Iconic actress Sridevi was posthumously honoured at the 71st Cannes Film Festival. Filmmaker Subhash Ghai, who received the award on her behalf, says he felt honoured.
Sridevi was honoured with the TITAN Reginald F. Lewis Film Icon Award, which celebrates women of the film industry all over the world and also salutes the multicultural impact on the film industry.
Ghai shared a few photographs of himself while receiving the award on Twitter and captioned it, “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.”
Sridevi’s producer husband Boney Kapoor said he and his daughters Janhvi and Khushi were overwhelmed with the recognition, tributes and love that the actress has been showered with.
“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,” Boney said in a statement.
Sridevi in February died 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”.
Kangana Ranaut only debuted at Cannes 2018 but no one had as much fun at French Riviera as her. If her brazen red carpet style was making heads turn, her crazy videos were going viral. We loved the fact that Kangana did not try to go for the regular gowns but opted for outfits that are stark contrast to what women at Cannes generally wear on the red carpet. If she wore a catsuit, she also went risque with just a bra, jacket and pants on. There was also the red leather dress. Even the black Sabyasachi saree that she wore as her first appearance at the event was unlike the regular ones. After making everyone take note of her, she landed in India and dived into work. The actress was seen shooting Mental Hai Kya? with Rajkummar Rao in the city. (Also read: A look at Deepika Padukone, Sonam Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut’s fashion blunders at Cannes this year)
Interestingly, Kangana is wearing a jersey over a chequered skirt with unkempt hair. The film is a dark, quirky comedy and the posters made it abundantly clear. In a statement, Rajkummar had said, “It’s an amazing script as it is very quirky and different comedy. Kangana is such a powerhouse performer and we are coming together after Queen along with Ekta Kapoor (producer), so it’s going to be a lot of fun.” The film is written by Kanika Dhillon and is produced under the banner of Balaji Motion Pictures. Check out the on-the-sets pictures right here…
In an interview with Mid-day, Kangana had said, “The way my life unfolded in the past few years, I realised there was so much stigma attached to being different. ‘Mental’ or ‘psycho’ were the terms used to shame me, but these can’t be used casually as swear words. When this script came along, I knew I had to do it to break the stigma around it. High time we made individuality aspirational.”
The true idea of feminism is having a choice and equal opportunity, says newly wed actress Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, who chose to add her husband Anand Ahuja’s surname and was at the receiving end of comments and criticism.
Sonam, who dazzled on the red carpet of the 71st Cannes Film Festival, spoke to select media in a video chat from the gala, where she represented cosmetic brand L’Oreal Paris.
“I am a true feminist and I believe in choice. Nobody told me to change my name after marriage. I decided to do it by myself. The whole idea of feminism is to have equal opportunity and choice to do what I want to do. That choice should be mine,” Sonam said.
“I always said that I am a feminist and I have the choice to change and not change my name. Kapoor is my family name, so is Ahuja. I am a part of that family too, so I chose to keep both the names. In fact, Anand has also changed his name and nobody noticed that. It is my personal choice,” added the daughter of veteran actor Anil Kapoor.
Sonam married longtime beau Anand on May 8. She immediately changed her name to Sonam Kapoor Ahuja on all her social media accounts after the marriage ceremony got over.
“Taking your father’s name as the last name is a practice. That is how you show respect to your father. You can give the same respect to your husband using his name as the last name. It is the same thing. It is a cyclical thing.”
“One can break it and give their child a new surname but it takes a lot of effort. It is a complicated discussion, but at this point in time, this is my choice,” she said.
Asked if she would be working in films as enthusiastically as she did before marriage, Sonam said: “Well, people are asking me these questions, which is sad. I do not think it has really changed that much.
“I know it for a fact that Kajol, who also got married at the peak of her career worked. Actresses like Dimple Kapadia, Waheeda Rehman also worked after marriage. In fact, Madhuri Dixit did a film like ‘Devdas’ after marriage.”
“I think as women we should come together and understand that it should be always a choice. And that should not be taken away. I am also making sure that I am leading a normal life of coming back to work after marriage and doing what I do the best,” added the Khoobsurat actress.
There has been a buzz that she is shifting to London with her husband.
Clarifying that, Sonam said: “I already have a home in London. I am there for last two years, and nobody noticed. My life will be the same as it is for the last two years. I will stay there for four-five months and then mostly in Mumbai.”
