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Nfdc announces nine scripts selected for National Script Lab 2014

Nfdc announces nine scripts selected for National Script Lab 2014
The National Film Development Corporation (Nfdc) has announced the nine scripts selected for the second edition of the National Script Lab to be held from October 2014 – March 2015.

Actor Konkona Sensharma and editor Ranjeet Bahadur are among the nine writers whose scripts have been selected.

The first screenwriting workshop will be held from October 12 – 17, 2014 at the Courtyard Marriott, Chakan, Pune, followed by two more workshops and one-to-one consultation sessions over the next six months.

Marten Rabarts (Senior Consultant, Training and Development, Nfdc), Olivia Stewart (Producer of The House of Mirth, Brassed Off, and script consultant on The Lunchbox), and Rajat Kapoor, writer-director of Ankhon Dekhi will mentor these scriptwriters.

Also as part of the National Script Lab program, the screenwriters will also attend Nfdc Film Bazaar 2014 (Nov 20–24) to network and introduce their upcoming projects to both the Indian and international film industry delegates attending the market.

This year the Script Lab
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Rajesh Khanna passes away

It is with sadness we must report that Rajesh Khanna, the first superstar of Bollywood, passed away this morning at the age of 69. The actor had been in and out of hospital in recent weeks. The cause of his health problems was unclear.

Khanna passed away in the presence of his ex-wife Dimple Kapadia, daughters Rinkie and Twinkle, son-in-law Akshay Kumar, grand children and close relatives.

Fans and celebrities, Amitabh Bachchan, Jeetendra, Rakesh Roshan, Shah Rukh Khan, Anu Malik, Khayyam, Randhir Kapoor, Ismael Darbar, Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, all visited his home on Carter Road today.

Son-in-law Akshay Kumar spoke to the media outside Khanna’s residence. “He has gone to a very nice and heavenly place. We are very happy that he had gone there. I hope everybody there, whoever is watching him, can just say a little prayer for him.”

Rajesh Khanna, also referred to as Kaka, was
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Rajat Barmecha in Indian Oceans next video

Rajat Barmecha in Indian Oceans next video
Rajat Barmecha of Udaan and Shaitan fame recently shot for a music video for the famous rock band Indian Ocean. Rajat had met the band during the shooting of Udaan and he feels that the band helped him find the meaning of his life. After shooting for a short film titled Gulmohar with Arati Kadav, she asked Rajat if he wanted to do a music video. Rajat initially refused but after hearing the song and realizing that it is for Indian Ocean, his favourite band, Rajat immediately changed his mind and agreed to star in the video. The song called 'Bula Raha Hain Koi Mujhko' was shot in Nashik and Mumbai. The video is about 21 year old boy who takes off with his backpack and travels to random places and meets strangers in order to find the existence of human life and its meaning. Rajat will soon head to Fiji
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Varuns injury is not serious - David Dhawan

Varuns injury is not serious - David Dhawan
David Dhawan's younger son Varun who makes his debut in Karan Johar's Student Of The Year hurt his nose while shooting. However, the injury is neither serious nor will it affect the shooting drastically. Says the concerned father, David Dhawan, "It's just a hairline fracture on his nose. Varun is much better now. He will recover fully in a weeks' time. And he'll be back to shooting." The nose has healed enough for Varun to hang around with friends. And he's in his father's words, just chilling. Ronit Roy who plays Varun's sports coach in Student Of The year says the accident occurred when he was not around. "Such things happen. When I was shooting for Udaan the boy who played my son, Rajat Barmecha, accidently hit me harder on my face than intended. My nose cracked in three places. Varun had a minor mishap. He will be okay,
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Rajat Barmecha Manjot Singh team up again for Disco Valley

