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Akshaye Khanna’s acting in Ittefaq impressed Shah Rukh Khan

Yash Chopra’s 1969 cult classic Ittefaq, is one of Shah Rukh Khan’s favourite movies. In fact, he has always been keen on adapting the film and even acting in it.

But, when Srk couldn’t do to it due to prior commitments, he decided to co-produce the suspense thriller with Karan Johar and Renu Ravi Chopra. King Khan is extremely happy with the way the upcoming movie has been directed by Abhay Chopra, and the person who has impressed Shah Rukh the most is Akshaye, who portrays the role of a tough cop.

Shah Rukh says, “Akshaye is unreadable and that’s one of the plus points of the film. Personally, I feel that nobody could have essayed this role better than him. Sidharth Malhotra and Sonakshi Sinha present an able foil to Akshaye’s character in the film, which just adds to his performance and portrayal of this tough,
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Karan Johar says No marketing and No promotions for Ittefaq

Filmmaker Karan Johar, one of the producers of the upcoming suspense thriller Ittefaq, revealed that the team is following a no-promotion strategy.

The trailer of the Sonakshi Sinha, Sidharth Malhotra and Akshaye Khanna-starrer thriller released on online platforms, but unlike for other Bollywood films, the movie’s makers didn’t arrange a trailer launch.

Karan said, “We want to protect the intrigue, mystery and thrilling point of the film. When actors go out for film promotions that time in a media interview, they reveal facts and details of the plot. So, B.R. Films, Shah Rukh Khan and myself, we all have mutually decided to protect the content of the film.”

“With this film, we are not going to do any promotions, we will not go to any reality TV show to promote the film and we will not have media interviews and media presence either. We respect media
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Celebrity trainer Prashant Sawant launches gym in Khar

Celebrity trainer Prashant Sawant who is known to have trained Shahrukh Khan for the past 20 years launched his second gym amidst much fanfare. Prashant’s wife Maya Pereira Sawant also launched her organic food company, Lean Kitchen.

From Varun Dhawan, the gorgeous Sunny Leone, her husband Daniel Weber, Karthik Aaryan, Sonal Chauhan, Vatsal Sheth, singer Armaan Malik, Dabboo Ratnani and television celebrities like Hiten and Gauri Trivedi, the launch was graced by the who’s who of the industry.

Located in Khar, the gym boasts of state of the art facilities and equipment. Commenting on the same, Prashant Sawant said, “I came to Mumbai at the humble age of seventeen. From being overweight to training people in fitness, it has been a long and fruitful journey. This gym has been a dream come true. I already have a gym set up but I wanted to expand and include more facilities for my clientele.
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Seven Karan Johar films we will always love

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Karan Johar is known for some of Bollywood’s biggest hits since his very first feature film, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, released in 1998. After his father, Yash Johar, passed away, Karan Johar quickly took the reins of the family production house — Dharma Productions — and has been at the helm of countless blockbuster hits. Most us love Karan Johar for the films that he has written and directed and we can hardly wait for his next feature film, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.

Bollywood’s much awaited Diwali film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil features an exciting ensemble cast of Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Anushka Sharma and Fawad Khan, and promises a journey of friendship, heartbreak and love.

So whilst we eagerly wait for the release of the films in cinemas on 28th October through Fox Star Studios, here is a list of Karan Johar films that you can catch up on!
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Akira Movie Review

How do you begin a review of a film like Akira? It’s a remake of a Tamil film in the hands of A.R.Murugadoss. Yes. It has Sonakshi Sinha in her first ever full blown action role. Yes. Vishal and Shekhar set the tunes for the first time with Arm. Yes. So what makes Akira different? Well, it’s yet another sample the Bollywood audience is opening up to new films and directors are sitting up and taking note. Santha Kumar’s original script was written with a male lead, a romance angle and a complex screenplay that blew you away. Akira stands out despite being a remake because of the masterstroke in Arm’s additional screenplay and judgement call on changing the gender of its lead actor. It is still very much a commercial film but where it takes away the extra masala you would see in most films,
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Dashrath Manjhi: The saga of grit, perseverance and undefiable spirit

As he celebrates his birthday today, Ketan Mehta would be hoping that as a birthday gift from the nation he would get and love and accolade in the form of patronization of his latest offering- biopic Dashrath Manjhi. As he is returning to film making after a long hiatus, some may ask the question who is Ketan Mehta? For the uninitiated, Ketan Mehta is credited with films like Holi, Mirch Masala, Mangal Pandey, Sardar, Bhavani Bhavai, Maya Memsaheb, Rang Rasiya etc., to name a few and has been at the fore front in dwelling on stories of personal struggles, and subsequent triumphs and he comes with another Biopic Dashrath Manjhi.

Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Dashrath Manjhi was a story that needed to be told. It is a story of how a man for the sake of his love through his sheer grit, will power and confidence created a road out of
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Down the memory lane: 23 glorious years of being 'The Shah Rukh Khan'

23 years into the film industry without having any godfather rightly proves that impossible mean I M possible. That is exactly what Shah Rukh Khan has taught us. A commoner from Delhi to 'The King Khan' of Bollywood isn't a cake walk. He started of his journey on small screen playing the role of a commando in 'Fauji' (1988). Where hard work meets destiny his big screen debut came back in 1992. Rest as they say is History! So let's turn the pages and go on a roller coaster ride of The King Khan's 23 glorious years in Bollywood right from those romantic films to action packed blockbusters.

1992:

Since his big screen debut in Deewana he managed to make the audience his deewana. His debut film turned out to be the second highest grossing film in that year which gave his career a roaring start. Down the year between mid-1992 to 1993 he did 5 more films- Chamatkar,
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Alok Nath offers condolences on Sudha Shivpuri's demise

Sudha Shivpuri, who shot to fame with her character as 'Baa' from the TV serial 'Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi' passed away this morning. Mushtaq Sheikh and Alok Nath confirmed the news on a micro-blogging site.

Mushtaq Sheikh wrote, "Mrs Sudha Shivpuri (wife of Om Shivpuri) also popularly known as Baa in Kyun Ki passed away this morning. May her soul rest in peace. #Rip"

"Sudha Shivpuri popularly known as Baa from Kyun Ki passed away this morning. Funeral at Oshiwara Crematorium 2.30 pm today. #Rip," he added.

Alok Nath wrote, "Rest in eternal peace Sudha Shivpuri maam. You and Om Shivpuri sir were teacher's and guides of great proportion.am blessed to be your student."

Sudha started her Bollywood career with Swami (1977), and worked in other movies like Insaaf Ka Tarazu, Payal Ki Jhankaar, Hamari Bahu Alka, Maya Memsaab, Pinjar and also the Hollywood movie Outsourced.

May her soul Rest in Peace.
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Monkey Kingdom Review

In biological sciences, the urge to anthropomorphize your subject –wherein you ascribe human qualities and behaviors to something non-human- presents a constant threat to objective research. Just as many conspiracy theories are tempting for their A to B explanation of complicated events, using man-made logic to understand the actions of an animal can seem like shrewd deduction. The risk comes with eliminating the many other factors, known or unknown, that more accurately, though not more simply, explain data that your brain naturally wants to fit into a tidy little narrative. If it were judge on its merits as a nature documentary, Monkey Kingdom, the latest from Disneynature, would be a failure.

Luckily, as with other nature docs from the Magic Kingdom’s enviro-friendly sub-brand (the Greenhouse of Mouse, if you will), Monkey Kingdom isn’t presenting research, or looking to do much educating. It’s a highly polished montage culled
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Monkey Kingdom – The Review

The latest Earth Day release from Disneynature, Monkey Kingdom, is the charming story of Maya, a toque macaque living in the rainforest of Sri Lanka, whose world is changed when her son Kip is born. Anxious for her son to have all the best that life in their troop has to offer, Maya tries, not always successfully, to climb the social ladder and advance up the pecking order of the troop. At the top sits alpha male Raja, and his harem of top females and offspring that get the best beds, the best food and the best treatment.

