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Rohena Gera’s award-winning debut feature, SIR is slated for a Pan-India theatrical release on March 20

The film stars Tillotama Shome and Geetanjali Kulkarni has travelled to 45 film festivals

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Rohena Gera’s internationally acclaimed debut feature, ‘Is Love Enough? SIR  starring Tillotama Shome (Monsoon Wedding, A Death in the Gunj, Hindi Medium), Vivek Gomber (Court) and Marathi actress Geetanjali Kulkarni (Court, Taj Mahal 1989) is slated for Pan-India theatrical release on 20th March 2020. The film had its World Premiere at the 71st International Cannes Film Festival, in the critics week competition section making Rohena Gera the first woman filmmaker to bag Gan Foundation Award for distribution. The first look poster of the film is launched today.

Produced by Inkpot Films (Brice Poisson and Rohena Gera), and co-produced by Ciné-Sud Promotion, the film is a story of a Marathi widowed domestic worker played by Tillotama Shome  who finds a complicated romantic spark with her recently single employer Ashwin (Vivek Gomber), who’s just returned from the U.S. after breaking off his engagement.

The film has travelled to nearly 45 international and Indian festivals including AFI Fest Los Angeles, São Paulo International Film Festival, Beijing International Film Festival, Zurich Film Festival and has won 16 awards including, Best Film, Best Actress, Best Director & Audience choice awards.

Is Love Enough? SIR is among the top 5 highest-grossing Indian films released theatrically in France including Salaam Bombay and Lunchbox. The film is theatrically released or sold in nearly 30 countries across world and garnered critical acclaim and popular success.

The India release is spearheaded by Shiladitya Bora of Platoon One Films, with PVR Pictures Limited distributing the film.

The writer-director-producer, Rohena Gera, who is absolutely thrilled to bring the film to her home country says, “ The film is about fighting for a dream, and the film has become my dream come true.  To have my first film in Cannes, and then to have it travel around the world from Brazil to Japan to Hungary to Israel… it’s beyond what I would have dared to dream.  But that said, I made the film for India.  It is an Indian story, it is about us. The fact that people abroad connected to it is a bonus.  What I am so excited (and nervous) about is to see how people at home feel.”

“I have been really lucky to have had the support of a wonderful crew and amazing cast, especially Tillotama, Vivek and Geetanjali who breathed life into the characters and made them shine.

Tillotama Shome who plays Ratna, the Marathi domestic help in the film says, SIR has had a dream run in the international film festival circuit, starting with Cannes and a spate of international releases. However, we were often asked in those countries, how the film was received in India and now we are excited we will finally have the answer. It both fills my heart with joy but also makes me nervous.”

Talking about her preparation for the role, she adds, “It was a wonderful challenge to bring to life the delicate negotiations within Rohena’s script with my wonderful co-actors Vivek Gomber and Geetanjali Kulkarni. The subject matter of the film is so delicate that it was extremely nerve-racking and yet it is also what made it so rewarding. I had to learn Marathi for a few scenes. The effort to learn the language made me fall in love with Bombay a little more.”

Commenting on the themes, the film deals with she adds, “We all believe in love but can we love across class? And if we can, how far can we take it? How far are we willing to fight the system, the prejudices? This film is about love, this film is about us with all our good and bad.”

The actor and producer of acclaimed film, CourtVivek Gomber who plays Ashwin quips, “This is great news, I am very very happy for the crew but more than anyone for Rohena. She has been at it fighting for the film, from its inception to production to its premiere in Cannes-Critic’s Week to multiple International releases and now finally she gets to bring the film to Indian audiences. I am very proud of her, and thankful that she kept fighting for the film so everyone’s work could get to the people.”

Vivek adds, “I also want to thank Tillotama Shome, who is fantastic in the film, in my opinion. Tillotama had been cast before me, so I knew whoever landed the job would work with Tilly. I like her work, and I like her as a person and I have wanted to work with her for a while so I was beside myself when Rohena cast me. Tillotama is a very generous actor and scene partner and I got to learn a lot from her. She made it easy. For me all the accolades go to the two women, Rohena for allowing me to be a part of the film, shaping my performance and Tilly for being a great co-actor so that Rohena could extract that performance out of me. I hope the audience watch the film and like it and I hope all of our efforts bear fruit.”

The producer Brice Poisson of ‘Inkpot Films’ says, ““It has been my privilege to be part of SIR’s journey. It was amazing to see French and Indian teams collaborating so well and transcending language and cultural backgrounds to produce such a film.  This is more than one could dream of while producing a first feature film, from a Cannes selection to an uncontested commercial success with over 160k entries in France along with a massive international release, it has been no short of unreal.”

“The day right after the Cannes premiere, I received an email from someone at Lucas Films, their team had seen the film and were interested in meeting Rohena. I had a strong feeling that if they connected with SIR, then this film can have commercial success and is not a “festival” movie. They were right and it fills me with joy that our distribution partners around the world have seen financial reward out of this project” he adds

He signs off saying, “I would like to thank PVR for supporting the film and Shiladitya Bora, who has believed in the film from the very beginning. I am also extremely grateful for the support of all our partners. After witnessing reactions of Germans Japanese etc… I am waiting to see the reaction in India.”

