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I want to make Tom Cruise Dance: Farah Khan

The filmmaker-choregrapher held a masterclass at IFFI this year

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Choreographer- Filmmaker Farah Khan was at her wittiest best at an in-conversation session at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) Goa. When she was told that she wears various hats, Farah answered,  “Primarily I am a mother to my three children. I have directed only 4 movies in 12 years. So that is something I have done the least.”

Asked about the challenges when it comes to choreographing a song, she opined, “It is easy to choreograph when a director has a clear vision about how the song has to look. Mani Ratnam has great clarity he pushes the technicians to give their best. Even Kundan Shah, Mansoor Khan…they all are great.”

On being accused of making masala films, Farah said, “Please don’t leave your brain or any part of your body behind. A general perception is that a film that has entertainment that has no value. Unfortunately, we all are prejudiced.”

“I love all sorts of films…I love them (Art films) for their serenity. I admire movies that let you be. The only thing a film shouldn’t do is to bore you. I don’t expect a film to educate you… at least in a preachy manner… because I went to school. I loved the film Munna Bhai that has entertainment along with a good message.”

Farah didn’t agree that films have an impact on society. She feels, “Gandhigiri would have been a big thing or India Pakistan treaty would have happened after Main Hoon Na if that was the case.”

When asked about being addressed as a female director, Farah said, “It’s not a gender-specific job. Don’t slot me. A lot of women directors accept and revel in that but I reject that.”

When asked about why there are very few women-centric films, Farah said, “Because there is a business module. A big-ticket film with a big hero tends to earn more. Audiences don’t go to watch films with women in the lead. They want to go and watch a big hero film over a female-centric film.”

On being blamed for making masala films, she clarified, “No director should be told what to make or not make. In all my movies I make sure that the woman has a job, they are not only there because they want to get married. You won’t see any obscenity or vulgar scenes in my films.”

Looking back at item songs in films, Farah said, “In the 90s and early 2000 we did a lot of songs. When we look back, we wonder if that really happened. Now as you grow and learn, you realize you shouldn’t do these kinds of songs where you objectify women. Now you are careful… sometimes people also get touchy about frivolous things but a lot has changed too.”

Talking about the song Deewangi from Om Shanti Om, Farah was asked if she managed to get all the actors she wanted. She laughed, “Aamir drove me crazy for ten days but he couldn’t make it because he was editing Taare Zameen Par… After 4 years he told me he didn’t want to do the song.”

Talking about the iconic Chaiyaa Chaiyaa song, Farah said, “We couldn’t get the permission to shoot at the station, so we managed to shoot it on top of a train and without rehearsals, we did it in 4 days…no one fell,” she joked and added, “We approached Shilpa to Raveena… a lot of other actors but no one did it. Malaika did the song and became a star after that.”

Talking about how there are fewer song and dance numbers nowadays, she explained, “Lot of songs today are non-lip sync. Soon you might not have songs to dance on.”

Talking about remixes, she said, “I am fed up of remixes. I don’t know why they are making them. It’s a call the music company has taken, because it is nostalgic. A retro song catches fast.”

She also spoke about her web show called Back Benchers. “It is a quiz show…sometimes we dumb it down when we know which celebrity is coming,” she said with a wink.

When asked about what she wishes to do in says the next 5 years, Farah promptly replied, “I definitely want to make Tom Cruise dance!

 

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Lata Mangeshkar is back home hale and hearty

The veteran singer tweets about her health and returning home after 28 days

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After 28 days, our Nightingale and Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar has returned home after a full recovery. She was diagnosed with pneumonia and was prescribed rest and physio.

The entire team of doctors and nursing staff at Breach Candy hospital worked diligently. Here is what Lata didi said on her return home…   “Namaskaar,

For the past 28 days, I was at Breach Candy hospital..

I was diagnosed with pneumonia. The doctors preferred that I extend my stay in hospital and go home when completely healthy.

Today, I am back home with the blessings of Mai and Baba I have my deepest gratitude to all my well wishers all over. Your prayers and good wishes have worked and I humbly bow down to each one of you.

My doctors at Breach Candy have been my guardian angels and I stand in eternal gratitude to each one of them. The nursing staff has been exceptional. A special thank you to the team of doctors who treated me with utmost care and love… Dr. Pratit Samdani, Dr. Ashwin Mehta, Dr. Zareer Udwadia, Dr Nishit Shah, Dr. Janardan Nimbolkar and Dr. Rajeev Sharma. Your endless love and blessings are precious. Thank you, again!”,

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Bhumi’s heading towards a hattrick in 2019!

Bhumi has three successful films including Bala, Saand Ki Aankh and Pati Patni Aur Woh

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With Pati, Patni Aur Woh opening brilliantly, Bhumi Pednekar is set to make a rare mark in the industry. Bhumi will be one of the very few actresses who has actually had three successes in a row and that too in a calendar year.

Pati, Patni Aur Woh is riding on hugely positive word of mouth and is definitely set to become a hit especially with the film making a weekend business of Rs 38cr

. Her last film Bala in which she highlighted the societal stereotyping of India’s obsession for fair skin has gone on to become a blockbuster. Her Diwali release, Saand Ki Aankh also held its ground despite a three film release day with Housefull 4 and Made in China and emerged victorious as the obvious second best. This is definitely a big achievement by an actress in the recent times.

Bhumi says, “It has been an incredible year for me as an artist. I have done such variety of roles that it has been creatively satisfying. I hope Pati Patni Aur Woh becomes a big hit to cap my year on a hugely positive note. I have only strives to give something new to audiences in theatres and I thank them for their support and love towards my films and acting.”

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RSVP’s ‘Kedarnath’ completes one year, makers reveal what went behind the film in a new video!

Ronnie Screwvala’s production ‘Kedarnath’ has completed one year of its release yesterday

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On account of the first anniversary of the film the makers ha.ve treated the audience with the making video of the film.

The makers took to their official social media handle and tweeted  writing,”A year of love

A year of faith

A year of Mansoor & Mukku

A year of Kedarnath

#1YearOfKedarnath

@itsSSR

#SaraAliKhan

@RonnieScrewvala

@Abhishekapoor

@pragyakapoor_

@gitspictures

@ZeeMusicCompany

#Kedarnath”.

Kedarnath received an exceptional response from the audience across quarters owing to the gripping storyline and crackling chemistry of the lead actors Sara Ali Khan and Sushant Singh Rajput. The film also marked the silver screen debut of actress Sara Ali Khan.

In the film, Sushant essays the role of a cheerful and hard-working Muslim pithoo who carries the devotees on his back to the Kedarnath shrine for livelihood, while Sara essays the role of a bubbly Hindu devotee who falls in love with her bearer. It is intriguing to see is how love blossoms between them, get hit by caste barriers and eventually gets tangled with the devastating Uttarakhand floods that hit the state in 2013

Produced by Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP and Pragya Kapoor’s Guy In the Sky Pictures, Kedarnath is directed by Abhishek Kapoor. The film released on 7th December 2018 to massice critical acclaim and performed well at the box office.

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