Aditi's enviable film line up for 2015

Aditi's enviable film line up for 2015

03/Feb/2015  //  1293 Viewers

From Farhan Akhtar and Amitabh Bachchan to Irrfan Khan now, actress Aditi Rao Hydari has an enviable line up of films. In an industry that is so dynastic and driven by weekend collections this girl is proving to be a courageous girl determined to carve her own niche. Aditi is all set to have 6 releases in 2015 alone spanning various genres and eclectic film making styles.

Says an insider source, "Aditi has quite a stellar lot of directors to her filmography for this year: right from Bejoy Nambiar (for Wazir with Farhan Akhtar and Amitabh Bachchan), Abhishek Kapoor (for Fitoor), Sudhir Mishra (for Aur Devdas), National award winning director Subhash Kapoor (for Guddu Rangeela) to Manish Jha (for Eyecandy Films's The Legend of Michael Mishra) and now Abhinay Deo.

The girl has an appeal of a classic Hindi film actress combining the classic beauty and of course the acting chops. Many actresses fall prey to the demon of media speculation around the film they have may not have even signed but Aditi has proved to be a silent winner who chooses to just work hard and focus on making things happen for her thus proving her incredible 6 film line up which are completely different from each other. This girl is here to stay for a long long time."

This just proves that nothing can keep real talent down... The Indian film industry might be finally ready to change and be challenged, here's hoping more actors show some spunk too...
Jacqueline's success mantra?

Jacqueline's success mantra?

03/Feb/2015  //  1407 Viewers

Jacqueline Fernandez has made all the right choice of films, right from the time she entered the industry. Her first film (Aladin; 2009) itself was with megastar Amitabh Bachchan. And from there, she continued her streak with films with big stars like Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali Khan, Salman Khan, Arjun Rampal and Ranbir Kapoor, amongst others. The actor admits that working with the big names in the industry is important for her.

"You have to be part of big movies that have established actors. Working with them helps one grow. I learnt a lot when I did my first movie with Amitabh Bachchan. At the same time, Saif has helped me a lot. He gave me advice on my dialogue delivery without being preachy," she says.

She also admits that while signing a film, she even takes into account the director of the film. "My priority while signing a film is that the director should be good," she informs, "It is important how the director narrates the story to me, and how appealing I find them" and that is why she chose to work with first-time directors such as Sajid Nadiadwala (Kick; 2014) and Vikramjit Singh (Roy; 2015).
Badly Burnt: FIR filed against Ranveer, Arjun and Karan for filthy language

Badly Burnt: FIR filed against Ranveer, Arjun and Karan for filthy language

03/Feb/2015  //  975 Viewers

Filmmaker Karan Johar, actors Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, and other performers of AIB Knockout are facing twin probes -- by Maharashtra government and Mumbai Police-- for allegedly using 'filthy and abusive language'

Maharashtra government on Monday ordered an inquiry into a comedy show held here even as police launched a probe following a complaint against filmmaker Karan Johar, actor Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, among others, for allegedly using "filthy and abusive language" during the event.

"Officials of the Culture Department will examine the (AIB show) videos for the content. If found vulgar, an action will be initiated," Maharashtra Cultural Affairs Minister Vinod Tawde told reporters in Mumbai.

Mumbai Police also initiated an inquiry following a complaint against Johar, Kapoor and Singh, which alleged that the trio, along with other comedians, had used abusive language during the AIB Knockout, a comedy show, held in Mumbai.

According to the written complaint by Akhilesh Tiwari, president of Brahman Ekta Seva Sanstha in Mumbai, filed at Sakinaka police station on Monday, the trio, along with other performers, had allegedly passed abusive and offensive remarks against one another and at the audience present there, police said. The first video of the three-part AIB Knockout on YouTube cautioned users -- "following video is filthy, rude and offensive".

