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Baai from Modern Love Mumbai felicitated at Mumbai International Queer Festival

The 13th edition of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival felicitated Baai, created by Hansal Mehta. Baai was one of the six films that were a part of the anthology Modern Love Mumbai, based on the New York Times column and the hit international series. The Hansal Mehta directorial, starring Pratik Gandhi and chef Ranveer Brar in lead roles, depict the narrative of homosexuality. The story delved into the deep bond that a man shares with his grandmother and how love prevails and heals his past trauma. This year, KASHISH had a unique curation of 184 international and Indian queer cinema on queer issues and lives. The festival felicitated the film for its refined storytelling in the presence of its lead cast – Pratik Gandhi and Ranveer Brar.  Baai from Modern Love Mumbai is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Also Read: Pratik Gandhi: Yours Emotionally helped me perform this part

07 June,2022 11:18 AM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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A realistic family drama for Gauahar

Gauahar Khan, who plays one of the pivotal characters in the upcoming web series, Salt City, says the story is real, complex and “one of the best family dramas” to look out for. The recently released trailer of the show introduces viewers to the world of an urban middle-class family living in Mumbai. She enthuses, “I absolutely love how interrelated and real the relationships are between the family members, along with their complexities. It is a beautifully written and directed series by Rishabh Anupam Sahay. The show has some amazing performances and I cannot wait for people to watch it.” Apart from Khan, the series features Piyush Mishra, Divyendu Sharma, Manish Anand, Pranay Pachauri, Navni Parihar, Nivedita Bhattacharya, Eisha Chopra, Jitin Gulati, and Monica Chaudhary.  Also Read: Bigg Boss 15: Gauahar Khan slams Tejasswi Prakash for age-shaming Shamita Shetty This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

07 June,2022 07:20 AM IST | Mumbai | Agencies
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Watch video! Ajinkya Rahane: I’m still learning and want to grow as a cricketer

Indian test cricketer and former captain, Ajinkya Rahane along with director- producer Neeraj Pandey recently caught up with for a conversation about the documentary ‘Bandon Mein Tha Dum.’ The documentary is based on India’s win against Australia at the Border-Gavaskar trophy series, in 2021. Speaking about his role as a youth icon Ajinkya who turns 34 today says, “It’s a proud moment for me when people listen to what I say. I always look to learn and that process of learning never stops. I’m still learning and want to grow as a cricketer and it’s a long way to go in my career.” Recalling the time when the win seems almost impossible but Ajinkya led India to victory at the Border-Gavaskar trophy series, the cricketer says, “When you play for the country, you don’t need to tell people or your players what we need to do on the field. Playing as a unit and enjoying each others success was really important. My message was ‘let’s play for our country, let’s give our best for our country, let’s not worry about the result, we will face that later.” Watch video to know more!     Also Read: Neeraj Pandey announce the creation of ‘Special Ops Universe’ - a first ever multi-series for India

06 June,2022 06:37 PM IST | Mumbai | Natasha Coutinho D'souza
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This Ed Sheeran hit brings back precious memories for Medha Rana

Here’s all you need to know about what’s ruling Medha Rana’s playlist.  The song you are listening to on loop? Sangria ‘s ‘Easy life’ and Diljit Dosanjh’s ‘Lover’ The romantic songs you can never get enough of? ‘Main hoon na’ ‘Challa’ from Jab Tak Hai Jaan and ‘Main agar kahoon’ from Om Shanti Om Party numbers that get you on the dance floor? The Spins’s ‘Kicks,’ Uff teri Ada from Kartik Calling Kartik and ‘Galla goodiyan’ from Dil Dhadakne Do. Hits that you are grooving to? ‘Aainvayi aainvayi’ from Band baaja baraat and ‘Ishq shava’ from Jab Tak Hai Jaan Songs that make you sentimental? Vienna by Billy Joel and Deathcab by Ditty A song that brings back precious memories? ‘Growing up’ by Ed Sheeran and Macklemore . It reminds me of all my teen years! ‘Don’t you worry child’ - Swedish house mafia. I used to listen to it all the time and it gave me so much confidence. A song whose lyrics you don't understand but still love? Instant crush- Daft punk A song that describes you to the T? Jiya re from Jab Tak Hai Jaan Also Read: Mohsin Khan says THIS Shah Rukh Khan song describes him to the T

06 June,2022 11:32 AM IST | mumbai | Natasha Coutinho D'souza
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Cop reports to duty

