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Ace filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh, who is known for his unique films, suffered a cardiac arrest and passed away on Thursday morning at 7.30am in Kolkata at the age of 49. He was reportedly suffering from pancreatitis.
Rituparno Ghosh was first acknowledged in the 90’s when he made films in Bengali with strong and sensitive subjects. His recent endeavours were with some Bollywood biggies like Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Ghosh won many national awards and his film Chokher Bali starring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Raima Sen was nominated for Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival in 2003.
Rituparno Ghosh was a bold director and did not refrain from touching the otherwise sensitively discussed topic of homosexuality. He played the role of a homosexual filmmaker in Kaushik Ganguly’s ‘‘Arekti Premer Galpo’ and Sanjoy Nag’s ‘Memories in March’. He was one person who never attempted to hide his sexual preferences. »
- Samreen Tungekar
New Delhi -- Indian film director Rituparno Ghosh, whose work includes award-winning films in the Bengali language, died of cardiac arrest at age 49, news reports said Thursday.
Ghosh died Thursday at his home in the eastern city of Kolkata, Press Trust of India quoted his family as saying.
Ghosh directed about 20 feature films in the Bengali language, mostly dealing with the dilemmas of India's urban middle class.
Ghosh shot to fame with his first film, "Hirer Angti," or "The Diamond Ring" in 1994. Then followed a string of movies that earned him 12 national film awards, including for best director.
His 2007 creation, "The Last Lear," was in English and centered on a retired actor who is persuaded to return to cinema to reprise the lead role in a production of Shakespeare's "King Lear." Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan starred in the film that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.
Ghosh's films earned critical »
"Filming 'Vishwaroopam 2' at Bangkok airbase. Complex camera rigging for action sequence," Kapur posted on his Twitter page along with a picture depicting a busy scene with several crew members surrounding an aircraft. The sky looks bright and blue.
Kapur also posted another photograph clicked from perhaps below the aircraft's nose cone. "Interesting angle? 'Vishwaroopam 2' filming at Bangkok airbase," he added.
- Shiva Prakash
Rituparno Ghosh, the Indian film director, has died of cardiac arrest at age 49.
Ghosh, who directed about 20 feature films in the Bengali language, mostly dealing with the dilemmas of India's urban middle class. He died at his home in Kolkata, the Press Trust of India quoted his family as saying.
The director shot to fame with his first film, Hirer Angti, or The Diamond Ring in 1994. His 2007 film, The Last Lear, was in English and centered on a retired actor who is persuaded to return to cinema to reprise the lead role in a production of Shakespeare's King Lear. Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan starred in the film, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.
Slowly, the sequel to blockbuster ‘Mr. India’ is progressing and the latest development about the movie is that the ‘Ishaqzaade’ actor Arjun Kapoor will star in the ‘Mr India sequel. Arjun, son of Boney Kapoor will work with his father for the first time. Arjun who has received rave reviews for his performance in ‘Aurangzeb’ will share screen space with his step mother Sridevi. Producer Boney Kapoor has roped in the original director Shekhar Kapur to direct the film and the original actors Anil Kapoor and Sridevi will play the lead role. Though not much details has been disclosed as the film is still in casting stage, it is k »
Mumbai, May 27: Industrialist B.K. Modi, who is making a mega-teleseries on Buddha's life under his banner Spice Global, is glad that he didn't make a film on Buddha's life.
He feels that they would not have been able to do justice to Buddha's character in a film.
It's been more than three years when filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker and Modi announced the making of a film on Buddha's life, but it was shelved.
Later, it was reported that Shekhar Kapur may helm the ambitious project.
"I am glad that we didn't make a film because in a two-hour film, I wouldn't have done justice to the Buddha's character, Buddha's teachings, Buddha's. »
- Abhijeet Sen
Vidya Balan would like to work in Iranian, Italian or French films, she said in her official jury interview to the Cannes Film Festival. “It would of course require a lot of effort to learn the language but I enjoy learning new languages. And the world is becoming a smaller place. There are a lot of exchanges in cinema too so you never know”, she added.
When asked who she would like to switch her life with on the jury, she replied, Steven Spielberg. “ I’ve grown up, the world has grown up watching his films”, she said.
