10 items from 2015
Anupama Chopra is one of the most well-known and respected film journalists and critics in India. Not only does she write articles and reviews films in acclaimed newspapers and magazines, she also is a popular Television host, conducting interviews and film discussions as well as movie reviews on shows like ‘The Front Row’ and most recently on ‘The Film Companion’. Mrs. Chopra also has published works on the Indian Film Industry including a book on the classic film Sholay, and a biography of Shah Rukh Khan titled King of Bollywood – Shah Rukh Khan and the Seductive World of Indian Cinema.
Lately, however, she been working on a very special project and has a new title, that of Film Festival Director. Mrs. Chopra has taken on the challenge and the task of running the Jio Mami Mumbai Film Festival, which opens this Thursday October 29th. Working alongside Kiran Rao and a »
- Stacey Yount
Back in 2007 we saw the release of the Ram Gopal Varma directed remake of the cult classic Sholay in the form of Rgv Ki Aag. Now years on we learn that the Delhi High Court has slapped the director with a fine of Rs. 10 lakhs for intentionally and deliberately developing a remake of the 1975 film without permission, effectively violating the exclusive copyright vested with its director Ramesh Sippy.
This judgement comes after a lawsuit was filed by Sascha Sippy, son and grandson of the original film's producers Vijay Sippy and Gp Sippy. In his petition Sascha alleged that the remake film Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag (also titled Aag) was violative of the exclusive copyright held by the Sholay Media and Entertainment Pvt Ltd.
Imposing the fine as 'punitive damages' on Varma, his production house Rgv Productions Pvt Ltd, Varma Corporation Ltd and Madhu Varma while further restraining them from »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
Salman Khan's Bajrangi Bhaijaan, recently saw the launch of its children's book titled as 'Geography with Bajrangi Bhaijaan'. Also present for the launch was Salman's father Salim Khan and at the event he spoke about the importance of education and how it helped him when he had nowhere to go.
When asked Salim Khan about how did they come up with the idea, he said, "My father used to tell us to study a lot which in turn helped me a lot because when I came to become an actor, main samajta tha ki Dilip Kumar ki dukaan bandh karva dung (I used to think that I could outdo Dilip Kumar). But nothing happened. I didn't have anywhere to go and at that time only my education helped me. How many ever of my films have been made, be it Haathi Mere Saathi, Zanjeer, Sholay or Trishul, education has been my biggest contributor. »
Writers around the globe are acknowledged to be the key for a movie's success but it is pathetic that Bollywood has always given them a step motherly treatment. However the writers' pair, who changed the trend and demanded remunerations at par with stars, are unarguably the only star writer duo Salim Javed, who penned hit movies like Sholay, Deewaar, Zanjeer, Don, Trishul, Shakti, Mr. India etc.
Salim Khan in an interview said, "The reason why we demanded such high remunerations was because we were confident of our skills and wrote scripts that were hard-bound, a trend that was initiated by us."
Recalls Salim Khan, "When I used to assist distinguished writer Abrar Alvi (He wrote hit films like Pyaasa, Kaagaz Ke Phool, Chaudvin Ka Chand etc.) in the mid-50s, I always used to insist him to increase his remuneration standard reasoning writers are the backbone of the film and »
Sambha, Gabbar Singh and Thakur Baldev Singh are having a meeting in heaven. This is an Sos called by Rahim Chacha, who has a bigger frown on his face than when he was here, on earth. All are wondering on how to tackle this nuisance of Gabbar being back. "How can Gabbar be back, when he is here with us," they all think aloud. Each going into a flashback mode, in typical Bollywood manner, before Chacha breaks the reverie
"How can they," he murmurs. This was more a thought spoken aloud than a statement. He follows it up with a loud matter-of-fact gasp, "First that Ramu fellow throws muck on us with his Aag. Now Bhansali is producing tasteless cinema." I mean Sanjay Leela Bhansali! I still can't get over the fact that he produced Gabbar Is Back.
