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‘No attempt to whitewash’ Harshad Mehta in The Big Bull

Abhishek Bachchan is set to play a fictionalised version of infamous stockbroker Harshad Mehta in The Big Bull. His character is called Hemant Shah in the movie. Abhishek has said that the movie doesn’t glorify or whitewash Harshad.

Abhishek said that the film presents the character as a flawed man, who occasionally slips up.

“Hemant Shah, my character, is a flawed one. I don’t know if I agree entirely with the fact that the moral responsibility of the subject is on the writers. They are storytellers and they shouldn’t bother with morality. When we – producers, actors and the director steps in, that’s when the moral responsibility steps in. 

“Do you deify this man or do you humanise? I was clear in my initial discussions that if he is aspirational, he has to be shown as a flawed man. If everything about him was to be heroic, he’d be uni-dimensional. He has human frailties and I like the fact that he slips,” he was quoted as saying in media reports..

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Drishyam director Nishikant Kamat passes away at 50

Filmmaker Nishikant Kamat who directed 2015 thriller Drishyam passed away on Aug 17 at age 50 in Hyderabad. He was suffering from Liver Cirrhosis for the past two years.

Kamat, who had multiple organ failure, was admitted to the hospital on July 31 with complaints of fever and excessive fatigue.

“It was diagnosed that he was suffering from liver cirrhosis for the past two years. Initially, we started antibiotics and supportive medications upon which Mr Kamat showed an improvement, but his condition soon deteriorated with progressive liver dysfunction and drowsiness,” the hospital said.

Many celebrities, including Ajay Devgn and Riteish Deshmukh mourned the demise of the filmmaker on Twitter. 

“My equation with Nishikant was not just about Drishyam, a film which he directed with Tabu and me. It was an association that I cherished. He was bright; ever-smiling. He has gone too soon. RIP Nishikant,” Ajay Devgn said on Twitter.

Actor Abhishek Bachchan expressed his grief and shared, “Rest in peace dear Nishi. Our plans remain unfinished…. my thoughts and prayer to him and his family. “

Filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker took to Twitter to bid adieu to his fellow filmmaker and to extend condolences to his family. “You’ve gone too soon, Nishikant! There were still so many stories that needed to be told,” the ‘Jodha Akbar’ director tweeted.
“You will be remembered through your creations! Especially #MumbaiMeriJaan which is sheer brilliance! Your CINEMA will be missed! Farewell #NishikantKamat Condolences to the family,” he added.

John Abraham who has worked with the late filmmaker in his action directorial ‘Force’ posted two pictures with him on Twitter and said, “Will not get over this …. Rest In Peace #NishikantKamat.”

Kamat helmed many Marathi and Hindi films. Some of his best-known projects include the 2011 action film Force and Irrfan Khan-starrer Madaari. He made his directorial debut with Marathi film Dombivali Fast in 2005. 

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Abhishek Bachchan’s ‘The Big Bull’ shoot may resume in July

The Maharashtra government has permitted resumption of shootings for films, teleserials, advertisements, OTT, etc with immediate effect. The makers of Abhishek Bachchan-starrer “The Big Bull” plan to resume shooting next month.

“We are looking at July because a lot needs to be worked out. All precautions and arrangements need to be in place, as well as dates of the actors,” said Anand Pandit, one of the producers of the film.

A 16-page official directive comprising guiding principles was issued recently by the Maharashtra state government, for the restart of the media and entertainment industry.

“The Big Bull” is directed by Kookie Gulati, and is reportedly based on India’s biggest securities scam of 1992.

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