Doordarshan celebrates its 58th anniversary
New Delhi, Sept 16: Doordarshan the national broadcaster has completed 58 years. On this occasion, Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani congratulated DD and said it has changed the life of every Indian. Television history in India is synonymous with Doordarshan's glorious history.
Even today, the very mention of Doordarshan rekindles some fond memories of yesteryears. Even though the television as a medium of entertainment is flooded with a zillion channels and programmes but none has managed to compete with Doordarshan's popularity.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani congratulated DD saying "58 years ago @DDNational transformed lives of every Indian. Its signature tune and programs evoke fond memories."
Doordarshan was launched on 15th Sept , 1959, in the nascent stage, Doordarshan transmission was restricted to 3 days each week which changed to daily transmission in 1965. A 5-minute newscast on Doordarshan also began in 1965. Pratima Puri was the first newsanchor of Doordarshan.
Doordarshan also influenced viewers with numerous good moral programmes. Vikram Aur Betaal , Bharat ek Khoj , Surabhi , Alif Laila , Chandrakanta , Shaktiman, Malgudi Days, Tamas, Mirza Ghalib , dekh Bhai Dekh were some of the stellar programmes which not be remade again ever.
The colored version of Doordarshan began in 1982 during the Asian Games and on 3 Nov 2003 , DD News , a 24 hour news channel was launched
Today Doordarshan with its 64 national network units and 24 RNUs has managed to reach out to every single village in the country.
'Udta Punjab' flies high at IIFA 2017
New york, Jul 18: The 18th edition of the International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA) was held in New York on July 15. Bollywood celebrities like Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Shahid Kapoor along with his wife Mira Rajput, Alia Bhatt, Sonakshi Sinha and Varun Dhawan attended the grand event to celebrate the success of movies from last year.
This year, the magnificent event was hosted by filmmaker Karan Johar and Saif Ali Khan. Varun Dhawan joined the two for a segment. Sonam Kapoor’s film Neerja won the best film award. Actor Shahid Kapoor earned the Best Actor award for his role in Udta Punjab, while Alia Bhatt won the Best Actor (Female) award for the same film.
Here’s the complete list of the IIFA 2017 winners:
Anirudh Roy Chaudhary for Pink
Best Actor (Male)
Shahid Kapoor for Udta Punjab
Best Actor (Female)
Alia Bhatt for Udta Punjab
Best Actor in Supporting Role (Female)
Shabana Azmi for Neerja
Best Actor in Supporting Role (Male)
Anupam Kher for MS Dhoni: The Untold Story
Best Debutant (Female):
Disha Patani for M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story
Best Debut (Male):
Diljit Dosanjh for Udta Punjab
Amitabh Bhattacharya for the song Channa Mere Ya from Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
Best Playback Singer (Male)
Amit Mishra for Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
Best Playback Singer (Female)
Kanika Kapoor for Udta Punjab
Tulsi Kumar for Airlift
Best Music Direction:
Pritam for Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
Best Actor In Comic Role:
Varun Dhawan for Dishoom
Myntra Style Icon Award:
IIFA Woman Of The Year
Big B, Aamir, Sushant in best actor race at IFFM
Mumbai, Jun 5: Actors Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Sushant Singh Rajput and Rajkummar Rao are among the nominees for the best actor - male category at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2017. IFFM, which is all set to celebrate diversity this year as its central theme, has announced the nominations on Tuesday. Bachchan is nominated for his role of an aggressive lawyer in "Pink", while Aamir has bagged a nomination for playing an amateur wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat in "Dangal".
Sushant earned nod for his turn as former Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni in a sports biopic "MS Dhoni: The Untold Story".
Rajkummar is nominated for "Trapped". Other nominees in the category include Hrithik Roshan for "Kaabil" and Lalit Bhel and Adil Hussain for "Mukti Bhawan". Alia Bhatt ('Dear Zindagi'), Vidya Balan ('Kahaani 2'), Tannishtha Chatterjee ('Dr. Rakhmabai'), Kavya Madhavan ('Pinneyum'), Ratna Pathak and Konkona Sen Sharma for ('Lipstick Under My Burkha') are nominated in the best actor- female category.
While, "Pink", "Sultan", "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil" and "MS Dhoni" will compete in the best film category. The festival this year will run from 10-22 August and will showcase over 60 films across 20 languages.
The 51-year-old actor, whose fans are all ready for his new venture, Imtiaz Ali's "Jab Harry Met Sejal", made his Bollywood debut with "Deewana", where he played the role of a young man called Raja in love with Divya Bharti's character of Kajal.
Shah Rukh Khan clocks 25 years in Bollywood
Mumbai, Jun 27: He came, he dimpled and he conquered. Twenty-five years after Shah Rukh Khan first smiled upon Bollywood, he is still grinning. And he has every reason to. Khan, one of the richest actors in the Hindi film industry, is still going strong as a hero, a quarter of a century after he emerged as a celluloid lover boy in 1992.
The 51-year-old actor, whose fans are all ready for his new venture, Imtiaz Ali's "Jab Harry Met Sejal", made his Bollywood debut with "Deewana", where he played the role of a young man called Raja in love with Divya Bharti's character of Kajal.
After a spate of hits and misses, and some eminently forgettable films in recent years, SRK is now busy promoting the new project, starring Anushka Sharma. Three mini-trailers of the film, slated to be released in August, have been launched. What is known so far about the film is that Anushka Sharma as Sejal - is a Gujarati tourist, who has lost a ring, and SRK, aka Harry, is a tourist guide.
SRK posted a tweet about his silver jubilee. "Went to bed early because it has been a hectic week. Woke up for no reason and realised I am 25 years old. Will deal with all this love tomorrow. Thanks for bearing me," he tweeted. His frequent collaborator and friend, filmmaker Karan Johar, congratulated him for the silver jubilee.
"Have had the honour of working with him for 22 of those 25 years.... Love you so much Bhai... And thank you for everything," Johar tweeted.
The hero of films such as "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge", "Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham," "Devdas", "Swades", "Chak De! India" and "My Name Is Khan", earned USD 38 million in the year 2016-17, according to Forbes.
'Dangal' creates history in China, mints Rs 1000 crore
Mumbai, May 31: Aamir Khan's "Dangal" has created an unrepresented landmark in China on Tuesday by becoming the 33rd film in Chinese cinema history to cross one Billion RMB, which in Indian currency amounts to about Rs 1000 crore. According to Maoyan, a popular ticketing website in China which is connected to most of the theatres in the country, "Dangal's" gross earnings has crossed one billion RMB, joining the exclusive club of just 32 films in China cinema history.
"It is an unprecedented success for an Indian film and important land mark, making 'Dangal' a super hit Indian film," Prasad Shetty, partner of Strategic Alliance a Chinese firm promoting Indian films in China for the past few years said. The film which became big hit since it was released on May 5 slipped to second place in the Chinese box office Monday after staying on top for over a fortnight.
Hollywood film "Pirates of the Caribbean 5" is on the number one position. "It is still playing in about 9000 screens. 'Dangal's' success in China perhaps opens a Pandora Box for Indian cinema as successes in China’s Box Office means world's highest revenue," Shetty said. The film has also made Aamir, 52, the most popular Indian Chinese social media star with over 6.55 lakh followers.
'Sachin: A Billion Dreams' tax free in Maharashtra
Mumbai, May 27: Sachin Tendulkar's biopic, 'Sachin: A Billion Dreams', was declared tax free in Maharashtra on Friday. The decision to waive off entertainment tax has been taken by the state government to honour the contribution of Tendulkar in the world of sports and to ensure that the film reaches maximum number of people in theatres.
The docu-drama, written and directed by British filmmaker James Erskine, released in theatres Friday, May 26. It is produced by Ravi Bhagchandka and Carnival Motion Pictures under the banner 200 NotOut Productions. The film has been previously declared tax free in Odisha, Kerala and Chhattisgarh.
James Bond actor Roger Moore dies aged 89
Switzerland, May 24: Popular British actor Roger Moore, best known for playing fictional spy James Bond in seven films, passed away on Tuesday in Switzerland after a brief battle with cancer. He was 89. Moore's family confirmed the news by posting a statement on the actor's official Twitter page. "With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated. "The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified in words alone," read the statement signed by Moore's children, Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian.
The family said that they will hold a private funeral in Monaco, where the actor lived. With seven Bond films, Moore played the role more often than any of the other Bonds such as Sean Connery and Daniel Craig. He acted in films such as Live and Let Die" and "The Spy Who Loved Me". In their statement, the family said Moore considered his work for UNICEF as his "greatest achievement".
"The affection our father felt whenever he walked onto a stage or in front of a camera buoyed him hugely and kept him busy working into his 90th year in accordance with our father's wishes there will be a private funeral in Monaco." Born in Stockwell, south London, Moore studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA). He became a contender for the role of 007 after Scottish actor Connery announced in 1966 that he would no longer be appearing as Bond. Besides his outings as Bond, Moore had an extensive and productive career as an actor in cinema and television.
Actress Reema Lagoo passes away in Mumbai
Mumbai, May 19: Veteran actress Reema Lagoo, known for her performance in movies like "Hum Aapke Hain Koun" and "Kal Ho Na Ho", died due to a cardiac arrest in the wee hours on Thursday at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital. She was 59. Lagoo was admitted to the hospital late last night after she complained of chest pain, the hospital's Executive Director Ram Naraian said. "We will issue a health report later in the day, after consulting with her family," he said. Lagoo's son-in-law Vinay Waikul said, "She was complaining of chest pain so we took her to hospital around 1 AM.
She passed away due to a heart attack around 3.15 AM. She was perfectly fine and had no health issues...so it is really shocking for all us that she is no more with us." Lagoo appeared in Marathi and Hindi films, besides doing a number of TV shows. She is survived by daughter Mrunmayee, who is also a theatre and film actress and theatre director.
Lagoo has worked in superhit films like "Maine Pyar Kiya", "Saajan", "Vaastav, "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai" and, "Hum Saath-Saath Hain" among others, while her popular television serials included "Tu Tu Main Main" and "Shrimaan Shrimati". Her acting career spanned over four decades and she was last seen in the television show "Naamkaran", aired on Star Plus.
Bahubali 2: A Make In India Success Story
New Delhi, May 8: Film maker SS Rajamouli’s 'Bahubali 2: The conclusion' has a set a new record in Indian cinema. It has collected Rs 1000 crore in Indian and overseas markets combined in just ten days, therefore becoming the highest grossing Indian movie ever.
Arka Media, the producers of the movie, made an announcement here on Sunday that the magnum opus had indeed achieved this rare feat. Trade tracker Ramesh Bala also confirmed the record through his tweet that Bahubali 2 had collected Rs 800 cr in Indian and Rs 200 cr in the overseas market.
The Government is keen on using the film to promote Indian cinema abroad and exhibit local techniques and movie expertise and likely to showcase Bahubali films as Make in India success story.
President presents National Film Awards
New Delhi, May 4: President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday presented the National Film Awards to this year's winners who included Bollywood star Akshay Kumar (best actor) and Rajesh Mapuskar (best director) as well as the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke to renowned filmmaker and actor K Viswanath. He said he was happy that the 64th edition of the awards represented a "microcosm" of India and celebrates the diversity of languages, customs, religions and culture. "Indian cinema and its diversity conveys the underlying spirit of brotherhood, tolerance, acceptance and co-existence.
The inherent strength of unity in spite of diversity was our cultural heritage which was inherited through ages," Mukherjee said during the ceremony. Viswanath became the 48th recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke award, the highest recognition in Indian cinema, which consists of a golden lotus, a citation, cash prize of Rs 10 lakh and a shawl. "It is an auspicious occasion to receive this prestigious award. I offer my 'pranams' to my parents and to the Almighty who is everywhere.
Thank you to his excellency, the President, honourable ministers and jury members and to all my fans everywhere in India," the 87-year-old filmmaker said. Akshay was honoured for his portrayal of a patriotic naval officer in "Rustom", a court room drama directed by Tinu Suresh Desai, which is loosely based on the 1959 Nanavati murder case. He received the Rajat Kamal and Rs 50,000. The actor was accompanied by his wife Twinkle Khanna and son Aarav Bhatia.
