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Sunny Deol’s ‘Mohalla Assi’ to release late 2015

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Mumbai: Director Chandra Prakash Dwivedi’s “Mohalla Assi” starring Sunny Deol and Sakshi Tanwar is gearing up for an October-November release this year, confirmed producer Vinay Tiwari.

The movie was earlier scheduled to release in 2012 but got delayed as Tiwari got involved in several other projects including the upcoming “Miss Tanakpur Haazir Ho”.

“Sunny Deol is playing a poor Brahmin who is a Sanskrit teacher. He is extremely upset with foreigners who damage the Benaras ghats by smoking ‘ganja’ and ‘bhang’. While we see Benaras in sacred light, it’s not the same for them,” he told IANS.

The film is based on Kashi Nath Singh’s book “Upanyas”.

“The book is so good that it is not available in the market,” said Tiwari.

“Despite the long delay, the actors are eager to promote the film. The actors keep calling me to release the film at any cost and we are planning to release it by October or November.”

“Narendra Modi has popularised Benaras on a global level and our song picturised over the river Ganga will be a good promotion tool,” added Tiwari.

Directed by Chandra Prakash Dwivedi, the film also stars Ravi Kishan, Saurabh Shukla and Mukesh Tiwari in pivotal roles.

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Rekha, Sridevi bag ANR National Awards

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Hyderabad: Renowned Telugu actor Chiranjeevi presented the Akkineni Nageswara Rao (ANR) National Award to veteran actors Sridevi and Rekha at an event held at Annapurna Seven acres on Sunday. Instituted by the Akkineni International Foundation, the award will be presented annually to the celebrities to honour their decades of contribution to Indian cinema.

It was a trip down the memory lane for all present — filmmaker Boney Kapoor, who received the award of behalf of his late wife; Chiranjeevi, who was the chief guest at the function and Nagarjuna in whose father’s name the award has been instituted.

In her acceptance speech, Rekha recalled her association with ANR and said she considered this honour from the Telugu film industry as a homecoming. “Annapurna Studios is like my home production and it feels glad to have received this honour alongside Sridevi, who is my little sister and an actor par excellence. I did a Telugu film titled Amma Kosam for my mother and now, I’m here to thank my another mother, Annapurna Studios.”

Bollywood producer Boney Kapoor broke into tears after accepting Akkineni Nageswara Rao (ANR) National Award on behalf of his late wife and English Vinglish actor Sridevi.

“I’m sure she (Sridevi) would have felt humbled to receive this award and I accept this on her behalf with humility,” he said at an event held at Annapurna Seven Acres here on Sunday.

ANR Awards Committee chairman and industrialist T. Subbarami Reddy, actor Akkineni Nagarjuna, his wife Amala, and several prominent members of the film industry graced the occasion.

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