12 items from 2012
The 12th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival has organised a special section “Hindi Mood for Marrakech” this year to mark the centenary year of Indian cinema. Some of the Hindi films to be screened are Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Barfi!, English Vinglish, Don and Don 2.
An outdoor screening of selected films from Bollywood will be organised at the Jemaa el Fna square, each evening of the festival.
A delegation of Indian actors, directors and producers, lead by Amitabh Bachchan has been invited to attend a tribute ceremony on Saturday, December 1, 2012.
The festival will run from 30th November – 8th December, 2012.
Films to be screened under ‘Hindi Mood for Marrakech’:
Amitabh Bachchan | Actor
Black by Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (Happiness & Tears) by Karan Johar
Deewar by »
Anyone who is a devoted Bollywood fan knows the name Kapoor. The eminent Kapoor clan is considered to be one of the most powerful dynasties in the Bombay film industry. They are a dynasty which is full of talent and over the past eighty years, their cinematic presence has been seen by generations of audiences. The majority of the actors and actresses to have emerged from the Kapoor family have had immensely successful careers and have starred in some of the finest films India has produced. They have had the privilege of working with some of the greatest directors and production houses in the country. It can be asserted with confidence that Bollywood is not complete without the presence of at least one Kapoor figure within the industry! We now take a look into the history of the Kapoor khandaan(family) and how their contribution to films has made them »
- Bodrul Chaudhury
To celebrate the release of India Fantastique, a book that celebrates 25 years of Indian designer duo Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla, Sotheby’s in London held an exhibition celebrating the work of the designers and famed photographer Ram Shergill.
Ram Shergill has photographed the likes of Amitabh Bachchan, the late Amy Winehouse, and Naomi Campbell. Ram Shergill is also the man behind the breathtaking photography featuring in the two-volume book, India Fantastique.
Bollyspice.com talked with Ram Shergill about exhibiting at Sotheby’s, what inspires his work and whether he prefers photographing Bollywood stars or fashion shoots.
You are exhibiting at Sotheby’s, which is an amazing achievement. How did it come about?
It has been a fantastic experience.
Basically a few years ago I got contacted by L’Officiel magazine to do a cover of Abhishek Bachchan and when I did the photo shoot the two editors of the »
- Meera Sharma
Rishi Kapoor was the heart throb of millions in the yesteryear’s. He belongs to the first family of actors in the Hindi Film Industry. Rishi Kapoor is the second son of Raj Kapoor, his elder brother being Randhir and younger Rajiv Kapoor. On his birthday on the September 4th let us go down memory lane to recall all the fond moments of his that has been captured on celluloid. Film career- Many think that he made his first appearance on screen with “Bobby” which starred Dimple Kapadia. In reality, he debuted with “Mera Naam Joker” (1970) where he played his father’s role as a child. In 1971 he also won a National Film Award »
Rituparno Ghosh had written and acted in Sanjoy Nag’s 2010 debut film Memories in March that deals with a mother’s (Arati) discovery that her deceased son (Sid) was a gay. The film deftly touched upon the changing dynamics of Arati and the gay partner of her son (Ornob) – Sid always remained as the backdrop. In one of the initial interactions between a female colleague of the son (Sahana) and Arati, Sahana told Arati about her crush for Sid. Then she straightened her dress and quietly challenged Sid’s mother, “Do you think I am up to the mark for him?” What Arati replied is un-important. What is important perhaps is the singular dialogue that puts the matter of Gender in perspective – the patriarchal society looks at women as a commodity even in an otherwise attempted asexual film. This preamble (and lending the content from my previous critique of Memories in March »
- Amitava Nag
It had happened with Raj Kapoor when he made Mera Naam Joker and now it has happened with Shirish Kunder that his magnum opus Joker has not been able to come up to the expectations that it generated inspite of two of the most successful stars in the recent times, Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha featuring in the film. For both of them, the adage that Friday is indeed very cruel has come to haunt as the mega success of Rowdy Rathore has not been able to create the buzz about their »
The Bhatts, Mukesh and Mahesh Bhatt are getting ready for what promises to be one of the most lavish celebrations ever seen in the Indian entertainment industry. To celebrate 25 years of existence of the Bhatts' banner Vishesh Films, the Bhatts are planning a jamboree designed like the opening of Mera Naam Joker where all the people who made a difference to the protagonist's life were invited under the same roof. Laughs Mukesh Bhatt joyously, "Yes, Jeena yahan marna yahan indeed. On June 5, Vishesh Films completed 25 years. We're planning a very big celebration cum party where we want all those who've ever been associated with Vishesh Films to come." While Mukesh was reluctant to reveal more details, one came to know from sources that the party would read like a who's who of the entertainment industry. Says our source, "Everyone from Mr. Bachchan to Emraan Hashmi would be personally invited. The »
- Subhash K. Jha
The original superhero of Bollywood, wrestler-turned-actor Dara Singh passed away this morning at the age of 83.
