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In Conversation with award-winning director Mani Ratnam – BollySpice Exclusive!

When it comes to naming the great directors of Indian cinema, Mani Ratnam is someone who is always included. Working not only in Hindi films, but also in the major industries in the South, the filmmaker has created some of the best movies in the Indian film canon. He began his career with Pallavi Anu Pallavi and went on to bring audiences such outstanding cinema as Bombay, Roja, Dil Se, Nayakan, Saathiya, Guru, Ravaan and this year’s O Kadhal Kanmani to name just a few. Awarded the Padma Shree in 2002, his films have also won several prestigious National Film Awards. His work has been included on Best Film lists both in Time Magazine and The British Film Institute as well as winning awards at major film festivals around the world.

Naman Ramachandran, the film programmer for The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival, was allowed by Mr. Ratnam, to
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Get Ready for Brilliance – The London Indian Film Festival Opens Thursday!

The always amazing London Indian Film Festival, which begins this Thursday July 16th and runs through July 26th, is set to thrill, entertain and move audiences with it’s brilliant line up of films! Talking about the festival, Liff’s Executive & Programming Director Cary Rajinder Sawhney said, “This year’s Festival is bigger and better than ever and showcases World-class Indian films and talent. In all, this richly diverse festival will screen 20 features in a gamut of languages including Marathi, Tamil, Hindi, English, Bengali, Punjabi, Urdu and Konkani.”

Not only does the festival showcase amazing independent films from India (more about that in a bit), this year, once again, the festival boasts an incredible master class! This epic event will feature a rare on-stage interview with one of India’s most acclaimed and best loved commercial directors, widely attributed for revolutionising Tamil cinema, and inspiring Bollywood. Mani Ratnam talks about
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Preview of the films at this years London Indian Film Festival

The festival returns this month for its sixth edition. Every year Liff aims to bring audiences some of the very best new Indian independent cinema, which includes features, documentaries and short films by both acclaimed and emerging filmmakers. This year’s line up promises to leave you entertained, informed, thought provoking and even in some cases leaving a screen shocked.

We now present the films that will be screened at this prestigious festival

Umrika | Opening Night | UK Premiere | cert 12A

Hindi with English subtitles | 98 min | India 2015 | Dir. Prashant Nair | with: Suraj Sharma, Tony Revolori, Adil Hussain, Smita Tambe, Prateik Babbar.

This year’s Sundance Audience Award winner is an uplifting, rights of passage tale about two brothers from a small village who have dreams of making it big in Umrika (America). Udai (Pratiek Babbar) is the eldest and adored by his hard-working mum. He leaves their hamlet on a bullock
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Director Mani Ratnam makes rare NY appearance for weekend tribute

Mani Ratnam (b. 1955, Chennai) is that rarest of film directors nowadays: an artist capable of making exquisitely crafted, hugely entertaining, yet intelligent and provocative films on a range of social and political issues. Museum of the Moving Image is proud to present a special tribute to Ratnam featuring the director in person with a trilogy of films that follow lovers against a backdrop of Indian politics: Roja(1992), Bombay (1995), and Dil Se (1998)—the last featuring one of the most famous scenes in all of Indian cinema, the “Chaiyya Chaiyya” musical number on top of a moving train. The series, Politics as Spectacle: The Films of Mani Ratnam, runs from July 31 through August 2, 2015. Ratnam will participate in conversations after each film, moderated by Richard Peña.

Mani Ratnam is a treasure, and we are pleased to host him in New York with three of his most significant and beloved films,” said Christina Marouda,
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Jayaram, Kamal Haasan team up for 'Uttama Villain'

Jayaram, Kamal Haasan team up for 'Uttama Villain'
Chennai, March 12: After their successful combo in Tamil comedy "Panchathantiram", Malayalam actor Jayaram has joined hands with Kamal Haasan again to feature in an important role in upcoming film "Uttama Villain".

"I'll be doing an important part in Ulaga Nayakan (Universal Hero) Kamal Haasan's 'Uttama Villain'," posted Jayaram on his Twitter page.

He also posted a picture from the Tamil film's shoot.

Jayaram and Haasan played best friends in "Panchathantiram" and scenes between them were very well received by audiences.