Gabbar, quite until now, speaks up. He was fuming all along the publicity campaign, »
The prestigious Academy of Arts will bestow an Honorary Doctorate on Mr. Amitabh Bachchan on April 1 at the India by the Nile festival in Cairo, Egypt. Mr. Bachchan will arrive in Cairo today on a chartered flight. Since he had to attend a wedding in Goa, he has made arrangements on his own for flying directly from there. Mr. Bachchan will be felicitated by Indian and Egyptian dignitaries in two different functions tonight. When the media contingent arrived in Cairo yesterday, they were greeted by a song and dance routine. 'Ye dosti hum nahin chhodenge' from Sholay started the proceedings and Egyptians erupted. Amitabh Bachchan will address a press conference tomorrow morning and will be the main attraction of an evening in front of the Pyramids tomorrow March 31. A retrospective of Amitabh Bachchan movies will be the main attraction from April 1-4. Amar Akbar Anthony, Paa, Agneepath, Sholay and Anand »
- Faridoon Shahryar
He is hailed as a legend of cinema in both East and West: the greatest living actor of our times, bar none. His peers and contemporaries clamour for the opportunity to work with him. His fans around the world, who are numbered in their billions, consider their life fulfilled if granted just a glimpse of him.
Amitabh Bachchan has been a star of Indian cinema for over four decades, winning acclaim for his performances in seminal films such as Sholay and Deewar that are hailed as classics of cinema. Aged 72, he has managed to transcend the generation gap to work alongside actors and directors of every age, in contemporary films that continue to challenge conventions and take Hindi cinema to new heights. He is a champion for his generation, embracing modern technologies and social media with the gusto of a 21-year-old.
As an unofficial ambassador for India, Amitabh has represented »
Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan took to social media to celebrate 40 years since the release of his most memorable film Deewaar (1975). Directed by the late Yash Chopra, Deewaar is based on the story of two brothers who take different directions in life, with their mother at the centre of their conflict. Deewaar is considered to be one of the greatest films ever made in Hindi Cinema’s illustrious history, with many also labelling it as Mr Bachchan’s best performance ever.
Taking to Twitter on Wednesday night, Mr Bachchan posted the following in sheer joy. “40 years! 40 years ago, this day, Deewar was released!! 21st Jan 1975.. Thank you Salim-Javed Saheb for the most perfect script.”
Deewaar played an instrumental role in Mr Bachchan being dubbed as the ‘angry young man’ of Indian Cinema during the 1970s. The film also stars Shashi Kapoor, Nirupa Roy, Neetu Singh and Parveen Babi.
Mr Bachchan will »
- Press Releases
BBC Asian Network has announced that Bollywood star, Amitabh Bachchan, will be taking part in a special edition of BBC Asian Network’s In Conversation With… on Tuesday 27 January.
Listeners will be able to be in the audience at this exclusive event which is taking place at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London. Ticket registration will open at 9am on Monday 19 January and will close at 10am on Friday 23 January.
Having worked in Hindi cinema for over four decades, he has starred in some of the industry’s biggest blockbusters including ‘Sholay’, ‘Coolie’ and ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham’. His talents are not limited to India alone, having appeared in Oscar-nominated film ‘The Great Gatsby’ alongside Leonardo Di Caprio.
He became a trendsetter when he made the transition to the small screen as a TV host and, in 1999, the international icon was voted the ‘greatest star of stage or screen’ in the »
- Stacey Yount
Bollywood churns out on average 120 plus films a year, with 2014 reaching 142. So to think all of them will go down in history as being successful is rather naive. But what about the ones we thought would work wonders but came up short? The ones that left us thinking, “Why was this allowed past the editing board”? Even ones that somehow managed to cha-ching the money registers sky high. 2014 had its fair share of films that fit all these categories. BollySpice brings you the biggest disappointments of 2014.
A.R.Murugadoss blew everyone’s mind when he told a tale of an anterograde amnesia patient desperately seeking revenge for the murder of his girlfriend in Ghajini. Yet when it came to a follow up film, one could say Holiday fell short of all the trimmings to recreate the magic. The writer in Murugadoss failed to see the shortcomings of his story, »
- Githa Vanan
10 items from 2015
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