C M Surabhi was given the best actress award for her role in the Malayalam film "Minnaminungu-The Firefly". She received the Rajat Kamal and Rs 50,000. "I am very happy that I have won this award so early in my career. I am thankful to the jury and I am happy that regional cinema is being given its due," Surabhi said after accepting her award. "Neerja", directed by Ram Madhvani, was awarded the best Hindi film. It is based on the 1986 hijacking incident during which flight attendant Neerja Bhanot was killed by terrorists while saving passengers.
"Neerja" star Sonam Kapoor received a special mention for her role in the film. The actress chose to go traditional for the ceremony wearing a pastel green saree. She was accompanied by father, actor Anil Kapoor, mother Sunita Kapoor and rumoured beau, businessman Anand Ahuja. The trio cheered the actress as she went up to the podium to accept the special mention. Amitabh Bachchan-starrer "Pink", a female-centric court room drama, won the award for best film on social issues.
Bengali filmmaker Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, who made his Hindi directorial debut with "Pink", said after the success of this film he now wants to make more Hindi films. "It started with a good box office collection and now the National awards. We couldn't have asked for anything more. It gives a huge boost to get an award from the President. I am planning to do more Hindi films," Aniruddha said. Marathi movie "Kasaav" led the regional cinema dominance bagging the best feature film honour and was awarded the Swarna Kamal and Rs 2,50,000 each to the director and producer.
"Kasaav", directed by Sunil Sukhtankar and Sumitra Bhave, revolves around the issue of depression and environment conservation. "I am happy that Marathi films are getting national recognition. I hope that the audience and the jury keep appreciating the work coming from regional cinema," veteran actor Mohan Agashe, who has produced the film, said. Kashmiri actress Zaira Wasim was given the best supporting actress award for her role in the Aamir Khan- starrer "Dangal", while Nagesh Kukunoor's "Dhanak" was honoured as the best children's film.
"It has been a marvellous journey with 'Dhanak'. We began the journey at Berlin Film Festival and it culminated with the National Awards in Delhi. It is not a bad trip to take over the past three years," Kukunoor said. Ajay Devgn's "Shivaay" won the special effects award. Mapuskar took home the best director award for his film "Ventilator" and was given the Swarna Kamal and Rs 2,50,000. The movie, produced by actress Priyanka Chopra and her mother Madhu, won three awards.
"Ventilator" also won the best editing and the best final mixed track award. The best adapted screenplay went to "Dashakriya", which was honoured as the best Marathi film, while its star Manoj Joshi was given the best supporting actor award. Malayalam film "Maheshinte Prathikooram" won the best original screenplay award and the best dialogues went to Telugu movie "Peli Chuplu". Actor Mohanlal received the Special Jury award for his notable work in films like "Pulimurugan", "Janatha Garage" and "Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol".
The awards for the best male playback singer went to Sundharayyar for Tamil movie "Joker" for the song 'Jasmine E', while the best female playback singer award went to Iman Chakraborty for 'Tumi Jaake' from the Bengali movie "Praktan". Both Sundharayyar and Iman performed their respective award-winning songs during the ceremony. The Nargis Dutt award for the best feature film on national integration went to Assamese film "Dikchow Banat Palaax", while the best popular film providing wholesome entertainment honour was handed out to Telugu film "Sathmanam Bhavathi".
The Indira Gandhi Award for the best debut film of a director went to Bengali movie "Alifa" by Deep Choudhary. Tamil movie "24" won the best cinematography and production design. Babu Padmanabha was honoured with the best music direction award for Kannada film "Allama", while there was a tie in the best lyrics category Vairamuthu won for Entha Pakkam from the Tamil film "Dharma Durai" and Anupam Roy for "Tumi Jaake Bhalo Basho" from "Praktan".
"Allama" also won the award for best make-up. The best child artist award was shared by Adhish Praveen, Nur Islam, Saimul Alam and Manohara K. Peter Hein of "Pulimurugan" took home the best stunt choreographer award, while Jayadevan won the best sound designer award for Malayalam movie "Kaadu Pookunna Neram".
Raju Sundaram won the best choreography award for his work in Telugu film "Janatha Garage". Best costume designer award went to Sachin for the Marathi film "Cycle". "Mahayodha Rama" won the best animation film award, while "Loktak Lairembee" won the best environment conservation /preservation. Hindi films "Kadvi Hawa" and "Mukthi Bhawan" received special mentions.
Veteran Bollywood actor Vinod Khanna passes away
Mumbai, Apr 28: Veteran film actor Vinod Khanna passed away in Mumbai at the age of 70. He was undergoing treatment for bladder cancer. Khanna was a sitting member of the Lok Sabha from Gurdaspur in Punjab. He played the lead roles in many superhit films and is best remembered for his performance in Mere Apne, Gaddaar, Amar Akbar Anthony, and Qurbani to name a few. His death is mourned by his legion of fans across India and the world. This powerful dialogue delivery and acting style is now a part of times gone by....Fans will never get to watch cine star Vinod Khanna act ever again.
Khanna was admitted to the Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital on March 31 with complications arising out of severe dehydration. Grieving fans thronged first to the hospital and then to his residence to mourn the loss.
PM Narendra Modi mourned the loss of the BJP leader, tweeting “Will always remember Vinod Khanna as a popular actor, dedicated leader & a wonderful human. Pained by his demise. My condolences.”
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh wrote “Shri Vinod Khanna had an illustrious career in films and politics. He carved a special place in the hearts of millions of Indians. With the demise of Vinod Khannaji the people of India have lost a fabulous actor and sensitive politician. May his soul rest in peace.”
Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu also condoled the passing away of the veteran actor and BJP MP Vinod Khanna, saying the void he left in Indian cinema will be difficult to fill.
The makers of "Baahubali" have decided to cancel the premiere of the much-awaited film as a mark of respect to Vinod Khanna. Karan Johar tweeted “As a mark of respect to our beloved Vinod Khanna the entire team of Baahubali has decided to cancel the premiere tonight.”
He was a villain to begin with - but ended up as a hero with a legion of fans swooning over his good looks. Born in Peshawar on 6th October, 1946, Vinod Khanna completed his graduation in Mumbai.
In 1968, it is said, struck by his good looks, Sunil Dutt signed him up as a villain in his production "Mann Ka Meet" in 1968. He continued to play villainous and supportive roles in his initial years - with films such as "Purab Aur Paschim", "Aan Milo Sajna", "Sachaa Jhutha" and "Mera Gaon Mera Desh". But he first made a mark as Shyam in Gulzar's 1971 film "Mere Apne". He got his first break as a hero in "Hum Tum Aur Woh".
The on screen conflict between Shatrughan Sinha and Vinod khanna is the stuff of legend. 1973's Achanak and Imtihan of 1974 were both superhits. In 1977 came Amar Akbar Antony, Khanna's biggest career success. Then there were the memorable pairings with Amitabh Bachhan in Mukaddar ka sikandar, parvarish and Amar Akbar Antony. Few cine lovers will forget his performances in Hera Pheri, Kurbani, Dayavan and Jurm.
At the peak of his career Khanna renounced it all to join Osho. However he did return for a short stint at the end of that decade to act in films like Insaaf and Satyameva Jayate. He was last seen in Shahrukh Khan's Dilwale.
In 1997, Khanna joined the Bharatiya Janata Party and was elected from Gurdaspur constituency in Punjab in next year's Lok Sabha poll. In 1999, he was re-elected to the Lok Sabha from the same constituency.
Later, he became union minister for culture and tourism in July 2002. Six months later, he was moved to the ministry of external affairs as Minister of State. In 2004 he won the re-election from Gurdaspur. In 2014 general election he was again elected for 16th Loksabha from same constituency. His death leaves a void in his constituency that has left many in tears. A veteran of nearly a 150 films in his 4 decade long career leaving a legacy that will not soon be forgotten.
Director K Viswanath named for Dadasaheb Phalke award
New Delhi, Apr 26: Renowned film director and actor K Viswanath to be conferred prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award for outstanding contribution to the film industry. Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu approved the recommendation of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award committee for the latest recipient of the award, conferred by the government for outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema.
Winner of multiple National Awards, Vishwanath has directed 50 films, known for their strong content, endearing narrative, honest handling and cultural authenticity.
Priyanka gets emotional on her 'last official week' in NYC
NY, Apr 17: Priyanka Chopra is set to return to India this week but the actress is a little upset as she has to bid adieu to NYC, where she has been living for the past one year. Priyanka Chopra is set to return to India this week but the actress is a little upset as she has to bid adieu to NYC, where she has been living for the past one year.
Talking to Twitter, the 34-year-old star says she is dealing with 'conflicted emotions' as it is her "last official week in NYC". "Packing up the house is such a conflicted emotion! so many things pop out that you didn't remember... Last official week in NYC until next time," she wrote.
Priyanka, who is popular in the west for "Quantico", wrapped up filming the second season of the American TV show last month. There were reports that the actress had signed a contract with ABC studios and the "Quantico" producers, indicating a strong possibility of a season three for the show but official word on the same is still yet to come from the showr unners.
Priyanka will head to the US again in May for the promotions of her first Hollywood movie "Baywatch". The upcoming American action-comedy film will feature Priyanka as the antagonist Victoria Leeds. Directed by Seth Gordon, it also stars Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron.
Akshay wins National award for Best Actor, Surabhi Lakshmi Best Actressy
Mumbai, Apr 8: Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar on Friday won the Best Actor award for the film 'Rustom' while Malyalam film actress Surabhi Lakshmi won the Best Actress award for her performance in 'Minnaminugu' at the 64th National film awarded for 2016.
Surabhi bagged the Best Actress Award for the portrayal of "pain & ecstasy of a mother in a deplorable social condition" in 'Minnaminugu' , as per the list of awards announced by the Chairman and Members of the Jury for 64th National Film Awards .
In other wins for Bollywood, 'Dangal' actress Zaira Waseem won the Best Supporting Actress award for her performance in the film while the Amitabh Bachchan starrer 'Pink' won the award for Best film on social issues. The award for Best Director was won by Rajesh for the film 'Ventilator'. The award for Best Child Artist was shared by Adhish Praveen for the film 'Kunju Daivam', Saj for 'Noor Islam' and Manohara for the film 'Railway Children'.
The award for Best Male Playback Singer went to Sundara Iyer for the film 'Joker' while the award for Best Female Playback Singer went to 'Thume jaake'. The Sonam Kapoor-starrer 'Neerja' won the National award for Best Hindi film while the award for Best Children's Film went to 'Dhanak' directed by Nagesh Kukunoor. The award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment went to 'Sathamanam Bhavathi' .
The award for Best stunt choreography went to Peter Hein for the Malayalam film 'Pulimurugan' while the award for Best Environmental film, including agriculture, was won by ‘The Tiger who crossed the line'. The award for Best Screenplay (original) went to Syam Pushkaran for the film 'Maheshinte Prathikaram' while that for Best Screenplay (adapted) went to Sanjay Krishnaji patel for 'Dashakriya' and that for Best Editing went to 'Rameshwar' for the film 'Ventilator'. The Best Sound designer award went to Jayadevan for 'Kaadu Pookunna Neram' while the award for Best production design went to '24'.
In the language category, Best Marathi film was won by 'Dashakriya' , Best Kannada Film award went to 'Reservation' and Best Bengali Film to ' Bisarjan'. The Best Marathi film award went to ‘Dashakriya’. The Best Non-Feature film award went to Malayalam documentary 'Chembai: My Discovery of a Legend' while the award for Most film-friendly state went to Uttar Pradesh. The award for Best writing on Films went to G.Dhananjayan.
Eminent film director, producer, and screenwriter Priyadarshan is the Jury Chairperson in Feature Films category, nationally acclaimed cinematographer and a writer Raju Misra is the Jury Chairperson in Non-Feature category. Eminent film critic Bhawana Somaaya is the Jury Chairperson in Writing while Film Director Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi is the Jury Member for Film Friendly Award category.
Bob Dylan finally to receive Nobel prize in Stockholm
Stockholm, Mar 30: Music icon Bob Dylan will finally receive his Nobel Literature Prize this weekend at a meeting with the Swedish Academy in Stockholm. But no media will be allowed to cover the meeting, and the famously-reclusive Dylan will only give a lecture required of him in a taped version at a later date. The 75-year-old kept silent for weeks after he was announced as the Nobel literature laureate in October, and snubbed a ceremony in December to receive the prize.