She said she is not even looking for any flat in Mumbai.
“I already have a house in Mumbai, then why?”
Commenting on pay disparity in the film industry, Sonam said: “There is a very misogynistic and patriarchal attitude towards women at the workplace globally, not only in India.
“Women in a powerful position are expected to be masculine or aggressive, otherwise she is not given the kind of respect… People expect her to be in a certain way.
“Even though she demands a certain amount of money or power, they certainly become undesirable. That mindset is what we need to fight. There should be women who should stand and say this is something that I want to change. Things will change.”
Being the brand ambassador of the cosmetic brand L’Oreal, Sonam felt proud to represent her country at a global platform like Cannes as a woman of worth.
“It has been amazing for me to be a part of the brand for the last eight years. They are great…the kind of campaigns that are happening at the red carpet with Time’s Up and #MeToo where women are standing for their equal right, it is great to represent the brand as a woman of worth,” said the actress.
On the film front, she is looking forward to shooting her new film The Zoya Factor.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan joined the social media bandwagon as she made her debut on Instagram before she made her appearances, or let’s just say breathtaking appearances, at Cannes Film Festival this year. Obviously, her fans, who were waiting for her to be on social media showed immense love to her as Aishwarya now has almost 1.4 million followers on Instagram in just four days. Today she thanked her legion of fans by posting a photo of herself. And all we can do is just stare into her beautiful eyes. The picture is an extreme closeup shot of Aishwarya with the caption, ” Thank you for your Love .” [sic]
Aishwarya was in Cannes along with her daughter, Aaradhya. She made two red carpet appearances and had some media interactions and shoot with the cosmetic giant she was representing. In one of her interviews there, Aishwarya said that women should stop judging each other. “We as women need to stop judging each other. If you apply makeup that doesn’t mean you don’t have brains. It doesn’t mean you lack in substance. It does not meant that you are not sensitive or compassionate. At the same time, if you choose not to use make up, it doesn’t mean you are a disinterested person or a person lacking in colour. Or that you are brainy just because you don’t put make up. Or that you are too serious and not a fun-loving person.” And she made a lot of sense.
On the work front, Aishwarya will be seen in Fanney Khan with Anil Kapoor.
Having risen from an actor who began his career with small bits in various films, Nawazuddin Siddiqui has clearly reached a point where he has shown not only his versatility but also the ability to hold films on his own. The actor, who will be seen playing writer Saadat Hasan Manto and late Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray in separate films, says he’s done with cameos.
Here for his film Manto“, which features in the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section, Nawazuddin was all praise for the film’s director Nandita Das’ impeccable research.
He shies away from naming a favourite director or even sharing his wish list.
“If I take names, the others will feel bad about it. As an actor, I only look at stories, script and most importantly my character in the film. There is also a selfishness that works and I think it’s quite normal that I look for characters that will challenge me and push me to the limits,” Nawazuddin told this correspondent.
He is clear that there is no room for any more cameo appearances for him.”No, I will not do it anymore (laughs). It’s as simple as that, why will I do them? I am done with my quota of small roles,” he said.
Nawazuddin is also venturing into production, taking on projects such as Manto as a co-producer.”There are some upcoming films that I am co-producing as well. My brother is very much into this doing the scouting for me. I definitely want to produce films as well,” he said.
He rules out exploring foreign shores for roles, saying he is content with India and the diversity of roles he is getting to do. “For the time being, I am satisfied that all my directors in India are giving me characters that are pretty challenging and I am happy doing those.
“Just for the sake of a branding that I am an international star, I would not do that. How many films in the world are like ‘Manto’? Very few. So, I have no such predetermined affiliation for international projects. I am proud of Nandita and a film like this is no way less than any international film.”
On him getting typecast, Nawazuddin said: “I think it’s completely a wrong conception. If I am doing (playing) Bal Thackeray and Manto at the same time, how can one say that I am typecast? The Bollywood heroes are typecast, they do the same thing all their life and they are never asked these questions.”
“Now the films made in India are allowing actors like us to step in the shoes of lead characters and that makes us versatile. So, those who are still doing this (stretches his hand) are typecast, not me,” he said.
The heavy downpour that accompanied the interview perhaps reflected the emotional response of the viewers to Manto at the screening here in Cannes.
The actor says the period film clearly touched a chord with the audience at Cannes.
