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Ishaan Khatter and Vijay Verma: Bollywood’s new Jai and Veeru

Actors Ishaan Khatter and Vijay Verma have become best of the friends, find out what’s their connection…

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Ishaan Khatter and Vijay Verma. Pic source: Instagram

After the release of Zoya Akhar’s Gully Boy starring Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt and Siddhant Chaturvedi, FTII graduate and actor Vijay Verma is much in demand and is receiving lots of movie offers. However, besides his career, he has also earned a close friend in Ishaan Khatter!

Ishaan has shown his affection and support for Vijay many a times on social media since the release of Gully Boy. Their friendship started when Ishaan uploaded a video dedicated to Vijay’s character from the movie Moeen Bhai. Sharing a common love for rap and good cinema they have also been spotted at special screenings together. Displaying their bromance publicly, they seem really fond of each other.

One of the sources also revealed the same and added, “Ishaan and Vijay both love rap music and have a huge connect due to that reason. Post Gully Boy they have become very thick as friends and often bond over their common love for music and are often together at movie screenings and other events.”

On the work front, Vijay has signed his next film Hurdang alongside Nusrat Bharucha and Sunny Kaushal and will also be working with director Mira Nair for her ambitious project, A Suitable Boy. For more Bollywood new and updates, stay tuned to CineBlitz.

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Canon kick-starts Free Online Cinema Webinars

Webinar flagship speakers include some of the best cinematographers in India – Santosh Sivan, Kiran Deohans and Alphonse Roy

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With an intent to promote the photography culture and build on the legacy of film-making in India, Canon India is all set to introduce its latest series of webinars on the nuances of cinematography. For the same, the brand has collaborated with renowned and established cinematographers Kiran Deohans, Alphonse Roy, and India’s finest DI Colorist Ashirwad Hadkar. The registration links and T&Cs for the webinars will be available on Canon India’s social handles.

Being one of the leading digital imaging companies, the brand constantly aims at pushing the boundaries of photography and cinematography. Moreover, while the mainstream and regional cinema industry continue to evolve and grow, a massive splurge in the consumer engagement with OTT led content has immensely contributed to the overall growth of the filming industry. This has also led to a massive demand for innovative and cutting edge products that can cater to the futuristic requirements of the filming professionals.

In line with this attempt, Canon India is kick-starting a new series of online masterclasses focusing on cinematography and film-making. Through these webinars, Canon India aims at providing an opportunity to all amateur and professional cinematographers to explore the marvel of full frame cameras in the field of cinematography and film-making, thereby leading to quality content production.

Commenting on the initiative, C. Sukumaran, Director, Consumer System Products & Imaging Communication Products, said “Consumers have been extremely delighted with the ongoing webinars and we have received amazing response so far. The current lockdown has given a rise to the consumption of OTT and digital content and we believe that this has also led to curiosity around the use of cinema cameras. With professional cinematography webinar series, we aim to enrich the minds of young adults who are looking to pursue a career in this field of motion pictures or also enrich the senior cinematographer with the changing dynamics of content making and consumption. We have chosen a blend to start with three of the most talented Director of Cinematography in India for the cinema series webinars and hope to encapsulate the minds of all cinema admirers.”

The first leg of this riveting cinema webinars will be undertaken by one of the most acclaimed cinematographers and Padma Shri awardees – Santosh Sivan. Mr. Sivan is the only Indian cinematographer to be inducted into the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC). His work in Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi cinema has been honoured with National awards movies such as Perumthachan, Kaalapani, Iruvar and Dil Se.

Followed by Santosh Sivan are webinars by two other renowned and celebrated cinematographers – Kiran Deohans and Alphonse Roy. Mr. Deohans is known for his brilliance in Bollywood cinema with projects like Agneepath, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Jodhaa Akbar, Sarabjeet, Manikarnika and very recent Mrs. Serial Killer on Netflix.  Mr. Roy brings to the table a different perspective being a wildlife cinematographer since more than two decades with accomplishments of projects like Gulaab Gang, Raid, Aamir, Mumbai Cutting to name a few along with India’s finest DI Colourist Ashirwad who graded over 700 films including blockbusters like Dangal, Raid, Bajirao Mastani, Padmaavat, Kabir Singh, Malang to name a few.

