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Kangana Ranaut goes all guns blazing with her action entertainer Dhaakad

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When it comes to setting milestones in our entertainment industry, there’s no actress we can think of other than Kangana Ranaut, who has done as much female-centric and diverse roles in the past decade. Be it starring in grandeur films like Manikarnika where she picked up ‘Talwars’ to fight for the freedom of our nation or playing a simple homebred girl like Rani in ‘Queen’ who dares to go on a solo-trip to Europe just because it was her dream; Kangana has never shied away from playing off-beat characters.
Just recently, the teaser poster of her upcoming film, Dhaakad, was released where her silhouette is seen holding guns and looking like a complete warrior. Now, the makers of the film have released the first poster of the film, where Kangana is seen in a combat mode. When asked about making a female led action film, Director Razy Ghai said, “There is a big void when it comes to female-oriented action films. I haven’t heard of a lead heroine in an out-and-out action entertainer in a contemporary space. That’s why we wanted to explore this genre.”
Apart from the fact that this is the first time Kangana Ranaut is doing such a character; choosing this role in a high-budget action film also makes her the first female actor, who will be seen holding machine guns and fighting for a cause, with all guns blazing. Speaking on working with Kangana in one of a kind project and shooting action sequences, Ghai said, “She is an intelligent actor who understood that there is an opportunity to attempt something completely different. We are constantly having brainstorming sessions with her, and her ideas have further elevated the film. I’m not a fan of gravity-defying action sequences, so we will show realistic action. Since the film has many action set-pieces, we are looking at stunt coordinators with different skill sets. We have already met action directors from Hong Kong and Thailand for the Gun Fu [a mix of guns and martial arts] sequence.”
Slated to release on Diwali, 2020; ‘Dhaakad’ is mounted  to be the biggest action entertainer of the year by the looks of this new poster. The Director revealed that there are plans in place to shoot the film  in Thailand, pockets of Europe, mainly Budapest and Prague, and in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. One schedule of the film will be shot in North India and the details will be worked out once Kangana finishes work on Panga.
Produced by Sohail Maklai productions and Asylum films; the film is set to go on floors by early 2020.

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Zero’s fate could have changed our fate too: Shridhar Watsar 

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Actor Shridhar Watsar is currently working on a double role in popular show Bal Veer as Tauba Tauba and Dooba Dooba. The actor who has been part of the first season of Bal Veer is very popular among kids for his portrayal.
Shridhar says,” When I worked in the first season, I received immense love from the audience specially from the kids. I remember when I was in Udaipur for the shooting of Dhadak, people over there recognised me for my role for Bal Veer. When the second season was being conceived, the maker Vipul Shah asked me to continue for the second season as well. Being called for the second season was a special feeling .”
Speaking about his double role Shridhar says,” Playing double role is challenging, Tauba Tauba and Dooba Dooba are completely opposite to each other. One is positive and the other one is negative. There is some special makeup as the character needs an extra-long ear and with that the costume is heavy. Sometimes it is tough to carry that costume in the heat for long hours. I have done theatre for a long time in my career and that is coming handy in my performance here. An actor needs to do the switch on and off when they are playing a double role.”
Shridhar pointed out an important angle of casting midget actors. He adds,” I am happy that in the last few years people have given me the opportunity but what concerns me is the type of character usually a dwarf receives in our industry. I thought Anand L Rai’s Zero will change the perception. When a superstar like Shah Rukh Khan dons the character of a dwarf then acceptance comes in a huge way. Shah Rukh Khan and Anand L Rai can change the perception of us. Zero’s fate could have changed our fate too, but unfortunately, the film did not work out and the audience rejected the film.” Speaking about his inspiration Shridhar says,” My inspiration is actor  Peter Hayden Dinklage from Game Of Thrones, he has also changed the perception for us. I have followed his work and interviews. He is very inspirational.”

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Guess what? Lihaaf to premiere in India for the first time!!

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Guess what? Lihaaf to premiere in India for the first time!!

Yes, you heard it right! Indian International Filmmaker Rahat Kazmi’s film Lihaaf which is Ismat Chughtai’s most-talked about story with the same name is going to premiere in India for the first time after being showcased worldwide and travelling many prestigious film festivals.
This can be a wonderful opportunity for all those who were eagerly waiting to watch the film but could not manage to attend any of the International Film Festivals. All thanks to Jagran Film Festival which present you this opportunity to not only watch the special screening but also get a chance to meet its director and star cast.
The director of the movie, Rahat Kazmi has confirmed his presence along with the entire team. Talking about it, he says, “We are excited to know that Jagran Film Festival would be premiering the show for its Indian audience in Mumbai for the first time. The movie was appreciated by all and sundry in Stuttgart, Berlin, Montgomery, Boston etc, many topics were discussed and we were glad to witness jam-packed sessions and hope the same in India.”
The screening would be followed by a Q&A session in which the team would be interacting with the audience and throwing light on other relevant topics.
Jagran Film Festival (JFF) is an initiative by the Jagran Prakashan Group towards creating a culture of cinema appreciation and an honest and sincere attempt to create a platform that connects great content with audiences across the country.
The movie would be screened on September 27 (Friday) at 5:15pm in Screen 3, Cinepolis, Fun Republic Road, Industrial Area, Andheri West, Mumbai 400053.

To register your seat, log onto https://in.bookmyshow.com/events/jagran-film-festival/ET00109014. Hurry up and reserve your seat before it gets housefull!

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Shalmali’s sizzling hot red outfit for IIFA Rocks at the 20th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards make heads turn.

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Shalmali’s sizzling hot red outfit for IIFA Rocks at the 20th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards make heads turn.

The multi talented singer Shalmali dropped with an amazing look on the green carpet of IIFA Rocks at the 20th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards. Shalmali was looking super hot in her sizzling red outfit by Zara. Shalmali was not only looking glamorous at the green carpet yesterday but she also amazed the audiences with her performance on stage ( Pareshaan song) Shalmali also had the great time sharing stage with Salim-Suleman for another performance . IIFA Rocks event has started in Mumbai yesterday and several Bollywood has kick started the event with their glamorous look at The SVP stadium.

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