John Abraham Is Raw (Romeo Akbar Walter)

After giving an action-packed blockbuster performance in Abhinay Deo’s Force 2, John Abraham is ready to take off with Robbie Grewal’s upcoming spy-thriller, Romeo Akbar Walter (Raw) this year. The shoot for the film is scheduled to start from June 1. The movie will be produced by Dheeraj Wadhwan, Vanessa Walia and Gary Grewal.

Commenting on the same, director Ajay Kapoor said, “We are excited to have John on board this film with us. The process began when we were brainstorming on whom to cast for the protagonist’s part and thought that John would fit the bill perfectly. He really liked the script and gave his nod on the same day as the narration. We have revisited the script of this espionage-drama which is set in the 1970s and we can’t wait to take it on the floors”.

The makers of the film have been doing an
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First image from Swati Bhise’s directorial debut ‘Swords and Sceptres’

Cayenne Pepper Productions released today the first look image of Devika Bhise as Rani Lakshmibai from Swati Bhise’s forthcoming feature Swords and Sceptres, which follows the true story of the historic Queen of Jhansi who fiercely led her army against the British East India Company in the infamous Sepoy Mutiny of 1857.

Revealing one of Rani’s looks, this first image exposes the incredible detail and work which Swati Bhise and her team have put into portraying an authentic version of the historical queen. The intricate costumes with original designs that existed during the period, all custom and individually handmade 14 months in the making, have been created by costume designers Vidhi Singhania, Riyaz Ali Merchant and Swati Bhise with make-up by national award winning make-up supervisor Vikram Gaikwad. The jewellery has been loaned by Gadgil Jewellers known for their heritage jewellery from this period, with uncut diamond jewellery made by Shri Hari of Delhi.
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First look at Devika Bhise in historical epic 'Swords And Sceptres' (exclusive)

First look at Devika Bhise in historical epic 'Swords And Sceptres' (exclusive)
Rupert Everett and Derek Jacobi also star.

Screen can reveal a first look at Devika Bhise in Cayenne Pepper Productions’ historical epic Swords And Sceptres, which has now wrapped after filming in the UK, India and Morocco.

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Swords And Sceptres

Rupert Everett, Derek Jacobi, Ben Lamb and Jodhi May also star in the film alongside a host of established Indian actors including Nagesh Bhonsle, Yatin Karyekar, Milind Gunaji, Arif Zakaria, and Ajinkya Deo.

Cayenne Pepper Productions CEO Swati Bhise, producer of The Man Who Knew Infinity, makes her feature debut as a director on the film. She is also producing and Charles Salmon is co-producing.

Swords And Sceptres tells the true story of Rani Lakshmibai, the historic Queen of Jhansi who fiercely led her army against the British East India Company in the infamous Indian Rebellion of 1857.

Swati Bhise commented on the project: “I wanted to make this film to tell an inspirational
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Birmingham Indian Film Festival ready with a spectacular line up of cutting edge films!

Europe’s Largest Indian Film Festival returns to Birmingham again this year for the third year in the row. Sister to the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival, (Liff), Birmingham Indian Film Festival will run from Friday 23 June until Sunday 2 July 2017. This year’s festival promises to be one of the best showcasing 11 Independent Films, 2 Music Documentaries and a host of talent over 10 days in 3 cinemas!

Cary Rajinder Sawhney, Liff & Biff Director, says: “We are delighted to bring Birmingham audiences a carefully curated selection of the very best new Indian and South Asian independent cinema; all films are English subtitled, offering a rare window into over a billion South Asian lives. This year’s selection includes premieres of new comedies, gripping thrillers, shocking horror and insightful true-life documentaries as well as bringing together UK previews of major award-winning films from the world’s greatest film festivals.”

The festival opens on Friday 23 June at Cineworld Birmingham,
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Reel to Real Life: Anna Hazare

Based on the life of social activist Kisan Baburao Hazare aka Anna Hazare writer and director turned actor Shashank Udapurkar started penning the script for the film 3 years ago. As can be seen in the picture, the physical transformation of the actor to look the part is commendable! The process started 8 months ago while the shooting for the film started last June and continued till July 2016.

“I lost around eight kgs to play the 22-year-old Anna who was in the army then, living on salads, oats and fruits. Later, I put on almost 12 kg to look like the Anna of today. I played badminton twice a day to stay fit, “informs Shashank. The method actor even refused to resort to prosthetics, turning instead to his make-up man Vikram Gaikwad.

