‘Village Rockstars’ is India’s official entry to Oscars 2019 Best Foreign Language Film

‘Village Rockstars’ is India’s official entry to Oscars 2019 Best Foreign Language Film

Mumbai: Rima Das’ National Award-winning Assamese feature “Village Rockstars” has been chosen to represent India in the Best Foreign Language category at the 91st Academy Awards next year, the Film Federation of India (FFI) announced Saturday.

The film follows Dhunu, a girl who grows up in poverty and learns to fend for herself. However, that does not prevent her from following her dream of forming a rock band and owning a guitar someday. Elated with the news, Das said: “Village Rockstars” selection is a “huge recognition” for filmmakers from northeast.

“It feels great. I don’t have many words to explain. The whole journey is kind of a fairy tale. It is a huge recognition for northeast and I think it is the first Assamese film to get selected. So I believe it will change a lot for filmmakers from the region.

“I was always hopeful. I was always looking forward to going to the festivals and winning accolades. But most important for me was that people should connect with the film. That emotional connection is something which I have achieved through this film,” Das told PTI.

“Village Rockstars”, starring Bhanita Das in the lead role, had its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and has toured more than 70 prestigious international and national film festivals.

The coming-of-age film had bagged the Best Feature Film trophy at the 65th National Film Awards, besides also winning Best Child Artist, Best Location Sound Recordist and Best Editing. The announcement was made by SV Rajendra Singh Babu, Chairman, Selection Committee for Oscar Award, FFI.

“It is technically a film with good human concept that would touch people around the world. We are honouring a film that deserves to be at the Oscars. We are hopeful and confident that people will see and respect the film,” he told reporters.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmaavat”, Alia Bhatt-starrrer “Raazi”, Rani Mukerji fronted “Hichki”, Shoojit Sircar’s “October”, “Love Sonia” directed by Tabrez Noorani, “Tumbaad”, “Halkaa”, “Kadvi Hawa” and latest release “Manto” were part of the list of 28 films submitted for next year’s Oscars.

No Indian film has ever won an Oscar. The last Indian film that made it to the final five in the Best Foreign Film category list was Ashutosh Gowariker’s “Lagaan” in 2001. “Mother India” (1958) and “Salaam Bombay” (1989) are the other two Indian movies to have made it to the top five.

Hindi film “Newton” by director Amit Masurkar and starring Rajkummar Rao was India’s official submission to the Oscars last year.

Yet to make a film I'm entirely in love with: Karan

Yet to make a film I'm entirely in love with: Karan

Mumbai, Aug 7 (PTI) Filmmaker Karan Johar has helmed some of the biggest romantic films of this generation but the director says he is yet to make a movie he entirely loves.
Karan, who debuted with "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai", and went on to direct films like "Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham", "My Name is Khan", "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil", says he often cringes when he sees some portions of his work.
"In retrospect when I look back and see some parts of my movies I cringe and feel terrible that I actually subjected an audience to those portions. Some of them got fortunate, other parts in those films made them reach a certain success mark," Karan said.
"I'm not proud and happy with each and everyone of them. I am yet to make a film that I entirely love," he added.
He was speaking at the launch of his radio show "Calling Karan" season 2 on Ishq 104.8 FM. On the show, the director gives love advice to callers but says he never takes a cue to help people from his films.
"No, what we show in the movies is ridiculous. You can't possibly ruin people's lives by giving those situations. Those are meant for cinema halls but not for people," he said.
Karan said he is so honest with his advice that often he has broken relationships.
"We have a disclaimer in the beginning that I'm not a professionally trained individual so my advice should be taken at that level. But I give extremely sincere advice and I've broken a few relationships" he added.


Singer Mika Singh’s Mumbai house robbed; cash, gold worth Rs 3 lakh stolen

Singer Mika Singh’s Mumbai house robbed; cash, gold worth Rs 3 lakh stolen

Mumbai: Singer Mika Singh, through his manager, on Monday lodged a complaint at the Oshiwara Police Station here reporting a theft of around Rs 3 lakh at his residence here. According to the police, gold jewellery worth Rs 2 lakh and Rs 1 lakh were stolen from Mika’s residence at around 2:00 PM. The Police have registered a case and have started investigating the matter.

