|June 17, 2013|
|Shah Rukh Khan in surrogacy controversy|
The actor is in the midst of a controversy following reports that he has gone for a pre-birth sex determination test for a third child through surrogacy.
|May 08, 2013|
|Chat@3: Take this Bollywood quiz!|
Join film critic Sukanya Verma as she tests your knowledge on all things Bollywood in her fun and filmi quiz from 3pm to 4pm on May 8.
|April 23, 2013|
|Why Ek Thi Daayan didn't do well|
'Commercial considerations may have coloured the second movement of the storytelling,' director Kannan Iyer explains.
|April 12, 2013|
|Pran to get Dada Saheb Phalke award|
The award will be conferred on Pran on May 3, which will also marks the 100 years of cinema this year.
No IPL blues for Bollywood
Thanks to the unexpectedly big success of David Dhawan's Chashme Buddoor, the fear of the Indian Premiere League has been exorcized from the minds of filmmakers, who, until recently, were fearful of losing out a part of their audience to cricket.
|April 03, 2013|
|Chat@3: Take this Bollywood quiz!|
Join film critic Sukanya Verma as she tests your knowledge on all things Bollywood in her fun and filmi quiz from 3pm to 4pm on April 3.
|January 31, 2013|
|Haasan on Vishwaroopam row: I'm grateful to Jayalalithaa|
Actor-director Kamal Haasan, whose film 'Vishwaroopam' is facing ban in Tamil Nadu amid a raging controversy, thanked Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa for her support as he addressed mediapersons in Mumbai on Thursday.
Kamal Haasan: I am still hurt, but calm
Kamal Haasan said he is 'still hurt', but will wait before moving the Supreme Court against the state government's ban on Vishwaroopam's screening.
|January 29, 2013|
|Madras HC lifts ban on 'Vishwaroopam'|
In a major relief to actor Kamal Haasan, the Madras high court on Tuesday night lifted the ban imposed on his movie 'Vishwaroopam' by the Tamil Nadu government after it courted controversy over its alleged anti-Muslim content.
Mohit Suri, Udita Goswami to wed
A traditional Punjabi wedding has been planned.
David's Ya Hussain song offends Muslims
Singer Lucky Ali, actor Neil Nitin Mukesh and director Bijoy Nambiar have been under the scanner ever since the song Ya Hussain in their film David was aired.
|January 18, 2013|
|After cancellation of plays, Pak artistes homeward bound|
National Academy of Performing Arts' (NAPA) Mantorama and Ajoka's Kaun Hai Yeh Gustakh are scheduled to be staged on Thursday and Saturday respectively at the Mahotsav, considered as Asia's largest theatre festival.
|January 12, 2013|
|Urvashi Dholakia wins Bigg Boss 6|
Urvashi Dholakia won the sixth season of the popular reality TV show Bigg Boss. The actress, who was very popular as the vampish Komolika in the soap Kasautii Zindagii Kay, was clearly a favourite among the viewers.
|January 02, 2013|
|Bollywood to be blamed for the way men see women?|
It is all too easy to blame Bollywood, notes Aseem Chhabra, just as many politicians are now saying that young women should not step out late at night or wear Western clothes, suggesting that leads some men to become rapists.
Honey Singh: I haven't sung those offensive songs
'If anyone can prove I am behind those anti-women songs, I am ready to give up music,' says singer Honey Singh, who claims he is the victim of a campaign launched by rivals to finish off his rising career.
|December 03, 2012|
|Walking the last walk with Gandhi|
'My heart skipped a beat as I saw myself on the giant screen. I have watched the film a few times since then. And I can still see my face in that brief shot, immortalised like the rest of the film.'
|October 28, 2012|
|Seeing Afghanistan through a different lens|
Three teenage girls have made a brief documentary which shows a much more cheerful side of Afghanisthan's capital, Kabul. It has broken the stereotype of bombed out sites and terror attacks the world associates with this war-ravaged country.
|October 22, 2012|
|Yash Chopra, storyteller to the end|
Raja Sen looks at the journey of the legendary director who introduced to Hindi cinema to the picturesque locales of Switzerland, the chiffon saris, the picturesque nararted some complex romantic stories.
|September 30, 2012|
|Gurmeet Choudhary wins Jhalak Dikhhla Ja 5|
Gurmeet Choudhary is the winner of 'Jhalak Dikhhla Ja 5', the results of which were declared after the grand finale of the popular dance reality show on Sunday.
