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The lovely ‘Khwahishein’ from Heroine

16 September 2012 3:34 PM, PDT

On September 21st, we will finally get to see Heroine in all it glory! Directed by Madhur Bhandarkar, the heroine of this Heroine is played by Kareena Kapoor, who is supported by the men in Mahi’s life played by Arjun Rampal and Randeep Hooda. The film is based on the life and times of a superstar heroine from the dream factory we call ‘Bollywood’. The film is a daring, shocking, glamorous, scandalous behind the scenes account of the reality behind the world of glitz and glamour that our film stars inhabit. The music was composed by the great duo of Salim and Sulaiman.

Now we have a treat for you, the video for composer Salim Merchant’s favorite song from the Heroine soundtrack. Titled ‘Khwahishein’, this beautiful track is sung by the ever fabulous Shreya Ghosal!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOlZdYHqhOQ

The lovely ‘Khwahishein’ from Heroine is »

- Stacey Yount

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Preview: Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal!

16 September 2012 10:39 AM, PDT

Comedy king Priyadarshan returns with his latest laugh riot Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal featuring an all-star cast led by veterans Nana Patekar, Paresh Rawal, and Om Puri. Releasing in theaters worldwide on September 28, the outrageous action-comedy also stars Shreyas, Madhhurima, Asrani, Shakti Kapoor, and Neeraj Vora with music from Sajid-Wajid.

Release Date: September 28

Cast: Nana Patekar, Paresh Rawal, Om Puri, Shreyas, Madhhurima, Asrani, Shakti Kapoor, and Neeraj Vora

Director: Priyadarshan

Music: Sajid-Wajid

Synopsis:

Bakri Johny!! That’s the insinuating cry of every man, woman and child in this village when they see Johny (Shreyas). Afraid of everything and everyone, Johny is one terrified soul. Born into the household of David (Om Puri), a local farmer and being the only son, Johny does what he’s best at to help his ailing father…. Nothing! Other than buying lottery tickets every week. The only thing going in his life is his love for »

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Kismet Love Paisa Dilli Music Review

16 September 2012 10:09 AM, PDT

Kismet Love Paisa Dilli, directed by Sanjay Khanduri, is an upcoming comedy film starring Vivek Oberoi and Mallika Sherawat, set to release on 5 October 2012. According to its synopsis, the film is set against the backdrop of Delhi, where a young man and a young girl both miss their final metro back home. They end up wandering around the city at night where a series of events brings them closer together. You will have to watch the film to see how this story turns out! The music is composed by Amjad Nadeem, with lyrics by Shabbir Ahmed, who has recently penned the songs for Omg Oh My God (2012) and Dangerous Ishhq (2012). Also Santokh Singh adds to the mix as a guest composer and lyricist for ‘Appy Buddhay’ (Videshi and Desi Versions). So let’s take a look at what the soundtrack to Kismet Love Paisa Dilli has to offer.

The first »

- Bodrul Chaudhury

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“I asked Vikram why he picked me for this role, it was so unlike me.” – Ranveer Singh on his role in Lootera

16 September 2012 9:38 AM, PDT

Mention Ranveer Singh’s personality and the first words that come to mind are bubbly and energetic. Its no suprise then that Ranveer himself was shocked when he was chosen to play a reserved character in his next film LooteraVikramaditya Motwane’s period romance will be his third release but will be a first for the new actor in terms of leaving his hyper character in Band Baaja Baaraat and Ladies vs Ricky Bahl behind. For Ranveer however, this task appears to be one of his most challenging in his career.

During a recent interview Ranveer describe his difficulty saying, ”I am full of high energy, very talkative and extrovert in real life but my character is very reserved in Lootera. He is intense, almost brooding. I was just not able to crack this role during the workshop and felt frustrated. I asked Vikram why he picked me for this role, »

- Janine Gall

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Lata Mangeshkar will not be singing for Yash Chopra’s Jab Tak Hai Jaan

15 September 2012 6:21 PM, PDT

This will probably come as a major surprise for those who are dedicated fans of Yash Chopra. It is being reported that India’s nightingale Lata Mangeshkar will not be singing the songs for his latest directorial venture Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012). Lata has lent her voice to the majority of Yash Chopra’s films which include Daag (1973), Kabhi Kabhie (1976), Chandni (1989), Lamhe (1991) and Veer-Zaara (2004), to name just a few. Her voice has contributed massively towards the popularity of Yash’s films and their musical soundtrack. This has helped them to transform into cult classics. Therefore, as fans are used to seeing this regular duo come together over the years, it was assumed by many that Lata would to return to sing for Jab Tak Hai Jaan. However, this is not the case and for many hard-core Yash Chopra fans, it will no doubt be difficult to listen to the songs for this film without Lata, »

