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Sujoy Ghosh Steps Down As Jury Chief Of IFFI; ‘We Have Regressed As A Nation,’ Says Deepika Over Padmavati Row & More

Nagarjuna and Amala Akkineni at Actor Akhil Akkineni Debut Movie Launch

Nagarjuna on Annapurna Studios fire: ‘It is an emotional blow’

A massive fire broke out at Annapurna Studios in Banjara Hills in Hyderabad on Monday evening, however, no casualties were reported. The studios belong to the Akkineni family. Nagarjuna told The Quint that more than a financial loss, it is an emotional blow. “The set that got gutted was where my father shot his last film with me and the family. It was a historical set, in more ways than one. Not only does it carry the legacy of my family, but it was set for an elaborate costume-historical drama, and housed rare artifacts and decoration pieces, all gone now. But never mind,” Nagarjuna said. He added that they are relieved that no one was hurt in the incident. 

Nothing can stop Padmavati’s release: Deepika Padukone

Amid mounting protest against the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmavati, Deepika Padukone who plays Rani Padmini said, “It’s appalling, it’s absolutely appalling. What have we gotten ourselves into? And where have we reached as a nation? We have regressed. The only people we are answerable to is the censor board, and I know and I believe that nothing can stop the release of this film. This is not about ‘Padmavati’… We’re fighting a much bigger battle.” Politicians and certain right-wing organisations have accused Bhansali for distorting facts in Padmavati. Protests broke out on the streets of Mumbai and Surat against the film’s release, which is scheduled for December 1.

Sujoy Ghosh steps down  as jury chief of IFFI 


Filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh has resigned as jury chief of the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2017 Indian Panorama section, after two films that were selected by the jury for the festival screening was dropped from the final list by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

Two films, Sasidharan’s S Durga and Ravi Jadhav’s Marathi film Nude were rejected by the ministry after the jury submitted their final list in October. S Durga’s director Sasidharan will now move the Kerala court against the rejection of his film. The festival will begin on November 20.

The ministry is yet to release an official statement about the reasons for dropping these two films.

Audition call for the female lead of Varma

While Dhruv Vikram will play the lead role in the remake of Arjun Reddy that will be directed by Bala, the auditions for the female lead has just began. Vikram has posted a video on his Instagram making a casting call for the heroine.