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Akshay doesn't understand negativity about citizenship

Actor Akshay Kumar on Friday issued a statement regarding the controversy over his citizenship. He says he has never hidden or denied that he holds a Canadian passport and that he doesn't understand the unwarranted interest and negativity about it.

"I really don't understand the unwarranted interest and negativity about my citizenship. I have never hidden or denied that I hold a Canadian passport. It is also equally true that I have not

visited Canada in the last seven years," Akshay tweeted.

"I work in India, and pay all my taxes in India. While all these years, I have never needed to prove my love for India to anyone, I find it disappointing that my citizenship issue is constantly dragged into needless controversy, a matter that is personal, legal, non-political, and of no consequence to others," he added in the statement.

He concluded by saying: "Lastly, I would like to
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Akshay Kumar to make digital streaming debut with Amazon Original Series

Akshay Kumar will now be starring as lead actor in Amazon’s upcoming action-packed Prime Original thriller series, The End (working title). This marks the streaming debut of the brilliant actor. The new series will be showcased to the actor’s fans across 200 countries and territories upon its release exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.

The multi-season show, The End (working title), is presently under active development and will to appeal to fans of the action-thriller genre worldwide. Being envisioned at an unprecedented scale and cinematic experience, the show promises to bring in the next level of the action genre.

Actor Akshay Kumar said, “I have always believed in bringing innovation to my work and throughout my career, have tried to tell unique stories, work with break-through talent and be part of disruptive and high quality story-telling. Together, Abundantia and I have created some of my most memorable roles in films like Baby,
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‘Homeland’ Final Season: Nimrat Kaur & Numan Acar To Reprise Season 4 Roles

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Exclusive: We are getting a major new clue about the upcoming eighth and final season of Showtime’s terrorism drama Homeland. Nimrat Kaur and Numan Acar, who had major recurring roles in Season 4, are rejoining the cast for the upcoming eighth and final season.

Kaur and Acar played Tasneem Qureshi, a member of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence, and Haissam Haqqani, a Taliban leader, respectively, in Season 4, which was set in Afghanistan and Pakistan. No setting has been announced for the upcoming final chapter of Homeland, which is set to film in Morocco, but there has been speculation that it would be set entirely or partially in Pakistan/Afghanistan. Kaur and Acar’s return certainly support such plot line.

The Alex Gansa-Howard Gordon political thriller, based on an Israeli format, had alternated domestic and international settings, with the action based primarily in New York and Washington D.C. the last two seasons.
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India's Abundantia Entertainment to produce war drama ‘Runway’

Vikram Malhotra’s production outfit is developing and casting film about India’s “Pearl Harbour moment”.

Vikram Malhotra’s Abundantia Entertainment is set to produce a film, entitled Runway, based on a true story that took place during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.

The incident, often referred to as India’s Pearl Harbour, involved the destruction of an airstrip in the city of Bhuj, along with several Indian Air Force airstrips, by Pakistani bombers in December 1971.

Indian authorities only had 72 hours to repair the airstrips in order for fighter planes to take off and land. A group of around 300 local villagers,
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Amazing: 2.0 star launches app for martyred soldiers

Actor Akshay Kumar has been acting in a lot of movies that involve an emotion of patriotism, like Gold, Baby, Airlift etc., He's also a part of Shankar's next film with Rajinikanth, 2.0. The film is slated for a release on 29th November. 

The actor celebrated his birhtday today, and he did it in his style. Known for making patriotic movies, he launched an application for martyred soldiers. This is done with an intention to provide relief to the families of victims and also help them lead a better life. By using this app, the citizens can do what they...

Renny Harlin’s Extraordinary Entertainment Sets Deal With India’s B4U

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Renny Harlin’s Extraordinary Entertainment Sets Deal With India’s B4U
Extraordinary Entertainment, the Chinese company recently launched by Beijing-based Renny Harlin and DJ Parmar, has set a three-film deal with India’s B4U. The deal was unveiled on the sidelines of the Shanghai International Film Festival.

The deal between the two is described as a co-development agreement. Details on financing and distribution were not disclosed.

The first film is “Operation Wild,” a large-scale action adventure written by Brian Brightly, with Harlin set to direct. The film will co-star prominent Indian and Chinese actors, currently not identified. The story involves two elite combat warriors from China and India who lead covert forces to shut down a global wildlife-poaching criminal organization.

B4U is a leading Indian entertainment company which operates Bollywood movie and music channels in over 100 countries. It releases 10 to 15 movies per year, including recent titles “Queen,” “Airlift” and “Kaabil.”

