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Oscars 2017: Why Did La La Land And Moonlight Mistake Take So Long To Correct? And The Full Correct List

The historic moment and epic mistake in Oscars 2017, when when Faye Dunaway read the name of the best film – La La Land! – there were two people, standing on either side of the stage in the Dolby Theater, who realized instantly the mistake that it is not La La Land but Monnlight is the actual winner. But for nearly two minutes no one else had any idea. The audience applauded, the team La La Land jumped, celebrated and embraced.  No matter how many awards they won, every award was special. Then producer Jordan Horowitz and Marc Platt delivered their thank-you speech.

After all this is done, finally, about one minute and fifty seconds after Dunaway declared the wrong winner, two people appeared onscreen – a man wearing a headset, and Martha Ruiz, one of the PricewaterhouseCoopers partners who oversees the Oscars ballot process. The man in the headset conferred with Horowitz and several others, as film producer Platt, apparently unaware of the drama behind him, wrapped up his comments. Amid the confusion, a third producer, Fred Berger, was reluctantly nudged to the mic, though he’d just been alerted to the mix-up and gave a few stilted remarks.

Only then did anyone take action — Horowitz, who grabbed the microphone and made the stunning announcement: “I’m sorry, no, there’s been a mistake. Moonlight,’ you guys won best picture. This is not a joke.”

Well, it turned out it wasn’t a joke. But for two people, who are charged with overseeing the announcement of winners, it was of course a nightmare. Dunaway and fellow presenter Warren Beatty had somehow been handed the wrong envelope, one containing the winner for best actress, which had been awarded moments earlier to Emma Stone for her role in La La Land.

 

It was precisely the sort of screw-up that Ruiz and Brian Cullinan, partners at the professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, have always worked to avoid. The two so-called Oscar ballot co-leaders oversee the vote-tallying process, identify the winners for each category, select the cards for the winners and seal them into their respective envelopes – but not before they memorize every winner in every category. At the ceremony, Ruiz and Cullinan carry matching briefcases, each filled with a full set of 24 envelopes with winning entries inside.

“Ideally, we like to have everything completed several days before the show. That last day is when Brian and I will start memorizing the winners of each category and start quizzing each other,” Ruiz said in a Feb. 10 interview published by the academy’s public relations arm. “It’s that extra measure to make sure it really is only to our memory at that point, to make sure that everything’s accurate.”

That final measure follows dozens of rounds of checking and re-checking the results, Cullinan added in that same interview: “We’ll have staff go back two and three times to make sure, and then Martha and I will review and recount to ensure there are no differences between what we have and they had.”

During the show, Ruiz and Cullinan stand on opposite sides of the stage and hand each envelope to the presenters.

“It doesn’t sound very complicated,” Cullinan said, “but you have to make sure you’re giving the presenter the right envelope.”

Which somehow didn’t happen Sunday night. In the aftermath of the mistake, PricewaterhouseCoopers issued an apology and said they would investigate what, exactly, went wrong.

But there is also the question of why, exactly, it took so long to correct an error that Ruiz and Cullinan should have recognized instantly. Certainly, it probably wouldn’t be ideal for someone to sprint wildly onstage the moment Dunaway made her announcement; but it seemed particularly unfortunate that the La La Land team suffered the humiliation of delivering speeches for a prize they didn’t win – and that the stunned cast and crew of Moonlight didn’t have much chance to acknowledge their rightful victory.

But despite the debacle, Moonlight director Barry Jenkins was magnanimous about the snafu in the press room.

“I noticed the commotion that was happening, and I thought something strange had occurred. And then I’m sure everybody saw my face. But I was speechless when the result – that was awkward, because I’ve watched the Academy Awards, and I’ve never seen that happen before,” he said. “And so it made a very special feeling even more special, but not in the way I expected.”

Jenkins added: “The last 20 minutes of my life have been insane. I don’t think my life could be changed any more dramatically than what happened in the last 20 or 30 minutes.”

No one offered a reason for the confusion, he said.

“No explanation. Things just happen, you know? But I will say I saw two cards,” he said. “I wanted to see the card to see the card. And Warren refused to show the card to anybody before he showed it to me. And so he did. He came upstairs, and he walked over to me, and he – he showed the card. Everybody was asking, Can I see the card? And he’s like, ‘No, Barry Jenkins has to see the card. I need him to know.’ And he showed it to me, and I felt better about what had happened.”

After the ceremony, Horowitz – who was widely lauded for his generosity and grace in a decidedly surreal, intensely awkward moment – described the emotional whiplash of the moment to The Hollywood Reporter.

