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Is Siddhant Chaturvedi teaming up with Shimit Amin for his next?

Actor Siddhant Chaturvedi may work with Chak De India! director, Shimit Amin for his next

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Shimit Amin and Siddhant Chaturvedi. Pic Source: Instagram

After a breakthrough role and debut in Bollywood with Gully Boy, which starred Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt, actor Siddhant Chaturvedi became a much-wanted name on the filmmakers’ list owing to his acting skills. Amidst all the projects coming his way, the actor may have signed a big film with director Shimit Amin.

Buzz is that Siddhant might team up with Shimit Amin for his next. The director is well-known for his films – the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Chak De India! and Ab Tak Chhappan that starred Nana Patekar – even though his last, Shuddh Desi Romance didn’t work well at the box office. However, we are more than excited to see Siddhant and Shimit come together!

Besides Bollywood, Siddhant has also been a part of the web-series Inside Edge which was a hit with the viewers. Currently, he’s gearing up for the second season of the show which also starred Vivek Oberoi, Richa Chadha, Angad Bedi and Tanuj Virwani. For more Bollywood news and updates, stay tuned with CineBlitz.

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Thappad review: A stretched out but insightful film

Thappad’s strength is in its insightful writing and layered characters, however, at 140 minutes length, the film becomes stretched out

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Stars: 3

As the trailer suggested, Thappad revolves around – just one slap. The man in this story slaps a woman – his wife – at a house party after a major disappointment in his career. You go into the film waiting – with some nervousness irrespective of your gender – for the slap to happen. Writers Anubhav Sinha and Mrunmayee Lagoo Waikul make you wait for that moment. The film begins with a calm sequence revealing all the other women in the film with the men in their lives enjoying an orange Popsicle. This sequence alone shows that the following might not be what you expect to be.

Director Anubhav Sinha’s filmmaking career (RA.One, Cash, Tum Bin) saw a paradigm shift with his latest three films – Mulk dealt with religion, Article 15 with caste, and Thappad deals with domestic violence. It’s a man-woman film. But instead of doing the blame game, Thappad shows the male-centredness of this whole situation. However, it keeps flirting with the preachy zone, thus sometimes taking too long to make an obvious point.

The moment that you wait for nervously – the slap – is dealt cleverly without over sensationalizing it. Silence speaks more than words. This could easily have been a male bashing film with every line and emotion being spoon fed to the audience, provoking a rebellion. The good thing here is that the filmmaker just shows the situation. The viewer must be involved enough to understand what the film wants to say. And the filmmaker succeeds to a greater extent. Another recent example of such film is Meghna Gulzar’s Chhapaak.

The film has an ensemble cast in Ratna Pathak Shah, Kumud Mishra, Tanvi Azmi, Dia Mirza, Geetika Vidya among others who give this film the much needed layers. Domestic violence is spread across all classes and all the different walks of life are finely woven into each other. However, unfortunately, the lead of this film played by Taapsee Pannu somehow doesn’t look convincing in the role. Your heart goes out to her in the film’s most brilliant scene between her and Tanvi Azmi, but other than that she falls short quite often. Pavail Gulati whom you’re not supposed to like in this film does fine justice to his unlikable character.

Thappad could have been a more gripping at a less than two hour length. But maybe the society which has a lot to learn about how they go about the male-female dynamics in modern times, needs this 140 minutes long narrative. The superb second half will make you question a lot of things about yourself. It’s worth taking a closer look within yourself. That’s the point of this film.

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Rohena Gera’s award-winning debut feature, SIR is slated for a Pan-India theatrical release on March 20

The film stars Tillotama Shome and Geetanjali Kulkarni has travelled to 45 film festivals

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Rohena Gera’s internationally acclaimed debut feature, ‘Is Love Enough? SIR  starring Tillotama Shome (Monsoon Wedding, A Death in the Gunj, Hindi Medium), Vivek Gomber (Court) and Marathi actress Geetanjali Kulkarni (Court, Taj Mahal 1989) is slated for Pan-India theatrical release on 20th March 2020. The film had its World Premiere at the 71st International Cannes Film Festival, in the critics week competition section making Rohena Gera the first woman filmmaker to bag Gan Foundation Award for distribution. The first look poster of the film is launched today.

Produced by Inkpot Films (Brice Poisson and Rohena Gera), and co-produced by Ciné-Sud Promotion, the film is a story of a Marathi widowed domestic worker played by Tillotama Shome  who finds a complicated romantic spark with her recently single employer Ashwin (Vivek Gomber), who’s just returned from the U.S. after breaking off his engagement.

The film has travelled to nearly 45 international and Indian festivals including AFI Fest Los Angeles, São Paulo International Film Festival, Beijing International Film Festival, Zurich Film Festival and has won 16 awards including, Best Film, Best Actress, Best Director & Audience choice awards.

Is Love Enough? SIR is among the top 5 highest-grossing Indian films released theatrically in France including Salaam Bombay and Lunchbox. The film is theatrically released or sold in nearly 30 countries across world and garnered critical acclaim and popular success.

The India release is spearheaded by Shiladitya Bora of Platoon One Films, with PVR Pictures Limited distributing the film.

