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Hooda Makes Digital Debut with Cop Thriller Series

Bollywood actor Randeep Hooda will make his digital debut with the web-series Inspector Avinash, a cop thriller based on real life events of police officer Avinash Mishra.

Directed by Neerraj Pathak and produced by Pathak and Krishan Chowdhray, the show is set in Uttar Pradesh.

“I look forward to exploring new challenging roles with each of my characters and Inspector Avinash gives me a fabulous opportunity to do that’ It’s a highly inspiring and interesting role based on true life events of a super “op,” Randeep said.

He added that he believes in ‘athak’s vision for the show a’d can’t wait to begin filming this thrilling cop drama.

T’e actor’s cop avatar will see him in action in a dramatic retelling of the life of the famed cop dealing with criminal activities of the state. The series is all set to hit the floor in December 2020.


The cop-thriller is presented by J’o Studios’ and Gold Mountai’ Pictures’.

The director says Randeep is ideal for the role of a super cop and will add an interesting dimension to the “haracter.

“We are very excited to have him play the lead. We commence shooting next mont” in December,” Pathak informed.

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‘OTT services have a very different set of audience’

Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui. (File Photo: IANS)

Nawazuddin Siddiqui feels OTTs are getting cramped in India and herd mentality is seeping in. The actor says everyone wants to do something on the digital platform, not for the art but just for the sake of business.

“Frankly speaking, OTT used to be a platform for content that was different from the typical Bollywood form, and had a distinctive character. I am not talking about social content, but content for audience who want something apart from the regular Bollywood,” Nawazuddin told IANS while looking back at the start of OTT story in India.

“At the moment, bharmar ho raha hai (there is an overload). We have a tendency of herd mentality. With that, there will be a decline and there is no doubt about it. There is a possibility of going below the set level,” he added.

The actor, whose “Serious Men”, “Raat Akeli Hai” and “Ghoomketu” released on streaming platforms this year, rues that art is being turned into a business.

“Hum log art ko dhandha bana dete hain (we turn art into trade). Initially, it is art and then eventually turns into a business. I fear that it will seep into the OTT space as well, and woh jo low standard hota hai ke business ke purpose se kuch bhi dhikhao. Woh hoga and woh ho bhi raha hai (I fear the trend of showing anything and everything in the name of business. It will happen, in fact it has already begun),” shared the actor, who has explored the OTT space as an actor extensively.

“For example, I didn’t expect that these types of films will be released on Netflix, which I won’t be able to watch. But they are being released on Netflix, especially in India. Netflix and other OTT services have a very different set of audience,” he added, without naming the films.

There was a time when the “Sacred Games” star was hopeful about the OTT wave in India, but not anymore.

“I thought there would be a change for the better. I thought that it would go a step ahead from the bar which we had set on OTT. Now, I don’t think so. I am not hopeful. That is just declining,” said the actor, who has cinematic gems like “Gangs Of Wasseypur”, “The Lunchbox”, “Liar’s Dice”, “Badlapur” and “Manjhi: The Mountain Man” in his resume.

Explaining his point, he said: “Because that is what happens when people come from all directions and do business in the name of creativity. Woh decrease hi hoga (it is bound to decrease).”

“I feel everyone wants to do something or the other on OTT at the moment. This is because of business. (When things are done) for the sake of business and not for art, then it will be hopeless. I don’t think there would be much development in India in this sphere,” he shared.

“Ek baar laga tha, jab do-chaar shows aaye the, tab laga tha ke enhance hoga, but baad mein woh business ban gaya toh abhi bahut hi mushkil lag raha hai (there was a time when I thought things would be better, after a few shows came out. But then it turned into business. Now, it seems very difficult),” said Nawazuddin, who joined stars like Saif Ali Khan, Samantha Akkineni, Manoj Bajpayee, Tisca Chopra and Divya Dutta to discuss the future of the industry through Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films Evening discussions, soon to be featured on the Zee network.

