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Nandita slams producers

Noted actress and director of Firaaq, Nandita Das lashed out at her producers recently, for not “properly marketing” the film. “Firaaq was not released properly.

There was no marketing. There were some rumours that the film was released before elections and no one was sure who would come to power in Gujarat or at the
centre. So I don’t know, but the film really suffered because of this,” Nandita told reporters at the 40th edition of the International Film Festival of India.

Nandita was also livid with the festival organisers for not adding sub-titles to her film during the screening. “I don’t know whether the IFFI organisers or my producers messed up. The film screened here had no sub-titles. There is no excuse for this,” the actress said. She further said that ‘Firaaq’ should ideally have been screened at the IFFI last year, but the plans could not come to fruition.

Nandita alleged that despite having roped in a world sales agent to market the film worldwide, not much was done to market the film abroad. “We even had a world sales agent. We had received so many requests globally, but the producers did not send them the stuff,” she said. “People I meet often tell me, ‘‘Firaaq, I have heard about it. Has it been released?’” she said.

“The producers had a DVD release, but had no DVD launch,” she added, emphasising her point. Firaaq, released last year, was Nandita’s maiden directorial venture and dealt with people and relationships post-Gujarat 2002 riots.

Firaaq is an Urdu word that means both separation and quest. The film is a work of fiction, based on a thousand stories. The story is set over a 24-hour period, one month after a carnage that took place in Gujarat in 2002. The movie 0traces the emotional journeys of ordinary people – some who were victims, some perpetrators and some who chose to watch silently. As an ensemble film, it follows multiple narratives that are at times interconnected and at times discreet, yet all are united by their spatial and emotional context.

A middle-class housewife closes the door on a woman desperately seeking refuge, and then struggles to overcome her guilt. The loyalty of two best friends is challenged in times rife with fear and suspicion. A group of victimised young men seek revenge as a way out of their helplessness and a modern day Hindu-Muslim couple struggle between the survival instinct to hide their true identities and the desire to assert them.


The perfect father

Suniel Shetty, is known to be a big-hearted and doting father to his son Ahan Shetty and he makes it a point to shower attention on him at every possible opportunity. On his son’s request, he invited 20 children from his son’s school to visit the sets of his upcoming comedy No Problem recently.

A source from the sets says that the children were warmly welcomed and were given a tour of the sets. They also got a chance to see a shoot first-hand and enjoyed watching its replay on the monitor along with director Anees Bazmee. They also had lunch on the sets and spent some enjoyable time with Suniel Shetty. The actor willingly obliged for pictures with the excited kids later.

The icing on the cake was when all of the kids got to see the guns that were being used for the action scene. After the excitement of being a part of a real film shoot, the kids were in high spirits when they left the sets.

Secret of brown-eyed girl

Vidya Balan in Paa.Vidya Balan, the quintessential Southern beauty, when quizzed on her Indian style revealed how she loved wearing ethnic kurtis, jhumkas, and lining her eyes with kohl. If there is one thing that no one can deny, it’s Vidya’s talked-about, gorgeous eyes!
Reveals a source close to the star, “Vidya calls for her kajal all the way from Pakistan. No matter which brand of kajal you put in front of her, she will never touch any other kajal except for that particular one that comes from Pakistan.”

“Luckily for Vidya, now the brand is available in Delhi. She keeps getting expensive eye cosmetics as gifts but she refuses to part with her favourite kajal,” adds the source.

There are some things that money just can’t buy and Vidya seems to prove that to us.

Now we know how Vidya wows us time and again with her gorgeous eyes.

Lights… Camera… Crash?

There was an alarming situation on the sets of the movie Hello Darling, when the two stunning actresses of the movie, Celina Jaitly and Gul Panag, met with an accident on the set! Both of them were shooting for an action sequence, which was to be shot in a car. The clutch malfunctioned and the car lurched forward instead of going in reverse and it crashed into the camera.

Two light men were nearly injured and the camera was damaged while Celina and Gul were almost thrown out of the car.

Fortunately, they were not injured, considering that on the other side there were nothing but ghats.

Recalling this horrific incident, Celina says, “Gul had a premonition since morning that something is going to happen while filming and I just laughed at her.”

“But much to my shock, the incident was exactly according to what she had described in the morning. It was like being in the twilight zone!”

Looks like the girls’ guardian angels sure were on standby!