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5 ways in which Ali Fazal has set new benchmarks for Indian actors in Hollywood

As Ali Fazal rings in his 34th birthday today, here’s taking a look at his achievements that are creating history for Indian artistes in the West.

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Ali Fazal

Ali Fazal is easily one of the most prominent Indian faces in Hollywood. The actor after a start in a cameo in Furious 7 quickly gained popularity as he landed Victoria And Abdul alongside Dame Judi Dench. With his next international release Death on the Nile around the corner, the actor has already been roped in for the lead part of Code Name Johnny Walker, based on the bestseller by the same name. As the actor rings in his 34th birthday today, here’s taking a look at his achievements that are creating history for Indian artistes in the West.

1) One of the youngest Indian Academy Members

Fazal was one of the youngest members of the Academy from India. In 2018, The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has extended an invitation to 928 artists to be part of the Oscars membership. Fazal was the youngest Indian on the list that year alongside Shah Rukh Khan, Tabu, Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit amongst others. In an interview, talking about it, Fazal said, “I feel exhilarated, honoured and humbled to be included in that list of beautiful people. Cinema is the key to unite people from all over the world. The academy is a standing example of that and I hope I serve well in the forthcoming years of entertainment.”

2) First Indian to land a titular role in an international film

With the conversation around lack of representation intensifying in the West, it was a landmark move for the makers of Victoria and Abdul to cast Ali in a titular role for the film. It was a first for any Indian actor. Ali had remarked in an interview that the sheer representation opened doors for writers to look at talent in India. He had said in an interview during the promotions, “With Victoria and Abdul, we finally broke the stigma around an Indian artist to get a lead role in a Hollywood movie. Indian cinema is out there now, on the world stage.”

3) First Indian to bag a biopic in the west

Codename Johnny Walker, his next, is written by Alan Wenkus former writer of famed chat series – The Tonight Show and Straight Outta Compton, for which he got an Academy Nomination. It is the first time that an Indian artiste will be playing the lead in a biopic.

4) Surrounded by legends

The one solid yardstick of Ali’s success is the fact that the actor has been surrounded by great talents throughout his career in the West. From working with the Academy Award winning actress Judi Dench and the Academy nominee Stephen Frears in Victoria and Abdul to working with the talented Kenneth Branagh (who has multiple Academy Nominations to his name) to even working with Wenkus, who has written the screenplay of his next, the actor keeps the company of great and aspires to better his craft everyday learning from the masters themselves!

5) Named as the top 10 actors to watch out for

In a 2017 yearly list close on the heels of Victoria and Abdul’s release, Ali was seen as one of the actors to watch out for by the popular Variety Magazine in the US. The actor was named alongside Timothée Chalamet,  Kiersey Clemons, Daveed Diggs, Kumail Nanjiani, Grace Van Patten amongst others. The past awardees of this honor have names like the Oscar winning actresses Lupita N’yongo and Viola Davis.


11 years of London Dreams: Director Vipul Amrutlal Shah was moved by Salman Khan’s professional & human approach on the sets

Filmmaker Vipul Amrutlal Shah says that it was an amazing experience shooting with two superstars Salman Khan and Ajay Devgn

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Director Vipul Amrutlal Shah and Salman Khan during the shoot of London Dreams

Producer-director Vipul Amrutlal Shah’s ‘London Dreams’ starring two superstars Salman Khan and Ajay Devgn along with Asin, Aditya Roy Kapur and Rannvijay Singh, completes 11 glorious years on October 30 this year. The producer-director admits that it was an amazing experience shooting with the two superstars for the first time, along with great cast and crew, which he will cherish forever!

Recollecting an incident about Salman Khan while shooting for the film that really moved him, Vipul Shah informs, “One of the most unforgettable incidents that I remember shooting for London Dreams is that Salman (Khan) had unfortunately lost two of his dearest dogs – MySon and MyJaan. As per the schedule, we had two days of shooting sequences of musical concerts, one month apart from each other and both the time, Salman lost his dogs. In spite of losing the dogs, who were so dear to him, he continued to shoot and after pack up at 6 or 7 in the morning, he went from Karjat to Mumbai, picked up his dog, completed the funeral procedure at his farmhouse and reported back to the shoot at 4 pm in the evening and again continued shooting.”

Also read: Salman Khan and team wrap up shooting for Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai

“Since we were shooting concerts and they were very expensive shooting days, Salman didn’t want those days to get cancelled. I was amazed at his professional and human approach that Salman had for those days, forgetting his own pain and looking at all the hard work that the unit was putting in and reporting back on the sets and shooting non-stop without sleeping for 48 hours,” Vipul adds.


