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Filmmaker Anurag Basu: Thin line between using freedom of creativity and misusing it




Filmmaker Anurag Basu says filmmakers have always explored bold subjects irrespective of the medium it is presented on. However, the line that differentiates freedom of creativity and misusing that freedom needs to be kept in mind by filmmakers at all times.

“It’s a very thin line between using the freedom of creativity and misusing it. I believe in OTT as well. Filmmakers should look at using freedom of speech in the best possible way to tell unique stories,” Basu told IANS.

His new film Ludo, an anthology drama, dropped on OTT platform a few months back and will make its television premiere soon.

“A lot of filmmakers have explored bigger and bolder subjects on the big screen as well. My film ‘Ludo’ dealt with many bold subjects and was initially planned for the big screen,” he added.

Basu, who made films such as Barfi! (2012), Life In A Metro (2007) and Gangster (2006), is confident now that theatres have reopened after lockdown, the audience will pour in like the good old days.

“Cinema is a community watching experience. I am certain that audiences will come back to theatres when they will be back in action completely. We just need one film that will create enough buzz for the audience to rush back to theatres. This has already started in the South, with the release of the Vijay-starrer ‘Master’, and soon will be seen in Bollywood too. One big release and things will change,” he said.

The filmmaker came back to direction with Ludo after a break of three years but he doesn’t sense a gap.

“As a filmmaker, I didn’t miss filmmaking and directing for the big screen. Thankfully, the TV reality show ‘Super Dancer’ and the film ‘Ludo’ happened at the same time. I had finished shooting for ‘Ludo’ when we were shooting for ‘Super Dancer’. So, I never felt I was away from the big-screen,” he said.

So, what does he prefer? Directing films or judging shows on television? Cooking!” he replied on a lighter note, and went on to add: “I absolutely love cooking. That’s what my family and my wife say! They believe I am a great chef and then a great filmmaker. I love cooking almost every day for my family.”

Ludo will have its television premiere on Sony Max on February 28.


Kangana Ranaut offers Ayurvedic tip for bile, fan says Taapsee needs it




Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut on Friday shared an Ayurvedic solution for people having a high level of ‘pitta’ (bile) in the body.

Kangana shared a photo of an earthen jug on Twitter which has pieces of peach soaked in water.

“Got this earthen jug from MP, I cut few peaches and soak in water, drink this antioxidants rich water, it comes out slightly sweet and very chilled. Tastes so good, try this with cucumber and lemon as well in Ayurveda it’s hugely recommended especially for people with high pitta,” she wrote.

Reacting to the actress’ earthen jug tweet, a fan took a jibe at Taapsee Pannu.

“Tapsee needs this chilled water badly… recipe from the Bollywood queen,” wrote the fan, referring to the recent tax raid on Taapsee Pannu, along with Anurag Kashyap.

Kangana and Taapsee Pannu’s cold war has been going on for a while. Late on Thursday, Kangana took a jibe at Bollywood actress Taapsee Pannu and filmmaker Anurag Kashyap calling them “tax chor”.

Kangana reacted to a news piece that says that the I-T department has found discrepancy and manipulation in income worth Rs 650 crore after raiding their properties.

The actress tweeted: “Every minute the numbers are rising, this is only the money they found clues for, one can only imagine what could be the actual numbers of money laundering, have been exposing terrorism racket of tukde gang in the under belly of Bullydawood, these are terrorists not just #TaxChor.”

“They are not just #TaxChor huge transactions of black money has happened, did they get that money for provoking #Shaheenbagh riots or #republicdayviolence… From where the black money came and where did they send the black money which isn’t accounted for ?” Kangana asked in another tweet.

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Prachi Desai: Playing police officer made me bit nervous




Bollywood actress Prachi Desai will be seen essaying a police officer for the first time in her film “Silence… Can You Hear It”. She says essaying the role made her a bit nervous.

The first character poster of Prachi Desai has been unveiled and talking about her look, Prachi said: “I play the role of a cop in ‘Silence… Can You Hear It’. My character Sanjana works in tandem with ACP Avinash, played by Manoj Bajpayee sir. She is determined, sleek, sharp-minded, with the wit of a fox that has a hunger for challenges. This is the first time that I am playing the role of a police officer, which made me a wee bit nervous but overall it was a memorable and tremendous learning experience,” she added.

The film traces the story of the mysterious disappearance of a woman. As she prepares to leave her house, a tragedy befalls following which the woman disappears only to have her corpse turn up a day later, discovered by trekkers.

Produced by ZEE Studios and directed by Aban Bharucha Deohans, the film also stars Manoj Bajpayee and Arjun Mathur in pivotal roles, along with Sahil Vaid, Vaquar, Barkha Singh, Shirish Sharma, Sohaila Kapoor, Amit Thakkar and Garima Yagnik.

‘Silence… Can You Hear It’ premieres on March 26.

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Fatima Sana Shaikh to star in Hindi remake of Tamil hit ‘Aruvi’




Actress Fatima Sana Shaikh has been roped in to star in the Hindi remake of Tamil hit film “Aruvi”. The remake will be directed by E. Niwas, who has called the shots on films like “Shool”, “Dum”, and “Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega” in the past.

The 2017 Tamil film starred actress Aditi Balan in the lead role. Balan’s protagonist Aruvi was deemed a progressive, post-modern symbol of feminism by most viewers.

“I look forward to dive deep into the skin of the character. I am really excited to embark on this journey,” said Fatima.

Director Niwas added: “‘Aruvi’ is not just a story of a hero. It’s a triumph over the labyrinths of life. It’s totally euphoric, and a privilege to explore one of the most beautiful cinematic characters I have come across. Fatima Sana Shaikh is an absolutely befitting choice.”

The Hindi remake is expected to go on floors in mid-2021.

“Equally funny and ferocious, ‘Aruvi’ is a provocative, feminist social satire that stunned us when we first saw it. We were drawn in by its unconventional narrative, deftly balancing its black comedy leanings, with the beats of a tautly executed thriller,” said Sameer Nair, CEO of Applause Entertainment, who have produced the film with Faith Film.

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