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Anupam Kher and Satish Kaushik to shoot for director Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri’s ‘The Last Show’

Actors Anupam Kher and Satish Kaushik will start shooting for director Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri’s film ‘The Last Show’ with proper safety precautions amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Since the lockdown, which was enforced in March, this will be the first time Kher and Kaushik will visit a set. The Bombay High Court recently permitted actors above 65 to resume shooting. Earlier, actors beyond this age were barred from partaking in any kind of shoot.  

Talking about the safety measures being taken by the team, Anupam Kher says, “ Of course, people feel concerned, especially our families. But once they knew about the safety measures, they felt secure. We have professionals Covid marshals, ensuring all the required precautions are taken. But above all, everyone has to be considerate and caring towards others.” Further added “struggle, pain, suffering, celebration and success. We compete professionally but bond personally. We’ve never lost love and respect for each other. We’ve never looked at life from tragic point of view. We always found humour and inspiration in every situation. When Vivek discussed this inspirational story -full of beauty, love and laughter -we were fascinated by vision of human psyche. We realised that during the Covid crisis, the world needs inspiration, positivity, and above all humour. So, in a way Vivek is celebrating our unique friendship for the world to fall in love with friendship, again,”

Veteran Satish Kaushik admits he had certain hesitation about shooting for any project. “Most films shoots haven’t started and there was a sense of pessimism in people, with predictions of a slow death of cinema. Both of us and Vivek are born fighters and eternal optimists. So, we started shooting to inspire others, experiment and innovate in these times and send a message that cinema lives to entertain, inspire and fill this world with laughter.”

Director Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri says “I had worked meticulously on SOP and other technical aspects about the shoot in details. I proposed to do mock shoots just to make the crew used to shooting in the new environment and change habits. Plus, we are carrying three medicines with us. We believe they protect everyone against the most rigid challenges. These medicines are: Positivity, love and laughter.”

Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri’s next directorial feature ‘The Last Show’, will celebrate 45 years of friendship shared by Anupam Kher and Satish Kaushik. The film will be jointly produced by Anupam Kher, Rumi Jafry, Satish Kaushik and Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri.

Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri Kick starts the shoot of The Kashmir Files

“I saw my father bring cut into pieces in front of my eyes and put in a sack and I did not get his body back also, please take my interview on record-  One victim (name withheld) told me while almost choking with tears on call”- Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri.

Agnihotri to film in 5 Countries- 20 plus states, capturing records of over 1000 victims & eyewitnesses

Post the success of The Tashkent Files, filmmaker, Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri announced his most ambitious project till date- The Kashmir Files and now he is all set to jumpstart the first schedule of the shoot across UK, USA & Canada. The month and a half long schedule will entail Agnihotri’s trailblazing journey overseas in an attempt to conduct research for the film. Along with his wife, actor & producer Pallavi Joshi, Vivek will be interviewing first hand record of displaced Kashmiri Pandits who are now settled far away from their roots.

The Kashmir Files- dubbed as #KashmirUnreported is a deep dive into the story of the biggest genocide in India’s history- ethnic cleansing of Kanshmiri Pandits, which has been unreported or under reported. Vivek Ranjan Agnihorti & Pallavi Joshi now embarks on a journey to unveil the underlying truth of this catastrophe that took place in India decades back.

The first schedule of the shoot entails on-camera interviews with victims, survivors and their family members and who have lost everything in the tryst. This shoot also marks the first ever attempt towards a consolidated report on this macabre incident which is still shrouded in mystery.

Talking of the first schedule Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri said, “I believe that this is the first schedule of The Kashmir Files and the most difficult part of the filming process because it involves real people and real stories which Pallavi and I would capture on camera. Once I get this right it is half battle won. The research for this project is an extensive one and I want to channelize my energy in digging as deep as possible to get the truth out. This incident should have gone down in the annals in History but where is it? How many people know about the magnitude of it? “

He added, “A film like The Kashmir Files has to bring out the truth or else it will be just another film that will come and go. I’m making this film ‘by demand’- I have numerous well-wishers who have urged me to pick up this subject. I have had people calling me on phone and breaking down- telling me about how they have been witness to their father being butchered into 50 pieces or mother being raped. I owe them the truth”.

The prolonged research will take Vivek and Pallavi across USA, UK, Canada, Germany and around India to record firsthand account of victims, survivors and eyewitness of this terrible tragedy. The Kashmir Files promises to be the first ever true account of most heart wrenching story of human suffering that India has witnessed.

Film Director Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri shifts base to Goa

Few hours away from the tinsel town, Goa has often proved to be a creative haven for writers and directors to jam on their scripts. Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri who is basking in the glory of a monstrous hit- The Tashkent Files which is dubbed as one of the most profitable films of 2019, has bagged a book deal on the film. The director is en route Goa to pen his tryst with the subject- getting it off the ground to the cash registers ringing.

Known for his disruptive ideas both on making and marketing, the IIMC (Delhi) graduate closed a plum deal with Bloomsbury publishing on his journey with The Tashkent Files and the author-director intends to lock himself down in the quiet and scenic locales of Goa to see the book through. A chunk of the content of this book will utilize the realms of unused research material from the film, dotted with Agnihotri’s personal struggle to get a subject as volatile as this off the ground and turning it to gold.

Speaking on the book around The Tashkent Files, author- director, Vivek  Ranjan Agnihotri stated, “Mumbai is very distracting. There is too much of ambient noise and visual clutter. I’m finding it difficult to sit still and work on the heap of content that I have to sift through. I have commenced my research work on The Kashmir Files too but this book really needs undivided attention- hence Goa. Need to go incommunicado for a few days”.

Agnihotri made his debut as an author with The Urban Naxals – a riveting saga of a filmmaker’s struggle and conviction, the behind the scenes story of the making of an award winning film- Buddha in a Traffic Jam. The director turned author travelled half the world with The Urban Naxals, garnering rave response. It went onto becoming a bestseller and No.1 ranking title under Political Ideologies on Amazon. The book on The Tashkent Files will be Angihotri’s second outing as an author.

Here’s whishing Vivek loads of luck on his Goa sojourn !

Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri honoured by Indian Film & Television Directors’ Association

Close on the heels of The Tashkent Files crossing 80 days, the Indian Film & Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA) honours Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri with a coveted trophy for delivering a stupendous Box Office success.

The film records a collection of INR 20 Cr plus with a shoestring making & marketing cost of 4 Cr and garnering a position among the top 5 “profitable films” status of 2019. The Tashkent Files, released on 12th April faced a slew of onslaughts week on week from the big budget and star led films like Kalank, Avengers, SOTY 2, Bharat and De De Pyar De yet it maintained a steady graph gliding through its 12th Week run.

The award was presented to Vivek Agnihotir by 4 times National Award Winner Madhur Bhandarkar and Sriram Raghvan. Talking about the recent honour, Vivek Ranjan Agnihorti, Director, The Tashkent Files stated, “It is always heartening to be recognised and acknowledged by the fraternity. This film has broken all the rules, it has every element that is a big no-no in film’s rule book. Yet it ran for over 80 days. This means that if you chase your conviction, anything is possible.”

Agnihotri has announced his next venture- The Kashmir Files which is based on my mass exodus of Kashmiri Pundits and the biggest ethnic cleansing that India has seen. The Tashkent Files is still running in theatres.