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Nabil Ayouch: ‘No Subject Should be Taboo in the Arab World’

Nabil Ayouch: ‘No Subject Should be Taboo in the Arab World’
“No subject should be taboo in the Arab World today,” Nabil Ayouch, one of its leading film directors, told Variety Studio at the Dubai Festival, where he presented his latest feature, Casablanca-set “Razzia,” a multi-part fresco of how an act of censorship in the past plays out over four characters’ lives in the present.

Avouch went on to detail the dangers of restrictions: “If we want to develop this part of the world, if we want to give a voice to the talents – and there are many talents in the Arab world – we should be capable of watching ourselves in the mirror.”

He went on: “If we do not speak about ourselves as we really are, some other people will come and do it instead of us.”

But Avouch is still “full of hope” for the Arab world. “We know that in this region we are not different. They want to buy us into thinking we’re different:
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Akshay Kumar Reveals Padman posters with both Sonam and Radhika!

Ahead of the launch of the much-anticipated trailer, Akshay Kumar has given fans around the world two brand new look at his upcoming film Padman which hits theaters on January 26th.

Billed as the most progressive family entertainer yet, Padman, directed by R. Balki is inspired by the life of Indian entrepreneur Arunachalam Muruganantham, who invented a low-cost sanitary pad-making machine and brought cost-effective female hygiene to India’s rural poor.

Akshay tweeted the first motion poster, which features Sonam Kapoor.

P-a-d + M-a-n = Pad Man

It's that simple Coming to you, this Republic Day, 26.01.18@PadManTheFilm @sonamakapoor @radhika_apte @mrsfunnybones @SonyPicsIndia @kriarj #RBalki #PadMan pic.twitter.com/LSZ6jmb8OA

Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) December 7, 2017

Then we got our first look poster of Akshay with his onscreen wife Radhika Apte

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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Sonam Kapoor

Born on June 9th, 1985, Sonam Kapoor is a successful Bollywood actress who has featured in many films. Today, she is one of the highest-paid female actresses and boasts of several awards like the National Film Awards and Filmfare. Her income and popularity landed her a spot on Forbes India’s celebrity 100 in 2012. Sonam is the daughter of Anil Kapoor, a renowned actor. She went to study theater and arts in Singapore. Facts you might not know about the star include: Kapoor’s First Job was as a Waitress The lady who has appeared on your screens many times did

Five Things You Didn’t Know about Sonam Kapoor
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Anil Kapoor and Juhi Chawla to play Sonam Kapoor’s parents in Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga

Anil Kapoor and Juhi Chawla to play Sonam Kapoor’s parents in Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga
An interesting addition has been made to Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga cast that should increase the hype for this film. If reports are to be believed, Juhi Chawla will play Sonam Kapoor’s mother and Anil Kapoor’s husband in this slice of life film. This will be great news for fans of both since they have done several films like and have been great friends. Hence, one can expect electrifying chemistry between the two. Reports also say that it was not difficult for Juhi Chawla to be convinced for this role since she is very comfortable with Anil Kapoor.

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3rd Poster Of Akshay Kumar’s PadMan

On January 26th, PadMan the world’s first feature film on menstrual hygiene will release in theaters. Based on the story of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential entrants Arunachalam Muruganantham, a rural welder from India turned incredible innovator and inventor, who was moved to provide women with access to high-quality and affordable sanitary pads 20 years ago. Billed as the most progressive family entertainer yet, it stars Akshay Kumar (Toilet: Ek Prem Katha) who assumes the titular role of Arunachalam Muruganantham to once again showcase his commitment to social entertainers. He is joined by critically acclaimed actresses Sonam Kapoor (Neerja) and Radhika Apte (Kabali). Produced by Aruna Bhatia, Mrs Funnybones Movies, Sony Pictures Entertainment, India, Kriarj Entertainment, Cape of Good Films and Hope Productions, PadMan is written and directed by ad-man turned film-man R Balki (Paa).

Talking about the social issue aspect of the film, director R. Balki said in a recent interview,
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“I have not had box office failure since Raanjhanaa”- Sonam Kapoor

“I have not had box office failure since Raanjhanaa”- Sonam Kapoor
Sonam Kapoor brought the topic of pay disparity at ‘We The Women’ session. She said that actresses need to come together and ensure that they don’t settle for a lesser pay cheque, instead of pulling each other down. She proved her point by saying that if she refuses a film as the money offered is very less, some other actress might jump in and do the film at the same amount, since the competition is immense.

