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Irrfan Khan, who confessed to this writer, that he is jobless after The Lunchbox and in pursuit of a further excellence in his roles has finally found another character to challenge himself as an actor. In Tigmanshu Dhulia's The Killing Of A Porn Filmmaker, Irrfan will star as a porn director, a real lowdown sleaze ball who indulges in the lowliest of porn filmmaking. Reveals Tigmanshu, "We are talking about a guy who plants secret cameras in toilets, shoots honeymooning couples with hidden cameras...Irrfan plays the supreme of sleaze." But there is a redemptive graph to the character. Says Tigmanshu, "Irrfan's character redeems himself. He rises from the depths of sleaze and emerges a hero...why and how, I can't reveal. But after our collaboration in Paan Singh Tomar, this would be a completely new world." The film in English and Hindi would star a major international actor alongside Irrfan. »
- Subhash K. Jha
As a south filmgoer and Bollywood naach-gaana fanatic, masala fest movies are not new to me. Yet even when a film has all the trimmings of a throwback action film, there are guarantees it will work. Sajid Khan’s Himmatwala is testimony to that. Tigmanshu Dhulia is stepping into the commercial arena with Bullet Raja starring Saif Ali Khan, Jimmy Shergill and Sonakshi Sinha. The intention is to make a masala topped entertainer. The result is a film that throws at you every known cliche possible while bringing back some of the Dhulia style.
Raja (Saif Ali Khan) aka Bullet Raja and his best bud Rudra (Jimmy Shergill) lead this rise of a commoner to become a dreaded gangster with the love angle covered by Mitali played by Sonakshi Sinha. But for every rise, there is a fall and that’s where Sharp Shooter-come-local law enforcement Inspector (Vidyut Jamwal) comes in. »
- Githa Vanan
Saif Ali Khan returns to the big screen this Thanksgiving Thursday, November 28, in the Us and then the 29th the world over, in the much-talked-about new film Bullett Raja. Directed by last year’s National Award winner Tigmanshu Dhulia (Paan Singh Tomar), the film co-stars Sonakshi Sinha, Jimmy Shergill, Gulshan Grover, Chunky Pandey and mixes action, comedy, and romance into a full-on entertainer with some of the hottest music of the year.
Talkind about the film and especially his character, Saif said, “It’s a thriller about somebody who is quite an intelligent guy. He’s from a well-to-do Brahmin family so it’s very surprising that he ends up in this line of mafia work. But there is no other option for him.”
Adding, “It’s the rise of a gangster but his personality is larger than life and Tigmanshu has made it a point to make it lovable and entertaining. »
- Stacey Yount
The Nawab of Bollywood Saif Ali Khan spends a lot of his time in the British capital for holidays and film shoots. Just recently, the 43-year-old actor was filming for Sajid Khan’s upcoming comedy flick Humshakals in London and Portsmouth.
Khan met up with BollySpice reporter Sunny Malik at the UK headquarters of 20th Century Fox after a long day of shooting with co-stars Riteish Deshmukh and Tamanna here in London.
Saif Ali Khan’s latest film Bullett Raja is distributed by 20th Century Fox in the UK and coproduced by its Indian arm Fox Star Studios. Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia, Bullett Raja sees Saif Ali Khan essay the role of Raja Mishra, a commoner who gets transformed into Bullett Raja – a notorious, care-a-damn attitude gangster. The action comedy also stars Sonakshi Sinha, Jimmy Shergil, Vidyuth Jamwal, Chunkey Pandey, Gulshan Grover, Ravi Kishan and Raj Babbar. Check out what »
- Sunny Malik
The cast of Bullett Raja was recently at a cool event and in attendance were stars Saif Ali Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Jimmy Shergil, Ravi Kissen, Chunkey Pandey, Gulshan Grover and writer-director Tigmanshu Dhulia as well as music directors Sajid-Wajid, and producer Rahul Mittra.
The event not only announced a partnership with Sansui, it also released the special comic titled “The Legend of Bullett Raja”. It also had the cast sitting down to answer some questions.
Talking about the film, the Paan Singh Tomar director said, “I am attempting a ‘masala’ film for the first time. ‘Masala’ is a derogatory word. It’s the first time that I am making a film of this scale. I will change the face of commercial cinema and give it better value. It will be aesthetically better.”
About the character the director said, “Bullett Raja is a gangster with values.”
Saif said he was excited to play a gangster, »
- Stacey Yount
Mumbai, Nov 21: Director Tigmanshu Dhulia, known for making serious movies, is entering the commercial zone with "Bullett Raja" and claims that he can change the face of commercial cinema that will be a lot more aesthetic.
"This is the first time I am attempting such a movie. Masala is a very derogatory word. I would like to say that yes, I have made films like 'Paan Singh Tomar', 'Sahib, Biwi Aur Gangster'. But when a director like me makes a commercial film, we can change the face of commercial cinema," Dhulia said here Wednesday at a promotional event of the film.