Singh was fighting for his life for the past week after being taken to the hospital on Saturday when he suffered a cardiac arrest. Doctors were doing everything in their power to help him, but his condition worsened.
On Wednesday Dr. Ram Narain told the press that he had “less chance of recovery” due to serious damage to his brain. The actor was shifted back home on Wednesday evening so he could be with them for one last time.
“As Dara Singh’s condition was deteriorating fast, respecting wishes of his family, he has been shifted home with ventilator and medicines. A nurse and a doctor are at his home. There are no medicines that will reverse the brain damage… only if a miracle happens. He might even slip into coma,” said Dr Ram Narain, »
- Charla Manohar
Bollywood.s quintessential on-screen mother Achala Sachdev, bed ridden for the last six months, has passed away in a hospital here, her physician said Monday. She was 91..Achala Sachdev expired yesterday (Sunday) at 5.30 in the evening at the Poona Hospital. We immediately informed her son who is in the Us. He will be reaching Pune tomorrow (Tuesday),. Vinod Shah, who was treating the actress in Poona Hospital, told us..Achala Sachdev had broken her left leg after a fall in her house six months ago. She also suffered a brain infarction in which she lost her vision and movements of upper and lower limbs,. added Shah.Her funeral will take place Tuesday evening at Vaikunth here after her son Jyotin arrives from the Us.The actress, known for her role in 1965 film Waqt, where she was part of the legendary song Ae meri zohra jabeen underwent surgery 15 days ago and »
The film business requires all that is possible under the sun to be performed by the stars. It is often seen that Bollywood goes overboard in the sensuous play leading to some stars completely striping off. Below are enlisted some of the top names who stripped off for their films. Simi Garewal This anglicized actress from England won numerous accolades for her phenomenal acting. Being a dedicated actress, Simi stripped off completely to facilitate the requirements of her role in films such as “Mera Naam Joker” and “Siddhatha”. Protima Bedi The exceptional dancer was popular among the tablo »
Last month while attending a Bollywood event at the London School Of Economics, Rishi Kapoor, never known to mince words, got into a heated argument with Rachel Dwyer - yes, the same Bollywood expert who has researched extensively on Hindi films and actors. Apparently, the well-informed lady argued with Rishi Kapoor over a vital question: which is Rishi Kapoor's first film? Every record of his achievements states it is Mera Naam Joker. But Rachel Dwyer with her vast storehouse of knowledge on Hindi cinema insisted it was Shree 420 where Rishi along with his brother Randhir and sister Reema made a fleeting appearance. Apparently, the question blew up into a heated argument between the actor and film historian with neither willing to concede defeat. Rishi doesn't deny that he took on Ms Dwyer. "How can she claim Shree 420 was my debut? I was just a 2-year old kid »
- Subhash K. Jha
"'Joker' has some humour but its not a comedy. Maybe because of the word 'Joker', it is presumed as a comedy. But even 'Mera Naam Joker' was not a comedy," the 38-year-old posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.
- Smith Cox
12 items from 2012
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