10 items from 2014
Last Sunday was yet another brilliant evening as renowned entertainment journalist Indu Mirani spoke to Imtiaz Ali in the 7th edition of Boss Dialogues. The otherwise quiet Imtiaz made us laugh, spoke about his journey in the industry so far and more dearly about his films that have made him one of the most loved directors of today.
The discussion began as he spoke about his childhood and his dreams. “I somehow always saw myself as a secret service guy or a novelist. I liked writing,” he said. Did you know that Mahesh Bhatt was the first one to ask him to make a film? “He is such an amazing person. He was the one who recognised me when no one did,” he smiled. Speaking about his first film Socha Na Tha, he said that he had written Socha Na Tha for television. “I was actually writing Highway before Socha Na Tha »
- Samreen Tungekar
The 2014 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (Iffm) is proud to announce the establishment of an international competition in 2014 with the presentation of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Awards. The festival is the southern hemisphere’s greatest annual celebration of Indian cinema and takes place from Thursday 1 to Friday 11 May.
The inaugural Indian Film Festival Awards (Iffm Awards) will honour films in five categories: Best Film, Best Performance, Best Director, Best Independent Film and the People’s Choice Award. This will be the first Indian cinema awards of its kind in Australia.
A select number of narrative feature films will be invited into competition. The films will be judged by an International Jury of prominent Indian and Australian film industry figures from a wide range of backgrounds. The stellar list includes award-winning Australian director Phillip Noyce (Rabbit Proof Fence, Dead Calm, The Quiet American); world renowned Australian film editor Jill Bilcock (Strictly Ballroom, »
- Stacey Yount
"12 Years A Slave" has racked up more than 100 awards, but it now has an honor no other title can claim: Last week, Steve McQueen's slavery drama became the first American film in history to be cleared by the Indian censor board with nudity intact. For the Central Board of Film Certification (Cbfc), India's censorship body, nudity has often been regarded as the deal-breaker. A notable exception to this blanket ban was "Bandit Queen," a 1994 film directed by Shekhar Kapur ("Elizabeth"). A biopic of the Indian dacoit Phoolan Devi ("bandit queen"), the film contained a long shot of a nude female body that was allowed by the Censor Board. This decision was not received smoothly. An Indian community, the Gujjars, protested against their depiction in the film and this instance of nudity. The matter eventually reached the country’s highest legal authority, the Supreme Court, which squashed the complaint and »
- Laya Maheshwari
The parallels between Tennessee Williams’ Blanche DuBois and Woody Allen’s title character in “Blue Jasmine” have been well-documented. But the complexity of Cate Blanchett’s performance puts Jasmine in a class of literary predecessors that includes Jay Gatsby and Tom Ripley, dissemblers who will stop at nothing to convince themselves and others they are to the manor born — not by birthright but by deceit and more than a little self-delusion.
Of course, financial fraudster Bernie Madoff’s spouse, Ruth, factors in as a real-life model for Allen’s Upper East Side trophy wife — disgraced by her husband’s transgressions and stripped of her leisure-class comforts — but it’s Blanchett who does something astounding with the role, straddling that delicate line between loathsome materialist and tragic dreamer. “I’m not particularly interested in playing for sympathy with an audience,” says Blanchett, who’s being honored Feb. 1 at the Santa Barbara »
- Steve Chagollan
Milan Talkies is now on the back burner. Inspired by Guru Dutt, Tigmanshu Dhulia has now launched a film on friendship, loyalty and unconditional love. The immortal song Bichde Sabhi Baari Baari from Guru Dutt's Pyaasa is now the title of Tigmanshu Dhulia's next film. Revealing details of his next project Tigmanshu Dhulia says, "Bichde Sabhi Baari Baari is the story of two friends and the ups and downs in their relationship spanning 35 years. It starts on 1979 and ends in 2014." Manoj Bajpayee plays one of the friends. The other is yet to be cast. Manoj and Tigmanshu started their careers together in Shekhar Kapoor's Bandit Queen where Manoj played a small role while Tigmanshu served as the casting director. This is the first time that the two would be working together. Male bonding seems to have struck a deep chord in Tigmanshu after Bullett Raja. »
These speculations stated that the Hollywood actress would soon be starring opposite Sushant Singh Rajput, the love struck Shuddh Desi Romance hero – who definitely has been confirmed as the male lead for the film.
Shekhar Kapur cleared up the rumours through a tweet:
This is not the first time Paani has attracted speculation.
The film, having been written 15 years ago, has accumulated much speculation associated with the leads including: Bollywood’s Anushka Sharma, Deepika Padukone, Vivek Oberoi, Hrithik Roshan; as well as the Hollywood Twilight star, Kristen Stewart.
- Aashi Gahlot
Kolkata, Jan 11: Bedabrata Pain, who won the National Film Award for his maiden venture "Chittagong", Saturday said he is in talks to direct a remake of the 1983 cult hit "Masoom" and claimed it will be different, he claimed.
"I want to do it but it has not to be the remake of the 1983 movie. I am in discussion with the producers. I want to direct a movie based on the 'Man, Woman and Child' but the man has changed, the woman has changed and the child has changed..it has to be a different take on the story," Pain told Ians on the sidelines of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2014 here.
The Shekhar Kapur 1983 film starring. »
- Meeta Kabra
'Paani' is expected to be an expensive film with a budget of over Rs. 150 crore, and the producers believe that a name like Lawrence's will help in making the film popular worldwide. (Ani) »
- Ketali Mehta
In our previous countdown, we listed the most promising female debuts of 2013 and carrying forward from that, it is time now to have a look at the Best Male debuts of this year. The competition was tough and choices were hard to make but BollySpice brings you the Top 5 Male Debuts of 2013!
5. Punit Pathak (Abcd)
Abcd saw a flood of new and fresh talents showcasing not only their brilliant dancing skills but also their acting abilities. But as they say, there’s always a bright star in middle of all others and in this case it was Punit Pathak who essayed the role of Chandu in the movie. In midst of all the dancing and singing around, his character brought in the much needed emotional quotient. For someone having no experience in the acting world, it’s quite impressive to be as convincing as Punit was in the film. From »
- Mehak Khurana
Oscar Predictions 2014: Best Actress (photo: Meryl Streep in ‘August: Osage County’) (See also: "Oscar Predictions 2014: Best Actor.") Compared to the vibrant Best Actor field, the 2014 Academy Awards’ Best Actress category looks somewhat anemic. Not in terms of quality, but in terms of quantity. Whereas ten actors could be called strong competitors for the Oscar 2014 shortlist, only five actresses can be considered truly strong candidates for this year’s Best Actress shortlist. Besides these five, there are three unlikely runners-up and a handful of long shots — and we mean "long" as in "light-years-away long." Note: Exact SAG Award and Academy Award matches are actually less common than you might think for the reasons mentioned in our previous Oscar 2014 predictions post (see link in the paragraph above). For instance, last year Marion Cotillard and Helen Mirren were both shortlisted for the Best Actress SAG Awards for, respectively, Jacques Audiard’s »
- Steve Montgomery
10 items from 2014
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