Salman Khan, Asin, and Vipul Amrutlal Shah during the shoot of London Dreams

The successful filmmaker worked with Salman and Ajay for the first time in London Dreams. “I had heard so many stories about how will I be able to pull off the shooting with these two superstars,” he recollects, elaborating, “But to my surprise, the shoot was like a picnic. I don’t think I have laughed so much on any set as I have laughed on the sets of London Dreams because Salman used to crack jokes all the time, and at the same time Ajay had this tremendous knack of pulling pranks out of nowhere. The experience of working with these two superstars will always be special because they made me feel at home from day one, gave me my complete freedom and worked with me on my vision on how I wanted to shoot the film and create it.”

Also read: Vipul Amrutlal Shah’s ‘Force’ featuring John Abraham & Vidyut Jammwal completes 9 years!

“One of the key assets of the film was my DOP Sejal Shah. He was magical and he was lightning fast. I don’t think the film would have been shot in 54 days if it was not for Sejal. Also, my brilliant team of writers including Ritesh Shah and Suresh Nair and editor Amitabh Shukla, continuing from Namaste London and Singh Is Kinng. They gave me what I exactly wanted in terms of my vision for the script, how it can look different, how it can capture Salman and Ajay as two superstars and how to cut it on the edit table. Special thanks to Shankar Ehsaan Loy for giving me the best music and Prasoon Joshi for the lyrics that the soul of the film needed. Whenever I feel a little low, I put the movie soundtrack on,” concludes Vipul Shah.

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Mukta Arts celebrates its 42nd anniversary with a 3 film deal with Zee Studios

Mukta Arts developed a huge story bank with young and veteran writers and today it has tied up with one of India’s biggest studios ZEE STUDIO to produce three movies in 2021.

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Subhash Ghai

It was 24th October 1978 when Subhash Ghai launchd his production company MUKTA ARTS with Rishi Kapoor starrer KARZ -an evergreen musical classic till date and never looked back in launching all his movies on 24th October which is his wedding anniversary. He named his company Mukta Arts after his wife Mukta Ghai from Pune.


Young Subhash Ghai

A student from the acting course of FTII had a stint of four years as an actor in Mumbai and became a story writer for top 6 directors of the 70s including Prakash Mehra and Dulal Guha with his scripts like Aakhri Daku and Khan Dost . After being a writer for 3 years he was given a chance to direct his own script KALICHARAN which established him as a director par excellence. He wrote and directed another super hit VISHWANATH for Shatrughan Sinha’s production. He was recognised for his crispy talent of dialogue writing extracting performances from actors big or small.

After directing two more films with a bigger canvas Gautam Govinda n Krodhi starring Dharmendra , he launched his production company on 24 th October 1978 with KARZ. With KARZ he came up in the rank of top musical directors and craftsmen of hindi mainstream cinema.


Subhash Ghai directing Sanjay Dutt

After watching KARZ superstar DILIP KUMAR accepted to work under his direction in script VIDHATA a golden jubilee God father film produced by Gulshan Rai with a young new actor SANJAY DUTT again which was launched on 24 oct 1981.


Subhash Ghai with Dilip Kumar

He launched his new company as MUKTA ARTS PVT LTD company on 24 th October 1982 with his evergreen musical love story HERO introducing JACKIE SHROFF AND MEENAXI SHESHADRI. He launched a court drama MERI JUNG for his mentor N N sippy on 24 oct 1984 casting then rising actor Anil Kapoor who became a star actor for his performance as a lawyer.

Since then on every 24 th October the whole film industry would wait for his announcement of a new movie under mukta arts. Distributors would send their cheques in advance on the 24th without knowing the star cast. He became the most popular writer-director producer of india. Media titled him as SHOWMAN after his biggest blockbuster action film KARMA with an immortal patriotic song “e watan tere liye”

A string of blockbusters were followed like family drama RAM LAKHAN , Epical story of two titans SAUDAGAR with Dilip kumar raj kumar , an emotional crime Thriller KHALNAYAK , An indian daughter story PARDES , a Grand big screen musical TAAL , a father-daughter’s social drama YAADEIEN , period drama KISNA , a musical canvas YUVRAAJ, an Issue based drama on terrorists BLACK And WHITE. all these movies were launched on 24th October of the year.

In 2001 Mukta Arts was the first hindi production company which was listed in public in India and raised funds to set up a world class film and media arts school Whistling Woods International in Film City Mumbai to groom the next generations of content and film makers.

Mukta Arts produced 42 films including super hits like Aitraaz, China Town, Iqbal, Ek aur Ek Gyarah, Apna Sapna Money Money, Jaan etc and distributed 400 plus films and today runs 60 screens as exhibitors all over.

