Indian films get a lion share on day four at MAMI

To kick-off the Monday blues, MAMI International Film Festival is coming up with another interesting bunch of movies
Written By Aravind Peesapati | Updated: October 21, 2019 09:53 IST
Indian films get a lion share on day four at MAMI

Three days of the MAMI film festival flew in a jiffy, and people are thronging into theaters to catch some of the best films made across the world in this year. Till now, many anticipated films like The Irishman, Midsommar and The Light House got screened at the festival. Even today, there are a few interesting films to watch out for.

There is Liam Neeson starrer Ordinary Love which deals with the relationship graph of an elderly couple. Indian filmmaker Gurvindet Singh, who made films like Anhe Ghore Da Daan and Chauti Koot, had come up with his new film Khanaur. All these films are among the ones to look out for today.
There is a documentary on the Indian marriage system called About Love, an unusual comedy about a monkey repeller called Eeb Alley Ooo. Apart from these, there are many other intriguing films to watch out for on the fourth day of MAMI.

Written By Xappie Desk | Updated: July 05, 2020 14:49 IST
Amitabh Bachchan pens a special post about an old gulmohar tree rooted in his Mumbai bungalow Prateeksha

Mumbai rains are often devastating to its citizens. Not only does it hinder people's ordinary lives but it also leaves many trees uprooted and fallen to the ground. Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan has revealed that an old Gulmohar tree had to be removed from his garden due to the recent rains. Now the actor has taken to Instagram to share the story of the tree and his house Prateeksha.
On his blog, Amitabh Bachchan wrote, "The day in 1976 we moved into the first house that this generation had ever bought and built, and called its own .. it was planted as a sapling, a mere few inches in its height .. in the middle of the lawn that surrounded the property. A Palace in the desert land of the North” had given him the inspiration to plant it where he wanted it to be."
Amitabh Bachchan also said that entire generations of his family have lived around the tree. He wrote, "The children grew up around it .. as did the grandchildren .. their birthdays and the festivities of festivals all decorated this GulMohar beautiful tree, with its bright orange flowers that bloomed during the summer .. the children did get married just a few feet away from it .. and it stood guardian above them .. its branches bowed down with the weight of grief and sorrow when the elders passed away .. Babuji, Maa Ji .. their prayer meet on the 13th and the 12th day after the passing all within its shadow of grief .. the Holika .. the burning of the evil forces a day before the celebrations of Holi, burnt about it .. as did all the lights of Deepavali adorn its branches .. the pooja’s of Satyanarayan and the havans for peace and prosperity, within its watchful grace."
Amitabh Bachchan recently starred in Shoojit Sircar's Gulabo Sitabo alongside Ayushmann Khurrana.

Written By Xappie Desk | Updated: July 05, 2020 13:52 IST
Actor and BJP MP Roopa Ganguly says she is going to boycott certain Bollywood celebrities who are products of nepotism

Roopa Ganguly has a very strong point to make regarding Bollywood celebrities. Ganguly is distraught by the death of Sushant Singh Rajput and has said that she will boycott certain celebrities. In an interview with IANS Roopa Ganguly said, "I will not watch films of certain people after this. Because they have given a message to the country that boys and girls from small towns should not come to the industry. Nepotism will be there everywhere. Parents can help their children. But it should not be practiced in a way so that some people are pushed to death."

Roopa Ganguly also said that she thinks there is foul play involved in the death of Sushant Singh Rajput. She said, "Without getting a suicide note, or any stool/chair or anything in the room with which he can hang himself, the police came to the conclusion (that it was suicide). Instead of calling it an accidental death, the police makes a statement that it is suicide. The narrative was set a few days ago that he was going through depression. That has raised a big question in our minds. Without a suicide note, how did police call it a suicide even before the postmortem?"
She added saying, "I am not raising question on Mumbai Police's capability, but I feel investigation by a central agency like the CBI would be more unbiased. Why should the police department consider it as an insult to take help from other agencies? If they are so sure that it is suicide then they should actually call the CBI to prove it to us."

Written By Xappie Desk | Updated: July 05, 2020 13:42 IST
3 Idiots actor Omi Vaidya opens up about dealing with anxiety during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic

3 Idiots actor Omi Vaidya recently spoke to Hindustan Times over a telephonic interview. Omi Vaidya is best known in India for portraying the role of Chatur in the Aamir Khan starrer 3 Idiots. In the interview, Vaidya has opened up about dealing with anxiety during the ongoing Coronavirus lockdown and pandemic.

Vaidya said that the pandemic did not just affect him mentally but also affected his physical health. He said, "I lost eight kilograms in just the first three weeks, from not being able to eat, and running around to get essentials. I have never felt this anxiety before. We are so helpless, that’s luckily subsided by now. Unfortunately, in some ways, we have gotten used to it, this new normal. That was hard."
Vaidya also said that as a regular actor the current time is very jarring. He said, "There’s also the existential crisis as an actor, or whatever you want to call me, influencer or celebrity. I don’t have a purpose right now. What can I do? Donate money; that’s about it. I work with a couple of copywriters from India, we wrote a very engaging and hilarious Hindi speech on corona, which I put up on Instagram."
He concluded saying, "Here, they gave us a couple of days, in India it was like ‘it’s locked’ that was in a way good. Here it was crazy, there were lines of people everywhere, people going all over, which would spread the disease more. I went out, everybody else stayed in, my wife and two kids, who are in school. How would we, me and my wife do our work, both of us have jobs. We made sure that we gave our children engaging stuff, not just TV."