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Director Of #WarMachine #DavidMichod in Coversation with #FilmCriticJohnsonThomas (Full Transcript)

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Writer Director David Michod cut his teeth in the International Cinema arena with his critically celebrated ‘Animal Kingdom’ a film that won the World Cinema Award at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Michod also co-wrote the feature ‘Hesher’ starring Joseph Gordon Lewitt and Natalie Portman which also debuted at Sundance and his next feature ‘The Rover’ was amongst the official selections at Cannes 2014. He was here in India for just a day, to promote his Brad Pitt starrer ‘War Machine’- a quasi humorous absurdist satire on America’s never-ending involvement in Afghanistan. He talks to Film Critic Johnson Thomas about how that came about.. How difficult was it for you to adapt the book ‘The Operators:The Wild and terrifying inside story of America’s War in Afghanistan’ into a script for cinema? It was quite tricky. The book was written by a war correspondent, Michael Hastings, who was hanging out with a four star general in Afghanistan- through his process of writing t…

#SachinABillionDreams #HindiBollywoodFilmMovieReview #JohnsonThomas

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Hindi Film Review Johnson Thomas An Emotionally charged Experience Film: Sachin : A Billion Dreams Cast: Sachin Tendulkar, Anjali, Arjun, Sara, other family members, cricketing greats and commentators from across the world, Ramakant Achrekar etc. Director: James Erskine Rating: * * * Runtime: 148 mins A Bio-docudrama on the ‘God Of Cricket,’ this film was of course expected to be a winner even before it got off the floors. With a billion and more fans clamoring for a dekho, it was expected that even a hastily put-together success story would make do. James Erskine’s film though is a well thought out, sterilized effort that focuses it’s might on the demigod’s strengths- his virtuousness, his respect and love for family, friends and his unswerving commitment to the game of cricket. Director James Erskine (EMR, Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist , Shooting for Socrates) did not have a tough job at hand, seeing that every moment of this great man’s life and career …

#Aasra's #JohnsonThomas was an invited speaker at a #TEDxTalk organised by #UWCMC

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#Aasra's #JohnsonThomas was an invited speaker at a #TEDxTalk organised by #UWCMC Monday, May 22, 2017 #Aasra's #JohnsonThomas was an invited speaker at a #TEDxTalk organised by #UWCMC #aasradotinfo #aasraSuicidePrevention24x7Helpline912227546669 #BefriendersWorldwide #SamaritansUK #IASP #UN #WHO #AFSP #INFOTES #LifelineInternational #Google #Facebook Aasra's #JohnsonThomas was an invited speaker at a TEDxTalk organised by UWCMC

Now watch unlimited NEW movies for 30 days At Carnival Cinemaswith MoviEcard at just Rs149*/- Carnival Cinemas to introduce this service in over 60 cities across India on May 22 for movie buffs

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Now watch unlimited NEW movies for 30 days At Carnival Cinemaswith MoviEcard at just Rs149*/- Carnival Cinemas to introduce this service in over 60 cities across India on May 22 for movie buffs MUMBAI: One of the largest multiplex chain,Carnival Cinemasis set to revolutionize the film exhibition business withIndia’s first movie subscription based service ‘MoviEcard: Haqq se dekho’for silver screens. Available from May 22 across 60 select cities across India, this card is priced at Rs. 149/- for a period of 30 days. Patrons will be able to enjoy unlimited new releases in any Carnival Cinemasin those cities between Monday to Thursday. In the last few years, the biggest of the films with bankable stars have seen only 2 to 4 per cent of the total population watching the film on the big screen. The ticket prices have compelled the majority to stay away from the big screen and await the premiere of their beloved movie stars’ films on television. The choice of watching a grandeur on 5-in…

Ministry of I&B, Govt. of India, explores opportunities to increase the global footprint of Indian Cinema

