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Richa Chadda saw 8 versions of Devdas to play Paro in Sudhir Mishras next

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Being a classic tale of romance, tragedy and betrayal, Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's 'Devdas' has been the love of filmmakers since decades. Time and again, there have been several adaptations of 'Devdas' which was made in several different languages and yet again, it is now Sudhir Mishra who has decided to re-tell the story in his own style.

Although it is believed that Mishra's adaptation is a mix of many films like Sahib Biwi Aur Ghulam, Devdas and even has shades of William Shakespeare's 'Hamlet', it is set in contemporary times and will be a refreshing approach from what people may have seen of the classic. Richa Chadda, who plays the role of Paro, saw as many as 8 versions of Devdas, simply to bring a difference to her portrayal and to understand the story's depth much better. Having said that, the 'Paro' in this film »

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Madhur Bhandarkar chops off smoking scenes from Calendar Girls

11 hours ago

From giving a sneak peek into the glamour world with Page 3, Fashion and Heroine to revealing the dark world behind poverty and its nexus with crime in films like Chandni Bar and Traffic Signal, Madhur Bhandarkar normally likes to portray the truth amidst superficial societies and shallow relationships. Now, the filmmaker has decided to expose the life of models in his upcoming film Calendar Girls. The filmmaker not only likes to deal with such topics but he also unabashedly likes to express his opinions on matters and the recent one was when he extended his support towards colleague and director Anurag Kashyap in his battle with the Censor Board for anti-smoking warnings. Both filmmakers were of the opinion that the anti-smoking disclaimer which is often shown during a smoking sequence in the film is not necessary. However, the Censor Board has been adamant in its decision and recently even »

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Salman Khans initiative on Republic Day impresses Pm Narendra Modi

12 hours ago

We all have been well aware of superstar Salman Khan's generous side. The actor doesn't restrict himself from working for charitable causes beyond the Being Human Foundation and has been one of the most active participants of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan which was kick started by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the betterment of India.

Talking about taking the cleanliness campaign forward, Salman Khan took to the social networking site on the occasion of India's 66th Republic Day and wrote, "The Honorable Prime Minister nominated me for the Swachh Bharat campaign and I have cleaned and painted three villages in Maharashtra so far. I intend to continue with this initiative, but Swachh Bharat is not about what one of us can do. It's about what each of us can do. So today, on Republic Day, I am taking this campaign social. I will nominate 100 followers a month for Swachh Bharat. »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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Amitabh Bachchan expresses happiness over Padma Vibhushan honour

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He is undoubtedly the biggest superstar of the country and Amitabh Bachchan has been an inspiration to many. So when he was conferred with the highest civilian award 'Padma Vibhushan' on Republic Day (January 26), it came as no surprise. The humbled megastar Amitabh Bachchan is thrilled over this honour and he took to the blog to express his happiness over it. He wrote, "The Government of India has decorated me today with the highest Padma Award of the country, the Padma Vibhushan .. I have no words to express my gratitude to the powers that be and am most humbled and overwhelmed by the generosity of the people that decide or sit on judgement on this .." Amitabh Bachchan has previously received the other Padma awards which include Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan. The 2015 awards for Padma Shri were presented to filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and a posthumous honour was given to »

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R Balki - Shoojit Sircar coax Amitabh Bachchan to sing the National Anthem

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On Republic day, Amitabh Bachchan had double reason to celebrate. Not only had the Government Of India conferred the Padma Vibhushan on the super-iconic actor, the Big B's version of the national anthem 'Jana Gana Mana' went viral on the same day. Apparently, it was the persuasive powers of the two filmmakers R Balki and Shoojit Sircar that did the trick. Says a source, "Amitji didn't want to touch the sacrosanct anthem with his vocal chords. But Balki who repeatedly stretches Amitji's self-imposed boundaries insisted and even got Shoojit Sircar to shoot the anthem at Rabindranath Tagore's birth-place." Incidentally, Balki and Shoojit are close collaborators. The latter has directed several ads for Balki's production company. Balki and Shoojit are also the directors of the Amitabh Bachchan's next two releases Shamitabh and Piku. Says Balki, "Shoojit was the right person to shoot Amitji's rendition of the national anthem because we »

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Normal people dont abuse the way we see in films - Pahlaj Nihalani

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"Normal civilized people don't abuse the way we see in films," new censor chief, Pahlaj Nihalani clamps down on abusive dialogues and violence, revival of workshops for censor members. The times they are a-changing. For better or for worse, we shall soon know. Pahlaj Nihalani the new chairperson of the Censor Board Of Film Certification (Cbfc) is adamant to clean up films, and make censorship a quick clean and unquestionable exercise in moral policing. Says Pahalji, "I am definitely going to change the way films are censored, so that once a film is given certificate there is no controversy or doubts about its credibility. There will accountability and no room for ambiguity in the censoring process." Pahlajji says the guidelines for censoring were not followed properly. "The dos and don'ts were always very clearly laid out for the Cbfc members. But they were never properly implemented. Board members were frequently clueless about the guidelines. »

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Salim Khan turns down Padma Shri award

27 January 2015 4:07 AM, PST

Well known screen writer and lyricist Salim Khan who recently was conferred with the Padma Shri, has apparently turned down the national honour that is India's fourth highest civilian award. The reason being stated by the veteran is that he deserves more than just a Padma Shri for his imminent contribution to the field of Indian cinema.

