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Raveena not keen on signing films for the heck of it

Raveena not keen on signing films for the heck of it
Mumbai, June 12: Raveena Tandon's comeback film "Shobhna's 7 Nights" might have won awards at various international film festivals, but the actress is not keen to sign more films unless something interesting comes up.

"I have already finished one film called 'Shobhna's 7 Nights', which was actually made for international film festivals. It has already been released at festivals, it has won awards all over and now if something interesting comes around, I'll do it, otherwise I am not very keen," the 38-year-old said here Tuesday at an event held for a cooking oil brand.

Directed by Sudipto Chattopadhyay, "Shobhna's 7 Nights".
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Writer accuses Anurag of lifting his story for Bombay Talkies

Writer accuses Anurag of lifting his story for Bombay Talkies
Anurag Kashyap's short film which comprises of one segment in the upcoming compilation Bombay Talkies has run into trouble. Writer Nishant G. Ranjan claims that Kashyap's upcoming short film is apparently based on his work.

Nishant further claims that he had sent his story, revolving around a person who wanted to make Mr. Bachchan listen to the poems written on him, to Kashyap in 2011. However, since there was no reply form Anurag's side, Nishant forgot about it.

It was only on reading reports about Anurag's short film did Nishant realize the similarities between both the stories. On inquiring further, he figured that this was very much his own story, and he took up the case with the Film Writer's Association (Fwa).

In earlier interviews, Anurag had claimed that the story for the short film was one of the first scripts he ever wrote. At that time it was
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Pankh director to take legal action against Zoya

Pankh director to take legal action against Zoya
Back in 2010, Pankh, featuring Bipasha Basu, Lilette Dubey, Mahesh Manjrekar, Ronit Roy, Sanjeeda Sheikh and newcomers Maradona Rebello and Amit Purohit, hit theatre screens across India. The film sunk without a trace, however, the writer- director Sudipto Chattopadhyay made several rounds of various film festivals with the film. Now, three years later, we hear that Sudipto is planning to take legal action against Zoya Akhtar for apparently lifting his film for her story in Bombay Talkies.

Apparently, after watching the trailer of Zoya's feature and learning about the storyline, Sudipto felt that Zoya has lifted the central idea of his film, for her upcoming Bombay Talkies. Further reiterating he says that Zoya's film is exactly what was shown in his, with almost every bit of the story line being similar. If that wasn't enough, Sudipto further claims that certain scenes have been blatantly lifted from his film without giving him credit.
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Raveenas item number in Shobhna Seven Nights

Raveenas item number in Shobhna Seven Nights
Whenever one hears the name Raveena Tandon, the only song that precedes the name is Mohra's 'Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast Mast', one of the 'premier' item songs of the 90s that made her an overnight sensation. Though Raveena hasn't done too many item numbers in her career, she has agreed to do one item song in Sudipto Chattopadhyay's Shobhna Seven Nights. Buzz is that she said yes to the song on the condition that it would be done aesthetically and with no suggestion of eroticism. The item song called 'Iss Jism Se Mujhe Azaad Karo' is sung by Shibani Kashyap.
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Raveena Tandon wins best actress at Houston

Raveena Tandon wins best actress at Houston
This week Raveena Tandon has much reason to rejoice. She has won the Best Actress award for her performance in Sudipto Chattopadhyay's Shobhna's 7 Nights at the Houston Bollywood Film Festival which concluded on October 7 with the announcement of Raveena's triumph.

Interestingly, there is only one acting award at the Houston Bollywood Film Festival which covers both the male and female category of nominations. Raveena therefore beat competition from Abhay Deol and Emraan Hashmi in Dibakar Bannerjee's Shanghai to get the award.