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Bollywood Star Sonam Kapoor on Making Cinema That Has ‘Something to Say’

Bollywood Star Sonam Kapoor on Making Cinema That Has ‘Something to Say’
In a Variety Studio interview at the Dubai Intl. Film Festival, Bollywood star Sonam Kapoor said it was a good time for creating art, but a “difficult” time for society.

“In India, as in the rest of the world, we are going through a period that is very tentative, politically, socially, and in every way,” she said. “Unfortunately, or fortunately, it is the best time for art because the best kind of work and the best kind of art comes out from difficult times, and that’s why we have such amazing films being made, and hopefully the trend will follow all over the world.”

She said the movies she makes are both entertaining and have “something to say.”

In 2014 Disney hit “Khoobsurat” she played a “wannabe princess.” “Not a real princess like the stereotypical princess that we all grew up with. It’s a new kind of princess who takes charge, who is the
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Hotness: Sonam Kapoor sizzles in an off-shoulder pastel gown at Iwc Gala 2017

Hotness: Sonam Kapoor sizzles in an off-shoulder pastel gown at Iwc Gala 2017
Sonam Kapoor, actress and fashionista, has always taken a step further when it comes to experimenting with fashion. The actress always brings her A- game to the red carpets. After giving princess vibes at a recent Filmfare Glamour awards ceremony, Sonam Kapoor took an elegant route at the Dubai International Film Festival 2017. The actressRead More

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Hotness: Sonam Kapoor looks bold and beautiful at Dubai International Film Festival

Hotness: Sonam Kapoor looks bold and beautiful at Dubai International Film Festival
Sonam Kapoor, actress and fashionista, has always stepped up her fashion game at various events. After giving princess vibes at a recent Filmfare Glamour awards ceremony, Sonam Kapoor took an elegant route at the Dubai International Film Festival 2017. On Wednesday evening, Sonam Kapoor wore a tube neck pearl white gown from Ashi Studio atRead More

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Variety Partners With Dubai International Film Festival for Inaugural Middle East Interview Studio

Variety, in association with the Dubai International Film Festival, has announced its first interview studio in the Middle East.

The interview-only studio will be located at the Al Naseem Hotel Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai. Interviews, all presented by the Dubai International Film Festival and Empire International, will take place during the film festival and will later appear on Variety’s website and social media accounts.

Some of the international actors and filmmakers likely to participate include Sonam Kapoor, Claes Bang, Haifaa Al Mansour, David Harbour, Hend Sabri, Olga Kurylenko, Patrick Stewart, Dee Rees, Kimberly Peirce, and Niki Caro.

“Variety is a brand that has been synonymous with entertainment all over the world for more than a century, and we are thrilled to be partnering with them at this year’s Dubai International Film Festival,” Shivani Pandya Diff managing director said. “The Variety Studio will be buzzing with activity throughout the festival, sharing the excitement
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Dubai Film Festival Opens With ‘Hostiles’; Cate Blanchett, Patrick Stewart Feted

Dubai Film Festival Opens With ‘Hostiles’; Cate Blanchett, Patrick Stewart Feted
Dubai, United Arab Emirates — The 14th Dubai Intl. Film Festival kicked off Wednesday with the Middle East premiere of U.S. director Scott Cooper’s violent Western “Hostiles” playing up its underlying theme of reconciliation and Cate Blanchett and Patrick Stewart providing some Western star power on the glitzy red carpet dominated by top Arab and Bollywood talent.

Blanchett, in fine fetter, after praising the fest for celebrating “diverse voices within the region” noted on stage that she was the opening ceremony’s first honoree: “It’s ladies first tonight, which is probably a good motto heading forward for the film industry,” she said.

Also receiving awards from Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the son of Dubai’s ruler, were Indian icon Irrfan Khan (“Inferno,” “Life of Pi”) who said that “cinema has given him the strength to live in times of insecurity”; revered Egyptian screenwriter Wahid Hamed, who got a standing
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PadMan Second Poster!

Billed as the most progressive film entertainer yet, PadMan is Co-produced by Twinkle Khanna’s Mrs Funnybones Movies, Hope Productions, KriArj Entertainment, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, India and written and directed by ad-man turned film-man R Balki (Paa). Akshay Kumar (Toilet: Ek Prem Katha) assumes the titular role of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a rural welder from India turned incredible innovator and inventor who invented a machine to make low-costm high-quality sanitary napkins, creating a sanitary napkin revolution in India. Muruganantham’s story has been fictionalised for its silver screen debut with PadMan, the world’s first feature film on menstrual hygiene releasing in cinemas around the world on 26th January 2018. Kumar is joined by critically acclaimed actresses Sonam Kapoor (Neerja) and Radhika Apte (Kabali).

