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Bombay 70 director Disha Noyonika Rindani reveals why she couldn’t be a part of Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy

Disha Noyonika Rindani’s Bombay 70 had won the first prize at the Mumbai Film Festival four years back for presenting the real-life story of the original Gully Boy Naved Shaikh a.k.a Naezy the Baa

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From the chaotic streets of Kurla in Mumbai, also known as Bombay 70 emerged a boy Nawed Shaikh popularly known as Naezy. He changed the course of rap culture in India. His journey inspired budding filmmaker, Disha Noyonika Rindani, who four years ago made the short film Bombay 70 on his life. The film went on to win at the Mumbai Film Festival, bringing the spotlight on Naezy. In a candid chat with Cine Blitz, the filmmaker talks about Bombay 70 and more…

When did the idea of making a short film about Naezy come to your mind?

I was 21 then. I had dropped out from college, because I wanted to make films and I was not getting to learn anything on those lines. Mumbai Film Festival has a category for under-25 filmmakers called Mumbai Dimensions’, for which you are supposed to make a five minute short film about Mumbai. So I started researching and I had heard a song titled Aafat sung by Naezy, which was composed and sung by him. I could relate to him.

 

How did you approach Naezy?

I identified him and reached out to him on Facebook that was the period in which he had just started getting attention. By then he had two to three songs to his credit. The videos were very amateur, but in those few song the independent spirit was evident and his lyrics and the rap were very powerful. When I approached him, he was clueless and sceptical about what sort of a film will I make? So I began with being friends with him and I made sure that the language isn’t a barrier between us. Wo bhale Urdu me likhta ho, par uski soch bilkul modern hai.

How was the process of making the film?

Naezy agreed to the project. I remember it was the month of Ramadan and he was on the 40-days fasting. Due to this we used to hardly get two hours to talk to him every day. We shot for two days and made a five-minute film which went on to win the first prize at the Mumbai Film Festival. With the prize money, we shot a bit more and extended the film to 10-minutes. After a year of winning at the Mumbai Film Festival I released the extended film in 2014.

 

How difficult was it to make the film?

The place is called Rambachan Chawl in Kurla and Bombay 70 is a prominent Muslim locality. They all are very friendly people, but at the same time they are very private as well. So they were cautious at first. But then I was a 21-year-old young girl then, so it became easier for me to make them believe that I am making a film on this boy who is very talented.

How was Naezy reacting to all this?

At the beginning he was not sure about the project. He used to say that he is just an artist with no connection to films. I just told him that your story makes you unique and people should know it.

What inspired you the most about him?

When I started the research I got to know that there weren’t many rappers in our country. Nawed being a Muslim boy opted to do this, even though it is considered haraam in the Muslim religion and isn’t accepted. Divine was another rapper with him, but he was a Christian and Christianity doesn’t stop you from pursuing it. Nawed was not allowed to take this up as a career.

What did you think about Gully Boy?

I know Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti (filmmakers) had watched the film and I also knew they were making a film on rap culture. I wanted to work with them and I knew Zoya is making a film on Nawed, so I shared that I was interested in working with her. I am a screenwriter myself. I helped them out with some footage I had, but later lost touch due to my prior commitments.

 What next?

I am writing another feature film which I hope gets produced by someone. I was also a co-writer with Konkona Sensharma in the 2016 film The Death in The Gunj. So that’s been my journey.

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Malaika Arora reveals her BIG secret for a flawless summer body – watch video

Malaika Arora is undoubtedly one of the hottest celebrities in Bollywood

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Malika Arora, even at the age of 45, sure knows how to maintain a toned body. Her Instagram feed is like a fitness goal in itself and everyone just wants to know her secrets. Well, there is good news for all her fans. Malaika, who last walked the ramp for Kalki at the Bombay Times Fashion Week 2019, sat down with team CineBlitz for an exclusive chat. And we couldn’t help but ask her some summer hacks and tips.

The Chaiyya Chaiyya actress was all up for it. She opened her box of Pandora and revealed, “As cliché as it may sound, I think water is the most important. Stay hydrated. Whatever it may be, juices or just plain water, don’t forget to stay hydrated.” Well, this tip is really important for sure but she did tell us more. Wearing cool, comfy fabrics and hitting the shower whenever possible is how the actress keeps her summers breezy. Want to know more? Check out our video right here:

On the personal front, the buzz is that Malaika will soon be tying knot with her beau Arjun Kapoor. Although the actress shunned the rumours saying none of it is true, the marriage is supposedly taking place in Goa tomorrow (April 19). Stay tuned to CineBlitz for more such updates from the world of Bollywood.

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Adnan Sami – Armaan Malik fight! The ace singer opens up about The Voice set incident

Reports of a major fight between Armaan Malik and Adnan Sami breaking out on the sets of The Voice India have emerged and here’s what the ace singer has to say

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Reports of an awful rift between The Voice mentors Adnan Sami and Armaan Malik have been doing the rounds today. Things were reported to be so bad after a major fight between the two singers at Film City that it was affecting the shooting schedule of the TV reality show. It was reported that Adnan walked out of the set and shooting was on a standstill. Reports suggested that Armaan and Adnan never got on and this was just the final straw. The tabloids went on to say how both the singers were busy one-upping each other the entire time and the secret was out now.

So, this is what has supposedly transpired between the two- Arman made a stopover at Westin on the way to the set, he called to ask if Adnan had reached, Armaan insisted he would only come if Adnan was on set. After a while, he was called and told that Adnan was ready to shoot and Armaan took his own sweet time to reach the set that made Adnan really angry. This further led to a war of words between the two and Adnan locked himself in the vanity and finally left Film City

We at CineBlitz got in touch with Adnan Sami to get his side of the story and he told us exclusively “It’s completely untrue! The only thing that is true is that there is a person called Armaan Malik and a person called Adnan Sami. It’s all misleading, the person might have been seeing a really really good dream. Armaan is a very sweet boy. This is all nonsense.”Keep following CineBlitz for all the latest in News and gossip from Bollywood.

 

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Sunny Leone delivers a minute long monologue in support of live-in relationships – watch exclusive video

Sunny Leone made some really surprising revelations during an exclusive Never Have I Ever segment with CineBlitz!

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Sunny Leone is one of the most fun and entertaining actresses we know. Having interviewed her on numerous occasions, I knew that she speaks her heart out and is unfiltered always. So when we sat down for an interview for the grand finale of Zee5’s Karenjit Kaur: The Untold Story of Sunny Leone, I knew she would not come with inhibitions. What followed was 30 minutes of an epic interview where she spoke about life, her webseries and much more. But it was her one minute long monologue in support of live-in relationships that really impressed us!

During a segment of Never Have I Ever, we asked Sunny Leone about a lot of things. From if she has ever cheated in an exam to lying and getting caught, the actress opened up about a lot of things. But when we asked her if she has been in a live-in relationship or not, she spoke about the topic like never before. Sunny Leone told us exclusively, “I have had a live in relationship. I am American, it is very normal, it is not that crazy everybody. You should live in relationship.” After this, she delivered a one minute monologue on why people should be in live in relationships, especially women.

Check out our Never Have I Ever segment with Sunny Leone in the exclusive interview right here:

Apart from the monologue, Sunny Leone also revealed to us how she recently gatecrashed a wedding during Rangeela. She even mentioned how she has not liked a film, but still praised it. In fact, she said, “Who hasn’t it?” Sunny also made some interesting revelations about laughing out loud when she shouldn’t have! But what did you guys and girls think about her monologue? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section below! Also stay tuned to CineBlitz for more Bollywood news, updates and gossip!

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