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Farhan Akhtar gets Heroine No. 9 in his ninth film, Rock On 2

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By Shivani Burman

Farhan Akhtar started his acting career in 2008 [Rock On], followed it up with Luck By Chance in 2009, experimented with Karthik Calling Karthik [2010] and then hit a high with Zindagi Na Milegi Dobaara [2011]. Post that, he delivered a major hit with Bhaag Milkha Bhaag [2013].

Another interesting factor about Farhan and his Bollywood career is the fact that in his nine films that have released in last eight years, he has always seen a new leading lady opposite him. This is what makes Rock On 2 special since this time around, he is paired with a new leading lady, Shraddha Kapoor.

Rock On!! – Prachi Desai Luck By ChanceKonkona Sen Sharma Karthik Calling KarthikDeepika Padukone Zindagi Na Milegi Dobaara – Ariadna Cabrol Bhaag Milkha BhaagSonam Kapoor Shaadi Ke Side EffectsVidya Balan Dil Dhadakne DoPriyanka Chopra WazirAditi Rao Hydari Rock On 2Shraddha Kapoor

One waits to see
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Bipasha Basu signed for Vikram Phadnis directorial debut

Bipasha Basu has done back to back supernatural thrillers in the recent years. However, the actress has now decided to try out a new genre as her friend and designer Vikram Phadnis is all set to don the director's hat. Vikram announced his debut directorial recently with the actress and Rana Daggubati leading the star cast. Vikram Phadnis who is aiming at telling a simple heart-felt story through his debut film revealed that the story will be about the journey of a family who learn to celebrate life. Not ending at that, he also further mentioned that Bipasha Basu will play the role of a contemporary mother and Rana Daggubati, the husband. Moreover, Vikram Phadnis, who has been thinking of entering into direction for the past three years, has tied up with an Australian company who will be producing two of his films. The first one will be the Bipasha
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Bollywood’s India: Hindi Cinema as a Guide to Contemporary India by Rachel Dwyer (Exclusive)

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We have a very special treat for all you Bollywood fanatics. BollySpice presents to you an exclusive excerpt from the newly released book Bollywood’s India: Hindi Cinema as a Guide to Contemporary India. Written by Indian Cinema scholar Professor Rachel Dwyer and published by Reaktion Books, Bollywood’s India examines the importance of Hindi Cinema over the last two decades and how it can help us to interpret the social aspects of India as we know it today. Be it religion, human behaviour as well as social, political and economic issues which have affected the country in recent years; Dwyer looks at how all these have been depicted in Hindi films and the important link between films and reality. The book is available to buy now and has also been released in India as Picture Abhi Baaki Hai by Hachette India. This is a must for any movie buff
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Audience Q&A Session with Farhan Akhtar at the London Indian Film Festival

As we reported earlier, Bollywood superstar and filmmaker Farhan Akhtar attended a special screen talk as part of the programme for the fifth annual London Indian Film Festival. The evening was very much lively and full of great and memorable moments which Farhan kindly shared with his fans and movie lovers alike. We now present to you a report on what took place during the Q&A session with Farhan, where fans had the opportunity to ask the star questions about his career and about the film industry. Check out some of the cool and interesting questions they asked and how Farhan responded. Enjoy!

Q: Of all the movies that you’ve made, which one is the most closest to your heart?

A: Well it’s impossible to answer. But I think for whatever its worth, I think Dil Chatha Hai will always have a special place. I think if
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Romp and Farhan earn a success with Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Prediction came true to the T as Bhaag Milkha Bhaag indeed had an average occupancy of 60% by the time Friday came to a close. It was Paid Previews for the ‘aam junta’ that gave a good indication of what would unfold in days to come as 1.5 crores came in from the evening/night shows on Thursday itself. Soon after, the word of mouth started spreading around this Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra film being a quality product. Friday footfalls did the rest and by the time the day came to a close, it was a given that the film had done well.

