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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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Watch Tiger Zinda Hai Tariler : The Power Pack Action Thriller starring Salman Khan will give you Goosebumps

The first trailer of Salman Khan's Christmas release Tiger Zinda Hai is out.

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Trailer of Tiger Zinda Hai is out. Instagram
  • Trailer for Salman Khan-Katrina Kaif starrer Tiger Zinda Hai is out today.
  • Salman Khan fights like a boss in the trailer.

Ali Abbas Zafar’s Tiger Zinda Hai will prove to be the Best Christmas gift ever for Salman Khan’s fans

Salman Khan’s upcoming movie Tiger Zinda Hai is all set to release on 22nd December and the movie’s trailer got released today. The movie is an action thriller witnessing Salman Khan playing an Indian Rambo who is on a mission to save nurses being held hostage in Iraq.

Female lead played by Katrina Kaif who is Pakistani Spy is looking amazing in the action scenes. Salman and Katrina together in the movie want to set an example for terrorism and terrorist community that both the countries(India and Pakistan) stand for peace. Trailer witnesses some amazing dialogues and action sequences starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif which make it an overall entertainer. Take a look at the trailer-

Yash Raj production Movie is said to be one the biggest releases of 2017.

Written by Pragya Mittal of NewsGram | Twitter @PragyaMittal05

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Katrina Kaif Appointed to Endorse New ‘Redmi Y series’ in India

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has appointed actress Katrina Kaif as product endorser for its new "Redmi Y series" in India

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Katrina Kaif endorses Redmi Y series. IANS.

New Delhi, Nov 7 : Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi on Thursday appointed actress Katrina Kaif as product endorser for its new “Redmi Y series” in India.

The company also launched new smartphones — “Redmi Y1 Lite” at Rs 6,999 and “Redmi Y1” at Rs 8,999 — as part of the series.

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Katrina Kaif will endorse Redmi Y series. Wikimedia.

“We are excited to have Katrina as our product endorser for the ‘Redmi Y series’. Katrina is one of those individuals who works extremely hard to complement each and every situation she is a part of,” said Manu Jain, Vice President and Managing Director, Xiaomi in a statement.

ALSO READ: Katrina Kaif turns gym trainer for Alia Bhatt

“I am pleased to be endorsing a product series which has been designed to enhance everyday routine and complement everyone’s lifestyle, as I personally believe in that philosophy,” said Kaif. (IANS)

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Salman Khan faces health problem while Shooting for Tiger Zinda Hai in Austria

Salman Khan develops Health issue while shooting for Tiger Zinda Hai.

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  • Due to the cold weather of Austria Salman Khan faces health problem while shooting Tiger Zinda Hai.

Tiger Zinda Hai starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif will be Released on 22 December 2017

Challenging weather conditions in Austria during the shoot of “Tiger Zinda Hai” led to a health issue for actor Salman Khan, says director Ali Abbas Zafar.

Talking about shooting for the film in the locales of Austria, Zafar said in a statement: “What we see onscreen might look a lot easier than it actually is. Sometimes, sequences like the ones shot in Austria can be difficult to achieve.

“For a significant chapter in ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’, we had to film in a place that had a certain amount of aloofness and isolation. We found that spot in the mountains of Austria, a place where time seemed to stand still and frozen.

“Shooting here meant dealing with unexpected situations. Literally, a lot of pain had gone behind this sequence. Salman developed a health issue, but he still trained to film here and delivered on a tough action sequence.”

The team shot a song there.

“We had expertise on our side since we worked with an international crew that has worked on the latest James Bond film ‘Spectre’. In the end, as a team, we are fairly satisfied that we managed to film here successfully,” he added.

“Tiger Zinda Hai”, which also stars Katrina Kaif, is a sequel to “Ek Tha Tiger”. It is slated to release on December 22 and has been shot across five countries. (IANS)