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UK Readers: Win tickets to see Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar in Kaifi Aur Main in Birmingham on September 3

25 August 2016 5:58 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Starring Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar, the stage play Kaifi Aur Main is a tribute to the life of the renowned Urdu poet Kaifi Azmi. After, tremendous success in the Us, this exciting show is coming to the UK. On Saturday the 3rd of September at Symphony Hall, Birmingham and on Sunday September 4th at the O2 in London, audiences will get the chance to experience the magic of seeing esteemed actors Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar live. To celebrate Kafi Aur Main, we have a pair of tickets you can win to the show in Birmingham!

The stage production pays tribute to Kaifi Azmi, and recounts the beautiful, real-life love story shared by Kaifi and his wife, Shaukat Azmi, seamlessly juxtaposing romance, humour and tragedy through a theatrical experience that combines live music and stage drama.

The sweeping, romantic saga recounts the journey and struggles of Kaifi’s life »

- Stacey Yount

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Shabana Azmi shoots for yet another lesbian film

15 August 2016 3:45 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Remember Fire, Deepa Mehta's super-controversial 1996 film about two lonely daughters-in-law, falling into a lesbian relationship? Shabana Azmi had played the lesbian bahu in Fire.

Now 20 years later she returns in yet another lesbian drama. This time Shabana doesn't play the lesbian, though. In Pakistani writer-director-actress Fawzia Mirza's American production entitled Signature Move, Shabana plays mother to lesbian daughter Fawzia Mirza.

Fawzia introduces herself as "Lesbian, Muslim, Pakistani, actor, activist, writer, producer, lawyer & creature of passion." The film, which seems autobiographical, casts Shabana as a mother who watches television soaps all day long and seems oblivious of the fact that her daughter is a lesbian and in a relationship with Mexican girl who is a wrestler.

Last week Shabana left for Chicago for the shooting. »

- Subhash K. Jha

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Asha Parekhs biography in the making

13 August 2016 3:32 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Yesteryears' screen queen Asha Parekh is the latest to join the growing gallery of Bollywood icons who are subjects of books on their lives. While books on Shatrughan Sinha (written by journalist Bharati S Pradhan), Shammi Kapoor (written by veteran journalist Rauf Ahmed) and Shashi Kapoor (written by Us-based critic and journalist Aseem Chabria) have already hit the stands, some of other biographical subjects on the anvil are Kamal Haasan, Rishi Kapoor, Asha Bhosle, Shabana Azmi, Waheeda Rehman and Pran. The latest Bollywood icon to join the biographic brigade is Asha Parekh whose success ratio in the 1960s and early 70s is rivalled by none of her female colleagues. Disarmingly unassuming and loathe to tom-tom her achievements, Asha Parekh laughs in embarrassment about her stardom. "Yes, there were many successful films. God was kind. I was labelled the 'Jubilee Girl' because of the number of golden and silver jubilees. When »

- Subhash K. Jha

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Zee TV and Spectrum Events present ‘Kaifi Aur Main’ in association with Akshaya Patra & Deelicious Nazish’s Kitchen

14 July 2016 1:00 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

After sell-out shows across USA, Canada, India and UAE, UK now plays host to the critically acclaimed theatrical presentation, Kaifi Aur Main, presented by Zee TV and Spectrum Events, taking place on Saturday 3rd September 2016 at Symphony Hall, Birmingham; and Sunday 4th September 2016 at Indigo at The 02, London.

The stage production pays tribute to renowned Urdu poet, Kaifi Azmi, recounting the beautiful, real-life love story shared by Kaifi and his wife, Shaukat Azmi, seamlessly juxtaposing romance, humour and tragedy through a theatrical experience that combines live music and stage drama.

The sweeping, romantic saga recounts the journey and struggles of Kaifi’s life set against the socio-political backdrop of pre-independent India, simultaneously exploring his celebrated works and love story that has inspired generations. The production is brought to life by luminaries of Indian cinema, veteran actress, Shabana Azmi, and renowned poet, lyricist and screenwriter, Javed Akhtar, interwoven with ghazals and »

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The Nexa Iifa Awards Are All Set To Take Viewers On An Exciting Bollywood Journey On July 10th!

