Om Puri is one of the most recognizable Indian faces in international cinema. Everyone knows who Om Puri is and he needs no introduction. Working with eminent directors like Satyajit Ray, Shyam Benegal, Govind Nihalni, Mrinal Sen in their parallel cinema to young directors like Farhan Akhtar Rakesh Mehra and many more. Not only in India he has worked in Hollywood too. The only Indian actor to have worked with mainstream Hollywood directors like Roland Joffe, Mike Nichols, Lasse Halstrom and others, he has worked alongside Patrick Swayze, Jack Nicholson, Michael Douglas, Tom Hanks, Julia Ribersts, Val Kilmer and Helen Mirren amongst others.
East Is East is the cult British film which got him a Bafta nomination and the OBE from HRH Queen Elizabeth II for his contribution to British cinema and television. Awarded in India and the world over, with the Padmashri, the Soviet Land Nehru, the Karlovy Vary and several National Awards amongst others.
Om Puri Foundation which has started in 2017 by his wife Nandita Puri and son Ishaan Puri has decided to celebrate late actor’s 70thbirthday by launching a YouTube channel “Puri Baatein” which will talk about him, his films and beyond. Ishaan Puri, late actor’s son will launch his 4 min film on Om Puri in Puri Baatein on 18th. “We will celebrate him globally with year long programs celebrating one of the greatest actors of our times. The Om Puri Foundation will apart from having his retrospective in India, Cannes and London, will also be having a festival in Punjab, several contests with various organizations.
The highlight is Litmus…a festival of literature, theatre and music in his memory. We also look forward to releasing a few film in his memory like Ram Kamal Mukherjee’s Rickshawala as well as a couple of his unreleased Hollywood films. Hoping you will all join and be a part of keeping Om Puri’s memory and legacy alive!” says his wife Nandita Puri. One more interesting news is this year Boston Asian Film Fest is kickstarting the celebration by honouring the late actor with Outstanding contribution to cinema.
Incidentally director Ram Kamal Mukherjee’s Rickshawala, a bilingual film both in Hindi and Bengali is a tribute to Ronald Joff’s City Of Joy and Bimal Roy’s Do Bigha Zameen. After watching Rickshawala, in a private screening, late actor’s wife Nandita Puri said, “I can vouch that Ram Kamal could not have decided on a better actor than Avinash. You could see his preparation for the role, he was perfect without overplaying it. He was in character especially since I am familiar with the role of the legendary Om Puri as Hasari Pal in City of Joy. Watching Avinash in Rickshawala was deja vu for me”. Nandita got emotional after watching the film and she said she can relate to Om Puri’s character Hasari Pal and literally carried two passengers to get into the skin of the character of a rickshaw puller.
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Om Puri Foundation has decided to be the social cause partner for Ram Kamal Mukherjee’s Rickshawala. “Hand pulled rickshaws are almost extinct today except for a handful in Kolkata. But my childhood was spend riding on them. It is wonderful that Ram Kamal has captured this for posterity in a very mature manner also showing the lives of the pullers. What started with City of Joy will continue with Rickshawala. And Om Puri Foundation is very happy to be a part of this journey,” Nandita avers. Rickshawala selected at Madrid and Melbourne International Film Festival 2020.
India’s Best Dancer welcomes Rajkummar Rao, Nushrat Bharucha and Nora Fatehi on the show
Rajkummar Rao and Nushrat Bharucha will be seen promoting their upcoming movie, Chhalaang.
Sony Entertainment Television’s India’s Best Dancer is currently the most sought-after talent show on the small screen. Week on week, the battle among the top contestants only seems to be getting more challenging, as the show inches towards the finale. This weekend, the show will extend a warm welcome to Rajkummar Rao, Nushrat Bharucha and Nora Fatehi as the guests. While Nushrat and Rajkummar will share interesting anecdotes about their journey, Nora Fatehi is back to encourage her favourite contestants. This weekend is even more exciting as the contestants and their choreographers will present an act along with a troupe of background dancers.
The audience will witness some of the most unique acts so far on Indian Television, as the judges praise their outstanding performances and concepts. Rajkummar Rao and Nushrat Bharucha will be seen promoting their upcoming movie, Chhalaang. The two had a great time on the show, and they even shook a leg with the contestants.
Whereas Nora Fatehi also graced the show as a guest judge and the contestants gave her a tribute, as they have forged a special bond with the popular dancer-actor. Nora did the hook step from her upcoming music video with Guru Randhawa, on Naach Meri Rani along with judges Malaika Arora and Geeta Kapur. The three dancing divas looked graceful as they did an impromptu jig on the pop number. Moreover, the team of India’s Best Dancer planned a surprise birthday cake for Malaika, and she was overwhelmed with all the love and affection from everyone.
