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  • | October 1st, 2014

    Alia Bhatt goofs-up again, unaware of Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan’s resignation!

    Alia Bhatt goofs-up again, unaware of Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan’s resignation!

    In an interview, the Highway starlet not only mispronounced former CM’s name but was also clueless about his resignation
    Not too long ago, Alia Bhatt became the butt of jokes on Twitter after she goofed-up on national television. On Karan Johar’s chit chat show Koffee with Karan, Ms Bhatt declared Prithviraj Chavan as the President of India. Click here to read more

  • | October 18th, 2013

    Sonakshi Sinha and Kamal Haasan open Mumbai Film Festival 2013: view pics

    Sonakshi Sinha and Kamal Haasan open Mumbai Film Festival 2013: view pics

    The prestigious film fest’s opening ceremony was held on October 17 in Mumbai where stalwarts like Kamal Haasan and Costa-Gavras were felicitated
    In the presence of Bollywood celebrities such as Sonakshi Sinha, Tisca Chopra, Nandita Das and Divya Dutta, the 15th edition of Mumbai Film Festival 2013 (MFF) had a grand opening at the Liberty cinema in Mumbai. Click here to read more

  • | January 24th, 2013

    State withdraws proposal to hike entertainment tax on multiplex ticket prices

    State withdraws proposal to hike entertainment tax on multiplex ticket prices

    The state government which had planned on levying additional entertainment taxes on multiplexes has withdrawn the proposal
    The multiplex owners of Maharashtra can finally heave a sigh of relief. The government’s decision to withdraw the proposal of hiking entertainment tax will put an end to the unethical practice of Click here to read more

  • | January 17th, 2013

    Pay more to watch movies in multiplexes

    Pay more to watch movies in multiplexes

    In a bid to curb random hike in movie ticket prices, especially in multiplexes, the state government has levied more charge on multiplexes, but the single screen theaters get an exemption
    It’s no secret that the management of multiplexes hike the ticket prices according to the response a movie generates. To discourage this practice, the state government has levied more taxes on movie tickets in multiplexes. Click here to read more

  • | December 12th, 2012

    Pandit Ravi Shankar passes away: Celebs tweet condolences

    Pandit Ravi Shankar passes away: Celebs tweet condolences

    The master sitar player, who was a Bharat Ratna and Grammy Award-winner, died on December 11 in California, USA
    Celebrities from India and around the world, including Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Governor K Sankaranarayanan, spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and film artistes AR Rahman, Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Priyanka Chopra and Shekhar Kapur, remembered Pandit Ravi Shankar on Twitter. The sitar maestro passed away on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 in California, USA at 4.3opm local time. He was 92. Click here to read more

  • | August 31st, 2012

    Lata Mangeshkar Award announced for composer Anandji

    Lata Mangeshkar Award announced for composer Anandji

    The award, instituted in 1992, carries a case prize of Rs 5,00,000 and a citation, and will be conferred on the birthday of legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar
    Renowned music director Anandji Shah, of the Kalyanji-Anandji duo, was Thursday named recipient of the Lata Mangeshkar Award of the Maharashtra government. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan made the announcement selecting Anandji (79) for the honour for his over four decades’ contribution to music and film industry. Click here to read more

  • | August 27th, 2012

    AK Hangal was a master at his work: Amitabh Bachchan

    AK Hangal was a master at his work: Amitabh Bachchan

    Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan as well as bigwigs from Bollywood remember the veteran actor who passed away on August 26
    Veteran film and stage actor AK Hangal, who passed away in Mumbai on August 26, 2012, was cremated at 1pm the same afternoon at the Vile Parle crematorium. His son Vijay performed the last rites. “I am sad at my father’s demise. But what can one say, one has to go,” said Vijay. Amitabh Bachchan wrote on Twitter, “AK Hangal, passes away this morning!! A veteran, a gentleman, a congenial co artist and a master at his work”. Click here to read more

  • | July 20th, 2012

    What was Rajesh Khanna’s unfulfilled dream as a politician?

    What was Rajesh Khanna’s unfulfilled dream as a politician?

