Birthday Special: Lisa Ray’s unseen pictures will give you a new leash for life!
Lisa turns 43 today…
The sizzling Canadian import is imprinted in our collective memory for her sensational appearance in Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s 1996 album Afreen Afreen.
Today, Lisa Ray will Click here to read more
Shekhar Kapur conducts Paani auditions in Los Angeles
The Elizabeth director says the biggest stars are not shy of auditioning in LA
Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, who is currently holding audition for his film Paani in Los Angeles, says irrespective of the level of stardom, an artiste is never shy to audition in the US city. Click here to read more
Shabana Azmi, Rampal, Sanjay Dutt – bald and the beautiful!
Films have often looked to larger than life historical figures for inspiration and Mahatma Gandhi has been the answer more often than not for filmmakers
Mahatma Gandhi’s non-violence philosophy has been foundation of many Bollywood films. But the father of our nation has inspired Bollywood in more ways than the obvious. Click here to read more
Jagran Film Festival 2013: Full festival schedule
The festival began on September 24 and will go on till September 29 in Mumbai
The 4th Jagran Film Festival opened with Israeli-Palestinian film Water at Fun Republic in Mumbai. Bollywood star Akshay Kumar and The Lunchbox actor Nimrat Kaur were present at the opening, among other celebrities. The festival is showcasing films under four sections in its final schedule this year – World Panorama and Indian Showcase. Click here to read more
Jagran Film Festival: Water to open fest in Mumbai tonight
The Israeli-Palestinian film is directed by nine filmmakers, who will be present at the opening tonight
The 4th Jagran Film Festival opens tonight at Fun Republic, Mumbai, with Israeli-Palestinian film Water. The 120-minute film’s Asian premiere will be held at the Jagran fest. The acclaimed film is directed by seven filmmakers, and has been picked up by Wide Management for worldwide sales rights outside France and Israel, as reported in Variety.com. Click here to read more
Does Shekhar Kapur intend to starve his actors?
The director has reportedly demanded “incredibly thin actors” for his next, the long-stalled Paani
Shekhar Kapur’s next film Paani, in association with Yash Raj Films, is about water crisis in a futuristic world. In fact, the filmmaker has been tweeting interestingly: ‘Is Water the next information revolution? Amazing video shows water drops store memory’, which makes us want to know more! We don’t know what the exact story of his planned film – that rumouredly has Hrithik Roshan in the lead – could be, but it seems as if the filmmaker wants to describe the water crisis in gruesome detail. That is why he wants to show dehydrated / malnourished people in his film, wethinks. Click here to read more
Feroz Abbas Khan’s Dekh Tamasha Dekh to be screened at New York Indian Film Festival
Indian origin filmmakers like Deepa Mehta and Mira Nair have found a foothold in the global arena, and the latest to be recognised is Feroz Abbas Khan
Internationally acclaimed directors like Mira Nair and Deepa Mehta have had their films, Namesake and Water respectively, screened at the New York Indian Film Festival. Click here to read more
Trouble begins for Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children
Political parties protest after the Indian premier of Midnight’s Children saying that the movie hurts their sentiments
Bollywood it seems just can’t get rid of some political party or the other meddling in its affairs. And director Deepa Mehta, who premiered Click here to read more
Midnight’s Children movie review: A stunning achievement!
Cineswami feels Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children is a film South Asians will love although its initial reviews in the West were not positive
To even attempt filming a book that was widely considered impossible to film is praiseworthy in itself. And to tackle a much-loved book that carries the burden of so much acclaim, not to mention winning the Booker and Booker of Bookers is worth some kudos. But for Deepa Mehta to have pulled off the feat of translating Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children to celluloid and managing to make it for the most part engaging cinema is deserving of the highest praise. 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
‘Satyamev Jayate’ Independence Day episode: Was Aamir Khan’s show really successful?
Did Aamir Khan’s TV chat show work? The August 15 special episode traced the Satyamev Jayate team’s journey and the show’s impact
As the familiar tune of Satyamev Jayate from Aamir Khan‘s chat show reverberated from the TV screens today, it took us back to the many Sundays we had spent watching the show and admiring the actor-turned-crusader. This time though, the show was being aired on a Wednesday, for a very special reason: today is August 15 – the Indian Independence Day. It was a clever strategy by Star India to schedule the telecast of the final episode, titled Satyamev Jayate Ka Safar, for a time when most TV channels were airing I-Day specials and the National channel, the Prime Minister’s speech. So what was the response to Satyamev Jayate? Was it really a lasting success, or has the euphoria died down? Let’s take a look. Click here to read more
Lisa Ray: Engaged to the love of my life!
Having overcome cancer in 2009, actor Lisa Ray now begins a new journey in life
Indo-Canadian actor Lisa Ray has got engaged. Her new boyfriend Jason Dehni proposed to her in California’s Napa Valley. “Just returned from the glorious Napa Valley – the gourmand’s and wine-lovers’ paradise. ENGAGED to the love of my life. Jason Dehni proposed in Napa. #happiestdayever”, Lisa wrote on her Twitter page. She also posted her picture with her beau. Click here to read more
AR Rahman: Orchestral music has been close to my heart
Music maestro AR Rahman speaks about experimenting with his film music for Orchestra Babelsberg
As renowned German film orchestra Babelsberg recreates the music of AR Rahman on stage in Mumbai, India’s famous composer says it was enriching to translate his works for this genre and he wants to educate the youth on orchestra music. “Imagine when 80-100 people are working hard to make one song, a song that moves you…it is amazing to hear orchestra music,” Rahman said. “We have selected a few pieces of my compositions for the orchestra to play Friday evening. While it was difficult choosing from them, I wish I had got a chance to compose new music for the performance.” Click here to read more