Ministry of I&B, Govt. of India, explores opportunities to increase the global footprint of Indian Cinema Given the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting’s (I&B) crucial and effective role in the development of the film sector in India, especially the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), the Film in India initiative of the Film facilitation Office (FFO), the National Film Development Corporation’s (NFDC) Film Bazaar, the NFDC tied up with Marco Muller – Artistic Director, Pingyao International Film Festival, to introduce these initiatives to acclaimed international filmmakers and representatives of various National Bodies from Countries that have an international coproduction with India. Speaking on this occasion, the Joint Secretary, Ministry of I&B, said “This meeting enabled us to introduce internationally celebrated filmmakers to IFFI, which is in its 48th year and thus showcase the latest critically acclaimed films. We would be delighted to have these …

BAD RAP- Opening in US/Canada on VOD May 23

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BAD RAP- Opening in US/Canada on VOD May 23 BAD RAP which will be released on VOD in the US and Canada on Tuesday, May 23. Viewing links are also available by request to this email to consider reviews/interviews. NEW CLIPS: https://youtu.be/FdsReM8ZY9c - Awkwafina and Dumbfoundead https://www.dropbox.com/s/8vpmnqeu6ko7rcm/BadRap_Clip3.mov?dl=0 https://youtu.be/l223iRK-24U - Lyricks https://www.dropbox.com/s/wrr5kqpja6lkvem/BadRap_Clip5.mov?dl=0 https://youtu.be/GXMObOnb_hs - Rekstizzy https://www.dropbox.com/s/qiwnuohdhh1fg64/BadRap_Clip4.mov?dl=0 https://youtu.be/HSFoeDl1oJw - Dumbfoundead https://www.dropbox.com/s/4qkv8s9pr54w19u/BadRap_Clip2.mov?dl=0 More information also follows: FILMRISE PRESENTS BAD RAP Premiering on VOD Tuesday, May 23 on all major platforms including: iTunes (US & Canada) Amazon (US) Google Play (US & Canada) Vudu (US) Film’s VOD release timed to Asian Cultural Heritage Month (May 2017). VIEWING LINKS ARE AVAILABLE BY REQUEST TO CONSIDER …

Web Series Pioneer ​TVF ​​Presents its latestHorror Comedy S​ketch 'Passion Ka Bhoot'

Web Series Pioneer ​TVF ​​Presents its latestHorror Comedy S​ketch 'Passion Ka Bhoot' ​ ​In association with HDFC LIFE Watch it now on www.TVFPlay.com ​ May 2017 -- After a ​series of super successful web sketches like Tech Conversations with Dad, Daaru Pe Charcha, Truth or Dare, Barely Speaking with Arunb and TVF Bachelors comes yet another web sketch -- Passion Ka Bhoot-- ​presented by TVF ​in association with HDFC Life. TVF's Passion Ka Bhoot is i​nspired from TVF’s popular horror comedy series, TVF Bhootiyapa–Bachelors vs. Ghost which made its mark online garnering over 3 million views ....and still counting! TVF's Passion Ka Bhoot is ​written by Chandan Kumar and is directed by Harman Wadala​. ​The popular web sketch also stars leading TV & theatre actors -- Ashish Verma, Tarun Singhal, Shivankit Singh Parihar, Trupti Khamkar, Ranjan Raj, Sudhir Kumar, Abhinav Anand ​and Anant Singh. ​​​The web sketch is a satirical take on​ the fad of …

Director Venika Mitra short Film "All I Want" selected at Cannes Film festival

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Director Venika Mitra short Film "All I Want" selected at Cannes Film festival Out of 231 submissions from 30 countries Director Venika Mitra short film has been selected for the Diversity of Cannes Short films showcase at an international platform of Cannes Film festival. The Film showcase will take place on 22nd May 2017 during the 70th festival de Cannes. Synopsis of the Film :- The story is of a purposeful, single minded and unwavering pursuit, of a street urchin Ratan, to buy one mango.Ratan is a 7-8 years old incorrigible and aimless street bum; who rambles through an entire day to buy one mango. The only money he has is 9 bucks. The mango seller he asks, ridicules him while telling the prices of all the varieties of mangoes available. Ratan knows he is short of 10 bucks to buy this mango. In his struggle of buying this mango, the very audacious Ratan does whatever he can; and thus begins Ratan’s wild goose chase to get 10 bucks more.This is the story of a journ…

