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Trendspotting In Hindi Films!

It has happened so often that key themes, plots or storylines of a successful movie has been suitably incorporated in subsequent movies to mirror the box office performance of the first one. What is even more intriguing is the repeat success of the above method on many occasions attaining the status of a formula at times.

Back in the 70s, Megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s “angry young man” image in the initial days was started by the super-hit run of Zanjeer (1973) which ran all the way till vigilante film Shahenshah in 1988. The action blended with drama in movies in the 1970s had ‘deteriorated’ to violence in late 1980s thus keeping the family audience away from theaters at the height of home video and film piracy. This is evident from the box office results of that era which had peaked at 15 crores (Sholay) in 1975 itself but remained stagnant for the coming two
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Rishi Kapoor slams Nitish Kumar for liquor ban in Bihar

Rishi Kapoor slams Nitish Kumar for liquor ban in Bihar
We all know that revenue generated from liquor taxation garners the government a hefty chunk. However, the Bihar government recently issued a ban on liquor in the state. Reacting to the same, veteran actor Rishi Kapoor took to twitter talking about the ban while posting an image from the days gone by saying, "Practising drinking since Coolie days. Waise-Smoking and Drinking is hazardous. People Please abstain from it. Tx!"

Later commenting on the ban, the actor added, "Bihar you will encourage bootlegging and illicit liquor. Prohibition has failed worldwide. Wake up! You will also lose ?3000 Crs revenue loss." Further directing his perspective towards the Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, the actor added, "10 years imprisonment for alcohol-5 years for illegal possession of Arms? Wah Nitesh! Me no coming to Bihar! How myopic can you get in 2016??"
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Amitabh Bachchan reveals that almost 75 percent of his liver is damaged

Amitabh Bachchan reveals that almost 75 percent of his liver is damaged
The last couple of days in Bollywood have only been about shocks and mega shocks. While on one hand, it was Aamir Khan who 'shocked' everyone with his 'by-now-controversial' statement on intolerance, on the other hand, it was the legendary Amitabh Bachchan who shocked everyone by stating (read 'confessing') that he was a patient of 'Hepatitis B' and had almost lost 75 percent of his liver due to late diagnosis of the disease. Bachchan made this startling revelation at the recently held 'Hepatitis B' media awareness campaign. For the uninitiated, Amitabh Bachchan is the Unicef ambassador for 'Hepatitis B' awareness programme. Additionally, he also spoke about the same in his blog, wherein he wrote the following "Almost 60 collective bottles of blood was pumped into me during my accident in 'Coolie' .. one infusion was carrying the dreaded virus Australian antigen Hep B .. it remained in my body and silently ate
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In Celebration of Tabu

One of the best actresses in Indian cinema, Tabu has given outstanding performances in films in the Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Bengali and Hindi film industries. One of the qualities that makes her such a good actress is that you never feel as if she is acting. She completely commits to her role and the arc her character goes through and she takes us on that journey with her. The actress has garnered rave reviews, as well as 2 National Awards, been awarded the Padma Shri for her contribution to cinema and many other awards during her career so far and she is still going strong.

In celebration of her birthday today we thought we would shine the light on one of our favorite actresses.

Even more beautiful now

Though lovely in her first appearance onscreen in the Telugu film Coolie No 1 and in her debut film as leading lady in Vijaypath,
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Amitabh Bachchan In Conversation with Tommy Sandhu for BBC Asian Network!

BBC Asian Network recently hosted a conversation with Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan.

On the 27th of January 2015, BollySpice was invited to join a mesmerised audience and witness a spectacular and touching conversation.

Presented by the charming Tommy Sandhu, Bloomsbury Theatre sprang to life as the inspirational icon stepped onto stage. As the crowds welcomed The Big B on stage, it was impossible to contain the excitement. Tommy struggled to get a word in edge ways.

There were roars of cheering, standing ovations and emotional cries.

Yes! Indeed, Mr Bachchan was now centre stage.

