The Hindi film industry is buzzing with excitement with shoots resuming and actors returning to sets. After months of quiet, finally there are some happenings in tinseltown. Here’s what’s making news today.
Taapsee Pannu shares a glimpse of her grueling ‘Rashmi Rocket’ training
Taapsee Pannu offered glimpses of the grueling training regime she had to undergo for her forthcoming film Rashmi Rocket. Taapsee shared a video on her Instagram account where she is seen trying to catch her breath while running on the tracks, and then working out in the gym. In the video, Taapsee says, "It was painful. Third day of shoot... I felt my body could not take it anymore. I just could not run anymore. I had to stop the shoot for a while to just be able to walk. For this film I needed to hit the gym and hit the gym real bad."
The actress captioned the video "As I finish the last athletic training today for #RashmiRocket here's the journey I was waiting to share with you all....Or rather a glimpse of it. If it makes you curious then the transformation was worth it. The full journey tomorrow." She plays a runner from the Rann of Kutch who fights for her identity and becomes an athlete. Priyanshu Painyuli plays Taapsee's husband in the Akarsh Khurana directorial. The film is produced by Ronnie Screwvala along with Neha Anand and Pranjal Khandhdiya and is written by Nanda Periyasamy, Aniruddha Guha and Kanika Dhillon.
Sonu Sood and Shraddha Kapoor named PETA India’s hottest vegetarians
Sonu Sood and Shraddha Kapoor are PETA India's Hottest Vegetarians for 2020, it has been announced. Sonu has appeared in a pro-vegetarian PETA India print campaign, participated in the group's "Hug a Vegetarian" Day, and supported a social media appeal to push McDonald's to add a McVegan burger to its menu. He also rescued an injured pigeon while playing cricket with his son. A cookbook shared by the organization inspired Shraddha to quit meat. The actress never misses an opportunity to speak up for animals. "Sonu Sood and Shraddha Kapoor are helping to change the world every time they sit down to eat," says PETA India Director of Celebrity and Public Relations Sachin Bangera.
Congratulations to @petaindia's 2020 Hottest Vegetarian Celebrities @SonuSood and @ShraddhaKapoor who are helping to change the world every time they sit down to eat. Animals are so lucky to have you fighting in their corner.https://t.co/hTBCu3QHCR
— Sachin Bangera (@Sachbang) December 16, 2020
Bangera added: "Fruits and vegetables never caused a pandemic, and PETA India is honouring Sood and Kapoor for living by example and encouraging their fans to make eating meat-free their 'new normal.'" Past winners of the award include Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amitabh Bachchan, Manushi Chhillar, Sunil Chhetri, Anushka Sharma, Kartik Aaryan, Vidyut Jammwal, Kangana Ranaut, Shahid Kapoor, Rekha.
India to host Global Film Summit in 2021
India will host a Global Media and Film Summit next year and it will also set up a special pavilion at Cannes in 2022 on the occasion of Cannes Film Festival's 75 years celebrations, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Wednesday. Javadekar made the announcement while addressing the CII Big Picture Summit through video conferencing in which he mentioned that "we are a country where growth of communication technology is phenomenal and this presents a tremendous scope for entertainment and media industry". The minister remarked "Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming and Comic (AVGC) is a sunrise sector and our experts are providing back-end support to top filmmakers of the world". He added that it was time that these professionals started doing more of this for our own films so that the use of animation and graphics in Indian films grows manifold.
Year 2022 will be 75 years of independence and 75 years of @cannes. It will be celebrated at a different scale with a special pavilion at the #CannesFilmFestival; India will also hold a Global Media and Film Summit next year: Union Minister @PrakashJavdekar pic.twitter.com/IjwPi5qGAV
— PIB India (@PIB_India) December 16, 2020
Javadekar also announced that the government is forming a Centre of Excellence in cooperation with IIT-Bombay where courses in AVGC will be provided. Moreover, he said, the Centre will undertake initiatives to promote entrepreneurship and encourage start-ups in the sector. Speaking on the occasion, Secretary, Ministry of I&B, Amit Khare referred to amendment in the allocation of business rules in November saying the idea behind the change was to bring content at one place while keeping platforms at another place.
Khare also said that the media and entertainment industry has grown and we must facilitate the industry. This pandemic, he said, has opened new avenues like educational technologies and Indian gaming which also have an export potential. With the year 2022 being the 75th year of India's independence, celebrations of which will take place within the country and outside, the secretary invited the industry to help project India's soft power through media and entertainment. Khare also invited the participants of the summit to the 51st IFFI which will be celebrated in a hybrid mode.