May 182018
 

Late actor honoured with the TITAN Reginald F Lewis Film Icon Award at France event; filmmaker Subhash Ghai accepts honour on her behalf and shares his experience of working with her

Sridevi
Sridevi

Late actor Sridevi was honoured with the TITAN Reginald F Lewis Film Icon Award at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival. The award traditionally celebrates women of the film industry from all over the world, and also salutes the multi-cultural impact on the world of cinema.

Veteran filmmaker Subhash Ghai and producer Namrata Goyal received the award on behalf of Sridevi’s family. Ghai shared a few photographs of himself while receiving the award, on Twitter, and captioned one: “It was honour to receive the award on behalf of legend Sridevi Kapoor at Cannes Film Festival yesterday for her outstanding contribution in Indian cinema and shared my experience with impeccable inimitable actor to western audience hosted by Titan Reginald F. Lewis film honours (sic).”

Ghai receiving the award
Ghai receiving the award

Sridevi’s producer husband Boney Kapoor said he and daughters Janhvi and Khushi were overwhelmed with the recognition, tributes and love that the actor has been showered with. “Janhvi, Khushi and I are overwhelmed with the recognition and tributes and love of millions of her fans being showered on her. Her work and life has touched so many hearts across the world and she has been an inspiration to millions. She will live forever, thanks to her body of work,” the actor’s husband, producer said in a statement.

Sridevi died in February due to accidental drowning in a Dubai hotel. She was feted with a posthumous National Film Award for Best Actress in appreciation of her performance in her last released film Mom.

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May 152018
 

Pakistani actress Mahira Khan’s debut Cannes journey was an eventful one. Here’s a look at the actress’ fashion journey there

Mahira Khan
Mahira Khan at Cannes Film Festival. Picture Courtesy: Instagram/mahirahkhan

After making beautiful appearances at the red carpet of Cannes Film Festival, Bollywood divas- Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Kangana Ranaut, Sonam Kapoor have returned to the Bay, after spelling their magic at the French Riviera. Along with these stunning beauties, Pakistani actress Mahira Khan also made a mark at the prestigious festival.

Mahira Khan made her Cannes debut this year and chose vibrant colours to represent her brand. The actress walked the red carpet for cosmetics giant L’Oreal Paris. To end her Cannes trip, the Raees actress wore a pastel saree with a ruffled border, black sleeveless blouse with diamonds cut on it. Hair tied in a fish-tail braid, she looked ethereal.

She captioned the picture as, “I don’t know how kids these days post so many pictures so quickly.. this is killin’ me! (in a good way, in a good way..) Thank you @menahelandmehreen @alieljewellers P.S this was from last evening.”

Earlier, she had worn a black off-shoulder dress after the ensemble she was due to wear got stuck at the customs and didn’t turn up in time. “I’m nervous,” she wrote before making her red carpet debut, but her confident demeanour was a head-turner at the gala, where she and Sonam walked one after another. Mahira dedicated her representation at Cannes as an “ode to the people I have loved so much…. and have inspired me since I was a little girl. Starting from my Ama to Minaal and Rooha… down to all my girls back home in Pakistan”.

The actress excitingly had taken to her Instagram account to make her Cannes announcement. Adding some humour to her post, she had written, “My name is Cannes and I’m not a (sic).”

Also Read: Cannes 2018: When Sonam Kapoor Planted A Kiss On Mahira Khan’s Forehead

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May 122018
 

Deepika Padukone and Kangana Ranaut’s fashion parade is worth a watch

Deepika Padukone and Kangana Ranaut at Cannes 2018
Deepika Padukone and Kangana Ranaut at Cannes 2018. Picture Courtesy: Instagram

Bollywood divas – Deepika Padukone and Kangana Ranaut are killing it with their smashing appearances at the coastal region.

After wearing a formal pantsuit on day two, Deepika Padukone opted for a pink fluffy dress for her red carpet appearance. In an Ashi Studio couture gown and jewel-toned pumps, she aced the look. Her smokey eyes and hair tied in a top-bun added the required drama. While she went dramatic with her eyes, the dimpled-diva chose a nude lip shade.

Mesmerised by her look, beau Ranveer Singh commented on her picture, “Gosh.” Choreographer Farah Khan even suggested that she should have worn this pink outfit at the Met Gala. This is what she wrote, “Should Hav worn this to the Met Ball..fabulous (sic).”

The actress made another change on day two, in which, she looked like stunning!

On the other hand, after stunning everyone in a beige bralette and formal trousers, Kangana Ranaut stirred drama on the red carpet in an embellished jumpsuit. Messy hair and jewels by de Grisogono, she completed the look perfectly. Prior to this, she had worn a six-yard inspired by the sixties, and this Nedret Taciroglu jumpsuit was her inspiration from the seventies.

Well, who do you think earns brownie points for carrying their outfits with panache?

This is Kangana Ranaut’s first time at the gala. She is representing Grey Goose, which is celebrating cinematic excellence through its global platform Vive Le Cinema. The brand is the official celebration partner at Cannes every year and this year, it chose Kangana to represent and celebrate Indian cinema at the Cannes Film Festival. Kangana was invited for an interactive session at the India Pavilion too.

Also Read: Cannes Film Festival 2018: Deepika Padukone Knows How To Steal The Show

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May 112018
 

Yet again, Kangana Ranaut makes heads turn at the Cannes Film Festival red carpet

Kangana Ranaut
Kangana Ranaut at Cannes Film Festival

Kangana Ranaut is living up to her bold and beautiful image as she’s making smashing appearances at the 71st Cannes Film Festival. After making an appearance in an embellished and backless gown in the French Riviera on Thursday, the actress stunned everyone by stepping out on the red carpet in a trussardi bra and jacket, paired with trousers, Manolo Blahnik shoes and a necklace by Alighieri. Needless to say, she looked resplendent. 

