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Iran film festival opens in Karachi amidst public excitement

A four-day Iran Film Festival opened here Wednesday evening offering people in general and connoisseur of art in particular an opportunity to also enjoy movies that have gained international acclaim over the years. The festival to continue till February 18 was formally inaugurated by known film director and actor Javed Shaikh amidst presence of a sizable number of people from …

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Bond in trouble: Pierce Brosnan asked to explain ‘Pan Bahar’ advert

Hollywood actor Pierce Brosnan, best known for having played James Bond, has been asked by Indian authorities to explain why he was in an ad for Pan Bahar – a ‘local mouth freshener’ which is largely associated with an addictive form of chewing tobacco. Indian law prohibits advertisements of tobacco products. In case Brosnan fails to respond within 10 days, …

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India serves ex-James Bond show cause notice

Former 007 star Pierce Brosnan has been asked to explain why he features in a commercial for an Indian mouth freshener linked to chewing tobacco, Delhi authorities said Wednesday. Health officials in the Indian capital said they had issued a show cause notice requiring Brosnan justify his starring in a James Bond-style ad dating back to 2016 for pan masala …

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Berlin film fest turns down ‘MeToo’ plea to turn red carpet black

Organisers of the Berlin International Film Festival on Wednesday declined a call to have movie stars walk a black, rather than red, carpet as a symbol of support for the campaign against sexual harassment in the industry. After January’s Golden Globes ceremony where people wore black on the red carpet to express solidarity with the movement , more than 21,000 …

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FIR filed against song Manikya Malaraya Poovi for hurting Muslims’ sentiments

Police lodged an FIR against the director of a forthcoming Malayalam film on a Hyderabadi man’s complaint that the lyrics of a song in Oru Adaar Love hurt the sentiments of Muslims. Manikya Malaraya Poovi, a song that makes Priya Varrier famous due to her outstanding expressions, speaks about Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) in a derogatory way. Young man Zaheer Khan …

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Film, TV artists express condolence over death of Qazi Wajid

Film star and TV artist Resham, veteran TV artist Masood Akhtar and Chairman Pakistan Film Producers Association Syed Noor and film and TV artist Javed Sheikh have condoled over the death of legendary TV artist Qazi Wajid. In their messages, they described his death a great loss for the Pakistan showbiz industry. Talking to APP, they said that Qazi Wajid …

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Del Toro to lead jury of Venice film festival

– Director Guillermo del Toro, whose latest film “The Shape of Water” is tipped to win big at the Oscars, will chair the Venice Film Festival jury, organisers announced Monday. “Venice is a window to world cinema and the opportunity to celebrate its power and cultural relevance,” the Mexican director said. “The Shape of Water”, a Cold War-set story of …

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NY state sues Weinstein and Co. for failing to protect staff

– New York state sued Harvey Weinstein, his brother and their production company on Sunday for failing to protect employees from years of his alleged sexual misconduct despite multiple complaints from staff. The lawsuit comes four months after the Hollywood mogul s career ended over allegations of sexual harassment, assault and rape now leveled by more than 100 women spanning …

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No decision yet on NOC to display feature film Padman in Pakistan

:The decision to issue an No Objection Certificate (NOC) by the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage is yet to be taken on the release of a foreign feature film “Padman” as the film has not yet been pre-viewed by the Central Board of Film Censors, said a press release issued Sunday. It said “The decision to …

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Remembering our star: Qazi Wajid

Qazi Wajid s sad demise has left the entire nation in mourning, but his memorable characters on television will remain alive forever in the hearts and minds of people. Wajid passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest in Karachi on Sunday. He was 87 years old. Born on May 26, 1930 in Lahore, he completed his early education there, and …

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