The writer-director-producer, Rohena Gera, who is absolutely thrilled to bring the film to her home country says, “ The film is about fighting for a dream, and the film has become my dream come true.  To have my first film in Cannes, and then to have it travel around the world from Brazil to Japan to Hungary to Israel… it’s beyond what I would have dared to dream.  But that said, I made the film for India.  It is an Indian story, it is about us. The fact that people abroad connected to it is a bonus.  What I am so excited (and nervous) about is to see how people at home feel.”

“I have been really lucky to have had the support of a wonderful crew and amazing cast, especially Tillotama, Vivek and Geetanjali who breathed life into the characters and made them shine.

Tillotama Shome who plays Ratna, the Marathi domestic help in the film says, SIR has had a dream run in the international film festival circuit, starting with Cannes and a spate of international releases. However, we were often asked in those countries, how the film was received in India and now we are excited we will finally have the answer. It both fills my heart with joy but also makes me nervous.”

Talking about her preparation for the role, she adds, “It was a wonderful challenge to bring to life the delicate negotiations within Rohena’s script with my wonderful co-actors Vivek Gomber and Geetanjali Kulkarni. The subject matter of the film is so delicate that it was extremely nerve-racking and yet it is also what made it so rewarding. I had to learn Marathi for a few scenes. The effort to learn the language made me fall in love with Bombay a little more.”

Commenting on the themes, the film deals with she adds, “We all believe in love but can we love across class? And if we can, how far can we take it? How far are we willing to fight the system, the prejudices? This film is about love, this film is about us with all our good and bad.”

The actor and producer of acclaimed film, CourtVivek Gomber who plays Ashwin quips, “This is great news, I am very very happy for the crew but more than anyone for Rohena. She has been at it fighting for the film, from its inception to production to its premiere in Cannes-Critic’s Week to multiple International releases and now finally she gets to bring the film to Indian audiences. I am very proud of her, and thankful that she kept fighting for the film so everyone’s work could get to the people.”

Vivek adds, “I also want to thank Tillotama Shome, who is fantastic in the film, in my opinion. Tillotama had been cast before me, so I knew whoever landed the job would work with Tilly. I like her work, and I like her as a person and I have wanted to work with her for a while so I was beside myself when Rohena cast me. Tillotama is a very generous actor and scene partner and I got to learn a lot from her. She made it easy. For me all the accolades go to the two women, Rohena for allowing me to be a part of the film, shaping my performance and Tilly for being a great co-actor so that Rohena could extract that performance out of me. I hope the audience watch the film and like it and I hope all of our efforts bear fruit.”

The producer Brice Poisson of ‘Inkpot Films’ says, ““It has been my privilege to be part of SIR’s journey. It was amazing to see French and Indian teams collaborating so well and transcending language and cultural backgrounds to produce such a film.  This is more than one could dream of while producing a first feature film, from a Cannes selection to an uncontested commercial success with over 160k entries in France along with a massive international release, it has been no short of unreal.”

“The day right after the Cannes premiere, I received an email from someone at Lucas Films, their team had seen the film and were interested in meeting Rohena. I had a strong feeling that if they connected with SIR, then this film can have commercial success and is not a “festival” movie. They were right and it fills me with joy that our distribution partners around the world have seen financial reward out of this project” he adds

He signs off saying, “I would like to thank PVR for supporting the film and Shiladitya Bora, who has believed in the film from the very beginning. I am also extremely grateful for the support of all our partners. After witnessing reactions of Germans Japanese etc… I am waiting to see the reaction in India.”

Synopsis

Ratna (Tillotama Shome) works as a domestic live-in help with Ashwin(Vivek Gomber), a man from a wealthy family. Although Ashwin seems to have it all, Ratna can sense that he has given up on his dreams and is somewhat lost… On the other hand, Ratna who seems to have nothing, is full of hope and works determinedly towards her dream. As these two worlds collide and the two individuals connect, the barriers between them seem only more insurmountable.

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Tiger Shroff is counting down to Baaghi 3 and so are we; ‘Ronnie’ all set for his greatest battle in 8 days!

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Actor Tiger Shroff, popularly hailed as the youngest action star by everyone is all set to own the year 2020 with his highly awaited film ‘Baaghi 3’. The actor has 2019 with his blockbuster hit film ‘WAR’ and previously owned 2018 with ‘Baaghi 2’, credited with the success of the entire franchise Baaghi. Excited upon the inching release, the actor shared a visual of ‘Ronnie’ to mark eight days to the release.

The actor shared a visual with the fans and wrote, “8 days to go! #baaghi3 #6march” as he stares through fiercely with a gun in his hand, all set to take over the world. Ripped in his fighter avatar, Tiger’s looks are doing all the talking where Ronnie will lead the battle this time for his brother.

Baaghi 3 has some large scale action sequences and in one of the scenes, Tiger has run through a series of bomb blasts instead of opting for VFX to make sure the shot looks as real as possible. Every sequence is a must watch and the trailer of the film already was termed as the most viewed trailer of all time.

On the work front, Tiger’s upcoming movie Baaghi 3 is all set to release next week on the 6th of March and is directed by Ahmed Khan and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala. The movie also stars Shraddha Kapoor and Riteish Deshmukh.

The world is excited to see how Ronnie takes over us all this time just as how the first poster look of Tiger Shroff gave us the biggest thrill, making us wait but here we go- 8, 7, 6… 6th March and we are excited!

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