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20 days ago
'Astra' first look unveiled on Big B's 74th birthday

Mumbai, Oct 11 (IANS) Disney Channel and Graphic India on Tuesday -- Amitabh Bachchan's 74th birthday -- released the first look of upcoming superhero series Astra Force, which features the megastar as an animated mythical hero, Astra the Immortal. The first look tells the story behind Astra and how he meets the two eight-year-old twins, Neal and Tara as they combine forces to save the u...

20 days ago
Amitabh Bachchan turns 74, gets jukebox from fans

Mumbai, Oct 11 (IANS) On his 74th birthday on Tuesday, Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan unveiled a jukebox gifted to him by his fans. He said it is precious and memorable for him. A few years back, someone for Amsterdam had come and told me, 'We make such things and we would like to make something for you'. I don't know whether a jukebox will be there or not in the future but this gif...

20 days ago
Amitabh Bachchan turns 74, gets jukebox from fans

Mumbai, Oct 11 (IANS) On his 74th birthday on Tuesday, Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan unveiled a jukebox gifted to him by his fans. He said it is precious and memorable for him. A few years back, someone for Amsterdam had come and told me, 'We make such things and we would like to make something for you'. I don't know whether a jukebox will be there or not in the future but this gif...

7 months ago
Big B, Shafqat Amanat Ali kick-off India-Pakistan clash

Kolkata, March 19 (IANS) Steeped in gravitas and hopes of sustained peace, the high profile India-Pakistan World Twenty20 match at the Eden Gardens here got off to a flying start as Indian cine icon Amitabh Bachchan and Pakistani singer Shafqat Amanat Ali rendered their respective national anthems amid fervour with thousands joining in the initiative at the packed arena. At the pre-game ...

8 months ago
Bengali director Aurobindo Mukherjee dead

Kolkata, Feb 11 (IANS) Eminent Bengali film director Aurobindo Mukherjee, whose comedies and masterpieces of other genres have regaled audiences over the decades, died at his city residence here following old age complications. Mukherjee, 96, passed away on Wednesday, family sources said. A widower, he left behind two sons and a daughter. Born on June 18, 1919, in Katihar in Biha...

1 year ago
Celebrating diversity, humanity and beauty: India's first modern poet?

He was a poet both for, and ahead of, his times, pioneering not only the development of a language and form of poetry but also fashioning a modern ethos - one recognising the diversity of his land and its people, of principles of faith transcending outward appearances and rituals, and of the centrality of the individual in existence. And then he had a refined aesthetic sensibility in depicting va...

1 year ago
TV adaptation of Rajinder Singh Bedi's 'Lajwanti' launched

New Delhi, Sep 15 (IANS) Rajinder Singh Bedi Dwara Rachit Lajwanti, a new periodic drama based on the short story Lajwanti written by the late writer Rajinder Singh Bedi, was launched here on Tuesday. Launched in the presence of his grandchildren -- Ila Bedi, Rajat Bedi and Manik Bedi, the show is touted to be a tribute to the legendary writer. Known as one of the leading 20th ce...

1 year ago
'Sholay' never had poor opening: Ramesh Sippy

Mumbai, Aug 16 (IANS) Director Ramesh Sippy denied reports that his blockbuster film Sholay had a lackluster collection at the box-office for the first two weeks. He says that it got a blockbuster opening. There was tremendous eagerness among people for the film. When the film hit the theatres, it had an outstanding opening and was 'House Full' everywhere and innumerable tickets were sol...

1 year ago
Abhishek my real life Veeru: Big B

New Delhi, Aug 14 (IANS) He had a perfect reel Veeru in Dharmendra in Sholay forty years ago. But in real life, megastar Amitabh Bachchan -- who played Jai of the Jai-Veeru duo in the iconic film -- says he shares that special camaraderie with his son Abhishek. In an email interview with IANS, when the Big B was asked Who's your Veeru in real life, he responded: My son Abhishek...!

1 year ago
Universal Music to launch 40th anniversary collection of 'Sholay'

Mumbai, Aug 11 (IANS) Memorable dialogues and popular music of Ramesh Sippy's iconic film Sholay will be made available digitally for the first time via a collection by Universal Music India to celebrate 40 years since the movie's release. Sholay released on August 15, 1975. To celebrate four decades of its release, Universal Music India will launch the anniversary collection on ...

