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A Tribute to Rituparno Ghosh: Seasons Greetings wraps up on a sweet note in Kolkata

Ram Kamal Mukherjees second directorial venture A Tribute to Rituparno Ghosh: Seasons Greetings starring Celina Jaitly, Lillette Dubey and Azhar Khan wraps after marathon shoot in city of joy – Kolkata.

Ram Kamal Mukherjees A Tribute to Rituparno Ghosh: Seasons Greetings starring Celina Jaitly, Lillette Dubey and Azhar Khan wraps up in Kolkata.
Star cast of Ram Kamal Mukherjees A Tribute to Rituparno Ghosh: Seasons Greetings during media interaction

Kolkata: It was a wrap for director Ram Kamal Mukherjees A Tribute To Rituparno Ghosh: Seasons Greetings at Slyfox Gastro Pub, Salt Lake City with Celina Jaitly, Lillette Dubey, Azhar Khan, producers Aritra Das and Shailendra Kumar. This film was produced under the banner of Assorted Motion Pictures and SS 1 Entertainment.

Ram Kamal Mukherjees A Tribute to Rituparno Ghosh: Seasons Greetings
Celina Jaitly and Ram Kamal Mukherjee


While discussing about the film, director Ram Kamal Mukherjee shared few insights like how he narrated the story to Celina and Lillette in Dubai. Ram Kamal said, I guess this is first short film where cast has been finalised not in Bollywood but in Dubai. When I was in Dubai to promote my first short film Cakewalk, I met Lillette maam when she was in Dubai for some work. First I thought she would say no? to it but when she heard the script she happily agreed to do the role of a mother. I am really grateful to her for saying yes to the role. In fact, I even met Celina in Dubai during the same trip and we bonded over films. That’s when I discussed about the film.

Also read: Director Ram Kamal pays tribute to filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh with short film Seasons Greetings

Ram Kamal Mukherjees A Tribute to Rituparno Ghosh: Seasons Greetings
Lilette Dubey and Azhar Khan

He added, Celina and I go a long way. It was really funny that we were chatting regarding my project and Cakewalk and I was casually talking about Seasons Greetings and with my utter surprise, she expressed her interest to play the role of Romita and yes the rest is history as others say!

Ram Kamal Mukherjees A Tribute to Rituparno Ghosh: Seasons Greetings
Ram Kamal Mukherjee, Celina Jaitly and Lilette Dubey

Both Celina and Lillette had a strong connection with the legend Rituparno Ghosh and this connection came up while both the actors shared few incidents. Celina said, In 2012, while I was in Dubai, Ritu da called me for a project but that time I was pregnant with twins so I couldn’t do the role. Unfortunately, we both couldn’t work together. When Ram was narrating the story to me, I said yes, as I always wanted to do a meaningful cinema and with a social cause to it. And being a UN Ambassador myself for so long and associated with LGBTQIA for almost 18 years, I thought I should do this film. In our society this issue is still a taboo. I am happy to be a part of this project.

Also read: When you have a face like Hema Malini, you don’t need to play on sex and controversies: Ram Kamal Mukherjee

Ram Kamal Mukherjees A Tribute to Rituparno Ghosh: Seasons Greetings
Ram Kamal Mukherjee and Celina Jaitly

On the other hand Lillette said, I have met Rituparno couple of times, he was such a nice human being and very talented director. Though I didn’t work with him but I have worked with Aparna Sen, one of his closest associates and a very good friend. I think Ram Kamal is a director who is very sure about his shots. I generally don’t say this, but whenever I like a film or a director, I say that it was like a ?play. The last time I gave this compliment to Mira Nair, and now Ram Kamal.

The film marks debut of Azhar Khan as male lead. Azhar said, I am eternally grateful to Ram da for this opportunity. I mean what else could one expect as an actor? Before the shoot, he had warned me that I have to be on my toes to face such senior actors like Lillette Maaam and Celina Jaitly. But I was completely shocked to see that they were extremely humble. They helped me a lot with improvisation in all my scenes.

Producer Aritra Das said, I am learning with each of my experience. After Cakewalk, now we just finished Seasons Greetings, which is a tribute to Rituparno Ghosh. Celina and Lillette Maaam are extremely professional, and this wouldn’t have been possible without them.


