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Kolkata | 3 months ago
In the West, people laugh at Bollywood's formula films: Farrukh Dhondy

Kolkata, Jan 11 - Stating that Bollywood actors are popular only amongst the Indian diaspora in Britain, Indian-origin British author and scriptwriter Farrukh Dhondy says that the formula films churned out by the Hindi film industry don't work in the West.Dhondy has written screenplays for film and television, including Split Wide Open - and The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey -.You can make India ...
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Mumbai | 3 months ago
Anil, Priyanka to tour US to spread IIFA buzz

Mumbai, Jan 8 - Bollywood's 'jhakaas' star Anil Kapoor and 'desi girl' Priyanka Chopra will set out on a three-day tour to Los Angeles, Tampa Bay and New York, starting Jan 13, with the International Indian Film Academy - management to create a buzz about the 15th edition of the awards extravaganza.This year, the IIFA awards will take place in Tampa Bay, Florida.Together, they plan to make the rig ...
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New Delhi | 3 months ago
Big B in Hollywood adaptation of 'Six Suspects' ?

New Delhi, Dec 28 - After making his Hollywood debut with Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, megastar Amitabh Bachchan has reportedly been approached for another international project which is likely to be an adaptation of author Vikas Swaroop's Six Suspects.The 71-year-old has been approached by BBC and Starfield Productions to star in the project, which will be directed by award winning Argentine ...
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Mumbai | 4 months ago
Will start preparation for '24' Season 2 from January: Anil

Mumbai, Dec 23 - High on the success of his debut television venture 24, a political thriller that ended last weekend, its producer and lead actor Anil Kapoor says that they will embark on the second season from January next year. He promises that the next part will be even better.Looking back on 24, which was beamed on Colors channel, Anil said: When my team and I got down to making '24', we neve ...
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New Delhi | 4 months ago
Taking Indian cinema global - SRK, Big B, Rahman tell how

New Delhi, Dec 14 - With divides like mainstream and parallel cinema, single screens and multiplexes, Indian cinema lives under a divide which is a deterrent to its own good, superstar Shah Rukh Khan said here Saturday, even as Amitabh Bachchan felt the need of the hour is to blend in to go global.Until we don't inculcate a habit of collaborations, we won't be able to inch towards global cinema, S ...
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New Delhi | 4 months ago
'Jai ho'! Bollywood's big names dance in unison

New Delhi, Dec 14 - Picture this - stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and the evergreen beauty Waheeda Rehman dancing to the tunes of A.R. Rahman's Jai ho along with the Oscar composer on stage. This picture perfect moment came alive in the capital Saturday.The celebrities shared the stage at Solutions Summit, a day-long conclave to mark NDTV's 25th anniversary.Following a 45-minute discu ...
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Los Angeles | 4 months ago
Freida Pinto is incredible: Josh Brolin

Los Angeles, Dec 11 - Freida Pinto's rise to global fame is courageous, says Hollywood actor Josh Brolin, who starred with the Indian beauty in Woody Allen's You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger.She's incredible. I have a tremendous amount of respect for anyone who comes out of a best picture situation. I think that takes a lot of courage and she worked really hard. But she's doing extremely well. S ...
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Abu Dhabi | 5 months ago
Bollywood is known as 'item number' abroad, Irrfan calls for change

Abu Dhabi, Nov 12 - Indian cinema needs to speak a universal language and change the world's perception about Bollywood being an item number, says Irrfan, who has been in the news for his work in the highly acclaimed low-budget film The Lunchbox.We cannot continue being known as item number filmmakers. Bollywood is known as an item number, and we have to change that. We have to connect with a univ ...
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Abu Dhabi | 5 months ago
I'm dying to do a music-based film: Irrfan Khan

Abu Dhabi, Oct 27 - Irrfan Khan never fails to surprise - certainly not when he says he will be ready to sing or play an instruments if a movie allows him to! The Indian actor is an ardent music lover and says he is yearning to feature in a film which lets him explore this love of his life, and perhaps lend him a chance to learn the saxophone.I'm dying to do a film about music. I want to do such a ...
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Mumbai | 6 months ago
Mumbai Film Mart testing ground for indie filmmakers

Mumbai, Oct 22 - Mumbai Film Mart - has earned appreciation for providing a platform to aspiring filmmakers to present their under-production or completed films to international buyers and festival programmers, but it also poses challenges to independent filmmakers.Bhaskar Hazarika, currently working on an under-production Assamese supernatural thriller, said MFF logically makes sense.I think it's ...
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New Delhi | 6 months ago
WIFW finale: High on glamour quotient