Ardent viewers of Undekhi will know Surya Sharma as the ruthless Rinku. The actor, who is fast becoming popular in the OTT world, is currently shooting for Abhinay Deo’s web series, Brown. The crime drama — based on Abheek Barua’s book, City of Death — will see Sharma as a cop for the first time in his career. “I have always wanted to play a cop. That was one of the many reasons I said yes to Brown,” says Sharma, sharing his look from the Zee Studios’ production.  Set in Kolkata, the series reportedly revolves around a female cop who has to investigate the brutal murder of a young woman. Deo has brought together an eclectic cast — from Karisma Kapoor to Soni Razdan and the inimitable Helen. While the director conducted multiple workshops with the cast, Sharma also interacted with cops to bring nuances to his character. He adds, “The chance to work with Abhinay sir, and the likes of Helenji and Karisma was too good an opportunity to pass up. Shooting for Brown has been a great learning so far.”

06 June,2022 07:34 AM IST | Mumbai | Mohar Basu
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Aditya Seal: In Mumbai I can't drive for five minutes without abusing someone

Aditya Seal recently joined's 'Mumbai Meri Jaan' to speak about his favourites in the city. What isn't his favourite though is Mumbai's traffic! The actor says, "Initially it was still alright because I was excited about driving. It used to be a lot of fun but then it got really bad. My work is in a lot of different places so I have a driver who drives me around now. When I'm sitting with him, I'm okay even if there is traffic I don't care. I listen to music or talk on the phone. When I'm driving I don't think I can go five minutes without abusing someone or something. I don't roll down the window but I give those dirty looks." Also Read: Watch video! Do you know which is Shankar Mahadevan’s favourite snack in Mumbai?

05 June,2022 10:14 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Watch video! Sanya Malhotra opens up about her Netflix project 'Kathal'

Sanya Malhotra is the latest guest on's special series, 'Flashback with the stars.' Opening up about her Netflix project 'Kathal,' she says, "We just finished the shoot and that character has taught me a lot of things. A very important story and I can't wait for people to watch it. There is a very short clip that we released when we started shooting. In it I say 'Is case ko humne kabootar ke antadiyon jaise uljha rakha hai. I'm playing a cop and I cannot wait for people to watch what we have done. Even I can't wait to watch what I have done in the film." Watch video to know more! Also Read: Watch video! Sanya Malhotra: I lived with 12 people at one point!

05 June,2022 10:08 PM IST | Mumbai | Natasha Coutinho D'souza
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Vikram Vedha makers Pushkar and Gayatri all set to venture into OTT with Suzhal

The original maker of Vikram Vedha Pushkar and Gayatri embarks on a new journey as they explore long format with Suzhal. Written and created by Pushkar and Gayatri, Suzhal – The Vortex features Kathir, Aishwarya Rajesh, Sriya Reddy along with Radhakrishnan Parthiban. Gayatri the creator of the show says, "In terms of writing also it's different we have realized it takes much longer to write this and a lot of effort goes into it. You have to kind of maintain and explore the world beyond that's the beauty of it. Its way more challenging." Prime Video announced the global premiere of Suzhal – The Vortex, its first long-form scripted original series in Tamil at the star-studded 22nd Edition of IIFA Weekend & Awards, currently underway at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. Aishwarya Rajesh who plays a prominent part in the series is hoping to  She says, "Its a strong role to play and they always believed in content. In the lockdown we have realized that we have been watching so many Korean, Spanish different languages that i am sure when we go to Korea or Japan they will say 'hey watch Suzhal'. I am expecting it to be that. My film Kanaa released in China it got a good response, this is my second outing as an international exposure." The Vortex, will release across multiple Indian languages including Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and English, as well as foreign languages like French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Castilian Spanish, Latin Spanish, Arabic, and Turkish. The series will also be available with subtitles in a number of foreign languages including Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Filipino, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Korean, Malay, Norwegian Bokm, Romanian, Russian, Swedish, Thai, Ukrainian and Vietnamese. Prime members in India and across 240 countries and territories will be able to watch Suzhal – The Vortex starting 17th June.  Also Read: Vikram Vedha: Makers reveal Hrithik Roshan's first look on his 48th birthday

04 June,2022 10:48 AM IST | Mumbai | Uma Ramasubramanian
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Plabita Borthakur: I had to diet to play a stripper in 'Escaype Live'

Plabita Borthakur who plays 'Fetish Girl' in the web series 'Escaype Live,' got into a conversation with, about the show and content creators competing for views. Speaking about her prep for the character the actress says, "It was one of the most challenging characters I've played. Yes she's called 'Fetish Girl' that's her name as a user of the app. These are all fictional characters, that people use for various reasons on the app. Apart from seeing them as their screen characters, in the show we also get to know who they are, why they are doing what they are, what kind of lives they live! Playing a stripper is new, so I was on a diet for a long time, I was working out and going for dance classes and choreography sessions." Watch video to know more!  

