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Mumbai, April 15: Veteran filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt has guaranteed that "Humari Adhuri Kahani" will be Mohit Suri's career best directorial. He is confident that his nephew will manage to touch the audience's heart with his skills.
"Mohit Suri, you are the only one who can musically explore the depths of this story and touch the world with your cinematic skills," Bhatt posted on his Twitter page Tuesday.
However, Bhatt clarified it last week by tweeting: "'Humari Adhuri Kahani' Vidya Balan. »
- Smith Cox
Kangana Ranaut has done it. She is now the proud actress of the highest grossing film in the history of Bollywood - Queen - which has a woman protagonist driving the entire show. In the process, she has edged past Vidya Balan whose Kahaani held this record till very recently.Numbers are there for all to see. Kahaani had netted around 59 crore in India and now Queen has collected a few more lakhs already and has almost touched the 60 crore mark. The film still has some steam le »
The makers of Hawaa Hawaai have released two new videos as part of their Dreamer video series, which showcase celebrities from different walks of life. They are of renowned sports personalities, Archer Deepika Kumari and Hockey player Jugraj Singh, who are seen speaking about their dreams and the journey towards fulfilling them.
Deepika Kumari, who became World No. 1 in Archery at the age of 18, has represented India at various championships. Talking about her journey, Deepika says that it takes a lot of hard work to go from one point to another. She reveals that she faced many roadblocks at the beginning of her career – no academies, coaches or equipments. However, Deepika reveals that she was determined to make a mark for herself in Archery and reach a platform. She also dreams of winning an Olympic medal some day.
In the second video, Jugraj Singh – who was part of the Indian »
- Press Releases
Mumbai, April 11: Actors Vidya Balan and Dia Mirza have reacted strongly to Samajwadi Party (Sp) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's remark that the death penalty in rape cases is "unfair" as "young boys make such mistakes".
National Award-winning actress Vidya has said that rape should never be pardoned.
"Capital punishment is a very contentious issue but it is the worst of crimes that should not be pardoned. I completely disagree with anyone who says that 'boys will be boys, they will make mistakes'," Vidya said here Thursday at a fundraiser event by Ngo Swades.
"Now this is sure that I will not give my vote to him (Yadav),". »
- Diksha Singh
The evening's chief guest on Thursday, Amitabh, recounted his visit to villages in Raigad, Maharashtra, to view the impact of the foundation's interventions.
"To say that it was a transformational journey would be an understatement. We met and interacted with so many people from the community, and heard so many wonderful stories of empowerment," Big B said in a statement.
He even recited verses from his late father Harivansh Rai Bachchan's works.
Filmmaker Karan Johar hosted the fundraiser and promised to support. »
- Amith Ostwal
Mumbai, April 7: Actress Vidya Balan has become Bollywood's quintessential ambassador of the sari, and when an Australian designer was asked to create an ensemble for her, she couldn't think beyond the six-yard wonder either.
As part of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2014, festival ambassador Vidya did a photoshoot with celebrated Australian designer Susan Dimasi.
Dimasi presented Vidya in a special sari, the fabric of which was specially designed by her. The sari was the result of handweaving a textile with silk ribbon through a rubber net.
The handwoven textile was exhibited at the prestigious Melbourne. »
- Rahul Kapoor
As a part of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2014 the festival ambassador, Vidya Balan did a stunning photo shoot with Australia’s celebrated designers – Akira Isogawa and Susan Dimasi.
Akira Isogawa is one of Australia’s most prominent contemporary designers. He has dressed most of Australia’s notable figures including the famous gown that Cate Blancett wore when she won the oscar for Elizabeth. Akira created a special dress for Vidya true to Vidya’s style – a fusion of his Japanese roots and Australian chic. Susan Dimasi presented Vidya in a stunning sari. The fabric was specially designed by Susan, by hand weaving a textile with silk ribbon through a rubber net drawing inspiration from the 18th century brocades out of the Victorian art gallery’s collection. The hand woven textile was exhibited at the prestigious Melbourne Now arts exhibition at the iconic National Gallery of Victoria.And then »
- Press Releases
Mumbai, April 2: Young and outspoken actress Sonam Kapoor finds nothing wrong in signing a film contract with a no-pregnancy clause.
"It makes sense...it's professional," Sonam said here when asked of her views on a no-pregnancy clause for actresses in Hindi filmdom.
"I don't think there's anything wrong in that. It's professional. I think it's normal," she added.
