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Writer accuses Anurag of lifting his story for Bombay Talkies

Writer accuses Anurag of lifting his story for Bombay Talkies
Anurag Kashyap's short film which comprises of one segment in the upcoming compilation Bombay Talkies has run into trouble. Writer Nishant G. Ranjan claims that Kashyap's upcoming short film is apparently based on his work.

Nishant further claims that he had sent his story, revolving around a person who wanted to make Mr. Bachchan listen to the poems written on him, to Kashyap in 2011. However, since there was no reply form Anurag's side, Nishant forgot about it.

It was only on reading reports about Anurag's short film did Nishant realize the similarities between both the stories. On inquiring further, he figured that this was very much his own story, and he took up the case with the Film Writer's Association (Fwa).

In earlier interviews, Anurag had claimed that the story for the short film was one of the first scripts he ever wrote. At that time it was
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Pankh director to take legal action against Zoya

Pankh director to take legal action against Zoya
Back in 2010, Pankh, featuring Bipasha Basu, Lilette Dubey, Mahesh Manjrekar, Ronit Roy, Sanjeeda Sheikh and newcomers Maradona Rebello and Amit Purohit, hit theatre screens across India. The film sunk without a trace, however, the writer- director Sudipto Chattopadhyay made several rounds of various film festivals with the film. Now, three years later, we hear that Sudipto is planning to take legal action against Zoya Akhtar for apparently lifting his film for her story in Bombay Talkies.

Apparently, after watching the trailer of Zoya's feature and learning about the storyline, Sudipto felt that Zoya has lifted the central idea of his film, for her upcoming Bombay Talkies. Further reiterating he says that Zoya's film is exactly what was shown in his, with almost every bit of the story line being similar. If that wasn't enough, Sudipto further claims that certain scenes have been blatantly lifted from his film without giving him credit.
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Raveena Tandon to romance younger man in Shobhana 7 Nights

Raveena Tandon to romance younger man in Shobhana 7 Nights
There is good news for all Raveena Tandon fans. The actress, who made a comeback after five years with Bbuddah... Hoga Terra Baap, has been signed to play the lead role in Shobhana 7 Nights, where she plays the character of a battered wife who finds solace in a younger man. Shobhana 7 Nights will be directed by Sudipto Chattopadhyaya, who earlier made Pankh starring Bipasha Basu and Maradona Rebello. The film Shobhana 7 Nights, is about Bollywood's struggling male actors, who turn to prostitution to earn an extra buck. Raveena plays a married 40-something columnist-author who is abused by her husband and finds solace in a young man who is one of the many strugglers in Bollywood. The boy becomes Raveena's toy boy as he is trying to make ends meet. The role of Raveena's husband is going to be played by Rohit Roy and young boy with whom Raveena's character gets
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Sanjay Gupta: I am better off going slow : Trade News

After Zinda (2006), Sanjay Gupta had turned over aggressive. Due to the boom in the industry, he expanded his office, increased his staff base and launched 7-8 films. He is nonchalant about the fact that after a while he had to cut short his plans. "But isn't that a practical reality", questions Gupta, "Look at any other corporate house as well. They announce a dozen odd films but only half get made. I at least completed those films that I brought on floors like Pankh, Woodstock Read More...
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Sanjay Gupta doesn't want to be aggressive

After Zinda (2006), Sanjay Gupta had turned over aggressive. Due to the boom in the industry, he expanded his office, increased his staff base and launched 7-8 films. He is nonchalant about the fact that after a while he had to cut short his plans. "But isn't that a practical reality", questions Gupta, "Look at any other corporate house as well. They announce a dozen odd films but only half get made. I at least completed those films that I brought on floors like Pankh, Woodstock
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Cinematographer Somak Mukherjee dies in bike accident

Cinematographer Somak Mukherjee dies in bike accident
Aparna Sen who had worked with cinematographer Somak Mukherjee in her latest Bengali work Iti Mrinalini was all set to work with him again in her first Hindi film introducing Hema Malini's daughter Ahana in the female lead. And now the Ahana project would have to find itself a new cinematographer. Aparna is numbed by the young Somak's sudden death. She had formed a very close relationship with the young technician. Filmmaker Sudipto Chattopadhyay is in a state of shock after the brutally-abrupt death of Somak Mukherjee the cinematographer who had shot Sudipto's Pankh. "Reenadi (Aparna Sen) is devastated. She treated Somak as her son. He was at this very moment doing the colour correction of Reenadi's Iti Mrinalini when ...this happened. I had discovered the boy at age 20. He was extremely talented. I persuaded him to enrol at the Ftii in Pune (Film & Television Institute Of India). I
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Somak Mukherjee Passes Away

Somuk Mukherjee

Cinematographer Somak Mukherjee met with a fatal road accident a couple of days ago

Cinematographer Somak Mukherjee passed away on April 23rd. Mukherjee, who shot films like Ugly Aur Pagli (2008) also shot acclaimed director Aparna Sen?s Iti Mrinalini (2010). Somak who just finished shooting Ribhu Dasgupta?s Michael in Kolkata met with a bike accident which proved fatal. Somuk died on the spot. Amongst his other work as a cinematographer include films like Pankh (2010), Le Chakka (2010), Sikandar (2009) and Subhash Ghai?s Black & White (2008).