In a statement issued by Khan he is quoted as saying, that though he was prepared to accept the Padma Bhushan, the Padma Shri he has been awarded is just not enough. If that wasn't all, adding salt to his injury was the fact that his onetime partner Javed Akhtar received two Padma honours including the Padma Bhushan. »

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Official game of Baby The Film launched on Android and iOS

27 January 2015 4:04 AM, PST

Akshay Kumar's latest action movie Baby is making waves at the box office and is now set to thrill mobile gamers across India. After Hrithik Roshan's Krrish, Srk's Charlie, Rajinikanth's Kochadaiiyaan and Amitabh's Bhootnath, it's raining superheroes at Vroovy Games who have now released Baby: The Game on Android and iOS. Join Ajay Singh Rathod in his quest to foil the terrorists. Follow him through beautifully designed environments of Kathmandu, India Gate, Warehouse and Parking Lot as he protects India from the terrorist networks that target the country. Baby: The Game is a unique first person shooter, the objective of the game is to kill waves of terrorists, save the hostages and collect points. There are 3 increasing difficulty levels - Easy, Moderate and Insane. The game features power-ups such as the Healer, Armour, Infinite Ammo and the Damage Multiplier. There are realistically modelled weapons to »

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Sonam Kapoor invited by Giorgio Armani for a fashion event and dinner in Paris

26 January 2015 10:49 PM, PST

Sonam Kapoor has been hailed as the fashionista by many in B-town and quite truly the actress has time and again experimented with her attires, ranging from trendy to daring styles, representing our country in many red carpets like Cannes. It is also no surprise that the actress has been spotted wearing brands like Giorgio Armani, Chanel, Dior, Elie Saab during public appearances, events and award nights. And now, she has been invited for Armani's Fashion Show 2015 to be held at Palais de Tokyo in Paris.

Sonam Kapoor will be the special guest from India, accompanied by sister Rhea Kapoor for the evening which will be attended by many renowned global fashion tycoons. In fact, the Kapoor sisters will also be gracing the dinner at Monsieur Bleu post the event. Moreover, it is being said that the actress will be sporting one of Armani's Spring Summer Collection for the same. »

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Is Subhash Ghai yet to pay the dues of technicians for Kaanchi

26 January 2015 10:49 PM, PST

The very name of 'Subhash Ghai' immediately commands respect of the highest order in Bollywood and elsewhere. But, recently, there were strong buzz in the media about this Showman not having paid a few technicians who had been involved in his last release Kaanchi, which failed to set the cash registers ringing at the Box Office.

Speaking about this issue, Gulab Rao (one of the unpaid technicians who had provided the special effects machines) said that, despite the fact that they (Ghai and his team) utilized his machines for over one month, he hasn't been paid his dues (amounting to Rs. 1.5 lakh approximately). He added that, whenever he asked them for the payment (his due amount), the reason cited for the delay was the film's poor business at the Box-Office. Gulab Rao has now stopped doing the rounds of Ghai's office for his pending amount as he »

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Sanjay Leela Bhansali wants Sonam Kapoor to marry

26 January 2015 9:27 PM, PST

Dolly Ki Doli is happening. But what about Sonam Kapoor who plays Dolly? When would she find the right man to settle down with?

Apparently Sonam's mentor Sanjay Bhansali who introduced her in Saawariya is very concerned about this.

Speaking from Dubai where she is attending her new film's premiere Sonam says, "Sanjay Sir keeps harping on the subject of my marriage. 'When will you get married? How will you get married when you don't have the time to find the right person?' He keeps reminding me. But the truth is, right now I really don't have space in my life for a relationship. Not that anyone would know when I do have someone in my life. I like to keep my personal life to myself."

Sonam Kapoor is currently completely career-driven. "I feel this is the time when I need to focus completely on my work; because an »

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Amitabh Bachchan Dilip Kumar Sanjay Bhansali Prasoon Joshi react to Padma honours

26 January 2015 9:20 PM, PST

The Padma Vibhushan for super-actors Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan has come not a day too late, especially for the Thespian who is now in frail health. Reacting to the honour Dilip Saab's lovely wife Saira Banu said, "We are both delighted. My husband deserves the very best honours for the work that he has done and the man that he is." Amitabh Bachchan felt the enormity of the honour was yet to sink in. "I am greatly humbled and overwhelmed by this recognition. My grateful thanks to the government for conferring this award on me." The Big B says the honour is attributable to the love of his audience. "I dedicate this recognition to the fans and well-wishers who have been with me. In awarding me the Government recognizes the Indian film industry of which I am a small but extremely proud part." Prasoon Joshi who's been honoured with the Padma Shri says, »

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Baby pre-empts the terror threats on Republic Day banned in Pakistan

26 January 2015 9:19 PM, PST

With terror threats being issued ahead of President Obama's Republic Day visit to New Delhi, the sequence of events described in this week's big counter-terrorism film Baby seem ominously prophetic. In the film an apprehended but defiant terrorist warns, "Iss saal bahot saare diwaliyan hone wali hain (this year there will be lots of fireworks)." Says the film's co-producer Vikram Malhotra (of the Couching Tiger production house), "It's a chilling reminder of how close terror attacks are to our lives. No city, no culture or community is immune from terrorism. Our film is only reflecting a truth that we all know and must recognize." Baby is the first film on counter-terrorism that points a direct finger at Pakistan as the hub of terrorism. The film was bound to raise some dust in our neighbouring country, more so since the terror-mastermind a rabid radical India hater named Mullah Maulana Mohammad »

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