"The good news is that the Swedish Academy and Bob Dylan have decided to meet this weekend," Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Academy, wrote in a blog post. "The Academy will then hand over Dylan's Nobel diploma and the Nobel medal, and congratulate him on the Nobel Prize in Literature."
She added: "The setting will be small and intimate, and no media will be present; only Bob Dylan and members of the Academy will attend, all according to Dylan's wishes." Dylan is set to perform concerts on Saturday and Sunday in Stockholm, the first stop on his European tour.
Danius didn't specify if the meeting would be held before or after the concerts. But Dylan, the first songwriter to win the prestigious prize, will not hold the traditional Nobel lecture during the meeting, she said.
Aishwarya's Bharatnatyam dance performance at UN on March 8
New Delhi, Mar 6: Classical danseuse and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, Aishwarya R Dhanush, will give a Bharatanatyam performance at the UN on International Women's Day. Aishwarya, also a filmmaker, said her hour long performance at the UN headquarters in New York was scheduled on March 8. She said the event was being organised by India's Permanent Mission to UN, and co-sponsored by America Tamil Sangam, a US Tamils association.
Aishwarya thanked Syed Akbarudeen, India's Permanent Representative to the UN for coming up with such an idea during a conversation between the two and said she will be performing for a series of renditions. "It (the event) has gotten me back to serious dancing and will be held on March 8, 2017 coinciding with International Women's Day," Aishwarya, United Nations Women's Goodwill Ambassador of India, said.
She said it was a "proud moment" for her family, including father 'Superstar' Rajinikanth and husband Dhanush but said none of them would be accompanying her to the US on account of their busy movie schedules. Among others, she would be performing for the song "Maithrim Bhajathey", sung by the late MS Subbulakshmi in the UN decades back, to highlight the need for peace, Aishwarya said.
Prakash M Swamy, President, America Tamil Sangam, said Aishwarya was the fird Indian danseuse to give a performance as the others in the past included singers or performers on instruments such as Pandit Ravishankar and musician A R Rahman among others. The invitees include those from the 190-member countries and top Indian diplomats, he added.
Aishwarya will also be delivering a talk at Columbia University on Indian Women Filmmakers and will be later felicitated by the Tamil Sangam and Indian Association of Long Island at an event next week, he added.
Rajkummar Rao starrer 'Newton' wins Art Cinema honour at Berlinale
New Delhi, Feb 19: Rajkummar Rao and Anjali Patil starrer political satire "Newton", which had its world premiere at the 67th Berlin Film Festival, has won the International Federation of Art Cinemas (CICAE) award in its Forum segment. Directed by Amit Masurkar, the film received a standing ovation at the festival, with a long and engaging Q and A post the screening. The jury, consisting of Spanish film composer Pedro Barbadillo, Croatian director and Pula Film Festival producer Tanja Milicic and French producer Rainer Wothe labelled "Newton" as a "wonderful" and "exceptional" film.
"This exceptional film within the rich and varied Forum selection deals with the various issues of democracy and fight for it during the elections in India. "It's modular portrayal of Indian culture, the dark humour and ironic approach as well as positive use of typical cliches in Indian society gives 'NEWTON' a unique form and style which will delight audiences in art house cinemas all over the world," the Jury said in a statement.
The award was received by film curator Meenakshi Shedde on behalf of the director. Taking to Twitter, Rao congratulated the entire team of the film. "So happy to share 'Newton' has won the Art Cinema award for the Forum section at Berlinale. Congratulations team," he wrote. There were total 43 films screened in the segment at the festival. Amit, who rose to fame after helming 2014 film "Sulemani Keeda" said, "'Newton' is the result of so many people coming together with a common intention of telling a story that was waiting to be told.
He added, "I'm stoked to see how well it connected with an international audience despite the rootedness and regional nuances. We are very touched by the love showered upon us by the Berlin International Film Festival and we feel honoured to accept this award." Amit had earlier said that the movie will release in mid-2017. The movie revolves around the story of a rookie clerk on election duty in a conflict-ridden jungle of Central India, who tries his best to conduct free and fair voting.
Shah Rukh Khan's Popular Show 'Circus' to Rerun on DD National
New Delhi, Feb 16: Badshah of the Indian film industry Shah Rukh Khan who entered the movie business with Deewana (1992), has given us memorable characters such as Ajay/Vicky in Baazigar, Sunil in Kabhi Haan Kabhi Na, Raj in DDLJ, Kabir Khan in Chak De! India, and Mohan Bhargav in Swades.
But before landing on the big screen, Khan was known for his acting in popular television serials such as Fauji (1989), Dil Dariya (1988), Circus (1989-1990) amongst others. On Monday, Doordarshan that aired Circus surprised SRK's fans by announcing the rerun of the serial starting 19 February on their channel, 8 pm onwards.
Miss France Iris Mittenaere crowned Miss Universe 2017
Philippines, Jan 30: When Iris Mittenaere from France has been crowned the new Miss Universe during the 65th edition of the pageant, while Miss Haiti Raquel Pelissier was named first runner-up. Iris, 24, is a Parisian native, currently pursuing a degree in dental surgery. She plans to use her Miss Universe platform to advocate for dental and oral hygiene. Out of the 86 contestants in the finals, Iris survived the evening gown, swimsuit and numerous Q&A rounds. She takes over from the until-now reigning Miss Universe, Pia Wurtzbach from Philippines. India's Roshmitha Harimurthy failed to advance to the top 13 of the contest, which saw Andrea Tovar from Colombia emerge as second runner-up.
Roshmitha wasn't the only India connect at this year's pageant. Sushmita Sen, who won the pageant in 1994, was one of the judges of the contest and was introduced at the event as "Bollywood superstar, former Miss Universe and champion of women's rights." The panel of judges also included "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Cynthia Bailey, Paper magazine's Mickey Boardman and producer Francine LeFrak, as well as Miss Universes 2011 and 1993.
The competition's other top 13 finalists were Kenya, Indonesia, Mexico, Peru, Panama, Phillippines, Canada, Brazil, Thailand and USA. Earlier in the ceremony, host Steve Harvey poked fun at his massive goof-up during last year's ceremony, when he accidentally announced the wrong winner.
Last year, he awarded the crown to the wrong contestant. Miss Colombia 2015 Ariadna Gutierrez was initially announced as the winner, before Harvey realised his mistake and Miss Philippines 2015 Pia Wurtzbach was handed the crown.
Organisers clearly gave the US "Family Feud" host a second chance, but Harvey immediately addressed the elephant in the room during his opening monologue.
"Let get it out of the way, I know what you're thinking," he said to the cheering crowd in Manila. "Is that the guy from last year? Did they bring back that guy from last year? Well they did. It's me! I'm back! It's been a long year getting here. Boy, I paid the price for last year with that mistake. "I went and had a little surgery, had some stuff done to my eyes, so when the card comes up we'll get it right this year."
British actor John Hurt passes away
UK, Jan 28: The Oscar-nominated British actor John Hurt, who starred in films like 'The Elephant Man,' 'Midnight Express' and 'Alien,' died Friday at the age 77. In addition to "Alien," Hurt appeared in a number of other high-profile fantasy or science fiction films, including "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull".
He played Mr. Ollivander, the wand-maker in the first Harry Potter film, "Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone". The Bafta-winning star continued working despite being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015. He recently starred as Father Richard McSorley in Jackie, the biopic of President John F. Kennedy's wife.
'La La Land' equals record with 14 nominations at Oscars, Dev Patel recognised
New Delhi, Jan 25: "La La Land", a whimsical ode to classic Hollywood musicals, tied the record previously set by "Titanic" and "All About Eve" by bagging 14 nods at the 89th Academy Awards nominations announced on Tuesday while British-Indian actor Dev Patel scored in the best supporting category. "La La Land", a candy-colored romance about two struggling dreamers in Hollywood, earned nods for best picture, best director for 32-year old Damien Chazelle and best actress and actor nods for its lead stars, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling at the nominations.
The Academy, which faced a lot of criticism for its lack of diversity for last two years, addressed the topic by nominating actors like Denzel Washington, Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis, Ruth Negga, Mahershala Ali, Patel, Naomie Harris and films like "Hidden Figures" and "Fences" and "13th". Patel, who has won hearts with his poignant portrayal of a man in search of his roots in "Lion", said he was "overwhelmingly grateful" to be recognised.
"I'm sitting here with my mouth wide open figuring out how this happened. I'm feeling overwhelmingly grateful right now," he said.
"La La Land" will face competition at the Academy awards next month from sci-fi drama "Arrival" and "Moonlight", with both landing a total of eight nominations. Actor-director Mel Gibson, who was made an outcast for his anti-Semitic rants in the past, signalled his comeback to Hollywood with war drama "Hacksaw Ridge".
The film surprised award pundits by scoring six nods, including the best picture, director and best actor for Andrew Garfield.
"Hacksaw Ridge" tied in the third place of the nominations list with "Lion", a true story about a man searching for his lost family in India, and Kenneth Lonergan's tragic drama "Manchester by the Sea", starring Casey Affleck. Lonergan is nominated for best original screenplay and for his direction with Casey bagging a nod in the best actor category.
Michelle Williams was nominated in the best supporting actress category. Casey, who stars in "Manchester by the Sea", is a front-runner already after picking up a Golden Globe and a bunch of critics honors but previous best actor Oscar-winner Washington and Gosling may upset his sprint with their powerful portrayals in "Fences" and "La La Land".
Garfield and Viggo Mortensen are the other nominees in the category. Meryl Streep, who created quite a stir with her politically-charged speech against President Donald Trump at the Golden Globe, broke her own record by bagging her 20th nomination, the most for any actor ever.
She was nominated in the best actress category for her role of tone-deaf opera singer "Florence Foster Jenkins". Her competition is French actress Isabelle Huppert for ("Elle"), Natalie Portman as the first lady ("Jackie"), Ruth Negga ("Loving") and Stone ("La La Land").
New trend in India to make films on real life events: Rathore
New Delhi, Jan 20: Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting said the art of storytelling through movies has undergone a change with times and a trend has now started in India to produce films based on inspiring stories of real life events. Rathore also said with time boundaries between commercial and art cinema have also blurred while films are being made at much lower budgets.
The minister was speaking while inaugurating the Indian Panorama Film Festival at Siri Fort Auditorium on Monday in Delhi where he also paid tributes to veteran actor Om Puri. Rathore said with the paradigm change in technology and business models, the process of film-making is becoming democratic, making it a level playing field giving opportunities to creativity.
He said Puri was a committed film personality who gave his best in every venture that he was associated with throughout his life. The Indian Panorama Film Festival, organised by Directorate of Film Festivals, will screen a package of Puri's films. Five iconic films, in which Puri has acted, will be screened from January 17-21 in Siri Fort Auditorium III at 6 PM.
The festival opened with the documentary film "Ima Sabitri" directed by Bobo Khuraijam and Hindi feature film "Pinky Beauty Parlour" directed by Akshay Singh.
'La La Land' sweeps Golden Globes with seven wins
California, Jan 10: "La La Land" director Damien Chazelle, solidified his chances at the Oscars, by taking home the trophies for best director and screenplay. The film's leading stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone predictably won the trophies for best actor and actress in a motion picture- musical or comedy. Gosling, in an heartfelt speech, thanked his partner, Eva Mendes, for supporting him during the film.
"While I was singing and dancing and playing piano and having one of the best experiences I have ever had on a film, my lady was raising our daughter, pregnant with our second and trying to help her brother who is fighting cancer. If Eva had not taken all that on so I could have this experience, there would be surely someone else standing here today," he said.
An emotional Stone thanked her mother, father and brother for being supportive throughout. "This is a film for dreamers. Hope and creativity are two of the most important things in the world and that's what this movie is about," Stone said, adding she shares this award with everyone who "had a door slammed at their face".
"La La Land" also took the best original score award and best original song for a motion picture for 'City of Stars'. However, in a surprise move the other big award of the night went to "Moonlight", which pipped Dev Patel-starrer "Lion", "Manchester By The Sea", "Hacksaw Rridge" and "Hell or High Water".
Isabelle Huppert pulled off an upset win in the best actress in a motion picture - drama for "Elle" over Amy Adams, Natalie Portman, Ruth Negga and Jessica Chastain. Her French movie "Elle" was named the best foreign film. Actor Casey Affleck won the best actor in a motion picture - drama for his moving performance in "Manchester By the Sea".
