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Vidya Balan feels proud to be on Cannes Jury

Written by on May 22nd, 2013

Vidya Balan has expressed her joy of being invited to be a part of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival by stating how she feels immensely proud to be representing India during this prestigious occasion. “It’s extremely exciting and invigorating to be on the same jury as (Steven) Spielberg, Ang Lee and others. It’s […]

Amitabh Bachchan does not approve of the term ‘Bollywood’

Written by on May 22nd, 2013

Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan has criticised the use of the term ‘Bollywood’ as a reference to Indian Cinema. Mr Bachchan made this statement during an interview with The Daily Telegraph, following his appearance at the Cannes Film Festival. “I just feel that the Indian film industry has its own identity so I’d rather call it […]

Black is Black return for UK tour!

Written by on May 17th, 2013

The amazing blind Indian orchestra ‘Black’ are making a rare return to the UK for a grand tour this month! Comprising of 12 members, Black have toured all over India, spellbinding many people with their inspiring music. They will be performing in Leicester (De Montfort Hall) on 26May, Bradford on 27 May (St Georges Hall) […]

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“Madhuri was my first love,” says Ranbir Kapoor

Written by on May 16th, 2013

Ranbir Kapoor has said that Bollywood goddess Madhuri Dixit was his first love, after having had the prestigious opportunity to dance alongside her for the song ‘Ghagra’ in his latest film Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. “She was my first love and my heart broke when she got married. I was happy when I got the […]

FRAMING MOVIES Take Six: Mughal-E-Azam (1960)

Written by on May 16th, 2013

It would be wrong of us to celebrate one hundred years of Indian Cinema if we did not acknowledge one of the greatest epics to have ever been made. Directed by K. Asif, Mughal-E-Azam (1960) is a film oozing with grandeur, romance and drama. Starring Dilip Kumar, Prithviraj Kapoor and Madhubala in central roles, it […]

Amitabh Bachchan in ‘shocked disbelief’ after receiving praiseworthy reviews for The Great Gatsby

Written by on May 11th, 2013

Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan has stated how overwhelmed he feels that his cameo role in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby has received positive reviews from Western critics. Bachchan posted on his Twitter account the review written about him by Variety Magazine, which stated the following. “By far the liveliest work in the film comes from […]

“I never wanted to be an actor,” says Shah Rukh Khan

Written by on May 10th, 2013

Shah Rukh Khan recently stated in an interview with Filmfare Magazine that he never wanted to become an actor and assumed that he would never succeed within the world of Bollywood. The 47 year old actor took part in the interview to mark 100 years of Indian Cinema and also posed for a special edition […]

Aurangzeb Music Review

Written by on May 7th, 2013

Having had a successful 2012 with his debut film Ishaqzaade, Arjun Kapoor returns to the big screen in a double role with Aurangzeb, his second outing with Yash Raj Films. Releasing on 17 May 2013, Aurangzeb also stars Rishi Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Prithviraj and Amrita Singh, the latter returning to Bollywood after a long hiatus. […]

FRAMING MOVIES Take Four: Mr and Mrs 55 (1955)

Written by on May 5th, 2013

Guru Dutt is largely famous for making films that are of a melancholic nature. However, one of his greatest works that falls under the romantic comedy genre is Mr and Mrs 55 (1955). Guru Dutt not only directed this film, but he also played the male lead opposite the beautiful and talented Madhubala. The story […]

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Aamir Khan says Dilip Kumar is his biggest influence

Written by on May 4th, 2013

Aamir Khan has recently expressed to the Indian media that legendary actor Dilip Kumar is his biggest influence and role model. “Dilipji is my favourite actor; I am a huge fan of him. He has influenced me a lot. I wish I could have got an opportunity to work with him.  His influence has been […]

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Check out the song for Madhuri’s item number in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