“These films will highlight the emotional bond and cultural
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'Irumbuthirai' takes on Aadhaar: How Tamil films are questioning the Centre

KollywoodWhile nationalism is a popular theme in Tamil cinema, it does not equate it with supporting the Centre as in mainstream Bollywood flicks.Sowmya RajendranPS Mithran’s Irumbuthirai, starring Vishal, Arjun, Samantha, Delhi Ganesh and others, is doing well at the box office. In what seems to be a trend that’s gaining popularity in Kollywood, the film takes on the central government, this time questioning the security of Aadhaar data. Irumbuthirai raises some valid questions on data breaches, even if the film may stumble at times with the need to pump up the hero and age-old justifications for giving in to dowry demands. It also slams the central government’s much publicised ‘Digital India’ and takes potshots at demonetisation, ‘cashless’ economy and Gst. And, of course, the fact that people like Vijay Mallya have been let off the hook while ordinary folks are harassed by loan sharks finds its place. Interestingly, Ps Mithran put together the project in August 2016 and the film was ready for release in early 2018, just around the time when the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke out in March. However, it had to be postponed because of the Tamil film industry strike. While watching Irumbuthirai, however, one cannot help but notice how uncannily timely the film is. Towards the end, we’re told that in the future even our votes will be controlled by those who have our data. Given the scepticism around electronic voting machines, platforms like Facebook manipulating the political preferences of users, and concerns about misuse of Aadhaar data, the team has been quite brave in handling such a subject. Vijay’s Deepavali release Mersal last year famously got into a tussle with the Bjp for certain dialogues and scenes that made fun of demonetisation and the Gst. While some of the lines presented as facts in the film were straight out of WhatsApp university, the fact that a mainstream film with a big star was speaking about it showed that Kollywood wasn’t going to pander to the Centre in the same way as mainstream Bollywood films have. Take the difference in treatment between Joker and Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, for instance. Both are films about a couple whose relationship depends on whether or not a toilet is built in the house. While the Tamil film was a tragedy that exposed the hollowness of government schemes, the Akshay Kumar starrer was in unapologetic support of the current central government and laid the blame on the people (and earlier governments) for the practice of open defecation. Akshay Kumar has been beating the nationalism drum for a while now (and winning a National Award while at it), whether in Airlift or Padman, and there are even reports doing the rounds that he’s all set to star in a film about the RSS. Irumbuthirai, on the other hand, has a hero who is surprisingly “anti-national”. He’s an army major whose only aim is to get out of India – a sharp contrast to the patriotic ‘jawan at the border’ the public is always asked to think about whenever they object to a government policy. Although Vishal’s Kathiravan does become more responsible and socially conscious as the film progresses, there’s no overcompensation with unnecessary lines on nationalism. It’s not that Tamil films have never indulged in whipping up nationalism. In fact, Irumbuthirai’s villain, Arjun Sarja, has played such roles in many films in his career. The ‘Action King’, as he’s known, has starred in several films where the plot revolves around fighting terrorists or taking on social evils for the benefit of the country – Gentleman, Jai Hind, Kurudhipunal, Mudhalvan, Thaayin Manikodi, and more recently Nibunan, in which he appeared as a police officer with a national flag tattoo. Actor turned politician Vijayakanth, too, has played such roles in several films. Nationalism is still a popular theme in Tamil cinema as it was in the days of Mgr and Sivaji Ganesan. Mani Ratnam’s Kaatru Veliyidai, for example, included a cringeworthy scene when the Pakistani flag falls down just to get a few whistles from the audience. In that sense, the nationalism that's showcased in Hindi films like Dangal is considered appealing here, too. However, the success of Irumbuthirai shows that a film that questions authority and real life government policies are welcomed by the audience in Tamil Nadu. That is, nationalism/patriotism is not equated to supporting the central govenment's policies or stances unlike the trend in mainstream Bollywood. This isn’t a sudden change. Soon after the jallikattu protests in January 2017, Tamil popular culture was full of references to the sport. The protests were widely believed to have been triggered by the cultural imposition of the Centre in Tamil Nadu. From filmmakers announcing projects about jallikattu to songs dedicated to the sport, Kollywood stood with the public mood. Several prominent members from the industry also spoke up in support of the sport, including stars like Kamal Haasan and Vijay. The teaser for Pa Ranjith’s upcoming film Kaala, with Rajinikanth in the lead role, hints that the film will have political references to schemes like Swachch Bharath. While the antagonist, played by Nana Patekar, says that he wants to make everything ‘clean’, Kaala (Rajinikanth) extols the virtues of black, equating it with the sweat and labour of his people. Tamil Nadu’s people have many a bone to pick with the Centre, whether it is jallikattu, the Neet exam, the Cauvery Management Board or the attempts to ‘Hindify’ the south. The Tamil film industry, which has birthed several leaders in the state (including the latest entrants Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan), has always had a close relationship with politics. With the public mood ostensibly against the Centre, one can expect many more Tamil films to indulge in a jallikattu with its policies. Also read: Taming of the bull: Jallikattu occupies a prominent place in Tamil cinema
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Nikkhil Advani to direct Balta House starring John Abraham

