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Kangna Ranauts Simran will be shot in varied cities across Us

17 May 2016 4:34 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Earlier we had reported that the Hansal Mehta directorial titled Simran will star Kangna Ranaut. Further, readers may also be aware of the fact, that the film will be inspired by a series of real life incidents including the life of Sandeep Kaur, a nurse who turned into a bank robber.

Kangna Ranaut recently revealed that she is indeed playing the role of a bank robber but however also further added that her character Simran is a Gujarati girl who wishes to fulfil her mother's dream but ends up losing everything in the process. On the other hand, revealing details about the shoot schedule of the film, filmmaker Hansal Mehta stated that it will be 70 day start to finish schedule and will be shot extensively in U.S. While a few portions may be shot in India, the rest of them will be shot in different cities like Atlanta, San Francisco, »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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Kangana Ranaut on her decade in the Hindi Film Industry!

28 April 2016 11:04 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

She came, she saw, she conquered! That’s Kangana Ranaut’s decade-long Bollywood journey in a nutshell. Ten years ago on this day, the actress made her big screen debut with ‘Gangster’ that released on 28th April 2006. Kangana portrayed her character’s longing and pain with such intensity that it made people sit up and take notice of this new ‘curly-haired girl’. The film went on to become a hit and Kangana to win her first debut award!

The actress talking about her 10 years in the Hindi Film Industry said, “I am extremely proud of my rags-to-riches story, it’s fun to be a misfit or an underdog if you acknowledge your gifts and befriend your obstacles,” says Kangana talking of her journey so far.

From being treated like an ‘outsider’ to being hailed as the reigning ‘Queen’ of Bollywood and a style czarina, the powerhouse performer has come a long way since her debut. »

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Manoj Bajpayee to receive the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for Aligarh

23 April 2016 4:16 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

The master of impeccable performances of Bollywood, Manoj Bajpayee has time and again proved that he is one of the finest actors in the industry. And now the actor has added yet another feather to his cap as he has bagged an award at the honorable Dadasaheb Phalke Awards 2016. Manoj Bajpayee has received the Dadasheb Phalke Award for Best Actor (Critics'Choice) Award for his outstanding performance in the movie Aligarh. The biopic which features Manoj Bajpayee in the lead portrays the heart touching story of 64 year old homosexual professor Dr. Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras, who was detained from his job due to his sexual orientation. The film has also received critical acclaim and has bagged awards at national and international film festivals. Talking about it, Manoj Bajpayee says, "I am honored that I am going to get the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. It is a wonderful feeling. I would like to dedicate »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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Kangana to holiday like a ‘Queen’

15 April 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Post an intense and a gruelling shoot schedule and juggling with élan a hectic line-up of commitments, Bollywood’s reigning star Kangana Ranaut will finally be taking a much-needed break. Post the wrap-up of the final leg of Vishal Bhardwaj’s ‘Rangoon’, which is scheduled in a week’s time, the three-time National Award-winner plans to take a solo trip to an undisclosed location in Europe or Australia, quite like her character Rani in ‘Queen’ we hear!

In fact, a source close to the actress reveals that no one except for her closest family and friends are aware of the destinations she has planned.

A source shares, “Right now all we know is that Kangana is planning a solo trip to Europe. It’s been very hectic for Kangana with her new brands that she recently shot for, as well as Raju Hirani’s cricket commercial with Ms Dhoni and Virat Kohli. »

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The New York Indian Film Festival announces full lineup for the 16th Annual Film Festival

13 April 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

The New York Indian Film Festival (Nyiff) announced the full lineup last night for their 16th year of celebrating independent, art house, alternate, and diaspora films from/about/connected to the Indian subcontinent (May 7 – May 14). Dedicated to bringing these films to a New York audience, the festival will feature 40 screenings (35 narrative, 5 documentary) –all seen for the first time in New York City. In addition, the festival will also feature five programs of short films.

The festival highlights various cinemas of India’s different regions. All the films are subtitled in English and some of the languages this year include Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Telegu, Assamese, Haryanavi and Urdu. This year’s festival will feature a couple of sidebars –Nfdc restored first films of filmmakers and a three-generations sidebar, films of Bimal Roy, Basu Bhattacharya and Aditya Bhattacharya.

