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He adds, "I only choose a film basis the script and what it has to offer to audiences."

Actor Ayushmann Khurrana, who is known for working in socially relevant films, doesn't pick a film considering the conversation that it would trigger. Instead, for him it's the content or the script and the filmmaker that seals the deal, rest everything that comes along with the film is a byproduct.

Ayushmann says, "I'm drawn to unique content, to scripts that have heart and soul, to subjects that I feel are important to be backed. I never choose a film thinking how much conversation it will generate. I'm essentially an artiste who is trying to entertain people first with the best of films. Generating conversation is a byproduct of the quality of script that comes my way."

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Producer-actor Nikhil Dwivedi is all set to bankroll a film based on the life of superstar Rajesh Khanna.

Producer-actor Nikhil Dwivedi is all set to bankroll a film based on the life of superstar Rajesh Khanna.

The producer has acquired the rights to Gautam Chintamani's book 'Dark Star: The Loneliness Of Being Rajesh Khanna'. The screen adaptation will be directed by Farah Khan, who will also script the film along with Gautam Chintamani. However, the casting of the film is underway.

Shedding light on the development, Nikhil Dwivedi said: "Yes, I've acquired the rights to Gautam Chintamani's book, 'Dark Star', and I'm in talks with Farah Khan to make the film. That's all I can say for now. As and when any major development happens, I'll be happy to share because I'm really very excited about bringing Rajesh Khanna's story to the big screen."

Born Jatin Khanna, and affectionately called 'Kaka' by his industry friends, he was quite a complex personality, and unfortunately, misunderstood by many. The actor is known for delivering 17 mammoth blockbusters in succession, which resulted in mass hysteria, especially among his female followers, back in the 1970s.

Talking about the project, Farah Khan said: "Yes I have read Gautam's book and it's very fascinating. It's definitely an exciting story."

However, she declined to enlist the details of the project, saying, "We are in a conversation over this but I cannot comment more."

(IANS/JB)

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Sitara Devi is one of the iconic artistes of India.A biopic on the legendary dancer has now been confirmed on her 101st birth anniversary.

Sitara Devi is one of the iconic artistes of India. A recipient of several awards, including the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Padma Shri and Kalidas Samman among others, she revived the Indian classical dance form of Kathak and gave it a new dimension.

A biopic on the legendary dancer has now been confirmed on her 101st birth anniversary.

Producer Raj C. Anand of Raj Anand Movies made an announcement as he said, "We are very happy and excited to bring the story of Sitara Devi to life to the big screen. We believe that her story will make a compelling watch and we would ensure that the film turns out to be as fascinating as her real-life used to be."

Ranjit Barot, the celebrated musician and drummer, who is the son of Sitara Devi, has taken the onus of guiding the project's research team by helping them with deep insights into his mother's life basis which the story will be designed.

Talking about the project, Ranjit said, "I am excited that a film is to be made on my mother's life. When Raj Anand (producer) came to me with the idea of making a film on her, I realised it is coming from a very genuine space of enthusiasm and admiration towards my mother who was an iconic artiste. We intend to bring to the screen the untold story of her life through this endeavour."

The research work on the life of the renowned artiste has already begun as a part of pre-production, the makers will soon announce the cast and director. Born on November 8, 1920, Sitara Devi was not just an eminent artiste but also a strong woman, who strengthened the ideology of feminism and womanhood by living life on her own terms. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: Indian culture, Art and Culture, Indian Cinema, Sitara Devi, Artist


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Nahta concluded his analysis by saying that it is "a moment of happiness" for the entire film industry.

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Rohit Shetty's "Sooryavanshi" finally released on Friday after hitting multiple roadblocks over the last 18 months, but it seems to have been worth the wait. An addition to the director's cop universe after "Singham" and "Simba", "Sooryavanshi" is a classic Rohit Shetty entertainer with action, romance, humour, drama and thrills, all packaged into a delectable treat. And early reports about the Akshay Kumar-starrer's performance across territories have been encouraging enough to make Bollywood continue its Diwali celebrations.

Talking about the opening-day response to the film, senior trade analyst and film critic Taran Adarsh said: "It is an amazing start, more so because if you look at the 50 per cent occupancy still in force in Maharashtra, which is the largest market for the movie business, contributing 35-40 per cent of the film industry's earnings. I am confident that the film will cross the Rs 30-crore, which is fantabulous."

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