New Delhi, Oct 14 - Fashion designer Ashish N. Soni brought Hollywood glamour of the 1950s on the grand finale of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week - Spring Summer 2014 edition Sunday night.The multi level stage and live music presentation by jazz bands complimented the theme of the collection La Dolce Vita.Models in polka dot dresses, others with jackets and red lips with shades walked the ramp ...
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New Delhi | 6 months ago
Stardom will never consume my soul: A.R. Rahman

New Delhi, Oct 2 - He is one of the few Indians to have won two Grammy awards and two Academy Awards, yet he retains the humility of a common man. Celebrated Indian singer-composer A.R. Rahman, also known by the sobriquet 'Mozart of Madras', says he can never let stardom consume him.I was a common man and I will always remain a common man. No amount of stardom will ever consume my soul. Money come ...
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Kolkata | 6 months ago
Rahman's Kolkata show to set the tone for India tour

Kolkata, Sep 30 - Months after superstars Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif enthralled the audience here at the Indian Premier League inauguration ceremony, the city is all geared up to witness yet another spectacle Tuesday - the opening show of musical genius A.R. Rahman's month-long India tour titled Rahmanishq.Pegged as a musical experience accentuated with state-of-the art tech ...
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Kolkata | 6 months ago
Indian music industry reaping benefits of digitisation: A R Rahman

Kolkata, Sep 29 - Twin Grammy and Academy Awards winner A.R. Rahman is a firm believer in the amalgamation of technology and talent. The maestro asserts that the Indian music industry is reaping the benefits of digitisation, contrary to the notion that technology has negative effects.Set to enthrall audiences in Kolkata - the first city on his month-long 'Rahmanishq' tour that begins Tuesday - Rah ...
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Chennai | 7 months ago
Prakash Raj to star in Hollywood project?

Chennai, Sep 24 - Actor-filmmaker Prakash Raj has reportedly been roped in to play an important role in the Hollywood screen adaptation of Vikas Swarup's Six Suspects, which is expected to go on floors March 2014.I'm happy to share that my close friend Prakash Raj has signed a Hollywood project. The film will be based on the book 'Six Suspects' and is expected to go on floors in March next year, p ...
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7 months ago
'Slumdog Millionaire' author to carry Torch of Unity

London, Sep 20 - Vikas Swarup, an Indian diplomat and author of international bestseller Q & A, which was adapted into the award-winning Slumdog Millionaire, will be joined by 100 children for the launch of a Britain-based NGO, The Unity of Faiths Foundation -, Sep 27. TUFF is a secular organisation that recognises the importance of inter-community dialogue and acceptance as the bedrock of c ...
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London | 7 months ago
'Slumdog Millionaire' author to carry Torch of Unity

London, Sep 20 - Vikas Swarup, an Indian diplomat and author of international bestseller Q & A, which was adapted into the award-winning Slumdog Millionaire, will be joined by 100 children for the launch of a Britain-based NGO, The Unity of Faiths Foundation -, Sep 27.TUFF is a secular organisation that recognises the importance of inter-community dialogue and acceptance as the bedrock of comm ...
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7 months ago
No one can replace Ray Dolby: Resul Pookutty

Mumbai, Sep 13 - Oscar-winning sound technician Resul Pookutty is saddened by the demise of famous sound engineer Ray Dolby and says no one will be able to replace him. Dolby is known for inventing the Dolby noise-reduction system and surround sound, a technology which is still used in the process of filmmaking and music. R.I.P Ray Dolby. The man who has given us all the power to vision film sou ...
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Mumbai | 7 months ago
No one can replace Ray Dolby: Resul Pookutty

Mumbai, Sep 13 - Oscar-winning sound technician Resul Pookutty is saddened by the demise of famous sound engineer Ray Dolby and says no one will be able to replace him.Dolby is known for inventing the Dolby noise-reduction system and surround sound, a technology which is still used in the process of filmmaking and music.R.I.P Ray Dolby. The man who has given us all the power to vision film sound. ...
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7 months ago
Priyanka Chopra, Freida Pinto inspire Neetu Chandra

Mumbai, Sep 5 - Bollywood actress Neetu Chandra is on a high ever since she joined the cast of Greek film Home Sweet Home. She believes it's the best time to be a global actor. Chandra seeks inspiration from Indian actors Freida Pinto and Priyanka Chopra, who have carved a niche in international platforms. Freida earned fame with Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire, while Priyanka has made h ...
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