As Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Mere Pyaare Prime Minister gears for its release on 15 March, early reviews have started kicking in which have unanimously lauded the slice-of-life drama. Some netizens have also opined that the film bore the potential to go for the Oscars, but was not selected.
Following the 91st Academy Awards, which aired on 25 February, the hashtag #AFilmThatDidntGoToOscars started trending on Twitter, with Twitterati wondering how the social drama was overlooked for the Oscars.
Mere Pyaare Prime Minister narrates the story of an eight-year-old Mumbai slum dweller who wants to build a toilet for his single mother and makes an appeal to the prime minister. It is the only Asian film which was screened at the Rome Film Festival 2019.
Mere Pyaare Prime Minister was earlier slated to be released on Gandhi Jayanti since the film, the filmmaker had said, was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi. “Gandhi is a recurring motif in the film… It comes many times….four times in the film,” Mehra had said to DNA.
As reported earlier, The film has been shot in real locations which were finalised after the recce of one month in Mumbai. Three years ago, Mehra had visited the Gandhi Ashram in Gandhinagar with an NGO which had decided to bring about change in the country after the release of Rang De Basanti. After seeing Mahatma’s model toilets, the filmmaker started an initiative to build washrooms in municipal schools.
The first song from Vidyut Jammwal-starrer Junglee, ‘Fakeera Ghar Aaja’, is a wistful homecoming song that reminds one of one’s roots. The much-awaited action adventure film is a unique tale about the relationship between one man and his herd of elephant friends.
‘Fakeera Ghar Aaja’ begins with Vidyut Jammwal rowing down a river to his picturesque childhood home, which he had left behind to pursue martial arts. From the thick foliage that skirt the hamlet to the damp soil, everything around him reeks of fond memories of his growing up years. His home is spruced up with marigold flowers and mango leaves to celebrate a wedding ceremony. In the midst of the laughter and merriment, there is a growing fondness between Jammwal and Pooja Sawant’s characters.
‘Fakeera Ghyar Aaja’ also sheds light on the relationship of the majestic tusker Bhola and his human friend.
The song has been composed by Sameer Uddin, sung by Jubin Nautiyal and penned by Anvita Dutt.
Directed by Chuck Russell, known for his popular films The Mask and The Scorpion King, and produced by Vineet Jain, Junglee is slated to release on 29 March.
Abhishek Varman directed multi-starrer Kalank, which was slated for release on 19 April, will now hit the theatres on 17 April. According to trade analysts, this will give the film a five day long extended opening weekend. The trailer of the epic drama will be out on 12 March.
Recently, the makers had unveiled first look stills of all the characters in the film. Kalank stars Varun Dhawan as Zafar, Alia Bhatt as Roop, Sonakshi Sinha as Satya Chaudhry, Aditya Roy Kapur as Dev Chaudhry, Sanjay Dutt as Balraj Chaudhry and Madhuri Dixit as Begum Bahaar.
Karan Johar had on 6 March released a teaser and had in an Instagam post, recollected recollected how the film was actually conceptualised by his father, Yash, 15 years ago. It was the last film he worked on before he passed away. The filmmaker had called the film a ‘story of turbulent relationships and eternal love.’ Kalank will be set in 1940s, around unrest and turmoil faced by India and Pakistan.
The film is being produced by Karan, Sajid Nadiadwala, Hiroo Yash Johar and Apoorva Mehta. It has been co-produced by Fox Star Studios.