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'Qissa' is 'masterful and restrained':Shabana Azmi
IANS
Mumbai: Veteran actress-social activist Shabana Azmi heaped praise on Punjabi feature film "Qissa", which narrates the life of a Sikh family post-partition. She said the film depicted the turmoil after the partition in a true yet restrained form.

"Anup Singhs direction is masterful n restrained. He shows how suggested violence is far more chilling than graphic depictions of it #Qissa," Shabana tweeted Friday.

Shabana also praised the performances of the cast of the film that included critically ... Read More

Pooja Kumar to be in 'Uttama Villain'
IANS
Chennai: Multi-talented actress Pooja Kumar, who will soon be seen in Kamal Haasan-starrer "Uttama Villain" and "Vishwaroopam 2", says she'd like to bring experiences of her life into acting.

"I have a degree in finance and politics. I've produced short films and I'm a trained dancer too. I enjoy taking out time to do these things and people like Nandita Das and Shabana Azmi inspire me. They're actors who are also actively involved in social causes, ... Read More

'Anegan' team promotes film aggressively
Dhanush is aggressively promoting his upcoming film Anegan which is slated for February 13 release.

Dhanush, Amyra Dastur, KV Anand and Jagan are seen working round the clock aggressively promoting the film. They recently visited Kerala and back in Chennai, the entire crew participated in the reality singing show hosted by a leading private channel.

Anegan team headed to Hyderabad for the audio launch of Anekudu (Anegan in Telugu). Dhanush and KV Anand also have participated in ... Read More

Has Priyanka Chopra's Madamji been shelved?
IndiaToday.in

Madamji starring Priyanka Chopra in the lead is based on the story of Anokhi Devi, a bar dancer who became a successful politician. Dirty Politics starring Mallika Sherawat is also about a woman embroiled in politics of sex and power.

The makers apparently have no plans to revise the script as the subject does not sound interesting.

Priyanka ChopraShooting of Madamji was supposed to start in April this year

Interestingly, When Mallika was recently asked about the ... Read More

Akshay Kumar-starrer 'Baby'banned in Pakistan
PTI
Mumbai: Akshay Kumar starrer 'Baby' which is about an Indian spy on a mission to catch a dreaded terrorist is ban by the Pakistan censor board.

"Censor boards in Islamabad and Karachi have decided to ban the film because it portrays a negative image of Muslims and the negative characters in the film also have Muslim names," the Dawn newspaper said.

All CDs and DVDs of the film have also been banned in Islamabad. A representative of ... Read More
Irrfan Khan to Star in Tom Hanks' Inferno
IANS
Irrfan will portray Provost, the head of a shadowy group that becomes involved with Robert Langdon, played by Tom Hanks

Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan has been roped in for yet another Hollywood project - this time he will share screen space with Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones in the upcoming mystery thriller film Inferno.

Inferno is the third film in the franchise that launched with The Da Vinci Code in 2006 and continued with Angels & Demons ... Read More
Filming 'My name is Khan' completes five years
IANS
Mumbai: 'My Name Is Khan', a movie about an autistic man's journey to meet the US President to give one message -- 'My name is Khan, and I am not a terrorist' -- Thursday clocked five years. This made its lead actor Shah Rukh Khan and director Karan Johar nostalgic.

"An extremely special film to me...#5YearsOfMyNameIsKhan," Karan tweeted.

The movie brought one of Bollywood's hit pairs Shah Rukh and Kajol together.
Shah Rukh Khan and director Karan Johar ... Read More
Uttama Villain to be released on April 2
IANS
Chennai: Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan-starrer Tamil drama "Uttama Villain" will hit the theatres April 2. Eros International has bagged the theatrical rights of the film along with its Telugu dubbed version.

"We are extremely proud to associate with Eros, the most powerful and successful name in contemporary Indian cinema to co-produce our prestigious 'Uttama Villain', starring Kamal Hassan. It will be released worldwide April 2," producer N. Lingusamy said in a statement.

Produced by Thirupathi Brothers, "Uttama Villain", ... Read More
Sanjay Bhansali: Main Gabbar is the kind of film that I personally find entertaining
TNN
Sanjay Leela Bhansali admits that Main Gabbar is far from a typical Bhansali film and insists that's the reason he is all the more excited about it. The filmmaker opens up about the action entertainer, which releases this summer, and all his other films in the pipeline.

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SikhNet To Launch Free Online Animated Story 'Kaur'
SikhNet To Launch Free Online Animated Story for International Women's Day - in celebration of International Women's Day, SikhNet will launch an original short animated film, titled KAUR, free online. #makeithappen. #kaurpower. kaur.sikhnet.com.

KAUR tells the story of a young Sikh girl, Saibhang Kaur, who loves science but feels the social pressure that "girls don't belong in science club." Not sure what to do about her dreams, Saibhang Kaur thinks about giving up.
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PK Accused of Plagiarism, High Court Issues Notice to Producers
PTI
A novelist's in his plea has accused the producers, director and scriptwriter of plagiarising certain portions from his Hindi book Farishta published in 2013

The Delhi High Court on January 21 issued notice to the producers and directors of blockbuster film PK, starring actor Aamir Khan, on a novelist's plea accusing the makers of the movie of plagiarising certain portions from his Hindi book Farishta published in 2013.

Justice Najmi Waziri asked producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra and ... Read More
'Mohenjo Daro' release date postponed
IANS
New Delhi: Ashutosh Gowariker's mega project 'Mohenjo Daro' that was intially set to release ahead of Republic Day 2016, will now hit screens in August 2016.

'Mohenjo Daro' starring Hrithik Roshan and Pooja Hegde was intially set to release Jan 22.

The movie, jointly produced by Disney India's Studio business and Ashutosh Gowariker Production Pvt. Ltd. (AGPPL), will now release Aug 12, 2016, read a statement.
Gowariker's 'Mohenjo Daro' release date postponed

A file photo of Ashutosh Gowariker.
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'Tevar' - masala at its best (Rating - ****)
Source : IANS
Film: "Tevar"; Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha and Manoj Bajpayee; Director: Amit Ravindernath Sharma; Rating: ****

Funny, how more things change, the more they remain the same. "Tevar", which is one of the most engaging Bollywood masala dossiers in recent months, takes us through the crowded 'gallis', 'mohallas' and 'akhadas' of Agra and Mathura in search of that elusive thing called love.

This is a love story where most of the playing-time is devoted to ... Read More
India needs more films like 'PK'
No saint, no pope, no general, no sultan has ever had the power that a filmmaker has: the power to talk to hundreds of millions of people for two hours in the dark - Frank Capra

Filmmakers can broadly be categorised into three groups.

We start with the third - the non-commercial or 'parallel' filmmaker. She/he is more concerned with the art of filmmaking rather than the commerce of it.

The other two groups are both commercial minded.

The ... Read More
Akhilesh Yadav to release Bollywood film's trailer
Source : IANS

Lucknow, Jan 2 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will launch the trailer of Bollywood romantic comedy "Thoda Lutf, Thoda Ishq" Jan 8, 2015.

The movie's cast including Hiten Tejwani and Raajpal Yadav, along with the film's director Sachin Gupta will be present at the launch, which will take place during the ongoing annual Saifai Mahotsav.

About 90 percent of the film has been shot in Uttar Pradesh's cities including Etawah, Noida and Meerut.

The ... Read More
'PK' is against religious frauds: Ved Pratap Vaidik
IANS

New Delhi: As Hindu right-wing groups continue their protests over 'PK', veteran journalist and activist Ved Pratap Vaidik says people are opposing the Aamir Khan movie because of a "misunderstanding" and they should watch it before going against it as the movie is actually against religious frauds and people who have made a business out of religion and are conning ordinary people.

Demonstrations against the movie have taken place in Delhi, Agra, Bhopal, Ahmedabad and many ... Read More
Aamir Khan-starrer 'PK' a 'wonderful', 'courageous' film: LK Advani
IANS

New Delhi: Senior BJP leader LK Advani has hailed Aamir Khan-starrer 'PK' as a "wonderful and courageous film".

A movie buff, Advani recently watched the Rajkumar Hirani directorial. He took a liking to the film and feels that a majority of people should watch it.
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'PK' zooms past 'Dhoom: 3' earnings in one week
Source : IANS

Mumbai, Dec 26 (IANS) Christmas has proved to be a lucky time for Aamir Khan. Last year, he struck gold at the box office with "Dhoom: 3", and this time the superstar's latest offering "PK" has zoomed past the action adventure's first week collections.

