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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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Akshay Kumar’s Laxmmi Bomb in trouble as Raghava Lawrence quits as director – deets inside

Raghava Lawrence quits Akshay Kumar’s Kanchana Hindi remake after feeling disrespected and we have all the details!

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Akshay Kumar in Laxmmi Bomb's first look poster

Akshay Kumar’s Laxmmi Bomb is one of the most intriguing films that is currently being made. The film is the official Hindi remake of Kanchana, which was a hit down South. Akshay Kumar and Kiara Advani play lead roles in the movie. And while the first look poster of Laxmmi Bomb was released just yesterday (May 18), looks like the film has run into major trouble. How? Well, the director – Raghava Lawrence has quit the movie. Yes, the original Kachana director and script writer has walked out. Why? Well he felt disrespected and disappointed!

Raghava Lawrence made this announcement on Twitter yesterday (May 18), leaving everyone shocked! In fact, this sudden shock move comes after the first look poster of Laxmmi Bomb was released without his knowledge. He says he was not even satisfied with the poster when it was launched! He also came to know about the release from a third person, which hurt him even more. Raghava also adds that there are other reasons that has forced him to take this decision! He values his self respect more than money and fame. In fact, the director also reveals that while he has not signed any agreement and can leave with his script, he won’t! He respects Akshay Kumar a lot and hence, he will present them the script and let them hire another director for the movie.

Check out Raghava Lawrence’s tweet regarding him walking out of Akshay Kumar’s Laxmmi Bomb right here:

Produced by Cape of Good Films in association with Shabinaa Entertainment and Tusshar Entertainment House, Laxmmi Bomb is presented by Fox Star Studios. The film was scheduled for a June 5, 2020 release. In the meantime, tell us what do you guys have to say about this development? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section below! Also stay tuned to CineBlitz for more news and updates about Laxmmi Bomb right here.

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Hina Khan Cannes 2019 controversy: Salman Khan, Farah Khan stand by the TV actress – deets inside

After being ridiculed for her Cannes 2019 appearance by a magazine editor, Hina Khan had the most savage reply

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Cannes 2019 fever is on! And while we all are busy spotting our favourite celebs killing it on the red carpet, a very rationalist comment was made on Hina Khan’s appearance by a leading magazine’s editor. The editor posted a picture of the actress and said, “Cannes has suddenly become Chandivali studios kya?” This sure did not affect much as she immediately came up with a savage reply where she said, “I was persistent, I’m constant and I will be efficient again and again. Don’t know where I belong, don’t know if I have to, as the Place doesn’t define me! Because as always I will work my a** off and I will make my own PLACE. My promise, a proud outsider from my Chandivali studios.” But her friends from the industry decided not to end it at just that. Celebs like Farah Khan, Salman Khan, Arjun Bijlani, Nia Sharma came out in her support.

Where Salman Khan said, “I don’t know if the Editor wanted to say that #Cannes has become Chandivali or Chandivali has gone to #Cannes2019.” Farah Khan also appreciated the bold move that Hina took and praised her stand. Check out the tweets right here:

After the brouhaha, the editor finally took to social media and apologised, informing that his comment was drastically misconstrued. Hina accepted the apology and moved on to slay the Cannes world.

While this matter came to an end here, it raised many questions about Television star’s credibility. Hina Khan’s debut film Lines premiered at the Cannes Festival 2019 and if that is not a reason to celebrate then what is? Well, at least we are glad that the issue was resolved gracefully. Stay tuned to CineBlitz for more such updates from the world of Bollywood.

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Ness Wadia sentenced to two years in jail for possession of drugs in Japan

Ness Wadia was on a vacation in Japan and was caught with drugs while returning to India

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Ness Wadia, an Indian business tycoon and Preity Zinta’s ex-boyfriend, was caught with drugs in Japan in March this year. The heir to the Wadia Group had taken a trip to Japan and visited the Niseko resort for a skiing holiday. While returning back, he was reportedly arrested at the New Chitose Airport in the northern Japanese island, Hokkaido. A Financial Times story reveals to us that a customs official had found 25 grams of cannabis resin in Ness Wadia’s pockets. With strict Narcotic Laws in the country, the Sapporo District Court handed him a two-year prison sentence. However, it has been suspended for five years!

For those of you who don’t know, Ness Wadia was reportedly detained for a couple of days post his arrest. Only on March 20, the initial charges were pressed against him. He spent an undisclosed period in detention before a court hearing took place recently. According to the Financial Times report, Ness admitted to carrying drugs for his personal use in the court. After pleading guilty and co-operating well, he was given a two year sentence, but it was suspended for five years. Since then, the business tycoon has returned to India.

What do you have to say about this? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section below! Also stay tuned to CineBlitz for more news, updates and gossip right here.

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