Author: Dinesh Kamath

Dinesh KamathJune 14, 2019
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The US is ready to help India’s defence needs with the latest technologies and equipment, but New Delhi purchasing long-range S-400 missile defence system from Russia would limit cooperation, the Trump administration has cautioned.

US had warned earlier too that New Delhi’s deal to procure the lethal missile system from Moscow will have “serious implications” on India-US defence ties.

Someone closest to the US President had said that the US now does more military exercises with India than any other country. Under the Trump administration, US is ready to help meet India’s defence needs and US is seeking a very different kind of defence partnership building on the ‘Major Defence Partner’ designation that India has received from Congress. US has been working out the strategy to make India-US ties as robust and as meaningful as possible.

The US says that what causes concern with the S-400 is that it effectively could limit India’s ability “to increase interoperability”. It is the case that 10 years ago US did not offer the range of military equipment to India that it is prepared to offer today. US is very much engaged in a conversation with India over how the two can broaden their defence relationship.

Signing of COMCASA agreement between the two countries was a key step forward which allows for the classified sharing of information, which is one of the basic foundational agreements that foster military interoperability.

So both the US and India are making significant strides forward in their military relationship. Over the last 10 years, India-US defence trade has increased from zero to $18 billion. US wants to expand defence relationship with India but US is concerned about the fact that about 65 or 70% of India’s military hardware is Russian origin.

US is India’s largest and best market. Twenty per cent of India’s goods come to US. There is Indian Foreign Direct Investment in the US. There’s a huge interest by US firms in India. Prime Minister Modi’s preoccupied with job creation and attracting Foreign Direct Investment is going to be a key part of that strategy. Properly conducted trade can be a huge strength to the relationship


Dinesh KamathJune 14, 2019
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Three years after her debut, Disha Patani has grown accustomed to the spotlight of social media, gossip and fitness goals feeds. This year, she appeared in Bharat, her biggest film yet.

From Bareilly to Bombay, it had been an interesting journey for Disha Patani. When she moved to Mumbai, she used to stay in a modest apartment with foreign models who were 16 or 17 years old. They couldn’t speak English, but lived here on their own. That inspired her. She is from Uttarakhand and coming here was a big decision. Beneath the glamorous exterior, she is still a pahadi girl.

Disha can do a back handspring, butterfly kick, slap spin tornado. She could be preparing for an action role. Being fit and healthy is her life’s mantra. Acrobatics helps her stick to that and trying new things just adds a twist.

According to Disha, martial arts or any other activity shouldn’t be confined to gender and that it is empowering when girls learn martial arts as it is a part of self-defence training. She considers martial art a necessity since it makes a woman self-sufficient.

Tiger Shroff is Disha’s inspiration when it comes to fitness. In fact, Tiger is an inspiration not just for Disha, but for the whole country.

By the way, Jasmine (cat), Bella and Goku (dogs) are Disha’s family in Mumbai.

Disha Patani scored a hattrick with consecutive 100 crore club blockbusters with her latest outing ‘Bharat’. She received immense appreciation for her movie ‘Bharat’ and for the promising portrayal alongside Salman Khan. The audience is going gaga over the whistleblowing performance of Disha Patani.

‘Bharat’ is Disha’s third film in a row which is a super hit, minting 42.3 cr on the first day itself which set a record along with charting 100 crores collection at the box office. The actress’ debut film ‘M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story’ and her second film ‘Baaghi 2’ smashed the records at the box-office and hit the numbers with 100 crores collection.

When it comes to dancing, the actress is an absolute stunner with graceful and effortless moves. Disha has been treating the fans with insights to her dance rehearsals and now with ‘Slow Motion’ song, it is a treat for the audience where the actress is seen in two looks- trapeze artist and the yellow saree look.

After the back to back success of ‘M.S. Dhoni -An Untold Story’ and ‘Baaghi 2’, which raked more than 100 crores at the box office, Disha Patani’s film Bharat has hit the screens across the country. The actress will next be seen alongside Aditya Roy Kapoor in Malang.

Disha Patani calls herself potato while preparing for Malang. Disha Patani took to Instagram to share pictures from the training session for Malang. The actress jokes about looking like a potato after three cheat meals.

The actress is prepping for her next film Malang with Aditya Roy Kapur. Apart from Disha Patani and Aditya Roy Kapur, the film also stars Kunal Kemmu and Anil Kapoor. For the Mohit Suri film, Aditya has to undergo a major body transformation. He is having a pretty big body transformation that he is supposed to undergo in the next month or two. He has just about started his work on that. He has to put on some muscles. He has to gain somewhere around 10-11 kilos for the next schedule. Earlier, Aditya had built muscles for Abhishek Kapoor’s film Fitoor (2016).

While Aditya had earlier collaborated with Mohit Suri for Aashiqui 2 (2013), it is Disha’s first film with the director. Along with prepping for Malang, Disha Patani is busy promoting Bharat. The actress is playing the role of a trapeze artist in the Salman Khan film. Her latest track from the film Slow Motion Main, wherein she is seen matching her steps with the Bhaijaan. In a sultry yellow sari, Disha is looking her sexy best in the song.

Disha Patani is one of the fittest actresses in Bollywood and anyone who follows the star on social knows that she is truly dedicated to her fitness. She takes her workout routine seriously. She looks drop-dead gorgeous even during the workout.

