9 items from 2010
Remember Pooja Batra? The former Indian beauty queen and actress is Hollywood bound.She is making a comeback to showbiz with upcoming American sitcom .Outsourced. and also helping Indian actors find a foothold there with her casting company.Pooja, 36, who married orthopaedic surgeon Sonu Ahluwalia in 2003, is currently settled in Los Angeles and has been running her own casting agency - Glow Bell Inc. She will dazzle on screen after five years. Pooja has done over 21 movies like .Virasat., .Haseena Maan Jaayegi. and .Nayak - The Real Hero...I am pursuing acting in America. I have booked a show there and I am hoping my character develops. It is called .Outsourced.. It is for NBC (channel); so I am keeping my fingers crossed,. Pooja, who was last seen in 2005 in the historical epic .Taj Mahal - An Eternal Love Story., told Ians.Set in a Mumbai call centre, .Outsourced. is »
Arundhati Roy called their fight the single greatest resistance against oppression in the world, while our prime minister, the deceptively genial Manmohan Singh, called them the greatest internal security threat. Between these extreme reports of their bringing rural-equality and their massacres, what’s the truth about the Maoists or Naxalites?
Red Alert-The War Within, slated for release this Friday reveals an unusual angle in the Naxalite fold.the power of women. Toplining Sameera Reddy, Bhagyashree, Seema Biswas and Ayesha Dharker, the film highlights women fighting alongside men. Going totally deglam, these actresses battled it out in rough terrain and heavy rain enacting sequences from the film that closely resemble headlines today in a movement that has empowered women with equal rights.For Seema Biswas, Red Alert marks a return to the gritty realism of Bandit Queen, Ayesha Dharker picks up the threads after The Terrorist, Sameera Reddy continues her tryst with serious cinema after Kaalpurush and Bhagyashree sheds her Maine Pyar Kiya image for some real life conflict. The admirable male ensemble in the film sure has some terrific competition in the acting and action departments.Red Alert is releasing this friday 9th July 2010. »
July 7, 2010: Red Alert-The War Within, slated for release this Friday, reveals an unusual angle in the Naxalite fold…the power of women. Toplining Sameera Reddy, Bhagyashree, Seema Biswas and Ayesha Dharker, the film highlights women fighting alongside men. Going totally deglam, these actresses battled it out in rough terrain and heavy rain, enacting sequences from the film that closely resemble the headlines today in a movement that has empowered women with equal rights.
As an actor, Suniel Shetty is ecstatic about the new and exciting phase in his career. The fact that his realistic Red Alert - The War Within comes after a riotous comedy like De Dana Dan and a family drama like Tum Milo To Sahi tells a lot about different roles that are coming his way. Add to that the fact that a few months back, Red Alert fetched him an award for the Best Actor at New York's South Asian International Film Festival is something that excites him even more."It's a major shot in the arm when international award and recognition comes in. Suddenly, it starts seeming that you are working in just the right projects. It is ironical though that a foreign country had to come and recognize my talent", he says."Icing on the cake is when you working on different kind of films at the same time. »
‘Probably for the first time in Indian cinema you will get to hear dialogues which are actually spoken lines and not fabricated. We did extensive research. My writer Aruna Raje and I downloaded a lot of interviews between the Maoists and cops from the Internet. Every line they spoke was volatile. »
Loins of Punjab Presents is a mockumentary patterned after the formula of Christopher Guest - a variety of could-have-beens and wannabe butt heads in a contest of talent, but more importantly, of self-worth and vindication, in which seemingly average non-creative types pit themselves (and each other) against steep odds and go to surprising lengths to get something that most people wouldn’t even think of applying for. In this case, the object of the game is the Loins of Punjab Bollywood-style singing contest, sponsored by Mr. Bokade (Jameel Khan), who is bringing all of this to fruition courtesy of his outrageous pork fortune. As a portrait of Indian-American culture and people who aren’t as talented as they wish they were, Loins is surprisingly sharp in its politics and perspective on the difficulties of maintaining cultural identity in a rapidly shifting world. It's too bad it doesn’t work better as a film. »
- Anders Nelson
The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (Iffla) has announced the 2010 line-up of films for its 8th annual festival, which runs April 20-April 25 at ArcLight Hollywood. The six-day festival will showcase 33 films from 5 countries, including 4 world premieres and 7 Us premieres.
“This is a true celebration of the art and business of Indian film and culture as well as an opportunity to connect with the game changers and emerging filmmakers of Indian themed content,’ said Christina Marouda, Iffla’s Executive Director. “As filmmakers of Indian descent forge new relationships in Hollywood, we invite moviegoers and industry professionals to experience our unique and wide ranging program which includes thought-provoking dramas, engaging documentaries, along with a touch of light hearted fare and a taste of Bollywood.”
The news has been confirmed by Ayesha’s father, renowned writer Anil Dharker. He isn’t sure if there will be an engagement ceremony but the marriage will be held in London. Robert is an Englishman and the marketing director of a company. He takes pleasure in arts, theatre and dance which is how he met Ayesha.
Ayesha won a National award for her performance as Malli in the film The Terrorist (1999). She is also known. »
9 items from 2010
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