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19 hours ago
Shooting in India helps me connect with my roots: Dev Patel

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) His brief visits to India for shooting his international movies help British actor of Indian descent Dev Patel connect to the astounding and inspiring country as well as revisit his cultural roots. It is a wonderful way to get in touch with your culture and with your roots. I'm constantly astounded whenever I go to India. I feel so inspired by the people I inter...

1 day ago
A.R. Rahman to embark on 'special' US tour

New Delhi, March 3 (IANS) Music maestro A. R. Rahman will kick start his three month long North American tour March 21. He promises to deliver special performances. The tour will begin May 21 in Huntington, NY at The Paramount before travelling to major cities across the US, including the Beacon Theatre in New York City, Bass Concert Hall in Austin, The Auditorium Theatre in Chicago and ...

11 days ago
India lose sheen at Oscars 2015, but had its triumph moments

New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) India's no show at the 87th Academy Awards may have left cinema-lovers sulking, but a cursory glance at the time-line of filmdom's most prestigious award highlights spread of Indian flavours at the ceremony. From Bhanu Athaiya, Resul Pookutty to A.R. Rahman, several stalwarts have clinched the coveted golden statuettes in the past. Oscars 2015 have come with a di...

14 days ago
Irrfan Khan cast in Tom Hanks-starrer 'Inferno'

Los Angeles, Feb 18 (IANS) Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan has been roped in for yet another Hollywood project -- this time he will share screen space with Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones in the upcoming mystery thriller film Inferno. Apart from the 48-year-old, Inferno, the third film in the franchise that launched with The Da Vinci Code in 2006 and continued with Angels & Demons in 2009 w...

20 days ago
Trying to avoid being typecast: Sharib Hashmi

Mumbai, Feb 12 (IANS) His comic timing is working like a magnet for offers of comedy films for him, but actor Sharib Hashmi says he's trying to avoid being caught in one image in the Hindi film industry. Most of the films being offered to me are so far comedies. Surprisingly, I have also got some out-of-the-box offers. I try my best to do different films, Sharib, who will next be seen in...

22 days ago
A.R. Rahman congratulates Ricky Kej on Grammy win

Mumbai, Feb 10 (IANS) Music maestro A.R. Rahman, who bagged two Grammys in 2010, has congratulated Indian artist Ricky Kej for winning the prestigious golden gramophone in Los Angeles. Congrats on the Grammy win Ricky Kej. You have proved yet again that music is a credible choice, no matter where you are born...Wishing you the best, Rahman, who won two awards at the 52nd Annual Grammy Aw...

1 month ago
Dev Patel spotted with mystery woman

Los Angeles, Jan 21 (IANS) After reports of a split with Hollywood-based Indian actress Freida Pinto, British actor Dev Patel was spotted with a mystery woman at an airport here. The 24-year-old actor was photographed with a brunette Sunday. They were arriving at the airport and heading through the terminal together, reports dailymail.co.uk. The Slumdog Millionaire star seemed e...

1 month ago
The Dharavi Project - music for social good

Mumbai, Jan 16 (IANS) The Dharavi Project, an initiative by Universal Music, will fund the expansion of a music and dance school in Dharavi, Asia's biggest slum, which featured as the backdrop of Danny Boyle's Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire. The dance school was established in March 2014 by Qyuki.con, a multi-channel network, co-founded by filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, Slumdog Millionaire ...

1 month ago
'Birdman', 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' lead Oscar race, India out

Los Angeles, Jan 15 (IANS) India has been left out in the race for the 87th Academy Awards as none of its films or artistes have featured in its final nomination list, announced here Thursday. Overall, it was Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's black comedy Birdman and Wes Anderson's comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel, leading with nine nominations each, including best picture. None of India's pr...

1 month ago
Indians out of the race for 87th Academy Awards

Los Angeles, Jan 15 (IANS) India will be a no-show at the 87th Academy Awards as none of its probable contenders, including Oscar winner A.R. Rahman, have made it to the final nomination list, which was announced here Thursday. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences revealed the final nominations across all 24 categories at an event here. Four of Rahman's compositions -...