The shooting for Malang began in Goa earlier this year. It seems like an action film. While prepping for an upcoming sequence, Aditya Roy Kapur and Disha Patani were seen prepping in a swimming pool with a bunch of instructors around them. Malang is set for Valentine’s Day, 14th February 2020 release. It is produced by T-Series’ Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Luv Films’ Luv Ranjan, Ankur Garg and Northern Lights Entertainment’s Jay Shewakramani.

Thus Disha Patani seems to be in cloud nine with back to back movies in her kitty. After wrapping Salman Khan-starrer Bharat, she had to gear up for her next big release Malang along with Aditya Roy Kapur.

On the professional front, the 26-year-old actress—who made her Bollywood debut in 2016 opposite Sushant Singh inMS Dhoni: The Untold Story—was next seen alongside Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif in Ali Abbas Zafar’sBharat. On the other hand, she is also playing an important role in Malang which stars Kunal Kemmu and Anil Kapoor in pivotal roles. Touted as a romantic horror film, it will be directed by Mohit Suri.

Disha Patani can’t wait to take a break from ‘Malang’. Birthday celebrations for Disha Patani are quiet this time because she has been busy filming for Malang. For the past four-odd months, the actress has been shooting nights. Disha, who has turned 26, tells us that the schedule has been pretty hard for her. She packs up only at 6 am every day and she is an early sleeper and riser, so she cannot sleep in the mornings after she is home. Hence, she cannot wait to go on a vacation and have some downtime. As soon as her film is over, she will take a short break and just enjoy. She will only eat, sleep and repeat.

Vatsal Sheth too joined Aditya Roy Kapur and Disha Patani starrer Malang. Actor Vatsal Sheth, who has acted in films like Tarzan, Nanhe Jaisalmer, Heroes and Hostel, has joined the ensemble cast of Malang. Vatsal Sheth is thrilled about the same. He is very excited to be the part of this film. It’s going to be an exciting ride.

Disha cannot get over her first romantic number with Salman Khan in Slow Motion song from the movie Bharat. Busy shooting with her co-star Aditya Roy Kapur, Disha’s night shifts are not appreciated by her dog ‘Bella’ and the Internet has proof. In one of her recently updated Instagram stories, Disha put out the video of a glum-looking Bella with drooping ears and sad eyes and revealed how sad it was on watching her go every night for the shoot.

Bowled by the immense love that is pouring in continuously for Slow Motion, Disha shared a cartoon drawing of her and Salman shaking a leg to the signature step of the song.

Bollywood hot actor and the brand ambassador of Calvin Klein, Disha Patani, a few days earlier made turn with her hot picture. Oozing Oomph in black top and Calvin Klein briefs, she set the internet on fire with her sexy pose. She can be seen flaunting her curvaceous body in her latest Instagram picture. She completed her look with pink lipstick, kohl in eyes and subtle makeup. She kept her hair wavy and straight. Her sultry facial expressions will take your breath away.

Recently, she has shared a video where her fans can be seen dancing crazily at the Mumbai theatre on her Bharat song ‘Slow Motion’. People can be seen singing the song in one loud rhythm while also trying to follow the actor’s hook step in the video.

Meanwhile, after opening to packed houses across the country on June 5, Bharat minted Rs 42.30 crore on its day 1. The film, that also features Katrina Kaif and Sunil Grover, emerged as the biggest opening day grosser for Salman Khan and the top Hindi film of 2019 in terms of the first-day collection.

The filming of Malang began on 16 March 2019. The principal photography began on 22 March in Goa. The Mauritius schedule was shot in the first week of May. So let us wait and see how the movie will turn out to be and whether this venture in which Disha is staring will make 100 crore.


Dinesh KamathJune 13, 2019
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New movie released in Navi Mumbai

Khamoshi

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Khamoshi (transl. Silence) is an Indian female centric Hindi-language supernatural horror film directed by Chakri Toleti and produced by Pyx Films. The film stars Prabhu Deva as the lead protagonist and Tamannaah as a lead role and she played as deaf and mute girl. This film is remake of 2016 American film, Hush. Kolaiyuthir Kaalam is Tamil version of the film starring Nayanthara.

The film Khamoshi has Prabhu Deva, Tamannaah as Surbhi, Bhumika Chawla, Sanjay Suri, Deepak Anand and Murali Sharma.

In March 2017, Chakri Toleti revealed that his new Bollywood Film is in production with Vashu Bhagnani. The film was shot entirely in London, and within 25 days, the entire shoot of the film was completed. Tamannaah is playing titular role of a deaf and mute girl whereas Prabhu Deva is playing an antagonist. Bhumika Chawla is in a pivotal role in the film.

The music of the film is composed by Shamir Tandon and lyrics are penned by Zeest. Rap was written and performed by Babu Haabi. Zee Music Company holds the rights of music. The film has songs like “Khamoshi”.

Prabhudheva, who has been in active in Bollywood as well as South films, compared the two industries. National Award winner Prabhudheva has been juggling between Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi and Malayalam film industries as a dancer, actor and director. While talking about the South film industries and Bollywood in terms of storyline, Prabhudheva said that everywhere, people were talented and that both ways, goods things were happening. Also, it is not a new trend. Tamil films are also made from Hindi. It’s just that now because of social media, YouTube…so many people are getting to know about it.