Squealing in delight from Houston after the announcement, Raveena said, "I've hardly received awards in my career so far. I did get the National award for Daman. But that was a one-off thing. I thought I deserved recognition for Shool and Aks. But I was seen as glamorous commercial actress. Hence, not eligible for awards. Now when I've played the most glamorous role of my life, I get the Best Actress award.
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Raveena Tandon to play cougar

Raveena Tandon to play cougar
Raveena Tandon is to play a high-society cougar in her first major film role in five years. The actress researched the role in Sudipto Chattopadhyay's upcoming feature by going to local cafes. Chattopadhyay told Mid Day: "When I narrated the premise of the film, she refused to believe that these housewives and upmarket Mumbai woman come and pick up these toy boys and hunks from outside this particular coffee house. "She said that she wanted to check it out but she being a star it was difficult (more)
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Raveena Tandon to Play the role of a Journalist

Raveena Tandon to Play the role of a Journalist
Mumbai: The director of the film seems to be bit dissatisfied in concern to the long time writing of the media people about Shovhana’s 7 nights. The director Sudipto Chattopadhyay is very surprised in finding the relationship of his film with Shobhaa De along with her relationship with the publisher of her book. According to the director in Mumbai they have already started the shooting.

The story was written by him based on the life of a journalist woman who was brought up in an orphanage wherein three different generations of men are shown. According to him, it would be simply foolishness to search for the similarity with Shobhaa De as his actress is supposed to be a fiction writer as well as journalist. Going back to the film, he added that Raveena is the actress, who is falling in love with Rohit. He further added that Rohit would be
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Raveena to play character based on Shobhaa De

Raveena to play character based on Shobhaa De
In Sudipto Chattopadhyay's next film Shobhana 7 Nights, Raveena Tandon is all set to play a role modeled on famous Indian author and socialite Shobhaa De. However, the film's makers insist that the only similarity between Raveena's character and Shobhaa De is that she is a beautiful and glamorous novelist, the rest of the premise is very different.

The film will also show Shobhaa De's long term professional relationship with the publisher of her novels David Davidhar of Penguin India. Anupam Kher has been cast to play the role based on publisher David Davidhar.

In the film, Raveena plays a married novelist who is in a relationship with a much younger boy, played by model-actor Amit Purohit. The film also stars Rohit Roy as Raveena's philandering husband.

Shobhana 7 Nights goes on floors next month.
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Raveena Tandon to star in Neerav Ghosh's next

After co-producing the well-received Chalo Dilli, Mahesh Bhupathi has now moved on. His next production will be an independent production and that too with Raveena Tandon in the lead. The comedy that Bhupathi will produce with Raveena in the lead is being described as a "Delhi Belly without the expletives but still with the anything-goes mood speed and dialogues." The film goes on the floors later this year and will be directed by Neerav Ghosh whose debut film Soundtrack featuring Rajeev Khandelwal as a deaf DJ, is on release. Neerav's film that Bhupathi has asked Raveena to do is an absolute antithesis. Says a source, "Mahesh has known Raveena for the longest. When he read Neerav Ghosh's script he fell in love with it. It's madcap zany crime caper comedy and requires a housewife as its main protagonist. Mahesh and his director thought Raveena was perfect for the part.
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Raveena Tandon to host lifestyle show

The gorgeous Raveena Tandon is on a roll, after having completed shooting for the thriller, Alert in Goa with Sanjay Dutt. She has also signed on a comedy opposite Arjun Rampal, Paresh Rawal and Irrfan Khan.Says Raveena  .It's a masala movie and I'm debating between two roles.She tops that up with Mamma Kehti Hain, a film about a mother and a child. .And though no one in my family went missing, the script brought tears to my eyes. adds the National Award winning actress.However Raveena is really looking forward to playing an abused socialite wife in a relationship with a toy boy, in Sudipto Chattopadhyay's Shobhana's 7 Nights. .It's a daringly different role in terms of approach. And despite the title, it's not a sleazy porn film, but an expose of Mumbai's dark underbelly and its strange creatures of the night," she says, adding, .I've heard and
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Cinematographer Somak Mukherjee dies in bike accident

