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14 items from 2016


Why Kamal Haasan turned down offer to play villain in Robot 20

3 hours ago | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Kamal Haasan admits he was offered the villain's role in the sequel to Robot with Rajinikanth. But he declined the offer even without considering it. "There was no question of taking up the part. I wouldn't have been part of this film under any circumstance, and it's got nothing to do with the role being a negative one. I've played negative roles any number of times. Besides, a big star (Akshay Kumar) is playing the part now," says Kamal Haasan. The real reason for saying no to Robot was something else. Explains Kamal Haasan, "Rajniji and I have a pact. Whenever we do another film together it'd have to be produced by either me or him. It's the only way to ensure we do not displease our fans." »

- Subhash K. Jha

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Shekhar Kapur, Women Pioneers, and cool indie films to feature at The London Indian Film Festival schedule at BFI Southbank

24 May 2016 10:18 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Europe’s Largest South Asian Film Event, the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival, now into year seven, returns to London, from 14 – 24 July and we can’t wait! We have a sneak peek into what will be playing at BFI Southbank.

The full line up of the festival, which will be announced in June promises a schedule of some of the most prestigious and audacious new independent films from South Asia, and if the BFI Southbank schedule is anything to go by, this year, the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival will certainly live up to its reputation of showcasing the most cutting edge films from across the Indian subcontinent.

The meticulously curated sessions with BFI Southbank include some spectacular talks by top talent including South Indian and Bollywood superstar Kamal Haasan, who gives a rare Screen Talk, and Director Shekhar Kapur, most famous for his multiple top tier award winning “Elizabeth” films, »

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Kamal Haasans film unit stranded due to visa trouble

23 May 2016 8:38 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Kamal Haasan's new comedy Shabash Naidu which brings father Haasan with daughter Shruti Haasan together for the first time is in visa trouble. The unit was all set to leave for the Us to shoot for the Telugu-Tamil-Hindi comedy. But visas were denied to the unit. When contacted Kamal Haasan says, "We can't blame them for being extra-cautious considering the times we're going through. God knows, America has enough problems to deal with." Kamal says the problem has now been sorted. "There were 40 of us and some names on the passports raised problems." Kamal's own Islamic-sounding name has often caused a minor stir at immigration counters. Laughs the actor, "It's all sorted now. And we leave two weeks behind schedule." »

- Subhash K. Jha

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Shruti Hassan’s international rockstar collaboration

11 May 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Another biggie in her repertoire, Shruti Haasan is all set for an international music collaboration to sing and co-write tracks with the Brit Alt Rock band Dinosaur Pile-Up for an album

It’s true when they say – once a musician always a musician. This holds true for our Shruti “Rockstar” Haasan as well who’s all set to take on the international music scene. She is believed to have recently collaborated with a British alternative rock band called Dinosaur Pile-Up to sing in and co-write with for a brand new album together.

Says an insider source, “Shruti has made a couple of visits to London and has been meeting and jamming with the English Alt Rock band Dinosaur Pile-Up with the band members – lead singer and guitarist Matt Bigland, drummer Mike Sheils and bassist Jim Cratchley. When she spent time with them, she enjoyed the vibe of their music and »

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Shruti Haasan to collaborate with British Alternative Rock band

10 May 2016 4:55 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Besides acting, we all are aware that Shruti Haasan also has a fondness for singing. The actress, practices singing professionally too with singles and even playback and now adding to her repertoire will be an international collaboration. Shruti is all set to join hands with the British Alternative Rock band Dinosaur Pile-Up for an album. Shruti Haasan will be singing and co-writing tracks with the rock band. Says an insider source, "Shruti has made a couple of visits to London and has been meeting and jamming with the English Alt Rock band Dinosaur Pile-Up with the band members - lead singer and guitarist Matt Bigland, drummer Mike Sheils and bassist Jim Cratchley. When she spent time with them, she enjoyed the vibe of their music and felt it was in line with her own musical inclination. More importantly, being someone who's always written her own songs right from when she »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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Top Actors in Tamil Cinema: 2016

4 May 2016 5:17 AM, PDT | indicine | See recent indicine news »

In India, two of the most well-known Tamil actors are Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan. But not many in the North, West and East of India would know that there are other stars who not only command a insanely big fan-following, but are literally worshipped by their fans.

Two such stars, who belong to the younger generation (compared to the likes of Rajnikanth and Kamal Hassan) are Vijay, fondly called ‘thalapathi’ by his fans, and Ajith, who his fans like to call ‘thala’.Read More

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Akshara Haasan to assist in direction for Kamal - Shruti Haasans trilingual

2 May 2016 11:50 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

After making her Bollywood debut opposite Amitabh Bachchan and Dhanush in Shamitabh, Akshara Haasan is all set to switch to direction. The actress has now decided to assist filmmaker T K Rajeev Kumar for her father Kamal Haasan's film Sabaash Naidu, to be retitled in Hindi as Sabaash Kundu.

The said film is a trilingual with Kamal Haasan reprising the role of Balram Naidu from the film Dasavatharam which released in 2008. Starring with her father for the first time is also actress Shruti Haasan, who according to reports, will play an important role but the details of the same haven't been divulged. The film will simultaneously be shot in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi.

