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The International Indian Film Academy (Iifa) has announced winners of the ‘Technical Awards’ categories for this year’s Iifa Awards. The 14th Videocon Ddb Oofa Weekend will be held at The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel, the Official Host Destination Partner from the 4th to the 6th July.
Of the 14 Awards, Anurag Basu’s Barfi! has garnered the highest number of awards in the technical category, a grand total of 9, bagging the award for Best Cinematography (Ravi Varman I.S.C.), Best Screenplay (Anurag Basu &Tani Basu), Best Production Design (Rajat Poddar), Best Sound Design (Shajith Koyeri), Best Song Recording (Eric Pillai – Future Sound Of Bombay) for Ala Barfi, Best Sound Mixing (Debajit Changmai), Best Background Score (Pritam), Best Costume Designing (Aki Narula and Shefalina) and Best Make-Up (Uday Serali).
- Stacey Yount
New Delhi, May 15: Looking gorgeous in a maroon-black combination lehenga-choli and dupatta, Bollywood actress Vidya Balan wowed with her desi look at a cocktail at the 66th Cannes International Film Festival that kickstarted Wednesday.
Sabyasachi Mukerji seems to have done a great job in styling Vidya, who looked prettier then ever in the outfit. She accessorised it with a bindi, jhumkis and a watch. Not to forget, the "Kahaani" actress' centre-parting hairstyle suited the costume.
She chose to wear full-sleeves and looked elegant in the Indian attire.
This is Vidya's first stint at Cannes. She has been invited as a jury. »
- Amith Ostwal
The results are in. Movie lovers have voted Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge as their most favourite feature film from the past 100 years of Indian cinema in a poll conducted by Sanona™, the UK’s largest online Pay Per View (PPV) Indian movie streaming service.
The hit romantic comedy that made super stars of Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol won by a landslide, taking 47% of the votes in the online poll conducted across social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, email and via the movie portal itself to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Indian film industry.
Written and directed by Aditya Chopra, son of the legendary Bollywood filmmaker Yash Chopra, also known as the King of Romance, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge beat a selection of ten all-time greats which included classics such as Raj Kapoor’s vagabond story, Awaara (1951), Mehboob Khan’s melodrama, Mother India (1957), and Ramesh Sippy’s iconic curry western, »
- Stacey Yount
Vidya Balan who has made a mark in Bollywood with her versatile acting in movies like, ‘The Dirty Picture’ and ‘Kahaani’ and bagged many award for her stupendous performance is least bothered about her Cannes wardrobe. Vidya Balan will be a part of the jury member at the 66th Cannes Film Festival to be held this month and the actress said that wardrobe is not at all in her mind. We all know Vidya’s all time favorite is saree and she will definitely wear saree at Cannes. It is reported that Vidya’s favorite designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee will design her Cannes saree. "What makes me too much happy is to get that opportunity to wat »
May 3, the day when the Indian Cinema marks its Centenary, the 60th National Film Awards will be held at the Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi where actor R. Madhavan and Huma Qureshi will play hosts of the evening. Expressing his excitement about this event, Madhavan says, "This is the first time that I have got the opportunity to host an award function as prestigious as the National Awards. Some amazing films and artistes have been recognized this year and I am really looking forward to the evening."
The Award ceremony will felicitate people like Shoojit Sircar and John Abraham for Vicky Donor in the Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment category, Tigmanshu Dhulia for Paan Singh Tomaar in the Best Film category and Nawazuddin Siddiqui for his performance in Kahaani, Gangs of Wasseypur II, Dekh Indian Circus and Talaash in the Special Jury Award category. »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
Releasing June 28, "Ghanchakkar" will see Vidya playing a Punjabi housewife with a outlandish and bizarre fashion sense.
Confirming this, the film's director Rajkumar Gupta said in an statement: "It is true that Emraan and Vidya will be in the look of the characters they are essaying in 'Ghanchakkar' during promotions."
This not the first time Vidya is playing her character during promotions. While promoting "Kahaani" the actress appeared as a pregnant women, akin to her character in the thriller, at. »
- Machan Kumar
There was a time in Indian cinema, the era of the masters like Satyajit Ray, Bimal Roy and Mrinal Sen, when it was not unusual to have several Indian films in competition at the Cannes film festival. Take for instance the year 1956 when Ray’s Pather Panchali and Shantaram Athavale’s Shevgyachya Shenga competed in the feature film category. Or the year 1954 when Bimal Roy’s Do Beegha Zameen and Kishore Sahu’s Mayurpankh were in competition along with two short films by Mohan Dayaram Bhavnani. [Read India’s tryst with Cannes]
The last Indian film that got selected in competition was Shaji Karun’s Swaham way back in 1994. Since then, we haven’t managed to catch the fancy of Cannes selectors [Read Why Indian films don't make it to Cannes]. However, this year seems to be a little different. With four films and one project making it to various sections, this certainly »
- Nandita Dutta
Mumbai, April 27: Satish Kaushik, who is directing "Gang Of Ghosts", the Hindi remake of Bengali film "Bhooter Bhabishyat", says it was a conscious decision to keep out the original cast, and retain only Parambrata Chatterjee from it.
