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Shah Rukh Khan to be felicitated with “Excellence in Cinema” award by the Victorian Government

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan is all set to be felicitated with the Excellence in Cinema Awards on August 8 at the Awards Night of Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.

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Superstar Shah Rukh Khan is all set to be felicitated with the Excellence in Cinema Award on August 8 at the Awards Night of Indian Film Festival of Melbourne. Khan is also the chief guest at the festival. Helmed by the Victorian government, Australia, the IFFM is back for its 10th edition in the cultural city and will celebrate ‘courage’ as its central theme in 2019.

SRK will be presented the award by her Excellency Linda Dessau, who is also the state’s first female Governor of the State of Victoria. The felicitation will take place at the iconic Palais Theatre in Melbourne, which is one of the city’s heritage landmarks.

Khan has been the reigning superstar of Hindi cinema for over two decades now. Considered to be one of the many gems of Indian cinema, he has an overwhelming fan following worldwide because of his rich repertoire and the inspirational life story. In keeping with IFFM’s theme of celebrating courage, the festival wants to pay tribute to Khan’s continuous contribution to cinema and popular culture in India with this award.

Festival director Mitu Bhowmick Lange says, “When we think of one of the pioneers of Hindi cinema, Mr Khan’s contribution ranks amongst the highest. He has established Hindi cinema as a global phenomenon, leaving an impact on millions across the world. We are looking forward to the evening and to be conferring him with this honour. He’s an iconic figure for Indian cinema and this honour is in tandem with his tremendous years of contribution.”

Speaking about the felicitation, Shah Rukh says, “I’m humbled and honoured for this recognition. It will be a great experience to share the stage and the podium with my fellow industry members who are all coming from various parts of India to celebrate cinema in Melbourne. I look forward to meeting her Excellency, Linda Dessau at the wonderful evening that has been planned by IFFM.” Stay tuned to CineBlitz for more such news and updates.

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Sharib Hashmi and Shruti Bapna gear up for an unusual short film, Kalabai From Byculla

Kalabai From Byculla is director Saumitra Singh’s third short film. He has Wallet and Painful Pride to his credit

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Director Saumitra Singh, who earlier helmed two award winning short films, The Wallet and Painful Pride is all set with his third offering Kalabai From Byculla. The film stars Sharib Hashmi, Shruti Bapna and Padmini Sardesai in the lead roles.

Actor Sharib Hashmi says, “ In Kalabai, I play a struggling artist who is yet to make his mark, however, the age is not on his side any more. As his younger brother is doing better than him professionally, his granny  is worried about him but his life changes upside down wheb something extraordinary happens in his life.”

“I had a great time working with Saum. I loved the way he thinks and the way he executes. He’s young and energetic and is always bubbling with ideas. I would love to collaborate with him in future,” Sharib feels about director Saumitra Singh.

Actress Shruti Bapna says, “Kalabai is a beautifully woven story of an artist’s life that will amuse you. The role of Kalabai was such fun to play and working with Sharib and Saumitra raised the fun level all the more.”

Director Saumitra Singh says, “I really loved directing this beautiful story and being a part of this creation. Himan Joshi had shared this concept with me and I was so mesmerised by it that I discussed it with Shashwat Joshi Sir, who is the producer of this film, and he really loved the concept and immediately said yes to it. Later, I discussed with my writer friend, Namneesh Sharma and he jotted down the script in a very short period of time. The cherry on the top was to work with such great actors like Padmini Sardesai Ma’am, Sharib Hashmi and Shruti Bapna. They helped us to shoot this film in one day only.”

“My other actors Nanda Yadav, Rajat Arora, Simran Kaur Suri, Girish Sharma and Ritik Ghanshani are very close to my heart and they did justice to their characters. Hasan Khan is a friend cum executive producer, helped me to arrange everything at the set. My DOP, assistants, costume, casting, make up and technicians everybody present at the set had taken the helm of their responsibilities and helped us to create this beautiful film,” he adds

Producer Shashwat Joshi shares, When I heard the title for the first time, I was so fascinated and since I was looking for a good story to produce when I was in Lucknow, I decided to make it. This film is my first movie as an individual producer. Saumitra Singh, with whom I already worked in his short film The Wallet and co-produced it, contacted me for this project. I still remember that I immediately said yes to start this project as soon as possible. It was a pleasure working with him in this project as he is an amazing filmmaker, which reflects in his previous works also.”