|September 22, 2012|
|'Barfi!' India's entry for Oscars next year|
Ranbir Kapoor's deaf and mute act in Anurag Basu's recent release 'Barfi' has beaten 19 other films to be named India's official entry to the Oscars next year in February.
|September 10, 2012|
|Chat with the Chak De! India girls right here!|
While competition on celebrity dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa is heating up, Amitabh Bachchan is back on the small screen to claim primetime supremacy over weekends with Kaun Banega Crorepati.
|September 07, 2012|
|Review: To Rome With Love is magical|
There is much joy to be found in watching the stories unravel in their wonderfully unpredictable ways in To Rome With Love, writes Raja Sen.
|September 01, 2012|
|Vipul Mehta wins 'Indian Idol 6'|
Vipul Mehta, a Mass Communication graduate, won the sixth season of singing reality show Indian Idol which came to an end on Saturday night.
|August 26, 2012|
|Bollywood's 'Rahim Chacha' takes final bow two years short of 100|
While in his late 40s, Hangal was offered the part of Raj Kapoor's brother in 1966 film Teesri Kasam by director Basu Bhattacharya but his scenes were removed from the film. However, there was no looking back for him after that. He starred in over 200 films. He mostly played the roles of father, uncle, grandfather or that of a meek and harassed old man, an image he could never get rid off
Veteran actor A K Hangal passes away
The actor passed away today morning. He was 98.
|August 13, 2012|
|Discuss Ek Tha Tiger , right here!|
Discuss your favourite contestants on Jhalak and the most awaited film of the year Ek Tha Tiger.
From Bathinda, with love
"I want to make intelligent Punjabi cinema," says debutant director Gurvinder Singh, and proves it with Anhey Ghorhey Da Daan.
|July 25, 2012|
|HC grants relief to Big-B in 2002-03 tax case|
Observing that review under the garb of reassessment was not permissible in law, the Bombay High Court has granted relief to mega star Amitabh Bachchan by dismissing an appeal filed by the Income Tax Commissioner who reopened the actor's assessment proceedings for 2002-03.
Film director BR Ishara passes away
The filmmaker was known for his 1970s films and their rather bold themes.
|July 10, 2012|
|Dear Bollywood, gay jokes are NOT FUNNY!|
Rohit Shetty's Bol Bachchan reinforces the gay stereotype in Bollywood -- that gays are meant to be ridiculed and laughed at -- and is highly offensive.
|June 23, 2012|
|Rajesh Khanna admitted to Lilavati Hospital|
Yesteryear Bollywood actor Rajesh Khanna was on Saturday admitted to a hospital in suburban Bandra after his health condition deteriorated with suspected stomach infection.
|May 18, 2012|
|What happened at the Wankhede: An eyewitness account|
'Will the MCA brutes have the gumption to say how Shah Rukh Khan was abused and provoked into reacting and the kind of language they used to start the fracas?' Sukhminder Lamba asked. 'The abuses used by them, if ever revealed, will have hell breaking loose.'
'Shah Rukh never drinks when he is around kids'
'I don't think any parent would like to see a child being manhandled. Shah Rukh had to react because the security guard was aggressive with the children and even pushed a 12-year-old kid. It was not required. As a parent, even I would have reacted in a similar manner.' Maheep Kapoor, whose daughter was with SRK on the fateful night, defends him.
|March 20, 2012|
|Govinda gets bail in assault case|
Govinda was granted bail by a Mumbai court in a case registered against him for allegedly slapping a person in 2008 on the sets of his film Money Hai to Honey Hai.
|February 11, 2012|
|Amitabh Bachchan undergoes minor surgery, doing 'fine'|
Actor Amitabh Bachchan underwent an abdominal surgery on Saturday morning at the Seven Hills Hospital in suburban Andheri. Speaking to media personnel, his son and actor Abhishek Bachchan said the surgery had been successful. 'My father underwent abdominal surgery at a hospital today. The operation was minor and it lasted approximately three hours. He is fine and in the recovery room," said Abhishek.
|January 07, 2012|
|Juhi Parmar wins Bigg Boss 5|
Juhi Parmar won the fifth season of the popular reality TV show Bigg Boss. Ever the sensible and mature person, Juhi was in many ways, the backbone of the house, who kept everyone together. In fact, most of the housemates expected her to win the show.Mahek Chahal was the runner-up. The other finalists were Amar Upadhyay, Sky and Sidharth.
