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Akshay Kumar puts a smile on PM Narendra Modi’s face with title of his next film ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’

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New Delhi, May 9, 2017: National Award winning actor Akshay Kumar on Tuesday put a smile on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s face with the title of his next film “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha”.

Akshay met Modi here.

He tweeted: “Met PM Narendra Modi and got the opportunity to tell him about my upcoming ‘Toilet-Ek Prem Katha’. His smile at just the title made my day,” the actor wrote along with a photograph featuring him engrossed in conversation with Modi.

It was earlier said that the film was based on Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. But the film’s dialogue writers Siddharth Singh and Garima Wahal told IANS that the movie was conceptualised much before Modi became the PM.

The movie delves on the need for toilets for sanitation in the country, and this message is conveyed via a love story.

Modi has been campaigning for the need for toilets in every home for better health and sanitation. (IANS)

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Richard Thaler Supported Demonetisation, there is More to the Story

Demonetisation is what Richard Thaler had long supported. However, he remarked "Really? Damn," when he was informed about the introduction of Rs. 2,000 notes in place of the discontinued Rs. 500 and 1,000 notes thereby highlighting how his joy of seeing a step towards a cashless economy and reduction of corruption was momentary.

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Richard Thaler won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences on 9th October.Wikimedia

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to scrape Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes last November, Nobel Prize winner Richard Thaler supported demonetization describing it as a policy that he had long supported.

Dr. Richard Thaler, a Professor of Economics and Behavioural Science at the University of Chicago won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences on 9th October.

Did Richard Thaler really support demonetization in the way BJP took it? There is more to the story than what meets the eye.

As soon as Thaler was declared the Nobel Prize winner, members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) started sharing Thaler’s tweet regarding demonetization on social media affirming that the move which was severely criticised by the members of the opposition was actually supported by a Nobel Prize winner. The BJP IT cell head Amit Malviya retweeted the old tweet within a fraction of a second.

However, Richard Thaler remarked “Really? Damn,” when he was informed about the introduction of Rs. 2,000 notes in place of the discontinued Rs. 500 and 1,000 note thereby highlighting how his joy of seeing a step towards a cashless economy and reduction of corruption was momentary.

It was not only the BJP supporters but also a large number of BJP leaders who were flowed away with incomplete picture depicted by Malviya and tweeted about it.‬ This included Union Minister Giriraj Singh, former BJP IT Cell Head Arvind Gupta, and many others.

Soon after, twitterati realized that the full picture of Thaler’s statement on demonetization was rather hidden.

Prime Minister Modi declared that the motivation behind scrapping Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes was to promote cashless economy and reduce corruption. This decision was severely criticised by different sections of the society putting on Modi the ultimate responsibility for heralding economic deceleration. Demonetisation pulled down India’s GDP growth rate to a mere 6.1% in 2016-17.

Some highlighted that the introduction of Rs 2000 note was an ephemeral panacea for remonetization and that its printing has been terminated.

-Prepared by Mohima Haque of NewsGram, Twitter: mohimahaque26

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Small Town Stories Making big in Bollywood: Bollywood New Trend

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First poster of Toilet Ek Prem Katha. Wikipedia
  • Quick recap of Bollywood small town stories in previous years
  • Why these Bollywood small town stories doing good box office collection
  • Challenges faced during shooting these Bollywood small town movies

Capturing the exotic beauty of Indian small towns, Bollywood has come home with more of real life content than dramatic storylines. From shooting in Kashmir (Haider) to Bihar (Gangs of wasseypur) directors are exploring different small towns and villages to bring out  the fresh content on screen.

These small towns not only adds to the  locations but also give a unique storyline to the Bollywood film-makers.

Small town bollywood stories like Toilet ( Mathura), Bariely Ki Barfi ( Bareily) ,Badrinath ki Dulhania ( Kota) , Gangs of wasseypur (Bihar)  ,Ranjhana and Masaan ( Varnasi) and many more made a special place in the hearts of the audiences due its unique content.

