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Ameesha Patel. AFP
Ameesha Patel. AFP

Ameesha Patel to flaunt desi look at Cannes festival

Plus: Anumati scoops top prize at New York fest; Vivek Oberoi wraps latest movie; Anurag Basu claims TV tougher than films.

The actress Ameesha Patel, who is set for her first appearance at the Cannes International Film Festival, will take to the red carpet wearing clothes by the top Bollywood designer Manish Malhotra. Her new film, Shortcut Romeo, which also features Neil Nitin Mukesh and Puja Gupta, will premiere at the prestigious film festival on May 22. Patel, who appeared in films such as Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai and Gadar: Ek Prem Katha, said she was looking forward to the event. “It is a huge honour for me to be representing our cinema at Cannes,” she told reporters. “I am not going there as a brand ambassador, I am going there for my movie and that is a big deal. Manish and I have decided that since I am representing the country on a global platform, it would be perfect to be dressed in something that’s truly desi.” – IANS

Anumati scoops top prize at New York Indian Film Festival

The Marathi drama Anumati has won the Best Feature Film award at the New York Indian Film Festival. The film’s lead actor, Vikram Gokhale, also picked up the Best Actor gong for his portrayal of a browbeaten husband. Hansal Mehta took home the Best Director of a Feature Film award for his compelling work Shahid, which traces the true story of the slain human rights activist lawyer Shahid Azmi. Suraj Negi was honoured with the Best Young Actor in a Feature Film for his role as the eponymous lead in Hansa. The festival ran from April 30 to May 4 and the winners were chosen from 18 narrative, 10 documentaries and eight short films from the Indian subcontinent. – IANS

Vivek Oberoi wraps latest movie

The shooting for Grand Masti, a sequel to the 2004 hit comedy Masti, is over, announced its lead actor Vivek Oberoi on Twitter. “And it’s a wraaaaaap!” he tweeted. “I’m going to miss you guys and the fun times we had on the sets.” Grand Masti also features Riteish Deshmukh and Aftab Shivdasani, who both starred in the original. Oberoi also tweeted that he would miss playing pranks on the leading ladies of the film, Sonalee Kulkarni and Maryam Zakaria. “My beautifuuuul leading ladies! Can’t believe Grand Masti shooting is over already... who will I play pranks on now? Lol! Had a blast working with you girls!” he wrote. The movie is due for release later this year. – IANS

Anurag Basu claims television tougher than filmmaking

The filmmaker Anurag Basu, who started his career by directing the 1996 hit daily soap Tara, says films should not be considered superior to television. Basu helmed Star Bestsellers and Koshish... Ek Aashaa before making his big-screen debut with the 2003 movie Saaya, which starred John Abraham and Tara Sharma. “I don’t feel that films are superior to television. I don’t know why people say this. I do films, but trust me, television is much more difficult than making films,” Basu said on the red carpet of the 12th Indian Telly Awards. – IANS

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