Nikkhil Advani is all set to make his next directorial venture with John Abraham in the lead. After directing the much-acclaimed ‘D-Day’ & ‘Pow: Bandhi Yuddh Ke’ and producing ‘Airlift’, he will tell the story of the encounter at L-18 Batla House, Delhi which happened in September 2008. It was one of the most talked-about police operations of recent times.

Tweeting about the film Advani wrote, “I am so thrilled to be collaborating with Ritesh Shah once again after ‘D-Day’ (and) ‘Airlift’. We have worked for three years on this story and are so happy to have John Abraham help us tell it. ‘Batla House’.”

In earlier interviews the director said, “It’s a very controversial subject. The encounter will be seen from three perspectives — that of the police, those present near the location, many of whom believed that the bullets flying were for the TV serial Swabhimaan, which was being shot
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Bharat is Salman Khan’s move into Akshay Kumar’s market

Bharat is Salman Khan’s move into Akshay Kumar’s market
Akshay Kumar has no monopoly over playing the nationalistic patriotic hero with a social conscience. Admittedly he has done so with impressive success in his recent films like Airlift, Toilet – Ek Prem Katha and Pad Man. But it’s now time for Akshay to make room for another superstar in the patriotic market. Salman KhanRead More

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Where content is king: Why Malayalam cinema's domination at National Awards is well-deserved

MollywoodWith realistic, rooted and relevant content, Malayalam cinema has won big at the National Awards this year.Siddarth SrinivasQuality content at a shoestring budget. Touching globally accessible topics in a laid-back rural setting. Having even their top actors deliver three to four films a year. Emotionally driving their audiences to the verge of breaking them, and then surprising them in a lovely fashion with a smart turn. These are factors that other film industries in India might see as ‘experimental’. But for the Malayalam film industry, this is their modus operandi. The recently announced National Awards are a shining feather in the cap for Malayalam cinema, which has finally got the blazing recognition that it has deserved for a long while. Jury head Shekhar Kapur came out and hailed the quality of regional cinema as ‘world-beating’, and subsequently, the majority of the honours were gobbled up by the Malayalam film industry. Quietly producing impressive films at the snap of a finger, it is high time that the rest of India looks up to this heavily talented fraternity, who believe in rooted and relevant content, nothing else. And arguably so, Dileesh Pothan’s Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum has been the show-stealer at the National Awards. The harder it gets for an individual to pronounce the name of the film, the easier it has been for this Suraj Venjaramoodu, Fahadh Faasil, and Nimisha Sajayan starrer to unanimously win appreciation from whoever has seen it. Easily referred to as the ‘chain snatcher film’, this film was a slow-burn crime thriller that takes off in a small village, built on just three main characters – a couple and a thief played by the flawless Fahadh Faasil, who won himself the award for the Best Supporting Actor. What makes Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum stand out from the rest is the constant tension that the film keeps building, without any loud or jarring moments. There’s a sense of doubt that always prevails with the viewer, which the director and writer (Sajeev Pazhoor, who won the award for the Best Original Screenplay) cleverly handle until the very end when they pull out the trump card and surprise the audience, leaving them terrified. It is the whole style and narrative pattern which Dileesh adopts, which is new to the mainstream viewer. Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum is such a cracker due to these reasons, and makes Dileesh an exciting director to watch out for – with both his films bagging National Awards. Period drama Bhayanakam was the next in line to take home pride for Mollywood, winning three awards across different categories. The film, which talks about the troubles faced by a postman during the Second World War in 1939 is reportedly a solid portrayal of the issues a common man has to face. 6-time National Award winner Jayaraj bettered his best by winning two awards – Best Director and the Best Adapted Screenplay (since it has been adapted from Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai’s novel Kayar). Bhayanakam is yet to hit the theatres, and the director has assured that it will release in May. Mahesh Narayan’s Take Off too, distinguished itself at the National Awards. It is one of the neatest films to come out of Mollywood in recent years, despite its delicate premise. While Bollywood blockbusters such as Airlift and Tiger Zinda Hai dealt with the same concept with a commercial and hero-centric approach, Take Off puts its characters (special jury mention for Parvathy) under really tense and worrying situations, enabling the viewer to get to the core of the problem and witness the protagonists find their way out. The film also stays as real to the events as possible, straying away from commercial compromises. And equally real, are the sets and art work – the award for the Best Production Design went to Santhosh Raman for the same film. The icing on the cake was definitely Kj Yesudas’s eighth National Award for the song ‘Poi Maranja Kaalam’ from Viswapoorvam Mansoor, which happened to be his first award in 25 years, since 1993. Yesudas has won the National Award for the Best Playback Singer – Male a record number of times. The second in line is Sp Balasubramanyan with six awards. 66 films were in consideration for the National Awards from Mollywood, a number which in itself is a towering one when compared to the offerings from the neighboring states which have bigger film industries. With the growing multiplex culture and metros playing films with subtitles, Malayalam films are gaining popularity in other states, too. The win at the National Awards will only encourage more people to experience this realistic brand of cinema.
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Akshay Kumar hires team to clean the garbage from the streets of Mumbai