31 May,2022 03:50 PM IST | mumbai | Natasha Coutinho D'souza
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Watch video! Shonali Bose: The feminism of 'Raat Rani' came from a man

The team of 'Raat Rani' from 'Modern Love Mumbai' director Shonali Bose, writer Nilesh Maniyar and actor Bhupendra Jadawat joined for a conversation about the series and more! Shonali says, "The challenge was that everyone loved the script across the board, madly! It was the first time I was directing a script that I had nothing to do with! I co-wrote, The sky is Pink and Margarita with a straw with Nilesh. I wrote Amu and Chittagong. I've never done somebody else's script that I have no role in. The challenge was whether I would do justice to the script, I was seriously terrified. It's okay to fail, it's better to attempt something and see if you are capable or not than to feel scared and hide. I wanted Nilesh by my side because I would automatically gravitate to ask his opinion on everything. He's a brilliant director himself, not just  a writer, I've co-directed with him. It's his vision, it's coming from deep within him. It's a feminist story and I'm a feminist filmmaker but I had nothing to do, the feminism which is being remarked on, came from a man!"

31 May,2022 03:10 PM IST | mumbai | Natasha Coutinho D'souza
Amit Sadh and Mantra Mugdh

‘I submitted to Mantra because I trust him’

Drowning in the barrage of visual content, it is interesting to train your eyes — in this case, your ears — to the audio medium. Earlier this month, Spotify released the audio series Batman — Ek Chakravyuh, voiced by Amit Sadh, who plays the cape-wearing vigilante billionaire. Dipping his toes in the medium for the first time, Sadh says he was pleasantly surprised when he was approached for it, as he was often critiqued for not having a great voice. “When I started my career, even in television, I received a lot of criticism for my speech and voice. So, I practiced and worked hard. However, in the last couple of years, a lot of people have been complimenting my voice. Although, I still wonder whether they are joking or telling the truth.” Crediting Mantra Mugdh, who directed the audio series, for honing his skills and guiding him through the rough patches of voice-overs, he says, “Mantra identified and believed that I was worthy to lend my voice to this iconic character. I came with my set of exuberance, hard work, and ethics, and believe I didn’t let anyone down.” Considering how important it is to conserve one’s voice while working on an audio medium, most actors tend to practice restraint, but Sadh thinks differently. “I don’t believe in self-preservation as an artiste. I was committed to the process. I submitted to Mantra because I trust him. Not only is he good at this, but he is also a very fulfilled artiste. I don’t believe in conserving my voice. I wanted every line, word, and scene to come out well,” he says and adds that whenever he was faced with a challenge, Mantra guided him with example. “There were instances where a nudge from Mantra was enough to [get on the right path]. At times, I even asked him how to perform a line and simply copied him. It was an isolated, personal experience — where you are in a cubicle studio and microphones can even listen to your breath. It was fascinating because it takes you in a loop and cuts you from the world.” It is often observed that content when dubbed tends to lose its original essence. English content, when dubbed, in the Hindi language tend to incite laughter. While understanding the train of thought, Sadh believes “the writers of Batman — Ek Chakravyuh have done a splendid job”. “It is tough. Although the language is Hindi, we’ve used few words in English because even if Bruce was from India, he would speak a bit of English. Even though the language used is not generic, it is understandable and in sync with the world [of Batman]. Having said that, Bruce is still Bruce, he did not become Bahadur,” says the actor of the audio series that was created in eight languages. Having discovered the world of audio shows, Sadh has actively been listening to podcasts. “The first book I listened to was Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey. It’s a powerful book, which is also available in his voice. I heard it while filming for something. It was surreal,” says the actor, who has wrapped up the shoot of the third instalment of Breath: Into the Shadows.

31 May,2022 07:20 AM IST | Mumbai | Letty Mariam Abraham
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