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Celina Jaitlys comeback film Seasons Greetings first ever to have ‘Intimacy Supervisor’ on set

Director Ram Kamal Mukherjee and producer Aritra Das jointly decided to appoint ?intimacy supervisor' for Celina Jaitly starrer 'Season's Greetings.
A still from the film Season’s Greetings (with Nation Next as media partner)

Keeping the #MeToo movement in mind, Bollywood takes its first step to ensure safety of female cast in the film Seasons Greetings (With Nation Next as the media partner) Director Ram Kamal Mukherjee of Cakewalk fame, along with producer Aritra Das jointly decided to appoint an ?intimacy supervisor, like Hollywood, for the shoot of their next venture A Tribute to Rituparno – Seasons Greetings. Bollywood actress Celina Jaitly who is making her come back in Ram Kamal’s second directorial venture, suggested this idea. Incidentally the film has an intimate scene, which needs to be picturised on lead actor Azhar Khan and Celina Jaitly.

They are paired opposite each other in the film as romantic lead. The film deals with mother and daughter relationship, while Celina plays the role of daughter, veteran actor Lillette Dubey plays the role of her mother. 

The scene was beautifully conceived by Ram Kamal, and he has also shared the story board along with his cinematographer Pravatendu Mondol on how they were planning to shoot the scene, said Celina who is extremely particular about doing any intimate scenes on screen.

A journalist from a leading daily had called me up for my opinion on Hollywood trying to get an ?intimacy supervisor? on board for scenes that might be uncomfortable for male or female actors to perform. I discussed this with my producer Aritra Das and Shailendra Kumar and they both agreed. Post that, I had a detailed conversation with my director Ram Kamal and even he agreed to implement this to set a benchmark. I think this shows how Bollywood is slowly and steadily welcoming the change, added Celina, who was a bit apprehensive in shooting the scene post marriage and motherhood. 

Without divulging any further details on the intimate scene, director Ram Kamal Mukherjee said, I read about this article, which was published in a leading daily few weeks ago. Celina called me and discussed at length about how can we get something similar done in our film set. Thereafter I had few rounds of meeting with my producers and we decided to have someone senior (female) as an intimacy supervisor on board for scenes that we will shoot with Celina and Azhar.

The scene was shot in a lavish pent house in Kolkata, and it would be a crucial part of the film, thus establishing their intimacy and issues in their relationship. We are showing them as live-in partners. And what do young couples do when they are in a live-in relationship I don’t want to show sunflowers and honey bees implicating sex between two adults. I’d rather make films for kids, if I have to be that restricted as a creative person, joked Ram Kamal. 

Not just Celina, even Azhar is happy with this new development. I have been reading about various stories. #MeToo as a movement is great. But people are misusing it too. There are barely any legal routes, through which one can prove himself/herself innocent. If we have an ?intimacy supervisor? on board, then she will be neutral and will safeguard the interest of the male and female actors, said debutante Azhar Khan. 

During the shoot, they had all women crewmembers; barring the cinematographer, no one was allowed inside the bedroom. After explaining the scene, I was instructing them from the monitor, while Celina had all female crew helping her in executing the love making scene, informed Ram Kamal.

It was very important for me as an actor to be comfortable with my co-actor in an intimate scene, which is crucial for the film. I am thankful to Lillette Dubeyji for the workshop she conducted with my director Ram Kamal a day before the shoot. That eased out the initial awkwardness. But I would give entire credit to Ram Kamal for allowing me to almost direct the love making scene because he wanted me to be physically in-charge, to get the best emotion out, said Celina.

Incidentally director Ram Kamal spoke to Celinas husband Peter Haag and narrated the story and importance of intimacy to the leading characters. Peter wanted Celina to be absolutely comfortable.

The film revolves around Section 377 and also deals with #MeToo movement, which makes this as India’s first film on these issue post abolishment of Section 377. The film has music by Shailendra Sayanti and the songs are by Jaan Kumar Sanu and Sayani Palit. Produced under the banner of Assorted Motion Pictures and SS1 Entertainments the film is a tribute to legendary filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh.

Also read: Deepika Padukone unveils her wax statue at Madame Tussauds with husband Ranveer Singh

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DR Karthikeyan attends Rocketry: The Nambi Effect premier, recalls experience with Dr Nambi Narayanan

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Former CBI Director DR Karthikeyan, ex-officials from the probe agency recently attended special screening of ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect.’

R Madhavan with DR Karthikeyan (centre)

Former CBI Director DR Karthikeyan, former officials from the probe agency and members of the film industry recently attended a special screening of film ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect’ at Siri Fort auditorium in New Delhi.

DR Karthikeyan writes…

“On personal invitation phone call from Dr Nambi Narayanan, I had the opportunity to see the very first premier show of the film ROCKETRY – The Nambi Effect – at Sirifort Auditorium, Delhi on 26th June – Sunday evening.

On arrival at the venue, I was happy to be met by the talented Star/Director/Producer  Mr R Madhavan and senior officers of the Ministry of I&B, Govt of India. It was an amazing production – destined to get an award – nationally and globally! The movie was screened all over the world on 1st July – produced both in English, Hindi and Tamil and also dubbed in many more languages.

Former CBI Director DR Karthikeyan, ex-officials from the probe agency recently attended special screening of ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect.’

At the end of the show at the packed auditorium, I was invited by Mr Madhavan to the stage and given a bouquet of flowers along with my colleague PM Nair IPS. I shared a couple of words with the audience. “At that time when there was sensation about the so called “ISRO Spy Case,” I was asked by the CBI HQ for my opinion. I was then investigating Rajiv Gandhi Assassination –  as Chief of SIT CBI – I spent a few hours of conversation with Dr Nambi Narayanan who was in our custody at Malligai, Headquarters of SIT CBI at Chennai. I had no hesitation in reporting to CBI Hq my finding that not only Nambi Narayanan is innocent of any of the charges alleged against him but also he was a noble person.” It so happened when his case came up before the National Human Rights Commission for compensation, I was the Director General, NHRC at Delhi.

After hearing from me what actually happened to Nambi Narayanan, the Commission awarded him financial compensation, as interim relief. Dr Nambi Narayanan has been in touch with me since then from time to time. 

Here is one of his recent communications to me on WhatsApp – “The role you had played in relieving me from the charges was immense.Thank you very much Sir. I will be certainly very happy to meet you in person when I visit Delhi. Once again thank you very much! With regards Nambi Narayanan”. 

As early as on 30th June 2021, Dr Nambi Narayanan had sent to me on email – the extract – MEETING KARTHIKEYAN  ‘Pray to God, he will come.’– chapter 14 of his just then released Biography “Ready to Fire”- (How India and I Survived The ISRO Spy Case).  The same is also attached herewith. The life of Padma Bhushan Dr Nambi Narayanan, the celebrated space scientist, which is very powerfully portrayed in the movie Rocketry – The Nambi Effect carries a powerful message to everyone.

Satyameva Jayate – Truth alone triumphs – Mundaka Upanishad.

While the guilty should be identified and punished promptly and severely, no innocent or the family should suffer physically or mentally or emotionally. That should be the commitment on the part of everyone of us – particularly those in charge of governance, administration, law enforcement, intelligence and the judiciary!”

Released on July 1, the film is a biographical drama based on the life of Nambi Narayanan, a former scientist and aerospace engineer of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), who was falsely charged with espionage in 1994.

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

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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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