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Sunil Grover upsets director of underworld don expose film

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‘Coffee With D’ director Vishal Mishra says he is sad that popular comedian and actor Sunil Grover refused to promote the film.

Coffee with D is a film which revolves around a journalist’s attempt to fix an interview with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and how he manages it in the end.

“Sunil and his performance is definitely one of the strongest driving forces in the film and it’s really disheartening to see that he has turned down from speaking about it at all,” Vishal said in a statement.

He added: “We are encouraging the underworld to rule the film industry by being scared and let them curb our freedom of speech and expression.”

Mishra and producer Vinod Rahani had earlier alleged that they were receiving threatening phone calls since December last year, from different numbers and locations on a daily basis. They had also filed a complaint against callers who had been threatening them to make changes in the film if it shows the underworld don in bad light.

Talking about the changes, Mishra said: “The release date has been pushed already. The least one can expect is staying on their word in this situation, as we know we haven’t portrayed anything that is ethically wrong.”

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New funny man on the block

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There’s a new funny man on the block who’s rapidly building a pretty decent bank of fans and respectable reputation in the world of stand up comedy.

Aatif Nawaz the stand-up comedian who’s had audiences raving with his ‘Talk Roti To Me’

Aatif Nawaz the stand-up comedian who’s had audiences raving with his ‘Talk Roti To Me’

29-year-old Aatif Nawaz from Wembley, to the complete horror of his close friends and family, left his stable well-paying job in IT to try his hand at making audiences laugh.

Having toured The Netherlands, Ghana and Pakistan whilst performing alongside the likes of Shazia Mirza, Omid Djalili and several other comedy veterans, Aatif is quickly become one of the most popular British-Asian comics in the UK.

Convinced that people would relate and warm to his refreshing take on ‘desi’ life and his twist of social and cultural observations, Aatif says that Asian audiences today are different to what they used to be.

“Gone are the days when comedians could get away with just wise cracks on stereotypes of Asian people and repeating stuff which is resonant of ‘Goodness Gracious Me’ days,” says Aatif speaking to the Asian Express.

“Audiences are smarter now and much more wised-up on stand-up comedy, and so the material has to be new, well thought-through and completely, completely original.”

Encouraged by the response from an all sell out debut 60-minute show in January, Aatif, earlier this month returned to the Leicester Square Theatre for more rip-roaring antics. His performance titled ‘Talk Roti To Me’, written by himself, tells the hilarious tale of a British-Pakistani’s journey to the world of stand-up comedy.

Aatif Nawaz the stand-up comedian who’s had audiences raving with his ‘Talk Roti To Me’

Aatif Nawaz the stand-up comedian who’s had audiences raving with his ‘Talk Roti To Me’

A trained actor, Aatif has also made appearances in several commercials and television shows. He has had small roles in Mark Austin's ‘Real Crime’ and ‘Peep Show’.

As a bilingual actor, Aatif has also appeared in the Urdu-language series ‘Lehrein’ and the Urdu-language film ‘Majboor’. He has also written, directed and starred in the Urdu series 'Bahir Waalay' which was broadcast in the UK.

In 2012, Aatif won an Honourable Mention Laural at the Los Angeles Movie Awards for his documentary ‘Postcards from Lahore’.

The film also holds the distinction of being the only Pakistani film to be screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

Aatif currently hosts a comedy talk show entitled ‘The Aatif Nawaz Show’ for TV Apex, the programme was nominated for two MOMO (Music of Muslim Orientation) Awards for Best Television Presenter and Best TV Show.

Now Aatif is currently in discussions with various theatres and venues about taking his show on the road, specifically in Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff and Leeds.

He’s also involved with a independent British film project which we will keep you posted on. Watch this space…

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