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Priyanka on losing a film due to skin colour


MNA Entertainment Desk: Priyanka Chopra might be a global icon today, but her brush with pay disparity in two of the world’s biggest entertainment industries continues. “I feel it every year, especially when you’re doing movies with really big actors, whether it’s in India or America. If an actor is getting 100 bucks, the conversation will start with max, like, 8 bucks. The gap is that staggering,” the actor said in the interview. “In America, we don’t talk about it as brashly, whereas in India the issue is not skirted around. “It happens in both countries, it’s just that here, ...

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Pakistan bans Anushka Sharma’s film ‘Pari’


MNA Entertainment Desk: Hindi film star Anushka Sharma’s new film ‘Pari’ has been banned in Pakistan, as it ‘promotes black magic, some non-Islamic values and anti-Muslim sentiments’. Pakistan’s censor board also banned the Hindi horror film because it ‘reportedly contains objectionable sequences where Quranic verses have been used’, said another Pakistani news outlet Geo TV, quoting a cinema owner. ‘The film not only mixed Quranic verses with Hindu chants but also portrayed Muslims in a negative light as they were shown using Quranic verses to do black magic,’ a source at Pakistan’s censor board, the Central Board of Film Certification, ...

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Bangladeshi Film Industry: Fight for Survival


MNA Editorial Desk: Film is not only a way of entertainment but also a great and very effective medium of education which many books cannot do. Our industry is stepping towards a dark phase and it will definitely fall into some deep crisis. After the independence the decades of seventies and eighties witnessed the golden time of film industry. Currently, Bengali cinema is passing through a threatening and critical period. Cinema halls in the country have been reduced to half. Releasing new cinemas has also come down to half. After all the quality of films are not satisfactory to the ...

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  MNA Features Desk: It was 1972. A young and unknown writer came up with a book named ‘Nondito Noroke’ (In Blissful Hell) and many experts in literature and arts were taken away with the sheer genius of this writer; the writer was Humayun Ahmed, a chemistry literate. A new star was born in the horizon of literature in Bangladesh. Many writers and poets are extremely notable in Bangladesh literatures. Humayun Ahmed stays close though not above all of them. But he is different in many ways – he created and developed a new generation of readers in Bangladesh during ...

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Trailer of Impress Telefilm’s film ‘Valobasha Emoni Hoy’ launched


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Trailer of 105th film of Impress Telefilm ‘Valobasha Emoni Hoy’ has been launched. A tea party with the members of electronic and press media was held on this occasion on Monday (January 09, 2017) at Channel i Bhaban. The film is directed by renowned model and actress Tania Ahmed as it is her first effort in direction. Winner of popular TV reality show ‘Fair & Handsome – The Ultimate Man’, Irfan Sajjad, makes his debut as film actor in this movie and Lux Superstar and prominent actress, Bidya Sinha Mim, will be the lead actress. ...

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Indian film fest IFFI not to screen Pakistani film

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MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The forthcoming 47th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will not to screen any Pakistani film as the two entries sent from the country were not up to the mark, reported news agency. Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu along with Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Deputy Chief Minister of Goa Francis D’souza and Directorate of Film Festivals Senthil Rajan, held a press conference here on Tuesday to unveil the poster and share the highlights of the film festival, which will take place in Goa from November ...

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60th anniversary of Mukh O Mukhosh


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Today is the 60th anniversary of the first Bengali language feature film– Mukh O Mukhosh which was to be made in East Pakistan. It was produced by Iqbal Films and directed by Abdul Jabbar Khan. The movie was released in East Pakistan on 3 August 1956. It was released in Dhaka, Chittagong, Narayanganj and Khulna. Thus, 3 August, 1956 was an eventful day of anniversary in the history of Bangladeshi Cinema because it saw the birth of Bengali cinema in Dhaka. Over the last 50 years, Bangla feature films have been amusing generations of cine-goers. ...

