Anushka Appeals For Help To Martyrs In Sukma 

NEW DELHI: Actress Anushka Sharma has made a heartfelt appeal to the people of the country to offer aid to the bereaved families of the CRPF personnel who lost their lives when Maoists ambushed them in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district earlier this week.

“Our brave jawans in the CRPF martyred their lives for the sake of the nation in the recent Sukma attack. It’s my heartfelt appeal to everyone that if you want to truly pay your tribute to our fallen braves, then visit the Indian government’s website bharatkeveer.gov.in and make your contribution to show their families that India stands with them in solidarity in this moment of grief,” the Sultan actor said in an audio message.


The website, http://www.bharatkeveer.gov.in , was launched on April 9 this year, and actor Akshay Kumar has played an instrumental role in its conception.Home minister Rajnath Singh had inaugurated the new government website along with the actor. The site allows common people to make monetary donations to families of paramilitary troops killed in action, with an upper limit of Rs 15 lakh to a single family.

If you wish to help these Sukma bravehearts, you can contribute directly into the account of their kin by clicking on this link:bharatkeveer.gov.in

‘Bahubali 2’ Shatters Many Records On Its Opening Day!

New Delhi: SS Rajamouli’s magnificent visual delight ‘Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’ opened in theatres on April 28, 2017, and the fans can’t keep calm. The huge canvas of the film has been one of the major talking points among viewers besides the quintessential question of ‘Why did Kattappa kill Baahubali? (Kattapa Ne Baahubali Ko Kyu Maara).

With trade analysts predicting it’s first day collections eyeing a Rs 100 crore historic collection, the lead hero Prabhas has certainly arrived and how! The epic saga of love, drama and war has clicked with the fans creating a rage across the nation.
The social media platforms are buzzing with the rousing response this film is witnessing pan India. “The advance booking is crazy; there are corporate bookings of 100-200 seats. There is a repeat value for this film. The opening day collections should be at Rs 70 crore in all the languages. It’s all set to create history with the film earning Rs 230-240 crore over the weekend,” a Mumbai- based exhibitor Akshay Rathi told PTI.
“I came at 5 AM. I got a ticket for the second show (night show). I wanted a ticket for a matinee or first show. But I am happy that I got a ticket,” Anusha, a college student, in Hyderabad, said.
Fans of Prabhas, who plays the lead role of Baahubali, put up huge cutouts of the popular star to celebrate the release of the film. Outside cinemas, fans poured milk on the cutouts, copying religious rituals reserved for gods. In fact, filmmaker SS Rajamouli, actress Anushka Shetty and music director MM Keeravani visited a theatre screening of the movie in Hyderabad to gauge the response of the audience, according to PTI.
In Delhi, major cinema chains like PVR and Inox have allocated 80 percent of its total capacity to ‘Baahubali 2’. “PVR has allocated close to 80 per cent of its total capacity to ‘Baahubali 2’ in India as well as in Delhi. The film has taken a phenomenal start, the occupancy is expected to be 85 percent for day one for entire PVR chain,” Kamal Gianchandani, CEO PVR Pictures, told PTI.
The Telangana government has allowed five shows of the film to be screened following a request from the producers. In Karnataka, fans reportedly paid up to Rs 1,600 per ticket to watch the film. As much as 75 per cent of screens available in the state is showing the film.
In Bengaluru alone, 72 of the 94 single screen theatres were screening it, trade experts said. In Mysuru, as many as 40 screens out of 45 are showing ‘Baahubali 2’.
The Kannada film fraternity is pushing for the implementation of a budgetary proposal to peg the ticket prices at Rs 200 in single screen theatres and multiplexes.
In Kerala, producer-distributor Prem Menon of Global United Media, predicted the film will shatter all the existing box office records in the state. “It has released in 310 screens (142 in Malayalam and the rest in Tamil) and we are still counting. Theatres across the state had scheduled close to 60 early morning shows today. We are expecting the film to gross Rs 5 crore in Kerala, which will be a record,” he told PTI.
In Mumbai, the ticket prices started as low as Rs 200 and went up to Rs 1,500.
Trade analyst Komal Nahta says the Hindi version itself is all set to create new benchmarks.
“The opening day looks like 40 crore plus for Hindi version and the weekend will be more than 100 crore. The film is destined to make history and it is going to break every single record – opening day, weekend, first week and so on,” he said.
Nahta says going by the positive word-of-mouth across the board, the film will challenge existing record holders from Bollywood such as ‘Sultan’, ‘PK’ and ‘Dangal’.
Prabhas starrer will surely break the record of Bollywood stalwarts Salman Khan and Aamir Khan.
‘Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’ has an impressive star cast of Prabhas in the lead with Rana Daggubati, Tammaanah Bhatia, Ramya Krishnan, Sathyaraj and Nassar playing pivotal parts.