“It’s first time I’m going to be on any jury and I’m starting off with Cannes, it feels great.” She said.
“I’m really technically not qualified at all. And I don’t connect with films technically. So I think I connect with every film as a lay man, »
Directed by Bharatbala, "Mariyaan" features Dhanush in the lead role. It narrates the story about the will to survive of a fisherman held captive.
Buoyed by the response he received for the trailer, Bharatbala posted on his Twitter page: "Ashutosh Gowariker on trailer: My god, it's both enthralling and exhilarating. Outstanding! Superb! (I) already feel it's going to be a hit".
"Shekhar Kapur on trailer: Bala, it's very exciting and great. »
- Lohit Reddy
When it comes to the coverage of the 66th Cannes Film Festival starting today, mainstream media outlets’ obsession with celebrities seems to be getting the better of them. Playboy Girl Sherlyn Chopra and Ameesha Patel and the likes are being written about with equal enthusiasm (quite often even higher) than the films and people who will actually represent India at Cannes 2013.
Cannes coverage of the Indian press is as ill-informed and misleading as it’s bizarre. Quite often the most talked about titles are those which don’t even feature in the selection while some have market screenings. It’s obvious that the festival coverage by the Indian mainstream media is driven by ignorance and publicists.
Here are some Cannes headlines from mainstream media:-
Ameesha Patel’s all set for Cannes outing: The Times of India
Playboy girl Sherlyn Chopra on »
- Editorial Team
Spice Studio's mega project Buddha which was to be made into a film is now being produced as a mega Tele serial. It is one of the most ambitious Indian projects which had Shekhar Kapur and Ashutosh Gowariker working on the research and script development 'Buddha' will be aired on Zee TV having around 50 episodes. The series will be a bio pic of one of the greatest Indian personalities ever, Buddha. It is based on the historical facts and will tell the story of prince Sidd »
Spice Studio's mega project Buddha which was to be made into a film is now being produced as a mega tele-serial. It is one of the most ambitious Indian projects which had Shekhar Kapur and Ashutosh Gowariker working on the research and script development.
The series will be a biopic of one of the greatest Indian personalities ever, Buddha. It is based on the historical facts and will tell the story of prince Siddharth and his dramatic transition into Buddha.
Buddha will be produced at a mega scale involving authentic recreation of the period details. Each episode has been planned as a one hour film.
"Spice Studios is committed to make Buddha. We know that it's not easy to make something of this significance and scale. Now we have the benefit of years of research on the subject. We realized that the scope of television today is larger than films »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
Director Shekhar Kapur was on the jury in 2010.
The other members of the jury are:
Naomi Kawase (Japanese director)
Nicole Kidman (Australian actress/producer)
Lynne Ramsay (British scriptwriter/director/producer)
Daniel Auteuil (French actor/director)
Ang Lee (Taiwanese director/producer/scriptwriter)
Cristian Mungiu (Romanian scriptwriter/director/producer)
Christopher Waltz (Austrian Actor)
Vidya Balan (Indian actress)
London — The U.K.’s Pinewood Shepperton is the latest company to tap into the rapidly growing Chinese market, setting up a 50-50 joint venture with Chinese entrepreneur Bruno Wu’s Seven Stars Media.
Wu, Seven Stars’ chairman and CEO, said he and Pinewood had identified a “significant number of business opportunities for the short, medium and long term.”
He said the new venture – called Song Lin, which means pine forest in Mandarin – aims to create co-production opportunities for Chinese producers, export Chinese film and TV overseas and improve the standard of media production in the country.
Pinewood will provide expertise and capital investment in the venture, which will create film and TV diploma courses to be delivered by U.K. educational institutions in Beijing, Tianjin and four other Chinese cities.
It will also develop production financing and related services for Chinese film and TV projects and set up film-themed entertainment venues in Beijing, »
- Robert Mitchell
What’s a religious film fan to do? In mid-March, the Russian Orthodox Church urged followers to give up social media for Lent. So some folks were torn by the news that Tom Cruise had become the first Hollywood star to set up a page on popular Russian social network Vk. But the site, set up by entrepreneur Pavel Durov, is Ok: It has more than 100 million active users, and 46 million average daily users. Russia’s box office was up 10% last year, at $1.2 billion, with the Hollywood studios nabbing a 76% share. Cruise’s “Oblivion” will be released in Russia April 11, before its April 19 U.S. bow.