1 year ago
Bollywood's iconic 'Sholay' to release in Pakistan

Islamabad, Feb 6 (IANS) The cult classic Sholay, an action adventure Bollywood movie circling around two petty thieves hired by a police officer to exact revenge on a ruthless bandit, is set to release in Pakistan, 40 years after hitting Indian theatres. The release of the Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra-starrer, directed by Ramesh Sippy, in 1975 proved to be a watershed event in the ind...

2 years ago
Big B cuts birthday cake with media

Mumbai, Oct 11 (IANS) The Shahenshah of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan, celebrated the morning of his 72nd birthday by cutting a cake with mediapersons here Saturday, which also happens to be Karwa Chauth. But unlike every year, he isn't fasting this time due to health issues. A packed media conference at his office Janak here saw Big B looking fresh and radiant in a bright orange kurta, d...

2 years ago
'Ek Villain': deeply flawed, fatally self-defeating

Film: Ek Villain; Cast: Siddharth Malhotra, Shraddha Kapoor, Riteish Deshmukh; Directed by Mohit Suri; Rating: ** ½ Siddharth simmers and scorches the screen with his implosive one man against the world act. As a loner on a rampage after the love of his life is killed, he brings to the table a certain intensity which unfortunately, in this case, can only go this far and no further. ...

2 years ago
Onir to launch Prosenjit's wife in Bollywood

Mumbai, April 29 - Onir's new Hindi film Shab will introduce Bangla superstar Prosenjit's wife Arpita Pal in the female lead. The film will not only transform the traditional Bengali beauty's image into a hip south Delhi socialite, it will also cast her as a woman in love with a younger one. Arpita, who is considered one of the finest contemporary actresses in Bengal, voluntarily gave up he...

2 years ago
'Sholay 3D' - Classics never pale

Film: Sholay 3D; Cast: Sanjeev Kumar, Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Amitabh Bachchan and Amjad Khan; Writers: Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar; Director: Ramesh Sippy; Rating: ***** If as William Shakespeare told us, a rose by any other name smells just as sweet, then Sholay in any format -3D, 4D or whatever, would remain just the same. An inviolable classic, timeless, as it is timely. The new...

3 years ago
Paresh Rawal to play Om Prakash's role in 'Chupke Chupke'

Mumbai, June 10 - Filmmaker Umesh Shukla has roped in actor Paresh Rawal to step into Om Prakash's shoes for the new version of the cult classic Chupke Chupke. So far we have only finalised Paresh Rawal, who will play Om Prakash's role, Shukla, who had directed Oh My God with Paresh in the lead role, told IANS. Needless to say Pareshji is a wonderful actor and I share a good bond...

3 years ago
Paresh Rawal to play Om Prakash's role in 'Chupke Chupke'

Mumbai, June 10 - Filmmaker Umesh Shukla has roped in actor Paresh Rawal to step into Om Prakash's shoes for the new version of the cult classic Chupke Chupke. So far we have only finalised Paresh Rawal, who will play Om Prakash's role, Shukla, who had directed Oh My God with Paresh in the lead role, told IANS. Needless to say Pareshji is a wonderful actor and I share a good bonding ...

3 years ago
'Aashiqui 2': Well-made, moving version of love vs.showbiz tale

Film: Aashiqui 2; Starring: Aditya Roy Kapoor, Shradha Kapoor; Directed by Mohit Suri; Rating: ***1/2 It's no coincidence that this surprisingly moving film is inspired by Frank Pierson's 1976 drama A Star Is Born. And I deliberately mention the funky psychedelic 1976 version and not the older - version of the same story. In spirit and in the way the two principal actors perform th...

4 years ago
A 70-foot painting from Allahabad for Big B's 70th birthday

Lucknow, Oct 10 - Even as actress Jaya Bachchan lines up a slew of events, gifts and surprises for hubby and mega star Amitabh Bachchan, who turns 70 Thursday, a young fan of Big B is working tirelessly 24x7 to gift him a touching and a very big gift. Raj Kapoor Chitera, 26, is making a 70-foot oil painting which will show various milestones in Bachchan's personal and professional life. ...

4 years ago
'Ishaqzaade' - love beyond boundaries in UP's badlands

Film: 'Ishaqzaade'; Cast: Parineeti Chopra, Arjun Kapoor; Writer-Director: Habib Faisal; Rating: **** What does one do when love strikes during times of war? And make no mistake. Elections time in a small dusty town of Uttar Pradesh is akin to war. Guns are fired randomly at enemies, real or imagined. Enemies fall to the ground. Morals lie crushed under heels. And finer feelings are buried ...

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