Prabhudheva started this year with the Tamil comedy film Charlie Chaplin 2, a sequel to the 2002 movie Charlie Chaplin. His recent release, Devi 2, also happens to be a sequel. His upcoming directorial venture Salman Khan-starrer Dabangg 3 is also a part of a film franchise.

He said that in sequel, the challenges are there, but you have to put in hard work. People expect more. The filmmakers try to give more. So, there is hard work.

Prabhudheva, who is sharing screen space with Tamannaah Bhatia in the film Khamoshi, likes to experiment with different genres. Khamoshi is a thriller. It’s the first time he is doing it, so he is excited. It is something new for him. He wants to see how people react to it. Remember that this multi-talented artiste’s forte lies in dance and action films.

His contribution to the film industry has been huge, which is why he was also honoured with Padma Shri – India’s fourth highest civilian honour, earlier this year. His parents were thrilled about the award he was receiving.

On the work front, Prabhudheva has worked in several commercially successful films including Kadhalan (1994), Minsara Kanavu (1997) and VIP (1997). Kadhalan was dubbed into Hindi as Humse Hai Muqabala and into Telugu as Premikudu.

He will also be seen in Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor’s film Street Dance 3D.

Tamannaah Bhatia also spoke about the uncertainty of Bollywood where everything changes with a Friday. The 29-year-old actor will be seen in Chakri Toleti’s supernatural horror movie “Khamoshi” which also features Prabhu Dheva.

She made her screen debut at the age of 15 and became a star in the south film industry before finding space in Hindi cinema which informed Tamannaah Bhatia about the fickle nature of fame. Born and raised in Mumbai, the actor made her debut with the 2005 Telugu film Sri, followed by her Tamil film Kedi. She achieved success two years later, with Happy Days and Kalloori.

She grew up really fast. She was a sorted and mature individual at that age. She had a strong will to be an actor. She set out to become an actor, ended up being a heroine. She realised stardom is beyond you, it isn’t something you can control. With the kind of extremely loyal fans she has from the south, she feels lucky.

Being driven as a teenager, Tamannaah learned Tamil and Telugu. When she was 15, she was keen on learning Tamil and Telugu. She would refuse to take prompting on the sets and insisted she learn the language.

Navigating an industry almost alien to her made Tamannaah realize the uncertainty of the business. It gives her a big reality check that the lives of film actors are very much Friday-to-Friday, everything changes with it. Some Fridays are good, some not. But the whole idea is to go to another Friday. To keep going.

The actor continued to feature in hit films like Ayan, Paiyaa, Siruthai, 100% Love and the blockbuster franchise Baahubali but at the risk of being stereotyped as the bubbly girl-next-door.

She had meaty roles even in the so-called male-centric films, where a girl is supposed to come, run around the trees and go away. Some of her memorable films are those, where she had song and dance but also a very strong part to play. If you have a stronger part in a commercial film, it has a wider reach. Baahubali was a war film and to get so much space in a film like that was huge. That’s more important for her than doing so-called heroine-centric films.

At her peak, the 29-year-old actor turned towards Bollywood with films like Himmatwala, Entertainment and Humshakals. All three bombed at the box office.

Theoretically, they were the hugest films for that time. But they were not good films. They didn’t do well for legit reasons. Thereafter, she only tried to do films which were exciting to her. She didn’t try to do a Hindi film just because she wanted to do one. Her endeavour is to challenge herself with projects and characters she has not done before, such as her latest, Hindi thriller Khamoshi, in which she plays a deaf and mute girl.

These roles are a natural progression of who she is. Earlier, she had a certain view of cinema to what she was exposed to. Now, she is exposed to cinema from all around the world and has been an actor for these many years. She feels there’s so much more to do.


Dinesh KamathJune 13, 2019
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PM Narendra Modi has called for inclusiveness in the Maldives and Sri Lanka. At Male, he delivered a speech rich in meaningful metaphors to the Maldivian Parliament. He referred to the ties that bind India to the Maldives.

Modi called the waves of Indian Ocean “messengers” of peace, friendship and trust that exist between the two countries. The speech spelt out common interests in maritime cooperation, democracy, pluralism, climate change, and in battling the twin scourges of terrorism and radicalisation. There were agreements done on hydrography cooperation and sharing ‘white shipping’ information, and to fund a conservation project for Male’s Friday Mosque. The Prime Minister expressed a resolve for the common fight against terrorism and radicalization. On his next stop, for a few hours in Colombo, he spelt out the same message.

Modi’s twin visits underlined several initiatives, including his commitment to “Neighbourhood First” and “Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR)”. Modi chose to speak in Male about two important liberal values as common causes: democracy and inclusiveness. He repeated his motto, Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas aur Sabka Vishwas (together with all, for the development of all and with the trust of all), and his outreach to the mosque in the Maldives and the church in Sri Lanka reinforced the words.

But sabka viswas- inclusiveness will not happen as long as Rahul Gandhi and media keep going with their narrative that Modi won the recent elections on religion/caste polarisation.  Owaisi came out and said that Rahul Gandhi would have lost at Wayanard had not Muslims voted for him. Media and Rahul have been and are continuing to shout that the minority is not safe under Modi. So, who is really being divisive?

On the whole, Modi displayed an appreciable attitude during the trips. His interest to improve ties with the countries of the world in general and with the neighbouring nations is remarkable. In the globalised world such ties will improve economic benefits. There is a need to speed up the implementation of the agreements.

