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22nd Kolkata International Film Festival Inaugurated; Seven Days of Great Movie Viewing Experience for Cinema Lovers

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The 22nd Kolkata International Film Festival was inaugurated in the presence of Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Kajol, Sanjay Dutt, Parineeti Chopra and others.

The catalogue for the festival was unveiled by Sanjay Dutt, Kajol and Yadav Mondal. The thali girl for the inauguration ceremony was Tollywood actress Mimi Chakraborty.

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Amitabh Bachchan’s speech at the event dealt with the evolution of the women power in films and the changes that have happened. He spoke on this issue and gave elaborate examples on this topic to highlight his stand. From Achyut Kanya to the recently released film Pink, the actor touched all the aspects, keeping the audiences hooked. He not only mentioned Hindi films, but equally stressed on Bengali films too. Satyajit Ray’s Postmaster, Ghore Baire, Rituparno Ghosh’s Chokher Bali, Shyam Benegal’s Mandi, Ankur were some of the films that he named to state the changes.

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Dev felicitated Amitabh Bachchan at the event. Shahrukh Khan (Rituparna Sengupta), Jaya Bachchan (Koel), Sanjay Dutt (Nusrat), Kajol (Sayantika), Parineeti (Yash Dasgupta) was also felicitated.

The anchors of this event were Jisshu Sengupta and Churni Ganguly. The inaugural film was Benche Thakar Gaan directed by Abhijit Guha and Sudeshna Roy.

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The inauguration was full of glitz and glamour and promised that the next seven days will be a treat for the cine lovers of the city.

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Bollywood Film PINK Actors Meet the Press in Kolkata

Video: New Bollywood Film PINK Stars in Kolkata

“PINK should have been made ten years ago but there is an element called destiny. It was destined that it will be made now. And lo!! It was made. But the fact is it has been made and a step has been taken in the direction, which is important. That must be appreciated” said Amitabh Bachchan at the press conference of the Bollywood film PINK. Big B was in Kolkata along with co-actors Taapsee Pannu, Angad Bedi, creative producer Shoojit Sircar and director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury.

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“The color Pink ironically has always been associated with girls. Girl’s dresses must be pink while that of /boys must be blue. Who has laid down the rules for this thing? Next when a girl is growing up, she will be given miniature cooking utensils and the boys will be given cars and guns to play with. The discrimination starts in our society very early. But a woman can ride horses or even drive fast cars. Even the women athletes have performed so brilliantly and also better than the male athletes at Rio Olympics and also at the Paralympics” said Big B.

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He also said “There are things changing and many more shackles will be broken from one generation to another. When I used to act earlier, the number of women on the sets was limited only to the heroine. She was accompanied by her mother or the chaperone. But now 75 percent of the workforce on a film’s set are women!! Young girls are taking care of all departments that were earlier handled exclusively by men. Even influential leaders in our country today are women like Mamata Banerjee and Jayalalitha. PINK cannot be described therefore. ‘No’ has also found acceptance among the audience. It is not a word but a sentence in itself”.

The mask that Big B wears in the film was introduced to him by his son Abhishek. “When you wear the mask, you cannot breathe easily. You find it hard to breathe. This leads to exercising your lungs. Long distance runners use this to increase lung strength. I had this with me one day and Shoojit asked me to use this in the film” revealed Big B.

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Shoojit Sircar gave some information about rights that many women were not even aware of. “The rule is that if any woman feels that her rights have been violated, she can go to any police station at midnight or on a national holiday and she will be heard and her FIR will be registered. If the person is from outside Kolkata, then she can use the system of Zero FIR. Still they are figuring on using this technique in the best way possible. They will be using the film to promote Zero FIR”.

The ladies in Big B’s family are presently out of the country and hence they could not watch the film as yet. But once they return Big B mentioned that he will surely take them to watch the film. The only family member to have watched the film is his son Abhishek Bachchan. “He found the film to be incredible. I shared an audience’s message with him and he was happy that what he said is also the reaction of the audiences too. I think that the ladies in my family will have a similar reaction to the film like the other women in our country” revealed Big B.

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Taapsee Pannu said “The film was so stressful mentally that I went on a weeklong break after it got completed. I did not have a single light moment during the shooting of the film. A lot of mental work went in to portray the fact that I was first the victim and then I became the survivor. It was very grueling. However, we did not have many retakes which was immensely helpful”.

Angad Bedi who plays the role of Rajveer in the film said “I used to feel so horrible when the girls used to cry in the court room scenes. I felt like giving them a hug. But Shoojit da did not allow that as he said that my character in the film is not like that. Rajveer was a staunch believer in a certain feudal system and I had to stick to that”.

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PINK is surely not a color anymore. It has become a color of strength and empowerment. So if you have not watched Pink yet, do watch it along with the ladies in your house!! It is a film that deserves to be watched!!

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Director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury’s Debut Hindi Film Pink To Release Soon; A Stellar Team of National Award Winners

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National Award Winning director Aniuddha Roy Chowdhury is making his Bollywood debut with the film Pink. Directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury and produced by Rashmi Sharma and Ronnie Lahiri, PINK stars Amitabh Bachchan along with Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Andrea Tariang and Angad Bedi.

Shoojit Sircar’s PINK has overwhelmingly evoked stirring conversations and debates across the country with its shocking trailer launched recently. Amitabh Bachchan’s explosively provocative dialogues, Taapsee Pannu’s never-seen-before avatar along with her friends submerged in mysterious circumstances and various thrill elements has the audiences keenly looking forward to the release of the film.

Shoojit’s PINK is a creative collaboration of some of the most talented artistes in India, with a staggering 10 National Award winners as part of its core team!

Amitabh Bachchan commands the team with 4 National Awards to his credit (Piku, Paa, Black and Agneepath), along with Shoojit Sircar and producer Ronnie Lahiri winning the National Award for Vicky Donor and Director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury already established as a leading light in the field of direction with 2 National Awards in his kitty as well.

Joining the above is musician Shantanu Moitra who won the National Award for Best Music Direction, Ace Cinematographer Avik Mukhopadhayay with 3 National Awards, Sound Designer Bishwadeep Chatterjee with 2 National Awards, Sound Mixer Nihar Ranjan Samal with 2 National Awards, Re-recording Mixer Sinoy Joseph with One National Award and Sound Designer Dipankar Jojo Chaki with 2 National Awards respectively.

Director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury said that the audiences will be able to relate with the film as the story is very realistic. The fact that the top heroines have not been taken for the film is because the director wanted to keep the characters fresh.

The film is slated for release on the 16th of September.

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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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Bollywood Actress Aditi Rao Hydari is Avon’s Celebrity Ambassador in India

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Avon Color Cosmetics announced Bollywood actress Aditi Rao Hydari as the celebrity ambassador for Avon Color in India.

Naturally beautiful inside and outside, stunning actress Aditi Rao Hydari radiates confidence and warmth everywhere she goes. She is an icon for many Indian women and is admired because of her exuberance and love for life. The Bollywood actress said “I’m happy to be representing a range that I absolutely love! I am proud to be associated with Avon, to inspire women to be independent and explore opportunities to earn for themselves”.

Aditi Rao Hydari was last seen in the Amitabh Bachchan-Farhan Akhtar starrer Wazir.

We hope that the actress will surely play her bit well as the brand ambassador as she does in her portrayal of roles in the films she selects to do.

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