While "Dhoom 3" earned Rs.179 crore in one week in India, "PK" collected Rs.182.58 crore in the first week. The film's international gross box office collection is $13.36 million (Rs.85 ... Read More
'Bombay Velvet' comes to Ranbir
PTI

New Delhi: Director Anurag Kashyap approached actors like Aamir, Saif Ali Khan and Hrithik Roshan for his ambitious period drama 'Bombay Velvet' before it finally landed with Ranbir Kapoor.

The director said he needed a big star to raise money for his big-budget film. Also, starring Anushka Sharma and Karan Johar, the film is currently in post production.

Based on author Gyan Prakash's book, Mumbai Fables, 'Bombay Velvet' chronicles the story of how the city became a ... Read More
Kochi Biennale signature film a big hit in social media
Kochi, Dec 24: The ongoing Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) has got an official signature film which is winning massive appreciation from the social media for its simplicity, artistic quality and unique presentation style.

‘To appreciate a genuine poetry, song or a painting, we need not be a poet, musician or painter, but a child’, says the 86-second movie by renowned filmmaker Aashiq Abu.

A sonorous narration (in Malayalam, with English subtitles) by playback singer Shahbaz Aman adds ... Read More
Indian Crime Epic GANGS OF WASSEYPUR comes in January 2015
Cinelicious Pics is thrilled to announce that Anurag Kashyap’s Indian crime masterpiece GANGS OF WASSEYPUR will be released at AMC Theaters in January of 2015 in select cities nationwide. The epic crime drama, presented by Adi Shankar (producer of A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES, DREDD and THE GREY), will be released in two parts, in back-to-back one-week runs, at AMC Theaters in major markets throughout the country beginning January.

“GANGS OF WASSEYPUR is both an amazing ... Read More
'Meaghamann' censored, release confirmed for X'mas
By MOVIEBUZZ
Today, Arya’s Meaghamann has been censored with U/A certificate by the censor board officials which comes as a birthday gift for the actor.

Touted to be an action thriller, Meaghamann is directed by Magizh Thirumeni of Thadayara Thakka fame and Hansika is playing the female lead while the film also has Sudhashunu Pandey, Ashutosh Rana, Ashish Vidyarthi, Anupama Kumar and many to its star cast.
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Rajinikanth's first time ever in 40 years!
Shiva Prasad,TNN
Rajinikanth's Lingaa directed by KS Ravikumar has been censored and the movie has bagged a clean 'U' certificate. With the film being cleared by the censors, the film is set to hit the screens on Rajinikanth's birthday on 12th December. It would be the first time ever in superstar Rajinikanth's 40 year career, that his movie is releasing on his birthday. The film which is 2 hours and 54 minutes long and will be ... Read More
Five member international jury to pick best films at 45th IFFI
Source : ANI
The international jury of the 45th edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) comprises celebrated film personalities from all over the world.

The jury chairman Slawomir Idziak from Poland is a noted cinematographer, screenwriter, director and lecturer.

The other members include Zhang Jianya, a filmmaker from China, Marie Brenner, a New York-based writer, Seema Biswas, an actress from Assam and Nadia Dresti, the head of International Locarno Film Festival.

Slawomir Idziak has worked with cinema ... Read More
Rajnikanth, Amitabh and a slice of Gandhi this IFFI
(IANS)
The 45th edition of the IFFI, which gets underway Thursday, is all set to host a coming together of two celestial objects, Rajnikanth and Amitabh Bachchan.

On Thursday, if you are in Goa, you may just be in chance to collect some stardust. The 45th edition of the IFFI, which gets underway Thursday, is all set to host a coming together of two celestial objects, Rajnikanth and Amitabh Bachchan, who have helped millions of Indian ... Read More
On his 86th birthday, Mickey Mouse to don an Indian avatar
New Delhi: Celebrated cartoon character Mickey Mouse, who turns 86 tomorrow, is set to don an Indian avatar in an animation short video which has a India setting.

As a part of the second season of the 'Mickey Shorts' series, the special video will premiere on Disney Channel in India on Mickey's birthday on November 18.

In the video, Mickey will be seen speaking in Hindi and riding an auto rickshaw, which is a very popular mode ... Read More
Happy New Year makes its way to Oscar library
IndiaToday
It looks like celebrations for Happy New Year cast are all set to double up. The film has not only garnered big numbers at the box office race but it has become one of the few films to be part of the prestigious Oscar library.

Farah Khan, the choreographer-turned-director announced on Twitter that the script of Happy New Year has reached the Oscar's library.
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Bollywood seems like Hollywood of 20 years ago
IANS
European filmmaker Goran Paskaljevic, who is all set to make "Dev Bhoomi", the first Indo-Serbian co-production, says Bollywood is what Hollywood was two decades ago.

"Time to time I see some of Bollywood films, I think the audience has increased and they want to see something different. I enjoy Bollywood films, but what I feel is that Bollywood seems like Hollywood 20 years ago," Paskaljevic told IANS.

"France and Paris are fantastic, they are fighting for quality ... Read More
Shah Rukh Khan's 'Happy New Year' box office collections open filmi formula debate
Priyanka Sinha Jha
Shah Rukh Khan starrer 'Happy New Year' suggests that box office collections remain the most effective measure of stardom. Bollywood Hungama) Shah Rukh Khan starrer 'Happy New Year' suggests that box office collections remain the most effective measure of stardom. Bollywood Hungama)
SummaryWith fantastic box office collections, Shah Rukh Khan's 'Happy New Year' restarts debate on watch-worthiness quotient...

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Happy New Year box office: Breaks the record of 'Chennai Express'
TNN
Red Chillies Entertainment Pvt Ltd announced that the India box-office collection of 'Happy New Year' at the end of the first week of release is Rs 157.57 crores.

The movie established a new record at the box-office for opening day and opening weekend. Venky Mysore, RCE CEO said, "As a production house, it is very gratifying for us that Happy New Year has beaten the record set by Chennai Express in 2013, also a Red ... Read More
'Happy New Year' beats lifetime box office collections of Salman Khan's 'Jai Ho'
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Shah Rukh Khan has done it again. The Bollywood superstar's 'Happy New Year' box office collections have now overtaken the lifetime business of 'Jai Ho' and 'Holiday ... Read More
Ashton Kutcher praises Alia Bhatt's short film
PTI
Alia Bhatt has found a fan in Hollywood hunk Ashton Kutcher, who has praised the actress's short film on woman safety.

Titled 'Going Home', the short film, which has gone viral in social media, has been directed by 'Queen' helmer Vikas Bahl.

The film sees Alia playing a young woman, whose car breaks down and she has an encounter with a group of rough-looking men late at night. But without any hesitations she approaches them and ... Read More
Chauranga beat 'Killa' as best Indian film at MAMI
The just-concluded 16th Mumbai Film Festival has been a good one for Indian cinema, with nearly half the top prizes having been awarded to Indian filmmakers. Chaitanya Tamhane's Court took home 3 awards from the International Competition section - the Golden Gateway Award for Best Film, Best Director, and a jury special mention for its ensemble cast. Those who watched the competition films at the festival this year may not be surprised, as the Marathi ... Read More
Tevar
TNN
Director: Amit Sharma
Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Manoj Bajpayee
Producer: Boney Kapoor, Sanjay Kapoor
Banner: Eros International, BSK Network and Entertainment

Synopsis
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Shah Rukh's eight-pack looks fabulous: Gauri (Movie Snippets)
Source :IANS

Mumbai, Oct 11 (IANS) His fans are already going gaga over superstar Shah Rukh Khan's eight-pack abs look in "Happy New Year", and now his wife Gauri too has given a thumbs up to his chiselled physique by terming it "fabulous".

"Happy New Year", produced under Shah Rukh and Gauri's home banner Red Chillies Entertainment, is directed by Farah Khan.

The film's team will be travelling to Dubai for the movie's premier.

"I think it's going to ... Read More
'Happy New Year' is a title that everybody can understand
Filmmaker Farah Khan recently shared an interview with music producer T-Series' official YouTube channel about her upcoming film 'Happy New Year'.

Speaking about the title of the film, Khan said, "I thought the title was very positive and happy. It is also something that every person knows, irrespective of their location or culture. In our script, the entire film builds up towards that date, the eve of December 31," said Khan.