Police suspect one of the singer’s aides, Ankit Vasan, who was seen exiting his home at the Enclave Building around the time of the theft, according to CCTV footage. When contacted, Sailesh Pasalwar, senior police inspector, Oshiwara police station, told Mumbai Mirror, “A case under section 381(theft by clerk or servant) of the IPC has been registered against Ankit. We are trying to trace him.”

Further details awaited.

Salman Khan’s Dabangg 3 might release on Republic Day weekend in 2019, but there’s a big twist

Salman Khan’s Dabangg 3 might release on Republic Day weekend in 2019, but there’s a big twist

Salman Khan’s most popular franchise, Dabangg is all set to bring third instalment of the same. Yes, the makers of the film are eying on Republic Day weekend in 2019. However, there is a twist which may affect its collection.

Well, as per Bollywood Life reports, Arbaaz Khan and other makers are trying to release Dabangg 3 on Republic Day weekend of 2019. However, if reports to be believed, four films have already booked this slot — Hrithik Roshan’s Super 30, Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, Emraan Hashmi’s Cheat India and Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Thackeray. And if Dabangg 3 adds to this list, then it will be the biggest clash of all time at Indian Box-Office.

As per the report, Salman will be trying to shoot for Bharat and Dabangg 3 simultaneously so that he can be able to complete his work commitments soon. So, what do you think? Should the makers release Dabangg 3 on Republic Day 2019?

Kylie Jenner overtakes sister Kim Kardashian on 2018 Instagram rich list, Virat Kohli at No 17

Kylie Jenner overtakes sister Kim Kardashian on 2018 Instagram rich list, Virat Kohli at No 17

New Delhi: Social media is becoming increasingly powerful when it comes to influencing a consumer’s buying decisions and celebrities are often found to be the driving factor behind it. Celebrities, including actors, models and sportspersons, are undoubtedly raking in huge moolah by acting as social media influencers.

Instagram scheduler HopperHQ has compiled its 2018 Instagram rich list which tells you who is making how much with each post and who is leading the charts when it comes to raking in money through the photo-sharing application. They take into account the number of followers, per post engagement and frequency of posts to compile the list.

HopperHQ’s Instagram rich list for 2018 is topped by none other than Kylie Jenner, who may charge up to 1 million US dollars for a post! Jenner, who owns a cosmetic empire which is popular across the globe, soared past her half-sister Kim Kardashian, who is on number four. Last year’s leading lady Selena Gomes has settled down with the second position with a price tag of 800,000 US dollars per post.

Other celebrities on the list are Christiano Ronaldo, Beyonce, Dwayne Johnson, Justin Beiber and others. Indian skipper Virat Kohli took the 17th spot on the list with a hefty tag of 120,000 US dollars per post. Interestingly, Kohli has left behind Stephen Curry and Floyd Mayweather to bag the spot. While he is 17th in the general list, his position betters to 9th in the sports category.

Demi Lovato hospitalised after ‘drug overdose’

Demi Lovato hospitalised after ‘drug overdose’

Los Angeles: Singer Demi Lovato was rushed to a hospital here after suffering a suspected drug overdose. TMZ initially cited law enforcement sources saying it appeared to be a “heroin overdose”. However, a source close to Lovato later denied it. The 25-year-old was out Monday night celebrating a friend’s birthday in West Hollywood. She also posted photos on Instagram of herself and others in the group, and seemed happy.

As per sources, Lovato was transported by ambulance from her home in the Hollywood Hills just before noon on Tuesday, and is currently being treated. Paramedics found Demi unconscious when they arrived at her home. Law enforcement sources told TMZ that Lovato was treated with Narcan — an emergency treatment for narcotic overdoses — at her home.

Lovato’s representative told TMZ: “Demi is awake and with her family who want to express thanks to everyone for the love, prayers and support. Some of the information being reported is incorrect and they respectfully ask for privacy.” Her aunt Kerissa Dunn posted on social media that the singer is “awake and responsive”.

Hollywood celebrities like Ellen DeGenres, Lily Allen, Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian West, Sam Smith and Bruno Mars have sent in love and get well soon wishes to Lovato via social media. Lovato has fought substance abuse for years. At one point she lived in a sober living home after getting released from a treatment centre. She had been six years sober from alcohol, cocaine and Oxycontin. In June she released a song called “Sober”, where she revealed she had fallen off the wagon.

