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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 ...

3 days 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...

1 month 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...

2 months ago
Criticism makes me work harder: Anil Kapoor

Mumbai, Aug 8 (IANS) Actor-producer Anil Kapoor, whose career in the filmdom spans over three decades and who has garnered fame in Hollywood as well, says criticism motivates him to work harder and that's why sometimes he waits for people to make fun of him or criticise him. The 57-year-old shared his thoughts while speaking at a panel discussion organised for the Hollywood film The Gent...

3 months ago
Freida Pinto to address Britain's Girl Summit

London, July 21 (IANS) Actress Freida Pinto will address and give the closing speech at the world's first Girl Summit hosted by the British government along with its Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Tuesday. The initiative is aimed to bring together girls, women and community leaders from Britain and overseas, alongside governments, international organisations and the private sector to agre...

5 months ago
'Vandalism' at A.R. Rahman's LA place?

Los Angeles, May 19 (IANS) Oscar and Grammy Award winning Indian musician A.R. Rahman took to social media platforms early Monday morning to share a photograph of a vandalised wall of his Los Angeles place. Vandalism at my place in LA, Rahman posted on his official Facebook and Twitter page. Earlier this month, Rahman flew to the US to mark his presence for the world premiere of his ...

5 months ago
Ash bonds with Freida, Natasha at Cannes

Cannes, May 18 (IANS) Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai, who is here to attend the ongoing 67th Cannes International Film Festival, has made some new friends - she connected with Freida Pinto and Natasha Poly - on the first meeting. While Slumdog Millionaire fame Freida is Hollywood-based Indian actress, Natasha is a Russian model. The L'Oréal Paris ambassadors Aishwarya and Freida me...

5 months ago
'Slumdog...' on highest grossing indie films list

Los Angeles, May 15 - Independent or Indie films seem to be a hit among the movie buffs in the west with films like Blue Ruin and Frank and Slumdog Millionaire turning into box office favourites. Here is a list of some of the most financially successful indie films, reports femalefirst.co.uk: * Passion of the Christ: It was back in 2004 when Passion of the Christ released. For the mo...

5 months ago
'Million Dollar Arm': Poor country cousin of 'Slum Dog Millionaire'

Film: Million Dollar Arm; Cast: Jon Hamm, Pitobash, Suraj Sharma, Madhur Mittal, Aasif Mandvi, Darshan Jariwala, Lake Bell, Alan Arkin, Bill Paxton, Greg Alan Williams, Allyn Rachel, Tzi Ma; Director: Craig Gillespie; Rating: ** 1/2 Based on a true story, Million Dollar Arm is a predictable motivating sport film from the Disney stable, made not from the heart, but with economics at its core...

5 months ago
Pookutty waiting to hear from Big B

Mumbai, May 7 - Oscar winning sound engineer Resul Pookutty, who is ready to take the plunge into direction, has approached Amitabh Bachchan for his debut film and says he is waiting for his confirmation. I will be directing a Hindi film soon and I have given my script to Mr. Bachchan and he has loved the script. I am waiting for his dates. We shall soon make an announcement, he said.

5 months ago
More offers from Hollywood than Bollywood: 'Slumdog' actor

New Delhi, May 7 - A pivotal role in Danny Boyle's Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire was the turning point in Agra-born Madhur Mittal's life. Now awaiting the release of his new Hollywood movie Million Dollar Arm, he says Hindi cinema is going through a great phase, but he's getting more offers from Hollywood than from Bollywood. The 27-year-old says Slumdog Millionaire opened the floodgate...

5 months ago
Films with song-dance have more longevity: Rahman

Chennai, May 5 - Many filmmakers have started experimenting with no song movies, but double Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman says there are more longevity elements in a film with song and dance vis-a-vis one with just the story. The music genius, therefore, incorporates the same formula in his foreign projects, including forthcoming movie Million Dollar Arm. We have started making films w...

5 months ago
Satire show targets US media for ignoring Indian election

Washington, April 29 - A video of British comic John Oliver taking a swipe at the American media for ignoring India's election, the largest democratic exercise in the world and in history, has gone viral. The premiere of Oliver's new HBO news satire show, Last Week Tonight Sunday featured a ten minute segment starting with a clip of debates on American news channels about the Indian electio...

5 months ago
Hindi films are very original, full of life: John Trovolta

Tampa Bay -, April 27 - Amrican actor John Trovolta Friday said he is a big fan of Hindi films and feels they are very originl and full of life. I liked 'Slumdog Millionaire' which wasn't a bollywood film but somewhat reflects India. I recently saw 'Ram Leela'... I find Hindi films very original and full of life, they capture your attention and have universal themes, so yes I am a big fan o...

5 months ago
Bollywood's biggest awards show comes to America

Washington, April 26 - Highlighting the international appeal of India's Bollywood film industry, the International Indian Film Academy - Awards event is being held in the US for the first time in Tampa, Florida, Saturday. This year, Bollywood, its glittering stars and its legions of fans, have come to Tampa, National Public Radio - reported noting, At nearly all of the events held this week...

9 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 -. Yo...

9 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...

9 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 A...

10 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',...

10 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 c...

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