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The London Indian Film Festival (Liff, July 10-17) will host a Screen Talk with the multifaceted Farhan Akhtar and a Masterclass with the award-winning Santosh Sivan at the British Film Institute (BFI) Southbank.
Akhtar has come to the world’s attention over the last decade, as multiple award winning director, producer, and actor, straddling an impressive range of roles, from long distance runners to rockstars. He also commands audiences of thousands, at his live music shows, as he continues to juggle a career as a musician and songwriter, with his incredibly successful film industry career. He started his career as director. His directorial debut, Dil Chahta Hai was a runaway hit. He went on to direct the remake of Don and its sequel, Don 2. Besides that he has produced many successful films. As an actor he has won critical acclaim for his performances in Rock On, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. »
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You would never guess from the level of international co-productions heading toward Poland that the country remains one of the few in this corner of Europe without cash-back incentives.
Agnieszka Odorowicz, topper at the Polish Film Institute, is justifiably bullish on the rising number of such joint projects — currently at around 40 per year — but has said the lack of sweeteners is an issue that needs to be addressed. But even without them, the institute’s work is clearly reaping rewards.
Since 2005, some 130 production companies have set up shop in Poland, many of them capitalizing on financial support from the Pfi, which administers a film fund created through a tax on television, exhibitors and distribs passed a decade ago. More and more of these new players, the recipients of more than 500 film grants, are partnering with foreigners to the benefit of both parties. In 2014, the institute’s budget was $42 million for development, »
- Will Tizard
The Lunchbox has become 2014’s top foreign film at Us Box-Office with Usd 2.7 Million (and counting), according to the box office reporting service, Box Office Mojo. Written and directed by Ritesh Batra, The Lunchbox is produced by Guneet Monga, Anurag Kashyap and Arun Rangachari and stars Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
Beating movies like English Vinglish (Usd 1.8 Million), Agneepath (Usd 1.9 Million) and Krrish 3 (Usd 2.2 Million), The Lunchbox has made a significant mark on the Us Box Office. It has been predicted that it may soon surpass films like Barfi, Talaash and Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram-Leela, each with Usd 2.8 Million as their Us Box Office collection, and possibly even Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Jab Tak Hai Jaan, both at Usd 3.1 Million.
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It is a two-time hungama for Ranveer Singh and choreographers Bosco-Caesar. After scoring a whopping hit with the 'Tu Ne Maari Entriyaan' in Gunday, the team hasreunited for the condom ad which is creating ripples across the nation.
Laughs Bosco, "That's a tall order. But my partner Caesar and I are working towards a durable rapport with Ranveer. For us doing this ad is as good as doing an award-winning song."
Bosco is all praise for Ranveer, "He was the perfect choice for the ad. He was simply fab! His energy level was infectious. We were all charged up along with Ranveer during the shooting."
- Subhash K. Jha
Hong Kong – Upcoming Bollywood comedy action film “Bangistan” is to shoot principally in Krakow, Poland
The film is to be directed by Karan Anshuman and will shoot for 40 days in and around the historical city.
The picture stars Riteish Deshmukh (pictured) and Pulkit Samrat as two rival, blundering terrorists, and is produced by leading Indian studio Excel Entertainment (“Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara,” “Rock On”), which previously shot its “Don 2” in Berlin, Germany.
Polish company Alvernia Studios will provide line production services and handle Polish distribution rights. Alvernia previously provided color grading and sound design for Indian indie “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.”
- Patrick Frater
After becoming the biggest Bollywood grosser in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, Cocktail is all set to now entertain Romanian fans. Eros International will release the Saif Ali Khan-Deepika Padukone starrer in Romania on April 18 this year across 20 screens.
Speaking on the success of Cocktail in the new markets, Kumar Ahuja, President, Business Development, Eros International Media Ltd, said, “We continue to make successful inroads into new territories for our films and Cocktail has proved to be a success story with new markets opening up for it since its release. Our ability to dub and subtitle films into foreign languages allows us to directly appeal to both local audiences as well as the local Indian community”.
Cocktail also has the distinction of being the only Indian film to gross over $ 100,000 at the Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan box office. The film released there in March last year across 19 screens.
