India and Bangladesh to collaborate on war film!
Cineswami says that India and Bangladesh might soon start sharing content and co-producing television shows
In a move sure to anger neighbouring Pakistan, India and Bangladesh have agreed to consider a joint collaboration for production of a mega film depicting the “War of Liberation” Click here to read more
Brad Pitt comes to Mumbai!
The MAMI Film Festival will open with the Hollywood actor’s latest film, Moneyball
So the 13th annual Mumbai film festival (October 13-20) will open with Moneyball starring Brad Pitt and close with Dolphin Tale, starring Morgan Freeman. The move shows festival backer Reliance’s keen desire to get further into bed with Hollywood, though how a baseball themed film like Moneyball will fare with cricket-obsessed Indian delegates who are clueless (like most of the world) about the American sport is anybody’s guess. Cineswami’s guess is that they’ll hang around the opening speeches hoping that Pitt makes an appearance and then sneak off to the bar at the opening night gala party then minutes into the film. Click here to read more
Rani Mukerji to play Marathi ‘mulgi’, Jimmy Shergill is the Punjabi ‘munda’
Cineswami’s take on the new developments in Bollywood
Malayalam cinema heartthrob Prithviraj Sukumaran is all set to bow in the Hindi film industry, following in the footsteps of his illustrious predecessors Mammootty and Mohanlal. And no, the accent won’t be a problem, as he will play a Tamil painter in Sachin Kundalkar’s Bollywood debut. Aaiya will see Prithviraj romance Rani Mukerji who made a stirring comeback earlier this year with No One Killed Jessica. Mukerji will play a Marathi mulgi. Kundalkar is known for acclaimed Marathi films Gandh and Nirop. Anurag Kashyap will continue his dalliance with offbeat cinema by producing Aaiya. Prithviraj will dub the Hindi dialogue himself. The last time he spoke some Hindi on screen was in Dr Biju’s Veettilekkulla Vazhi (The Way Home). Let’s see if the Kerala hunk can do what no South Indian hero has done before – sustain a long career in Bollywood. Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Venkatesh and Nagarjuna all enjoyed some success before deciding to return to the south while the jury is still out on Rana Daggubati.
Another actor who had limited success is Bollywood has found his groove elsewhere. Jimmy Shergill is quite the star in Punjabi films and he’s added another feather to his turban by turning producer. Click here to read more
Rajinikanth fasts while Kamal Haasan goes to the cops
Cineswami tells us about the changing equations and trends in the film industry and how he hopes Bollywood soon follows Mollywood
The massed ranks of the Tamil film industry, led by Rajinikanth, is observing a fast today to protest against the imposition of a 12.5 percent service tax by the central government. Click here to read more
Bharat Ratna for Dilip Kumar?
Cineswami tells us about filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt’s petition to the government for considering veteran actor Dilip Kumar for India’s highest civilian honour
Indian acting legend Dilip Kumar, 90, might get a Bharat Ratna if Mahesh Bhatt has his way. Not used to being out of the limelight for long, the loudmouthed Bhatt is finally employing his considerable energies for a good cause. Click here to read more
Vishwaroopam on DTH: Kamal Haasan irks Tamil Nadu theatre owners!
Cineswami writes about the Vishwaroopam controversy and also reviews the Times Literary Carnival in Mumbai
Whether it is a ploy for free publicity before the January 11 release of Vishwaroopam or just a simple desire to make more money, Kamal Haasan sure knows how to stay in the news. Click here to read more
Rajinikanth vs Kamal Haasan – the 3D audio war!