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Middle-Class Melodies: Feel the regular humdrum of life

Middle Class Melodies (Telugu film with subtitles, on Amazon Prime); Cast: Anand Deverakonda, Varsha Bollamma, Goparaju Ramana, Prabhavathi Varma, Chaitanya Garikipati, Divya Sripada; Direction: Vinod Ananthoju; Rating: * * * (three stars)
At first you would think Vijay Deverakonda dubbed for him. Anand Deverakonda does sound a lot like his superstar brother, blame it on genetics more than anything else. For all other practical purposes, going by what you see here, Anand seems focussed on carving a very different space from the Vijay Deverakonda trademark.
Middle Class Melodies — don’t go by the title — is not a musical, nor does it have any reference to melody. The title is used to convey a feel of the regular humdrum of life. For a more direct impact, perhaps, Middle Class Chutney (or Middle Class Flavours?) might have seemed more apt, considering the film is a comedy drama about a young man’s obsession to whip up the perfect Bombay Chutney, and his dream to set up an eatery.

Anand Deverakonda plays Raghava, a hothead who takes pride in whipping up the perfect Bombay Chutney. While his temper seems to be a legacy of his father (Goparaju Ramana), Raghava picked up the nuances of preparing his special dish from his mother (Surabhi Prabhavathi). He dreams of opening a tiffin centre from where he can sell his Chutney, and he hopes his Bombay Chutney will make him famous one day and be the pride of Guntur, his hometown.


Vinod Ananthoju’s film is narrated simply and with adequate humour, throwing in the obvious message about the importance of chasing one’s dreams. Writer Janardhan Pasumarthi’s focus seems primarily on setting up a feel-good experience for the audience, and little else.

For that reason, the film never really had much of a story to tell and tends to drag in portions. Ananthoju, Pasumarthi and company come up with interesting characters and situations that maintain a feel-good mood all through.

In turn, interesting characters translate to good performances. Anand Deverakonda is clearly not cut out for larger-than-life outings, but he does impress as the guy next door with a big dream.

With roles increasingly being written around realism and authentic mannerisms, this is a great time for Anand to be labelled a promising young actor. Varsha Bollamma looks apt for her role of Sandhya, while most others in the cast are adequate. Goparaju Ramana as Raghava’s father is truly impressive.

Middle Class Melodies leaves you in a happy space, never mind the film’s shortcoming.

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‘Delhi Crime’ Bags Emmy award

The web series Delhi Crime has won the Best Drama Series award at the 48th International Emmy Awards, held virtually this year owing to the ongoing Covid pandemic. The show becomes the first Indian programme to win an International Emmy.

The news was confirmed by the International Emmy Awards on its official page on Twitter. “”The International Emmy for Drama Series goes to ‘Delhi Crime’ produced by @GoldenKaravan / @skglobalent / @NetflixIndia,” tweeted @iemmys, with the tags #India!, #iemmys and #iemmyWIN.

Writer-director Richie Mehta’s seven-episode series has Shefali Shah in the central role of DCP Vartika Chaturvedi and narrates the story of investigation in the aftermath of the heinous Delhi gang-rape of December 2012.

Shefali posted a video on her official Instagram page that shows the award being announced. As soon as the show is declared winner in the Drama Series category, Shefali can be heard reacting with delirious joy. Although we don’t see her in the video, she can be heard shrieking “Oh my God!” several times.”OMGGGGGGGGGGGG OMGGGGGGGGGGGG OMGGGGGGGGGGGG,” she wrote as caption to the video.

In his acceptance speech, writer-director Mehta thanked all the producers, the OTT platform Netflix that streams the show, the casting crew and the cast, with a special mention of Shefali Shah, his parents and wife, the Sundance Film Festival, and the Delhi police team headed by “Neeraj Kumar and the amazing Chhaya Sharma” that helped them bring the show alive.

“The project was led by women, it was financed and put together and released by women, this crime was solved by women, this is for the courage of those women and all the women who not only endure the violence that so many men inflict on them, but then are tasked with solving the problem,” said Mehta.

He paid a special tribute to the victim and her mother. “Finally the fearless and tireless hero of all mothers and her daughter. Not a day goes by when I don’t think about you both and what the world subjected you two to. And I hope none of us ever forget that,” he said.

The fictionalised crime drama series also features Rasika Dugal, Adil Hussain, Rajesh Tailang, Avijit Dutt, Gopal Dutt, Jaya Bhattacharya, Denzil Smith and Yashaswini Dayama in pivotal roles.

Richie Mehta celebrates the win

Indo-Canadian filmmaker Richie Mehta is humbled by the International Emmy win for his web series, Delhi Crime, and says it is the culmination of years of work by hundreds of people.

Celebrating the win, Mehta, director and screenwriter of the series, said: “I never anticipated getting here — it’s the culmination of years of work by hundreds of people, sometimes in total isolation and defiance.”