Watch the contestants put their best foot forward on India’s Best Dancer this weekend at 8pm, and vote for your favourite contestants to see them as finalists only on Sony Entertainment Television
Bigg Boss 2020: From Ranveer Singh to Deepika Padukone, celebs share who they wanted to see in the BB house
The Bigg Boss show was launched last week and has been gaining popularity from day one
After a little bit of delay “Bigg Boss 14” finally went on-air on October 3. The Salman Khan-hosted show has roped in celebrities like – Jasmin Bhasin, Nishant Singh Malkhani, Eijaz Khan, Abhinav Shukla, Rubina Dilaik, Pavitra Punia, Nikki Tamboli, Sara Gurpal, Rahul Vaidya, Shehzad Deol, and Jaan Kumar Sanu – as contestants aka freshers. The show also features Gauahar Khan, Sidharth Shukla, and Hina Khan as seniors, who are there to make the freshers’ lives difficult. The name of the contestants is always a mystery, so we spoke to a few and asked who they wanted to see in the BB house this year. Here’s what they said:
I wanted to see Vidyut Jammwal and Deepika Padukone in the house. I wonder if they can be brought in. It will be fun to hear about their life’s story!
I wanted to see Mona Singh. I have been a fan of her since “Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin” and I am sure she would have lifted the trophy.
I am looking forward to seeing Radhe Maa on the show.
I am not particularly keen on one specific person on the show but Radhe Maa would be interesting for sure.
I am looking forward to seeing more of Radhe Maa in the show. I loved how she gave her blessings to the contestants.
I’d love to watch Ranveer Singh sir, he seems like a very interesting person and I think he’d fit right in and be super entertaining and endearing.
I know it’s not possible but I would love to see Ranveer Singh inside the house because I genuinely feel that he is so full of energy and spark and he will add a lot of entertainment in the house if he ever gets inside.
I don’t think we need any Bollywood celebrities when there is already so much hungama and fun happening with TV celebrities. They are best at doing movies. But, I always wanted late Mr. Rishi Kapoor to be part of the show, I have always said this during my season.
I want to see Raghav Jugyl in the Bigg Boss house because I wanted to see how he will handle himself in the house. He is one character I adore on TV and he is so real so I wanted to see him inside the house.
I would like to see Sonu Sood inside the house. He is such a nice person and it would have been interesting to see him in the show.
Urvashi Upadhyay Sharle
I wanted to see Jasmin Bhasin in the show and I am happy that she is there.
Not a celebrity, but I wanted to see anchor Arnab Goswami inside the house because in his show he is more or less like the Bigg Boss, so I wanted to see how long he can survive and what is the real him.
I want to see Kapil Sharma inside the house. He makes people laugh in his show but how we don’t know how he is in his real-life so I wanted to see him going inside the house. I am sure he will make people laugh there too and maybe just like other contestants he will also lose his temper so it will be interesting to see him.
5 Actors who shook the OTT space in their Bold Avatar
Be it steamy sex scenes to pulling off the sexiest bikinis, artistes have gone all out in raising the bar for themselves. And we have a list of 5 female artistes who nailed the bold scenes in the web space:
Sexy is the flavour of the season and the internet is smoking up with all the oomph and pizzazz that seems to be doing the rounds lately! And, who are we kidding – we all love it! Gone are the days of mushy romance and fleeting kisses, cause if you have it… you must flaunt it. Web series’ today have an edgy narrative, super-hot scenes and bold performances that actors are absolutely and unabashedly nailing.
Be it steamy sex scenes to pulling off the sexiest bikinis, artistes have gone all out in raising the bar for themselves. And we have a list of 5 female artistes who NAILED the bold scenes in the web space:
#1 Sobhita Dhulipala
Coming across as an ideal wife in Amazon Prime Video’s Made In Heaven as Tara Khanna, there were quite a handful of scenes that demanded Sobhita to go bold and shoot some love-making scenes with her co-actor, Jim Sarbh. A truly commendable job by Sobhita! Hats off to her.
#2 Bani J
While Four More Shots Please captured the glamorous bits of Kriti Kulhari, Sayani Gupta, Maanvi Gagroo and Bani J, the characters as well as the series have a vibe of the famous American soap opera Sex and the City. From portraying the role of a fitness trainer with a devil-may-care attitude to being a bi-sexual, Bani J showcased a very open and modern character. Her love-making scenes, clothing and style were talked about a lot.
#3 Flora Saini
ALT Balaji’s Gandii Baat has been quite the talk of the town. From the show’s poster to its explicit content, everything has been critiqued and written about. One amongst the lot of the cast has been actress Flora Saini who has played a very sensuous and sexy role basis the need of the character and the series.
#4 Nia Sharma
Asia’s third sexiest woman, Nia Sharma has achieved fame and success from TV shows such as Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai and Jamai Raja. She was recently seen in Vikram Bhatt’s web series titled as Twisted. With this series, she was seen playing a very sexy and sultry role, completely different form her previous on screen image. She was also the talk of the town for her portraying some lesbian scenes for the first time ever.
#5 Anuja Joshi
Making her digital debut with MX Player’s Hello Mini, Anuja Joshi is seen playing the role of the bold, sexy but naive Rivanah Banerjee. Adapted from Novoneel Chakraborty’s Stranger Trilogy, the series is high on eroticism, drama and thrill and sees Anuja be a part of some very demanding scenes.
Hello Mini is a show that traces the life of Rivanah, a young independent girl living alone in Mumbai. Her life is perfect up until she is followed by a faceless, nameless, and voiceless stranger stalking her every move. Directed by Faruk Kabir, the psychological thriller stars Anuja Joshi as the lead along with Mrinal Dutt, Gaurav Chopra and Priya Banerjee in key roles.
Watch Anuja Joshi’s bold and sexy avatar in MX Player’s Hello Mini for FREE from 1st October 2019. Stay tuned to CineBlitz for more updates and news.
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