raja Shivaji, establishing Swarajya.

The epic saga will be presented in both Hindi and Marathi. The film’s music will be composed by Maestros Ajay-Atul, and Santosh Sivan will make his debut in Marathi cinema as the visual storyteller for the film.

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Twinkle posts pictures with Bobby Deol from debut film ‘Barsaat’: 'Nostalgia has a sweet aftertaste'

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Mumbai, June 22 (IANS) Actress Twinkle Khanna says she is thrilled to see actor Bobby Deol doing so well.

The two made their Bollywood debut together in the 1995 film ‘Barsaat’.

Twinkle took to Instagram and shared two sets of pictures.

One from the present and the other, a throwback from their debut film ‘Barsaat’, which featured her and Bobby, who recently created waves with his portrayal of the menacing Abrar in the Ranbir Kapoor-starrer ‘Animal’.

“Kal and Aaj Kal. It’s not just Pinky Masi who is a @iambobbydeol fan, I am as thrilled to see him doing so well. Nostalgia has a sweet aftertaste, and it was fun catching up and waving out at renditions of who we once used to be,” Twinkle captioned the post, adding the song ‘Humko Sirf Tumse Pyaar Hai’ from the film to the background of the images.

‘Barsaat’ is a romantic action film directed by Rajkumar Santoshi.

In 2001, Twinkle, the daughter of the late star Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia, featured in her last film, ‘Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega’, after which she quit acting and became an author.

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Twinkle’s husband, actor Akshay Kumar, is good friends with Bobby. The two have worked together in films such as ‘Ajnabee’ and ‘Housefull 4’.

On the work front, Bobby, who became an overnight sensation with ‘Animal’, has a significant lineup of films set for release. He will next be seen in ‘Kanguva’, a fantasy action film directed by Siva.

Following that, he will star in ‘Hari Hara Veera Mallu: Part 1 – Sword vs Spirit’, a period action-adventure film directed by Krish Jagarlamudi.

The film depicts the life of the legendary outlaw Veera Mallu and also stars Pawan Kalyan, Nidhi Agerwal, Nora Fatehi, and Vikramjeet Virk.

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