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A Musical Conversation with Ehsaan: “Mirzya is a very, very special album” – Exclusive

A tale of love, Mirzya, which hits theaters Friday, explores the tragic folktale of Mirza and Sahiban both in the world of folklore and in modern Rajasthan in 2016. The story, presented in a very unique way, weaves in and out of the love of Mirza-Sahiban of the folk tale and the characters of today. This ageless epic is directed by the BAFTA Awards nominee & 3-time National Award recipient Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and is brought to life in the words of famed poet and lyricist Dadasaheb Phalke recipient and Oscar winner – Gulzar. Introducing Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher, along with Anuj Chaudhary and Anjali Patil, this untold love story of estranged soul mates also stars Om Puri, Art Malik, and K. K. Raina.

In our recent interview, director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra revealed, among many other things, that this film is a musical. To create the music for his story of Mirzya,
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Randeep Hooda to play Havlidar Ishar Singh in ‘Saragarhi’

After proving his mettle yet again and garnering high acclaim for the biopic ‘Sarbjit’, Randeep Hooda is now gearing to go into battle with a period action-drama based on the historic battle of Saragarhi. Randeep will portray the role of Havlidar Ishar Singh, the military commander of the 36th Sikhs, today known as the fourth Battalion of the Sikh Regiment. The film is being helmed by writer-director Rajkumar Santoshi, who cast the actor after watching his performance in ‘Sarbjit’ as the filmmaker believes only Randeep can do justice to the part.

Randeep is known for his effortless blending into any role that he takes up, bringing about real characters to life on reel with much aplomb. And he is now set to do the same for his sixth biopic ‘Saragarhi’ as he will undergo strenuous preparations for his role as the Sikh soldier.

“For the next month-and-a-half, Randeep will be
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Ajay Devgn’s Sons Of Sardaar 2 to be a historical action thriller!



Ajay Devgn’s Sons of Sardaar 2 has a very intriguing story and will present an important reference in Indo-British history. We have learned from reliable sources that his Sons Of Sardaar 2 is based on the historic Battle of Saragarhi which was fought before the Tirah Campaign on 12 September 1897 between 21 Sikhs of the 36th Sikh​ Regiment​ (now the 4th Battalion of the Sikh Regiment) of British India, defending an army post, against ​more than ​10,000 Afghan and Orakzai tribesmen. The contingent of the twenty-one Sikhs from the 36th Sikh Regiment​ led by Havildar Ishar Singh. They all chose to fight ​until​ death.

Check out these facts associated with the Battle of Saragarhi

​This famous ​battle occurred in the North-West Frontier Province, which formed part of British India​ in the late 1800s​ and is considered by some military historians as one of history’s great last-stands. In fact, The Battle at Saragarhi is
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Ajay Devgns Sons Of Sardaar 2 to be based on real life story

Ajay Devgns Sons Of Sardaar 2 to be based on real life story
Back in 2012, we saw the release of Ajay Devgn's film Son of Sardaar that was a comedy. Now three years on, we hear that the actor producer will be making a sequel to the film titled Sons of Sardaar 2. However, the interesting bit about the sequel is that unlike the original that was a comedy, the sequel will be based on a real life story that has an important reference in Indo-British history. In fact we hear that the ambitious magnum-opus is being touted to be on the lines of Hollywood historical action thrillers for which the actor has chosen a tale which resounds of grandeur in its unparalleled tryst in history. As for the story, it is learnt from reliable sources that Sons Of Sardaar 2 is based on the historic Battle of Saragarhi which was fought before the Tirah Campaign on September 12, 1897 between 21 Sikhs of the 36th Sikh
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Movie Poster of the Week: The Illustrated Lauren Bacall

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An Italian To Have and Have Not (Howard Hawks, USA, 1944). Art by Luigi Martinati.

Lauren Bacall, who left us last week after an astonishing 70 years of making movies, was one of the most beautiful women ever to grace a movie screen and the first golden age Hollywood star I ever fell for. With her unmistakeable features—those eyebrows, those lips—she must have been one of the easiest stars to capture in an illustration and thus a gift to poster artists. For most of her career, however, while she was never less than a star, she was rarely a leading lady, playing co-star to her great love Humphrey Bogart in four of her first five movies, then to Charles Boyer, Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable, Kirk Douglas, John Wayne, Rock Hudson, Gregory Peck and so on. As a result, she rarely appeared solo in posters and is often dwarfed by her male co-stars.
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Ehsaan: “The music of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is rooted, powerful and pure just like Milkha Singh”

One of our favorite and well, my favorite Ost’s if you read my 4 star review, so far this year, has been Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy’s aka Sel’s music for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s tale of the inspiring winning life of Milkha Singh starring Farhan Akhtar. With an eclectic and very cool mix of sounds, flavors, genres, notes and voices they have created a fabulous set of songs for the film. Fans loved the tracks just hearing them when the Ost first released and could not wait to see how they played out on screen. As happens, many times, you can love a song just hearing it but once you see it in the film, you love it even more and that is true of Bmb. In her 4.5 star movie review for us, Aashi Gahlot said, “Every song belongs to the moment it represents perfectly.
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Herbert Lom: a career in clips

We look back at the work of Herbert Lom, the much-loved Czech-born actor who has died aged 95. His career took in everything from low-budget noir to the Pink Panther movies

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A refugee from the Nazis at the age of 22, Lom arrived in London in 1939 and immediately set about continuing the acting career he'd started in his home city of Prague. His first role was a small but eyecatching one: Napoleon, in the Fox-produced biopic The Young Mr Pitt, with Robert Donat as the wily but principled British prime minister – starts at 6:30. (He would play Boney again in 1956, in the Audrey Hepburn War and Peace.)

