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Views are personal For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Parul | Chandigarh | Published: July 19 2017 5:08 am Actors Kunal Kapoor and Mohit Marwah at Panjab University on Tuesday (Express Photo by Kamleshwar Singh) Top News “THIS is the right time for such a film; to celebrate our history and our heroes Raag Desh is a relevant story based only on facts and brings forward the unparallel contribution of the Indian National Army in our freedom struggle” says actor Kunal Kapoor who was at the Panjab University for the promotion of the film Directed by well-known film-maker Tigmanshu Dhulia Raag Desh which will release on July 28 and stars Kunal Kapoor Amit Sadh and Mohit Marwah in lead roles is based on the Indian National Army trials during World War II The film is based on three officers from the British Indian Army Colonel Prem Sehgal Colonel Gurbaksh Singh Dhillon and Major General Shah Nawaz Khan who were prisoners of war in Malaya Singapore and Burma respectively “We wanted to come to Punjab and talk about the film to a wider audience especially students as all the three officers were from this state and Kunal and I are Punjabis in real life” added Mohit Marwah who plays the character of Colonel Prem Sehgal in the film For Kapoor who plays the role of Colonel Gurbaksh Singh Dhillon the film is special for many reasons First and foremost it brings to life an event that is not talked about in books or films in spite of being such an important and integral event in India’s fight for independence Kapoor who is known for his role in ‘Rang De Basanti’ added that he loved the script of the film as soon as he read it as it had many engaging elements a spirit of nationalism war courtroom drama personal struggles”I am surprised that no movie has been made on this topic for the INA is cited as one of the reasons for the British leaving India” Patriotism is the soul of the film and both the actors reflect that the film was a great learning experience for them understanding and getting connected to a part of history the role of INA and Subhas Chandra Bose which is often disregarded “We realise how back then the country and cause was bigger than the individual and it’s sad how many of us don’t know about this part of our history Patriotism is standing up for ideologies that your country was made for And this film tells a story of documented facts made after two years of extensive research The film doesn’t have the usual Bollywood song and dance and is not motivated or guided by politics It’s time to change mind-sets and tell stories in a different way which our director has done” Kapoor added Marwah admits he has become a history buff after doing this film watching films on World War II “I feel in today’s time when patriotism has been reduced to being angry and impatient on social media films like ‘Raag Desh’ will talk about the values of honesty integrity idealism which today may not be appreciated but is needed especially among the youth History is an integral part of our present “ For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: New York Times | Published: August 15 2014 12:22 am Decades later Bacall’s performance in To Have and Have Not has been so memorialised and near-mummified that it can be easy to forget its initial shock waves Top News Her voice comes at you low and flat wildly insinuating electric and lingering In another age Lauren Bacall’s voice might have been called mannish When she opened her mouth in To Have and Have Not — taking a long drag on a cigarette while locking Humphrey Bogart in her gaze — she staked a claim on the screen and made an immortal Hollywood debut But in 1944 at the exquisitely tender age of 19 she was also projecting an indelible screen persona: that of the tough quick-witted American woman who could fight the good fight alongside her man She may not have been Rosie the Riveter and building bombers but there was something about Bacall a New York girl turned Hollywood starlet that suggested a stubborn strength that could stand up to the times The movie is best remembered for its oft-quoted whistle line (oh you know how) but there’s far more to Bacall’s performance than that bit of dialogue Liberally adapted from the Hemingway novel the Howard Hawks film would cement Bogart as a romantic lead after Casablanca He plays Morgan aka Steve a caustic American who charters his fishing boat off the coast of Vichy-controlled Martinique Bacall plays Marie aka Slim a thief and possibly a prostitute who lifts a wallet off a chump under Bogart’s watch but later helps him smuggle French partisans out of the country If the movie’s political backdrop tends to go missing in the mists of the Bogart and Bacall legend — they fell in love during its making — it’s understandable given how they steam up the joint Before teaching him how to whistle Slim slides into Steve’s lap and leans down to kiss him “Whaddya do that for” he says as if the question needed asking “Been wondering whether I’d like it” she says He asks her verdict She murmurs “I don’t know yet” before going in for another try This time he pulls her close his hand circling her neck and they kiss deeper and longer She stops pulls back and stands taking the camera with her and delivers the film’s other great line: “It’s even better when you help” Decades later Bacall’s performance in To Have and Have Not has been so memorialised and near-mummified that it can be easy to forget its initial shock waves James Agee liked