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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 15 November 2018

Indian star Sheena Chohan nominated for best actress at Shanghai film festival

Also, Tracy Morgan out of hospital and in rehab facility in New Jersey and Tom Alter to star in Bollywood sci-fi film.
Sheena Chohan in a scene from the Bangladeshi film Ant Story. Courtesy Ant Story
Sheena Chohan in a scene from the Bangladeshi film Ant Story. Courtesy Ant Story

The Indian actress Sheena Chohan will compete with the Hollywood stars Keira Knightley and Kate Beckinsale for the Best Actress award for her role in the Bangladeshi film Ant Story at the ongoing 17th Shanghai International Film Festival. The film was also screened recently at the festival in the Golden Goblet competition section. Confirming the news, the filmmaker Shekhar Kapur tweeted on Friday: “Congratulations @SheenaChohan for being nominated best actress at prestigious Shanghai International Film Festival for ‘Ant Story’. Terrific”. Ant Story, written and directed by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, the winner of the Asia Pacific Screen Award, has also been nominated in the Best Picture category. Farooki will accompany Sheena on the red carpet for the award ceremony, which will be hosted by, among others, John Woo and Jackie Chan, on June 22. – IANS

Tracy Morgan out of hospital and in rehab facility in New Jersey

The actor and comedian Tracy Morgan has been moved from a hospital to a rehabilitation facility in New Jersey as he recovers from a serious auto accident. According to an email from Morgan’s spokesman, the former 30 Rock star is showing signs of improvement, but has a long road to full recovery after suffering a broken leg and broken ribs in an accident on June 7. Morgan’s limousine van was hit from behind by a Wal-Mart lorry on the New Jersey Turnpike. Morgan’s friend James McNair, 62, was killed and Morgan and two other men were seriously injured. On Thursday, a report by federal transportation safety investigators said the lorry driver was speeding before he slammed into the limousine van on a stretch of the turnpike where the speed limit was lowered to 45mph (72kph) due to construction. – AP

Tom Alter to star in Bollywood sci-fi film

The veteran Bollywood actor Tom Alter will play a scientist in Arijit Lahiri’s forthcoming sci-fi thriller Out of Time, a film about time travel that focuses on the terrifying idea of being trapped in a particular time frame or loop and a father who goes missing in a mansion built during the British Raj. Out of Time is co-written and produced by Vaibhav Bhatnagar; the cinematography is by New Zealand’s Jeremy Reagan. – IANS