- Bodrul Chaudhury

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English Vinglish gets a standing ovation at the Toronto International Film Festival

15 September 2012 11:00 AM, PDT

English Vinglish, starring the beautiful Sri Devi and produced by Eros International and R. Balki, received a tremendous response at this year’s prestigious Toronto International Film Festival. The film, directed by Gauri Shinde, premiered to a sold out crowd at the Roy Thompson Hall at Toronto on September 14th 2012.

The global audience gave English Vinglish a 10 minute standing ovation after the screening was over. Not only that, press from all over the globe have given very positive reviews to the film. The film has been praised for its unique story that everyone can connect too. Not your classic Bollywood filmi film, English Vinglish is being called a defining film in the changing face of Indian cinema.

Of course, Sridevi, who has made her comeback to films after 15 years, has gotten rave reviews for her performance. Not just India but the global audience is in awe of Sridevi. Sridevi has »

- Stacey Yount

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“Ishkq in Paris is my toughest film” – Preity Zinta

15 September 2012 8:40 AM, PDT

The bubbly girl is back! Preity Zinta, who is now busy with the release of Ishkq in Paris, exclaims that working for her debut production venture has been her toughest film so far!

The actress, who had made her debut in 1998 with Dil Se, says that until now Lakshya was the most difficult film she had done but now Ishkq in Paris wins that tag. Preity had played the role of a journalist covering the kargil war in the 2004 film Lakshya, directed by Farhan Akhtar.

Preity spoke about the difficulties faced while shooting for Lakshya as she had to go 18,000 feet above sea level which made her go blue in the face. “For Ishkq in Paris when we began to shoot, it started snowing in Paris. These challenges made me realize how nothing can ever be achieved without working hard for it,” she added.

The actress is now busy with »

- Samreen Tungekar

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International Asian Fashion Awards Launch Iafa Alumni to in the future stars of the industry

15 September 2012 8:26 AM, PDT

Now in its third year, the Iaf Awards are leading the way for the British South Asian fashion industry and putting Britain on the international map for the multi million pound industry. The only European awards of its kind, they have received continued support and championing from the pioneers of the South Asian couture fashion world internationally.

The International Asian Fashion Awards (Iafa) arose from the passion and flair for business of Neeru Bhandari and Del Ghosal. Together, they created the Iafa ceremony to ‘honour success in style’, reflecting the unique elegance in Asian fashion. The International Asian Fashion Awards (Iafa) celebrates the pioneering work and success of individuals working within the Asian fashion industry. The Iafa is proud to call itself ‘the Oscars of the Asian fashion world’.

The highest level of talent in South Asian commerce and fashion is recognised and honoured at the awards. The awards have »

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Taalash Trailer!

15 September 2012 6:45 AM, PDT

Set to release on November 30th, Reema Kagti’s Talaash starring Aamir Khan, Rani Mukerji and Kareena Kapoor is most defiently one of the eagerly awaited films of 2012. Earlier we have seen a few tidbits into what the story of the film will be but not much, they have been teasing us! Now, we finally get to see a bit more of what we can expect because they have released the theatrical trailer!

Check out this intriguing look into what Aamir calls a suspense thriller about the underbelly of city life.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d07uw3Zn7_o

Taalash Trailer! is a post from: BollySpice »

- Stacey Yount

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Shreya Ghoshal Live Concert – USA Tour 2012 – New Jersey

15 September 2012 6:32 AM, PDT

Shreya Ghoshal was from the small town called Rawatbhata in Rajasthan where Shreya started learning music at the tender age of four. Her real break came when she won a TV reality show where she impressed director Sanjay Leela Bhansali with her vocal prowess. She became the voice of the protagonist Paro and went on to win a National Award for Devdas. She showcased her musical variations last year by making the masses groove to Chikni Chameli and Ooh La La Ooh La La and then ensured that they fell in love with the romantically intense Saibo and Teri Meri. With umpteen popular trophies and four National Awards in her kitty, this pitch-perfect songstress seems unstoppable at the moment!

