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Tillotama Shome in Qissa
Tillotama Shome won the Best Actress award in New Horizons competition for Anup Singh’s Qissa at the ongoing Abu Dhabi Film Festival. She shared the award with Julia Wildschutt for her performance in Love Me directed by Hanne Myren (Norway).
In Qissa, Shome plays the youngest daughter of Umber Singh (Irrfan Khan) who decides to raise her as a boy.
In an interview to DearCinema, director Anup Singh had praised Shome’s performance, “Tillotama disappears into her character. She vanishes and this strange and familiar figure, which was just words on paper, is suddenly before you. Without you knowing, she draws you into her story, her yearning, her exhilaration. As an actress she gives you her inner universe with such ease and generosity that you realize only much later what a profound gift you’ve been given.”
She made her screen debut with Mira Nair »
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
Kareena Kapoor will star opposite Emraan Hashmi in Ekta Kapoor’s next venture ‘Badtameez Dil’ and the diva refused to lock-lips with the serial kisser. When Kareena was asked to smooch Emraan, she straightway refused as she is not comfortable to do kissing scene. The past track of Emraan Hashmi shows if the actor has kissing scene in any movies, the movie boomed at the box-office than those films which has no lip-locking scenes. ‘Shanghai’, ‘Ek Thi Daayan’ and ‘Ghanchakkar’ failed at the box-office as it showed the actor in a simple role without smooching scene. Hence, the actor apparently asked the film producer Ekta Ka »
Kolkata, July 24: Asserting that his forthcoming film "Detective Byomkesh Bakshi" is targeted at the youth, critically acclaimed filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee said he wants youngsters to accept the detective as a "big hero".
"It's mainly for the Hindi film audience, for the youth audience...those who watch 'Kai Po Che!'and 'Barfi!'...I want them to take Byomkesh as a big hero," Banerjee told mediapersons here Tuesday.
"It is a Hindi film with a big budget," said Banerjee who earlier made films like "Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye" and "Shanghai".
To be made under the Yash Raj Films banner, the film is based on one of. »
- Amith Ostwal
The original Hrishikesh Mukherjee film Khoobsurat was a family drama starring Rekha and Rakesh Roshan. Produced by Sonam's sister Rhea Kapoor, the remake of the same, will star Sonam who will be playing a physiotherapist.
While the male lead is yet to be finalized, news is that Prosenjit Chatterjee who became popular in Bollywood with Shanghai will be reprising the role of Ashok Kumar. Confirming the same, Prosenjit said, "Yes, I have been offered the role. I loved the script. It's Ashok Kumar's role but in contemporary context. I play a young dad. If everything falls in place I would be happy to take this up."
The movie will be directed by Shashank Ghosh and is set to go on floor by the end of this year. »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
Hyderabad, July 18: London-born Scarlett Wilson, who made her debut in Dibakar Banerjee's "Shanghai" in the song "Imported kamariya", has been roped in for a "mass appealing" item number in upcoming Telugu action-thriller "Chandi". The song is currently being shot here at a special set.
Scarlett has also previously done item numbers in Telugu films "Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu" and yet-to-be released "Yevadu".
"It's a highly energetic item number. I liked her (Scarlett) performance in the song with Pawan Kalyan. She danced with so much of grace. I'm sure our song will be one of the highlights of the film. We haven't made. »
- Diksha Singh
What's the common factor in Emraan Hashmi's last few films? Well, none of these boasted of trademark 'Emraan Hashmi' kind of songs. Whether it is Ghanchakkar, Ek Thi Daayan, Rush or Shanghai, each of these had the kind of music that was miles away from the kind that goes with Emraan's territory. All of that is going to change now with Dil Hai Ki Maanta Nahi remake, work on which has already begun.For starters, the film would be an out and out musical and would boast of as m »
It was mentioned in this column last week that for Ghanchakkar to eventually come up trumps, a lot would depend on the weekday collections. Well, as it happened, the film didn’t quite cover much distance after a decent weekend and collected around 10 crores more. The film did stay stable but that was on the lower end that resulted in the first week billing of 32 crores.
Though these are decent collections for the film, much better was expected given the credentials involved. Still, if one compares these with some other films that Emraan Hashmi had done in the recent past which were not in his ‘zone’, case in point being Ek Thi Daayan and Shanghai, the film has fared better. However, one did look forward to more appreciation coming in for the film along with box office moolah, something that was not the case as it had to settle down with an ‘Average’ tag. »
- Joginder Tuteja
Shonali Bose’s feature film Margarita, with a Straw that won her the Sundance Institute– Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award 2012 has completed principal photography. The film was shot in India in March and in New York in June 2013.
