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13 items from 2015


Close Friends Director Hansal Mehta and Editor Apurva Asrani Come Together For Aligarh

27 April 2015 8:51 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

The upcoming film ‘Aligarh’ starring actor Manoj Bajpayee is a milestone film for National award-winning director Hansal Mehta. With ‘Aligarh’ he will be taking his successful collaboration with close friend Apurva Asrani who has been much more than his film editor for nearly 15 years. Apurva will be making made his debut as a full-fledged screenwriter with this film in addition to editing the film. Apurva had shared the award for screenplay in Shahid with Mehta and Sameer Gautam Singh.

On many occasions, Apurva has been a guiding force for the talented director often shaping and reshaping scripts for him in the past. Speaking about his close friend, Hansal Mehta said, “I love working with Apurva. He shapes my narrative helping me rewrite my films on the edit table. I can’t believe it has already been 15 years since we met and after Chhal, Shahid and Citylights, to have collaborated with »

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An ode to Manoj Bajpayee for his birthday!

23 April 2015 6:24 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

The master of impeccable performances, Manoj Bajpayee is without a doubt one of the most talented actors in the industry today. From his powerful acting as Bhiku Mahatre in ‘Satya’ to Veerendra Pratap in ‘Rajneeti’ to Sardar Khan in ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’, this man has time and again managed to enchant audiences with some extremely convincing character plays. And today is a special day for this powerhouse of talent who will be celebrating his 46th birthday.

This year, the award-winning actor is set to captivate audiences once again in Hansal Mehta’s upcoming film, ‘Aligarh’. Known to deliver his best in every role, the versatile actor is about to venture into a very different role for his next release. The actor had also mentioned in an interview with a popular publication about how he had to unlearn everything that he had known in order to step into the shoes of »

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Filmmaker Hansal Mehta in London to Support his Wife

18 April 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Hansal Mehta’s wife Safeena Husain has been known for active social work. She recently received a prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in London for her exemplary work in the field of girl child education. And to support her on this occasion the talented filmmaker, Hansal Mehta too flew down to London.

Safeena founded her Ngo, Educate Girls in 2007 as a 50-school pilot project. As of today, the organization has managed to reach out to over a million kids across 7,500 schools. The award recognizes innovation and impact on solving the world’s most pressing problems. Safeena is one of the four recipients of the $1.25 million (each) for a period of three years.

The national awards-winning director, Hansal Mehta, has often spoken highly about his wife at various occasions calling her his constant source of inspiration and pillar of strength. The beaming Hansal Mehta could not miss the awards event for the world. »

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Hansal Metha’s Aligarh completes shoot

17 April 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Hansal Mehta’s much-awaited new film Aligarh has just finished principal photography. The film stars Manoj Bajpayee and Rajkummar Rao in the lead. It is loosely based on a real life incident which found its way into the headlines not so long back.

The shooting for Aligarh started in end-January’15 in the biting cold of Bareilly and after a manic two month schedule, finished in Mumbai last week. In between the team also canned some fabulous footage in New Delhi and Allahabad. Although the 40-day shoot was extremely grueling, the air on the sets was positive, energetic and a lot of fun. It helped that Manoj Bajpayee used to crack everyone up with his jokes. This is also Rajkummar Rao’s third film with Hansal Mehta after Shahid and Citylights and shooting with Mehta was like homecoming for him.

Says Hansal, “When you are in the middle of a tough shooting schedule, »

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Hansal Mehta’s ‘Citylights’ to be screened at the prestigious New York Indian Film Festival

7 April 2015 7:07 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

National award-winning director Hansal Mehta’s movie Citylights, which narrates a heart-wrenching tale of a couple who migrates to Mumbai from a small town to fulfill their dreams, will be screened at this year’s edition of New York Indian Film Festival (Nyiff). Hansal Mehta, who was obviously thrilled with the news, said the screening dates are yet to be announced.

The acclaimed filmmaker tweeted saying “#Citylights to be screened at #Nyiff…Lovely festival run by some amazing people. Screening date and time to be announced soon (sic)”.

An adaptation of British film ‘Metro Manila’, Citylights is the story of Deepak Singh, a man who is forced to migrate to Mumbai from Rajasthan with his wife and child. He soon discovers the complexities of city life and finds himself living on the streets.

Starring Rajkummar Rao and Patralekha in the lead roles, Citylights received rave reviews when it released last year. »

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Hansal Mehta in Talks with Kangana Ranaut to Star in Sarabjit Singh’s Biopic

27 March 2015 9:18 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

National-award winning Hansal Mehta directed ‘Shahid’, with Rajkummar Rao in the lead, based on the life of lawyer and human rights activist Shahid Azmi. This year, the ace filmmaker is coming up with a film called Aligarh, with Manoj Bajpayee in the lead, telling the story of a gay professor from Aligarh University. Known for making realistic films & eye opening biopics, Hansal Mehta has set his eyes on Sarabjit Singh’s life story as his next film. The director is still on a look out to find an actor who could play Sarabjit; meanwhile Hansal is already in talk with Second national-award winning Kangana Ranaut to play his sister, Dalbir Kaur.