|December 10, 2011|
|Dev Anand given a tearful farewell in London|
Actor Dev Anand, who ruled the hearts of millions of film enthusiasts for over six decades, was on Saturday bid a tearful adieu as his mortal remains were consigned to flames amid the tunes of some of his most memorable songs Abhi Na Jao Chor ke and Gaata Rahe Mera Dil. The funeral ceremony was attended by a large number of people, including his family and close friends like Lord Meghnad Desai and Sahara chief Subroto Roy. His last rites were held according to Hindu tradition
|September 04, 2011|
|Film director Jagmohan Mundhra passes away|
Born on October 29, 1948 at Nagpur, Mundhra was known for issue-oriented films such as Bawandar, which had Nandita Das in leading role, and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan-starrer Provoked.
|August 03, 2011|
|Lyricists, music composers decry HC judgment|
The court ruled that the Indian Performing Right Society Limited(IPRS) is not entitled to claim or demand royalty or licence fees from FM Radio channels for the songs and music they broadcast.
|July 06, 2011|
|Amitabh defends Ash, upset with Madhur's claims|
The actor also attacked UTV, producer of Heroine.
Noted film-maker Mani Kaul passes away
Noted film-maker Mani Kaul, who was considered one of the pioneers of new Indian cinema, died in New Delhi on Wednesday after a prolonged illness. Kaul, 66, is survived by two sons and two daughters. He breathed his last at 1 am at his home in New Delhi after he was discharged from hospital, his family said
|July 01, 2011|
|Chiranjeevi accepts Big B's request; to act again|
Two days after he announced that he was bidding adieu to his acting career, Telugu Megastar Chiranjeevi changed his mind and accepted Big B Amitabh Bachchan's request to don the grease paint again.
|June 21, 2011|
|Aishwarya pregnant, tweets Big B|
The Bachchan family will soon welcome a new member to the family. Putting all rumours to an end, the senior Bachchan himself tweeted on his Twitter page, and his own blog:
|June 06, 2011|
|'Raj Kiran is okay wherever he is'|
Mahesh Bhatt remembers his friend and colleague, Raj Kiran, as a committed actor whose career was cruelly cut short due to his mental illness.
|May 29, 2011|
|Rajini in ICU in Singapore, leaves behind message for fans|
Superstar Rajinikanth has been admitted to the intensive care unit at the Mount Elizabeth Hospital, where his condition is said to be stable but before leaving Chennai he left behind a voice message promising his fans that he will be back soon.
|April 16, 2011|
|Bollywood gathers for Dr Parikh's book launch|
Dr Parikh is one of India's most famous fertility specialists and counts amongst her clients rich Mumbai residents such as Farah as well as not-so-privileged ones from Kashmir, the place she visits every fortnight to address fertility the issues locals there face.
|March 19, 2011|
|Actor Navin Nischol passes away|
Actor Navin Nischol passed away on Saturday morning after suffering from a heart attack in Mumbai.He is best known for his television show Dekh Bhai Dekh and films like Khosla ka Ghosla and Sawan Bhadon. He was last seen in the Imran Khan and Deepika Padukone-starrer Break ke Baad.
|March 04, 2011|
|Goga Kapoor passes away|
One of the most popular villains of his time, Kapoor worked in about 500 films.
|February 15, 2011|
|Rajkot police denies tipping off DRI about Rahat|
The mystery over the source of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's funds continues after a Rajkot, Gujarat, police officer denied that the local police had tipped off the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence about the Pakistan singer's cache of cash, as reported by a Mumbai newspaper.
|January 25, 2011|
|King's Speech, True Grit lead Oscar race|
Favourite The Social Network only managed the third spot with eight nominations, while Leonardo DiCaprio-starrer psychological thriller Inception got seven.
AR Rahman, Tariq Anwar nominated for Oscar awards
A R Rahman, whose score for the Donny Boyle directed survival drama 127 Hours had brought him a Golden Globe nomination a month ago, has done better at the Oscars. He has bagged two Oscar nominations, like he did for Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire. Apart from the score, he also received a nomination for If I Rise which he sang with the British artist Dido.
Raja Sen picks the Oscar nominees, 2011
Check out this list.
|December 29, 2010|
|Sanjay Dutt's properties to be auctioned?|
The actor's house and office has been attached following a High Court order in keeping with an arbitration award by the Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association over a financial dispute with him and producer Shakeel Noorani.
|December 28, 2010|
|Two Sanjay Dutt properties attached by High Court|
This was in keeping with an arbitration award passed by the Indian Motion Pictures Producers' Association in January on a financial dispute between Dutt and producer Shakeel Noorani.
|December 23, 2010|
|No stay order on Toonpur 's release this Friday|
But the Delhi High Court has asked its director and producers to include a disclaimer saying an animated character in the movie is not a depiction of music composer Bappi Lahiri.
|December 22, 2010|
|Following the Rajshri tradition in Isi Life Mein |
First-time director and niece of Sooraj Barjatya, Vidhi Kasliwal is ready for showbiz.
