Sep 272017

priyankaRajkumar Rao’s recently released ‘Newton’ made headlines when the story broke about film’s selection as the official entry to Oscars 2018 from India. While this news is making everyone happy there is someone who is little disappointed with jury’s decision – Priyanka Chopra.

Priyanka and her mother Madhu Chopra’s Marathi production, ‘Ventilator’ was amongst the 26 entries competing in the race to the Oscars this year.

‘Ventilator’, directed by Rajesh Mapuskar, gained very good critical and commercial success. The film has won three awards at 64th National Film Awards. Priyanka was optimistic about the film to make it to Oscars 2018, but left with disoppinment as it got snubbed with the selection of Amit Masurkar’s another social drama, ‘Newton’.

Rajesh Mapuskar told DNA, “I told her not to worry, assuring her that only the best film would make it. We were a bit disappointed when we learnt about the verdict, the next day.”

He further added about Priyanka that, “I guess, Priyanka must be even more disappointed because she was always ambitious about the film. Had it been selected, she would have ensured that it was the most-talked-about film in the run to the Oscars, especially since she is already an established name there. Ventilator was always the favourite baby of their banner.”

The 90th Academy Awards ceremony will be held at Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles on 4 March 2018

Sep 052017

Madhu Chopra with daughter PriyankaMadhu Chopra with daughter Priyanka

After impressing Marathi film audience and bagging three National Awards, Priyanka Chopra’s production, Ventilator (2016) is set to find a wider audience. The Rajesh Mapuskar-directed comedy-drama is being adapted into a Gujarati play.

Confirming the news to mid-day, the actor’s mother Madhu Chopra, who heads their production house, says, “It’s a rare occasion where a film is being adapted into a play. The film made us proud on the national level and I hope people shower the same love towards it when it comes on stage.”

Still from Ventilator
Still from Ventilator

The play will be helmed by acclaimed theatre director Rajesh Joshi, the man behind Code Mantra — one of the costliest productions on Gujarati stage. Chopra adds that Joshi is an apt choice as he shares similar sensibilities.

“We’re glad that he is making it because he knows what he wants. Joshi is not making any changes to the script, he’s simply adapting it to suit the sensibilities of the Gujarati audience. I have read a few scenes and they have been written well.”

She also reveals that Mapuskar is collaborating on the play as a creative consultant. “With him on board, Priyanka and I know that it is in safe hands,” she smiles.

The play is tentatively scheduled to open early November.

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