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If you hurt people’s feelings, they will hurt you back: Vikram Bhatt on Kaali controversy

The poster of Kaali shows goddess Kaali holding an LGBTQ flag and smoking.

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With the aim to give out a progressive message to society, filmmakers today don’t hesitate to flaunt their artistic side as quick as a wink. But every film has to suffer social media scrutiny. Recently, filmmaker Leena Manimekalai took the internet by storm after she dropped the poster of her documentary film Kaali.

The poster shows a woman dressed up as Goddess Kali holding an LGBTQ flag and smoking. Following the release, Manimekalai and her poster were mercilessly trolled on social media and FIRs have been filed by the Delhi Police’s Intelligence Fusion & Strategic Operations (IFSO) wing and the Uttar Pradesh Police for hurting religious sentiments.

A section of people protesting against the poster has also demanded a ban on the film while a section has issued death threats to the director in India.

Vikram Bhatt on Kaali controversy

Amid the controversy, APN Live spoke to filmmaker Vikram Bhatt about social media policing and how it impacts a director’s artistic license. Speaking about the controversy, the filmmaker said, “I am a very religious man and I feel you should not hurt anyone’s feelings.”

“I pray to the Goddess. You are showing her smoking. Creative license, yes, by all means, but if you are going to hurt people’s feelings, they are going to hurt you back,” Bhatt continued.

Talking further on creative license, Vikram Bhatt said, “Creative license should be allowed both ways. What I condemn is violence. But if you come out and hurt me, and if you are on Twitter or Instagram, I am going to hurt you back.”

Vikram Bhatt is in the news for his reunion with Mahesh Bhatt for another horror-love story Judaa Hoke Bhi. The film features Akshay Oberoi and Aindrita Ray in lead roles and is due for release on July 15.

Speaking about his love for the horror genre, Bhatt said, “I actually have an intense love for the love story genre. If you notice, horror is always the villain in a love story in my films. And that’s why the songs in my films have always been good. That’s why I titled the film Judaa Hoke Bhi. It’s a love story with horror.”

Judaa Hoke Bhi also features Meherzan Mazda, Rushad Rana, Punit Tejwani, and Jia Mustafa in titular roles and it is the first Indian film to be shot entirely in virtual production.

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Anupam Kher pens note for late actor Satish Kaushik on his birth anniversary

Anupam Kher took to his Instagram account to share a video on the birth anniversary of Satish Kaushik

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Anupam Kher shared a very close bond with the late actor Satish Kaushik. There isn’t a single occasion that Kher hasn’t thought of him since his death. Today marks the birth anniversary of Satish Kaushik, so today is particularly significant, and his best friend is missing him a bit more than usual. Anupam Kher shared a emotional video today recalling his best friend.

The Kashmir Files actor posted a video on his Instagram account with multiple images of himself and Satish Kaushik. The photos attest to the fact that these two had a close friendship. Kher captioned the video saying, Happy Birthday, my dearest #Satish. He further said, he  prays that wherever he is, God blesses him with happiness. Kher siad for him, Satish is always around. In pictures, in food, in talks, in interactions with people, and when he feels alone.

He further mentioned about his upcoming film Tanvi The Great, which is going to be directed by him, and added, his memory is infectious! to his caption. In the caption, he also provided an update on Tanvi The Great, his late friend, joking that he had taken most of his excellent advice and left the negative one out. He concluded the caption by saying that he misses their conversations, Satish Kaushik’s phone calls, his physical presence, his cribbing, and his amazing sense of humor! Will always be in love with you, he said.

Meanwhile, on workfront, Anupam Kher is busy with his upcoming directorial film Tanvi The Great. He recently started filming the movie, and on his birthday, he provided an update on the same. He hired Japanese cinematographer Keiko Nakahara as a DOP for this movie.

With Om Jai Jagadish, the actor made his directing debut back in 2002. With Tanvi The Great, the actor is back in the director’s chair.

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KGF actor Yash to co-produce Nitesh Tiwari’s Ramayana

KGF’ actor Yash will co-produce Ramayana, starring Ranbir Kapoor as Lord Ram, with Namit Malhotra.