Talking about the cast of 'Happy ... Read More
STAN LEE SETS HIS EYES ON BOLLYWOOD
LEGENDARY SUPERHERO CREATOR, STAN LEE, IS IN DISCUSSIONS WITH BOLLYWOOD TALENT TO MAKE HIS INDIAN SUPERHERO, “CHAKRA THE INVINCIBLE” AS A FILM! ~
Mumbai, India — October 10, 2014 – In a year dominated by superhero films based on Stan Lee’s co-creations including, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “Captain America The Winter Soldier” and “X-Men Days of Future Past,” the legendary creator is now looking at India with aspirations to make his first Bollywood film.
Graphic India, ... Read More
Central Board of Film Certification grants 'A' certificate to 'Current Theega', courtesy Sunny Leone's song
IANS
Chennai: The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has granted an 'A' certificate to upcoming Telugu comedy "Current Theega", due to the presence of a special song featuring porn star and Bollywood actress Sunny Leone.

"The members of the censor board enjoyed watching the film. If it was not for Sunny's item song, 'Current Theega" would have got 'U' certificate," read a statement from the production house.

"But since the expectations of Sunny's song is high among ... Read More
Haider
Srijana Mitra Das, TNN
Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Kay Kay Menon, Irrfan Khan, Tabu
Direction: Vishal Bhardwaj

Review: So, Haider is a brilliant adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet where a new character - Kashmir - joins the drama's kings and queens. VishalBhardwaj's Kashmir isn't shikaras and ShammiKapoor though. Set in 1995, amidst militancy and martial rule, this Kashmir is gray smoke and brown trees, frozen waters and fires glowing angrily on a lake.

Dr. HilalMeer, to his wife Ghazala's ... Read More
Shweta Prasad and the portrayal of prostitution in Tamil cinema
By Sowmya Rajendran Source : SIFY

Much has been said and written about the arrest of actress Shweta Prasad in a sex work racket. Online trolls in message boards across the Internet have had a field day, righteously condemning the actress for doing something so 'cheap and immoral' just for money when she could have done other 'respectable' things to sustain her lifestyle. Not much is known about her rich clients though. Which isn't surprising, given our ... Read More
Marathi film 'Manoos' turns 75, revives the golden era of director V Shantaram
Pune: Exactly 75 years ago on this day, Indian cinema had its watershed moment with release of Marathi movie 'Manoos' (man), that perhaps for the first time made a bold attempt to explore realities of the life of a sex worker.

It was legendary producer-director V Shantaram, who conceived the plot, based on a short story 'The Police Constable', which revolved around the theme of a simple, good hearted uniformed man attempting to unshackle and free ... Read More
Four Anurag Kashyap films that have changed the Indian cinemascape forever
He is moody, whimsical and erratic. And yet you can never have enough of filmmaker Anurag Kashyap. His films are often marred by controversies and not always accepted by the audience at large, but they have always played an important part in bringing positive change to Hindi films.

From realistic, hard hitting narrative to technique, Kashyap brought a fresh lease of life in the 1990s with his unique style of filmmaking. Some would say his style ... Read More
Indian youth smart enough to know PK is fiction: SC
Indian society is mature enough to distinguish between art and obscenity, the Supreme Court said on Thursday while dismissing a petition seeking a ban on the release of Aamir Khan starrer ‘PK’ for “promoting” nudity.

Chief Justice of India R.M. Lodha, heading a Bench of Justices Kurian Joseph and Rohinton Nariman, said tolerance to works of art and fiction was the hallmark of a tolerant society. The order rescues the film caught in a swirl of ... Read More
Mumbai's Rs 5 crore shame: Who will pay for a film festival?
By Satyen K. Bordoloi

It seems like the much-awaited yearly art bonanza, the 16-year-old Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI to most and MFF to some) will not see the light of the projector this year.

The reason is as old as civilization – lack of a few rupees. Ok, a lot of rupees. Obviously the much fabled large-heartedness of Mumbai, home to 26 billionaires (ranked 6th in the world) and 2,700 multi-millionaires, where Rs 100 crore films have ... Read More
Rani's film 'Mardaani' gets adult certificate
Actress Rani Mukerji, who is enjoying the success of 'Mardaani', on Tuesday said that on behest of viewers and NGOs she will send the film to the censor board for re-certification.

Despite being awarded an A-certificate, Mardaani, which earned Rs.15 crore in the opening weekend, has been made tax free in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.

The actress is keen to show the film on female trafficking to children who are above 12 years.

"I am so happy ... Read More
Film writers choose executive
In the recently concluded elections of the The Film Writers Association (FWA), the Progressive Writers Group made a clean sweep, winning 22 of the 23 seats of the Executive Committee.

FWA is the writers union for all Hindi, Marathi, Bhojpuri, Gujarati, Konkani, Rajasthani and Punjabi screenwriters.

It is an oft-repeated fact that barring a few A-listers, all screenwriters find themselves helpless while negotiating with producers, and forced to accept unfair terms and one-sided contracts. The ... Read More
Toronto film festival unveils star-studded guest list
(Reuters) - The 39th Toronto International Film Festival will feature a host of Hollywood favorites when it opens next month, with actors including Robert Downey Jr. and Al Pacino expected to attend.

Widely considered the kick-off to Oscar season, the festival will show 285 feature films, 143 of which will be world premieres. The festival unveiled its guest list and full program on Tuesday.

Downey will be on hand for the showing of David Dobkin's "The Judge," ... Read More
'Raja Natwarlal' not a superficial con film: Emraan Hashmi
After playing a man overpowered by witches and an amnesia patient in his last two ventures, actor Emraan Hashmi is back to playing a mischief maker on-screen in Raja Natwarlal, which he says is not a superficial con film. PTI file photo

After playing a man overpowered by witches and an amnesia patient in his last two ventures, actor Emraan Hashmi is back to playing a mischief-maker on-screen in 'Raja Natwarlal', which he says is not ... Read More
Salman's film beats Shah Rukh Khan's 'Chennai Express’ lifetime collections
TNN
Salman Khan's 'Kick' has entertained one and all with its power packed action and Dabangg Khan has managed to break Shah Rukh Khan's 'Chennai Express' record at the box office.

According to a report in Koimoi, Kick has earned Rs 227.65 crores at the box office, while Chennai Express stands at a total business of Rs 226.70 crores.

Kick is now the 3rd highest grosser of all time, after Aamir Khan's Dhoom 3 and Hrithik Roshan's ... Read More
'Rang Rasiya' gets clearance from Censor Board!
It was reported that Nandana Sen, lead actress of Rang Rasiya, would have to give an NOC (No Objection Certificate) to the makers before they released further promo material of the film with erotic elements. But now we hear that that was never the case at all.

In fact, director Ketan Mehta has gone ahead and got a clearance from the Censor Board.

Nandana, who is amused by the reports says, "This is not true at all. ... Read More
Murder and the Malayalee
By Sarita Ravindranath Source : SIFY

Who killed whom and why? It seems no one wants to know just that any more.

The murder novel has evolved beyond answering simplistic whodunit questions and evolved into a deeper exploration of character, motive and milieu.

Gone Girl (2012), The Silent Wife (2013) and the works of Keigo Higashino (The Devotion of Suspect X, Salvation of a Saint) are all examples of recent popular novels whose thrills lay beyond your knowing who ... Read More
Moview review: Riyasat
Renuka Vyavahare, TNN
Story: Riyasat is the last film of late superstar Rajesh Khanna. It is yet another adaptation of The Godfather.

Review: Mario Puzo must be turning in his grave for Riyasat is a pointless adaptation of his classic. While RGV's version had 'Sarkar' played by Amitabh Bachchan, Riyasat's ethical Godfather is an ageing Saheb (Rajesh Khanna), who rules the underworld but helps the poor by guaranteeing them money, safety and justice.

His henchman is his elder ... Read More
Shah Rukh Khan supports Saahil’s debut film
Eepsita Guha,TNN
Mad About Dance (MAD) was conceived four years ago by Saahil, who was a student in UK then and Shah Rukh Khan who was completing his film Ra.One at that time in London.

Even then, SRK had given an open offer to the tall, curly-haired youngster - he could pick up any equipment that he might require for his film, from his production team. As Saahil left for his first schedule, the superstar wrote ... Read More
Malayalam film producer, family found dead in Dubai flat, suicide pact suspected
Dubai: The decomposed bodies of a south Indian film producer, his wife and daughter have been found in mysterious circumstances in their flat here.

The deceased identified as Santhosh Kumar, who hails from Kerala owns a film production company Souparnika Films and was a co-producer of the hit Malayalam movie 'Madambi', the Khaleej Times reported today.