Daughter of veteran actor Anil Kapoor, Sonam is 28 years old and an eligible bachelorette of the Hindi film industry.
The discussion on whether a no-pregnancy clause be included in an actress's contract started when rumours of Vidya Balan's pregnancy. »
- Arun Pandit
It looks like Kangna Ranaut's season has begun in right earnest. After conquering new peaks with her performance in Queen, Kangna has been approached by filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh to replace Vidya Balan. Heartbroken over Vidya Balan's exit from his next project Durga Rani Singh Sujoy asked the next best choice for heroine-oriented cinema. However Kangna Ranaut seems to have a bit of an issue over dates. Speaking for the very first time on the issue Sujoy says, "Yes, Vidya is taking a break. I've spoken to Kangna. If she agrees then that's fine." However Sujoy says Kangna's dates are yet to be worked out. "Kangna likes the script. But the dates and other formalities are yet to be worked out." As for Vidya's reason for opting out Sujoy says, "She said she needed a break. She hasn't told me she's pregnant. I don't think she is." »
- Subhash K. Jha
Mumbai, March 28: Lauding the number and nature of women-centric films in the country, Katrina Kaif however laments that there is no change in the remuneration for them in Bollywood ever since she joined the industry in 2003.
"Since the time I entered the industry, the growth (of women-centric movies in Bollywood) has been phenomenal. The kind of roles being written is great...Kangana Ranaut has done queen, Vidya Balan did 'Kahaani'...now it has more layers. Our cinema has come a long way.
"But one thing which has not changed is the remuneration for women. There is still a huge disparity. Let's see what happens with that,". »
- Amith Ostwal
Melbourne/New Delhi, Mar.28: The 2014 program for the popular Indian Film Festival of Melbourne was launched today by Australia's Minister for Innovation, Tourism and Major Events, and Employment and Trade Louise Asher, and acclaimed and respected Indian actress and Festival Ambassador, Ms Vidya Balan.
Asher said that the festival will be held from 1 to 11 May and feature over 40 films, with more than half being Australian premieres.
"Films will be shown in 20 languages and we will have five free screenings at Federation Square," Ms. Asher said.
"Victorians and all visitors to Melbourne are in for a treat of Indian. »
- Arun Pandit
Disney, proving that they’re an ever-moving machine that doesn’t stop to take a break, has announced their new project. Out of Disney India is coming the two-part live-action version of the beloved story of the mythological epic The Mahabharata. The story of warring clans has gone through innumerable adaptations since its inception in 400Bc, but none have quite made it to such a grand scale as the one proposed by Disney. Directed by Abhishek Kapoor (Rock On, Kai Po Che) and written by Ashok Banker (best known for an eight-part novelization of another massive Indian epic The Ramayana), the film has thousands of shoes to fill. There have been films, stage plays and television shows all trying to capture the magic of the classic tale. A television adaptation that ran from 1988-1990 in India was the highest-rated program of the time period. In 1985, the famed British theatre and film director Peter Brook put together a »
- Samantha Wilson
London — Disney India has revealed plans for a two-part live-action film version of the Indian mythological epic “The Mahabharata.”
Abhishek Kapoor, director of hits “Rock On” and “Kai po che,” will begin work on the film once he has completed “Fitoor,” a Hindi-language adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations,” also for Disney India. The screenplay is by author Ashok Banker, best known for his eight-part novelization of India’s other great epic “The Ramayana.”
“The Mahabharata,” a grand tale of two warring clans of cousins dating back to 400 B.C., has been adapted numerous times for the stage, television and film. The 1988-90 television adaptation by B.R. Films for Indian television was the highest-rated program of that time. Recent adaptations have not fared as well. »
- Naman Ramachandran
In just a month, April 23rd to the 26th, The International Indian Film Academy (Iifa) will hit the United States for the first time and Bollywood will descend on Tampa Bay, Florida. We have been giving you updates as we get them but we thought we would give you a roundup on what’s happening, who will be there and who is nominated for the prestigious awards.
For the last fourteen years, The International Indian Film Academy (Iifa) has brought the magic of Bollywood to cities all over the world. Conceptualized and produced by Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. and supported by the key members of the Indian film fraternity, Iifa is a global platform that gives Hindi films and it’s stars an opportunity to reach audiences internationally and to expand Bollywood worldwide.