“‘Delhi Crime’ is a complete labour of love, born out of sadness, anger, frustration, and ultimately, compassion. The entire team from start to finish should take a bow for giving their all to this vision,” he added.

The web series has won the Best Drama Series award at the 48th International Emmy Awards. The show has become the first Indian programme to win an International Emmy.

The Netflix series is fictionalised version based on the horrific December 2012 Delhi bus gangrape case and follows the investigation by the Delhi Police.

It captures the complexities of the scrutiny, and the emotional toll on the investigating team. Over six years of research went into the making of the series, which was shot on location in New Delhi. The series stars Shefali Shah, Rajesh Tailang, Rasika Dugal and Adil Hussain.

“Led by Richie Mehta, the amazing cast and crew told an important story with sensitivity and responsibility. Winning Best Drama Series is a testament to the brilliance of India’s outstanding creative community. We hope this is the first win of many for Indian stories that are watched and appreciated by the world,” said Monika Shergill, Vice President, Content, Netflix India.

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Bhumi Thrilled To Play Lead In ‘Durgamati’

Actress Bhumi Pednekar is excited about her upcoming film Durgamati: The Myth, and says it is an honour to play the lead in the conspiracy thriller. The trailer of the film was unveiled on Wednesday.

“I’m super excited about my upcoming film ‘Durgamati’ and it is an honour to play the lead in this conspiracy thriller. Being an ardent fan of spine-chilling thrillers myself, I was delighted to be a part of such a gripping story,” said Bhumi, adding: “Also, I am glad to collaborate with Akshay (Kumar) sir again after three years and present this wonderful film for audiences across the world,” said Bhumi.

Akshay Kumar is one pf the presenters of Durgamati, and he had acted opposite Bhumi in the 2017 film, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha.

The thriller also features Arshad Warsi, Mahie Gill, Jisshu Sengupta and Karan Kapadia. The film, written and directed by G. Ashok, casts Bhumi as a government officer who becomes the target of a sinister conspiracy.

The film is a remake of Ashok’s 2018 Telugu blockbuster, Bhaagamathie.

“With Bhumi leading it, the film is designed as a power-packed entertainer. And the presence of fabulous actors such as Arshad Warsi and Jisshu Sengupta along with Karan Kapadia and Mahie Gill make this a treat for lovers of the thriller and conspiracy genres,” said the film’s producer Vikram Malhotra.

The film will release on Amazon Prime Video on December 11.

“We are certain that this film will provide an entertainment package replete with twists and turns, coupled with thrills and chills to all our fans and audiences right in the comfort of their homes,” said Vijay Subramaniam from the streaming platform.

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‘Jallikattu’ In India’s Oscar Entry List

The Malayalam film, Jallikattu, has been selected as the official Indian entry in the Best International Feature Film category at the upcoming 93rd Academy Awards, 2021.

The news was confirmed trade analyst Ramesh Bala. “Lijo Jose Pellissery’s #Jallikattu is India’s entry for the Best International Film #Oscar category,” Bala wrote on official Twitter account.

The 2019 action drama is directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery with a screenplay by S. Hareesh and R. Jayakumar. It is based on the short story named Maoist by Hareesh. The film stars Antony Varghese, Chemban Vinod Jose, Sabumon Abdusamad and Santhy Balachandran.

The story revolves around a buffalo that flees from a slaughterhouse in a remote hill town of Kerala, and how the entire townsfolk end up in its hunt. As the hapless animal runs riot in the town, the plot brings alive the vicious side of humanity.

The film had its international premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. It has been screened at the 24th Busan International Film Festival before theatrical release on October 4 last year in Kerala.

Pellissery was feted with the Best Director award at the 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI).

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Ayushmann is missing ‘warm human’ and wife Tahira

Actor Ayushmann Khurrana, who is currently busy shooting in hometown Chandigarh, is missing his wife, writer-filmmaker Tahira Kashyap.

Ayushmann fondly calls Tahira hi” “warm hum”n”, and he posted a picture of her on Instagram Stories. In the image, Tahira is seen sitting in front of a room heater dressed in sweatpants, shirt and a pair of sneakers. “

“Missing this warm h”man,” Ayushmann captioned the picture.

The actor, who is busy shooting for Abhishek’Kapoor'” film “Chandigarh Kare A”shiqui” here, has checked into a hotel to stay away from his family as a safety measure amid the pandemic.