'Roast' is a relatively new genre for Indians watching insult comedy online or during live performances. The AIB Knockout on YouTube had social media buzzing with their roast of Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh with Karan Johar officiating as 'roastmaster' in front of 4,000 people at Worli in Mumbai. In his four-page complaint at Sakinaka police station, Tiwari sought a criminal case against Johar, Kapoor and Singh as well as the show organiser, among others.

"I have handed over a letter to Sakinaka police demanding a criminal complaint be lodged against these so-called youth icons Karan Johar, Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh. The show, which can be seen on YouTube and other websites, was extremely abusive and it is not only ruining the clean image of the Indian culture & women but is also misleading today's youth," said Tiwari.

The 43-year-old complainant claimed that the programme was organised on December 20 and was uploaded on websites last week.

"I sought action against the event organisers and other performers as well, who passed dirty comments with such audacity. The police action would be a deterrent to them so that they would not dare to do such acts publicly in future," he said.

Prasanna More, Senior Inspector at Sakinaka police station, told PTI "we have received the written complaint. We are inquiring into the matter. Once we reach a conclusion, appropriate action would be initiated, if required."

The show started with Karan Johar announcing, "Let the filth begin."

Other performers had cracked jokes at the audience that included actors Deepika Padukone, Sonakshi Sinha and Alia Bhatt, the complaint said.
Finally Kangana did it?

Finally Kangana did it?

03/Feb/2015  //  988 Viewers

Actress Kangna Ranaut, who bagged the Best Actor (Female) honour for "Queen" at the 60th Britannia Filmfare Awards ceremony, says the "acknowledgment" confirmed the fact that she made her mark.

Kangna was present at an event in Mumbai Sunday when she was asked to share her emotions on winning the award.

"It feels great. I think that event I'm here for also talks about making your mark and last night (at the Filmfare Awards), I think in a way the kind of respect and acknowledgment that my film got, also literally meant making your mark."

Apart for Kangana, Shahid Kapoor also won the Filmfare award for Best Actor (Male) for his performance in the film "Haider".

The Filmfare Awards night took place at Yash Raj Films (YRF) Studios here Jan 31.
The censor board recently axed 'Bombay' in singer Mihir Joshi's track Sorry

The censor board recently axed 'Bombay' in singer Mihir Joshi's track Sorry

03/Feb/2015  //  1997 Viewers

Rani Mukerji in a still from Bombay Talkies (left) and Manisha Kiorala and Arvind Swami in Bombay.

'What's in a name?' Well, that the Censor Board is not into Shakespeare became evident when it showed a red flag to singer Mihir Joshi for using 'Bombay' in one of his tracks titled Sorry.

The song from Joshi's album Mumbai Blues was released online a few months ago and following its popularity, the music video was supposed to be released on television. However, as mid-day reported yesterday, the Censor Board asked for Bombay to be removed from the lyrics before clearing it for the tube. The certificate was issued on December 5 last year.

Imagine the repercussions if the city's colonial name has to be beeped out every time it pops up in songs or film titles. Why, even the talented Carnatic singer Bombay Jayashree would have to lose her identity and rename herself as *beep* Jayashree! Weird, isn't it?

Ready to remove
Filmmaker Karan Johar had to face political heat for using 'Bombay' in Wake Up Sid (2009). A regional outfit halted the film's screening at some city theatres but KJo reacted quickly, apologising for the usage and putting up a disclaimer in the first frame of the film starring Ranbir Kapoor and Konkana Sen Sharma.

Sorry, can't change
New York-based director Joseph Mathew-Varghese refused to follow in Karan's footsteps and change the name of his film, Bombay Summer. In an earlier interview, he had said, "I will never change the English title of my film. One of the main goals for making my first narrative film is that I want to show India in transition. The city of Bombay forms the backdrop of my film. There are images of an abandoned textile mill and a chawl. They stand for all that Bombay was. Ten years down the line, one might not even get to see all these."

If he had approached the Censor Board for certification, his film would have well reached us as *beep* Summer. As if the summers didn't do enough damage by getting under our skin, prefixing it with a high-pitched beep would have only assaulted our ears.