The first part ‘Baahubali’ had collected Rs 650 crore (gross) at the worldwide box office.

Give Certificate To ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’, Tribunal To Censor Board

The Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) has directed the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to grant an ‘A certificate to “Lipstick Under My Burkha”, which was denied a certificate for its sexual content earlier this year.

The FCAT has directed that the film be granted certification after “voluntary and some additional cuts and deletions”. 
“Lipstick Under My Burkha” was deemed too “lady oriented” in content and according to the censor board, it is laced with sexual scenes and abusive words.
The film, starring Konkona Sen Sharma and Ratna Pathak Shah, chronicles the secret lives of four women of different ages in a small town in India as they search for different kinds of freedom.
The makers in their appeal had asserted that the theme of the film is about “women claiming their rights over their body, their ideas, decisions, aspirations and fulfilment of their dreams”. They said that the film is “about emancipation and assertion of women rights, culminating in their liberation and empowerment”.
The FCAT observed that CBFC “misdirected themselves in denying certification on the ground that the story of the film is women oriented. There cannot be any embargo on a film being women oriented or containing sexual fantasies and expression of the inner desires of women”. 
The press note, issued by the FCAT, read: “As a matter of general approach if the aspect of sexual desires and their expression is sensitively handled without bringing coarseness, vulgarity or obscenity, pandering prurient tendencies, then it is not to be disallowed.”
The FCAT also directed some voluntary cuts or reduction in the length of the sex scenes. In addition to the above, some cuts, which the FCAT felt were necessary particularly in the length of the scenes were so directed.
The statement read: “We cannot lose sight that there is a thin line between creative and artistic expression being depicted in a natural sex scene. The same can be obliterated if the sexual scenes are continued for a long duration which may not be necessary or integral to the film. Besides, it would then infringe the guidelines requiring such scenes to be kept to the minimum.”

Movie Review: ‘Noor’

By Subhash Jha

Though I couldn’t relate to her endless boozing and snoozing, Noor Roy Choudhary as played by Sonakshi Sinha, is someone I’ve known in passing. And that’s I would keep her if I met her. At a safe distance.

