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Journey of Life Song From Bollywood Film Love You Zindagi Released

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The teaser that took the internet by storm is that of the upcoming Bollywood film Love You Zindagi. Featuring Alia Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan, a ‘journey of life’ song was released by Sony Music. 

Called “Love You Zindagi” the song is sung by Jasleen Royal with lyrics by Kausar Munir. The beauty of the song is that the lyrics are simple and relatable for the audiences. This breezy track promises to be on the top of your playlist. Amit Trivedi is the music director of this film.

Produced by Gauri Khan, Karan Johar and Gauri Shinde under the banners of Red Chillies Entertainment, Dharma Productions and Hope Productions respectively, the film stars Alia Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan in pivotal roles.

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Upcoming Hindi Film TE3N Press Meet Held in Kolkata; Amitabh Bachchan Talks At Length About His Shooting Experiences in Kolkata


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The press conference of the upcoming Bollywood film TE3N took place in Kolkata in the presence of Amitabh Bachchan, Sujoy Ghosh and Ribhu Dasgupta.

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Set in Kolkata, the film TE3N is about a crime that affects the lives of the three principal characters. Amitabh Bachchan plays the role of John Biswas who is a grandfather and is in pursuit of justice for the last eight years. Vidya Balan plays the role of the cop, Sarita Sarkar, who swings in action when an identical crime is committed after eight years. Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays Father Martin Das whose life changes forever by the same crime that claimed the life of John Biswas’s grand-daughter.

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Speaking about the character, Amitabh Bachchan said “Ribhu did not want any cliché mannerisms in the acting. So I stayed away from speaking in Bengali which I had earlier done in Piku. I spoke in a simple manner as was expected from a grandfather who is in pursuit of his granddaughter”.

Big B who had strolled on a cycle in Piku was spotted riding a scooter on the streets of the city for the shooting of this film. When questioned on which one was easier to ride, he said “The cycle was definitely easier. But Ribhu gave me a scooter and I practiced on that in Mumbai. When I came to Kolkata, I used to practice riding it near Maidan. I had driven the scooter so many years ago. It definitely was difficult initially”.

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Scripted by Suresh Nair and Bijesh Jayarajan, the music is by Clinton Cerejo and action is by Sham Kaushal.

Amitabh Bachchan who often goes for strolls in the city alone at night was pleasantly surprised when Ribhu took him to North Kolkata for the shoots. “I have never been to North Kolkata and I was surprised and also fascinated by the architecture of the buildings. The culture also attracted me. I discovered Kolkata yet again” added the actor.

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The actor who had worked both with directors using film rolls is also working in this digital age. “See when we used to work before, we had to be careful about the lights and also give the perfect shots at one take. Or else wastage of resources will happen. With digital technology, one can give more than one shot. One can take the perfect shot and there is also less guilt on the actors for retakes. I can name some actors like Ranveer, Ranbir, Alia, Deepika, Vidya, Nawaz who are just so spontaneous in front of the camera. They come and they just deliver. They are exceptional talents!!”

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When asked what made Big B choose this role, he said “At this juncture of my career, I simply look for roles which challenge me. Or else I will become stagnant as an actor. Hence I have always looked forward for such meaningful roles in the films that I have selected. I just hope that I will continue to get such roles and challenge myself”.

TE3N releases tomorrow!! With such a stellar cast and a gripping story, TE3N must surely feature on your must watch movie list!!

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Interview: Mahesh Bhatt on his Debut as a Stage Artist with “The Last Salute”, the Spirit of Kolkata, Daughter Alia’s Career and More; Sholoana Bangaliana Exclusive

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He was in the city for his debut performance on stage at the Odeum Festival 2016. Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent caught up with veteran director Mahesh Bhatt at Science City auditorium before he headed to attend musician Ghulam Ali’s concert. Excerpts from the conversation..

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana- Welcome to the city of Kolkata, yet again for your debut stage performance!!

Mahesh Bhatt- Thank you!! Yes it is true that I have indeed been coming to the city quite a lot these days. You may be amazed to hear that Kolkata is high on the list of cities which I am frequenting too much in recent times. There is something about the city which pulls me to it.

The Last Salute marks your debut on stage. What took you such a long time to make this decision?

Mahesh Bhatt- To tell you the truth, I never ever had the slightest inclination to head towards theatre. However, mediocrity and conformity are the two elements which took the soul from Indian cinema away. It was at this juncture that “The Last Salute” happened. It was a good thing that happened to me. Better late than never and here I am with my debut stage performance.

Since you are making your debut with this play, can you throw some light about the play?

Mahesh Bhatt- This in an age of globalization!! When one part of the world is affected, it is bound to have an impact on the other parts of the world. The contemporary value of the story based on the event of the shoe thrown at President George W Bush made me select this story. This is based on the book by the same name written by Muntadhar al-Zaidi.

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Since you are making your debut with this play, can we expect you to direct and write plays in the future?

Mahesh Bhatt- No, that will not be the case simply because I do not think I possess the skills required for writing or directing plays. Watching plays is all right for me, though I don’t watch much plays. Appreciating it is possible but diving straight into the direction or writing of the plays is not my cup of tea.