Bollywood singer Shreya Ghoshal will be singing for an American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (Aapi) sponsored nine-city spectacular musical program combined with educational and networking opportunities across the United States. »

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Rumors cause a ‘Salman Riot’ at police station

15 September 2012 6:16 AM, PDT

Any actor loves to see his fan following, but Salman Khan would have experienced a different high had he been present in Kanpur to see the chaos caused in Bajariya police station because of a rumour that Salman is shooting for Dabangg 2 there did the rounds.

Bajariya police station had a hard time dealing with thousands of people who came there with the determination of seeing the actor and refused to budge, come what may. One of the fans, Sufiyan, very clearly stated that he doesn’t mind spending the night in front of the police station to see ‘Salman bhai’ while another fan, Mushir, had come from Chamanganj to watch the shooting when his friend informed him about it.

The fans stationed themselves outside the police station for nearly 3 hours and even though it was a rumour, there was Saurabh who refused to believe so had his own reason. »

- Samreen Tungekar

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Akshay Kumar visits mosque in Muscat

15 September 2012 4:19 AM, PDT

Bollywood has new actors, debutant actresses and brand new item girls are news which is done that, heard that before. But Akshay’s new production Oh My God has something new or should we say ‘someone new’ to add to the list.

Akshay Kumar, who is playing the character of God in Oh My God, is himself taking blessings from God that too in Muscat.

Akshay was shooting for his film Once Upon A Time Again which is a sequel to Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai in Muscat, the capital city of Oman in the Middle East. While he was shooting for the film, Akshay specially removed time from his busy schedule and visited a mosque in Muscat.

He made this special trip to seek blessings for the well being of his soon to be born second child and to pray for his baby venture Oh My God that releases this September. »

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Launch of Aiyyaa’s first song “Dreamum Wakepum” with Rani!

15 September 2012 2:03 AM, PDT

On 14th September, Rani Mukerji donned in a gorgeous Pink Sari was spotted at the launch of “Dreamum Wakepum”, her first song of the film Aiyyaa in the droning Matunga locality. Actor Prithviraj was seen shaking a leg with Rani, and the duo were extremely excited about their song.

The song launch happened amidst the Matunga Street. Music and dhol were played and dancers were dressed in traditional attire.

Apart from Rani and Prithviraj, other famous b’ town personalities spotted were Director Sachin Khundalkar, choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant (who has choreographer the song) music composer Amit Trivedi and Amitabh Bhattacharya.

Check out the shots from the exciting event!

Plus of course we have the song video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ielv4foCqg

Aiyya, hits theaters on 12th October 2012!

Launch of Aiyyaa’s first song “Dreamum Wakepum” with Rani! is a post from: BollySpice »

- Prateeksha Khot

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Mahesh Bhatt: Newcomers are the future of our industry

14 September 2012 9:14 AM, PDT

If there is one man in the industry who has never shied away from introducing new faces to the world, it has to be Mahesh Bhatt. Right from Anupam Kher in Saaransh to Rahul Roy in Aashiqui and most recently Sunny Leone in Jism 2, it certainly shows that he feels newcomers are the future and thus investing in newcomers is not a risk.

“The way I perceive it, investing in newcomers is not a risk. They are the future of our industry and if we can sell a unique idea along with their talent, there is no question of the movie not performing well. Filmmaking is all about ideas. It is the idea that sells. And if you have a unique story idea, it will get positive responses, irrespective of the star cast of the film.”

And introducing newcomers isn’t limited to just actors. He also paved the »

- Charla Manohar

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Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad’s Thriller Jinn Acquired by Freestyle Releasing

14 September 2012 9:07 AM, PDT

Los Angeles, CA – Freestyle Releasing has acquired the domestic theatrical rights to Jinn, a tension filled supernatural thriller from Detroit-based Exxodus Pictures. The film, written and directed by Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad, was produced by Ahmad and Benjamin Dresser, and stars Ray Park (“Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace”), Faran Tahir (“Iron Man”, “Star Trek”), William Atherton (“Die Hard”, “Ghostbusters”), Serinda Swan (A&E’s “Breakout Kings”), and Dominic Rains (“Flight 93″). Richard Mandell, Najam Syed and Shahid Syed executive produced the film for Exxodus. A release date for the film will be announced in the forthcoming weeks.

