Irrfan Khan: “Huge opportunity and should not be missed out on”

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After receiving widespread acclaim from across the globe, Life of Pi actor, Irrfan Khan is confident that his upcoming flick, The Lunchbox, will make it to the Oscars.

Directed by Ritesh Batra, the film has received a positive response from film festivals world-wide.  It even won the Critic’s Week Viewers Choice Award at Cannes earlier this year.  So, could Irrfan be right?  “The opinion that critics and audiences have and also of those whose opinion matters, they believe if the film is sent from India (for the Oscars), it has the potential to travel forward,” said the actor.

Adding “Hollywood Reporter (tabloid) has also written that ‘we expect the film to be Oscar entry from India’. So this is a possibility with the film. It has this strength, universal appeal, fresh language and story.”

The 46-year old actor feels this is a “huge opportunity and should not be missed out on.”  The movie is set to release on September 20, 2013, and also stars actors Nimrat Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

When asked why he feels so strongly about this particular film, he replied “The right film should be chosen. It affects the environment, the upcoming generation, it becomes a source of inspiration, it builds our morale that our language can connect with the global world. This perception is not right that only a certain types of films are made in India. Cinema is being explored and flourishing. So, this decision is very important.

Check out the movie trailer below:

Aishwariya Rai and Sonam Kapoor Left Out of International Cosmetic Ad?

photo:ndtv.com

photo:ndtv.com

It’s no surprise that the worlds most beautiful woman, Aishwariya Rai, was offered to appear in an international cosmetic advertisement, along with beauties Sonam Kapoor and Hollywood starlet, Freida Pinto.

A few months back a little birdie told us that the diva’s were shooting an international advertisement abroad, and insider’s say Aishwariya shot her portion while in Cannes earlier this year.  Other international cosmetic ambassadors such as; Eva Longoria,  Jane Fonda and Julianne Moore were also present.  The brands spokesperson said, “The campaign for this very exclusive collection has different versions featuring different groups of ambassadors including Aishwarya Rai and Sonam Kapoor.”

photo: ndtv.com

photo: ndtv.com

Although both actresses were present during the shooting, the only Indian actress seen in the ad was Freida Pinto.  So what happened, you ask?  Well, from the looks of it, both Aishwariya and Sonam did not make the final cut after all. “The ad has been beautifully made with all the actresses looking stunning. But Ash and Sonam’s absence is quite conspicuous and has taken the industry by surprise. Freida is unmistakable in the sequence but the two are nowhere to be seen.” sources said.

photo:ndtv.com

photo:ndtv.com

Hmm,  so that leaves us a little confused. Why were Aishwariya and Sonam left out?

Photo of the week: Oliver Stone In Kolkata, India with daughter

photo:twitter

photo:twitter

Oliver Stone standing with 17-year-old daughter Tara, in front of the Victoria Memorial in Kolkata.

Travelled to Kolkata, India last week after Shanghai (China). My daughter Tara volunteered for the Mother Teresa Mission,” tweeted Stone.

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