However, it was not just the audience who felt emotional. It was moving to clearly see the legendary super star touched by the loving admiration he received upon reception. Mr Bachchan stated that he was overwhelmed and thanked the audience for their continuous love and support throughout the years adding he was “deeply indebted”.

The BBC conversation
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Amitabh Bachchan will be taking part in a special edition of BBC Asian Network’s In Conversation With…

BBC Asian Network has announced that Bollywood star, Amitabh Bachchan, will be taking part in a special edition of BBC Asian Network’s In Conversation With… on Tuesday 27 January.

Listeners will be able to be in the audience at this exclusive event which is taking place at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London. Ticket registration will open at 9am on Monday 19 January and will close at 10am on Friday 23 January.

Having worked in Hindi cinema for over four decades, he has starred in some of the industry’s biggest blockbusters including ‘Sholay’, ‘Coolie’ and ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham’. His talents are not limited to India alone, having appeared in Oscar-nominated film ‘The Great Gatsby’ alongside Leonardo Di Caprio.

He became a trendsetter when he made the transition to the small screen as a TV host and, in 1999, the international icon was voted the ‘greatest star of stage or screen’ in the
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Big B performs dangerous stunts for TV serial

Big B performs dangerous stunts for TV serial
Amitabh Bachchan's fiction debut on television with the series Yudh just got a lot more dangerous. Apparently, the actor has defied medical orders to perform some forbidden stunts with a body rig.

It's been 30 years since the Big B wore a body rig for any of his stunts in a film. After the accident on the sets of Coolie in 1982 and the beating that his body took, the mega-star was forbidden from wearing the heavy body rigs required for cinematic stunts.

Until now. For the serial Yudh that he is doing, Big B agreed to wear a body rig for a very intricate stunt. Says a source from the set, "It was an important scene where Bachchan Saab's character Yudhishthir Sikarwar had to confront an important crisis in his life. The director Ribhu Dasgputa had been told by Big B's team that he wouldn't be wearing the body rig.
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“The message of Filmistaan is that cinema can transcend all borders, all barriers” – Sharib Hashmi

Sharib Hashmi first caught my eye in Jab Tak Hai Jaan as Shah Rukh Khan’s roommate, and I thought this was an actor we would see again. And here he is in a National Award winning film. Sharib stars in Nitin Kakkar’s Filmistaan, which won the National Award for Best Hindi Feature Film in 2012. Though showcased at film festivals around the world, it has taken a while for this critically acclaimed film to get to theaters, but now audiences will finally get to experience the magic of Filmistaan when it releases on June 6th.

Sharib plays the starring role of Sunny Arora, a wannabe actor and assistant director who, more than anything, wants to be a hero in a Bollywood film. Through a series of misadventures, including a kidnapping to Pakistan, Sunny finds himself staying with another Bollywood fanatic, Aftaab. What happens next shows how Bollywood can bring people together.
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Big B praises Filmistaan trailer

Mr Amitabh Bachchan tweeted the trailer of Filmistaan with words of praise. This warm gesture gave more hits to the trailer and added respect to the publicity campaign of Filmistaan. A national award winning film, Filmistaan, is about a hindi film buff who gets abducted by terrorists at Indo Pak border and is kept prisoner in pakistan and his friendship with the local villager over Hindi cinema.

His tweet number 1479 is as follows, “@SrBachchan T 1479 – Fresh talent, innovative ideas compassionate audience in our cinema. Watch .. ‘Filmistan’ . Loved it !!”

Sharib Hashmi, the film’s lead actor says, “I think I am Amitabh sir’s biggest fan, I have watched Coolie 72 times. I was over thrilled and almost chocked with happiness when I saw Amitabh sir tweet. Can’t express in words how thankful I am to him for tweeting the trailer.”

Nitin Kakkar, the film’s director adds,
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Big B expresses gratitude on being invited to Pakistan

Big B expresses gratitude on being invited to Pakistan
Karachi, April 29: Amitabh Bachchan has expressed his gratitude to Senator Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain for inviting him to visit Pakistan.

The 'Bhootnath' actor replied to the invitation and shared the fond memories he has of Pakistani people, recalling the prayers that they extended to him during his injury on the sets of Coolie in 1983, the Express Tribune reported.