“My interaction with Anna helped me with the prep, being a Maharashtrian myself the lingo was not a problem,” he added.
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Bajirao Mastani Wins 9 Technical Awards at Iifa Madrid!

Along with fabulous hosts Karan Johar, Fawad Khan, stars galore, rocking musical performances as well as gorgeous fashion both on the green carpet and on the stage during the Vikram Phadnis fashion show, the Technical Award winners also were announced at Iifa Rocks. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani was honored with 9 awards, also taking home the statue were Piku, Talvar, Badalpur, Tanu Weds Manu, Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Deewani Mastani.

Here is a full list of Techincal Award winners


Kabir Khan, Parveez Shaikh, V. Vijayendra PrasadBajrangi Bhaijaan


Juhi ChaturvediPiku


A Sreekar PrasadTalvar

Production Design

Saloni Dhatrak, Sriram Iyengar, Sujeet SawantBajirao Mastani


Remo D’souza – ‘Pinga’ from Bajirao Mastani


Sham KaushalBajirao Mastani

Sound Design

Bishwadeep Chatterjee & Nihar Ranjal Samal – Bajirao Mastani

Best Song Engineer

Tanay Gajjar – Deewani Mastani & Bajirao Mastani

Sound Mixing

Ajay Kumar PbBadlapur

Background Score

Sanchit BalharaBajirao Mastani
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Special Report: Iifa toasts the winners of the Technical Awards at Iifa Magic of the Movies

The Iifa Magic of the Movies and Technical Awards was an evening dedicated to winners of the Technical and Special Awards of the Tata Motors Iifa Awards 2014.

Held at the Mid Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre, the Green Carpet was rolled out to welcome stars and the super talents of Bollywood, plus some special guests. Bipasha Basu, Deepika Padukone, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Yami Gautam, Sridevi, Parineeti Chopra, Malaika Arora, Gauhar Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Dia Mirza, Hritik Roshan, Govinda, Anil Kapoor, Shatrugan Sinha, Sonu Sood, Anupam Kher, Vir Das, Bonny Kapoor, Rakesh Om Prakash Mehra, Mika, Shankar Ehsaan Loy and many more joined in the fabulous night.

Saif Ali Khan and Vir Das were the hosts for the evening, entertaining all with their one-liners and jokes, and included some skits about the future of Bollywood sequels and comparing the Hollywood and Bollywood industries.

The event started with a performance by Farhan Akhtar,
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'Jaatishwar' reaps accolades on social networks

'Jaatishwar' reaps accolades on social networks
Kolkata, April 16: Praise and congratulations poured in on social networking sites for the cast and crew of Bengali movie "Jaatishwar" that bagged four National Awards Wednesday.

The Srijit Mukherji-directed film, with Bengali superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee in the lead, clinched awards for Make-up (Vikram Gaikwad), Music (Kabir Suman), Singer (Rupankar Bagchi) and Costume (Sabarni Das).

Prosenjit took to Twitter to express his happiness.

He said: "Hpy2got d news dat national awrd gvn2 Sumanda4music director, rupankar4singer, vikram gayekwad fr makeup n saborni fr costume."

Mukherji lauded the.
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Bengali film 'Jaatishwar' bags four National Awards

Bengali film 'Jaatishwar' bags four National Awards
New Delhi, April 16: It's celebration time for the Bengali film industry with "Jaatishwar" bagging as many as four National Awards in the 61st edition of the coveted honours.

The Srijit Mukherji-directed film, with Bengali superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee in the lead, clinched the awards including best make-up (Vikram Gaikwad), best music (Kabir Suman), best singer (Rupankar Bagchi) and best costume designer (Sabarni Das).

Director Pradipta Bhattacharyya's "Bakita Byaktigoto" was selected for the Best Bengali Film award while "Heyro Party", a Bengali animation flick by Deepak Gawade has been adjudged the best film on family.
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Iifa 2014 Technical Award Winners Announced and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Bags 9!

The International Indian Film Academy today announced the winners of the technical categories of India’s most prestigious international awards, The Tata Motors Iifa Awards.

The Iifa Magic of the Movies and Technical Awards are set to take place on the 25th of April in Tampa. This year’s Videocon d2h Iifa Weekend celebrations are slated for the last weekend of April, from the 23rd to the 26th in Tampa Bay. This will be Iifa’s debut in the United States.

