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Shekhar Kapur to Direct Authorized Bruce Lee Biopic ‘Little Dragon’

Shekhar Kapur to Direct Authorized Bruce Lee Biopic ‘Little Dragon’
Shekhar Kapur is to direct “Little Dragon,” an authorized biopic of martial arts legend Bruce Lee.

The story is a contemporary dramatization of the 1950s Hong Kong social and political forces that shaped Bruce Lee into both the most famous martial arts star of all time and a significant modern day philosopher. Themes include family disappointment, young love, true friendship, betrayal, racism, deep poverty and an inner fire that threatened to unravel his destiny

Production is by Bruce Lee Entertainment, a company operated by Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee, along with Los Angeles-based Convergence Entertainment.

Shannon Lee conducted significant new research into her father’s youth and formative years, a subject which has previously been tangentially explored in numerous moves including Wong Kar-wai’s “The Grandmaster” and the rival “Ip Man” franchise movies respectively directed by Wilson Yip and Herman Yau. Kapur, who also serves as executive producer, co-wrote the
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Abhay Deol mines indie gems for digital venture

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Abhay Deol mines indie gems for digital venture
Exclusive/Film Bazaar: Indian actor Abhay Deol has set up a banner to acquire critically-acclaimed Indian independent films and work with online platforms to give them a straight-to-digital worldwide release.

The new venture, Abhay Deol Presents, has already acquired three titles – Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s Venice 2014 title Labour Of Love; Payal Sethi’s award-winning short Leeches; and Brahmanand S. Siingh’s documentary Kaagaz Ki Kashti, about Ghazal singer Jagjit Singh, which received a standing ovation when it premiered at Mumbai Film Festival last month.

“As an actor I’ve always wanted to balance mainstream and non-mainstream work but realised there needed to be changes in the distribution system for independent films to happen,” said Deol whose acting credits include indie titles Shanghai and Dev D. “Now digital is here, independent filmmakers finally have a platform, so I decided to take the plunge and explore this space.”

Deol is currently assembling a distribution team to exploit the titles
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TV Formats Giant Endemol Shine Quietly Expands Into Movies

TV Formats Giant Endemol Shine Quietly Expands Into Movies
TV production and formats giant, Endemol Shine is set as a co-producer on Indian feature movie “Te3n.” It will also soon begin its first film in China.

Te3n” stars three of the country’s top dramatic actors. Veteran superstar Amitabh Bachchan (“Piku”) stars as a man seeking justice for the death of his granddaughter. Nawazuddin Siddiqui (seen next in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 2016 selection “Raman Raghav 2.0”) portrays a priest whose life is affected by the same crime. Vidya Balan (“The Dirty Picture”) plays a cop who swings into action when an identical crime is committed eight years later.

Te3n,” now in post-production ahead of a June 10 worldwide release, is directed by Ribhu Dasgupta (“Michael”) with creative producer Sujoy Ghosh (“Kahaani”.) The film is a co-production between Endemol, Reliance Entertainment, Cinemaa, Kross Pictures and Blue Waters Motion Pictures.

Endemol’s debut Indian feature “Traffic”, a co-production with Fox Star Studios, directed
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Waiting’s ‘Tu hai toh main hoon’ in demand

After receiving a tremendous response for its trailer, with close to 1.7 million views, now there’s much demand for the song of Anu Menon’s ‘Waiting’! The song ‘Tu hai toh main hoon’, which plays in the background of the trailer, has caught everyone’s attention and the audience clearly wants more of it. Giving in to the demand, the makers are now contemplating changing the order of the song release from what they had planned initially.

Music composer Mikey McClearly is known to spin background score and songs high on youth appeal and this is no different. He has earlier worked on films including Margarita with a Straw, Shaitan, Shanghai, David, Bombay Velvet, Nautanki Saala, Shaadi Ke Side Effects, Shaandaar. His songs are upbeat, yet the soothing melody strikes a chord in the hearts of the music-lovers.

