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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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Mumbai, July 25 (IANS) Actor Varun Dhawan, who became a proud father to a baby girl on May 3, seems to be enjoying the best phase of his life presently.

The popular actor is a regular on social media, constantly sharing adorable pictures and videos for his fans.

The actor, who is also making headlines for his work, recently took to the Stories section of Instagram to share a concept poster of his upcoming film ‘Baby John’.

The poster, shared by Artist Rushikesh Tambe, shows the title of the film in bold red letters while the background promises intense action and drama.

Action entertainer ‘Baby John’ is a remake of Atlee’s Tamil film ‘Theri’.

Directed by A. Kaleeswaran, the film stars Varun Dhawan in the titular role, alongside Keerthy Suresh, Wamiqa Gabbi, and Jackie Shroff.

The film produced by Atlee, Jyoti Deshpande, and Murad Khetani is slotted for a Christmas release.

On the work front, Varun was recently seen in ‘Bawaal’ alongside Janhvi Kapoor besides making a cameo appearance in ‘Munjya’.

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Apart from ‘Baby John’, Varun also has the Indian adaptation of Amazon Prime’s ‘Citadel’ titled ‘Citadel: Honey Bunny’ co-starring Samantha Ruth Prabhu in the pipeline.

Varun will also be seen sharing the screen space with Janhvi Kapoor in ‘Sunny Sanskari Ki Tulsi Kumari’.

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Producer Nikkhil Advani alleges delay by CBFC in giving clearance to ‘Vedaa’

Mumbai, July 25 (IANS) Nikkhil Advani, the producer of the upcoming movie ‘Vedaa’ starring John Abraham, has alleged delay by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) in giving clearance to the film.

Taking to Instagram, Nikkhil Advani shared a joint post with John Abraham, Zee Studios, Abhishek Banerjee, and Emmay Entertainment which said: “We, the producers of ‘Vedaa’, feel compelled to share with our fans & supporters that despite our best efforts, we are still to secure clearance and certification from the CBFC of India.

“Adhering to protocols, we applied for certification well before the prescribed eight weeks to release. Our film was screened for the CBFC on June 25. Post this, we were advanced for a revising committee review without any explanation as to what the esteemed examining committee’s concerns or objections were.”

The post added, “It is our earnest request and wish that these words reach those who are able to help us resolve and dissipate this impasse and have our film certified. August 15t is a special date that we are fortunate to find ourselves in a position to bring our film to the fans of John Abraham and Nikkhil Advani, who have supported our previous releases ‘Satyameva Jayate’ and ‘Batla House’ on the same date.”

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Calling ‘Vedaa’ a powerful, and out-and-out entertaining film inspired by current events, the post said: “We believe it deserves to reach the audience. It is our sincere endeavour that we will be able to keep our appointment with you.”

‘Vedaa’ starring John Abraham, Abhishek Banerjee, and Sharvari in key roles is slated for an August 15 release, clashing with Shraddha Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao’s ‘Stree 2’ and Akshay Kumar’s ‘Khel Khel Mein’.

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'KBC' questionnaire on auto-rickshaw leaves Divyanka Tripathi amused

Mumbai, July 25 (IANS) An active social media user, actress Divyanka Tripathi constantly shares videos and pictures with her fans.

She recently shared a post on Instagram showing a quirky ‘KBC’ questionnaire at the back of an auto-rickshaw, with the caption: “Autowala got no chill.”

A few days back, Divyanka and her husband Vivek Dahiya returned from their vacation in Europe. Recently, they shared a video recreating the vibes of Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol from the 1995 cult film ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ (DDLJ).

The snippet shows the couple driving a car in Switzerland with the caption, “What’s a drive without Bollywood, and what’s Switzerland without DDLJ?”

Their chemistry was adored by fans, with many users commenting with heart and fire emojis.

For the unversed, the couple also shared that they were robbed in Europe, losing essentials like passports, bank cards, and expensive goods.

They later informed their fans through a post that they had received an ’emergency certificate’ from the Indian embassy, making their ‘Ghar Wapsi’ possible.

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On the personal front, Divyanka and Vivek got married in July 2016 in Bhopal.

Divyanka, who participated in the 2004 reality show ‘India’s Best Cinestars Ki Khoj’, played the lead role of Vidya in the 2006 show ‘Banoo Main Teri Dulhann’.

The actress has also been a contestant in shows like ‘Khana Khazana’, ‘Nachle Ve with Saroj Khan’, ‘Zor Ka Jhatka: Total Wipeout’, ‘Comedy Circus’, ‘Nach Baliye 8’, and ‘Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 11’.

She last featured in ‘Adrishyam’ as Inspector Parvati Sehgal. The show starring Eijaz Khan as Ravi Verma is streaming on Sony LIV.

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Sunny Kaushal throws Taapsee, Vikrant’s plans into disarray in ‘Phir Aayi Hasseen Dillruba’ trailer

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Sunny Kaushal throws Taapsee, Vikrant’s plans into disarray in ‘Phir Aayi Hasseen Dillruba’ trailer

Mumbai, July 25 (IANS) The trailer of the upcoming streaming movie ‘Phir Aayi Hasseen Dillruba’ was unveiled on Thursday.

The 161-second trailer shows how love blossoms between the lead characters played by Taapsee Pannu and Vikrant Massey until a new character, essayed by Sunny Kaushal, enters their lives.

The trailer also shows police officer Kishore Rawat, played by Aditya Srivastava, hot on the heels of Rani (played by Taapsee).