Actress Konkona Sen who worked with Mukherjee in Iti Mrinalini tweeted on a blogging site, ‘Rip Somak Mukherjee – super talented cinematographer of Iti Mrinalini, Ugly Aur Pagli and others…’

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Bipasha: I am not a method actor : Trade News

After three heavy duty films - Aakrosh, Lamhaa and Pankh - Bipasha Basu would now be seen in a quintessential commercial 'masala' film Dum Maaro Dum. However she denies though that making the film was either too much of fun or exhaustion for her when compared to her aforementioned serious films or lighter affairs like All The Best or Bachna Ae Haseeno. "At the end of the day, Dum Maaro Dum couldn't be taken lightly either. The subject here was pretty serious as the characters
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Bipasha: I am not a method actor

After three heavy duty films - Aakrosh, Lamhaa and Pankh - Bipasha Basu would now be seen in a quintessential commercial 'masala' film Dum Maaro Dum. However she denies though that making the film was either too much of fun or exhaustion for her when compared to her aforementioned serious films or lighter affairs like All The Best or Bachna Ae Haseeno. "At the end of the day, Dum Maaro Dum couldn't be taken lightly either. The subject here was pretty serious as the characters
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Onir’s I Am to open 13th London Asian Film Festival

Onir’s I Am will open the 13th edition of the London Asian Film festival which will take place from March 18-27, 2011.

The other films that will be screened in the festival are Dilip Mehta’s Cooking With Stella, Murali Subramani’s Natural Selection, Sona Jain’s For Real, Rakesh Mehta’s Khudakhushi, Avantika Hari’s Land Gold Women, Anusha Rizvi’s Peepli Live, Laurens Corneliz Postma’s The Interview, S M Raju’s Varnam, Rajeev Patil’s Jogwa, Sundaran’s Thittukudi, Andrew Piddington’s Killing of John Lennon, Sander Francken’s BardSongs, Jeet Matharru’s Women from the East, Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi, Nayan Padrai’s When Harry tries to Marry and Sudipto Chattopadhyay’s Pankh.

Ajay Naidu’s Ashes will be the closing film of the festival.

The short films which will compete in the festival are : Wild Things by Sandeep Sharma, The Invigilator by Manesh Nesaratnam,
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5 years after Zinda, it is John again for Sanjay Gupta

5 years after Zinda, it is John again for Sanjay Gupta
John Abraham is the chosen one by Sanjay Gupta for his comeback film. The actor has been signed up for an action thriller which would be going on floors soon. This would also serve as a reunion for Sanjay Gupta and John Abraham who had last worked together in Zinda (2006). "For quite some time, Sanjay has been deciding on the starcast for his next multi-starrer. In fact this new action thriller that he would be directing is being pitched as the 'baap of all action entertainers' that have ever come out of Bollywood. It's a multi starrer and while there are number of other actors who are in the film, John is a prominent name to be on board", says a source closely attached to the film. After Zinda, Sanjay Gupta went on a sabbatical for five years and only shot for one of the short stories in Dus Kahaniyaan.
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5 years after Zinda, it is John again for Sanjay Gupta

5 years after Zinda, it is John again for Sanjay Gupta
John Abraham is the chosen one by Sanjay Gupta for his comeback film. The actor has been signed up for an action thriller which would be going on floors soon. This would also serve as a reunion for Sanjay Gupta and John Abraham who had last worked together in Zinda (2006). "For quite some time, Sanjay has been deciding on the starcast for his next multi-starrer. In fact this new action thriller that he would be directing is being pitched as the 'baap of all action entertainers' that have ever come out of Bollywood. It's a multi starrer and while there are number of other actors who are in the film, John is a prominent name to be on board", says a source closely attached to the film. After Zinda, Sanjay Gupta went on a sabbatical for five years and only shot for one of the short stories in Dus Kahaniyaan.
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Gay Kissing and Love-Making Scene Banned By The Censorboard

The scandal-prone new film Dunno Y. Na Jaane Kyon has gotten itself into trouble with the censorboard. Blurbs boasting that it is Indian cinema.s first gay love story have apparently not encouraged the censors to loosen up and act liberated.The censorboard has clamped down heavily on the love-making sequences between the film.s leading man Kapil Sharma and the Delhi-based model Yuvraaj Parasher who plays Sharma.s lover. Apparently, the film which also features stalwarts Zeenat Aman and Helen, is carpeted with smooching and love-making sequences between the two guys. There is also a lingering gay love-making scene which goes all the way. It apparently had the ladies in the censorboard walking off in a moral huff and eventually asking the film.s director Sanjay Sharma to delete the torried kissing sequence and the love-making sequence.The film leading man who says he.s straight in real life,
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Gay kissing and love-making scenes banned by censor board

