Oct 232017

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has booked Eid 2019 as the release date of his next film, ‘Bharat’. The 51-year-old star will play the title role in the movie, which will be directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. With ‘Bharat’, the actor is continuing with the trend of releasing his films on Eid. The movie is an official adaptation of 2014 South Korean film, ‘Ode to My Father’, which narrates modern Korean history from the 1950s to the modern day through the life of an ordinary man and events such as the Hungnam Evacuation during the 1950 Korean War.

Salman Khan's new film 'Bharat' to release on Eid 2019
Salman Khan

The film will also depict the government’s decision to dispatch nurses and miners to West Germany in the ’60s and the Vietnam War.

“Bharat” will be backed by Atul Agnihotri, who attended the South Korean film’s screening at Berlin Film Festival, where it was identified as potential content for the Indian masses.

Agnihotri says their adaptation will be inspired by the original movie but the story will be based closer to home.

“It’s the journey of a country and also a person, both of whom go by the name of Bharat. That film is just the starting point for ours but since it was an inspiration, we wanted in all fairness to officially own it and acquired the remake rights before going ahead with Bharat,” he said in a release.

The producer also said Salman was the right choice to play the role of the protagonist, given his long association with his brother-in-law as an actor, producer and director. The actor-producer duo’s film will hit the celluloid on the festive period once again post the blockbuster 2011 “Bodyguard”.

“It’s a character that I thought would resonate with him. It’s a huge responsibility making a film with Salman as there are big expectations that come with the job. I’m very conscious about Salman’s fan base and what they want. And once again, I’m convinced that being a family film it’s worthy of coming during the festive time. And anyway, an Eid release is always every producer’s preferred choice.”

Agnihotri added director Zafar is excited and “passionate” to a part of the project.

“Ali is a friend, I love his work and eventually it’s all about connecting with the source. If you speak to him, you will realise that Ali is far more passionate about the material,” he said.

Salman has worked with Zafar in 2016’s blockbuster “Sultan” and their much-awaited film “Tiger Zinda Hai” up for release on December 22.

“Bharat” will be shot on elaborate sets in Abu Dhabi and Spain, besides Punjab and Delhi in India.

“Casting will be our main agenda over the next three months and since it’s a character-driven story, we will take actors who fit the part,” he added.

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Jun 302017

We all know and applaud director Neill Blomkamp for the brilliance that was ‘District 9′, released in 2009. And we all remember the grim and brutal ‘Elysium’, starring Matt Damon, in 2013. The director has a knack for showcasing sci-fi in a way that lends a thrilling experience to every viewer. 

Earlier this month Blomkamp began releasing short films from his home label, Oats Studio which is his experimental venture. Under the label, he released his first short film, ‘Rakka’ which was based on alien invasion; followed by Cooking With Bill which was based on a wacky infomercial gone horribly wrong. And following the league is Blomkamp’s latest short film, ‘Firebase’. 

The film is based in the era of the Vietnam War. The plot follows American GIs who have been deployed in a rain forest where something dangerous lurks. As they search for some sort of evidence, they begin to find bodies with horrifying under growths in the skin. As the film goes on, they start to find footage that shows tanks and planes suspended and floating in mid-air. On the involvement of the CIA, the party is faced with the River God—a supernatural creature who seems almost invincible. 

‘District 9' Director Neill Blomkamp Thrills With The Release Of His Second Short Film, ‘Firebase'© YouTube

The plot follows various twists and turns that leave you gripping your chair tighter than ever as the scenes unfold. The starting scene opens with the body of a disfigured soldier propped and tied up in the rainforests. It gets more graphic as the film rolls on. Fans of Blomkamp’s District 9 will have a field day with his latest film! Be warned though, this movie is graphic beyond anything you know and you will want to squeal and squirm at the realness of the imagery. And if you have delicate heart, well, make it strong. Grab the popcorn. And while you’re at it, a safe blanket just in case the River God gets in…

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