Emotional story of brothers wins hearts at international film festivals

Mainak Misra’s short film Days of Marigolds has been winning hearts at various international film festivals, which has the maker feeling elated and all charged up to think of a bigger and better future.

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“When I made this short film I had not expected that it will get such a grand response. But the kind of feedback and acclaim its managed to generate at all the film festivals is simply mind-blowing for a debutant filmmaker like me,” says a thrilled Mainak, who shot the film near his hometown Hyderabad, at the banks of Pochampally village lake, with commoners as actors.

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The film has received widespread acclaim at various film festivals including The Mediterranean Film Festival (MedFF), Sicily, Italy; Salto Independent Film Festival, Salto, Uruguay; Move Me Productions Belgium-Film Festival, Antwerp, Belgium; Inshort Film Festival, Lagos, Nigeria; Bayamon International Film Festival, Bayamon, Puerto Rico; Yecora International Film Festival, Yecora, Mexico and at the Art Quake Kyoto 2019  (Creativity Biennale of Art Exhibitions & Film Festival), Kyoto, Japan.

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What’s more! Days of Marigolds also bagged the Semi-Finalist position at Los Angeles Cine-Fest, Los Angeles; USA, A Rebel Minded Festival, Brooklyn, New York, USA; as well as at FESTPRO Film Festival, Moscow, Russia.

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Mainak points out that it is the narrative of the short film which caught the fancy of audiences. Days of Marigolds revolves around a story of two brothers in rural India. As the elder brother leaves the village, the younger brother keeps returning to the place they parted at. Each return marks a passage of his life cycle from childhood to adolescence, early adulthood, late adulthood, and eventually old age.

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“The absence of our dear ones is felt deep down in our hearts. We keep longing for their presence. Their memories remain vivid in our minds for the rest of our lives. Those memories are missed and the moments are cherished forever,” quips Mainak. True that.

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The filmmaker is now working on the script of his first feature film and plans to make a splash in Bollywood in future. We wish him all the luck.

Elnaaz Norouzi to feature in Guru Randhawa’s Made In India

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When chart-topping Punjabi singer-composer Guru Randhawa first met actress Elnaaz Norouzi on the sets of his new music video, he began praising her “stunning looks” to a unit member in Punjabi. Elnaaz being an Iranian by birth, Guru obviously thought she wouldn’t understand Hindi or Punjabi. But Elnaaz, who actually speaks seven languages including fluent Hindi, stunned Guru when she pitched in, thanking him in Punjabi.

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The couple’s onscreen chemistry would be on display this week, as T-Series releases Guru’s latest Punjabi single Made In India. Crazily famous among his legion of diehard fans, Guru will be seen wooing Elnaaz in the video, which has been shot in Milan and Lake Como in Italy. The lyrics have him praising his girl for her out-of-this-world beauty and describing how she looks as if she is made in India.

Written, composed and sung by Guru himself, Made In India’s teaser is already out. Going by the sound of it, the number seems to be yet another potential blockbuster, just like his last smashing hit single Raat Kamaal Hai. Catchy, happy, racy and peppy.

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Elnaaz who is going to be seen for the first time in a music video, is quite excited. “Guru is as chilled-out as his hairdo,” she quips with a wink. “I was wondering how my experience would be, but I must say, he made shooting a lot of fun.”

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The actress has earlier worked with megastar Salman Khan in a popular cola commercial and even on the Being Human ad campaign, apart from doing two prominent commercials with megastar Shah Rukh Khan. She’s also played the lead in a Punjabi film Khido Khundi.

Next month, Elnaaz will be seen in the role of a film actress in the upcoming Netflix series Sacred Games; the streaming giant’s first Indian original show with Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte.

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Sachiin Joshi brushes shoulders with Ronaldo and learns to Jet Ski

After sweating it out for two months and completing a major schedule for his film Mumbai Mirror, actor Sachiin Joshi left for a tour of Europe last week! But while vacationing in Spain, France, Monaco, Italy, United Kingdom and more, what he’s most excited about, is a license to Jet Ski.

 

Jet Ski is a high-speed personal watercraft manufactured by Kawasaki. “They trained me for two days under a certified instructor in France before I got my license to ride the mean machine,” says the excited star.

 

Sachiin has good reason to be happy about his license! After all, not everyone gets it! And using the watercraft without it attracts a jail term and a huge fine. “But I’ve got it! It’s a life-long international license and I’m gonna use it for a lot of water fun,” he beams.

Apart from that Sachiin has been rubbing shoulders with Brazilian footballer Ronaldo. Both have been partying at a club called Les Caves du Roy at Saint-Tropez in southeastern France with DJ Tiësto and Swedish pop trio Swedish House Mafia playing some of their best music.

 

While at Saint- Tropez, Sachiin also bumped into his friend and businessman Gautam Singhania while checking out the quaint town. But one thing he isn’t missing while partying away, is his fitness training, which he began before playing a tough cop in Mumbai Mirror.

The actor has been on a rigorous fitness regime since the last three months and built a chiseled physique. Even on vacation, Sachiin makes sure he catches up on daily workouts, even if they have to be managed in various gyms across hotel chains.