Helping in conservation of a 1658 Coral Mosque is a welcome initiative towards building harmony between nations, and also a motivating factor for Muslims living in India to put their faith in the PM. However, the promises done in the southern neighborhood countries must be implemented as well.


Dinesh KamathJune 13, 2019
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Too many bodies are piling up on the world’s highest peak. Authorities should screen climbers and limit the numbers. Many trekkers are yearning to scale Mount Everest, with all the romance, danger and spirit of exploration. The need to reach the highest point on the planet is instinctive, a part of man’s desire to conquer the universe. The conquest, however, has turned out to entail a landscape littered with tons of plastic bottles, food tins, excrement, ropes and tents and scores of oxygen-starved tourists lining up to take a selfie on the summit.

Many focus on the loose standards set by the government of Nepal and the proliferation of dubious expedition companies. China also runs expeditions from its side of the mountain, but fewer use that route and the controls are said to be tighter. On the Nepal side, anyone can pick up an Everest permit for $11,000, and the total package, with guides, equipment, food and lodging for a six-week expedition can easily exceed $50,000. In one of the world’s poorest countries, that’s a flow of money the government is loath to reduce.

Nepalese officials are belatedly considering setting proficiency standards for climbers and limiting the numbers on the mountain to reduce congestion and garbage at the summit. But however disturbing the deaths and the queues, Everest still poses one of the greatest physical and mental challenges our planet has to offer, and trying to deny it to people is futile

Many of the deaths were needless, veterans say, and the increasing number of rookie climbers who try to tackle Everest have made it more dangerous for everyone.

Nepal said that they were analyzing what had happened and leaning toward requiring all climbers to submit proof of mountaineering experience and a verifiable certificate of good health.

Mount Everest is a huge block of ice and rock along the Nepal-China border. China also runs expeditions to the top, but on the Chinese side it appears to be less of a free-for-all. There have been two deaths this year on the Chinese side out of about 300 climbers, compared with nine in Nepal, though almost 800 people climbed from the Nepal side.

Several mountaineers described a ruthless pursuit of the summit in which other climbers refused to share the essentials of life — water and oxygen. The rules on some other mountains empowered guides to stop a climber from ascending if the guide felt the climber might not make it or was behaving badly. At Everest, it is not the same — you can hire a Sherpa on the streets of Kathmandu, or your travel agent says, ‘Here is your Sherpa,’ that’s it. There is no way to know whether that Sherpa can judge and determine the capability of the person who is climbing.

Nepal is one of Asia’s poorest countries, and even Everest, the jewel of its tourism economy, has been marred by corruption scandals and scams.


Dinesh KamathJune 13, 2019
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Actor Dia Mirza is promoting her upcoming web series Kaafir. The web series stars Dia Mirza and Mohit Raina. Directed by Sonam Nair, Kaafir will premiere on Zee5 on June 15.

Dia Mirza was blown away by the humanity of the storyline. The theme of the web series ‘Kaafir’ is so powerful that it will transcend all barriers. ‘Kaafir’ is based on the struggle of a Pakistani woman and her daughter who have crossed into India and are held prisoner. The Kashmir-set story is inspired by true events, there was a deep sense of curiosity to understand what this entire situation entailed for women and how they got their freedom.

When Dia first heard a one-line narration from Siddharth Malhotra [producer of the show], her instantaneous reaction was ‘you have to tell the story’. And then of course when she read the script that Bhavani Iyer had written, she was blown away by how much humanity there was in the story.

Dia found that the real challenge was to understand how prejudice works. Because it is such an inward journey and there is so much that one is representative of through the character and the narrative, within the storyline, the real challenge was to understand in depth what prejudice does to us as people. Prejudices create divisions among us. They fundamentally rob us of our true spirit — which is love.

Reasons why Dia Mirza’s Kaafir is a must watch are plenty. The series is about the journey of a young Pakistani mother who comes to India under a series of strange circumstances and is unable to go back home. The series revolves around the relationship between this accused militant and her lawyer who does her justice, his mission. In a film with such a challenging story, Mohit Raina and Dia Mirza makes his web debut with ZEE5 original series Kaafir. Kaafir has been written by Raazi fame Bhavani Iyer. Kaafir has been extensively shot in Himachal Pradesh. Swanand Kirkire has lent his voice for Kaafir. Kaafir revolves around a Pakistani girl in an Indian jail. Kaafir has been inspired by true events. It bothers me when identities are viewed through a religious lens.

Dia Mirza, who was born to a Christian father, a Bengali mother and raised in a Muslim home, says her identity has never been limited to religion, culture, caste or community. Art suffers at the hands of fear. As someone who grew up in a secular atmosphere, actor Dia Mirza says she is pained when people are viewed through a religious lens. Her identity has always been of a citizen of this planet and a human being.

If you go back to history, every time human beings have moved towards majoritarianism, they have gone away from inclusivity and they have suffered. They have suffered at the hands of fear. The actor said those who propagate singular ideologies are the ones “who want to control us.” People want to control us by driving or re-enforcing fear. The only thing which can free us from this fear is art. This is why art exists. This is why we tell stories. We tell stories to evoke human empathy, compassion and to navigate human compass.

Prejudices and labels limit us. We aren’t born with any understanding of what faith, religion, community or country we belong to. We are taught prejudices which have done nothing but harm us. We need to unlearn all of them. The series revolves around the relationship between the woman, who is accused of militancy, and her Indian lawyer (Mohit Raina) who makes her justice his sole objective.

