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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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Singer Kailash Kher virtual concert on April 5

The concert will begin at 9.10 pm on 5th April 2020 and can be viewed free of charge on various platforms

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his speech today urged the country to switch off their lights at home and light a candle, diya, flashlight or mobile flash at their doorsteps and balconies on 5th April at 9 pm for 9 minutes – adding that we have to dispel the darkness spread by Coronavirus. Heeding to this clarion call, 1.3 billion Indians will stand in solidarity – a tribute to discipline and spirit of service the nation has exhibited during the lockdown. A leading light of the music and entertainment industry,  Kailash Kher has come forward with a novel initiative to salute the spirit of the nation. Kailash will go live for concert from his home from 9.10 pm on 5th April for 30 Minutes. Echoing the Prime Ministers sentiments,  Kailash Kher mentions, “Even though we are in our homes, we are not alone. The country’s 1.3 billion people are together during this lockdown period. Prakash Alokan is my humble salutation through music.” Various digital platforms have expressed support to broadcast Prakash Alokan. These include OTT platforms Jio TV, MX Player, Sony Liv, Idea Movies and TV and Vodafone Play. Sukrit Singh of Be.Live says, “this initiative has unprecedented support from OTT Players – we are expecting more to join the movement. Even an e-commerce player like Flipkart has offered to broadcast Prakash Alokan through their video platform” The idea is conceptualised to be the first in a series of virtual events – India Cares – in support of the PM Cares fund. Manish Bardia, founder of Moving Pixels who has been a part of many such campaigns says, “In this difficult time as communicators and entertainers we must spread the light of hope and stand behind our leader and the nation.” The Prakash Alokan concert is an initiative led by. Kailash Kher and supported by Moving Pixels Digital, XP&D Be.live , Multi TV and Kaizzen. The concert will begin at 9.10 pm on 5th April 2020. It will be free to view and will be available on the following platforms – Jio TV, MX Player, Sony Liv, Idea Movies, Vodafone Play and Flipkart. More OTT platforms are likely to join and will be announced later. The concert will also be available on social platforms such as Facebook Live, Youtube, Twitter   and instagram

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Social media & prominent personalities laud Shah Rukh Khan’s announcement to fight Covid-19

The actor’s compact plan for every section of the society has been appreciated

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Shah Rukh Khan’s group of companies, Kolkata Knight Riders, Red Chillies Entertainment, Meer Foundation and Red Chillies VFX recently announced several initiatives to support the efforts of Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi ji and the Government in its COVID-19 fight. With an array of initiatives dispersed to diversify the effectiveness, this step has been welcomed by not just the industry peers and influencers but also, the social media went abuzz for their ‘King Khan’!

Aaditya Thackeray took to hus social media and posted, “Thank you so much @iamsrk ji for your support ”

Rajiv Shukla also expressed, “Well done @iamsrk for your contribution for fight against corona menace. You have always stood for the nation”.

Director Anubhav Sinha just couldn’t find words and posted, “KHAN!!!” upon the announcement by the superstar.

Gaurav Pandhi also shared his words and wrote, “Shahrukh Khan is so classy. He donated to PM-Cares fund to fight Coronavirus #Covid19 & unlike others, he didn’t publicise the amount. That’s how you do it. It’s supposed to be donation, not PR. You’re Heart suit @iamsrk!!”

Mayur Puri also took to his handle and posted, “How to give like

@iamsrk

 Sir is an art.

What a constructive, all round plan. Fantastic!  Kudos sir!”.

Not just the stalwarts from all walks of life but the entire twitterati went gaga over the generous and one of its kind announcement made by the Superstar.

With this incredible initiative, Shah Rukh Khan has extended his support with his group of companies. From Government funds to 50,000 PPE kits, food requirements of 5500 Mumbai families, 2000 cooked meals to hospitals, 3 lakh meal kits for 10,000 people, grocery for 2500 daily wage workers in Delhi and 100 acid attack survivors, his range of initiatives aim to spread across the many segments of the society and are being lauded for the vision that the actor holds behind them.

In an effort to ensure that the basic necessities reach many who are being deprived of it in these trying times, the funds allocated will be distributed amongst the partners. The aim is to not only to provide relief during the pandemic but also help raise awareness about COVID-19 and encourage more people to come forward and help.

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This April, ZEE5 will be your preferred one-stop destination…

Watch ‘Bamfaad’ on 10th April A heartland story about passion, friendship, betrayal, loss and love.

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ZEE5, the largest creator of Original content in India announces its next Original film ‘Bamfaad’. If you thought Shakespeare’s ode to love has been exhausted, the duet of talented actors Shalini Pandey and Aditya Rawal will shake your basics. The term ‘Bamfaad’ is North Indian slang for an explosion, which is a perfect terminology to allude to the lead pair. Presented by Anurag Kashyap and Ranjan Chandel’s directorial debut, the film premieres on 10th April, exclusively on ZEE5.

Based in Allahabad, the film is set in a romantic volatile backdrop which will bring out an unusual yet raw and edgy love story on the screen. The intensity and depth of Shalini as ‘Neelam’ and the assertiveness of Aditya as ‘Nasir Jamal’ is depicted throughout the movie.

Adding to the announcement, Anurag Kashyap presented the character poster of Nasir and Neelam on his social media [IG: @anuragkashyap10] to kickstart the journey.

When asked about his acting debut, Aditya said, “I am glad that I got the chance to be a part of such a thrilling film. Though the driving force of the film is the love story, it has many more layers to it. I want to make my own mark as an actor in the industry, and it feels great to begin my journey by playing Nasir Jamal, a character that fascinated me ever since I read the script. I hope that people watch the film in huge numbers on Zee5, and I am eager to hear their feedback.”

Shalini, who is making her Bollywood debut shares, “Neelam is a bold & strong 24 year old girl, but has that vulnerability to her which spoke to me instantly. As an artist, I look forward to projects that challenge me and this project really pushed me and I learnt a lot while playing this part. Bamfaad has a phenomenal storyline and it is getting the perfect exposure with a massive video streaming platform like ZEE5!”

Ranjan Chandel, Director, shares, “Bamfaad is a heartfelt script to be brought to life on the screens. Aditya and Shalini are the perfect match for the characters we envisioned. I still remember, the casting director Taran Bajaj and I reached out to many experienced actors as well but Aditya and Shalini just made it feel apt and looked refreshing together. While we are currently living in challenging times with the pandemic, I feel like releasing this film on a digital platform like ZEE5 will give it the reach it deserves.This film is made with a lot of love and will touch many hearts.”

Bamfaad, produced by JAR Pictures and Shaika Films will also star Vijay Verma and Jatin Sarna along with Aditya Rawal and Shalini Pandey.

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