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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.”

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.

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 

Trailer For ‘Meri Pyaari Bindu’ Released 


Actor and Singer Ayushmann Khurrana is gearing up for his new film ‘Meri Pyari Bindu’s release. The trailer for the movie had been released online. Starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Parineeti Chopra the film ‘Meri Pyaari Bindu’s trailer showcases the melodious era of the 60s and the emerging India of the 80s in a unique blend. 

The movie is scheduled to hit the screens on May 12, 2017. Produced by Maneesh Sharma for Yashraj Films, the movie is directed by Akshay Roy.

Movie Review: ‘Naam Shabana’ 

By Meetali Kutty 

Title: Naam Shabana

Director: Shivam Nair

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Tapsee Pannu, Anupam Kher, Manoj Bajpayee

Genre: Thriller, Action

This film aims to be a spin-off of the popular film Baby, but fails to match up to the expectations of the audience. While Baby was a taut film with a gripping narrative and well paced scenes, Naam Shabana lags in parts, with a slow first half and a rushed ending that feels unsatisfying.

This film is centred around Shabana, played by the wonderful Tapsee Pannu, and the tragedy that shaped her life and made her join the espionage service in search for retribution. Tapsee plays her character with zeal, and is equally stunning during her action scenes or when showcasing raw emotion. The interesting part of the film is it is helmed by a strong woman lead (although overshadowed in the credits by Akshay Kumar in a guest role!)

Shabana is a girl who enjoys martial arts and being with her family. She is pursued by a young man who she inevitably falls for but who she loses under tragic circumstances. This tragedy allows Manoj Bajpayee, the leader of a shadowy organization, to recruit her and help her get revenge on those who wronged her.

Akshay Kumar’s cameo role seems tacked on, but is sure to be a crowd pleaser as the theatre erupted into applause when he arrived. There are plenty of plotholes in the film such as why they would choose a rank newcomer to the system to chase one of their most sought after criminal masterminds, or how a complex medical procedure seems as simplistic as a dental visit. There are lighter moments in the film that serve well to break up the tension, but overall the plot lacks the intricacies of the far superior Baby.

Tapsee Pannu is the shining star of this venture, and manages to breathe life into the material. The item numbers seem forced, and are surely placed there for some appeal to the masses, which in my mind seems to be a wrong step. The directing is up to par, but the movie is let down by the script, which could have used more fine tuning, and lacks tension. Manoj Bajpayee is also good in his role, and fits into the universe of the film smoothly, while Akshay Kumar’s performance feels a little flat. The cinematography of the film is also vibrant and adds some depth to this lackluster fare.

This film could certainly have taken a few tips from Baby!

Verdict: **

Shraddha Kapoor In And As Haseena! 


Actor Shraddha Kapoor has shared the latest picture of her upcoming film, Haseena- The Queen of Mumbai. The film, which is based on Haseena Parkar, the late sister of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, will show Shraddha in a fearless and bold avatar, which has never been seen before. The photo from Haseena: The Queen of Mumbai has been released right after Half Girlfriend’s motion poster, which shows Shraddha in same monotonous look getting drenched in a rain.
Her look in the picture is extremely fearless and bold, and you instantly forget all her the girl next door roles. Shraddha’s role will showcase the life of Haseena from the age of 17 to 40. And if there is one thing that Shraddha regrets about her role, it is the chance of not having met Haseena herself who passed away in 2014. Earlier, she spoke about how she hopes to be convincing with this film and character.

Shraddha shared the picture on her Instagram account with her brother Sidhant who is playing the role of the don Dawood Ibraheim 

#HASEENA & finally unveiling my brothers first look as #DAWOOD #ComingSoon #ApoorvaLakhia

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First Look of RAW (Romeo Akbar Walter)

Actor Sushant Singh Rajput is on a roll these days. After the success of ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’ Sushant has signed films like Raabta, Drive and Chanda Mama Door Ke. He has now signed yet another interesting film and its title is Romeo Akbar Walter. No, it is not a coincidence that the film’s acronym will read RAW — Research and Analysis Wing, India’s elite intelligence agency. All signs say that Sushant will play a spy in the film, who, of course, will also be a hero.

The film’s first poster also says, “Our Hero? Their Spy?” The movie, to be directed by Robby Grewal, will release in 2018. While the story of the film is a closely guarded secret, it is reportedly set in 1971 and based on true events. The poster looks decidedly edgy and its tagline, ”our hero, their spy”, is telling. Can it be about double agents or about agents embedded deep inside the enemy territory? Sushant is adept at playing a man playing hide-and-seek between the two sides as Byomkesh Bakshy showed.

Robby Grewal has earlier directed Samay: When Time Strikes, MP3: Mera Pehla Pehla Pyaar and Aloo Chaat. The film is produced by Dheeraj Wadhawan, Ajay Kapoor, and Bunty Walia. The rest of the cast has not been disclosed till now. From playing an astronaut in Chada Mama Door Ke to a spy in Romeo Akbar Walter, it seems Sushant has made variety his strong point!