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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 takes Yoga classes ahead of commencing her next film

The actress will start shooting for Shakun Batra’s film as soon as the lockdown is lifted

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With her talent and on screen presence, Deepika Padukone has proved that she can play any character with utmost passion. Ever since her upcoming movie with Shakun Batra has been announced, fans have been contemplating as to what new does the actress have in store for her fans. We hear that Deepika has recently started engaging in yoga as part of her preparation for her role.

According to a well placed source, “Ahead of commencing the shoot for Shakun Batra’s directorial, Deepika Padukone has started training for Yoga. It is a part of her preparation for the film. While there is no understanding of how this is going to be of help to her in the film, as not much is known about her character, it is only known that she has recently started training for it.”

There could be some connection of it with her role and the makers are keeping all the details under wraps.

The actress has been reading parts of the script everyday as she doesn’t want to lose touch with her character by the time they start shooting for it.

Deepika delivers an exemplary performance on the celluloid and the credit goes to her diligence, passion and determination. She thoroughly seeps into the skin of her character, and walks an extra mile to achieve the finesse.

Had it not been for the lockdown, a major chunk of the film’s shoot would have been completed in Sri Lanka. However, the actress will start shooting for the film as soon as the lockdown is lifted.

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Ajay Devgn starrer Maidaan postponed, to release in theatres in August 2021!

The film showcases the journey of one of India’s finest football coaches

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Ajay Devgn starrer Maidaan, a film which celebrates the biggest sport in the world -Football, has got a new release date. A story of change and self-belief, Maidaan will release the next Independence Day week, 13th August 2021.

Inspired from an incredible true story, it will showcase the journey of one of the finest coaches that emerged from India, the one who put India on the global map.

Directed by Amit Ravindernath Sharma of Badhai Ho fame, Maidaan also stars National award-winning actress Priyamani, Gajraj Rao who created magic with Badhai Ho and the well known Bengali actor Rudranil Ghosh.

Produced by Zee Studios, Boney Kapoor, Akash Chawla, and Arunava Joy Sengupta, screenplay and dialogues are written by Saiwyn Quadras and Ritesh Shah respectively. The film is set to release on 13 August 2021.

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Ajay Devgn to make a film about the recent Galwan Valley incident!

It will narrate the story of the sacrifice of 20 Indian army men who fought the Chinese army

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After Bhuj: The Pride of India, Ajay Devgn Ffilms & Select Media Holdings LLP, once again, join hands to showcase the strength of our Indian Army during the recent Galwan Valley incident!

It is a known fact that actor-filmmaker Ajay Devgn has always supported movies or characters that portray Strength and Valour. The actor, in past, who has shouldered films like LOC: Kargil, The Legend of Bhagat Singh, Tanhaji, Singham and RAID amongst others is all set to showcase the Might, Valour & Sacrifice of the Indian army during the infiltration of China at the Galwan Valley recently.

On 15 June, our troops were ambushed. The fighting resulted in the deaths of 20 Indian soldiers of 16th Bihar Regiment including its commanding officer, Colonel Santosh Babu.

At a de-escalation meeting following the incident, China accepted that the Chinese commanding officer was also killed in the mêlée. U.S. intelligence reportedly concluded that 35 Chinese soldiers were killed. 20 of our brothers laid their lives to assert the Territorial Integrity and Sovereignty of our Mother Land, It is their story!

The film is co-produced by Ajay Devgn FFilms and Select Media Holdings LLP. It narrates the story of the sacrifice of 20 Indian army men who fought the Chinese army.

The cast and other crew are under finalisation.

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