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Motherless Brooklyn – Edward Norton’s film releases pan India on Nov 15

Oscar nominee Edward Norton has directed, written, produced and acted in this noir drama

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Bruce Willis in Motherless Brooklyn

Oscar nominee Edward Norton is all set to bring to the big screen the story of Lionel Essrog –  a lonely private detective living with Tourette Syndrome who is committed to solving the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna. Directed, written, produced and also starring Norton, the noir drama set in New York – Motherless Brooklyn releases pan India on Nov 15 by Warner Bros. Pictures. Ask the incredible Edward Norton about how he juggled so many roles for this film – especially between direction and acting and he says, “Directing a movie is almost by definition antagonistic to the state of mind you want to be in as an actor,” Norton points out. “You want to be out of your head when you’re acting, and you’ve got to have your head on top of everything when you’re directing.  So that means if you’re doing both, first, you’ve got to really own that character long before you ever step into doing it.  But it also means that if you’re going to have any hope of focusing as an actor, you’ve got to have a game plan and you’ve got to have really experienced collaborators who are able to show up on the day having already asked all the questions, ready to execute.” 

About Motherless Brooklyn :

Lionel Essrog (Edward Norton), a lonely private detective living with Tourette Syndrome, ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna (Bruce Willis). Armed only with a few clues and the engine of his obsessive mind, Lionel unravels closely guarded secrets that hold the fate of New York in the balance. In a mystery that carries him from gin-soaked jazz clubs in Harlem to the hard-edged slums of Brooklyn and, finally, into the gilded halls of New York’s power brokers, Lionel contends with thugs, corruption and the most dangerous man in the city to honor his friend and save the woman who might be his own salvation.

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Motherless Brooklyn

Oscar nominee Edward Norton (“Birdman or [the Unexpected Virtue of Innocence],” “American History X,” “Primal Fear”) directed, wrote, produced and stars in “Motherless Brooklyn.”  The film’s journey to the screen began in 1999 when Norton saw the cinematic potential in Jonathan Lethem’s novel Motherless Brooklyn and its unforgettable central character.  But from the beginning, Norton aimed to transpose Lethem’s contemporary characters into a different period and plot and give it a distinctive atmosphere by re-setting the drama in the 1950s—a time of great change in New York City.

The film’s stellar ensemble cast also includes Bruce Willis (the “Die Hard” films, “Moonrise Kingdom”), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (“A Wrinkle in Time”), Bobby Cannavale (“I, Tonya”), Cherry Jones (“Boy Erased”), Michael Kenneth Williams (“When They See Us”), Leslie Mann (“The Other Woman”), Ethan Suplee (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), Dallas Roberts (“Dallas Buyers Club”), Josh Pais (“Ray Donovan”), Robert Ray Wisdom (“The Fix”), Fisher Stevens (“The Blacklist”), with Oscar nominee Alec Baldwin (“The Cooler,” “BlacKkKlansman,” “The Departed”) and Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe (“At Eternity’s Gate,” “The Florida Project”).

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Art has no Boundaries

Adil Hussain in candid conversation with FICCI FLO

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FLO, the Women’s Wing of FICCI organized an interactive session with, Adil Hussain known for his critically acclaimed performances in award winning films such as Ang Lee’s Oscar winning Life of Pi, Subhashish Bhutiani’s Hotel Salvation/Mukti Bhavan and Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Adil’s Meal won the best short at Indie Meme Festival at Austin in the USA this May 2020. He also performed in Bollywood movies like English Vinglish, Lootera, Aiyaary, Kaminey, Good Newzz etc.

In conversation Adil said “Acting is all about embodying another personality and portraying it in front of a camera. If one focuses on the craft and goes deeper into the understanding the art of acting, the byproducts are inspirational. I have never aimed to be at the top but have always aimed to act well instead.”