Family sources said the bodies of Kumar, his wife Manju and daughter Gouri bore multiple stab injuries.
Representational image. Reuters

The Dubai Police ... Read More
Munna Mange Memsaab: movie review
Critic's Rating:
Cast: Omkar Das Manikpuri, Jordiya Anna
Direction: Shareeph Mansuri Saranawala
Genre: Comedy
Duration: 2 hours 7 minutes

Story: The title pretty much sums it up. A simpleton runs from pillar to post seeking a gori mem to be his bride.

Review: Naive and jobless, Munna (Peepli Live's Omkar Das Manikpuri), a small town guy, gets mocked for being ugly, right from his childhood. His mother consoles him by leading him on to believe that he is 'sundar' ... Read More
Anurag Kashyap's Ugly Leaves Audience Numb at Leh Film Festival
IANS
A still from the film Ugly Anurag Kashyap's Ugly, which created waves at the Cannes International Film Festival earlier this year, made its Asia premiere here and left an audience full of filmmakers, army trainees and media, numb with its 'ugliness'. (Also Read: Will fight with the Censor Board till the end: Anurag Kashyap)

The thriller about complex relationships formed during a tragedy, its underlying connotation and stupendous performances left the audience numb. However, more ... Read More
Karan Johar did 'Bombay Velvet' for free
New Delhi: Filmmaker Karan Johar will be seen on the big screen again and the makers of "Bombay Velvet" say that he didn’t accept a single paisa as an actor’s fee for his negative role in the film.

As a token of appreciation, co-producer Phantom Films (Anurag Kashyap and Vikas Bahl) has sent a giant Rs.11 cheque as a symbol of friendship between them and Karan.

"Yes, he has not taken any remuneration, because this film is ... Read More
Kareena Kapoor: Shuddhi not happening
PTI

Actress Kareena Kapoor Khan is not part of Karan Johar's 'Shuddhi' and according to her the project has been shelved.

Hrithik Roshan was cast in the lead for the film but he quit due to health reasons. Kareena, who was finalised opposite Hrithik, also left the project. Reportedly, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone were also offered the movie but they are now working on Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Bajirao Mastani'.

There were rumours that Salman Khan and ... Read More
Holiday BO collections: earns Rs 87.5 cr
TNN
Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha starrer 'Holiday- A Soldier Is Never Off Duty', has managed to earn well at the Box Office.

According to a report in Koimoi, Holiday has collected around Rs 5.5 crores on its ninth day. The film made Rs 87.5 crores at the box office so far and the report further states that Holiday is now the third highest grosser of 2014. It has surpassed the lifetime business of Gunday which ... Read More
'Holiday' not a typical Akshay Kumar film
No one can fault Akshay Kumar's dare-devilry on screen, but Bollywood's action titan insists his forthcoming film "Holiday - A Soldier Is Never Off Duty" shouldn't be confused with a typical action-drama. He says the film's topic, which focuses on terrorism and sleeper cells, as well as real stunts sets it apart.

"'Holiday' is an amazing film on what terrorism is all about and how the army tries to capture the sleeper cells," Akshay, who has ... Read More
Mahesh Bhatt Sees a Fearless Filmmaker in Hansal Mehta
IANS
Mahesh handed over the Filmfare Award, that he won for his 1984 film, to Hansal Mehta in appreciation of his "fearless" filmmaking spirit.
Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt's masterpiece Saaransh completed 30 years and on the occasion he handed over the Filmfare Award, that he won for his 1984 film, to National Award winning director Hansal Mehta in appreciation of his "fearless" filmmaking spirit.

Saaransh turned 30 on May 25.

"I have handed over my award for Saaransh to ... Read More
Cannes autograph-hunters brave sun, rain, long hours for 'dream'
(Reuters) - Packed behind security barriers, scorched by the sun and pelted by rain, they are the real stars of the Cannes film festival - the intrepid autograph hunters.

The fans on the front line of the world's largest cinema showcase, perched on stepladders across from the famous red carpet steps, are ecstatic about all the celebrities and the glamour.

"I'm living my dream ... There's no one happier than I am. It's been building up since ... Read More
Sonam Kapoor wants Bollywood to make gay love story
PTI
Could there be a gay love story in Bollywood? One of its biggest stars says it is time to explore it.

Sonam Kapoor spoke about the possibility in an interview where she lamented India's laws on homosexuality: Last year, its Supreme Court upheld a ban on gay sex.

READ: Sonam Kapoor in Cannes with sister Rhea

"Well you know, unfortunately, in our country right now recently there is a law which does not, which basically had said that ... Read More
Movie Review: Kochadaiiyaan
Story: Two kingdoms are at war with each other and a young general, through cunning and valour, puts his nation at an advantage. But he also has another goal — bringing down his own king to avenge his father's death.

Review: Kochadaiiyaan opens with a prologue that tells us the two kingdoms, Kottaipattinam and Kalingapuri, have been at war with one another for generations. We see a boy from Kottaipattinam, who is about to drown, being ... Read More
Manam
TNN
Critic's Rating:
Cast: ANR, Nagarjuna, Naga Chaitanya, Samantha, Shriya Saran, Lavanya Tripathi, Brahmanadam
Direction: Vikram Kumar
Genre: Drama
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Story: Six-year-old Bittu is orphaned when his parents die in a car accident. He grows up to become the leading businessman in India. Thirty years on, he runs into a college student, Nagarjuna who looks exactly like his dad. Convinced that Nagarjuna is re-incarnation ... Read More
Koyelaanchal
Renuka Vyavahare, TNN
Critic's Rating:
Cast: Vinod Khanna, Suniel Shetty, Vipinno
Direction: Ashuu Trikha
Genre: Crime
Duration: 2 hours 22 minutes
Avg Readers Rating:
Story: Koyelaanchal is packaged as a saga of the coal mafia of Dhanbad, Jharkhand, but is actually just another tale of how an honest government officer takes on a crime lord.

Review: Saryu Bhan Singh (Vinod Khanna) is the godfather of Rajapur. He is the face of the coal mafia. From poor to rich, cops and ... Read More
Manjunath
Renuka Vyavahare, TNN
Critic's Rating:
Cast: Sasho Satiiysh Saarathy, Seema Biswas, Kishore Kadam, Yashpal Sharma
Direction: Sandeep Varma
Genre: Biography
Duration: 2 hours 10 minutes
Avg Readers Rating:
Story: Shanmugam Manjunath, a 27-year-old sales manager working with the Indian Oil Corporation, was brutally murdered in 2005 for exposing the oil mafia in UP. This is his story.

Review: One of the least promoted films of the week, Manjunath pleasantly surprises you with its thought-provoking, hard-hitting content and earnest execution. An ... Read More
Release of Rajinikanth’s ’Kochadaiiyaan’ postponed to May 23
Mumbai: The release of Rajinikanth's much awaited movie 'Kochadaiiyaan' has been pushed back again to May 23, due to technical issues, it was officially announced here on Wednesday.

Eros International Media Ltd (Eros International) is set to release 'Kochadaiiyaan The Legend', directed by his daughter Soundarya Rajnikanth Ashwin worldwide on May 23, two weeks after its previously announced release date of May 9.

Although the entire unit geared up for a May 9 release, due to some ... Read More
Film stalwarts laud Kochadaiiyaan’s cutting-edge technology
TNN
Soundarya Rajnikanth Ashwin has used cutting-edge photorealistic technology — seen in Hollywood masterpieces like Avatar, The Adventures Of Tintin and Beowulf — in her directorial debut Kochadaiiyaan — The Legend. Stalwarts from Hindi and South film industries, who have seen portions of the upcoming 3D venture starring Rajinikanth and Deepika Padukone, are full of praise for it.

Says Amitabh Bachchan, "Soundarya has shown the rest of the world that women in India are capable of doing ... Read More
'Satra Ko...' to present 'real' Indian wedding flavour
New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) "Satra Ko Shaadi Hai", which has an ensemble cast of over 50 actors, promises to bring out the flavour of real Indian weddings on the big screen.

Co-produced by UTV Motion Pictures, J.A. Entertainment and Rising Sun Films, it will be a fun and entertaining marriage drama, said a statement.

Featuring Barun Sobti and Sapna Pabbi as the lead actors, the movie will be helmed by debutant director Arshad Syed.
... Read More
Main Hoon Naa's lesser known facts
Main Hoon Naa is the first under Shah Rukh Khan's production company Red Chillies Entertainment.