At first, “I was ecstatic, it was amazing. I thought we won an Oscar,” he said. “Some guys in headsets started buzzing around. It became clear that was something wrong. They took the envelope I had. It said ‘Emma Stone, La La Land’ on it.”

There was suddenly a frantic search for the correct best picture envelope, he added. “Nobody knew where it was. Then it appeared, they opened it next to me and it said Moonlight.'”

Here is the full list of winners:

Best Picture: Moonlight
Best Actress: Emma Stone, La La Land
Best Actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester By The Sea
Best Director: Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, Fences
Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Original Screenplay: Manchester by the Sea
Best Adapted Screenplay: Moonlight
Best Animated Feature: Zootopia

Best Animated Short Film: Piper
Best Live Action Short Film: Sing
Best Foreign Language Film: The Salesman
Best Documentary Feature: Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow, OJ Made in America
Best Cinematography: Linus Sandgren, La La Land
Best Original Song: City of Stars, La La Land
Best Original Score: La La Land
Best Visual Effects: The Jungle Book
Best Production Design: La La Land
Best Sound Editing: Arrival
Best Sound Mixing: Hacksaw Ridge
Best Makeup And Hairstyling: Suicide Squad
Best Costume Design:Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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Dev Patel And Emma Stone Win BAFTA For Lion And La La Land

Indian-origin British actor Dev Patel won the BAFTA Award for the Best Supporting Actor for his performance in ‘Lion’ on Sunday. The winners for the 70th British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards were announced at the Royal Albert Hall. The ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ fame Dev Patel was nominated with Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Nocturnal Animals), Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water), Hugh Grant (Florence Foster Jenkins) and Mahershala Ali (Moonlight). Recently, Patel lost the Best Supporting Actor award to Aaron Taylor-Johnson at the 74th Golden Globes. But after BAFTA award, his fans are waiting to see if he wins an Oscar.

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Also ‘Lion’ picked up BAFTA for Best Adapted Screenplay. In that category, it was contending with films Arrival, Hacksaw Ridge, Hidden Figures and Nocturnal Animals.

Directed by Garth Davis, Lion is based on Saroo Brierley’s best-selling autobiography ‘A Long Way Home’. The story is about an Indian boy who falls asleep on a train, only to wake up and realize he is miles away from home in a strange land, where he does not speak the language. He experiences many challenges before getting adopted by a couple in Australia. Years later, he sets out to find his lost family with the help of Google earth.

Emma Stone’s performance in La La Land and Casey Affleck’s work in Manchester By The Sea won them the Best Leading Actress and Actor Honour respectively at BAFTA.

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BAFTA 2017: La La Land Sweeps It All With Best Film, Best Actress, Best Director And The List Goes On

The British Academy Film Awards are taking place tonight at London’s Royal Albert Hall. La La Land is nominated in 11 categories at the ceremony, including best film. London is freezing cold, but inside Royal Albert Hall it is all about hot and happening. The musical ‘La La Land’, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone is just sweeping it all one by one. It had 11 nominations, while Arrival and Nocturnal Animals both have nine each. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are attending and will present the fellowship award to comedian Mel Brooks. The first award handed out was for outstanding British film, won by I, Daniel Blake.

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La La Land wins best film Bafta

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The Bafta for best film has been awarded to La La Land.

The other nominees were I, Daniel Blake, Manchester by the Sea, Moonlight, Arrival.

Emma Stone wins leading actress Bafta for La La Land
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The other nominees were Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman

Damien Chazelle wins best director for La La Land
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The other nominees were Andrew Garfield, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Gosling, Viggo Mortensen.

Manchester by the Sea wins Original Screenplay Bafta
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Screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan

The other nominees were Hell or High Water, I, Daniel Blake, La La Land, Moonlight

Dev Patel wins supporting actor Bafta for Lion

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The other nominees were Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Jeff Bridges, Hugh Grant, Mahershala Ali.

Viola Davis awarded supporting actress Bafta for Fences

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The other nominees were Hayley Squires, Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris, Nicole Kidman.

