Bollywood Briefs: Kareena, Salman controversy, 7 Hours To Go, Raman Raghav, Rajasthan

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Rajasthan offers sops to boost film shootings

Jaipur–Rajasthan’s tourism department has announced various sops to give a boost to film shoots in the state. “The sops include waiving off the application fee, processing charges and security deposit for shooting films,” a senior tourism department official told IANS here on Wednesday.

Elephants rides at Unesco's world heritage site Amer Fort, near Jaipur
Elephants rides at Unesco’s world heritage site Amer Fort, near Jaipur

The department has amended the ‘Rajasthan Film Shooting Regulations, 2012’ and has offered various incentives to the film industry.

According to a release, the department has completely waived off security deposit of Rs 50 lakh for the filmmakers for a one week schedule and Rs 10 lakh per day beyond one week.

Likewise, the processing charges of Rs 15,000 per day for the first week and Rs 10,000 a day beyond the first week have also been waived. The new regulations also waived the application fee of Rs 1,000.

Rajasthan, with its rich aroma of history, art, culture, heritage and architecture and its picturesque locations, has always attracted filmmakers from all over the world. Classics like “Mughal-e-Azam” and “Guide” among others were shot in the state. Hollywood has not missed out also. Films like “Octopussy” and “Holy Smoke” are among a number of movies that have been shot here.

Salman controversy: Nawazuddin says intentions were not wrong

Mumbai–Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui says that his “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” co-star Salman Khan didn’t have any wrong intentions behind his controversial “raped woman” comment.

When asked about it at a screening of his film “Raman Raghav 2.0”, Nawazuddin said, “He (Salman) used the comment metaphorically. The discussions over it are over and there is no point in repeating it and asking questions about it.”

Salman had in an interview said that he felt like a “raped woman” coming out of his fights with wrestlers for his film “Sultan”.

He seemed to regret it later saying, “I don’t think I should have” but then explained the fact that he was not able to walk.

Nawazuddin, though, inadvertently said that Salman has already “removed the tweet” and then added, “The intention has to be considered.” Actress Kangana Ranaut has termed Salman’s comments as “horrible” and “extremely insensitive” and advised people to avoid trolling and running one person down.

Salman is yet to clarify but his father, writer Salim Khan, has apologised on Twitter on behalf of their whole family.

Raman Raghav 2.0′ makers hold special screening of film

Mumbai–Numerous celebrities from the film industry attended a special screening of director Anurag Kashyap’s thriller “Raman Raghav 2.0” here late on Wednesday.

“I am confident about this film. If you consider the film’s trial at Cannes (film festival), we received a standing ovation there. So definitely for the audiences here I am very confident because the product is good,” lead actor of the film Nawazuddin Siddiqui said. “We have put in a lot of hardwork. It remains to be seen how it gets response here but I hope people here will like it,” he added.

Nawazuddin plays a character based on the real-life psychopathic serial killer Raman Raghav from the ’60s.

About the compliments coming his way for his performance, he said, “I was compared to Anthony Hopkins and Heath Ledger. They are such big artists I don’t have the same status as them. They have written it in the reviews. It seems so huge for me. It’s great, thank God”

His director Anurag Kashyap and co-stars Vicky Kaushal and Sobhita Dhulipala were also present on the occasion. The screening was also attended by actors Kangana Ranaut, Gulshan Devaiah Shweta Tripathi, Vivaan Shah and filmmakers Siddharth Roy Kapur, Aneez Bazmee, Navdeep Singh, Abhishek Chaubey and Vikas Bahl.

Vikas Bahl, one of the producers of the film as part of Phantom production house, said: “Anurag is a strange filmmaker. There is no other filmmaker who narrates the kind of stories that Anurag does. It is interesting if someone has their own unique stories to tell. And Anurag, to me, is one of the most exciting filmmakers.”

‘Raman Raghav 2.0’ releases on 24 June.

‘7 Hours To Go’ clothes to be auctioned online

New Delhi–The makers of upcoming film “7 Hours to Go” have collaborated with online retail store BollyWoo to auction the fashion apparels and accessories used by the movie’s lead actors. This auction gives the consumers an opportunity to buy the wardrobe of the movie’s leading cast Shiv Pandit, Sandeepa Dhar, Natasha Stankovic and Varun Badola.

“Bringing the latest Bollywood fashion to our consumers has been our endeavour and this tie-up with ‘7 Hours To Go’ is another initiative to offer the latest collection from the film world,” Vinayak Kalani, Ideator, BollyWoo, a venture of Dreamworld Digital, said in a statement.

“The young star cast of the movie has made some smart fashion statements with their wardrobe and hence the partnership,” Kalani added.

The apparel and accessories from the movie will be auctioned from Friday on www.bollywoo.ooo.

Commenting on the association, “7 Hours To Go” director Saurabh Varma said: “We are happy to be partnering with BollyWoo to auction the wardrobe of the film’s lead cast. This partnership is a step towards popularising the design and style of our wardrobe, which is definitely a fashion statement.”

“7 Hours To Go” is slated to release on Friday.

Bollywood-Image-Actress Kareena KapoorFilmmakers don’t see Saif and me as onscreen pair: Kareena

New Delhi–They have starred together in films like “Tashan” and “Kurbaan”. But actress Kareena Kapoor Khan feels filmmakers no longer see her and her actor husband Saif Ali Khan as an onscreen pair.

Kareena, who has been lauded for her role in the latest release “Udta Punjab”, was last seen sharing screen space with Saif in the 2014 film “Happy Ending”, in which she did a cameo.

Asked when she will next be seen with Saif onscreen, Kareena told IANS: “I dont think that’s going to happen for a while. Maybe like 20 years later… I mean nobody (filmmakers) has even offered us any film. I don’t think that they ( filmmakers) see me and Saif as an onscreen pair.”

The 35-year-old star says no maker has come up with a script where the two can star together.

“I mean nobody has come up with a script and it doesn’t really matter because I see him everyday at home,” she said.
On the work front, Kareena will soon be seen sharing screen space with actress Sonam Kapoor and Swara Bhaskar.

Saif, who was last seen on screen in 2015 film “Phantom”, will next be seen in “Rangoon”, which also stars Kangana Ranaut and Shahid Kapoor.

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