Pizza 3D versus Pizza – Is the Hindi remake as good as the original?
As Pizza 3D has hit the screens this week, Bollywoodlife brings you a comparison between the remake and the original Tamil film
When ever a film is remade, the comparisons are inevitable. But when you are remaking a hit horror film with no known stars, the onus lies the screenplay and direction to send the chills down your spine. In a industry where horror is neglected except for Ram Gopal Varma and Vikram Bhatt making an occasional scare fest, Bejoy Nambiar and debutant director Akshay Akkineni need to be lauded for trying a hand in horror. Click here to read more
Life of Pi: Brands cash in on the movie’s rave reviews?
Ang Lee’s inspirational film has been picked up by Amul for its famous topicals, and Sugar Free does a spoof on it as well
Ang Lee’s movie Life of Pi has been ‘Amul’ified. The inspirational and visually brilliant film offers some life-lessons, and it is one of the latest topicals of Amul. The dairy giant is known to put up hoardings in Mumbai based on current affairs, births, deaths, movies and whatever else is trending. Click here to read more
IFFI 2012: Irrfan, Tabu light up Goa
Cineswami gives a low down on the happenings at the 43rd International Film Festival of India
India’s gift to world cinema, Irrfan, and his Life of Pi co-star Tabu, were the life and soul of the party at the opening of the 43rd edition of the International Film Festival of India at Goa. The festival opened with Pi. Click here to read more
Ram Gopal Varma’s Bhoot Returns: first look
The filmmaker has used optical illusion in the poster of Bhoot sequel
Ram Gopal Varma has managed to garner interest in his first 3D film Bhoot Returns by launching an innovative first poster, which has an optical illusion of a girl with a bleeding lip. Click here to read more
Joker, Student Of The Year, Lagaan & Gangs Of Wasseypur: The long and short of it
Cineswami wonders why the length of some Bollywood films matters more than the content
As Joker opens across the world amidst reports that Akshay Kumar is unhappy with Shirish Kunder (Mrs Farah Khan) not converting the film to 3D and not listening to his edit suggestions and thereby staying away from the film’s promotions, one fact is emerging. No matter what the film’s merits or demerits, people seem to be happy with the fact that Joker is just under two hours in length. Click here to read more
Bachchan goes to Hollywood!
Amitabh Bachchan will star in Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of the The Great Gatsby, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio
Finally, after decades in the Indian industry, Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan has joined the elite international league. The reason for his recent hush-hush visit to Sydney is now clear. It’s official – the Big B has joined the cast of Baz Luhrmann’s $125 million 3D epic The Great Gatsby, an adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s great American novel. Click here to read more
Rajinikanth’s ‘Kochadaiyaan’ to bring the dead back to life!
Cineswami visited the sets of the film in London and found out
It seems that nothing is impossible for the indestructible Rajinikanth, even bringing the dead back to life, but that is precisely what’s going to happen in Kochadaiyaan. Ever at your service, doing the jobs others don’t want to, Cineswami dropped into the closed and hush-hush sets of the film at London’s Pinewood Studios and got you this nugget. The 3D motion capture film being directed by the Superstar’s daughter Soundarya will use cutting edge technology to bring the dearly departed comedians and villains of Tamil cinema Nagesh, P S Veerappa, M N Nambiar, R.S Manohar and Asokan back to life, albeit in animated form. As the icing on the cake, the much-loved Nagesh will be seen in a double role. But the cherry is reserved for Thalaivar who will be seen in not one, not two, but three different roles in the film. Click here to read more
Shirish Kunder’s ‘Joker’ is not in 3D
After all the brouhaha about the Akshay Kumar-Sonakshi Sinha-starrer being a 3D film, the new twist in the story is that the movie is now going be released in a 2D format
Produced by Studios-Disney UTV and directed by Shirish Kunder, Joker is not going to be a 3D film anymore. Until a few weeks ago the biggest USP of the movie was that it’s going to be released as a 3D flick. Click here to read more
‘Spider-Man’ destroys Bollywood: India box office report
The Amazing Spider-Man has got the highest opening weekend ever for a Hollywood film in India. With the box office collections at Rs 34.5 crore, it beat MI4, Avatar and The Avengers
It doesn’t happen too often, but when it does, it happens with a vengeance. India’s spider senses were set tingling with the release of The Amazing Spider-Man, starring Andrew Garfield as the rebooted web slinger and our own Irrfan in a sadly minuscule role. It wasn’t Irrfan that Indian audiences flocked to see – it was just good solid Hollywood action in the original English and dubbed into Hindi, Tamil and Telugu and in 3D, 2D and IMAX formats. Click here to read more
Shahrukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Abhay Deol: Celeb spotting at IFFI Goa
Shahrukh Khan was his usual ebullient self, Madhuri Dixit rushed in and out, Jackie Shroff was mobbed while Abhay Deol was ignored, much to Cineswami’s amusement
This week Cineswami has undertaken another tedious and onerous task so that you, gentle reader, don’t have to. I took the trouble of coming to sunny seaside Goa and put up with the discomfort of staying in a 7 Star hotel so that I could bring vignettes from the 42nd International Film Festival of India and the accompanying Film Bazaar to you. Well, someone has to take a hit for the home side, right? And Cineswami’s sacrificial nature is a byword in some (very small) circles. Click here to read more
Rajinikanth’s ‘Kochadaiyaan’ music to release in June
Composer AR Rahman will be present at the audio launch
The music of Rajinikanth’s Kochadaiyaan will release in the month of June and the film is scheduled to hit the theatres by September this year. India’s Oscar- and Grammy Award-winning music composer, AR Rahman, who is scoring for Rajinikanth’s magnum opus is ready for the music release of the film. Click here to read more
DANGEROUS ISHHQ: Why did Karisma Kapoor say ‘yes’ to the film?
Here’s why the older Kapoor girl decided to make a comeback with a movie featuring lesser known actors
One would have expected Karisma Kapoor to make her comeback with established stars. But the case is different with Dangerous Ishhq. Click here to read more
Karisma Kapoor is a superb actor: Jimmy Sheirgill
Sheirgill, who shares screen space with Karisma in Dangerous Ishhq, says his co-star is very focussed
Actor Jimmy Sheirgill, who shares screen space with Karisma Kapoor in her comeback film Dangerous Ishhq, describes his co-star as focussed and says the 3D romantic thriller will be an amazing movie.
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Cinematographer-director Santosh Sivan gets ASC membership
Sivan is the first South Asian to be selected for membership to the American Society of Cinematographers
Ace cinematographer Santosh Sivan last week became the first South Asian to be given the prestigious membership of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) for his outstanding work. The ASC membership is extended to individuals through invitations from existing members. Click here to read more