    Though he worked hard on campaigning for the Congress party, the veteran actor’s wish of being nominated to the Rajya Sabha didn’t come true
    A lot is being said about Rajesh Khanna’s acting career, but his outings as a phenomenal politician is not known. Legend has it, that the veteran actor was made a part of the Congress party after Rajiv Gandhi’s fallout with Amitabh Bachchan. Click here to read more

  • | July 2nd, 2012

    Film city in Kolhapur soon: Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan

    Film city in Kolhapur soon: Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan

    Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan Wednesday stressed on adopting new technology and said that the state is trying to facilitate filmmakers with alternate locations for shoots. He felt regional media and filmmaking is creating a lot of excitement the state is, therefore, trying to create alternate locations for film shoots. “A film city in Kolhapur (in southern Maharashtra) will come with a lot of financial incentive to work in that city,” he said while speaking at inugural of the 13th edition of the three-day global convention FICCI-FRAMES.
    Talking about the use of technology, he said: “A huge employment opportunity has been created in a lot of areas in entertainment. We have to begun to use power of technology to educate our people via broadband, internet. Digitalisation will hence create a more equal society.”  “This will ensure that growth is not lopsided and inclusive, that that benefits go to each and every person living in the country,” he added.Click here to read more

  • | March 15th, 2012

    Happy birthday, Bollywood!

    Happy birthday, Bollywood!

    Will Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif dance together to celebrate Bollywood at the Republic Day Parade in 2013?
    The Union Ministries of Information & Broadcasting (I&B) and Tourism are going to set up a Film Commission to put in place a single window clearance mechanism for film shooting in India. This will replace the bureaucratic and labyrinthine multiple permission process that foreign crews have to go through currently. Thus spake the redoubtable Uday K Varma, Secretary, Ministry of I&B, while addressing the inaugural session of the three-day FICCI FRAMES 2012. Click here to read more

  • | December 4th, 2011

    President, Prime Minister condole Dev Anand’s death

    President, Prime Minister condole Dev Anand’s death

    President Pratibha Patil condoled the death of legendary actor Dev Anand, saying the film industry has lost a creative talent and a man who personified the spirit of graceful ageing with dignity. In her statement, the President said: “Anand was a legendary film artiste as well as a producer, director and writer who adorned the Hindi cinema with great distinction. He delighted Hindi cinema fans with his vivacious acting and as a popular romantic hero of his times.” The 88-year-old actor passed away after a massive cardiac arrest in London on Saturday night. Recalling his movies, Patil said: “He shall always be remembered by a generation of film watchers for his exemplified acting in the movies – ‘Taxi Driver’, ‘Munimji’, ‘Guide’, ‘Johny Mera Naam’, ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna’ and ‘Des Pardes’. In his passing away, the film industry has lost a creative talent and a man who personified the spirit of graceful ageing with dignity.” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh too condoled the legend’s death, saying, “Dev Anand was a great artiste who entertained generations of cinema lovers over five decades. He was an embodiment of long passion for acting and film-making. I join millions of his fans in mourning his death.” Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said, “He will forever be remembered as Hindi cinema’s evergreen hero.” The iconic star is survived by his wife, former actor Kalpana Karthik, a son and a daughter.
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  • | October 10th, 2011

    Jagjit Singh made ghazals a household name: Prithviraj Chavan

    Jagjit Singh made ghazals a household name: Prithviraj Chavan

    Politicians in Maharashtra mourned the death of Jagjit Singh Monday, saying the ghazal maestro’s absence will be felt by the music fraternity and millions of his fans. Expressing his grief, Governor K Sankaranarayanan conveyed his condolences to Singh’s wife Chitra. “Jagjit Singh was gifted with a rarest kind of voice that made his compositions elegant, beautiful and timeless. His death is particularly shocking as he had few more years of a brilliant singing career still left in him. In his death, Maharashtra has lost one of its proud jewels,” he said in a message. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said: “Jagjit Singh made ghazals a household name. He simplified the otherwise elite form of singing and made it understandable for a common man. In his death, we have lost a popular ghazal maestro.” Public Works Minister Chhagan Bhujbal said: “Singh might not be in this world in his physical form today, but he will always be present in our lives in the form of his ghazals and music. His ghazals were simplistic yet profound. His contribution to the spread of indian music in the form of ghazals and bhajans (devotional songs) cannot be forgotten.” People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) also paid tribute to Singh and his concern for elephants who were being run over by speeding trains. “Singh’s efforts to help stop the cruelty to these magnificent giants will live on through PETA’s campaign until adequate steps are taken by the government to put their suffering to an end,” a PETA official said. Jagjit Singh had in April appealed to the then railway minister Mamata Banerjee to limit the speed of trains running through elephant corridors. Singh, who died in Mumbai after a brain haemorrhage at the age of 70, will be cremated Tuesday at Chandanwadi cemetery located in Marine Lines area of south Mumbai. Many Bollywood celebrities, including singers, are expected to attend the funeral.
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  • | September 29th, 2011

    CM Prithviraj Chavan to Pak: Don’t ban Bollywood

    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