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Subhash K Jha Editorial: “Imtiaz Ali’s Short Film On Shining India Is An Embarrassment”

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Imtiaz Ali’s short film India Tomorrow is so earnest and politically correct it seems like a propaganda piece for the ruling regime…A Films Division documentary with cuss words. Or a pitch for a debate in the Parliament with some unparliamentary language thrown in to woo the generation that swooned swayed and hallucinated to Rockstar.

In its bid to do some “cool” counter-stereotyping the 5 minute film throws forward an embarrassment of nobility wrapped in consumerist cornucopia. So we meet a prostitute in her play-pen, the bedroom. Luckily Imtiaz Ali has not cast Nargis Fakhri as the prostitute. I don’t know who the actress is since her name is not featured in any credit details.

Like all filmy sex workers from Sharmila Tagore in Mausam to Kalki Koechlin in Dev D, this prostitute is spicy, savvy and sharp-tongued. She knows the share market….umm…in and out, much to
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Im only following guidelines regarding cuss words - Pahlaj Nihalani

Following the outcry against Pahlaj Nihalani's list of banned words in films issued on Friday, which includes a long list of expletives, Nihalani spoke out to explain why the list (which includes 13 English and 15 Hindi words) had to be sent out, and to whom. Baffled by the protests Nihalani says, "Firstly, I don't know how the list came out in the public domain. We didn't send out the list to the media or even to members of the censor board. Therefore one board member (Ashoke Pandit)'s hue and cry that he wasn't consulted about the list is not only invalid it is also unethical." The Chairperson says the list of words not to be used in films, was prepared and sent as per the guidelines of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to film producers. "It is meant to provide a safety platform to film producers. These are
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Gulzar is awarded the Indira Gandhi Award

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The legendary lyricist and film director Gulzar has been bestowed with the Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration by Indian National Congress President Sonia Gandhi. Gulzar was applauded by Mrs Gandhi for the positive contributions which he has made towards Indian society and had this to say at a function which took place in New Delhi last week. “All of you are aware of his contribution as a poet, filmmaker and author. His has always been a progressive mind-set. His subjects and characters have always stood against communalism and in favour of national unity.”

If that was not enough, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also praised Gulzar about the fine example which he has set both for his country and for future generations. “Gulzar has always emphasised humanity and empathy in all his works. This is a great way of strengthening the unity and integrity of our country. I believe
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Sharmila Tagore is bestowed with an Honorary Doctorate

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Sharmila Tagore has been honoured with a Doctorate of Arts from Edinburgh Napier University, UK for her contributions towards Indian cinema. The 67 year old veteran actress has the distinction of being a household name both in Hindi and Bengali cinema, a rare achievement which not many have managed to secure. Ms Tagore was awarded with her doctorate on 25 October 2012 in the presence of around 1000 students during the university’s autumn graduation ceremonies. She expressed her gratitude to the university for being presented with this prestigious award in a public statement. “It is indeed a privilege to be conferred an Honorary Degree by Edinburgh Napier University. It recognizes the significant influence of Indian Cinema on the global cultural arena and the small role that I have played in its history. As we celebrate a hundred years of Indian Cinema, this is both a happy and humbling moment.”

Edinburgh Napier University has
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Shahid turns down Vidhu Vinod Chopra's film

Shahid turns down Vidhu Vinod Chopra's film
Shahid Kapoor turned down Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s love triangle ‘Chitthiyan’ after his last offering ‘Mausam’ run down low at the box-office. "I haven`t accepted any new offer except Maneesh Sharma`s. And it would be inappropriate to talk about the films I`ve said no to," said the 30-year-old actor. Shahid has a high regards for Vidhu Vinod Chopra and he highly appreciates his work but Shahid was not ready for another love story. Says a close friend of Shahid, "He is hearing at an average one script every day. For some strange reason, most of the films on offer, including Anand (`Tanu Weds Manu`)...
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Vidya’s Item Girls

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The Dirty Picture is due to set screens alight on Dec 2nd, when audiences can be transported back to the 80s when item girls stole the hearts of the nation. In the Balaji production, Vidya Balan plays the role of Silk, an up and coming item girl of southern cinema and follows her rise to fame. Although current actresses like Katrina Kaif and Mallika Sherawat have lit up screens in item songs in recent years, Ekta Kapoor looks to the 80s for her next film production where item girls were considered ahead of their time. Lets take a look at some of those item girls of indian cinema who inspired the rising 80s stars and and those who inspired the makers of The Dirty Picture.

