Shefali Shah is Villain in Commando 2

Commando 2 makers have roped in actress Shefali Shah to play the baddie in the movie. The 45-year-old actress will  be seen essaying the role of a home minister in this action-packed drama. The producer of the film, Vipul Amrutlal Shah, also Shefali’s husband, feels she is the best fit for the role. In an interview with TOI he said, “Shefali is the best actress in the country. And I’m not saying this just because she’s my wife. I wouldn’t ever dare to offer her anything ordinary. She agreed for this cameo because she found it worthy of her time. I’m just happy and relieved she’s on board.”

Homegrown OTT Content Recognised At iReel Awards 2019

The iReel Awards 2019, lauded and recognised makers and actors who have redefined and brought about a revolution in the web series space. The evening celebrated excellence in Indian homegrown content on OTT platforms. In attendance were Rajkummar Rao, Divyendu Sharma, Radhika Apte, Pankaj Tripathi, Rajshri Deshpande, Amol Parashar, Ranvir Shorey, Surveen Chawla and Aparshakti Khurrana. This was the second edition of the News18.com iReel Awards.
The awards were judged by Ashwini Iyer Tiwari, Shakun Batra and Onir. It was raining awards for Netflix as Delhi Crime, the pacey drama based on the Nirbhaya case, scooped the Best Drama award, the Best Writing (Drama) accolade as well as the versatile and very talented Shefali Shah going on to claim the Best Actress (Drama) award.
On winning the Best Drama award, Delhi Crime director Richie Mehta said, “This was a story that truly touched my heart. The unfortunate event in Delhi and what happened gripped me to an extent that I got in touch with a host of officials in Delhi Police and the IPS. Their insight and perspective helped us get a realistic and riveting take on an incident that shook the nation. I thank them entirely for being the reason for the show’s success.”
Sacred Games too added to Netflix’s trophy cabinet as Amruta Subhash claimed the Best Supporting Actor (Female) award and Alokananda Dasgupta bagged the Best Music Award. In the comedy genre, Netflix’s Little Things 2 earned the moniker of being the best in the business as they won the Best Comedy award. With a dark underlying theme backed with a host of well-etched characters, Delhi Crime made for a riveting take on the horrific 2012 incident in the capital. Shefali enacted the role of the protagonist Vartika Chaturvedi, DCP South Delhi. Little Things 2 was athe realistic tale of Dhruv and Kavya, a modern-day couple who go through a whole lot of ups and downs. Mithila Palkar of the show went on to claim the Best Actor Female (Comedy) award.
Winning plaudits for his portrayal as Kaleen Bhaiya in Amazon Prime’s Mirzapur, Pankaj Tripathi beat a host of other heavyweights to claim the Best Actor (Drama) award. Portraying the role of a city don who uses his legitimate trade as a cover for his guns and drugs business, Mirzapur proved that no role is tough enough for an actor of Pankaj Tripathi’s calibre. On winning the accolade, Pankaj Tripathi said, “I was part of three of the nominated web series here. I’m 44, If I had won this when I was 30, I would have broken down in tears owing to the sheer jubilation. I’ve lost that opportunity.”
For playing unconventional roles that has created new a benchmark, Radhika Apte, was presented the Breakthrough Artist award by Rajkummar Rao. She said, “It’s such an honour to have the opportunity to work on a platform that has today got so much attention. We now have the platform to churn out much better content over diverse genres. The best is yet to come in the web series space.”
Mirzapur went on to bag another award as Divyendu Sharma won the Best Supporting Actor (Male) for playing Phoolchand “Munna” Tripathi, a spoilt brat who wants to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a mafia don.
The Best Actor (Comedy) award was won by Amol Parashar for his quirky portrayal in TVF’s Tripling 2, while Nikhil Vijay for Gullak bagged the Best Writing (Comedy) award. Earning a reputation for their rib-tickling comedy on offer, Amazon Prime’s Comicstaan 2 won the Best Non-Fiction award. There was a special mention for Hawa Badle Hassu, a science-fiction environmental thriller.
Speaking of the event, Puneet Singhvi, CEO – Digital & President – Corporate Strategy at Network18 said, “Growing from strength to strength, the home-grown web series space in India has displayed tremendous amounts of innovativeness, and brilliance. As we celebrate the webspace, I feel extremely happy that we are the first to honour and acknowledge the stories and storytellers. This is a medium that propels creativity to greater heights resulting in some impeccable piece of work being created for audiences around the country. It is gratifying to see the country’s finest filmmakers, storytellers and actors have come together to celebrate the art of storytelling through digital media.”
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Ajeeb Daastaans Review: Three Shorts and a Neeraj Ghaywan Masterclass

