16 items from 2012
Once again guest reviewer Beth Watkins takes keyboard to hand to give usher thoughts on the films at the most recnet Chicago Asian Film Festival This time she give us her choices for worst and the best of the feature films, both of which had their world premieres at this festival.
Full disclosure: I was very primed to like this film, even just by the description of Farooq Shaikh in a romance with Deepti Naval. I figured that if nothing else, I would respond positively to a sure-to-be-well-acted age-appropriate romance between two stars I have always loved. I barely managed to keep myself from running up to Farooq Shaikh when he entered the cinema for the screening; the next day he paused briefly to talk with the man in front of me in a line and I think I let out a breathless “Eep! »
- Beth Watkins
Chicago film aficionados were treated to an array of stellar films, acclaimed artists, and energetic parties at the 3rd annual Chicago South Asian Film Festival. The four-day festival held its Opening Night on September 20th with a star-studded red carpet reception followed by the North American premiere of the much anticipated Bollywood film ‘Heroine’. Artists who walked the red carpet include acclaimed actor Farooq Shaikh, Lillete Dubey, and Adil Hussain. Indian Consul General Mukta Dutta Tomar, Field Museum President Richard Lariviere, and Columbia College Vice President Dr. Eric Winston were also present to show their support. In his opening remarks, Dr. Winston said “I feel like a proud father” as he expressed his and Columbia College Chicago’s support for the Festival from its inception back in 2010.
Over the next three days, the Festival showcased the best of South Asian independent cinema to packed audiences at Showplace Icon Theater and »
- BollySpice Editors
It's called 'Heroine,' but the handiwork is all about the director. Madhur Bhandarkar is a distinct Hindi filmmaker—"issues" being his usual subject matter and realism his style. 'Heroine' has equal measure of grit and glam—and he deftly blends them—making the film more Bollywood than his typical projects. As it should be, since the movie is about Bollywood itself.
His work ranges from social commentaries about prostitution and imprisonment to exposés of glamour industries such as celebrity journalism and fashion. 'Heroine' retreads a lot of the ground of the latter, particularly his critically acclaimed hit 'Fashion' (2008), which was about a driven, small-town girl on her way up and an emotionally-unstable supermodel on her way down. Those characters are merged in 'Heroine' with a lead who is trying to »
Chicago South Asian Film Festival (Csaff) announces their film selection for the third annual film festival. Starting on September 20, this four-day festival hosted at Showplace Icon Theaters and Film Row Cinema (Columbia College Chicago), will present 24 films, including 5 world premieres, 8 Us premieres and 11 Chicago
The Festival opens with the North American premiere of Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine starring Kareena Kapoor. The film is a bold, shocking, yet sensitive look behind the scenes of the glitz and glamour Indian film stars reside. A special discussion about the film and its themes will take place after the film with acclaimed poet, lyricist and scriptwriter Javed Akhtar and Heroine cast member Lillete Dubey.
The centerpiece film is the world premiere of Listen Amaya starring acclaimed actors Deepti Naval and Farooq Shaikh. The film by debutante director Avinash Kumar Singh tells the story of a daughter, Amaya, and her widow mother who begins »
- Press Releases
The annual festival, now in its third year, will screen 'Heroine' on its opening night at 7 pm at the Showplace Icon Theater (150 W. Roosevelt) in Chicago. The feature will be preceded by a red carpet event at 6 pm and following by a reception at 10 pm, both at the theater.
The four-day festival will present 24 films, including five world premieres, eight U.S. premieres, and 11 Chicago premieres. The films will be shown at Showplace Icon Theaters and Film Row Cinema (Columbia College Chicago).
For the full list of film selections, visit csaff. »
The 12th Osian’s Cinefan Film Festival which will be held in New Delhi from 27 July to 5 August 2012 has announced its Jury. 38 countries will participate with a total number of 175 films (see lineup here).
The Jury for the Asian and Arab Competition comprises Marco Mueller, Artistic Director of the Rome Film Festival; painter and filmmaker Muzaffar Ali (Umrao Jaan); Iranian filmmaker Ali Mosaffa, Egyptian filmmaker Magdi Ahmed Ali; and American filmmaker James V Hart.
The Jury for the Indian Competition comprises Hamid Dabashi, cultural critic and author from Iran; Indian film critic Khalid Mohamed; Indian theatre director and actor Lillete Dubey; Annemarie Jacir, filmmaker from Jordan; author Atiq Rahimi from Afghanistan; and Dutch documentary filmmaker Sonia Herman Dolz.
The Jury for Shorts Competition »
Esha Deol and husband Bharat Takhtani wedding reception took place last week and the reception was a star-studded affair.
With such a star studded affair we put our fashion hats on to see if the stars dressed to impress. Scroll down to see which stars where hot and which where not……
Verdict – Esha Deol is Hot! Husband Bharat Takhtani is Hot!
