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New Year Resolutions for Bollywood Stars

30 December 2012 6:13 PM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

New Year Resolutions are a yearly affair that I’m pretty sure everyone goes through.  Sometimes it is used to kick a bad habit to the curb and sometimes it’s used to create good ones. Whether it is upheld by the individual is something that is left to you. When it comes to our Bolly celebs we don’t take things too seriously and have created only a handful of resolutions for our beloved stars. Read on to see if you agree with BollySpice’s proposed New Year’s resolutions for the following celebs.

Hrithik Roshan

Touted as Mr Perfectionist number 2 (succeeded by of course Aamir Khan), no-one dares deny the fact Greek God of Hindi Cinema has talent. He’s proved it more than once and how. But the one shikayat with this oh so talented and yummy actor is how one would love to see him do More movies. »

- Githa Vanan

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Bhoot Returns is the right comeback, says J. D. Chakravarthy : Trade News

12 October 2012 6:07 AM, PDT | Bollywood Trade | See recent Bollywood Trade news »

After Satya and Durga, Chakravarthy went on to direct a film (Darwaza Bandh Rakho) for Ram Gopal Varma. However after that he got busy with his Telugu assignments (both as an actor and director) due to which there was a long hiatus before he decided to return to Bollywood again. If the long wait wasn't enough, he also chose a horror film as his comeback affair."Guess what, I am happy that I didn't work on anything else in between," Chakravarthy smiles, "I personally think that Read More »

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Bhoot Returns is the right comeback, says J. D. Chakravarthy

11 October 2012 11:44 PM, PDT | GlamSham | See recent GlamSham news »

After Satya and Durga, Chakravarthy went on to direct a film (Darwaza Bandh Rakho) for Ram Gopal Varma. However after that he got busy with his Telugu assignments (both as an actor and director) due to which there was a long hiatus before he decided to return to Bollywood again. If the long wait wasn't enough, he also chose a horror film as his comeback affair."Guess what, I am happy that I didn't work on anything else in between," Chakravarthy smiles, "I personally think that »

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Bihari flavour at Wifw: Samant zeores in on Manoj as showstopper - Realbollywood.com News

3 October 2012 4:12 AM, PDT | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

New Delhi, Oct 3: Call it their Bihar connect or love towards Indian weaves, designer Samant Chauhan and actor Manoj Bajpayee are bonding big time and have teamed up for the forthcoming edition of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (Wifw) spring-summer 2013.

The "Satya" fame actor is set to walk the ramp as showstopper for Samant at the five-day fashion extravaganza that. »

- Smith Cox

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Rgv non believer of 100crs clubs - Realbollywood.com News

27 September 2012 2:04 AM, PDT | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

New Delhi, Sep 27: Maverick director Ram Gopal Varma says he doesn't believe in Rs 100crs club. It came as a surprise when all film makers started talking by these grosses with some aiming for Rs 200crs in their next ventures. Rgv in a recent interview said that if he would have bothered about 100 Crores club, he would not have made movies like 'Satya' and 'Kaun'.

Speaking to media he said, "I think cost is more the producers` and distributors` concern.. »

- Anita Agarwal

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I can’t think of 100 crores while making a film – Ram Gopal Varma

20 September 2012 2:12 AM, PDT | indicine | See recent indicine news »

Director-producer Ram Gopal Varma, known for making small budget films, says had he made movies with the thought of minting Rs 100 crore at the box office, he wouldn’t have been able to make films like Kaun? and Satya.

“I think cost is more the producers’ and distributors’ concern. If I think of Rs 100 crore, I would have never made ‘Kaun?’ or ‘Satya’. It’s a completely different ball game, and it works very well for the people who are into it. I don’t think cinema in that terms” said Varma.Read More »

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I don't think cinema in Rs.100-cr terms: Rgv - Realbollywood.com News

20 September 2012 2:10 AM, PDT | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

Mumbai, Sep 20: Director-producer Ram Gopal Varma, known for making small budget films, says had he made movies with the thought of minting Rs.100 crore at the box office, he wouldn't have been able to make films like "Kaun?" and "Satya".

"I think cost is more the producers' and distributors' concern. If I think of Rs.100 crore, I would have never made 'Kaun?' or 'Satya'. It's a completely different ball game, and it works very well for the people who are into it. I don't think cinema in that terms," Varma told Inas.

The filmmaker, who is gearing up for the release of his horror film "Bhoot Returns", says there's a huge demand for the genre.

"I don't think it's about me making (horror films). I also feel people want. »

- Amith Ostwal

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Rgv's 'Satya 2' not on floors until 2013 - Realbollywood.com News

19 September 2012 12:25 AM, PDT | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

Mumbai, Sep 19: Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma says he won't start shooting the sequel to 1998 film "Satya" till the next four months at least as he is tied up with other projects.

"It's too early to talk (about 'Satya 2'). After 'Bhoot Returns', I have a lot of work pending with '26/11'. So 'Satya 2' is not going on floors for the next four months at least. So it's too early to talk about any details of 'Satya 2'," Varma told Ians.

