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The Sky is Pink gets a Standing Ovation at its World Premiere at TIFF 2019

RSVP and Roy Kapur Films’ The Sky is Pink directed by National Award-winning filmmaker Shonali Bose, had its World Premiere at the 44th Toronto International Film Festival on 13th September 2019. 

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RSVP and Roy Kapur Films’ The Sky is Pink directed by National Award-winning filmmaker Shonali Bose, had its World Premiere at the 44th Toronto International Film Festival on 13th September 2019. The only Asian film to be showcased in the Gala Presentation, it received a 15-minute standing ovation and garnered immense acclaim from both audiences and critics present at the screening. The film premiered at the prestigious Roy Thomson Hall and was attended by a sold-out theatre of 2000 people, who gave the film a thundering applause.

This was followed by another sold-out screening at the 1000-seater Elgin theatre in Toronto, where the film met with the same incredible response. Audiences took to social media to express how blown away they were by the film. They appreciated the performances, the writing and direction, the world class production values and the sheer beauty of the moving story of a family. The screening was attended by director Shonali Bose along with actors Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Farhan Akhtar, Rohit Saraf and producers Ronnie Screwvala and Siddharth Roy Kapur.

Also read: The Sky Is Pink trailer: Priyanka Chopra – Farhan Akhtar starrer promises to make you laugh, cry and be inspired

The Sky Is Pink, is a story of a family that never gives up despite all the odds and an amazing love story of a couple that traverses decades and continents, told through the lens of their sassy, sardonic, spunky teenage daughter, Aisha. While Zaira Wasim plays the role of Aisha Chaudhary and Rohit Saraf plays her brother, Priyanka and Farhan play their parents in the movie.

Director Shonali Bose shared, “Watching the film for the first time with an audience is always an unnerving experience. And when it’s a world stage with a lot of expectations and 2,000 people – it’s even more terrifying. So when they laughed out loud multiple times and then wept audibly it was utterly moving and overwhelming. I can’t wait to share this baby of mine with the rest of the world. Especially India.”

Also read: The Sky Is Pink: After quitting the industry, Zaira Wasim will NOT promote her upcoming film

Entrepreneur Ronnie Screwvala said, “India has to be a global soft power like no other and for that our stories that must be told need to travel. Global Film Festivals like Toronto are a great platform and it was a great to see this is the only Asian film at the Gala Presentation of the Festival in 2019” .”

Producer Siddharth Roy Kapur expressed, “I am touched with the love we have received here at the World Premiere and this is just the beginning of what I’m sure will be a special journey for the film. I am thrilled for the entire team that has worked so hard on this very special story.”

Also read: Here’s what The Sky is Pink producers have to say about Zaira Wasim quitting Bollywood

Actor and co-producer Priyanka shared, “That moment when you see the audience connect with your film is very special and at the World Premiere of The Sky is Pink at TIFF, we were blessed to have so so many many such moments. It’s a wonderful start and I can’t wait to bring this amazing story to audiences across India and the world.”

Actor Farhan Akhtar stated, “It is an honour to have our film screened at TIFF and the response from the audience after the screening was overwhelming. The Sky is Pink is an incredible love story that will stay with you forever.” Stay tuned to CineBlitz for more updates and news.


Art has no Boundaries

Adil Hussain in candid conversation with FICCI FLO

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FLO, the Women’s Wing of FICCI organized an interactive session with, Adil Hussain known for his critically acclaimed performances in award winning films such as Ang Lee’s Oscar winning Life of Pi, Subhashish Bhutiani’s Hotel Salvation/Mukti Bhavan and Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Adil’s Meal won the best short at Indie Meme Festival at Austin in the USA this May 2020. He also performed in Bollywood movies like English Vinglish, Lootera, Aiyaary, Kaminey, Good Newzz etc.

In conversation Adil said “Acting is all about embodying another personality and portraying it in front of a camera. If one focuses on the craft and goes deeper into the understanding the art of acting, the byproducts are inspirational. I have never aimed to be at the top but have always aimed to act well instead.”

He humbly put together on winning the Award by Norway government, “In India if you are outsider you can’t win a National Award, but I was surprised when Norway Government given me their award. Art should cross all boundaries and there should not be any restrictions”.

On Nepotism in Bollywood Adil said “It exists in every sphere of life, so does in Bollywood. If someone does not have merit and they are being pushed for certain advantages because they are from certain family then that is nepotism. In India we do not have the structure in place for the casting of a particular character unlike west which leads to nepotism to an extent”.

In a Q&A session with FLO members he expressed his keen interest in doing movies in Assam for which he is in touch with Rima Das and hopefully soon they will work together.

Jahnabi Phookan, National President FLO said, FLO is the most apt platform to connect, learn and grow. We recognize and celebrate the success stories of inspirational personalities who break all stereotypes and are role models for others. Adil’s talent has truly transcended geographical boundaries and language barriers. We organized this interaction to learn more and be inspired by Adil Hussain’s journey from a stand-up comedian to a theater artist to an internationally acclaimed actor.”

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Brand new music-travel show featuring Bollywood singer Thomson Andrews out now!

This show will feature Javed Ali, Hardy Sandhu, Jassi Gill, Indian Ocean and Jeet Ganguly

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Thomson Andrews, who is a pop-Bollywood playback singer-songwriter, influencer, anchor, and performer will explore India’s culture, music, cuisine and jams with local bands along with one celebrity music icon in each city, as they together experience this spectacular journey while on the Royal Stag Hungama Music Bus. These music icons share their untold stories and a fun conversation about music, food, and more, followed by a grand concert performance by the music icon, for their fans in that city.