This apart, Eros »
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Here’s something interesting we have just learned about director Zoya Akhtar. Did you know she picks her movie titles from songs and more specifically from Excel’s films’ songs? For example, the title of her 2011 super hit Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is one of the songs from Excel’s film Rock On!! Imagine it could have been called ‘Sinbad the Sailor’ instead of Znmd if she had picked another song from Rock On!! Apparently everyone around her has been saying that taking the title from a song has been extremely lucky for her. So, for her next film she is taking that same road. This time around the director has taken the title for her upcoming film Dil Dhadakne Do from the popular track from Znmd. Apparently about a dysfunctional Punjabi family, the highly anticipated film has a very exciting ensemble cast which includes Ranveer Singh, Anil Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, »
- Stacey Yount
Zoya Akhtar, whose last release Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (Znmd), has garnered a lot of appreciation and earned big bucks at the box office has its title taken from a previous film of bro Farhan Akhtar i.e. Rock On.Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is an extremely popular and cult film that Zoya Akhtar directed two years back. Zoya got the title of her last film, from one of the popular songs from Excel Entertainment's Rock On. Apprantely, it is being said that picking »
Hindi films about Indians traveling abroad have captured the imagination of the audience – if the successes of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011), Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013) and now Queen are any indication. These films are targeted at metropolitan/ multiplex audiences, those likely to be more aligned with the global world than with rural India which is only a few hundred kilometers away. These films appear to celebrate the newly found boldness of the global Indian, his/her willingness to take chances and seek out risky occupations/ ways of life. Until a little more than half a century ago crossing the seas was almost taboo for Indians, but this has apparently changed forever. Traveling abroad is now presented as emblematic of acquiring boldness and becoming independent- an implication found in all the three films cited above. Still, a closer examination of the new films has »
- MK Raghavendra
In theaters now is the Farhan Akhtar-Vidya Balan starrer Shaadi Ke Side Effects! A sequel to 2006’s hit Pyaar Ke Side Effects, this film revisits the great characters of Sid and Trisha after they are married. A quirky and humorous story, Skse deals with the serious issue of decision making and sharing in married life! We heard from Vidya Balan yesterday, now check out what the fab Farhan Akhtar had to say about the film and more when he spoke to Cineworld cinemas Bollywood editor Ashanti Omkar. Some highlights…
The actor revealed what it was about Shaadi Ke Side Effects that made him want to say yes, “I base all my choices on the same sorts of parameters that I choose everything in life. It just felt real, the story, it touched me, made me laugh. It’s very relatable. It’s nice as Saket Chaudhary, the director and the writers Zeenat Lakhani, »
- Stacey Yount
After making a mark as an exceptional director with a slew of hits, Farhan Akhtar stamped his class, even as an actor, right from Rock On!! till this day. His has been an amazing record with a great success ratio. In fact Farhan's last two films, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag have both seen critical appreciation as well as big commercial success.Coming to his last release, the hugely acclaimed 100 crore plus netter, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Farhan Akhtar the »
While Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan has opted out of Shuddhi, he is going in full swing for his upcoming film Bang Bang which stars Katrina Kaif alongside.Both the lead actors were recently spotted in warm outfits in Shimla shooting for their much touted film, reportedly.Bang Bang is their second outing together post the super successful Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara in 2012. Not only this, the duo will share a lip-lock once again after Znmd. »
Eros International Plc (“Eros”), a leading global company in the Indian film entertainment industry, announced the release of the blockbuster film, English Vinglish, in South Korea on February 6, 2014. Following on the heels of the film’s success in Hong Kong and Germany last year, English Vinglish released in over 100 screens, making it one of the biggest Bollywood releases in South Korea to date.
The film, directed by Gauri Shinde, has performed exceptionally well in new markets. In Taiwan, the film was released across 6 screens in December, 2013 and amassed over Us$ 300,000, making it the second biggest grossing Bollywood film in Taiwan. English Vinglish also continues to hold a firm position in Taiwan’s top 10 charts.
Speaking on the film’s success, Kumar Ahuja, President, Business Development, Eros International Media Ltd, said, “English Vinglish is a universal story that truly resonates with global audiences, especially as it relates to acceptance and the »
- Stacey Yount
Berlin – Bollywood distributor Eros Intl. is to give a 15- screen release in South Korea to its 2012 comedy “English Vinglish.” The self-distribution move points to a growing penetration of international, and East Asian markets in particular, by Indian movies.