Taking on John Wayne
The last of the major Oscar nomination contenders this year, True Grit is often discussed as a remake of the 1969 hit Western that fetched an Oscar to John Wayne. But Coen brothers insist while the plot line is same as in the previous True Grit, and both films are based on a well-reviewed novel by Charles Portis, they went directly to the source. Their film is seen through the eyes of the young girl, unlike in the 1969 film.
|December 17, 2010|
| Black Swan to swim far and wide|
Armed with a host of solid reviews from majority of critics and major nominations including 12 Critic's Choice Award, the movie starring Natalie Portman is expected to do well when it opens worldwide.
|December 07, 2010|
|Beware this Bengali Detective |
The Brit film about chubby, intrepid Kolkata private eye will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival next month.
|November 19, 2010|
| Today's Special : A Tandoori comedy|
The reviews for the English-language in the mainstream are not ecstatic but even those who declared the film to be a forgettable, admitted it is a pleasant diversion.
Can you make a film in 48 hours? They did!
The Mumbai 48 Hour Film Project attracted a lot of talented filmmakers who actually wrote, shoot, edited, and scored a movie in just under 48 hours.
|November 18, 2010|
|Veteran actor N Viswanathan dead|
The actor and educationist who essayed roles in over 100 Bengali, Tamil and English films, died in Kolkata following a heart attack, his family said.
|November 16, 2010|
|Kal Penn returns to the White House|
The politically-active actor has finished filming the latest Harold & Kumar instalment, the third of the series, and is ready to return to work with President Barrack Obama.
India made 3D movie on Oscar longlist
Alpha and Omega, whose key animation was done at Crest Animated Studio in Mumbai has found a place in the just announced 15 films Oscar eligibility list.
When newcomers stole the show
Newcomers leave their mark on the Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival, reports Arthur J Pais.
|November 09, 2010|
|Revisiting Back to the Future |
The 4-disc Blu-ray package which includes digital copies of all three movies has hours of extras and would make a great holiday gift. For the older generation, there is a great number of nostalgic thrills and fabulous insights into the making of the film.
|November 04, 2010|
|Can Megamind trump Paranormal Activity 2 , Saw 3D ?|
With an interesting twist on the concept of super heroes, and using strong high-tech, Megamind is expected not to lure millions of comic book fans but also those who love a adventure with interesting twists and a few moral lessons.
|November 03, 2010|
|11-year-old Lion King star Shannon Tavarez dies|
Shannon, who gave voice to the lioness cub in the popular Broadway show in New York, waged a six month long battle against leukemia but could not be saved even after getting a cord-blood transplant in August.
|October 27, 2010|
|Meet Ang Lee's leading man|
Suraj Sharma, 17, a student from Delhi and the son of two mathematicians, has beaten more than 3,000 other challengers for the role of Ang Lee's Life of Pi.
|October 20, 2010|
|Controversy fails to halt TV's Outsourced |
As the controversy over the fish-out-of water comedy Outsourced continues, with even the name of the Indian business giant Tatas dragged into it, NBC has confirmed it has given a full-season green light to the show that was aired first three weeks ago.
|October 19, 2010|
|'Everything I do is a publicity stunt'|
Ram Gopal Varma's decision to hold the premiere of his film Raktha Charitra in the political hotbed of Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh, despite hostile opposition and threats, did not surprise many.
|October 14, 2010|
|Emraan Hasmi's Crook slammed as racist|
In the film, Melbourne is depicted as a city rife with gang violence between Australians and Indians, while the locals are portrayed as being either beer-guzzling blokes or immoral women, reports The Herald Sun.
|October 08, 2010|
| Endhiran takes the world by storm|
Endhiran/ Robot stands at either number one or number four in the world its first weekend, depending on who is talking.
|September 15, 2010|
|Big B, 3 Idiots win National Film Awards|
Aamir Khan-starrer 3 Idiots was chosen as The Best Popular Film, as Amitabh Bachchan won The Best Actor award for his role in Paa and Malayalam film Kutti Srank won the award in the Best Feature Film category as 57th National Awards were announced in New Delhi on Wednesday.