In our exclusive interview Andre Timmins, Director of Wizcraft International & Iifa, had this to say, “Wherever »
- Stacey Yount
It explains a lot when frustrated musician and new husband Sid (Farhan Akhtar) admits to a friend in “Shaadi ke Side Effects” (“Side Effects of Marriage”) that he does not watch much TV. That’s the only way he could possibly have missed the fact that every plot point hinges on exaggerated just-married “crises” that were done to death decades ago on TV sitcoms and in standup comedy routines. The often lively staging of writer-director Saket Chaudhary will keep viewers alert and hopeful for longer than viewers might expect, but at a Bollywood-mandated running time of almost 2½ hours, the film’s repetitive scenes of bickering and reconciliation become almost unbearable. You may find yourself rooting for divorce.
The wearying central issue of this impeccably upper-middle-class rom-dram-com, in which no one ever sweats a car payment or worries about healthcare costs, is how much truth a marriage can stand, and whether »
- David Chute
The sudden demise of Paul Walker had put a question mark on the future of Fast & Furious 7. No More. It has now been announced that the shooting of the film, which had been postponed after Walker's death in a car crash in Washington, would now be resumed with a schedule in Abu Dhabi. Divulging these plans, Bollywood actor Ali Fazal says happily, "Yes, I will be joining the Fast & Furious gang soon. We have to finish the filming." Though the dates have not been sent to Ali, he has been told to keep himself ready to leave for Abu Dhabi at the end of this month. The shooting of Fast & Furious 7 resumes in the first week of April. Ali also plays the romantic lead opposite Vidya Balan in Bobby Jasoos. Since he would be required in Mumbai for promoting the film which is expected to release around June (date not »
- Subhash K. Jha
While the curly haired Kangna Ranaut is garnering rave reviews for her stunning performance in the recently released film Queen, it seems that she is now all set to take over the baton from Vidya Balan, from where she had left it. Buzz is that Sujoy Ghosh, whose film Kahaani that shook the Bo, is now all set to roll out his next titled Durga Rani Singh. While everyone expected him sign his Kahaani's star Vidya Balan, the rumor mills are buzzing that he has now signed Kangna Ranaut due to Vidya's alleged pregnancy. Watch this space for further developments. »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
The International Indian Film Academy (Iifa) visited the United States for a special multi-city promotional tour of New York, Houston, Tampa and Orlando on the 11th – 14th of March and with them was one of Indian cinema’s biggest names, actress Vidya Balan who talked the upcoming Iifa Celebrations presented by Freedom Health. The Videocon d2h Iifa Weekend 2015 will be held from the 23rd to the 26th of April in Tampa Bay. Iifa partnered with Us Bollywood Enterprise on the New York leg of the Us promotional tour and with Star Promotion Inc for the Houston press meet.
Actor, Vidya Balan said, “Having travelled to a number of exotic locales the world over, Iifa has made its mark on the map, educating the world about Indian Cinema. Going forward, I am very pleased to be a part of Iifa’s landmark journey, as they venture into the United States, »
- Stacey Yount
The successful talk show ‘Koffee with Karan’ entered its 4th season on Star World premiering in December, creating waves with the first episode featuring the ever-elusive Salman Khan. The popularity of that episode has not waned as the show continues to maintain the top position in its category for 11 straight weeks since its launch. In its premiere week itself it delivered 222 Tvt and it currently owns 58% viewership on the primetime slot of Sunday at 9pm.
With the first season hitting the small screen in 2004, Koffee with Karan has come to be known as the go-to destination for an insight into the lives of celebrities. With his witty repertoire and unbeatable charm Karan has managed to get the juiciest bits of gossip from the celebrities he invites onto his show. His dynamics with the biggies of Bollywood make it effortless for the director/producer to tease and joke with them about rumours, »
- Pooja Rao
Vidya Balan doesn’t like the “female hero” label as much as you might think.
“I understand where it’s coming from, but still there’s sexism,” she says while on an Iifa press tour with press materials that have touted her as that female hero.
“And I want to say something romantic — all females are heroes anyway.”
She’s earned a reputation for making women’s roles meatier than the typical heroine, a shift she says that is also happening in society as it and film mirror one another. But, she says, she’s just always “played roles of women who have been in control of their own lives.”
Such is the case in her upcoming movie Bobby Jasoos, releasing in June or July, in which she plays a female detective. “A female Sherlock Holmes,” she says, then corrects herself to say it’s a more simple human story than that. »
- Caitlin E. O'Conner
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