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In An  Interview With  Subhash K Jha , Sanjay Leela Bhansali Recalls Devdas At Cannes

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has presented your Devdas again at Cannes 15 years after it release. Your thoughts?

It fills me  immense pride and amazing memories of  the times when we made the film against all odds, and took it Cannes.Devdas was  selected  in the non-competition section of the Cannes Film Festival .It was not easy making Devdas. I suffered a  lot.When the film was invited to Cannes it felt like my two-and-half years of penance has paid off. It  was God’s way of telling me, ‘You’ve suffered enough. Now it’s time for  the  happiness to begin.’ I had to move at twice my original speed to get the film ready in time for Cannes. We were caught completely by surprise. We had sent them an almost-finished film on BETA video. But there was no time for fine tuning.   Devdas was meant to be seen on  the large screen. That the Cannes jury appreciated it on the small screen is a miracle. When the e-mail arrived from Cannes it was a very important moment in my life. I felt happy from deep down in my being. For the first time  in two-and-a-half-years I was excited about something  other than making  the film.

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How  did this honour fall in your lap?

The Cannes festival’s directorate contacted us. They normally  visit various countries to check out the interesting films being made. Theirs is a thoroughly researched and foolproof selection procedure. The Director of the festival Christian June came to  India . He  met a lot of filmmakers and  saw a lot of Indian  films . He knew exactly what was happening in  our  cinema . He told me to send my Devdas  over to Cannes  as soon as it’s complete.I remember the last date for entry was 31 March. We weren’t ready with the finished product. So breaking rules we sent a  scratch tape for approval. They were most co-operative. The Selection Committee saw the rough tape and nothing happened for a long time. I waited and waited to hear from them . I had  almost given up when I was told we we’re on. I felt all the suffering that I went through to make Devdas was washed away.

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I believe Devdas was the first mainstream Hindi film to be selected for Cannes?

Yes it was the first film in the popular format.  Cannes is more into the avant-garde cerebral non-mainstream cinema.  It ‘s a platform for committed filmmakers who get a   voice and a market  in the festival. Devdas’ selection made me very  happy.  To me , it seemed like an opportunity for a completely new kind of audience to  see our cinema. When you don’t plan success it becomes far more important  to you than otherwise.

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Like your earlier work Hum Dil  De Chuke Sanam,   Devdas   also stressed exotic Indian culture. Do you think the earlier film  prepared the way internationally for Devdas?

Not really .  Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam did  make a  quite an  impression in international cinema. But I don’t think  that film would play any role in the impact of Devdas. The importance of the selection of Devdas for Cannes lay not just in it being a mainstream Hindi film but also its classical format of  presentation. It  was  not about universal sentiments designed to cut across the world. My film’s  sentiments and  emotions  were very peculiar and  specific to a certain part of our culture and  period  in history.  The songs, dances, costumes, performances and sets all revealed a culture that existed a hundred years ago.

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We had Satyajit Ray’s cinema, then Mira Nair’s  Salaam Bombay and Ashutosh Gowariker’s  Lagaan. Do you think these paved the way for your Devdas in the West?

Obviously an Indian film representing our country abroad which creates an impact, makes a difference to the way  our cinema is perceived  internationally .  However  when  the Cannes representatives saw the film, Lagaanhadn’t become a big event outside India. Today  when  we look at Lagaan  we feel it  created a space abroad for Indian cinema.  We now  feel our content style and mood of moviemaking are being given a fair chance abroad. Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Shahji Karun and Lagaan  did get our cinema recognition.  At the same if  a new  film is  selected for an  international festival  it  isn’t necessarily because of those other films and filmmakers who gained international recognition earlier on. Cannes opened  up a whole new world for Devdas.

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 What aspect of our films do you think international audiences  enjoy the most?

I think our cinema is being appreciated for  its melodramatic warmth. Even in the West people are  now eager to express themselves more openly . They aren’t  abashed by  open expressions of emotions. Indian films exude a lot of warmth. At a  time when the world is clogged with bitterness it’s reassuring to experience a cinema where the smallest of  emotions matter. Also  Indian cinema is celebratory  in mood. There’s a song for every occasion. That’s   again a novel experience for Western viewers. Indian films have their own distinctive  stamp and audiences out there find them great fun to watch. That why they goodhumoredly call us Bollywood . You and I may hate the term. But that’s how Indian cinema is going to be known for a long time. When I showed Hum DilDe Chuke Sanam in Berlin they called it  a ‘dancycle’. They were  thrilled to see the musical celebration  of universal emotions.  They  find the novelty of it all very endearing . They ‘ve seen and appreciated  other cinema from Asia . Now it’s our turn .

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Aamir Khan’s Sister Plays Shah Rukh’s Mother In Pathaan

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Ever  since Pathaan released on Wednesday, audiences  have been  curious to know who  is the woman who plays Shah Rukh Khan’s adoptive mother in Afghanistan. The stately lady  with  royal looks is none  other than the late producer  Tahir Hussain’s daughter and  Aamir Khan’s elder  sister Nikhat Khan.

 Nikhat has been  closely  associated with the  film industry  and has helped her father in the production of his  films like Dulha Bikta Hai and  Tum Mere  Ho.