Lion picks up Bafta for Adapted Screenplay

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Ken Loach launches receives Bafta award for outstanding British film

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Mel Brooks accepts Bafta Fellowship from Prince William

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Full list of winners :

Here is a full list of the winners:

  • Film – La La Land
  • Leading Actress – Emma Stone, La La Land
  • Leading Actor – Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
  • Director – Damien Chazelle, La La Land
  • Outstanding British film – I, Daniel Blake
  • EE Rising Star – Tom Holland
  • Supporting Actress – Viola Davis
  • Supporting Actor – Dev Patel
  • Original Music – La La Land
  • Original Screenplay – Manchester by the Sea
  • Adapted Screenplay – Lion
  • Make Up and Hair – Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Costume Design – Jackie
  • Cinematography – La La Land
  • Sound – Arrival
  • British Short Animation – A Love Story
  • British Short Film – Home
  • Editing – Hacksaw Ridge
  • Production Design – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Documentary – 13th
  • Film not in the English language – Son of Saul
  • Animated Film – Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Special Visual Effects – The Jungle Book
  • Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer – Babak Anvari, Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill and Lucan Toh, Under The Shadow
  • Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema – Curzon
  • Bafta Fellowship – Mel Brooks

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Bill Murray Reflects On New ‘Ghostbusters’ Cameo And Why Netflix Eludes Him

Actor, comedian, writer Bill Murray is in news as he partners With Pebble Beach as first retailer for his golf clothing line  ‘William Murray Golf’. In an interview with the “Squawk Box” crew, the actor talked about his various projects and the future of content. “I don’t have a plan. I am basically lazy, then a certain amount of conscience kicks in and then there is the idea.” said the 66 year old Oscar nominee actor on basically how he functions. On why he never wanted to do a ‘Ghostbusters 3’, Murray doesn’t seem to be quite convinced. “It just wasn’t quite as good and deeper cut as the first one. That first one was pretty good,” said the actor.

He also spoke about Netflix and the future of content. “I did a show for Netflix. They were nice people. It was “A Very Murray Christmas Show” and they were very nice to work with.”

On Tim Robbins he said, “Tim Robbins is a guy who will do nothing that is easy.”

See also : Actor Bill Murray Turns Entrepreneur, Teams With Pebble Beach; Says ‘Don’t Go Crazy, It’s Not Like the JLo Line’.

The actor also joked about Jack Nicholson during the talk, “Jack Nicholson is a poacher. He will take anything.”

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Actor Bill Murray Turns Entrepreneur, Teams With Pebble Beach; Says ‘Don’t Go Crazy, It’s Not Like the JLo Line’

The ‘Ghostbusters’ Actor Bill Murray is now an entrepreneur with his new golf-centered clothing line. Being a permanent fixture at golf’s Pebble Beach Pro-Am for past 25 years, it is not a surprise that the actor chose the Pebble Beach Company as its first retailer. The comedian is enthusiastic about his new fashion line, but says there is nothing to write home about. “Let’s not get too serious about this,” Murray told “Squawk Box.” “It’s not like the JLo line.” He got the idea from his friends who helped the star track down a group making t-shirts with Murray’s face on them and that is how the “William Murray Golf” clothing line started. It has polo shirts, button-downs, shorts and hats. Speaking from the Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament, Murray wore a pair of his line’s overalls, detailed with the Murray family tartan.

Five months ago, Murray had launched a golf apparel and lifestyle brand with the intent to bring more fun to the game of golf.

See also : Bill Murray Reflects On New ‘Ghostbusters’ Cameo And Why Netflix Eludes Him

“All you housewives out there, I’m sure when you say, ‘God, I just don’t have a good pair of overalls, what could I look good in?’ This is like a maternity set of overalls that I wear.” Bill added his dash of humor to it.

“You know, it’s kind of passive. I don’t have to do so much. Occasionally, I chip in with an idea or something like that,” he said.

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Scarlett Johansson On Her Personal Struggle On Pay Disparity: I’m The Top Grossing Actor But Not The Highest-Paid

Hollywood’s top grossing actress Scarlett Johansson says that wage gap in the film industry is a reality. The Avengers star told Marie Claire magazine that just because she is the top-grossing actress of all time does not mean she is the highest paid. “I’ve had to fight for everything that I have. It’s such a fickle and political industry,” she said. Forbes named Scarlett Johansson the Top-Grossing Actor of 2016. According to Forbes, Scarlet brought $1.2 billion at global ticketing booths with the release of Captain America: Civil War and Hail, Caesar!. Her Avengers co-star Chris Evans stood second making ticket sales worth $1.15 billion.

Scarlet Johansson hasn’t been very vocal about the wage gap until now.

“Some people felt I should talk about my personal struggle in order to shed a spotlight on the greater issue. Maybe I’m being presumptuous, but I assumed it was obvious that women in all positions struggle for equality. It’s always an uphill battle and fight. My experience with my close female friends and family is that the struggle is real for everybody. Everyone has been discriminated against or harassed-sexism is real.” – Scarlett Johansson

Natalie Portman, Jennifer Lawrence and Patricia Arquette are among a few actors who have been vocal about pay disparity and related issues prevalent in in Hollywood.

