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Emmay Entertainment believes in empowering women storytellers.

They are committed to producing film for women filmmakers

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For a production house where two-thirds its leadership is female, EMMAY Entertainment has taken the gender mandate further. Founded in partnership with filmmaker Nikkhil Advani, producers Madhu Bhojwani and Monisha Advani realised that in its ninth year, the company’s body of work has reflected agnostic genres from real life thrillers like Batla House, DDay, Airlift to mass dramas like Satyameva Jayate and Marjaavaan. Conscious of dialling up the volume on content that represents women in a stronger, positive and empowered manner, they realised the answer was not just in the story; for that, they needed the right storytellers. The company has proudly signed four strong women directors with diverse film grammar and yet an aligned agenda – INCLUSIVITY. These filmmakers include Kaashvie Nair (whose upcoming film starring Neena Gupta, Arjun Kapoor & Rakul Preet), Madhumita (critically acclaimed  director of the award winning Tamil feature film KD), Mitakshara Kumar (directing a period epic for an international OTT) and Ananya Banerjee (debuting with two web series this year).

Speaking on behalf of the company, producer Monisha Advani says, “We are committed to producing for a growing number of women directors. This is not a diversity card. We believe their optics change the way we view any genre of cinema, be it action, drama or comedy.”

Talking about her love for storytelling, Ananya Banerjee says, “I’ll go anywhere for a good story and this love has often led me to some extraordinary situations, bizarre encounters, odd characters (and some trouble too). All of which is slowly finding its way into my storytelling, my visuals and my technique. I’m so grateful that I’m being able to tell those stories now, in my own voice.”

“When I came in 2007, I realised there were very few female filmmakers. Today, there so many more voices which is fantastic. Because, I think the gender shouldn’t matter.”, asserts Madhumita.

While sharing her association with Emmay, Kaashvie Nair says, ”Emmay is home to me. It’s been a journey of almost ten years where he has been my mentor, guide, philosopher and inspiration. Madhu and Monisha are the two pillars that hold everything together for us and always make sure that they nurture each of us, together they make sure they push our boundaries and help us achieve the best”

“I am their latest child! I say this because that’s exactly how they treat each of their directors, with love and warmth. I can never express my gratitude to Nikkhil, Monisha or Madhu enough for the trust they’ve shown in me and the support they give me. I just hope it is a very long and a happy association that goes beyond this one project to many, many more. Emmay is family to me.”, adds Mitakshara.

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CINTAA Sr VP Manoj Joshi meets Maharashtra Governor to represent senior actor issues

As per Covid guidelines, senior actors above the age of 65 are not allowed to shoot

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CINTAA’s Senior Vice President, actor Manoj Joshi met with the Honorable Governor of Maharashtra Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari today. They discussed the issue of senior actors, above the age of 65, not being allowed to shoot. The Honorable Governor assured of necessary co-operation.

The meeting was a dual purpose meeting, reveals Manoj Joshi. The Honourable Governor who has witnessed the freedom struggle wrote an essay on Mahatma Gandhi, participating in the competition organised by the Postal Department as a common man. When he won the competition, he added three times the amount to the prize money and gave the same to the post office employees for protection against COVID19.

“I had been to his place to congratulate him on this amazing  gesture as well as honour him with a shawl along with State BJP Secretary and  Vice-Chairman, of Maharashtra Film, Stage & Cultural Development Corporation Ltd (MFSCDCL) Amarjeet  Mishra who presented The Hon Governor with an idol of Vithoba and Rukmini.”

Manoj Joshi then briefed the Hon Governor on CINTAA, its history, its members, on the senior citizens who are members of CINTAA on whom their family depends for livelihood, and that they already have had no work for three months. He elaborated that the number of working seniors was not very large, but apart from that, there are continuity issues and producers can not replace them. “The Hon Governor gave us a patient ear. It was a good 40 minute meeting. He was very positive and assured that he would help us in the best way possible. He had received the letter from CINTAA that we had sent  him,” elaborates Joshi.

