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Payal Kapadia's 'All We Imagine As Light' has to settle for a Grand Prix

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Cannes, May 25 (IANS) So near, yet so far. Payal Kapadia’s ‘All We Imagine As Light’ came home with the Grand Prix, but not the Palme d’Or, from the glittering awards event that brought the curtains down on the 77th Cannes Film Festival on Saturday night.

Still, it was a big moment for Indian cinema, for it was in as far back as 1994 that the prestigious competition section of the festival featured an Indian film — Shaji Karun’s ‘Swaham’, which did not win any award.

Hailed by the BBC as a “magical ode to nocturnal Mumbai”, ‘All We Imagine As Light’ has been described as “a delicate triple portrait of women who have devoted their lives to helping others, but have received precious little in return in terms of money, status or freedom.”

As would be expected from a Payal Kapadia film, it makes a strong political statement as well by showing one of the characters, a Hindu, nurturing a relationship with a young Muslim man.

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The film’s climax, in more than one way, is the scene of them making love in a forest near the beach town where the three lead characters decide to have a little break.

The stars of the Indian-French co-production are Kani Kusruti, who audiences outside Kerala would identify as the one who plays the strong-willed personal secretary of Huma Qureishi’s character in ‘Maharani’, Chhaya Kadam, last seen bringing the house down with her stellar performance in ‘Laapataa Ladies’, and Divya Prabha.

Kapadia, who’s acclaimed artist Nalini Malini’s daughter and graduate of the Film & Television Institute of India (FTII), won the Golden Eye at Cannes in 2021 for her politically incendiary debut documentary, ‘A Night of Knowing Nothing’.

The jury for the competition films was presided over by the ‘Barbie’ hitmaker Greta Gerwig. Its members included J.A. Bayona, Spanish filmmaker; Ebru Ceylan, Turkish actress and screenwriter; Pierfrancesco Favino, Italian actor-producer; ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ star Lily Gladstone; Eva Green, French actress; Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda; Nadine Labaki, Lebanese actress and filmmaker; and French actor Omar Sy.

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Absolute freedom can lead to anarchy, says Anurag Kashyap

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Mumbai, July 14 (IANS) Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, who essays the role of Kazbe Bhau in the streaming series ‘Bad Cop’, feels that absolute freedom can be easily corrupted and could lead to anarchy if not checked.

Anurag has often been subjected to curbing of his freedom as a storyteller as he has often grappled with censorship on his stories. Yet, the director feels that absolute freedom is something that needs to be handled with care.

The auteur spoke with IANS and discussed how checks and balances in society are required to keep things on track.

“Anything can be corrupted. When socialism started, we felt so good but then it got corrupted and turned into some other kind of democracy. When globalisation started, it felt like the world had suddenly opened but then look where we are now,” the director told IANS.

“The same is the case with cell phones. Initially, when the boom of smartphones happened, we felt that the world is now at our fingertips. But, today we are slaves to our phones. If there’s an absolute freedom, there has to be absolute responsibility to keep a check on it,” the director said.

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Left's ideology never ceases to amaze me: Kangana Ranaut on Trump's assassination attempt

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Mumbai, July 14 (IANS) Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut, who is gearing up for her upcoming film ‘Emergency’, reacted to the assassination attempt on former US President Donald Trump, saying that Left’s ideology never ceases to amaze her.

The actress took to the Stories section of her Instagram and shared two pictures of the Pennsylvania rally where Trump was shot.

In the pictures, Trump could be seen wounded with blood dripping from his ear.

“Trump was shot in his rally, he survived this assassination attempt but leftists are clearly getting desperate… everyone needs to be careful,” the actress wrote.

She then pointed the gun at the followers of the left ideology, saying: “This man almost 80, after taking several bullets gets up punching fist screams ‘Hail America’ will win this election. That’s right-wing, never start a fight but be the one to close it.”

“For America he took a bullet on his chest, if he was not wearing a bullet proof jacket he would have not survived this assassination attack. Left ideology never ceases to amaze me, Left’s main dissent with the right is that right is violent they love to fight for Dharma and left essentially believes in love and peace so the woke left tried to kill Trump so hate and violence cant win. Hmmmm … very smart left very smart,” she added.

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However, Pennsylvania voter records show that Thomas Matthew Crooks, Trump’s shooter, is registered as a Republican.

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Vikas Jain on what’s the best thing Ankita Lokhande cooks: Nothing

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Mumbai, July 14 (IANS) Former ‘Bigg Boss 17’ contestant Vikas Jain has talked about his wife Ankita Lokhande’s favourite dish and what she cooks the best.

In a promo for the show ‘Laughter Chefs Unlimited Entertainment’ shared on Instagram, Vicky, Ankita, and their close friend, actress Rashami Desai, are seen having a fun conversation.