Hussain had mentioned in the invitation that Bachchan's visit would also promote peace between the two countries and allow him to explore his maternal ancestral roots. (Ani)
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Amit Sadhs fracture puts Guddu Rangeela on the back foot

Amit Sadhs fracture puts Guddu Rangeela on the back foot
Accidents on location can be a crippling blow to film projects. The most oft-quoted example is that of the Big B who had a near-fatal accident on the sets Manmohan Desai's Coolie.

In comparison, Amit Sadh's fractured leg may seem trivial. However it has put Subhash Kapoor's new project Guddu Rangeela featuring Amit Sadh and Arshad Warsi in the title roles, behind schedule by a month.

The team which was shooting in Simla has returned to Mumbai where Amit is recuperating. Speaking from his home where Amit is now recuperating the young actor says, "The leg is healing. I have to be strong because this accident has messed up the schedule of my film. Now the doctors tell me that the first two weeks after the fracture will be very bad."

Mercifully for Amit the entire team of Guddu Rangeela is supportive. "Everyone has been wonderful. My
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Special Feature: Amitabh Bachchan’s Greatest Moments on Screen!


To celebrate the 71st birthday of Bollywood royalty Mr. Amitabh Bachchan; BollySpice has put together a special feature which looks at the actor’s greatest moments. When we think of Amitabh Bachchan, there are many classic films, songs and scenes that come to mind but we also wanted to shine the light on some of the other favourites that we have. Read on to check out what made it onto our list!

Entrance Scene: Mard – Every Amitabh movie had heroic entry scenes, with audiences often having to wait for up to half an hour of the film until Amitabh entered. Always innovative and awe inspiring – Coolie, Hum, Toofan, Agneepath…but for our favourite pick we’ll have to go for Mard. Our hero awakes from his siesta to see an old and helpless lady being dragged to her death, caught up alongside a car, which is being erratically driven by the rich,
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Framing Movies Take Twenty-Three: Amar, Akbar, Anthony (1977)

Masala brilliance thy name is personified by Manmohan Desai. Masala filmmaking is that secret ingredient to nearly every film in this wide and bountiful Hindi film industry. Of course, filmmakers disguise these elements in the social message films, the love stories, the thrillers, and countless other genre-pictures. If we want something to break up the tension of love scene, add some dishoom-dishoom, or if you want to cool that down, throw in some smart comedy. The ability to freely mix genres and tropes was expertly done in the juggernaut Amar, Akbar, Anthony (Aaa). The late 70s were the beginnings of the Amitabh Bachchan industry and Amar Akbar Anthony marked the partnership between Bachchan and Desai.

Aaa features a 25-minute prologue that stuffs in the three brothers and their parents Kishanlal and Bharati (Pran and Nirupa Roy) as they get torn apart by circumstances. Kishanlal is fresh out of jail for
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Amitabh Bachchan at Ibc Amsterdam “Things are changing because society itself is changing.”

The special curtain raiser of Ibc (International Broadcasting Convention on Friday the 13th was a centenary celebration of one of the most creative, and certainly the most prolific, dream factory on Earth – Indian Cinema.

From Raja Harishchandra, the first black and white silent film released in 1913, through to the critically acclaimed masterpieces of director Satyajit Ray to the diversity of Indian films today, Indian’s passion for the moving image has seen it explode into the one of the world’s largest film industries with a staggering 1000 films released annually and up to 3.6 billion in ticket sales.

New releases have an increasingly strong international flavour in their choice of stories, locations and globally recognised talent with directors and producers ever more adventurous in exporting Indian storytelling worldwide.