“I have seen people crying in the audience, there were people who came out with a very satisfied face. And the best part was I think the film has tried to hit the conscience of people very hard. There were many who came up to me and said that the film was very well timed,” Nawazuddin said.
That should not be surprising as the film’s director, Nandita, has always found a warm reception at Cannes, where she has had her films screened and also been a part of the jury.
Nawazuddin said a lot of hard work and impeccable research has gone into the making of Manto, which was not the typical rapid production in Bollywood style. He compliments his director’s attitude towards the script and the film.
“See when Nandita told me that the film is just not the stories of Manto but his life as well, I was hooked to it.”
“Manto’s life in itself is very interesting. This was perhaps four years back and we tried all these years to make the concept that she was building come true. I just understood that this character will let me achieve a lot and will take away a lot of things that I always wanted to give as an actor.”
“Nandita’s research was impeccable and what I got in my hands was almost half-baked. It was a pleasure working with her,” he said.
On his own preparation for the role, he said he had already read Manto’s stories and had also enacted one of them, which made it easier for him to cast himself in the role.
“I am not a writer, so I can only behave like a writer…It’s not possible to be a writer. What I could do was create an impression of a writer on-screen. I have tried to that. I have always tried to portray the ground reality of a character whenever I acted.
“Manto’s writing in itself is depiction of truth in every form and Nandita has always told us to exercise that in our performances. Not only had I, but each one of us tried not to be a cliche when portraying their parts in the film. I can’t specifically say one I like all the stories of Manto.
“I read them and I love them. I had done Toba Tek Singh maybe twenty years back, so I relate to it. Otherwise, stories like Khol Do, Kali Salwar or Thanda Gosht are all my favourites.”
It was no less than epic when Deepika Padukone and Kangana Ranaut walked the red carpet of the Cannes film Festival for the first time this year. While it was Kangana’s debut at the coveted festival, Deepika made her second consecutive appearances this year. Apart from the fact that the two Indian beauties descended on the red carpet on the same day, what was more interesting is that the two actresses chose their outfits from the same designer. Deepika wore a white sheer cape gown. Wearing her hair in cascading curls, she rounded her look with silver earrings and a nude lip colour.
Kangana on the other hand wore a dull grey sheer embellished gown with a tiny embroidered train. She kept the make up minimal, wore her curls up and rounded her look with no jewelry. Obviously, when the two Indian actresses walk at the red carpet on the same day on a foreign land and that too in outfits from the same designer, we had to create a poll asking you, our readers that who wore the Zuhair Murad creation better? Well, the verdict is here.
It was a close fight, but it’s Deepika, who has outdone Kangana by just two per cent. Check out the results right here:
On the work front, Deepika was last seen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat. She was suppose to start shooting for Vishal Bhardwaj’s next, which also had Irrfan Khan. However, his sudden health scare has put the film on hold. Kangana will be seen in Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi, which she is producing along with Zee Studios. She also has Ekta Kapoor’s upcoming production venture, Mental Hai Kya, which re-unites her with her Queen co-star, Rajkummar Rao.
After making heads turn at the red carpet of the 71st Cannes Film Festival in a custom made Ralph & Russo lehenga last night, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja made quite a few appearances today. While two of her three looks were boring, thankfully she redeemed herself with the third look. But more than these, we were waiting to see what will she wear for her second red carpet appearance this year. And she did not disappoint at all. Sonam slipped into a nude corset bodice gown with a voluminous tulle skirt with a contrast yellow train from Vera Wang’s 2019 bridal collection. She tied her hair in messy updo and completed her look with mauve toned lips, highlighted eyes with the hints on yellow and statement earrings from Chopard.
The fact that she picked up a lehenga first and then a gown from the designer’s bridal collection is proof that Sonam is still hungover with her own wedding. But hey, we are not complaining. Those days were special for her, so we are not surprised.
Check out her picture right here:
She has been styled by her sister Rhea Kapoor (who isn’t accompanying her this time) and Deep Kailey. Sonam Kapoor flew out of India last night minus her husband Anand Ahuja. This is Sonam’s eight appearance at the Cannes Film Festival. This was her second and final red carpet appearance this yeat. She is representing a cosmetic giant, the same one that hosted Deepika and Aishwarya at the festival this year. ALSO READ: Sonam Kapoor Ahuja or Huma Qureshi – who wore the red and white stripes print better at Cannes?
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