Pakistan artistes ban row: No ban on Pakistan actors coming to India, says Home Ministry

The statement comes at a time when there is a rising conflict in the industry over allowing of screening of movies featuring Pakistani actors. (File photo) Home Ministry has said that there will be no ban Pakistan-based artistes who wish to visit India for performances and participation in movies, CNN News 18 reported on Friday. The statement comes at a time when there is a rising conflict  in the industry over allowing the screening of movies featuring Pakistani actors. Before this, Mumbai’s Cinema Owners and Exhibitors Association, which own around 400-500 screens, announced that it will not release any movie featuring Pakistani artistes. Association chairman Nitin Dhar said that no movie featuring Pakistani actors and actresses will be released in theatres. The decision gives a direct jolt to…

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Arundhati Nair gets her big break in ‘Saithan’ Not many actresses would make a movie debut playing an older woman. But new find Arundhati Nair is not complaining. The commerce graduate from Trivandrum, Kerala, is excited and nervous on the eve of the release of her first film, Saithan. “Since my school days, I have dreamt of this day. I wanted to do at least one film and now it’s happening,” says Nair, who got the role by auditioning. She plays Aishwarya, the onscreen wife of Vijay Antony, in the psychological thriller directed by Pradeep Krishnamurthy. “Aishwarya is unlike me. She is a mature woman and the challenge lay in understanding her emotions and portraying them,” Nair said. For someone who grew up admiring actresses Urvashi, Shobana and Revathy, Nair remembers being a...

Historic epic Pulang follows a M'sian's journey to Liverpool, and the legacy he ... PETALING JAYA: Historical drama Pulang, set for release in 2018, may be a fictional story about a grandson discovering the truth about his grandfather’s voyage to the UK. But producer Primeworks Studios’ chief executive officer Ahmad Izham Omar said the tear-jerker is based on the voyage of his late grandfather who went to Liverpool in the 1940s. “My grandfather left Malacca in 1946 to work on a cargo ship in Singapore, and sail around the world. He visited various destinations, and sent postcards to my father,” said Ahmad Izham at the launch of Primeworks’ upcoming films Pulang, J Revolusi and Kau Takdirku at MM Cineplex, e-Curve, Mutiara Damansara today. In Pulang, actor Remy Ishak plays Othman, who is a single-minded and adventurous fisherman from Malacca. ...

Take the Thanksgiving feast outdoors Thanksgiving, that lovely day for feasting, football and family, is unrecognizable compared with the original harvest meal held in 1621 and shared by Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians. So in order to make this year’s celebration more traditional, consider taking the dinner outdoors, just like the Pilgrims did 395 years ago.Master Chef Gustav Mauler, chef/owner of Spiedini Italian Ristorante at JW Marriott in Summerlin, has been creating indoor and outdoor Thanksgiving dinners for 30 years. He knows that preparing a meal for the outdoors takes extra preparation, but also offers great rewards.“It isn’t just the food, it’s the entire evening,” he said. “This is such a beautiful time of year in Southern Nevada and a special meal outdoors will be remembered long after the holiday is ...

Groove spotlight: Replacements to the fore ‘Promising newcomers will replace familiar singers tonight in the semi-finals of Muzik Muzik.’ LANKY Mimi Norhisham is having her first solo performance in the semi-finals of Muzik Muzik. The lead singer of One Nation Emcees entered the semi-finals, and Anugerah Juara Lagu 27 in 2012, singing Anak Kampung, a duet between her group and singer-songwriter Jimmy Palikat. Mimi, 28, is back this year, but she is not performing her song. She replaces singer Stacy Anam who is pregnant and will sing the Akademi Fantasia 6 champion’s single Romeo in the second week of the semi-finals tonight. “I admire Stacy as a superb dancer. Her performances are energetic and enjoyable,” says Mimi. When songwriter Hang Nadim (Stacy’s husband Akim Ahmad) approached Mimi to stand-in ...

A very pukka murder: Indian historical crime fiction has come of age, these sleuths prove It is ironic that the first mystery story featuring an Indian detective I ever read was written by an Englishman. I was 12 when I first encountered Inspector Ganesh Ghote. I confess, I was hooked. Not only was Ghote a very likable protagonist, woebegone, henpecked, harassed as only a true Indian husband can be, with intrusive neighbours and a wife, whose sole purpose seemed to be to berate him constantly, but somehow, in A Perfect Murder, HRF Keating managed to get 1980s Bombay perfectly right: the corruption and the endless bureaucracy, the vibrancy of the packed streets and the distinct patois of Bombay-wallah English, even that sense of relentlessly sweaty optimism that was so prevalent before the dawn of liberalisation — it was all spot-on, capturing ...

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