L to R: Hrithik Roshan, Dilip Kumar, Subhash Ghai

Aishwarya Rai, Subhash Ghai, Anil Kapoor

Subhah Ghai, Shah Rukh Khan, Mahima Chaudhary on the sets of Pardes

Mukta Arts developed a huge story bank with young and veteran writers and today it has tied up with one of India’s biggest studios ZEE STUDIO to produce three movies in 2021. Scripts of all three are ready which include a comedy, a thriller and a courtroom drama.Cast and crew being finalised to go on floors in March 2021.

Again on 24th 2020 when Mukta arts is back with a bang in film productions too. Wait n watch next 24 th October 2021 for a bigger surprise.

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Chhattisgarh’s Phoolbasan Yadav on KBC 12 sets the right example with her exemplary work

Chhattisgarh’s Phoolbasan Yadav, on KBC 12 sets the right example with her exemplary work through Maa Bamleshwari Janhit Kare Samiti.

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Phoolbasan Yadav with actress Renuka Shahane on KBC 12

When women support each other, incredible things happen! And this week’s Karamveer, Chhattisgarh’s Phoolbasan Yadav, on Kaun Banega Crorepati 12 sets the right example with her exemplary work through Maa Bamleshwari Janhit Kare Samiti. She will be accompanied by none other than Renuka Shahane on the Hot Seat. Don’t miss this power-packed episode on Friday, 23rd Oct.

50 year old Phoolbasan Yadav has been tirelessly working towards the development of economically and socially backward women of Chhattisgarh, India. Yadav’s struggle against poverty to achieve self-empowerment and later helping to empower others, serves as an inspiration in itsef. Resolute in her mission to see women break the shackles of patriarchy, Yadav, through her self-help groups, not just aids women in being economically self-sufficient by creating employment, but also looks after the village needs like sanitation, health, water, spreads awareness against child marriage. Apart from that, she established a Mahila Fauj to mobilise a de-addiction movement in villages to keep a check on cases of domestic violence.

From L to R: Renuka Shahane, Phoolbasan Yadav and Amitabh Bachchan on KBC 12 set

Also read: KBC Season 12 inspires India with, Jo Bhi Ho, Setback Ka Jawaab Comeback Se Do

When Mr. Bachchan welcomed Phoolbasan Yadav, she went on to add, “Firstly, I would really want to thank everyone. It feels like a dream to be here on this platform and I would like to thank Sony channel for this opportunity. They say that if you have dedication and the will power, you can achieve everything. I would like to thank my Guru dev because of whom I am here today. I would also like to thank my team of 2 lakh women from Maa Bamleshwari and every household from Chhattisgarh. Gaon ki matti phenkne wali aur gobar uthane wali mahila, Bol na to nahi aata lekin karm karna aata hai, zindagi jeena kaise hai. Mahilaon ko kaise zindagi jeeni chchiye wo aata hai. Pehle gaiyya, bakri charate the… ab mahilaon ko charate hain, zindagi jeene ke liye.”

Amitabh Bachchan presenting a memento to Phoolbasan Yadav at KBC12

When Mr. Bachchan asked her how she understood the nitty-gritties involved in finances and running a successful organization, Yadav went on to promptly reply, “If you stay alone, these things will never cross your mind. For example, if you hit a cat or a dog with a stone, they will run away. But try pelting a beehive with a stone. The bees will attack you. This is the might of a sangathan!” With such simplicity she explained that when you are alone, you are scared… but together, you can become a collective force which is unstoppable.

Phoolbasan Yadav and Renuka Shahane at KBC’s Karamveer Special episode

Also read: Rajesh Roshan reveals how he got Amitabh Bachchan to sing his first ever song in the film ‘Mr. Natwarlal’

Impressed by the perspective and the determination of Phoolbasan Yadav, both Mr. Bachchan and Renuka Shahane amidst a thunderous round of applause, celebrated her victories.

Renuka Shahane, who accompanied Phoolbasan Yadav on the Hot Seat championing her cause, said, “Hearing her story, even though I am well-educated, I feel bad, because having been educated, why dint I ever think of doing something for the society just as courageously as her (Phoolbasan). Maybe after this show, I would want to do something.” Speaking to Phoolbasan Yadav, she further added, “Aaj do lakh mahilayein aapke sath judi hui hain, ab se do lakh ek… mujhe bhi jod dijiye usmai!”

Also read: “People should say, Jaate Jaate Healthy Organs Chhod Kar Gaya”, says Riteish Deshmukh

On the upcoming episode, viewers will get to know about the efforts of 50-year-old Yadav, a Padma Shri awardee who has been a beacon of hope for the development of economically and socially backward women of the state of Chhattisgarh, relentlessly since the past 19 years. Watch Phoolbasan Yadav share her nuggets of experiences and achievements with Renuka Shahane, Mr. Amitabh Bachchan and all of us.

Don’t miss the Karamveer special episode of Kaun Banega Crorepati 12, to be aired this Friday, 23rd Oct, at 9 PM only on Sony Entertainment Television!

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