In the clip, Vicky is asked about Ankita’s favourite dish and what she cooks best, with Rashami adding a ‘tadka’ of fun to the replies.

The first question posed was, “What is Ankita’s favourite dish?” Vicky replied, “Bhindi roti.”

Adding an extra zing to the answer, Rashami quipped: “Woh uska pati hai”.

The second question was, “What does Ankita cook the best?”

Vicky responded with a loud laugh, “Nothing,” and Rashami quipped, “Ankita cooks Vicky the best.”

The caption for the promo reads, “Har married man ki kahaani Vicky ki zubaani!” (Every married man’s story in Vicky’s words!)

In another promo clip, Krushna Abhishek jokes with his friend Archana Gautam while preparing a dish.

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Krushna tells her, “Ek Bhojpuri film plan ho rahi hai. Agar aap karni hogi to batayega.” (A Bhojpuri film is being planned. If you want to do it, let me know.)

Archana asks if he is the “hero in the film”.

Krushna jokes, “Uska title hai ‘Subah subah halla hua, shaadi se pehle lalla hua’.”

The promo is captioned, “Archana aur Krushna ka yeh mazedaar duo kar dega entertainment ki saari hadein paar.”

The show is hosted by chef Harpal Singh Sokhi and Bharati Singh on Colors TV.

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Tanuj Virwani: Thinking about when I can finally hold my little one

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Mumbai, July 14 (IANS) Actor Tanuj Virwani, who recently announced that he is set to welcome his first child, said that he is only thinking every moment about when he can finally have his hands on his “little one”.

On July 11, Tanuj, who is currently hosting ‘Splitsvilla 15’, took to Instagram to announce that he and his wife, Tanya Jacob Virwani, are expecting their firstborn.

The actor shared the picture with the caption: “Always believe in God and in the Power of the Universe. Miracles Do Happen. We are Pregnant and cannot wait to welcome our little Bundle of Joy into the World. Boys and Girls, ‘Baby has entered the chat’. Om Sai Ram.”

Talking about his emotions, Tanuj said: “In my entire life, I have experienced many moments of joy. Some due to my profession and some due to my personal life, but none, I repeat, none comes even nearly close to this feeling.”

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Reflecting on his upbringing, Tanuj shared how he has always been nurtured and loved immensely by his parents. He used to wonder how his parents could bring such unconditional love to him.

“Today, I officially feel that I am on that journey as well, I can feel my parents a lot more than before. It’s not just the birth of a young baby but also, in a way, a rebirth for me as a human being. Tanya and I are immensely happy with this, and God has been kind.”

“There are so many wishes coming in from all corners of the world, and we are ecstatic,” said the actor, who is the son of actress Rati Agnihotri.

Tanuj, who began his Bollywood career with ‘Luv U Soniyo’, shared: “I am literally thinking every moment about when I can finally have my hands on my little one. There’s still time for that to happen, but the wait is difficult. I only have thanksgiving for all our well-wishers, and I truly remain indebted to one and all.”

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“I would request everyone to kindly pray for us so that happiness and prosperity continue at our residence, especially at a time like this,” he added.

The actor said he is on cloud nine, and the feeling is truly inexplicable.

“I am looking forward to this new role of fatherhood in my life, and I am all ready to make it the best role ever,” he said.

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DJ Abhay Deol spins the console at Kolkata gig: ‘A place ain’t lit till the people ain’t dancin’

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Mumbai, July 14 (IANS) Actor Abhay Deol, who was recently seen in the streaming series ‘Trial By Fire’, turned the tables at his recent gig in Kolkata.

The actor has found a new interest in DJing and has performed in Kolkata.

On Sunday, he took to Instagram and shared a video of himself playing music at the console under neon pink lights as the crowd grooved to the beats.

In the caption, Abhay wrote: “The place ain’t lit till the people ain’t dancin.” Kolkata, you are definitely lit. Some snippets from the night, listen with headphones on if you wanna get a glimpse of my set. #dj #music #fun #play #dance #beautifulpeople.”

Earlier, the actor invited suggestions for a DJ name, asking his followers to help him with a new moniker.

On the professional front, Abhay starred in the crime drama series ‘Trial by Fire’, written by Prashant Nair and Kevin Luperchio, and directed by Prashant Nair, Randeep Jha, and Avani Deshpande.

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The series also stars Ashish Vidyarthi, Anupam Kher, Rajshri Deshpande, Rajesh Tailang, Ratna Pathak Shah, and Shilpa Shukla in pivotal roles.

Additionally, his road trip movie ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ is set to celebrate 13 years since its release on July 15.

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