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Soni Razdan’s No Fathers in Kashmir get U/A certificate from FCAT; CBFC’s approval pending

After 8 months of hard-fought battle, Oscar-nominated director Ashvin Kumar’s No Fathers in Kashmir starring Soni Razdan has got U/A certificate from FCA

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8 months, 6 screenings and 7 hearings later, the film No Fathers in Kashmir has finally got the U/A certification from FCAT, the apex body which governs the final matters of certifications of films in India. Directed by Oscar-nominated director Ashvin Kumar, the filmmaker has faced a lot of delays and had to screen the movie twice, the last being just about a month ago in Kashmir. The film was pushed ahead drastically when there were delays with regards to its certification which eventually led to a delay in the screening of the film in India. After challenging the CBFC decision to give the film an ‘A’ certification, which the maker found unjustified, on the basis of the content of their movie, they moved to FCAT first in November with a hearing in December, and again later in January.

Now after a month of its second screening, FCAT has given its final order on the film asking for a few changes, including some cuts and disclaimers. The root cause of the issue was the delay the film underwent, which was against the very rules of the CBFC who refused to see the film. Upon seeing the film, they delayed the verdict giving it an ‘A’ certification in October, despite the film not promoting nudity, hatred, violence, gore or similar adult-worthy subjects.

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“How does one make a film about hope when its subject rouses emotions like hate, fear and vengeance? This question haunted the six years it took to make this film.” – Ashvin Kumar. ' . . @nofathersinkashmir ’ (previously ‘Noor’), has been a film in making over the last six years. In this film, Oscar-nominated director Ashvin Kumar tells a coming-of-age story about innocence and the exuberance of being young and hopeful. After a year in development, the screenplay of the film was selected as one of eight projects for The Sundance Institute/Mumbai Mantra Lab 2014,. Under the mentorship of Oscar nominated screeen-writers Naomi Forner, Sooni Taraporewalla (The Namesake, Salaam Bombay), Ashvin went on to write over 43 drafts which finally became “No Fathers in Kashmir”. The script went on to win the Asia Pacific Screen Academy 2014 prestigious screenplay development award. #nofathersinkashmir #indiancinema #indianfilm #indiefilms #ashvinkumar #alipurfilms #kashmir #storytelling #lovestory #comingofage #younglove #filmmaking

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The film stars Soni Razdan, Anshuman Jha and Kulbhushan Kharbanda. It traces the love story of two young 16-year-olds in search of their fathers who have gone missing in the valley. The filmmaker is ecstatic with this latest development. Director Ashvin Kumar was previously an Oscar Nominee for his short, Little Terrorist and has even won two National Awards for his feature films Inshallah Football and Inshallah Kashmir.

Speaking about it, director Ashvin Kumar said, “10 years ago in my film Inshallah Football, I had warned that alienating the youth of Kashmir would have catastrophic consequences. Censorship of the truth about Kashmir has caused a crisis of compassion, amplifying misguided fears of ordinary Indians towards ordinary Kashmiris. Keeping the public away from information and truth is such a myopic policy – it only breeds more hostility when the need of the hour is empathy, leading to peace. Anyone who genuinely wants peace will understand that we must first stop censoring films that tell the truth about Kashmir.”

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Ajaz Khan arrested over a hate mongering video – details inside

Bigg Boss fame Ajaz Khan was arrested from his residence after complaint was filed against a video he shared instigating violence and hatred, more details inside…

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Ajaz Khan. Pic Credit- Instagram

Bigg Boss fame Ajaz Khan has gotten into yet another controversy over a video he shared on social media which instigated violence and hatred. Netizens found his video inappropriate and took some serious action against it.

As per reports, six days back a written application was filed by a local Mumbaikar against the actor alleging that the video disturbs peace and harmony, after which the Mumbai Police arrested Ajaz. Check out the tweet to see the video and learn about the arrest here:

Even in the past Ajaz has been in news for the wrong reasons and as per some latest updates he will be presented in court tomorrow (July 19) morning. More details on the matter are awaited. Till then, stay tuned to CineBlitz for more news and updates.

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Judgementall Hai Kya: Rajkummar Rao’s team claims that his stand about the ongoing controversy was misconstrued – details inside

Rajkummar Rao’s team has explained his take on the events that took an ugly turn during the movie’s song launch by saying that his answer was wrongly attributed, read on…

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Rajkummar Rao. Pic source: Instagram

Recently, Rajkumar Rao starrer Judgemental Hai Kya promotions took an ugly turn when the actress of the movie bashed a journalist at an event. Since then, it has become difficult for other co-stars and filmmakers to keep up with the media.  However, denying the actor’s support to such events, a source close to Rajkummar has issued a clarification.

Revealing that Raj has never supported or endorsed such actions, the source said in the statement that Rajkumar’s stand on the controversy was misquoted and misunderstood. “Rajkummar was never asked any question related to the press conference at the song launch of Judgemental Hai Kya. He answered an entirely different question, which was attributed as a response to another. He (Rajkummar) has always respected the media fraternity and has never had any issue with anyone whatsoever. In fact during the incident, Rajkummar even went up on the stage and tried to calm the situation down since he has always shared a warm equation with the media. He is a thorough professional and very sensible and prefers his work to do all the talking. So, there is no question of him giving an answer to a question which was never asked. It’s shocking that this has been misconstrued,” the statement read.

We hope that the controversy doesn’t affect the actor due to his co-star and the film releases without any further problems. Yesterday (July 10) even Balaji Telefilms, owned by Ekta Kapoor released an apology letter for the journalists. The film has been slated to release on July 26 this year. For more news and updates, stay tuned with CineBlitz.

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Sawara Bhaskar steps up in support of Shabana Azmi

Swara Bhaskar has extended her support to Shabana Azmi who landed into a controversy over her ‘anti-national’ remarks

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Swara Bhaker and Shabana Azmi. Pic source: Instagram

Shabana Azmi landed in trouble recently for her remarks that didn’t go down well with Netizens. The Netizens started trolling her calling her anti-government. Shabana later took to Twitter and cleared her stand too claiming to be impartial towards any political party.

But now, supporting the veteran actress, social media activist and actress, Swara Bhaskar has extended her help and stepped up for Shabana replying to the trolls saying, “It is shameful how an artist of the profile & calibre of Shabana ma’am is being relentlessly targeted with fake allegations by people who have not contributed 1/100th of what she has to modern Indian popular culture and discourse. More power to you ma’am!” Check out the post here:

Shabana has been proving that she isn’t anti-government and time and again has criticized many Congress politicians as well. Explaining this she had tweeted: “Id like to remind pple that my father @AzmiKaifi RETURNED his Padmashri when Congress was at the Centre in protest against a UP minister who had said that those asking for Urdu to get 2nd language status shud b paraded on a donkey with their faces blackened.”

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