Doing the show has been truly empowering for Dia. It is actually with a great sense of urgency that the story is told. It’s done in a manner that is inclusive. That’s the most powerful thing about ‘Kaafir’. While Dia’s character may belong to Pakistan and Mohit’s may belong to India, they are not limited to these demarcations. People in any part of the world will resonate with these characters.

The politics and conflict of Jammu and Kashmir serve as a reminder of how humanity has failed the region. We speak of peace, opportunity, equality and then you see what happens on the other end, where regions are torn and ravaged over a period of time. That have robbed children of their childhood, youth of the opportunities and have deprived them of basic human right. It’s not just heartbreaking, it’s deeply agonising.

The actor recalls how she was invited by the Indian army two years ago to Baramulla and what she saw there troubles her even today. Everytime, she looked outside the window, she saw the most pristine environment, beautiful mountains that surrounded them. But the windows of the people who lived there were shut. Dia hopes that when she returns once again, these windows and doors are open. We won’t think twice before opening our windows but these people can’t do that. This is what it means to live in conflict.

Dia plays an alleged militant who has been behind bars for many years. Her young daughter was born behind bars. Mohit Raina plays the journalist. He also happens to be a lawyer who starts his practice again, just for this case. It is the most compelling, heart-rending and beautiful story. Dia feels extremely lucky to play Kainaaz. The character and the places that it goes, she hasn’t done that before.

Thus Kaafir has been directed by Sonam Nair (Gippy) and written by Bhavani Iyer, who co-wrote the screenplay for Meghna Gulzar’s Raazi (2018). The series will be out on Zee5 on June 15. This project marks Dia’s debut in the digital space. She spoke about the rise of the digital platform. What was considered small budget films are doing phenomenal numbers. The content-driven films are no more just risk-taking projects. Also, credible talent is backing such films. The audience is not just evolving but appreciating good stories also.

As far as Mohit Raina is concerned, this story is so powerful, all the more so because it’s a true story, that there was a big responsibility on his shoulders to do it justice. He has been able to stay true to the deep, rich, compelling characters and all the turmoil they have gone through. This experience has been unforgettable, it has changed all. The series is very relevant and important for the times they live in. With ZEE5’s massive reach the show will penetrate across borders.

Kaafir is a compelling story and it is important for it to reach the larger spectrum of audiences. The story has been shown from the perspective of Mohit’s character, Vedant and each element of the film has been beautifully tied together. The show marks his digital debut and he could not have asked for a better platform than ZEE5. All have tirelessly worked on this and the series will surely make the audiences stop and ponder.

Kaafir is a story which will surely stay with both the actors together forever. Essaying the role of Kainaaz took an emotional toll on Dia specially and she cannot even imagine how the woman on which the story is based must have braved these incidents in her life. She hopes every Kainaaz finds her Vedant.

Talking about the child, Dia is playing mother to the little girl Dishita Jain. Dishita is a very special child. Dia had fun while shooting with her. Dishita brought a different side of Mohit. He is wonderful with children. Dishita and Mohit share a very special relationship on-screen and off-screen.

Dia’s character is so complex, she has not come out of the character yet. There have been so many scenes where even the camera had stop rolling. When she read the script, the only thing that she was conscious of and worked hard on was to become Kainaaz. I didn’t want to act. This story has empowered her unlike any other. The story just makes you feel and that is the power of Bhavani’s writing.


Dinesh KamathJune 11, 2019
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Actor, writer and Jnanpith awardee Girish Karnad succumbed to multiple-organ failure at his residence in Bengaluru. Girish Karnad (81) was a well-known writer, playwright, actor and public intellectual.

Born in May 1938, he was one of the most prominent theatre personalities of the 60s and 70s. He wrote his first play Yayati. His last play was Rakshasa Tangadi. He was also a film director and actor, his acting debut being in the classic Samskara. He made a name in parallel cinema as well as mainstream films in multiple languages.

He often became the target of the Hindutva right, most notably for his views on Mysuru king Tipu Sultan. He said in a later interview to a television channel, “I think he [Tipu Sultan] is one of the best Kannadigas we had in the last 500 years, after the fall of Vijaynagar.”

Karnad was believed to be on the hitlist of the gang that killed Gauri Lakesh and was given security by the State police in the aftermath of her death.

Playwright, actor, institution-builder and patriot, Girish Karnad was a colossus. The Karnataka Government has declared a holiday for schools and colleges and a three-day State mourning in honour of the writer who brought the 7th Jnanpith to Kannada.

Some years ago, when Karnataka and Tamil Nadu spared over the Kauveri Water Sharing Tribunal’s judgment, Girish Karnard’s was the lone voice that urged the government of Karnataka to gracefully accept the Tribunal’s award and start releasing water to the riparian state of Tamil Nadu. Of course, for being virtuous and justifiable, he had to face the ire of the violently agitating Kannadigas, and had his house pelted with stones and odds and ends. The house was almost torn down. Yet, Karnard stood by what he said and made the agitators see sense. Girish Karnard was a multifaceted, stately and sophisticated personality who enriched art, culture, literature and civilization.

An all-rounder Girish Karnad made a mark in whatever field he chose .His dialogue delivery was superb and so was his action both on the screen and stage .Film industry lost a stalwart.

