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The next film directed by Sriram Raghvan will be based on novelist and diplomat Vikas Swarup’s third book The Accidental Apprentice. Sanjay Routray’s Matchbox Films has bought the rights of The Accidental Apprentice and will be producing the film.
Sriram Raghavan has earlier given us films like Ek Hasina Thi, Johnny Gaddar and Agent Vinod. Sanjay Raotray has worked as an executive producer on films like Johnny Gaddar, Khosla Ka Ghosla and Makdee.
Vikas’s first book Q and A which won him South Africa’s Boeke Prize in 2006 was adapted into a film which won eight Academy Awards titled Slumdog Millionaire by Danny Boyle. The rights of his second book Six Suspects has been bought by Starfield Productions. Sriram confirmed the news, saying, “The Accidental Apprentice is a fast-paced suspense story set in contemporary India. The premise is real yet fantastic. The protagonist is someone we can all relate to. »
- Press Releases
If you were wondering as to where did the maverick filmmaker Sriram Raghavan (the man who made films like Ek Hasina Thi, Johnny Gaddar and Agent Vinod) has disappeared, then, the good news is that he has been busy working on his next. Sriram is all set for his next venture, which will be a film based on Indian novelist and diplomat Vikas Swarup's third book 'The Accidental Apprentice'. Vikas Swarup is also the author of Q&A which was adapted into Slumdog Millionaire. Talking about this development, Sriram said that the said book is a fast-paced suspense story set in contemporary India, whose premises are real yet fantastic. Not just that, the protagonist of the book is also someone whom all could relate to. He added that the book, at first, begins like a fairytale but it also has a dark side. Matchbox Films' Sanjay Rautray (who will »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
The Asia Society’s New Voices Fellowship for Screenwriters (Nvfs) is open for applications for its second edition. Under the programme, six independent screenwriters with an original story are selected for a grant of Rs 2,00,000 with regular guidance from mentors. The program lasts for eight months. Indian citizens residing in India and over 18 years in age can only apply. There is no application fee.
How to apply?
Applications can be made online or sent by post. The submissions should include, the application form, a one page covering note, the story in 3000-45000 words, synopsis of the story in 300 words, the objective of the story in 150-200 words and first three pages of the script.
The name, address, or any information about the applicant should not appear on any page of the story and the proposed script. All submissions should be made in English or Hindi. The story and the first »
Expectations for a movie soundtrack don’t come as high as they come for Slb’s Ram-leela often. The fate of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film isn’t always pleasant but there’s no denying that the music of his films leave an impact. For Ram-leela he collaborates with Monty Sharma, of Saawariya fame. Slb established himself as a composer with Guzaarish and although the album didn’t acquire a chart buster status, it did introduce Bhansali in a new light. So does the collaboration of two houses of talent deliver a winning album? Read on to find out.
Indian Idol 5, 2nd place winner Bhoomi Trivedi opens the album with a track you’d least expect to be in this album. Ram Chahe Leela starts off as expected with a candid Gujrati conversation that gives the feel of a pre-gig chat. But then it all takes a surprising turn and »
- Prathna Tiwari
Confirms Elena, Yes, I have been shooting for this film where I am playing a Kashmiri girl. There is just a few days of work left in Kashmir. This is another project that I have really prepared for long.For someone who has gradually moved from smaller (Agent Vinod) to big (Aasma) roles, both in Hindi as well as Bengali, Elena is content with the slow and steady journey that she has taken. I was learning all this while. I have seen different cultures coming into play. Eve »
New Delhi, Sep 30: Having done various roles in Bollywood, Bhojpuri superstar Ravi Kishan will now be seen dressed up as a woman in forthcoming movie "Bullett Raja". He hopes the audiences will like it.
"I have never done something like this before and I would give all the credit to Tissu bhai (Tigmanshu) for this. He makes it so easy for an actor... thanks to his sheer clarity," Ravi said in a statement.
