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Another feather on the Cap: OIFFA Canada, selects 2 Band Radio

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Come June 2019 and it’s again a proud moment for the entire team of 2 Band Radio. Surprisingly, Ottawa Indian Film Festival, a leading world platform has shown interest in the film written acted and produced by Rahat Kazmi for a worldwide digital premiere. This is the North American premiere of the film, as it has previously been premiered in U.K Asian Film Festival on April 6, 2019, at Watermans Art Centre, London.
Rahat Kazmi is quite delighted and excited about the news. Expressing his emotion, he said, “It is great news for the entire team. We are honoured by the invitation. We are expecting a wider audience for this beautiful film as it will be showcased on an international level as this is a North American premiere after all.”

OIFFA is Canada’s pre-eminent festival dedicated to Indian cinema. Now in its third year, the event is dedicated to cultivating an audience for Indian cinema and culture in Ottawa. It showcases Indian films, supports Indian filmmakers and promotes the diverse perspectives of the Indian diaspora. A five-day showcase of multi-genre Indian films, the Festival hosts a number of participating filmmakers as well as a roster of events, including a panel session, a special screening and the celebrated OIFFA VIP Lounge with Indian music and dance.
The full programme, film competitions and special events has been already announced and can be found on the official website of OIFFA. Tickets and passes for the event can be purchased online at www.oiffa.com/tickets-2019/. The screening of 2 Band Radio would take place on June 13, 2019 (Thursday) at 3:30 PM on Screen A at Cineplex Cinemas Lansdowne and VIP, 325 Marché Way, Unit 107 (Ottawa).
Produced in association with Tariq Khan Productions and Zeba Sajid Films, the movie-2 Band Radio is loosely based on Leo Tolstoy’s novel Quench the Spark, also translated as A Spark Neglected Burns the House.

In an era of television with a hundred music channels and internet providing live musical shows and a vast music collection, it is hard to believe what world would have been ages ago without all these facilities! This movie will take the audience back to an era into a village which saw a radio for the first time in their life. The movie showcases rivalry to acquire that radio followed by tragic incidents and sad realities.

The story is about two neighbours and their desire to acquire and show off a Radio. The satirical theme of the movie is depicted through both tragedy and comedy. It is based on a real-life incident, portraying a satire on the present generation which is running after luxuries at the cost of relationship and happiness. The cast entertains you while the plot will show you how the world is going blind due to greed and jealousy. It’s mix up of drama, comedy and action. The filmmakers have carried a very strong message throughout, same as Leo Tolstoy conveyed in his book, ‘To quench a spark before it becomes a fire.’
Jitendra Rai, an Indian actor, who has worked with many Hollywood stars, is debuting with this film in Bollywood. Other star casts include Pradhuman Singh of Tere Bin Laden fame, Zahid Qureshi, Ritu Rajput, who is from Himachal Pradesh and is also debuting with this movie, Miss India Tourism Sneha Jagiasi and Senior actress of National School of Drama Neelu Dogra in a female lead. Besides, Rahat Kazmi would be seen in a negative role with Hussain Khan. Tariq Khan has also played an important role in the film.
Directed by debutant Saki Shah, the film has been written by Rahat Kazmi and Kunwar Shakti Singh, produced by Rahat Kazmi Films, Tariq Khan production and Zeba Sajid Films and co-produced by Riaan Rai Production U.K. Music in the film has been contributed by Samrat Sarkar, Assh K and Canada-based band member Assad Que, while the background music has been scored by Tuhin K Biswas.
Producers are planning to release the film in Indian and Singapore theatres in August this year.

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“Why should a casting director defend himself?” Questions Thappad actor Harssh A Singh on ‘Paatal Lok’ controversy

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“Why should a casting director defend himself?” Questions Thappad actor Harssh A Singh on ‘Paatal Lok’ controversy

People can’t stop talking about “Paatal Lok”. Co-produced by Anushka Sharma, the show has become the talk of the town for its gripping storyline and an applause-worthy performance by the star cast. However, the new series is also being discussed as some people have criticised the casting director for getting people from his own agency on-board.

Abhishek Banerjee, who is the casting director of the show along with Anmol Ahuja, played the role of Hathoda Tyagi in the film. While his performance has been praised a lot, a section of the media was not happy with him acting in the show.

Abhishek and Anmol both have maintained that it’s not their call and the director takes the final decision. “Thappad” actor Harssh A Singh has come in support of the duo and asked that why should a casting director defend himself.

