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Vidya Balan’s Natkhat and Marathi film Habaddi to open the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2020

The festival goes completely virtual this year owing to the pandemic, festival kickstarts on 23rd October and wraps up on 30th

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Posters of Habaddi and Natkhat

Seven months of being locked in the confines of our homes, cinephiles across the world are inevitably missing the lack of intimacy and fervour at film festivals. With red carpets staying rolled up and ticket counters shut, the frenzy seems compromised. But film aficionados will vouch for the fact that the magic of the movies stands on its feet and the joy of a good film stays as pure even on a home screen. Luckily for movie buffs, the month of October has a special treat awaiting.

The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne which is hosted in August annually, year on year since the last 10 years, is looking at going virtual this year. Though the festival director Mitu Bhowmick Lange had hoped to do a compact schedule at the original venue, keeping in mind the threat of the pandemic the festival will now be hosted virtually between October 23 and 30. The films at the festival will stream free at the festival’s official website for cinephiles living in the country.

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All the popular sections of the festival namely Hurrah Bollywood, Beyond Bollywood, Film India World, Documentaries and Shorts are expected to be on the schedule. Interestingly, the festival’s short film competition section this year made a record number of entries.

This is over and above their new property IFFM FILM CLUB that kicked off in June and has hosted some of India’s biggest filmmakers including Shoojit Sircar, Anurag Kashyap, Aparna Sen, Vidya Balan amongst others, the festival will retain the short film competition (which will be converted into a virtual competition). Plans for the much-awaited awards gala are being reworked to fit into the rules in the post-pandemic era. Over and above the usual sections, the festival will continue to host virtual masterclasses that will be open for registration to the festival goers and will accommodate 100 early bird users to the talk. The masterclass is a fortnightly property that hosts sessions with well-known filmmakers and actors.

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Amongst the festival’s highlights this year is a crucial tie up with the Mental Health Foundation. As the world battled the pandemic bravely, there has been an increasing emphasis on the importance of mental health world over. It is amongst the most prevalent crises faced world over. Patrons of the festival can donate to the MHF and all proceeds from the Festival this year will be directed to the foundation as well.

Opening the virtual festival is the Vidya Balan starrer Natkhat, that marks the actress’ production debut as well. The film is a confronting story of a mother teaching her young son about gender equality and calls out toxic misogyny. Natkhat premiered on Youtube as part of the prestigious We are One : A Global Film Festival , and will now screen at IFFM This will premiere in a double bonanza package along with the Marathi film Habbadi which traces the story of a young boy with a speech impediment , being true to IFFM’s core value of Celebrating Diversity though Cinema.

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The films will mirror the multi-layered themes of breaking the shackles of toxic patriarchal setups and the misogyny that entails. The choice of film is fairly telling of the festival’s commitment towards social impact. Like every year, the festival this year too, will offer over 60 films in 17 languages.

Lange said in a statement, “It’s an unusual time that the world is going through and now more than ever before, cinema has been people’s support system and respite through fairly dark times. IFFM stands strong in its spirit to entertain movie buffs across the world and hope that we heal a little together.”

CEO of Mental Health Foundation, in a statement, said, “We are proud to associate with IFFM this year. The festival’s emotional investment, in choosing an often sidelined subject like mental health and putting it at the centre of their festival, is so assuring. The way they are actively paving the way for the dialogue on mental health and its myriad ramifications to ensue is a ray of hope that things will change for better in near future.”

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Tara Sutaria to be paired opposite Tiger Shroff for Sajid Nadidwala’s Heropanti 2

Tara Sutaria is also a part of Producer’s upcoming movie opposite Ahan Shetty.

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Tiger Shroff and Tara Sutaria

After huge anticipation, the makers of Heropanti 2 have finally announced Tara Sutaria as their female lead opposite Tiger Shroff in the second installment of the successful action franchise.

Tara Sutaria is also a part of Producer’s upcoming movie opposite Ahan Shetty. Spokesperson from the production house shares, _“Sajid Sir saw the rushes of Tara’s scenes in the Ahan Shetty debut film and was really moved by her brilliant performance. She is a great actress who would be a perfect match for the role in Heropanti 2 opposite Tiger Shroff.”

