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Bollywood’s India: Hindi Cinema as a Guide to Contemporary India by Rachel Dwyer (Exclusive)

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We have a very special treat for all you Bollywood fanatics. BollySpice presents to you an exclusive excerpt from the newly released book Bollywood’s India: Hindi Cinema as a Guide to Contemporary India. Written by Indian Cinema scholar Professor Rachel Dwyer and published by Reaktion Books, Bollywood’s India examines the importance of Hindi Cinema over the last two decades and how it can help us to interpret the social aspects of India as we know it today. Be it religion, human behaviour as well as social, political and economic issues which have affected the country in recent years; Dwyer looks at how all these have been depicted in Hindi films and the important link between films and reality. The book is available to buy now and has also been released in India as Picture Abhi Baaki Hai by Hachette India. This is a must for any movie buff
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Ritesh Sidhwani will turn Director soon - Realbollywood.com News

New Delhi, April 21: Ritesh Sidhwani, who has produced hits like "Dil Chahta Hai", "Lakshya" and "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara", says direction is not in his scheme of things and that right now he is enjoying working with new talent.

"Will wear the director's hat when I have something to say and share, in the meanwhile I am enjoying working with all the new talent out there," Sidhwani tweeted.

Sidwani worked with some of the new faces including Reema Kagti in "Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd", Vijay Lalwani in "Karthik Calling Karthik" and Abhinay Deo in "Game".

"Nurturing them and giving them a platform to make their films,".
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I am enjoying working with new talent: Ritesh Sidhwani

Ritesh Sidhwani, who has produced hits like .Dil Chahta Hai., .Lakshya. and .Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara., says direction is not in his scheme of things and that right now he is enjoying working with new talent. "Will wear the director`s hat when I have something to say and share, in the meanwhile I am enjoying working with all the new talent out there," Sidhwani tweeted.</p><p>Sidwani worked with some of the new faces including Reema Kagti in .Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd., Vijay Lalwani in .Karthik Calling Karthik. and Abhinay Deo in .Game..</p><p>"Nurturing them and giving them a platform to make their films," he further tweeted.</p><p>His next project is Reema Kagti`s .Talaash. that has Aamir in the lead role.</p>
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Tis the Year of newbies in Bollywood with 150 debuts

For Bollywood.s A-listers the going was tough in 2010, but a whole lot of fresh talent came as a breather for the Hindi film industry.Industry estimates say 2010 saw over 150 debuts both on and off screen in about 180 releases. And Bollywood can boast of new names like directors Anusha Rizvi, Abhishek Sharma or actors Omakar Das Manikpuri, Ali Zafar and Pradhuman Singh.While journalist-turned director Anusha Rizvi made headlines with Aamir Khan.s production .Peepli Live., she introduced many talented new faces in her satirical comedy.One cannot forget Shalini Vatsa, who played Natha.s short-tempered wife Dhaniya in the film. The full-time theatre actress left audiences applauding at her desi rants and critics praised the M.Phil degree holder from Jawaharlal Nehru University for a splendid portrayal of an illiterate mother of three.Omkar Das Manikpuri, better known as Natha from .Peepli Live., impressed with his rugged and desi looks.
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Newcomers making the cut

It is the perfect spot for writing. Serene, with the Arabian Sea lapping in the distance. Cheerful, with sunlight bursting through the windows. And informal, with a creamy sofa you can collapse into. A partition fashioned out of silk threads divides the living room from the dining nook, creating a sanctum where Vijay Lalwani writes his scripts. While it isn’t unusual that Lalwani writes, what’s unusual is that Lalwani, 31, with no film direction or production background, actually managed to get funding to direct his first script, Karthik Calling Karthik. The film, starring Farhan Akthar and Deepika Padukone, ...
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Odd Bollywood Pairs

In a recent poll conducted, audiences came up with a list of potential pairs or/and already-happened pairs that they believe were rather odd. To begin with, readers were a bit weirded out when they saw the likes of Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif come together and appear on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar. She was adorned in a fancy designer number while he was sitting pretty in a plain grey tee. Lots of chemistry, but none the less odd.

Naseeruddin Shah and Vidya Balan come next on this list. Although, she couldn’t stop gushing about him claiming, he was "every woman’s dream come true," their connection didn’t really work for audience members. Yes, they managed to have some heated moments in their film Ishqiya, but in all honesty, the age difference didn’t work.

