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Iranian Filmmaker Majid Majidi Says India Is Full Of Stories That Ought To Be Translated

Majid Majidi, whose film Beyond The Clouds, was screened at the International Film Festival of India in Goa, believes that India is a land full of stories. Speaking to The Indian Express, the Iranian filmmaker spoke about the country, the films here, and on working with young and fresh talent.

“In a country like India, where cinema is an industry, the young generation does not always have the chance to innovate in order to express themselves. That could be because of the shadow of the industry. Based on my personal experience, I can say that we found brilliant talent in India. We should create a situation where they can express themselves, and bring about a change in cinema. I am not against Bollywood; they have their way of making movies and continue to do so,” he said.

The film stars Ishaan Khattar, the younger brother of Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor, and Malavika Mohanan.

Meanwhile, director of the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) Sunit Tandon said that there was no direction from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting regarding the screening of S Durga. Earlier, it was reported that Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s S Durga (previously titled Sexy Durga) will be screened at the film festival on the directive of the Kerala High Court.

The film was barred from being screened on November 13 along with the Marathi film Nude.

TFPC President Vishal Wants To End Harassment Faced By Producers After Ashok Kumar’s Suicide

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Ashok Kumar, director M Sasikumar’s associate and relative, was found dead in his apartment in Chennai. In his suicide note, Kumar alleged that he had been harassed by a loan shark for a while, blaming film financier Madurai Anbuchezhian for the last seven years. He stated in his letter:

“The biggest mistake we did was to borrow money from Anbuchezhiyan… A person who I consider higher than my own life, Sasi, I couldn’t bear the torture you are being subjected to. I am killing myself as I am not able to save you from them… I am leaving you amid cunning men, please forgive me for that.”

Taking cognisance of this, Tamil Nadu Film Producer Council’s president Vishal Krishna expressed his concern over the harassment that several members of the industry face when it comes to finances.

Taking to Facebook, he wrote, “It is high time, all you people who have been conducting Kangaroo Courts time and again to stop harassing Producers, it’s time for U all to Run, since this death will be the last death and it will be an example to bring out all atrocities that’s been happening in the Tamil film Industry. [sic]”

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Lena Dunham’s Apology Becomes A Popular Joke On Social Media

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Actress Lena Dunham, who had initially defended one of the writers from the show Girls who is accused of sexual assault, had released a statement apologising for doing so. Having received flak for defending someone who may or may not have sexually assaulted someone, the actress was quick enough to retract her statements by saying how “every woman who comes forward deserves to be heard, fully and completely”.

Her apology on social media has come off as more ‘tone deaf’ and ‘funny’, with many memes and jokes about it. There’s also a parody Twitter account making light of her apology.

Dunham had been widely criticised when she had “categorically and vehemently” denied the allegations made against Murray Miller by actor Aurora Perrineau, who accused Miller of raping her in 2012 when she was 17.