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In the year 2000, Preity entered the industry with a very controversial film Kundan Shah's Kya Kehna which had her playing an unwed mother. The film got delayed Preity was first seen in Mani Rathnam's Dil Se where she shocked the nation and made Shah Rukh blush by asking him if he was a virgin. In 2001 she played a prostitute who turns a surrogate mother to Salman Khan's child in Abbas-Mustan's Chori Chori Chupke Chupke In 2003 she stunned the nation by testifying against the underworld in court. No other Bollywood denizen male or female dared to do the same. In 2005 Preity filed a defamation suit against a Mumbai tabloid for publishing a transcript of a tape allegedly featuring the voice of Salman Khan speaking in less than respectful tones about her. In 2007 Suchitra Krishnamoorthy accused Preity of being the cause of her marriage with Shekhar Kapoor breaking up. »
- Subhash K. Jha
The 24-year-old Noah actress has been reportedly approached for a central role as love interest to the male lead played by Indian actor, Sushant Singh Rajput. It is uncertain whether Emma Watson will take the role but John Travolta has firmly said of his interest in the project
“I have known Shekhar for a while now. Even though the script does not have it, Shekhar said he will put a song to make it truly Bollywood.
“I am open to working in Hindi »
- Louise Tooth
It's not every day that Time magazine follows what NPR and the New York Times set in motion, but the May 19 issue of the weekly magazine does just that, and with aplomb. Reporter Lily Rothman went even a step further in her summer movie preview in the culture section headlined ”Godzilla, ‘Into the Storm’ and More Summer ‘Cli-Fi’ Thrillers,” gently pushing the emerging genre of cli fi directly to the titans of Hollywood. Steve Tisch, are you following? John Blumenthal, savvy screenwriter and comic wit, are you reading? Christopher Nolan and Shekhar Kapur, will your new movies follow the cli-fi clarion call, »
- Dan Bloom
While an announcement about the cast is expected soon, John Travolta recently revealed that he had been offered a role in the movie.
Speaking at the recent Iifa awards, he said: "I have been offered a film that I am considering doing... I believe it is an honest Bollywood film and it is called Paani, by Shekhar Kapoor. He has asked me to be a part of it.
"I have known Shekhar for a while now. Even though the script does not have it (songs) Shekhar said he will put a song to make it truly Bollywood. I am open to working in Hindi films if I like the story and my part, »
It was nothing but Bollywood this past weekend for John Travolta. The star, who blew up the internet a couple months ago when he presented "Frozen" star Idina Menzel as Adele Dazeem at the Oscars, was honored at the International Indian Film Academy Awards (or the "Bollywood Oscars") in Tampa on March 26, where he received an Outstanding Achievement in International Cinema award. He also dropped some hints about being close to signing on to star in a Bollywood film -- Shekhar Kapur's "Paani." Per India West, Travolta told reporters:“I have been offered a film that I’m considering doing. I believe it’s an honest Bollywood film. What is the name for water -- ‘paane’?.. Shekhar Kapur has asked me to do this film and I want to be a part of it, maybe in the fall. Should we put a musical number in it? Maybe we should. »
- Beth Hanna
We have seen him hosting his talk show, but what is Karan Johar like on the other couch? Here is a brilliant candid conversation with Karan Johar talking about his kind of films, contemporaries and all things Hindi cinema!
About The Boss Dialogues:
The Boss Dialogues is a series of ‘Dialogues’ in the form of informal one-on-one conversation with personalities from the world of Media and Entertainment. The series that started couple of months back with the youth icon Farhan Akhtar, had filmmakers Farah Khan, Kabir Khan, Karan Johar, Shekhar Kapur, Ayan Mukerji and most recently Imtiaz Ali take to the seat for a tete a tete led by renowned entertainment journalist Indu Mirani. The event attempts to offer an in depth view into the celebrity’s personality, creative process and their body of work. The one-hour discussion is tailored to create intelligent, »
- Samreen Tungekar
Being in the pipeline for over decade, Shekhar Kapur's ambitious project Paani has been through innumerable changes. While it was just a couple of years ago when Hrithik was announced as the lead actor of the film, later, our Gen Y newbie Sushant Singh Rajput bagged the project. And now, Shekhar Kapur has finally dipped his hands into pre-production work of the film and the filmmaker claimed that the script, screenplay and dialogue have been locked. However, maintaining silence over the female lead, Shekhar revealed that the film will go on floors in the first week of August. Produced under the banner of Yash Raj Films, Paani is said to be a film set in 2050, where international corporations control the source of water due to which people are suffering from acute crisis. »
The trailer of South Superstar Rajinikanth’s much anticipated action packed, performance capture photorealistic film Kochadaiiyaan was revealed by Amitabh Bachchan recently. The curtain raiser also saw the presence of the renowned Director Shekhar Kapur who was called on the podium. He spoke about how impressed he was with the trailer and also praised the supreme efforts of Debutant Director Soundarya.