Kangana Ranaut

This is Kangana Ranaut‘s first time at the gala. She is representing Grey Goose, which is celebrating cinematic excellence through its global platform Vive Le Cinema. The brand is the official celebration partner at Cannes every year and this year, it chose Kangana to represent and celebrate Indian cinema at the Cannes Film Festival. Kangana was invited for an interactive session at the India Pavilion too.

Known for her experimental styling, Day 1 for Kangana at the Cannes film jamboree was about dressing up in a retro avatar. She wore a black shimmery sequinned sari by Sabyasachi Mukherjee and flaunted a bouffant-inspired hairdo, reminding Bollywood buffs of a style often flaunted by the evergreen Sharmila Tagore in her heyday. Kangana Ranaut was in conversation with censor board chairperson Prasoon Joshi at the India Pavilion, organised by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in association with FICCI.

Also Read: Cannes 2018: Kangana Ranaut Stuns In Sheer, Backless Gown For Red Carpet Debut

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May 102018
 

Huma Qureshi turns to celebrated desi couturiers for turns on French Riviera

Huma Qureshi
Huma Qureshi

Having returned to the French Riviera for the 71st Cannes Film Festival yesterday, Huma Qureshi has chosen to make Indian designers’ names part of the whispers that fill the red carpet. After having sported a white Varun Bahl creation at the festival’s India Pavilion inauguration ceremony yesterday, Qureshi will slip into designs crafted by Manish Malhotra and Falguni & Shane Peacock for the upcoming events on the international shore. Celebrity stylist Mohit Rai, the man behind her Cannes turns tells mid-day that they were conscious in picking Indian names for her look.

“For several years, Indian artistes have been wearing international designers at the Cannes red carpet. The idea [this time] was to showcase Indian talent on international shores. The younger, cooler designers [in this case, the Indian designers when pitted against international labels] never make it to the Cannes,” he says. 

Huma Qureshi

For Huma Qureshi, the designs, he says, will be subtle. “We wanted to create beautiful looks, keeping in mind a muted palette. We chose to create [the look of] a strong, bold woman. Huma stands out, and we wanted her to express her individuality.” Qureshi will slip into a lavender Falguni & Shane Peacock creation for tomorrow’s proceedings. Falguni tells mid-day, “With Huma, we wanted to create a sharp look. We’ve designed a pewter suit with power shoulders and a cape.”

Also Read: Prasoon Joshi: Happy to showcase regional cinema on a global platform

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Jun 112017
 

After giving us some of the most remarkable movies like ‘The Host’, ‘Snowpiercer’, and ‘Memories of A Murder’; South Korea’s kickass director, Bong Joon Ho is back in action with yet another brilliant movie and a stellar star cast, ‘Okja’. A Netflix original movie, ‘Okja’ revolves around the life of a giant pig that goes by the same name and a girl named Mija who raised her. The beginning might dupe you into thinking that this film is similar to one of those Disney movies where the protagonists are happy and joyful, but when Director Bong Joon Ho is helming the plot, one can be assured that connecting the dots won’t be enough to figure out the plot. 

Netflix Original Movie ‘Okja’© Netflix

Honestly, we aren’t surprised why ‘Okja’ turned several heads at the Cannes Film Festival. An amazing star cast and a super trippy and weird story plot seems to the success mantra for Bong Joon Ho and we aren’t complaining because he does complete justice with his movies. ‘The Host’ was reason enough for us to watch the Okja trailer and we are glad we watched it. Had we not seen the trailer, we wouldn’t have got to know about the amazing surprise that Netflix has planned for us this summer. In fact, many people are calling ‘Okja’ this summer’s ‘Stranger Things’ or E.T but that’s something for us to figure out once the movie is released.

Netflix Original Movie ‘Okja’© Netflix

Mija, played by newcomer Ahn Seo Hyun, is a young mountain girl who loves her best friend Okja, a humungous and giant pig (don’t confuse it with a hippo) whom she has been raising. As the story unfolds, we see the pig and Mija get entangled in the vicious web of crossfire between corporate greed, scientific ethics and animal activism; and the lengths Mija is willing to go in order to protect Okja. Their fight, their struggle, pain, agony and society’s greed to turn anything into food and exhaust whatever else we can take out from the insides of the animal, is what weaves the rest of the plot. From jumping through the glass windows to hanging off the side of a semi in downtown Seoul, Mija turns out to be unexpected hero who won’t stop until she ensures the safety of Okja and redefines badass-ery on her own terms. Here’s the trailer of this killer movie.       

We also get to see Tilda Swinton in a whole new avatar who shook us all when she said “It needs to taste f**king good”. That one dialogue was more than enough for us to analyze how things will unfold in the near future. Apart from Swinton, we have Jake Gyllenhaal who looks unrecognizable in the movie. We won’t blame you, if you couldn’t figure out from the trailer that Jake too is a part of this movie. It also stars Lily Collins and Paul Dano and let’s just say summer is going to be best season of this year. Check out what the stars have to say about Ahn Seo Hyun and her character Mija, in this behind the scenes featurette clip.   

 

Finally, all we have to say is when you have such an excellent cast in one frame and Bong Joon Ho behind the cameras; you don’t need to look anywhere else. Netflix, which is known for its series like ‘Stranger Things’, ‘Orange Is The New Black’ and ‘House of Cards’ to name a few, is rolling out ‘Okja’ on June 28th. 

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