Talking about the film, Taapsee said, “Reuniting with Rani feels like coming home, and I’m thrilled to dive back into her world again. The immense love and support I received for this film is overwhelming. Kanika has once again crafted a phenomenal arc for Rani, pushing the character to new depths.”

She also mentioned that this time around, the audience will witness a Rani who is more fierce, more passionate, and even more complex.

She lauded director Jayprad Desai for doing complete justice in bringing out the complexities of her character on screen.

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“She’s a woman who will stop at nothing for love, and I can’t wait for everyone to experience her journey,” Taapsee said.

Adding fuel to the fire is Jimmy Shergill, who plays a cop with a personal vendetta, dead set on exposing Rani’s web of lies.

With the police force back on their trail, the couple resorts to their old, twisted ways to be together, questioning whom they can trust in a world where danger lurks at every corner.

Vikrant Massey said, “Rishu is more than just a character to me; he’s a complex individual caught in a whirlwind of emotions. Reprising this role has been a fulfilling journey.

“If you thought you knew Rishu, prepare to be surprised. The sequel delves deeper into his psyche, exploring his vulnerabilities and strengths in ways we haven’t seen. The story takes unexpected turns, and I’m confident the audience will be captivated by the wild ride that awaits them.”

The trailer shows Sunny and Taapsee on a boat before the latter drowns and is presumably chased by a crocodile.

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Sunny Kaushal said, “Joining the universe of ‘Phir Aayi Hasseen Dillruba’ has been an incredible opportunity. The first film created a unique world that left the audience wanting more. It certainly did leave an indelible mark on them. Being able to add my own color to that canvas is by far one of the most exciting experiences.

“I have always loved the works of Taapsee, Vikrant, and Jimmy Sir, and sharing the screen with such talented actors is an absolute privilege. It’s a beautiful gripping script. Portraying Abhimanyu has been immensely rewarding and a great learning experience. I can’t wait for the audience to meet him.”

Produced by Aanand L. Rai’s Colour Yellow Productions and Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series Films, the film is directed by Jayprad Desai, and written and co-produced by Kanika Dhillon.

‘Phir Aayi Hasseen Dillruba’ is set to drop on Netflix on August 9.

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High time that mangrove forests are humanised: Filmmaker Rohit Varma

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High time that mangrove forests are humanised: Filmmaker Rohit Varma

New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) While mangrove forests are depleting globally, and India does not have a different story, its importance here has not been highlighted enough.

To counter the same, wildlife filmmaker Rohit Varma is set to release his short film ‘The Last Frontier’ on July 26 – celebrated as the ‘International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem’.

While discussing the risk of habitat loss with Godrej & Boyce (G&B) – a manufacturing company pioneering biodiversity conservation, in India, he and his co-director Sara felt the need to highlight the importance of mangroves and shine a light on its preservation.

“The film was produced in the aspect ratio of 5:1, and premiered at Conscious Collective, a three-day-long event curated by G&B Design Labs. The platform’s idea was to create awareness about the need for conscious living, which was perfectly communicated by our film. The original aspect ratio needed a large screen. The 5:1 ratio wasn’t fit for a digital release. Sara and I worked on a 16:9 ratio so the film could reach a wider audience on digital platforms,” recalls Varma.

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“All of us have witnessed cyclones and subsequent destruction in urban landscapes, especially in regions where mangroves have depleted, he says, adding, “The forests make up the last barrier between the sea and land. Removing these barriers for construction activities will majorly impact people who stay close to the sea.”

The filmmaker, who approached veteran actor Shabana Azmi to lend her voice to the film and the mangroves, says the decision to humanise mangrove forests was a conscious call. “And to do so, we needed an impactful voice.”

Even as the number of documentaries made on the environment in the West outshines Indian productions, he says it would be unfair to say that Indian filmmakers are not focusing on environmental issues and that many films feature these issues in India too.

“I agree that not many mainstream films spotlight environmental issues. That is probably because they are committed to the commercial angle and the former kind of films will always garner a limited number of viewers,” Varma adds.

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Born and raised in Balaghat, a small town bordering Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh, Rohit, taking his passion for wildlife and photography ahead, created ‘Nature in Focus’ – a media and production house that centres on natural world stories. Today, he is a cinematographer, director & producer, and a part of various projects including ‘Mysteries of Monsoon’, ‘Project Tiger’, ‘The Real Jungle Book’, ‘The Last Frontier’ and ‘Destination Wild India’.

“One has to be in nature to understand what it is and how it works — and what it gives to us,” smiles Varma.

While Amit Kilam (Indian Ocean) agreed to compose the background music for the film, Varma says when working on wildlife films, one just dives in with an outline of the script. “It (script) gets clearer as we continue shooting. Nothing is certain in the wild so it is paramount to improvise while on the field.”

Because a wildlife film requires extensive research, the team connected with scientists and researchers who further helped shape the narrative of this film.

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While there has been an endless debate on development vs deforestation, the filmmaker believes it is important, but not at the cost of cutting down trees.

“A planned and well-researched development plan is what the earth needs and deserves. I am as much against development as I am for conscious, planned and well-researched development,” he asserts.

No documentary filmmaker is happy with almost absent distribution system for this genre in India, and Varma is no exception.

“Yes, it is not great in India. However, If the government intervenes, it would be helpful. These documentaries must reach a wider and more inclusive audience,” he says.

Currently working on a natural history film, which should be premier in October this year, Varma is also discussing some concepts with the team at Godrej. “If everything goes according to plan, we will have another film before the end of this year,” he concludes.

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