Thursday September 19, 2019

Censor Calls for Change of Title of “Cheat India”

"I'm sure this title transition from 'Cheat India' to 'Why Cheat India' won't hamper the business and motive of our film."-Emraan Hashmi

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Lack of time left the makers of “Cheat India” no choice but to agree to a new title “Why Cheat India” upon the censor board’s suggestion. But the film’s actor and producer Emraan Hashmi says it is “illogical” and “ridiculous”.

“Why Cheat India” is about the education system. It marks Emraan’s debut as a producer.

Asked what happened that the title had to be changed last minute, just days before its release, Emraan told IANS here: “CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) members found the title misleading. According to them, our film is showing India in negative light. But that’s what it is…what we are showing is a mirror to the system…they should understand it.”

He said at the end of the day, it all boils down to the education system.

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Emraan Hashmi’s Movie faces name change by Censor

“Fundamentally, if the system has an open and analytical thinking, then you would not do such illogical things. Changing the film’s title at the last moment does not make any sense.

“The ‘Cheat India’ title has been there for a year… CBFC approved all our promos earlier, but now what they have done is absolutely illogical. There is no logic at all,” a visibly upset Hashmi told IANS here on Friday while promoting the film.

However, he feels the title change won’t impact the motive of the film.

“I am happy that our audience is mature enough to judge a particular film. They watch film for the content, not for the title. I’m sure this title transition from ‘Cheat India’ to ‘Why Cheat India’ won’t hamper the business and motive of our film.”

Hashmi’s co-star and debutante Shreya Dhanwanthary expressed her anger over the CBFC’s decision.

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She said: “I don’t understand how censor board can smoothly pass the films which impart a lot of violence and vulgarity, but they have problems with social issue based film like ‘Cheat India’.”

Directed by Soumik Sen, “Why Cheat India” is scheduled to release on January 18. It was earlier due to hit the screens on January 25 along with “Manikarnkika: The Queen of Jhansi” and “Thackeray”. ( IANS)

 

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Bollywood’s Foreign Actresses Getting Acting Roles Now

They got typecast as "item girls", but now, they believe things are changing and Bollywood is noticing their acting skills

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Norah Fatehi, Evelyn Sharma and Elli AvrRam. IANS

They crossed borders with mostly acting on their minds. Instead, they got typecast as “item girls”. Now, they believe things are changing. Bollywood is noticing their acting skills, insist Nora Fatehi, Elli AvRam and Evelyn Sharma.

If it’s about dance and happens to be a recreation, then “Dilbar” girl Nora is your go-to person in Bollywood right now. Nora, who had moved from Canada to India a few years ago to become an actress in Bollywood, has done some intense drama opposite Vicky Kaushal in the music video of singer Arijit Singh’s “Pachtaoge”, an interesting cameo turn in “Batla House”.

“This year the audience gets to slowly see my acting abilities with projects such as ‘Batla House’ and the forthcoming ‘Street Dancer 3D’. I’ve been waiting for such opportunities to come my way as I’ve always wanted to be an actress. With a project like ‘Pachtaoge’, I got to purely showcase my acting skills to another level,” Nora said.

She made her acting debut with “Roar: Tigers If The Sundarbans” in 2014, but the dud show of the film meant her scope as an actress did not get much of an impetus.

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Actor Vicky Kaushal, who appreas in the music video of Arijit Singh’s new non-film single, “Pachtaaogay”, says that, unlike in the video, he has never had any sort of drama in his real-life relationship where he had to suffer. IANS

“Then I started doing whatever came my way. I got the opportunity to feature in hit songs, and I tried to showcase my dancing skills through them. Despite not being a trained dancer, I became a dancing sensation, which I would not have expected 10 years back. I just went with the flow. It was not planned,” Nora had told IANS.

“I am now where I am just because of my dance performances. People paid attention to me because of my dances. I feel my dance performances are helping in growing my brand as an artiste, as a lot of projects – including acting roles – are coming my way. Doors have opened for me,” she added.

Swedish-Greek origin stunner Elli AvrRam, has a similar story. She has had a mix of dance and acting projects. She played the lead actress in “Mickey Virus” and also shared screen space with comedy King Kapil Sharma in “Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon”, but it was her dance numbers in movies like “Fraud Saiyaan” and “Poster Boys” that got her attention. Her “Chamma chamma” dance in “Fraud Saiyaan”, recreating an Urmila Matondkar original from the nineties, was a runaway hit. What’s more, she had a comic little cameo role in the film, too.

“I have to say I’m really grateful to be part of the remake of such a timeless iconic song with stunning and powerful Urmila Matondkar,” she had tweeted.

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German-Indian actress Evelyn Sharma’s journey in Bollywood has been a bit different. She has also shown her dancing skills, but mostly in music videos of songs including “Anni pa de”. In films, irrespective of their scale, she has mostly done acting. “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani” and most recently the multi-lingual “Saaho”, starring Prabhas, are some of her films that she can boast about.

“‘Saaho’ is my debut film in Tollywood. Telugu was difficult to learn initially but I had so many people to guide me on the sets – like Prabhas and director Sujeeth, so I managed to learn my lines quickly. I have finally learned Hindi now and Telugu is a completely different language. But I’m always up for a good challenge! We had so much fun shooting together with the pan-Indian cast, in three different languages!” Evelyn had said.

In the movie, Evelyn’s character is called Jennifer. “It’s a small but significant role where I will be seen in an action avatar for the first time,” the actress had said, adding: “I couldn’t be happier that I am a part of the biggest action thriller of 2019.”

Other imports include Katrina Kaif and Jacqueline Fernandez, who are more than pretty faces or the “spicy” ingredients in Bollywood films. (IANS)