16 items from 2015
Abhishek Kapoor's next Fitoor, has been in the news since the film commenced shooting earlier this year. However now we hear that the cast of the film has undergone a major change. In fact we hear that Rekha, who was to play the character of Miss Havisham in Kapoor's adaptation of Charles Dicken's novel Great Expectations, has walked out of the film.
Apparently, Rekha chose to walk out of the film since she was unhappy with the rushes of the film shown to her. When she approached the production house regarding her decision, the makers of the film went into tizzy. However, the day was saved when the Haider actress, Tabu accepted to play the role. The problem however now is that Rekha's sequences will have to be reshot with Tabu, Aditya and Katrina and getting the dates of the lead actors isn't going to be easy.
What happens when 10 National Award Winners come together in one film? Ever since Drishyam was announced earlier this year, the buzz for the film has been building with heightened anticipation for the July release.
- Indicine Team
Ajay Devgn, who signed Drishyam remake long ago, decided to start the film next year, but circumstances led to the actor to prepone the Nishikant Kamat directorial and the film is slated to go on floor soon. Tabu, Shriya Saran and Rajat Kapoor are a part of this thriller which is a remake of a Malayalam blockbuster. And now, Gulzar and Vishal Bhardwaj have come together to be a part of the film. Vishal, who has won awards for a multiple national awards for films like Haider, Ishqiya among others, will be composing the music for the remake and Gulzar, who too is a national award winner, will be penning the lyrics for it. Interestingly, almost the entire cast and crew of Drishyam remake are National Award winners. While Ajay Devgn has won National Award twice for Zakhm and The Legend Of Bhagat Singh, the talented actress Tabu has won »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
The New York Indian Film Festival (Nyiff), which opens next week on May 4th, will showcase a series of special screenings of Vishal Bhardwaj’s brilliant Shakespeare Trilogy Maqbool, Omkara, and Haider. If that wasn’t cool enough, after each screening there will be a discussion with Bhardwaj, who will not only talk about the film but take the audience on journey of his career in Hindi film and music.
The first of the trilogy Maqbool (2003), starring Irfan Khan, Tabu, Pankaj Kapoor, Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah was based on Macbeth, while 2006’s Omkara, based on Othello, starred Ajay Devgan, Saif Ali Khan, Vivek Oberoi, Kareena Kapoor, Konkona Sen Sharma, Bipasha Basu, Naseeruddin Shah then there was his latest film, Haider, his version of Hamlet, that starred Shahid Kapoor, Tabu, Shraddha Kapoor, Kay Kay Menon, Irfan Khan. Each of the epic films have received national and international acclaim as well as a huge fan following. »
- Stacey Yount
The 16th edition of the most spectacular celebration of Indian Cinema globally, the International Indian Film Academy (Iifa) Awards has announced the much anticipated list of nominations in the popular category. The Videocon D2H Iifa Weekend & Awards will take place at Stadium Putra in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 5-7 June 2015.
Indian Cinema saw a fantastic year in 2014 with some exceptional films taking the box-office by storm. Leading the polls is the heart-warming ‘2 States’ with 9 nominations followed closely by Vishal Bhardwaj’s hard-hitting ‘Haider’ which garnered 8 nominations. Rajkumar Hirani’s inspiring ‘Pk’ achieved 6 nominations and the naively stirring Kangana Ranaut starrer Queen received 5 nominations. Some of the other noteworthy mentions this year also up for awards are Imtiaz Ali’s Highway and ‘Ek Villain’.
Speaking on the nominees, Andre Timmins, Director – Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd, said, “It is amazing how Indian cinema is growing strength by strength every year. »
- Trupti Kantilal
Some re-incarnation movies leave an impact, while some are downright flops. With Ek Paheli Leela releasing this weekend, we bring you 11 other movies which have either pleased our minds or made us crib for watching it. Take a look...
This Deepika Padukone's debut film is a story about the rebirth of a lover played by Shah Rukh Khan, who dies poor in one life and is a super-successful star in his next life. While he does not get his love in his previous life, a lady with the same face enters his life with desperateness to meet the superstar.
This evergreen drama is always remembered for the epic dialogue 'Mere Karan Arjun aayenge'. Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan took punar janam on the wish of their mother played by Rakhee and also settled the old score with their killers.
Organizers have announced the full roster of films and special events for this year’s London Asian Film Festival (Laff) – Europe’s oldest showcase for South Asian cinema.
The Festival takes place across London from 19 March to 28 March and features a string of exciting and acclaimed independent feature films, master classes, special screenings, debates and the Festival’s celebrated short films competition.
