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Imtiaz Ali recollects meeting Chamkila’s close friend who had cursed the singer

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Mumbai, April 12 (IANS) Auteur Imtiaz Ali, who is receiving a lot of positive responses for his recently released streaming film ‘Amar Singh Chamkila’, shared that he met Chamkila’s close friend Tikki, who accompanied him on dholak.

The filmmaker shared that Tikki told him that he once cursed Chamkila to die.

The movie is based on the lives of Punjabi artist Amar Singh Chamkila and his wife Amarjot Kaur, whose songs became massive hits in the 1980s.

The director shared interesting insights about the movie, including how he convinced Diljit Dosanjh to play Chamkila, the challenges Parineeti Chopra faced in recreating Amarjot’s music, and much more.

Imtiaz told IMDb during ‘On The Scene’: “When I spoke to Diljit, I assumed that since he is a musician, he would have heard about Chamkila from his childhood, especially being from the same area as Chamkila. So he knew everything about Chamkila. When I spoke to him for the first time, I found out that he had already made a film loosely inspired by Chamkila’s life events.”

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“However, I had specific knowledge because I had conducted thorough research. I listened to stories and met people who knew Chamkila and Amarjot 36 years ago when they were alive. I met Tikki, who played the dholak and was Chamkila’s close friend. He was a mercurial character who greatly influenced Chamkila,” he added.

“I met Tikki several times. He became emotional and shared things with me that he later regretted or corrected. This was because I met him on multiple occasions. He even mentioned that he had cursed Chamkila to die. So for me, research involved meeting the people Chamkila had encountered and visiting places where Chamkila had lived, such as the office space in Ludhiana where all the artists and singers congregated. As my interest grew, I met more people in Punjab. It’s interesting because Chamkila had a knack for entertaining the masses, and understanding what works with the masses is a quality all artists and filmmakers would love to possess.”

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When asked what draws him towards actors who are artists, the director replied, “There have been artists in my films. I don’t know whether I do it because I am a writer and director. But I also feel interested in the lives of those people who don’t toe the line, so to speak, and they do something unexpected that makes their lives more dramatic for cinema.”

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‘All We Imagine as Light’ intimacy co-ordinator Naina Bhan calls Cannes win 'emotional victory’

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Mumbai, May 26 (IANS) Intimacy co-ordinator Naina Bhan is celebrating the historic win of the Payal Kapadia directorial ‘All We Imagine as Light’ at the recently concluded 77th Cannes Film Festival.

‘All We Imagine as Light’ was feted with the ‘Le Grand Prix’ award at the film festival. On Sunday, Naina took to her Instagram and shared a bunch of pictures from the film and behind-the-scenes. She also penned a long note in the caption as she called the film’s win an “emotional victory”.

She wrote: “All We Imagine as Light by Payal Kapadia just won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Grand Prix. This one is an emotional victory. Grateful to be a part of this Indian film that’s made history, as an Intimacy Coordinator. Thanks Divya and Hridu for being so vulnerable and creating absolute magic. Being on set with the team brought me back to why I got into film making in the first place.”

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Naina’s work makes for an important aspect of the film’s narrative during the climactic love-making scene. The scene is shot in a Ratnagiri forest with Divya Prabha, playing a Hindu woman whose parents keep sending her marriage proposals from Kerala, and Hridu Hussain, whose character is a young Muslim man working in the hospital where his beloved works as a nurse.

Naina shared that every member of the cast and crew was immersed and in unison to create the gem of a film.

Naina has earlier worked as an intimacy co-ordinator on Ashim Ahluwalia’s streaming series ‘Class’ which was adapted from the Spanish series ‘Elite’.

She further mentioned: “When I studied and certified for Intimacy Coordination after ‘Class’, it was for the purpose of being able to create safe sets and honest Indian portrayals of intimacy. It means so much that Payal and the entire team were keen on getting an IC on board, and gave me so much space and respect to create.”

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“Thank you @zicdrop @ohshitharshit for always supporting and thinking of me. Thank you for everything. PS that’s the best photo my friend @tanmaydhanania could get of the rolling credits and I appreciate it,” Naina added.

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PM Modi congratulates Payal Kapadia and team on historic Cannes win

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Mumbai, May 26 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated filmmaker Payal Kapadia as she created history at the recently concluded 77th edition of the Cannes Film Festival.

