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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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Karan Deol pens a poem for his dad Sunny Deol on Father’s Day

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Karan Deol pens a poem for his dad Sunny Deol on Father’s Day

On Father’s Day, many celebrities are posting sweet messages for their fathers. Actor Karan Deol who is making his debut with Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas directed by his father Sunny Deol not only shared a sweet throwback picture but also wrote a poem for his dad.

Many people look up at superheroes,
Mine is my dad.

From seeing you push on from your ups and down,
You always managed to turn things around,
Looking at you turned my frown upside down.

A single word won’t do justice to what you mean to me,
But from here on now I’m not that kid anymore I’ve got you’re back indefinitely.
I owe my life to you cause without you I would never have had anything,
My ray of sunshine through everything.
Cause no matter how big the problem you never gave up,
And always came out of it with your head up.

I don’t think there ever will be anyone as tough,
Dad because of you I’m a fighter and I promise you I’ll never give up. #HappyFathersDay @iamsunnydeol

Karan wrote on his Instagram.

This morning, Sunny Deol too posted a picture with dad Dharmendra on Instagram. ‘My Life, My Happiness, My Strength ‘, he captioned the picture of him and Dharam ji.

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Your vibe attracts your tribe: Kunal Thakur 

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Debutant Kunal Thakur who will be seen in Shahid Kapoor’s Kabir Singh has an honest view on the casting couch controversy. Kunal has been born and brought up in Abu Dhabi and also worked in Dubai and London before he turned an actor. Here is what he says,” Honestly speaking I have never come across people who have asked for anything unethical. I believe in the phrase ‘Your vibe attracts your tribe’, and I also work accordingly. If your intentions are good and you know what you want in life you will get to do your work. I think you will meet the right people at the right time. Believe in yourself — that’s my mantra.” Kunal will be seen as Kabir Singh’s (Shahid Kapoor) best buddy from college in the film.

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‘Mastram’ actor Rahul Bagga feels, ‘Filming an intimate scene is something quite personal’

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After Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana, Mastram, Miss Tanakpur Haazir Ho and Facebook Wala Pyar, Rahul Bagga is back with another interesting project. The actor will be seen playing a married man, who struggles for his sexual life in Ullu app’s ‘Bambai Char By Char‘. The short film is about a guy and his struggles which he faces after coming to Bambai in his char by char room for lovemaking with his lovely wife Bijli. When contacted Rahul said, “Space crunch is an issue in Mumbai, it has been always something which everybody goes through whether they admit it or not.” Talking about his role in ‘Bambai Char By Char’, Bagga quipped, “Mumbai posses some kind of spell when you enter here for the first time. I am playing Jugnu, who is like every other outsider and comes here with dreams in his eyes and wants to settle, own a house here.” ‘Bambai Char By Char’ was shot in the real locations, sharing the shooting experience of intimate scenes Rahul said, “We have shot the series in chawls. Filming an intimate scene is something quite personal. I won’t say I had fun, it was an uneasy feeling for me as an actor to get into that space, because I am someone, who don’t believe in showcasing the personal side of my life. But, as an actor, I have to do it.”  

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