"Satya". »

- Machan Kumar

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John Abraham falls out with Ram Gopal Varma?

13 September 2012 5:39 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

John Abraham may no longer be producing Ram Gopal Varma's sequel Satya 2. The actor is reportedly angry that Varma cast newcomer Puneet Israni in the main role. A source told the Hindustan Times: "The word is that John has pulled out. The original was a super-hit, and whenever anyone thinks of making a sequel to a big film, they usually opt for big stars. "Perhaps initially there was supposed to be a mix of big stars and newcomers, but as time passed, Ramu settled for an all-new (more) »

- By Zakia Uddin

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No producer, no star wanted to touch “Shahid”: Hansal Mehta

9 September 2012 9:43 PM, PDT | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

Hansal Mehta’s latest film Shahid, based on the life of slain human rights activist and lawyer Shahid Azmi, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Hansal, who has made films like Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar!! (2000), Chhal (2002), Dus Kahaniyaan (2007) and Woodstock Villa (2008) before, speaks about his career trajectory, his inspiration to make Shahid, and his tough journey with the film:

 

What is Shahid about?

Shahid is based on the remarkable journey of human rights lawyer / activist Shahid Azmi. It is a very personal account of an inspiring life tragically cut short.  As Cameron Bailey of Tiff describes very beautifully on the Tiff website “it marries elements of political thriller, personal biography and romantic tragedy while being a courtroom drama at its core.”

 

What inspired you to make a film on the life of Shahid Azmi?

I was out of the country for nearly 3 years between 1990 and 1993. When I returned »

- Nandita Dutta

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Bharat Shah lodges complaint against Rgv

21 August 2012 5:22 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Once upon a time filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma and diamond merchant cum film financer Bharat Shah were close friends. Shah had financed a lot of Rgv's projects including the likes of Satya, Mast, Jungle, Company and even Rgv Ki Aag. However, now the duo are at loggerheads following a complaint lodged by Shah to the Association of Motion Pictures Television Programme Producers (Amptpp) against Rgv for non-payment of dues to him. The Amptpp in turn has sent a legal notice to Rgv. Shah claims that he had paid over Rs. 10 crores to Rgv over the years and is yet to recover even the principal amount forget the interest. Moreover, Shah is also miffed with Rgv's plans of making a sequel to Satya as he believes the filmmaker doesn't have the rights to the cult classic. The Amptpp is waiting for Rgv's response on this matter. »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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John Abraham to produce RGVs Satya 2

13 August 2012 6:57 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Though for past few years, Ram Gopal Varma has been struggling to give a hit at the box office, the director gained an iconic status way back in 1998 with his film Satya. And now, nearly 14 years later, Rgv is planning to make a sequel to the film titled Satya 2 and has managed to get none other than John Abraham to produce the film. Rgv announced on twitter, "I am not making Satya 2 to prove a point to myself or anybody else. In 1997, I was new in Mumbai and my child like fascination towards discovering its nuances is what which got reflected in Satya. After a while my expertise on it increased to the extent that I started taking my knowledge for granted which obviously will result in a certain degree of complacency and repetitiveness. But in Satya 2, after all these years I came across a subject matter which has put »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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John Abraham to produce the sequel of Rgv's Satya - Realbollywood.com News

8 August 2012 3:35 PM, PDT | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

Goa, Aug 9: The latest news of the tinsel villa is that, handsome actor turned producer, John Abraham might be producing the sequel of "Satya". John’s last venture as a producer was "Vicky Donor" which was humorous and frothy, this time the handsome hunk wants to produce a film on some serious subject. It was being heard for quite some time Ram Gopal Varma wants to do a sequel of "Satya", and since then John is showing his eagerness in the sequel.. »

- Ketali Mehta

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Gangs of Wasseypur Movie Review

22 June 2012 8:51 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Anurag Kashyap’s name (No Smoking, DevD) has become synonymous with new age Indian cinema, which pushes boundaries and offers an alternative to the mainstream commercial offerings from Bollywood which many have become accustomed to. Gangs of Wasseypur (Gow), fresh from its critical reception at Cannes Film Festival, is part one of a self-styled almost 6 hour epic mafia film, set in the hinterlands of northern India. The central concept of the film is revenge, coupled with the rise of warring clans. It is similar to the revenge Leonardo Dicaprio sought from Daniel Day Lewis in Scorsese’s Gangs of New York, or Amitabh Bachchan fought for in Mukul Anand’s Agneepath. In Gow this revenge is laid out very early in the film by a young Manoj Bajpai, in the name of his father’s death (also played by Manoj Bajpai) and will clearly culminate in part 2 of the film. »

- Anjum Shabbir

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“Gangs of Wasseypur is an amazing mix of dark and humor” – Manoj Bajpayee