After an attack on their home, Castle Rock, by a neighboring troop of monkeys, Raja is injured and the troop must now rely on Maya and her mate Kumar’s jungle smarts and street savvy to survive. One particularly hilarious sequence shows the local town and markets overrun with monkeys, stealing every
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Film Review: ‘Monkey Kingdom’

Film Review: ‘Monkey Kingdom’
The eighth entry in Disney’s eco-minded Disneynature series, “Monkey Kingdom” may well be its cheekiest, funniest and most purely entertaining. Tracking a tale of forbidden love and literal social climbing amidst a macaque clan in Sri Lanka, this Mark Linfield-directed docu-fiction contains typically top-shelf nature photography, an uncannily relatable cast of primate characters, and an anthropomorphic narrative complex enough that one can’t help but wonder how much it was actively massaged for maximum impact. This latter matter shouldn’t bother the film’s young target viewers too much, however, and the film ought to find an appreciative family audience.

Throughout the Disneynature films, there’s an often palpable tension between the pitilessly Darwinian natural world so evocatively captured by series producer and co-director Alastair Fothergill, and the Disney-friendly happily-ever-after storylines that are superimposed upon it. At least in the early going, “Monkey Kingdom” seems willing to address
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Prakash Jhas election campaign takes him to 400 villages

Prakash Jhas election campaign takes him to 400 villages
Prakash Jha whose last film Satyagraha was a drama on the urgent need for political reform in our nation is currently extending his cinematic preoccupations into his real life. Prakash is contesting the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections from the Bettiah constituency in Bihar on a Janata Dal-United ticket. Prior to the polling in his constituency on Monday, Prakash undertook a marathon yatra of rural North Bihar as part of his political campaign, going into areas where automobiles, cell phones and computers are unavailable. In one month Prakash covered 400 villages. Prakash says, "I traveled to 20-25 villages every day. In each village I spoke to the people for 20-25 minutes. It was the most exhausting expedition of my life. But it was also immensely satisfying. I got to know the pulse of rural Bihar. I've always been close to the people from villages. But this time I feel I am in
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Celebrating Rani Mukerji! A look at some of our favorite things!

Queen of Bollywood, Queen of Hearts, Dil Ki Rani are just some of the words synonymous with Rani Mukerji. She debuted back in 1996 with the film Raja Ki Aayegi Baarat, which tanked at the box office. People started writing her off even before she emerged. But then came the turning points of her career, in the form of Ghulam and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai in 1998, and she proved that she’s here to stay. While Ghulam gave her the title of ‘Khandala Girl’, while Kuch Kuch Hota Hai made people take notice of this amazing actor who had the ability and talent to stand her own ground in front of superstars like Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. She went onto win lots of accolades for both her films and there was no turning back. With her impeccable talent and infectious spontaneity, she ruled the industry and people’s hearts for several years.
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Srk 'sorry' about not spending time with Farooque

Srk 'sorry' about not spending time with Farooque
Mumbai, Dec 28: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who worked with Farooque Sheikh in the 1993 film "Maya Memsaab", is "sorry" for not having spent enough time with the actor, who breathed his last in Dubai late Friday night.

"My biggest regret (is) that I never got to spend time with you, Farooque sahib, as I had requested. Should have done it earlier. I feel so sorry," Shah Rukh posted on his Twitter page Saturday.

Farooque died of a heart attack while he was on a family vacation. He was 65.

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Cult classic ‘Sholay’ returns, now in 3D

Sholay, which created history in Indian cinema by celebrating silver jubilee in over 100 theatres across the country in 1975, is all set to recreate the same magic in 3D. Sholay Media & Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. & Pen India Pvt. Ltd. have collaborated with Ketan Mehta’s Maya Digital Studios to create the 3D version of this cult classic.

While every Indian has unquestionably watched Sholay, the new generation has been deprived of watching it on the silver screen. A team of 350 people worked for more than a year under the leadership of Siddhartha Jayakar, who is a veteran in the field of computer animation, visual effects and conversion from 2D to 3D.

Talking about the film, presenter Jayantilal Gada, Pen India Pvt. Ltd. said, “Jai-Veeru, even today, are icons of true friendship and the essence of standing up for one’s rights. Indians have loved Sholay with all their hearts. Many of them
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Framing Movies: Take Thirty-two: Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006)

Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (Kank), directed by Karan Johar, is a film that explores complex human relationships. The film focuses on two married couples, Dev (Shah Rukh Khan) and Rhea (Preity Zinta) and Rishi (Abhishek Bachchan) and Maya (Rani Mukherji). However, the film is centred on the love story of Dev and Maya, which starts off as an extra marital affair and goes many trials and tribulations. This causes uproar not only in their relationship, but with the relationships they share with their married spouses.