Bizarre pitch
Bombay Talkies, which released in 2013, managed to escape the Censor Board's axe. Otherwise, besides the title, even Apna Bombay Talkies sung by various singers and picturised on Bollywood stars would have been annoyingly punctuated with beeps. Just imagine the beginning: "*beep* Talkies, haan *beep* Talkies, apna cinema haan *beep* Talkies..." Would you want to listen further or fling your music player into the Arabian sea hoping it never returned?

Swear for beep
If the Bombay-Mumbai issue persists, what will happen to Anurag Kashyap's upcoming film from Bombay Velvet? Will he rename it as 'Mumbai Velvet' or allow the beep as it comes? Well, whatever be the case, we guess it wouldn't be without Anurag directing a few expletives at the Censor Board.

Lucky it didn't happen
Mani Ratam's critically acclaimed film Bombay based on communal riots would have had the funniest title - just a beep. And imagine, Salaam Bombay as Salaam *beep*. Or, Kya Yeh Bambai Hai as Kya Yeh *beep* Hai. And oh, Kaizad Gustad's Bombay Boys (1998) starring Naseeruddin Shah and Rahul Bose named *beep* Boys today? Now, let's not allow our imagination to run wild and fill in the beeps.

Playing it safe
Joy Mukherjee's Love in Bombay co-starring Waheeda Rahman released in 2013, nearly 42 years after it was made. The film was also marketed under the name 'Love in Mumbai'. It was wise of him to be safe rather than sorry.
The film has been inspired by the life of Shivkar Talpade, alleged pioneer of aviation in India

The film has been inspired by the life of Shivkar Talpade, alleged pioneer of aviation in India

03/Feb/2015  //  964 Viewers

A still from Hawaizaada.

The film has been inspired by the life of Shivkar Talpade, alleged pioneer of aviation in India
Madhya Pradesh government gave Ayushmann Khurrana's recently release film Hawaizaada tax free status. The film has been inspired by the life of Shivkar Talpade, alleged pioneer of aviation in India. (Also Read: Hawaizaada to be Tax Free in Uttar Pradesh )

"We have decided to declare the film tax-free," said Manoj Shrivastava, principal secretary, commercial taxes and culture. The film producers had applied for tax-free status. (Read Review: Hawaizaada)

The producers said in a release that after Uttar Pradesh, Hawaizaada had now been declared tax-free in Madhya Pradesh as well.

Presented by Reliance Entertainment, the film is directed by Vibhu Puri and also stars Pallavi Sharda and Mithun Chakraborty.
Celebrities, who were 'roasted' on AIB knockout, have responded on Twitter after criticism from certain quarters of the language and content employed in the show

Celebrities, who were 'roasted' on AIB knockout, have responded on Twitter after criticism from certain quarters of the language and content employed in the show

03/Feb/2015  //  902 Viewers

Karan, Sonakshi and Alia were directly or directly 'roasted' on AIB knockout

Celebrities, who were 'roasted' on AIB knockout, have responded on Twitter after criticism from certain quarters of the language and content employed in the show
The dust around the AIB Knockout Roast of actors Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor shows no sign of settling. Three celebrities directly or indirectly involved in the almost-90 minute-long skewering of the Gunday actors have responded on Twitter after criticism from certain quarters of the language and content employed in the show.
What does IPL 7 hold for Shahrukh Khan, Shilpa Shetty and Preity Zinta’s teams?

What does IPL 7 hold for Shahrukh Khan, Shilpa Shetty and Preity Zinta’s teams?

03/Feb/2015  //  963 Viewers

While Shahrukh got himself into trouble at Wankhede stadium last IPL season, will King Khan invite more controversies this year? Find out!

Shahrukh’s KKR, Preity Zinta’s Kings XI Punjab and Shilpa Shetty’s Rajasthan Royals are all set to battle it out for another season of the IPL starting next month. Do their teams have any realistic chances of coming close to the title this year or will fresh controversies surround them? There’s this and a lot more to know through the cards this week.