In the best supporting actor and actress categories the trophies went to Aaron Taylor-Johnson of "Nocturnal Animals", who beat nominees like British-Indian Dev Patel "Lion", Mahershala Ali for "Moonlight", Jeff Bridges for "Hell or High Water" and Simon Helberg for "Florence Foster Jenkins". Viola Davis won th best supporting actress category for "Fences". The highlight of the evening, however, was Cecil B DeMille Award recipient Meryl Streep's passionate speech criticising President-elect. She said the "performance" that stood out this year did not belong to an actor but to Trump when he publicly mocked a disabled reporter.
"There was nothing good about it, but it did its job. It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I still can't get it out my head because it wasn't in a movie, it was in real life.
"That instinct to humiliate when it's modeled by someone in a public platform, it filters down into everyone's life because it gives permission for others to do the same."
Best animated film award went to "Zootopia". Globes host Jimmy Fallon, who has been criticised for being too soft on Trump, started his opening monologue by comparing the President-elect with villainous King Joffrey of "Game of Thrones".
"The film 'Florence Foster Jenkins' is nominated. The character has been dubbed the world's worst opera singer and even she turned down performing at Donald Trump's inauguration. It's tough to book," he said. Actor Hugh Laurie, who won the best supporting actor role in a limited TV series for "The Night Manager", said he was collecting the "last ever Golden Globes".
"I don't mean to be gloomy. It's just it has 'Hollywood', 'foreign' and 'press' in the title. To some Republicans even the word 'association' is slightly sketchy," he said, adding, "I accept this award on behalf of psychopathic billionaires everywhere." Actor Tom Hiddleston, who spent most of 2016 being on the pages of gossip columns for his romance and subsequent break-up from Taylor Swift, won the best actor for "The Night Manager" while co-star Olivia Colman was named the best supporting actress.
"Well this is lovely thank you," Hiddleston said. Netflix show "The Crown", about the present Queen Elizabeth, was named best drama and its leading actress Claire Foy, who plays Elizabeth, won best actress in a drama. The historical show beat out category favourites such as "Stranger Things", "Westworld", "This Is Us" and "Game of Thrones." "Atlanta", about an aspiring rapper and his manager cousin, was named the best comedy and its star, Donald Glover, won best actor while Tracee Ellis Ross won best actress in a TV series musical or comedy "Black-ish".
"The People vs O J Simpson" was named best mini-series and its star Sarah Paulson won for her portrayal of the prosecutor Marcia Clark in that show. Billy Bob Thornton, won for his role in "Goliath". Fallon, in a first, opened the show with an elaborate song-and-dance parody of "La La Land" where he roped in major celebrity cameos.
Bollywood mourns veteran actor Om Puri's sudden demise
Mumbai, Jan 6: Bollywood celebrities including Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra, Karan Johar and Javed Akhtar expressed their shock over veteran actor Om Puri's sudden demise, calling it a huge loss to Indian cinema. The actor, who gave countless memorable performances in movies of diverse genres, died at his residence here this morning after a massive heart attack. He was 66.
Taking to social media, Puri's former co-stars and friends mourned his death.
Akshay Kumar, who worked with Puri in films like "Aan: Men at Work", "Hera Pheri", "Awara Paagal Deewana" and "OMG Oh My God!", tweeted, "Sad to hear about the passing away of the very talented Om Puri, my co-actor in many films...heartfelt condolences to the family. #RIP
Director Karan Johar said in Puri's death cinema had lost a brilliant artist.
"Solid actor....Solid filmography....immense talent....
#RIPOmPuri ....cinema has truly lost a brilliant artist," Johar tweeted.
Actor Anupam Kher, who also worked with Puri in many films, said the actor's death came as a shock to him.
"Seeing him lying on his bed looking so calm can't believe that one of our greatest actors #OmPuri is no more. Deeply saddened and shocked."
Priyanka Chopra, posted, "The end of an era... The legacy lives on.. RIP #OmPuri."
Veteran scriptwriter-lyricist Javed Akhtar said Puri was not only a great actor but also a brilliant human being.
"It's really a great loss. Wonderful person, great actor and with such impressive body of work right from Satyajit Ray to any commercial Hindi film to films in US and Pakistan. He played all kind of roles.
"Om puri will be missed as a friend. It's a bit shocking at the moment and I'm feeling a bit numb. In the moment all of us are taken aback."
Mahesh Bhatt said, "Goodbye Om! A part of me goes with you today. How can I ever forget those passionate nights we spent together talking about cinema and life."
Shoojit Sircar, tweeted, "RIP Om puri... interactions with you were always full of life.. you were one of the finest artists we are proud of..
Madhur Bhandarkar, wrote, "Shocked to know that the immensely talented actor #OmPuri passed away. Big loss to our film industry. RIP
While, Riteish Deshmukh, posted, "Shocked beyond words to learn that #OmPuri ji is no more. Will miss you sir.
Condolences to the family. RIP #HugeLoss.
Salman, Akshay, Karan Johar join hands for 2018 film
Mumbai, Jan 4: A big-ticket entertainer is in the making, as superstar Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and filmmaker Karan Johar are coming together for a movie slated to release in 2018. The trio took to their social media accounts to make one the first biggest announcements of the New Year.
The yet untitled project will be produced by Salman and Karan, while Akshay will star in the lead role.
"Joining hands on a project where @akshaykumar is the hero and will be co produced by @karanjohar and #SKF,? the 51-year-old star tweeted.
The "Sultan" actor will be producing the movie under his banner Salman Khan Films (SKF). The post was accompanied by a black and white picture of the three.
"Coming together for a film produced by friends, @BeingSalmanKhan and @karanjohar, starring me! Out in 2018," Akshay (49), posted. Karan, who has previously worked with Salman in his debut "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai," said he is "supremely excited" about the movie to be directed by Anurag Singh.
Mohammad Rafi's 92nd birth anniversary today
Mumbai, Dec 24: Today the nation is remembering Mohammad Rafi, the legendary singer with the Golden voice on his 92nd birth anniversary. Born on December 24, 1924, Rafi straddled like a colossus over the Hindi film industry with his singing ability, moulding his voice to suit the on-screen actor.
He remains one of India's greatest singers who lent his voice to Bollywood megastars including Amitabh Bachchan, Shammi Kapoor, Dharmendra and Dev Anand in his career as a successful playback artist.
In a career spanning 35 years, Rafi displayed an astounding range of singing styles ranging from classical to patriotic, mellow love songs to highly peppy numbers, qawwalis, ghazals, bhajans and was reputed to have recorded over 7,000 songs.
Working with music directors like OP Nayyar, Laxmikant Pyarelal and RD Burman, Rafi delivered some evergreen hits including Yeh duniya yeh mehfil, Chura liya hai tumne, O Haseena, Tum jo mil gaye ho and Aaj mausam bada beimaan.
‘Dangal’ a very challenging first film: Aamir Khan
Mumbai, Dec 10: Actor Aamir Khan says Dangal was a challenging first film for Fatima Sana Sheikh and Sanya Malhotra as the project was physically grueling and the debutants suffered many injuries during their wrestling training.
Dangal is a sports drama based on the life of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and his daughters Geeta and Babita. While Aamir essays the role of Phogat, Fatima and Sanya will be seen playing the daughters.
The actresses trained for almost a year in wrestling and Haryanvi language before the beginning of the shoot. During the training Fatima sustained a rib fracture and Sanya had a hamstring injury, but they still continued with the training.
“Dangal is a very demanding film. As your first film, it is very challenging. They are not in their comfort zone. Both Sanya and Fatima are city girls. They had to play girls from a small village. they had to mentally and physically transport themselves to another world,” says Aamir.
The 51-year-old actor made his debut with Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak but says he was not pushed beyond his limits like these girls have been in their first film.
Rajamouli to share first look of "Baahubali 2" at MAMI
Mumbai, Oct 19: The first look of Director S S Rajamouli's much-awaited film "Baahubali 2: The Conclusion" will be shown at the upcoming Jio MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival in Mumbai. At the upcoming Jio MAMI movie mela, which is a section in the festival, two days will be dedicated to popular Indian cinema.
One of the major highlights of the Movie Mela is the first look of "Baahubali 2: The Conclusion" which will be showcased on October 22, he said.
The movie mela will host the cast of "Baahubali 2", who will share their experiences on the making of the movie. The historical fiction directed by S. S. Rajamouli features Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty and Tamannaah. The film is set to open in theaters on April 28.
"I am really excited to share the first look of "Baahubali 2" with all the fans. Doing it at MAMI Mela is going to be a lot of fun. Especially with the entire cast on stage with me," Rajamouli said in a statement in Mumbai.
Also the "Baahubuli" team will launch the teaser to a virtual reality spin off film set around the world of Baahubali, and give the audience a sneak-peak into a game and comic based on the epic franchise.
The movie mela will be held on October 22 and 23, at Rangmandir, Bandra. The Jio MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival will be held from October 20 to October 27 and it will screen over 180 films from 54 countries.
Kevin Hart receives star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
US, Oct 12: Actor Kevin Hart was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The 37-year-old star, who was joined by his family and friends and actress Halle Berry, took to Instagram to share his excitement with the fans. "Words can't explain the feeling that I have right now.... God is good. Look momma I made it. #Harts #Blessed #WhatNow #comedicrockstarshit #4DaysAway...," he wrote.
The actor also said that it is just his beginning and he needs to work even harder. "Hard work pays off.... This is just the beginning people. I'm inspired and motivated to do so much more. The last name HART will have a powerful meaning when it's all said and done!!!! The road to making the world laugh continues.... Let's make History this weekend damn it!!!! (sic)," he stated.
'Wolverine 3' will be very different in tone: Hugh Jackman
New York, Oct 5: Actor Hugh Jackman has said fans can expect some sort of first look of the final "Wolverine" movie in the coming weeks, adding that the film is going to be very different in tone. Jackman, 47, also revealed that the filming has wrapped and director Jim Mangold is busy editing the movie.
"We've finished shooting. I just saw Jim Mangold today. He's editing away and finishing that," the Logan depicter told Entertainment Tonight.
"There's going to be some stuff coming out in the next week or so. That's all I'll say. I'm not good. I'm the kind of person who tells everybody everything. Basically, it's going to be very different. Very different in tone and hopefully different to anything we've done."
Written by "Green Lantern" scribe Michael Green, the final Wolverine solo film will reportedly be based on "Old Man Logan" comic book series.
It will be set in the future, where supervillains have taken control over the world. Patrick Stewart is back to reprise his role as Charles Xavier aka Professor X in the third "Wolverine" film.
Set to hit US theatres on March 3, 2017, it also stars Boyd Holbrook, Richard E Grant, Stephen Merchant and Elise Neal.
Marvel creator Stan Lee's story set to be adventure film
New York, Sep 17: The story of Stan Lee's life is coming to the big screen as Fox is planning to develop a 1970s-era action adventure movie about the legendary Marvel comics creator. According to The Hollywood, 20th Century Fox, the studio behind "X-Men" and "Fantastic Four" film franchises, has acquired his life's rights. Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, the producers behind "Twilight", "The Maze Runner" and the upcoming "Power Rangers", are attached to produce.
Lee and Gil Champion, Lee's partner at POW! Entertainment, will executive produce the project, with Matt Reilly overseeing for Fox. No writer has been hired to pen the script. The project won't be a biopic, but rather an adventure set during the '70s with Lee as the main character.
It is described as being in tone with the hit film "Kingsman: The Secret Service" or Roger Moore-era "James Bond" movies which were noted for their campy nature, over-the-top scenarios and one-liners.
In real life, Lee moved to Hollywood in the 1970s in a hope to see his characters adapted to the big and small screens. In the early 2000s, the former president and chairman of Marvel company made a cameo appearance in countless Marvel films, including "X-Men" and "Spider-Man". He also appeared in recent films like "Deadpool" and "Captain America: Civil War".
Indian acid attack survivor walks at New York Fashion Week
New York, Sep 10: Amid cheers and applause, young Reshma Qureshi, an acid attack surviver, walked the ramp at the New York Fashion Week. Brimming with pride, the 19-year-old girl opened Indian designer Archana Kochhar's collection, titled, "A tale of two travels" at the fashion week. Reshma stunned in an ivory gown, which was offset with digitally printed motifs. "I was very excited. This was my first time at New York. I am hoping that my participation in this runway will inspire hope and confidence in other acid attack survivors, that they can lead a normal life," Reshma said in a statement post show.