Director Vijay Lalwani promised that Farhan Akhtar and Deepika Padukone’s
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Live Chat: Vijay Lalwani on March 12 at 1600 hrs Ist

In the last few years, many ad filmmakers such as Pradeep Sarkar, R.Balki, Rensil D'Silva, etc. have made an entry into Bollywood as directors. The latest person from the ad fraternity to join the film fraternity is none other than Vijay Lalwani, director of the recently released romantic thriller Karthik Calling Karthik (Kck). The Farhan- Deepika starrer has been garnering rave reviews and Vijay's directorial skills have fetched him a lot of praise. Now that the film is released since two weeks, we at Bollywood Hungama give you a chance to ask Vijay Lalwani all that you want about Kck, his future projects and much more through an exclusive Live Video Chat on Friday, March 12, at 1600 hrs Ist. Don't miss!!!
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Review: Karthik Calling Karthik

Review: Karthik Calling Karthik
Karthik Calling Karthik

Rubik’s Cube has as many uses as it has colours. Apparently playing with it is considered therapeutic. From Tennis Elbow to Schizophrenia, it can help restore many a physical and mental anomalies. It has also made quite a few screen appearances as a puzzle that characters routinely solve to convince audience of their high intelligence levels (I remember last seeing it in ‘In Pursuit of Happiness’). In Karthik Calling Karthik, it’s been used to reflect the entropy in Farhan Akhtar’s (Karthik’s) life. Capturing it in various stages of completion throughout the film, director Vijay Lalwani uses it as a leitmotif to punctuate Karthik’s unstable character graph. It’s a good ploy, except that it also mirrors the chaos clouding the screenplay.

Karthik is meek and introverted. The guilt of having been responsible for his bully brother’s death gnaws on his psyche endlessly.
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‘Karthik….’ director’s next film – by people’s choice

‘Karthik….’ director’s next film – by people’s choice
Mumbai, Feb 27 – ‘Karthik Calling Karthik’ director Vijay Lalwani is heading out to the movie halls this weekend to gauge the people’s reaction to his directorial debut and says he will alter his next script according to the public’s choice.

‘The younger audiences seem to like the lighter first-half where Farhan Akhtar romances Deepika Padukone. The more serious second-half seems to be a kind of angst-filled journey for the protagonist as well as the audience,’.
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Vijay Lalwani: Heading Out

Vijay Lalwani: Heading Out
In a marked departure from the norm, the Karthik Calling Karthik director Vijay Lalwani has decided to alter his next script according to the public’s perceptions of his directorial debut.

The anxious director has in fact been visiting the theatres of Mumbai all weekend to gauge reactions. “The younger audiences seem to like the lighter first-half where Farhan Akhtar romances Deepika Padukone. The more serious second-half seems to be a kind of angst-filled journey for the protagonist as well as the audience.”

The shape of Lalwani’s next film would depend on the final reaction.
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Karthik Calling Karthik - Movie Review

Karthik Calling Karthik is not your average Bollywood masala flick. This one involves you until the last frame. It's creatively plotted, artfully executed, brilliantly emoted and very well presented. A complete product, which will make the maker proud of his work. That is what every creative person looks for; satisfaction in his work. Debutant director Vijay Lalwani has done just that. Audience appreciation is something that is out of his control. Take a bow Lalwani, for an intelligent film. Of course, it has its genesis in A Beautiful Mind, the Russell Crowe film that won accolades. But therein ends the similarity....
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Farhan-Deepika’s characters shape Kck’s tunes

Farhan-Deepika’s characters shape Kck’s tunes
February 27, 2010: B-Town has become very experimental as far as music is concerned. The music of ‘Karthik Calling Karthik’ is no less, no wonder it is creating waves all over. However, the innovation here is not in terms of instrumentation or any other reason, but something entirely different. The director of the film Vijay Lalwani explains.

“The music of the film is true to my taste. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy were categorically given briefs about how the music would shape. Every song in ‘Karthik Calling Karthik’ belongs to different genre and is completely based on the temperament.
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This week's new cinema reviews

Micmacs (12A)

(Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2009, France) Dany Boon, André Dussolier, Nicolas Marié. 104 mins

Having tried, and failed, to expand on his tricksy, inventive style with A Very Long Engagement, the Amélie director is firmly back in his borderline-autistic comfort zone here, with a terminally whimsical caper comedy. Boon leads a plot to stitch up a pair of arms manufacturers with the help of a gang of zany, junk-recycling misfits, and while you can admire the construction, the characters are one dimensional and emotional engagement is negligible. It's like watching the workings of an elaborate clock.

