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Dev Patel link-up reports irk Nargis Fakhri

Mumbai, March 31 (IANS) Link-up reports have always been a part and parcel of the glamour industry. And it has now struck actress Nargis Fakhri as reports of her dating British actor of Indian descent Dev Patel have started doing the rounds. The actress took to micro-blogging site Twitter to take a jibe at such stories. As per media, apparently a dinner crowd of 8 at a pizza place is the...

5 days ago
Vikas Swarup to be new MEA spokesperson

New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) Vikas Swarup, joint secretary (UN-Political) in the ministry of external affairs, is set to take over as the next spokesperson, replacing Syed Akbaruddin who has been named the pointsperson for the India Africa Forum Summit to be held in October. Swarup, who shot to fame with his book Q&A which was adapted into an Oscar-winning Hollywood film Slumdog Millio...

5 days ago
Vikas Swarup to be new MEA spokesperson

New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) Vikas Swarup is set to take over as the next spokesperson of the Indian external affairs ministry, replacing Syed Akbaruddin who is due for promotion to the rank of additional secretary, sources said on Thursday. Swarup, who shot to fame with his book Q&A which was adapted into an Oscar-winning Hollywood film Slumdog Millionaire, is expected to take charge ...

23 days ago
'Chappie' incredibly relevant: Dev Patel

New Delhi, March 9 (IANS) British actor of Indian descent Dev Patel feels that he bagged the role in sci-fi entertainer Chappie to add an Indian appeal to the film on artificial intelligence. India is one of the most rapidly developing nations and we know everyone around the world respects its technological advancement, so the film is incredibly relevant. I think that (director) Neill Bl...

26 days ago
Indian superhero, gangster drama by Dev Patel in offing

New Delhi, March 6 (IANS) After garnering kudos for his acting prowess, British actor of Indian descent Dev Patel is ready to take the next step in the world of filmmaking. He's working on his own projects to narrate stories revolving around India and even has plans to introduce an Indian superhero to the world with his movie. One of them is a gangster film based in Mumbai. Another one i...

28 days 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...

29 days 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 ...

1 month 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...

1 month 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...

1 month 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...

1 month 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...

2 months 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...

2 months 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 ...

2 months 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...

2 months 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 -...

2 months 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 -- ...

2 months 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...

3 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 ...

3 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...

3 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...

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