ACCLAIMED ARTIST SATINDER SARTAAJ REPRESENTS INDIA AT CANNES FOR HOLLYWOOD’S BIOPIC ON THE LAST MAHARAJAH OF PUNJAB – THE BLACK PRINCE

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ACCLAIMED ARTIST SATINDER SARTAAJ REPRESENTS INDIA AT CANNES FOR HOLLYWOOD’S BIOPIC ON THE LAST MAHARAJAH OF PUNJAB – THE BLACK PRINCE ACCLAIMED SUFI SINGER-POET ESSAYS THE ROLE OF LAST MAHARAJAH OF PUNJAB IN BRILLSTEIN ENTERTAINMENT PARTNERS’ ‘THE BLACK PRINCE’ A multi-gifted artist, singer, composer and Sufi poet, Satinder Sartaaj, makes his acting debut as the Last King of Punjab – Maharajah Duleep Singh - in the highly anticipated upcoming Hollywood film - THE BLACK PRINCE, releasing worldwide on 21st July 2017. Satinder Sartaaj will attend the 70th Cannes Film Festival in the French Rivera along with his British co-star Jason Flemyng for the trailer of THE BLACK PRINCE. Produced by Brillstein Entertainment Partners (Academy Award winning film 12 Years A Slave), THE BLACK PRINCE, is a period drama written and directed by Hollywood filmmaker Kavi Raz and filmed widely across the UK and India. It carefully captures the tragic, yet fascinating true story and legacy o…

1st Edition of PickUrFlick Indie Film Festival ends, promises to come back with diverse global films next year

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1st Edition of PickUrFlick Indie Film Festival ends, promises to come back with diverse global films next year ~"As a filmmaker it is very difficult to make independent films on such issues like insurgency. I have always wanted to bring out things which are not audible. I portrayed this issue in my own visual way. I have always been terrorized by insurgency since childhood. I know families who have been affected by insurgernts. The traumatization has affected the locals so much, that they have muted their voice, they think its okay to have such issues. It has been a history, no one dared to bring this on a public platform, this is journey for me, it has been a difficult process for me to bring in the real story into the mainstream cinema. To bring this sensitive issue, I tried to portray it in a natural way to not face major consequences.” said 64th National Award Winner, Jaicheng Jai Dohutia who also won the best director award for Haanduk at PIFF 2017~ ~Anirban Guha and his…

HALF GIRLFRIEND OPENS BIG, RECORDS AN IMPRESSIVE DAY 1 OF 10.27 CRORE!

HALF GIRLFRIEND OPENS BIG, RECORDS AN IMPRESSIVE DAY 1 OF 10.27 CRORE! Balaji Motion Pictures' 'Half Girlfriend', Directed by Mohit Suri has recorded a fantastic first day Box office collection of 10.27cr, making it the fifth highest opener of the year, after Bahubali 2, Raees, Jolly LLB and Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya. The film that released across 2500 screens pan India, stood tall amidst the Bahubali 2 wave and clocked in a fantastic Day 1 figure. Shreyans Hirawat of NH Studioz, the company that is distributing the film nationwide adds "We are ecstatic at this opening figure! 'Half Girlfriend' has not only managed to stand out with its immense hype and pre-buzz, but also recorded a fantastic opening of 10.27cr, in the face of the Bahubali wave and the IPL match factor. The audiences have spoken and have thronged theatres giving the film a massive initial. Half Girlfriend was the only film that had managed to stand out and has seen solid growth throug…

India Pavilion 2017 | Cannes International Film Festival

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India Pavilion 2017 | Cannes International Film Festival The 70th Cannes Film Festival, May 17 - 28, 2017 is the most prestigious event on the international film calendar and attracts 12,000 participants from the global film fraternity, including at least 3,200 producers, 1200 sellers, 1750 buyers and 800 festival programmers, who use this unique platform to discover films, filmmakers and locations and seek collaborations with the various stakeholders from the industry. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, like the previous years, organized the India Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival. On May 18, 2017 the India Pavilion was inaugurated by His Excellency the Ambassador of India to France, Dr Mohan Kumar and Mr Ashok Parmar, the Joint Secretary (Films) of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. During the inaugural session, the Brochure and Regulations for the Foreign Section of the International Film Festival of India 2017, was unveiled.…

