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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!



Witness an epic battle for power, vengeance,and bloodshed in the ‘Raktanchal’ trailer

MX Original Series Raktanchal is a surreal journey into the brutality set in the Hindi heartland of India

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MX Player brings viewers a high octane, action-packed crime drama inspired by real events from the ’80s of Purvanchal, Uttar Pradesh, at the time when the state development work was distributed through tenders.

The criminal empire of Waseem Khan (Nikitin Dheer) who rules the tender mafia is challenged by a young criminal Vijay Singh (Kranti Prakash Jha) who is driven by vengeance. The story sets in motion, a clash for acquiring tenders with a political battle in the background, which unleashes a bloodbath in the city of Purvanchal. Vijay must overcome great personal odds to beat Waseem Khan and become the tender king!

MX Original Series Raktanchal is a surreal journey into the brutality set in the Hindi heartland of India and the 9 episodic series introduces audiences to the never explored world of the kedari. The trailer for the series has dropped and it gives us a glimpse of their rise, reign, and rivalry for the top spot.

Directed by Ritam Shrivastav, the series also sees Vikram Kochhar, Pramod Pathak, Chitranjan Tripathi, Soundarya Sharma, Ronjini Chakraborty, Basu Soni, and Krishna Bisht play pivotal roles.


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Actor Vipin Sharma features in an anthem Phir Haath Milayenge that unites everyone in the times of COVID-19

Phir Haath Milayenge is a song of hope remembering the great times that we as a human being have had before the lockdown

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Popular actor Vipin Sharma, who currently garnering a lot of appreciation for his role in the much talked about web series Paatal Lok has recently featured in a music video Phir Haath Milayenge, written and directed by Suman Adhikary. Suman has also penned and composed the song.

Actor Vipin Sharma says, “Phir Haath Milayenge is a song of hope remembering the great times that we as a human being have had before the lockdown and the virus hit us. It is about how beautiful the nature is, how all of us are waiting for times to get normal and start enjoying the things that we love so much and start loving our planet.

“Although, we have also learned a lesson during this time that we have destroyed the planet a lot so it’s a kind of a reminder that we need to go back to the kindness and also apologise for the things we have done to mother nature. The song is a ray of hope that we will win and go back to where we were and do better this time and nurture our environment.“

The song is an initiative by newly launched Ameen The Band  by Suman Adhikary, Arindam Sarkar and Ayan Banerjee and Rat Race Frames, which is a salute to the medical personnels, policemen and COVID-19 fighters all across the globe. This song is sung by Jojo Mukherjee, Vidyadhar Bhave, Dipannita Sharma, Meheka Mukherjee, Veenah Naair, Sawai Khan Janra and Sankalitaa Roy.

Along with Vipin Sharma, the anthem features artists like Kitu Gidwani, Rajesh Tailang, Sariika Singh, Vikram Kochhar, Sankalitaa Roy, Jaimini Pathak, Tarun Raj Arora, Bedabrata Pain, Nagesh Bhosle, Veenah Naair, Dipannita Sharma, Pawan Chopra, Samar Jai Singh, Ankur Bhatia and Manasi Deodhar.

Music is arranged by Arindam Sarkar and has an interesting team of people such as designer like Abhishek Dutta, choreographers like Sandip Soparrkar, and cinematographer like RD Rajasekar. It is beautiful calligraphy done by Nagesh Sharma & title edited by Manas Sharma.

In such tough times, the revenue generated with this song will be going to GiveIndia, a charity organisation for children.

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

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Sanjay Dutt’s take on working in different language films is inspiring, here’s what he has to say

Sanjay Dutt has five big-banner films namely Shamshera, Bhuj: The Pride of India, KGF Chapter 2, Torbaaz, and Sadak 2.

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Sanjay Dutt is a remarkable actor who has made an impactful appearance in numerous movies and given the audience various memorable characters on-screen. The actor is all set to make his debut in the south Indian film industry with KGF2 which will be a Pan-India film and will see Sanjay Dutt play the role of the antagonist.

Since it’s the actor’s first time making an appearance in a film in a different territory, the actor recently opened up about how he deals with the various hurdles that come in the way. The actor believes that language or boundaries are never a barrier for an artist and there is a lot to explore, and the more one learns, the more one grows.

Sanjay Dutt says he has always loved Hindi Cinema but as an actor, there is more than just one platform. He believes that he should not restrict himself to one genre or language as there is such beautiful content coming from our regional languages and different platforms.

The actor is happy to be acting in a film made in another language. He says it was a little tough, but he enjoyed the process. In fact, the challenge is what made it all the more exciting for him. The actor felt like a kid learning something new on the sets of the film.

Apart from KGF Chapter 2, Sanjay Dutt is going to be providing his audience with an array of awe-striking films as he has a busy-as-a-bee year set for him with four other big-banner films namely Shamshera, Bhuj: The Pride of India, Torbaaz and Sadak 2.

Other than his current projects, the actor will also be working towards creating qualitative content for his home production- Sanjay Dutt Productions.

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

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