2 June 2012 7:33 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

I am sure that I have said it before but I have no problem saying it again: Manoj Bajpayee is one of my favorite actors! He amazes me with how deep he gets into characters and his performances are always thrilling. He is also one of my favorite actors to interview and we always have a great conversation more than a strictly question and answer interview. This time the subject was Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur. Staying true to its real life influences, Gangs of Wasseypur explores a revenge saga through the socio-political dynamic in the coal and scrap trade mafia of Wasseypur, through the imprudence of a place obsessed with mainstream ‘Bollywood’ cinema. A two-part film, according to the director, it the story and evolution of Wasseypur. He wrote in his director’s notes, “From digging coal to killing someone over a innocuous brawl to vengeance being inherited. »

- Stacey Yount

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Ahmed Khan to make Khallas with Sanjay Dutt

30 May 2012 5:47 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Ram Gopal Varma may be going through a rough patch professionally. But there's no dearth of fans and supporters among the technicians of Bollywood.

Choreographer Ahmed Khan is all set to pay Ramu homage by making a heist caper called Khallas. Ironically, the film is to feature Sanjay Dutt in the lead. The title of Ahmed Khan's film is the title of the popular item song in Ram Gopal Varma's Company.

The film which will star Sanjay Dutt as a retired security officer who is recruited back into the agency by his boss (Nana Patekar) is directly inspired by the song on the Ram Gopal Varma film.

Ahmed says he has not yet formally asked Ramu for the title. Ramu on his part said he'd gladly part with the title.

Says Ahmed, "I am the biggest Ram Gopal Varma film. I got my first big break with Ramu in Rangeela. »

- Subhash K. Jha

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Department Movie Review

18 May 2012 6:30 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Ram Gopal Varma (Rgv) is like marmite! You will either love it, or hate it! But he is also a maverick who seldom cares about box office collections, or sticking to formula filmmaking and makes the films he wants to make. For many this has resulted in his films being part of their ‘all time favorite film lists’. So which category will Department fall into? Will you love it? Or will you hate it?

The man who has excelled with directing underworld and gangster films (Satya, Company) now brings you Department, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt and Rana Daggubati in principle roles. The whole genre by nature is limiting and can be one dimensional, even in Hollywood only once in a while does a really good gangster film come along. So my expectations are limited from the outset and the benchmark for me is Rgv’s own films of the same genre. »

- Anjum Shabbir

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“Department will be a completely new viewer experience when they are watching the film” – Ram Gopal Varma

18 May 2012 12:38 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Ram Gopal Varma is director known for his hard-hitting dramas with tense story lines, action and of course incredible performances from the actors in the film. You have seen his work in the brilliant Company, the Sarkar films, Satya and so many more. As a director he likes to explore the darker side of life and present it in a really cool and very compelling dramatic way. For Department, which released today, he turned his lens, well several lenses, on the police and the power struggles within when they create a new unit to combat crime. The films stars two of the biggest and best Amitabh Bachchan and Sanjay Dutt and a young actor who is following in their footsteps with some powerful performances, Rana Daggubati. We were able to catch Mr. Varma for a very quick chat about Department.

Talking about what inspired the idea for the film, Mr. »

- Stacey Yount

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Competition for UK Readers: Win soundtrack CD’s for Ram Gopal Varma’s latest blockbuster Department

18 May 2012 9:38 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

To celebrate the release of Ram Gopal Varma’s latest blockbuster offering, Department, released by B4U Pictures and presented by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, we have CD’s of the pulsating soundtrack to give away to two lucky readers.

Ram Gopal Varma takes audiences on another rollercoaster ride to the dark side – this time into the guarded inner echelons of the police ‘department’, where the unnerving power struggles quickly separate the men from the boys. The film stars screen heavyweights, Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt and Rana Daggubati.

Department’s sinister aesthetic is heightened by the adrenaline-infused soundtrack, courtesy of composers Dharam Sandeep, Bappa Lahiri and Vikram Nagi. The musical score is punctuated by pulsating item song “Dan Dan”, picturised on supermodel and screen debutante, Nathalia Kaur.

For your chance of winning a Department soundtrack CD, simply correctly answer the following question:

Which previous Ram Gopal Varma superhit also starred Amitabh Bachchan »

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Gangs Of Wasseypur Will Be First Commercial Indian Film To Be Screened At Directors Fortnight At Cannes Film Festival 2012

15 May 2012 6:17 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

The Indian cinematic masterpiece Gangs Of Wasseypur, is set to make film history as the first commerical Bollywood film to be part of the 65th Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight segment.

Produced and presented by one of India’s leading integrated film companies, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, with the young, cutting-edge film director Anurag Kashyap at the helm, Gangs Of Wasseypur is a mainstream commercial Indian film, which tells an epic tale, spanning 60 years of a feuding family’s life set against the backdriop of the rural coal communities in Dhanbad, Jharkhand, India.

Gangs Of Wasseypur combines clever filmmaking with a powerful, high-concept and entertaining plot, with revenge at its core. Accentuated by esteemed performances by a talented and eclectic cast comprising of Hindi cinemas finest, Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Richa Chadda, the film is cleverly told in two separate films. Generating widespread interest from critics and audiences alike, »

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