Lights, Camera, Kashmir: Bollywood's return to valley ignites tourism hope



International Desk, Barta24.com
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Actor Lalit Parimoo has made a strong case for Bollywood producers to set and schedule film shootings at virgin and unexplored locales of Jammu and Kashmir.

Addressing a press conference in Srinagar during a recent visit to promote his upcoming film 'Lafzon Mein Pyaar', Parimoo said, "Filmmakers often focus on popular tourist hotspots of Kashmir such as Gulmarg, Pahalgam, and Sonamarg while shooting for their films. However, there's plenty more to Kashmir than these places. There's plenty more scenic beauty to be explored in other parts of Kashmir."

Parimoo added that he was delighted with the rollout of Jammu and Kashmir's very own policy with regard to film shoots.

He said the makers of his upcoming project had initially planned to shoot the film in Uttarakhand but switched to Bhaderwah in Jammu and Kashmir after learning of the new film policy in the Union Territory.

The actor added that shooting the film on his native soil was not only a special experience for him but would also go a long way in boosting the tourism potential of the virgin locales of Kashmir.
He said it would also help generate employment opportunities for locals.

He acknowledged the efforts made by the administration in Jammu and Kashmir to facilitate the return of Bollywood to Kashmir would aid the revival of symbiotic ties between the film industry and the UT, which is widely acknowledged as the paradise on earth.

The film 'Lafzon Mein Pyaar' narrates the story of Raj, a young man who embarks on a journey of self-discovery through music after leaving his studies halfway. The movie features a talented cast, including Anita Raj, Zarina Wahab, Prashant Rai, Sarwar Mir, Vaani Dogra, Megha Joshi, Mahima Gupta, Sachin Bhandari, Ismile Choudhary, and Avinash Kumar, among others. It has been directed by Dhiraj Mishra and Raja Randeep Giri, with Ashok Sawhney 'Sahil' doubling up as lyricist and producer.

Director Dhiraj Mishra revealed that he had previously shot portions of two of his movies, 'Ghalib' and 'Alingan,' in the Bhaderwah region due to unrest in Kashmir at the time and the absence of a film policy.

He shared his plans to shoot his next two films in Kashmir, adding that he would focus on bringing the beauty of the virgin locales of the UT to the big screen.
He also acknowledged and appreciated the support and assistance of officials associated with the Jammu and Kashmir Film Policy during the making of his film and in ensuring a favourable ambience for future film projects.

Singer Kabul Bukhari also expressed his joy at being a part of a project, which enabled him to showcase his talent to a wider audience.
He added that he was especially delighted that the film was shot in Jammu and Kashmir.

The film's poster was also unveiled at the promotional event, adding to the buzz surrounding 'Lafzon Mein Pyaar.' (ANI)

   

Popular actor Ahmed Rubel passes away



Cultural Desk, Barta24.com
Ahmed Rubel 1968-2024

Ahmed Rubel 1968-2024

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Country's popular actor Ahmed Rubel is no more (Inna Lillahi Wainilahi Raziun). Director Nurul Alam Atiq confirmed the news of his death to the media Wednesday evening. The cause of the actor's death is not known till the writing of this report. He was 55.

Nurul Alam Atik's new movie 'Peyarar Subash' was to be screened on Wednesday evening. Ahmed Rubel came to join this screening program. He got sick at the event. Later, he was taken to Square Hospital where doctors declared him dead.

Ahmed Rubel was one of the actors of the film "Peyarar Subash". It is also not certain whether the premiere show will take place after the actor's death.

Directed by Nurul Alam Atik, the film also stars Jaya Ahsan, Tariq Anam Khan, Sushma Sarkar and many other talented actors.

Ahmed Rajib Rubel alias Ahmed Rubel was born on 3 May 1968 in Rajarampur village of Chapainawabganj town. His father's name was Ayesh Uddin. Ahmed Rubel grew up in Dhaka city since childhood. And lastly he was living permanently with his family in Gazipur near Dhaka.

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Rezwana Banya wins 'Padma Shri' award



Entertainment Desk, Barta24.com
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Names of India's Padma Shri awardees this year have been announced. Rezwana Chowdhury Banya, the eminent Rabindra musician of Bangladesh, has been awarded the fourth highest civilian award in India.

On Thursday (January 25), India's Ministry of Home Affairs announced the names of the nominees for the Padma Awards in a press note.

