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5, 4, 3, 2, 1… get ready because Bang Bang is hitting theaters on October 2nd. Siddharth Anand’s Indian take on the Tom Cruise/Cameron Diaz starrer Knight and Day, Bang Bang stars the hot jodi of Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif.
From what we have seen from the trailer and promos Bang Bang promises edge of the seat excitement and adrenaline-pumping action plus some romance sprinkled in. It tells the story of the chance encounter of the unassuming bank receptionist Harleen Sahni (Katrina Kaif) with the charming yet mysterious Rajveer Nanda (Hrithik Roshan). What happens next includes ditched planes, car chases, shoot-outs, bombing raids and general global mayhem. But as the transcontinental chase ensues with Rajveer convincing Harleen that he’s the good guy, can she really trust him, and will trust matter when the bullets start flying? We will find out Thursday!
Hrithik Roshan sat down recently to discuss his latest role »
- Stacey Yount
This weekend will be one of the biggest weekends at the Bollywood box office, as two of the most awaited films of 2014, Haider and Bang Bang, will be released on the same day October 2nd, and will have to “fight” to get the biggest chunk of the audience collections. However, are these two films really rivals? Considering that they are completely different in terms of genre, budget and probably targeted audience, it does not seem very fair to compare both films, as trade analyst Komal Nahta recently told Ians.
In any case, what do these two films have to offer? Keep reading to find out everything you need to know!
Haider is Vishal Bhardwaj’s third approach to Shakespeare’s work after Maqbool (2003) and Omkara (2006). An adaptation of Hamlet, the director takes the story to the snow-covered valleys of Kashmir. One of the biggest appeals of the film is the cast, »
- Núria Bonals Hidalgo
National award winning author and critic, M.K. Raghavendra’s new book “The Politics of Hindi Cinema in the New Millennium: Bollywood and the Anglophone Indian Nation”, published by the Oxford University Press, has just been released.
From The Adulterous Woman (Jism to Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna) and The Youth Film as Dissent (Rang de Basanti and the Political Class) to Thieves like Us (Enterprise in Bunty Aur Babli, Dhoom 2, Guru) and The Reservations of Middle-Class Concern (Page 3, Corporate, Traffic Signal and Fashion); the book interprets 28 recent Hindi films in the light of political developments of the last decade and the emergence of a new ‘Anglophone Indian Nation’.
DearCinema speaks with the author:
Hindi cinema – which was once very moral – changes with self interest gaining ground – shown as aspiration. Secondly, there is an increasing endorsement of criminality as a way to advance oneself. Thirdly, it is as if the »
Audiences already entralled by the trailer of Bang Bang, now have another treat in the form of a song from the movie. This is Hrithik and Katrina’s first movie after the successful Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. The song is picturised on the couple Rajveer and Harleen meeting for the first time and in that first instance are attracted to each other.
“Hrithik has danced like never before. His energy is unreal. There’s no one like him, and this everyone will reiterate once they see this song! Katrina is the perfect match for him in this high octane song. The timing of the song in the film is very crucial as they meet for the first time and there is instant chemistry. I hope ‘Tu Meri’ is a dance number which everyone falls in love with and I’m certain it will find a place in everyone’s playlist! »
- Trupti Kantilal
T-Series has acquired the music rights for the upcoming Excel Entertainment movies. Bhushan Kumar, the head honcho of T-Series, announced the acquisition of the most awaited films of the year Dil Dhadakne Do and Bangistan. After the successful endeavor with Yaariyan, Jai Ho, Highway, Shaadi Ke Side Effects, Queen, Hate Story 2, and Kick T-Series now holds music rights of Dil Dhadakne Do starring Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Anushka Sharma, Anil Kapoor, Rahul Bose and Shefali Shah, directed by Zoya Akhtar. Another awaited film is Bangistan starring Riteish Deshmukh, Pulkit Samrat and Jacqueline Fernandez, directed by debutant Karan Anshuman. T-Series has been associated with Excel Entertainment in the past with their earlier production like Don 2, Talaash, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Rock On, Don, Dil Chahta Hai. Their collaboration continues with Excel Entertainment's forthcoming projects like Raees starring Shah Rukh Khan, Rock On 2, and Reema Kagti's next with Saif Ali Khan. »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
More than half of 2014 has past and many of the most awaited films of the year have already been released, with more or less success in the box office. But there are many months left until the end of the year and B-town is finalizing a bunch of new films to entertain the audience.
Here’s a selection of films to be released during the rest of 2014:
Producer Sajid Nadiadwala’s directorial debut is the major release of this year’s Eid, which features Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Randeep Hooda and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead roles. The remake of a Telugu film of the same name, Kick tells the story of Devi (Khan), a man who lives only for his ‘Kick’ aka an adrenaline rush, and who will eventually become a thief. He will come across several characters, such as Shaina (Fernandez), who will become his love interest, »
- Núria Bonals Hidalgo
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 »
- Bodrul Chaudhury
Bollywood star Farhan Akhtar has attended a special screen talk where he reflected on his career and more as part of the fifth annual London Indian Film Festival. The actor and director took part in an ‘in-conversation’ event at the British Film Institute (BFI) with Sight and Sound Editor Nick James. Tickets were sold out a day before the event and the crowds went wild for Farhan as he entered on to the stage. Bollywood mega-producer and director Vidhu Vinod Chopra and his wife and famous film critic Anupama Chopra were also part of the audience to see what Farhan had to say during the screen talk and Q&A. From singing, pulling jokes, hugging his die-hard fans, to even snake dancing on the floor; Farhan went all out to entertain his fans! BollySpice was at the event and loved every minute of it! Check out some of the things »
- Bodrul Chaudhury
Note: Old article that was published on July 26th 2011. We are republishing this as Zoya Akhtar’s cult classic Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara celebrates its 3rd anniversary today. Enjoy the poetry with video and english translation.
The poems recited by Farhan Akhtar and written by his father Javed Akhtar are a big hit with lovers of poetry / shayari all around the world. Many viewers who do not understand Hindi, sent in requests for the English translation. So here it is, we have the English translation for you.
The first poetry is recited when the trio come out of the sea after deep sea-diving, with the focus entirely on Read More »
- Indicine Team
This weekend’s Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa opened on a serious note and it proved to be a turning point for the existing contestants of the show. Saturday’s show opened with rehearsal footage of existing contestants. All the contestants were called on stage and the two unsafe contestants who would be in the face-off this week, would be announced.
Sreesanth and Puja were the two unsafe contestants. Puja was disappointed to be in the face-off once again.
For the first time, the face-off happened at the beginning of the show. Puja and Rajat were the first to perform. Their chosen dance style was Freestyle, and they performed to the song ‘Teri Meri Prem Kahani’ from Bodyguard. Their prop was a picture frame. All the acts would be featuring a prop this week as this was the theme. As always, Puja’s scores were saved and would be revealed after Sreesanth performed. »
- Jem Raj
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. »
- Press Releases
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.
- Press Releases
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 »
- Press Releases
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
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