Harssh, who was casted by Anmol and Abhishek for “Tu Hai Mera Sunday”, said, “I have known Anmol for a long time. He casted me for ‘Tu Hai Mera Sunday’. After ‘Pataal Lok’ came out, I saw a long post by him on Facebook explaining how actors were casted for the show. And I thought, why should a casting director defend himself? Why is he being accused for casting his people? I mean, they should understand that the director is not a fool and he has his own vision if he is directing a show/film.”

Though the actor accepts that there are some people from Abhishek and Anmol’s casting agency, he feels that it’s ultimately the director’s call.

Harssh said, “I have just seen the first episode and I saw a girl playing a hawaldar who is associated with Abhishek and Anmol. I have heard that there are other people as well. But even if they have got their own people on-board, it’s the director’s final call. And looking at the success of the show, I can say that the director made the right choice.”

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Bollywood Producer, Obeejeet Viswas on producing an uncut film to break the world record, exclusively on SayMore

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Everyone wants to make their country proud. And the best part of being an Indian is that whenever our nation needs us or whenever someone takes initiative to represent India at the global level, we all come together united regardless of caste or culture. Just like that, Bollywood Producer Obeejeet Viswas is taking an initiative to produce an uncut film to break the world record. Yes, you heard it right as he with Director Rahul Singh and Actor Reyaansh Singh are all set to make India proud at the global level.

Recently in an interview with SayMore, Obeejeet Viswas talks about his journey, upcoming projects and the idea behind breaking world record.

Q. What’s the journey of becoming a producer?

Viswas: As a Businessman, everyone has to expand their business and that is one of the major reason that I became a producer. Apart from that I think films can make an impact on society so, I can’t be a politician or a social worker but I can be a film producer to spread my vision from my films. Some of my friends are working already in the film industry so I Inspired myself to become a producer.

Q. How you decided to come up with the concept of this movie?

Viswas: Producing a movie to break a world record is obviously a great concept. Well to be very frank, it’s all my team decision, my Director Rahul Singh had given me a proposal and I like it. Now we are working on pre-production and doing some homework on how to successfully attempt it.

Q. How much excited are you about this project?
Viswas: It’s just an awesome vibe that you can also feel that. If we succeed then our name will be mention in top of the category. The last attempt was did 10 years ago and now we are one of them who decided to think about it. I have complete faith and trust in my team that they will attempt it successfully.

Q. How you want to create an impact in the Cinema?

Viswas: In my starting days, I was associated with some commercial projects but as my roots became stronger in the film industry, I started making films which audience can relate with their daily life and get a message for life. I am inspired by Drishyam Film banner on how they chose the content. I love their films such as Masaan, Kadvi Hawa,Newton and many more. Also, we are all ready to set up our own OTT platform which will be faraway different from all OTT and that will definitely create a big impact.

Q. What type of projects you like to work on?

Viswas: Projects with a strong message and good opportunity for generating business. I can’t say any particular genre project but I want a project which should have a sense and which audience can easily relate.

Q. Tell something about your most awaited Bengali film “SwarnMudra” and your upcoming Bollywood film “Marika the Attrupt”.
Viswas: SwarnMudra is on post-production and Marika the Attrupt is completed and we are all set to release it after lockdown but we are also planning to release it on OTT platforms. Let’s see what output comes.

Well, we wish for the whole team to break the world record and make every Indian proud.

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BIRTH OF A STAR IN SUBHASH GHAI’S FILM PARDES IN AGRA

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BIRTH OF A STAR IN SUBHASH GHAI’S FILM PARDES IN AGRA

This rarest of rare picture shows the first day of shoot with MAHIMA CHOWDHARY with an innovative n unique mahurat from the evergreen blockbuster PARDES at the Agra temple . Subhash Ghai n Mahima started with a small Pooja before shooting the very first shot at the famous Kailash temple at the banks of river Yamuna Agra.

Showman of Bollywood .. had all his previous Mahurats in the big Bollywood style with celebrities etc … but the highlight was for the Pardes mahurat was one of his units spot boy Bahadur Singh to giving the first mahurat clap instead of any other celebrity.
SRK the hero of pardes n every one on the unit appreciated producer director Subhash Ghai to give so much respect to his last but important unit member.
A day to remember. …. Pardes ran for 50 weeks in theatres.

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