The festival’s film lineup includes 2016 National Award winners A Far Afternoon, »

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New York Indian Film Festival Selects ‘Let’s Dance to the Rhythm’ as Opening Night Film

8 April 2016 11:46 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bardroy Baretto’s Konkani  feature “Let’s Dance to the Rhythm” will open the 16th annual New York Indian Film Festival.

Centering on a destined-for-disaster love story between a singer and her mentor, “Let’s Dance to the Rhythm” is a 1960s-set romance-drama that celebrates Goan music. The film, which stars Vijay Maurya, Palomi Ghosh and Prince Jacob, will screen at the festival’s opening night gala on May 7 at NYC’s Skirball Center for Performing Arts.

“’Let’s Dance to the Rhythm’ is a beautiful representation of another era, where jazz music flourished outside of the realms of the popular Hindi cinema of Bombay,” Nyiff director Aseem Chhabra said in a statement.  “The film is a joyful celebration of the music, the energy and the musicians and it is a story that not many people know about.”

Umesh Kulkarni’s “Highway,” a diversity-centered Marathi film that follows an Indian road trip, »

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The 16th Annual New York Indian Film Festival announces opening night gala film

5 April 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

The New York Indian Film Festival (Nyiff) announced the Opening Night Gala film: Bardroy Baretto’s Nachom-ia Kumpasar (Let’s Dance to the Rhythm). Let’S Dance To The Rhythm is a Konkani feature film- a tribute to Goan music and her musicians. Narrated through the emotional rollercoaster of a love story destined to tragedy, it celebrates Goan music through the eyes of its eclectic’s generation of musicians in the 1960s and 70s.

“Lets Dance to the Rhythm is a beautiful representation of another era, where jazz music flourished outside of the realms of the popular Hindi cinema of Bombay. The film is a joyful celebration of the music, the energy and the musicians and it is a story that not many people know about, states Film Festival Director Aseem Chhabra. “It is truly a happy film and a perfect way for us to launch the 16th edition of »

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Indian Film Fest La 2016 Review: Aligarh, A Human Tragedy

3 April 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

In April of 2010, Professor S.R. Siras died alone in a rented room. He'd been sacked from his job as the head of the department of regional languages in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India. He'd been a professor of Marathi at Aligarh University for a little over a decade. He was respected. He was loved. He was gay. Guess which one of those led to his death. In Hansal Mehta's Aligarh, we follow Prof. Siras through the final year of his life leading up to his death. One night, a pair of TV reporters burst into his apartment, where he was entertaining a man, and filmed them as they begged to be left alone. The ensuing scandal led to Siras resigning from his post, being ostracized...

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Kangna Ranauts father confesses about gender discrimination in their village

12 March 2016 4:35 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

A recent statement of Kangna Ranaut revealed the existence of gender discrimination in small towns and villages as the actress went on to claim that she was an unwanted girl child. Asserting the same is her father, Amardeep Ranaut who reportedly not only agreed to his daughter's statements but also threw light on the backward condition of their village. Stating that a daughter's birth is often treated as a funeral in his village that is located in Himachal Pradesh, Amardeep confessed that they too were victims of the same and had in fact, not even distributed sweets after the birth of Kangna. Readers may be aware that Kangna is actually their second daughter, while Rangoli is her elder sister. Rangoli also manages the publicity and personal affairs of her superstar sister and is herself an acid attack survivor. The two sisters, Rangoli and Kangna Ranaut recently came together for an »

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Hansal Mehta’s Aligarh brought back fond memories of Dr Siras for Prof Tariq Islam

9 March 2016 7:00 PM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

After watching Hansal Mehta’s Aligarh at a private screening in Delhi, Prof Tariq Islam from the Department of Philosophy at the Aligarh Muslim University could not help but recall fond memories of his colleague and friend Prof Siras. He praised the movie, saying “The sensitive handling of the subject by Hansal Mehta’s direction and Apurva Asrani’s script writing were beyond my imagination. The impressive and brilliant acting of both Manoj Bajpai and Rajkumar Rao, did not allow me for a moment to feel it was a film.”

