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12 Top Films to Celebrate Indian Independence Day

12 Top Films to Celebrate Indian Independence Day
Seventy years ago India got its independence from the Brits, but that freedom didn’t come without pain, as the country was severed in two and Pakistan was formed. Though the British censors banned any entertainment that encouraged independence, Indian cinema was right there recording the country’s highs and lows. But after a spate of such films, audience taste changed — the freedom struggle was deemed dreary and filmmakers turned to the subject only sporadically. Here are a dozen films that show the patriotic fervor and sorrow of Partition — which ones do you remember?

Nastik (1954)

In this Partition tale, a brother wreaks revenge on the priest who sold his sister into prostitution during the migration of people from the two sides. Starring Ajit and Nalini Jaywant and directed by comedian I.S.Johar, the heart-rending story mirrored the real-life upheaval in which children were separated from their families as huge waves of Hindus, Muslims
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Wow! Ajay Devgn rocks in the first look of Taanaji – The Unsung Warrior

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Wow! Ajay Devgn rocks in the first look of Taanaji – The Unsung Warrior
The intense actor Ajay Devgn has always been appreciated for picking up diverse roles. From comedy to romance to action to thriller, he has done it all. He has also worked in historical films, most notable of which is The Legend of Bhagat Singh that earned him a National Award. Last year, he had announcedRead More

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Golmaal Again reunites Ajay Devgn and Prakash Raj!

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Having worked with Rohit Shetty in Singham, Prakash Raj is now gearing up for the fourth installment of the Golmaal series titled Golmaal Again. The National award-winning actor is super excited to team up with Rohit again and said, “Rohit and I had wanted to collaborate again since a long time but he kept saying that he didn’t have a role for me. I got a call from him a month ago for Golmaal Again and I flew down to Mumbai for a narration with Sajid-Farhad, who are writing the dialogues. It’s a hilarious script and I play an entertaining character with shades of grey.” Not just Rohit, Prakash is thrilled to be sharing screen space with Ajay Devgn too. Having done Singham together, there is a level of comfort that Prakash shares with Ajay. He informed, “Ajay is a National award winner himself (Zakhm, The Legend of Bhagat Singh
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Bollywood Star Ajay Devgn on 25 Years of Challenging Industry Expectations

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Bollywood Star Ajay Devgn on 25 Years of Challenging Industry Expectations
The trailer of “Shivaay” opens to Ajay Devgn’s trademark piercing gaze, lingering there for a moment before lurching into three minutes of continuous movement as he hurtles, untethered, through Himalayan avalanches and between cartwheeling vehicles. His distinctive baritone cuts through the visuals as he narrates “shlokas” (verses) from Vedic Hindu scriptures describing the transformative capabilities of the deity Shiva, the destroyer of evil and the inspiration for the film’s lead character.

Despite some of these reference points, “’Shivaay’ is not a religious or mythological movie,” Devgn told press during a recent trip to New York, the first of four cities in a U.S-wide promotional tour for the October 28 release, which marks his second as a director. “However, it is firmly based in the idea of faith, and the main character draws heavily from Lord Shiva, both in terms of his spirituality and his superpowers.”

The result is unmistakably Indian,
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Ajay Devgn to fly from Bulgaria to receive the Padma Shri Award

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Ajay Devgn to fly from Bulgaria to receive the Padma Shri Award
Last seen in Drishyam, Ajay Devgn has kickstarted the year 2016 with his dream venture Shivaay. The film, that has the actor in the lead role along with directing and producing it, will be extensively shot in Bulgaria. However, amidst his busy schedule, the actor received news about the honour of Padma Shri being conferred to him and he has decided to fly down all the way from Bulgaria for the same. Though he is currently knee deep shooting in Bulgaria for Shivaay, he will specially fly down to Delhi to receive the prestigious Padma Award. Ajay will be wrapping up shoot on time and will reach directly to Delhi on March 28 to receive the award. Earlier upon the announcement, Ajay Devgn had said in a statement, "I feel deeply humbled yet elated to receive such honor from my own country. This announcement today makes it special for me when I'm
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Reflections 2015: Bollywood Razzies of 2015

