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Watch out for the uber stylish Mishka aka Ariah in Kasauti…

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The innocent and talented Ariah Agrawal is the new actress on the block, who is a scorching the glamour quotient with her oomph and svelte figure. Ariah who was last seen playing a sarcastic typical U.P. girl in the show Kya Haal, Mr Panchal, has landed a jackpot with Ekta Kapoor’s Kasauti Zindagi Kay. Ariah is playing Anurag (Parth Samthaam’s) girlfriend in the show. The actress looks extremely stylish in her outfits and holds her own against established actresses on the show. Her role of an innocent and naive girl in love with a rich and handsome guy has figured her so well that audiences have warned up to her really well.
In the upcoming episodes, the actress will be seen as getting engaged to Anurag. For the sequence she was spotted in a red gown and she looked ravishing. Ask her about the look and she says, “I feel it is a great opportunity to play this role specially in Ekta Kapoor’s show. It is an important positive role and I get to speak well written dialogues and enact various shades. My red gown is a result of efforts of our stylists. I loved the outfit and it’s making me feel extremely desirable and glamorous.”
Ariah is waiting for her audiences reaction on the upcoming episode. She says, “It is important to be confident and feel beautiful. Hopefully people will like my glam avatar.”

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After Stuttgart & Indo-German Filmweek, Lihaaf all set to premiere as Opening film in MIFF (USA)

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After Stuttgart & Indo-German Filmweek, Lihaaf all set to premiere as Opening film in MIFF (USA)

Indian International Filmmaker Rahat Kazmi’s film, Lihaaf (The Quilt), which successfully premiered in 16th Indisches Filmfestival (Germany) and in Indo-German Filmweek (Babylon, Berlin) has received yet another news for World premiere in USA as opening film in an International film festival.
This time, the team has received invitation to screen their most acclaimed film as opening film of the festival in the prestigious Montgomery International Film Festival (USA) which is being held from August 18 to 25, 2019 in USA.
Based on Ismat Chughtai’s most celebrated story (published in 1942), the film is garnering appreciation worldwide. The director of the film took special permission from Chughtai’s family to make this film, which gives it supreme authentication. Nonetheless, housefull screenings in Germany and Berlin is a proof of the team’s hardwork and dedication to give justice to the story.
Montgomery International Film Festival (USA), popularly known as MIFF, will begin its screening with Lihaaf, which means the film has been chosen as the opening film of this glamourous international film festival. It is a proud moment for the entire team.
The theme of this year’s festival is-Return to Art House Films, which aims to foster a community of free-thinking filmmakers, who are pushing the boundaries of sound and vision into a new frontier. The director of the movie, Rahat Kazmi has opened a new window for the audience to peep into Ismat Chughtai’s life through Lihaaf as the story is based on true events.
Ismat Chughtai (1915 to 1991) was believed to be one of the most powerful voices in Urdu literature of the 20th century. She was known for her free and fearless explorations of feminine sexuality and middle-class morality in her writing.
Not to forget that the poster of the film was launched in Cannes 2019 which caught attention of international press. Since then, the team is being invited worldwide for special screenings and Q&A rounds post premiere. The response is overwhelming.
The talented casts of the film include Tannishtha Chatterjee who has played the role of Ismat Chughtai, Anushka Sen as younger Ismat, Sonal Sehgal as Begum Jaan and Namita Lal as Rabbo. Kashmir based actor Mir Sarwar who came into limelight after playing main antagonist in KESARI is playing the nawab (male antagonist) while shoib Nikash Shah plays the character of Manto in the film whereas veteran actor Virendra Saxen will be seen as famous urdu writer M. Aslam. The film is co-written by Rahat Kazmi and Sonal Sehgal, directed by Rahat Kazmi and produced by Rahat Kazmi, Tariq Khan, Zeba Sajid, Namita Lal, Umesh Shukla, and Ashish Wagh and co-produced by Oscar-winner Marc Baschet and Cedomir Kolar.

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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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