Prof Islam was saddened by the true portrayal of Siras’s struggle with the law and socio-cultural injustice, and his desperate attempt to regain his right to freedom. He has condemned the cancellation of the screening of the movie in Aligarh city by certain political units who have made a hue and cry over the film trying to defame the city. »

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T-Series to produce the Kangna Ranaut starrer Simran

8 March 2016 6:20 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

We all know that the musical giant T-Series always has a strong sense of music and a good, engaging script. After having successfully backed many films, there is a buzz about them now making a film titled Simran. Although nothing about the film is known so far, all that we got to know through our reliable sources is that the film stars Kangna Ranaut and is being co-produced and directed by Hansal Mehta. Repeated attempts to establish contacts with T-Series and the spokesperson of Kangna Ranaut proved futile. Watch this space for developments. »

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Hansal Manoj Bajpayee regale Jnu with Aligarh

7 March 2016 3:12 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Saturday afternoon saw the controversy-ridden Jawaharlal Nehru University rock to another sound of music. Hansal Mehta, his lead actor Manoj Bajpayee and writer Apurva Asrani took their film Aligarh to Jnu. The show was a sell-out. Says Hansal, "The Jnu auditorium was jam-packed. And there were scores of students and staffers standing outside when the screening began at 2pm. So, we quickly agreed to a second show right after the first screening ended." Hansal is very impressed by the students' learned attitude to the issues. "The Q and As that followed the two screenings had the students asking Manoj, Apurva and me some extremely pertinent questions. We were floored by how well informed the students are." Regrettably, Rajkummar Rao could not join the Aligarh team as he was shooting in Raigarh. But writer Apurva Asrani has come away from the experience with great memories. "I am feeling encouraged and re-energized. »

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Patralekha’s sizzling makeover as a sexy seductress wows all!

4 March 2016 6:00 PM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Patralekha’s drop-dead gorgeous turn in Vikram Bhatt’s ‘Love Games’ has taken Bollywood by storm. A far cry from her simple sari-clad, small-town housewife avatar in her debut film, ‘CityLights’, Patralekha’s screen-makeover as a sexy seductress in the recently-released poster of Bhatt’s urban-thriller has been having a jaw-dropping effect on everyone. And even as they struggle to associate her as the same de-glam actress from the Hansal Mehta film, Patralekha reveals of making Sharon Stone’s role in ‘Basic Instinct’ her muse as she prepared for her own role as Ramona in Bhatt’s upcoming film. Admitting it to be a 360 degree turnaround from her previous film, the actress shares that she had to lose her inhibitions to play Ramona, who is dangerous, materialistic and a sexual predator unapologetic about her immoral lifestyle.

The post Patralekha’s sizzling makeover as a sexy seductress wows all! appeared first on BollySpice. »

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Director Hansal Mehta’s Aligarh to be showcased at Jnu

4 March 2016 6:00 PM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Director Hansal Mehta’s ‘Aligarh’ released last week to a thunderous applause from critics, fans and Bollywood veterans. The film is about a professor in Aligarh University, who was fired for his sexuality. The film will be showcased at the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University, (Jnu) New Delhi on the 5th of March 2016 as part of the I View World International Film Festival.

Speaking about it, the director confirmed the news, “It’s going to be screened at Jnu as part of aFestival. I am happy to see the film reach the places that matter.”

Eros International presents ‘Aligarh’ Directed by Hansal Mehta& Produced by Eros International and Karma Pictures. The film features actors ManojBajpayee and RajkummarRao. ‘Aligarh’ released on February 26th, 2016.

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Aligarh to be screened at Jnu on March 4

3 March 2016 2:26 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

The highly controversial anti-homophobia film Aligarh is all set to be screened at what is at present the most controversial educational institute of India. The Jawaharlal Nehru University, parent to a litany of controversies lately, will play host to Hansal Mehta's Aligarh on March 4. Confirming this Hansal said, "It's going to be screened at the Jnu as part of the Human Rights Festival. I am happy to see the film reach the places that matter." On Tuesday, March 1, Hansal celebrates the 'success' of Aligarh with a party for those who contributed to the film's impact. Says Hansal, "The film has reached to the correct kind of audience. It has received tremendous support from the media. I can't recall any film which has been so lovingly reviewed. I am inviting all the critics who looked at my film the way it was meant to be seen. And I am inviting »

- Subhash K. Jha

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Bollywood wishes Aanand L Rai for 5 years of Colour Yellow!

29 February 2016 2:00 AM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Aanand L Rai is a renowned director-producer in the Hindi film industry. The man behind successes like Tanu Weds Manu, Raanjhanaa and Tanu Weds Manu Returns, recently celebrated his production house “Colour Yellow Productions” completing 5 beautiful years of filmmaking. Since he tweeted announcing the same, the director has been receiving a wave of congratulatory messages from all over the industry.