Synopsis

Ratna (Tillotama Shome) works as a domestic live-in help with Ashwin(Vivek Gomber), a man from a wealthy family. Although Ashwin seems to have it all, Ratna can sense that he has given up on his dreams and is somewhat lost… On the other hand, Ratna who seems to have nothing, is full of hope and works determinedly towards her dream. As these two worlds collide and the two individuals connect, the barriers between them seem only more insurmountable.

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Sara Ali Khan’s most sensuous performance to be aired tonight!

Sara has an unprecedented fan following which just keeps on multiplying rapidly

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Sara Ali Khan has enchanted the hearts of the audience of the Indian film Industry ever since she made her remarkable debut. The actress enjoys a gigantic fan following owing to her extensive and relatable social media presence.

The actress is an ardent fan of grooving to old Bollywood songs and testimony to this is that she will be seen performing to a fiery set of retro Bollywood songs such as Piya tu, Dum Maro dum, Aj ki raat and Yeh mera dil at an awards function which is all set to be aired tonight.

Ablazing the screen with her sensuous performance, this is the first time we get to see her sensuous side on the screen and we are counting the hours for the same. Sara surely knows how to keep the audience engaged with her scorching dance moves and we are all waiting for the actress to set the stage on fire.

Even before she made her Bollywood debut, a video of Sara giving a jaw dropping performance on old songs at a function had spread like wildfire across social media.

Sara has an unprecedented fan following which just keeps on multiplying rapidly.

Apart from being one of the top choices for movies she is also one of the leading choices for brands as she entices an enormous audience and relates to them perfectly.

On the work front, Sara Ali Khan will next be seen in David Dhawan’s ‘Coolie No. 1’ in which she is paired with Varun Dhawan. Following which she will also be seen in Anand L. Rai’s ‘Atrangi Re’ alongside Dhanush and Akshay Kumar.

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Taapsee-Richa whisk ahead of Deepika Alia, leading IMDb Actress

The analysis has been collated by fans

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Richa Chadha has once again emerged triumphant, proving that an actress’ popularity  is dependent on her craft and credibility. In a list collated, Richa grabbed the second rank achieving an average of 6.59. The top garnering average was scored by  Taapsee Pannu who stood at 6.72. Following Richa in third and fourth spots were Vidya Balan and Alia Bhatt. Richa, known for her exemplary quick-witted characters, from Bholi Punjaban in Fukrey to Zarina Malik In Inside Edge to her praiseworthy part in Panga earlier this year, is a hit with fans on social media. The beauty of her craft is her ability to surprise the audience with each character, consciously not repeating her zone. Her comic timing is widely lauded because of the iconic Fukrey series but the risk taker that she is, Richa grabs gritty roles like the one in Section 375 or Love Sonia, playing the parts with aplomb.

Thrilled about it, Richa says, “It’s a matter of great pride for any actor when her work strikes a chord with the fans. This is reassuring that I am headed down the right path. I will continue to choose characters and do roles that are daunting and push me out of my comfort zone. In this year itself, I have some great films which have tested my caliber and been great learning experiences for me. I am glad that actresses are no longer expected to be porcelain beauties without opinions. Going by the list we have here, all of us are a bunch of power ladies ruling the roost with our work that leaves behind an indelible mark.”

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Armaan Malik becomes the first Indian to be featured on the Spotify Times Square billboard

The 24-year-old singer released his first English single, Control on March 20

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Worldwide release: Armaan Malik has made his country proud by becoming the first Indian singer-songwriter to be featured on the prestigious Spotify Times Square Billboard in New York City for his latest English debut ‘Control’.

One of the select few Indian music artists to make such a significant impact, Armaan has reached this milestone at just the age of 24.

This speaks volumes about Armaan’s popularity all around the world, as millions of his fans continue to flock to social media to shower praise on the singer for his new journey. ‘Control’ also charted as the #1 track on iTunes in India.

Overwhelmed by the response to his first English single, Armaan mentions, “It’s a huge honor for an Indian artist to be on a Times Square billboard. I’ve always wanted to take India to the world with my music and this is like a dream come true, especially for my first English single. This wouldn’t have been possible without my amazing team, family, and my fans and their endless love and support.”

After seven years of massive success in India and singing more than 150 songs in almost a dozen different languages, Armaan decided to finally give his dreams a go and began writing English music. Malik forayed into the global music circuit with one of the most successful music executives in the industry, David Massey and signed his debut single, ‘Control’ with Arista Records (Sony Music Global).

About ‘Control’:

Control is an uptempo track that describes the push and pull feeling of being trapped in a controlling relationship and how confusing it can be to want in but also want out. It’s inspired by relationships that the singer-songwriter has seen around him. It was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Wayne Wilkins, who has worked with the likes of Beyoncé and Natasha Bedingfield.

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