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Iffam: ‘Newton’ Star Rajkummar Rao Signs Horror Comedy

Iffam: ‘Newton’ Star Rajkummar Rao Signs Horror Comedy
Rising star Indian actor Rajkummar Rao has signed an untitled film alongside actress Shraddha Kapoor (“Haseena Parkar”), by director duo Krishna D.K. and Raj Nidimoru (“A Gentleman”).

Principal photography will commence by the end of January 2018. Dinesh Vijan is producing for Maddock Films (“Hindi Medium”). Rao describes the film as an “out-of-the-box, raucous horror-comedy.”

Rao, who will receive one of the Variety Asian Actors to Watch award at Iffam later this week, is enjoying the best year of his career.

He is the star of political satire “Newton,” which was released in India in late September on the day it was announced that it would be India’s entry in Oscar’s foreign language category. It not only racked up the box office numbers, but also won Rao best actor at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

Survival drama “Trapped” released in March and alongside enormous critical acclaim, performed well at the box office.

Romantic comedy
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Padmavati postponed, goons have a free run; filmmakers explode

Padmavati postponed, goons have a free run; filmmakers explode
Hansal Mehta: “It is obvious that a film and an artist don’t count when more important things like elections are at stake.” Anees Bazmee: “The Padmavati episode is really tragic. Freedom of speech and expression are key to a good democracy. It’s doesn’t matter what the history says or the facts are. The film contentRead More

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Manoj Bajpayee on Preparing for Dipesh Jain’s Thriller ‘In the Shadows’

Manoj Bajpayee on Preparing for Dipesh Jain’s Thriller ‘In the Shadows’
Two years after he won a standing ovation in Busan for his searing portrayal of a persecuted gay literature professor in Hansal Mehta’s “Aligarh,” Manoj Bajpayee returns to the festival with the world premiere of Dipesh Jain’s thriller “In the Shadows.” From his breakthrough role in “Satya” (1998) through “Gangs of Wasseypur” (2012), Bajpayee has consistently forged an independent path.

Throughout your career you have almost always chosen roles that are not in the mainstream. What informed these choices?

When I started my career, mainstream formula films were doing quite well. The blockbuster success of “Satya” gave me the strength to carve a path for myself. Otherwise, there was a feeling of getting lost in the crowd by doing all these stereotypical roles which were waiting for me out there. It was quite alluring, there was loads of money, but somewhere I felt that if I have to go on a longer run, I have to
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Busan Facetime: ‘Omerta’ Director Hansal Mehta

Busan Facetime: ‘Omerta’ Director Hansal Mehta
After a decade-long first innings where he switched between mainstream Bollywood and independent cinema, Indian filmmaker Hansal Mehta took a four-year hiatus and returned with the multiple-award winning indie hit “Shahid” (2012), starring Rajkummar Rao. “Aligarh” (2015), starring Manoj Bajpayee and Rao, won acclaim in Busan and around the world. Following its world premiere at Toronto, Mehta returns to Busan with the Asian premiere of Rao-starrer “Omerta,” a film about British-born, Pakistani terrorist Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh who kidnapped and murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002.

What made you choose the Ahmed Omar Saeed Shaikh story?

There are uneasy truths that we usually try not to confront. Omar’s story is one such truth. Governments believe that by bombing entire cities and destroying countries they will end radicalism. Instead we need to focus on individuals like him – educated, wealthy and completely radicalized. I see “Omerta” as a companion piece to my earlier film “Shahid.” Both examine
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Box Office: Simran collapses in Week 2, collects 1.5 cr.

Box Office: Simran collapses in Week 2, collects 1.5 cr.
The Kangana Ranaut starrer Simran released two weeks ago. Directed by Hansal Mehta the film opened to mixed responses from the critics and audience alike. With rather lacklustre promotions (given the fact that every promotional event focussed on Kangana Ranaut and her issues) the film faced a tough time at the box office. Despite thisRead More

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Box Office: Simran Day 14 in overseas

Box Office: Simran Day 14 in overseas
The well-promoted Kangana Ranaut-starrer Simran finally had a release on Friday September 15. Directed by Hansal Mehta, it is inspired from a real life incident in the Us. It managed to get attention thanks to the presence of its lead actress Kangana who is known for powerhouse performances and some great path-breaking films. In thisRead More

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Box Office: Simran Day 13 in overseas

Box Office: Simran Day 13 in overseas
The well-promoted Kangana Ranaut-starrer Simran finally had a release on Friday September 15. Directed by Hansal Mehta, it is inspired from a real life incident in the Us. It managed to get attention thanks to the presence of its lead actress Kangana who is known for powerhouse performances and some great path-breaking films. In thisRead More

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Box Office: Simran Day 12 in overseas

Box Office: Simran Day 12 in overseas
The well-promoted Kangana Ranaut-starrer Simran finally had a release on Friday September 15. Directed by Hansal Mehta, it is inspired from a real life incident in the Us. It managed to get attention thanks to the presence of its lead actress Kangana who is known for powerhouse performances and some great path-breaking films. In thisRead More

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Box Office: Simran Day 11 in overseas

Box Office: Simran Day 11 in overseas
The well-promoted Kangana Ranaut-starrer Simran finally had a release on Friday September 15. Directed by Hansal Mehta, it is inspired from a real life incident in the Us. It managed to get attention thanks to the presence of its lead actress Kangana who is known for powerhouse performances and some great path-breaking films. In thisRead More

