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‘Rickshawala’ with Nation Next as media partner, to premier on OTT platform Biiggbang

With the thought to bring entertainment anytime, anywhere, Biiggbang Amusement announces its first collaboration with Assorted Motion Pictures with internationally acclaimed award-winning film, Rikshawala – with Nation Next as the media partner.

The short-film entices its audience to think and throws light on an often-overlooked vocation the Riksha-pullers. The film is laced with undertones of realism and portrays a simplistic sense of storytelling, similar yet distinct from Ram Kamal Mukherjees former projects. Set in the backdrop of the city of joy, Kolkata,Rikshawala features talented actors like Avinash Dwivedi, Sangita Sinha and Kasturi Chakraborty that add special elements of life to the story.


This fidelity and simplicity is being loved by audiences across the world, helping Rikshawala getting selected for the esteemed Dadasaheb Phalke Film Festival, aimed to recognize the enlightening, entertaining and progressive new age cinema of youth and experienced filmmakers. The critically acclaimed short-film has
also successfully brought back the award for the Best Human Rights Film at the Cardiff International Film Festival, while its talented director, Ram Kamal Mukherjee also won the awards for the Best Director at International Film and Television Entertainment Award, Australia and the Rajasthan International Film
Festival.


As the world is keeping up with the hustle and challenges of the new normal, Biiggbang Amusement is here to help its audience with a few moments of entertainment, cheer, and laughter with its unconventional content slate. Breaking the bandwagon, the platform aims to curate critically acclaimed short-form content including award-winning festival films and shows in one place. Known for masterpieces like Seasons Greeting, and Cakewalk, Assorted Motion Pictures and director Ram Kamal Mukherjee are proud partners to Biiggbang

Amusement to grace its unparalleled content library. This, Ram Kamal Mukherjee directorial venture is the creators very first Bengali feature film. This 50-minute drama film projects a hard-hitting narrative around the lives of Riksha-pullers and beautifully captures relatable nuances through the film.


Sharing his thoughts on the premiere, Avinash Dwivedi shared, Rikshawala is definitely a milestone for me and all the accolades including the award for the Best Actor at the 13th Ayodhya International Film Festival, and the awards at Cardiff and Melbourne have truly given me a boost as an actor. I was really excited about working on this project right after I heard the narration from Dada (Ram Kamal Mukherjee). Before meeting him I was a little nervous about his seniority but after meeting him, he made me feel very comfortable and we became friends at an instant. Every aspect from the film is relevant and touching. I could really connect to my character in the film. He is someone who would do anything for his family and really loves his profession to the core. The film will make you think, and will touch you in ways that you won’t forget. While I was comfortable with the Bhojpuri dialogues, Bengali isn’t a language that I’m very familiar with but I did want to give it a shot, so I ended up dubbing both; Bhojpuri and Bengali dialogues in the film.


Excited about the premiere, Kasturi Chakraborty said, Being a part of Ram Das film Rickshawala was both enriching and inspiring. It takes a hard look at the lives of the people who struggle in their own way to get what they want. In the case of my character, she goes through the sweet torture of heartbreak, which is something I have deeply felt personally. Ram Da had a vision for each of us and he encouraged us to take that journey into the lives of our characters to attain spotless authenticity. I think it is the unfiltered portrayal of the reality of the people in the film and his vision that made it worthy of all appreciation globally. It is great that the film will now be available on Biiggbang Amusement for all the cinema lovers globally.


Commenting on this collaboration, Ram Kamal Mukherjee, Director & Writer, Rikshawala, shared, Rikshawala is a unique love story with a special twist. It is a project that is really close to my heart, and what makes it relevant is the humaneness and realism of the characters. I am also overwhelmed with such a positive global response and all of these awards and accolades are truly encouraging and I strive to tell many more of stories embedded with realism and relatability.

It was an amazing experience to work with talented actors like Avinash Dwivedi , Sangita Sinha and Kasturi Chakraborty who gave their sweat and blood to make their characters alive. I spotted Avinash at a birthday party in Juhu while Kasturi is a known television face, and I instantly knew that they’re perfect for the roles I had in mind. I am also really excited about my very first collaboration with Biiggbang Amusement and take pride to be a part of their content library of carefully curated content.


Sharing his thoughts on the brands first collaboration, Sudip Mukherjee, CEO and Founder, Biiggbang Amusement quoted, We at Biiggbang Amusement aim to help our audience by bringing them relatable and meaningful stories, anytime and anywhere. While the upper-crust of the audience consumes English content widely, we are looking at seeping through the crust to reach every viewer, countrywide with distinct languages and genres catering for every niche. We are proud to associate with a talented creator like Ram Kamal Mukherjee and Assorted Motion Pictures to inscribe the first short-film on our content slate. We plan to populate our content library profusely with many more masterpieces and award-winning shows and films like Rikshawala.


The riveting short-film produced by Aritra Das, Sarbani Mukherjee and Gaurav Daga also made its way to the ImagineIndia festival held at Madrid and Spain, and also fetched laurels including the Best Actor and Best Director award at the 13 th Ayodhya International Film Festival. Biiggbang Amusement is set to launch soon and is gearing up with a competitive and unequalled content slate aimed at entertaining, inspiring, and amusing its audience across the globe.

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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

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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.
Love,
Ranbir and Alia ✨♥️”

Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt

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The Kashmir Files should be declared tax-free in Maharashtra, says BJP spokesperson Rajeev Panday

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BJP spokesperson for Maharashtra Rajeev Panday, while speaking to Nation Next, said the controversial movie ‘The Kashmir Files,’ which grossed over ₹240 crore in India, should be made tax-free in the state. 

 

Panday told Nation Next, “The movie has managed to depict, if not all, the brutalities on Kashmiri Pandits. It is a bold representation of truth. Kashmiri Pandit community was forced to leave their own homes in the country. Imagine their plight! Maharashtra government should make it tax-free in their state like the BJP did.”

 

The movie, which is based on the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley in the 1990s, has been made tax-free in at least BJP-run eight states namely Haryana, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Goa, Tripura and Uttar Pradesh. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had also received requests asking him to exempt the film from entertainment tax in the state.

A lawyer and an actor, Rajeev Panday was appointed as the spokesperson for BJP in Maharashtra in 2017. Besides practicing in The Supreme Court of India and Bombay High Court for around 15 years, Panday has also been a name to reckon with in the entertainment industry.

 

 

 

Rajeev Panday

 

Rajeev Panday

 

 
Panday, who’s acted in Bollywood grocers like Amitabh Bachchan’s starrer Pink and John Abraham’s starrer Madras Cafe, has given many terrific performances on stage. He started doing theatre in 1998 with famous theatre group Act One in Delhi. After shifting his base to Mumbai (in 2003) to practice law, Panday continued to dabble in theatre and films. His recent performances at Ibsen Festival at Prithvi Theatre were appreciated well by the audience and critics alike.
 

 

A law graduate from Delhi University’s Campus Law Centre, Panday has also been actively involved in legal activism. Through his Public Interest Litigations, Panday has raised many pertinent issues like regulation of television content and charitable hospitals not providing free treatment to the poor people.

 

In his longstanding association with the BJP, Panday has served the party as the convenor of its Mumbai Human Rights cell and the convenor of the Election Cell of its Maharashtra unit.

 

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