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Film villains mirror socio-political scene: Rakeysh Mehra

25 September 2011 11:46 PM, PDT | Filmicafe | See recent Filmicafe news »

Filmmaker and scriptwriter Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra of .Rang De Basanti. fame says the history of Indian cinema shows villains were the greatest mirrors of the country.s changing socio-political scene..The first villains were the British . they were villains (literally). Then the feudal lords became the villains in the rich-poor conflicts and after that your father became the villain (because he told you which room in the hostel you had to stay and whom you should wed). And then the system became the villain,. Mehra said.Mehra was in conversation with film-writer Jai Arjun Singh about .New Wave Cinema. at the Lit for Life festival presented by The Hindu in the capital Sunday.The discussion was sponsored by Om Books International, which is publishing Mehra.s film .Rang De Basanti. as a novel..Then came young India. But a new wave is generally something which washes everything away and leaves behind a fragrance. »

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Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro: Chronicling of films as vital signposts of social history : Features

14 June 2011 12:13 PM, PDT | Bollywood Trade | See recent Bollywood Trade news »

It has now started coming in trickles, i.e. important films in Hindi cinema which were landmark during the times when they were released, are now being revisited to give them a proper social and economic context. In the 27 year, when it was released, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro by Jai Arjun Singh is quite contextual, as it underlines the premise that fighting against the system continues to be one long drawn haul as it was shown in Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, and the situation sliding further into abys Read More »

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Movies! the way writers see them

16 March 2011 10:54 AM, PDT | Filmicafe | See recent Filmicafe news »

A mathematics professor dresses up in drag with bra, fishnet stockings, skirt etc to replicate a sizzling Bollywood ''cabaret'' number by yesteryear actress Helen for a New York book festival. The academic''s account of the event forms part of myriad experiences compiled in a new book of essays that takes the reader through various genres of cinema. The anthology "The Popcorn Essayists" edited by Jai Arjun Singh and published by Tranquebar is an account of what films have done to 13 contemporary writers. When asked to do a reading for the Brooklyn Book Festival which invited participants with the rider of "taking a risk and performing something on public stage they have never done before" Manil Suri decides to pay homage to Helen by dancing like her. "For the final verse, dressed in just my bra and skirt, I feel as liberated as Helen," says Suri who danced to the 1971 film "Caravan. »

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Arunoday gives preference to work than family

7 March 2011 1:48 AM, PST | GlamSham | See recent GlamSham news »

Recently, Arunoday Singh has faced a major loss in his family with the passing away of his grand-father, politician Arjun Singh. Arunoday who was shooting in Hyderabad for his next film which is a political thriller, directed by Vivek Agnihotri, was shocked to hear of the news, but still told the team that he would leave after his schedule is over so that the production house doesn't face losses. Seeing his dedication, director Vivek Agnihotri was very touched, but nonetheless »

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No politics please, only cinema, says Arjun Singh.s grandson

29 January 2011 4:59 PM, PST | Filmicafe | See recent Filmicafe news »

With his political lineage, he would seem just right in politics. But Congress veteran Arjun Singh.s grandson Arunoday is clear that Bollywood is where he belongs. He plays a gangster in .Yeh Saali Zindaagi. by Sudhir Mishra, whom he calls a hard always been interested in acting. Since my school days I have been doing theatre. I.m not interested in politics at all. As it is I feel there is enough politics in Bollywood,. Arunoday Singh told Ians in an interview.Being unconventional is almost second nature for him. He entered the film world with a negative role . he played a terrorist in 2009 film .Sikandar..The 6′4′ actor impressed many with his suave looks in .Aisha. and then went on to do .Mirch., a film on the politics of sex that also starred Konkana Sen Sharma.And he.s now ready with yet another unconventional venture »

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