The 17th edition London Asian Film Festival is once again organized by Tongues on Fire, which has built an unparalleled reputation for promoting independent cinema as well as providing a showcase for female filmmakers. »
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After receiving accolades and appreciation for her fabulous role as Shahid Kapoor's mother in Haider, Tabu has bagged yet another high profile film starring Ajay Devgn. Nishikant Kamat's untitled film, which is a remake of the Malayalam blockbuster Drishyam, a murder mystery, gets a new cop which will be played by Tabu. The last time we saw the versatile actress holding a gun was as an Ats officer in the Yash Chopra's love story Fanaa, and now we'll get to see the actress trying to solve the murder and chasing the suspects in the upcoming suspense drama. Though the actors for two major roles in the film have been finalized, Nishikant is yet to reveal the names of the stars playing other prominent roles including Ajay Devgn's wife and daughter. On the other hand, Ajay Devgn, who had planned to start on with Shivaay, has postponed »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
The winners for the 60th Britannia Filmfare Awards have been announced with fresh new faces scoring big at the prestigious ceremony. Female-oriented comedy/drama Queen scooped up the most awards this year, with leading lady Kangana Ranaut deservedly winning the Best Actress Award. The film also took home the Best Director Award for Vikas Bahl, as well as Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Background Score.
Shakespearean drama Haider, which has received non-stop praise upon release, took most of the acting honours, which include Best Actor for Shahid Kapoor, Best Supporting Actor for Kay Kay Menon and Best Supporting Actress for Tabu. Alia Bhatt also received recognition for her critically-acclaimed performance in Imtiaz Ali’s Highway by receiving the award for Best Actress (Critics). Sanjay Mishra also won the Best Actor (Critics) for his performance in Ankhon Dekhi, which also took home Best Film (Critics).
Check out the full list of winners below! »
- Bodrul Chaudhury
Full list of winners at the Filmfare Awards 2015.
Best Film – Queen
Best Film (Critics) – Ankhon Dekhi
Best Debut Director – Abhishek Varman (2 States)
Best Music Director – Shankar-Eshaan-Loy (2 States)
Best Lyrics – Rashmi Singh (Muskurane Ki Wajah – CityLights)
Best Costume – Dolly Ahluwalia »
- Indicine Team
The celebrated filmmaker and cartoonist Walt Disney once said, “Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language.” Whatever background or class you belong to, we all love to relish in a Bollywood film now and again. It transports us in to a world we wish we were a part of, as well as exposing us to characters who we can relate to. So has 2014 been a good year for Bollywood? Well let’s just say there were a minority of good films that form part of a pile of disappointments. It’s not been an amazing year for the Hindi film industry, yet we feel that the films which have lived up to our expectations deserve its due recognition. So without further ado, here are the films that have made the final cut!
Mardaani was not an amazing watch. »
- Bodrul Chaudhury
As reflections of Indian cinema in 2014 do their rounds, there are some very common conclusions everyone has come to that are undeniable. And that it was not the greatest year for actors but quite a year full of feats for our ladies. Indian cinema has come a long way in terms of credible roles and films for our leading ladies. Whilst we are still flooded with the kind of cinema that provide the leading actress with nothing more than a page of dialogues (if that) and 4 songs, we do get the occasional Sridevi in English Vinglish or a Vidya Balan in Kahaani. 2014 gave us more of these rare moments than we bargained for. No doubt we are still hungry for more from our ladies, however we choose to not stop and lament about what we lack but instead reflect on the brilliant year the ladies of Indian cinema have had. »
- Prathna Tiwari
Although this year’s most memorable performances were delivered by women, there are many actors that deserve being recognised for the good job they’ve done in the year 2014. Here is BollySpice’s list of the top 10 actors who wowed us with their performances!
10. Varun Dawan (Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania and Main Tera Hero)
This year the actor of Student of the Year explored his most romantic side. With his loveable portrayal of the boy who has to overcome numerous obstacles to win his beloved’s heart, the actor also won many hearts among the audience with Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania. He had us wishing for more of David Dhawan’s style of cinema with Main Tera Hero when he fully immersed himself in the loud comedy genre with great ease. 2015 looks promising for the Varun, as he is busy with two interesting and different productions, the action film Badlapur, »
- Núria Bonals Hidalgo
As we all know, Bollywood is all about emotions. Sometimes anger, sometimes sadness, but most importantly, love. Romance is the emotion that more prominently features in Hindi films, so Bollywood jodi’s are one of the elements most awaited by the audience. 2014 brought many memorable couples, and BollySpice brings you the Top 10 Best Jodi’s of the year.
Although Daawat-e-Ishq did not work as expected at the box office, the couple consisting of Aditya and Parineeti show good chemistry in the numerous funny scenes of the film.
One of the hits of the year, Ek Villain features some of the most demanded actors in B-town at the moment. Shraddha’s fragility and Sidharth’s roughness complement each other to perfection.
Based on Chetan Bhagat’s successful novel, the casting of the actors to »
- Núria Bonals Hidalgo
2014 has truly been a year of surprises. The audiences surprised the film makers by accepting movies that perhaps 5 years ago they wouldn’t have, film makers surprised the audiences by challenging the norms of Indian cinema and taking risks with their story telling and above all, actors surprised everyone by delivering performances that we wouldn’t have pegged them to deliver. Bollyspice now brings you a list of Stand Out Performances of 2014. Not all of these performances were lead performances in their individual films but they were performances that stood out of the entire film for us.
In a recent interview Alia Bhatt confessed that after Student of the Year she was rather disappointed because no one was simply talking about her! Comments were restricted to ‘fresh’ and ‘pleasant’ and never remotely even referring to her actual performance. So she decided in 2014 she would ensure we talk about her and only her. »
- Prathna Tiwari
16 items from 2015
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