CINTAA had also sent letters to the Hon CM Uddhav Thackeray,  Hon Minister Subash Desai and Former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis besides the Hon Governor. “We are glad the meeting with the Hon Governor  was an eventful one and are hopeful that the outcome would be a positive one. The meeting was indeed reassuring.”

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Orlando Bloom’s Retaliation that has a massive Indian connect is all set to release in the US on July 24

India release yet to be decided for the movie about sexual abuse within a church

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Starring  Orlando Bloom as ‘Malky’,  Retaliation is a gritty revenge drama which features him as a demolition worker.

The film directed by the acclaimed Shammasian brothers has been produced by the noted Indian producer Sheetal Talwar’s Vistaar Film Fund along with TeaShop & Film Company and also marks collaboration with Zee Studios International as co-producer.

Speaking about the film’s release in the US, Talwar says, ” Retaliation is a very special journey for us. The film is so relevant today and Orlando has done a fantastic job as expected from an actor of his caliber.”

Talking about the release in India, Talwar adds, “We are waiting to see when theatres open here in India and a decision about the release would be taken post that. In an ideal scenario, we would like a theatrical release though.”

Amit Goenka, CEO – International Broadcast Business and ZEE5 Global, says, “We at ZEE are happy to back this project and hope that fans of Orlando Bloom enjoy him stepping into a different role”.

Retaliation is directed by The Shammasian Brothers — Paul and Ludwig, co-produced by Zee Studios International and executive produced by National award winning filmmaker Bhavna Talwar and renowned industry professional Bimal Parekh.

As the film’s trailer indicates, the narrative deals with a very relevant subject of sexual abuse within a church that has been widely spoken as many allegations, investigations and trials have surfaced in recent times.

While the film has also been much talked about for superlative performances, Bloom’s co-star Anne Reid won a prize for Best Performance in a British Feature at Edinburgh Film Festival.

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‘Bellbottom’ to be the first film to commence shooting after the lockdown

The action thriller stars Akshay Kumar, Vaani Kapoor, Huma Qureshi and Lara Dutta

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‘Bellbottom’ Brings Bollywood Back to Business

As the lockdown in the country and across the globe is easing, the filmmakers of the high-end espionage film ‘Bellbottom’ are ready to take their script on floors. The much-anticipated thriller starring Akshay Kumar, Vaani Kapoor, Huma Qureshi and Lara Dutta is the first film to commence shooting after the long lockdown. The schedule of the movie begins one month from now, the entire team of ‘Bellbottom’ will be heading to the UK for the same.

Over the past few months the film industry has come to a halt, whether in India or outside. As parts of the world are showing signs of recovery from the virus, the need of the hour is to adapt and evolve with the times.

Keeping the new normal in mind, a thorough precautionary plan for the shoot has been laid down by the filmmakers. The film’s shoot not only gets the artists back on the sets but also all the people involved in the process of film-making. ‘Bellbottom’ resuming work is a step forward to normalise the current working situation in Bollywood and indeed bringing the industry back to business.

Sharing his thoughts on starting the shoot for the film, actor Akshay Kumar says, “We are glad to be able to start shooting for Bellbottom after the long lockdown. The team has made special plans and taken precautions keeping the current situation in mind. I am looking forward to the industry to begin doing what it does best and entertain the audiences again.”

Producer Jackky Bhagnani adds, “There are a number of people dependent on the film industry starting up again. We wanted Bellbottom to take shape the best way possible, but at the same time keeping the safety of the crew as our top priority. All our activities will be minutely monitored to make sure no one is at risk and we’re following all the issued guidelines. The cast and crew are on board and offering full cooperation. It’s time!”

Director Ranjit M Tewari who too is eagerly waiting to start the shoot shares, “I am immensely thankful and happy to start filming. Even during such trying times, we strive to give our best and make this film a success.”

Pooja Entertainment presents in association with Emmay Entertainment ‘Bellbottom’ Produced by Vashu Bhagnani, Jackky Bhagnani, Deepshikha Deshmukh, Monisha Advani, Madhu Bhojwani and Nikkhil Advani. Bellbottom written by Aseem Arrora & Parveez Shaikh is set to release on 2nd April 2021.

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