 He was a source of inspiration to several theatre activists. Praying that his soul rests in peace, one can now count one or two more alive, at the platform level of a Girish Karnad, who had the guts, know-how and literary imagination to create original writings/plays – as well as act in his own plays. India today needs at least a hundred Girish Karnads to counter parochialism and destructive social hooliganism.

So sad to hear his passing away. He was such a refined actor (I shall always remember his role in the Hindi movie ‘Swami’ with Shabana Azmi). May your soul rest in peace.


Dinesh KamathJune 11, 2019
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She has played a challenging role in the film Game Over

Taapsee Pannu says that there is no genre safer than thriller. Taapsee Pannu doesn’t like to conform to stereotypes. She had two consecutive box-office hits with Manmarziyaan and Badla. She is considered as one of the most bankable actors in the industry. She likes her producers to get their money’s worth. She has a good line up and some breakthrough films that will help her to pull on for at least some more years.

Taapsee doesn’t believe in playing safe when it comes to choosing a script. But she got very few glamorous roles. She has proved that she is fit for films which are commercially viable and also make sense.

Her character in Manmarziyaan wasn’t received well by everyone. Many people didn’t like Manmarziyaan because her character was rebellious and people can’t associate a woman with revolt. Even in Badla, she played an antagonist. It will take time for people to embrace such characters.

Tapsee will now be seen in Game Over, which is also a thriller. Thrillers keep you at the edge of your seat. But not many people can write a good thriller. Taapsee was also in news for her film Saandh Ki Aankh where she is playing an elderly woman. She dared to play a 60-year-old. Movie-goers didn’t like that. They didn’t have a problem when she portrayed a college girl after turning 30. When she played an aged woman, people had a problem. Such daring choice should be in fact be appreciated.

Actress Taapsee Pannu is very well known for her outspoken nature. After packing a number of punches in action-packed roles, there is still something that Taapsee Pannu finds difficult. The actor, who plays the role of a mental patient in her upcoming film ‘Game Over’, revealed that she had spent hours reading scripts in order to prepare for her character. She used to sit for literally six hours for script reading sessions. For three to four days she sat with her director to understand the character, emotions and scenes well. And finally, she started shooting the film. Her efforts will surely not go in vain.

Contrary to her recent action driven roles, this time the actor will be seen restricted to a wheelchair for a considerable duration of the film, but that is exactly what made Taapsee take up the role. This is the first time when she will be seen sitting on a wheelchair in half of my film and stuck in completely horrifying situations.

Speaking about her character Sapna, the 31-year-old actors revealed that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. It’s been a year since the character is suffering from this disease (PTSD). After some time, her body starts reacting to that trauma where her mind triggers that horrifying incident. The girl later realises that the reactions are termed as anniversary reactions which generally occur after one year of any incident. So, this is the reason a scared Sapna lands on a wheelchair.

‘Game Over’ will be released in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu. While the film is helmed by Ashwin Saravanan, S. Sashikanth is the producer.

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, along with Reliance Entertainment and Y Not studios, is presenting the Hindi version of the movie.

The film is slated to hit the theatres on June 14.

Taapsee Pannu’s Game Over, her first film in Tamil since 2015’s Vai Raja Vai, also features Anish Kuruvilla, Sanchana Natarajan and Vinodhini Vaidyanathan in supporting roles. The film, which is currently in post-production, is an “edge-of-the-seat thriller. Ron Ethan Yohann has provided the music and background score for Game Over.

Ashwin has written a film based on an obsessed gamer. In his childhood, he never bought clothes and fancy things. He spent most of his summer playing video games and always used to buy the game cartridges. He also strongly believed that just like how you get connected to the characters in films, you also would feel for the character in video games so he felt that it’s an equally good medium to tell his story.

In the trailer, Taapsee Pannu was seen playing only retro video games and not the contemporary flashy ones. The film happens in the contemporary time zone but Taapsee’s character is fond of the retro games. She is actually a game developer in the film.

Taapsee was no longer active in South films after the success of Pink. Ashwin loved Taapsee’s performance in Pink and immediately called her to say that they would definitely work someday. When he started Game Over his very first choice was Taapsee as she had done a lot of South films and was also a popular face in Bollywood. Moreover, she was capable of justifying the vulnerability of the protagonist in Game Over.

The story largely happens in one house. There are moments happening outside the house too. In arithmetic terms, 50 percent of the story happens inside the house and 50 percent happens outside. Each thing in the house said something about the character of the protagonist. The production designer Shiva has done such a brilliant job that he has given an international touch to the film.

Game Over is the quietest film in his career. The film has minimal dialogues. The film narrates a big part of the story through visuals. There is an eeriness in the silence. Imagine a character lives alone in a house and feels that someone is watching her. There is no big scope for dialogues here.

A filmmaker of Anurag Kashyap’s caliber easily finds out the mistakes in films but he said a lot of good things about this film. He has predicted that this is going to be a game changer. Anurag always ensures to praise talented filmmakers. He spontaneously came on board in releasing the Hindi version of the film and there was no big discussion.

Tapsee Pannu’s Game Over has been making headlines ever since the project was first announced by the makers. Expectations from this thriller are pretty high and huge. The film is produced by renowned production house YNOT Studios.

This film which stars Taapsee as a person on a wheelchair, who is defending her home from a mysterious entity, is bound to become a hit with Tapsee’s huge number of fans who love to see her playing challenging roles.


