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Rahat Kazmi’s film Lihaaf won German hearts

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Indian International filmmaker Rahat Kazmi’s film, Lihaaf, recently premiered as the closing film at 16th Indisches Filmfestival, Stuttgart 2019.
The film, which is based on Ismat Chughtai’s most celebrated and most-controversial story, garnered a lot of appreciation from the audience present at the time of screening.
The director and his team could not mark their presence as they were shooting for their next film. However, the actress of the movie, Sonal Sehgal attended the festival on behalf of her team, along with the Oscar-winning producer of the movie, Marc Baschet and Co-Editor and Creative Consultant of the film, Golda Sellam, who is also a renowned Film Expert of Europe.
The 16th Indisches Filmfestival was held in Stuttgart (Germany) from July 17 to 21, 2019 and presented feature films, documentaries, children’s and animated films of all length and format, followed by an Award Ceremony on July 21, 2019, for best feature, documentary, short film and so on.
Actress Sonal Sehgal who is also a co-writer on the movie says, “Lihaaf was supposed to premiere at Stuttgart as the closing film but due to the heavy demand, the organisers screened it twice. Nonetheless, we received an amazing response from the audience.”


Meanwhile, Lihaaf was also screened at Indo-German Filmweek which was held in Babylon (Berlin) from July 11 to 24, 2019. Started in February 2013 by Stephan Ottenbruch, the Indo-German Filmweek is held annually where Indian films of all languages are screened followed by workshops and discussions with the filmmakers and team.
Lihaaf had two screenings at Indo-German Filmweek and there also, the organisers added another screening on public demand. Sonal Sehgal added, “Usually, the audience watch the screening and leaves the hall whereas, in both Berlin and Stuttgart, we were amazed to see that Q&A round after our screening went on for more than 45 minutes. The audience was just so overwhelmed. She was surprised to know that German students had read Lihaaf as it was in their curriculum. They asked questions about the making of the film, women author writing such a bold story, on homosexuality and how the theme is more relevant in the present era than at the time, the story was written.”
No denying the fact, Lihaaf attracted German Press and made headlines in both the festivals. The film is co-written and directed by Rahat Kazmi and produced by Tariq Khan, Zeba Sajid, Namita Lal, Umesh Shukla, and Ashish Wagh and co-produced by Marc Baschet.

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Sukhmani Sadana enjoys a much deserved break in the US

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Tv Host and Writer Sukhmani Sadana who wowed audiences with her role in Sacred Games and Manmarziyaan this year finally went on a holiday to the US and spent quality time with her brother. She first visited Texas and later several cities like Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Buffalo, Chicago, Arizona and Washington DC. “I needed a break because I had been continuously writing and acting for some project or the other for almost a year. And because I host travel shows, I thrive to visit different cities and understand its culture and traditions. I found my visits to the museums in DC very informative and I thoroughly enjoyed the grand fireworks on July 4. NASA in Houston was a learning experience since I just wrote a film script called Rocketry which is on this subject.” While she went to these beautiful places, she also visited the Niagra Falls and Grand Canyon with her family.

The actress reminisces how her culinary skills got better after her trip to the US. She says, “My brother taught me how to cook and I can now finally say that ‘maybe’ I’m a cook.”

Sukhmani was also seen in web series Love Bytes, Parchayee, Sacred Games and has worked as a writer on the scripts of Bollywood films like Creature, Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum, Phir Se and 1920 London. The actress who started off as a writer and model, worked in TV shows like Khotey Sikkey on Netflix, with Abhishek Bachchan in Anurag Kashyap’s film Manmarziyan. She enacts the role of Lovely, a sweet, homely dentist, who Abhishek’s mother wants him to marry.

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Bollywood film ‘Oxygen’ gear up for first-ever World Premiere

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It is a proud moment for the entire ‘Oxygen’ team as the film has been selected for World Premiere in Caleidoscope Indian Film Festival of Boston, the USA from September 5 to 8, 2019.
Caleidoscope Indian Film Festival is organized by Indian Arts Boston Inc, a non-profit Massachusetts organization and is the largest Indian Film Festival of USA. It provides a unique platform for upcoming art-house and differentiated films from the Indian sub-continent to be discovered and appreciated by a mainstream global audience. Over the past five years, Caleidoscope has screened, even premiered several defining films of the Indian film industry including Chittagong, Teenkahon, Lipstick Under My Burkha, A Death in the Gunj, An Argumentative Indian and so on.
Directed by Shoib Nikash Shah, the film is a portrayal of the moral ambiguity of corruption among low paid government employees. The dilemma of low salaries and tempting deals offered to grossly underpaid and under-employed officials and the resultant struggle of honest officers with the established system forms the central plot of the film.
This would be the first-ever world premiere of the film Oxygen and the team is extremely happy since the Festival, which receives around 300 submissions every year from filmmakers around the world, has selected this film for the Competition round as well, apart from screening. Caleidoscope is one of the few festivals that provides monetary awards to filmmakers for its top competitive section.
On this occasion, we had a word with the female protagonist of the movie, Namita Lal of Lihaaf fame, who was absolutely delighted with the news. Sharing her excitement, she said, “I’m amazed to know that our film has been chosen not just for the screening but also have been invited to participate in the Competition round. Besides, for an international Film Festival to pick up a movie based on such a theme is also overwhelming.”


Showering light on the film’s theme, the director-cum-lead actor, Shoib Nikash Shah of Mantostaan fame said, “The film talks about environmental preservation and enlightens on ground level corruption which is the basic conflict around the globe and also about conservation of nature which is the ultimate need of the hour. Nevertheless, the film raises a lot of relevant questions throughout.” He expressed his gratitude towards the Festival organisers for selecting his film to premiere in a prestigious Film Festival.
The cinematography of the film, which has been shot in the beautiful and small region of Poonch and Surankot (J&K) has been done by Luxmi Chand Chauhan while the music has been contributed by Shubhdeep Singh. Produced by Rahat Kazmi Films, Nutzaboutme Pte Limited, Singapore and Shoib Nikash Shah, the shooting of the film completed in January but its release date is yet to be announced.
The film would be screened on September 7 at 2:30 pm in Rhode Island College and the entry ticket is free but available only on prior registration. For more details, please visit: www.indianfilmfestivalboston.com

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Ullu App to showcase story about the stock market tycoon

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Ullu App is leaving no stone unturned to provide content of different flavours to the viewers. After Halala, Panchali and MeToo, the digital platform is coming up with a series based on a terrorist attack on Peshawar’s Army school. Now we heard, they are making a series on the stock market tycoon.

According to our source close to the production house, “The series is titled ‘The Bull Of Dalal Street’. It is about the journey of a poor man, who comes to the city of dreams Mumbai and rose instantaneously to become one of the most influential brokers.”

When contacted Vibhu Agarwal, CEO at Ullu Digital Pvt Ltd, told us, “Yes, we are coming up with yet another interesting series. It is the story about a common man, who had risen to a position of prominence in the stock industry, his flashy lifestyle, multi-crore frauds and his fall from grace.”

‘The Bull Of Dalal Street’ will be co-produced by Falguni Shah’s Dreamzz Images Studio and directed by Deepak Pandey.

Seems interesting! Stay tuned to this space for more updates.

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