After a gap of nearly eight years, yesteryear Bollywood heroine Neetu Singh Kapoor is all set to stage a comeback in films.
The 62-year-old wife of late Bollywood star Rishi Kapoor, who is currently shooting for 'Jug Jug Jiyo', has announced his comeback by sharing a picture from the sets of the film on Instagram. “Thank you @dharmamovies for ensuring a safe environment (on the sets of the film)," she wrote.
Her co-star Anil Kappor wrote: "So happy to have you back on set Mrs James. We all here for you and have full faith that you’ll take the screen by storm again! I’m super excited to be a part of the #JugJugJeeyo journey with you!"
Neetu made her debut as a child actress with the film 'Suraj' in 1966 at the age of eight.
She made her adult debut in 1973 with the film 'Rickshawala', and went on to appear in 50 films as the lead heroine from 1973 to 1983.
Two years after her marriage with Rishi in 1980, Neetu had quit acting. However, she made a comeback in 2009, appearing opposite her husband in the film 'Love Aaj Kal'. Between 2010 and 2013, she acted in three films -- Do Dooni Chaar, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, and Besharam. However, she had been completely out of Bollywood since then.
Her husband Rishi made his debut, as an adolescent, in his father Raj Kapoor's film 'Mera Naam Joker' in 1970, for which he won the National Film Award for Best Child Artist. As an adult actor, his first lead role was in the teen romance flick 'Bobby' in 1973. He is considered to be one of the most successful actors in the history of Bollywood.
Neetu and Rishi's son Ranbir is also a Bollywood star, who made his acting debut in tragic romance Saawariya in 2007, a critical and commercial failure. Ranbir rose to prominence in his 2009 film 'Wake Up Sid' and romantic comedy 'Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani'.
A regional action film titled 'Jallikattu' -- which derives its name from the traditional bull-taming event in the southern state of Tamil Nadu -- is India's official entry to the Oscars 2021.
"There were a total of 27 films that had entered the race from Hindi, Malayalam and Marathi languages. The film nominated by the jury to represent India at next year's Oscars is Malayalam film 'Jallikattu'," filmmaker Rahul Rawail told the media on Wednesday.
"It is a film that really brings out the raw problems which are there in human beings, that is we are worse than animals," said Rawail, also the chairman of the Film Federation of India.
Directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery and based on a short story by S. Hareesh, the film features actors Antony Varghese, Chemban Vinod Jose, Sabumon Abdusamad and Santhy Balachandran.
The plot follows a bull that escapes from a slaughterhouse in a hilly remote village and the entire village men gather to hunt down the animal. The film also focuses on subplots like the father of a bride deciding the menu for next day marriage.
"The whole film talks about an animal that has run amok in a butcher's shop. The film has been depicted wonderfully and it has been shot very well. The emotion that comes out really moved all of us to have it selected," said Rawail.
'Jallikattu' premiered in September 2019 at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival and received widespread critical acclaim. The film was also showcased at the 24th Busan International Film Festival under the section 'A Window on Asian Cinema'.
Over 2,000 years old, Jallikattu is typically practised in Tamil Nadu during the harvest festival of Pongal, which occurs annually in January. A bull is released into a crowd of people, and thousands chasing the animal bulls to grab prizes tied to its horns.
Over the years, scores of people have been gored or trampled to death in the contests. Though the country's Supreme Court had banned it earlier, the state government passed an ordinance in 2017 to continue the sport.
A documentary film titled 'Political Life of Bangabandhu and Emergence of Bangladesh' was premiered at the Star Cineplex in the capital’s Bashundhara City on Friday night, marking the Birth Centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,.
Produced by Bengal Multimedia, the documentary is scripted and directed by Syed Shabab Ali Arjoo.
State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid, Local Government and Rural Development Minister Md Tajul Islam, Railways Minister Md Nurul Islam Sujon, Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim, Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh, Deputy Minister for Water Resources AKM Enamul Haque Shamim, RTV Chairman Morshed Alam MP, RTV Vice Chairman. Jasim Uddin, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Barrister Biplob Barua, playwright and thespian Ataur Rahman, producer of the documentary and CEO of RTV Syed Ashik Rahman ,among other, attended the inaugural ceremony..
Showcasing different periods of the great leader’s eventful life and career, the 2 hour and 26-minute documentary showcases rare footages and divided into multiple time periods including Bangabandhu's early days and upbringing (timeline: 1920-1947), His entry into national politics (1947-1954), Bangabandhu's rise as the leader (1955-1963), protest for Independence and the mass-uprising period (1963-1969), the historic Election (1970), the political unrest and War of Liberation (1971) and Bangabandhu’s glorious return, his role as the greatest leader and the brutal assassination of the Father of the Nation and his family (1972-1975).
Eminent recitation and voiceover artists including Syed Hasan Imam, Ataur Rahman, Abdus Sabur Khan Chowdhury, Laila Hasan, Syed Ismat Toha, Ramiz Raju, Rezaul Karim Siddique, Dr Likhan Rahman and Syed Shabab Ali Arjoo narrated the storylines in the documentary film.
Grapevine is abuzz that Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan is all set to make his Hollywood debut with a spy thriller.
Though the 46-year-old actor is yet to make a formal announcement, Indian media reports said, Hrithik is reportedly in talks to play the parallel lead in a multi-million spy thriller project backed by a reputed production house in the US. Recently, the Bollywood's dancing sensation even sent his audition to the producers in Los Angeles, the reports said.
“As is customary in Los Angeles, Hrithik’s team was given details of his role in the movie and the scenes that he had to tape. He sent his audition to the studio two weeks ago. The discussion is at a nascent stage. If all goes well, the actor will kick off the project after completing the shoot of Krrish 4,” the Mid-Day tabloid reported, quoting a source.
What lends credence to the fact that Hrithik has been looking west is his agreement with The Gersh Agency, a talent agency based in Beverly Hills, California, earlier this year.
After he was signed by Gersh, his manager Amrita Sen had told the media, "For the last 20 years, Hrithik has been helping to drive Indian cinema into new genres, new narrative concepts and ever-more sophisticated storytelling. In partnership with Gersh, we will now be taking Hrithik’s ambitious vision around the world."
Though he played brief roles as a child actor in several Bollywood films in the 1980s, Hrithik made his debut in the Indian film industry as a star in the blockbuster 'Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai (2000), made by his father Rakesh Roshan, for which he received several awards.
One of the highest-paid actors in India, Hrithik has won many awards, including six Filmfares, four for Best Actor and one each for Best Debut and Best Actor (Critics). Starting in 2012, he appeared in Forbes India's Celebrity 100 based on his income and popularity.
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