“A Pretty Decent Film, Definitely No Rip Off From Our Film”: Secret Ballot Producer On Newton

Producer Marco Mueller feels that there was not even a hint of plagiarisation in Rajkummar Rao’s Newton, amidst claims that the movie has been inspired from his 2001 Iranian film Secret Ballot.

Last week, Newton was announced as India’s official entry for Oscars’ foreign language film category.

On Monday night, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, in a Facebook post, shared Muller’s opinion after watching Newton.

“A pretty decent film, definitely no rip off from our Secret Ballot (even if the general concept is the same)” and then I asked him if I can share his response on social media? He replied,”Please feel free as you see fit, there is not even a hint of plagiarisation,” Kashyap, who spoke in defence of the film on Sunday, posted.

Not a hint of plagiarisation: 'Secret Ballot' producer on 'Newton'
“A Pretty Decent Film, Definitely No Rip Off From Our Film”: Secret Ballot Producer On Newton

He also shared the screenshot of his conversation with Mueller.

On Sunday, defending the film, Kashyap tweeted, Newton is as much a copy of Secret Ballot as The Avengers is of Watan Ke Rakhwale.”

The movie, produced by Manish Mundra of Drishyam Films, had its world premiere at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival, where it even won an award.

Standing up for its genuinity, Kashyap said, Newton is an award winner from Berlin fest and I can promise you those curators watch more films in a year than rest of us do in a lifetime.”

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While Newton, which stars National Award-winning actor Rajkummar Rao, revolves around a government employee who struggles to supervise voting in a forest area of Chhattisgarh, controlled by Maoists, “Secret Ballot” is described as a movie which focuses on the life of a lady ballot officer who visits a barren and desolate place to plead with voters to cast their votes and take part in the elections.

Newton director Amit.V. Masurkar has already given his take on the controversy, saying: “The story was born from my heart. I had no idea about ‘Secret Ballot’.”

Meanwhile, meeting the film team’s expectations, Newton is attracting audiences to theatres.

You can watch Newton in the time Deepika Padukone takes to get into her Padmavati avatar

Deepika Padukone‘s Rani Padmavati look has impressed one and all. Since the time the first look was released, people on social media have been talking about her royal get up. Her heavy and embroidered saree, the magnificent jewellery, the unibrow and the detailings were praised. However, did you know that Deepika Padukone took more than 2 hours to get into this avatar? Yes, according to a report in DNA After Hrs, the actress had to patiently wait everyday before the shoot as the costume, make up and detailing would take hours at times. In fact, you can not only watch Rajkummar Rao’s Newton (run time – 1 hour 47 minutes), but also fly to Chennai, Goa, Delhi (flight time – 1 hour 30 minutes) or even Sri Lanka (flight time – 2 hours 20 minutes) in the time Deepika takes to get into her Padmavati avatar. Surprising, isn’t it?

As a source revealed to the tabloid, “It used to take Deepika almost two hours everyday to get ready for the shoot. She had been through the drill last time for Bajirao Mastani, but as Padmavati, she has heavier jewellery and if there were some changes in the outfits that needed to be made, it would just add up. But Deepika patiently waited every day before the shoot.” However, with all the praise, we are sure Deepika’s patience and the maker’s hardwork has surely paid off! (ALSO READ – Is Deepika Padukone’s look from Padmavati inspired by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s appearance in Jodhaa Akbar? The designer answers…)

Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Padmavati also stars Ranveer Singh (Alauddin Khilji), Shahid Kapoor (Maharawal Ratan Singh), Aditi Rao Hydari and Jim Sarbh. The film is all set to release on December 01 and we are quite excited about this one. Are you? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section below! Also stay tuned to BollywoodLife as we get you all the deets about Padmavati right here…

Infernal Affairs To Get A Bollywood Remake Soon!

Infernal Affairs, a 2002 cult movie from Hong Kong which inspired Martin Scorcese’s “The Departed”, is set to be remade in India, courtesy a collaboration between AZURE Entertainment and Warner Bros.

Mumbai-based AZURE Entertainment Pvt Ltd and Warner Bros India on Monday announced a strategic collaboration to jointly invest in and produce the Indian remake of Infernal Affairs.

'Infernal Affairs' to be remade in India
Infernal Affairs To Get A Bollywood Remake Soon!

The companies are at an advanced stage of formalizing the director for the proposed Hindi remake of Infernal Affairs, which is in the crime thriller genre.