|September 08, 2010|
|Shiney's maid says she was never raped|
The 20-year-old girl appeared before a court on September 3, and said that she was never raped by Shiney and that she had filed the complaint against the actor at the behest of the woman who had secured her the job of a maid in Ahuja's residence.
|September 03, 2010|
|Now, an Indian film on Jesus' childhood|
Filmmaker Singeetham Srinivasa Rao said his production will be narrated in four languages and feature an all-Indian cast of child actors and seven devotional songs.
|August 27, 2010|
|Marathi films fail to click|
With an annual box office collection of 160 core last year and only 10 per cent of these being hits, the 72 films made in Marathi don't make business sense for multiplex and cinema owners to screen on peak time, a demand being made by political parties in the state.
|August 05, 2010|
| Mughal-e-Azam revisited |
A magical, masterful classic completes 50 glorious years. And, like good wine, only gets better with age.
|July 30, 2010|
|Two rare songs of Mohd Rafi released|
Two unheard and unreleased songs sung by Mohammad Rafi and composed by Madan Mohan have been released to mark the death anniversaries of the legendary musical duo who collaborated on some of the greatest hits in Bollywood.
|July 16, 2010|
|When Akshay Kumar bribed!|
Akshay admitted that when he had to get his car's registration number, he had to bribe.
|July 15, 2010|
| Lamhaa banned in the Middle East|
Director Rahul Dholakia's film, which is based on the troubles in the Kashmir valley, will not be screened in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
|July 01, 2010|
|Actress Suchitra Sen hospitalised |
The legendary yesteryear Bengali actress has been admitted to a nursing home with respiratory distress, but her condition is stated to be stable.
|June 24, 2010|
|Will Toy Story 3 be the biggest hit of 2010?|
Though it is being shown only in about a dozen countries abroad, waiting to add more formidable markets such as the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Japan in the coming weeks, it has already grossed an impressive $48 million in three days.
|June 18, 2010|
|The real hero of Raavan |
Ash, Abhim, Vikram on what they feel for director Mani Ratnam.
Will Raavan be a bigger hit than Guru ?
One of the most awaited films of 2010, Raavan , which was shot in Hindi and Tamil, and has been dubbed into Telugu, unveils even as Raajneeti enters the third week having grossed $21 million in India in two weeks, and $4 million abroad.
|June 01, 2010|
|Bipasha's topless video makes a splash|
Just as Bipasha Basu announced that she will soon join the microblogging site Twitter, videos of her posing topless in an old advertisement surfaced on the video posting site YouTube.
Dilip Tirkey makes acting debut
The suave, soft-spoken and quiet former Indian hockey captain has agreed to make his acting debut in an Oriya film -- Toro Moro Katha Heba Chup Chap (You and me will talk silently), likely to be released during Dusshera this year.
|May 31, 2010|
| Kites fail to soar|
Trade analyst Vinod Mirani gives us the box office verdict.
|May 25, 2010|
|A dilemma for Americans, Kites or Kites Remixed ?|
Speculation has started whether Hrithik Roshan's underperforming film will good business in the mainstream theatres as a 90 minute version of the 130-minute long film Kites: The Remix retooled by the popular Hollywood film-maker Brett Ratner opens in a few dozen theatres this Friday.
Lindsay Lohan fitted with alcohol monitoring bracelet
The actress has also bee been ordered to go through random weekly drug tests.
Tapen Chattopadhyay passes away
Veteran Bengali actor Tapen Chattopadhyay, best known as Goopy Gyne from filmmaker Satyajit Ray's iconic Goopy-Bagha children's films, passed away on May 24.
|April 23, 2010|
|Shakti Mohan wins Dance India Dance Season 2 |
Shakti Mohan from Mumbai is the winner of Dance India Dance Season 2. She beat three finalists Dharmesh Yelande, Punit Pathak and Binny Sharma at the grand finale held at Andheri Sports complex in Mumbai.
Malayalam actor Sreenath found dead
The actor was found dead in his hotel with his wrists slashed. The police have not ruled out suicide as the wrists were slashed, though a note was not found.
Crazy Heart is no Avatar , but still...
The DVD version may not have many extras, but with an awesome soundtrack and sterling performances do we really need many extras?
What's cooking at the IFFLA?
Cooking with Stella starring Lisa Ray opened the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles on April 20.
|April 17, 2010|
|Lauded Indian play arrives in America|
Joining the rank of artists like Jaya Bhaduri, Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah, Farooq Sheikh and Paresh Rawal who have performed across America, a new generation of brilliant Indian artists, including Konkona Sen Sharma and Ranvir Shorey, are appearing in a play in 10 American cities.
|April 16, 2010|
|Will Avatar eclipse New Moon ?|
New Moon is in imminent danger of being eclipsed by the DVD/Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo of James Cameron's Avatar which hits the stores April 22 to mark Earth Day.