Akshay Kumar hires team to clean the garbage from the streets of Mumbai
Of late, there have been several emotional and social films that Akshay Kumar has been a part of. With films like Airlift to Jolly Llb to Toilet – Ek Prem Katha, the actor has always attempted to do films that pass on a message and now he has started taking up social causes even inRead More

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“Saif’s Careers Best In Heartwarming Culinary Drama Chef” – A Subhash K Jha Review

Chef

Starring Saif Ali Khan, Padmapriya Janakiraman, Svar Kamble

Directed by Raja Krishna Menon

There is a lot of teasing between the father and son, played with endearing casualness by Saif Ali Khan and Svar Kamble. Aptly, Chef teases our appetite for cinema. It’s a culinary delight—warm, tender, inviting and appetizing– served up in a dainty dish with a dash of debonair but played-down posturing, like a masterchef who is shy to show off his skills but can’t help it. He’s so adept at what he does.

Chef conveys the kind of sagacious skill born not out of arrogance but wisdom sometimes misplaced. Like the protagonist Roshan Kalra’s traditionalist father who believes the kitchen is for women.

Speaking of which—arrogance more than wisdom—Saif Ali Khan’s Roshan Kalra (from Chandni Chowk Delhi married to and divorced from the lovely Malayali danseuse Radha Menon
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Nikkhil Advani’s next is a biopic about the man behind India’s Mars mission

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We’ve often seen directors take inspiration from real life stories and create a masterpiece in form of a biopic. This time, filmmaker Nikkhil Advani is all set to bring to screen one such inspiring story of Dr. K Radhakrishnan, former Chairman of Isro (Indian Space Research Organisation) and the man behind India’s most successful Mars mission called ‘Mangalyaan’.

With interesting projects under his banner Emmay Entertainment, Nikkhil Advani has given promising movies like Airlift, D-Day and Lucknow Central. Commenting further on choosing this upcoming work, he said “After Airlift, we were discussing what to follow it up with. Then I saw this photograph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the scientists behind our Mars mission. The more I read about it, the more I was fascinated by the fact that we had sent the Mars Orbiter – the cheapest and the fastest version successfully, and that too, in the very first attempt.
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Record: Akshay Kumar's Toilet movie joins 100 crores club in...

Akshay Kumar starrer Toilet: Ek Prem Katha is officially Akshay's fastest 100 crores grosser. Akshay in recent times is delivering 100 crores steadily at the box office. His previous films such as; Rowdy Rathore, Holiday: A Soldier is never off duty, Jolly Llb 2, Airlift, Housefull 3, Housefull 2 and Rustom have all collected Rs. 100 crores and above at the box office.

Without any surprises, Akshay's latest release Toilet: Ek Prem Katha also enters the 100 crores club. The film not just joined the elite club but also became Akshay's fastest 100 crores grosser film at the box office....
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Ajay Devgn’s next is Raid!