1 month ago
Indians fail to make the cut for 87th Academy Awards

Los Angeles, Jan 15 (IANS) India will be a no-show at the 87th Academy Awards as none of its probable contenders, including Oscar winner A.R. Rahman, have made it to the final nomination list, which was announced here Friday. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences revealed the final nominations across all 24 categories at an event here. Four of Rahman's compositions -- ...

1 month ago
A.R. Rahman turns 48, musicians pay tribute

Mumbai, Jan 6 (IANS) On the 48th birthday of Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman Tuesday, singers like Lata Mangeshkar and Kavita Krishnamurthy have hailed the talent of the 'Mozart of Madras', who has given Hindi cinema some lilting melodies and memorable numbers throughout his career. Here's what they have to say of the musician, who won two Oscar awards for his work in international fi...

2 months ago
A.R. Rahman in contention for Oscar again

Los Angeles, Dec 13 (IANS) Double Oscar winning Indian composer A.R. Rahman is once again in the race for an Academy Award. Among the 114 scores in contention for a nomination in the Original Score category for the 87th Oscars, the Mozart of Madras stands a chance with three mentions. His work for Million Dollar Arm, The Hundred-Foot Journey and Indian film Kochadaiiyaan are part of the ...

2 months ago
Freida to attend Nobel Peace Prize ceremony

New Delhi, Dec 10 (IANS) Hollywood-based Indian actress Freida Pinto is all set to attend Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway and support Pakistani child education activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi, who will be felicitated at the event Wednesday. Malala and Satyarthi will receive a medal and $1.4 million in prize money. Freida, also an a...

2 months ago
I look for strong female characters in films: Freida Pinto

New Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) There is a recurring pattern in actress Freida Pinto's films and that is the presence of strong female characters. The Hollywood-based Indian actress says it's the first thing that she considers while choosing films. Be it Slumdog Millionaire, Miral or her upcoming film Trishna - all the films have seen her playing such charcters. A strong female character...

3 months ago
'Bhopal: A Prayer For Rain' - disturbing, timely and hard-hitting

Film: Bhopal: A Prayer For Rain; Cast: Martin Sheen, Raajpal Yadav, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Mischa Barton and Kal Penn; Director: Ravi Kumar; Rating: **** They say all you get from love is a love song. Disasters, man-made or otherwise, too can face a similar destiny. All we really get from disasters are disaster movies. Some that shake and stir. Others that move and change lives. ...

3 months ago
Priyanka Chopra, Freida Pinto come together for girls' education

New Delhi, Nov 29 (IANS) Story telling is one of the most important mediums to evoke a sense of responsibility towards the society. Keeping this thought in mind, Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls' education, is set to engage kids through films. The intiative made its entry in India here Saturday. The campaign encompasses storytelling to spread awareness of things girls can achieve...

4 months ago
Irrfan Khan to head Abu Dhabi film fest jury

New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) Acclaimed actor Irrfan Khan will preside over the Narrative Feature Competition Jury at the forthcoming Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF). The actor, known for his performance in movies like The Namesake, Slumdog Millionaire and Life Of Pi, will lead a jury comprising Algerian novelist and academic Waciny Laredj, English writer-director Steven Shainberg, Australian ...

4 months ago
No good roles for Indians in Hollywood: Imran Khan

Mumbai, Oct 16 (IANS) Actors like Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan and Nimrat Kaur may be making inroads into the Hollywood scene, but actor Imran Khan feels the American film industry lacks good roles for Indian talent. To be honest, I don't think Indian actors get good roles in Hollywood. You either get to be the hero's friend, the guy who owns the 7-Eleven (convenience store) on the corner, t...

6 months ago
My dancing helped me bag Ramanujan biopic role: NRI actress

Mumbai, Aug 27 (IANS) Actress Devika Bhise, who has bagged the role of Srinivasa Ramanujan's wife in a biopic on the mathematical genius, has been born and brought up in Manhattan. But she says her Indian side always dominated her personality. I've been learning and mastering the Bharatanatyam dance form from the age of four in Manhattan. I think my dancing was one of the main reasons wh...

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