The film Ivory made without Merchant
Whether the audiences can warm up to the elegant but slow-moving The City of Your Destination, which is released by an independent distributor and with low key publicity, is anyone's guess.
|April 01, 2010|
|The Clash of Titans and Dragons|
Stephen Spielberg's How To Train Your Dragon could face major competition from Clash of the Titans as well as Alice in Wonderland at the US box office.
|March 30, 2010|
|Vikram Bhatt: I don't need stars|
The director says it easier to have new faces than wait for the availability of stars, which delays your project.
Ficci Frames '10 -- The good, bad and ugly
Over the years many things changed. There are however three things that haven't changed -- the filmi influence on the event, its tepid content and its time management. If Frames has to move on to the next level then Ficci needs to work hard on these.
|March 23, 2010|
|New Mexico wants to woo Bollywood|
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has welcomed filmmakers from India to the state.
Freida Pinto denies Bond girl rumours
The actress' official spokesperson in India, Divya Tejuja, has said that the Slumdog Millionaire star will not be playing Daniel Craig's love interest in his third 007 installment, Bond 23.
|March 19, 2010|
|Feel the pull of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo |
This Swedish thriller based on Stieg Larrson's international best-selling novel about a disgraced journalist and a troubled young female hacker, hits American screens this Friday.
|March 05, 2010|
|After 53 years, Pancham gets justice|
Sar Jo Tera Chakraye, featured in Road, Movie has been credited to R D Burman, not his father, S D Burman, who composed the original music in Guru Dutt's Pyaasa.
|March 03, 2010|
| Hurt Locker producer banned from Oscar ceremony|
The executive committee of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ruled that Nicolas Chartier violated campaign rules by sending e-mails to voters favouring his movie while disparaging a rival film.
|February 03, 2010|
|Support the My Name is Khan release!|
The Shiv Sena has been protesting against the superstar's comments on Pakistani players in the IPL and vowed that it will not allow the film to be released till he apologises. Theatres in Mumbai are reported to have removed the film's posters and asked for police protection.
Adieu, Cochin Haneefa
Fondly remembering the actor and writer-director who rocked Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi cinema.
|January 29, 2010|
|Bob Dylan to perform at the White House|
The Hurricane hitmaker will join John Mellencamp, Smokey Robinson and Jennifer Hudson, at the 'In Performance At The White House: A Celebration Of Music From The Civil Rights Movement show.'
|January 25, 2010|
| Avatar poised to sink the Titanic |
The sci-fi movie has hit 1.29 billion dollars in international ticket sales, passing the 1.24 billion dollar mark set by Titanic.
|January 19, 2010|
|Meet the first cinematographer to get a Phalke award|
V K Murthy is credited with providing some of Indian cinema's most breathtaking visual moments in classics like Guru Dutt's Kagaz Ke Phool, Sahib Biwi Aur Ghulam, Baazi, Jaal, Chaudavin Ka Chand, Pyasa, 12 O'Clock and Ziddi.
|January 02, 2010|
|Hirani joins charade, Three Idiots row hottens up|
The raging controversy over the credit for the story in '3 Idiots' escalated on Saturday with director Rajkumar Hirani accusing author Chetan Bhagat of "lying" despite agreeing to several conditions, including a rolling credit in a contract.
|January 01, 2010|
|3 Idiots' producer shouts at media|
The controversy over Aamir Khan's '3 Idiots' dragging the star, the producer and author Chetan Bhagat, whose novel was the basis for the successful film, escalated on Friday with the media caught in an ugly crossfire and was told to 'shut up' amid high drama.
|December 29, 2009|
|3 Idiots set to rake in Rs 65 cr in first 3 days|
The Aamir Khan-starrer raked in Rs 12.5 crore on Friday and experts estimate the movie to net Rs 40 crore over the first weekend from the box office, with gross collections of Rs 65 crore.
|December 22, 2009|
|Tom Cruise sued for $ 5 million|
The Hollywood superstar has been sued by a magazine editor over allegations that the actor hired a private detective to wiretap his phone.
|December 10, 2009|
|Big Music joins hands with T-Series|
Reliance Big Entertainment entered into a strategic alliance with music company T-Series to exclusively distribute the current titles in the BIG Music catalogue and all future titles in Reliance Big Entertainment on all formats and media including radio, television, mobile and digital formats, across the globe.