Reshma, who was attacked by her brother-in-law in 2004 and lost one eye in brutal incident, has become the face of a campaign to end the open sale of acid in India. A court in Mumbai recently sentenced a man to death for murdering a 23-year-old woman by throwing acid on her face. Archana, whose collection was inspired by her travel to the Taj Mahal and the village of Banjara tribe, said she was honoured to have Reshma walk the ramp for her.
"I am honoured to have Reshma Qureshi walking the ramp and showcasing different facets of beauty to the world. Beauty should not be affirmed by a certain height, colour or size, it is beyond that. It should be an all-inclusive concept," Kochhar said.
Sunny Leone was the showstopper for the collection, becoming the first Bollywood actress to walk at the New York Fashion Week.
Rishi Kapoor honoured at 1st BRICS Film Festival
New Delhi, Sep 6: Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor was on Friday felicitated at the opening ceremony of the 1st BRICS Film Festival in New Delhi by Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathod and Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh for his and the Kapoor family’s contribution to the field of cinema.
The festival, which is part of the special events planned in the run-up to the 8th BRICS Summit to be held in India, kickstarted here at Siri Fort Auditorium Complex with the screening of National Award-winning filmmaker Jayaraj’s multilingual film "Veeram".
"I may be politically little incorrect, but I am an actor not a politician. I want to thank BRICS for giving me this opportunity to be here. In all humility, I would like to introduce myself as a member of a film family," Rishi, son of legendary actor-filmmaker Raj Kapoor and Krishna Kapoor, said on stage.
"The Indian film industry has been existing for over 100 years in which the Kapoors have contributed 88 years. This is the magic of cinema. Cinema is everything to me. It gives us opportunity to see another land, another people and their culture. Cinema is the ambassador which cuts across various barriers and builds bridges and most importantly, it entertains," he added.
Also present on the opening ceremony were Directorate of Film Festivals Senthil Rajan and film delegates from other BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa.
Jennifer Lawrence tops list of best paid actresses
New York, Aug 25: Oscar-winning Jennifer Lawrence was named the world's highest-paid actress for the second year running on Tuesday, with estimated pre-tax earnings of $46 million. The 26-year-old American raked in the lion's share from a profit share in the final "Hunger Games" movie, which grossed $650 million, Forbes magazine said.
An upfront fee for the forthcoming space thriller "Passengers" also helped the 26-year-old push her pay day above second-ranked Melissa McCarthy, who pocketed $33 million. The world's 10 highest-paid actresses made a combined $205 million in the 12 months from June 1, 2015 before fees and taxes, said Forbes.
But the actors' list due to be published on Thursday is expected to show once again men banking far more than their female counterparts. The issue of pay disparity grabbed headlines in 2014 after a leak of stolen emails from Sony Pictures Entertainment showed that Lawrence was paid less than her male co-stars in the hit movie "American Hustle."
Patricia Arquette also railed against the industry's gender-based wage gap during her acceptance speech after winning a statuette at last year's Academy Awards. Lawrence, who took the best actress Oscar for 2012 comedy-drama "Silver Linings Playbook," is down from $52 million in last year's list, although she is still considered Hollywood's hottest property by some distance.
McCarthy, 45, earned $10 million more than the 2015 estimate thanks to a reported eight-figure payday for "Ghostbusters." Perennial A-list darling Scarlett Johansson came in third with $25 million, while Jennifer Aniston, who makes most of her cash through endorsements, bagged $21 million. Fan Bingbing of China, a relative unknown in Hollywood, rounded out the top five, making the list for the second consecutive year with $17 million.
India's Deepika Padukone -- who made $10 million -- was the only other actress from outside Hollywood to feature in the rankings. The 30-year-old, who came 10th, earns far less than her Tinseltown counterparts for her Bollywood roles, but compensates with more than a dozen lucrative endorsements, Forbes said.
Rahman enthrals audience at UN concert to celebrate I-Day
New Delhi, Aug 17: Oscar-winning composer A R Rahman enthralled a packed audience at the iconic UN General Assembly hall with his renditions of Indian Carnatic legend M S Subbulakshmi's music, Sufi songs and the foot-tapping 'Jai Ho' at a concert to mark India's 70th Independence Day.
Rahman, 49, became only the second Indian artist after Subbulakshmi to perform in the General Assembly hall, which is the usual platform for global leaders to address the world. The concert, organised by India's Permanent Mission to the UN with the support of Sankara Nethralaya, an India-based civil society organisation, on India's 70th Independence Day, was a tribute by Rahman to Subbulakshmion the occasion of her birth centenary. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of her performance at the UN.
The first ever musician to be awarded India's highest civilian honour the Bharat Ratna,Subbulakshmiwas invited by the then UN Secretary General Late U Thant to perform at the General Assembly in October 1966, becoming the first Indian to perform there.
The audience of ambassadors, diplomats and Indian- Americans welcomed Rahman with a thunderous applause and loud cheers as he stepped on stage, dressed in traditional Indian attire.
Through the nearly three-hour long concert yesterday, Rahman and his troupe performed Subbulakshmi's music and compositions.
A highlight of the concert was performances by students of Sunshine Orchestra, an initiative by the A R Rahman Foundation, that teaches music to underprivileged youngsters.
"From today, you are privileged, you are not underprivileged anymore," Rahman said as a word of encouragement to the students as they geared to perform on the UN stage.
Rahman's two sisters also performed on stage along with noted singers Javed Ali and renowned percussionist Sivamani.
A.Kanyakumari to get Sangita Kalanidhi award
New Delhi, Jul 26: A. Kanyakumari, an outstanding and versatile violinist, will get the Sangita Kalanidhi award of the Music Academy this year. A. Kanyakumari is the first woman violinist to get the award in the history of the Music Academy and she will preside over the 90th annual conference of the Academy to be held between December 15, 2016 and January 1, 2017. The award will be conferred on her at the Sadas on January 1, 2017.
A composer, who constantly experimented with music, she created seven ragas under the title Saptadri , seven names of Lord Venkateswara of Tirupati. Her other raga creations include Mahalakshmi, Tirumurti and Bharat, a raga created on the occasion of the golden jubilee celebrations of Independence.
Kabali mania grips South India
Chennai, Jul 21: Kabali mania has gripped Southern India as the much awaited movie of super star Rajanikanth is about to be released tomorrow. Several private companies have announced holidays for their employees so that they can watch their beloved movie star.
The Rajnaikanth, Radhika Apte starrer movie has been dubbed in Hindi, Telugu and Malayalam, besides Tamil. Not only India, the mega movie will be screened in 400 theaters in US, it is also being released in Japan, Indonesia and Malaysia.
Legendary playback singer Mubarak Begum no more
Mumbai, Jul 19: Legendary Singer Mubarak Begum passed away at her residence in suburban Jogeshwari in Mumbai after a prolonged illness. She was 80. Mubarak Begum is remembered for singing scores of songs, duets and ghazals for Bollywood, mainly during the 1950s-1970s.
Begum, who sang the evergreen song "Kabhi tanhaiyon mein hamari yaad ayegi" from the 1961 movie "Hamari Yaad Aayegi", has not been keeping well for the last few years.
Through the 1950s and 1960s, Begum worked with the best music directors in the film industry, collaborating with S D Burman, Shankar Jaikishan and Khayyam for movies that starred screen legends like Sunil Dutt, Nargis and Rajendra Kumar. "O Mere Humrahi" and "Hum Haal-e-dil Sunaenge" are some of her other known songs.
In 2011, the Maharashtra government had sanctioned a financial aid of Rs one lakh for treatment of the ailing singer.
Leonardo Dicaprio to produce action thriller
Mumbai, Jun 22: Actor Leonardo Dicaprio is set to make an action thriller based on the real-life search for a fugitive fishing ship. Actor Leonardo Dicaprio is set to make an action thriller based on the real-life search for a fugitive fishing ship.
The 41-year-old actor will produce the movie, titled "The Outlaw Ocean" through his production company Appian Way for internet video streaming service Netflix. The movie will tell the story of how a vigilante crew stalked a notorious fish poaching ship across 10,000 miles and three oceans.
Leonardo, a committed environmental activist, had signed a deal with Netflix to produce non-fiction based films and documentaries about controversial environmental themes.
"There's never been a more critical time for our planet or more of a need for gifted storytellers to help us all make sense of the issues we face," he said.
New season of 'Shaktimaan' will show origin of superhero
Mumbai, Jun 21: Popular superhero of the 90s "Shaktimaan" is all set to return to TV and actor Mukesh Khanna says the new season will chronicle how the character acquired superhuman powers. Khanna essayed the roles of Shaktimaan and his alter ego Pandit Gangadhar Vidyadhar Mayadhar Omkarnath Shastri on the iconic series.
The actor says the new season will show childhood of the much-loved hero and will give insights about his journey.
"The new season will begin from where the previous ended. But it will also show the childhood of Shaktimaan. How he becomes a superhero through intense training from his seven gurus, and the entire process," Khanna said.
"I wanted to show the character's flashback last time, but that would have taken the character of Shaktimaan off-screen for a couple of episodes, which the producers didn't agree to. But this time we are going to do it. We have some kids in mind (for the role), and a solid idea how to go about the show," he said.
'Baahubali' scriptwriter to pen sequel of 'Nayak'
Mumbai, Jun 21: "Baahubali" and "Bajrangi Bhaijaan" fame writer K V Vijayendra Prasad has been roped in to pen the script of the sequel to the 2001 hit political thriller "Nayak". Produced by Eros International and Deepak Mukut, the sequel will see Anil Kapoor again as the lead alongwith some fresh faces. The sequel will be a political satire with romance as the backdrop.
"'Nayak' created ripples on its release and was one of the most successful political satires of its time.
"It's the apt time to plan the sequel in the current political milieu. And we can expect only the finest writing with Vijayendra Prasad ji on board who has given two of Bollywood's biggest releases last year - Baahubali and Bajrangi Bhaijaan," said Sunil Lulla, Managing Director, Eros International Media Ltd said in a statement.
"Nayak", which starred Rani Mukerji in the female lead, was the remake of S Shankar's successful Tamil film "Mudhalvan".
'Udta Punjab' gets HC nod with one cut, modified disclaimer
Mumbai, Jun 14: The Bombay High Court on Monday cleared the release of movie 'Udta Punjab', whose makers were locked in a dispute with the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). A division bench of the court directed the CBFC to certify the film within 48 hours, to enable the makers to release it, on Friday, as scheduled. The court however directed the makers of the film to delete one scene, and to display a revised disclaimer.
The bench refused to stay its order on a plea made by CBFC counsel to enable the board to appeal against it in the Supreme Court, saying the filmmakers have already spent a lot on the movie, and its promotion and distribution.
Earlier, the Board had cleared the film with 13 cuts under the 'A' category.
The court cleared the movie for release with just one cut and a modification in the disclaimer.
As per the revised disclaimer, the 'Udta Punjab' makers will have to delete reference to Pakistan.
They will also have to make additions to the disclaimer that film does not promote the use of drugs and abusive language.
The court also observed that it did not find anything in the script of the movie that affects the sovereignty of the nation.
However Information and Broadcasting minister Rajyavardhan Rathore has said that functioning of CBFC will see a lot of change once government implements the recommendations of the committee formed to revamp CBFC.
Udta Punjab' controversy: BJP denies govt. role in Censor row
New Delhi, Jun 9: BJP has rejected charges of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal that the Censor Board has stopped the release of film Udta Punjab at government's behest. Replying to a media query in New Delhi, senior party leader and Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy said that the government has no role in stopping its release.
He alleged that the Aam Aadmi Party survives on controversies and it does so for political purpose.
The Censor Board's objections to the Shahid and Kareena Kapoor starrer movie, Udta Punjab, have stirred a political row.
All India Radio completes 80 years today
New Delhi, Jun 8: All India Radio (AIR) today completes 80 years today. On this day in 1936 the Indian State Broadcasting Service became All India Radio. From then it has been a roller coaster ride for the broadcaster which took on another name in 1956: Akashvani.
Not only AIR, Radio in general is on a growth trajectory in India. The number of stations is also increasing with increasingly relaxed government policy.
At present there are over 250 private Radio Stations across the country operated by about 50 broadcasters. About 200 Community Radio Stations are operating in the country. This number is likely to increase many folds as the Government has relaxed the licensing rules and is promoting it actively.
