Tuesday March 19, 2019

Actor Naseeruddin Shah Says, 50 Years From Now Cinema Halls Would Be Found In Museums

Naseeruddin can now be seen in the digital show "Zero KMS" on ZEE5.

I think he is pretty unique filmmaker
Naseeruddin Shah's Controversy

“The future comprises the computer and web. I think within 50 years, cinema halls will only be in museums. People will be taken around and shown, where people used to sit, where they used to buy popcorn from, and where films used to be screened,” Naseeruddin said in a statement.

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The first film of Qaushiq Mukherjee that Naseeruddin Shash saw was ‘Tasher Desh’. Wikimedia

“And people from that time would be in awe that thousands came together to watch a film. It’s a tragedy, films are a communal experience, more and more of it is becoming personal.”

He joked that maybe in 100 years, children will be born with telephones implanted in their heads.

“I won’t be around to see it, but I really miss the thrill of going to a crowded cinema and watching a movie, immaterial if the seats were comfortable or not. I grew up in places like Meerut, Alibaug and Nanital, where you sat on wooden seats and used to buy 40 paise tickets and watch the movie from the first row, which gave you a strain on your neck.

“But the joy of doing that cannot be replicated by watching a movie on your mobile screen.”

He can now be seen in the digital show “Zero KMS” on ZEE5.

“I have been very fascinated by director Qaushiq Mukherjee’s films. I think he is pretty unique filmmaker. He makes very hitting, cutting edge, whimsical and eccentric cinema and I personally like eccentric people.

“The first film of Qaushiq Mukherjee that I saw was ‘Tasher Desh’, in which my son acted and the way he has shot the play by Rabindrath Tagore is a completely unique take on it.

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“I have also seen ‘Ludo’ and ‘Garbage’, which I cannot say are perfect movies, but what he is attempting to do is to find new cinema language. And I was very interested in seeing what Qaushiq would do with an action thriller, like ‘Zero KMS’. The part that he offered me was quite interesting too,” he said.

The series, set in Goa, is on human trafficking. (IANS)

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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

Emraan Hashmi.

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.

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)