From fellow director Hansal Mehta, wishing success for the next 50 years of Colour Yellow, to his cast of Raanjhanaa, Sonam Kapoor and Dhanush thanking him for making them a part of this journey, wishes have been pouring in from all corners!

Here are some of the messages:

@aanandlrai Congratulations Anand. Here's to the next 50 years of Color Yellow!

Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) February 25, 2016

5 years!! Amazing @aanandlrai .. Sir thank you for believing in me and making me a part of… https://t.co/7euusATzwp pic.twitter.com/udYqfxete5

Sonam Kapoor (@sonamakapoor) February 25, 2016

5 years of colour yellow pictures. »

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“Aligarh is Manoj Bajpayee’s crowing glory of his career” – Hansal Mehta

26 February 2016 2:02 AM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

His last couple of films have been hard hitting affairs. Be it Shahid or Aligarh, director Hansal Mehta has stepped into a zone which has shook many a viewer, courtesy the realistic depiction of some heartbreaking tales that were waiting to be told on screen. Now with Aligarh, which is based on the real life tale of Dr. Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras from Aligarh Muslim University who was sacked from his position on charges of homosexuality in 2010, one expects nothing less, what with accomplished actors like Manoj Bajpayee and Rajkummar Rao stepping into the fold.

“Well, the film is very close to me and I have been traveling with it to various film festivals. I have seen the response across the globe with different kind of audiences,” says Hansal, “In fact when I saw the first cut of the film, I told Manoj there and then that this is his finest performance till date. »

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Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles Announces Lineup

25 February 2016 4:40 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles has announced its 2016 lineup of features, short films and galas.

The 14th annual festival, which begins April 6, opens with the premiere of “Angry Indian Goddesses.” The film takes an uncensored look at the issues facing women in contemporary Indian society while also celebrating the uniqueness, talents and flaws of its female characters.

The festival closes April 10 with a screening of “Waiting.” Anu Menon’s film stars Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin in the story of a woman who finds guidance and answers in a gentle and hopeful man after her husband slips into a coma.

“India’s independent filmmakers are taking bold risks, defying convention, and responding to injustice in each of these visionary films, and the results are breathtaking,” said Mike Dougherty, director of programming. “I’m extremely excited for our Los Angeles audience to experience these films, which have garnered raves from around the world, »

- Jacob Bryant

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Manoj Bajpayee’s Depiction Of Human Desolation in ‘Aligarh’ Is The Best Since Jennifer Kapoor In ’36 Chowringhee Lane’

24 February 2016 8:10 PM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

In the acutely thought-provoking Aligarh, which is about a homosexual man’s right to privacy, Manoj Bajpayee, playing the disgraced professor Srinivas Ramchandra Siras, sits alone in his dingy one-bedroom professor’s quarter, with a drink in hand and a Lata Mangeshkar song by his side.

In the semi-darkness, in a room lit by dim hope, Srinivas listens to the Melody Queen’s ‘Aap Ki Nazron Ne Samjha Pyaar Ke Qaabil Mujhe’, that timeless Madan Mohan composition from the film Anpadh. The song plays on a rickety portable sound machine. But its sound resonates across the professor’s silent universe, like a melodic meteor cutting through a sky of solitude.

It’s a life-defining moment. Director Hansal Mehta holds the unflinchingly intimate camera (Satya Nagpaul’s lensing is lucid, leisurely and lingering) with ruthless resilience on his protagonist Manoj Bajpai’s face. For a good 5-7 minutes we see Bajpai »

- Subhash K Jha

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Aligarh makers accept Censor Boards cuts

24 February 2016 2:55 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Hansal Mehta, who had vowed to not take a single cut in his film on homophobia and the violation of an individual's space, has agreed to the cuts recommended by the Censor Board Of Film Certification (Cbfc) rather than fight it out with the Tribunal. Says a source close to the development, "There was no time for Hansal and his producers Eros to wait for the Tribunal to view and clear the film. Instead Hansal has agreed to take the cuts recommended by the Cbfc. These include shots of Manoj Bajpayee dozing off while court proceedings are on. These according to the Cbfc amounted to contempt of court." Earlier Hansal had vowed to not accept a single cut, calling the censorial recommendations anti-democratic and draconian. Says Hansal Mehta, "I had no time to fight out the cuts before the release. I withdrew the film from the Tribunal and went back to the Examining Committee. »

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