Dinesh KamathJune 10, 2019
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National Award-winning actor Dhanush, had made a smashing debut in Bollywood with Raanjhanaa. Recently there was the trailer launch of his first international film The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir. He was just probably waiting for the right script. He has found one. He is doing one film soon. He will collaborate again with Aanand L Rai, who directed his Bollywood debut.

The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir, based on Romain Puértolas’s book, revolves around an Indian street magician’s journey to Paris where he finds himself in the middle of a crazy adventure. It was a great experience for Dhanush. He wanted to understand how things worked there, their take on filmmaking. He found this as a great opportunity to learn as much as possible. It was great meeting so many people from so many industries, different countries, cultures, food. It was fantastic and very fascinating.

He did not read the book that The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir was based on. He finished the film and he still hasn’t read the book. He is thinking of doing so soon.

Directed by Ken Scott, The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir will hit the theatres on June 21. It is Dhanush’s first foreign film. The film was launched in Mumbai. Along with the new English trailer, a Tamil version was also released. A Tamil version of the film, which is titled Pakkiri, will also hit the screens in Tamil Nadu for his ardent fans.

The film narrates the tale of Ajatashatru Lavash Patel (Dhanush), who is a street magician in Mumbai, who is determined to go to Paris and find his father. But the journey takes him to a lot of other places in between, in this light-hearted comedy-drama.

Directed by Canadian filmmaker Ken Scott, The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir is based on the book of the same name written by Romain Puertolas. Berenice Bejo, Erin Moriarty, and Barkhad Abdi are other actors who are part of the star cast. The film has received favourable reviews from Spain and Spain loved both Dhanush and the film.

Other than the upcoming venture, Dhanush is currently busy with Vetrimaaran’s film Asuran, which has Manju Warrier in the lead role. After wrapping up the film, Dhanush will start his second directorial venture.

In the film ‘The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir’, Ajatashatru Lavash Patel (Dhanush) doesn’t like to be poor. He manages to collect a handsome amount of money and flies to Paris with fake 100 Euros. While living in Mumbai slums, Ajatashatru, with his magic tricks, manages to collect a handsome amount of money and flies to Paris with fake 100 Euros. The journey gets interesting from here as while he appears to be living a good life in Paris and almost finds a girl (Erin Moriarty), he mistakenly is taken to England in a wardrobe. The confusion grows as he next lands in Spain and then Libya but continues to request the police to send him back to Paris.

Dhanush is convincing in the role of an aspirational ordinary man. He represents the whims and fancies of an immigrant well and brings humour to the Ken Scott directorial. Apart from Dhanush, the movie boasts of an impressive star cast including actors like Berenice Bejo, Barkhad Abdi, Erin Moriarty and Abel Jafri. It has been shot across India, France, Italy and Libya.

The film is a fable about chance, karma, and free will. It is a cautionary tale about a young, ambitious Indian boy that grew up in a small neighbourhood in Mumbai who ends up travelling across Europe in a journey of self-discovery.

The movie has already released in France and has received positive reviews from the audience and critics alike. Dhanush impresses as a poor street magician in the film and he takes us along as he embarks on a crazy, colourful journey to Paris while taking several unexpected pit stops. The film promises to be an on-the-edge entertainer. Dhanush is projected as a person with innocent looks and genuine emotions. The tale of this fakir seems to have many more twists as a French girl falls head over heels in love with him, unaware of his real identity. Dhanush seems to steal the show in almost every frame.

The Tamil version of the film is titled Pakkiri and will cater to his fanbase in South India. The film is produced by Saurabh Gupta, Gulzar Singh Chahal and Aditi Anand among others. The comedy-adventure film was premiered at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) in 2018 whereas its poster was unveiled at the Cannes Film Festival last year.

After making waves on the international front, Dhanush’s Hollywood debut film, ‘The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir’ is back home and its trailer is sure to win your hearts. Finding himself in the midst of a crazy adventure he never bargained for. The film deals with the problems of refugees across the world but despite handling a rather sensitive subject, the film seems to be filled with light-hearted humour. The story of the film starts from India and travels to different places like Paris, London and Libya as the central character Ajatashatru Lavash Patel sets out on his journey. It touches upon the problems that many immigrants are facing worldwide.

The film has dealt with the issue of immigration in a very positive way in the film. It may or may not make a difference but that was not the only intention to make the film. Primarily, it is a film, a journey of Ajatashatru and how that is intertwined with global immigration.

A young actor who has worked extensively in the south Indian film industry, Dhanush is a National Award winning artiste who has made his mark with movies like Aadukalam, Kaaka Muttai and Visaranai. Collaborating with international actors has widened his vista. For him, it was a great experience of working with actors coming from different countries and (knowing) a different school of thought. He has observed a lot during the filming and learnt about their perspective on acting. Ken is an international director and his style is different from theirs. These things were a learning experience for me. He feels really fortunate to work with some of the global talents.

The film has travelled to some international film festivals already. Dhanush was pretty overwhelmed to see he has fans outside India and they liked the film. The film worked for them. The film makers went to some of the key markets where the audience appreciated the film.

Dhanush has also acted in Bollywood films like Raanjhanaa and Shamitabh. While fans would love to see more of him in Hindi films, he says, he just wants to be part of good scripts, good content and he is not really thinking of any region barrier or language for that matter. He is willing to explore stories from all the regions – whether it is Tamil, Hindi or English. What matters the most is if the story is compelling. When He reads a script, it is the relatability that matters to him. The impact creates the magic.