It is also choreographer Farah Khan's directorial debut. The movie was released on 30th April 2014 and interestingly the movie has completed 10 years of success. It was not only Farah Khan's directorial debut but the lady had also penned down the screenplay of the movie. Main Hoon Naa certainly is very close to Farah Khan as since morning the ... Read More
'Yellow' bags 3 National Awards, B-Town cheers for Riteish
Mumbai, April 17 (IANS) Bollywood actor Riteish Deshmukh's second Marathi venture "Yellow" won the Special Jury and Special Mention awards at the 61st National Film Awards, and the Hindi film fraternity is proud of the "Grand Masti" star.

Here's what the celebrities posted on Twitter:

Karan Johar: Congratulations Riteish! Proud of you for everything you have achieved as a producer!

Farah Khan: Riteish! 'Yellow' won three National Awards? Wow! Many congrats to Mahesh Limaye and you! Party toh ... Read More
61st National Award winners of Marathi cinema
TNN
The 61st National Awards were announced today by the Directorate of Film Festivals. The Marathi film industry walked away with 9 awards. We bring you the winners:

Winners List:

Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut film of Director: 'Fandry'

Best Film on Social Issues : 'Tuhya Dharma Koncha'

Best Supporting Actress: Amruta Subhash ('Astu')

Best Child Artist: Somnath Avghade ('Fandry')

Best Female Playback Singer: Bela Shende ('Tuhya Dharma Koncha')

Best Screenplay (Dialogues) : Sumitra Bhave ('Astu')

Best Marathi Film: 'Aajcha Diwas Majha'
... Read More
Bhoothnath Returns
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Parth Bhalerao, Boman Irani, Sanjay Mishra
Direction: Nitesh Tiwari
Genre: Drama
Duration: 2 hours 35 minutes

Story: Our good-hearted ghost with a dost is back. This time he's all set for some social seva by contesting elections and befriending a street-smart slumboy.

After his last visit to earth (prequel), Bhoothnath (Bachchan) goes back to exotic Bhoothworld, where ghosts lavishly live it up. Though it's run like a sarkari organization with departments like 'Reincarnation Section', 'Bhooth Mail', et ... Read More
Want to do a film like 'Karate Kid': Boogie Woogie winner
Boogie Woogie Kids Championship, the show that enthralled viewers across the country and created a fresh dance legacy, a journey which started with 16 contestants who came from across India has now come to an end as it has got its next dancing sensation in Abhishek Sinha.

In an exclusive conversation, the winner shared about his delightful journey on Boogie Woogie and also shared his future plans. "Now, after Boogie Woogie I am going to concentrate ... Read More
Priyanka Chopra's Mary Kom to release on Gandhi Jayanti
IANS
Priyanka's movie is based on the life of the Olympic medal-winning boxer M C Mary Kom
The release date of Mary Kom, the much-awaited biopic on Olympic medal-winning boxer M C Mary Kom, has been locked. It will come out on October 2, celebrated as Gandhi Jayanti across the country every year.

Viacom18 Motion Pictures on Wednesday announced the release date of the film which stars Priyanka Chopra in the title role. The project has been directed ... Read More
LINE-UP OF THE 12th ANNUAL INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES
Closing Night Gala film will be culinary comedy JADOO
by London-based director Amit Gupta

Highlights include Anurag Kashyap’s UGLY, Sundance Festival favorite LIAR’S DICE, Irrfan Khan starrer QISSA, and Mumbai spotlight films BOMBAY TALKIES
and MONSOON SHOOTOUT

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 18, 2014) – Today, the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) proudly announced its 2014 lineup of narrative and documentary features and short films for this year’s festival. The impressive program reflects the rich diversity ... Read More
Rajinikanth's 'Kochadaiiyaan' now to release May 1?
Mumbai, March 29 (IANS) The release of the long-awaited Rajinikanth starrer "Kochadaiiyaan" has been postponed yet again. The new release date, according sources very close to the project, is May 1.

After many delays, the film had been "finally" announced for release April 11 alongside the Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Hindi entertainer "Bhootnaath Returns". But now it seems the Big B would have to go it alone on that Friday.

"Despite our very best efforts, we're just not ready. ... Read More
I have some responsibilities towards viewers: Arun
Majority of the movies being released now in Malayalam are done in haste with shooting completed in two weeks and post-production works in another week. Among such movies, which leave theaters at double the speed than its production works, young director Arun Kumar Aravind’s films stand out providing visual treats to the spectators.

Movies such as ‘Cocktail’, ‘Ee adutha kalathu’ and ‘Left right left’ directed by Arun were well received and much acclaimed by the viewers.

Arun’s ... Read More
THE 12th ANNUAL INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES ANNOUNCES CLOSING NIGHT GALA AND FILM LINE-UP
Closing Night Gala film will be culinary comedy JADOO
by London-based director Amit Gupta

Highlights include Anurag Kashyap’s UGLY, Sundance Festival favorite LIAR’S DICE, Irrfan Khan starrer QISSA, and Mumbai spotlight films BOMBAY TALKIES
and MONSOON SHOOTOUT

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 18, 2014) – Today, the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) proudly announced its 2014 lineup of narrative and documentary features and short films for this year’s festival. The impressive program reflects the rich diversity ... Read More
New York Indian Film Festival to Spotlight Gurinder Chadha
By IANS - NEW YORK

The 14th Annual New York Indian Film Festival will put the spotlight on British filmmaker Gurinder Chadha to celebrate the 20 year anniversary of her acclaimed film "Bhaji On The Beach".

The six-day festivities at the oldest and most prestigious film festival for Indian cinema in North America from May 5-10 will also include a retrospective of the filmmaker's documentaries, according to the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC).

After a star-studded opening night red ... Read More
New entry on Balika Vadhu
Vijaya Tiwari,TNN
Colors' popular show Balika Vadhu will soon witness a new entry as a new face Mohit Abrol will enter the show as Sanchi's ( Roop Durgapal) would be husband.

Sources inform that Mohit is a 26-year-old Delhi guy who has completed his graduation in Arts. The actor thinks Shiv and Anandi (Siddharth Shukla and Toral Rasputra) are brilliant actors. Mohit will enter Sanchi's life who has gone through a worst phase of her life.
... Read More
Oscars 2014: Complete List of winners
TNN
Here's the entire list of winners at the Oscars (2014).

BEST FILM: 12 YEARS A SLAVE

BEST ACTOR IN A LEAD ROLE: MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEAD ROLE: CATE BLANCHETT

BEST DIRECTOR: ALFONSO CUARON

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Lupita Nyong'o - 12 Years a Slave

BEST COSTUME DESIGN: The Great Gatsby

BEST MAKE-UP & HAIRSTYLING: Dallas Buyers Club

BEST SHORT FILM (ANIMATED): Mr Hublot

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM: Frozen

BEST SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION): Helium

BEST ... Read More
'Gunday' makes Rs 100 crore worldwide
TNN
Priyanka Chopra, Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh starrer 'Gunday' is the latest film to join the Rs 100 crore club, albeit only if we include the worldwide collections.

Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, 'Gunday' released on the viable Valentine's Day Friday and box office collections picked up soon after. Good news is in store for the makers of Gunday as according to a report in Koimoi, box-office collections in India have grossed Rs 82 crores while ... Read More
Indian films’ popularity deceptive: Brit
Kolkata: Indian cinema is a "long way" away from conquering mainstream markets and British film-goers are "unlikely" to accept Bollywood as an alternative to Hollywood, British film scholar Geoffrey Nowell-Smith has said.

He also pointed out that non-conventional Indian films are inconspicuous in Britain.

"Indian cinema is a long way from conquering mainstream...Indian films are rarely reviewed or advertised in the national press (in Britain)," he said during an interactive session at the British Council here Tuesday.

"It ... Read More
The Lunch Box to be released on Feb 28
After winning raves from audiences at the Cannes, Toronto, and Sundance film festivals plus three FilmFare Awards, the critically acclaimed Irrfan Khan hit THE LUNCHBOX releases in the United States on February 28 with exclusive engagements in New York and Los Angeles. Also starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Nimrat Kaur, the award-winning motion picture will then release in additional U.S. cities throughout March through Sony Pictures Classics.

Press screenings will be held in New York and ... Read More
Vaani hopes for a good response to 'Aaha Kalyanam'
Mumbai, Feb 10 (IANS) Actress Vaani Kapoor, who will be seen in the southern remake of Yash Raj films' "Band Baaja Baaraat" titled "Aaha Kalyanam", hopes her film gets an equally good response.