Directed by Anu Menon and produced by Ishka Films and Drishyam Films,
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The Traffic cast misses director Rajesh Pillai

The Traffic cast misses director Rajesh Pillai
Soon after completing Traffic his first feature film in Hindi, Rajesh Pillai died a sudden and shocking death at age 41. Manoj Bajpayee still can't believe Pillai was gone so soon. "I am still in shock and disbelief. I just can't come to terms with the fact that he is gone so suddenly. Rajesh was such a passionate filmmaker. He gave priority to his cinema over everything else, including his health. Now that we are looking at the release of the film I miss him more than ever. God bless his soul." The Bengali superstar Prosenjit returns to Hindi films after his much applauded role in Dibakar Bannerjee's Shanghai. Says Prosenjit, "It was really sad to see Rajesh Pillai leave us so suddenly. I spoke to him a few months back at the Kerala Film Festival. I accepted the role in Traffic because I really liked the subject. I play a
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Reflections 2015: Bollywood Razzies of 2015

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year” goes the Xmas song, but it also applies to sorting through the dreck and crap that came out of Bollywood in 2015. I watched many of these duds so that you don’t have to, and trust me they’re not as hilarious as I’m going to make them, because for every great Jodi like Srk-Kajol in Dilwale there’s Sunny Leone being paired with Ram Kapoor. Yet there were some awful gems like Msg and its sequel that came out in the same year – take that annual Fast and Furious franchise! Herewith is the worst and secretly hilarious of the year.

Worst Actor – Emraan Hashmi for Hamari Adhuri Kahani/Mr X

After doing so well in Shanghai, and Ghanchakkar, Emraan decided to play it safe with his performances in Hamari Adhuri Kahani (paired opposite Vidya Balan) and the atrocious Mr X.
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Oscars: Nepal Selects ‘Talakjung vs Tulke’ for Foreign-Language Film Race

London — Nepal’s Foreign-Language Film Selection Committee has chosen Nischal Basnet’s “Talakjung vs Tulke” as its entry in the foreign-language film category at the 88th Academy Awards.

The film follows a village laborer who dreams of regaining his former aristocratic identity. A revolution sets off a chain of events that forces him to the city and he returns armed with the tools that will allow him to seek revenge on those who had wronged him and his family. Dayahang Rai, Khagendra Lamichane and Richa Sharma star.

Black Horse Pictures and Shatkon Arts Production produced the film. It had a theatrical release in Nepal in October 2014 and has had festival play at the Shanghai Intl. Film Festival.

Basnet’s 2012 film, the crime drama “Loot,” was a big hit among Nepalese youth.

The deadline to enter in the Academy’s foreign-language film race is Oct. 1 and the nominations will be announced Jan.
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Hamari Adhuri Kahani Movie Review

The Bhatt camp is famous for their love stories – be it Aashiqui 2, Woh Lamhe, Gangster – with Mohit Suri trying to give us a heart touching love story with each of his movie. This time he brings us the love story of two star crossed lovers in Hamari Adhuri Kahani.

Aarav Ruparel (Emraan Hashmi) is a business tycoon with over a 100 hotels under his management. Though hardly staying at one place for a long time, he does have a liking for white lilies around him. It’s because of this that he meets Vasudha (Vidya Balan) who works at one of his hotels. Vasudha is a single mom working to make ends meet and before you know Aarav starts falling for her. But she has a past; her past being her abusive husband Hari (Rajkumar Rao) who suddenly left her and disappeared one day. While Aarav tries to convince her
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Can Mohit Suri rejuvenate Emraan Hashmi's career?

Once titled 'hitman' Hashmi due to his superb success record, actor Emraan Hashmi has been searching for that elusive hit for almost three years now. To be precise, his last big hit was Raaz 3 which released in September 2012.

In fact since Raaz 3, Emraan Hashmi has had some very promising films like Shanghai, Ek Thi Daayan, Ghanchakkar, etc flopping at the ticket window. Even his Dharma Productions outing Ungli failed to cut much ice, and the case was similar with his home banner venture (Vishesh Films), Mr X which despite the much touted SFX tanked. In all the cases, the hit music which was always associated with Emraan Hashmi films (and which earned him our title, music's lucky mascot) was clearly missing.

To cut a long story short, all eyes and hopes now rest on the golden boy Mohit Suri (Emraan's friend and cousin) to rejuvenate Emraan Hashmi's career and
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Box Office – Mr. X to open better than Margarita With A Straw

Last time when Emraan Hashmi and Kalki Koechelin came together on screen on the same day, it was for Shanghai where they were paired opposite each other. Now this Friday they would be pitted opposite each other in two altogether distinct films – Mr. X and Margarita With A Straw. While former is pitched for the masses, latter is eyeing niche audience.

