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Om Puri to be Honored at Special Preview Screening of his new film The Hundred-Foot Journey

25 July 2014 8:27 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Om Puri (b. 1950), the prolific and internationally renowned Indian actor will appear at Museum of the Moving Image on Sunday, August 3, for a conversation about his career moderated by actress and writer Madhur Jaffrey. The tribute program, presented with clips of Puri’s finest performances, will be followed by a preview screening of The Hundred-Hoot Journey, in which he co-stars with Helen Mirren.

Om Puri is one of India’s most celebrated actors. He won his first Indian National Film Award for his performance in Ardh Satya. Since then, he has starred in both mainstream and arthouse Indian films including Ardh Satya (1982), Mirch Masala (1987), Dharavi (1992), Maachis (1996), and A.K. 47 (2004), as well as international projects such as the critically acclaimed Gandhi (1982), City of Joy (1992), Wolf (1994), Brothers in Trouble (1995), The Ghost and the Darkness (1996), East is East (1999), Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), and West is West (2010). He recently starred in Don 2 (2011), Farhan Akhtar’s record-breaking Bollywood epic. »

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Tabu stars in Meghna Gulzars Talwar

5 June 2014 7:25 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Tabu, a very old favorite of Gulzar and his family, is back in the family's fold. The actress who considers the poet-filmmaker her father-figure has starred in his last two directorial ventures Maachis and Hu Tu Tu. Tabu also played the lead in Gulzar Saab's daughter's directorial debut Filhaal. Now she's back in Meghna's new directorial project entitled Talwar. Tabu steps into a role originally offered to Shefali Shah. Talwar also stars Irrfan Khan and Sohum Shah, that wonderful actor from Anand Gandhi's Ship Of Theseus. Gulzar Saab's reticent daughter Meghna Gulzar began shooting for her third feature film on Tuesday morning with minimum fanfare. The project has been entitled Talwar and the film is said to be based on the Aarushi Talwar murder case. Apparently, Meghna's father has given the film its title; just as he has titled Megha's two earlier feature films Filhaal and Just Married. »

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Oscar Winner Gulzar Given India’s Highest Film Honor

13 April 2014 7:12 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Gulzar, has been conferred the Dadasaheb Phalke award, India’s highest film honor, for 2013.

The award is given by the Indian government for outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian Cinema and is named after Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, who directed the first Indian feature film “Raja Harishchandra” in 1913. The award comes with a cash prize of 1 million rupees ($16,600).

The 79-year-old Gulzar, whose real name is Sampooran Singh Kalra, is a lyricist, director, screenwriter, producer, short story writer and poet.

He began his career as a songwriter with the  Indian helmer Bimal Roy’s “Bandini” (1963) and he continues to be one of the most popular Bollywood lyricists, working with all the great composers of the industry including Sachin Dev Burman, Salil Chowdhury, Shankar-Jaikishan, Hemant Kumar, Laxmikant-Pyarelal and ShankarEhsaanLoy. In particular he is known for his work with Rahul Dev Burman, A. R. Rahman and Vishal Bhardwaj. »

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Gulzar to be conferred Dadasaheb Phalke Award 2013

12 April 2014 11:12 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Veteran film lyricist, director, screenwriter, producer and poet Gulzar has been conferred the 45th Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2013.

The award is conferred by the Government of India for outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian Cinema. It consists of a Swarn Kamal (Golden Lotus), a cash prize of Rs.10 lakhs and a shawl. The award was decided on the recommendations of a seven-member jury set up by the Government for this purpose.

Born in 1934 in Punjab in pre-independence India, Gulzar started his career in 1956. As a lyricist, he got his first break in Bimal Roy’s Bandini. He has worked with leading music directors including Sachin Dev Burman, Salil Chowdhury, Shankar Jaikishan, Hemant Kumar, Laxmikant-Pyarelal and Madan Mohan. He has had outstanding partnerships with Rahul Dev Burman, A. R. Rahman and Vishal Bhardwaj.

Films directed by Gulzar include Mere Apne, Koshish, Aandhi, Kinara, Khushboo, Angoor, Libaas, »

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Suneel Sinha to enter 'Beintehaa'

7 April 2014 5:35 AM, PDT | | See recent RealBollywood news »

Mumbai, April 7: Actor Suneel Sinha will soon be seen essaying a pivotal role in popular primetime show "Beintehaa".

His entry on the show will be telecast Monday.

The show will feature a sequence where character Zain's parents Osman and Suraiyya will be seen on a mission solving the mystery surrounding the disappearance of their daughter, Barkat.

Suneel will portray Osman's estranged friend Mir Khan, who holds the key to Barkat's secret and is the only one who can help Osman and Suraiyya to trace their daughter, said a statement.

Suneel Sinha has previously played prominent roles in films like "Maachis", "Rudaali" and "Aamras : The Sweet Taste of Friendship".

He has also featured in TV shows like. »

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