Actor Saahil Chadha, who is currently seen playing the role of King Nomad in The Adventures of Hatim on Life OK, recently finished shooting an upcoming cross-over film titled Utopia. It was helmed by Iranian director Haasan Nazer who has worked on several short festival films like Black Day, Here Iran, among others.
“Utopia is a docu-drama, which is the story of three people who are living in different parts of the world, that includes Afghanistan, Scotland and India. As the title suggests, people in this film are trying to find their perfect world. My character Rajnysh is a sweet but integral part of the story’s flow. Since childhood, he had considered a man who lived in his neighbourhood and who later becomes his father-in-law, as a role model. The story revolves around the family’s struggle for living in the world of their dreams,” stated Chadha, who added that he has already shot for the film in Jaipur and the crew is currently filming the portions in Afghanistan. Although the film is targetted at a niche audience and will be dominantly screened during film festivals, Chadha mentioned that he is trying to convince the producers, Tripswitch Productions and World Film Production, to ensure that the film gets at least a limited screen release in India.
City Lights to release on May 1
After the critically-acclaimed Shahid, the team of director Hansal Mehta and actor Rajkummar Rao’s second venture together, City Lights is set to release on May 1. The film is an official remake of the international award winning film Metro Manila and is based on the life of a farmer in Rajasthan who comes to Mumbai with his wife and daughter in hope of a better life. Produced by Fox Star Studios and Vishesh Films, the film also stars debutante Patralekha.
IPL will tour UAE, with finale in India
With elections coinciding with what is considered to be the biggest event in the country, The International Premiere League (IPL) will shift base in the initial phase of the tournament. The series will be played out at three venues in the United Arab Emirates — Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah from April 16 to 30 wherein at least 16 matches will be held. The league will have eight teams this time and 47 matches will be played in the series. Once polling concludes in the country, the remaining matches will be played in India. Meanwhile, BCCI has approached the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, seeking permission to play IPL matches in cities where polling is over. — PTI