Comic actor Razak Khan passes away, Bollywood pays tribute
Mumbai, Jun 2: Veteran comedy actor Razak Khan, who worked in films like "Hera Pheri", "Raja Hindustani" and "Baadshah" among others, passed away on Wednesday following a cardiac arrest. "Lost my elder brother Razak bhai due to cardiac arrest. Please pray for his soul," the actor's close friend Shehzad Khan posted on Facebook, confirming the death.
Khan, 65, was rushed to Holy Family hospital in suburban Bandra at around 12.30 AM where on arrival doctors declared him dead.
His funeral is likely to be held on Thursday at the Narialwadi Kabaristan at Byculla in the city.
Filmmaker Priyadarshan, who worked with Razak in "Hera Pheri", mourned the death of the comedian. "I just got to know. It is really sad. He has worked with me in a lot of movies and he was a great actor," filmmaker Priyadarshan said.
Amitabh fulfills dream of fan suffering from cancer
New Delhi, May 23: Bollywood thespian Amitabh Bachchan has a great regard for his fans. He responds to their queries over the social media or other medium. In one such instance, Amitabh has replied to Hardika through his blog. In the picture, Bachchan is gifting flowers to Hardika and cutting cake with her.
Big B shared few pictures on his blog and wrote, "Hardika a young girl suffers from cancer and has a wish to meet me. I comply and we meet . She is pretty and gentle and moves with an oxygen container. It is most difficult to confront the innocence of pain. and lost hope . " "But a brave front, a desire fulfilled a wish completed and a smile for a special day in her life - she er birthday makes that moment eternal. I wish her speedy recovery," he posted.
He further expressed, "It is disturbing to describe feelings of such encounters and restraint is a natural necessity. It is also one that needs brevity, reassurance and love come prime and should always. And there should also be diminished talk on the medium. What can one say in such situations.
Cannes Film Fest: Aishwarya steals the show in golds and red
Cannes, May 18: Bollywood actress Aishwarya looked stunning in an embellished pink-gold Elie Saab gown, turning heads on the red carpet while attending the premiere of Steven Spielberg's The BFG. Meanwhile, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan skipped the musical evening of Sarbjit, as the actress had a sore throat.
Apart, from Aishwarya, the entire cast of the film and Sarbjit's family attended the event. Randeep Hooda plays Sarabjit Singh in this film, Sarbjit.
The film is a biopic on Sarabjit Singh, an Indian farmer who was convicted of terrorism and spying in Pakistan and was sentenced to death. He was attacked by inmates at a prison in Lahore in April 2013 and died a few days later.
Indian short film 'Beti' at Seattle film festival
Washington, May 16: 'Beti', a non-fiction short film on girl child education, made by young student filmmakers of Chandigarh, has been invited for a special screening at the 42nd Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), Washington DC. It is the only short film from India to be featured amongst 421 films representing 85 countries, the filmmakers claimed.
It's a four minute documentary. Purple People Labs produced the film with a local school as a joint Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative for kids from the Young Filmmakers Academy.
"Beti" will be screened on May 30, which is Seattle Memorial Day at the SIFF. The crew of this film Pihu Gupta, Keshav Garg and Shubham Garg are from the Young Filmmakers Academy, Chandigarh and the cast comprises three girls around whom the story revolves.
They are from a government school in Chandigarh. The movie is directed by Shivain Arora.
The short film promotes girl child by narrating the real life story of three girls from a government school and their dream for the future.
'1920 London' is a romance-revenge story
The narration set in 1920, shuttles between London and Sikar in Rajasthan. It is the story of Princess Shivangi (Meera Chopra), who is happily married and settled in London with her husband Veer Singh (Vishal Karwal).
She receives an intricately designed necklace as gift, purported from their in-laws and soon all hell breaks loose. She finds strange things happening in her house and her husband’s body getting mangled as well.
Not understanding what to do in an alien country and on advice of her hand-maiden Kesar-ma (Sushmita Mukherjee), the Princess comes to her parents’ home in Rajasthan. Here she is advised that the only way her husband can be saved is, by black magic. After a ritual by her family priest fails, she is guided to "Mewad-wale Baba" aka Jai (Sharman Joshi), who assures her that he would do his best and that he would have to travel along with her to London.
In London, while investigating Veer’s case, Jai prods Shivangi to recall how it all started and she tells him about the gift from her in-laws. Jai then tells her that her husband is possessed by a spirit, which was lodged in the locket.
How Princess Shivangi and Jai extricate the spirit, forms the crux of the tale.
The songs break the seriousness of the narrative
Swiss Govt honours Yash Chopra
New Delhi, May 6: Director Yash Chopra, who shot most of his romantic dramas in the lush mountains of Switzerland, has been honoured with a special statue by the government. The bronze statue of the late filmmaker, which weighs about 250 kilos, was inaugurated on Wednesday by his wife Pamela and daughter-in-law Rani Mukerjee, said a statement from Yash Raj Films. A train is also being run in the film director Yash Chopra's name in Switzerland.
President gives away 63rd national film awards
New Delhi, May 4: The most prestigious National Film Awards were announced and the President Pranab Mukherjee gave away the awards on Tuesday. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who has bagged the National Award in Best Actor category for 'Piku' was in the capital accompanied by his family members. Best actress award was given to Kangana Ranaut for her role in 'tanu weds Manu Returns'.
Veteran actor Manoj Kumar was presented prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award by the President. 78-year-old Manoj Kumar, best known for his patriotic films "Purab Aur Paschim", "Upkar" and "Kranti", became the 47th recipient of the award, the highest recognition in Indian cinema.
Kangana Ranaut won her third national film award for her double role in Anand L Rai's romantic comedy drama "Tanu Weds Manu Returns". Sanjay Leela Bhansali's historical romance "Bajirao Mastani", earned him the best director honour besides the film bagging five more awards.
Bahubali bagged the best feature film award. Duronto received the best children's film award.
Movie review: The Man Who Knew Infinity
Mumbai, Apr 29: The movie is based on the life and times of Srinivasa Ramanujan, the great Indian mathematician who was nurtured and mentored to greatness by another brilliant mathematician, GH Hardy. The biggest challenge before the film's director, Mathew Brown would have been how to keep the viewers remain hooked to the movie. In this, actor Dev Patel has done justice to Ramanujan. Jeremy Irons portrays GH Hardy.
Ramanujan's life in Madras, his stay in London have been depicted in the film. Devika Bhise, playing the role of the mathematician’s wife, is shown to be devoted and caring.
Ramanujan takes up an accountant's job where his boss is of an encouraging nature. The boss urges Ramanujan to think beyond the shores of India. Ramanujan sends Hardy a thick notebook filled with his work, the latter is impressed enough to get him on a ship and over to Trinity College. The film is both enjoyable and gripping with an emotional touch.
President presents Padma awards to 56 eminent personalities
New Delhi, Apr 12: President Pranab Mukherjee today presented the Padma awards to 56 eminent personalities from various fields in a civil investiture ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan. Superstar Rajnikant, classical singer Dr Girija Devi, journalist Ramoji Rao were among those honoured with Padma Vibhushan. Singer Udit Narayan, and tennis player Sania Mirza have been honoured with the Padma Bhushan.
Actor Priyanka Chopra, writer Dhirendra Nath Bezbaruah, among others have been honoured with the Padmashree. Earlier in March, 56 eminent personalities were honoured with the Padma awards at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The government had announced Padma awards, one of the highest civilian awards in the country, for 112 eminent persons on the eve of Republic Day.
My journey in film industry has been satisfying: Raveena
Mumbai, Apr 8: After impressing cinegoers in films like 'Munnabhai MBBS' and 'Lage raho munnabhai', actor Boman Irani is now in talks with producer director Raju Hirani for a key role in the biopic on the life of Dutt.
Boman has been associated with many of Raju Hirani's films like PK, 3 Idiots among others.
Boman will soon be seen in a comedy film 'Santa Banta Pvt Ltd', which also stars Vir Das, Lisa Haydon and Neha Dhupia in key roles.
The movie is slated to release on April 22.
My journey in film industry has been satisfying: Raveena
Mumbai, Apr 4: The 90s Bollywood diva Raveena Tandon expressed satisfaction over her journey in the film industry.
'Completing 25 years in Bollywood is a matter of satisfaction for me more than being an achievement.
I have led a good life and I am thankful to the God for that,' Raveena said.
Raveena, who began her journey in Bollywood in 1991 with the film 'Pathar Ke Phool', is currently shooting for Onir's 'Shab' and a film called 'Matri'.
About her role in 'Shab', Raveena said, 'My role in 'Shab' is that of a bold woman.
It is a character I have never played before.
'The actress informed that she was currently shooting in Delhi for 'Matri', a film dealing with atrocities on women.
Bollywood celebrities all praise for 'Ki and Ka'
Mumbai, Apr 1: Many Celebrities from B town have heaped praise on R Balk's 'Ki and Ka', a film dealing with a role reversal among genders.
The film, which features Arjun Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor in the lead with Arjun playing a homemaker and Kareena playing 'bread earning' corporate woman.
Kareena is so suave and alpha.
Watch this one for the much needed role reversal,'Ayushmann Khurana said.
Alia Bhatt also praised the film.
Other stars who praised the film include Parineeti Chopra, actors Jacky Bhagnani and Swara Bhaskar.
'Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah' touches 1,900 mark
Mumbai, Mar 30: Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah' has recently crossed the 1,900 episodes benchmark. Set against the backdrop of Gokuldham society in suburban Mumbai, the show chronicles the lives of the members living in the society and has a hilarious take on the situations faced by its lead protagonist Jethalal Gada (Dilip Joshi) and the people around him.
On the show completing 1900 episodes, Disha Vakani who plays Daya Ben, said, I go for a shoot and feel as if I have come to my second family.
I pray that it never ends," The show connects with the youth and old alike because of its clean entertaining values and subtle social message.
Best actor award to Amitabh in Peeku and to Kangna in Tanu weds Manu returns
New Delhi, Mar 29: Winners of 63rd National Film awards have been declared. Accordingly, super star Amitabh Bachchan has bagged the best actor award for his role in the film Peeku. In female category, the best actress award has gone to Kangna Renaut for her performance in the film Tanu weds Manu returns. SS Rajamouli's 'Bahubali- the beginning' has been chosen for the Best Film award.
For Big B, it is his fourth national film award whereas for Kangna it is her third one. Earlier, she had won awards for 'Queen' and 'Fashion'.
Similarly, the best debut director award has been bagged by Neeraj Ghewan.
The best director award has gone to Sanjay Leela Bhansali for his work in 'Bajirao Mastani'.
Best Hindi film award has gone to 'Dum laga ke haisha'.
Bicycle led to women's emancipation in the United States
Mar 22: One of the underappreciated but significant developments on the road to women's emancipation in the United States was the introduction of the bicycle.
The significance of the two-wheeler is brought to life at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Historical interpreter Julie Garner-the Wheelwoman-portrays Louise, a fictional character from the late 1890s, as she rides around the museum on an 1898 Gendron Wheel Company Reliance model D.
"She is your typical everyday woman," Garner said. "She is a wife and mother of two. And she is out on her first solo independent adventure all by herself. And it's very exciting for her because she has never been out by herself before."
Garner's bike rides are part of the museum's History Alive program. Interpreters portray fictional or real historical characters, bringing America's past to life for museum visitors.
A great entertainer
Bhopal, Mar 21: Kapoor & Sons is another family drama from Karan Johar's kitty. It has all the ingredients to make its mark and be enjoyed by the audience. The film has everything-spice, drama, some great numbers-Ladki kar gayi chul-and set against a backdrop that is extremely picturesque. Money is the main focus of the family in the film and add to it two estranged brothers make the drama complete.
Director Shakun Batra has done his best to keep the tempo of the audience till the very end albeit with plenty of twists and turns. At the end there are some crying scenes. Rajat Kapoor has managed to hold his ground as has Alia Bhatt, who plays a bubbly girl with a sad story to tell of her own. Then there is Siddharth Malhotra.
Then, of course, there is Fawad Khan who made his debut in Khoobsurat.
But the showstopper of this film is Rishi Kapoor who plays a 90-year-old. His presence is loud and clear in places where he is not in the frame. He is witty, practices how to play dead at regular intervals much to the annoyance of his daughte-in-law (Ratna Pathak).