“The story is written by Himan Joshi. Then, Namneesh Sharma jotted down the script. Padmini Sardesai Ma’am, Sharib Hashmi and Shruti Bapna did justice to their characters. This film was executed by Hasan Khan (Executive Producer) and with the help of assistants and other departments, this film was shot in one day. It was a hassle-free project, as the environment was very friendly on the sets.“ he concludes.

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Amazon Prime Video brings ‘Paatal Lok X The Family Man’: An interesting collaboration between JK Talpade and Hathiram Chaudhary

With The Family Man already winning, Paatal Lok is certainly an unmissable series, so make sure to watch it on Amazon Prime Video

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What happens when a cop from an investigative thriller and an analyst from a fictional Indian intelligence agency meet? Amazon Prime Video released an interesting video of cop Hathiram Chaudhary from Paatal Lok and JK Talpade of The Family Man having a fun and thought-provoking talk as their respective characters; off-the-record in a special Paatal Lok X The Family Man video.

Amazon Prime released the video and wrote, “When JK from The Family Man, meets Hathi Ram, a Delhi cop from our latest Amazon Original Series Paatal Lok starring Jaideep Ahlawat, Neeraj Kabi, Abhishek Banerjee, Gul Panag, and others, streaming on Amazon Prime Video, created by Sudip Sharma, produced by Anushka Sharma’s Clean Slate Filmz.”

Sharib Hashmi plays JK Talpade, an analyst in a fictional Indian intelligence agency in The Family Man and Jaideep Ahlawat plays the cop in Paatal Lok. Both the shows received immense appreciation from all across- audience as well as critics and are considered the best shows to have come out of Amazon’s promising catalogue. This video truly is a double treat for the audience who loved the shows for their storyline and their characters, particularly. With a perfect combination of humour, heart-to heart and characterisation, the video is an interesting one to watch.
The Family Man released on September 20, 2019 on Amazon Prime and Paatal Lok went on to become the most recent success for the platform as it released on 15th May, 2020. Ever since then, social media and rave reviews tell us that it is the best series ever on a digital platform. Amazon Prime Video’s Paatal Lok is being hailed as the biggest and the best content on OTT for its gritty storytelling and investigative-thriller storyline.
With The Family Man already winning, Paatal Lok is certainly an unmissable series, so make sure to watch it on Amazon Prime Video, if you haven’t yet!

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Madhuri Dixit Celebrates 25 years of Indra Kumar’s Blockbuster hit RAJA via social media!

2nd June 1995 – This was the day when Raja released, and well, history was created!

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Director Indra Kumar helmed the cult entertainer which released on 2nd June, which had the powerful combination of Direction by Indra Kumar, Acting duo of 90s queen Madhuri Dixit, Sanjay Kapoor and blockbuster songs! Produced by Ashok Thakeria and Indra Kumar the film took a massive start all over the country and not only did it recover its money in the first week itself, but the hardcore commercial romantic musical entertainer went on to collect five times its first week numbers, emerging as a bonafide blockbuster!!

Celebrating 25 years today, Madhuri Dixit has put a special throwback picture on her Twitter, also sharing an image of the time when they celebrated the GOLDEN Jubilee at Box Office for the film, with Ajay Devgn as the Chief Guest! Yes the film ran for 50 straight weeks at the Box Office, a feat still very rare today, which was an even bigger achievement at that time

Madhuri posted fond memories of the film on her social handles- Link

With chartbuster tracks like ‘Akhiyan Milaoon Kabhi’ and ‘Nazrein Mili’ still popular even till today, RAJA is one of Bollywood’s most loved movies, which celebrates 25 years today. Now this is what you call a timeless eternal and evergreen movie!

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