"Bhooter Bhabishyat", released in 2012, is one of Bengali cinema's biggest hits of all times. It is about ghosts in an old bungalow who refuse to evict their abode to make way for a shopping mall.
From the original cast of the blockbuster directed by Anik Dutta, only Parambrata, who made a strong impact as Vidya Balan's cop-companion in the cruel climate of Kolkata in "Kahaani", will be seen. »
- Rahul Kapoor
Vidya Balan, the celebrity actress of Bollywood who has blazed a trailer with her exceptional performances of vast variety ranging from “The dirty picture”, “Parineeta” to “Kahaani” has been nominated to appear at a jury panel headed by famous director Steven Spielberg at the 66th Cannes International Film Festival. Sticking to her avowed Indian look, Vidya has decided to grace the occasion in her trademark dress – the Indian saree. While film personalities like Aishwariya Rai has favored western wear for such international events, the saree has already made its presence felt with Deepika Padukone and Sonam Kapoor. Vidya »
By sheer coincidence, three of this year's National awards winners Sujoy Ghosh, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Rituprano Ghosh are shooting for two different films together but would be joining up to travel to Delhi to collect their National awards together. The plan is for Namrata Rao (who has received the National award for best editing in Kahaani) and Vidya Balan to join the Kahaani team for a party after the National awards on May 3. Says Sujoy, "Yup, we are all going from Kolkata together for the National awards. Me, my director Rituparno Ghosh and Nawazuddin who is in Kolkata shooting for Buddadeb Dasgupta's film, we'll all go together to Delhi. In fact the schedule for Ritu's film Vyomkesh starring me has been delayed only because we're taking a break to go to Delhi for the National awards." Sujoy says Kahaani would remain special for the team. He has decided not to rush into the sequel. »
Well, sky is the limit for Bollywood actress Vidya Balan. The actress has gone a long way in Bollywood and created a niche for herself and now the actress has added another feather to her hat. She is going to be part of jury members of the Cannes Film Festival 2013. Vidya, 35, who tied the knot few months back with Utv head Siddharth Roy Kapur has made a mark in her acting career with her splendid performance in movies like, ‘Parineeta’, ‘The Dirty Picture’, ‘Kahaani’. The big names in the jury member are Steven Spielberg, Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman, Oscar-winner Christophe Waltz, Japanese director Naomi Kawase, Scotti »
The Nominations for the 2013 Iifa (International Indian Film Academy) awards have been announced and Anurag Basu’s beloved Barfi! leads the pack with 13! Also in included in the esteemed lists are films like Gangs of Wasseypur, Kahaani, Agneepath, Vicky Donor, Paan Singh Tomar, Talaash, English Vinglish and more. The nominees in each category are voted on by members of the Indian Film Industry at the official Iifa Voting Weekend. The votes are then tallied and the final list is compiled for the popular categories. The winners of the popular categories are determined by the fans because they can vote for who they think are the best in each category at Iifa’s website.
The nominees are….
Best Singer – Female
Rekha Bhardwaj – ‘Phir Le Aya Dil’ (Barfi!)
Shalmali Kholgade – ‘Pareshan’ (Ishqzaade)
Best Singer – Male
- Stacey Yount
It has been confirmed that Siddharth Anand’s upcoming film Bang Bang, an adaptation of the Hollywood film Knight and Day will release worldwide on 1 May 2014. The film, which will star Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif in the leading roles, will officially commence shooting next month. It was initially scheduled to release on Valentine’s Day 2014, but has now been changed to a May release.
Siddharth Anand is a famous name within the industry after having directed hit films like Salaam Namaste (2005) Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008) and Anjaana Anjaani (2010). The screenplay for Bang Bang has been written by Sujoy Ghosh (director of Kahaani), Suresh Nair (director of Singh is Kinng) and Abbas Tyrewala (director of Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na).