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“It’s the most wonderful time of the year” goes the Xmas song, but it also applies to sorting through the dreck and crap that came out of Bollywood in 2015. I watched many of these duds so that you don’t have to, and trust me they’re not as hilarious as I’m going to make them, because for every great Jodi like Srk-Kajol in Dilwale there’s Sunny Leone being paired with Ram Kapoor. Yet there were some awful gems like Msg and its sequel that came out in the same year – take that annual Fast and Furious franchise! Herewith is the worst and secretly hilarious of the year.

Worst Actor – Emraan Hashmi for Hamari Adhuri Kahani/Mr X

After doing so well in Shanghai, and Ghanchakkar, Emraan decided to play it safe with his performances in Hamari Adhuri Kahani (paired opposite Vidya Balan) and the atrocious Mr X.
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Cii honours Ajay Devgn for his contribution to Indian cinema

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Ajay Devgn, who has been a part of Indian film industry for over two decades, was felicitated on October 19 for his valuable contribution to Indian cinema at the opening day of Confederation of Indian Industry (Cii)’s Big Picture Summit.

The two-time National Award-winning film actor is today among Bollywood’s most bankable box office stars. It isn’t his crowd-pulling prowess alone that defines him. His approach to his star status sets him apart from the crowd.

Primarily, his fans get to see Devgn only on the big screen. As his public appearances are rare, the seasoned actor lets his films do the talking for him. Like a true-blue professional, he has steadily evolved with age even if it might be fair to say that not every huge box-office grosser that he spearheads today does justice to the actor in him.

Devgn projects a wide range of screen personas
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10 National Award Winners Come Together For Drishyam!

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What happens when 10 National Award Winners come together in one film? Ever since Drishyam was announced earlier this year, the buzz for the film has been building with heightened anticipation for the July release.

Promising to have audiences at the edge of their seats, Drishyam will see Ajay Devgn, Tabu, Shriya Saran and Rajat Kapoor in what is touted to be 2015’s most riveting thriller.

From its inception, Ajay Devgn’s Drishyam has been making headlines.What is truly remarkable about this project is the fact that besides being one of the most anticipated films of 2015, Drishyam has 10 National Award winners coming together.

Apart from Ajay Devgn who has won National Award twice for Zakhm and The Legend Of Bhagat Singh and the talented actress Tabu who has won the National Award twice for Chandni Bar and Maachis, will now be spearheaded by Director Nishikant Kamat who won the National
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Vishal Bhardwaj - Gulzar come together for Drishyam remake

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Vishal Bhardwaj - Gulzar come together for Drishyam remake
Ajay Devgn, who signed Drishyam remake long ago, decided to start the film next year, but circumstances led to the actor to prepone the Nishikant Kamat directorial and the film is slated to go on floor soon. Tabu, Shriya Saran and Rajat Kapoor are a part of this thriller which is a remake of a Malayalam blockbuster. And now, Gulzar and Vishal Bhardwaj have come together to be a part of the film. Vishal, who has won awards for a multiple national awards for films like Haider, Ishqiya among others, will be composing the music for the remake and Gulzar, who too is a national award winner, will be penning the lyrics for it. Interestingly, almost the entire cast and crew of Drishyam remake are National Award winners. While Ajay Devgn has won National Award twice for Zakhm and The Legend Of Bhagat Singh, the talented actress Tabu has won
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7 films that Ajay Devgn might always regret of

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Giving out duds at Box-office is not harmful but what is really demeaning is being part of unworthy, embarrassing movies. Though we are not making any perception about the caliber and potential of an actor like Ajay Devgn, there are few flicks which the superstar would also want disown like us or he might always regret of. While we take a look at the disasters he readily (and repeatedly) did, we also hope Ajay steers clear of it in future.