Bacall in To Have and Have Not (“the very entertaining nervy adolescent new blonde”) and predicted in his review that the movie’s appeal was predicated on whether you liked her even if he admitted he was no judge Not everyone was wholly sold on Bacall’s coming out Writing around the same time as Agee the critic Parker Tyler noted “the mild Mephistophelian peaks of her eyebrows” and compared her with screen goddesses like Gene Tierney and Rita Hayworth Tyler was confounded by Bacall’s husk and doesn’t seem to have known that per Hawks’s instructions she had stripped away any trace of what he deemed a potential feminine flaw After signing her Hawks had begun shaping Bacall telling her in an anecdote related in Todd McCarthy’s invaluable biography Howard Hawks: The Grey Fox of Hollywood: “When a woman gets excited or emotional she tends to raise her voice Now there is nothing more unattractive than screeching” For Tyler the results were mannered and synthetic Yet he also rightly pinpointed an androgynous quality in Bacall that helped distinguish her debut and made it such a playful gloss on the classic femme fatale: “Her Hepburnesque Garbotoon clearly confirmed in her subsequent pictures equals Dietrich travestied by a boyish voice” Like Garbo and Dietrich two other goddesses that Tyler invoked Bacall’s on-screen presence in To Have and Have Not draws on both feminine and masculine qualities that suggest an excitingly capable woman Guided by Hawks Bacall calmed her trembling chin gave Bogart a sexy little slap and filled out her character with so much personality that she transcended her third billing (after Walter Brennan) to become an erotic emblem of American wit and war-ready grit There’s another calculus in the Bogart and Bacall pairing Ingrid Bergman may have warmed Bogart up in Casablanca but it was Bacall who lit him on fire She later complained about being in his shadow; in truth each burnished the other’s legend as all four of the movies they made together prove She made some good ones without Bogart who died in 1957 including the fizzy How to Marry a Millionaire But after the 1940s as pneumatic blondes blew up and gender roles were re-established she didn’t often find the film roles that suited her cool steady gaze The movies couldn’t see it but she was born to go quip to quip curled lip to lip with a man The New York Times For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top NewsThe BJP’s alliance with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is proving to be a bigger embarrassment than the party could have ever imagined For them their old friend Mufti comes as a surprise package This has helped the Congress in cornering the government over many issues Virtually without a leader now the Grand Old Party would be drawing satisfaction from the fact that it’s a former Congressman who has put the BJP on the defensive The current chief minister was a Congressman before he formed his own outfit PDP to fulfill the aspirations of the people in the Valley in 1999 What Mufti has managed to do so far none in the Congress have got even close to: get on the wrong side of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and make his party do nothing more than squirm and watch Just after being sworn in as chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir on 1 March Mufti gave credit to separatists and Pakistan for smooth conduct of assembly elections The Opposition was up in arms and Modi had to brave the Opposition by resorting to be defensive “I want to assure this House and 125 crore people of the country that the government formed in Jammu and Kashmir based on the Common Minimum Programme and the government will run on its basis” Modi clarified in Parliament Jammu and Kashmir CM Mufti Mohammed Sayeed AFP This comes after it took many months for the largest party in Kashmir (PDP) and the largest party in Jammu (BJP) to break the political deadlock in the state after a hung verdict in the 2014 December assembly elections Both sides were unwilling to budge and find common ground on contentious but core issues like Article 370 and AFSPA When the deal was finally announced late last month it appeared that a clear formula had been worked upon between the two sides But Mufti queered the pitch within hours of taking oath “He is not going to stop making or doing such controversial things because he will be politically finished if he tows the BJP line” says a senior Congress leader “If the BJP has taken him at face value then they have done so at their own peril” he confides By releasing separatist leader Masarat Alam who has been in jail for over four years for his alleged role in the infamous 2010 stone pelting agitation amongst others he has again taken on the ruling establishment in Delhi Even before this Mufti Sayeed had asked the Centre to hand over mortal remains of Afzal Guru who was hanged in jail for his role in the 2001 Parliament attack A visibly upset Modi could again be seen on the defensive on Masrat’s release in Parliament on Monday while BJP MLAs rushed to J&K CM’s house to voice their concern over the issue Nothing could be more pleasing to Congress’ ears as the newly appointed Congress media chief could only chuckle in glee “I appeal to PM to not shed crocodile tears and rather forms concrete policy against anti-national elements” said Randeep Surjewala "What is BJP’s policy on dialogue with separatists and citizenship rights to refugees from Pakistan" as the questioning refuses to end While Modi was more relieved than