India's highest civilian award is the Bharat Ratna. Then there are Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. These medals are awarded in recognition of contributions in arts, social work, science and engineering, commerce and industry, public service, medicine, literature and education, sports and civic service.

This year the Government of India has nominated 132 eminent persons for the Padma Award. Among them five Padma Vibhushan, 17 Padma Bhushan and 110 Padma Shri.

The names of the medalists are announced every year ahead of the Republic Day of India. The awards are usually presented in a ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in March or April.

Rezwana Chowdhury Bannya was born in Patuakhali district. She studied at Chhayanaut and Visva Bharati University in India. She also got admission in Bulbul Lalitkala Academy.

Rezwana Chowdhury received the country's highest state award, Swadhinata Padak, in 2016 for her outstanding contribution to music. Besides, she has received many awards including Feroza Begum Smriti Gold Medal, Citycell-Channel i Music Award, Ananda Sangeet Award. She also received several medals in India. Notable among them is Bangabhushan. 

 

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Producers will not release "Fighter" in Bangladesh!



Mashid Ron, Senior Newsroom Editor, Barta24.com
Deepika Padukone, Hrithik Roshan and Anil Kapoor in the poster of the movie 'Fighter'

Deepika Padukone, Hrithik Roshan and Anil Kapoor in the poster of the movie 'Fighter'

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The much awaited movie 'Fighter' starring two Bollywood superstars Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone was released in India today on January 25. On the same day, the release of the film in Bangladesh was heard. The film even got permission to release in the country through import.

But there is a bad news for the Bangladeshi viewers waiting for 'Fighter' at the end! Not only today, the Hindi film 'Fighter' is not releasing in Bangladesh within the next month.

After finding out, six days later, the month of language is February. The Combined Film Council has requested that no foreign language film be screened in the theaters of the country this month. Barta24.com also received a letter from the Combined Film Council along with Ananya Mamun, the leader of ‘Fighter’ import company 'Action Cut' in Bangladesh.

The letter signed by member secretary of the council Shah Alam Kiran said, "In view of your request, an undertaking to import the Indian Hindi film 'Fighter' and release it before or after February 1 to February 28 (the month of language) is our collective film. I make a special request to submit in favor of the council.”

In that letter, Ananya Mamun's cooperation was also sought in not releasing Hindi films during the month of language. In view of this letter, Mamun said, "We will not release 'Fighter' in Bangladesh because the Indian producer will not release the movie for 6 days.”

After getting permission to release Indian movies in Bangladesh last year, Ananya Mamun imported several Hindi films and released them. Mamun released 'Pathan', 'Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan', 'Jawaan', 'Animal' and 'Danki' through import from Action Cut Company. However, apart from Shahrukh Khan's 'Jawaan', the others could not do business like that.

Aerial action film 'Fighter' directed by Siddharth Anand the film is getting huge response after its release in India on Thursday. Meanwhile, from the general audience to the critics, everyone is appreciating the film. Apart from Hrithik-Deepika, it also stars Anil Kapoor, Akshay Oberoi, Karan Singh Grover and many others.

The film is made in the context of an airstrike after a terrorist attack on India by Pakistan. Hrithik and Deepika will act as Air Force officers in the film 'Fighter'.

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Sharmila, Mamata, Swastika meet the Prime Minister exclusively



Masid Ron, Senior Newsroom Editor, Barta24.com
Sharmila Tagore, Mamata Shankar and Swastika Mukherjee in a private meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

Sharmila Tagore, Mamata Shankar and Swastika Mukherjee in a private meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

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Dhaka Film Festival is brighter than ever. Although none of the mainstream films of our country have been evaluated by this festival committee. However, this festival is now in discussion with the presence of famous stars from outside of the country.

This time, the three guests of the 22nd Dhaka International Film Festival, India's three famous Bengali actresses Sharmila Tagore, Mamata Shankar and Swastika Mukherjee got a chance to have an exclusive meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The photo of their meeting has reached Barta24.com. Everyone is seen smiling. However, it is not yet known what they talked about there.

Mujtaba Jamal, the organizer of the film festival, was also present with the three famous actresses of India during this meeting.

The 22nd Dhaka International Film Festival started on January 20. It will continue till January 28. The festival was inaugurated by Bollywood diva Sharmila Tagore. She is also on the Jury Board of the Asia Cinema category. She will return to Mumbai on January 29 after completing all the work.

And Mamata Shankar and Swastika Mukherjee came with their movie 'Vijayar Pare'. The film will be screened today at 7 pm at the National Museum Auditorium.

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