Adele announces she will headline Glastonbury Festival
London, Mar 19: Pop star Adele has announced she will headline the Pyramid Stage at this year's Glastonbury Festival. "I've had to keep that secret for years!" the star added. Glastonbury later confirmed the news on Twitter.
"What a great honour it is to have the wonderful Adele confirmed for this year's Saturday night headline spot!" said festival organiser Emily Eavis.
Adele's latest album, 25, has sold more than 19 million copies worldwide, and is currently number one in the UK albums chart.
Y-Films' 2nd Short Film 'Koi Dekh Loga' premieres on YouTube
Mar 18: After an excellent response to the Nimrat Kaur-starrer 'The Road Trip', Yashraj Films' youth wing Y-Films have released 'Koi Dekh Lega' on YouTube recently.
'Koi Dekh Lega' is based on a real life incident. Directed by Ankur Tewari, it tells the story of a young couple trying to find some privacy at a bus stop in a crowded city. Music is composed and performed by the Anand Bhaskar Collective.
'Half Girlfriend' to roll in May , release on Apr 28, 2017
New Delhi, Mar 12: Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor-starrer 'Half Girlfriend' will hit the screens on April 28 next year, it was announced today. Produced by Balaji Films and directed by Mohit Suri, 'Half Girlfriend' is a coming of age romantic movie based on a novel by notable author Chetan Bhagat.
The novel, set in rural Bihar, New Delhi, Patna, and New York, is a story of a boy from Bihar in quest of winning over the girl whom he loves. Arjun is currently promoting his upcoming film 'Ki & Ka' which releases next month while Shraddha too will soon begin promotions for 'Baaghi' and has wrapped up with 'Rock On 2'. This is the first time Arjun and Shraddha will be seen sharing screen space.
Offers for film roles pouring in for Sanjay Dutt
New Delhi, Mar 10: It's barely a month since actor Sanjay Dutt came out of jail that offers have started pouring in for him to act in films.
After Siddharth Anand and Umesh Shukla, Dutt has received an offer from Rohit Jugraj, a well-known face in Punjabi cinema, to do a film helmed by him.
Jugraj, who had directed films like 'James' and 'Superstar', is a huge name in Punjabi cinema.
Dutt is scheduled to do films with Siddharth Anand and Umesh Shukla, projects that had been finalised by Dutt's wife Manyata while he was in jail.
The sources said besides returning to acting, Dutt also wants to produce some films.
Among these is a film on the life of one of his fellow prison inmates, which the actor plans to start soon.
Drone photography enthusiast Randi Scott to open film fest
New York, March 5: New York City Drone Film Festival is the world's first event exclusively dedicated to celebrating the art of drone cinematography. The festival provides a platform for aerial filmmakers to showcase their work (shot anywhere in the world), emphasizing innovative flight technique, aesthetic beauty, and more.
The New York City Drone Film Festival opens on 5 March at the Directors Guild of America Theatre in New York.
It is the world's first event exclusively showing short movies filmed with drones. This is the second edition of the event, created by Randi Scott Lavin.
Lavin, who is a drone photography enthusiast, created a viral video of aerial views of New York in 2014.
CCTV coverage of performance area would be violation of privacy
New Delhi, Mar 2: The Supreme Court today ordered the Maharashtra government to grant licences to dance bars by March 15. The Court also refused to allow the state government's demand that there be a live feed from a dance bar to the nearest police station. The court said that CCTV coverage of the performance area would be a violation of privacy. Dance Bar Association members had petitioned the apex court after Maharashtra Police imposed 24 new conditions on them before allowing them to open dance bars.
The Association said in its petition that the new conditions imposed by the police were extremely contentious. Aside from the CCTV feed, police had also said that there ought to be a three-foot wall between the performance area and patrons' seating area and that no persons with criminal history should be allowed to work in dance bars.The Supreme Court modified some of these conditions as well and told bars to comply with them in three days.
Oscar awards: Spotlight best picture; DiCaprio best actor
Hollowood (Los Angeles), Feb 29: The 88th Academy awards ceremony saw a galaxy of stars receiving awards in different categories on the red carpet. However, this year the occasion was marred by controversy regarding the lack of diversity of its nominees. For the second year in a row, only white actors and actresses were chosen for the top four categories --best actor/actress and best supporting actor/actress.
The resulting backlash led to several African-American actors and actresses, such as Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith, boycotting the event and the rise of the social media hashtag OscarsSoWhite. (pic: Alicia Vikander won the best supporting actress Oscar for The Danish Girl.)
Spotlight a film about the Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into child sex abuse by Catholic priests won the Oscar for Best Picture. The film Spotlight has received six Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture of the Year. Heavy favorite Leonardo DiCaprio won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in The Revenant.
Brie Larson took the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in Room. Alejandro G. Inarritu won the Oscar for Best Director for "The Revenant", this year's most nominated film, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio as a fur trapper who almost dies after being mauled by a bear. Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith won the Oscar for Best Original Song for "Writing's on The Wall" from the movie Spectre".
The film Son of Saul from Hungary won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film.
First-time nominee Mark Rylance won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in Bridge of Spies in which he played a Russian operative. The award for Best Actress in a Supporting role went to 27-year-old Sweden-born actress Alicia Vikander for her performance in The Danish Girl.
The film "Mad Max: Fury Road" has won the most awards so far - a total of 6 - for Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Makeup and Hair Styling, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.
Best animated film award was bagged by Inside Out.
After accolades at Film fests, 'Aligarh' releases across country
New Delhi, Feb 27: After winning rave reviews at the MAMI film festival in Mumbai and other International Film Festivals, the critically-acclaimed movie 'Aligarh' hit the cinema screens across India yesterday.
Directed by Hansal Mehta, who earlier directed the highly acclaimed film 'City Lights', Aligarh is based on real life story of professor 'Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras', who was fired from his job at the Aligarh Muslim University because of his alleged sexual orientation. Siras was the professor of Marathi literature at the Aligarh Muslim University.
After successfully appealing his suspension, he died in suspicious circumstances. Produced by Eros, 'Aligarh' features actor Manoj Bajpayee and Rajkummar Rao in key roles. Manoj Bajpayee plays the role of Siras and Rajkummar Rao plays a journalist in the movie.
Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt completes jail term, walks free
Pune, Feb 24: Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt today walked out of the Yerwada jail here, after completion of his jail sentence in the 1993 serial blasts case. His release comes 103 days before, considering his good behavior. His wife Manya Dutt, Director Raj Kumar Hirani and a few friends had arrived at the jail premises to receive him.
Soon after coming out of the jail, Sanjay looked back at the tricolor atop the jail premises and saluted it. He picked up his bag and looked cheerful. He left for Mumbai by a chartered plane.
As per information, his first visit be to the Siddhi Vinayak temple. From there he would visit his late mother Nargis Dutt's graveyard and remember her.
A large number of fans have gathered at the actor's Bandra residence.
Preity to auction wedding pics for a good cause
Bollywood actress Preity Zinta who is getting married in April has decided to auction her pictures for a good cause.
The couple will be putting their wedding images up for auction and the proceeds generated out of these will go towards the Preity Zinta Foundation.
Preity has been involved with several charitable organizations. It is learnt both Preity and her Los Angeles boyfriend Gene Goodenough want to celebrate this joyous moment in their lives by giving back to society in their own little way.
Baftas: The Revenant, starring DiCaprio, named best film
London, Feb 15: Wilderness drama The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio has dominated this year's Baftas. The film which is being seen as a key predictor of success at the upcoming Oscars was named best film. It took top honours in a number of categories with Leonardo DiCaprio winning best actor and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu bagging best director.
The Mexican director described the win as overwhelming. He said, DiCaprio's talent and commitment to the risky project had kept the film breathing. The ceremony which was held at London's Royal Opera House yesterday was hosted by Stephen Fry. Apocalyptic action movie Mad Max: Fury Road took home four awards for make-up and hair, editing, costumes and production design. Brie Larson won the best leading actress award for her role as a kidnapped mother in Room.
Steve Jobs star Kate Winslet was named best supporting actress while Mark Rylance won best supporting actor for his role as British-born Soviet agent in Bridge of Spies. The first award of the night, for outstanding British film, went to period drama Brooklyn. Emmanuel Lubezki bagged award for cinematography for his work on The Revenant. The Baftas have largely avoided the diversity row that has engulfed this year's Oscars. Though a campaign group staged a protest at the BAFTA award ceremony over the lack of diversity in the entertainment industry.
Hollywood star Bill Murray in 'mobile phone rage' incident
Los angeles, Feb 13: Hollywood actor Bill Murray has offered to pay for mobile phones he allegedly threw from a rooftop California bar after their owners tried to take photos of him. Murray was annoyed by camera flashes after fans spotted him at the lounge in the seaside town of Carmel, reports say.
He is alleged to have grabbed at least two phones before throwing them. Police reportedly spoke to the star but have decided not to press charges. The owners were happy to be compensated rather than press charges, the TMZ website quoted police as saying.
The website said the actor was "hanging out" on Thursday at the Vesuvio rooftop lounge, "a popular watering hole for celebs" playing in an annual golf tournament.
Community Radio 3rd pillar of development along with govt & NGOs
Bhopal, Feb 9: Development is happening either through the government or through NGOs. The potential of the Community Radio, is such that the local people and communities can teach a lot to the government and to NGOs. These views were expressed by Manoj Shrivastava, Principal Secretary, Department of Culture, while addressing a Regional Community Radio convention in Bhopal.
The Regional Community Radio Sammelan seeks to create a common platform for Community Radio Stations (CRS) for better exchange of ideas and strengthening links between stations.
Participants from 13 states attended the two-day convention.
He said that the government should also try to gather and collate traditional information and knowledge from local people.
"Our development paradigm has been such that the government takes a single person as one unit and plans for the community. But the Indian society has been working to bring development benefits collectively to people," Shrivastava said.
He further said that Community Radio focuses on the development of the local community and also on the oral tradition more than the written word. Shrivastava said, "I feel Community Radio can reflect the diversity of India even as it unifies the country. It can be the only medium to reflect the diversity of our local dialects and languages, culture and traditions. I look at it as an alternative media which has the potential to give a voice to the unreached and the unheard."
Poet behind 'Hosh waalon Ko Khabar Kya', Nida Fazli, dead at 78
Mumbai, Feb 9: Noted poet and lyricist Nida Fazli,78, passed away in Mumbai following a heart attack. Nida Fazli was born in Delhi to a Kashmiri family and he had attended school in Gwalior. His father was also an Urdu poet. During the partition, his parents migrated to Pakistan, but Fazli decided to stay in India.
He was known among fans and singers for his elegant presentation of ghazals, dohaas and nazms.
Nida Fazli wrote the title song of TV serials like 'Sailaab', 'Neem ka Ped', 'Jaane Kya Baat Hui' and 'Jyoti'. The composition "Koi Akelaa Kahaan" is another popular composition sung by Kavita Krishnamurthy.
Maha govt to challenge acquittal of Salman Khan in SC
Mumbai, Jan 20: Maharashtra government will file a Special Leave Petition before the Supreme Court, challenging acquittal of Bollywood actor Salman Khan in the 2002 hit-and-run case by the Bombay High Court. According to the Law and Judiciary department sources, directions have been issued to state lawyers to file the SLP, in a week's time.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had already said that the state government would appeal against the high court verdict that acquitted Khan of all charges. Bombay High Court Justice A R Joshi had on December 10 last year acquitted the actor of all charges in the case.
Golden Globes: DiCaprio, Kate Winslet among others win awards
New York, Jan 11: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has bagged the award for Best Actor for his performance in 'The Reverant'. The film turned out to be the highest winner as it also won awards for Best Director (Alejandro G Inarritu) and Best Film (Drama).
This was the third time that DiCaprio was bestowed with a Golden Globe. Before this one, he has won for 'The Aviator' and 'Wolf Of The Wall Street'.
Matt Damon bags best actor award for his role in The Martian. The movie beat Mad Max, Carol and Room. Kate Winslet won the Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Steve Jobs.
The award for Screenplay for motion picture went to Aaron Sorkin for his Steve Jobs screenplay. Sylvester Stallone bagged the award for best actor in a supporting role in motion picture.
"Inside Out," a coming of age story about emotions,... was named the best animated movie at the Golden Globes.