Babloo (Jaideep Ahlawat) tells Lipakshi (Fatima Sana Shaikh) that he loved someone else, this is a marriage of convenience, a business deal and avows that there’ll never be an offspring to present to his father.Bharti (Konkona Sen Sharma bringing the butch) is a “craftsman” among machine-men according to her Brahmin boss who recruits a woman from his caste – Aditi Rao Hydari’s Priya Sharma – for the data operator job that Bharti was eyeing.

The Stars On The OTT Platform: Made In Heaven, A Second Season Of Breathe…And Counting

Directed by Raj Acharya and featuring TV star Mohit Raina in the lead, the show was appreciated for its authentic portrayal of the battle of Saragarhi where 21 Sikh soldiers of the British Indian army faced off against 10,000 Afghan tribesmen.Starring Shobita Dhulipala and Arjun Mathur as wedding planners Tara and Karan, the show uses weddings as a platform to hold a mirror to society and discuss topics such as homosexuality, infidelity, senior love, and so on.

Five Compelling Short Films That Impressed With Strong Storytelling

This year, away from the mainstream films which stuck to cliches and tried and tested formulas, another medium managed to engage the audience. It’s the short films narrating the extraordinary stories of every day people. These films pack in a punch in the short duration. These films might lack the glitz and glamour but give voice to the quintessential ‘mango Indian’, highlighting their trials and tribulations through the prism of their mundane life.

Top Stories Of The Week: Holiday Releases, Year-End Specials & More

Masterpiece, starring Mammootty in the lead role, is an unabashedly masala movie set inside a college campus where students and teachers are almost never seen doing anything remotely connected to education.In recent times, short films have achieved something that has been missing from mainstream cinema – giving voice to the numerous homemakers and highlighting their trials and tribulations through the prism of their mundane life.

Top Stories Of The Week: Padmavati Row, Ashok Kumar’s Suicide And The Murky World Of Film Finances

While films like Juice, Tumhari Sullu with strong feminist undertones were received well, protests against Padmavati reached a nocomprendo level when a body was found at the Nahargarh Fort in Jaipur, Rajasthan along with a message inscribed on the stones: ‘Padmavati Ka Virodh’.   Ashok Kumar, director M Sasikumar’s associate and relative, was found dead in his apartment in Chennai.

Juice: Neeraj Ghaywan’s Short Film Shows The Deeply Ingrained Patriarchal Values In Indian Families

Guests are at home and the men are seen in high spirits talking about their day and engaging in some shop talk.  While Manju (Shah) cleans and adds more water in the air cooler, one man is seen ranting about his new boss, a woman, who has purportedly made the workplace more systematic.The ending, left ambiguous, leaves one wondering if Manju, after her break, goes back to the kitchen to serve the men their food or does her husband finally see her as just another person being taken for granted.

Women Directors Ready With Their Next Films

Our movie industry is no longer the domain of men. South India’s most-talked-about flick in 2014 was directed by a woman – Anjali Menon – who helmed Bangalore Days. It was again a woman who directed India’s Oscar entry in 2014 – Geetu Mohandas’s Liars’ Dice.  A look at films by women directors that are set to release this […]

Watch Zoya Akhtar’s Dil Dhadakne Do Trailer

Zoya Akhtar is back to repeat the magic of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara – Her much-talked-about film, Dil Dhadakne Do, is nearing completion and the trailer of the multi-starrer is out. The film has a stellar star cast – Anil Kapoor and Shefali Shah play the parents of Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra. The film is reportedly, the story of […]