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Filmmaking enriches my world view: ‘Sherni’ director Amit Masurkar

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Filmmaker Amit V Masurkar is never in a rush. He takes his time…In an industry obsessed with volume, Masurkar’s cinema is about being meticulous, well-researched and detailed — Vidya Balan starrer ‘Sherni’, being streamed on Amazon Prime being the latest example.

Masurkar feels that every filmmaker has his/her own ‘reasons’ for making movies. “Frankly, I enjoy the process of filmmaking. It enriches my worldview and teaches me many things,” he tells IANS.

The director, whose second feature film, ‘Newton’ was selected as the Indian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards, says though he did feel a certain pressure post the critical response that ‘Newton’ garnered, it did not really last long. “Yes, I felt some pressure for a few months, but as I said, I am a kind of filmmaker who enjoys the process. The moment I immersed myself in work, everything went back to normal.”

Masurkar, who dropped out of an engineering course at the age of 20 to pursue filmmaking and later acquired a BA degree in History from Mumbai University insists that there is no set pattern when it comes to choosing themes/stories. “I trust my instincts when it comes to zeroing in on a story. I don’t have a set process in place. After all, filmmaking is an intuitive process.”

Talking about the research that went into making of ‘Sherni’, he says that Aastha Tiku, the film’s writer, worked on the material that was collected by her research associate and analyzed it to find patterns which formed the rough plot. “She then did long interviews with female forest officers, people who lived in villages near jungles, zoologists and conservationists.

The other department heads did their own research to get other details right, like costume (Rushi-Manoshi and Bhagyashree) production design (Devika Dave), sound design (Anish John) and music (Naren and Benedict). We had a scientific advisor on board, Dr Virani whose help we all took.”

The director, for whom conservation is extremely close to the heart believes, “It would be extremely foolish to ignore the signs that are in front of us,” says this director of the independent comedy film ‘Sulemani Keeda’.

Perhaps India’s first full-fledged ‘jungle film’, Masurkar says that he has tried to incorporate multiple points of view and perspectives. “The forest is a character in the film.”

Adding that for the film to have an impact on people, it needed to feel realistic compared to other films that our Indian audiences are familiar with, for Masurkar it was important to work on every detail of sound, score and cinematography (Rakesh Haridas). “The editor Dipika Kalra had a lot of footage of the jungle to work with. Creating the atmosphere took a lot of effort from her side.”

Though made for a theatrical release, he does not really have complaints that it was screened on an OTT platform. “Owing to the pandemic we released it straight on Amazon. It has reached millions of people worldwide.”

Masurkar is currently working on several ideas including a series created by writer Aastha Tiku.

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Ravi Teja all set to explore the Hindi market with ‘Khiladi’

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Ravi Teja, who was last seen in ‘Krack’, will soon be seen playing a double role in his upcoming film ‘Khiladi’.

With an intent to explore the existing craze for Telugu movies in Hindi, the makers of ‘Khiladi’ are eyeing to release the movie in Hindi as well.

A report says that the producers of ‘Khiladi’ have sold the Hindi-dubbed version rights to Pen Studios. Since the Allu Arjun starrer ‘Pushpa’ has become a big hit in the Hindi market, ‘Khiladi’ might make a good impression as well.

The movie’s Hindi-dubbed release rights have reportedly been bought by Pen Marudhar. Pen Studios, who has previously been associated with several Bollywood movies, is currently producing the Alia Bhatt starrer ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’.

As there aren’t any notable Hindi movies releasing in the near future, the Ravi Teja starrer might be received well, the makers believe.

‘Khiladi’ will head to theatres on February 11. Starring Meenakshi Chaudhary and Dimple Hayathi, Ravi Teja will be seen in a dual role in ‘Khiladi. Helmed by Ravi Shankar, the movie is said to be a commercial action drama.

After ‘Khiladi’, Ravi Teja will be seen in ‘Ramarao On Duty’ followed by ‘Dhamaka’, ‘Ravanasura’ and ‘Tiger Nageshwarao’.

Ravi Teja is the only actor with back-to-back movies in his kitty even during the pandemic.

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Lata Mangeshkar shows ‘marginal improvement’, still in ICU

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Legendary singer Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar is showing ‘marginal improvement’ and continues to be in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), according to a statement shared by the Mangeshkar family.

The statement reads: “There is a marginal improvement in Lata Didi’s health and she continues to be in the ICU under treatment of a team of doctors, headed by Dr Pratit Samdani.”

“It’s not possible to give updates daily as that is a direct intrusion in the privacy of the family. We request each one of you to be sensitive to this issue.”

Mangeshkar, 92, was admitted to Breach Candy Hospital near her home in south Mumbai with Covid-19 and related health issues.

“India’s Nightingale” had tested positive on Tuesday (January 11) after reportedly contracting the virus from one of the house helps.

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Bigg Boss 15: Tejasswi Prakash calls Shamita Shetty an ‘aunty’

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As the ‘Bigg Boss 15’ finale is just around the corner, the contestants were given one last task ‘BB Hotel’, where Tejasswi Prakash and Shamita Shetty got into a heated fight.

In the upcoming task, Tejaswwi and Shamita were the hotel staff. Other contestants were hotel guests. A live audience was also seen entering the ‘Bigg Boss 15’ and are supposed to vote out one member from the show in the new episode.

During the task, Tejasswi was supposed to give a massage to co-contestant and beau Karan Kundrra, who was not impressed by her skills and said: “Aesi kaunsi hotel staff hoti hai Yeh bakwaas massage kar rahi hai (Which hotel staff does this. This is such a bad massage she is giving me).”

Moments later, Shamita is seen giving Karan and Tejasswi pulls her by her leg.

Tejaswwi gets insecure and says: It’s Karan Kundrra and not Raqesh Bapat. Isse pahele aapne apne task ko kabhi nahi liya tha (You have never taken any task seriously.)”

Shamita defends herself by saying it’s just a massage. She later is seen giving a back massage to Prateik Sahajpal.

An angry Tejasswi, said: “That aunty is on top of this one too.”

This bothers Shamita, who retaliates saying: “There is an audience here, we are doing it for them — respect the audience.”

“It’s a task and you have no business calling me an aunty (Pointing at Karan) You should be ashamed that you did not take up for me.”

“She is crossing her lines and because of you I keep my mouth shut.. Karan, she has pulled me — Something in the outer world I would have handled very differently . How Dare she touch me and pull me,” Shamita said on the Colors show.

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