Have you watched any Bengali play?

Mahesh Bhatt- As I said before, I have not watched much plays before. Sadly, I have not watched any Bengali plays, though I have heard that they are extremely good. I have just watched some Marathi and Hindi plays.

After having worked in both theatre and cinema, how do you differentiate between these two mediums?

Mahesh Bhatt- The trouble in today’s times is we seek for acceptance. Going against the tide, is not what many people are willing to do. As a result, cinema which is a mass medium is always treading on the path of acceptance and gives in to the wishes of the majority. On the other hand, if you take theatre, it raises its voice for the marginalized. In today’s time theatre can become an important medium for protesting against anything.

What are your views about the Odeum Festival 2016?

Mahesh Bhatt- This is indeed a great initiative. One can celebrate the diversity of the country with such festivals. The fact that youths are connected with this festival will give the festival a new lease of energy.

You will be attending music maestro Ghulam Ali’s concert. After what happened in Mumbai, how do you feel about this decision taken up the West Bengal CM?

Mahesh Bhatt– Kudos to CM Mamata Banerjee for actually keeping politics away from art!! What happened to Ghulam Ali in Mumbai is very shameful and should not have happened to him. He is a senior colleague and an artist of world stature. Not letting him perform in Mumbai was insulting him. I felt small because we live in the country where Gandhi ji, Swami Vivekananda lived. We preach Ahimsa, tolerance and yet not letting an artist perform was something that could have been avoided. The West Bengal CM has shown “himmat” in asking the music maestro to come and perform in the city. I just cannot wait to go and see him perform. However, we are film makers and we believe in happy endings. Ghulam Ali’s coming to Kolkata is the happy ending that we have been seeking.

Your daughter Alia is doing quite good with her films. Are you happy with the way her acting career is shaping up?

Mahesh Bhatt- Well she has done quite good so far!! However, I feel that she can do much better. Maybe, I expect more from her as a father. But I simply cannot go ga-ga about what she has done till now. She is doing good but she has much more to achieve.

We hear that you are a possessive father. Is that true?

Mahesh Bhatt- (laughs out loud) Yes I am!!

Since Mahesh Bhatt was in a hurry to go to the Ghulam Ali concert, the conversation had to end. However his parting words were “Celebrate Culture, Celebrate Bengal and Make Us a Part of It”.

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Priyanka

Priyanka Dutta takes a keen interest in lifestyle and entertainment related news. She also enjoys interviewing celebrities and other renowned personalities. Priyanka holds a post graduate degree in English and Mass Communication. Journalism is her passion and she has reported for many a reputed international web portals.

‘Shhuddhi’ to star Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt; Karan the Producer and Karan the Director Happy with the Choice

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After much speculation the lead pair of the upcoming Bollywood film Shhuddhi has been finalized. Karan Johar mentioned in a recent tweet that Karan Malhotra’s next, ‘SHHUDDHI’ will star current Bollywood heartthrobs Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt. This will be the third outing for the pair after ‘Student of the Year’ and ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania’.

It is also the third outing for the producer-director duo. Karan Malhotra starts work on the film immediately after Brothers, slated to release on Aug 14th. The director has also made the blockbuster film Agneepath under Dharma Productions.

Salman Khan who has always promoted young talents in the industry was the one who suggested Varun’s name for the role. As a possible replacement for him, he mentioned the young actor’s name to both the Karan’s who were more than happy to cast him in the upcoming Bollywood film.

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Bollywood Film Maker Mahesh Bhatt Graces Goldenray’s Second Day Celebrations


Ray Retrospect Celebrating Satyajit Ray’s Birth Anniversary

“I always tell my daughter Alia who is also in acting to watch the films made by Satyajit Ray or else she will be a lot poorer. One has to consume the man and his art to actually understand many things about the craft of film making” said eminent Bollywood film maker Mahesh Bhatt at the second day of Goldenray held at Priya Cinemas.

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Also present at the occasion were Madhabi Mukherjee, Barun Chanda and Dhritiman Chatterjee, all of whom had the privilege of working with the legendary director.

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“Today is Manik da’s birthday and the heartwarming way in which his birthday is celebrated here is really great. But in the other parts of the country there are many people who are not aware of the works done by the master director” said Mahesh Bhatt.

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Dhritiman Chatterjee who had acted in Ray’s Pratidwandi remembered Pratidwadi being released at Priya Cinemas in 1970. “For instance I was being interviewed once by a journalist and the person actually asked me what kind of films does Ray makes? I was aghast. Such is the level of knowledge about the great masters. Steps must be taken to increase the knowledge amongst the people. Only then can be pay tribute to their works” said Dhritiman Chatterjee.

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“Earlier I used to feel bad that Manik da is no longer with us. But now I understand that he is always with us with his creations. A man is known by the works he does. And Manik da’s huge range of works has already made him immortal. Hence now I feel on his birthday that he is very much with us” said Madhabi Mukherjee.

The second day of Goldenray saw Ray’s “Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne” being shown to the audiences.

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