Ajay Devgn will soon be seen playing a no-nonsense Income Tax officer in Raid. Set in Uttar Pradesh in the 80’s, the film is based on real life events involving one of the most high profile income tax raids the country has ever known. Written by Ritesh Shah who’s writing credits include Pink and Airlift, Raid will be directed by Rajkumar Gupta who previously directed No One Killed Jessica. Casting for Devgn’s opponent and other important characters is underway.

Talking about the film, director Raj Kumar Gupta says, “Raid is a story that needs to be told on the big screen. I am looking forward to my collaboration with Ajay sir, Bhushanji, Kumarji and Abhishek on this film.”

Producer Bhushan Kumar says, “Ajay Devgn is a great actor. We have produced Baadshaho and are now happy to be also producing Raid. Raid is a content driven film and
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Toilet Ek Prem Katha Movie Review

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Akshay Kumar has been hitting it out of the park recently by choosing to do innovative movies with a patriotic or a social angle (Baby, Airlift, Rustom, Jolly LLB2). And this strategy has started paying back very well for him. Now he’s back with another rooted patriotic (?) film in the form of Toilet Ek Prem Katha. The trailers have promised us a rooted film based in the Hindi heartland of India which highlights and brings to the fore an important social evil about the country. Read More

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Bollywood Mainstay Akshay Kumar Continues to Reinvent His Career and Doesn’t Plan on Slowing Down

Bollywood Mainstay Akshay Kumar Continues to Reinvent His Career and Doesn’t Plan on Slowing Down
He has three decades and 124 movies under his belt, but one look at the last year of Akshay Kumar’s resume could very well confirm that — amid the steady annual stream of newcomers struggling to find their footing in Hindi cinema — it’s the 50-year-old veteran actor who’s emerging as Bollywood’s biggest revelation.

“This is definitely one of the most exciting periods of my career,” Kumar told IndieWire in a recent interview. It’s a fitting assessment, given that trailer views for his latest feature, Shree Narayan Singh’s “Toilet — Ek Prem Katha” (“Toilet — A Love Story”), crossed the 16-million mark in just four days. The film is inspired by the true story of a villager who, when his new wife (played by Bhumi Pednekar) left him after discovering he had no toilet in his home, made it his mission to build one, defying age-old traditions which have forced women,
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Akshay Kumar reveals how he got the film Toilet- Ek Prem Katha after other heroes rejected it

Akshay Kumar reveals how he got the film Toilet- Ek Prem Katha after other heroes rejected it
After Airlift and Rustom, Akshay Kumar is coming with yet another content driven film, Toilet-Ek Prem Katha which is one of the highly awaited films of the year. The film also stars Dum Laga Ke Haisha actress Bhumi Pednekar as the film tells a love story in the backdrop of the national issue of openRead More

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Iifa Award Winner List

And The Iifa Awards Winners are:

Best Playback Singer Female– Kanika Kapoor (‘Da Da Dasse’ – Udta Punjab) and Tulsi Kumar (‘Soch Na Sake’ –Airlift )

Best Playback Singer Male– Amit Mishra (‘Bulleya’ – Ae Dil Hai Mushkil)

Best Lyricist– Amitabh Bhattacharya (‘Channa Mereya’ – Ae Dil Hai Mushkil)

Best Music Director-Pritam (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil)

Myntra Style Icon Award-Alia Bhatt

Woman of the YearTaapsee Pannu (Pink)

Best Negative Role– Jim Sarbh (Neerja)

Best Performance in a Comic Role– Varun Dhawan (Dishoom)

Best Debut Male– Diljit Dosanjh (Udta Punjab)

Best Debut Female– Disha Patani (M.S. Dhoni)

Supporting Actor Female– Shabana Azmi (Neerja)

Supporting Actor Male – Anupam Kher (M.S. Dhoni)

Best Actor in a Leading Role Female– Alia Bhatt (Udta Punjab)

Best Actor in a Leading Role Male– Shahid Kapoor (Udta Punjab)

Best Story– Ayesha Devitre Dhillon, Shakun Batra (Kapoor & Sons)

Best Direction– Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury (Pink)

Best Picture– Neerja
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Akshay Kumar gets solo release for ‘Toilet Ek Prem Katha’

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The pre-release battle for the extended ‘Independence Day’ weekend has a winner and it’s Akshay Kumar – on the strength of winning the clash against ‘Mohenjo Daro’ last year and a string of successful films like ‘Airlift’, ‘Rustom’, ‘Housefull 3’ and ‘Jolly Llb 2’ – who gets a solo release, even though his team announced their film months after Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ was confirmed.Read More

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