The amazing story of Jinn involves ancient mythological creatures who have never been seen in U.S. cinemas before. The premise of the jinn concept, known to over 1 billion people around the world, involves supernatural entities and revolves around creation mythology: In the beginning, three were created; man made of clay; angels »

- Stacey Yount

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Tiff Special: Miss Lovely Movie Review

14 September 2012 7:45 AM, PDT

Documentary filmmaker Ashim Ashluwalia makes his transition to feature films with this story of the two brothers, Sonu (Nawazuddin Sidiqqui) and Vicky (Anil George) who work making lurid and sleezy (and highly illegal, given the censorship and repression of the times) schlock horror and porn films in 1980s Bombay. Vicky is the ambitious one of the pair, working out deals with gangsters when he isn’t trying to sidestep their hold on the distribution of his product. Sonu is the more hapless, almost dimwitted, and decidedly passive brother, who harbours a dream to create something different, a romantic film that he titles “Miss Lovely”. He feels he’s found his heroine in Pinky (Niharika Singh), a seemingly sweet young woman trying to break into films, but with a shadowy past and a link to Vicky that Sonu discovers far too late.

Theirs is a world that is a far cry »

- Katherine Matthews

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Tiff Special: Peddlers Movie Review

14 September 2012 7:29 AM, PDT

Vasan Bala’s first feature film, Peddlers, follows the lives of three unrelated individuals whose lives gradually intersect: Mac (Siddharth Menon), a streetwise orphan who deals drugs and does odd jobs; Bilkis (Kriti Malhotra), a young former chemistry teacher with cancer who comes to Mumbai to work as a drug mule, and eventually gets work in the factory where the drugs are manufactured; and a cop, Ranjit,(Gulshan Devaiah) with a reputation as a seducer, but whose impotence drives him to sudden outbursts of rage. Mac meets and falls for Bilkis, and the two of them begin to develop a tentative relationship. Their paths eventually cross that of the brutal and violent Ranjit one day when he is following up on a tip that he hopes will lead him to a connection. He arrives at a gaming parlour to meet his source seconds after Mac has bungled his attempted robbery of it. »

- Katherine Matthews

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Excel Entertainment becomes case study at Harvard Business School

14 September 2012 7:14 AM, PDT

Harvard Business School (Hbs) has done a case study on Indian film production company Excel Entertainment, co-owned by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidwani.

The banner, which produced films such as Dil Chahta Hai, Rock On!! , Lakshya, Don and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, is the centre of a case study, which will be taught to second year Mba students at Hbs in early 2013.

Sidhwani confirmed the fantastic news: “It’s a huge honour for any organisation.”

Earlier this year, Sidhwani was invited to speak at the Harvard India Conference 2012, held at the university’s campus in Boston. It was his talk that gave the famed Business School a good insight, which they decided to take it further by doing a case study.

Mukti Khaire, Associate Professor at Hbs flew down to Mumbai and was the faculty lead on the case. During the case-writing process on Excel Entertainment, he worked worked closely with Namrata Arora, »

- Charla Manohar

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The relationship audiences of Indian cinema have with it is the reason why I wanted to be a part of it– Priya Anand

14 September 2012 1:06 AM, PDT

Just five films old and an already established star in the Southern film industry, Priya Anand is a girl to look out for! Her awe inspiring respect for cinema and love for the cinema culture of India brought her back across the seven seas from the Us with the hope to pursue a career in Indian films. Today she’s worked in three different languages and is geared for what is the biggest film of her career, Gauri Shinde’s English Vinglish. But before we get to English Vinglish, Bollyspice brings up an up close and personal chat with Priya Anand about all things Priya!

Firstly the most obvious question, why films for you?

I’ve grown up being mesmerised by cinema and just like the average Indian film audience members I too watch films to escape into this make believe world. I love the relationship Indian cinema audiences have »

- Prathna Tiwari

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Tiff Special: The Bright Day Movie Review

13 September 2012 6:41 PM, PDT

“Isn’t it unfortunate that you still don’t know where your heart lies?” says Shiv’s father to him. Shiv’s parents are worried about him. At twenty-three he is coddled and a little cocky, and totally aimless. But Shiv agrees with his father, so it’s perhaps not surprising that he sets off on what turns into a very personal and spiritual journey, a journey that shows the progress of his soul as he tries to figure out what his life means and what it is worth.

It’s a drastic step, and one that has consequences, both for Shiv (Sarang Sathaye), and for the family and friends he leaves behind, who miss him terribly and worry about him. But like the best of spiritual quests, the things we need are given and revealed only when we are ready for them. Along the way, Shiv meets people who change his life, »

- Katherine Matthews

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