Popular Bollywood actors like Farida Jalal, Saurabh Shukla among others will be a part of the film. Slated to be extensively shot in U.S, the music will be composed by music maestro Ilayaraja. »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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Shah Rukh Khan should just become like Salman - Ram Gopal Varma

25 April 2016 3:12 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Despite the extensive promotions of Fan, the film, failed to live upto expectations. And now, Ram Gopal Varma who often speaks his heart out to the media and on social media has decided to give the Shah Rukh Khan a piece of advice. Talking about the performance of Fan along with a mention of Shah Rukh Khan's upcoming film with Aanand L Rai in which the superstar will be playing a dwarf, Rgv tweeted about Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan's stardom comparing with what he calls as a similar fate of Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth down South. He said, "Megastar Srk becoming ordinary fan, dwarf etc is as big a same blunder as what Kamal Haasan did to lose his stardom to Rajinikant (Salman Khan). Kamal was as big a superstar as Rajinikant till he started doing dwarf, fat, tall etc and as a fan I hope »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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Kamal Haasan and Paresh Rawal reunite

13 February 2016 4:11 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

The Chachi 420 actors comprising of Kamal Haasan and Paresh Rawal, would be coming together once again after 18 years in a Hindi-Tamil bi-lingual that would see Kamal and his daughter Shruti Haasan playing father and daughter. Interestingly, Kamal Haasan and Paresh Rawal, who are Tamilian and Gujarati respectively, will both play Bengali characters. Kamal Haasan says he is looking forward to being reunited with Paresh. "It's a pleasure to work with a sturdy reliable co-star. Look at Tom Hardy in The Revenant. See what he has done to his character and how he has supported Leonardo Di Caprio's performance. Hardy is the best from the West since Marlon Brando. It would be a pleasure to work with a co-star like him." Kamal Haasan is still in New York scouting locations for his film co-starring Shruti Haasan that Rajeev Kumar will direct. On February 7, the actor-filmmaker took time off to address »

- Subhash K. Jha

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Waris Ahluwalia is not the first Indian actor to face airport racism

11 February 2016 2:54 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Indian-American model and actor Waris Ahluwalia got detained at a Mexican airport earlier this week and the Sikh man was questioned for wearing his turban. It's now happening to Indians in Sikh turbans. Earlier if you were a Khan you got questioned/ detained/ screened/scanned on airports. Irrfan Khan has gone through the ordeal on two occasions on American airports. Speaking about it to me he said, "More than the physical torture, it's the wounds of humiliation that never heal after you undergo such a horrific experience. It happened to me on two occasions. I was detained in New York and Los Angeles airport for secondary interrogation. I was outraged. I was told to quietly come into a room for questioning and identification verification. I wasn't allowed to talk. When I tried to ask why I was being treated this way, I was told to keep quiet. I wasn't allowed to use my phone. »

- Subhash K. Jha

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Amol Palekar inspires Anuj Sachdevas character in Love Shagun

3 February 2016 10:35 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

We all know Anuj Sachdeva, who has appeared in many popular soaps like Sabki Laadli Bebo, Phir Subah Hogi, Chhanchhan and Itti Si Khushi, will be seen playing the protagonist Jd, in the forthcoming romantic comedy film - Love Shagun. However, not many know that, Anuj's point of reference to prepare for his role was none other than the veteran actor - Amol Palekar.

Interestingly, when Jd's role was offered to Anuj, he was asked to refer to Amol Palekar's character from Basu Chatterjee's classic film Choti Si Baat. In the film, Palekar plays a simpleton and wears chequered shirts and pleated pants. He also has a tough time talking to women and ultimately when he meets the love of his life, he is not able to propose to her. Talking about the same Anuj says, "I watched the film around 3 times to get the act right. I »

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Kamal Haasan to join Shyam Benegal on special censor committee

13 January 2016 4:45 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Earlier this month, we had reported that the I&B Ministry had appointed a special committee headed by the filmmaker Shyam Benegal, to suggest measures to help the Censor Board members understand the nuances of film certification. Now we hear that actor - filmmaker Kamal Haasan will also be joining the committee.

Apparently, this addition comes after the Ministry felt that more regions of the country should be given representation on the panel, suggesting that along with Hassan, directors Shaji Karun and Gautam Ghosh should be included on it. Once appointed the trio will join the other members of committee that includes filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, adman Piyush Pandey and film journalist Bhawana Somayaa. »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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Reflections 2015: Bollywood Razzies of 2015

11 January 2016 3:01 AM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year” goes the Xmas song, but it also applies to sorting through the dreck and crap that came out of Bollywood in 2015. I watched many of these duds so that you don’t have to, and trust me they’re not as hilarious as I’m going to make them, because for every great Jodi like Srk-Kajol in Dilwale there’s Sunny Leone being paired with Ram Kapoor. Yet there were some awful gems like Msg and its sequel that came out in the same year – take that annual Fast and Furious franchise! Herewith is the worst and secretly hilarious of the year.

Worst Actor – Emraan Hashmi for Hamari Adhuri Kahani/Mr X

After doing so well in Shanghai, and Ghanchakkar, Emraan decided to play it safe with his performances in Hamari Adhuri Kahani (paired opposite Vidya Balan) and the atrocious Mr X. »

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Kamal Haasan confirms film with daughter Shruti its action-comedy to be shot in Us

9 January 2016 3:03 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

The redoubtable Kamal Haasan is indeed, finally doing a film with his daughter. Confirming this exclusively to leading daily Kamal says, "Yes, Shruti and I will be working together finally. Just completed the first draft of the screenplay. It's looking good." Reveals Kamal, "It's a comedy-action film. I am in the USA where the movie is going to be shot. Those who have information of this script also are keen to produce this in Hindi." The young pretty daughter of the legendary Kamal Haasan had opted out of her father's next bilingual film Uthama Villain for the lack of dates. Says the proud father, "Yes, our dates didn't work out. But in a way it was good. It was too early then for Shruti and I to share screen space together. Too much pressure on both of us. Now when she has more experience we will be more comfortable together. »

- Subhash K. Jha

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