Cinematographer Somak Mukherjee dies in bike accident
Aparna Sen who had worked with cinematographer Somak Mukherjee in her latest Bengali work Iti Mrinalini was all set to work with him again in her first Hindi film introducing Hema Malini's daughter Ahana in the female lead. And now the Ahana project would have to find itself a new cinematographer. Aparna is numbed by the young Somak's sudden death. She had formed a very close relationship with the young technician. Filmmaker Sudipto Chattopadhyay is in a state of shock after the brutally-abrupt death of Somak Mukherjee the cinematographer who had shot Sudipto's Pankh. "Reenadi (Aparna Sen) is devastated. She treated Somak as her son. He was at this very moment doing the colour correction of Reenadi's Iti Mrinalini when ...this happened. I had discovered the boy at age 20. He was extremely talented. I persuaded him to enrol at the Ftii in Pune (Film & Television Institute Of India). I
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Aparna Sen shocked over death of cinematographer Somak Mukherjee

The death of cinematographer Somak Mukherjee in an accident has numbed well-known filmmaker Aparna Sen, who had worked with him in her latest Bengali work .Iti Mrinalini. and wanted him onboard her upcoming Hindi film introducing Hema Malini.s daughter Ahana in the female lead.Aparna had formed a very close relationship with the young technician.Filmmaker Sudipto Chattopadhyay is in a state of shock after the abrupt death of Somak Mukherjee, who had shot his .Pankh...Reenadi (Aparna Sen) is devastated. She treated Somak as her son. He was at this very moment doing the colour correction of Reenadi.s .Iti Mrinalini. when .this happened. I had discovered the boy at age 20. He was extremely talented. I persuaded him to enroll at the Ftii (Film & Television Institute Of India) in Pune . I coaxed him into working with Reena-di. He was rapidly on the rise. He had recently done
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Onir’s I Am to open 13th London Asian Film Festival

Onir’s I Am will open the 13th edition of the London Asian Film festival which will take place from March 18-27, 2011.

The other films that will be screened in the festival are Dilip Mehta’s Cooking With Stella, Murali Subramani’s Natural Selection, Sona Jain’s For Real, Rakesh Mehta’s Khudakhushi, Avantika Hari’s Land Gold Women, Anusha Rizvi’s Peepli Live, Laurens Corneliz Postma’s The Interview, S M Raju’s Varnam, Rajeev Patil’s Jogwa, Sundaran’s Thittukudi, Andrew Piddington’s Killing of John Lennon, Sander Francken’s BardSongs, Jeet Matharru’s Women from the East, Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi, Nayan Padrai’s When Harry tries to Marry and Sudipto Chattopadhyay’s Pankh.

Ajay Naidu’s Ashes will be the closing film of the festival.

The short films which will compete in the festival are : Wild Things by Sandeep Sharma, The Invigilator by Manesh Nesaratnam,
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.Just Another Love Story. wins best film award at I-view film festival 2010 in NY

Filmmakers, aficionados and critics celebrated in unison the closing night of the I-View Film Festival 2010, which culminated Sept 26 in New York after a weeklong showing of bold and contemporary cinematic work from South Asia.The festival screenings encapsulated a stimulating discussion on gender and queer themes among the panelists and attendees.Vinay Shukla.s directorial return, Mirch had its world premiere as the closing night feature. The screening received an overwhelming response from audiences, followed by an emotional Q & A with the director and the leading ladies, Konkona Sen and Raima Sen. A star-studded red carpet at the Asia Society followed. Appearances on the carpet included directors and actors Onir, Aparna Sen, Konkona Sen, Rituparna Sengupta, Raima Sen, Sanjay Suri, Maradona Rebello, Sudipto Chattopadhay, Jitin Gulati, among others. Mother and daughter fashion designers and icons Bina and Malini Ramani were also present. Reacting to the Best Film Award, Kaushik Ganguly,
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Gay Kissing and Love-Making Scene Banned By The Censorboard