The singer had just performed on Sunday at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles with Iggy Azalea. She was scheduled to go on the road this week for an upcoming show in Atlantic City.

‘Race 3’ – Day 5 Box Office Report: Salman Khan’s film passes crucial Tuesday with this amount of collection

‘Race 3’ – Day 5 Box Office Report: Salman Khan’s film passes crucial Tuesday with this amount of collection

Salman Khan starrer Race 3 marches ahead with a total of 132.76 Cr at the domestic box office. The film witnesses a healthy trend on a working Tuesday by collecting 12.05 Cr despite offers in theatres nationally.

The audience is pouring in large numbers for Race 3 across quarters, showcasing a bumper opening for a non-festive release. Race 3 also crossed 100 Cr mark at the domestic market in the first weekend. The film also goes ahead to become the highest opener of 2018 by minting 29.17 Cr on day 1.

The day 2 collections witnessed an upward trend as it saw 38.14 Cr at the box office followed by day 3 collections of 39.16 cr and day 4 collection of 14.24 Cr. Not just the domestic, Race 3 has slayed internationally by garnering whopping numbers at the international box office.

Starring an ensemble cast of Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Saqib Saleem and Daisy Shah, the action thriller is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated films. Produced by Salman Khan Films and Ramesh Taurani under the banner of Tips Films, Race 3 is directed by Remo D’souza is running strong at the box office.

Michael Mosley wishes to work with Shilpa Shetty

Michael Mosley wishes to work with Shilpa Shetty

New Delhi: British author, medical journalist and television host Michael Mosley feels Indian actress Shilpa Shetty is a phenomenal enthusiast, and says it would be fun to work with her on some project. Mosley met the actress and had a session with her when he visited India on the first anniversary celebration of Sony BBC Earth earlier this year.

“I really enjoyed meeting Shilpa and she is phenomenal enthusiast. We swapped a lot of health ideas and I think we have a lot in common,” Mosley told IANS.  Any plans to work with her? “It will be great fun to do something together because I come with a scientific and academic background and she has enormous experience in food and fitness,” added Mosley.

On his bond with India, he said: “I was born in Kolkata but at the age of 2, my family had moved from India. So essentially, there are no memories. But I have some beautiful pictures of me and my brother playing and enjoying our time in Kolkata. I will always cherish them. I don’t get a chance to visit often but absolutely love India, its culture and the food.”
His show “Trust Me I’m a Doctor” also airs in India on Sony BBC Earth.

Kapil Dev: I think with comic timing, either you have it or you don’t

Kapil Dev: I think with comic timing, either you have it or you don’t

Cricket Kapil Dev, who is part of India’s first live comedy show titled Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan, talks about his experience with the show, fan expectations and what life means to him.

What has been the experience so far with the program?

> I think it’s different…I never thought that I would be part of such a show. I have never done anything like this in the past. It’s beautiful and a nice feeling to be part of this.

What is the best compliment you have got from the people?

> I think I have been getting mixed reactions. Some people say, ‘Why you are doing this?’ and some say, ‘It’s fantastic’. I think it’s more about breaking barriers because people think I shouldn’t do something like this. But I feel that I don’t mind doing something that gives me happiness.

It has shown a very different side of yours and your comic timing is being appreciated. People have never imagined a cricketer with no acting ambitions is so good with comic timing. So from where it’s coming?

> I think with comic timing, either you have it or you don’t. When you become captain, you curve yourself to say so many things. The game we have are playing i.e cricket in India, every single match we have played is covered by the media and is watched by the people. So people, feel this is me. But I would like to tell them that this is me. Now, I have reached this stage, I know who am I and what I like to be.

Your enthusiasm is vibrantly visible and it’s not easy to retain and maintain enthusiasm over the years. So, it is an exploration for you?

> When I am doing something, I always feel either I should be 200% passionate about that otherwise I shouldn’t do it. There are no two ways about it. You take up a project either for money or for your enjoyment. I am doing for both, for good money and this gives me happiness. When you are happy within yourself, then everything becomes better and much easier.

