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Bhuvan Shome actress Suhasini Mulay reminisces Mrinal Sen’s magic on his birth anniversary

One of the flag bearers of parallel cinema in India, Mrinal Sen bid adieu to the world on December 30, 2018

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No one can ever fill the void that Mrinal Sen left.  Remembering the fond memories with Mrinalda, yester actress Suhasini Mulay gets into a candid conversation with CineBlitz on the legends birth anniversary.

Mrinalda was a man with great conviction, he was a man who said what he thought and he let the chips fall where they sell.  He was somebody from the bottom of his heart believed that Marxism is the philosophy that should be with the people and did everything he could, to say that. I remember when he was going to start a film with Smita Patil and his wife Geetadi , he actually showed me a series of photographs of people starving. I saw them and I asked if that was the Great Bengal famine. He said they were from 1953, 1963 and 1973, and that was the first image for the film he had in his head.  He was sensitive; things like that really disturbed him. He was a man who worked on his conviction. He was fun and had a great sense of humour.

I started my journey with him. That time I was in school and I had no idea about the complications of film making, I think it worked because I was probably very small to know what’s happening. But working with him as a director, he was incredibly gentle and had this god awful habit of saying ‘excellent shot, excellent shot, let’s do one more take’. Initially, I was too scared on finding out that Utpal Dutt and Shekhar Chatterjee were supposed to be the co-actors. Both Utpaldaand Mrinalda were incredibly good, gentle and kind. I was scared on the very first day but then it was fun working with Mrinalda, I remember we used to constantly pull tricks on each other. One night Utpalda dressed up as a ghost and came to scare me but I knew it was him. And then Mrinalda said that he and Utpalda had a bet that I wouldn’t get scared. This way he seemed to make work very easy, even the most difficult scenes.  Even if he was under pressure it never got communicated to me. Also, if anybody gave a suggestion- a spot boy or a crew member or the camera man, he would listen to it with equal seriousness.

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Suhasini Mulay from film Bhuvan Shome which is directed by Mrinal Sen

If there is one incident that will always be remembered it has to be from the sets of Bhuvan Shome. There is a scene where I am sitting on a window and it was only me in the frame. But when I saw the final product there were cut aways added of half shots of feet and ghagra over it, looking closely I realised those feet were not mine.  I went to him and inquired and he said he needed cutaways so he shot them with an assistant director (AD). I was like can’t you see those feet are hairy and big to which he said look at your feet they are pretty huge. Mrinalda said they in fact matched my shoe size and that AD had the smallest feet in the unit.

He was also a very family oriented. Mrinalda and his wife Geetadi were two peas in a pod and Geetadi has a bank of stories about Mrinalda including that he was scared of ghost. All her stories would start off with “Tumar Mrinalda jano ki korlo”. She was his anchor; I think that once she passed away, I wasn’t surprised that he went so quickly, I was saddened not shocked.  I have never seen a couple so much in love and they were quite cute together.

This was the great Mrinal Sen who created strong and trending impression on Indian cinema. On his birth anniversary we wish that his soul rests in peace.

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Deepika Padukone takes Yoga classes ahead of commencing her next film

The actress will start shooting for Shakun Batra’s film as soon as the lockdown is lifted

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With her talent and on screen presence, Deepika Padukone has proved that she can play any character with utmost passion. Ever since her upcoming movie with Shakun Batra has been announced, fans have been contemplating as to what new does the actress have in store for her fans. We hear that Deepika has recently started engaging in yoga as part of her preparation for her role.

According to a well placed source, “Ahead of commencing the shoot for Shakun Batra’s directorial, Deepika Padukone has started training for Yoga. It is a part of her preparation for the film. While there is no understanding of how this is going to be of help to her in the film, as not much is known about her character, it is only known that she has recently started training for it.”

There could be some connection of it with her role and the makers are keeping all the details under wraps.

The actress has been reading parts of the script everyday as she doesn’t want to lose touch with her character by the time they start shooting for it.

Deepika delivers an exemplary performance on the celluloid and the credit goes to her diligence, passion and determination. She thoroughly seeps into the skin of her character, and walks an extra mile to achieve the finesse.

Had it not been for the lockdown, a major chunk of the film’s shoot would have been completed in Sri Lanka. However, the actress will start shooting for the film as soon as the lockdown is lifted.

Let us know in the comment section below and stay tuned to CineBLitz for updates on this front as well as other Bollywood news. https://cineblitz.in/

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Ajay Devgn starrer Maidaan postponed, to release in theatres in August 2021!

The film showcases the journey of one of India’s finest football coaches

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Ajay Devgn starrer Maidaan, a film which celebrates the biggest sport in the world -Football, has got a new release date. A story of change and self-belief, Maidaan will release the next Independence Day week, 13th August 2021.

Inspired from an incredible true story, it will showcase the journey of one of the finest coaches that emerged from India, the one who put India on the global map.

Directed by Amit Ravindernath Sharma of Badhai Ho fame, Maidaan also stars National award-winning actress Priyamani, Gajraj Rao who created magic with Badhai Ho and the well known Bengali actor Rudranil Ghosh.

Produced by Zee Studios, Boney Kapoor, Akash Chawla, and Arunava Joy Sengupta, screenplay and dialogues are written by Saiwyn Quadras and Ritesh Shah respectively. The film is set to release on 13 August 2021.

Let us know in the comment section below and stay tuned to CineBLitz for updates on this front as well as other Bollywood news. https://cineblitz.in/

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Ajay Devgn to make a film about the recent Galwan Valley incident!

It will narrate the story of the sacrifice of 20 Indian army men who fought the Chinese army

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After Bhuj: The Pride of India, Ajay Devgn Ffilms & Select Media Holdings LLP, once again, join hands to showcase the strength of our Indian Army during the recent Galwan Valley incident!

It is a known fact that actor-filmmaker Ajay Devgn has always supported movies or characters that portray Strength and Valour. The actor, in past, who has shouldered films like LOC: Kargil, The Legend of Bhagat Singh, Tanhaji, Singham and RAID amongst others is all set to showcase the Might, Valour & Sacrifice of the Indian army during the infiltration of China at the Galwan Valley recently.

On 15 June, our troops were ambushed. The fighting resulted in the deaths of 20 Indian soldiers of 16th Bihar Regiment including its commanding officer, Colonel Santosh Babu.

At a de-escalation meeting following the incident, China accepted that the Chinese commanding officer was also killed in the mêlée. U.S. intelligence reportedly concluded that 35 Chinese soldiers were killed. 20 of our brothers laid their lives to assert the Territorial Integrity and Sovereignty of our Mother Land, It is their story!

The film is co-produced by Ajay Devgn FFilms and Select Media Holdings LLP. It narrates the story of the sacrifice of 20 Indian army men who fought the Chinese army.

The cast and other crew are under finalisation.

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