Why is the touring talkie in Maharasthra dying?
The concept of the watching movies in a tent no longer appeals to audiences in the drought-ridden state’s villages…they prefer cable TV or DVDs at home!
Marathi film Touring Talkies (directed by Gajendra Ahire) has been in the news lately, and it brings back into focus the business of travelling theatres. Still running in rural India in spite of the penetration of cable TV, DVDs and the Internet – in some places – the concept of watching films in a mobile theatre is dying a slow death every day. Click here to read more
Indian cinema comes late to its own centenary party
Was Dadasaheb Phalke the first one to make a film in India, or was it Dadasaheb Torne?
It is a well known fact that Indian cinema is a late developer. We adopt cinematic trends or rather ape them from the West, years after the fact. With the honourable exception of Satyajit Ray, it took us years to realise that we need to delve into our own rich culture and heritage to make films that are universal. Today, May 3rd is historic because it marks 100 years to the day that Dadasaheb Phalke’s Raja Harishchandra released and therefore, today is Indian cinema’s centenary. Right? WRONG? Click here to read more
Celluloid Man movie review: A masterful documentary on how one man’s obsession saved the history of Indian cinema
Shivendra Singh Dungarpur’s documentary on noted Indian film archivist PK Nair is a fitting tribute to 100 years of Indian cinema
‘A generation that ignores its history has no past’ is the one quote that stands out in Celluloid Man, a brilliant 150-minute documentary by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur on the life of Click here to read more
100 years of Indian cinema: Revisiting Dadasaheb Phalke’s Raja Harishchandra
As Indian cinema celebrates 100 years of its glorious journey today, we look at the country’s first feature film made by Dhundiraj Govind Phalke aka Dadasaheb Phalke way back in 1913. We also had an exclusive chat with filmmaker Paresh Mokashi who portrayed the adventurous journey of the father of Indian cinema in his 2009 movie, Harishchandrachi Factory – India’s official entry to the Oscars that year
Exactly on this day, precisely 100 years back, a certain Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, a small town photographer from Maharashtra, showcased something to this country that made him the founding father of Indian cinema. And today, as we celebrate a century of our glorious film industry’s existence, it is time to salute the man who gave us our first feature film – Raja Harishchandra. Click here to read more
Bombay Talkies movie review: A heartwarming ode to Indian cinema
This compilation of four stories delves into the magic and influence of cinema with subtlety and beauty
Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and Anurag Kashyap – four directors with different sensibilities come together to commemorate 100 years of Indian cinema with Bombay Talkies. They weave four stories that revolve around the impact of Indian cinema on the lives of people. Each story has its own flavour and style, but the vision of each of the directors seems to match at some level, making them parts of the whole. Amit Trivedi’s music blends with the theme of each of the stories. Click here to read more
Amitabh Bachchan gets the loudest cheer at The Great Gatsby premiere in New York: view pics!
Big B attended the red carpet premiere of the Baz Luhrmann film along with wife Jaya Bachchan
The US media was surprised to discover that it wasn’t Leonardo DiCaprio or Tobey Maguire who the audience went berserk about, but Amitabh Bachchan for whom they hooted with great energy and vigour at the premiere of The Great Gatsby. It seems when the media heard people cheering at the top of their voice, they expected Leo to make an entry, but were stunned to discover that all that happy screaming was for the none other than Amitabh Bachchan who plays the role of Meyer Wolfsheim, also a mentor to the central character in the film. Click here to read more
Karisma Kapoor: I like to pick and choose what I do!
The actor who has worked in a fiction show on TV and judged reality shows, says she will return to the small screen, if she finds anything interesting
Bombay Talkies movie review: Fitting homage to Indian cinema
Four short films helmed by Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap and Dibakar Banerjee make the cut
A girl on a railway station who croons Lata Mangeshkar songs with aching luminosity, a stoic gluttonous ostrich, a flirty cocky gay entertainment journalist, a closet actor, a little boy who likes to dance like Katrina Kaif and a man from Allahabad who just wants to meet Amitabh Bachchan for a few seconds … Such are the engrossing characters that populate the unforgettable world of Bombay Talkies. The film is that rarity, which makes us thankful for the gift of the movies. Click here to read more
Bombay Talkies: Anurag Kashyap denies plagiarism claims
A certain Nishant G Ranjan claims that Anurag Kashyap has copied his story; Kashyap denies the allegations vehemently
Even before it hitting the screens to celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema, Bombay Talkies-the compilation of four different stories directed by a club of talented filmmakers of B-town comprising Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and Anurag Kashyap- has found itself in a controversy. Click here to read more
Bombay Talkies gets a thumbs up from Bollywood!
The film, helmed by Zoya Akhtar, Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap and Dibakar Banerjee, releases on May 3 in India
Actor Konkana Sen Sharma couldn’t stop her tears when she watched Bombay Talkies, while for Riteish Deshmukh it was a “wonderful cinematic experience”. The film gets the thumbs up from the film fraternity who feel that it is a must watch. Click here to read more