Lindsay Lohan saves 40 Indian children in a day
The blonde actress, best known for her wild partying way of life, twittered that she was now leading 'a life worth living' as she had tired of the 'disconcerting' Hollywood lifestyle full of 'celebrities and lies'.
|November 17, 2009|
| Tum Mile banned in Gujarat?|
Many multiplexes and theatres in Gujarat refrained from screening Mahesh Bhatt's Tum Mile following a demand by the Mahagujarat Janta Party (MJP) for state-wide ban on it, while at other places party workers forced closure of the film shows.
Now, Pazhassi Raja in Tamil
The actor is ready with the Tamil version of the Malayalam hit Pazhassi Raja.
A vampire love story you can sink your teeth into
New Moon, the second installment from The Twilight Saga, is one of the most anticipated films of the year.
|November 12, 2009|
| Magadheera , 100 not out!|
The Telugu film revolving around reincarnation has grossed over Rs 100 crore -- Rs 104 crore without the satellite and audio rights.
|November 05, 2009|
|Love Amitabh? Now, be him!|
Here's your chance to sprout some cool Bachchan dialogues or act out his scenes on video, either on your cell phone or on a video camera, and post it on Rediff IShare.
Meet the funny men in De Dana Dhan
Johnny Lever and Asrani get candid about De Dana Dhan and their love for its director Priyadarshan.
|October 26, 2009|
| Slumdog actor skips school|
A member of Rubina's family told rediff.com that the little girl does not appear interested in studies and no one in her family ensures she attends school regularly.
|October 07, 2009|
|Yash Raj-Sony to produce TV serials|
After making movies for close to four decades, Yash Raj Films has decided to step into the world of small screen by producing television serials and reality shows.
|October 06, 2009|
|HC allows NDTV Imagine to beam Pati Patni Aur Woh |
The Delhi High Court allowed the entertainment channel to continue its reality TV show Pati Patni Aur Woh, by staying the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights order to cease telecast.
|September 26, 2009|
|Shiney Ahuja shifted to J J Hospital|
Actor Shiney Ahuja, who was arrested for allegedly raping his domestic help, was on Saturday shifted to the state-run J J Hospital after he complained of acute back pain due to a slipped disc. A sessions court on Friday directed the authorities at the Arthur Road Jail, where the actor is lodged since his arrest in June this year, to provide medical treatment and admit him to a hospital if the need arose.
|September 25, 2009|
|Court orders medical treatment for Shiney Ahuja|
The 36-year-old actor, arrested for allegedly raping his maid, was seen crying and wincing in pain following a slip disc problem when he was produced in the fast track court in Mumbai.
Salman-Shah Rukh patch up?
A possible patch up between the two Khans is on the cards after Salman publicly praised the actor on the sets of the reality show 10 Ka Dum.
|September 23, 2009|
|Julia Roberts names children after Hindu gods|
The names were given to the Hollywood superstar's three children by Swami Daram Dev of Ashram Hari Mandir here, where the actress is busy shooting for her upcoming film Eat, Pray, Love.
Diploma in Bollywood acting now from Canada
A management institute in Canada is reportedly offering Bollywood Acting Course headed by an instructor who claims to have trained the likes of Hrithhik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor, Imran Khan and Priyanka Chopra.
|September 20, 2009|
|Buddha & rebellion on Gowariker's plate|
Ashutosh Gowariker's What's Your Raashee? got a solid welcome at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday despite some groans that the 192 minute-long film is too unfocussed. Minutes before the red carpet ceremony for the movie, the director told rediff.com that he will be hugely busy with two very different projects in the next couple of years.
|September 11, 2009|
|Shiney Ahuja's bail rejected again|
The court rejected the actor's bail on the grounds that it is a 'serious offence' and there is prima facie evidence against him.
|August 24, 2009|
|The difficulty of being Khan|
Some of the Internet and blog war may be out-of-hand and over-the-top but a good deal is highly educative and entertaining.
|August 21, 2009|
|Akshay impresses Die Hard director|
Hollywood action director James Bomalick of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift fame is completely bowled over by actor and stuntman Akshay Kumar's passion and enthusiasm for action.
|August 15, 2009|
|'It is like Brad Pitt being strip-searched in India'|
'Shocking', 'disgraceful' and 'madness' is how Bollywood on Saturday described the treatment meted out to actor Shah Rukh Khan, who was detained and interrogated for two hours at a United States airport, apparently because of his surname. His close friends Karan Johar, Farah Khan, Juhi Chawla and Aziz Mirza as well as industry veterans like Mahesh Bhatt and Raza Murad slammed the ill-treatment meted out to the megastar.
|August 12, 2009|
|No movie releases in Mumbai|
Friday. The release dates of Kaminey and this week's other release Life Partner have been postponed in Mumbai.
|August 11, 2009|
|Big B's blog to be published as a book|
The actor, who expresses his opinion on everything from Australian racism row to the swine flu on the blog, broke the news about the planned book deal in his latest post.