Let’s talk about Mr. X first. The film is one of the rare Emraan Hashmi films that is catering to universal audience. In fact it has been pretty much sold as a family affair. All of this means that the film would have to reach out to a newer set of audience, which could well turn out to be a game changer for the actor. Since the actor is in a reinvention phase, this is actually a step in the right direction. All of this means that though
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An Open Letter To Dibakar Banerjee

Dear Dibakar

You have set the trend for grim, hatke cinema that catches the viewer unawares. Your style of story-telling is entirely your own and this is what was seen even in a small segment in Bombay Talkies where four directors displayed their talent. Yours was a masterpiece. The way you exploited Nawazuddin Siqddiqui's talent was amazing, not to mention the wide camera angle that spoke the unspoken words.

Khosla Ka Ghosla, Oye Lucky Lucky Oye, Love Sex Aur Dhoka and Shanghai were other films that had your unmistakable stamp of creativity. You scared the viewers as well as entertained them.

So what went wrong with Detective Byomkesh Bakshy? The film was good, but it was just that: Good. There was no Dibakar Banerjee stamp of authenticity over the film like it has been in the above-mentioned earlier films. What happened? Did you have to tweak the subject to suit the Yash Raj banner?
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Dibakar Banerjee: Detective Byomkesh Bakshy can be a trendsetter

While Dibakar Banerjee's films right from Khosla Ka Ghosla to Shanghai appealed critics and a section of audience, it didn't quite set the cash registers ringing in.

So, when we asked if he is betting commercially on his latest film Detective Byomkesh Bakshy, Dibakar said, "There is no other way to do a film than to commercially bet on it because if the film fails commercially then you can't do anything. My past films were not supposed to be box-office hits because all those were challenging the wisdom and expectations of public."

"Khosla Ka Ghosla was a sleeper hit. Nobody knew that it would be so loved. Oye Lucky shocked everybody because everyone was expecting me to do Khosla part 2. LSD (Love Sex Aur Dhokha) was out-n-out controversial film. Shanghai was a film that really told you what India was like. These kinds of films are not exactly sure
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Here are 4 things that you can expect from Sushant Singh Rajput's Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!

We have seen various versions of Byomkesh Bakshi, however Dibakar Banerjee's Sushant Singh Rajput starrer Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! promises the old charm with a new twist. As Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! releases today, we bring you 4 things that we can expect from the movie. Take a look...

A thrilling journey

From Dibakar Banerjee creating hype about revealing the villain to the climax of the movie being leaked online, the thrilling journey to find out the real villain has only become more interesting!

Sushant Singh Rajput's grey character

In spite of his lead role as the detective, there seems to be twist in Sushant's character, which has a lot of mystery and drama.

Dibakar Banerjee's magic

He always created a unique kind of magic in his movies Khosla Ka Ghosla, Shanghai and Bombay Talkies. and now all eyes are set on his recent film Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!, we can
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Detective Byomkesh Bakshi – Character Sketches

Yash Raj Films presents one of 2015’s most anticipated releases Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!, a darkly compelling, pulp noir opening in cinemas worldwide on 3rd April 2015.

Directed by Dibakar Banerjee Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! is a gripping, Indian crime thriller based on the pursuits of the fictional, detective character famous in Indian literature. Sushant Singh Rajput, features in the title role alongside Anand Tiwari and Bengali actress Swastika Mukherjee in principal roles, supported by an exceptional ensemble including Divya Menon, Neeraj Kabi, Meiyang Chang, Mark Bennington and Shivam.


Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! is based on Saradindu Bandyopadhyay’s popular fictional detective, Byomkesh Bakshy and presents a contemporary interpretation of Calcutta during the 1940’s. This first of its kind detective film is an adventure thriller mired in deep political intrigue. A young, astute and intelligent Byomkesh, fresh out of college, pits himself against a mega world villain, depending more on his intuition and
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Meiyang Chang's role specially designed for Detective Byomkesh Bakshy

Last seen in Badmaash Company, Meiyang Chang will now be seen in the highly anticipated film of the year Detective Byomkesh Bakshy, directed by Dibakar Banerjee.

While Sushant Singh Rajput plays the title role, Meiyang Chang plays the small yet significant role in Detective Byomkesh Bakshy. "It's a small role and not the main character yet it takes the story to another level. I am one of those characters which were never part of the original Detective Byomkesh Bakshy. It has been specifically designed for newer Bymokesh Bakshy," says Meiyang.

He further adds about his character, "I am playing a licensed drug dealer, who basically deals in opium, however authorized by government. My character is from Chinese Bengali heritage, a mixed race, which started to form around 40s and 50s."

