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That ‘Manto’ got made is a miracle: Nandita Das

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Mumbai:- The journey of making “Manto” and taking it to the audience at Cannes has so far been miraculous, says director Nandita Das, whose purpose behind making the movie on the life and works of the late writer Saadat Hasan Manto was to trigger conversations, to urge people to ask themselves difficult questions and to make them face inconvenient truths.

Taking a breather out of a “roller coaster ride” that she has had in Cannes over the last five days, Nandita said after the last minute running around before she arrived for the 71st Cannes Film Festival, the “carnival-like energy” lifted her spirits. She said she felt the excitement and nervousness of a director whose film was going to be screened at the most prestigious film festival in the world, with the toughest-to-please audiences and critics.

Being at the Cannes Film Festival has not been a new experience for Nandita, who was accompanied on stage by over 20 cast and crew members at the presentation before the premiere.

“Cannes is not new to me. I have been coming here since I was invited in the main jury in 2005. Including more recently, to raise funds for Manto. But this time was like no other time. On the day of the premiere, I was neither euphoric, nor nervous. Just happy. The fact this film actually got made is a miracle. For it to be in Cannes, is the second miracle.
“So I was not even ready for the third one in a row – an overwhelming response from both audiences and critics,” Nandita wrote on Wednesday in a lengthy Facebook post.

She said the premiere garnered a 4-minute standing ovation, and strangers hugged her while sobbing.

“Some just sat in their seats still immersed in the experience. Some chose to walk out quietly, as if not wanting to break their experience. Six years of relentless work and challenges had finally found their culmination,” said the actress-director, who who had earlier helmed “Firaaq”.

“Manto” features Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Rasika Dugal in key roles.The director said the feedback from reviewers was “overwhelmingly positive and their critique interesting”.

“Art is subjective and how people process your film is always intriguing. Most critics connected with the film, the characters and were immersed in the journey. The praise ranged from calling it the ‘Garm Hawa’ of our times to ‘handsomely mounted prestige piece’.”

She said she always felt that “juxtaposing Manto’s real world and with his imagined one in facts was essential to understand the man and the writer”.”After all in his own works the line between fact and fiction are blurred.”

Nandita says she respects everyone’s take on the film, which she says she made “as a means to an end – to trigger conversations, to ask ourselves difficult questions, to face inconvenient truths”.

At the Cannes Film Festival, Nandita also became a part of the IMDb Pavilion and she also joined 81 women film professionals from different countries in a protest against gender disparity at the gala.

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Colours are important element for homes, says Twinkle Khanna

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Colours are important element for homes, says Twinkle Khanna

New Delhi, May 24  Producer and interior designer Twinkle Khanna says it is important to include colours at home as it plays a major role in how things are perceived.

Colours are important element for homes, says Twinkle Khanna

Twinkle has collaborated with Kohler for a campaign titled Colours and Finishes, which focus on going beyond just plain old chrome finishes in the bath space and encourages the consumers to opt for more unconventional colours in their bathroom.

Asked if she feels it is important to include colours at homes, Twinkle told IANS over an e-mail interaction from Mumbai: “Colours are quite an important element. Look at it this way; colours play a very major role in how we perceive things, and in this case, rooms. You want each room in your house to have a specific vibe, and to get that vibe, colours are your primary set of tools-be it the wall colours or the hues added through elements.”

Colours are important element for homes, says Twinkle Khanna
The 43-year-old, who ventured into designing in 2002 and is the co-owner of The White Window, a chain of interior designing stores, says the bath space has evolved the most over the time.

“Amongst all the rooms in a house, the bath space has evolved the most. Think about it. Whether its technology, design, craftsmanship, or colours and textures, the bath space is the ripest canvas for showcasing your personality and creativity,” she added.

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‘Sanju’ trailer to release on May 30

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'Sanju' trailer to release on May 30

Mumbai, May 24  The trailer of Rajkumar Hirani’s much-awaited film “Sanju”, featuring Ranbir Kapoor in the shoes of actor Sanjay Dutt, will release on May 30.

'Sanju' trailer to release on May 30

The teaser has already piqued audience interest in the movie, which showcases the highs and lows during various phases of the actor’s life.

Ranbir’s transformation depicting different phases of Sanjay’s life has been lauded.

Hirani released multiple posters of the film, revealing the varied looks of Ranbir from the biopic.

'Sanju' trailer to release on May 30

Written and directed by Rajkumar Hirani, the film will also stars Paresh Rawal, Manisha Koirala, Vicky Kaushal, Sonam Kapoor and Dia Mirza, amongst others.

Produced by Vinod Chopra Films and Rajkumar Hirani Films in association with Fox Star Studios, the film will release on June 29.

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Big B accepts Rathore’s fitness challenge

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Big B accepts Rathore's fitness challenge

Mumbai, May 24  Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan has accepted Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore’s fitness challenge titled #HumFitTohIndiaFit. He says his mantra his to be continuously mobile.

Big B accepts Rathore's fitness challenge

“Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore we accept the challenge of #HumFitTohIndiaFit fitness challenge. Main mantra: be continuously mobile, get up for every errand yourself, gym each day, push away that excess morsel of temptation, drive or cycle yourself (and) see the sun more often”.

Rathore earlier this week had appealed people to get fitter. He posted photographs and videos on his exercise regime on the social media to inspire others.

Big B accepts Rathore's fitness challenge

To keep the fitness campaign going, the Olympian shooter and politician challenged Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan, cricketer Virat Kohli and badminton player Saina Nehwal to post their respective fitness mantras on the social media.

Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was challenged by Kohli, said he will post a personal fitness video soon.

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