Rajat Barmecha Manjot Singh team up again for Disco Valley
Rajat Barmecha who won himself resonant raves for his performance as the repressed son in Udaan is all set to come together again with his on-screen pal Manjot Singh in debutant director Sajit Warrier's Disco Valley. This would be the third film where Rajat and Manjot would play buddies. Earlier this year they were seen together in Akshay Roy's short film The Finish Line which won a National award. Interestingly, Manjot who stole hearts and automobiles in Dibakar Bannerjee's Oye Lucky Lucky Oye was never supposed to be part of Disco Valley. He stepped in only when Vivaan Shah who was supposed to play Bharmecha's buddy opted out of the project suddenly. The rather unhappy producer Siddharth Jain said, "Yes it was supposed to Rajat with Vivaan. But Vivaan suddenly opted out because his dates were clashing with another film Mastaan. Which would have been okay were it not
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Channel 4′s Indian Film Season

Starting tonight, Channel 4 is doing a season of a wide-range of Indian films (with English subtitles), including light-hearted musicals, high-energy action films as well as serious dramas, showing through April and May. To start off, following East Is East, they’re showing Dabanng, an action-comedy which stars Salman Khan as cop Chulbul Pandey, a self-proclaimed ‘half Robin Hood’, who steals from robbers.

Other highlights in the season include:

The international box office hit My Name Is Khan, Karan Johar’s drama about an autistic Muslim living in San Francisco, and the impact on his family following 9/11. It stars Shahrukh Khan in the lead, as Rizwan Khan, and Kajol as his Hindu wife, Mandira.

Tamil blockbuster Enthiran: The Robot, with Rajnikant in a double role, as Dr. Vaseegaran and his lifelike robot, Chitti. The love interest is played by Aishwarya Rai. The film boasts a musical score by Oscar-winner A.
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My Little Princess bags top honours at the 13th Mumbai Film Festival

My Little Princess bags top honours at the 13th Mumbai Film Festival
The 13th Mumbai Film Festival, a Reliance entertainment initiative organized by Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (Mami) that kick started on 13th October, concluded this evening, after showcasing over 200 films from 60 countries across various sections at its three venues- Cinemax Versova, Cinemax Sion and Metro Big Cinemas. The gala eight day affair came to an end with its closing film Dolphin's Tale directed by Charles Martin Smith starring Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd amongst others which was followed by the closing night awards function event at 'Sun n Sand' hosted by actress Essha Koppikhar. The event witnessed numerous celebrities that include award winning International and Indian actors, directors and producers. The International lifetime achievement award was given to Morgan Freeman and Indian lifetime achievement award was given to Gulzar. In the International Competition category, The Golden Gateway Award and cash prize of Us $ 100,000 for The Best Film was presented to French
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My Little Princess bags top honours at the 13th Mumbai Film Festival

My Little Princess bags top honours at the 13th Mumbai Film Festival
The 13th Mumbai Film Festival, a Reliance entertainment initiative organized by Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (Mami) that kick started on 13th October, concluded this evening, after showcasing over 200 films from 60 countries across various sections at its three venues- Cinemax Versova, Cinemax Sion and Metro Big Cinemas. The gala eight day affair came to an end with its closing film Dolphin's Tale directed by Charles Martin Smith starring Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd amongst others which was followed by the closing night awards function event at 'Sun n Sand' hosted by actress Essha Koppikhar. The event witnessed numerous celebrities that include award winning International and Indian actors, directors and producers. The International lifetime achievement award was given to Morgan Freeman and Indian lifetime achievement award was given to Gulzar. In the International Competition category, The Golden Gateway Award and cash prize of Us $ 100,000 for The Best Film was presented to French
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Sunny Deol and Prakash Raj to star in Endemol's Traffic

Sunny Deol and Prakash Raj to star in Endemol's Traffic
Every year, cardiovascular diseases claim 17.3 million lives - making it the leading cause of death across the world. This is precisely the reason for World Heart Day, an initiative by Who and World Health Federation, which spreads awareness all across the world. Now, a thrilling new film Traffic is all set to throw light on another life-saver - heart transplant. The film will star Sunny Deol, Prakash Raj, Jimmy Sheirgill, Paresh Rawal and Rajat Barmecha. Traffic, the Hindi adaptation of the critically acclaimed and commercially successful Malayalam film, is about the triumph of human spirit against all odds on a single day that brings together absolute strangers in a race against time to facilitate a heart transplant spanning two cities. Blending taut medical drama and spine-tingling adventure, the original Malayalam film was inspired by a real incident in Chennai in September 2008. Hitendran was only 15 when he met with an accident
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Sunny Deol and Prakash Raj to star in Endemol's Traffic