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Nitesh Tiwari’s Ramanyana is one of the most anticipated films of the years. The film has created a buzz ever since it was announced. Now, in the recent development, Rocking Star Yash’s Monster Mind Creations and Namit Malhotra’s Prime Focus Studios have teamed up to produce the epic  mythological story.

Earlier, there were speculations that Yash will play the role of Ravan. In Nitish Tiwari’s magnum ops, Rabir Kapoor will be seen playing the role of Lord Ram where as there are still sepculations on Sita’s role. However, makers are yet to reveil the official cast and crew of the film.

Namit Malhotra, the Global CEO of DNEG, has been planning his goals to adapt this classic story for the big screen, for a several years. Namit met Yash when they were talking about their ambition, and the two master of cinema soon realised they had the same goal of introducing the world to India’s rich cultural legacy.

Along with DNEG, who will provide a never-before-seen visual cinematic experience, and famous director Nitesh Tiwari, Namit and Yash have set out on a historic adventure to showcase the enduring popularity of Indian mythology and storytelling traditions on a global scale.

Speaking about the same, Yash said that he has always wanted to produce films that will introduce Indian cinema to a worldwide audience. Additionally, he disclosed that he was in Los Angeles to form a partnership with one of the top visual effects studios, and he expressed surprise upon learning that the inspiration behind it was a fellow Indian.

The combination of the two producers’ exceptional creative and technical skills and experience is what is generating such excitement among fans for this ambitious and thrilling production.

Meanwhile, after the shooting of the film began, pictures of supporting cast members wearing makeup and hair costumes surfaced online. In one of the videos, which went viral, Ranbir Kapoor was seeing doing workout to look fit in the character of Lord Ram.

According to insiders, Nitesh Tiwari enforced a strict no-phone rule on the movie sets.

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Amar Singh Chamkila social media review: Diljit Dosanjh gets praise from audience, fans say Imtiaz Ali has created magic

Diljit Dosanjh and Parineeti Chopra starrer film was released on OTT giant Netflix today.

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Imtiaz Ali-helmed Amar Singh Chamkila released on Netflix today . The title character, played by Diljit Doshanjh, of the enigmatic Punjabi folk artist Chamkila, whose successful career is interrupted by his violent murder. The much-awaited film was appreciated by the audiences as they felt every minute of the film was worth watching.

Soon after the film was released on OTT giant Netflix, it was well received by the audience. Taking to social media fans appreciated Imtiaz Ali’s craft and Diljit Doshanjh’s acting. A user said what a magic Imtiaz Ali has created. Another said it is worth watching. A third user said, Imtiaz Ali is back.

Amidst the sorrow, the tone changes as we listen in on the man who has lost his Ustaad and the policeman looking into his murder. The blood of Chamkila and his wife Amarjot Kaur stains the Punjabi music industry, making them a miserable sight draped in white sheets.

The film is a remarkable record of a man whose courage ruined him and made him a great star at the same time. The most remarkable thing about it is that the audience can nearly always witness both his ascent to fame and his impending collapse occurring simultaneously. Even in the face of threats to his life from terrorists from Khalistani province and competing musicians, Chamkila never fails to captivate audiences with his unique charisma.

Amar Singh Chamikla appears to take the shape of a biographical drama, yet it delves deeper into the themes of evil, innocence, and a man’s drive to prove his worth in the face of mounting criticism. As music director AR Rahman saidd, Imtiaz has reinvented himself, and he agrees that filmmaker Imtiaz Ali has moved away from his well-known post-teen love clichés.

This film does not seek to be a documentary on Chamkila’s double-entendre songs, which led the self-described watchdogs of society to label him and his listeners as ganda banda (a dirty man). However, it also serves as a commentary on the era and society that Chamkila lived in. Imtiaz has shown how Chamkila’s life and career were affected by the insurgency in Punjab during the 1980s, as have script developers Nidhi Sethia and Richa Nanda.

In order to strengthen the viewer’s emotional connection with Chamkila and Amarjot, Amar Singh Chamkila employs archive video from a variety of sources, including footage from their housefull akhaadas (stage shows) in Punjab.

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