Dilip Mehtas documentary on Sunny Leone premieres at the Toronto Film FestivalDilip Mehta's extensively researched documentary on Sunny Leone premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival. Says Mehta excitedly, "My film Mostly Sunny celebrates Sunny Leone's extraordinary journey from porn to dizzy heights of Bollywood. The World Premiere of which is on September 11, at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival."
Dilip was approached by a Canadian production house for the documentary on Sunny Leone whom he admits he knew little about. "My knowledge of her, and her antecedents were sketchy at best, I knew the storyline was riveting .It was a story that was compelling and one that had to be told."
Dilip met Sunny about two years ago. "I had already said yes to the Producer and to size each other up Sunny, her husband Daniel and I met at the Juhu Marriott in Mumbai. Our lunch meeting was a prolonged one where Sunny and I both vented but by and large we were pretty much on the same page to make a no- holds-barred documentary on this new phenomenon on the Bollywood horizon."
Once Ms Leone agreed to the documentary she opened all the doors to hear heart to Mehta. "Over the course of one year in the making of our film I can't recall a single incident when Sunny asked us to switch off the camera. She gave us unfettered access to her film sets, the making of music videos such as 'Pink Lips' amongst others, and to her family, friends and Team Sunny. It's as though we were joined at the hips."
What emerges in the wonderful documentary is the portrait of a woman who is not the least apologetic about her past. Says Mehta, "I look upon Sunny Leone's journey with awe and shameless admiration. Most of us tend to carry baggage from our past that we somehow want to shed. Sunny on the other hand appears to be amongst a handful of people who seemingly has no regret of her life journey. She is non-evasive of her past avatar as an adult entertainer and of the choices that made her a hugely successful part of a multi-billion dollar industry, and it's not as though I'm sharing a previously untold secret with you .Almost unfailingly in all the interviews to Indian and international media she doesn't shy away from her previous career choices, although she does firmly reiterate that the past is the past."
Added Sunny Leone, "I agreed to do this documentary on the pre-condition that it will reveal the truth. In the documentary people will get to know who I really am and what I feel people. My story and my journey will be shared with everyone and I am fine with that."
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The letter has come into some amount of disapproval from a section of the media which feels the letter is part of the publicity for Big B's new release Pink.
But Big B is characteristically clear-headed on the issue. "What has been expressed in that letter has been within me from time. I have had such thoughts and beliefs always and have followed them in my environ and in my family. Working on Pink put me in direct touch with those emotions."
Bachchan doesn't deny the fact that the letter is inspired by the situations and circumstances in Pink. "In many ways the essence of the letter is what purports to be the essence of the concept of Pink. I have not spoken a single dialogue in Pink that does not have my belief in it. If I were not to be working in the film I would still have had no hesitation in publicly saying what I have said in the film. So, yes it was an emotional experience and moved by such, I felt like putting those words out."
Hrithik Roshans blind action sequences in Kaabil to set new standards in BollywoodFor the past two weeks, Hrithik Roshan has been completely consumed by the climactic scenes of his next release Kaabil. But this was a climax like no other. In Kaabil, Hrithik plays a blind man. The stunts had to be designed accordingly, and yet they had to be spectacularly heroic.
Apparently the action for Hrithik's blind character is based on the characters heightened ability of hearing to compensate for his lack of visual power.
Says Hrithik Roshan, "It was absolutely crazy action. I enjoyed myself so much. The blind have such sharpened sensory perceptions. I had to fight like any visually impaired person and not like Hrithik Roshan."
Ajay Devgn Kajol to promote Shivaay in USA through Meet The DevgnsThe Power Couple of Bollywood Ajay Devgn and Kajol will take USA by storm this month by being a part in the highly anticipated Meet and Greet activities in three cities with burgeoning diaspora population. This activity is being called as 'Meet The Devgns'. Both Ajay and Kajol have a tremendous following in USA and it will be a unique opportunity for their fans to meet their favorite stars up close and personal.
The first event will be held in New York on September 21, followed by Illinois on September 22 and finally in Santa Clara, California on September 23. The fans will get an opportunity to click pictures with the Devgns and a few lucky ones can also ask questions. There is a lot of curiosity around this superstar Bollywood couple and then Ajay's ambitious directorial venture Shivaay is around the corner and it will be an opportunity for the duo to promote their film for the keenly sought out North American market.