Ahana Deol »
- Meera Sharma
David Dhawan's upcoming comic caper Chasme Baddoor, which is a remake of the original 1981 hit film, is slated for release on 24th of August, 2012.The movie boasts of a fresh young cast such as Ali Zafar, Siddharth (Rang De Basanti fame), Divyendu Sharma (Pyaar Ka Punchnama fame), Rishi Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Lillete Dubey and southern beauty Tapasee who is making her Bollywood debut.The movie is produced by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and music is by Sajid Wajid. »
Lillete Dubey is currently riding high post the release of her Hollywood film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. And now we hear that veteran actress will soon be seen romancing our yesteryears Bollywood heroes Rishi Kapoor and Mithun Chakraborty. Lillete, who will be seen playing a Goan landlady in David Dhawan's film Chashme Buddoor, will also be Rishi's love interest in the film. While Lillete plays the landlady, Rishi features as Saeed Jaffary, a Goan cafe owner who sports tattoos and rides bikes. On the other hand, director Neeraj Pathak has paired Lillete with none other than Mithun Chakraborty in Bhaiyyaji Superhit. The film which stars Sunny Deol in a double role will feature Lillete as Mithun's wife. »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
After successful openings in both the UK and the Us, John Madden’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel will next be making an appearance at Indian film screens on the 18th of May. The film is set in Jaipur and as Mr. Madden said in our exclusive interview (which you can read here), they filmed The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in such a real way that the audience feels as if they were dropped into the middle of Jaipur along with the characters of the movies. In The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,an elite ensemble cast that includes Dev Patel, Dame Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Tom Wilkinson along with Indian actors Lillette Dubey and Tena Desae can be seen zipping through the crowded streets of Jaipur on rickshaws and scooters discovering new aspects of life!
The film was shot in Jaipur, India over nine and a half weeks. »
- Stacey Yount
A feel-good film loaded with humor, drama, life lessons, a star-studded cast and a bit of spice, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has all the right ingredients for a box-office hit. Based on the novel, ‘These Foolish Things’ by Deborah Maggorch, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel introduces all the seven British retirees from the beginning in search of something. Judi Dench plays the recently widowed housewife in search of breaking out of her shell, Evelyn Greenslade; Tom Wilkinson, the high court judge in search of a lost love from his past life in India and the only character not in the novel,Graham Dashwood; Billy Nighy and Penelope Wilton, the unhappily married couple that lost their life savings to their daughter’s company and are in search of an inexpensive retirement home, Douglas and Jean Ainslie; Maggie Smith, a racist old broad in search of a new hip, Muriel Donnelly »
- Barkha Bahar
Model turned actress Tena Desae spoke to our London reporter Sunny Malik about her upcoming film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. The film, directed by James Madden (Shakespeare in Love) boasts an incredible cast including Dev Patel, Dame Judy Dench and Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Celia Imrie and Lillete Dubey. The Bengalore born actress has worked on a number of commercials and was also seen in Yeh Faasley and Sahi Dhandhe Galat Bande and also is one of the 2012 Kingfisher calendar models. Desae in an exlusive interview speaks about her upcoming film, working with Dev Patel and more.
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- Sunny Malik
To celebrate the release of the new Twentieth Century Fox film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, we have a fabulous goody bag to give-away featuring great gifts and a special signed poster, which has been personally autographed by Dev Patel, Tena Desae and British stars Celia Imrie and Tom Wilkinson.
From the director of Shakespeare in Love, John Madden, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel promises a heady mix of comedy and emotion, showing India at its beautiful best. The film features Bollywood’s latest crush and top model Tena Desae romancing Slumdog Millionaire star and BAFTA nominee Dev Patel in a feel-good comedy boasting the cream of British talent. They are joined by veteran Indian actress Lillete Dubey (Monsoon Wedding, Housefull, Kal Ho Naa Ho), who plays the mother of Dev Patel’s character Sonny.
- Press Releases
Indybrown.tv, Omkari and Ashanti Omkar have done it again and as always bring us a fabulous video interview! This week they have In the Zone new actress Tena Desai who stars in the upcoming The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
Directed by John Madden of Shakespeare in Love fame, the feel good comedy is set to release in the UK this Friday! The film revolves around a disparate group of English pensioners who abandon their homeland enticed by advertisements of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a seemingly luxurious sanctuary for “the elderly and beautiful” in Jaipur, India. On arrival, they discover that the hotel falls somewhat short of the romantic idyll but are gradually won over by the ever-optimistic young entrepreneurial manager Sonny and tentatively embark on a new adventure, finding that life can begin again when you let go of the past. Sonny is played by Dev Patel and those English pensioners… »
- Stacey Yount
On Tuesday, February 7th the stars of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel descended in London for the film’s world premiere at Curzon Cinema in Mayfair, Central London. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which was directed by John Madden (Shakespeare in Love), has a cast full of some of the finest British actors and actresses ever including Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, and Maggie Smith. Also starring in the film are Dev Patel and making her debut is actress Tena Desae. Lillete Dubey (Housefull, Kal Ho Naa Ho) as well as Penelope Wilton, Celia Imrie and Ronald Pickup round out the very impressive cast for the film.
The story: For a disparate group of English pensioners (Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Penelope Wilton, Celia Imrie and Ronald Pickup), retirement takes an unconventional turn when they abandon their homeland, enticed by advertisements for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, »
- Stacey Yount
After the international box-office success of the multi-Oscar and BAFTA winning film Slumdog Millionaire and the UK’s top grossing Bollywood film to date, My Name is Khan, Twentieth Century Fox releases The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, on 24th February 2012.
From the director of Shakespeare in Love, John Madden, the film features Bollywood’s latest crush and top model Tena Desae romancing Slumdog Millionaire star and BAFTA nominee Dev Patel in a feel-good comedy boasting the cream of British talent. They are joined by veteran Indian actress Lillete Dubey (Monsoon Wedding, Housefull, Kal Ho Naa Ho), who plays the mother of Dev Patel’s character Sonny.
For a disparate group of English pensioners (Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Penelope Wilton, Celia Imrie and Ronald Pickup), retirement takes an unconventional turn when they abandon their homeland, enticed by advertisements for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a seemingly luxurious »
- Press Releases
16 items from 2012
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