Talking about the film, Akshay said, “PadMan is a very special film for many reasons. It is my wife’s first production from Mrs Funnybones Movies. She
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Check out: Siblings Sonam Kapoor and Harshvardhan Kapoor are now gym buddies!

Check out: Siblings Sonam Kapoor and Harshvardhan Kapoor are now gym buddies!
The Kapoor family is a big family but is known to a close-knit family. All of them have busy professional lives but they always make sure to spend time with their family. Siblings Sonam Kapoor, Rhea Kapoor and Harshavardhan Kapoor are definitely close to each other. Although Sonam Kapoor and Rhea Kapoor work closely together,Read More

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Sonam Kapoor shares a heartfelt birthday message for her Khoobsurat co-star Fawad Khan

Sonam Kapoor shares a heartfelt birthday message for her Khoobsurat co-star Fawad Khan
India was introduced to Pakistani heartthrob Fawad Khan through his TV show Zindagi Gulzar Hai. But, it was his Bollywood debut Khoobsurat with Sonam Kapoor that made him a fan favourite as well. Since then, the actor went on to star in Karan Johar’s production Kapoor and Sons. Although due to the political climate, FawadRead More

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Akshay Kumar Kicks Off 2018 with PadMan

Superstar Akshay Kumar is a new kind of hero in the first must-see film of 2018, Padman, releasing in worldwide on January 26th. The brand new poster has premiered for this important new film from writer/director R. Balki which also stars Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte, and is produced by Twinkle Khanna.

Padman is inspired by the life of Indian entrepreneur Arunachalam Muruganantham, who invented a low-cost sanitary pad-making machine and brought cost-effective female hygiene to India’s rural poor.

Talking about the film with such a strong social message Akshay said in a recent interview, “If you change nothing, nothing will change!! It’s not about being bold, but about breaking taboos that hold us back … it is about education. I have lived with women all my life, yet I have learnt more making this film than I’ve ever known even after being surrounded by women in my own family.
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A decade of Sonam Kapoor

A decade of Sonam Kapoor
Today, she is considered a proficient actress who can excel when she gets a meaty role. Sonam Kapoor, daughter of Anil Kapoor, is also a fashionista and style icon to reckon with. But does all this translate into a top level star? We have to find answers to this rather tangy question. The three mistakesRead More

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Check out Akshay Kumar and Sonam Kapoor wrap up Padman shoot in New York

Check out Akshay Kumar and Sonam Kapoor wrap up Padman shoot in New York
Akshay Kumar is a very busy man. The actor is currently busy shooting for PadMan which is a biopic on an entrepreneur Arunachalam Muruganantham. This film happens to be the first film under Twinkle Khanna’s production banner. The film shoot was recently wrapped up in New York. A few days ago, Sonam Kapoor and AkshayRead More

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Sneak Peek into Akshay, Sonam and Radhika in R.Balki’s PadMan

One of the films on our radar to most definitely see is Akshay Kumar’s PadMan directed by R. Balki. The social issue film, which also stars Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte, will release in India and worldwide on Jan 26th, 2018.

Billed as the most progressive family entertainer yet, Akshay Kumar plays the title role and once again showcases his commitment to social entertainers, in line with his latest super hit, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (Toilet: A Love Story).

PadMan is Inspired by the life of Indian entrepreneur and inventor Arunachalam Muruganantham, who invented the low cost sanitary pad-making machine and revolutionized the movement of cost effective female hygiene in India.

Akshay recently tweeted pictures with his co-stars

The Strength behind #Padman…find out on 26th January, 2018. @sonamakapoor @PadManTheFilm @radhika_apte @mrsfunnybones @SonyPicsIndia @kriarj #RBalki pic.twitter.com/iE8jaS6LRQ

Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) November 15, 2017

The Reason he became #Padman
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Whoa! Sonam Kapoor, Akshay Kumar starrer Padman to have its last schedule in Us

Whoa! Sonam Kapoor, Akshay Kumar starrer Padman to have its last schedule in Us
  With the announcement of a Hollywood studio like Sony Pictures collaborating with the producers of Padman, the makers of the film are obviously thrilled with the latest developments. On the other hand, the film, which is considered to be one of the first releases next year, is yet to finish its last schedule. AkshayRead More

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Hotness: Kareena Kapoor Khan looks smokin’ hot in this thigh high slit golden dress

Hotness: Kareena Kapoor Khan looks smokin’ hot in this thigh high slit golden dress
With Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhaskar and Shikha Talsania as protagonists, Veere Di Wedding is one of the most awaited light-hearted upcoming films in 2018. The two vibrant posters have got the fans excited for the big fat wedding of the year. Last month, we had shared a couple of looks of KareenaRead More

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