Cineswami gives some dope on the battle between the two Tamil superstars for their movies Kochadaiyaan and Vishwaroopam
It would seem that whatever Kamal Haasan does, Rajinikanth goes one better. Kamal had announced the launch of the Auro 3D 3D sound technology for his magnum opus Vishwaroopam. Click here to read more
London wants Bollywood’s money
Cineswami informs us about the Mayor of London’s offer to Bollywood filmmakers, including Sajid Nadiadwala, and the new Creative Sector Tax Relief in the UK
It’s common knowledge that the United Kingdom is in the throes of a double-dip recession and though the British film establishment parades numbers in the billions of pounds, the truth is that most of the money comes from Hollywood productions shooting in the country. Click here to read more
India invited to Cannes party
India would be the Guest Country at the 66th Cannes Film Festival to celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema
Delegates at the ongoing Film Bazaar in Goa, organised by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) were delighted when Christian Jeune of the Cannes film festival announced that India would be the Guest Country in 2013. Click here to read more
Finally, the ‘Delhi Belly’ director takes the spotlight
Abhinay Deo’s Game may have tanked at the box office, but he has certainly redeemed himself with the cracking film that is Delhi Belly
When Cineswami was offered a first class ticket to fly to London to attend the world premiere of Delhi Belly, which opened the 2nd London Indian Film Festival, it was an offer CS could not refuse. And it was a worthwhile experience indeed. For weeks now India has been inundated with Delhi Belly promotions, all featuring the ubiquitous Aamir Khan and his nephew Imran Khan and indeed the other actors in the film with nary a mention of the man who directed the film – Abhinay Deo. Now, Deo’s Game may have tanked at the box office, but he has certainly redeemed himself with the cracking film that is Delhi Belly. Click here to read more
Midnight’s Children movie reviews aren’t that great. Will you watch it in India?
Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children finally gets an Indian distributor, but the international critics have panned it, says Cineswami
The film version of controversial author Salman Rushdie’s Booker of Booker-winning novel Midnight’s Children has finally found an Indian distributor. The film was a bit of a poisoned chalice for distributors in India thanks to both Rushdie and its director Deepa Mehta. A fatwa was issued against Rushdie after his 1988 novel The Satanic Verses was deemed to be offensive and blasphemous; and fundamentalists disrupted Deepa Mehta’s Varanasi shoot for Water for the same reason. Click here to read more
Does Barfi! deserve an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film?
Anurag Basu’s film starring Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D’Cruz may have many good things going for it, but can all that override the fact that it’s a clever mishmash of ideas from several Indian and international flicks? So does it deserve to be sent to the Academy Awards?
The box office collections of Barfi! are soaring high – when we last checked the trade reports the film had made Rs 100 crores worldwide – with every passing day and night Click here to read more
Video: The sources from where Barfi! was copied exposed!
Cineswami reveals the various films Ranbir Kapoor’s Barfi! was stolen from. Curious to know more? Then, read on and checkout the video!
Last week, Cineswami reported the striking similarities between Mani Ratnam’s Thiruda Thiruda and Anurag Basu’s Barfi!. It has now emerged that much of Basu’s well-reviewed film is a pastiche of scenes blatantly copied from a variety of films across the world. Treat this as a spoiler alert but it shouldn’t matter, as you shouldn’t be spending your hard earned money supporting thieves anyway. There is an ongoing debate saying that the fact that the film is copied shouldn’t matter if the end product is good. The real issue is this. Is Bollywood so bereft of ideas that the industry has to steal all the time? Click here to read more
Bejoy Nambiar’s David creates history in Northern Ireland
After Ek Tha Tiger made waves by shooting in Dublin last year, it’s the turn of Bejoy Nambiar to wow their northern neighbours with David.
The Shaitan director has begun shooting the Tamil-Hindi bilingual, starring Chiyaan Vikram, Jiiva, Vinay Virmani (the lead of flop film Speedy Singhs, produced by Akshay Kumar and his dad) and Lara Dutta, in Belfast, making it the first ever Indian film to be shot in Northern Ireland. Click here to read more
What does UTV have in store for 2012?
UTV has a rather limited slate lined up for 2012, comprising only six films. But clearly, the company believes in quality over quantity. But are the films really going to work? Let’s take a look
First up is Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, due a February 10 release, a co-production with Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions. The synopsis goes thus: EMAET is a lighthearted, tragicomedy about a guy in his mid twenties, going through a breakdown in his personal as well as work life. Rahul Kapoor (Imran Khan), 26, loses his job as an architect in Vegas and by a twist of fate he meets Riana Braganza (Kareena Kapoor), a quick-witted hairstylist, who is everything he isn’t. Will this friendship turn to love? The film has a great title that has an instant nostalgia name recall value besides a killer cast and music by the brilliant Amit Trivedi. Since it’s also releasing in the Valentine’s Day frame, it’s likely to be a winner. Click here to read more