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Dilip Kumar talks about love, life and marriage in his autobiography
Thespian actor Dilip Kumar narrates in detail his wedding to yesteryear Bollywood hearthrob Saira Banu in an autobiography set for launch here later this month.
Numerous unknown aspects of the life and times of the cinematic legend who began as a “diffident novice” in Hindi cinema in early 1940s is revealed in the book Dilip Kumar: The Substance and the Shadow. Click here to read more
Rajinikanth should win a National Award: Naman Ramachandran
The author of Rajinikanth: The Definitive Biography shares his experience of writing the book and his interactions with Superstar, and wonders why the Padma Bhushan awardee has not yet won the coveted National Film Award. Excerpts from an interview with journalist and writer Naman Ramachandran
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Penguin (the publishers) created an innovative Facebook game called Find Rajini Click here to read more
Kareena Kapoor to reveal all in The Style Diary of a Bollywood Diva!
The Heroine actor’s book on her fashion statements in Bollywood films to be out in December
Kareena Kapoor is surely the Bollywood diva. Although her acting skills don’t put her in the league of stars like Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Sridevi or the black-and-white era heroines like Madhubala and Meena Kumari, in terms of style, poise and elegance, Kareena’s definitely up there – well, more off screen than on it, actually! Click here to read more
Jaipur Literature Festival: Oprah Winfrey steals the show!
Exclusive report from the Jaipur ‘celebrity festival’
Cineswami decided to take a punt and brave the cold, not to mention the crowds of the annual Jaipur Literature Festival, only to find that the literature has firmly taken a backseat to celebrity culture. Thanks to the festival being free to all, the crowds have ballooned, resulting in a free for all. Crowds are meat and drink to celebrities (however minor) who give two hoots for literature but will do anything to soak up the adulation of adoring audiences. Thus Kabir Bedi was present at the opening night along with his helpmeet Parveen. They disappeared from sight soon enough. Leading independent filmmaker Ketan Mehta was there with his consort Deepa Sahi, but since all the literary sessions were packed solid by the junta, they were wandering around on the sidelines. Vidhu Vinod Chopra was present with his talented author daughter and they were having a good time. Click here to read more