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Box Office: Simran Day 10 in overseas

Box Office: Simran Day 10 in overseas
The well-promoted Kangana Ranaut-starrer Simran finally had a release on Friday September 15. Directed by Hansal Mehta, it is inspired from a real life incident in the Us. It managed to get attention thanks to the presence of its lead actress Kangana who is known for powerhouse performances and some great path-breaking films. In thisRead More

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Box Office: Simran Day 9 in overseas

Box Office: Simran Day 9 in overseas
The well-promoted Kangana Ranaut-starrer Simran finally had a release on Friday September 15. Directed by Hansal Mehta, it is inspired from a real life incident in the Us. It managed to get attention thanks to the presence of its lead actress Kangana who is known for powerhouse performances and some great path-breaking films. In thisRead More

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Box Office: Simran Day 8 in overseas

Box Office: Simran Day 8 in overseas
The well-promoted Kangana Ranaut-starrer Simran finally had a release on Friday September 15. Directed by Hansal Mehta, it is inspired from a real life incident in the Us. It managed to get attention thanks to the presence of its lead actress Kangana who is known for powerhouse performances and some great path-breaking films. In thisRead More

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Rajkummar Rao starrer 'Newton' is India's official entry to the Oscars

National-Award winning Rajkummar Rao's latest release Newton is India's official entry for Academy Awards in 2018. An excited Rajkummar on Friday took to Twitter to announce the news.

"Very happy to share this news that 'Newton' is India's official entry to the Oscars this year. Congratulations team," he tweeted.

Filmmaker Hansal Mehta, who is a good friend of Rajkummar and has collaborated with him for films like "Shahid" and "Aligarh", took to Twitter to express his happiness and said that "Newton" is the best choice.
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Omertà’

Toronto Film Review: ‘Omertà’
Hansal Mehta’s latest feature dramatizes the life of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, a notorious real-life terrorist long behind bars — which hasn’t stopped him from being involved in various attacks, purportedly including 9/11. The compelling “Omertà,” whose title is an Italian term for a criminal code of honor that encompasses absolute non-cooperation with legal authorities, cobbles together speculation with what is known about the many-alias’d Saeed, a 43-year-old British national of Pakistani heritage who has been at the forefront of fundamentalist Islamic terror for nearly a quarter-century.

At the end of this slickly mounted film, there’s no lack of questions still dangling nor hoped-for insights that fail to arrive. Nonetheless, while you’re watching it, Mehta’s freely imagined biopic provides a fascinating Rorschach of a figure who is, unfortunately, truly a man for our times.

Scrambling chronology, Mehta and co-scenarist Mukul Dev lead off with an incident sure to grab Western viewers’ attention: In
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Box Office: Simran Day 7 in overseas

Box Office: Simran Day 7 in overseas
The well-promoted Kangana Ranaut-starrer Simran finally had a release on Friday September 15. Directed by Hansal Mehta, it is inspired from a real life incident in the Us. It managed to get attention thanks to the presence of its lead actress Kangana who is known for powerhouse performances and some great path-breaking films. In thisRead More

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Hansal Mehta finally opens up about all the controversies surrounding Kangana Ranaut and Simran

Hansal Mehta finally opens up about all the controversies surrounding Kangana Ranaut and Simran
Hansal, while muck has been flying all around you, you’ve been very quiet. How do you look back on all the controversies surrounding Simran? Do you regret not speaking out when writer Apurva Asrani raised a stink about his credit quotient in Simran? I said whatever I had to then and there is nothing more that I will say inRead More

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Box Office: Simran Day 6 in overseas

Box Office: Simran Day 6 in overseas
The well-promoted Kangana Ranaut-starrer Simran finally had a release on Friday September 15. Directed by Hansal Mehta, it is inspired from a real life incident in the Us. It managed to get attention thanks to the presence of its lead actress Kangana who is known for powerhouse performances and some great path-breaking films. In thisRead More

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Has the budget of Kangana Ranaut’s next film, Manikarnika, been reduced because of Simran?

Has the budget of Kangana Ranaut’s next film, Manikarnika, been reduced because of Simran?
Often when a film doesn’t do well at the box office we see it impacting the other films which are in the pipeline starring the same actors. It’s happening now in Kangana Ranaut’s case too. She had acted in Hansal Mehta’s Simran in the lead role and the film has failed to live up toRead More

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Box Office: Simran Day 5 in overseas

Box Office: Simran Day 5 in overseas
The well-promoted Kangana Ranaut-starrer Simran finally had a release on Friday September 15. Directed by Hansal Mehta, it is inspired from a real life incident in the Us. It managed to get attention thanks to the presence of its lead actress Kangana who is known for powerhouse performances and some great path-breaking films. In thisRead More

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Here’s Hansal Mehta’s response for people thinking he deleted his Twitter account after Simran backlash

Here’s Hansal Mehta’s response for people thinking he deleted his Twitter account after Simran backlash
After much controversy surrounding Kangana Ranaut during the promotions of her film Simran, the film finally hit the screens on September 15. With mixed reviews for Simran and backlash on social media, it was seen that Simran director Hansal Mehta had deleted his Twitter account but only to return back in hours. On Tuesday afternoon,Read More

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