He humbly put together on winning the Award by Norway government, “In India if you are outsider you can’t win a National Award, but I was surprised when Norway Government given me their award. Art should cross all boundaries and there should not be any restrictions”.

On Nepotism in Bollywood Adil said “It exists in every sphere of life, so does in Bollywood. If someone does not have merit and they are being pushed for certain advantages because they are from certain family then that is nepotism. In India we do not have the structure in place for the casting of a particular character unlike west which leads to nepotism to an extent”.

In a Q&A session with FLO members he expressed his keen interest in doing movies in Assam for which he is in touch with Rima Das and hopefully soon they will work together.

Jahnabi Phookan, National President FLO said, FLO is the most apt platform to connect, learn and grow. We recognize and celebrate the success stories of inspirational personalities who break all stereotypes and are role models for others. Adil’s talent has truly transcended geographical boundaries and language barriers. We organized this interaction to learn more and be inspired by Adil Hussain’s journey from a stand-up comedian to a theater artist to an internationally acclaimed actor.”

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Brand new music-travel show featuring Bollywood singer Thomson Andrews out now!

This show will feature Javed Ali, Hardy Sandhu, Jassi Gill, Indian Ocean and Jeet Ganguly

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Thomson Andrews, who is a pop-Bollywood playback singer-songwriter, influencer, anchor, and performer will explore India’s culture, music, cuisine and jams with local bands along with one celebrity music icon in each city, as they together experience this spectacular journey while on the Royal Stag Hungama Music Bus. These music icons share their untold stories and a fun conversation about music, food, and more, followed by a grand concert performance by the music icon, for their fans in that city.

This show features Javed Ali, Hardy Sandhu, Jassi Gill, Indian Ocean, Jeet Ganguly & Revanth in a 6-episode series airing from June 30th – July 5 on Showbox Channel. The digital release is on 7th July on Hungama Digital Media.

Thomson started his career with maestro A R Rahman and also toured the world with India’s Biggest Bollywood singing sensation Sunidhi Chauhan. He is also the finalist of the popular global singing show on Amazon Prime, The Remix. He is soon to release few of his singles , in Hindi, Punjabi and English for global audiences. Recently, he has also featured with Neha Kakkar on MTV unplugged on the Coca Cola Tu song along with Tony Kakkar.

Being one of India’s best RnB, Soul and Funk singers, Thomson was recently hired by American Idol via ZEE CAFE India to promote their show along with dancer Melwin Louis and Monica Dogra on Indian television among indian audiences. He is a well-acclaimed Music industry professional with his credentials and work in big Hollywood Projects like 127 Hours, Internationally acclaimed album ‘Superheavy’ with Maestro A.R.RAHMAN, Mick Jagger, Joss Stone & Damien Marley, The Monsoon Wedding Musical by MIRA NAIR, Disney India films The Lion King 2019, Aladdin, Toy Story 4 and many others. He is constantly associated on several projects with Grammy Award-winning Producers, Mixing and mastering maestros based globally between LA, Germany, NYC and Mumbai. His music is often heard on BBC Asian Radio London, Indian Radio channels like Radio Mirchi and Red FM and his single music videos airing on VH1, 9XO and other platforms. He is a global influencer and his influencer interests are Travel, Fashion, Music, Luxury and food. He has worked as a musically inclined fashion influencer & artist with the Iconic fashion house ‘VOGUE India’ on their Women empowerment campaign.

His feature film projects with credits are FROZEN 2 2019 – Hindi, THE LION KING 2019 – Hindi, ALLADIN 2019 – Hindi, SOTY 2 2019 – Hindi, Super 30 – 2019 – Hindi and Robot 2.0 – Hindi, Tamil.