Bang Bang will be produced by Fox Star Studios, who are beginning to make a mark in Bollywood after being part of big projects like Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola (2013). Hrithik »
- Bodrul Chaudhury
Dubai is getting a double whammy of movie shindigs and boosting its status as the Gulf region’s main film industry hub. The second annual two-day Middle East Film & Comic Convention wrapped April 6 at Dubai’s Marine Club with Hollywood thesps Sean Astin and Manu Bennett in tow. And the Gulf Film Festival kicked off April 11 with 78 world preems and the launch of its Gulf Film Mart in Dubai’s Festival City venue. The opener for the sixth Gff edition was Haifaa Al-Mansour’s “Wadjda,” the first pic ever shot in Saudi Arabia, which Sony Pictures Classics will be releasing Stateside. Gff wraps April 17.
(From the pages of the April 16 issue of Variety.)
Musical Combos Go Global
The 1970s popularized duets of two stars (“You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” et al.), which more recently involved cross-genre duets (e.g., country-western and rap). Now they’re getting more international. »
- Variety Staff
‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ actors Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif paired up for Siddharth Anand's ‘Bang Bang'. The film is a Hindi remake of Hollywood blockbuster comedy ‘Knight and Day’ which featured Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz in the lead. The shooting will commence from 1st May in Europe. Sujoy Ghosh of ‘Kahaani’ fame and Suresh Nair of Singh Is King and Namaste London wrote the screenplay of the movie. The dialogues have been penned by Abbas Tyrewala. 'Bang Bang' is being produced by Fox Star Studios and the film will be shot at exotic locations of Europe, Far East and India. Speaking about the locations, the sour »
Sujoy Ghosh, after stepping into Bollywood with Jhankaar Beats, followed by the rather forgettable Home Delivery and Aladin, took everyone by surprise by making the smash hit Kahaani with Vidya Balan, a film that went onto bag all the possible awards, including the National Award. Even as everyone was wondering as to what will be his next step, he has again surprised everyone with his next titled Badla. While every filmmaker dreams of working with either Big B or Naseeruddin Shah or Vidya Balan at least once in their lifetime, Sujoy Ghosh has now surpassed everybody's dream and aspirations by reportedly casting all the three in his film. The official announcement is awaited. »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
Sujoy Ghosh made a splash all over Bollywood with his much acclaimed ‘Kahaani’. The film did extremely well at the box office and the team received much praises for it. Vidya Balan was loved in the role, and she went on to win the Best Actress award at every award function. Sujoy Ghosh was praised for his directorial skills. The team in all won a lot of accolades as well as critical acclaim. Made on a modest budget of 8 crore, the film went on to make over 80 crores. For his next film ‘Badla’, Sujoy Ghosh has managed a casting coup of sorts with Amitabh Bachchan, Naseeruddin Shah and Vidya Balan making up the star cast. Amitabh Bac »
Here is more from our Toifa special reports this time with director Sujoy Ghosh. Now this was quite the free-ranging interview as Sujoy Ghosh, completely jet-lagged by long flight to Vancouver, was clutching to his coffee and sinking into the way-too-comfy couch. After an onslaught of photos and autographs, we got talking about the interconnectedness between editing and scripting, and the glorious character of Kolkatta in Kahaani.
How did you construct the city as a character of this narrative in Kahaani? Did you look to any Ray films for inspiration?
It’s basically what you know, I was born in Calcutta and grew up in Calcutta, so I knew the city well. Plus we had this whole motive of Maa Durga, running through the whole film, so that’s the whole reason for doing it in Cal, because I know the city. I suppose Kahaani could have been easily be set in Vancouver also, »
- Rumnique Nannar
Mumbai, April 8: Vidya Balan, who has played intense roles in films like "No One Killed Jessica" and "Kahaani," will now be seen in a very loud and colourful avatar in "Ghanchakkar". She says she enjoyed the experience.
"As an actor, the best thing is that I am getting to play different avatars and I am simply enjoying it. It can't get any better because the promos (of 'Ghanchakkar') have got a great response. It was a new experience for me because she is so loud," the 34-year-old said here Saturday at the unveiling of the cover page of Cineblitz magazine featuring her.
"I did not believe that I will be able to say the dialogues with the same loudness, but Rajkumar Gupta got it out of me and I hope it is good," she added.
- Lohit Reddy
Vancouver, April 6: Vidya Balan-starrer "Kahaani" and "Barfi!", which starred Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, picked the the maximum awards in technical categories at the debut edition of the Times Of India Film Awards (Toifa) here.
The technical awards were announced Friday at a night full of fun, fashion and glamour.
Meanwhile, "Barfi!", an Anurag Basu-directorial, received the honours in cinematography (S Ravi Varman), costume design (Aki Narula and Shafalina), art direction (Rajat Podar) and backgorund score (Pritam).
Other than these two movies,. »
- Lohit Reddy
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