Action Jackson: With the actor putting on his dancing shoes, everyone deemed it to be an image changeover for Ajay Devgn and the most-anticipated spectacle of the year. On the contrary filmmaker Prabhu Dheva and Ajay's combination was shunned by all.

Son Of Sardar:It seems Ajay didn't really think before signing up this film. Looking at this choice we believe the ambition of ruling box-office has replaced doing performance-driven
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Happy Birthday Ajay Devgn

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The immensely talented Ajay Devgn celebrates his 46th birthday today. The actor, who made his debut way back in 1991 with ‘Phool Aur Kaante’, was always considered to be one of the most gifted actors that we have in the industry.

After delivering some of the most powerful performances in the history of Indian Cinema in films like ‘The Legend Of Bhagat Singh’, ‘Zakhm’, ‘Gangaajal’, Read More
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Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7: Vidya Balan as Bobby Jasoos and 6 new wild card entries!

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Saturday’s episode opened with hosts Manish and Ranvir sitting in a Sholay style motorbike singing ‘Ye Dosti, Hum Nahin Todenge’ from the film Sholay. The song ended and contestant Mouni proved to be a “distraction” for the boys and the audience were led to thinking they have had an accident. The next scene had two coffins and the judges and contestants were crying as if the hosts Manish and Ranvir are no more. But of course, they both turned up (much to the “disappointment of the judges/contestants!) and the show began as normal. Thankfully!

The first contestant who was safe from eliminations, was Sophie. It was great to see her out of the face-off and being the first contestant to perform on the show. Sophie and her choreographer Deepak, performed an aerial act and their chosen dance style was Aerial and Freestyle. Before Sophie’s act began, we
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Ajay Devgns film being shot by Titanics cinematographer

Ajay Devgns film being shot by Titanics cinematographer
Ajay Devgn has taken on a new avatar. Having acted in socially relevant films like Zakham and The Legend Of Bhagat Singh and directed a film on Alzeihmers (U Me Aur Hum) Devgn has now become the messiah of globally acceptable meaningful movies. His production Parched set in Rajasthan is being shot by no less than Russel Carpenter. It is being made as two separate films in English and Hindi. The English version would be sent by Devgn to various festivals across the world.

Russell Carpenter was the cinematographer of James Cameron's Titanic. Interestingly the film is co-produced by a very accomplished Indian cinematographer Aseem Bajaj who has shot Devgn's Golmaal films.

Aseem's wife Leena Yadav (who directed Ben Kingsley and Amitabh Bachchan in Teen Patti) directs Parched.

"But such realistic cinema should be able to reach a wide audience. Gulaab Gang was so brilliantly marketed. But one of
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A R Rahman turns 48

A R Rahman turns 48
Today January 6, the maverick composer A R Rahman, the repository of raga renown, turns 48.

Interestingly, Rahman's son shares his father's birth date.

A few years ago on his birthday Rahman had revealed, "My son and I share the same birthday. ...I don't know how that happened."

Rahman said he relived his childhood through his son Ameen. "So far I've just been busy living life. From my childhood I was surrounded by grownups, I never got a chance to enjoy being a child. It took me a while to realize how young I was. By the time I realized I was missing out on youthful activities I was no longer young. Now I'm re-living my childhood with three children. If I'm able to give them everything that I couldn't afford they too are giving me back something vital."

And what sense has he made of his life? "My life has always been a journey.
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Bollywood LEAPs to contribute to Uttarakhand aid

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While actors like the living legend Amitabh Bachchan have been tweeting and expressing their sadness about the Uttarakhand floods, fellow Up-ite and popular film and television actor Sushant Singh (known for his intense roles in films like The Legend Of Bhagat Singh, Jungle, 16th December etc and currently seen as the anchor of the TV show Savdhan India) has got down to the task of raising funds for the rehabilitation of victims of the natural calamity in the Northern state.

