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Navi Mumbai, known as the satellite city to Mumbai, is set to host its first ever Film Festival named Navi Mumbai International Film Festival (NMIFF).
The three-day festival will start Jan 31 at the DY Patil Auditorium in Nerul, said a statement.
“NMIFF is determined to provide an international platform to talented filmmakers. We want Navi Mumbai to be highlighted as international spot which is yet deprived of any festival like this. This will expose local talent too of the area on world map,” said Sachin Khanna, festival founder and chairman.
“This is our first year and we have already received an overwhelming response, and we are looking forward to a great three-day festival showcasing some of the best films,” he added.
NMIFF will screen around 22 movies in three categories - student shorts, professional shorts and feature films. These categories are inclusive of short, animation, documentaries, music videos and social awareness films.
The winners will be selected by a panel of esteemed jury members and awarded with cash prizes and trophies.
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Producer Ratan Jain, who is keen to start "Khiladi 2" shooting, liked Vidyut Jammwal's work in "Bullett Raja", but says he hasn't finalised anyone yet for the title role in the sequel to Akshay Kumar 1992 starrer hit movie.
"I have seen Vidyut's work in 'Bullett Raja'. He is good. We have not zeroed down upon anyone for the film yet. We just don't need an action hero, but he should also be fine with music, humour and everything," said Jain.
"I have two to three actors in my mind but its too early to discuss about it. He must fit the bill so I can't say whether he will be part of it or not but lets see," he added.
Produced by Ratan's brother Ganesh Jain and directed by Abbas-Mustan, "Khiladi" success marked a turning point in Akshay's career.
Jain said there will be two important characters in the sequel.
"We will have two characters in the film and we are in search of the right ones," he said.
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Actor Aamir Khan, who has impressed with his tap dancing number in "Dhoom 3", learned the skill from acclaimed Australian choreographer Dein Perry.
Aamir, who plays a negative role in the movie, flew all the way to Australia to learn the grungy tap dance, which is high on energy and more difficult than the classic tap dance.
The actor spent some with Perry, who also choreographed for movie "Happy Feet Two" and the opening act of Sydney 2000 Olympics.
"Aamir had visited Dein Perry's academy in Australia to learn the grungy tap dance. After the training, the dance team came to India to shoot the song," said the spokesperson for the film.
"Dhoom 3", one of big budget multistarrer Hindi movies of the year, will come out Dec 20 and Abhishek Bachchan, Uday Chopra and Katrina Kaif will be seen adding twist and turn to the action drama.
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From a blond woman to a Maharashtrian lady - Javed Jaffrey, known for his brilliant comic timing, will sport seven different quirky get ups in "Mr. Joe B Carvalho" to woo the audience.
"His characters are a treat to watch," said Samir Tewari, director of the film, which stars Arshad Warsi and Soha Ali Khan as the lead pair.
"I remember when we were shooting for his sequences he would take almost four-five hours for his make-up and once he was ready he would be in character throughout the day, till the shoot came to an end," he said in a statement.
Javed plays "Carlos" in the film and he had to sit for about four-five hours for make-up sessions. Some of his other looks in the film are that of an Afro man and a sadhu baba.
"When we shot the Maharashtrian killer maid look, Javed spoke to everyone on the set in Marathi in a scary deep baritone, even when he was off camera, which was quite hilarious. It was surely a pleasure to direct Javed bhai," said Tewari.
Produced by Bhola Ram Malviya and Shital Malviya, the film is set to release Jan 3, next year.
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In relief of sorts for Bollywood actor Salman Khan, a Mumbai court Thursday ordered a retrial of his high-profile hit-and-run case of 2002, with all evidence and witnesses to be re-examined, officials said.
Sessions Court Judge D.W. Deshpande, while accepting Khan's plea for a retrial after he was charged under Section 304(2) of the Indian Penal Code (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), has ordered that the trial start Dec 23. The maximum punishment under this section is 10 years in prison.
"At this stage, I cannot say how long the fresh trial will take. It will depend on various aspects like the number of witnesses the prosecution decides to examine. I hope it does not take too long," Khan's lawyer, Shrikant Shivade, told IANS.
Khan, 47, had earlier pleaded that the evidence produced before a magistrate's court should be discarded since he would face a more serious charge, but the prosecution had opposed the fresh trial, terming it a delaying tactic.
Shivade argued that Khan had not been given an opportunity to cross-examine the witnesses on the enhanced charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder pinned by the sessions court June 24.
The actor was previously charged and tried by a Bandra magistrate's court under Section 304(A) (rash and negligent driving), which attracts a light sentence of two years in jail.
However, nearly 10 years later, the magistrate held that a case under 304(2) had been made out against Khan and sent the case to a sessions court for trial.
Besides Section 304(2), Khan also faces charges of causing death by negligence, causing hurt by an act, causing grievous hurt and damage or mischief to property and also charges under the Motor Vehicles Act and the Bombay Prohibition Act.
On Sep 28, 2002, an allegedly inebriated Khan, while driving his Toyota Land Cruiser SUV, ran over some pavement dwellers near a bakery in Bandra (West). While one person was killed, four others were injured in the incident.
The trial started September 2005. Nearly four years after the incident, on Oct 6, 2006, the magistrate's court framed 10 charges against the actor.
Almost 10 years later, the magistrate's court ruled that a case was made out against the actor under Section 304(2) and transferred the case to the sessions court. This was challenged by Khan.
The sessions court June 24 upheld the magistrate court's order and ordered a fresh trial in the case, and fixed July 19 for starting the retrial.
Now, the fresh trial is set to start Dec 23, four days before Khan turns 48.