Aamir Big B Rahman to launch Global Citizen India on September 12First ever Global Citizen Festival will be held in India on November 19 which happens to be World Toilet Day. Many Indian and international headliners including the band Coldplay will be taking part in this Noble initiative. The unique part is that the entry to this festival (including Coldplay concert) will be free. Fans will earn the tickets through their actions in support of education, equality and sanitation campaigns.
On Monday September 12, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis along with Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Farhan Akhtar and A R Rahman will launch the Global Citizen Festival in Mumbai at a press conference. From the same day, tickets can be earned by signing up to become a Global Citizen and completing the festival's action campaigns at GlobalCitizen.IN.
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In fact the premiere of the film is scheduled to happen on Thursday October 6, where the film's director will be joined by leading stars of the film, Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher. Commenting on the same Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra stated that Mirzya now has the perfect partner in BFI with an added honour to have a European premiere at the LFF in October.
As for the film Mirzya that is presented and produced by Cinestaan Film Company and ROMP Pictures also features Anuj Choudhry alongside Harshvardhan and Saiyami. Back home the film is slated to hit screens on October 7.
Coldplay concert in India to feature Deepika Padukone ARRahman Aamir Khan Amitabh Bachchan and moreLast year, Coldplay band made a surprise visit to India and shocked everyone. The band was here to shoot a music video titled 'Hymn for the Weekend' which also featured Sonam Kapoor for brief moment. Since then, speculations have been rife about them doing a concert in India.
According to a daily, it is confirmed that Coldplay is all set to perform in Mumbai on November 19, at MMRDA. The show is being put together by the Global Citizen Festival run by band's lead singer, Chris Martin. The official tickets will go live on Book My Show on September 12 next week and prices start from Rs 25,000 to Rs 5 lakh a ticket.
The Coldplay concert is being organized to support a great cause of eradicating poverty from the world by the year of 2030. The report suggests that the event will feature big names like Jay Z, Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, A.R. Rahman Deepika Padukone etc. Prime Minister, Chief Minister, international dignitaries and other celebrities are also scheduled to appear.
Kayoze Irani directs father Boman Irani for an advertisementBoman Irani's son Kayoze Iran had made his acting debut in Karan Johar's Student of the Year in 2012. The actor had started off as an assistant director on Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu and now directs ad films. This time, Kayoze Irani has directed his father Boman Irani for an ad film.
Recently, Kayoze Irani directed an ad film for a cooking oil brand that features Boman Irani. Boman shared his excitement to work with his son saying that it was a pleasure to see Kayoze and his team running the set with a lot of efficiency. He said that he was the actor and Kayoze was the director on the sets. In fact, Boman got the job because of Kayoze since the oil company was his client. The moment he had started feeling like his father, the dynamics changed. So, Boman had to forget about it after 10 minutes. Kayoze had a vision and a job to complete.
Boman Irani said that his Kayoze knew what he was doing in terms of storytelling, editing and humour. On set, Kayoze referred to Boman as Sir. Talking about his work, Boman revealed that he is very proud of Kayoze. He revealed that his son was also a great scriptwriter. When he listens to his stories and the way he comes up with scenes, it makes him very happy.
On the work front, Boman Irani was last seen in The Legend of Michael Mishra.
Harshvardhans next A blind musician in Sriram Raghavans filmNot even one release yet, and Anil Kapoor's son Harshvardhan is flooded with the choicest lead roles obtainable in Bollywood.
After completing his debut film Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Mirzya, Harshvardhan plunged straightaway into his second film, Vikramaditya Motwane's Bhavesh Joshi which Harshvardhan is currently shooting all over Mumbai.
Now he's been finalized for Sriram Raghavan's next film, an edgy dark thriller about a musician who fakes his own blindness. Says a reliable source, "It is surprising that after their collaborative success in Badlapur Sriram and Varun Dhawan are not getting together again. It is Harshvardhan Kapoor whom Sriram wants for his next, a film about a blind musician who is not really blind."
The film will also star Tabu.
Harshvardhan is keen to plunge into his third challenge, the only hitch being the dates. "Sriram wants to start at the end of the year. But Harshvardhan won't start another film until he completes Bhavesh Joshi."
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