(From the pages of the April 2 issue of Variety.)
South Korean film distrib Cj Entertainment, working with ad agency Cheil, has given a twist to movie posters. Cj placed Wi-Fi-enabled one-sheets around Seoul; when people got near the poster, a notice »
- Variety Staff
The media has been abuzz with reports of prolific filmmaker Shekhar Kapur busy casting for his next film Paani. However, far from the eye of the media, the director has already completed his next film which is based on, believe it or not, cockroaches! Apparently, the director has just finished an animated film on cockroaches that features music by A. R. Rahman, while the songs are choreographed by Ahmed Khan. As for the film, the story deals with the life of cockroaches and how they go about in their everyday routine. Helmed by Shekhar himself, the film has been made in collaboration with a major animation studio and will also be marketed by a big Hollywood company. Titled A Suitable Cockroach, reports suggest the film is set in the future when the common household insect may be the only living organism on the planet. Interestingly, this comes after South director »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
News circulated earlier this year that Hrithik Roshan is to play the leading man in Shekhar Kapur’s forthcoming magnum opus Paani. According to the latest rumours, Anushka Sharma was linked to playing the female lead in this film, which is being produced under Yash Raj Films. However, Bollyspice can confirm that there is no truth to this story at all. This is what an anonymous source stated earlier this week about the casting of Paani. “Yes, Anushka Sharma has been finalized for Shekhar Kapur’s Paani. Hrithik Roshan is the leading man in the film.”
However, despite this report, Shekhar Kapur himself tweeted that there has been no conversations with Anushka regarding his much anticipated film. “Anushka Sharma is an outstanding actress and would love 2 work with her. But there’s been no conversation with her on #Paani,” according to Mr Kapur.
Hence, news on who will be playing »
- Bodrul Chaudhury
Not directing or producing 'Indian Sherlock': Shekhar Kapur
Shekhar Kapur has clarified that he is on board "Indian Sherlock" only as its executive producer.
"Just reading a lot of media on 'Indian Sherlock' with. »
- Diksha Singh
New Delhi, March 14: Shekhar Kapur had directed "Mr.India" years back, but the craze for the sci-fi superhero film is still intact. Now one can re-live the entire experience and meet the iconic Mogambo in a new ride at a theme park.
In a first-of-its-kind venture, the "Mr. India" gang has been re-created with a unique motion simulator ride to be launched in a theme park - Adlabs Imagica by Adlabs Entertainment Limited (Ael) - in Mumbai.
"'Mr.India' is a unique, animation and simulation ride. The story has been created by the Adlabs team. The ride is a story, which takes off from where we left 'Mr.India' and takes the audience. »
- Abhijeet Sen
Greg Foster, Chairman and President, IMAX Entertainment said, “As we continue to grow our network across India, we are committed to offering the nation’s growing IMAX fan base an elevated movie-going experience that transports them into Bollywood’s best.” The announcement was made at the ongoing Ficci Frames conference in Mumbai.
Paani to be directed by Shekhar Kapur will narrate the story of a future world that suffers from scarcity of water. International corporations take over the remaining water and use it as a means to control the masses. »
IMAX Corporation and Yash Raj Films Pvt. Ltd., India's largest film studio, today announced an expansion of their partnership to release Paani as well as an additional Yash Raj Films motion picture to IMAX theatres across India and other key markets. The agreement brings the total number of films included under the expanded partnership to three, the first of which is the upcoming action thriller Dhoom 3, which will open in IMAX theatres this winter.
"Since announcing the IMAX release of Dhoom 3, we've seen tremendous anticipation building among Indian moviegoers around this first-ever IMAX release of a Hindi feature film, and we're excited to add to this excitement with two more of our highly anticipated films, including our most ambitious one, Paani," said Aditya Chopra, Chairman, Yash Raj Films Pvt. Ltd. "We believe that together with IMAX, we will usher in a new era in Indian movie-going that will immerse fans into the drama, »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
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