This show features Javed Ali, Hardy Sandhu, Jassi Gill, Indian Ocean, Jeet Ganguly & Revanth in a 6-episode series airing from June 30th – July 5 on Showbox Channel. The digital release is on 7th July on Hungama Digital Media.

Thomson started his career with maestro A R Rahman and also toured the world with India’s Biggest Bollywood singing sensation Sunidhi Chauhan. He is also the finalist of the popular global singing show on Amazon Prime, The Remix. He is soon to release few of his singles , in Hindi, Punjabi and English for global audiences. Recently, he has also featured with Neha Kakkar on MTV unplugged on the Coca Cola Tu song along with Tony Kakkar.

Being one of India’s best RnB, Soul and Funk singers, Thomson was recently hired by American Idol via ZEE CAFE India to promote their show along with dancer Melwin Louis and Monica Dogra on Indian television among indian audiences. He is a well-acclaimed Music industry professional with his credentials and work in big Hollywood Projects like 127 Hours, Internationally acclaimed album ‘Superheavy’ with Maestro A.R.RAHMAN, Mick Jagger, Joss Stone & Damien Marley, The Monsoon Wedding Musical by MIRA NAIR, Disney India films The Lion King 2019, Aladdin, Toy Story 4 and many others. He is constantly associated on several projects with Grammy Award-winning Producers, Mixing and mastering maestros based globally between LA, Germany, NYC and Mumbai. His music is often heard on BBC Asian Radio London, Indian Radio channels like Radio Mirchi and Red FM and his single music videos airing on VH1, 9XO and other platforms. He is a global influencer and his influencer interests are Travel, Fashion, Music, Luxury and food. He has worked as a musically inclined fashion influencer & artist with the Iconic fashion house ‘VOGUE India’ on their Women empowerment campaign.

His feature film projects with credits are FROZEN 2 2019 – Hindi, THE LION KING 2019 – Hindi, ALLADIN 2019 – Hindi, SOTY 2 2019 – Hindi, Super 30 – 2019 – Hindi and Robot 2.0 – Hindi, Tamil.

Thomson has sung in 12 languages across genres, with over 65 ad jingles to his credit for iconic brands such as ESPN, Nestle, Hindustan Unilever, Tata, Sony, Getorade, Volkswagen, Kinderjoy, Maruti Suzuki, Sunfeast, Airtel, Peppeterra, Amazon fashion, Myntra, Serengeti Beer, Kingfisher, Naudic, Reliance trends, Raymonds suiting, Shell Petrol and more. His music influences range from Funk, Rnb, Blues, Soul, Jazz, Pop, Alt Rock, Rock and Roll and even Sufi.

He has performed in 20 countries across 500 live shows and performed onstage with eminent Bollywood personalities ; Music Composers Pritam, Salim Sulaiman, A.R.Rahman, Amit Trivedi, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Clinton Cerejo, Meet bros at concerts, Awards shows like GIMA AWARDS, IIFA, RADIO MIRCHI AWARDS, TEACHERS ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS, ZEE AWARDS and has sung alongside playback singers Sunidhi Chauhan, Neha Kakkar, Arijit Singh, Shaan, Shafqat Amanat Ali, Sonu Nigam, Neeti Mohan, Shilpa Rao, Hari Haran, Shreya Goshal, Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, and others on shows, MTV UNPLUGGED India, MTV COKESTUDIO India and in films.

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Veteran Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan passes away

Saroj Khan was particularly famous for her dances starring Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit

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One of the most well known dance choreographers of Bollywood, Saroj Khan was particularly famous for her dances in films starring Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit.

Some of her most popular songs include

Ek do teen from Tezaab
Choli ke peeche kya hai from Khalnaayak
Dhakdhak karne laga from Beta

Here are some of the condolences sent by celebrities

Akshay Kumar: Woke up to the sad news that legendary choreographer #SarojKhan ji is no more. She made dance look easy almost like anybody can dance, a huge loss for the industry. May her soul rest in peace

Shankar Mahadevan: Really heartbreaking news .. Saroj khan ji has given us so many gems which will be remembered forever .. May her soul rest in peace

Shruti Seth: Another inimitable talent gone. The film industry is poorer without you. Like so many others I have watched songs you choreographed & tried my best to match steps on numerous occasions I’m grateful I was able to finally dance to your tune in #Fanaa RIP Masterji

Daler Mehndi: If a song had a body, it could be carved only by Saroj Khan ji. She made it come alive. Sad to know of her demise. Condolences to her family, fans and students

Amitabh Bachchan: She was a sprightly young enthusiastic dance assistant to one of the major dance directors of the time .. of the time when I was just beginning .. of the film ‘Bandhe Haath’ with the heart throb of millions Mumtaz .. with the director OP Ralhan .. Mumtaz’s grace and acceptance to agree to work with this newbe .. she a stratospheric Star , me a nobody ..
.. and Saroj ji in the crowd of dancers in a song .. her subtle grace when she moved .. the expressions , the delicate little intricacies of each word and movement .. she was just so exceptional .. she was pregnant with child during the shoot , but never deterred from her work .. at one point I saw her , quite alarmingly , finding the foetus had shifted in her stomach and she simply unabashedly pushed it into place , and carried on .. dancing ..
.. and then over the years .. she excelled and attained the podium title of Dance Director .. or as the language changed , the Choreographer of film .. her moves becoming famous for each artist she worked with .. and the love and affection she gave to all that came under her guidance .. and when she would see an artist give a good shot under her care .. she would call her or him aside .. and ..
.. give a rupee coin .. as a gesture .. as a pat on the back .. a ‘shagun’ ..
.. many many years later .. during the song sequence of a film I was doing .. I became the recipient of that coin .. an immense achievement ..
Saroj ji .. you gave us and the industry , rhythm, style, grace of movement and the art of converting the lyrics in a song to a meaning in dance ..

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