AWARD-WINNING HISTORICAL BIOPIC ‘THE BLACK PRINCE’ DEBUTS IT’S HUGELY ANTICPATED TRAILER AT THE 70TH ANNUAL CANNES FILM FESTIVAL – AND IT DOESN’T DISAPPOINT! The Black Prince Trailer Garners over 1mn+ views in few hours of launch

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AWARD-WINNING HISTORICAL BIOPIC ‘THE BLACK PRINCE’ DEBUTS IT’S HUGELY ANTICPATED TRAILER AT THE 70TH ANNUAL CANNES FILM FESTIVAL – AND IT DOESN’T DISAPPOINT! The Black Prince Trailer Garners over 1mn+ views in few hours of launch Brillstein Entertainment Partner's (Academy Award winning film 12 Years A Slave) latest biopic ‘THE BLACK PRINCE’ - the award-winning historic film biopic on the poignant life story of the last King of Punjab – Maharajah Duleep Singh –his relationship with Queen Victoria and his struggle to reclaim his throne during Britain’s occupation of India. The trailer has already garnered over 1 Million views within just a few hours of its launch at the festival. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2wflHSDY7I&feature=share Unveiling the trailer was the multi-gifted sufi singer, composer and song-writer, Satinder Sartaaj, who makes his eagerly anticipated acting debut in and as The Black Prince. The Black Prince comprises an ens…

#Loev #BollywoodEnglishFilmMovieReview #JohnsonThomas

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Bollywood English Film Review Johnson Thomas A happening ‘Loev’ story Film: Loev Cast: Dhruv Ganesh, Shiv Pandit, Siddharth Menon Director: Sudhanshu Saria Rating: * * * Runtime: 90 min. An altogether honest and rare look at relationships in the LGBTQI frame-of-reference, this heart-warmer about two friends who take a weekend break together and discover feelings that catapult to the fore, is quite breezy and entertaining. Divorced Wall Street deal maker, single parent, Jai (Shiv Pandit) who confesses to being in a relationship with a muslim woman despite the orthodoxy of his hindu forbears, flies down to Mumbai to make a deal and have some fun along the way. He has already agreed to an assignation with his friend Sahil(Dhruv Ganesh), a music producer who is openly gay and lives in with a ‘mallu’ Alex(Siddharth Menon). The weekend is supposed to be a break away from the routine, meant to recharge individual batteries and give the two friends some quality time …

#Sonata #BollywoodEnglishFilmMovieReview #JohnsonThomas

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Bollywood English Film Review Johnson Thomas Big Words, small effect Film: Sonata Cast: Shabana Azmi, Aparna Sen, Lillette Dubey Director: Aparna Sen Rating: * * * Runtime: 104 mins Aparna Sen’s film is based on Mahesh Eklunchwar’s play of the same name- about three unmarried 60 plus women living varying lifestyles yet bonding together with a tenacity that goes beyond individual weaknesses. Aruna Chaturvedi(Aparna Sen) and Dolon Sen (Shabana Azmi) have been sharing an apartment together for the past twenty years yet it takes one skype call from a college friend Samir- who turned female through a sex reassignment surgery, to stir up a hornet’s nest( sort of) between the two. Aru is a repressed. Straight laced, conservative , Sanskrit professor/author whose origins are from highly conservative middle India while Dolon, a HOD(?) at a Bank is Bengali, the more touchy, feely, exuberant type who loves to try out new things and live the good life. They are supposedly chalk and …

Terribly Tiny Talkies’ Mother's Day special short, Jai Mata Di starring real life mother-daughter Supriya Pilgaonkar-Shriya Pilgaonkar and Shiv Pandit goes live today at 11 am.