This was evidenced from the fact that Saturday and Sunday saw further escalation, hence resulting in the first weekend collections in an excess of 31 crores. With this, in one stroke, Farhan Akhtar has managed his biggest solo success till date. Also, in the process the film has comfortably surpassed the
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Box Office – Rakeysh Mehra and Farhan promise good start for ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’

Farhan Akhtar has managed to build a good branding around himself. With class attached to his name, there is a loyal urban audience which is expected to step in for ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’. The film arrives three years after his last solo release ‘Karthik Calling Karthik’ which was a psychological affair and didn’t really do well. However in the years gone by he has been a part of a successful ‘Zindagi Naa Milegi Dobara’ as an actor and ‘Don 2′ as a director that has helped him cover further distance from the visibility perspective.

All of this means that at least in the multiplexes, ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ should see a good opening for itself and fetch footfalls in 50%-60% range. In fact the kind of content that the film promises, it even carries potential to penetrate the single screen belt, courtesy the local flavour as well as the positive spirit that the narrative promises.
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Ram Kapoor: Bollywood has realized the reach of Television : Interviews

The big star of small screen Ram Kapoor is now emerging as Bollywood’s hot favourite courtesy his strong presence and soaring popularity in Television industry and being part of topnotch film projects. After working in films like Karthik Calling Karthik, Agent Vinod, Student Of The Year, Mai, etc Ram Kapoor feels the line between TV and films is slowly waning now. Bollywood has now started realizing the importance & power of TV medium Read More...
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Deepika turns Gujarati?

Deepika Padukone, has come a long way since her debut in Srk’s home production and super hit, Om Shanti Om, and has ventured into different roles (‘Sakhi/Suzy’ in Chandni Chowk To China, ‘Shonali’ in Karthik Calling Karthik and ‘Veronica’ in the recent Cocktail), and more recently, is due to appear in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram Leela opposite Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl star Ranveer Singh.

Deepika is set to play a Gujarati girl in which she’ll need to dance accordingly. According to one source close to the film sets, Bhansali asked Deepika to dance similarly to Aishwarya’s garba dancing (traditional Gujarati dance) .

Lead actress, Deepika is going to no end in terms of her character in this film, and to further get into the skin of her Gujarati character, Deepika also went on some festive shopping with her designer and stylist to Gujarati shopping centres and picked up lavish ghaghra cholis.
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Don 2 - Movie Review

'Don 2' (2011)

Starring Shahrukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Lara Dutta, Kunal Kapoor, Boman Irani, Om Puri

Remakes and sequels are always hard to pull off well. Director/writer Farhan Akhtar did so with aplomb with the remake 'Don: The Chase Begins Again' (2006) and failed miserably with its sequel, 'Don 2.' The remake starred Shahrukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra, who returned for the sequel, but their original pop is not reprised.

Akhtar, who helmed and penned the acclaimed 'Dil Chahta Hai' (2001) and 'Lakshya' (2004), took the 1978 cult classic 'Don' and rivaled the Bond franchise with his result. Akhtar directed no films between the first 'Don' and the second, but branched out into acting—and an excellent actor he is—with 'Rock On!!' (2008), 'Luck By Chance' (2009), 'Karthik Calling Karthik' (2010), and 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' (2011). And perhaps acting is where his passion now lies,
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Top 10 Female Playback Singers of 2011

Our leading ladies and item girls will be nowhere near half as attractive without the talented singers that voice their musical numbers. What’s more, while our cinematic experiences with our on-screen goddesses have a time limit, our playback goddesses are always with us in iPods, tablets, computers, radios and more. This year Bollyspice salutes the 10 female playback singers who astounded us with their vocals throughout the year.

10. Neha Bhasin

Ms, Bhasin (of ‘Viva!’ and ‘Kuch Khaas’ (Fashion) fame) epitomised the image of a Punjabi rock chick and commanded a nation to rock and roll with her in ‘Dhunki’ (Mere Brother Ki Dulhan).While Katrina Kaif may/may not have done justice to her vocalisations, Neha sure did make a place for herself in our hearts and on this list.

