‘The Ghazi Attack’ trailer to be released on Wednesday (Movie Snippets)

Mumbai, Jan 10 (IANS) Filmmaker Karan Johar on Tuesday announced that the theatrical trailer of Rana Daggubati and Taapsee Pannu starrer bilingual war drama “The Ghazi Attack” will be released on Wednesday.

Johar wrote on his Twitter page: “India’s first war-at-sea film. ‘The Ghazi Attack’ trailer tomorrow.”

Directed by Sankalp Reddy, the film is tipped to be India’s first submarine film which will be about the mysterious sinking of PNS Ghazi, a Pakistan deployed submarine.

The film is partially based on the book Blue Fish, penned by Sankalp himself.

While Rana will be seen as a naval officer, Taapsee will be playing a refugee.

The story is about an executive naval officer of the Indian submarine S21 and his team who remain underwater for 18 days.

Johar’s Dharma Productions has acquired the theatrical rights of the film.


Shalmali’s debut single on gender equality

Singer Shalmali Kholgade’s debut single “Aye” talks about gender equality and pitches for a world free of discrimination.

Her plea is not for women being superior than men, but offers a perspective to keep things equal between both genders.

The video has been directed by Shalmali herself and she has composed the song too. Two other songs are lined up to release soon after.

Commenting on the launch of the song and the video, Shalmali said in a statement: “I’ve waited too long to do this. No matter what the outcome, launching my independent career with this track gives me a feeling of fulfilment.”

Shalmali has earlier sung popular tracks like “Baby ko bass pasand hai”, “Balam pichkari” and “Daaru desi”.


Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s ‘Haraamkhor’ connect

The forthcoming release “Haraamkhor” was made via crowd funding, but what many don’t know is that filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra gave a personal grant for its production.

It was when Chopra read the film’s script that he was convinced to contribute personally for the film.

Producer Guneet Monga of Sikhya Entertainment said in a statement: “We were at the NFDC (National Film Development Corporation) pitch lab where we had to pitch our film. And we won the pitch which was sponsored by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and we got the grant of the money from him, which worked towards the post-production of our film.

“The film was produced through a crowd fund on Facebook. Phantom Films wasn’t involved. But when the film was wrapped up, we showed it to Anurag (Kashyap) since he’s both Shlok (director Shlok Sharma) and my mentor. He saw the movie and loved it and came on board in the capacity of a producer. The film was produced under Rs 1 crore.”

“Haraamkhor” is releasing on Friday, and features Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Shweta Tripathi in key roles of a teacher and student.