"We will give commercial cinema more value and they. »
- Leon David
Mumbai, Nov 9: Filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia captured various aspects of the Chambal ravines for "Paan Singh Tomar" and now for "Bullett Raja". He says he feels love for the location because of which he tries to fit it in every film.
"I feel a strong connect with Chambal," Dhulia said in a statement.
"Bahut ek ajeeb sa connection lagta hain. Aisa lagta hai ki main tha yaha pe pichle janam mein. Ek deja vu jaisi feeling aati hai (It feels like a different connection. It feels as though I was here in my past birth and I feel a sense of deja vu)," he added.
Chambal is known for its rough terrain and Dhulia is known. »
- Amith Ostwal
New Delhi, Oct 28: Be it the ravines of Chambal Valley in "Paan Singh Tomar" or the murky lanes of Ghaziabad in "Shagird", Tigmanshu Dhulia's films have been rooted deeply in the interiors of India and he admits he doesn't have a knack of making films like "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge" that require glamorous locations and pretty faces.
Having grown up in Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh, the filmmaker tries to incorporate his small-town experience in his cinematic presentation.
"I come from this kind of background and I know it well. To say that I will make a film like 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge'(Ddlj), I will fail at it,". »
- Amith Ostwal
After being screened at the Busan Film Festival where Jal were the sole Indian entry in competition, the film directed by Girish Malik has now managed to find a place in the prestigious Indian Panorama section of Iffi (International Film Festival of India), Goa.
Iffi attracts reputed Indian and international film personalities and major companies involved in world cinema from all over the world every year.
"Iffi has been doing a great job providing that bridge by means of the festival where you can meet & showcase your film to international buyers & renowned names from across the globe. Post the wonderful Busan experience, I could not think of anything better. It's another high to be recognized by your own people in your own country. I am truly touched and honored. I am really thankful to Iffi for selecting my film. It's a big boost for an independent film with no big names attached. »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
New Delhi, Oct 15: Films like "Ship Of Theseus", "Omg - Oh My God!", "Paan Singh Tomar" and "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag" are among the 26 feature films to be showcased in the Panorama section of Iffi, which will be opened with Malayalam film "Kanyaka Talkies".
Iffi (International Film Festival of India) will held in Goa Nov 20-30.
Tigmanshu Dhulia's "Paan Singh Tomar", which was named the best feature film at the 60th National Film Awards ceremony, made it to the list by the virtue of a direct entry, while the remaining movies were chosen from 210 entries by a nine-member jury, headed by filmmaker-editor B. Lenin, read a statement.
- Meeta Kabra
Malayalam film Kanyaka Talkies by K. R. Manoj will open the feature film category while Kamal Swaroop’s Rangbhoomi will open the non-feature category of Indian Panorama at the International Film Festival of India (Iffi) 2013.
Indian Panorama will screen 26 Feature films and 16 Non-Feature films.
The jury for Feature films, headed by filmmaker and editor B. Lenin, selected 25 films out of a total of 210 eligible entries. Paan Singh Tomar by Tigmanshu Dhulia which won the Best Feature Film award at the 60th National Film Awards has been selected by virtue of direct entry.
The Non-Feature films Jury, chaired by director Raja Sen, picked 15 films out of 130 eligible entries. Kashmiri film Shepherds of Paradise directed by Raja Shabir Khan which won Best Non – Feature Film award at the 60th National Film Awards has also been selected by virtue of direct entry.
101 Chodyangal by Sidhartha Siva
Ajana Batas by Anjan Das »
Presented by Fox-Star Studios, the action packed film Bullett Raja showcases Saif Ali Khan in cool new avatar and fans after seeing the trailer certainly can’t wait to see it hit the big screen! Directed by the great Tigmanshu Dhulia, Bullett Raja also stars Sonakshi Sinha, Jimmy Shergill, Gulshan Grover, Vidyut Jamwal, Chunky Pandey with Mahie Gill in an item number is slated to release on November 29, 2013.
Bullett Raja is the story of a common man, Raja Mishra, who transforms into a dreaded gangster of the Hindi heartland. A victim of the system and chained by it, Raja’s life changes as he takes on those that rule and shakes the very foundations of the nexus of the police, the government, and the industrialists. As he rises and revolts against the system becoming an outlaw, Bullett sets ablaze the nexus and changes the landscape forever. The powers that be, »
- Stacey Yount
India Film Project has announced the winners of the online filmmaking competition for its 2013 edition.
Inner Transitions by the Ordinary People team from Ahmedabad won the Platinum Film of the Year, Best Edit and Best Cinematography awards; Winds of Change by the Euphoria House team from Surat won the Gold Film of the Year and Best Use of Music award; Street by the Kothrud Riders team from Pune won the Silver Film of the Year, Best Acting and Best Use of Genre awards; Clean Canvas by the Creative Constructor team from Gandhinagar won the Best Use of Theme award; Ek Cup Coffee by the Vice Divine Gang team from Surat won the Best Poster award while the Ifp Recommendation Award went to Being Woman by the Blooper House team from Kolkata and Second Thoughts by the Spark Plug Film team from Baroda.