The pic, directed by Gauri Shinde, releases Feb. 6, following recent outings in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Germany. Released in December, “Vinglish” is the second biggest Bollywood in Taiwan with a gross of more than $300,000.
“‘English Vinglish’ is a universal story that truly resonates with global audiences, especially as it relates to acceptance and the challenges of learning a new language,” said Kumar Ahuja, Eros Intl. Media’s president, business development. “In several new markets, including Asia, audiences have shown that they love Indian ethos and drama.”
- Patrick Frater
Saket Chaudhary is a happy man. When he had conceptualized Shaadi Ke Side Effects, Farhan Akhtar had just delivered a super-hit in the form of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. Still, he didn't have a massive solo hero success to his name. However, Saket as well as producers Ekta Kapoor and Pitish Nandy were convinced that Farhan would be the man for the job.Circa 2014 and Farhan today boasts of a 100 crore success in the form of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Obviously, he is on the top of the »
One By Two is an upcoming romantic comedy which stars Abhay Deol and Preeti Desai in the leading roles. Directed by Devika Bhagat, the film is scheduled for release on 31 January and promises to be a fun-filled film that will appeal to the masses. The music has been composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, who have given us amazing albums such as Dil Chatha Hai (2001), Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003) and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011). The lyrics have been penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya, who has written songs for popular films like Chennai Express (2013) and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013). So is it worth listening to the soundtrack to One By Two? Check out our review to see our verdict!
First up is I’m Just Pakaoed, sung by Siddharth Mahadevan. The song is formed using heavy metal music, which did not work for me personally. Though I appreciate Sel’s attempt to be experimental, I »
- Bodrul Chaudhury
Mumbai, Jan 23: Kalki Koechlin is not a big fan of her dancing skills, but hopes to master the art "one day".
She took to Twitter Wednesday to share her thoughts on her dancing abilities and tweeted: "One day I'll dance properly, maybe I'll be 95, but one day it's going to happen."
After making her debut with ex-husband Anurag Kashyap's critically acclaimed "Dev D", Kalki has been appreciated for her performances in "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara", "Shaitan" and "That Girl in Yellow Boots".
- Lohit Reddy
This New Year welcomes a brand new Bollywood release. One By Two is the latest feature film from one of the industry’s well-known names, Abhay Deol. Abhay takes the role of the lead character, Amit Sharma who leads a lacklustre life. A series of chance encounters leads him to Samara, an aspiring dancer played by Preeti Desai, the former Miss Great Britain 2007.
Abhay has long established himself as a leading name in the industry, hailing from one of Bollywood’s leading acting dynasties, the Deols. He has featured in several popular films such as, Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Singularity. More recently, Abhay wowed audiences in the live BBC production of Bollywood Carmen.
Although he is famed for his skilful acting, Abhay dons his producer’s hat for the first time in One By Two. Taking on the role of producer was challenging but satisfying, »
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He resisted coming behind the mike for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. However for his upcoming film Shaadi Ke Side Effects, Farhan Akhtar is getting back to singing. There are a couple of specially designed numbers planned for him and he would be recording them soon before they are unveiled for the audience.He last sung in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara where he came along with Hrithik Roshan and Abhay Deol for'Senorita'. Other than that he recited the poem'Toh Zinda Ho Tum' »
2013 has offered some of the most memorable jodis to date, such as Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor in Aashiqui 2, or the mesmerising couple formed by Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone in Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela.
This year is looking equally exciting, as many couples will fill the screen in the forthcoming twelve months. Some actors will monopolize cinemas with several releases during the year, while other will save themselves for big projects. 2014 will bring many new couples, actors and actresses that will work together for the first time, so entertainment is assured. This is BollySpice’s list of the most exciting jodis to watch out for in 2014.
We start the list with Hasee Toh Phasee, produced by Karan Johar and Anurag Kashyap, and the first time we will have the opportunity to see Sidharth and Parineeti together onscreen. This romantic comedy »
- Núria Bonals Hidalgo
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