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Lom's unmistakeable charisma quickly won him admirers: though lead roles would be few and far between later on, he quickly scored one as the mysterious hypnotist in Brit thriller The Dark Tower, where he exerts his fateful,
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DVD Review - The Brigand of Kandahar (1965)

The Brigand of Kandahar, 1965.

Directed by John Gilling.

Starring Ronald Lewis, Oliver Reed, Duncan Lamont, Yvonne Romain and Katherine Woodville.

Synopsis:

A mixed race lieutenant joins the rebel Bengali tribesmen in an offensive against the British forces in India.

Afghanistan’s a tough one. Hard to know what to make of it all, whichever way you look at it. Whether by design or by happy accident, The Brigand of Kandahar has a lot in common with its wild, war-torn setting. The blurbs and the captions call it the North West frontier of India, but for anyone with a map or even a smudge of an inkling of what the British Raj got up to in the 1850s, that translates directly to the borders of that same country the British Army are still trying to tame a century and a half later.

A blast of heroic trumpet fanfare and we’re already in Ripping Yarns territory.
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Sabyasachi Mukherjee's Colour Fantasy for Winter/Festive 2011 was a Kaleidoscope fashion offering

August 19, 2011: Lots of colour with the distinct touches from the Maestro of Style and Design from Kolkata along with four dozen models of different shapes, ages and sizes on the ramp can turn the show into a mind blowing experience for the audience. That is how the third day of Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2011 ended as Sabyasachi Mukherjee presented men, women and children on the ramp in an ingenious manner, to confirm his fashionable position on the charts as the designer who can dress anybody, in any size or sex in stylish creations. Bringing the models in colour coordinated groups . quite an interesting concept . Sabyasachi showed garments that moved in perfect harmony in style, silhouette and form. Presenting the look of the North West Frontier Province and the styles favoured by the girls in Patiala, Sabyasachi added touches of Kathak and Kathakali for the silhouettes and the music and presentation.
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Osama bin Laden's Pakistan Haven

It's not shocking that Osama bin Laden was found in a comfortable Pakistan mansion-what's shocking is that the U.S. pretends the country isn't a harbor for terrorists. Plus, full coverage of bin Laden's death.

To me, as an American Muslim, it's significant that bin Laden is dead. American-Muslim groups zipped out statements through the night after news of his death: Muslims for Progressive Values said it "expresses great relief" at the death, saying, "Osama Bin Laden has singularly disgraced Islam and dragged our faith through the mud..." Islamic Information Center called him "one of the greatest enemies of Islam, if not the entire world." American Islamic Forum for Democracy said it "applauds" the news.

Related story on The Daily Beast: The Hunt for Osama's Son Hamza Bin laden

Photos: Inside Osama bin Laden's Hideout

For me, what's as important, however, is where bin Laden was killed: the hill-station town of Abbottabad,
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Cooks flown down from Lucknow for Imran's wedding

Bollywood actor Imran Khan.s wedding is the first high profile wedding of the year and he is making sure that it is nothing less than perfect, so much so that even the cooks are being flown from Lucknow to prepare traditional non-vegetarian dishes."For the wedding, cooks are being specially flying down from Lucknow. These are specialists and have been cooking for the family (Nassir Hussain.s) for more than five decades. This is a traditional family of cooks having a more than 200 year-old lineage,. said a source close to the family..They are even bringing the ingredients from Lucknow. All spices, vessels and other ingredients are being flown as they are very particular,. added the source.Khyber, a North West frontier specialty restaurant, will be doing the vegetarian cuisine.The ceremonies for the marriage will kickstart Saturday with Mehndi from 6 p.m. at Avantika.s farmhouse in Karjat,
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Karan Johar's wedding help to Imran and Avantika

Imran Khan and Avantika Malik have turned to Karan Johar to help them plan their wedding functions. The director was more than happy to help the couple.Initially, the bride-to-be started doing stuff on her own, but as the wedding date (January 10) drew closer, she realised that she was getting too stressed with all the planning and desperately needed help.She just didn't know who to ask. The groom wasn't any help, as he has been busy with his Yash Raj film's shoot.A source reveals, "Avantika was stressing about everything from her wedding trousseau to the menu.While in conversation with his I Hate Luv Storys producer, Imran happened to mention how his sweetheart was panicking and KJo immediately offered to look at the list and help her with suggestions.When he sat with Avantika and saw her plans, he wasn't too happy with some things. So the veteran of all things shaadi,
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Young Winston: close, but no cigar

Richard Attenborough's 1972 biopic of the man who went on to be prime minister sticks too closely to Churchill's memoirs: amping up the derring-do, but omitting much of the drama

Director: Richard Attenborough

Entertainment grade: C–

History grade: A–

Winston Churchill was educated at Harrow and Sandhurst, and went on to see action and report on several British colonial wars. His exploits, and his writing, earned him fame before he was elected to parliament in 1900.

War

We begin in the North-West Frontier province (then India, now Pakistan) in 1897, with the British and a Sikh regiment fighting the Pashtuns. The young Winston Churchill (Simon Ward) turns up, hoping to make his name as a war correspondent. The British have set fire to a peasant village. "Could be worth two or three hundred words," thinks Winston, cheerfully. On cue, Afridi tribesmen pop up and start shooting at him. The film recreates the
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