8 July 2016 8:47 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

This Sunday, catch the power-packed performances by Bollywood superstars Salman Khan, Deepika Padukone, Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Sonakshi Sinha and Tiger Shroff, among others!

Yes, the highly anticipated 17th Nexa Iifa Awards is all set to be televised on Colors TV this Sunday, 10th July. The Green Carpet action will be on air at 6Pm and the Main Event will be showcased at 7Pm for the Indian audience.

The multi-talented Farhan Akhtar and the versatile actor Shahid Kapoor hosted the Nexa Iifa Awards 2016 and the awards ceremony in Madrid witnessed awe-inspiring performances by Bollywood’s very own crème de la crème Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Sonakshi Sinha and Tiger Shroff among others.

17th edition of the Iifa Celebrations was a star studded extravaganza with celebrated personalities from the Bollywood fraternity and Friends of Iifa gracing us with their presence- Ranveer Singh, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Anil Kapoor, »

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Pictures: The Stars Shine at Iifa Madrid Opening Day Press Conference

24 June 2016 7:08 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

The 17th edition of the Videocon D2H Iifa Weekend and the Nexa Iifa Awards powered by Le Eco began the festivities yesterday in Madrid, Spain. One of Europe’s busiest cultural centers and the football capital of the world – Madrid has come to be known as “A City with Music in Its Soul” and a “City That Knows How To Live”. 2016 also marks the important milestone of Celebrating 60 Years of India-Spain Diplomatic Relations

The Iifa Celebrations for 2016 were officially kicked off with the Opening Press Conference held at Hotel Westin Palace, which was attended by media, dignitaries and friends of Iifa. Eminent Bollywood Stars like Anil Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, Sridevi, Boney Kapoor, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Boman Irani, Kabir Khan, Ranveer Singh, Bipasha Basu, Huma Qureshi, Vivek Oberoi, Dia Mirza, Riteish Deshmukh, Neha Dhupia, Madhavan, Aftab Shivdasani, Sohail Khan, Sajid Nadiadwala, Shriya Saran, »

- Stacey Yount

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Pictures: The Stars Shine at Iifa Madrid Opening Day Press Conference

24 June 2016 7:08 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

The 17th edition of the Videocon D2H Iifa Weekend and the Nexa Iifa Awards powered by Le Eco began the festivities yesterday in Madrid, Spain. One of Europe’s busiest cultural centers and the football capital of the world – Madrid has come to be known as “A City with Music in Its Soul” and a “City That Knows How To Live”. 2016 also marks the important milestone of Celebrating 60 Years of India-Spain Diplomatic Relations

The Iifa Celebrations for 2016 were officially kicked off with the Opening Press Conference held at Hotel Westin Palace, which was attended by media, dignitaries and friends of Iifa. Eminent Bollywood Stars like Anil Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, Sridevi, Boney Kapoor, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Boman Irani, Kabir Khan, Ranveer Singh, Bipasha Basu, Huma Qureshi, Vivek Oberoi, Dia Mirza, Riteish Deshmukh, Neha Dhupia, Madhavan, Aftab Shivdasani, Sohail Khan, Sajid Nadiadwala, Shriya Saran, »

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The Countdown Begins to Iifa Madrid!

18 June 2016 2:46 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

The International Indian Film Academy (Iifa) Weekend is getting ready to hit Madrid June 23rd to the 26th. This year marks the 17th edition of the most spectacular celebration of Indian Cinema worldwide and Iifa once again looks to be a mega-extravaganza weekend! With the perfect destination to host the gala celebrations, the International Indian Film Academy is all geared up to unfold and present a breathtaking amalgamation of two richly diverse countries and cultures. Iifa 2016 aims at bringing the magic of Indian Cinema to Spain and opening doors for Indian cinema across Europe and Latin America.