Written by on May 4th, 2013

Most people were already content with the fact that Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone were joining forces again for Ayan Mukerji’s next film Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. If that wasn’t enough, the makers have managed to rope in Bollywood’s ultimate goddess Madhuri Dixit for an item number alongside Ranbir. Sung by Rekha Bhardwaj and Vishal […]

YES! Bombay Talkies to get an international release

Written by on May 3rd, 2013

Directed by Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Bannerjee and Karan Johar, Bombay Talkies is one of the most eagerly awaited films of the year. Bombay Talkies, which has been made to coincide with the centenary of Indian Cinema, was initially planned for an all-India release only, which left many international Bollywood fans disappointed. However, given […]

Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak completes 25 years

Written by on May 3rd, 2013

Mansoor Khan’s Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988), the film which saw the debuts of Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla and also catapulted them both to stardom, has officially completed 25 years this week. Speaking about the occasion, Juhi had this to say to the Indian media, “It’s been 25 years, unbelievable and it was on […]

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Music Review

Written by on April 30th, 2013

Ayan Mukerji’s Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is arguably the most highly-anticipated Bollywood films of 2013. It is based on the story of four characters that experience the journey of youth together. Starring superstars Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in the leading roles, this is their second film together as an on-screen couple following the 2008 […]

Playback singer Shamshad Begum dies

Written by on April 25th, 2013

Legendary playback singer Shamshad Begum, who dominated the Hindi film industry during the 1940s and 50s, has died at her Mumbai residence at the age of 94. Known for famous hits like ‘Leke Pehla Pehla Pyaar’ (CID), ‘Chod Baabul Ka Ghar’ (Baabul) ‘Kabhi Aar Kabhi Paar’ (Aar Paar) and ‘Teri Mehfil Mein Kismat Azmakar’ (Mughal-E-Azam), […]

Vidya Balan is joining Cannes Film Festival Jury

Written by on April 25th, 2013

Vidya Balan, who is considered by many to be Bollywood’s first ‘female hero’, has been selected to join the jury for the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. The jury will be headed by renowned Hollywood director and producer Steven Spielberg, and all will be deciding which film should be awarded the famous Palme d’Or. Other members […]

Sridevi says she’s a big fan of Meryl Streep

Written by on April 24th, 2013

Sridevi has recently stated in an interview during the India Today Women’s Summit that she would love to emulate the successful career of Oscar winning actress Meryl Steep. “I am a big fan of Meryl Streep. I have never planned my career. I chose those films with which I could relate myself. But if given […]

Yash Chopra has been crowned the ‘father of contemporary Indian Cinema’ in Melbourne

Written by on April 24th, 2013

Yash Chopra, considered by many to be one of the greatest filmmakers in the history of Bollywood, has been bestowed with the title ‘Father of Contemporary Indian Cinema’ at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM). The late director, who sadly passed away in October 2012, is being given this title due to his strong […]

Hrithik-Katrina starrer Bang Bang to release on May 2014

Written by on April 19th, 2013

It has been confirmed that Siddharth Anand’s upcoming film Bang Bang, an adaptation of the Hollywood film Knight and Day will release worldwide on 1 May 2014. The film, which will star Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif in the leading roles, will officially commence shooting next month. It was initially scheduled to release on Valentine’s […]

Ayushmann Khurana says he’s carved a ‘niche’ as an actor-singer

Written by on April 19th, 2013

Ayushmann Khurana has recently stated to an Indian newspaper that he’s finally been able to carve his niche within Bollywood as an actor-singer. The 28 year old, who catapulted to stardom following the success of his debut film Vicky Donor (2012), stated the following to the Times of India. “I am not competitive at all. […]

Sanjay Dutt granted four weeks to complete work before returning to jail

Written by on April 17th, 2013

The Indian Supreme Court has approved of Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt’s request for more time before returning to jail. Dutt has been granted four more weeks of freedom under “humanitarian grounds.” He made this request in order to fulfil his film commitments before returning to jail on the grounds of illegally possessing weapons back in […]

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