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Nikhat has  acted earlier in the Akshay Kumar starrer Mission Mangal ,  Ajay Devgan’s Tanhaji and  in Sandh Ki Aankh(as a Maharani).

For Pathaan, it was Shah Rukh Khan who suggested Nikhat Khan should play his foster-mother in  Afghanistan who names him ‘Pathaan’. It proved to be  an inspired  piece of casting, as  audience have  loved Nikhat  Khan’s cameo.

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It is  heartwarming that  all three Khan superstars  are  associated with Pathaan in one  way  or the other.

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Anurag Kashyap’s New Film Is About Love Jihad

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Love Jihad, whatever  that means, is  the theme  of  Anurag Kashyap’s new film Almost Pyaar  With D  J Mohabbat.

Debutant Karan  Mehta plays a Muslim boy  in an intense relationship with  Alaya F who plays  a Hindu  girl.Kashyap has spared the  audience none of the ugliness that  such a relationship generates  among  social-media  bouncers, the self-styled  guardian of morality .

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In the hardhitting powerful and pertinent film  a  bigot is heard commenting snidely, “These people first talk about Mohabbat. Then  they talk about Mohammed.”

Happily and  surprisingly,  the Central Board Of Film Certification gave the  film a ‘UA’ certificate  with no  cuts: a  rare non-‘A’ film of Kashyap.

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So far  Kashyap and his  team have kept the Love Jihad part  of  the plot  out of all media interaction.

But the  cat is  now  out of the bag.

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Samantha Ruth Prabhu to Star Alongside Varun Dhawan in Prime Video’s Indian Original Series , Samantha Speaks

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Samantha Ruth Prabhu will be starring alongside Varun Dhawan in the Indian installment of the Citadel universe, the global-event series from Prime Video and the Russo Brothers’ AGBO. The untitled Citadel series based out of India is being helmed by renowned creator duo Raj & DK (Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK), who are the showrunners and directors.

 The local installment is written by Sita R. Menon, along with Raj & DK. The streaming service also confirmed that the production is currently underway in Mumbai. After this, the unit will head  to North India and then onwards to international locales like Serbia and South Africa.

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  Richard Madden (Bodyguard) and Priyanka Chopra Jonas will star in the first-to-launch series within the Citadel universe, which comes from the Russo Brothers’ AGBO along with David Weil (Hunters) and is set to premiere in 2023. Alongside Madden and Chopra Jonas, the first-to-launch Citadel series will also feature Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games saga). Additional local-language Citadel productions are also in the works, including an Italian Original series starring Matilda De Angelis (The Undoing).

  Speaking on  her participation in  The Citadel  franchise for  the  first time,Samantha says, “When Prime Video and Raj & DK approached me with this project, I decided to take it up in a heartbeat! After working with this team on The Family Man, it is homecoming for me.The Citadel universe, the interconnected storylines between the productions across the globe, and most importantly, the script of the Indian installment really excited me.”

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   Samantha  says she is  looking forward  to working with Varun Dhawan  .  “I am thrilled to be a part of this brilliant universe conceptualised by the Russo Brothers. I am also looking forward to be working with Varun for the first time, on this project. He is someone who is full of life and cheer when you’re around him.”

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Bollywood’s Achche Din Have Come

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All you doomsday  prophets, the  booms-day  profits  are here.  Pathaan  has  opened the floodgates again for Bollywood’s  bumper  bonanza at the  boxoffice.And now there is  only the achche din ahead  for  Hindi  cinema.

In the  next   two months there are  three sureshot  blockbusters coming up, beginning with Shehzada.  An astute devilishly impish  adaptation  of  Allu Arjun’s  2020 Telugu   blockbuster  Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo.The super-popular Kartik  Aaryan gives  his own  spin to the  character. This  performance will take   Kartik to the  next level of stardom. Kartik’s version of  Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo is  radically different  from  its Telugu  version. Shehzada  takes  the core idea of  the Telugu original  and turns it into a  something  completely different. Kartik’s  co-star in Shehzada  is  Kriti  Sanon with whom he earlier shared superhit space in Lukka Chuppi.

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 Then there  is Luv Ranjan’s ravishing rom-com   Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar. The director’s   male viewpoint on the chaos  of love relationships  crests to a comic  high in his latest. Ranjan  for  the first time, collaborates with Ranbir Kapoor for the  first time  collaborates with Shraddha  Kapoor  who badly needs a hit.This film should do the  trick. The winsome  lead pair tries  to do one  another  in a  game of Luv This is Luv Ranjan’s Hum…Aapke Hain Con. Ranjan  has in the past used  the romcom  space to  entertain his audience  to the hilt, he  says this  time the stakes are different. It is  not something we’ve seen before.

 Finally  it is   Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani.  Karan  Johar’s first directorial in six years(not counting the one segment each  in Ghost Stories and  Lust Stories). This time he has assembled a dream star-cast  of Dharmendra, Jaya Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, Ranveer Singh and  the  boxoffice darling(s) Alia Bhatt.  But trust me, this one is  not about assembling stars  into a complacent plot. The writing in this  zany Romeo & Juliet is so crisp  and engrossing, the experience  is  likely to be   the visual version of a multi-flavour icrecream cone. Colour, choler and karma collide in this tragic-comic love story . Let the  box office dhamaka  begin  from the house  of Dharma.

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