Present at the Weekend celebrations will be the biggest personalities in Bollywood – Anil Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, Sridevi, Boney Kapoor, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Boman Irani, Kabir Khan, Ranveer Singh, Bipasha Basu, Huma Qureshi, Vivek Oberoi, Dia Mirza, Riteish Deshmukh, Neha Dhupia, Aftab Shivdasani, Sohail Khan, Sajid Nadiadwala, »

- BollySpice Editors

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Tanvi Azmi brings in a record-shattering 18th National Award into the Azmi-Akhtar Family

9 May 2016 3:30 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

With Tanvi Azmi bringing in the 18th National award into the family, the Azmis and Akhtars have accrued a total of 18 National awards.

Informs a member of the Azmi family, "Shabana Azmi's father, Kaifi Azmi won three National awards. Ishan Arya, Shaukat Kaifi's nephew cinematographer of Garam Hawa, won a National award. Javed Akhtar won five National awards, three of them in a row. Shabana Azmi won five National Awards; she too won three of them in a row. This is the only instance of a husband-wife pair winning five awards each and doing a hat trick!"

Tabu, who is Shabana Azmi's niece, has won two National awards. Farhan Akhtar has won one National award. And now, Tanvi Azmi for Bajirao Mastani.

So, that's 18 National awards in one family! Even the Minister Of Information & Broadcasting Arun Jaitley remarked, "The list of awardees in this family keeps extending! »

- Subhash K. Jha

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Sanjay Dutt to give a hard hitting narration at India Today Conclave 2016

15 March 2016 11:34 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

After having spent as many as five years in prison, Sanjay Dutt will now be seen making his first official appearance at the 'India Today Conclave 2016' that's to be held on this week.

The said conclave will see Sanjay Dutt giving a hard hitting speech on the topic 'Resurrection And Redemption - The Hard Road To Freedom'. Reports state that he is likely to disclose a lot more than he had done so far, about his ordeal at the conclave.

Besides Sanjay Dutt, the prominent celebrities who will be gracing the two-day conclave include the likes of celebrated lawyer-activist Amal Clooney (who also happens to be the wife of Hollywood star George Clooney), Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, the Bjp National President Amit Shah, Nitin Gadkari (Union Road Transport and Highways Minister), Piyush Goyal (Minister for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy), Abhinav Bindra, Mc Mary Kom and Gopichand Pullela, »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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Shabana Azmi speaks about womens position at Women Of Worth conclave

9 March 2016 9:14 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

We all know that, the legendary actress Shabana Azmi is someone who minces no words when it comes to 'calling a spade a spade'. And this is something that has always set her apart from all others. Recently, the audience got a (yet another) gist of her upfront nature at the recently held 'Women Of Worth' conclave, wherein she was one of the panellists. When told that the women have always been considered as 'devi' (goddess), she quickly retorted stating, "We do not consider ourselves as 'devi' at all. We just want to be treated equally. You please make a 'devi' out of someone else. By all means, you remain a 'devtaa', but, we (the women) do not wish to be 'devi' at all." She also spoke her heart about the positioning of women in today's world. She said that, right from the time of Shammi Kapoor's films, whenever the girl said no, »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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Revered Indian Film Archivist P.K. Nair Dies at 82

4 March 2016 4:04 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Film archivist, Paramesh Krishnan Nair, known popularly in world film circles as P.K. Nair has died at a hospital in Pune, India. He was 82 and had been ailing for several weeks and succumbed to a cardiac arrest.

Nair was instrumental in setting up the National Film Archive of India in 1964.

Film archiving was a neglected field in India, Nair took it upon himself to acquire and store negatives of several Indian classics including India’s first feature film “Raja Harischandra” (1913) and classics like “Jeevan Naiyya” (1936), “Achhut Kanya” (1936), “Kismet” (1943) and “Chandralekha” (1948). In all, he acquired some 8,000 films for the archive.

Nair remained in Pune, close to his beloved archive, after retiring in 1991 and continued to be actively involved in the functioning of the institution. In 1996, he was involved in the formation of the International Film Festival of Kerala, based in his native city of Thiruvananthapuram.

