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5 days 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 ...

8 days 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...

9 days 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...

14 days 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. ...

19 days 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...

1 month 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 ...

2 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...

3 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...

4 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...

5 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...

7 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 ...

7 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...

7 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...

7 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...

7 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.

7 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...

7 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...

7 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...

7 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...

7 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...

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