On a general note, the IPL is not going to be a cake walk for any team. No owner, player or team supporter will feel at ease or even confident. There are multiple reasons for this, one is the inability to adjust to foreign conditions, the traveling and some unforeseen injuries.

Kolkata Knight Riders, owned by Shahrukh Khan will go through an inconsistent start – this will certainly put them on the back foot, but with the appearance of the Five of Wands and the Ten of Pentacles, they will manage a strong comeback. The team will come together well despite some unplanned changes being enforced upon them.

Shahrukh may not go through any Wankhede type controversies, but he will get into some sort of an argument, but the Eight of Pentaclesreflects that he will not be such a regular around the team anyway. Work will pre-occupy him despite his willingness to make time. Instead, it might be best advised for him to be seen towards the initial part of the tournament as that’s when the team will require his support the most.

IPL has always been a strange affair for Kings XI Punjab. They always leave it to the end to get themselves back into the tournament – often failing to do so. But there’s a twist this time. KXIP will start well, but a dip will trouble them. The Four of Swords implies a lack-lustre performance that will find them having to charge back into the season.Watch out for Preity Zinta as 2014 and 2015 provide her with a comeback too. Her career, like the Wheel of Fortune will turn in her favour, seeing her regain balance and composure. She will enjoy the feeling of being a successful actor again through challenging and successful roles. It’s time of great blessing in which luck and hard work come together to provide her with much required results.

Rajasthan Royals have been a team comfortable at home, so with the IPL being in three phases, they will feel the difference. Tactically they will adjust well, especially in the first leg of the season. It’s mid-way that they will dip in energies, and like the Ten of Wands they will feel pressured by expectations. Taking on responsibilities and seeing them through has been a strong feature, and the last portion of the tournament will show just that. They will exude confidence.

It’ll be quite a relief for Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra as this IPL season does not drag them into any unnecessary controversies – instead they will manage to market the team and the RR brand better.

This IPL is wide open, of which the remaining five teams will certainly have a lot to say. But one thing is clear, each of these celebrity owned teams will make their presence felt.
Swara Bhaskar losing weight to look fit alongside Salman Khan and Sonam Kapoor in Prem Ratan Dhan Payo!

Swara Bhaskar losing weight to look fit alongside Salman Khan and Sonam Kapoor in Prem Ratan Dhan Payo!

03/Feb/2015  //  763 Viewers

The Raanjhanaa actor is shedding out the extra kilos to look slim-trim beside her famous co-stars…

Swara Bhaskar is known to be a dedicated actor who has a no-holds-barred approach to her films and roles. So when director Ashwiny Iyer asked her to put on 8kgs for her role as protagonist in Nil Battey Sannata, Swara complied and piled on the kilos. However she started shooting for Salman Khan-Sonam Kapoor starrer Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo and Sooraj Barjatya expressly asked her to lose weight. Wonder what she did post that?

Swara has been training hard for the past few weeks as she goes back to PRDP for her second and crucial schedule in February. Sources say she is doing a mix of Calisthenics/Body Fit, Free Weights and basics of mixed martial arts with celebrity trainer Delton D’Souza. “Swara is training daily and harder than she ever has. She is also being more careful about her diet than ever before. Delton is relentless and the efforts are paying off already” informs a source.

Swara reciprocates the thoughts by saying, “I am now understanding firsthand the meaning of the saying: no gain without pain!! I am SO sore from training! I don’t think I’ve ever worked so hard. Delton is strict and relentless which is good for a brat like me. So yes I feel like I’m training for the Army. But seriously the best thing is I’m using my body weight and doing a lot of fitness oriented training. Delton is also teaching me some self defense moves.. So I’m going to be a mean girl on the streets that no one can mess with.”