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Kelor Kirti got permission of screening in Bangladesh


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Indian Bangla film ‘Kelor Kirti’ got the permission of screening in Bangladeshi cinema halls. The Appellate Division has stayed a High Court order, which barred screening of this movie. The four-member bench led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha gave the order on Sunday. The release of the film, Kelor Kirti, was postponed as a High Court bench in 19 July, gave a stay order on the exhibition of the Indian film in local cinemas following a writ petition filed by Bangladesh Film Director’s Association and other associations. The court also directed that the Indian ...

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Fans of Rajinikanth queued overnight for Kabali


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The fans of Indian film star Rajinikanth queued overnight for a 4am screening of his new movie ‘Kabali’ on Friday in the southern city of Chennai, where many companies abandoned hope of staff coming to work and closed for the day. Brahman Naman, the writer of independent film, is excited about Kabali mainly because, “This is the first time in a long time that Thalaiva has entrusted a film to a new generation director (Pa. Ranjith). Madras (Ranjith’s last Tamil film) was amazing so I have high hopes for ‘Kabali’.” Tickets for “Kabali”, which stars ...

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4th death anniversary of Humayun Ahmed being observed


MNA Feature Desk: The 4th death anniversary of famous fiction writer, playwright and filmmaker Humayun Ahmed is being observed on Tuesday. Humayun Ahmed’s two younger brothers Prof. Muhammad Zafar Iqbal and Ahsan Habib along with their other family members and relatives offered prayers at his graveyard at Nuhash Polli of Gazipur. Several socio-cultural organizations have drawn out elaborate programs to observe the day. A Quran-khwani will be held at Nuhash Polli, after Johr prayers. There will be also an orphan feeding program there. Volunteer organization ‘Himu Paribahan’ will organize a seminar, blood donation camp, and essay and painting competition on ...

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Acclaimed Iranian film director Kiarostami died at 76


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The multi-award-winning acclaimed Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami, whose 1997 film ‘Taste of Cherry’ was awarded the Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival, has died at aged 76. Kiarostami died in Paris, where he had gone for cancer treatment last week after undergoing surgery in Iran earlier this year. He wrote and directed dozens of films over a career spanning more than 40 years. ‘Taste of Cherry,’ which told the story of an Iranian man looking for someone to bury him after he killed himself, won the top award at the Cannes Film Festival. ...

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Fans petition Star Wars to include first gay character


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Reportedly, fans petition Star Wars to include first gay character. More than three thousand people have rallied to make Drew Leinonen the first gay character in Star Wars universe. The petition has been posted on Change.org by Joshua Yehl along with headline “Make Orlando Victim Drew Leinonen the First LGBT Star Wars Movie Character” following the Orlando massacre on June 11, reported Ace Showbiz. Addressed to Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm — Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company, and all of the crew behind the Star Wars films, the message read, “I’m writing ...

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‘Jalaler Golpo’ wins two SAARC film festival awards


MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Bangladeshi film ‘Jalaler Golpo’ (Jalal’s Story) wins two awards at the SAARC International Film Festival at Colombo in Sri Lanka. The film directed by Abu Shahed Emon received the awards in the best cinematography and best background music categories. Barkat Hossain Palash was discussed with the award of best cinematography while protuberant band Chirkutt won the title of Best Background Score. The film was screened on 2 June during the six-day festival. The first show of the film was held on July 23 in a competition at an international film festival in Portugal. The film ...

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The 69th Cannes Film Festival

MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: The 69th Cannes Film Festival opened Wednesday amid heightened security and the premiere of a new Woody Allen film, 1930s Hollywood romance “Cafe Society”. Allen helped kick off the Cannes festivities with some help from the movie’s stars, Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg. Eisenberg stars as a Bronx native trying to make it in Hollywood, where his uncle (Steve Carell) is a powerful agent. In the process he becomes smitten with his uncle’s assistant, played by Stewart. The red carpet awaits some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, such as Julia Roberts, Jodie Foster, Sean Penn, Robert ...

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