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Poster of movie Badrinath Ki Dulhania

“These bollywood small town stories are rich in content. They are as close to the reality as possible. People are easily connected to these stories. These stories are the future of Bollywood” says Mukesh Chbbra, Casting Director.

As these movies portray the life of an ordinary man living in small town, It increases the number of viewers in the middle-class section of the audiences.

“It has to do with bollywood targeting its audiences in small town cities as well youth who come from the small towns to the cities. Inspite of living in corporate English culture, they want to see a movies they can relate to” says Murtaza Ali Khan, Film Critic.

 Bollywood is no longer about theatrical dialogue delivery, it is shifting towards dialect driven realism in the movies. From Bundelkhandi in Paan Singh Tomar to Haryanvi in Tanu Weds Manu Returns, Indian cinema is using different dialects from all over the country.

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Poster of movie Tanu Weds Manu

“When we shoot in particular region it is very important to use the dialect of that place but at the same time the dialogues should be universally understood.

The balance is maintained to keep in mind that audience does not get over-bored and enjoy the movie” says Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, director ( Bariely ki barfi and Nil Battey Sannata).

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Poster of movie Nil Battey Sannata

Actors in Bollywood are no longer striving for heroic role but want to do real life characters which is connected to the audience closely.

Directors have become very particular about choosing the actors suitable for role.

“To give realistic touch to the character we find local artists  from small towns to train the cast for bringing out the character on screen, also budget of these small town bollywood stories have to kept in mind while casting.“ Says Mukesh Chabbra , Casting director.

Shooting in the regional beauty comes with lot of challenges.

Taking permissions, cooperation of locals and handling the fan following while shooting  “ A lot problems are faced during the shooting but the stories found in these small towns cannot be shot in big cities, that magic is can only be created in the small regional places.

People are unaware of shooting formats and It becomes difficult to handle the crowd during shoots” Says Sandeep Singh, co-Producer (Bhoomi).

When it comes to the character portrayal in the story, it is very important that it does not hurt the sentiments of the people from that place.

It should look real and viewers who belong to that particular region should feel proud.” Ashwiny says.

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Poster of movie Bareily Ki Barfi

These bollywood small town stories are not only winning the hearts of the audience but are also good box office collection. “ Movie like Babumoshai Bandookbaaz with shooting budget of around 3 crores have done box office collection of 5 crores in first two days of the release.

So we can see these small town  low budget films are not only able to recover their cost but are also able to make reasonable profit out of it.” Adds Murtaza.

“Line producers play a major role when shooting small towns as they know the locals and help in taking the permissions.

For many movies we have to take the permission for renting the house during shoot which is arranged by line producers only.” Ashwiny adds.

Prepared By Pragya Mittal | Twitter @PragyaMittal05

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Bollywood Deewane : 5 Most Anticipated Bollywood Films of 2018

Are you a Bollywood lover? Then plan your year keeping these 5 most anticipated Bollywood films of 2018 in mind!

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Are you a Bollywood fanatic? Then we are sure you can wait for these movies to hit the theatres near you! Instagram

Mumbai, October 10, 2017: Where fates change every Friday, some films catch more than just attention. These are movies that you already know will make it large, even before they hit the silver screens on a scheduled Friday.

Are you a Bollywood lover? Then plan your year keeping these 5 most anticipated Bollywood films of 2018 in mind!

Make sure you don’t miss the first-day first show because we know we won’t!

 1. Chanda Mama Door Ke

After hitting the ground to play captain cool Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sushant Singh Rajput is training hard to ‘fly high’ in a future project. For the same, the actor flew all the way to US Space and Rocket Center in Alabama, the NASA facility. But wait, what are we talking about?

India’s first space movie.

Yes, you read that right. Our very own Hindi film industry is ready to experiment with science fiction with Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan’s Chanda Mama Door Ke. The film will feature Sushant, R Madhavan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in titular roles, who have already begun preparing for their parts as astronauts.