Sunny Deol and Prakash Raj to star in Endemol's Traffic
Every year, cardiovascular diseases claim 17.3 million lives - making it the leading cause of death across the world. This is precisely the reason for World Heart Day, an initiative by Who and World Health Federation, which spreads awareness all across the world. Now, a thrilling new film Traffic is all set to throw light on another life-saver - heart transplant. The film will star Sunny Deol, Prakash Raj, Jimmy Sheirgill, Paresh Rawal and Rajat Barmecha. Traffic, the Hindi adaptation of the critically acclaimed and commercially successful Malayalam film, is about the triumph of human spirit against all odds on a single day that brings together absolute strangers in a race against time to facilitate a heart transplant spanning two cities. Blending taut medical drama and spine-tingling adventure, the original Malayalam film was inspired by a real incident in Chennai in September 2008. Hitendran was only 15 when he met with an accident
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Naya Cinema Festival kicks off in Mumbai

Naya Cinema Festival kicks off in Mumbai
Inshallah Football

Naya Cinema Festival opened at the Edward Theatre in Mumbai on Saturday with Ashvin Kumar’s Inshallah Football (2010) followed by a panel discussion with Ashvin Kumar and Bashir baba, the protagonist of the film and a former militant from Kashmir.

Little Terrorist, a short film by Ashvin Kumar which was nominated for the Academy Awards in 2005 was also screened at the festival.

Vikramaditya Motwane’s Udaan was screened followed by an interactive session with the director and the cast of the film including Rajat Barmecha and Aayan Boradia.

A homage to Mani Kaul was paid before the festival officially began with the screening of his films Duvidha (1973) and Satah Se Uthta Aadmi (1980).

The festival will run from July 23 through July 30, 2011.
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Kalki learns charcoal painting for Shaitan

Actress Kalki Koechlin.s character in .Shaitan. required her to do a lot of charcoal painting and, instead of just posing in the act, she actually took up lessons to learn the art.The actress, who recently tied the knot with filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, spent three months trying her hand at making charcoal paintings, and managed to create an entire stack, says a source.In fact, some of her paintings have been used in the film as well..Shaitan., releasing June 10, has been co-produced by Kashyap and Tipping Point Films, the youth film arm of Viacom 18. The Bejoy Nambiar-directed movie is about a group of Mumbai youngsters and also features Rajeev Khandelwal, Rajat Barmecha, Nikhil Chinappa, Sheetal Menon, and Rajit Kapoor, among others.
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Hindi film industry wastes too much money: Anurag Kashyap

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, who has co-produced small budget films like .Udaan. and the upcoming .Shaitan. among others, says Bollywood wastes too much money on luxuries while making a film..The industry wastes so much money. We waste more money than we make. So the industry needs to gear up,. the 38-year-old told Ians..When I produce films, we do it at a very tight cost and I think every filmmaker should know how to make a film at a very tight cost, specially the first-time filmmakers,. said the director-producer.Controlling the budget can lead to box office profits, he said..I have seen enough shoots and lots of money is wasted on lifestyle. People travel first class, stay at five star hotels. All you need at the end of the day is a good bed to sleep in. I practice that and don.t waste money on unnecessary things..We
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Rajat Barmecha shows dark side in .Shaitan.

