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Bahubali wins best feature, Kangana & Big B snag best actor awards

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Bahubali, Kangana Ranaut & the Big B win National Award
Bahubali, Kangana Ranaut & the Big B win National Award

Bahubali, Kangana Ranaut & the Big B top National Awards

 

NEW DELHI (Diya TV) Indian epic historical film ‘Bahubali’, directed by S.S Rajamouli won the “Best Feature Film” award at the 63rd National Film Awards. The award is especially momentous since this is the first ever, blockbuster budget film out of ‘Tollywood‘ (the Telugu Film Industry). The film cost $18M to produce and grossed $89M at the box office.

The lead actors Prabhas Raju Uppalapati and Rana Daggubati thanked the director and the crew members in making this film super success. “Playing the role of ‘Bahubali’ was one of the most special things of my career”, said Prabhas.

Followed by the best film award, Bollywood superstars Amitabh Bachchan won the best actor award for his performance in “PIKU”. This 73 year actor, who has seen amazing blockbuster in his career has won the National Award the 4th time. He previously won the honour in 1990 for “Agneepath”, for “Black” in 2005 and for “Paa” in 2009.

The ‘Best Actress’ award went to the self-made and talented, Kangana Ranaut, for her film “Tanu Weds Manu Returns”. This is the third victory for Ranaut at the National Awards, having won best actress for “Queen” last year and earlier for best supporting actress for 2008 film “Fashion”.

Ranaut played a double role in the movie, impeccably portraying the simpleton athlete from Haryana, to the small town hottie from Kanpur who gets married to a doctor and moves to London, only to returns back to her maternal home in an attempt to get away and resolve her martial issues.

The Big B character in ‘Piku‘ received critical acclaim while the film grossed nearly $7.9M in the first two weeks internationally & $3.6M in the opening weekend in India.

In the US, San Francisco Bay Area resident Mahesh Kale, originally of Pune, won the Best Playback Single (Male) Award for the Marathi Film ‘Katyar Kaljat Ghusli’.

 

Mahesh Kale, Vocalist & Teacher

Mahesh Kale, Vocalist & Teacher

 

Kale is a music teacher and actively works to bring the traditions and culture of Indian classical music to his students in the Bay Area.

One actor who has successfully crossed over to the American Network TV star while maintaining her Bollywood status is Priyanka Chopra, and she took to Twitter, to congratulate fellow actress Kangana Ranuat for her work.

Another sensational film that must be made mention of this year is the “Bajirao Mastani”, a film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali who won the National Award for ‘Best Direction’.

Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali on the sets of Bajirao Mastani

Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali on the sets of Bajirao Mastani

 

“This is my first national award as a director it is really very special to me. My mother always prayed that I should get one and here I get it. Her prayers are answered,” Bhansali said.

“Bajrangi Bhaijaan”, produced and starred by Salman Khan, was awarded the most ‘Popular Film’. “This is the very first film produced under the banner of ‘Salman Khan Films’ and is huge encouragement from the Government of India in recognizing our film”, said Amar Butala, COO of Salman Khan Films.

Vishal Bhardwaj, another talented spine the industry who has won the National award seventh time now. He has been awarded for the best adapted screenplay award of this year for crime drama “Talvar”.  

“This is my seventh award. I am very happy this time as it’s a for a film like Talvar, whose story needed to be told. This is my second film alone as a writer so it gives me confidence, a boost to write”, says Bhardwaj.

Kalki Koechlin won a Special Jury Award for her performance in ‘Margarita, With A Straw’, a film that has made the rounds of festivals internationally. Tanvi Azmi won Best Supporting Actress for ‘Bajirao Mastani’. ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’ won Best Film on National Integration. Masaan won Best Debut for a Director.

‘Visaranai’ won Best Tamil Film while ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’ won Best Hindi Film.

Remo D’Souza won Best Choreography for ‘Bajirao Mastani’. The film also won Best Production Design, Best Cinematography and other honours.

The 63rd National Film Award Ceremony took place in New Delhi on 28th of March, to get the complete list, visit National Film Award Winners 2015

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Indian CEO’s meet with President Trump in London

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LONDON (Diya TV) — A number of prominent Indian CEOs from the US and the UK met with President Trump during a breakfast roundtable on his visit to London. Members of the American cabinet were also in attendance, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, as well as the president’s daughter, Ivanka.

The Punjab government announced free education for girls in government schools and colleges from Nursery school to the PhD level. They also announced free Wi-FI for 13,000 schools and all 48 government colleges.

Rayna Gokli McIntyre will be a new District Court Judge in Colorado, becoming the second South Asian member to the bench in that state.

In New Jersey, Zahid Quraishi was named a U.S. Magistrate Judge, becoming the first Asian American federal judge in that state.

And Karamjit and Karawjit Singh took danger to new heights with this coconut and melon smashing display on America’s Got Talent, all while wearing a blindfold.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Trump ends $5.6B GSP trade preference for India

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — President Trump is ending $5.6 billion worth of trade concessions for India under the Generalized Scheme of Preferences program effective this week, saying India failed to assure the U.S. that it would provide ‘equitable and reasonable access to the markets of India.

Bay Area Congressmembers Zoe Lofgren and Anna Eshoo reintroduced a bill to save work authorization visas for H-4 holders whose spouses are on track to get a green card. Many of those eligible are Indian American women.

Oklahoma’s State Board of Education released new social studies standards, which for the first time include Sikhism. Nearly 700,000 students in Oklahoma public schools will now learn more about the Sikh community, in this effort spearheaded by the Sikh Coalition.

The Golden State Warriors played through two more injuries to rotation players to beat the Raptors in Toronto 109-104 to even the NBA Finals at a game a piece.

Diya TV’s Ravi Kapur and Jonathan Choe are on-site and will have more courtside.

And we talk to the stars of Netflix’s newest romantic comedy ‘Always Be My Maybe,’ a feature that offers a story & characters Asian Americans will find relatable from some of the most talented names in Hollywood.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Campaigning stopped in West Bengal due to violence

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West Bengal violence

KOLKATA, India (Diya TV) — For the first time in India’s electoral history, the Election Commission ordered campaigning to stop a day early in West Bengal because of violence between political factions in Kolkata.

SAALT released an overview of the growth in the South Asian demographic around America and it shows the community is increasing exponentially.

SAALT says the South Asian population in the U.S. grew a stunning 40% in seven years, from 3.5 million in 2010 to 5.4 million in 2017.

The first ever Sikh American mayor of a large city, Ravi Bhalla, was portrayed by a New Jersey-based website in a photoshopped image as an Arab dictator. Supporters of Bhalla, who is the mayor of Hoboken, are denouncing the image as racist and want the “Hudson Mile Square View” to take it down.

And the Indian government held an event at the Cannes Film Festival to promote the world’s largest film industry.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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