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Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari happy to represent India at BRICS film fest

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Mumbai,  Director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari says she is honoured to represent India at the BRICS film festival, to be held in Durban in July.

Her short film “Ghar ki Murgi” (“Taken For Granted”), which found its place at Shanghai International Festival, will be showcased at the BRICS film fest and will release in China soon.

Ashwiny holds the recognition of being one of the five female directors from BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) to be selected to showcase their respective work during the fest.

“I am happy to be a part of BRICS representing our country at a global level. As a filmmaker its important to spread happiness and inspiration through stories,” Ashwiny said in a statement.

“And what other better way than coming together with four other directors to spread the strong message of equality unanimously,” she added.

The other four filmmakers are Brazilian director Daniela Thomas, Russian director Elizaveta Stishova, South African filmmaker Sara Blecher and Chinese director Liu Yulin.

“Ghar ki Murgi” was shot in Delhi and features Sakshi Tanwar.

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Digital platform has generated employment, good content: Radhika Apte

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Mumbai, Actress Radhika Apte, whose “omnipresence” on Indian Netflix shows has been much talked about, says the digital platform has generated a lot of employment and really good content.

Radhika, who will be seen in the forthcoming film “Andhadhun”, was announced ambassador for a botanical hair tonic brand here on Monday.

Having starred in “Sacred Games”, “Ghoul” and “Lust Stories”, Radhika said: “I personally feel that digital platform has really generated a lot of employment and really good content and it has various reasons for that.

“It doesn’t have censorship and of course, the format of web series is very different from the format of films. So, it has great advantages and because of that, a viewer has the choice to watch something at home as well as something in theatres.”

Asked whether the growing popularity of the digital platform can pose a threat to full-length feature films, she said: “I think certain films will still run and I hope they do because I love cinema.”

“Andhadhun”, releasing on October 5, is a mystery thriller film directed by Sriram Raghavan. The film stars Ayushmann Khurrana, Tabu and Radhika Apte in the lead roles. It is produced by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Matchbox Pictures.

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Not everyone gets the concept of feminism: Sanya Malhotra

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Mumbai, Whether it was essaying a wrestler in “Dangal” or playing a feisty sister in the upcoming “Pataakha” — Bollywood actress Sanya Malhotra is carving out a niche for herself as a performer who celebrates the idea of gender equality and feminism. She says it’s a concept quite misunderstood by many.

Asked about the changing image of women actors in cinema, Sanya told IANS here: “It is inspiring to see that women are majorly not objectified in cinema and more women-centric films are happening. As an actress though, I don’t want to limit myself.

“I cannot play a disrespectful projection of woman because I believe in gender equality. Having said that, not everyone gets the concept of feminism, especially in our country.

“I am glad that people are talking about it and a conversation has started all over. We should not expect everyone to change drastically as it will take time. Filmmakers are writing many substantial roles for women and presenting them as equal to a man. That is a positive sign. That is how we see our image changing.”

Sanya has worked under directors like Nitesh Tiwari in “Dangal”, Vishal Bhardwaj for “Pataakha” and Ritesh Batra for “Photograph”. She says they have helped her learn the craft of acting better.

Sharing one such instance, she said: “As an actress, I should know how to use my body while performing, how to use my hands, when even I am delivering a simple dialogue. During the shooting of ‘Pataakha’, I learnt it. I also do not have any physical inhibitions that I had earlier … I do not have it anymore.

“I think I have opened up physically and mentally much more after gaining the experience of Pataakha’.”Sanya features in the movie with Radhika Madan.

While most of the young actresses of the same age group have a competitive spirit, Sanya shares a very warm relationship with all her co-stars.

Her first film “Dangal” revolved around the bonding of two sisters and she became close friends with Fatima Sana Shaikh. Now in “Pataakha”, which is again a tale of two sisters, she has developed a bond with Radhika.

“Catfights between two actresses is so last season… I always bond with people who are secure. I believe in luck to an extent where I know that if a film is meant for me, it will come to me. Putting myself in a competitive space, I do not want to ruin the friendship and good vibes,” said the actress, who also did an ad film with Fatima recently.

“Pataakha” is releasing on Friday.

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‘My Client’s Wife’ a true, mean suspense thriller: Anjali Patil

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Mumbai, After “Newton”, National Award-winning actress Anjali Patil has explored the territory of bad marriages with disturbing outcomes in forthcoming film “My Client’s Wife”. She says it’s a mean suspense thriller.

On her role and the film, Anjali said here: “This has been the most challenging role for me emotionally, mentally and physically. There are layers to my character Sindoora Singh, which are uncovered minute by minute. I had to really dig deep within myself to create such a vulnerable, real and manipulative girl.

“It is the truest and meanest suspense thriller. The narrative of the film is like Akira Kurosawa style. There are three parallel narratives and the truth. And nothing is revealed till the end. I like these kinds of suspense thrillers, which can keep audience on the edge of the seat and when all is revealed they are in shock.”

The film is written and directed by Prabhaker Meena Bhaskar Pant. It also features Sharib Hasmi and Abhimanyu Singh.The movie revolves around a lawyer who uncovers a truth about his client’s wife.

On the concept, Anjali said: “I loved the concept of the film. It has many layers and parallel truths. I was impressed by the core of the film, which shows a woman can fight back and has a dark side to her as well.”

The film is bankrolled by Adamant Pictures and Roller Coaster Motion Pictures. It will release on October 26.

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