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Terribly Tiny Talkies’ Mother's Day special short, Jai Mata Di starring real life mother-daughter Supriya Pilgaonkar-Shriya Pilgaonkar and Shiv Pandit goes live today at 11 am. ~The short is written and directed by Navjot Gulati~ Mumbai, 13th May, 2017: Terribly Tiny Talkies’ Mother's Day special short, Jai Mata Di starring real life mother-daughter Supriya Pilgaonkar-Shriya Pilgaonkar and Shiv Pandit is live now. Supriya Pilgaonkar and Shriya Pilgaonkar will be seen onscreen as mother and daughter for the first time. Directed by Navjot Gulati (who shot to fame with his YouTube series Best Girlfriend) and produced by Terribly Tiny Talkies, 'Jai Mata Di' will go live today. This humour filled short drama is about a couple, Suraj and Ananya, who are shifting from Bangalore to Mumbai and want to live-in together to kick off a new phase in their relationship. They go house-hunting but can't just find a house that Ananya likes until they see an apartment whic…

Terribly Tiny Talkies’ next short, Jai Mata Di brings in the humour this Mother’s Day with real life mother-daughter Supriya Pilgaokar-Shriya Pilgaokar and Shiv Pandit

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Terribly Tiny Talkies’ next short, Jai Mata Di brings in the humour this Mother’s Day with real life mother-daughter Supriya Pilgaokar-Shriya Pilgaokar and Shiv Pandit ~Written and directed by Navjot Gulati, Jai Mata Di will go live on 13th May, 2017 at 9 p.m~ Mumbai, 9th May, 2017 – This Mother’s day, Terribly Tiny Talkies is coming up with their next short Jai Mata Di starring Shiv Pandit and real life mother-daughter Supriya Pilgaokar and Shriya Pilgaokar together onscreen as mother and daughter for the first time. Directed by Navjot Gulati (who shot to fame with his YouTube series Best Girlfriend) and produced by Terribly Tiny Talkies, 'Jai Mata Di' will go live on the 13th May, 2017 at 9 p.m tentatively. This humour filled short drama is about a couple, Suraj and Ananya, who are shifting from Bangalore to Mumbai and want to live-in together to kick off a new phase in their relationship. They go house-hunting but can't just find a house that Ananya likes until th…

STERLING MEDIA’S COMMUNICATION CAMPAIGN FOR #WHATIREALLYREALLYWANT WINS SILVER PRIZE FOR “VIDEO PROJECT OF THE YEAR” AT BRITISH MEDIA AWARDS 2017

STERLING MEDIA’S COMMUNICATION CAMPAIGN FOR #WHATIREALLYREALLYWANT WINS SILVER PRIZE FOR “VIDEO PROJECT OF THE YEAR” AT BRITISH MEDIA AWARDS 2017 The global PR and viral campaign for the film #WhatIReallyReallyWant by Project Everyone, supported by Getty Images and SAWA and launched by the international communications agency Sterling Media, was awarded the Silver prize for Video Project of the Year at the British Media Awards 2017. Taking place at The Hilton Park Lane on 3rd May 2017, the British Media Awards recognise ‘excellence and innovation’ across the industry. Other shortlisted nominees included fellow winners Shotglass Media and New Scientist, as well as The Guardian and The Economist. On the 20th anniversary of the release of the Spice Girls’ Wannabe video, the campaign marked twenty years of Girl Power with the updated version “#WhatIReallyReallyWant”. The film reflects the voices of girls and women all over the world telling world leaders what Goals they ‘really reall…

Rashmi Sharma won National award for #Pink

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Rashmi Sharma won National award for #Pink Winning the National Award is a dream come true for any member of the Indian Film Industry, and so was it for the debutant feature film producer Rashmi Sharma. Under the banner of Rashmi Sharma Films, Rashmi marked her debut production with the blockbuster film, Amitabh Bachchan starrer ‘PINK’. The film garnered tremendous accolades for its strong subject and phenomenal performances. It also won various awards, but the most precious one was the National Film Award for Films on Social Issues. Rashmi shares “Winning the National award is always a matter of pride and honour presented the award to Rashmi. It is more so for me because it came for my debut production Pink that won the best film on social issues. We were trying to portray a message through the film, which was accepted by the society at large. No means no became an anthem and today when I look back at the making I feel an extreme sense of emotion towards this project. It is…

