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Vidya Balan to be keynote speaker as part of Pm Narendra Modis Make in India campaign

22 hours ago | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

The gorgeous Vidya Balan, who has been making news for her tryst with many offbeat cum challenging roles of late, is now all set to be a keynote speaker at the 'Luxury League' as part of Pm Narendra Modi's 'Make in India' campaign. Majorly seen in a saree clad attire, she has often been regarded as someone who put Indian textiles back on the map and brought traditional Indian clothing back in vogue. The said event will be hosted by the renowned fashion designer Ritu Beri. Vidya Balan will be speaking on 'Analysing The Tree Of Luxury Brands In India', which would include the detailing of fashion brands and their exciting journey in the country and what it takes to brand a style icon and also how the luxury industry can promote India's traditional handicraft industry and also discuss the possibility of India's traditional industries becoming global luxury brands. Speaking about the same, »

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Vidya Balans Begum Jaan is set in Punjab

12 February 2016 4:24 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Srijit Mukherjee's Bangla epic Rajkahini which swept the box office and all the critical acclaim last year, is going to Punjab. And Vidya Balan is taking it there. Mukherjee who wrote and directed Rajkahini is now all set to remake the film in Hindi for producers Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt. The film would be made with an entirely new cast, with Vidya Balan replacing Rituparno Ghosh in the central part of brothel's Madame. All the other 11 sex workers would also be played by actresses who do not feature in the Bangla version. And there is a very good reason for this. Explains Srijit Mukherjee, "We are re-locating the plot of Rajkahini, titled Begum Jaan in Hindi, to the Punjab border. Rajkahini was located at the Bengal border where the after-effects of Partition where felt much less strongly than in Punjab. We're taking the story to a new level, and »

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Vidya Balan to essay the role of scandalous author Kamala Das in her next

11 February 2016 4:39 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Vidya Balan, after winning the National award among other awards for her performance in The Dirty Picture, is getting ready for yet another biopic as she prepares to essay the role of the controversial author, Kamala Das in a bilingual film (Malayalam and Hindi). Kamala Das was known for her open and honest treatment of female sexuality that was free from any sense of guilt. The author during her lifetime came under major scrutiny for openly talking about sexuality, as well as her religious conversion. Born to the managing editior of the leading daily Mathrubhumi and a poetess, Kamala's brush with literary works started at a young age. Whilst she got married at the age of 15, her encouraging husband Madhava Das also proved to be one of her strongest supporter of her works. The film traces her entire journey that can be divided into three phases - her teen years including her marriage, »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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Vidya Balan to play brothel madam in Mahesh Bhatts Begum Jaan

6 February 2016 6:01 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Earlier it was reported that Vidya Balan would soon be seen in a Mahesh Bhatt film. Well now we hear that the film in question which is an adaptation of Srijit Mukherji's Bengali film, Rajkahini, will be titled Begum Jaan after the main protagonist, the madam of the brothel. Further we also hear that the central protagonist of the film that was played by Rituparna Sengupta in the original, will be essayed by none other than Vidya Balan. Set to roll in June, Begum Jaan follows the after effects of the Partition in Bengal in 1947, delving into the lives of 11 women living in a brothel that finds itself divided by the newly-chalked Loc, with half of the house now in India and the other half in Pakistan. Though more details of the film are unavailable, we hear that the makers will be casting eight other actresses for the film »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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Making of Neerja Part 1: Encouragement from the Stars

5 February 2016 8:15 PM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Some of the biggest names in the Hindi film industry namely Aamir Khan, Vidya Balan, Rajkumar Hirani and Anil Kapoor (to name a few) inspired the cast and crew on set during the making of this incredible story.

Sonam Kapoor the actress who plays the role of Neerja said, “In a lot of ways, with every phase we needed motivation. It was exhausting and we were shooting 16 hours days, everyday. We were taking long, long takes and we didn’t take breaks. So every week or every four days, after a phase was over, a celebrity will come and give us some motivation, saying this is a story that needs to be told, so give it your 200%.”

Neerja is the courageous story of a 23-year-old girl – an air hostess – who lost her life while saving passengers from terrorists on board the hijacked Pan Am Flight 73 on 5th September 1986.

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Vidya Balan Launches Sukanya Venkatraghavan’S Debut Novel Dark Things

3 February 2016 10:20 PM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Dark Things – A fantasy novel set in a world populated by Yakshis, Gandharvas, Apsaras and Blood Queens finds its feet in Mumbai yesterday as actress Vidya Balan launched the book before media and audiences lending her support to former journalist and debut novelist Sukanya Venkatraghavan. One of the most exciting fiction debuts of this year, Dark Things, published by Hachette India is a heady concoction of fantasy and romance.

At the book launch, Sukanya shared a lovely tete-a-tete with Vidya discussing her experience of writing the book, what inspired her and her love for the fantasy genre. Vidya’s appreciation for the book shone in the conversation.

Talking about her debut as a novelist, Sukanya Venkatraghavan said, “People often ask me why I wrote Dark Things. The answer is really simple. I took Toni Morrison’s famous advice and wrote the book I wanted to read. Fantasy has always been »

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Sujoy Ghosh and Vidya Balan team up again for Kahaani 2

29 January 2016 4:51 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Three years ago, the film Kahaani starring Vidya Balan created waves and the actress also walked away with several accolades for her strong performance. And now, the makers have finally decided to rekindle the magic with a sequel. Though there have been several speculations about Kahaani 2, it is only recently that producer Jayantilal Gada seems to be convinced about making a second installment of the thriller film. Jayantilal Gada revealed details about Kahaani 2 stating that the film will have Vidya Balan playing the leading lady once again but maintained that the creative calls are being taken by Sujoy Ghosh. Rumours of a sequel in the making have been doing the rounds ever since 2013, but then it was reported that Gada and Sujoy were not on good terms which resulted in the delay of the film. However, clarifying on the same, Jayantilal Gada added that it wasn't a huge tiff but »

- 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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Amitabh Bachchan injures his rib cage during the shoot of Te3N

8 January 2016 3:53 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan may be 73 years but that has never come in the way of his hard work. Even amidst several mishaps, this veteran star has always managed to overlook these difficulties and have continued with his shoot. Recently, the actor suffered a minor setback during the shooting of Sujoy Ghosh's Te3N in Kolkata as he injured his rib cage. Talking about the injury on his blog, Amitabh said, "I injured myself last night at shoot .. just when I was all recovered from the chest infection, this happens ..No nothing to worry .. I have injured my rib cage, it pains and so when I breathe it hurts .. am doing ice pack and pain killers .. spoken to my doctor .. should take 48 hours to heal he says .. else we do X Ray or Mri or whatever he decides .." But that hasn't deterred the actor's spirit to continue with his work. In fact, »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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