Mrunal Thakur Receives Diversity Award
Mrunal Thakur, renowned for her versatile roles in Indian cinema, will be bestowed with the Diversity in Cinema Award at the upcoming Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM). The organisers praised her exceptional performances across various roles and languages, making her a deserving recipient. Having debuted with Love Sonia and appeared in notable films like Super 30, Toofan, and Jersey, Thakur’s range as an actor has been widely appreciated. The prestigious award ceremony will take place on August 11 during the festival’s annual gala night in Melbourne.
OMG Oh My God 2: Content Concerns
The Examining Committee refers OMG Oh My God 2 to the Revising Committee for 20 cuts and adult certification, but makers resist. On July 12, the Central Board of Film Certification EC raised concerns about the film’s content, prompting the RC to recommend various edits, including visual and audio deletions and an adults-only rating. The filmmakers, however, feel that these cuts would compromise the film’s essence and believe sex education should be accessible to all ages. They argue that the movie is part of a kid-friendly franchise, and an adult certificate doesn’t align with its purpose, citing the popularity of the first instalment among children.
Anil Kapoor Praises Tom Cruise
In a recent interview, Anil Kapoor expressed his admiration for Tom Cruise’s action-oriented performances and felt fortunate to have worked with him. However, some industry colleagues didn’t share the same opinion and were sceptical about Cruise’s stardom. Despite this, Kapoor always believed in Cruise’s capabilities. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, in which Kapoor starred alongside Cruise, became a massive hit in India. With Cruise’s latest release, Top Gun: Maverick, Kapoor’s colleagues have come to appreciate the Hollywood actor’s talents, showing a change in perception over the years.
Barbie and Oppenheimer Dominate Box Office
Two disparate Hollywood mega-movies, “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer,” have become unexpected box-office hits in India. Despite their contrasting themes and star power, both films have managed to draw audiences back to theatres after disappointing Bollywood releases. The internet has dubbed this phenomenon “Barbenheimer.” Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling’s “Barbie” and the lesser-known Cillian Murphy’s “Oppenheimer,” which delves into the story of the deadliest weapon in human history, have collectively sold over 400,000 tickets in India’s top multiplex chains, generating significant buzz and enthusiasm in the country.
Kriti Sanon Launches Skincare Line
Kriti Sanon, the renowned Bollywood actress, joins the celebrity beauty brand trend with her skincare line, “Hyphen.” The launch of her brand has generated excitement, as expectations run high for celebrity-led ventures. In a video, Kriti expressed her belief in breaking free from limiting labels and embracing life’s possibilities. She aspires to be more than a single role and celebrates the idea of adding diverse chapters to her life. With “Hyphen,” Kriti aims to inspire hope and a sense of endless potential for all individuals to pursue multiple passions and aspirations.
Malhotra’s Meena Kumari Biopic Confirmed
Celebrity designer Manish Malhotra has officially announced his upcoming project, a biopic based on the life of legendary Bollywood actor Meena Kumari. In a recent interview, he confirmed that the film is currently in the scripting stage. Manish expressed his fascination with Meena Kumari and revealed that the biopic will be based on the actor’s books. Despite earlier speculations, he has acknowledged the project’s development for the first time. With much anticipation surrounding the film, fans eagerly await more updates on the highly-awaited Meena Kumari biopic.