The sister of Sarabjit Singh, Dalbir Kaur spent more than 20 years of her life for her brother’s independence from Pakistan prison. This fight caught the attention of director Hansal Mehta and was inspired to make a film on Sarabjit Singh’s life. »

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The New Age Heroines Not Afraid To Challenge the Regular

18 March 2015 12:00 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Actors have usually claimed that the main reason for them to work in a film is the script & the director. The ones which have substance and offer a chance to challenge their creative ability are always preferred more by any actor. Innovative directors like Hansal Mehta, Abhishek Chaubey and Navdeep Singh are increasingly becoming that rare class of directors.

When noted director Hansal Mehta was asked about this phenomenon he said, “How would you define commercial or mainstream cinema? We haven’t seen many successful films in the recent past (sic), so by that definition, no one is a commercial director. It’s just that actors want to play strong characters, do interesting films and be challenged. It’s a mutual process.” Many times termed as ‘parallel cinema’ or ‘offbeat cinema’, it has always been a source of fodder for the inventive souls.

The newest breed of mainstream actresses are »

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Manoj Bajpayee’s look released for Hansal Mehta’s latest film Aligarh

3 March 2015 8:03 PM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

The first look of Manoj Bajpayee’s character in National Award-winning filmmaker Hansal Mehta’s highly-awaited film Aligarh is out now. The actor essays the role of a gay professor, one that he has never attempted before, along with actor Rajkummar Rao who plays a journalist.

The look shows Manoj as a old professor clinging to his belongings. The actor is looks every bit of the character with his greying hair, unkempt beard and a brown suit, seated on a chair, seemingly contemplating some deep thoughts.

“We wanted the first look of Manoj’s character to be impactful and create just the right amount of curiosity amongst the audience. Manoj is a fantastic actor and he embodies the trials and tribulations that his character in the film goes through. I’m extremely happy for the way the film is turning out,” said Hansal Mehta who is not just directing the »

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B A Pass director Ajay Bahls next is Story

28 February 2015 3:10 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

He took critics and audiences by surprise with his elegant erotica in his debut film B A Pass. Since then director Ajay Bahl has been trying to put together his second project. An ugly parting with the Bhatts over Citylights which Hansal Mehta finally directed and a couple of other aborted projects and now Bahl is ready to direct his second film. Revealing details the soft-spoken director says, "It is a film entitled Story about the adventures of a crime reporter. It is a political thriller set in Delhi. The protagonist is a crime journalist." And yes, Story will star the B A Pass actress Shilpa Shukla, last seen in the embarrassing comedy Crazy Cukkad Family. The film will also star Gitanjali Thapa, the National award winning actress whom Ajay was to cast in the lead in Citylights, and Neeraj Kabi that extraordinary actor from The Ship Of Theseus. Ajay »

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Hansal Mehta’s Son Follows Footsteps

19 February 2015 9:00 PM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Jai Mehta is what you would call chip off the old block. National Award-winning filmmaker Hansal Mehta’s son is following the footsteps of his father. Aspiring to be a film director himself, Jai has been assisting Hansal on his recent projects. Currently Jai is in Up making sure that his father’s new film Aligarh is all smooth sailing. The young man has been associated with the Manoj Bajpayee-Rajkummar Rao starrer right from the inception and has been involved in every stage of its making, right from recce to production. Earlier Jai has assisted Hansal on both Shahid and Citylights.

“What more can a father want than to see his son so passionately immersed in the same craft?” says a beaming Hansal. “I hope Jai goes out there and soon makes something on his own. He’s got terrific stories to tell.”

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Reflections 2014: Best Directors of 2014

13 January 2015 8:48 PM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Directors, they are the driving force behind the movies. They take the words on the page and bring them to life on screen. They guide the actors, they work with the crew, they create the shots, they create the sound and the songs with the music directors and so much more. Every year there are some directors whose work truly stands out and we like to shine the spotlight on them.  So, it’s not strictly a top ten and we have not put them in numerical order as such. Plus there are a few surprise horses, but here are the directors the BollySpice team thought shone through brightest in 2014 and a few personal reasons for why – enjoy!

Hansal Mehta (Citylights)

It was a remake of 2013’s Metro Manila, but relocated to Mumbai. It tells the timeless tale of a village worker migrating to the big city and the struggles which that bring. »

- Anjum Shabbir

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Reflections 2014: Top 10 Actors of 2014

12 January 2015 9:34 PM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

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

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Reflections 2014: Best Indie Films of 2014

7 January 2015 2:32 AM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Powerful messages, stunning cinematography and authentic performances – 2014 was a good year for independent (indie) cinema. Here is a list of some of our favourites which are worth catching if you missed them.

Ilai (Leaf)

Director Rajiv Reddy’s film traced the journey of a young homeless girl in India, Chennai. Ilai was a good exploration of human emotion, survival and regeneration. The performances were outstanding and natural. Profoundly, the protagonist returns to the same place that she had started off at at the beginning of the film; however, this time she sees the world with different eyes. The film highlights how experiences impact the human soul. We saw this at the London Indian Film Festival and our reviewer wrote, “At times, the cinematography will have you spell bound. Artistic shots of the sun and the streets make this film a visual treat: for instance, a particular shot of the heat »

- Anjum Shabbir

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