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Busy: Nandita DasAlways ready for good work

Nandita Das has been in the limelight because of the award she received from the International Women’s Forum for her commitment towards global cinema. Currently, she is the chairperson of the Children Film Society India (CFSI) and is busy organising the ‘17th International Children’s Film Festival’ in Hyderabad. The festival started on November 14 and goes on till November 20.

Out of the 741 film entries from 86 countries, 170 films have been shortlisted from 44 countries. It is for the first time that such a large number of film entries have been received. It is also a first that there are films directed by children as young as six to 16 years of age. A special jury presides over it.

“I’d like to share an experience I had in Kashmir. When I showed the children these films, they were more excited about watching them in a theatre as there are no theatres there. As the chairperson of the CFSI, I am contributing towards children in this way. My child is also growing up so I wonder what will he watch when he grows up,” she asks.

“The reason this festival takes place only in Hyderabad every year and not in different states is because the government is very supportive and helps me promote it. We have tried to get Indian film producers and directors to take part in this festival. Gulzar is composing the lyrics for the festival and Vishal Bhardwaj is composing the music. Besides, Mohan Agashe, Budhdev Dasgupta and many other producers and directors are supporting us,” she adds.

Maharaja Features

Thumbs up:  Ranbir Kapoor Rocking with all 

Rockstar’ Ranbir Kapoor recently promoted his latest release at Mithibai College as he was the guest of honour at a special cultural get-together for the celebration of the 51st year of the college at Bhaidas Hall, Mumbai.

The superstar gave a witty speech on stage reminiscing about his own college days, whilst the crowd started singing Sadda Haq — his popular song from ‘Rockstar’. Ranbir sang along with the audience, and inaugurated the event in great style.

Also present were some of the popular alumni from the college itself such as Shreyas Talpade, Aalim, Paritosh Painter, Monty Sharma, Sadia Siddiqui, Sajid Wajid, Bosco Ceaser and Pooja Ghai. The event saw an extravagant and spectacular performance comprising of live music, dance, theatre and contemporary art forms. 

Still the same

What’s that they say about a leopard never changing its spots?

Govinda, the dancing star of the 90s, who suffered a fall from grace when the industry virtually boycotted him because of his unprofessional ways, has been slowly trying to inch his way back into the movies for the past few years.

Those who know him, however, insist he hasn’t really changed much. Sunil Shetty, his co-star in his latest release Loot and also the producer of the film, had to literally beg Govinda to participate in the promotional campaign for the film. Last heard, Govinda
conveyed to Shetty that he would be unavailable for any further promotions as he was headed to Nepal.

A distraught Shetty, who understands the importance of marketing and promotions before a film’s release, has reportedly told friends and associates that he feels betrayed by Govinda, who incidentally asked Shetty to cast him in the film in the first place.

Tug of war

The media had recently reported that the sequel to the Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Zanjeer had become the subject of a tug-of-war between film-makers Amit Mehra and Anil Mishra.
And we now hear that the issue has just worsened.

Mehra, who was shocked to learn that Mishra had registered the sequel title Zanjeer 2 of his father Prakash Mehra’s 1975 production, has reportedly filed a complaint against Mishra to the IMPPA (Indian Motion Pictures Producers' Association). But Mishra told the media, “I had registered the title in 2006. I then renewed it in 2008. I have the ownership of the title Zanjeer 2 till 2012.”

Amit Mehra  angrily wondered, “How can he just add a ‘2’ to Zanjeer and start a film which will be a sequel to the original? (sic)”

The mystery continues...

The suspense over the title of Aamir Khan’s next film, which is a thriller, continues. The actor cannot understand why everyone has started calling it Dhuan. Says a source, “Aamir is upset that several people, including the cast and crew of the film, are referring to the film by that title. Aamir immediately sent out a text to everyone working on the film saying, ‘Dhuan is not the title of our film. Please don’t refer to it by this name.’ He, along with the producers Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar, are still looking for an apt title.

Apparently, they have zeroed in on three options and are approaching those who have the rights to those titles. The team has been instructed to finalise the title in a month’s time.”

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