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4 items from 2016

Vidya Balans Begum Jaan gets Gauhar Khan Pallavi Sharda Ila Arun and Mishti on board

6 June 2016 4:29 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

With Rituparna Sengupta leading the pack, Bengali film Rajkahini also had several other actresses playing prostitutes in the brothel that becomes a victim of partition. And now following the footsteps will be the Hindi remake of this critically acclaimed women-centric Bengali film, Begum Jaan too will have several other female characters.

Besides Vidya Balan as the protagonist, we hear that Gauhar Khan, who has acted in films like Rocket Singh: Salesman Of The Year and will play one of the girls staying in the brothel along with Hawaizaada actresses Pallavi Sharda and Priyanka Setia. Besides them model turned actresses Flora Saini and Poonam Rajput along with popular TV actress Ridhima Tiwari and Ravija Chauhan too will be seen in the role of prostitutes. Singer Ila Arun who is known for her roles in films like Jodhaa Akbar and Kaanchi fame Mishti will join the prostitutes in the brothel household to »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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Ashish Vidyarthi, Raima Lift This Bollywood Aspirational Tale To Rare Heights – Subhash K Jha reviews ‘Bollywood Diaries’

28 February 2016 8:00 PM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

The Bollywood Fantasy. Mumbai the mecca of the make-believe lures hundreds every year to their near-inevitable doom. When was the last time we saw a film about the lure of Bollywood that draws aspirants like moths to flame?

Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Guddi? Meraj’s under-rated Palkon Ki Chaon Mein? Count director K D Satyam’s Bollywood Diaries, a film that comes to us without hype or hope, among the rare films that tell us what the Bollywood obsession can do its followers. The well-written 3-episode film features three Bollywood-fixated junkies so consumed and obsessed by the thought of seeing themselves on screen that they forget to live normal lives anymore.

The three protagonists are played with sturdily sensitively and splendidly by Ashish Vidyarthi, a government servant in Bhilai, who at age 52 decides to fulfil his long-cherished Bollywood dream of becoming an actor, Raima Sen, a sex worker from Kolkata who »

- Subhash K Jha

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Bollywood fraternity gives a Thumbs Up to ‘Bollywood Diaries’

26 February 2016 9:00 PM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

In a highly competitive world, it is rare to witness someone appreciate your work in the field of entertainment, unless there is some connection of sorts or a benefit coming your way. However, when some out there stand up and notice, acknowledge and even cheer aloud without any ulterior motive into play, it is indeed a special feeling.

This is what thrilled the makers of upcoming flick Bollywood Diaries when people as diverse as Remo D’Souza and Sudhir Mishra began to spread the good word. This, despite no direct connect with either the film or the ones (Raima Sen, Ashish Vidyarthi and debutant Salim Diwan) featuring in the film.

Confirms an insider, “The moment the Bollywood Diaries promo was unveiled, it was noticed by one and all for its truly ‘hatke’ content as well as the impressive cast which is known to perform. While congratulatory messages did start coming »

- BollySpice Editors

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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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