"I hope people accept it, watch it and give it as much love as they did to 'Band Baaja Baaraat'. We have put in a lot of hard work and efforts in it," the 25-year-old said here at the Zee Cine awards.

Directed by ... Read More
'Pannaiyarum Padminiyum' - heartwarming and heart-tugging (IANS Tamil Movie Review)
Film: "Pannaiyarum Padminiyum"; Cast: Vijay Sethupathi, Jayaprakash, Thulasi, Aishwarya Rajesh, Sneha, Neelima Rani and Balasaravanan; Director: S.U Arun Kumar; Rating: ****1/2

In a list featuring films that tug at your heart strings, debutant Arun Kumar's "Pannaiyarum Padminiyum" deserves to be right on the top.

An emotionally uplifting work, the film steers away from the commercial zone by constantly rewarding us with characters that not just entertain but stay with us hours after we leave the cinema hall. ... Read More
Three star-studded Telugu films launched
Hyderabad, Feb 6 (IANS) Three big ticket Telugu films featuring three big stars Ram Charan Teja, Daggubati Venkatesh and Akkineni Naga Chaitanya, respectively, were launched here Thursday.

Two of these films even canned a few shots.

The Ram Charan Teja-starrer, being directed by Krishna Vamsi and produced by Bandla Ganesh, is yet to be titled.

"The film was officially launched this morning. We have started shooting. Writer Paruchuri Venkateswara Rao gave the clap for the first shot of ... Read More
'Jai Ho' reflects country's current political scenario: Arbaaz
Mumbai, Jan 10 (IANS) While superstar Salman Khan has been urging not to link his upcoming film "Jai Ho" with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), his brother and actor-filmmaker Arbaaz Khan says somewhere there is a connection between the movie and the country's current political scenario.

"It's a very good co-incidence that 'Jai Ho' somewhere reflects the current scenario in the country," Arbaaz told reporters here Thursday at a Gillette event.

AAP formed by Arvind Kejriwal, who ... Read More
Shah Rukh Khan books Diwali slot for Happy New Year
IANS
Shah Rukh Khan books Diwali slot for Happy New Year
The movie’s poster is released today.
If all goes well, the Bollywood box office will belong to Shah Rukh Khan this Diwali -- his much-awaited film Happy New Year is scheduled for an October 23 release.

An official source said, "Happy New Year will be a Diwali release."

It's officially announced through the film's first poster, which is launched today (January 2) on the movie's social media pages - ... Read More
Sneak peak of Kamal Haasan's Vishwaroopam 2
Shiva Prasad,TNN
Wishing the fans a Happy New Year, ace actor/director Kamal Haasan has revealed a sneak peak of the making of his upcoming magnum opus 'Vishwaroopam 2'. The film is said to be an action packed spy thriller written and directed by Kamal Haasan. The shooting of the film is over and post- production work is going on in full swing.

Kamal said "Happy New year friends. I'm looking forward to premiering Vishwaroopam 2 in 2014 ... Read More
SRK’s 'Happy New Year' poster inspired from Ajay Devgn film?
TNN
Shah Rukh Khan and Ajay Devgn's cold war is known to one and all, but it seems that while making the first poster of Shah Rukh's 'Happy New Year' directed by Farah Khan, the makers got inspired from Ajay Devgn's 'Cash'.
... Read More
The top five Marathi films of 2013
Gayatri Deshmukh, TNN
This year was a golden year for Marathi movies when it came to raking in the moolah. We give you a lowdown on some of the biggest hits of the year.

Mangalashtak Once More This film marked Telugu actress Renu Desai's debut as a producer in Marathi film industry. By casting Swwapnil Joshi and Mukta Barve in the lead, the makers had won half the battle because Swwapnil and Mukta's onscreen chemistry is brilliant. ... Read More
Who's the Ram and Raavan of Bollywood?
Gone are the days when audiences just craved to watch high voltage drama in saas-bahu sagas. Today mythological shows have taken over. The popular Gods and Goddesses of Hindu mythology have become a huge rage on the small screen.
... Read More
Dhoom 3: Movie review
Cast: Aamir Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, Uday Chopra, Jackie Shroff
Direction: Vijay Krishna Acharya
Genre: Action
Duration: 2 hours 52 minutes

Story: Chicago is hit by a mysterious thief targeting one bank - can Mumbai cop Jai Dixit catch the shadowy chor?

Review: Straight up, Dhoom 3 makes you laugh, gasp - even sniffle. The most emotional of the Dhoom series yet, this is Aamir Khan's show all the way. As revengeful circus star Sahir, whose father Iqbal (Shroff) ... Read More
Movie Review: Oldboy
Story: After being held captive in a room for 20 years, Joe Doucett (Brolin) sets out on an obsessive journey of violent revenge against his anonymous captor. What also keeps him going is the need to make amends with his estranged daughter.

Review: Joe embodies just about every offensive trait that an absentee dad who is an alcoholic and a lecherous womanizer, can have. He begins his work day with a fifth of vodka, injects blatant ... Read More
Masala dialogues are a must in my films: Prabhu Dheva
Seema Sinha,TNN
While most people look forward to the upbeat songs and interesting choreography in a Prabhu Dheva film, R...Rajkumar, starring Shahid Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha, promises to enthrall with its quirky dialogues too. "My films are entertainers, so masala dialogues are a must," says Prabhu Dheva.
... Read More
R... Rajkumar
Madhureeta Mukherjee, TNN
Cast: Shahid Kapur, Sonakshi Sinha, Sonu Sood, Ashish Vidyarthi
Direction: Prabhu Dheva
Genre: Action
Duration: 2 hours 26 minutes

Story: A rowdy Romeo falls in love with a village belle, but he has to fight the enemies of love - chachas, chamchaas and cronies - to take home his dulhaniya.

Review: He rips, he roars, he rages. He rides roughshod. Like a lovelorn 'Rambo', he rolls his 'R's. He's the riotous R...Rajkumar (R for Romeo!). Once again, a ... Read More
Bombay Talkies that launched Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand and Raj Kapoor makes a comeback
PARAG MANIAR,TNN
The Bombay Talkies studio, founded in 1934, by Himanshu Rai, Rajnarayan Dube and Devika Rani, that launched Hindi cinema's best known names —Ashok Kumar, Dilip Kumar, Madhubala, Raj Kapoor, Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar, Satyajit Ray, Bimal Roy, Dev Anand and Mehmood, to name a few — is all set to be relaunched by Abhay Kumar, grandson of Rajnarayan Dube. The film Chahe Koi Mujhe Junglee Kahen marks the historical banner's revival and also ... Read More
Pakistani court imposes restriction on Indian movies
Lahore: A Pakistani court today imposed restrictions on the screening of Indian films across the country and laid down certain conditions for their release.

Justice Khalid Mahmood of the Lahore High Court issued the interim order in response to a petition filed by controversial TV talk show host Mubshir Lucman, a former film producer known for his anti-India stance.

Lucman claimed that under Pakistani rules, Indian movies that are shot completely in India and are sponsored ... Read More
Classic Indian films a welcome delight at Abu Dhabi fest
By IANS - Abu Dhabi

Away from home, yet so near - thanks to movies. NRIs, mostly middle-aged, used the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) platform to catch up on classics like "Pyaasa" and "Garm Hava" as well as new ones like "Qissa" and "Goynar Baksho". Meeting a star like Irrfan Khan was a huge draw too!

The curiosity and excitement in the air was evident from the word go.

For many, the festival, which celebrated the centenary ... Read More
Mannar Mathai to return, with same cast
Mannar Mathai, who entertained Malayalam movie lovers nearly two decades ago, is in the green room getting ready for a comeback.

The movie was made by the Siddique – Lal team, which had won the hearts of people as one of the best Malayalam comedy movies ever. Its second part is being directed by Mammas.

Innocent will be playing the role of Mathayichan again and the roles of Balakrishnan and Gopalakrishnan will be handled by ... Read More
Pakistani film on 'Indian agents' sets new box office record
PTI
Islamabad: As a police compound in Islamabad comes under terror attack, an 'Indian female agent'-cum-social worker in Pakistan is dancing with a mercenary celebrating their success. This is a scene from 'Waar', a film doing roaring business in Pakistan.

Said to be the most expensive Pakistani film ever to be made, the film is rumoured to be partly funded by the military, a charge denied by the film director Bilal Lashari.