The film is believed to trace and celebrate the journey of the Indian space programme, putting together an authentic space odyssey and culminating with India’s first astronaut’s landing on the moon.

Rajput, who received a brief training in the technicalities of flying in a space shuttle simulator and docking the shuttle to the ISS at Alabama, has been the first Bollywood actor to train at NASA. According to reports, even Madhavan will soon undergo a similar training for his role. These details make the film one of the 5 most anticipated Bollywood films of 2018!

The film, set for release on January 26, 2018, is believed to be India’s first realistic sci-fi film and has already created ripples in the audience’s minds. Let us see how all the Indian ‘Interstellar’ fans react to our very own production.

 2. Pari

From the first looks that have been revealed, Pari seems to be everything you will not expect it to be. Anushka Sharma can be seen in a tattered, bruised look with blue eyes and a piercing gaze.

Anushka Sharma’s third production and a love story, Pari also stars Bengali actor Parambrata Chatterjee.

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Pari is being co-produced by Anushka Sharma

“Pari’ is a fantastic story. It promises an intriguing and engaging cinematic experience for the audience”, Prernaa Arora of KriArj Entertainment, the co-producers of the film, had shared in a previous interview.

Not much has been revealed about the film as of now, other than Anushka’s look that is going to haunt you for a long time. We think the silence around the film is doing great for the project, keeping people guessing and adding on to the eerie factor.

The film has been scheduled for a nationwide release on February 9, 2018.

  3. Sanjay Dutt Biopic

Sanju Baba’s biopic featuring Ranbir Kapoor is undoubtedly the most anticipated movies of 2018. Directed by Rajkumar Hirani, the film will depict the journey of Bollywood’s most loved Munna in a way like never before.

A star kid, a heartthrob, a drug addict and then his conviction for his illegal possession of arms – Sanjay Dutt’s life has been no less than a Bollywood masala film. Now the story is all set to make it to the big screen and fans can’t wait!

The film also stars Paresh Rawal, Manisha Koirala (who will be playing Dutt’s parents), Dia Mirza (believed to be playing the role of his wife Maanyata) and Tabu in lead roles.

According to the rumors doing the rounds, the film is allegedly titled ‘Sanju’, which has been Sanjay Dutt’s nickname for quite a while now, with all his friends, family and fans alike addressing him like that.

The film is set to release on March 30, 2018.

 

4. Padman

After popularizing the need to build toilets and maintaining healthy sanitation habits, Akshay Kumar has another motive in life. In his next film, he touches an extremely sensitive topic- menstruation.

Was that an amused eyebrow raise I saw?

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Akshay Kumar in and as the Padman. Instagram

In Padman, Akshay plays the role of a Tamil Nadu based social activist, Arunachalam Muruganantham, the magician who turned around the face of menstrual hygiene in rural India by devising a low-cost sanitary napkin machine.

Directed by R Balki of Paa-fame, the film also stars Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte.

Padman will hit theatres on April 13, 2018.

 5. Kedarnath

“Ours is a love story, parts of which have been shot in the temple where Shiv and Parvati met – the Triyuginarayan Temple” said Arjun Kapoor in a previous interview to a leading portal.

The first released motion poster of the film carries the tagline ‘Love is a pilgrimage’. A simple love story between a tourist and a travel guide. Wait, that can’t be all there is to the story?

Well, we don’t know for now. But from the looks of it, and the buzz that the film has already created, it seems like the production is going to win hearts big time.

And did we tell you about Sara Ali Khan’s enchanting look in the film? Bollywood Nawab Saif Ali Khan’s little daughter with his first wife actress Amrita Singh marks her debut opposite Sushant Singh Rajput in Kedarnath.

Kedarnath is scheduled to release in June 2018.

– prepared by Soha Kala of NewsGram. Twitter : SohaKala