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
Ban Bollywood, says Pakistani film industry!
Bollywood films were described as promoters of vulgarity and screening them was termed unlawful
India’s dominant film industry, Bollywood, is popular in Pakistan. If films are not released there, they are pirated widely. Hindi cinema actors, right from Dilip Kumar to Amitabh Bachchan to Shahrukh, Aamir and Salman Khan, and Madhubala to Katrina Kaif, have fans across the border. This has affected the business, if any, of the Pakistani film industry. In a statement released at a Lahore press conference held by the newly formed Central Convening Committee, the Pakistani film industry’s main body, a complete ban on Indian films in Pakistan cinema theatres was called for. Click here to read more
Ghazal god Mehdi Hassan passes away: Bollwood tweets
Shahrukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Lata Mangeshkar, Madhur Bhandarkar, Shreya Ghoshal, Daler Mehndi and many more express their grief over the maestro’s death. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has also tweeted
Veteran Pakistani ghazal and classical music maestro Mehdi Hassan passed away today in Karachi, Pakistan at 12.22pm. He was 84. Click here to read more
Pakistan goes to ‘Waar’
Lollywood’s most expensive and slick film is all set to release on Valentine’s Day, and it’s not about love
That the Pakistani film industry is in seemingly irreversible decline is a well-known fact by now, dominated as it is by our Bollywood offerings. However, every once in a while, our neighbours pull off a stunning cinematic coup. For example, Shoaib Mansoor’s sensitive take on Islam in the modern age, Khuda Kay Liye, was a massive success on both sides of the border. And now, come Valentine’s Day, Warner Bros will release Bilal Lashari’s film on counter-terrorism, Waar. Alas, only in Pakistan for now with maybe a few other international playdates. At $8 million (that’s Rs 42 crore to you and me), the film is easily Pakistan’s biggest film of all time. And it stars Shaan, who Indian audiences will remember from Khuda Kay Liye and is Pakistan’s Shahrukh, Salman and Aamir all rolled into one. The film also stars Shamoon Abbasi, who is a popular television actor.
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CM Prithviraj Chavan to Pak: Don’t ban Bollywood
The neighbouring country’s film industry had recently called for a ban on Bollywood
At a Lahore press conference held by the newly formed Central Convening Committee of the Pakistan film industry, prominent actors and filmmakers had called for a ban on Bollywood. The members of Lollywood, as Lahore’s film industry is known, accused the government of facilitating the release of Hindi films in screens across the country. This affected the local industry, as the films were not being watched, they argued. Click here to read more
BOL Review: The film is flawed but worthy
It highlights issues that are germane not just in Pakistan, but in many countries around the world
Pakistani director Shoaib Mansoor made a stunning feature film debut in 2007 with the critical, commercial and musical success Khuda Ke Liye that also featured a standout cameo by our own Naseeruddin Shah. While that film tackled the sensitive subject of religious extremism, Bol, his sophomore effort, looks at female emancipation in Pakistan Click here to read more