See also : Scarlett Johansson Defends Her New Movie ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Against Whitewashing Accusations

Scarlet Johansson is awaiting the release of ‘Ghost in the Shell‘ and ‘Rock That Body’ this year. In 2018, she will reprise the role of Black Widow aka Natasha Romanoff in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’.

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Scarlett Johansson Defends Her New Movie ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Against Whitewashing Accusations

Scarlett Johansson has finally addressed the controversy surrounding her casting in her new movie “Ghost in the Shell“. In an interview with Marie Claire magazine, Johansson said that she never wanted to take the role away from an Asian actor and wouldn’t have accepted the role if that were the case. Johansson added that being a part of a franchise that stars a female protagonist is a rare opportunity and she felt compelled to take advantage of the opportunity. Amidst the excitement that the cherished Japanese manga and anime movie “Ghost in the Shell” is receiving the live-action, big Hollywood studio treatment, a lot still believe there is some major whitewashing going on with the project. Scarlett Johansson is playing the main character, Major Kusanagi, who in this version is notably just called “The Major.”

“Diversity is important in Hollywood, and I would never want to feel like I was playing a character that was offensive,” – Scarlett Johansson

Johansson tried to downplay the controversy and defend herself against accusations of whitewashing.

“Also, having a franchise with a female protagonist driving it is such a rare opportunity. Certainly, I feel the enormous pressure of that — the weight of such a big property on my shoulders.”- Scarlett Johansson

See also : Scarlett Johansson On Her Personal Struggle On Pay Disparity: I’m The Top Grossing Actor But Not The Highest-Paid

When Paramount first announced Johansson would be joining the project in April 2016, fans and actors of Asian descent protested the casting, calling it another instance of whitewashing in Hollywood including Ming-Na Wen and Constance Wu. Wen said while she didn’t have an issue with Johansson as an actress in general, she stood against everything the whitewashing of the role signified. Wu, who has been vocal about whitewashing and lack of Asian roles in mainstream Hollywood in the past, added her thoughts.

Johansson is the latest to come out and push aside the whitewashing controversy. Over the summer a producer on the film said that their adaptation of the anime is an “international story.”

Ghost in the Shell” does star Japanese actors, including the acclaimed Takeshi Kitano, but there are also a number of white actors. Michael Pitt, Michael Wincott and Juliette Binoche will also star in the film.

 “Ghost in the Shell” opens in theaters on March 31.
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Akshay Kumar, Who Has Never Won Filmfare Best Actor, Says ‘Maybe He Doesn’t Deserve It’

In the wake of the release of his film Jolly LLB 2, actor Akshay Kumar says he hasn’t won a Filmfare Best Actor award in his 25-year career because he ‘maybe doesn’t deserve it.’ The 49 year old actor was not in the Best Actor nomination list of Filmfare Awards this year which created much uproar and dissatisfaction among his fans who took to social media to express their anger. Akshay‘s performances in his 2016 movies Airlift and Rustom were well received. He’s been nominated for a Filmfare Award 11 times since 1995 – four of these were in the Best Actor category. His only two wins, however, were for Best Villain in 2002 for Ajnabee and Best Comedian in 2006 for Garam Masala.

“It’s been years and years I’ve been in the industry. I have never got it but it’s ok. May be I don’t deserve it. No, I don’t deserve it that is why I don’t get it.” – Akshay Kumar

 

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Akshay‘s fans had especially objected to Salman Khan’s nomination for Sultan. The award was eventually won by Aamir Khan for his performance in Dangal.

“Sometimes it’s deliberate that I work in the movies which has social message or based on realism but the most amazing part is that I’m offered such stories. Me and my team hear over two or three scripts every day. It’s not easy. But yes, I like it when I get a social message kind of a film or a realism film, it appeals to me, so I do it.” – Akshay Kumar

 

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“Jolly LLB 2” tells the story of an small-time  lawyer played by Mr Kumar, who takes on a high-profile case in a satirical look at the legal system. The film is releasing after deleting scenes that allegedly poke fun at lawyers which was ordered by Mumbai High Court. Last week, the HC had appointed a three-member committee to review the film following the allegations that it has made the legal and judicial system a laughing stock. After asking the Supreme Court to over-rule that decision, the film’s producer, Fox Studios, changed its mind and said it will accept the edits ordered by the High Court. The scenes were cleared by the Censor Board.

When asked, Akshay Kumar said he respects the court’s decision but that he doesn’t hold with those who use the legal system to try and stall a film days before its scheduled to release.