The film is about Pakistan's fight ... Read More
'Krrish 3' set for simultaneous release in Tamil and Telugu
PARAG MANIAR, TNN
Rakesh Roshan's next, Krrish 3, is set for a simultaneous release in three languages — the Bollywood flick has also been dubbed in Tamil and Telugu.

Says Rakesh, "The dubbed versions of Krrish and Dhoom 2 have been the highest grossers in Tamil and Telugu industries. Also, Hrithik has a huge fan following down South. When I made Krrish, I had wanted every Indian to watch it. So, I got the film dubbed ... Read More
India, Indonesia to bond more, co-produce films
New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) Incredible India will engage Remarkable Indonesia with co-production of films and training of personnel, giving a boost to tourism and the entertainment business, as Asia's two large nations come closer on the people front.

The two countries committed to building on their close historical and cultural links after talks between Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Jakarta last week. Recognising the popularity and impact of ... Read More
Savita Bhabhi movie released with English subtitles
In an attempt to broaden the scope and appeal of the first "Savita Bhabhi Movie", Kirtu today launched a version of the movie with English subtitles. Maintaining their goal of quickly responding to feedback from fans and customers, this was in response to the requests made by non-Hindi speaking Savita Bhabhi fans.

Deshmukh, the founder of Kirtu said he did not want the movie to be confined only to the Bollywood/Hindi audience, adding, "My aim has ... Read More
Boss: is not always right!
Gaurav Malani, TNN
Director: Anthony D'Souza
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Ronit Roy, Mithun Chakravarthy

They say 'the boss is always right'. So when almost everything about the film is wrong, you are still not supposed to question anything. A general viewer reaction to the mediocrity of this film was 'what else do you expect from a film like this?' So with the frequent flow of such unapologetically self-proclaimed mindless action films, our basic expectations are so downsized that ... Read More
'Shahid' - gritty,raw , gripping and guttural (IANS Movie Review - Rating: ****)
Source : IANS
Film: "Shahid"; Cast: Rajkumar Yadav and Tigmanshu Dhulia; Director; Hansal Mehta; Rating: ****

Stop right here. "Shahid" is the sort of rare raw unnerving journey into a socio-political reality that our cinema needs to undertake regularly but seldom does. Our filmmakers largely veer away from doing films whose redolent realism could ruffle political feathers.

First and foremost, Hansal Mehta's film on the real-life slain lawyer Shahid Azmi is a fearless work.

Fearless and unfettered, Mehta wastes ... Read More
Bollywood returns to Egypt after 25 years
By IANS - CAIRO

Come Wednesday and Bollywood will return to Egypt after 25 years with the release of Shah Rukh Khan-Deepika Padukone starrer "Chennai Express", the event coinciding with celebrations back home of 100 years of Indian cinema.

Speaking at a media reception here Monday, Indian Ambassador Navdeep Suri said he was amazed at the love and affection Egyptians had for Indian cinema even when these did not play in theaters.

"It was an odd situation. India ... Read More
Prakash Jha wants to make a film on current police-society relation
PTI
One of the main ingredients of a Prakash Jha film is its topical element and the director now wants to bring on the silver screen the relationship of the police and society today.

Almost all of Jha's films be it "Mrityudand", "Gangaajal" "Apaharan" and latest "Satyagraha"- have been connected to their time.

The 61-year-old helmer feels the image of police in the society has changed drastically in the last 12 years and this subject could make ... Read More
Satyagraha
Srijana Mitra Das , TNN

Critic's Rating:

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Manoj Bajpai, Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Amrita Rao

Direction: Prakash Jha

Genre: Drama

Duration: 2 hours 20 minutes

Review: There's a shot in Satyagraha - a rainbow glimmering for a second between jets of water pounding protestors - which typifies this film. Vibrantly layered, Satyagraha weaves together urban legends of corruption, encompassing corporate lobbyists to murdered engineers. It features slices of histories, Chauri Chaura, Mandal, Anna Hazare's ... Read More
Madonna top-earning celebrity, trumping Spielberg, Winfrey: Forbes
NEW YORK

(Reuters) - She's still the Material Girl.

Pop diva Madonna 55, is the world's top-earning celebrity, according to a Forbes list released on Monday, raking in an estimated $125 million in the past year, mainly from her $305 million-grossing MDNA tour, but helped by sales of clothing, fragrance and various investments.

Director Steven Spielberg, who had a big hit last year with "Lincoln," was a distant second with earnings of $100 million in the year ended ... Read More
Stars, taboo sex and death at Venice film fest
By Michael Roddy

LONDON

(Reuters) - Space, stars and taboo sex will be on display in Venice this week as the world's oldest international film festival fights to keep its head above water in a city slowly slipping into the sea.

The 70th Venice Film Festival will try and see off competition from increasingly popular extravaganzas in Rome and Toronto by opening with the world premiere of 3D space fantasy "Gravity", starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock.

Directed ... Read More
Jenner Jose debuts with a film on America’s illegal Indian immigrants
TNN

Jenner Jose's debut film Ooops a Desi that hit theatres yesterday, deals with the issue of illegal Indian immigrants in America, and the trial and tribulations they go through to survive in a foreign land.

Jenner says, "They are unable to approach authorities because their immigration status is invalid. At times, they decide to deal with the issue themselves, further worsening the situation. It is a topic that has never been dealt with before."

The director feels ... Read More
James Cameron announces four Avatar novels
PTI
Filmmaker James Cameron has announced four novels as an extended addition to his Avatar franchise.

The director has already added one more film to previously planned two sequels. Cameron now wants to expand the universe of Pandora through four stand-alone novels.

Cameron has roped in noted science fiction author Steven Charles Gould to write the books, based on the universe he created in his 2009 blockbuster.

Gould is best known for his 1992 novel "Jumper", which was turned ... Read More
Shah Rukh Khan's Chennai Express earns Rs 200 crore, creates box office history
Shah Rukh Khan's Chennai Express has already earned Rs 200 crore at the box office.Shah Rukh Khan's Chennai Express has earned Rs 200 crore at the box office in the second week of its release on August 9.

The movie, which had crossed the Rs 100 crore mark in just four days of its release and earned a whopping Rs 6.76 crore in paid previews, is still going strong across India and abroad.
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Madras Cafe not based on Rajiv Gandhi: Shoojit Sircar
IANS
Director Shoojit Sircar concedes that his movie Madras Cafe, based on the Sri Lankan civil war, may have certain scenes resembling events related to Rajiv Gandhi's assassination, but he clarifies that the film's story is not a biopic on the former prime minister.

At a press conference, Sircar and the film's producer John Abraham, who also plays the lead actor in the movie, were asked if permission was sought from the Congress party to essay an ... Read More
Bangalore Times Film Awards 2012 goes to...
TNN
You, our dear readers, have voted for, and chosen the best talent in Sandalwood for the year 2012. The winners of the Bangalore Times Film Awards 2012, in each of the 14 categories, have been selected based on your vote, on www.itimes.com/polls and ours. Historical film Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna has won the top honour in the Best Film category. The film has also won its director and lead actor the Best director and the ... Read More
'Planes' a plain underdog Story (IANS Movie Review)
Film: "Planes"; Voiceovers: Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Carlos Alazraqui, Priyanka Chopra, Teri Hatcher, Roger Craig Smit; Director: Klay Hall; Rating: **

Set in a vehicular world, "Planes" is an underdog story complete with a bit of romance, plucky sidekicks, arrogant bad guys and dumb henchmen.

The story begins in Lincoln, Nebraska, where our protagonist, the ambitious crop-duster Dusty Crophopper (voiceover by Dane Cook), with a single engine and propeller dreams of participating in the annual ... Read More
Shah Rukh Khan's Chennai Express: Biggest hit of 2013
Budget of the film: Rs.75 cr

Opening Weekend:Rs.100.42 cr

The Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone starrer Chennai Express has not only attained success at the Box-Office, but has also broken several records, set by other big Bollywood movies. Right from the day when the promos of the film were released, it generated buzz and curiosity among the viewers, so much that as soon as the film, made of Rs. 75 crore, released it crossed the 100 crore ... Read More
Bollywood cinematographer's connection with Steve Jobs's biopic
IANS

Mumbai, Aug 15 (IANS) In what must rank as a very rare honour and privilege, Bollywood's well-known DOP (Director Of Photography) Aseem Bajaj, who has to his credit the cinematography of "Chameli" and "Gol Maal Fun Unlimited", has partly shot the eagerly waited Steve Jobs biopic "JOBS", releasing here Aug 23.

Bajaj shot the portions showing Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs visiting India.

