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London, May 10, 2017: After winning accolades at the Venice Film Festival and the New York Indian Film Festival, Shubhashish Bhutianis “Hotel Salvation” — “Mukti Bhawan” in Hindi — will soon premiere in Britain.

The film, which is about a father and son trying to mend their relationship, will have its Britain premiere at BFI Southbank here as part of the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival which will start from June 22 and go on till June 29. The film will be screened on June 27.

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It will open in cinemas in Britain in late summer and will also be a centre of attraction at the BFI Southbank film season, running from April till December.

According to the official BFI site, the India on Film is part of UK/India 2017, a major cultural celebration between the two countries in collaboration with the British Council.

The deal was negotiated by Julie Pearce, Head of BFI Distribution, and Marina Fuentes, Director of International Sales & Acquisitions at Cinestaan International Ltd, read a statement on Wednesday.

The film brings forth the story of how a father and son reconnect when the father asks his son to go with him on his final pilgrimage to Varanasi. “Hotel Salvation” stars Adil Hussain, Lalit Behl and Geetanjali Kulkarni.

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Bhutiani is thrilled at the Britain release.

“We couldn’t have asked for more, and after such warm responses from all around the world and in India, I can’t wait to see how the audience in the UK reacts to the film,” Bhutiani said.

The film won the Prix Enrico Fulchignoni at last year’s Venice Film Festival. It also won Best Film at the New York Indian Film Festival, and a Special Mention at the 64th National Film Awards.

Pearce feels that the film “will strongly appeal to UK audiences” and praised the director saying that “he is part of the current new wave of fresh and exciting young Indian directors and is, without doubt, a talent to watch”. (IANS)

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  • N.Anand Rao

    Noted Kannada Director P. Sheshadri had already made a movie – VIMUKTI- in Kannada based on the Mukti Bhavan long back. It had already won lot of awards too.

  • vedika kakar

    Yes!! THIS IS SUCH A MEGA HUGE BOOST TO INDIA!

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Facebook, Zuckerberg Criticized For Allegedly Undermining Democratic Institutions

Legal documents reviewed by Reuters show how the investigation by British lawmakers has led them to seize documents relating to Facebook.

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Facebook came under fire on Tuesday from lawmakers from several countries who accused the firm of undermining democratic institutions and lambasted chief executive Mark Zuckerberg for not answering questions on the matter.

Facebook is being investigated by lawmakers in Britain after consultancy Cambridge Analytica, which worked on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, obtained the personal data of 87 million Facebook users from a researcher, drawing attention to the use of data analytics in politics.

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Concerns over the social media giant’s practices, the role of political adverts and possible interference in the 2016 Brexit vote and U.S. elections are among the topics being investigated by British and European regulators.

While Facebook says it complies with EU data protection laws, a special hearing of lawmakers from several countries around the world in London criticized Zuckerberg for declining to appear himself to answer questions on the topic.

“We’ve never seen anything quite like Facebook, where, while we were playing on our phones and apps, our democratic institutions… seem to have been upended by frat-boy billionaires from California,” Canadian lawmaker Charlie Angus said.

“So Mr. Zuckerberg’s decision not to appear here at Westminster [Britain’s parliament] to me speaks volumes.”

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Richard Allan, the vice president of policy solutions at Facebook who appeared in Zuckerberg’s stead, admitted Facebook had made mistakes but said it had accepted the need to comply with data rules.

“I’m not going to disagree with you that we’ve damaged public trust through some of the actions we’ve taken,” Allan told the hearing.

Facebook has faced a barrage of criticism from users and lawmakers after it said last year that Russian agents used its platform to spread disinformation before and after the 2016 U.S. presidential election, an accusation Moscow denies.

Allan repeatedly declined to give an example of a person or app banned from Facebook for misuse of data, aside from the GSR app which gathered data in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

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Legal documents reviewed by Reuters show how the investigation by British lawmakers has led them to seize documents relating to Facebook from app developer Six4Three, which is in a legal dispute with Facebook.

Damian Collins, chair of the culture committee which convened the hearing, said he would not release those documents on Tuesday as he was not in a position to do so, although he has said previously the committee has the legal power to. (VOA)