His role as a teenage rebel in .Udaan. won him multiple awards and now Rajat Barmecha will be seen in a negative role in Anurag Kashyap.s production venture .Shaitan...I have done a cameo in Anurag.s next film .Shaitan.. The role is much different from my role in .Udaan.. In .Shaitan. I am playing a negative character. It.s of two-three minutes long, but I loved doing it,. Rajat told Ians.Directed by Beejoy Nambiar, .Shaitan. is about a group of Mumbai youngsters with actors Kalki Koechlin, Nikhil Chinappa, Sheetal Menon and Rajit Kapoor playing the lead roles.The unprecedented success of .Udaan., which was co-produced by Kashyap, has made Rajat extremely choosy about his next film as he doesn.t want to disappoint his fans..I am doing lots of commercials. There is couple of (film) offers, which I liked. Let.s see if they work out.
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After Irrfan Khan opted out, Ronit Roy came on board for Midnight's Children

After Irrfan Khan opted out, Ronit Roy came on board for Midnight's Children
Ronit Roy is back being the bad dad. In Udaan, he roughed up his 16-year old screen-son (Rajat Barmecha) so bad the boy finally runs away from home. Now in Deepa Mehta's Midnight's Children, a role Ronit flash-stepped into, just like Udaan where he was a last-minute replacement-he hits his screen-son (Darsheel Safary) so hard the character goes deaf in one year. The musical chairs in the casting for Deepa Mehta's Midnight's Children continues. Now it comes to light that Udaan's multi-award winning actor Ronit Roy has suddenly replaced Irrfan Khan to play the pivotal role of Ahmed Sinai, the protagonist Saleem Sinai's father. Apparently, Deepa was keen that Irrfan do the role for two reasons: she had never worked with her arch-rival Mira Nair's favourite actor before, and more importantly she needed someone with a good command over the Holy Quran. Says a source, "Irrfan fitted the bill perfectly.
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Winners of the 1st Global Indian Film & Television Honors Awards

In a star studded event last night the winners of the 1st Global Indian Film & Television Honors Awards were announced. Presented by Balaji Telefilms in association with Colors, the event will be telecast on Colors on February 27th.

And the winners are...

Colors Face Of The Year - Female

Sonakshi Sinha - Dabangg

Colors Face Of The Year - Male

Ranveer Singh - Band Baaja Baaraat

Rajat Barmecha - Udaan

Most Promising New Director

Abhinav Singh Kashyap - Dabangg

Best Break - Out Film

Udaan - Vikramaditya Motwane / Anurag Kashyap

Best Playback Singer - Female

Mamta Sharma - Munni Badnaam Hui (Dabangg)

Rekha Bhardwaj - Badi Dheere Jali (Ishqiya)

Best Playback Singer - Male

Mohit Chauhan - Pee Loon (Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai)

Track Of The Year

Munni Badnaam Hui - Lalit Pandit (Dabangg)

Upcoming Talent In Music

Tulsi Kumar - Tum Jo Aaye (Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai
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Scene By Scene: Udaan

An actor delivers not only through dialogues or body language but by expressions as well. A silent scene can emote what a dialogue cannot and expressions can emote what the whole character cannot. The scenes that I consider favorites remain testimony to this fact. I feel it is the facial expression and body language that make a character convincing and an actor - a good actor. There are two of them in recent films that are in the top spots. The first is from Love Aaj Kal (2009) when Jai (Saif Ali Khan) is talking with Veer Singh (Rishi Kapoor). He discusses how he has moved on and Meera (Deepika Padukone) will find someone else. The dialogues in this scene suggest a certain coolness that he feels with the idea but the facial expressions suggest how uncomfortable he is with the thought of her being with someone else.

The second one
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The male debutants who shined in 2010 : Features

Every year hordes of newcomers come. But what makes 2010 special is the fact that this year saw the entry of some highly talented folks. Following is the list of hottest male debutants of 2010, who swayed us with their rollicking performances. Check them out. Rajat Barmecha: An absolute outsider, Rajat Barmecha made a rocking start with the film Udaan. Though not a commercial hit, his debut movie Udaan was critically acclaimed and popular at the festival circuit. Aanaahad
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The male debutants who shined in 2010

Every year hordes of newcomers come. But what makes 2010 special is the fact that this year saw the entry of some highly talented folks. Following is the list of hottest male debutants of 2010, who swayed us with their rollicking performances. Check them out. Rajat Barmecha: An absolute outsider, Rajat Barmecha made a rocking start with the film Udaan. Though not a commercial hit, his debut movie Udaan was critically acclaimed and popular at the festival circuit. Aanaahad
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