A Star Studded Screening of Sudahanshu Saria's LOEV

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A Star Studded Screening of Sudahanshu Saria's LOEV The exclusive red carpet screening of Sudhanshu Saria's 'LOEV' was a star studded affair, that was held recently at a suburban studio in Mumbai. The redcarpet was graced by the whos and whos of bollywood like Vir Das, Richa Chaddha, Kalki Koechlin, Ranvijay Singha, Milap Zaveri, Bejoy Nambiar, Shruti Seth, Maria Goretti, Meiyang Chang, Anushka Manchanda, Siddhant Gupta and many more. The film has won a number of awards internationally and garnered a lot ot accolades from all over the world for its delicately and sensitively handled subject. Producers Arfi Lamba, Katharina Suckale, Jasleen Marwah and Sudhanshu Saria along with the cast of the film Shiv Pandit and Siddharth Menon played warm hosts to attend to all the respected guests.

RELEASE OF ‘SARKAR 3’ MAY BE STALLED WORLDWIDE OVER COPYRIGHT ISSUES

RELEASE OF ‘SARKAR 3’ MAY BE STALLED WORLDWIDE OVER COPYRIGHT ISSUES - Narendra Hirawat & Co holds the Copyrights and Negative rights for the Prequel, Sequel and Remake of Sarkar franchise - Ram Gopal Verma and Alumbra Productions have failed to take permission in any form for the making of ‘Sarkar 3’ from the copyright holders 2nd May 2017; Mumbai: A veteran in the Bollywood Entertainment industry and holder of the copyrights of over 1300 movies, Narendra & Co has filed a legal case against the makers of Amitabh Bachchan starrer ‘Sarkar 3’. Narendra Hirawat & Co acquired the copyrights of Sarkar franchise after the release of the second part and is in possession of Prequel, Sequel, Remake and all other irreversible world negative rights in perpetuity. “We are extremely disappointed with this move from the Producers of Sarkar 3. As a cautionary step, we even issued a notice to the makers in October 2016, but they have still failed to obtain permission …

NETFLIX FINDS LOEV IN INDIA

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NETFLIX FINDS LOEV IN INDIA Worldwide rights to Sudhanshu Saria's critically acclaimed debut feature film, LOEV, has been acquired exclusively by Netflix Inc. Starring Shiv Pandit, Dhruv Ganesh and Siddharth Menon in principal roles, the film follows three friends on a weekend road trip as they struggle to define the boundaries between love and friendship. Written and directed by Saria, the film was jointly produced by Arfi Lamba and Katharina Suckale through their company Bombay Berlin Film Productions and Saria's Four Line Films. "The only reason I was even able to write this film was because I was sure it wouldn't get made. So to find ourselves on the cusp of this kind of a prestigious, worldwide release is surreal!" Saria said. The film has its world premiere at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and has since played at more than 50 film festivals around the world including SXSW, Jeonju, BFI Flare, Frameline and Hong Kong, receiving distribu…

Kunal Kapoor's crowdfunding platform, Ketto raised raised over 50 lacs for Soldiers family

Kunal Kapoor is an actor who has always been known to back a good cause, raising money and creating awareness for things as diverse as the Nepal earthquake to people suffering from cancer. The actor has now focused his attention on raising funds for our brave soldiers. Kunal's crowdfunding platform, Ketto had started a campaign after the Uri attacks to raise money for the family of soldiers and had successfully ended up raising over 50 lacs. The actor has now taken his commitment to help soldiers of the army a step further. Ketto has collaborated with the IPL team, Rising Pune super Giants to raise money for the Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre (PRC) The campaign is called 'Shukriyasoldier' PRC is a Rehabilitation Centre meant for the after care and rehabilitation of personnel's of our Defence forces who are medically boarded out i.e. retired from service due to Spinal Cord Injury while serving the Nation. Though, wheelchair bound, these soldiers have not let their…