The scandal-prone new film Dunno Y. Na Jaane Kyon has gotten itself into trouble with the censorboard. Blurbs boasting that it is Indian cinema.s first gay love story have apparently not encouraged the censors to loosen up and act liberated.The censorboard has clamped down heavily on the love-making sequences between the film.s leading man Kapil Sharma and the Delhi-based model Yuvraaj Parasher who plays Sharma.s lover. Apparently, the film which also features stalwarts Zeenat Aman and Helen, is carpeted with smooching and love-making sequences between the two guys. There is also a lingering gay love-making scene which goes all the way. It apparently had the ladies in the censorboard walking off in a moral huff and eventually asking the film.s director Sanjay Sharma to delete the torried kissing sequence and the love-making sequence.The film leading man who says he.s straight in real life,
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Gay kissing and love-making scenes banned by censor board

The scandal-prone new film Dunno Y… Na Jaane Kyun has gotten itself into trouble with the Censor Board. Blurbs boasting that it is Indian cinema's first gay love story have apparently not encouraged the censors to loosen up and act liberated. The Censor Board has clamped down heavily on the love-making sequences between the film's leading man Kapil Sharma and the Delhi-based model Yuvraaj Parasher who plays Sharma's lover. Apparently the film, which also features stalwarts Zeenat Aman and Helen, is carpeted with smooching and love-making sequences between the two guys. There is also a lingering gay love-making scene which goes all the way. It apparently had the ladies in the Censor Board walking off in a moral huff and eventually asking the film's director Sanjay Sharma to delete the torrid kissing sequence and the love-making sequence. The film's leading man who says he's straight in real life, is appalled
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I have good level of smartness, Bipasha Basu

I have good level of smartness, Bipasha Basu
Much-awaited film Pankh of Bipasha Basu directed by Sudipto Chattopadhyay released on Friday reflects that if she had not been smart and intelligent, she wouldn't be where she's now.     "If you all have been seeing me over the years, you know that I have a good level of smartness," said Bipasha on Thursday night at Mumbai's Le Sutra hotel where she unveiled the Globetrotter Glam special issue of Marie Claire magazine. "It's a tough job being an actor and (that too) being an actor coming from outside without any support system, making your name in this business, I think if I was not smart and intel...
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Pankh Review

Pankh Review
Movie Review: Pankh; Star cast: Introducing Maradona Rebello, Lilette Dubey, Sanjeeda Sheikh, Ronit Roy, Mahesh Manjrekar, Amit Purohit and Bipasha Basu (Sp.App); Director: Sudipto Chattopadhyay; Rating: *1/2 – Is a bizzare bore!

Long in the making Pankh narrates the tale of the dilemma of a young boy who is cast in girl’s roles in movies as a kid. He even goes on to receive National Awards playing baby Kusum. However, major problems arise as the boy born as Jerry (Maradona), christened Master Jai for the movies and rechristened Baby Kusum to play a girl, starts noticing.
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I am smart Bipasha Basu

I am smart  Bipasha Basu
Bipasha Basu, whose much-awaited film Pankh directed by Sudipto Chattopadhyay releases today, boasts that if she had not been smart and intelligent, she wouldn't be where she's now. "If you all have been seeing me over the years, you know that I have a good level of smartness," Bipasha told reporters at Mumbai's Le Sutra hotel where she unveiled the Globetrotter Glam special issue of Marie Claire magazine. "It's a tough job being an actor and (that too) being an actor coming from outside without any support system, making your name in this business," she added. "I think if ...
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I am smart: Bipasha Basu

I am smart: Bipasha Basu
Mumbai, April 2 – Bipasha Basu, whose much-awaited film ‘Pankh’ directed by Sudipto Chattopadhyay released Friday, boasts that if she had not been smart and intelligent, she wouldn’t be where she’s now.

‘If you all have been seeing me over the years, you know that I have a good level of smartness,’ Bipasha told reporters Thursday night at Mumbai’s Le Sutra hotel where she unveiled the Globetrotter Glam special issue of Marie Claire magazine.

‘It’s a tough job being an actor and (that too) being an actor coming from outside without any support system, making your name in this business,’ she.
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