This project is the first of a two-picture deal between the two companies to jointly develop, produce and distribute key titles from the Warner Bros library for the Indian local film market.

“It is a matter of pride for a young company like ours to collaborate with Warner Bros to jointly develop and produce the local language adaptation of this amazing movie. We are thrilled to be working with the Warner Bros India team and cannot wait to get started,” said Sunir Kheterpal, CEO, AZURE Entertainment.

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Denzil Dias, Managing Director, Warner Bros India, said: “This is an exciting time for us to be partnering in local language production with the team at AZURE, who are passionate about film and storytelling, and ideally placed to adapt and develop foreign language source material into Indian language remakes.

“We could not have chosen a better title than ‘Infernal Affairs‘ to announce this collaboration. We look forward to bringing great new Indian language films to local and global audiences.”

In the near future, they will also announce the second Warner Bros title on which an Indian remake shall be developed.

Are you excited for this one?

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Rajinikanth-Akshay Kumar’s 2.0 BEATS Aamir Khan’s Dangal – here’s how

As each day goes by RajinikanthAkshay Kumar’s 2.0 gets bigger and better! After South cinema, 2.0 is definitely one of the grandest releases in South cinema. The movie is going all out in terms of promotions, events, sequences and now most recently – screen count! Ramesh Bala, a leading analyst reported, Rajinikanth – Akshay Kumar’s 2.0 is expected to release in 10,000 – 15,000 screen in China! Now that’s a record breaking screen count! Believe it or not, Rajinikanth- Akshay Kumar’s 2.0 has actually beaten Aamir Khan’s Dangal screen count in China! Yes, it’s true. The film was to release initially in 10,000 screens but it turned out China’ well known multiplex chain – Wanda Cinema played spoilsport and and did not release the movie on their screens. That cost the biopic wrestling drama at least 3000 screens! The movie at the end was released in 7000 screens! So, it is true that Rajinikanth – Akshay Kumar’s 2.0 has BEATEN Aamir Khan’s Dangal! Also Read: False Alarm! Aamir Khan’s Dangal is yet to cross the Rs 2000 crore mark; stands tall at Rs 1864 crore

2.0 will hold a grand audio launch in October in Dubai followed by the much awaited teaser in November The year will end with the trailer in December, to gear us up for the release in January 2018. Raju Mahalingham has talked about the sequences and scenes being on par with Hollywood films. The film also stars Amy Jackson, Adil Hussain, Sudhanshu Pandey. The movie is mad eon extravagant of Rs 450 crore. Even with regards to promotions the film stands out as they engineered a hot air balloon around Las Vegas.

Rajinikanth will return as Chitti, Dr Vaseegaran. While Akshay Kumar will play the lead antagonist. While many believed that he will play a crow as a result of a wrong experiment, we were the one to revealed to you that he will actually play an alien creature. Amy Jackson will play a robot in the film. The movie is directed by Shankar. While it is being called the sequel to Enthiran, the story this time is brand new!


Why were Alia Bhatt and her mom taken to a hospital in Pahalgam?

I know you have freaked out the moment you read ‘hospital’ but calm down guys! Alia Bhatt and her mom Soni Razdan have NOT been hospitalised for whatsoever reasons. In stead, it’s a hospital sequence from Alia’s next film Raazi, that we are talking about. Turns out the mother-daughter duo shot for an intense scene at Pahalgam’s Government Civil Hospital yesterday and created quite a fan frenzy. Also read: Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal and Meghna Gulzar are all smiles as Raazi wraps up its first schedule

Reveals a source in interaction with Mumbai Mirror, “Over 300 local fans of Alia Bhatt had gathered to watch the actress shoot a lengthy sequence for her upcoming film, Raazi. Soni Razdan, who had accompanied her daughter, plays her mother in the film too. Both were without makeup and dressed in cotton salwar-kurtas. The filming started around 2pm and ended by 5:30pm. The unit will head back to Mumbai on Wednesday. Measures were taken to ensure that patients were not troubled with a doctor on call outside the set. Cops from the Jammu and Kashmir police and jawans of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were also deployed to boost security and ensure that no outsider ventured in. Permissions were in order and shooting was smooth.” This will be the first time Alia and her mom will be seen sharing the screen space together. Interesting, isn’t it?

For all the uninitiated, Raazi also features Vicky Kaushal and is based on the book Calling Sehmat, which narrates the story of a Kashmiri girl [played by Alia, who is married to an army officer essayed by Vicky. The film is set against the backdrop of the 1971 Indo-Pak war. Alia and Vicky have been doing prepping up for their roles since quite sometime and had also done a few workshops together to get the dialect and character right.