"I liked taking up the challenge and I hope the audiences will love my new ardhanarishwar (half male and half woman) avatar. »
- Leon David
That Saif Ali Khan has a style and thought different from other stars in the B-Town is a known fact. Now that has started reflecting in the way he promotes his films as well, as can be seen for Bullett Raja. To give a real time feel of what the film is all about even before its First Look is launched, he has released an online comic strip titled 'The Legend of Bullett Raja'. "This is an altogether unique initiative," comments a source, "There is quite some intrigue around how Tigmanshu Dhulia and Saif Ali Khan have collaborated for Bullett Raja. This comic strip manages to throw some light on that. As of now two chapters have been released - 'Ek Seeti Ka Jawaab' and 'Shikaar Ka Shikaar'." In his true debonair style, Saif emerges as a smart hero in both stories. While in 'Ek Seeti Ka Jawaab' he takes »
Could we hope for a Happy Ending to this story at least? So far, Saif and Kareena together on screen before or after marriage have spelt no magic at the box-office. They are coming together again, now in Raj Nidimoru & Krishna Dk's Happy Ending, though Kareena will feature only in a cameo. Confirming this, co-director Raj Nidimoru says Kareena won't appear for a song only. "Saif and Kareena have scenes together. And we're planning to shoot a song as well." While Raj is unwilling to reveal any more details, we understand from sources that Kareena's role has been written into Happy Ending as an afterthought. Says the source, "Saif, who is the film's producer, wanted Kareena to be part of the film when she visited Saif on location in Detroit. As luck would have it, Raj and Krishna knew exactly where to fit Kareena into the plot." Interestingly, Preity Zinta »
- Subhash K. Jha
Blue director Anthony D’Souza doesn’t seem to have been disheartened by the lack of overwhelming response for his debut film, as he returns in full force with his second project, Boss. Akshay Kumar and Anthony pair up again for the remake of Malayalam film Pokkiri Raja. Releasing on the 16th of October, Boss boasts of a supporting cast consisting of Shiv Pandit, Aditi Rao Hydari and Ronit Roy. Music of the film has been creating much hype courtesy of the ultimate hype creator, Yo Yo Honey Singh who contributes not one but two tracks to the album. Read on find out how the rest of the album by multi-composer and multi-lyricist team fairs.
The title track you’ve probably already grown accustomed to, courtesy of its multiple rounds on music channels both on TV and radio. Composed by trio Meet Bros and Anjjan (Mere Nishaan (Omg) & Zanjeer) the »
- Prathna Tiwari
We have a special video and set of pictures just for BollySpice readers. For part of the promotions of his super duper hit Chennai Express, Shah Rukh Khan, for the third time, was featured on an McDonald’s Meal. This time it was the McSpicy meal that featured the actor in his character for the Rohit Shetty film. Some lucky fans got one of their dreams come true and got to meet the actor at a special event on August 16th in Delhi! Check it out!
Speaking on this exciting collaboration, Shah Rukh Khan said, “Chennai Express is a film for all age groups and film fanatics. McDonald’s, over the years, has become a favorite of all age groups and an association of the two seems only fitting.”
Miss Tanaaz Bhatia, Managing Director of Bottomline Media Pvt Ltd, is the one who brought the Mcspicy Chennai Express deal together. »
- BollySpice Editors
When you hear McDonalds, all you can say is I’m lovin’ it! It is the perfect place to go to with your friends and family and enjoy a meal together. The idea is to get together with loved ones and share some wonderful moments of fun. The same goes with movies as well…Films give us the opportunity to revive and de-stress with people we love. They have the power to initiate a discussion anytime and anywhere!
What happens when a Brand like McDonalds associates itself with movies?
The idea gets thumbs up automatically and as a result we see co-branded associations in the form of Ra.One Happy Meal, Agent Vinod McSpicy Meal and Chennai Express McSpicy Meal selling off the shelves!
Bottomline Media Pvt Ltd has been very instrumental in forging the relationship between Bollywood Films and McDonald’s Meals over the years and has thus established »
- Reema Patel
Bollywood is truly turning global. While English Vinglish is regaling audience worldwide, Chennai Express has recently released in hitherto unexplored global territories. A few weeks back Ranbir Kapoor's Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani released in Russia while Saif Ali Khan's Cocktail was served in Kyrgyzstan. Now there is more expected, what with Eros International releasing Yeh Jeewani Hai Deewani along with Agneepath, Agent Vinod and Housefull 2 at Morocco. Considering the fact that this territory is considered to be quite lucrative for Bollywood films, it was a matter of time before a plunge was taken there. Informs a source, "There was a time till around a decade ago when Morocco was an integral market for Bollywood films overseas. Every Moroccan is said to know at least 100 words in Hindi. But the last few years saw a downturn/slowdown in this market whereas takers for Hollywood films increased." However, the »
Close on the heels of the stupendous success of Sridevi’s comeback film English Vinglish in Hong Kong and Germany, Eros International is all set to release the blockbuster in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.
The team is elated with the grand release of the film in these markets, especially South Korea where the film will release in over 100 screens, one of the biggest releases for an Indian film in the region.
It’s double celebration for director Gauri Shinde, who has also received a special invite to attend the prestigious Japanese festival Aichi International Women’s festival, dedicated to advancement of women in society. Ms. Shinde will be visiting Japan for the festival at the end of August and will also interact with the press for the promotion of her film.