The film features Kalki Koechlin (Shanghai, That Girl in Yellow Boots), Revathy (Thevar Magan, Dhoop, Marupadiyam) and William Moseley who played Peter Pevensie in the film series The Chronicles of Narnia.
Produced by Bose’s production company Ishan Talkies and Viacom 18, the film is still in need of finishing funds. It is expected to be ready by October this year.
The film revolves around Laila (Koechlin) who falls repeatedly in love, yearns to have sex and wants to be a Bollywood lyricist.
Academy award winner Resool Pookutty (Slumdog Millionaire) is the sound designer of the film. Prasoon Joshi ( Taare Zameen Par, Rang de Basanti) has penned the lyrics. Anne Misawa ( Treeless Mountain, »
- Nandita Dutta
Last week’s prediction of Ghanchakkar came true on two counts. First and foremost, it opened much better in multiplexes when compared to single screens. Secondly, the average footfalls for this widely released film were in 40%-50% range. However, it was also predicted that the film would see some good rise in collections over the weekend. Well, as it happened, this didn’t quite turn out to be the case as the film managed to stay on just about stable and couldn’t really see much escalation. As a result, the weekend collections were around 22 crores which, if not excellent, are decent for sure.
In fact if one looks at the kind of average to above average reviews that the film managed to get at large, and had a similar response from audience as well, this Rajkumar Gupta directed film still managed to have its head above water for a major part of the weekend. »
- Joginder Tuteja
Disney has announced that Jon Hamm's new film, Million Dollar Arm, has started shooting. The movie is being directed by Craig Gillespie (Fright Night), and also stars Bill Paxton, Lake Bell, and Alan Arkin. Here's what the film is about:
Based on a true story, Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” follows Jb Bernstein, a once-successful sports agent who now finds himself edged out by bigger, slicker competitors. He and his partner Aash (Aasif Mandvi) will have to close their business down for good if Jb doesn’t come up with something fast. Late one night, while watching cricket being played in India on TV, Jb comes up with an idea so radical it just might work. Why not go to there and find the next baseball pitching sensation? Setting off for Mumbai with nothing but a gifted but cantankerous scout (Alan Arkin) in tow, Jb stages a televised, nationwide »
- Joey Paur
Principal photography has begun on Walt Disney Pictures' Million Dollar Arm, starring Jon Hamm. Directed by Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl, Fright Night), the film is produced by Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray, through their Mayhem Pictures, and Joe Roth, under his Roth Films banner, with Palak Patel and Kevin Halloran serving as executive producers. Thomas McCarthy (Win Win, The Visitor) wrote the screenplay. The film also stars Bill Paxton (Haywire, Hatfields & McCoys), Lake Bell (What Happens in Vegas, It's Complicated), Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi), Aasif Mandvi (The Daily Show, Margin Call), Madhur Mittal (Slumdog Millionaire), Pitobash (3 Idiots, Shanghai) and Academy Award-winner Alan Arkin. A.R. Rahman (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire) is scoring the film. Million Dollar Arm will shoot on locations in India, Georgia and Los Angeles.
Principal photography has begun on Walt Disney Pictures’ Million Dollar Arm, starring Jon Hamm. Directed by Craig Gillespie (“Lars and the Real Girl,” “Fright Night”), the film is produced by Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray, through their Mayhem Pictures, and Joe Roth, under his Roth Films banner, with Palak Patel and Kevin Halloran serving as executive producers. Tom McCarthy (“Win Win,” “The Visitor”) wrote the screenplay.
The film also stars Bill Paxton (“Haywire,” “Hatfields & McCoys”), Lake Bell (“What Happens in Vegas,” “It’s Complicated”), Suraj Sharma (“Life of Pi”), Aasif Mandvi (“The Daily Show,” “Margin Call”), Madhur Mittal (“Slumdog Millionaire”), Pitobash (“Three Idiots,” “Shanghai”) and Academy Award®–winner Alan Arkin. A.R. Rahman (“127 Hours,” “Slumdog Millionaire”) is scoring the film. Million Dollar Arm will shoot on locations in India, Georgia and Los Angeles.
