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13 items from 2010

Tis the Year of newbies in Bollywood with 150 debuts

26 December 2010 11:04 PM, PST | Filmicafe | See recent Filmicafe news »

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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Odd Bollywood Pairs

29 March 2010 10:16 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

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

10 March 2010 4:13 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

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!!! »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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Review: Karthik Calling Karthik

27 February 2010 7:20 AM, PST | | See recent news »

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. »

- Faiz Ullah

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Karthik Calling Karthik - Movie Review

26 February 2010 10:39 PM, PST | GlamSham | See recent GlamSham news »

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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This week's new cinema reviews

26 February 2010 4:08 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

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. »

- Steve Rose

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Karthik Calling Dubai!

23 February 2010 2:06 AM, PST | Filmicafe | See recent Filmicafe news »

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, "The city tour was crazy... Now off to Dubai for the premiere."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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I am on right track: Producer Ritesh Sidhwani

21 February 2010 11:59 PM, PST | Filmicafe | See recent Filmicafe news »

In a short span, 39-year-old producer Ritesh Sidhwani has not only churned out successful films like "Dil Chahta Hai" and "Rock On!" 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."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," Sidhwani told Ians in an interview over phone from Mumbai.Recognition brings bigger responsibilities, he says."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

20 February 2010 7:35 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

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 [...] »

- Brian Corder

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Farhan Akhtar attracts big praise - News

8 February 2010 3:19 AM, PST | GlamSham | See recent GlamSham news »

Farhan Akhtar has reasons to be on cloud nine. After all, the director-turned actor, add singer in between, is making the right noise with his upcoming release Karthik Calling Karthik. And praising the actor is none other than the director of the film Vijay Lalwani. The director feels that working with Farhan was added pleasure since he understands the language of the cinema quite fluently since he is not only an actor but a director too. Speaking to Glamsham.Com, Lalwani »

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Deepika's New Look

3 February 2010 8:03 AM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

A tall, dusky, flimsy South Indian girl, with long strands of hair was introduced by King Khan in Om Shanti Om. This wasn’t the first time she made men go weak in the knees, as she blazed the ramp as a model years before as well. Be it Shanti Priya in Oso or the practical and contemporary Mira in Love Aaj Kal, Deepika Padukone has surely made her distinct identity and style statement in the industry.

Not only did she flaunt her long hair in films, but Fiama Di Wills chose her for endorsing their shampoo. Now, however, times have changed. With her upcoming movie Karthik Calling Karthik, opposite Farhan Akhtar, Deepika had to shorten her trademark waist length hair and get a short spiky cut to fit the demand of her character.

The promos of Karthik Calling Karthik look very interesting with Farhan playing a role of a »

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Lalwani: 'Padukone hated getting haircut'

1 February 2010 6:54 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Vijay Lalwani has claimed that it was tough trying to persuade Deepika Padukone to get a haircut for her part in Karthik Calling Karthik. The director revealed that he was worried about asking the actress to chop off her long hair but managed to persuade her in the end. "Deepika's character is very bold, modern and very outgoing so I thought that her long locks would not go with (more) »

- By Will Astbury

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For 'Karthik...', Farhan learnt to cycle

19 January 2010 1:00 PM, PST | Filmicafe | See recent Filmicafe news »

Director-actor Farhan Akhtar learnt how to ride a bike for his upcoming film 'Karthik Calling Karthik' and says it was actually 'uncool' to do that at 30 plus.'It was quite uncool for me to learn biking at 30-plus. This is something that people do much earlier,' Farhan told Ians.'Initially I didn't bike because my mother had taken a promise from me, since she was always worried that something will happen. I was quite accident-prone. But it was a requirement in the script to ride a bike; so I learnt it,' he added.'Karthik Calling Karthik' also features Deepika Padukone and Shefali Shah. Produced by Farhan and Ritesh Sidhwani, the film is directed by Vijay Lalwani.About the film, the 36-year-old said: 'The premise of the film is the life of a character. It's very incomplete and he is very sad and frustrated. Then he starts »

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