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Filmmaker Rahat Kazmi and Oscar winner Marc Baschet set to stage a dialogue in Cannes film festival on ‘Lihaaf’

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Filmmaker Rahat Kazmi and Oscar winner Marc Baschet set to stage a dialogue in Cannes film festival on ‘Lihaaf’

Director and producer Rahat Kazmi is gaining popularity and is being widely appreciated for his remarkable work in the film industry.

The filmmaker, who was recently in the news for his film ‘Lines’, is all set to stage a dialogue with Oscar winner and film producer Marc Baschet at Cannes Film Festival next week (May 14 to 25). The duo would brief the audience on their Indo-France co-produced film ‘Lihaaf’ the poster of which was unveiled at Cannes 2018.

The story of Lihaaf revolves around the most controversial and celebrated story of the legendary Indian writer Ismat Chughtai and deals with issues of homosexuality, women’s sexuality and sex as taboo in Indian society.

Tannishtha Chatterjee; the only Indian actress to have been ever nominated for British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), plays the role of Ismat Chughtai. The role of Begum Jaan has been played by Sonal Sehgal, who has acted in many films and is known for her performance in Nagesh Kukunoor’s acclaimed Aashayein. Sonal Sehgal, who is in parallel lead role with Tannishtha Chatterjee, has also co-written the script with Rahat Kazmi.

The film has been produced by Rahat Kazmi, Tariq Khan, Zeba Sajid, Namita Lal (Singapore), Umesh Shukla, and Ashish Wagh. It is co-produced by Oscar winning producer Marc Baschet and Cedomir Kodak (known for Oscar winning No Man’s Land and Lunch Box).

Singapore-based actress and producer Namita Lal will be seen playing Rabbo in the film, and her company Nutzaboutme Cinema is also one of the main producers of the film. Golda Sellam of Cinelink France, a film expert from Europe is a consultant on this project. Popular television actress, known for her role in Jhansi Ki Rani, Anushka Sen has played a significant role of Ismat Chughtai’s teenage version.
Besides, Shoib Nikash Shah, who had worked in several films including Mantostaan (2017) and Million Dollar Nomad (2018), plays the role of Ismat Chughtai’s friend-Saadat Hasan Manto. Mir Sarwar, who came into limelight through Kesari (2019), is the main antagonist in the film. Veteran Bollywood actor Virendra Saxena will be seen in a prominent role of the famous Urdu writer M. Aslam in the film.
Briefing about the dialogue to be held at Cannes, Marc Baschet said, “I first heard the story of Lihaaf (The Quilt) when I met Namita in the film bazaar in Goa (November 2018). I was amazed by the theme of the story and decided to follow the development of the film as a mentor. Golda, who also heard the narration from Namita in Goa, was happy to be a consultant to this team. Apart from the story, I was also very impressed with this young team of professional film makers who bring such sensitive, delicate stories to life on the big screen.”
The producers plan to announce the release date of the film soon. The film will take you behind the curtain played in the shadows of same-sex desire and will lift the veil off the longings of women in the Muslim households.
At the French International Film Festival, popularly known as Cannes Film Festival, director Rahat Kazmi would also be unveiling the first look of his upcoming film, ‘Lines’, which caught everybody’s attention this month as it marks the Bigg Boss 11 contestant Hina Khan’s Bollywood debut.
Rahat Kazmi started his directorial venture with his film Identity Card (2014), which is based on Kashmir conflict. It won critical acclaim and awards including the Best Film, Best Supporting Actor (Prashantt Guptha) and Best Director (Rahat Kazmi) at San Francisco Global Movie Festival in 2014. Besides, a few scenes of this film were shown in the European Parliament as a reference to the discussions on Kashmir conflict. Meanwhile, Rahat Kazmi has also received the Best Director award for his most recent film Mantostaan at London Asian Film Festival (2017).

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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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