In his later years, ill health confined him to a wheelchair. »

- Naman Ramachandran

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Sonam Kapoors Neerja gets added screens Aligarh flops

4 March 2016 2:00 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

In the second week Ram Madhvani's Neerja has seen an escalation in ticket sales of the kind rarely witnessed at the box office. According trade information, shows of the highly-acclaimed but poorly-received Aligarh and the political satire Tere Bin Laden Dead Or Alive had to be cancelled due to poor attendance. Additional shows of Neerja were scheduled in the place of the two poorly-received films. A rare happening at the box office! Says trade analyst Atul Mohan, "Yes , I heard shows of Aligarh and Tere Bin Laden were replaced by Neerja. Not only Mumbai but many other parts of the country. Everybody wants to milk a healthy cow. Neerja is going steady with good footfalls and both Aligarh and Laden failed to live up to audience expectations." Delighted Sonam Kapoor says, "My director Ram Madhvani tells me he is happy. At the end of the day a film actor needs approval from his director. »

- Subhash K. Jha

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Neerja now declared tax free in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi

27 February 2016 3:51 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

It seems like the makers of the recently released Sonam Kapoor starrer Neerja have an added reason to celebrate. While on one hand the film that released a week back has the audience going gaga over the story, on the other, the film has been receiving a tax free status in various states. In fact after Maharashtra and Gujarat, Neerja has now been declared tax free in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. Tweeting about the same, Akhilesh Yadav the Chief Minister Of Uttar Pradesh posted, "Neerja, the movie will be tax free in Up." Responding to the tweet the film's producer Atul Kasbekar immediately took to the social networking platform thanking him saying, "Awesome news! Thank You Hon Cm @yadavakhilesh ji". Following these tweets, Manish Sisodia the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi posted a tweet saying, "Have ordered to make movie Neerja tax-free. Decison to be implemented with immediate effect. @sonamakapoor »

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Manoj Bajpayee’s Depiction Of Human Desolation in ‘Aligarh’ Is The Best Since Jennifer Kapoor In ’36 Chowringhee Lane’

24 February 2016 8:10 PM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

In the acutely thought-provoking Aligarh, which is about a homosexual man’s right to privacy, Manoj Bajpayee, playing the disgraced professor Srinivas Ramchandra Siras, sits alone in his dingy one-bedroom professor’s quarter, with a drink in hand and a Lata Mangeshkar song by his side.

In the semi-darkness, in a room lit by dim hope, Srinivas listens to the Melody Queen’s ‘Aap Ki Nazron Ne Samjha Pyaar Ke Qaabil Mujhe’, that timeless Madan Mohan composition from the film Anpadh. The song plays on a rickety portable sound machine. But its sound resonates across the professor’s silent universe, like a melodic meteor cutting through a sky of solitude.

It’s a life-defining moment. Director Hansal Mehta holds the unflinchingly intimate camera (Satya Nagpaul’s lensing is lucid, leisurely and lingering) with ruthless resilience on his protagonist Manoj Bajpai’s face. For a good 5-7 minutes we see Bajpai »

- Subhash K Jha

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“I really believe in the film. I also really believe in what Neerja stood for.” – Sonam Kapoor

20 February 2016 7:12 PM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

The gorgeous Sonam Kapoor can be seen in the much-awaited and already critically acclaimed Neerja in UK cinemas now.

Neerja is a biopic and a cinematic representation of the dramatic events that unfolded on September 5th, 1986 when Pan Am Flight 73 from Bombay to New York was hijacked in transit at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi by Palestinian extremists from Abu Nidal’s terrorist outfit. This is the story of Neerja Bhanot, a 22-year-old part time model, who was the head purser on the flight. Neerja had escaped an abusive marriage and, as a life change, decided to become an airhostess, subsequently impressing everyone so much that they made her a purser.