Throw light on your association with professor LPW.

> I think he is a huge talent, without a doubt. He is one of the most talented actors or you can say comedians today. He has the perfect sense of timing and his facial expression is fantastic. I personally feel he should keep on doing different roles altogether because he has the talent and ability to excel.

Googly Bhabhi is head over heels with him in the project. What have you to say about her?

> I think that’s the character that the producer chose. I think when you see them and work with them, you realise how talented they are. Sometimes, when you are watching on them on TV, you don’t know how much they know their craft. But when you are working with them, then you come to know how good they are. That little girl Sughanda, she is amazing. I am very impressed by her. She is so sharp and witty and her facial expression is like a baby. She uses her face so well in this show.

What is your experience as you are doing the comedy live?

> I feel that it’s much easier because we go live in cricket too. There are no retakes in that as well. When it comes to live, your mind has to be focused properly. You have to be 100% sure. When you do a live show, you have to be sharp at that every moment.

Do you have an affinity for comedy shows like have you always watched comedy shows? Any previous shows you always used to like?

> I always like comedy shows. I remember, I used to watch funny movies when I used to play cricket. Playing cricket is so a intense and serious, that we used to always watch funny movies to make ourselves feel lighter. I always loved to see movies like Padosan, Chupke Chupke.

How is it working with the young team of comedy writers headed by Preeti Simoes and Neeti Simoes?

> Well, this is the first time that I am part of such a show, so I don’t know anybody else. They are a group of young girls and they want to do something good. They are passionate about that and I feel happy to work with people who love their work.

Anything on your wishlist that you would like to do in your career?

> No, I would like to do whatever gives me happiness.

How do you unwind yourself after a hard day?

> I think this is unwinding myself. This is fun..And where there is fun, you end up unwinding your self.

Cricket and entertainment are considered as a religion in India.

> People are still looking for happiness and are seeing the fun part of life in cricket and entertainment, which is great.

You have a long journey, to whom you will give the credit?

> I can’t really name one person. You meet so many people everybody who become part of your journey. It’s all of them collectively, who have helped me grow.

You would like to act in a film if offered at this stage?

> No. I am happy if anything like this comes up. I haven’t thought of films right now. Shows like Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan are fun and I want to do more of these. I think acting is not my cup of tea.

Anything you want to say to your fans?

> Sorry, if I disappointed anyone. I also want to tell them that I am enjoying myself.

What is the secret of happiness? You have always come across subtle and happy go lucky kind of a person. You are very stable so from where does that stability comes?

> No. I personally feel when you are an actor whatever you are doing, you should give your 200% to it. You should work hard and give your best. I don’t think so I can make a 100 every day. Although you work hard, there are going to be a few zeroes in your life. That’s how the life is. Life is fun and if you don’t know how to enjoy it, then it’s a waste of time.

Do you still watch films?

> I don’t go to the theatre and watch. In the last 15 to 20 years, I have watched only 10 movies in the theatre. But, every night, I definitely watch something on television before I sleep. The last movies that I watched were Pink, and Bhaag Milka Bhaag.

Rajkummar Rao and Kangana Ranaut starrer ‘Mental Hai Kya’ to go on floors from May 13

Rajkummar Rao and Kangana Ranaut starrer ‘Mental Hai Kya’ to go on floors from May 13

Mumbai: Rajkummar Rao and Kangana Ranaut-starrer “Mental Hai Kya” will go on the floors from May 13, says producer Ekta Kapoor. Ekta is very excited to be working with Rajkummar again after their first outing for the web series “Bose: Dead/Alive”.

She told IANS: “We are starting on May 13. We are all excited about the film. It is neither a comedy nor a psycho thriller. You know, we have really not made a film in this genre… So we were thinking how to categorise our film in one genre… So we released the poster of the film,” she said.

The film amalgamates elements from two different genres. According to Ekta, at best it can be called a “thriller comedy”. The producer is also planning to make the second season of “Bose: Dead/Alive” after its first successful season. “We are planning to make the second season of the show, based on another conspiracy theory of the mysterious disappearance of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. “Though we have not sorted the dates of shooting as Rajkummar is busy, I will sit with Hansal (director Hansal Mehta) and we will figure things out,” she added.