The film revolves around mother and daughter relationship, and also features two Tagore compositions in Maithili language. The entire cast and crewmembers completed the shoot till 4 am, and without taking any break, they met members of press and interacted with them.

Ram Kamal said, I wanted to share my happiness with my friends and former colleagues from the media fraternity, as they have always stood beside us, and we often forget to thank them.

Also read: Cakewalk director Ram Kamal marks his Bengali debut with Abhinoy?

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Chandrashekhar Bawankule unveils poster, releases trailer of Nagpur film ‘Aamhi Butterfly’




Nation Next Newsroom | Photographer : Nitin Mankar | Nagpur

Former Maharashtra Minister and current MLC Chandrashekhar Bawankule unveiled the poster and released the trailer and songs of the upcoming Marathi film – Aamhi Butterfly – at an event held at Deshpande Hall in Nagpur. The film, which has been shot in Nagpur and other parts of Vidarbha, has been directed by Aniiket Limje and produced by Rajesh Rangari and Shrinivas Shiras.

Many child actors who have worked in the movie are from Vidarbha. During the trailer launch, MLA Tekchand Sawakar, actor Girish Pardesi and other actors from the movie, were present. Aamhi Butterfly is going to be released in August 2022.

Above are some of the pictures from the event!

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Ram Kamal Mukherjee named ‘Best Director’ for his short film ‘Ek Duaa’ at IWMBuzz Digital Awards




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Ram Kamal Mukherjee (R) whikle receiving the ‘Best Director’ trophy at IWMBuzz Digital Awards ceremony in Mumbai

Filmmaker Ram Kamal Mukherjee won the ‘Best Director’ award for his short film ‘Ek Duaa’ at the recently held IWMBuzz Digital Awards ceremony at Taj Lands End in Mumbai. The film is produced by Esha Deol Takhtani and Assorted Motion Pictures. Apart from winning the award, it was a special occasion for Mukherjee as two other films he directed also got recognized.

Esha won the ‘Best Actress’ award in the popular categories for her critically acclaimed performance in ‘Ek Duaa.’ After accepting the award, Esha said: “This film is extremely special for me, because I turned producer with this film and I would like to give entire credit to captain of the ship Ram Kamal Mukherjee for bringing such a wonderful subject to me.”

Avinash Dwivedi won the ‘Most Promising Debut’ award for his acclaimed performance in ‘Rickshawala,’ a film directed by Mukherjee. Avinash, who was accompanied by his wife and actor Sambhavna Seth, said: “This is beyond my expectation that today I am getting this recognition as an actor amidst all Bollywood celebrities for my role in Ram Kamal sir’s film Rickshawala. To get honoured for a regional cinema amidst such Bollywood biggie reinforced my faith in good content.”

Gurmeet Choudhary won the ‘Most Popular Actor’ award for his performance in Mukherjee’s film ‘Shubho Bijoya.’ Choudhary said: “Ram Kamal is an amazing story teller. When he narrated this story to me and Debina, we knew that this film will click instantly. I am honoured to receive this award, though the competition was really tough. I thank my fans and jury members who voted for me.”

Other winners at the award ceremony included Kartik Aaryan, Kiara Advani, Rakul Preet, Raveena Tandon, Huma Qureshi, Dino Morea, Sikander Kher, Sonu Sood, Anurag Kashyap, Guneet Monga, Manish Paul and other popular names from the Hindi film industry.

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JUST MARRIED! Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt tie the knot | Check pictures




Radhika Dhawad | Mumbai

The much awaited Ranbir Kapoor-Alia Bhatt wedding fans had been eagerly waiting for finally got solemnised today afternoon in the presence of close friends and family members at Ranbir’s residence ‘Vastu’ in Mumbai. Check out some pictures of the same…

Alia took to her social media to write, “Today, surrounded by our family and friends, at home … in our favourite spot – the balcony we’ve spent the last 5 years of our relationship – we got married.

With so much already behind us, we can’t wait to build more memories together … memories that are full of love, laughter, comfortable silences, movie nights, silly fights, wine delights and Chinese bites.
Thank you for all the love and light during this very momentous time in our lives. It has made this moment all the more special.
Ranbir and Alia ✨♥️”

Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt

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