Payal’s film ‘All We Imagine as Light’ was feted with the ‘Le Grand Prix’ award at the film festival. The film’s team, including Payal and actors Chhaya Kadam, Divya Prabha, and Kani Kusruti, attended the Cannes Film Festival to accept the award during the closing ceremony.

Taking to X, PM Modi shared a picture of the happy faces of the film’s team as they accepted the honour at the festival.

He wrote: “India is proud of Payal Kapadia for her historic feat of winning the Grand Prix at the 77th Cannes Film Festival for her work ‘All We Imagine as Light’. An alumnus of FTII, her remarkable talent continues to shine on the global stage, giving a glimpse of the rich creativity in India. This prestigious accolade not only honours her exceptional skills but also inspires a new generation of Indian filmmakers.”

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‘All We Imagine as Light’ became the 1st Indian film in 30 years to compete in the festival’s main competition.

The year 2024 happened to be the best year for Indian talents in a long time at the Cannes Film Festival as Payal Kapadia’s ‘All We Imagine As Light’, ‘Sunflowers Were the First Ones to Know’ by FTII student Chidananda S Naik, and Anasuya Sengupta of ‘The Shameless’ fame won major awards in each of the three competitive sections of the prestigious film festival.

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Mouni Roy enjoys beach time and shares pictures from her vacation

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Mumbai, May 26 (IANS) Actress Mouni Roy, who will be soon seen in the upcoming movie ‘The Virgin Tree’, has shared pictures from her dreamy vacation on her social media.

On Sunday, the actress took to her Instagram and shared two posts on her account both from the same location. In the pictures, she could be seen enjoying the serene beauty of a beach in Bali.

She captioned the picture, “Flamenco Sketches off of Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue.”

In the picture, she can be seen hiding her face and showing her palm to the camera as she sizzles in a blue coloured bikini. She wore a light blue coloured printed t-shirt over the bikini.

The actress’s BFF Disha Patani took to the comments section of her post and wrote, “So cuteeee”.

In the other pictures, Mouni wore a stunning red strapless dress with backless detail. She was also seen enjoying some calm moments in an extended sitting area with her girl gang.

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On the work front, the actress was recently seen in the streaming series ‘Showtime’. The series took a deep dive into the world of Bollywood and the production houses. It explored the power struggles and off-camera fights occurring in the backstage areas of the Hindi film industry.

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As FTII congratulates ex-student Payal Kapadia, Ali Fazal reminds it of action against her

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Mumbai, May 26 (IANS) Actor Ali Fazal, who is known for ‘Mizrapur’, ‘Fukrey’ franchise and others has slammed the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune for their double standards on congratulating filmmaker Payal Kapadia, for her historic win at 77th edition of the Cannes Film Festival.

Payal’s film ‘All We Imagine as Light’ has been feted with the ‘Le Grand Prix’ award at the film festival.

On Sunday, the FTII, Payal’s Alma Mater congratulated her and her team on their win.

“It is a moment of pride for FTII as its Alumni create history at Cannes. As we witness a phenomenal year for Indian Cinema at the 77th Cannes Film Festival, FTII cherishes the glorious achievements of its Alumni at this Mega International Stage of Cinema,” they wrote on X.

Ali registered a strong disagreement as he called out FTII. He wrote, “Uhhh… please don’t. Just don’t.”

FTII had earlier initiated disciplinary action against Payal for protesting over the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the chairman of the Film & Television Institute of India, Pune back in 2015. The students argued that he didn’t have the credibility, owing to his work in B-movies, to head a premier institution like FTII.

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An FIR was filed against Payal and 34 other students for holding FTII director Prashant Pathrabe captive in his office in 2015.

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Aryan Khan heads to Chennai for IPL final after wrapping up debut series

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Mumbai, May 26 (IANS) Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan is headed to Chennai for the final match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

On Sunday, Aryan was seen at the Mumbai airport getting his ticket and ID proof checked by airport security.

He will join his father to watch the thrilling contest between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). The match is set to be held at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

A video shared by a paparazzo shows Aryan arriving at the Mumbai airport as he was accompanied by one of his team members. Once his documents were approved by the airport security, Aryan made his way into the airport. He was spotted shortly after his siblings, Suhana Khan and AbRam Khan were spotted at the airport.

Meanwhile, Aryan is set to make his debut as a director with the upcoming show ‘Stardom’. The six-part series recently wrapped up its filming in Mumbai. The show reportedly features a cameo by an A-list actor, who is touted to play themselves in the series.

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The wrap-up party was hosted in the city and was attended by actor Bobby Deol, who features in the series.

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