Amongst great applause, Director Shekhar Kapur said, “I was telling your father, Soundarya, that he should be very proud of you. After I saw a little bit…I first saw it when I was doing music with Rehman in his studio and I was stunned with what I saw. I told your father how wonderful it was and how proud he should be of you and then, having seen what I saw just now, I think we should all be very proud of you. We are all very, very »
- Stacey Yount
At a special curtain raiser event, Amitabh Bachchan launched the first look of the film ‘Kochadaiiyan’ a Rajnikanth film directed by his daughter, Soundarya. Also there in attendance at the grand event were Rajnikanth, Kajol, Anupam Kher, Jaya Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Subhash Ghai, Shekhar Kapur, Sunil Lulla, and Ramesh Sippy.
India’s first Photorealistic Performance Capture film Kochadaiiyaan is an epic dramatisation of good versus evil starring South Indian megastar Rajinikanth who is cast as the archetypal superhero in a dual role. Also starring in the grand production are Indian A-listers Deepika Padukone, Jackie Shroff and South India’s leading stars R. Sarathkumar, Nazzer, Aadhi, Shobana and Rukmini.
Talking about the evening Mr Bachchan wrote on his blog: “Women Empowerment!! At its best tonight .. as I inaugurate the latest Rajnikanth film directed by his daughter, Soundarya .. a film made on the technology of Motion Picture Capture .. “Kochadaiiyan” … truly amazing »
- Stacey Yount
In just a month, April 23rd to the 26th, The International Indian Film Academy (Iifa) will hit the United States for the first time and Bollywood will descend on Tampa Bay, Florida. We have been giving you updates as we get them but we thought we would give you a roundup on what’s happening, who will be there and who is nominated for the prestigious awards.
For the last fourteen years, The International Indian Film Academy (Iifa) has brought the magic of Bollywood to cities all over the world. Conceptualized and produced by Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. and supported by the key members of the Indian film fraternity, Iifa is a global platform that gives Hindi films and it’s stars an opportunity to reach audiences internationally and to expand Bollywood worldwide.
In our exclusive interview Andre Timmins, Director of Wizcraft International & Iifa, had this to say, “Wherever »
- Stacey Yount
Hollywood’s relationship with strong female lead characters and the exploration of feminist themes in general has been hit and miss. Cat Balou of 1965, starring Jane Fonda, certainly fits the bill of a movie that had both elements, but it was a film that never forgot to be mainstream piece of entertainment either. Ridley Scott’s Thelma and Louise of 1991 and Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple of 1985 are both often held up as examples of movies that have feminism as a central theme, but it must be said that such features are more the exception than the rule. There are, of course, other instances that could be mentioned, too.
In 1998 Indian-born Shekhar Kapur made ground with Cate Blanchett in the title role of the Hollywood made Elizabeth, for example. However, Indian films that discuss feminist ideas are even rarer than Hollywood ones. In the West, Bollywood is probably more »
- Gary Collinson
The International Indian Film Academy (Iifa) visited the United States for a special multi-city promotional tour of New York, Houston, Tampa and Orlando on the 11th – 14th of March and with them was one of Indian cinema’s biggest names, actress Vidya Balan who talked the upcoming Iifa Celebrations presented by Freedom Health. The Videocon d2h Iifa Weekend 2015 will be held from the 23rd to the 26th of April in Tampa Bay. Iifa partnered with Us Bollywood Enterprise on the New York leg of the Us promotional tour and with Star Promotion Inc for the Houston press meet.
Actor, Vidya Balan said, “Having travelled to a number of exotic locales the world over, Iifa has made its mark on the map, educating the world about Indian Cinema. Going forward, I am very pleased to be a part of Iifa’s landmark journey, as they venture into the United States, »
- Stacey Yount
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
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