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India Chooses 'Barfi!' for Oscars Foreign-Language Entry

22 September 2012 9:56 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

New Delhi – India's official entry for the 2013 Oscars is Barfi!, produced by Disney Utv Studios. The announcement was made by the Film Federation of India. Barfi! (the name refers to an Indian sweet) stars top actor Ranbir Kapoor in the title role of a deaf and mute young man and his love for an autistic girl (top actress Priyanka Chopra) while upcoming South Indian actress Ileana D'Cruz completes the love triangle. Kapoor's performance as a fun-filled character has shades of Charlie Chaplin with some scenes even paying tribute to gags from his comedy classics. Budgeted at an

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- Nyay Bhushan

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Ranbir Kapoor advert 'stole look from Barfee'?

16 April 2012 3:04 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Barfee director Anurag Basu has claimed that Ranbir Kapoor's appearance in a new advert is remarkably similar to his role in the film. The actor plays an old man with grey hair in the commercial for a mobile phone company. Basu told Mumbai Mirror: "I was at the airport when I first caught a glimpse of Ranbir and that too on mute. I was shocked. I thought someone had put Barfee's first look out there without my knowledge! "I caught the complete ad later and was taken aback with what I saw. Ranbir's getup in the TV ad is almost identical to that of his old-age (more) »

- By Zakia Uddin

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Priyanka Chopra: 'You need to be competitive'

22 March 2012 3:31 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Priyanka Chopra has said that it is important to stay number one. The actress will next be seen starring in Barfee opposite Ranbir Kapoor and Ileana D'Cruz. She told The Times of India: "It is very important to be number one. Since school days one wants to be number one. In this competitive world, you have to be number one - whether in school or anywhere else. That doesn't mean you stamp on people's faces. "But it (more) »

- By Zakia Uddin

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Ranbir Kapoor, Ileana D'Cruz 'have great chemistry'

15 March 2012 4:21 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Ranbir Kapoor and Ileana D'Cruz reportedly have good chemistry on the set of Barfee. The pair are currently filming the romance, which co-stars Priyanka Chopra. An insider told DNA India: "Ranbir, who's known to be a performer par excellence, had many scenes that have been emotionally intimate without overt physical intimacy with Ileana in the film. "For one scene, Ileana, who plays Ranbir's translator, was supposed to have an emotional conversation with him, just in the form of sign language and expressions since Ranbir plays a deaf and mute (more) »

- By Zakia Uddin

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Kahaani brings Kolkata back to limelight

11 March 2012 9:26 AM, PDT | Filmicafe | See recent Filmicafe news »

<div>Stepping out of Mumbai and Delhi's streets and lanes which have been shown in films over and over again, Bollywood is now romancing Kolkata and its Victorian aura still intact in some places. After the just-released Kahaani where Vidya Balan traversed through the length and breadth of the city searching for her missing husband, two other big-budget films, due for release later this year, have focused on the metropolis and West Bengal.</div><div></div><div>Priyanka Chopra and Ranbir Kapoor, two of the most bankable actors in Bollywood, shot for more than a month recently in the city and in the hills of Darjeeling for the Anurag Basu directed murder mystery Barfee. Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha, on the other hand, will recreate the old-world charm of West Bengal in Lootera, a romantic period film set in the 1950s. It was shot recently in the natural surroundings of the picturesque Purulia district, 295kms from Kolkata. »

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Priyanka practices singing with Ranbir on Barfi! sets

28 February 2012 9:44 PM, PST | GlamSham | See recent GlamSham news »

Bollywood beauty Priyanka Chopra took her music teacher Samantha Edwards to West Bengal's hill city Darjeeling, where she is shooting for Anurag Basu's film Barfee.Piggy Chops said she is very much passionate about music and is very much thrilled about her international recording deal with Desi Hits and Universal Music to record her debut music album.Priyanka is practicing singing everyday after hectic shooting schedules in Darjeeling.A unit member said that sometimes »

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Bihari Maths Wizard Anand Kumar Biopic

8 February 2012 10:17 PM, PST | BusinessofCinema | See recent BusinessofCinema news »

 Maths genius, the 38-year old Anand Kumar, best known for his 'Super 30' programme which tutors economically-backward students free of cost, is now going to be the subject of a movie.Anurag Basu who is currently wrapping up Barfee with Ranbir Kapoor has quietly been researching the life of Anand Kumar. Basu was blown away by Anand's service to the cause of »

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Ileana D'Cruz food poisoning delays 'Barfee' shoot

6 February 2012 9:14 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Ileana D'Cruz's food poisoning has caused another delay in the shooting schedule for Barfee. The actress flew to home to Hyderabad from the Mumbai-based production in order to recuperate. A source told the Hindustan Times: "A set was erected, but since she cancelled the last two days of the schedule, it had to be dismantled since we didn't have further permission at the venue. "Once Ileana is fine, she will inform us and we will build it again. Fortunately, it wasn't a very costly set, so we haven't been set back by a huge sum." D'Cruz's spokesperson said: "Yes, Ileana has been down with [a] stomach (more) »

- By Zakia Uddin

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Best Actresses of 2011

15 January 2012 8:55 AM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

For admirers of films with prominent female roles, 2011 has certainly not been the best year for quality or choice. Actors have ruled the screen with substantial hero films like Ra. One, Ready and in the case of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, three major hero roles. The silence from the actresses corner has been so much that we at BollySpice have decided to bring the countdown from our usual ten down to five to adequately represent the performances throughout the year. Though it was quiet on the leading lady front in terms of roles, these five ladies gave performances that had to be singled out. See who impressed us in 2011!

5. Kalki Koechlin

Kalki Koechlin may be a surprise and unconventional addition to the list for some readers, but in 2011 she managed to pull off strong performances without the super celebrity tag that some of her contemporaries hold. She had quite a year with four different films, »

- Janine Gall

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Priyanka Chopra too ill to perform on stage?

13 January 2012 5:03 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Priyanka Chopra was reportedly forced to cancel a performance at the Mumbai Police annual show after she almost fainted. The actress was found to have low blood pressure after she complained about feeling dizzy, according to DNA India. A source told the paper: "She is absolutely fine now and is back to work. She did feel a little weak, but that was probably because she was exhausted. "She is back at the dubbing studio and is also scheduled to perform at a couple of award shows, so she is back to being busy. She is also going to start shooting for the leftover schedule of Barfee." (more) »

- By Zakia Uddin

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