Webinar schedule:

SpeakerTheme/TitleDateDuration
Santosh SivanJourney of light Sunday, 31st May1 hour
Kiran DeohansStorytelling through light Saturday, 6th June1 hour
Alphonse Roy/Ashirwad HadkarIs HDR the future? Sunday, 14th June1 hour

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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Just Irrfan!

Founder-Director of Max Marketing Varun Gupta writes about working with Irrfan Khan in a special May edition of CineBlitz

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Varun Gupta is the founder-owner of Max Marketing and Innovations. He has been in the business of film marketing for nearly a decade, and has helped many a film achieve blockbuster status, including several Irrfan starrers.

We address people as ‘Bhai’ either out of sheer love and respect or absolute fear.Irrfan Sir or as many like to call him Irrfan ‘Bhai’, was one of the first actors who insisted on dropping his surname. The way people have reacted to his sad demise says a lot about the kind of love and respect he commanded among not just the people he knew on a personal level but also among those who saw him only through his craft.

I am one of those fortunate people who have worked with IrrfanSir for films like The Lunchbox, Jazbaa, Qarib Qarib Single and Angrezi Medium. I remember standing with him backstage on a dance reality show to promote The Lunchbox and he asked me very honestly andin an almost childlike manner, ‘Yaar, ek cheez  batao, yeh sab kyun karvate ho  mujhse, iss filmmein to nach gaana hai bhi nahi aur hum dance show mein aayehai, kucch faida hai kya in cheezo ka?‘  I was too junior at the that point in time to tell him my thoughts, so I just smiled and said, ‘Sir kya pata, kaunsi cheese kaha kaam aa jaye… kar let’s hai, 15 min kibaat hai.’

Cut to Jazbaa, in between one of his interviews he saw me browsing through some memes (which was a new concept at that time) and asked, ‘Yehdikhanazara.’ I started showing him all the memes on my phone; I thought he will laugh at a few. But after going through all of them seriously, he wondered, ‘Yeh banana ke paise milte hai logo ko? Innse picture chal jati hai??’ I just laughed out loud and said, ‘Nahi sir, picture tabhi chalti hai jab picture acchi hoti hai!!’

Then it was QaribQarib Single where I finally met the entire family as SutapaMa’am (Sir’s Wife) was one of the producers. We had several marathon meetings discussing how we should pitch this as a love story Irrfan-style and he wondered aloud, “My style of love?’ Looking at his wife, he continued, ‘Bhai, even I am not aware what is my style! Mera style hero kanahi ek maamuli aadmi jaisa hai!!’ I guess that’s why he connected so well with all of us because we saw US in HIM!!

Thank you Irrfan Sir, thank you for reinforcing that ‘Saaf Neeyat aur Mehnat Se Sab Kucch ‘Haasil’ Hai!!

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Deepika Padukone has been engaging in online script narrations during the lockdown

Had it not been for the lockdown, Deepika would’ve been shooting for Shakun Batra film

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The country has been in lockdown for over 2 months now and the entire film fraternity has come to an indefinite halt. Most people are managing work from home and so is Deepika Padukone. The actress has been engaging in online narrations of scripts.

Deepika is using this time productively as an actor and having virtual meetings with filmmakers in this time. It is the new digital way of creative interaction for the actress.

According to the sources, “Deepika has been working on her projects that are already announced and is also listening to newer scripts via video conferencing to decide her next projects”. If this is true, her fans can rejoice as now she will be working on more memorable characters for them across the globe.

Adding on to it, the source also shared that, “Had it not been for the lockdown, Deepika would have currently been in Sri Lanka, shooting for Shakun Batra’s untitled next that also stars actors Siddhant Chaturvedi and Ananya Panday”.

In her journey so far, Deepika has given us many remarkable movies and characters some of which are Piku, Naina from Yeh Jawaani hai Deewani, Mastani from Bajirao Mastani, Veronica from Cocktail and the list goes on which are etched in our hearts forever. The actress truly enjoys an unparalleled career graph with an unprecedented fan following. Her extraordinary craft and her ability to bring her roles to life on celluloid is commendable.

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