To celebrate 100 years of Indian Cinema, Living legend Mr. Amitabh Bachchan was invited as one of the keynote speakers at this convention. Bollyspice
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Bollywood's fascination for the mystical number 786

On the auspicious occasion of 'Eid Al Fitr' Glamsham.Com looks into the Bollywood's fascination for the mystical Islamic number 786 and reveals who started the trend in Bollywood. Well the credit for popularizing the mystical number 786 goes to Bollywood's most successful writer pair Salim Javed, who used it first time in their movie Deewaar, in which Amitabh Bachchan played a Coolie and has the badge number 786.The highlight of the movie was that Salim Javed explained the s
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Recalling Amitabh Bachchan's Coolie accident

"Main to chala gaya tha, laut aaya hoon to bus aapki duaon se."Amitabh Bachchan got a new lease of life after filmmaker Manmohan Desai's Coolie accident. Recently Amitabh Bachchan tweeted how after the fatal accident on July 26, 1982, he went into coma only to show signs of life on August 2, 1982 thanks to the toil of the doctors at Breach Candy Hospital in South Mumbai and the prayers of millions of his fan world over. Amitabh Bachchan thus celebrates August 2 as his second bir
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Rati Agnihotri to team up with son again in 'Purani Jeans'

Rati Agnihotri to team up with son again in 'Purani Jeans'
Mumbai, July 24: After "Luv U Soniyo", Rati Agnihotri will once again be seen playing son Tanuj Virwani's on-screen mother in his second film "Purani Jeans".

Tanuj told Ians, "Me and my mother are working together in 'Purani Jeans'. She is playing my mother and it's altogether a different experience to work with your mother. I was a bit nervous, but she made me feel comfortable."

Directed by Tanushri Chatterji Bassu, "Purani Jeans" also features Adiya Seal and Isabelle Liete.

Acknowledging the sacrifices made by his mom, known for hits like "Ek Duje Ke Liye" and "Coolie", Tanuj said: "Besides a great actress,.
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Abhishek, Aishwarya and Aaradhya join the Big B to meet fans

Ever since his almost fatal injury on the sets of Coolie thousands of fans have gathered outside Amitabh Bachchan’s home Jalsa and every Sunday for the past 28 years Mr. Bachchan has come out to greet them. This time though, the Big B was joined by his son Abhishek, daughter-in-law Aishwarya and granddaughter Aaradhya to meet his devoted fans.

Mr. Bachchan made the following tweet shortly after meeting his fans. “Sunday well-wishers, lots of dear Ef. ‘Little one’ came out too… concern on her face — why are these people waving and screaming.”

In addition to the tweet, Mr. Bachchan wrote the following on his official blog. “The Sunday well-wishers meet was swell … with many Ef in the congested and cramped crowds, bearing the heat and the push and shove. Ah ! Not recommended but what can one do .. it has now become a permanent joyful occasion for me .. and today the
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Dhawan missed Govinda at 'Chashme Baddoor' shoot

Dhawan missed Govinda at 'Chashme Baddoor' shoot
Mumbai, March 17: David Dhawan, who churned out a string of hits with Govinda, says his bonding with the actor was the best and he missed him while shooting for "Chashme Baddoor" remake.

Dhawan-Govinda duo rose in the film firmament with blockbusters "Shola Aur Shabnam", "Aankhen", "Coolie No 1", "Hero No 1", among others.

Dhawan said: "Govinda is a well-versed actor. My bonding with Govinda was the best and that's why the films worked pretty well. It was like Amitji (Amitabh Bachchan) and Manmohan Desai bonding. We could understand each other very well. He is a brilliant actor."

The director also teamed up with Salman.
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100 years of Indian cinema - the Bradford connection

In the second of two Yorkshire tributes to a century of Indian cinema, Irfan Ajeeb describes the extraordinary power of Bollywood film makers and stars

1999. It was a muggy night and approaching the end of a long and arduous day. The festivities were coming to a close and I was restively glancing at my watch as I knew I had yet to endure a four-hour drive to London. It was approaching midnight. Overdosing on coffee and chewing gum, I was anxious but at the same time excited - like a little kid waiting to open his presents on his tenth birthday.

The journey had begun as we set off on an empty M1. Sat on the back seat was the Indian actress, Pooja Bhatt, who had attended the Bite the Mango film festival at the then National Museum of Photography, Film & Television for an on-stage Screentalk interview. She had insisted
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