- Michelle McCue
Fast-rising shingle Viacom 18 offers a tribute to 100 years of Indian cinema with “Bombay Talkies,” an underwhelming omnibus pic in which three of the four entries tangentially connect to a movie theme. Less a nod to the past than a wave to a quartet of young helmers — Karan Johar, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap — these diverse shorts would work better as stand-alones, since grouping them together detracts from their individual merits and makes them feel even slighter than warranted. Local reviews have been strong, but the public has been unsurprisingly less enthusiastic; fests may call.
Audiences anticipating stereotypical Bollywood fare should look elsewhere, as only one of the foursome has any kind of musical number and two of the entries ambiguously address gay and transgender themes in ways not generally expected from traditional subcontinental cinema. Of the bunch, Kashyap (“Ugly”) and Johar (“My Name is Khan”) are the better-known helmers, »
- Jay Weissberg
A still from I.D.
The Edinburgh International Film Festival announced its lineup today. I.D. by Kamal Km has been selected for International Feature Film competition. South Korean director Bong Joon-ho will chair the international jury. [I.D. will also compete at the upcoming Los Angeles Film Festival]
Shivendra Singh Dungarpur’s Cellullid Man will screen in the section ‘Films on Film’. “Eiff celebrates the centenary of Indian cinema with this delightful and engrossing portrait of the legendary Pk Nair, who founded India’s National Film Archive in the 1960s,” as mentioned on the festival website.
Established in 1947, the Edinburgh International Film Festival is one of the oldest and most renowned film festivals in the world. The 2013 edition will be held from June 19-30.
Dibakar, who is currently busy with another of his project, said he has no plans to do so for a long time.
"Right now I am just writing for my next film and I don't think I have announced the sequel so far and the plans are not to do so for a long time," Dibakar said here Sunday during the celebration of 100 years of Indian cinema at Whistling Woods International.
- Diksha Singh
Gippi, the forthcoming teen comedy from Dharma Productions, hits the screen 10 May 2013. It stars a handful of new faces and has a debutant director, Sonam Nair, at its helm. Gippi features the music of Vishal Dadlani & Shekhar Ravjiani, returning after yet another successful collaboration with Dharma, Student of the Year, previously Dostana and I Hate Luv Stories. The soundtrack features the lyrical talents of Anvita Dutt and Vishal Dadlani the vocal talents of Udit Narayan (He needs no introduction but for completion’s sake, Radha – Student of the Year & Gun Guna Re – Agneepath), Sukwinder Singh (similarly, no introduction needed, regardless, Matru Ki Bijlee ka Mandola – title track), Neeti Mohan (Ishq Wala Love – Student of the Year and Jiya Re – Jab Tak Hai Jaan), Hard Kaur (Patiala House – title track) and the directorial duo themselves, Dadlani and Ravjiani.
The album starts with Baby Doll, and is a folk-y desi number that »
- Sheetal Tiwari
Six films in two years at the crème de la crème of film festivals is no mean feat to pull for any actor anywhere in the world. As Indian cinema gains more visibility at the Cannes film festival by the year, Nawazuddin Siddiqui has become a face which is easy to spot and hard to ignore when one talks about the films that have made it to the coveted film festival. After Miss Lovely and Gangs of Wasseypur 1 & 2 in 2012, the actor will walk the red carpet this year for Bombay Talkies, Dabba and Monsoon Shootout. »
- Nandita Dutta
It's been a strange few years for Bollywood's kissing bandit, Emraan Hashmi. The actor became prominent in the last decade for his willingness to plant his lips on anything that moved on screen, an action still not entirely common in Hindi films. Some might say that he's helped push Hindi cinema into the 21st century with his progressive take on personal relationships. It hasn't helped, though, that the films in which he's plied his trade are mostly B- and C-grade schlock, at least until recently. Over the last couple of years, Hashmi has made a serious turn toward earning respect in films like The Dirty Picture and especially last year's Shanghai, in which he was absolutely fantastic. However, in the time since that film he's made...
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Mumbai, April 18: Actress Kalki Koechlin, who has been part of Bollywood for the past four years, wants to do a Tamil film because she can speak the language, but rues that nobody has approached her so far.
"I would love to do a Tamil film. I can speak Tamil. I would like to do regional films, which I am comfortable talking. I am quite open to do Tamil films, but sadly nobody has approached me to do a Tamil film," Kalki, the Indian actress of French descent, told Ians.
- Anita Agarwal
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