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Pahlaj Plots Govinda’s Comeback In Rangeela Raja

Subhash K . Jha

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Quietly, the controversial former  CFBC chairperson Pahlaj Nihalani has slipped back into  his favourite role. That of  the filmmaker.

 In a  marathon shooting spree in Karjat on the  outskirts  of Mumbai Nihalani  got together with his favourite leading man Govindaand completed  the shooting of  a new film .

Giving details  of  the  project Nihalani says, “It is titled Rangeela Raja  and it’s an out-and-out comedy. But  comedy  of   a kind never attempted  by Govinda before.Unlike the  streetwise comic characters  Govinda is  famous for,  he plays  a very sophisticated character in Rangeela Raja.”

The  versatile actor   has multiple  roles in the  film.

Elaborating on  Govinda’s  part, Nihalani says, “He has a double role. But  he slips into four different characters. Audiences who have  been waiting for Govinda’s comeback will be very pleased to see  what he has done in Rangeela Raja. It is  almost like  a rebirth of Govinda and  I feel happy to be doing his comeback film.”

It’s been  31 years since Nihalani launched Govinda in Ilzaam.

“I feel Govinda is starting all  over again with Rangeela Raja,’ says Nihalani.

 Three  debutante  heroines are being introduced with Govinda in Rangeela Raja.

“Govinda has  never been  more suave in  any of his films,” says Nihalani enthusiastically.

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Village Rockstars Movie Review: It Sells Indian Poverty To Festivals.  

Subhash K . Jha

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Village Rockstars Movie Review: It Sells Indian Poverty To Festivals.  

Village Rockstars

Starring: Bhanita Das

Written and directed by Rima Das

Rating: ** 1/2 (two and a half stars)

For long stretches, nothing happens in this film about an impoverished little girl in Assam who dreams of owning her own guitar. I Inert silences are considered a huge asset in films that glorify the Great Indian Poverty for a certain section of the Western audience which sees India and Indian cinema in two ways: either there is too much singing and dancing or there is too little to eat and to hope for.

Village Rockstars falls into the latter category. It fits in rather snugly with the western audiences’ perception of an impoverished India. A pre-pubescent girl Dhunu (Banita Das) wishes to own a guitar and form a musical band. It isn’t very clear where and how Dhunu’s yearnings sprouted into a veritable passion. Or how and why she wants to play rock music and own a rock band. The aspirational peg gives the debutant director a peg to pan her inquisitive camera across long stretches of silently stirring paddy fields and shots of adolescents running across middle hinterlands.

The film looks and feels like Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali but it lacks the vision and lyricism of Ray ‘s exposition on rural poverty. Reema Das seems to use the theme of Indian Poverty as a peg for her aspirational story. The narrative even at a conservative 90 minutes, clocks up a heft of tedium. I couldn’t get myself involved in Dhunu’s story. It wasn’t her fault.

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She just couldn’t draw me into her yearnings. Village Rockstars has some quaint heartwarming passages among the village children who want to form a musical band. But by the time Rima Das threw in a flood sequence and a menstruation ritual I knew the director was in this for the long haul. More than her little protagonist’s yearning for a guitar it is the director’s craving to take rural Assam’s destitution to a salivating western audience that propels this overrated film forward.

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Kubbra Sait to play Mamie Ahuja in ALTBalaji’s Nanavati VS State!

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Kubbra Sait to play Mamie Ahuja in ALTBalaji’s Nanavati VS State!

Riding high on the success of her popular web series, Sacred Games, Kubbra Sait will be seen pulling off yet another influential character in her forthcoming web series.

Produced by ALTBalaji and directed by Shashant Shah, the web series titled Nanavati VS State based on the Nanavati murder case will see Kubbra portraying Mamie Ahuja, a popular real-life character called Mamie Ahuja.
Kubbra who won huge appreciation for her character Cuckoo in Sacred Games and proved her acting prowess alongside Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Saif Ali Khan has started shooting for the web series from this month (September) and will be extensively shooting for the show in November as well.

The talented actress who is also hosting the first-ever series based on food and travel, ‘India On A Plate’ and was on the outlook of portraying challenging roles, was quite impressed by the subject of the web series and her character and immediately agreed to be part of the same.

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Kubbra says, “I think people are well aware about the Nanavati murder case. The makers of the show have come up with a hard-hitting script and have approached me for an equally influential role to play. Since it’s my first-period drama, I feel I am in a time machine but I’m glad to be sharing the screen space with stalwarts of acting.”

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Nawazuddin: “I Regret Only Those 5 Pages Of My Memoirs”

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui looks back on the experience of writing his memoirs with some regret.

The uproar caused by the unflattering mention of two ladies with whom Nawazuddin was allegedly involved, prompted Nawazuddin’s publishers to withdraw his memoirs An Ordinary Life from the bookshelves.

Nawaz says he’s done with telling his story. “The entire motive of the endeavour was turned on its head. I wanted to put my story forward so that others from small towns with big dreams could follow in my footsteps. How was I to know that 5 pages of the book would kill the impact of my entire effort? The book had 209 pages. Only 5 of those pages were written about over and over again.”

Nawaz deeply regrets naming the women he allegedly dated. “It was not in good taste to name the ladies. But I didn’t know any better. I was only trying to tell the truth.”

The actor par excellence says he’s done with telling his story. “Now if I ever write my memoirs, say 30-40 years from now, I will only tell lies in it. The truth is not palatable to everybody.”

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Nawaz was also in the news earlier this year for allegedly breaking into his wife’s Call Detail Record on her phone.

In a rare moment of candour, he finally opens up on the issue. “It was never what it was made out to be. There are so many things that are said and done to someone who becomes successful in life. I can’t explain anymore. But all I’ll say is, my wife and I are very happy together. If that makes some people unhappy, what can I do?”

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