“English Vinglish is a universal story, nearly a year after its release, the film continues to enamor people across the world. »
- Stacey Yount
Married couple Saif Ali Khan and his beautiful wife and actress Kareena Kapoor makes a wonderful couple in reel but in real they failed to impress their audience. In the past, Saif and Kareena have worked together in Loc Kargil (2003), Tashan (2008), Kurbaan (2009) and Agent Vinod (2012) but unfortunately their chemistry did not click. Hence, Saif commented that he wanted to see Kareena romancing other heroes rather him. Now, it is heard that Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan will again work together. “I love seeing Kareena working with other heroes... And I look forward to working with other girls.” Later, reportedly, Kareena went »
Shah Rukh Khan is lovin’ it! There is a cool new promotion at McDonald’s in India for Chennai Express! If you want to meet your favorite star, Shah Rukh Khan, we have the details how a visit to McDonald’s can make your dream come true! Yes, you just have to order a Chennai Express McSpicy meal and you might get a chance to meet the superstar.
McDonald’s India (North & East) partners with the blockbuster of the year – Chennai Express to give their patrons an opportunity of a lifetime – a chance to meet the Badshah of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan.
All you have to do is buy a Chennai Express McSpicy Meal across McDonald’s restaurants in North & East India beginning August 2nd. With each meal, you will receive exclusive movie merchandise. And a few lucky participants can win the golden opportunity meet the King Khan. To register for the lucky draw contest, »
- Stacey Yount
Kolkata, July 3: Having impressed audiences with the Bengali film "Clerk", Russian model-turned actress Elena Kazan feels she could have fared better in Bengali films if her understanding of the language and culture were stronger.
"If I would have learnt more Bengali and Bengali culture, I could have done more better in Bengali films. I admire the iconic actress like Suchitra Sen, the most," Kazan told Ians on the sidelines of a promotional song shoot for her forthcoming film "Prague".
Directed by Asish Shukla, "Prague", starring. »
- Abhijeet Sen
Chennai Express is the upcoming commercial caper from Rohit Shetty, his first collaboration with Shah Rukh Khan and Red Chillies Entertainment. The film also marks Deepika Padukone and Shah Rukh Khan’s second film together, since Padukone’s debut with Khan in Om Shanti Om 6 years ago.
Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani (Student of the Year and Ra.One), Red Chillies favourites, who previously composed for Shetty’s Golmaal in 2006 return as the music directors for Chennai Express while Amitabh Bhattacharya (Lootera) has been roped in to pen the 8-track soundtrack. Vocal talents featured in the album consist of Hamsika Iyer (‘Chammak Challo’ – Ra.One), Arjit Singh (‘Raabta’ – Agent Vinod), Sunidhi Chauhan (‘Sheela Ki Jawaani’ – Tees Maar Khan), Chinmayee (‘Tere Bina’ – Guru), Anusha Mani (Don 2 – Title Track), Neeti Mohan (‘Ishq Wala Love’ – Student of the Year), and S P Balasubrimaniyam (Look him up kids!) who returns to Bollywood after approximately 15 years. »
- Sheetal Tiwari
Mumbai, June 30: Ravi Kishan, superstar of Bhojpuri cinema, comes to Bollywood to play smaller roles and personal satisfaction.
"In Bhojpuri cinema, I have to play larger than life roles. Here (in Bollywood) I can play smaller characters. I do this for my own personal satisfaction. I get to play different shades. Right from 'Tere Naam', I have done different characters," Ravi told Ians.
In Bollywood he has done "Mere Dad Ki Maruti", "Zila Ghaziabad" and "Agent Vinod", among others, and says that despite doing so many Hindi films, "it is still different" and that the diversity of roles continues with "Bajatey Raho".
- Lohit Reddy
The hilarious promos of Anup Jalota's Boyss Toh Boyss Hain have done the trick and the film is making a mark with the audience. Apart from names like Manu Rishi Chadha, Raj Kumar Yadav (Kai Po Che!), one was surprised to see International fame Adil Hussain in the cast, especially after his superb performance in films like English Vinglish, Agent Vinod, and short but unforgettable roles in global projects like Life Of Pi and Read More »
The hilarious promos of Anup Jalota's Boyss Toh Boyss Hain have done the trick and the film is making a mark with the audience.Apart from names like Manu Rishi Chadha, Raj Kumar Yadav (Kai Po Che!), one was surprised to see International fame Adil Hussain in the cast, especially after his superb performance in films like English Vinglish, Agent Vinod, and short but unforgettable roles in global projects like Life Of Pi and The Reluctant Fundamentalist.When we caught up wit »
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