“Definitely no rip off”, says Secret Ballot producer on Rajkummar Rao’s Newton plagiarism row

Rajkummar Rao‘s Newton has hit the right chord with not just the critics but with the audiences as well. On the day of its release it was announced that the film is been selected as India’s official entry into Oscars. As soon as the news broke out it became a hot property among the movie watching audience and also the collections of the film were aided by it. However, as they say bouquets and brickbats go hand in hand. Suddenly, it was all over the news that the film is a rip-off of award winning 2001 Iranian film Raye makhfi aka Secret Ballot. There were many on social media who cried foul and demanded that its entry into Oscars should be reconsidered. It took the likes of Anurag Kashyap to instill some sense into everyone as he tweeted in support of the film, “Newton is an award winner from Berlin Fest and I can promise you those curators watch more films in a year than rest of us do in a lifetime.” and if that was not enough he used his clout as an Internationally acclaimed filmmaker and contacted the producer of the Iranian film Secret Ballot. Also read: Newton movie review: Rajkummar Rao aces once again in this satirical clash of ideologies and reality

This is what happened, “With over enthusiastic media and our cinephiles with over active imagination .. who called “Newton” a copy of “Secret Ballot” ..here is what the producer of “Secret Ballot ” said to me after watching Newton. I requested the link of Newton from its director and send it to Marco Muller , the producer. And he wrote back “A pretty decent film, definitely no rip off from our Secret Ballot (even if the general concept is the same )” and then I asked him if I can share his response on Social Media ? He replied ,”please feel free as you see fit, there is not even a hint of plagiarisation” .. below is the screen shot.” Also read: Oh No! Priyanka Chopra is NOT happy with Newton’s entry at Oscars 2018 – here’s why

Check out his facebook post below:

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Earlier the director of the film Amit Masurkar too released a statement clearing out the doubt. His statement read, “I remember after I wrote the script just before I was going to shoot, a friend told me about Secret Ballot. Since the film was on YouTube I watched bits and pieces but that was very different I felt. A lady polling officer goes door to door. Also, there is some kind of romantic track which is not in Newton. I knew someday people will draw similarities but what can one do? When you write a story there is a possibility that someone else must have written a similar story somewhere in the world.” Also read: Did you know Rajkummar Rao lost his mother while he was shooting Newton?

Check out BollywoodLife in conversation with Rajkummar Rao where he talks about Newton and much more…

Well, we just hope Newton goes the distance at the Oscars and makes India proud.

Stay tuned to BollywoodLife for all the latest updates…

Nia Sharma, Karishma Sharma, Sonarika Bhadoria, Mouni Roy, Rubina Dilaik – TV actresses who broke the internet with their hot bikini pictures

If there is one common reason for these television actresses to break the internet it was for postingg their bikini pictures on social media. Not all TV actresses were trending on the internet for flaunting their bikinis and we’re only talking about the ones who did. Nia Sharma, Karishma Sharma, Mouni Roy, Sonarika Bhadoria and Rubina Dilaik were the most spoken about on social media for their hot bikini avatar. The usually saree clad bahus onscreen shed their sanskari image and got into this hot avatar. You’ll want to take off on a holiday after looking at their bikini pictures.

Though a lot of them were body-shamed on social media they handled it like a boss. Each one of them gave it back to trolls in style setting an apt example for everyone who gets body-shamed on social media. And we can’t seem to pick out the best among these actresses who looked equally hot in bikinis. Since it is Trendy Tuesday, we picked actresses who were trending on the internet for flaunting their bikini bod and you get to pick the best from it. Check out these pictures of the actresses that went viral and vote for your favourite one. (ALSO READ: Kumkum Bhagya’s Mrunal Thakur, Uttaran’s Tina Datta, Pehredaar Piya Ki’s Tejasswi Prakash – check out these TV bahus in bikinis)

Mouni Roy

Humming the heart jazz…

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Nia Sharma

💦💦💧#paradise By @hussain.shiham #adaaran_resorts

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Karishma Sharma

Sonarika Bhadoria

“What will it light up If the morning sun cannot Land upon your skin?”

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Rubina Dilaik

You are the wind beneath my wings ! Thank you @ashukla09

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We think all of them look pretty irresistible, don’t you think?

Vote for your favourite bikini picture and tell us what you think in the comments below. Stay tuned with us for more updates.