Running laps ahead of the pack, is the Milkha Singh biographical starrer ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ with 9 wins in the technical category, bagging Best Cinematography (Binod Pradhan), Best Screenplay (Prasoon Joshi), Best Dialogue (Prasoon Joshi), Best Editing (P. S.Bharti),Best Sound Design (Nakul Kamte ),Best Sound Mixing (Pranav Shukla),Best Background Score (Shankar-Ehsaan- Loy), Best Costume Designing (Dolly Ahluwalia), and Best Make-Up (Vikram Gaikwad).

With 2 awards is India
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Iifa 2014: 'Bhaag Milkha...' wins nine technical awards

Iifa 2014: 'Bhaag Milkha...' wins nine technical awards
Mumbai, Feb 28: Farhan Akhtar-starrer "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag" has won nine nods in the technical categories of the International Indian Film Academy (Iifa) annual extravaganza, it was announced here Friday.

Running laps ahead of the pack, the Milkha Singh biographical has bagged best cinematography (Binod Pradhan), best screenplay (Prasoon Joshi), best dialogue (Prasoon Joshi), best editing (P.S. Bharti), best sound design (Nakul Kamte), best sound mixing (Pranav Shukla), best background score (Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy), best costume designing (Dolly Ahluwalia) and best make-up (Vikram Gaikwad).

The popular awards will be announced during the April 23-26 event at Tampa Bay, Florida.

Superhero film "Krrish 3" has claimed two.
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Vikram Gaikwad : I am very grateful to this serial

Hyderabad, Dec 21: Vikram Gaikwad may be known to his audience as Justice Rande, but he says in real life too his love life is much similar to his onscreen character. Gaikwad is seen in the Marathi serial “Unch Mazha Zokha” as Justice Ranade. Recently he was in Nagpur and that’s when he expressed himself to the media. He plays the unbiased judge, who is a matured husband and also a social reformer. Vikram says his fans want him to be like the character always, even offscreen. That is tough for him, but eventually he is getting used to it.

When Vikram was asked whether playing period characters limit actor being offered other types.
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Winners of 2012 Iifa Awards: Ranbir- Vidya and Znmd!

After nominations from the Hindi Film industry to votes from you, the fans, the winners of the 2012 Iifa awards were announced on Saturday night at glittering event in Singapore. Hosted by Shahid Kapoor and Farhan Akhtar, the night was filled with stars, performances and many thank yous. We will have more from Singapore but wanted to give you the scoop on who took home the gorgeous statue for the best of the best.

Check out the complete list of winners!

Musical awards

Best Music Direction

Ar RahmanRockstar

Best Lyrics

Irshad Kamil – ‘Naadan Parindey’ – (Rockstar)

Best Male Playback Singer

Mohit Chauhan – ‘Naadan Parindey’ (Rockstar)

Best Female Playback Singer

Shreya Ghoshal – ‘Ooh La La’(The Dirty Picture) and ‘Teri Meri’ (Bodyguard)

Best Song Recording

Vishal-Shekhar – ‘Chammak Challo’ – (Ra.One)

Best Background Score

Ar RahmanRockstar

Best Debut (Female)

Parineeti Chopra – Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl

Best Debut (Male)

Vidyut JamwalForce

Best Supporting
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Iifa Awards: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara rules

Iifa Awards: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara rules
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara ruled the annual awards of International Indian Film Academy (Iifa) with nine trophies including best film, best story, best screenplay, best direction.

Here is a complete list of winners:-


Best Film: Zindagi Na Milegi DobaraRitesh Sidhwani & Farhan Akhtar

Best Direction: Zoya AkhtarZindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Performance In A Leading Role – Male: Ranbir KapoorRockstar

Performance In A Leading Role – Female: Vidya BalanThe Dirty Picture

Performance In A Supporting Role – Male: Farhan AkhtarZindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Performance In A Supporting Role – Female: Parineeti Chopra – Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl

Performance In A Comic Role: Riteish DeshmukhDouble Dhamaal

Performance In A Negative Role: Prakash RajSingham

Best Story: Reema Kagti & Zoya AkhtarZindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Best Music Direction: A.R. Rahman – Nadaan Parinde – Rockstar

Lyrics: Irshad Kamil – Nadaan Parinde – Rockstar

Playback Singer – Male: Mohit Chauhan – Nadaan Parinde – Rockstar

Playback Singer – Female: Shreya Ghoshal
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National Award for Vidya

The best of the best from India’s movie industry, national and regional, gathered in New Delhi for the 59th National Film Awards. While it was regional cinema that dominated this years award function there was one familiar person that took to the stand to receive an award. None other than Bollywood’s 2011 super queen Vidya Balan.

