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Shooting of Upcoming Bengali Film Sparsha-The Touch In Progress

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The shooting of the upcoming Bengali film Sparsha-The Touch took place recently. Present at the shooting was director Sayantan Mukherjee, Lolita Chatterjee, Mafin and Manali Dey.

Sparsha – The Touch is a love story between two women set in the year 1957. Revati Nandini Roy, an upcoming poet of Bengali literature was leaving for Paris after her marriage. Just before her marriage she discovered her love and passion for her own cousin sister Madhubala but it was too late. Revati realized that she is going to miss Madhubala forever in her life as she going far away. After 55 years, this pre-lesbian saga revives again when one fine morning old Madhubala opened the door and found out Revati standing in front of her. It was Rini the granddaughter of Revati who came all the way from Paris to see her own root in Bengal. Her grandmother gave her a diary when she was in her death bed and told her to give it to Madhubala whenever she will visit India. Rini almost looked like her grandmother Revati. Madhubala is mesmerized. The fire of love and lust almost burns 82 year Madhubala inside out slowly makes her paranoid.

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“I feel that Lolita Chatterjee is among the most under-rated actresses. She is such a brilliant performer. The industry did not use her fully. She is such a darling. Working with her is a wonderful experience” said director Sayantan Mukherjee.

Lolita Chatterjee (Old Madhubala), Mafin (Rini and Revati) and Manali Dey (Young Madhubala) will be seen in important roles in this film.

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Speaking about her character, Manali said “I play the young Madhubala in the film. She is a tom boy. Depicting a tom boy in a sari is quite a challenge for me. the bigger challenge is to play the young version of Lolita Chatterjee who is a diva and looks good in front of the camera always. This is a great opportunity for me and I am putting in my best efforts to make the character look lively on screen”. The actress also added that the veteran actress Lolita Chatterjee was a darling on the sets of the film. She also mentioned having watched many films like Jay Jayanti in which Lolita Chatterjee acted.

The film has been produced by Sujay Mukherjee and Jay Prakash Sarkar. The editor is Ravi Ranjan Mitra and the DOP is Avijeet Nandy. The music has been composed by Shiladitya – Raj while the lyrics have been penned by Sreeraj Mitra.

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Bollywood Actor Irrfan Khan Promotes Madaari In Kolkata; Actor Prefers Staying Away From Digital Platforms

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After Piku, Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan was back in Kolkata for the promotions of his upcoming film Madaari. Accompanying the actor was his wife Sutapa Sikdar who is also the producer of this film.

Irrfan khan plays the role of Nirmal Kumar who kidnaps the son of the Home Minister. “Behind this kidnapping story is the story of the loss of his son. Whether the police get hold of Nirmal or whether they manage to rescue the minister’s son is what the story all about” said Irrfan Khan.

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The actor, who has a strong Bengali connect, believed that there is some link with this city. “I have been to Kolkata so many times already. Piku, Namesake- the list goes on. My wife is a Bengali and I also love coming back to this city” said the actor.

Irrfan who has not only made his presence felt in Bollywood and also in Hollywood recently worked in Inferno opposite Tom Hanks. “It was like a dream come true for me. He is such a brilliant actor. This was quite a memorable experience for me as an actor” revealed the actor.

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Despite being high on the popularity charts, the actor has remained away from many digital platforms. When asked about this aloofness, the actor said “I do not have any individual doing PR work for me. I do not want to change myself. I dislike so much marketing. Everything has become a product in today’s time. Earlier when we needed to purchase anything, we went outside to the shops. Now everything is available in the comforts of your home. If I was capable, I would have completely stayed away from marketing”.

Since the trailer and the songs of the film has been getting positive reviews, the actor is confident that the film will also be gaining good feedback from the audience.

Madaari is slated for release on the 22nd of July.

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Bollywood Actor Sharman Joshi Signed as The Brand Ambassador of Round Table India

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Round Table India, the non-political and non-sectarian organization announced and signed Mr. Sharman Joshi, Bollywood actor as their Brand Ambassador of global movement Round Table India at Novotel, Kolkata. The tie up and initiative was done by Calcutta Park Street Round Table India and Calcutta Park Street Ladies Circle India. The Press Conference was attended by Sharman Joshi, Mahesh Kedia, Chairman, Round Table 34, Harmeet Singh Sethi, Area Chairman – Area 4;Koonal Jain, Publicity Convenor – Round Table 34, Sandeep Harbhajanka, Area Vice Chairman-Area 4, Vivek Dalmia, Area Secretary and Treasurer – Area 4.

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Speaking about the event, Sharman Joshi said, “In past 1 year I have met and performed for many RTI members all over the county. The time, energy and work they do are awesome. I feel so proud of these youthful members making schools and having the dream of Freedom through Education. It is nice to be a brand ambassador of such a movement which is zero overhead and works on ground reality. I hope to promote such spirit and passion in all the Indians I meet.”

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With Sharman Joshi joining Round Table India, many young individuals will surely feel motivated to join the cause and help in spreading education!!

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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 Film 7 Hours To Go Cast Meet The Press; An Engaging Investigative Thriller


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The cast of the upcoming Bollywood film “7 Hours to Go” consisting of Shiv Pandit, Sandeepa Dhar and Himanshu Malik was present in Kolkata to address the media. The event took place at ILEAD.

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Written and directed by Saurabh Varma, the film is a past faced investigative thriller. The film is set in Mumbai. Inspired by a true event revolving around a hostage crisis, it shows what happens seven hours after the incident happens.

Actress Sandeepa Dhar who plays the role of a Mumbai cop in the film had trained in MMA for six months to prepare herself for the role. Speaking at the occasion, the actress said “Though I may look fragile and delicate, the action packed role surely gave me a great satisfaction. Many people thought how will I do it? But I am glad I have been able to do it. As an actress it is always fun to act in different kinds of roles which is quite contrary to what you are in real life”.

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The actress also added that her co-actor Shiv often found her Cartwheel videos on a social networking site. “But I have grown so addicted to the things that I have learnt during the making of the film. I was not convinced whether I will be able to do them. But my director believed in me and I did them. Moreover in today’s time, it is better for girls to learn some form of self defense so that they can protect themselves without depending on men” added the actress.

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Shiv Pandit said “I play a man who is so frustrated with nobody doing anything against the wrongs happening in the society that he takes up law in his own hands. However I will ask the audience not to do such a thing in their real life”.

The film “7 Hours to Go” is slated for release soon.

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