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Cinema, a religion in our country: Devendra Fadnavis

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Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday inaugurated the 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, calling it a tribute to the industry which provides employment to millions of people.

“I consider it a honour to be given the privilege to open the festival. Cinema and cricket are like two religions in our country. I congratulate the team behind this film festival, which is a great tribute to the industry which provides employment to approximately 1.4 million people,” he said, wishing that the fest grows bigger in size each year and assuring his government’s continuous support in the coming years.

“This fest has brought filmmakers from across the globe under one roof. I’d like them to come and make their films in the city,” he said.

In 2014, the fest was revived after it hit a financial crunch, thanks to the passion and commitment of a few who made timely contributions.

Talking on the occasion, festival director Anupama Chopra said, “despite fighting all odds to keep the festival afloat, the response was overwhelming last year. It helped us re-energize and reinvent this year. After a year of work, it’s overwhelming for us to have our opening at the iconic Gateway of India.”

Well-known Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai received the International Excellence in Cinema Award, while veteran screenwriters Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar received the same award for the work in Indian cinema.

Accepting his award, Gitai said he was “very moved”.

“I love coming to India. Indian culture has inspired and touched me. If not for my trips here, I wouldn’t have had the privilege of knowing more about Indian film legends such as Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak,” he added.

Two of Gitai’s films “Disengagement” and “Promised Land” will be screened at the festival, which will go on till November 5.

Recalling his initial years with Salim Khan, his writer partner Akhtar said this year is very special for them.

“It’s special because it’s exactly 50 years since I met Salim saab in 1965. We could do some great work because of the immense support we had from people around us, like stars such as Amitabh Bachchan and directors like Ramesh Sippy,” he said.

Salim Khan couldn’t attend the event due to bad health. His son Sohail Khan received the award on his behalf.

The MAMI Tribute to Indian Cinema was awarded to film producer Chetan Anand for the enduring impact he left on Indian Cinema.

The festival’s International Tribute to Cinema was presented to French actor-director Agnes Varda.

Adding glamour to the event were Bollywood stars Hrithik Roshan, Anil Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, Alia Bhatt, Radhika Apte and Dia Mirza among many more.

With her cheeky humour, actress Kalki Koechlin played a wonderful host for the evening.

(IANS)

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Alia Bhatt-Ranbir Kapoor Starrer ‘Brahmastra’ to be Released in 2019 is a 100 Crore Movie

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  • Brahmastra will be directed by Ayan Mukherjee and Produced by Karan Johar.
  • Pair of Alia Bhatt-Ranbir Kapoor will be playing a lead in the movie along with Amitabh Bachchan.

Alia Bhatt-Ranbir Kapoor Starrer Brahmastra is the first 100 Crore movie under KJO’s Production

One of the most awaited Bollywood pairs, Alia Bhatt-Ranbir Kapoor will be playing the lead role in the upcoming movie Brahamastra which will be released in 2019. The movie will be directed by the famous director Ayan Mukherjee and produced by Karan Johar.

Amitabh Bachchan will also be seen in the movie with the pair of Alia Bhatt-Ranbir Kapoor. The movie is said to be a 100 crore venture and it will the first 100 crore movie for Dharma Productions till date.

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Earlier tentatively titled Dragon, Brahmastra was renamed and announced by producer Karan Johar on Amitabh Bachchan’s 75th birthday on October 11. The film will be a modern-day movie and is set in India as stated by director Ayan Mukherjee at the opening ceremony of the Jio MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival.

  • prepared by Pragya Mittal| Twitter @PragyaMittal05

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Bollywood To Make Film On “Indian Surgical Strike” on Pakistan

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Mumbai, Sep 19 : The story of India’s surgical strike on terrorist hubs in Pakistan is being made into a Bollywood film produced by Ronnie Screwvala. Actor Vicky Kaushal plays the lead role in the movie titled “Uri“.

RSVP, Screwvala’s creative movie company, made the announcement on Tuesday.

“Today we are a confident, aggressive and new age India – standing up for itself in every way and on the world stage. With this one single military action, we changed the fabric of our border politics forever and that became a watershed moment in our political history. But most importantly, ‘Uri’ is the incredible story of Indians coming together,” Screwvala said.

He said the movie was a “great mix” of being a story that must be told and a story they want to tell.

“Terrorists from Pakistan attacked a military base in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir on September 18, 2016, leaving 19 Indian soldiers dead. Eleven days later, the Indian Army retaliated with a surgical strike, heightening India-Pakistan tensions”.

The project will have an ensemble cast and is being directed by Aditya Dhar.

Dhar said: “This is the story of what happened in those 11 days… It’s an honour and very reassuring to be backed by Ronnie Screwvala and to execute on this vision and what we believe is an engaging and thrilling story inspired by this true life incident.”

“Uri” will go on floor in early 2018 and will release in September 2018, two years after the surgical strike.

Vicky plays the “lead commander in chief who led this operation and led the paratroopers post the Uri attack”, read a statement issued on behalf of the actor.

“Humbled by this opportunity… Super excited,” Vicky tweeted on Tuesday.

He said: “When this film came to me, I was really thrilled because this is one story I feel everyone needs to know. One of the fantastic Army operations the Indian Army has conducted and with great efficiency. I also feel it is a great opportunity and also a responsibility for all of us to portray this story.”

Vicky will undergo some para-military training for a month to bulk up some kilos before starting the shoot. The “Masaan” actor said the role could be his toughest.

This marks the second collaboration between RSVP and Vicky. The banner’s first production, “Love Per Square Foot”, too has Vicky in the lead and is set for a release in April next year.

As of now, Vicky is busy with “Raazi”, in which he is paired with Alia Bhatt. (IANS)

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Anurag Kashyap chooses MAMI Fest over Busan festival | “Mukkabaz” opening film at Mami Fest

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Mumbai, Sep 14 : Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap missed the Asian premiere of his new film “Mukkabaaz” as it is going to be the opening film at the 19th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star. But he says it’s a choice he made and he is proud of it.

“Well, it is a moment of pride for me. I was very happy because my films have never played at MAMI,” Anurag said at a press meet here on Thursday.

“To premiere at MAMI, I had to let go the Asian premiere at Busan (an international film festival in South Korea, one of the most significant in Asia). It’s a choice I made.”

Anurag was present here with MAMI Festival Director Anupama Chopra, Chairperson Kiran Rao, Creative Director Smriti Kiran among others.

“Mukkabaaz” will narrate the story of a boxer from Uttar Pradesh who falls in love with a Brahmin girl.

Mukkabaz Official Teaser:

Kiran Rao said that the festival this year will showcase over 220 films from 49 countries in 51 languages.

While in the competition section India Gold, movies like “Ashwatthama”, “Juze”, “Machines”, “Ralang Road”, “Sexy Durga”, “Village Rockstars” among others will be screened, in the International Competition section films like “Apostasy”, “Bad Lucky Goat”, “I am not a Witch”, “More (Daha)”, “Most Beautiful Island”, “Quest”, “Oh Lucy!” among others will be shown.

This year the festival is conducting various workshops on film reviewing, children’s films, writers and distributors conversations among various activities throughout the year.

One of the notable changes this year would be the ‘Movie Mela’ — an event on discussing films, film reunion on some of the iconic movies — which will take place on October 7 before the main festival starts from October 12 to October 18.

With a small audio visual presentation, the festival organisers unveiled the international film personalities like John Madden of Oscar winning film “Shakespeare in Love”, cinematographer Alexis Zabe, Argentine film director Santiago Mitre and actress-filmmaker Konkona Sen Sharma, among others.