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Has Deepika started shooting for SRK-starrer ‘Pathan’?

Actress Deepika Padukone has reportedly started shooting for her new film with Shah Rukh Khan on Monday.

Fans of Deepika have been speculating about the development on Twitter for a while, and now the actress has dropped a hint on Instagram Story that she has started shooting for the film in question.

Her latest Insta post reads, “Shubh arambh”, which in English means ‘an auspicious beginning’.

Deepika Padukone. (File Photo: IANS)

Twitterati is naturally excited.

“Can’t wait to see SRK-Deepika together on screen,” a user commented.

“All the best for new film,” another user wrote.

A few days ago, Shah Rukh was clicked outside Yash Raj Studios in Mumbai. Reportedly, he was at the studios to start shooting for the rumoured film, “Pathan”. According to unconfirmed reports, the film “Pathan” also features John Abraham.

However, there is no official announcement of the news yet.

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‘Delhi Crime’ wins International Emmy for Best Drama Series

The web series Delhi Crime has won the Best Drama Series award at the 48th International Emmy Awards, held virtually this year owing to the ongoing Covid pandemic. The show becomes the first Indian programme to win an International Emmy.

The news was confirmed by the International Emmy Awards on its official page on Twitter. “”The International Emmy for Drama Series goes to ‘Delhi Crime’ produced by @GoldenKaravan / @skglobalent / @NetflixIndia,” tweeted @iemmys, with the tags #India!, #iemmys and #iemmyWIN.

Writer-director Richie Mehta’s seven-episode series has Shefali Shah in the central role of DCP Vartika Chaturvedi, and narrates the story of investigation in the aftermath of the heinous Delhi gang-rape of December 2012.

Shefali posted a video on her official Instagram page that shows the award being announced. As soon as the show is declared winner in the Drama Series category, Shefali can be heard reacting with delirious joy. Although we don’t see her in the video, she can be heard shrieking “Oh my God!” several times.

“OMGGGGGGGGGGGG OMGGGGGGGGGGGG OMGGGGGGGGGGGG!” she wrote as caption to the video.

In his acceptance speech, writer-director Mehta thanked all the producers, the OTT platform Netflix that streams the show, the casting crew and the cast, with a special mention of Shefali Shah, his parents and wife, the Sundance Film Festival, and the Delhi police team headed by “Neeraj Kumar and the amazing Chhaya Sharma” that helped them bring the show alive.

“The project was led by women, it was financed and put together and released by women, this crime was solved by women, this is for the courage of those women and all the women who not only endure the violence that so many men inflict on them, but then are tasked with solving the problem,” said Mehta.

He paid a special tribute to the victim and her mother. “Finally the fearless and tireless hero of all mothers and her daughter. Not a day goes by when I don’t think about you both and what the world subjected you two to. And I hope none of us ever forget that,” he said.

The fictionalised crime drama series also features Rasika Dugal, Adil Hussain, Rajesh Tailang, Avijit Dutt, Gopal Dutt, Jaya Bhattacharya, Denzil Smith and Yashaswini Dayama in pivotal roles.

Adil Hussain tweeted his congratulations to the whole team. “Delhi Crime wins the Emmy @iemmys International Awards for Best Drama. Congratulations @RichieMehta unmatchable @ShefaliShah dearest @rajeshtailang and whole team Big Big Congratulations!” he wrote, with smiley and fireworks emojis.

“OMG …. #delhicrime grabs @iemmys. Congratulations to the whole team,” tweeted Rajesh Tailang.

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Arshy awaits “Mary Aur Marlow” OTT release

Actress Arshi Khan of Bigg Boss fame is looking forward to the release of her web series Mary Aur Marlow. She says it is a great time to work on digital projects.

She will be playing the character of Mary in the series.

“I liked the fun aspects of the series. The dialogues are too funny and people are going to have a great time watching it. I had a great time shooting for this project,” she said.

“It will be available digitally. OTT is the next big platform. It gives us a lot of creative freedom and it’s a great time to be on the web,” she added.

“Mary Aur Marlow” will release later this month.

She recently posted a poster from the series on her Instagram and wrote: “My new webseries Mary and Marlow will make you laugh, love and live! Watch it soon on Big Movie Zoo OTT platform #arshikhan #newfilm #newbeginnings #bollywood #life #success #arshi #awaam #arshikhanawaamkijaan.”

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