The scandal-prone new film Dunno Y… Na Jaane Kyun has gotten itself into trouble with the Censor Board. Blurbs boasting that it is Indian cinema's first gay love story have apparently not encouraged the censors to loosen up and act liberated. The Censor Board has clamped down heavily on the love-making sequences between the film's leading man Kapil Sharma and the Delhi-based model Yuvraaj Parasher who plays Sharma's lover. Apparently the film, which also features stalwarts Zeenat Aman and Helen, is carpeted with smooching and love-making sequences between the two guys. There is also a lingering gay love-making scene which goes all the way. It apparently had the ladies in the Censor Board walking off in a moral huff and eventually asking the film's director Sanjay Sharma to delete the torrid kissing sequence and the love-making sequence. The film's leading man who says he's straight in real life, is appalled
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Alibaug shelved - Final blow for Sanjay Gupta-Sanjay Dutt collaboration

Sanjay Gupta may not really be able to bring his own life story on the big screen for wider audience with everything seemingly over for Alibaug. Launched with much fanfare almost four years back, the film is completely on the backburner, so much so that even Gupta is unsure about any further progress on it. Says a close friend of Gupta, "The film was a prestigious venture for Gupta, since it meant a diversion from the action fare being churned by his production house. He was looking at venturing into different cinema and while The Great Indian Butterfly and Pankh came in a little later, Gupta wanted Alibaug as his first take on some slice-of-life films. He was very attached to Alibaug as he wrote the film and had designed it as a quickie." However, this was the time when tragedy struck. There was rift between Sanjay Gupta and Sanjay Dutt
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Bollywood's Hotter than Hot Women

The guys on the Bollywood Spice team were stunned by the revelation that none of them were included in the list when the girls produced their Bollywood's fifteen hottest men article - and also amazed that it didn't include the great Aamir Khan - but I guess we admire him for different reasons.

So, how did we go about choosing Bollywood's hottest women? Did we consider their intelligence, their work ethic, their attitude to relationships, the environment, social issues of the day, their desire to promote health and wellbeing - or did we just go for great looks and hot bodies? Yeah, you guessed it...

Bipasha Basu

This is the year that Bips dreaded - the year she turned thirty - the year when (gulp) you become Old - and yet it's turned out to be one of the best year's on record for her - with eye-catching performances in
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Bipasha Basu dons sexy look for a song in Pankh

Bipasha Basu dons sexy look for a song in Pankh
Looking super hot and sexy in her latest film ‘PankhBipasha Basu is becoming the talk of the town for her smoldering avatar in Sudipto Chattopadhyay’s film on dysfunctional child actors.

Gathering applauds for her looks Bips has managed to steal hearts in the song titled ‘Ji Jala’ featured on her and co-star Maradona Rebello.

“Bipasha is an epitome of Bengali beauty,” exclaims the music composer of the song Raju Singh, “she has never looked as beautiful before as she has looked in this song.”

Bips is playing the imaginary character of the protagonist’s alter.
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Bipasha Basu Flies With Pankh

Following the success of All The Best, Bipasha Basu’s fans are desperately longing to see her in Pankh, the movie in which she plays the alter-ego to Maradona Rebello and appears as in a variety of poses as a sultry seductress. Director Sudipto Chattopadhyay has modelled Bipasha on the legendary Italian actress Sophia Loren’s whose screen image he sees as eternal and with Maradona not being an established star, the film’s initial attraction is going to rest on Bips’ shoulders. "I didn't set out to project Bipasha as a fantasy in a dirty manner,” says Sudipto, “But her hot look has certainly helped us promote the film."

One of the problems being faced by Pankh, however, is that with the backlogue of movies in the can following the multiplex dispute, it’s struggling to find a release date, especially as it’s unusual plot is unlikely to have mass-market appeal,
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Bipasha - One up on Priyanka!

You probably think twelve avatars is quite an achievement for Priyanka Chopra in What’s Your Rashee? but that’s really yesterday’s thinking! In her new movie Pankh, Bipasha Basu has thirteen different avatars! She plays the imaginary alter-ego of Maradona Rebello, who plays the role of a young man who had once starred in movies as child actor Baby Kusum. Based on a real-life story, the film explores the damaged psyche of the young man and the events that lead up to his attempts to re-enter the industry.

“All the diva-like personas are larger than life,” says director Sudipto Chattapadhay, “So, her body language, costumes, make-up and hair had to change with each of them. Bipasha has done a remarkable job in the film. She walked an extra mile for it and agreed to do it in spite of it being a radical film instead of a commercial one.
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Maradona’s parents approve of nude scenes

Latest Bollywood stripper Maradona Rebello has dared to bare, in the very beginning of his career with the film Pankh. He has also appeared in a gay kissing scene with a boy onscreen for the same.

But this does not mean the actor was drooling over the first chance to break in the industry and was easily game for it. When he was narrated the script he was taken aback with the idea of nude scene. Despite hesitations, a film with strong content and performance-oriented role made him to give a second thought for which he took his parents’ help. He was in two-minds and so he made his parents go through the script. “They found that the scene is the requirement of the film’s serious subject so they gave me a nod and only then I went.
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