Supporting the Leap Foundation of Dehradun, which is working actively on giving a livelihood to those who have lost their houses, shops etc to the floods, Sushant has taken it upon himself to lead a campaign appealing to the nation to chip in for the rehabilitation process.

Says Sushant, “Mountains have moved us and now together let us move the mountains. I have found my mission and there is no stopping now.
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Mumbai Mantra|Sundance announces Screenwriters Lab 2013 selection

Mumbai Mantra|Sundance announces Screenwriters Lab 2013 selection
Mumbai Mantra|Sundance Institute Screenwriters’ Lab 2013 announced the eight fellows of the second edition of the lab on Sunday.

The creative advisers of the Lab are: Screenwriters Bill Wheeler (The Hoax, The Reluctant Fundamentalist), Anjum Rajabali (Ghulam, The Legend of Bhagat Singh, Raajneeti), Malia Scotch Marmo (Hook, Jurrasic Park), Sabrina Dhawan (Monsoon Wedding, Kaminey, Ishqiya); BAFTA award winning filmmaker Asif Kapadia (The Warrior, Senna); Mexican screenwriter, director and film producer Carlos Cuaron (Y Tu Mama Tambien, Solo Con Tu Pareja); Indian screenwriter and director Habib Faisal (Do Dooni Chaar, Ishaqzaade); writer-director Joshua Marston (The Forgiveness of Blood, Maria Full of Grace) and writer-producer Marti Noxon ( I Am Number Four, Fright Night).

Selected projects:

Betamax by Terrie Samundra

Betamax is set in the summer of 1976 in London on the brink of a youth uprising. The South Asian ghetto of Southall pulses with the sounds of dancehall, punk and bhangra. Gurmel, a Sikh cornershop owner,
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Film industry has learnt to value scripts: Anjum Rajabali

Anjum Rajabali

T he 3rd Indian Screenwriters’ Conference begins in Mumbai today, where 800 screenwriters are expected to deliberate on the creative and legal facets of screenwriting. Ahead of the conference, screenwriter Anjum Rajabali (Rajneeti, Pukar, The Legend of Bhagat Singh), the convener of the conference talks to DearCinema about some of the most pressing issues for writers:

How far have writers been successful in getting the Copyright Amendment Act implemented?

Right now, the new Copyright Board is being formed which will then confirm the rules that will make the amended Act operational. So really speaking, it is not in the writers’ hands. We have made our presentation to the Registrar at the meetings of stakeholders that were convened a few months ago. And we are ready with our flow-chart and plan of action, as soon as the Board calls us for that final meeting to confirm the protocols involved.

See,
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Sushant Singh on a roll with Gundday, Hate Story 2 : Trade News

Actor Sushant Singh has been known for his power performances in films like The Legend Of Bhagat Singh, Seher and many more.He was last seen on the big screen in Sudhir Mishra’s Yeh Saali Zindagi. But now the actor has decided to be seen on big and small screen more often. He has been anchoring the show Savdhaan India: India Fights Back, since its inception.Sushant has also signed Yash Raj Film’s Gundday directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. Read More...
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Sushant Singh on a roll with Gundday, Hate Story 2

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Actor Sushant Singh has been known for his power performances in films like The Legend Of Bhagat Singh, Seher and many more.He was last seen on the big screen in Sudhir Mishra's Yeh Saali Zindagi. But now the actor has decided to be seen on big and small screen more often. He has been anchoring the show Savdhaan India: India Fights Back, since its inception.Sushant has also signed Yash Raj Film's Gundday directed by Ali Abbas Zafar.
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Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt's look in Son Of Sardar

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Just recently, actor Ajay Devgn had posted his picture from the sets of Son Of Sardar and now we've got a sneak-peek of all the lead characters of the film. As the name suggests, Ajay plays the character of a Sardar with Sonakshi Sinha as his love interest. Ajay earlier also had played a Sardar in the film The Legend Of Bhagat Singh. Meanwhile, let's take a look at the characters of Son Of Sardar. With Sonakshi posing in a typical Punjabi suit and Ajay in the turban
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