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Seasons Greetings becomes India’s first feature film to collaborate with United Nations

For the first time United Nations, under Free and Equal Campaign, have collaborated with an Indian feature film - Season's Greetings.
L to R: Azhar Khan, Celina Jaitly Haag, Ram Kamal Mukherjee and Lillette Dubey. (Photo by Sudipta Chanda)

For the first time United Nations, under Free and Equal Campaign, have collaborated with an Indian feature film A Tribute to Rituparno Ghosh: Season’s Greetings. Author turned filmmaker Ram Kamal Mukherjee, who made his debut in Esha Deol starrer short film Cakewalk early this year has directed the feature film.

For the first time United Nations, under Free and Equal Campaign, have collaborated with an Indian feature film - Season's Greetings.
Poster of Season’s Greetings

Season’s Greetings also marks the return of Bollywood actor Celina Jaitly Haag post marriage and motherhood as female lead in this film with debutant Azhar Khan. Veteran theatre and movie star Lillette Dubey plays the role of Celina’s on-screen mother. Shot at beautiful locales in Kolkata, the film had to go through layers of scanning before United Nations and their team from Geneva decided to officially be the social cause collaborators.

Rikke Hennum, United Nations Free and Equal Campaign Manager in an official statement says, “We’re delighted to support director Ram Kamal Mukherjee’s Indian feature film for the global campaign for equality for LGBTQIA people around the world.  We know from experience that films like this can play a critical role in starting and sustaining those conversations. We look forward to working with Ram Kamal and his team behind Season’s Greetings to help raise awareness of some of the issues the film touches upon – from acceptance of same sex relationships, to the lives of LGBTQIA people in India.”

For the first time United Nations, under Free and Equal Campaign, have collaborated with an Indian feature film - Season's Greetings.
L to R: Celina Jaitly, Ram Kamal Mukherjee, Lillette Dubey, Azhar Khan, Aritra Das and Shailendra Kumar

Speaking on the most anticipated collaboration director Ram Kamal Mukherjee says, “This was an unexpected and yet a pleasant surprise. When Celina suggested that we must show the film to UN, I was a bit nervous thinking that it’s an Indian film and they might not get the soul. But they proved me wrong and I was overwhelmed with their detailed feedback on the film. I am sure Ritu da would have been the happiest today.” Aritra Das and Shailendra Kumar produced the film under the banners Assorted Motion Pictures and SS1 Entertainment ? respectively. The film has been selected at various international festivals across the globe and will be released in India by end of this year.

Also read: Celina Jaitlys comeback film Seasons Greetings first ever to have Intimacy Supervisor on set

Speaking about the collaboration Celina says, “I am extremely proud of the fact that United Nations has agreed to be the social cause partner under their campaign. The film went through the entire screening process and eventually they felt that we needed to talk about this story globally. The films release comes at a historic moment for India’s lesbian, gay, bi and trans population, following the decision of the countrys Supreme Court to strike down a colonial-era ban on consensual same sex relationships and previous court judgements affirming the rights of transgender people.”

Throwing further light on the subject, Celina adds, “The film is special for me in many ways. Apart from the fact that this is my first collaboration with my dear friend Ram Kamal as a director, this is my first film to be shot in Kolkata, my hometown.”

The film deals with a mother and daughter relationship that ends with an unexpected twist in the tale. Just like any Rituparno Ghosh movie, this one deals with human emotions, in various hues. “I am glad to have shared screen space with a legend like Lillette Dubey ma’am who plays the role of my mother in the film,” she adds.

Celina feels, “Changing attitudes is never easy but it has happened on other issues and it is happening already in many parts of the world on this one. It often begins with difficult conversations and this film somehow is about starting that ?one? difficult conversation through a mother-daughter relationship. With UN coming on board as a social partner, we are hoping this film will strike a global chord by reaching out to people around the world with an emotional message in similar circumstances.”

The film marks Bollywood debut of a transgender actor Shree Ghatak in the film. The film will be premiered at Changing Face International Film Festival in Sydney, Australia in November.

Also read: Esha Deol makes her life Cakewalk and how!

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

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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

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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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