Kank, which hit theaters in August of 2006, opened to a lukewarm reception at the Indian box office, and to huge fanfare and large collections to overseas box offices around the world. The differences in reactions to the film were attributed mainly to the cultural differences that existed between the Indian communities in India and abroad. The concept of divorce and extra marital affairs were not
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Critically Acclaimed Actor Irrfan Khan’s career to be in the spotlight at London Indian Film Festival

Life of Pi. Paan Singh Tomar. The Namesake. Maqbool. From Hollywood to Bollywood, Irrfan Khan has grown from strength to strength. Born in Jaipur, Rajasthan, Irrfan made his critically acclaimed debut in Bollywood as a main lead actor in 2005 with Rog. Before this, he acted in numerous TV soaps such as Sparsh and Bharat Ek Khoj. Gaining a scholarship at National School of Drama in 1984, Irrfan’s destiny was set for acting. Having achieved three Filmfare awards and a National Film Award, Irrfan has also been awarded the Padma Shri- the fourth highest civilian award in India.

Irrfan Khan will be attending the London Indian Film Festival and will be speaking about his life and his work with director Asif Kapadia on the 20th of July at the BFI, Southbank.

Here, we explore Irrfan’s acting career with a special focus on our three favourite films from Bollywood and Hollywood.
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Cannes Myths Busted: India at Cannes 2013

Cannes Myths Busted: India at Cannes 2013
When it comes to the coverage of the 66th Cannes Film Festival starting today, mainstream media outlets’ obsession with celebrities seems to be getting the better of them. Playboy Girl Sherlyn Chopra and Ameesha Patel and the likes are being written about with equal enthusiasm (quite often even higher) than the films and people who will actually represent India at Cannes 2013.

Cannes coverage of the Indian press is as ill-informed and misleading as it’s bizarre. Quite often the most talked about titles are those which don’t even feature in the selection while some have market screenings. It’s obvious that the festival coverage by the Indian mainstream media is driven by ignorance and publicists.

Here are some Cannes headlines from mainstream media:-

Rajinikanth takes Kochadaiyaan to Cannes Film Festival – Hindustran Times

Ameesha Patel’s all set for Cannes outing: The Times of India

Playboy girl Sherlyn Chopra on
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Ketan Mehta creates short film as a tribute to Aamirs Satyamev Jayate

Ketan Mehta creates short film as a tribute to Aamirs Satyamev Jayate
Ketan Mehta and Aamir Khan go a long way. The actor has been a part of Mehta's directorial ventures such as Holi and Mangal Pandey: The Rising in the past. Now as a friendly gesture of sorts, Ketan Mehta has made a 7 minute short film as a tribute of sorts to Aamir's much talked about TV show 'Satyamev Jayate'. Mehta feels that 'Satyamev Jayate' transformed the way TV was used as a medium for the greater good of the society and hence through his company Maya (which specializes in animation and visual effects), the director created a short film as a tribute to the show. The short film captures various tweets from various influential people from all walks of life and their reactions to the show and the 7 minute film has been uploaded across social media platforms.
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`Servus Ishq` - Indo-Austrian director`s tribute to Bollywood

India-born Austrian film director Sandeep Kumar is celebrating spring with a difference this year. He has installed lights and cameras in the heart of the city`s Botanical Gardens to film the first song for his `Servus Ishq` in Bollywood style. At this time of the year the Hirschstetten Botanical Gardens are a riot of colours with 360,000 spring flowers already in bloom and another 1.5 million summer flowers about to burst to life. Kumar calls it an enchanting backdrop for a movie.</p><p>"I could not have asked for more. This is an enchanting backdrop to a romantic song that I will film in different parts of Austria," Kumar told reporters. The mahurat of 'Servus Ishq' or 'Hello, Love' was held here at a temple to the chant of mantras and breaking of a coconut.</p><p>An Indo-Austrian production, the film is slated for release early next year. "Servus Ishq" is written, produced
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