9. Nandani Srikar

Ms. Srikar successfully vocalised a classical indian/rock fusion with ‘Bhare Naina’ (Ra.One) this year and proved that
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Niharika on styling Vidya for The Dirty Picture

Niharika on styling Vidya for The Dirty Picture
Quick popularity and a lot of attention for styling Vidya Balan in The Dirty Picture notwithstanding, the quirky Niharika Khan is not sure whether films are her calling It's all Vidya's dedication. Had she not trusted me, I would not have been able to create all these clothes You can style the whole world, but not your husband," mock-complains Niharika Khan. Ayub Khan has chosen to change out of the outfit suggested by his film stylist wife into something more formal for the evening out. Though Niharika doesn't mind it, she won't miss the opportunity to tease her husband. Her styling, however, is currently at the centre of all attention, converted into household chatter by Vidya Balan's Silk Smitha avatar in The Dirty Picture. The stylist has brought back from the 1980s, the over-the-top apsara outfits, Egyptian-style dresses, multi-coloured printed shirts and outdated gipsy skirts. But she refuses to take the sole credit.
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Deepika Padukone slapped a TV host

Deepika Padukone slapped a TV host
Deepika Padukone slapped a TV host? Surprised. Well, it’s true that the actress slapped TV host Vivaan but it is all in a joke. Deepika explained the incident. The anchor shared screen space with Deepika in ‘Karthik Calling Karthik’ and their scene started with a slap. Deepika told, "My first shot for the film was with Vivaan and I had to slap him in that scene. Since it's the first episode of this show, I'll begin with slapping Vivaan.” The episode was full of fun and Deepika and Vivaan had a great fun and laugh over the issue.
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Gyrah Challis Ki Last Metro story leak upsets Director

The cat is out of the bag about the plot of Gyrah Challis Ki Last Metro which would be shot in Delhi and produced by Amit Chandrra the co producer of Karthik Calling Karthik. The sequel to the 2007 sleeper hit Ek Challis Ki Last Local has been in the headlines of late ever since the news of the first films lead Abhay Deol being replaced by Vivek Oberoi broke out. Now if sources are to be believed the film revolves around a real life robbery that took place at the Delhi Metro.
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Rock On 2 to begin after Talaash

Rock On 2 to begin after Talaash
After months of speculations, it is finally confirmed. Rock On 2, sequence to immensely popular Rock On, is definitely happening. The film is all set to go on floors next year and would be directed by Abhishek Kapoor, the man who had originally directed Rock On. Incidentally, this is the only film which Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar, producers at Excel Entertainment, have finalised before announcing their newer set of films next year. "Yes, Rock On 2 is on", confirms a source connected to the production house, "In fact pre-production of the film is already on and Abhishek too is working on bringing this one on floors. Though he was also working on Chetan Bhagat's The 3 Mistakes Of My Life to bring it on celluloid, it would now be Rock On 2 first. We begin shooting next year." Ever since Rock On (2008) turned into a good hit and started finding cult status amongst the youth,
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Rock On 2 to begin after Talaash

Rock On 2 to begin after Talaash
After months of speculations, it is finally confirmed. Rock On 2, sequence to immensely popular Rock On, is definitely happening. The film is all set to go on floors next year and would be directed by Abhishek Kapoor, the man who had originally directed Rock On. Incidentally, this is the only film which Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar, producers at Excel Entertainment, have finalised before announcing their newer set of films next year. "Yes, Rock On 2 is on", confirms a source connected to the production house, "In fact pre-production of the film is already on and Abhishek too is working on bringing this one on floors. Though he was also working on Chetan Bhagat's The 3 Mistakes Of My Life to bring it on celluloid, it would now be Rock On 2 first. We begin shooting next year." Ever since Rock On (2008) turned into a good hit and started finding cult status amongst the youth,
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Karthik Calling Karthik - Movie Review

'Karthik Calling Karthik' (2010)

Starring Farhan Akhtar, Deepika Padukone

A man who gets phone calls from himself telling him how to live his life—crazy, or is he? That's the mystery central to this psychological thriller—if you can call it that, because unlike the lead character, the film is unquestionably schizophrenic. As a thriller, it fails, because instead of taut, it's just stretched. The suspense is sapped by romance that dominates to such an extent that the film becomes mostly a love story—and a dull one. At times, it seems like the movie is trying to be a realistic study of a man who is the victim of bullying and who also may be mentally ill—which isn't a thrilling tack and a real downer where romance is concerned.