Dressed in a rose pink sari, something which has become a signature look at award ceremonies, along with with a simple hair style, Vidya took to the stage to accept the best actress trophy for her role in The Dirty Picture. While it seems Vidya has been collecting all the awards for The Dirty Picture, others in the production team were awarded for their work. Customer designer Niharika Khan and make-up artist Vikram Gaekwad also picked up awards for their part in transforming Vidya into item queen Silk.

The best feature film award
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Regional talent wins top honours at 59th National film awards

Regional actors and filmmakers swept the top honours, including best feature film, best direction and best actor titles, at the 59th National Film Awards announced here Wednesday. But Bollywood didn.t fail to mark its presence, as Vidya Balan was named the best actress for her bold role in .The Dirty Picture..The best feature film award was shared by Marathi film .Deool. and Kannada movie .Byari., while the winner of the best direction award was Gurvinder Singh for his Punjabi film .Anhe Ghorey Da Daan. . the film also won the best cinematography title.Marathi actor Girish Kulkarni was adjudged the best actor for his role as a good-hearted simpleton in .Deool..The best supporting actor and actress awards were given to Appu Kutty for Tamil film .Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai. and Leishangthem Tonthoingambi Devi for Manipuri film .Phijigee Mani., respectively.Awards in the music category also went to regional films.The
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National Film Awards 2011: Winners: Adaminte Makan Abu, Aadukalam, Dhanush

Adaminte Makan Abu, Aadukalam, Dhanush, and the other winners of the 2011 National Film Awards have been announced. The 58th Annual National Film Awards, administered by the India’s Directorate of Film Festivals, is “the most prominent film award ceremony in India. Established in 1954, it is administrated by the Indian government’s Directorate of Film Festivals since 1973. Every year, a national panel appointed by the government selects the winning entry, and the award ceremony is held in New Delhi, where the President of India gives away the awards. This is followed by the inauguration of the National Film Festival, where the award-winning films are screened for the public. Declared for films produced in the previous year across the country, they hold the distinction of awarding merit to the best of Indian cinema overall, as well as presenting awards for the best films in each region and language of the country. Due
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The Fake Osama Bin Laden Revealed

Noida based Pradhuman Singh Mall never thought in his wildest dreams that he.d be playing the comic character of the most wanted man on the face of the earth ! But as you have it director /writer Abhishek Sharma of the sleeper hit Tere Bin Laden would have it no other way !Amused by audience reactions says Pradhuman .Folks that.s me !.Walkwater .s Tere Bin Laden  is a tongue-in-cheek comedy about an ambitious young news reporter from Pakistan who comes across an Osama Bin Laden look alike. A scheme is hatched to produce a fake Osama video and sell it to news channels as a breakthrough scoop! Unfortunately there are serious ramifications as the White House gets involved and dispatches an overzealous secret agent on Osama.s trail.The actor who received rave reviews for his performance as the .Fake Osama Bin Laden. goes unrecognized even today thanks to
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Mugdha Godse bares for Help!

Mugdha Godse, a supermodel turned actor, who started her career with Madhur Bhandarkar's Fashion and went on to mesmerize audiences with her performances in All The Best and Jail, has now gone in for an all new glam and sexy look in her upcoming film Help, where she has powered the film with some Hot and sensuous Bikini Scenes, flaunting her curvaceous body. She will also be seen romancing on screen with co-star Bobby Deol in one of the most unconventional pairings today. Produced by Rupali Aum entertainment Pvt. Ltd., Help is all set to release on 13th August, 2010 all over."Help was a big challenge for me as it is a performance oriented role and on the other hand I also had to look glamorous in accordance with looking ghastly, so the efforts doubled up. Well for the bikini shots, I wasn't conscious much as I was
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Ranbir realises the value of freedom

Ranbir Kapoor had to pose like a statue in his forthcoming release 'Ajab Prem Ki Ghajab Kahani' and makeup man Vikram Gaikwad spent four hours to turn the actor into a sculpted figure.In the film, Ranbir has the habit of talking to an icon that stands in the centre of the town and one day he realises it looks like him. And for that particular scene, he had needed the makeover.'Once the make up was done, Ranbir would have to just stand till the shot was canned and that took hours. But it was a very tedious and tiring process but Ranbir did it very enthusiastically,' said a source.After the shot Ranbir would want move around all the time. 'Standing like a stone, it made Ranbir realise the value of freedom,' said the source.
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