Capitalism: A Love Story (12A)

(Michael Moore, 2009, Us) 127 mins

Moore tilts at the Us financial industry this time, but rather than skewering the culprits of the banking crisis, this uneven doc pricks the subject here and there and hopes it all adds up to something. Some of it hits home, but too much is business as usual.
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Karthik Calling Karthik Review

Karthik Calling Karthik Review
Movie Review: Karthik Calling Karthik; Star cast: Farhan Akhtar, Deepika Padukone, Ram Kapoor and Vivan Bathena; Director: Vijay Lalwani; Rating: ** 1/2 – Stylish thriller with a tame end.

Karthik (Farhan) is timid fellow forever bullied by his boss Kamath (Ram Kapoor) and his workmates. Even his landlord spares no opportunity in pestering him. Karthik is silently in love with the hottest gal in his office architect Shonali Mukherjee (Deepika). But she doesn’t even know that he exists despite working together for years. Karthik keeps getting nightmares.
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Kartik Calling Karthik Movie Review

Kartik Calling Karthik Movie Review
Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Deepika Padukone, Ram Kapoor, Shefali Chhaya; Director: Vijay Lalwani; Rating: 2 out of 5.

The first rule of Fight Club is – you do not make an outdated movie. Wait, what? Lets back up a bit.

While walking into the screening of ‘Karthik Calling Karthik’ my mobile phone rang, and a sneering, grating voice spoke: ‘This is Farhan speaking. I do know how to make an effective psychological thriller. I know I must keep viewers guessing, provide several solid jolts, and finally lead the awesome build up to a perfectly acceptable ending. Heck I.
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Aahat Ek Ajib Kahani set for release

Aahat   Ek Ajib Kahani set for release
Leena Yadav’s Teen Patti and Vijay Lalwani’s Karthik Calling Karthik will face an unlikely competitor this Friday; a film that has passed the test of time and emerged victorious… only 36 years later.Do not confuse Kishore Rege’s Aahat — Ek Ajib Kahani, with the legendary TV show. The distribution rights for the film, that was readied in 1974, have been bought by Salim Jafer. According to him, it was the demise of Frank Fernandes, the film’s producer, which led to the colossal delay in the film’s release. “Fernandesji did not manage to complete the film for some reason. Soon after ...
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Karthik Calling Dubai!

Farhan Akhtar's six-city tour in India to promote his forthcoming film .Karthik Calling Karthik. (Kck), releasing February 26 has been a whirlwind of fun for the team.The Kck promotions spanning the six cities of Surat, Indore, Delhi, Chandigarh, Jaipur and Bengaluru will be capping off with a grand premiere in Dubai on Feb 24.Speaking on the promotional tour Farhan said, &quot;The city tour was crazy... Now off to Dubai for the premiere.&quot;The thriller, produced by Farhan and Ritesh Sidhwani, also features Deepika Padukone, Shefali Shah and Ram Kapoor. It has been directed by Vijay Lalwani.
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Farhan ended up feeling depressed after Karthik

You once said that Karan Shergill of Lakshya emerged from your own confusion when you were standing on the crossroad of life. Did you feel a similar bond with either of the two Karthiks? No, I didn’t and perhaps that’s what made the role so emotionally exhausting for me. Both the Karthiks were far removed from my personality. So it was a stretch reaching out to them. Even the story is unlike anything you’ve seen in Hindi films before. Fleshing out the characters called for long conversations with the director (Vijay Lalwani), ...
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I am on right track: Producer Ritesh Sidhwani

In a short span, 39-year-old producer Ritesh Sidhwani has not only churned out successful films like &quot;Dil Chahta Hai&quot; and &quot;Rock On!&quot; but also won several honours, including two National Awards. He is well aware that it usually takes an entire life to come this far in Bollywood.&quot;It is extremely heartwarming and makes me feel high looking back at what I have received from this industry. It takes an entire life for an individual to be honoured with what I have been noticed and appreciated for. It gives me a boost that I am going on the right track,&quot; Sidhwani told Ians in an interview over phone from Mumbai.Recognition brings bigger responsibilities, he says.&quot;One needs to be responsible every time one makes a movie. But now I feel the expectations have grown more. We need to be conscious all the
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New Promo from Karthik Calling Karthik

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Eros Entertainment just sent us the latest Kaise Hai Ye Udaasi song promo for the film “Karthik Calling Karthik” written and directed by Vijay Lalwani and produced by Ritesh Sidhwani & Farhan Akhtar. Synopsis: Meet Karthik: an introvert by nature and shy by choice. Karthik suffers with huge confidence issues and is miserable at his just average job that yields less than average results. His boss treats him like dirt. Shonali, his colleague who he secretly loves doesn’t even know he exists. Karthik is a loser, knows it, and accepts it. Karthik believes his life cant get any worse and then suddenly one night, it happens; The phone rings. And [...]
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