‘Noor’ is not one of the best films on journalistic ethics. It doesn’t do to the contemporary Mumbai media world what the Paul Newman-Sally Field starrer Absence Of Malice did 30 years ago. It pricks at the conscience in a rather undemanding way. ‘Noor’ takes sly and slender satirical swipes at sensationalism in journalism, more delectable for its many jibes than the actual prick at the conscience.
The prick, when it comes, is not as solidly impact-filled as it should be. But by then, Noor has established her credentials for being an aimless adrift television journalist looking for a sense of purpose. That purpose’ kind of falls into her lap with a gentle thud. Of course Noor messes it up. This is her prized USP, the ability to be absolutely and candidly self-serving without being apologetic about. She messes up and moves on.
Director Suhnil Sippy whose last feature film, the snappy and slick Snip came 17 years ago, doesn’t skip a beat. He allows his vision to meander with Noor’s sense of aimlessness, trailing her through endless drinking binges and a never-ending quota of bacchanalia with her two friends Saad (Kannan Gill) and Zara (Shibani Dandekar).
While Kannan Gill definitely needs elocution classes, Dandekar is delightfully saucy specially in the scene where she walks in to a bar to slap a man who has betrayed her best friend. I wanted to see more of her. More of Noor’s editor’s no-nonsense socialite wife played by Suchitra Pillai. And yes , more of Noor’s boss played by the ever-excellent Manish Choudhary. The last time I saw a female journalist share such tactile vibes with her boss it was in Rajkumar Gupta’s ‘No One Killed Jessica’.
Sonakshi Sinha gamely plunges into the mediaperson’s home ‘groan’ zone, mining into Noor’s insecurities and inadequacies to come up with a character who is as real as any neo-realistic urban character, like, say Alia Bhatt in Gauri Shinde’s ‘Dear Zindagi’. Like Alia, Sonakshi is not afraid to address her character’s uncertainties about her body and sexual activities.
This is a coming-of-age yarn that joyfully gets into the head and bed of its heroine, deconstructs the hoary Hindi Film Heroine, highlighting her appetites, culinary or otherwise, in ways that were considered inappropriate until a decade ago. Whatever ‘Noor’ does, she does with an unabashed ebullience where she can and often does, trip and fall on her nose.
And when Noor falls in love she really falls. The segment showing her growing attraction to a rakish photojournalist (played with splendid suaveness by Purab Kohli) is brief and brilliant. The fit of heated passion subsides quickly. This is one of the film’s prominent attributes. It rakes up issues and then quickly moves to something else.
Perhaps this mood swing in the narrative replicates the film’s protagonist’s restless energy which is killing her professional skills while destroying her personal relationships.
Sonakshi Sinha kills it, even as her character claims Mumbai is killing her. Her monologue on the smog, smut, corruption and heartbreak of Mumbai is indeed a highlight. Sonakshi throws in her weight with her character’s fight to float above the metropolis’ rising sewage level of moral turpitude.
The flow of conversational energy is the key to the narrative’s efficacy. Ishita Moitra’s dialogues add ample zest warmth and humour to Saba Imtiaz’s skimpy novel about the socio-political awakening ofA an aimless reporter. In director Sunhil Sippy’s hands, “Noor” is a lot more. It’s about the media and sensationalism, the city and the single girl.
It’s about ‘Noor’ and her friends and her father (played by veteran M K Raina, delightful) and her cat, and her conscience. Sunhil Sippy packs it all in, leaving enough breathing space for the characters to acquire a life of their own. (IANS)

Tubelight On For This Year Eid Release 


Superstar Salman Khan recently released the teaser and first look poster of his upcoming venture ‘Tubelight’ on Twitter and none can keep calm! After ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’, this happens to be his third film with Kabir Khan.
The buzz around ‘Tubelight’ is quite high as the film and its storyline has been kept under wraps. The first look poster has created a stir among Sallu bhai fans. Noted film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh took to Twitter and announced the official release date of the film.
He wrote: “And yes, note the OFFICIAL release date of release of #Tubelight: 23 June 2017.”
A Chinese actress Zhu Zhu will be seen opposite Salman in the film. Also, there happens to be a special role of Shah Rukh Khan too.

‘Fast & Furious 8’ Does Zipping Business In India 


One of the much awaited and talked about Hollywood film this year, ‘The Fate of the Furious’ has been well received in the country. It is the eighth movie in the popular action franchise and has grossed Rs 71.06 crore in its opening weekend in India, reportedly.
According to PTI, the film has broken its own record set during ‘Furious 7’ release to become the first Hollywood movie to earn so much in its opening weekend in India. ‘Furious 7′ had earned Rs 70.83 in its opening weekend, according to a release by Universal Pictures.
Fast and Furious 8’ opened in theatres on April 12, 2017, and is helmed by F Gary Gray. The film zoomed to an estimated USD 532.5 million global debut over Easter weekend, including USD 100.2 million in the US and a USD 432.2 million overseas.
The film marks the return of Vin Diesel as Dom and Michelle Rodriguez as Letty while Charlize Theron is the latest addition to the cast. It has an interesting ensemble cast of Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Scott Eastwood, Nathalie Emmanuel, Kurt Russell and Charlize Theron.

Rajkumar Rao Dons ‘Shiva’ Look For ‘Behen Hogi Teri’ 


Rajkummar Rao has unveiled teaser poster of his upcoming film “Behen Hogi Teri”, which shows the actor dressed as Lord Shiva.The actor can be seen painted in the quintessential blue colour like the God and sitting in a pensive mood on a bronze-coloured motorcycle wearing slippers.
Rajkummar took to Twitter to share his different avatar, where he also mentioned that the trailer will be out soon.”Here’s the new poster of #BehenHogiTeri. Trailer out soon”, wrote the actor.
The producer of the film, Amul Vikas Mohan also shared the poster. Earlier Rajkumar Rao had tried his hands at Mata Ka Jagraata with ‘Jai Maa’ song