The online film competition was started on September »
First of all, that is a terrible poster. What the hell were they thinking?Anyway, Tigmanshu Dhulia returns to the director's chair after the critically acclaimed Paan Tomar Singh and Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster with a more standard looking masala film, Bullett Raja. This one has been in the works for a while, and while the trailer isn't anything too outside the box, there are reasons to believe that the film could deliver something beyond its rather common exterior.Tigmanshu Dhulia is a very good writer and director, and this bodes well for the film. He has plenty of experience putting together Bollywood masala movies, including surprise hits like Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster, but he can also write the more serious stuff like Paan Singh Tomar and...
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Tigmanshu Dhulia was presented the best director award for Paan Singh Tomar at the 11th Norway Bollywood Film Festival at a packed Loreskog cinema center in Oslo yesterday. While filmmaker Rahul Mittra bagged the Best Producer award for his last year's hit Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns, Jimmy Sheirgill got the best actor award for the same film.
Organised by Nasarullah Qureshi, this festival is one of the biggest film festivals in Scandinavia, attracting hundreds of Indians, Pakistanis and Norwegians each year, apart from top names from Bollywood.
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
Registrations are now open for the 2013 edition of India Film Project. To be held from September 20-28, India Film Project is a platform for amateurs and professional filmmakers to take a challenge and make a film in duration of only 48 hours.
At the beginning of 48 hours, Friday, September 20, 8pm, a common theme and genre will be given to participating teams. These teams shall script, shoot, edit and submit the film by Sunday, September 22, 8pm. Apart from filmmaking competition, the project will also feature a 5-day film festival online, workshops by eminent filmmakers and technicians, film marketing related panel-discussions, cinema exhibitions, etc.
The 2011 edition of India Film Project saw a participation of more than 600 participants from all across India making 86 films on the theme ”Small Things in Life”. In 2012, more than 1500 participants made more than 120 films of 5-8 minute duration on theme “Ingredients of Good Living” wherein they scripted, shot, edited »
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag at Bollywood Film Festival
The 11th annual Bollywood Film Festival in Oslo and Lorenskog (Norway) will be held from September 6-13, 2013. The festival will present an eclectic lineup of Indian films; from Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox to Aditya Chopra’s Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.
Besides screenings, a Masterclass will be held with Irrfan Khan whose memorable film roles include Oscar winning films Life of Pi, Slumdog Millionaire and Salaam Bombay, BAFTA winner The Warrior, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Bollywood hits Maqbool and Paan Singh Tomar.
Following films will be screened at the festival:
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)
Love in Bombay (1974)
Celluloid Man (2012)
Aayna Ka Bayna (2012)
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
Yeh Jawaani hai deewani (2013)
Go Goa Gone (2013)
Once Upon any Time in Mumbai Dobaara! (2013)
Josh – 2012
The Lunchbox – 2013
Bombay Talkies (2013)
Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns – 
Abcd (Any Body Can Dance) (2013)
Kai Po Che »
From films such Paan Singh Tomar, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Mary Kom celebrating the achievements of sports icons, biopics are undeniably the most prominent form of film-making in Hindi cinema today. In fact, depicting a film on the life of a real sporting icon is growing so much in popularity that another B-Town celebrity has been approached for a movie-project alike!
The number one Khiladi of Bollywood, Akshay Kumar has apparently spoke with director Rohit Jugraj who is keen to cast Akshay in a biopic about the late Dara Singh. However, before Akshay was even approached, Ndtv revealed that Jugraj felt it was important to speak with Dara Singh’s son Vindoo about the project in that he should feel comfortable with sharing his father’s life journey on celluloid.
- Kiran Devgun
The acclaimed Life of Pi star’s 25-year career in film will be celebrated with a dedicated evening at the Bollywood Festival Norway as part of this year’s festival programme.
The Indian National Award winning Actor Irrfan Khan with host the master class at Bollywood Festival Norway this year on 7th September 2013. The Bollywood Festival Norway Master Class aims to inspire, motivate and promote the exchange of practical skills amongst workshop participants. Irrfan Khan the fine actor will discuss his profession and experience. The Master Class will focus on exceptional film projects and filmmakers.
His memorable film roles include Oscar winners Life of Pi, Slumdog Millionaire and Salaam Bombay, BAFTA winner The Warrior, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Bollywood hits Maqbool and Paan Singh Tomar to name few.
The Eleventh annual festival will feature cutting-edge films from some of India’s leading talents in the realm of independent cinema.
- Press Releases
Photo Courtesy: London Indian Film Festival
I t is a measure of how good an actor Irrfan Khan is when you start associating his “intense, brooding” onscreen persona with the man himself.
The actor was in London to participate in a masterclass conducted by the renowned director Asif Kapadia, of Senna fame, at the British Film Institute as part of the London Indian Film Festival. It was expected that the discourse would consist of his cinematic journey and the craft of acting – which of course he spoke about at length – what was unexpected, though, was the terrific sense of humour which laced his conversations, and how the entire auditorium was hanging onto his each and every word.
Enough has already been written about his “unconventional” looks and choices, so perhaps »
- Shreshtha Trivedi
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