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The duo Tara Sutaria and Tiger Shroff will reunite on screen after two years. Earlier this year, producer Sajid Nadiadwala had announced Heropanti 2, and with the second installment of the action franchise, Producer Sajid Nadiadwala has planned to take this franchise to the next level in terms of scale, action and all other aspects. Heropanti 2 will be directed by Ahmed Khan who has earlier directed Baaghi 2 & Baaghi 3 from the Baaghi franchise.

The first instalment Heropanti worked wonders at the box office, and Tiger’s performance was the highlight of the movie. Fans had loved Tara and Tiger’s chemistry too and now with high octane action and under Sajid Nadiadwala’s guidance, Heropanti 2 will surely be making new records.

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Get ready to hit the dance floor as Asees Kaur, Remo D’Souza, Nakash Aziz team up for Moj Pe Moj

Remo D’Souza has teamed up with choreographer Mukti Mohan and singers Asees Kaur, Badal and Nakash Aziz to bring to you the ultimate peppy number ‘Moj Pe Moj’.

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Remo D'Souza, Asees Kaur, Nakash Aziz

For the first time renowned choreographer Remo D’Souza has teamed up with choreographer Mukti Mohan and singers Asees Kaur, Badal and Nakash Aziz to bring to you the ultimate peppy number ‘Moj Pe Moj’.

The track is the brand song for short video platform Moj and has been released on ii Music . It features over 30 influencers including Remo D’Souza Mukti Mohan and Dharmesh. It’s an upbeat and high-spirited number that will blend well with the current festive and freedom spirit post lockdown.

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The theme of the song is super fun, catchy and energetic which resonates perfectly with the season’s mood. Talented playback singer Nakash Aziz, known for songs like ‘Gandi Baat’ and ‘Sari Ke Fall Sa’, has collaborated with Asees Kaur, famous for her melodious songs such as ‘Bolna’ from ‘Kapoor & Sons’, ‘Ve Mahi’ from ‘Kesari’, to create this groovy single, ‘Moj Pe Moj’.

Commenting on her ‘Moj’ moment, Asees Kaur said, ​“’Moj Pe Moj’ is the ultimate track for Gen Z, and their modern digital lives. This quirky earworm is guaranteed to get you up on your feet and make you dance to the energetic voice of Nakash and I. The peppy track is composed by Goldie Sohel, Badal and includes an upbeat rap from Badal himself. Join the Moj experience and sing along to the new chartbuster in town”.

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Even Remo D’Souza enthusiastically said, ​“Well, dance is everything to me and given me the complete freedom to express the music and lyrics through it, brought me real ‘Moj’ for this entire project. The song will honestly give you the feeling of what it stands for, ‘Moj pe moj’”

The video highlights the vibrant and fun spirit of individuals through a celebration, ‘Moj’. ‘Moj Pe Moj’ is a colourful song and has a lot of energy and a fun vibe to it. The song has been released on 27th of October, 2020 on ii Music’s official YouTube channel and we have already hopped on its euphoric trail. The song is available on all the streaming platforms.

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Ananya Panday turns 22 on the sets of her upcoming film

Work doesn’t stop for Ananya Panday on her birthday; shooting for her upcoming film

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Ananya Panday, the young sensation has been a rage on the big screen since her first appearance in SOTY2. The actress was recently seen in her movie Khaali Peeli that garnered rave reviews from the audiences especially for her portrayal of a Bambaiya girl in the movie.

Ananya Panday turns 22 today, but work still goes on. Shooting on her birthday, the actress shares positively, “But no complaints. It will be a different kind of celebration without family and friends but with the cast and crew.”

The actress turns a year older and wiser on the sets of Shakun Batra’s untitled next, she is shooting with Deepika Padukone and Siddhant Chaturvedi.

Sharing her first day experience on sets after a six month break, she says,” I had not taken an off since I started Student Of the Year 2 and these six months were scary and uncertain. I was afraid, I had forgotten how to face the camera. But it was smooth sailing from day one.”

After success of Khaali Peeli, we are all excited to see her performance in her upcoming next directed by Shakun Batra. The actress has a Pan-India film under way with Vijay Deverakonda named ‘Fighter’.

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