Meiyang reveals that there are multiple plots running in the film.

"The central story is about a gang from Shanghai,
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Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! – Villian Revealed in New Trailer

Director Dibakar Banerjee, along with lead actor Sushant Singh Rajput, launched the New Trailer of Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! at yrf Studios today. Sushant, dressed head to toe as Byomkesh Bakshy, made a grand ‘vintage’ entry along with Dibakar Banerjee. The enthusiastic pair spoke excitedly about the significance of the villain in the movie – the nameless one – Yang Guang! The most monstrous gangster from Shanghai who has come back from the dead… and the only one who may turn out to be Byomkesh’s lifelong nemesis, threatening everything and everyone he loves and values.


Yash Raj Films is proud to present a Dibakar Banerjee Film, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! which releases worldwide on 10th April 2015. Expect the Unexpected!

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Detective Byomkesh Bakshy Teaser: It's All Blood And Fire

Dibakar Banerjee returns to the director's chair after the critically acclaimed Shanghai with a brand new adaptation of the works of Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay in Detective Byomkesh Bakshy.Byomkesh Bakshy is a legendary Indian literary character, a detective on par and very much influenced by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. Like Holmes, Bakshy has also been adapted to the screen, both big and small, numerous times with at least nine feature adaptations by Bengali filmmakers like Satyajit Ray (Chiriyakhana) and Rituparno Ghosh (whose final film was Baskhy story Satyanweshi and starred fellow Bengali filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh as Bakshy), as well as TV serials and other appearances. With a wealth of stories, 32 written by Bandyapadhyay between 1932 and 1970, Bakshy is a gift that keeps on giving...

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Open Air, Excel climb Three Storeys

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Exclusive: Priya Sreedharan’s start-up production outfit Open Air Films is partnering with Excel Entertainment on romantic drama Three Storeys.

Directed by newcomer Arjun Mukherjee from a script by Althea Delmas, the film tells three interweaving love stories set in a chawl (tenement building), where dozens of families live cheek-by-jowl. Delmas was previously a co-writer on Happy New Year.

“Its about the decisions we make in life and the consequences of those decisions on our relationships,” Sreedharan said. Excel is backing the film, which is scheduled to start shooting in January 2015.

Open Air is also producing Hitesh Bhatia’s Char Log Kya Kahenge, selected for this year’s Nfdc Screenwriters Lab. Sreedharan is close to signing with an Indian studio for the film.

The company’s debut slate also includes Ladakhi drama Chuskit, based on a true story about a disabled girl who overcomes huge obstacles to attend school. Written and to be directed by Priya Ramasubban
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Big Bang Theory star sees Reason

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Big Bang Theory star sees Reason
Exclusive: Kunal Nayyar, star of The Big Bang Theory, is heading the cast of Aditya Bhattacharya’s A Momentary Lapse Of Reason, an English-language crime drama shooting in India and Los Angeles.

Sendhil Ramamurthy (Heroes), Lance Reddick, Alex Brendemuehl and Neha Chauhan also star in the film, about a rich young slacker who is sent to Los Angeles to sign over a family building to a Russian conglomerate following his father’s death. After refusing to sign the papers, he finds himself up against rogue cops and the Russian mob.

“It’s an American crime drama with an Indian protagonist and you never see that,” Nayyar told Screen. “I’m known for playing a nerd so this was an opportunity to show a different facet of what I do.”

Nayyar’s film career is taking off with roles in Canadian comedy Dr Cabbie, which is scheduled for Us release on November 26, and Sooni Taraporevala’s upcoming 3 And A
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Special Report: Arijit Singh takes London by storm with a phenomenal UK concert debut

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Bollywood’s hottest playback singer, Arijit Singh, made his London debut at the Indigo Arena on Friday 29 August, as part of his ‘Tum Hi Ho’ UK tour. The 27-year-old performed to a sell-out crowd at the popular venue, located within The O2, and was literally setting the stage on fire with his enchanting voice.

Hosted by the BBC’s Anushka Arora, the concert kicked off with a special appearance from popular singer Aditi Singh Sharma, who set the mood right by singing some of her most loved songs, which included ‘Offo,’ ‘Raabta’ and ‘Dhoom Machale Dhoom.’ Aditi looked amazing on the night and her vocals were delivered at the perfect pitch. She managed to get the audiences to sing along with her and was also not afraid to shake a leg to some of her upbeat tracks. Aditi was a great surprise for the audiences and she was a professional throughout her brief appearance.
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