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Vidya Balan’s special short film “Natkhat” is must watch for all parents and teachers

Our homes have been our safe havens in these trying and lockdown times. Homes and parents have undergone a metamorphosis. Parents have taken up the role of teachers these days and therefore it is very important to be mindful about what examples we set and stories we narrate to our children. Ronnie Screwvala and Vidya Balan’s special short film “Natkhat” which also marks her debut as a producer is a powerful film that addresses the hard-hitting issues of patriarchy and toxic masculinity while dealing with several other sensitive yet crucial topics of conversation such as gender inequality, rape culture, domestic violence and more.

Natkhat is a must-watch for all parents and teachers as both are the basic pillars of the strong foundation of a child’s concepts, understanding and perspective about the various realities that exist in the outer world. Natkhat being a really powerful and significant film will mark its world premiere at the prestigious “We are One: A Global Film Festival” produced and organized by New York’s Tribeca Enterprises on June 2nd, 2020 at 4:30 PM IST. The film is set to touch a  chord with every parent. Natkhat is a step towards a better future and a healthy world for our children – the policy makers and game changers of tomorrow.

The film is written by Annukampa Harsh and Shaan Vyas with associate producer Sanaya Irani Zohrabi. Natkhat is directed by Shaan Vyas and produced by Vidya Balan and Ronnie Screwvala.

Sonchiraiya is a film aficionado treat

Sonchiraiya starring all the critically acclaimed actors viz. Sushant Singh Rajput, Bhumi Pednekar, Manoj Bajpayee, Ranvir Shorey, and Ashutosh Rana in lead roles.

Manoj Bajpayee’s who is a National award-winning actor was last seen in Love Sonia for which Manoj received immense appreciation for his performance. In Sonchiraiya Manoj will be seen playing the character of  Man Singh, a man who had a big prize on his head back in the 70s when Chambal’s ravines were off limit for people and daakus held sway.

Ashutosh Rana whose last outing Simmba is doing splendidly well at the box office will be now seen in Sonchiraiya in very rustic character different from his previous roles in his career.

Sushant Singh Rajput was last seen in Kedarnath for which he received much appreciation and the audience loved his performance in it. Now, in Sonchiraiya who is playing a pivotal role in the fils has a raw and rugged look, with a beard that’s making it hard to recognize him at first glance.

Bhumi Pednekars’s performances in all her movies were acclaimed by the critics and she was applauded for the same. The look of Bhumi Pednekar in Sonchiraiya is a stroke of genius. It was his vision that created a character who exudes vulnerability and yet is strong, gritty and bold.

After receiving much appreciation for his performance in Sacred Games, Jatin Sara will also be seen in Sonchiraiya.

The story of Sonchiraiya is set in the 1970s showcasing a small town ruled and dominated by dacoits. Multiple gangs fight over the struggle to attain power. The cast dons fierce avatars in sync with the theme of the film.

Directed by Abhishek Chaubey, Sonchiraiya promises to be a power packed action film giving a glimpse of the glorious years if dacoits in central India.

Shot in the valleys of Madhya Pradesh, Sonchiraiya presents an ensemble cast with an intriguing storyline.

Directed by Abhishek Chaubey who has earlier presented ‘Udta Punjab’ and ‘Ishiqiya’, ‘Sonchiraiya’ presents a rooted tale set in Chambal.

Producer Ronnie Screwvala who has not only presented blockbusters but also award-winning films is all set to present ‘Sonchiraiya’.

Yami Gautam looks intense in the first look from URI

Actress Yami Gautam will be seen in an all-new avatar playing the role of an Intelligence officer in the highly anticipated film URI: The Surgical Strike. The film is a military drama based on the real-life incident that took place in 2016 when the Indian Army conducted a surgical strike in Uri Kashmir. Vicky Kaushal plays the lead in the film leading the operation alongside Yami Gautam who will be seen sharing the screen space as the female lead of the film. The film also stars Paresh Rawal, Kirti Kulhari and Mohit Raina in pivotal roles.

The film is directed and written by Aditya Dhar and produced under the banner RSVP by Ronnie Screwvala. URI is slated to release worldwide on January 11, 2019.

This would be the first time Yami will be seen in a character belonging to the armed forces, something she has never played before. To get into the skin of the character she had to shorten her hair to add authenticity into the look of an intelligence officer.

Here is the first look of Yami, dressed up in a blue shirt and a blazer giving an apt intense look to her character.

I am humbled: Prateek Parmar on MKDNH success

People can not stop talking about Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota. The Vasan Bala directed film that bagged the Grolsch People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2018. It was India’s first ever win and was welcomed with huge appreciation at the Jio MAMI 20th Mumbai Film Festival, where it opened.

Prateek Parmar (who plays the role of Samurai) is the man behind the action sequences in the film. He is a professional martial-arts practitioner trained in wing chun, karate, taekwondo and wushu. Parmar can pull off the most daring stunts without the help of technical gear. While this is not his first time as an action choreographer, this project was definitely different to him. Talking about this, he says, “The whole process of designing action that looks so real and not over-the-top was an experience. Everything that looks so flawless on the screen is actually carefully planned and executed to the perfection. You have to take special steps to make sure the scenes look natural and not animated.”

