Will Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor help in Mani Ratnam’s recovery?
Cineswami tells us more about the maverick filmmaker’s new project, a Partition saga
The once revered Mani Ratnam, formerly considered the Guru of all Indian filmmakers has now fallen on bad times with the diminishing quality of his films leading to them being box office debacles. His coastal tale Kadal, or Ka-dull, was mauled by critics (except some known sycophants) and shunned by audiences who preferred to ride the Vishwaroopam wave instead. Click here to read more
Film journalist BK Karanjia, former NFDC chairman, passes away
Burjor K Karanjia, renowned film journalist and former chairman of National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), popularly known as BK, passed away late Friday evening in Pune, a family friend said. He was 92 and is survived by two daughters and a son. Born and bred in Quetta, now in Pakistan, the Karanjia family moved to India after partition. BK had named his south Mumbai residence as ‘Quetta Bungalow’, which stood a short distance away from the historic Jinnah House.
Karanjia’s younger brother, Russy K Karanjia, also a well-known journalist, died five years ago. While Russy pursued investigative journalism, Karanjia pursued entertainment and film journalism. Karanjia qualified for the Indian Civil Services. He avoided film parties and had a strong distaste for them. After doing stints as a reporter, he went on to become the editor of Filmfare, Screen, Cine Voice, Movie Times and authored several books on the entertainment industry. Karanjia was the founder of the trend-setting Films Financing Corporation. He later became the NFDC chairman and set a precedent to finance high quality, low-budget movies for new and talented filmmakers, instead of doling out aid to big filmmakers or banners.Click here to read more
Midnight’s Children cleared by Indian censor board
Deepa Mehta’s critically acclaimed and controversial film based on Salman Rushdie’s book has finally been cleared by the CBFC without a single cut
International filmmaker Deepa Mehta’s film Midnight’s Children has been cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), and without any cuts. The filmmaker is “thrilled”. Click here to read more
Shahrukh Khan to Dawn: I will come to Pakistan
It may be recalled that SRK got into hot water with a right wing political party not so long ago because he’d suggested that Pakistani cricketers be allowed to play in the IPL. Thanks to King Khan’s sentiments, the party also disrupted the release of My Name Is Khan. Now the Badshah of Bollywood has given an interview to Pakistan’s premier newspaper Dawn where he’s said that he will visit our neighbour. He’s also advocated Pakistani artistes working in Bollywood
A true flag flier of Aman Ki Asha is our Khan. Here’s hoping that the right wing politicos don’t blow this up and disrupt the Don 2 release and instead take Khan’s comments in the spirit in which he meant them. Excerpts from the Dawn interview Click here to read more
MAUSAM Quick Movie Review: Shahid Kapoor scores
The actor manages a standout performance, one that should overshadow his Jab We Met role
It may be the first time Pankaj Kapoor is directing a full-length Hindi film, but he gets it more right than many who are seasoned in the craft. Mausam, the new release of the week, starring Shahid Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor, is not the perfect film, but is indeed most impressive, with fine work from everyone involved – the director, the actors, the cinematographer, even the music director (though he did have a little help from history with Abhi na jao chod kar and Ajeeb dastaan hain yeh). The story spans time, as all the press releases have said, as it describes the love story between Ayaat, a Kashmiri refugee girl (Sonam Kapoor) and Harry, an air force pilot (Shahid Kapoor). Click here to read more
Happy birthday, Sadhana!
The veteran beauty turns 70 today
We wonder if today’s generation knows that the ‘Sadhana cut’, meaning fringes, was made famous in India by one of Hindi cinema’s most beautiful actors. Her name is Sadhana and she celebrates her birthday today. Known for her lovely eyes, the sparkling beauty was born in Sindh in Pakistan in 1941. Her family migrated to India after Partition. Sadhana was ‘discovered’ in a college play by some producers when she was just 15. Click here to read more