Throughout the horrifying ordeal, Neerja didn’t succumb to her fears and instead fought her personal demons from the past and, from the minute the plane was hijacked through the terrifying 17 hours to the grueling end, used her courage, »

- Sunny Malik

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Neerja Is A Brilliant Tribute To The Braveheart…And To Rajesh Khanna

19 February 2016 11:11 PM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Was Neerja Bhanot, the airhostess who on 5 September 1986 perished while trying to save lives in a hijacked aircraft, really a Rajesh Khanna fan?

In the film version of her life, the zany feisty and exceptionally courageous (as we soon discover) Neerja Bhanot is a fanatical Rajesh Khanna fan. Or maybe fanatical is not a word we ought to use, considering.

10 minutes into the film, when we see Neerja dancing to Rajesh Khanna’s ‘Bye Bye Miss Goodnight’ from the film Premnagar, I wanted to believe in the reality about Neerja Bhanot that director Ram Madhvani and his ingenious writer Saiwyn Quadras has so diligently and faultlessly put across, immortalizing the memory of the slain braveheart even while giving Indian cinema yet another example of its growing maturity.

Neerja is a film that wears its excellence casually, like a beautifully knit garment thrown on for a stroll in a windy park. »

- Subhash K Jha

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Neerja Bhanots family to watch the film in Chandigarh

18 February 2016 8:34 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Braveheart Neerja Bhanot's family would be watching the film on Friday in their home-town Chandigarh. Sadly, her mother Rama Bhanot passed away in December days before the trailer of the film on her daughter was released. Shabana Azmi who plays Rama Bhanot regrets that the mother won't be able to watch the film. "I had the good fortune of meeting her a year before the film was offered to me. The Bhanot family had invited me to Chandigarh to present the Neerja Bhanot award for bravery. I took an immediate shine to Ramaji and was struck by her spiritedness and her warmth." Shabana feels putting across Neerja Bhanot's story is a big responsibility. "We are very grateful that Ramaji trusted us with telling Neerja's story. She gave us her blessings on the first day of the shoot. She passed away five days before our trailer launch. I wish she could have seen the film. »

- Subhash K. Jha

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The Real Voice of Neerja Bhanot

17 February 2016 8:00 PM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Actress Sonam Kapoor is gearing up for her upcoming film Neerja, based on the real life story of Neerja Bhanot, an air hostess – who lost her life while saving passengers from terrorists when the Pan Am Flight 73 was hijacked to Karachi in 1986.

The trailer for the film has received kudos for its realistic portrayal of events, and has managed to strike the right chords with the audience’s heart.

And now with only few days left for the films’ release, a recording of an in-flight announcement made by the real Neerja Bhanot has been released.

Have a listen to the recording made by the real Neerja Bhanot:

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=umfqvSUInBY

Sonam Kapoor, who is portraying Neerja’s character onscreen, took to Twitter to share the clip with fans, describing it as the ‘voice of courage’.

The voice of #Neerja Bhanot, the voice of courage. Our inspiration : Watch here: https://t. »

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Bollywood Gives Glowing Reviews to Sonam & Shabana

16 February 2016 8:00 PM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Bollywood superstars attended an advance screening of the biopic drama Neerja and have been showering the thrilling film with praise on social media.

Neerja is absolutely stunning!!” – Amitabh Bachchan

“Loved Neerja! Very inspirational & moving! Sonam is outstanding! Shabana-ji has given a performance of a lifetime! Must watch!” – Aamir Khan

“Loved It! Sonam, what an incredible performance. Can’t remember the last time I cried this much. Congrats! Stand Proud!” – Hrithik Roshan

“Riveting performances by Sonam & Shabana and cast. Must watch!” – Shilpa Shetty

Shabana & Sonam will make you cry in this tale of courage & conviction.” – Twinkle Khanna

“Super movie of the year!” – Subhash Ghai

“Sonam records her best yet with a moving portrayal of Neerja! Shabana is just brilliant!! Her genius evident in every frame!!! Will leave you weeping in the end!!” – Karan Johar

Watch Shabana Azmi’s interview:

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//www.youtube.com/watch?v=qO_NrUE-VfY

Starring Sonam Kapoor and Shabana Azmi, »

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