Said Bajaj: "Yes, I am the Indian director of photography for 'JOBS'. I shot ... Read More
Suraj Pancholi's debut film to be directed by Nikhil Advani
IANS

Suraj Pancholi will make his debut with the remake of Subhash Ghai's 1983 hit film Hero.

Nikhil Advani, riding high after the success of his espionage thriller D-Day, is said to have been roped in to direct the remake of Subhash Ghai's 1983 musical blockbuster Hero.

The original film had launched Jackie Shroff and Meenakshi Sheshadri into the big league. Advani, who worked wonders with newcomers Sree Swara and Akash Dahiya in D-Day, hopes to work Ghai's ... Read More
Bollywood's Big-Screen Love Affair With Switzerland Fades
By JOHN LETZING.

Many Bollywood films feature scenes that whisk lovers away from a movie's plot line to frolic in a lush setting. WSJ's John Letzing reports on the origins of the "cut to Switzerland." Photo courtesy and copyright: Yash Raj Films Pvt. Ltd.
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'Shuddh Desi Romance' invited for Toronto film fest
IANS

New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) Parineeti Chopra and Sushant Singh Rajput's "Shuddh Desi Romance" is heading to 'videshi' shores for a Gala Red Carpet Premiere at the esteemed Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2013.

The screening, to be held Sep 11, will be attended by director Maneesh Sharma and writer Jaideep Sahni, along with Sushant, Parineeti and debutant Vaani Kapoor. It will take place at the Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.

Officials at the Yash Raj Films ... Read More
A film in which the spirit of the Sikhs have been misused against Muslims!
By Balbir Singh Sooch-Sikh Vichar Manch

The Director Rakesh Mehra and Farhan Akhtar, Actor in ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ Film, Nirmal Kaur wife of Milkha Singh did much for Milkha Singh, but the director and the actor are equally more great like Milkha Singh to whom they promoted for ever in the history of sports as depicted in the film ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ especially by Actor, Farhan Akhtar as seen and judged by me on Saturday, July ... Read More
Mammootty to play double role in ’Balyakalasakhi’
Kochi: Malayalam superstar Mammootty will essay a double role in the romantic tragedy 'Balyakalasakhi', (childhood companion), shooting of which will commence on August 5.

The actor would portray the role of Majeed and that of his father in the film, which is an adaptation of Vaikom Mohammed Basheer's novel of the same name. The actress who would play the role of 'Suhara' has been selected, the sources said.

Bengali actor Parambrata Chatterjee, who came ... Read More
Bachchan, SRK to celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema in Chennai
Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan to celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema in Chennai Amitabh Bachchan are on the celebrity guest list to celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema Bollywood luminaries such as Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan are on the guest list for celebration of Indian cinema's 100 years to be held here from September 1-3.

"Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh-ji are on our guest list. We have requested them to lend their ... Read More
Hungama Becomes Bollywood Gateway for Music Providers
To make it in the lucrative world of Bollywood music, it pays to be local.

Hungama Digital Media Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., which has digital rights to 75 percent of the music from Bollywood films and controls 40 percent of the entire Indian digital music market, has signed Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Sony Corp. (8758), supplying the media giants with Indian tunes for their online stores. It also sells songs directly to listeners through its own ... Read More
Pakistan Film Censor Board has banned "Raanjhanaa"
PTI

The Pakistan Film Censor Board has banned the exhibition of Dhanush and Sonam Kapoor starrer " Raanjhanaa" because of its alleged "controversial theme".

The Central Board of Film Censors in Pakistan banned the film shortly before its scheduled release, Chief Executive Officer of IMGC Global Entertainment Amjad Rasheed, the importer of the film said.

Earlier the Censor Board had also banned films like "Ek Tha Tiger", "GI Joe", "Agent Vinod" for their controversial themes and "anti-Pakistan" ... Read More
Saif delays Bullet Raja song for his home production
Saif Ali Khan has been busy with Bullet Raja which has been forcing him to delay his work on his home production. Although the actor has wrapped up shooting for the movie, he still has one song left to do but he has now postponed the shooting for that song as he wishes to concentrate on his home production. The yet-untitled movie will be directed by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK.

According to our sources, Saif ... Read More
Salman Khan to release 'Mental' on Republic Day
ANI

Bollywood superstar, Salman Khan has always released his movies on Eid from past four years. But this year this is not the case.

His next action film, Mental, is finally set to open during the Republic Day weekend next year.

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Prabhudheva, Shahid to dance to ‘Gandi baat’
This one’s likely to be a visual delight – dancing ace Prabhudheva and actor Shahid Kapoor will groove together for the first time for “Rambo Rajkumar” in a song called “Gandi baat”. They are excited.

Prabhudheva, who is directing the movie, said he is very “excited” to perform alongside Shahid, who in his opinion is one of Bollywood’s most talented performers.

“I’m very excited about the song and Shahid and I are already rehearsing for it. It’s ... Read More
One Two Three Four – Chennai Express
Singers : Vishal & Shekhar

Music Composer : Vishal-Shekhar

Sing Along : Punam ke chand ko,
Ghoonghat ke neeche,
Chhupa ke,
Laai tere liye,
Duniya se nazrein chura ke..!

Peechhe kuwaan aage mere khaayi,
Tu hi bata jaun main kahaan,
Mujhko duaa kiski laagi bhai,
Aake padhara hoon jo yahan,

Ille fikar, aaja idhar
Beat pe laga le tu thumka

One two three four
Get on the dance floor, one two three four
Get on the dance floor, body shake, body shake
Kichum michum hard core, shor naal hichak michak
Party hichak ... Read More
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Movie Review
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Star-Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Aditya Roy Kapur, Kalki
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Director: Ayan Mukherji
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Producer: Karan Johar, Ronnie Screwvala
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Duration: 2 hrs 20 mins
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is exactly what you expect it to be. A good romantic comedy. The first half is breezy and fun but guess what? The second half delivers! Remember the last time the Hindi film industry did all of that? I’m glad you don’t because this would help you enjoy the film more.

All the usual ... Read More
Bollywood tapori songs – series 1
Sapne Mein – Satya 1998

Movie : Satya
Singers : Asha Bhosle, Suresh Wadkar
Music Composer : Vishaal
Lyricist : Gulzar
Lines we love : Hai, gora chitta rang hai chand ka palang hai – (2)
Chandni me dhoolti hai, o kudi meri aaa…o kudi meri aaa…ha ha haa.
Chorus : Sapne mein milti hai, o kudi meri sapne mein milti hai
Sara din gungte me band kudiya si, oe oe oe oe oe…
Sara din gungte me band kudiya si, akhiyon mein khultihai

Tan ... Read More
Movie Review – Yamla Pagla Deewana 2
Cast: Dharmendra, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Neha Sharma, Kristina Akheeva, Anu Kapoor

Producer: Dharmendra

Director: Sangeeth Sivan

Plot: Gajodhar(Bobby Deol) and Dharam (Dharmendra) play the two cons they did in the first installment of the film while Paramveer (Sunny Deol) works for a bank. Paramveer gets a job of recovering loan from a ‘used-to-be-millionaire’ but who now looms around in debt. Dharam and Gajodhar plan to con Mr Khanna (Anu Kapoor) and suman (Neha Sharma) and Reet ... Read More
M Night Shyamalan interview for After Earth: 'I offer originality'
M Night Shyamalan, director of the new Will and Jaden Smith sci-fi film After Earth, was once Hollywood's master of the surprise ending. Will he ever twist again? asks John Hiscock.

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Shah Rukh's shoulder injury creates roadblock for 'Chennai Express'
Shah Rukh Khan's shoulder injury is yet to heal and this has delayed the promotions of his upcoming venture

Shah Rukh Khan's shoulder injury which recently had him hospitalised where he underwent a surgery has delayed the promotional plan of his upcoming film Chennai Express.

According to sources, UTV was planning an elaborate gig on June 8 to launch the first look of the film, but SRK's painful shoulder has come in the way.

Apparently, SRK was supposed ... Read More
Award-winning film director, Susi Ganesh, in New York
A press conference was held on May 26th in New York, attended by Ameesha Patel, Pooja Gupta and Susi Ganeshan for their upcoming movie release

Bollywood director Susi Ganesh was an engineer by profession studied at the prestigious MIT and worked as reporter at Ananda Vikatan, a Time magazine equivalent in Tamil print media, before joining Mani Ratnam as assistant director.

He has directed some of award winning movies in the South such as Kandaswami, Thiruttu ... Read More


 
 
 
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