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Pahlaj Nihalani Takes On Subramaniam Swamy, Challenges  Him To Prove Padmavati’s ‘Dubai’ Funding

Subhash K . Jha

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Pahlaj Nihalani  says he’s “shocked and repulsed” by  Subramaniam Swamy’s allegations that Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati is funded from “Dubai”.

“What is  this man talking about? Padmavati is  produced by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures one of the most reputed production houses  of  the country that is owned by Mr Mukesh Ambani.So is Swamy accusing  the Ambanis  or is he accusing Sanjay Leela Bhansali? Is he  aware  of  Mr Bhansali’s reputation as a filmmaker? In all his films Mr Bhansali has extolled and celebrated the  culture of various  parts of India. In  Khamoshi: The musical andGuazaarish  it  was  Goa. In Devdas it was  Bengal . In Ram Leela it was Gujarat and  in  Bajirao Mastani it  was Maharashtra. I  am sure that inPadamavati Mr Bhansali has celebrated  the rich culture and tradition  of Rajasthan, ” says Nihalani.

As for the protesters, Nihalani is sure they will die down  once  the film  is released.  “Let the film come, we will all know what Mr Bhansali has achieved. To simply presume the worst without seeing a single frame  of Padmavati is  doing the genius of Bhansali a great disservice.”

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Batti Gul Takes On Mofussil Competition 

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It seems this is a great time  to belong to small-town India .An slew of such films are expected  to hit the theatres in the coming weeks. 

And the one beating the rest of the smalltown dramas  to the turnstile is director Shree Narayan Singh’s Batti Gul Meter Chalu the story of electrical power theft in North India is inspired by real -life incident. This will be followed the next week by Vishal Bhardwaj’s Patakha and Sharad Kataria’s Sui Dhaaga.All these are films set in small towns and explore the aspirations disappointment and ultimate triumph of the ordinary working-class hero of the smalltown hero .
Aanand Rai who produced last week’s well received  moffusil romcom Manmarziyan and some really big smalltown dramas recently like Shubh Mangal Savdhan and Newtown thinks of  the trend of moving to the small towns as a reclamation of our very rich literary and cultural heritage
Says Rai, “There are so many stories to be told in these small towns .I think the time for the these stories has come now “
According to  former chairperson of the censor board producer  Pahlaj  Nihalani ,such stories have always had an audience . “But some filmmakers are too busy hunting for locations abroad to look at their home . There so many eye-catching cities in India that are yet to be explored”

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Nora Fatehi all set to debut as a singer

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Nora Fatehi all set to debut as a singercollaborates with a renowned Morocco based band to re-create the official Arabic adaptation of Dilbar

Nora Fatehi has been busy basking in the glory of Kamariya from her film Stree which has been getting a lot of love and attention. The Bharat actress has been riding a success wave after the release of her song Dilbar which continues to break records and top charts all across the world.

Currently Nora is busy with something bigger and absolutely unexpected. The actress is diversifying and heading the pop star way. Nora, who has a massive fan following not just in the subcontinent but in the Middle East too, has decided to give her fans something absolutely fresh and is set to introduce a new side of hers to the world. The actress will make her debut as a singer.

Nora is set for a massive a international collaboration with the Arabic brand, ‘Fnaire.’ The Hip Hop and Rock band are extremely popular in the Middle East, Africa and North American markets. They are also music producers and have launched many successful stars. Nora, will be one such Pop Star. Her first song will be an interesting collaboration as it is the Arabic version of the extremely successful, ‘Dilbar’ from the movie Satyameva Jayate which has gone into break several records. Nora has sung the song and will soon be shooting a collaboration video for it in Mumbai for which the band has been flown down to India.

When asked about this huge step, she said “It is a huge deal for both Morocco and India because this is the first time we will be getting Indian culture and Moroccan culture together artistically and musically and this has been my goal as well, to bring them together. As Dilbar has become a huge hit internationally, Middle East included, we have taken the song, recomposed it, written Arabic and Moroccan lyrics and we recorded me singing with the band, Fnaire. This is my debut as a singer and Fnaire will be rapping with me in the song. I am also producing the song and T series will be launching it on their channel. We have maintained the crucial parts of the song and fans will enjoy that. I really wanted to take Dilbar to Africa and the Middle East in Arabic because it was also a perfect way to launch myself.”

The video is being directed by Morocco based director, Abdel Raffia el Abdioui and the DOP of the video is the Baaghi 2 fame, Santhana Krishnan Ravichandran. The video and song will be released by T-series in October.

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Hrithik To Attend Anand Kumar’s Maths Classes

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Not content with just replicating Bihari Mathematician Anand Kumar’s life and work , Hrithik Roshan will now be attending Aanand’s maths classes in Patna

 An informed source says , The entire team feels Hrithik needs to get a first hand feel of how Anand conducts his classes ,the informal air and the comfort of familiarity whereby every student is known personally to Anand.These, Hrithik needs to experience .”

Hrithik won’t be the first Bollywood superstar to attend Anand Kumar’s classes .In 2013 when Prakash Jha made Arakshan Amitabh Bachchan attended  Anand’s classes before playing the Mathematician.

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