In fact, Ajatashatru Lavash Patel sets out on a journey to find his estranged father, but instead gets dragged on a never-ending adventure – from Paris to Italy to Spain and all over. Aja falls in love with a young American woman (Erin Moriarty) having an existential crisis, wakes up in a truck full of Somalian Refugees (Barkhad Abdi) headed for England, is held hostage in a bureaucratic war, sorts out the love life of a Movie Star (Berenice Bejo), gets shot at by a hitman in a Roman palace, travels by private jet, merchant ship and hot-air balloon, and becomes a rich man for the span of a few hours.

Dhanush is also a romantic lover in Extraordinary Journey of a Fakir song, Angrezi Luv Shuv. The first song from the film is out and it is a cute romantic number. Titled Angrezi Luv Shuv, the new song brings Dhanush and composer-singer Amit Trivedi together. While Amit has crooned the Hindi song, Dhanush has also sung the song in Tamil, titled Engleesu Lovesu. Madhan Karky has written the lyrics in Tamil and Anvita Dutt has penned the Hindi version. The track gives an insight into the journey of the protagonist, played by Dhanush, and his love story. The combination of the delightful music and catchy lyrics, Dhanush’s charm and an overall relatable vibe of a new relationship make this track a complete winner.

Director Ken Scott said finds India a store house of talent and he really enjoyed the process of working so closely with two amazing talents Dhanush and Amit on this song. While Dhanush became a national craze with his superhit single Kolaveri D, Amit has given music for films like Dev D, Manmarziyaan and Queen.


Dinesh KamathJune 7, 2019
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The film will hit the screens on Eid 2020

Sanjay Leela Bhansali announced his next directorial ‘Inshallah’ on his birthday earlier this year. After the magic of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, the filmmaker reunites with megastar Salman Khan after 19 years for this love story. ‘Inshallah’ is also Alia Bhatt’s first movie with Sanjay Leela Bhansali, making this a truly special film.

Salman-Alia starrer ‘Inshallah’ is set to hit the screens on Eid, 2020. The reason for selecting the occasion of Eid is that it has been proven to be lucky for Salman Khan at the box office.

Alia and Salman will look good together. The film is a love story and has got all hearts and it is a fun film. The film is set in the contemporary time. Alia is very good, natural and spontaneous as an actor.

The movie will depict a young love story. Bhansali is coming up with a romantic film long time after all the dark, intense, over dramatic ones. Life is not only about dark nights, it’s also about beautiful, sunshiny mornings. It’s a new chapter for him as a filmmaker.

Salman was supposed to shoot for the film once he finishes with the shooting of Dabangg 3, which is all set to release this December. Taran Adarsh shared the news on Twitter when he wrote that Inshallah is an official movie now with Alia Bhatt and Salman Khan and that the movie would release in Eid 2020.

Next year, we see the Eid coming in May 2020 and it would be interesting to see the actors gearing up for the same. After all it will be a Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie. Both Alia Bhatt and Salman Khan are busy with their other ventures. Salman Khan had Bharat, which released recently and now Salman Khan seems to be on leave for the film promotion and the Eid celebration. Soon he will resume the shooting for his next film – Dabangg 3 with Sonakshi Sinha.

He has just completed the action scenes and would be resuming the other schedules for the third part of Arbaaz Khan film. Once he completes the shoot of Dabangg 3, he will start with the shooting of Inshallah with Alia Bhatt. Alia who is busy with her film Brahmastra with Ranbir Kapoor will also be seen in Sadak 2 along with Karan Johar banner film Takt and then would also shoot for Inshallah. She was excited about the film and working both with Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Salman Khan.

Salman Khan must currently be on cloud nine with his Eid release Bharat receiving all the positive response. The movie also stars Katrina Kaif, Disha Patani and Sunil Grover in pivotal roles chronicles around six decades and is high on emotions.

Salman is gearing up for Dabangg 3 next followed by Inshallah where he reunited with Sanjay Leela Bhansali after over 15 years. The movie will see him romancing Alia Bhatt and while there is a section who is very excited to see this love story, others have been skeptical of the pair. Anyway, according to Salman, it is a lovely love story, it has got all hearts, it is fun, it is set in today’s times.”

Salman likes Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s work a lot as and the way he brought out the Sameer (Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam) in him. The actor has a busy schedule ahead.

Actually, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Inshallah was under spotlight after the director announced that Salman Khan would be romancing Alia Bhatt in the movie. Fans went beserk considering their age gap. However the makers maintain that the storyline demands actors of their callibre.

Interestingly enough even though Alia Bhatt is working with both Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Salman Khan for the first time, Salman Khan has already collaborated with the filmmaker twice. Salman Khan and Sanjay Leela Bhansali first gave an extremely memorable film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, followed by Salman’s cameo in Ranbir Kapoor-Sonam Kapoor starrer (debut film) Saawariya.

Thus the Salman Khan-Alia Bhatt starrer film Inshallah is slated to release on Eid next year. It might clash with Akshay Kumar’s movie Sooryavanshi, which is being directed by Rohit Shetty. The makers, according to reports, are expected to make an announcement of a new release date, especially since Kumar’s Laxmmi Bomb is slated to release on June 5, 2020.



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