Now you do have to work out a bit if you want to look as fit and fab as Salman and Sonam. What do you think peeps?
For Sundance hits, theatrical still rules over VOD

For Sundance hits, theatrical still rules over VOD

03/Feb/2015  //  847 Viewers

After the $40 million digital release of "The Interview," video-on-demand may seem like all the rage. Particularly for independent films, VOD is seen by some as a better pathway to moviegoers than trying to lure them to theaters.

But many of the breakout hits at this year's Sundance Film Festival are still opting for a traditional theatrical rollout, even if filmmakers, stars and distributors see the tides changing down the line.

For many distributors, the classic theatrical window simply still works.

Magnolia Pictures President Eamonn Bowles is looking at a possible summertime theatrical release for Sean Baker's "Tangerine," the iPhone-shot film starring newcomers Mya Taylor and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez that follows a transgender prostitute and her friend over one Christmas Eve in Los Angeles.

Day-and-date, in which a film is released simultaneously in theaters and on video-on-demand, doesn't make sense for "Tangerine," Bowles said.

"If there's a film with a big star or a large amount of awareness or a genre that's familiar to people, those can be better day-and-date or VOD candidates. But for a film like this, where there are really no stars in it? You have to establish its credentials prior to going on VOD," he said.

Bowles hopes a theatrical rollout will help "get the reviews and the features and people gushing about it to establish its credibility first."

Michael Barker, co-president of Sony Pictures Classics, is also planning a traditional rollout for Sundance acquisitions "The Diary of a Teenage Girl," the '70s coming-of-age story with Kristin Wiig, Alexander Skarsgard and newcomer Bel Powley, and "Grandma," starring Lily Tomlin, but for different reasons.

"For the movies we're pursuing, the VOD model doesn't really work," said Barker. "Can you imagine if we'd done day-and-date with 'Whiplash' as opposed to staying on the screen for five months? Staying on the screen for five months is what gives it that word-of-mouth that gets it the best picture nomination."

The raised profile that comes with an Oscar nomination can also mean increased ticket sales and revenue streams down the line.

"When the Academy Award nominations were announced, our box office gross was $6.7 million," said Barker of "Whiplash," which premiered at Sundance in 2014.

"Since they were announced, the box office has boomed. This week alone, we're going to do $1.2 million or more in the box office and that is going to happen every week until and through the Oscars ... that would not be achievable if we did the VOD model," he said.

Although Barker said Sony Pictures Classics has yet to have a film that is day-and-date, "we will eventually have one. It just doesn't seem to fit with the movies we've either acquired or made."

Jeff Deutchman, vice president of acquisitions for Alchemy, believes there isn't a one-size-fits-all distribution model.

"We think that you have to see a movie and figure out what the best release strategy is," he said. Alchemy acquired "Strangerland," starring Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving for a day-and-date release later this year.

"It's a beautiful film that is going to be polarizing in a good way," Deutchman said.

In other words, some people will want the theatrical experience for "Strangerland," and some will want to watch it in their living room.

He thinks that although most filmmakers likely want a theatrical release, they're also amenable to hearing all options, thanks in part to "blockbuster success stories" like "The Interview," "Snowpiercer" and "Veronica Mars."

"Equally encouraging are some of the smaller success stories that have come out this year, with movies like 'The Babadook' and 'Elsa & Fred,' smaller films that both overperformed theatrically and on VOD," Deutchman said.

The actors in Sundance films tended to think more about the consumer experience.

"I am all about VOD. I'm a new mom. I don't leave my apartment," said Cobie Smulders, who has roles in both "Results," a rom-com about personal trainers (also a Magnolia acquisition), and "Unexpected." She did acknowledge, though, that nothing compares to collectively experiencing a film in a theater.

"I think eventually everything will be released simultaneously on VOD and in theaters at the same time. I think we're headed in that direction. We're already there with a lot of films," added Brooklyn Decker, who has a bit part in "Results."

Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler says filmmakers should be looking for alternative ways to release their movies.

"The Internet is becoming more and more legitimized. A premiere with Vimeo or going straight to Netflix can have real meaning. I think those are very positive things," Strickler said.