"Uttama Villain" is the story of an ageing superstar being played by Haasan, who.
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Deepa Mehta Curates Toronto Tribute to Indian Cinema

Choosing a handful of movies from a hundred years of filmmaking is not easy, but Deepa Mehta (“Midnight’s Children”) took a stab at it for Toronto’s celebration of a centenary of Indian cinema, which includes a gala on Saturday.

The Toronto-based helmer of Indian origin said the task of curating the section fell to her after she suggested the theme at a Tiff board meeting.

“Somehow, between suggesting the theme and leaving the meeting I was talked into designing the gala,” Mehta said. “Thankfully I have an excellent team and there has been an immense amount of work done by a great number of people to bring this whole production together.”

The fundraising gala on Saturday at the Four Seasons Center for the Performing Arts is only the second one following on last year’s marking the anni of the James Bond franchise, which netted $700,000. The fest is
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Zila Ghaziabad is today's Nayakan, says director Anand Kumar : Trade News

Decades ago when Mani Ratnam's Nayakan had released, it had showcased Kamal Haasan in a different avatar altogether. Story of a simple boy who turned into a gang-lord, it also inspired Vinod Khanna to come up with a remake Dayavan. Though ever since then quite a few films across different languages have tried to recreate the same magic, director Anand Kumar strongly believes that at least from the characterisation perspective, if not the entire film, Vivek Oberoi's part of Dhramveer Gurjar comes close to Nayakan. Read More...
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Zila Ghaziabad is Vivek Oberoi's Nayakan

Decades ago when Mani Ratnam's Nayakan had released, it had showcased Kamal Haasan in a different avatar altogether. Story of a simple boy who turned into a gang-lord, it also inspired Vinod Khanna to come up with a remake Dayavan. Though ever since then quite a few films across different languages have tried to recreate the same magic, director Anand Kumar strongly believes that at least from the characterisation perspective, if not the entire film, Vivek Oberoi's part of
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Bengaluru International Film Festival 2012 announces competition line up

Bengaluru International Film Festival has announced the line-up of its Chitra Bharathi – Indian Cinema Competition, Kannada Cinema competition section and the 100 Years of Indian Cinema section.

A total of eleven films in the Chitra Bharathi – Indian Cinema Competition will vie for the “Suchitra Samman” with a cash prize of Rs 4 lakhs, equally divided between the director and the producer of the film. While the eight Kannada films in the Kannada Cinema competition section will contend for Rs 2 lakh award, to be equally divided between the producer and the director of the winning film.

The festival will also celebrate the centenary year of Indian cinema with the screening of twelve selected films.

The 5th edition of the festival (20th to 27th December, 2012) had recently announced the line- up of other sections.

Competition Line up:

Chitra Bharathi – Indian Cinema Competition

Chayiliam

Dir:Manoj Kana / Malayalam

Lessons in Forgetting

Dir: Unni Vijayan / Tamil

Sarasammana
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Raj Kapoors Awaara in Times 100 greatest films

Raj Kapoors Awaara in Times 100 greatest films
The term 'awaara' means rowdy in Hindi. But the (cult) film by the very name (released in 1951), made by the original Showman Raj Kapoor, has now made it to one of 100 greatest films in the prestigious Time magazine. The magazine has included this film among 20 new entries added to its list of 'All Time 100 Greatest Films made since 1923'. The magazine also called the film as 'a glistening showcase for Kapoor and the great India siren Nargis.' They also added that 'The 50s films he headlined and directed became huge hits not just in his newly freed homeland but also across the Arab crescent from Indonesia to North Africa'.

Time critic Richard Corliss described the legendary Raj Kapoor as 'the great star-auteur of India's postcolonial golden age of movies - Cary Grant and Cecil B. DeMille in one handsome package.'

Readers may recall that the 'All-Time 100' list
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Hollywood stunt director Lee Whittaker working on Kamal Haasans Vishwaroop

Hollywood stunt director Lee Whittaker working on Kamal Haasans Vishwaroop
One of Hollywood's most accomplished stunt directors Lee Whittaker is currently in Mumbai shooting the climactic action sequence for Kamal Haasan's Vishwaroop. Whittaker is known for his astonishing aerial stunts in Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor and his stunning action in 78 other American films and television serials. Vishwaroop (Vishwaroopam in Tamil) is Whittaker's first Indian assignment. Apparently, Whittaker initially refused to do the film. But was convinced only after Kamal Haasan showed the American stunt-wallah some of his filmed moves and daring do from his past work. Says a source, "Whittaker was not too keen on doing an assignment outside home turf. But when he saw Kamal Haasan's stunts in some of his past film notably Nayakan and Abhay and the high risk-level that the actor was willing to take to achieve a summit of realism in the stunts, Whittaker agreed." For the climactic one-on-one being shot currently,
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Who will win the National film award