“There are so many people who file cases just four days before the film gets released when the producer is vulnerable and soft. But court always understands and does justice.” – Akshay Kumar

Jolly LLB 2 also stars Huma Qureshi, who plays Akshay‘s love interest Pusha Pandey. The film is a sequel to Arshad Warsi and Amrita Rao’s film Jolly LLB. Saurabh Shukla reprises his role as Justice Surendra Lal Tripathi. The film releases on February 10.

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Actor Kamal Haasan Backs Panneerselvam, Says ‘Sasikala Reality Hurts Me’

Actor Kamal Haasan today came out in support of O Panneerselvam and joined his voice to the thousands objecting to what they call the foisting of VK Sasikala on them as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. He said O Panneerselvam should be allowed to continue. With an interesting twist at a press conference yesterday, the soft-spoken Mr Pannerselvam had said he had been repeatedly humiliated and forced to resign his post as the Chief Minister, even though he was Ms Jayalalithaa’s choice for the job. Over the week-end, the AIADMK had chosen Sasikala to head the government — which has faced huge criticism on social media by people who had pointed to her lack of any first-hand experience in politics and administration.

“Why not let Panneerselvam go on for some time? He has done his job fairly well,” Mr Haasan said, adding that if the people do not like him, they have the “mandate to throw him out of power”. Calling the present situation a “bad climax”, he said “Sasikala reality hurts me”.

“We are not sheep, we don’t want to be shepherded”. The people are not “demanding enough” and have been “tolerant” for too long, said Haasan.

For supporters, Ms Jayalalithaa had been Amma, Ms Sasikala; her longtime companion, had been fondly called Chinnamma (mother’s little sister).

But Mr Haasan said “Let’s not talk in terms of personal relations… For a naive young India it’s OK to call Gandhiji Bapuji, and Nehru Chachaji — but we’ve grown up”.

Ms Sasikala had flaunted her numbers at a hasty midnight meeting yesterday and again this morning. The 131 of the party’s 134 legislators who had turned up for the meeting today were taken off to a secret location to prevent any poaching by Mr Panneerselvam or other parties.

Mr Haasan said he was not impressed simply because Sasikala has superior numbers. “If they don’t know the business of running the nation, they have no right to be there,” Mr Haasan said.

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Majid Majidi’s Next Film “Beyond The Clouds” Set In India Dwells On Love And Life

The famous Iranian director Majid Majidi has started shooting his next film titled ‘Beyond The Clouds’ set in India. The film dwells on the adoration of love and life. Produced by Zee Studios and Eyecandy Films, the film dwells on nuanced human relationships, an area that Mr Majidi specialises in. The Oscar nominee director has  zeroed in on his lead boy Ishaan Khattar. Ishaan Khattar is the son of Indian actor Rajesh Khattar and Neelima Azim and half-brother of known actor Shahid KapoorAR Rahman, who has earlier worked with Majidi on “Muhammad: The Messenger of God”, will compose the music.

The film will have Ishaan playing one of the protagonists in the brother-sister story. Elaborating on the role, producer Shareen Mantri Kedia of Eyecandy Films revealed that the young lad will play someone who is deeply connected to the ground and the city.

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Majid Majidi with Ishan Khattar and AR Rahman
“Filmmakers like Satyajit Ray , whose work I adore, have represented India’s culture, rich heritage and the lives of common people to a global audience. These visions and images have stayed in my mind for years and cajoled me to make a film in India. Finally , I’m in Mumbai with a lovely team to narrate a story woven around the lives of common people.“ – Majid Majidi
“It’s our pleasure to associate with a global icon like Majid Majidi. Over the years, he has narrated stories with authenticity and honesty, the vision with which Zee serves content to its audience globally. This film, his first venture in the country , celebrates an India unseen by the world with a heartwarming story .“ – Akash Chawla, Business Head, Zee Studios
Words can’t describe the genius that is Majid. His vision and artistry are unparalleled. As fans, we have been spellbound by his narratives. It’s an honor to bring him to India. Working with him and developing this project over the last few years has been an enriching experience.“ – Shareen Mantri Kedia and Kishor Arora from Eyecandy Films
Speaking further about casting Ishaan, Majidi says, Ishaan is a wonderful boy. He is extremely talented and I feel, he will have a bright future in the film industry”.
Mijidi apparently had done a look test with xXx:The Return Of Xander Cage actress Deepika Padukone for the sister’s role, but he later confirmed that Deepika is not going to be part of the film.

Majidi is best known for acclaimed and heart-warming films such as Children of Heaven and Baran.

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