The title character is, however, ironically consistent—and well-portrayed by Farhan Akhtar. The film is a rare miss
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Nishikant Kamath signs a film for Love, Action, Comedy Films

After the success of his film Force, director Nishikant Kamath has been signed for a film by the newly formed production house 'Love, Action, Comedy Films'. The film will be a drama and Nishikant is currently in Los Angeles collaborating with a couple of script writers. Confirming this Nishikant said, "It's true I have only signed a film for Sanjay Routray. He is a very good professional and a close friend." 'Love Action Comedy Films' is a venture started by partners Amit Chandrra and Sanjay Routray. Amit had earlier co-produced Karthik Calling Karthik while Sanjay has been co-producer on films like Makdee and Ragini Mms. Innovation, experience, love for cinema, a good sense of business, enterprising attitude and thorough understanding of the process of production, marketing and the creative aspect of filmmaking is what has brought together two new-age breed of filmmakers Amit Chandrra and Sanjay Routray as partners to
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Nishikant Kamath signs a film for Love, Action, Comedy Films

After the success of his film Force, director Nishikant Kamath has been signed for a film by the newly formed production house 'Love, Action, Comedy Films'. The film will be a drama and Nishikant is currently in Los Angeles collaborating with a couple of script writers. Confirming this Nishikant said, "It's true I have only signed a film for Sanjay Routray. He is a very good professional and a close friend." 'Love Action Comedy Films' is a venture started by partners Amit Chandrra and Sanjay Routray. Amit had earlier co-produced Karthik Calling Karthik while Sanjay has been co-producer on films like Makdee and Ragini Mms. Innovation, experience, love for cinema, a good sense of business, enterprising attitude and thorough understanding of the process of production, marketing and the creative aspect of filmmaking is what has brought together two new-age breed of filmmakers Amit Chandrra and Sanjay Routray as partners to
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Vivek Oberoi signed for Gyarah Challis Ki Last Metro

Vivek Oberoi signed for Gyarah Challis Ki Last Metro
Ek Challis Ki Last Local, a film that turned out to be a surprise hit in 2007 which also garnered the support of the critics, did not only launch the career of director Sanjay Kandhuri but resurrected lead actor Abhay Deol's career giving him his first considerable hit. However, for the sequel, director Sanjay Kandhuri has decided not to repeat the lead actor and has finalized Vivek Oberoi for the same who seems to already have his bag full with big films like Zilla Ghaziabad and the eagerly awaited Krissh 2. It was earlier reported on several occasions how four years after the release of the first film, writer-director Sanjay Kandhuri has finally worked on his dream project and approached Vivek for the same. Sanjay Khanduri went to Wai where Vo was shooting for Zilla Ghaziabad and that's where he got the nod for the script. A source informs us that
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Vivek Oberoi signed for Gyarah Challis Ki Last Metro

Vivek Oberoi signed for Gyarah Challis Ki Last Metro
Ek Challis Ki Last Local, a film that turned out to be a surprise hit in 2007 which also garnered the support of the critics, did not only launch the career of director Sanjay Kandhuri but resurrected lead actor Abhay Deol's career giving him his first considerable hit. However, for the sequel, director Sanjay Kandhuri has decided not to repeat the lead actor and has finalized Vivek Oberoi for the same who seems to already have his bag full with big films like Zilla Ghaziabad and the eagerly awaited Krissh 2. It was earlier reported on several occasions how four years after the release of the first film, writer-director Sanjay Kandhuri has finally worked on his dream project and approached Vivek for the same. Sanjay Khanduri went to Wai where Vo was shooting for Zilla Ghaziabad and that's where he got the nod for the script. A source informs us that
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