Helen (Richardson Khan), of Anglo-Burmese origin, was both October 21st 1939 and is best remember as the Bollywood item dancer of the 60s and 70s. During
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Celebs at Imran Khan's bash

Celebs at Imran Khan's bash
Basking in the joy with the success of ‘Mere Brother Ki Dulhan’, Imran threw a party to mark the success of ‘Mere Brother Ki Dulhan’. He looked as usual stylish and hot as he welcomed his guests. The celebrities that spotted at Imran Khan’s bash were Deepika Padukone with her beau Siddharth Mallya. Also invited were Shahid Kapoor and Anushka Sharma. This time Anushka was not with her lover Ranveer Singh as both drifted apart. The ‘Mausam’ actress Sonam Kapoor was also present. Also arrived at the bash were Mamu Aamir Khan and Mami Kiran Rao. The party went till the wee hours in the morning and all...
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In the memory of Sanjeev Kumar

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In the memory of Sanjeev Kumar
He broke all the rules of stardom and yet was a star, a romantic hero and an all-rounder par excellence. 47 was no age for one of Hindi cinema's brightest talents to go, but on November 6, 1985, Sanjeev Kumar passed away, leaving fans, friends and the Hindi film shell-shocked. Gulzar remembers Sanjeev Kumar "For me, he was the complete actor. I have always said that I had two anchors - one was Sanjeev Kumar, and the other was R.D.Burman. What most people do not know is that I knew Haribhai (as I called him) from the late 1950s. We were both with the Indian National Theatre where I would write for the plays and he was a stage actor. Sanjeev was a student of P.D.Shenoy, who was also teaching at the Filmalaya School of Acting and later turned film director. Sanjeev was just over 20 years old, and he was playing a father!
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From Jaadu to Jaddugar

We are well aware how recent directors are paranoid about guarding the looks of their actors for maintaining exclusivity. Whether it’s Arjun Rampal’s look in Ra.One or Shahid Kapoor’s look in Mausam, the people associated with the movie have tried to keep the look of the characters under wrap, albeit with little success.

Recently, someone leaked Hrithik’s getup from Sanjay Leela Bansali’s next, Guzaarish. From the looks of it, Roshan Jr. is playing a magician. Along with co-star Monikangana Dutt, he was seen at Yash Raj Studios shooting for a song in a magician’s getup. The attire consisted of a three piece suit along with a hat and an earring. Meanwhile Dutt was

seen dressed up in a black gown with a huge silver choker to go along with it.

The song took three days to be completed and was under heavy scrutiny
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Are the four characters of 'Badmaash Company' picked from real life?

Are the four characters of 'Badmaash Company' picked from real life?
Click above for more movie stills Not many are aware that Parmeet Sethi, the actor turned director of Badmaash Company, wrote its entire script with dialogues in six days flat. Yes, you read it right: Six days only. And the four characters in the film - Karan, Bulbul, Chandu and Zing - are known to Parmeet; they're based on real-life characters. Anushka Sharma, who has a lot of hopes pinning on Badmaash Company, feels that the film would connect big time with the youth of today, who resort to an easy route to attain name, fame and riches overnight. "That's what attracted me to the film. Honestly, I wasn't even aware that Parmeet had written the script and was supposed to direct it, since Adi [Aditya Chopra] just asked me to go through it. It was much later, when I read the script and expressed my eagerness to be a part of the film,
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Are the four characters of 'Badmaash Company' picked from real life?

Are the four characters of 'Badmaash Company' picked from real life?
Not many are aware that Parmeet Sethi, the actor turned director of Badmaash Company, wrote its entire script with dialogues in six days flat. Yes, you read it right: Six days only. And the four characters in the film - Karan, Bulbul, Chandu and Zing - are known to Parmeet; they're based on real-life characters. Anushka Sharma, who has a lot of hopes pinning on Badmaash Company, feels that the film would connect big time with the youth of today, who resort to an easy route to attain name, fame and riches overnight. "That's what attracted me to the film. Honestly, I wasn't even aware that Parmeet had written the script and was supposed to direct it, since Adi [Aditya Chopra] just asked me to go through it. It was much later, when I read the script and expressed my eagerness to be a part of the film, that Adi revealed the director's identity,
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