When asked about how the audience took a special liking to his role, he says, “I am overwhelmed and humbled. I am glad the audience can appreciate just the pure, true action and a storyline like MKDNH. It is why I do what I do.” Prateek is also an independent film-maker. His web-series, Raging Fist, the first action web-series in India, has received international acclaim.

Though the date hasn’t been finalized yet, Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota is expected to release sometime early next year. While the movie is doing huge rounds, the audience especially loved the climax which is packed with high octane kicks. Meanwhile, Prateek will be seen in more unique, action-based films soon.

Prateek Parmar has another feather in the cap with ‘Suryansh’

Kamal Patel and Sachin Desai’s next, Suryansh, is already the most anticipated Gujarati film of the year! The Freddy Daruwala and Heena Achhra starrer is releasing on October 5th. The movie is about a daring police officer on the mission to reduce crime rates.

Suryansh is a one-of-its-kind action film. The action is designed by Prateek Parmar, who is a professional martial arts director. He says, “Suryansh is something that has never happened in Gujarati cinema before. It is purely based on extraordinary action sequences. Being a trained martial arts practitioner, I can perform the stunts without the help of any equipment so I really applaud the rest of the cast who pulled off the scenes flawlessly.”

Suryansh has already gained a huge following of action lovers since the trailer launch. It is being described as a “thrilling roller coaster ride of action, drama, emotions, mystery and an ending that is impossible to predict.”

Prateek adds, “My journey in martial arts has been influenced a lot from popular western action movies and performers. That is reflected in the action choreography for Suryansh.” Prateek has several action sequences to his credit such as the 2018 Bhavesh Joshi Superhero, Vicky Kaushal’s CODE advertisement among others. His very own web series – Raging Fist, is making rounds as the first action web series of India and has received acclaim from around the world. When asked about his ventures into other genres he says, “I live for martial arts. So far I am only planning on projects that are based in action. I would love to explore more unique storylines with martial arts at its core.”

Prateek Parmar will also be seen as a cast in Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota, directed by Vasan Bala and produced by Ronnie Screwvala. The movie became the first Indian film to win the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. He also did the action sequences for the movie.

RSVP’s Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota wins People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award

RSVP’s Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota (The Man Who Feels No Pain at the fest) has outdone several Hollywood heavyweights to claim the People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award at 43rd edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The Ronnie Screwvala production was in contention with Iron Man 3 director Shane Black’s The Predator, David Gordon Green’s Halloween featuring BAFTA-winning actress Jamie Lee Curtis and Sam Levinson’s Assassination Nation, among others.

The award, which was instated in 2009, is presented to the film that is rated as the most popular among the underground and cult titles in contention. At each screening, attendees are invited to vote for the film by leaving their ticket stubs in voting boxes outside the theatre post the show.

An elated Vasan Bala says, “The standing ovation his film received on September 14 will forever remain etched in his memory. The section had some great genre filmmakers from around the world who have been making the best films for years. Just being among them was amazing, so this outcome has come out of the blue. From being a fan-boy of these filmmakers to contending with them, it has been an incredible journey.”

Speaking of fanboy moments, Vasan informs that seeing his favourite stars in person was another highlight for him at the fest. He saw Paul Greengrass, who has made three films in the Bourne series, in the corridor of his hotel, and came across Bradley Cooper and Robert Pattinson at the Roma premiere. “The director, Alfonso Cuaron, was just 20 feet away from me,” he exclaims.

Commenting on the same Ronnie Screwvala said, “I am ecstatic with the win and equally thrilled that it is a first for an Indian film. We are always striving to push the boundaries of story-telling and genres and Vasan has made his mark with his debut entry in direction.”

Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota marks the acting debut of Bhagyashree’s son Abhimanyu Dassani as a man who suffers from a rare condition called congenital insensitivity to pain. Using it to his advantage, he wants to rid his city of petty thieves. “It is like a homage to all the martial arts film I grew up on and is partly inspired by the relationship I shared with my grandfather,” Vasan adds.

Ankur Bhatia’s next Ronnie Screwvala’s YAAR JIGRI

After his spectacular performance in his last release “Haseena Parkar” opposite Shraddha Kapoor, Ankur Bhatia was waiting for the right script to come his way. He wanted to do a film with substance and a good story.

The actor says that the character he plays in any movie matters a lot as he wants to do good work. Looks like the wait is over as he is gearing up for his next movie “Yaar Jigri”. The character he portrays is dark and negative.

The movie has a stellar star cast which includes Ankur Bhatia in a negative role. It is directed by Amit Joshi and produced by Ronnie Screwvala. The cast will be shooting at four different locations.

Ankur was also seen in movies like “Sarbjit” and “Zanjeer”. Apart from “Yaar Jigri”, he is also doing Hardik Gajjar’s “Bhavai” where he will be playing the role of Lakshman.