happy over working out a deal with the PDP the lack of trust between the two sides is evident Both Mufti and Modi have their own vote banks to worry about and it seems Mufti is in a hurry to dispel the rumour that PDPhas compromised on “Kashmiriyat” The Opposition for once seems united in slamming the NDA for supporting a party with open sympathy towards separatists in the valley Modi will have to pull out a few more stops to steady this rocky coalition or else the enigma around Modi’s political invincibility will suffer another dent The Congress is more than happy to watch the show and enjoy his suffering By: IANS | New Delhi | Published: July 29 2017 7:09 pm Anil Kapoor says he never took a break in his 38-year-long journey in Bollywood as he was advised by megastar Amitabh Bachchan to never “commit such a mistake” Related News Actor-producer Anil Kapoor says he never took a break in his 38-year-long journey in Bollywood as he was advised by megastar Amitabh Bachchan to never “commit such a mistake” “I always look up to Dilip Kumar Amitabh Bachchan Naseeruddin Shah and Kamal Hassan who are great actors” Anil said on the TV show Aap Ki Adalat “Amit ji took a five-year break after doing Khuda Gawaah He had gone to New York to live a normal life I had gone there while shooting for Meherbaan I met and told him I was tired after working for 25 years in films and wanted a break “Amit ji told me ‘Never commit such a mistake in life Never take a break (from films)’ I went back and immediately signed two new films I have never taken a break in my 38-year-long career” he added Anil said that one of the greatest moments of his life was to “receive the coveted Oscar (for Slumdog Millionaire) on stage All actors or directors across the world nurse a dream to receive an Oscar I had a small role in the film This feeling of joy shall remain in my heart till the end” he said “Receiving the National Award for Pukaar was also a great moment for me The film was quite underrated and it did not fare well because at that time Hrithik Roshan’s film Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai had become a big hit When I got the National Award I felt redeemed and I realised that the fruits of labour are indeed sweet” he added Anil’s daughter Sonam Kapoor was honoured with a National Award earlier this year for her role in Neerja Asked how he felt when Sonam won the award Anil said “For me that moment gave me greater joy than the Oscar moment When I saw my daughter walking up the stage and receiving the award from (then) President Pranab Mukherjee it was a blissful moment for me” Aap Ki Adalat airs on India TV For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Dipti Sharma | New Delhi | Updated: March 25 2017 4:36 pm Phillauri box office collection day 1: Anushka Sharma has brought together a team of young and bright people including first time director Anshai Lal Top News Anushka Sharma’s second production venture Phillauri has collected Rs 402 crore on the first day The first-day collection of Phillauri is higher than Kahaani ( Rs 3 crore – Kolkata) Tanu Weds Manu ( Rs 32 crore -Kanpur) NH10 ( Rs 335 crore -Gurgaon) and Sarbjit (Rs 369 crore -Tarn Taran) which had a female actor as the main protagonist according to a statement released by Fox Studios India The film did particularly well in North India and Punjab given Diljit Dosanjh’s popularity in this belt The north India has contributed around 52 percent of the total first-day collections The film’s collection in Punjab is also outstanding Vijay Singh CEO Fox Star Studios says “Phillauri is a high concept film with a big heart and we are happy with the start that it has had on day one The film has good word of mouth and it will grow today It is a fun family entertainer and a perfect weekend watch for audiences across all age-groups” Phillauri is made at a cost of Rs 21 crore and has already recovered Rs 12 crore from satellite and music rights After the success of NH10 the audience has high expectations from Anushka Sharma’s second production venture Phillauri The movie to a large extent is seen as a step to break away from pre-conceived notions of filmmaking Anushka has brought together a team of young and bright people including first time director Anshai Lal Earlier film exhibitor Akshaye Rathi told indianexpresscom”Phillauri is not a mass entertainer Unlike a Baahubali 2 or Bajrangi Bhaijaan this film doesn’t need to go to every corner of the country Makers have promoted the movie keeping these things in mind It has a limited release on about 1100 screens Phillauri can collect around Rs 2-3 crore on opening day” When asked if Phillauri can expect better trade over the weekend Akshaye said “Not really I am expecting the film to collect the same amount of Rs 2-3 crore on Saturday as well The film will show a growth on Sunday” Also Read | Phillauri movie review: Anushka Sharma Diljit Dosanjh romance makes you sigh With pleasure Asked if Phillauri can face some sort of competition from Badrinath ki Dulhania that just collected Rs 100 crore Akshaye said ” There is hardly any film today that stays in theatres beyond two weeks (unless it’s some big star or big banner film) Those who wanted have already seen Badrinath ki Dulhania” For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top Newsthey said they had come from Pune.which claimed three lives and left 15 others injured, DSP Jagbir Singh in April 2016, While the men could not live up to the expectations.

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