Star Wars sets box office record with $238 million opening weekend
US, Dec 21: In the United States and Canada, the newest film in the Star Wars franchise has set a box office record for an opening weekend. Star Wars - The Force Awakens generated 238 million dollars in ticket sales since its release Thursday.
Worldwide sales brought in 517 million dollars. The figures shatter previous records set by Jurassic World, the fourth film in the Jurassic Park saga, which opened to 208 million dollars in North American sales earlier this year.
Prosecution fails to prove charges, Salman acquitted
Mumbai, Dec 10: Bollywood star Salman Khan has been acquitted by the Bombay High Court in the 2002 hit-and-run case, in which he had earlier been sentenced by Sessions court to five years in jail. The Bombay high court today said Bollywood star Salman Khan cannot be convicted in the 2002 hit-and-run case, saying the prosecution has not proven the charges against the actor.
Justice AR Joshi pointed out that Salman can’t be convicted because of "various shortcomings in investigations and prosecution's evidence. Salman had appealed to the high court to overturn a sessions court judgment in May that held him guilty and handed out a five-year jail term in the 2002 hit-and-run case.
Justice Joshi said after seeking Salman's presence in court at the time of pronouncing the verdict that doubt arises over involvement of appellant on charges. Investigation was conducted in faulty manner with scant regard to procedure.
Verdict in Salman Khan hit and run case likely today
Mumbai, Dec 10: The prosecution has failed to bring material on record to establish beyond reasonable doubt that the appellant (Salman Khan) was driving and under the influence of alcohol. This was the conclusion which the Bombay high court said on Wednesday, the third day of judgment dictation by Justice AR Joshi. The judge is likely to conclude his dictation on Thursday when he decides the fate of the actor.
The court also observed that Khan's former, now late, police body guard, the first informant in the 2002 case against the actor, who was in the vehicle and the crucial witness on whose testimony and "improved statement" of "Salman's speeding" the prosecution had rested its case, was "not a wholly reliable witness".
The HC judge also said that, "In each and every case of drunken driving and causing death of a person, section 304-II of IPC may not be applicable."
The HC verdict on Khan's appeal against his sentence and conviction for culpable homicide not amounting to murder under section 304-II of Indian Penal Code, for the death of one person when his vehicle rammed into a Bandra bakery and laundry in the wee hours of Sept 28, 2002, is keenly awaited by relatives and fans.
In May this year, the sessions court held the actor guilty on all charges, including that of driving drunk and of culpable homicide & sentenced him to five years of RI.
The judge, tackled various aspects of the case, one at a time, to analyse the evidence on drunkenness, driving, tyre burst, charge of culpable homicide, 'late' emergence of a defence witness, admissibility of a testimony made before a magistrate under a different charge by a late witness' and absence of direct witness Kamaal Khan, corroboration and cogency. He spotted pitfalls in evidence marshalled by the prosecution and "unexplained anomalies" and contradictions in evidence that injured witnesses gave in their deposition and their cross-examination conducted by the defence lawyer Shrikant Shivade in the trial court.
46th IFFI: 2 Indian Bengali films chosen to compete in intl section
Panaji, Nov 30: Two Indian Bengali films have been chosen to compete in the international competition section at the International Film Festival of India, IFFI in Goa. The film 'Natoker Moto' by Debesh Chatterjee and another Bengali film 'Cinemawala' by Kaushik Ganguly will compete with 13 other selections from across the globe for IFFI's golden peacock award for best film.
Argentina's film 'The Clan' will bring the curtains down of the 11 days long 46th edition of International Film Festival of India, which is underway in Goa. The world film fraternities' eyes are now on the prestigious golden peacock award. The two regional Bengali films 'Natoker Moto' and 'Cinemawala' have been chosen to represent India in a world competition. Besides this, the National award winner Marathi Film Court, which was selected as India’s official entry to the Oscars, has been chosen for the Centenary Awards of the IFFI. Indian film like Masaan, Nanak Shah Fakir and Ottaal are among eight other films competing for the centenary Awards.
Meanwhile, the 46th edition of the IFFI is all set to conclude today.
IFFI gets-off to a colourful start
Goa, Nov 21: he 46th International Film Festival of India, IFFI, got-off to a colourful start Friday evening amidst electrifying performances evoking nostalgic memories of evolving Indian cinema through various eras. During his inaugural address, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Arun Jaitley said, the International Film Festivals give filmmakers a chance to interact with fellow filmmakers and provide opportunities to showcase the best domestic and international talent.
He said, there could not be a better opportunity than a Film Festival to celebrate the excellence of cinema. The Minster also said that there would be many new initiatives this year such as a special section on 'World Cinema Restored Classics' to highlight the idea of film restoration, master classes with eminent academy members, a special "ICFT- UNESCO Fellini Prize" and Talkathons.
The Man Who Knew Infinity: 46th IFFI opens today with Ramanujan's biopic
Goa, Nov 20: 46th International Film Festival of India, IFFI will begin today in Panaji, Goa. The Man Who Knew the Infinity, which is a biopic based on the life of mathematical wizard Srinivas Ramanujan will be the opening film.
Whereas Argentina's Oscar entry and a Argentinean box office hit The Clan will be the closing film of the festival. The Kingdom of Spain will be the focus country of IFFI 2015.
Anil Kapoor will grace the opening ceremony as the Chief Guest, while AR Rahman will be the Chief Guest at the closing ceremony.
IFFI Director C Senthil Rajan said that the International competition will have 15 films from across the globe including countries like Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Colombia, France, Germany and Iceland.
Two films from Indian Panorama section will also be competing in this section. International Jury is headed by Shekhar Kapur Chairperson, India and includes film personalities like Michael Radford, Julia Jetsch, Suha Arraf and Jeon Kyu-Hawn.
Actor Saeed Jaffrey, veteran of dozens of Bollywood, Intl films passes away
Mumbai, Nov 17: Actor Saeed Jaffrey, a veteran of dozens of Bollywood and international films, has died at the age of 86. The news of his death was announced on Sunday by his niece Shaheen Aggarwal on Facebook.
The actor collapsed at his London home from a brain haemorrhage and never regained consciousness, according to a statement from Jaffrey Associates. Born in Punjab in India in 1929, Jaffrey began his career as a theatre actor and was the first Indian to tour Shakespeare across the United States and to star in a major Broadway role, according to Jaffrey Associates. He became a household name in the UK after appearing in numerous TV dramas including Tandoori Nights, The Far Pavilions and Gangsters.
Jaffrey starred in such acclaimed Indian films as Satyajit Ray's Shatranj ke Khiladi (The Chess Players) and more than 100 Bollywood productions. He also appeared in A Passage To India, Gandhi and The Man Who Would Be King, and earned a Bafta nomination for his role in 1985's My Beautiful Laundrette.
His best-known roles included the Nawab of Mirat in the landmark 1980s series The Jewel In The Crown and Ravi Desai in the soap opera Coronation Street.
On the big screen, he starred opposite Michael Caine and Sean Connery in 1975's The Man Who Would Be King and played Patel in Sir Richard Attenborough's Oscar-winning Gandhi in 1982.
Jaffrey's death has been widely condoled by all sections of the society.
Int Children's Film Festival begins in Hyderabad
Hyderabad, Nov 16: Promising an entertaining outing of children's cinema for a week, the 19th International Children's Film Festival of India (ICFFI) got off to a colourful start in Hyderabad on 14th November.
Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore inaugurated the festival in the presence of Telangana Cinematography Minister T Srinivas Yadav, Bollywood actress Tabu, Karishma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor and other film personalities.
Rathore wished that the week-long festival would offer good and quality cinema to the audience, especially children.
Over 1,200 entries have been received from about 80 countries, he said.
Noting that he grew up in a generation reading 'Amar Chitra Katha' and 'Panchatanra', he said that the present generation of children can make even short films with smartphones.
Durga Puja enters 7th day: Garba dances captivate
Bhopal, Oct 20: Today is seventh day of Navratri or Durga Puja. The festival is celebrated all over India with great zeal and enthusiasm.
Navratri is a nine day celebration, during which nine forms of goddesses are worshipped. On the seventh day goddess 'Kalaratri' is worshipped. The seventh form of Durga who is known for destroying ignorance and removing darkness from the universe. This occasion represents celebration of Goddess Amba over evil demon Mahishasura.
Also Women and men dance to the tune of traditional garba songs. The nine day festival of Navaratri is also being celebrated in other parts of the country. In Gujarat, People wearing traditional attire perform Garba during Navaratri festival celebrations.
In West Bengal the festival is celebrated as 'Durga Puja'. Today is 'Maha Saptami'. People go Pandal- hoping wearing new clothes and munch on the road side delicacies
Meanwhile, Deshpriya Park Puja in south Kolkata has come to an end prematurely.
This took place after the Kolkata Police lodged a sou moto case against the committee for violating laws relating to 88-feet-tall durga idol.
Indian film 'Zubaan' opens 20th Busan film festival
Busan (South Korea), Oct 5: The 10-day extravaganza of selected films opened here with the screening of Indian film 'Zubaan'. More than 5,000 filmmakers, entertainers and fans are attending the festival.
For the first time an Indian movie opened the film festival; Zubaan - a coming-of-age musical drama- by debutant director Mozez Singh follows the story of a young Sikh who finds his way in life through music.
Typhoon Dujuan was no dampener for the who's who of film industry.
This year the festival celebrates it 20th anniversary with programs such as Asian Cinema 100- a list that features the best of Asian Cinema.
Huge crowds lined-up in the stands along the red carpet laid outside the Busan Cinema Centre, to catch a glimpse of their favourite stars.
'Tokyo Story', by Japanese filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu tops the list.
Satyajit Ray's 'The Apu Trilogy', Japanese film maker Akira Kurosawa's two films - 'Rashomon' and 'Seven Samurai' also figure among the top 10 best films of Asia.
Busan film festival has prided itself on identifying the filmmakers who have helped spur the industry's growth in the region and on championing the cause of independent Asian cinema.
Films already being heralded as Oscar contenders are also spread around the festival's various programmes, including Hou Hsiao-Hsien's martial arts epic 'The Assassin'.
The film festival will close on 10th of October with the Chinese drama 'Mountain Cry' directed by larry yang.
The film is built around a closed-structured society, where love and jealousy in the human mind conflict and intertwine.
Though the film festival has struggled with funding issues over the past year, the event - the biggest in Asia, styles itself as the most influential of its kind in a region enjoying stellar growth in box-office receipts and increasing clout in the global movie market.
'Nightingale of India' still rules at 86!
Mumbai, Sept 28: The melody queen, Lata Mangeshkar has a popularity and influence that transcends various regions and languages.
Having sung for over 70 years for actresses from Nargis to Preity Zinta, as well as having recorded albums of all kinds, Lata is referred to as a nightingale of India.
She has recorded songs for over a thousand Hindi films and has sung songs in over thirty-six regional Indian languages and foreign languages.
In recognition to her talent and remarkable contribution to music Lata Di was awarded Bharat Ratna, Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan, Dadsaheb Phalke award besides others.
Lata's versatality has no low bounds and we wish this pride of India a 'Very Happy Birthday'.
Hyderabad to host 19th International Children's Film Festival
Hyderabad, Sept 21: 19th International Children's Film Festival (ICFF) will be conducted between November 14th -20th, 2015 in Hyderabad, the permanent venue for the event.
Speaking on Friday at a review meeting held in connection with ICFF, Sunil Arora, Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, said that the next film festival should be more entertaining, interactive, informative and fun for the children.
Mr. Sunil Arora asked the organizing committee to make success of the forthcoming 19th International Children's Film Festival (ICFF), with the co-ordinate efforts by different departments of Central and the Telangana State.
Shravan Kumar,CEO Children Film Society of India (CFSI), informed that making it as a truly global event, a total of 1204 entries were received through online from 80-countries for the screening in this edition, including some of the award winning and reputed films. It was around 900 films during the last edition, he said.
The competition will be in International, International Short, Asian Panorama and Little Directors categories. "To enlighten the children, five workshops along with a special workshop on the digital making of films will be conducted", he said.
Rajiv Sharma, Chief Secretary, Telangana State informed that the opening and closing ceremony will be held at Lalitha Kala Thoranam.
The IMAX theatre will be the main venue for the screening of the films along with 11-more theatres. He asked the organizing committee for the proper accommodation for the expected 500-child delegates.