Who will win the National film award
With the 57th National Film Awards to be announced on Wednesday afternoon, the question is who will win the best actor award? Will Amitabh Bachchan catch up with Malayalam megastar Mammootty and South Indian superstar Kamal Haasan? Mammootty and Kamal Haasan have won the national award for best actor thrice and Bachchan twice in his career. Kamal Haasan had won the award for the Tamil film Moonampirai in 1983, for Nayakan in 1988 and for Indian in 1997. Mammootty won the prestigious award in 1990 for his roles in Mathilukal and Oru Vadakan Veeragatha, in 1994 for Ponthanmada and Vidheyan and ...
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57th National Film Awards: Who will be the best actor?

57th National Film Awards: Who will be the best actor?
Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 15 – With the 57th National Film Awards to be announced Wednesday afternoon, the question is who will win the best actor award?

Will Amitabh Bachchan catch up with Malayalam megastar Mammootty and South Indian superstar Kamal Haasan?

Mammootty and Kamal Haasan have won the national award for best actor thrice and Bachchan twice in his career.

Kamal Haasan had won the award for the Tamil film ‘Moonampirai’ in 1983, for ‘Nayakan’ in 1988 and.
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John might be seen in cop uniform with moustache in Kaakha Kaakha remake

John might be seen in cop uniform with moustache in Kaakha Kaakha remake
Playing a cop for the first time in his career in the Hindi remake of Kaakha Kaakha, John Abraham isn't taking any chances. He wants to get the spoken language, body language, personality and tone just right. For this, John has not only been re-structuring his metabolism and changing his food and exercise habits and watching as many cop films from Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry to Om Puri in Ardh Satya to Amitabh Bachchan in Zanjeer repeatedly, he has also been socializing with cops trying to understand how their minds and bodies move. Most importantly, John has been chatting with the Tamil superstar Suriya who played the lead in Kaakha Kaakha. By sheer coincidence John and Suriya are neighbours in Mumbai. Suriya's wife actress Jyothika owns a flat next to John's residence. And whenever Suriya is in Mumbai, he stays a stone's throw away from John. The two
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John might be seen in cop uniform with moustache in Kaakha Kaakha remake

John might be seen in cop uniform with moustache in Kaakha Kaakha remake
Playing a cop for the first time in his career in the Hindi remake of Kaakha Kaakha, John Abraham isn't taking any chances. He wants to get the spoken language, body language, personality and tone just right. For this, John has not only been re-structuring his metabolism and changing his food and exercise habits and watching as many cop films from Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry to Om Puri in Ardh Satya to Amitabh Bachchan in Zanjeer repeatedly, he has also been socializing with cops trying to understand how their minds and bodies move. Most importantly, John has been chatting with the Tamil superstar Suriya who played the lead in Kaakha Kaakha. By sheer coincidence John and Suriya are neighbours in Mumbai. Suriya's wife actress Jyothika owns a flat next to John's residence. And whenever Suriya is in Mumbai, he stays a stone's throw away from John. The two
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A combination of Raavana and Kobad Ghandy!

While everyone thinks that Abhishek Bachchan plays a character based on Raavana in Mani Ratnam.s Raavana, the film.s most well-kept secret is out. Abhishek.s character in the forthcoming film is not only based on the life of Raavana but also on Maoist leader Kobad Ghandy.While everyone thinks that Abhishek Bachchan plays a character based on Raavana in Mani Ratnam.s Raavana, the film.s most well-kept secret is out. Abhishek.s character in the forthcoming film is not only based on the life of Raavana but also on Maoist leader Kobad Ghandy.Our source said, .Mani Ratnam loves having a strong element of contemporary history in his films. Be it Nayakan based on don Vardha Rajan.s life, Guru based on Dhirubhai Ambani.s life or Bombay which depicted the Hindu-Muslim riots in Mumbai after the Babri Masjid demolition.Even in Roja, Dil Se and Yuva,
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