Thomson has sung in 12 languages across genres, with over 65 ad jingles to his credit for iconic brands such as ESPN, Nestle, Hindustan Unilever, Tata, Sony, Getorade, Volkswagen, Kinderjoy, Maruti Suzuki, Sunfeast, Airtel, Peppeterra, Amazon fashion, Myntra, Serengeti Beer, Kingfisher, Naudic, Reliance trends, Raymonds suiting, Shell Petrol and more. His music influences range from Funk, Rnb, Blues, Soul, Jazz, Pop, Alt Rock, Rock and Roll and even Sufi.

He has performed in 20 countries across 500 live shows and performed onstage with eminent Bollywood personalities ; Music Composers Pritam, Salim Sulaiman, A.R.Rahman, Amit Trivedi, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Clinton Cerejo, Meet bros at concerts, Awards shows like GIMA AWARDS, IIFA, RADIO MIRCHI AWARDS, TEACHERS ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS, ZEE AWARDS and has sung alongside playback singers Sunidhi Chauhan, Neha Kakkar, Arijit Singh, Shaan, Shafqat Amanat Ali, Sonu Nigam, Neeti Mohan, Shilpa Rao, Hari Haran, Shreya Goshal, Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, and others on shows, MTV UNPLUGGED India, MTV COKESTUDIO India and in films.

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Veteran Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan passes away

Saroj Khan was particularly famous for her dances starring Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit

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One of the most well known dance choreographers of Bollywood, Saroj Khan was particularly famous for her dances in films starring Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit.

Some of her most popular songs include

Ek do teen from Tezaab
Choli ke peeche kya hai from Khalnaayak
Dhakdhak karne laga from Beta

Here are some of the condolences sent by celebrities

Akshay Kumar: Woke up to the sad news that legendary choreographer #SarojKhan ji is no more. She made dance look easy almost like anybody can dance, a huge loss for the industry. May her soul rest in peace
https://twitter.com/akshaykumar/status/1278877979842457601?s=20

Shankar Mahadevan: Really heartbreaking news .. Saroj khan ji has given us so many gems which will be remembered forever .. May her soul rest in peace
https://twitter.com/Shankar_Live/status/1278897081072021505?s=20

Shruti Seth: Another inimitable talent gone. The film industry is poorer without you. Like so many others I have watched songs you choreographed & tried my best to match steps on numerous occasions I’m grateful I was able to finally dance to your tune in #Fanaa RIP Masterji
https://twitter.com/SethShruti/status/1278895507994144768?s=20

Daler Mehndi: If a song had a body, it could be carved only by Saroj Khan ji. She made it come alive. Sad to know of her demise. Condolences to her family, fans and students
https://twitter.com/dalermehndi/status/1278899489592336386?s=20

Amitabh Bachchan: She was a sprightly young enthusiastic dance assistant to one of the major dance directors of the time .. of the time when I was just beginning .. of the film ‘Bandhe Haath’ with the heart throb of millions Mumtaz .. with the director OP Ralhan .. Mumtaz’s grace and acceptance to agree to work with this newbe .. she a stratospheric Star , me a nobody ..
.. and Saroj ji in the crowd of dancers in a song .. her subtle grace when she moved .. the expressions , the delicate little intricacies of each word and movement .. she was just so exceptional .. she was pregnant with child during the shoot , but never deterred from her work .. at one point I saw her , quite alarmingly , finding the foetus had shifted in her stomach and she simply unabashedly pushed it into place , and carried on .. dancing ..
.. and then over the years .. she excelled and attained the podium title of Dance Director .. or as the language changed , the Choreographer of film .. her moves becoming famous for each artist she worked with .. and the love and affection she gave to all that came under her guidance .. and when she would see an artist give a good shot under her care .. she would call her or him aside .. and ..
.. give a rupee coin .. as a gesture .. as a pat on the back .. a ‘shagun’ ..
.. many many years later .. during the song sequence of a film I was doing .. I became the recipient of that coin .. an immense achievement ..
Saroj ji .. you gave us and the industry , rhythm, style, grace of movement and the art of converting the lyrics in a song to a meaning in dance ..

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