Will this 'Kaminey' beat Saif?
With about 90 prints in North America, 31 in the United Kingdom and 900 in India, Shahid Kapur's Kaminey is all set to challenge the monster hit, Love Aaj Kal.
|August 10, 2009|
|Another Oscar for Meryl Streep?|
The successful opening of Julie & Julia proves what a wonderful box-office draw the 60-year-old actress has become in recent years.
This Daddy ain't cool
Director Aashiq Abu's debut Malayalam film starring Mammootty as a cop falls flat as it lacks a cohesive storyline.
Michael Jackson 'finally buried'
His family allegedly went to great lengths to keep the exact location secret in fear of the grave being raided by the star's devotees.
|August 09, 2009|
|Propofol caused MJ's death: leaked report|
Pop icon Michael Jackson had a lethal amount of Propofol, a powerful anaesthetic, in his system which may have caused his sudden death, according to leaked toxicology results.
|August 06, 2009|
|Susan Boyle gets sensational makeover|
Britain's Got Talent's unique finding is about to feature on the cover of a prestigious magazine in the US after a sensational makeover.
|July 14, 2009|
|'Nilu Phule was a gardener before an actor'|
In an interesting revelation, eminent actor Shreeram Lagoo, who co-starred with late Nilu Phule in many Marathi box office hits, today said the versatile Marathi film and stage personality had worked as a gardener in B J Medical College here.
|July 08, 2009|
|Big B suffers stomach pain, cancels travel|
The Big B, who was in London, arrived home a day ago, said the pain happened when he was getting set to leave from there.
Moon crater named after Jackson
Michael Jackson, famously known as the 'Moonwalker' for his legendary dance moves, now has a crater on the moon named after himself.
Shiney's bail plea rejected
The actor, who was charged with raping his maid at his home on June 14, had applied for bail stating that he will not interfere in the investigation or try to influence the victim. He had also mentioned in his bail application that he was ready to stay away from Mumbai if the court instructs him to do so
|July 03, 2009|
|No rape, it was consensual sex, says Shiney |
Pleading for bail, Actor Shiney Ahuja arrested on charges of raping his maid today claimed in the local court that he had "consensual" sex but denied he had raped her.
Obama pays tribute to MJ
The US President has finally paid tribute to King of Pop Michael Jackson more than a week after his death.
|July 01, 2009|
| New York does well overseas|
New York's North American and the UK grosses looks small compared to that of Yash Raj's big hit Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. But that of course starred Shah Rukh Khan, and was directed by Aditya Chopra.
|June 29, 2009|
|DNA reports confirm rape in Shiney case|
The police claimed on Monday, that the DNA test reports have confirmed Bollywood actor Shiney Ahuja had raped his domestic maid even as he moved a court for bail. "The DNA report has confirmed rape of the victim," said Additional Police Commissioner Amitabh Gupta.
A K Lohithadas (1955-2009): Tribute to a legend
This legendary writer-director will be remembered forever for his fantastic films in Malayalam.
Dilip Kumar hospitalised
The actor has been admitted to a hospital in Mumbai's suburban Bandra after testing positive for malaria and his condition is stable, doctors attending on him said on Monday.
|June 27, 2009|
|Transcript of emergency call from MJ's home|
Following is the 911 call from Michael Jackson's Los Angeles home at 12:21(0051 IST) on Thursday.
If I don't tour they'll kill me, said MJ
'Michael was convinced that if he didn't perform in London he would die. He would say, 'They will kill me', but no one ever really understood who he was talking about. He seemed paranoid,' The Sun quoted a source as saying.
'Jacko's deadly drugs cocktail revealed'
The name of the painkillers emerged after police probing an injection, which apparently caused a cardiac arrest to the legendary star, talked to a doctor about the details.
|June 26, 2009|
|AR Rahman: Jai Ho , MJ!|
A poignant tribute from the Oscar-winning musician.
Michael's last words to Deepak Chopra
Chopra, who Jackson left a voice message just two days before his death, first met the King of Pop in 1988, beginning a 20+ year friendship that brought Jackson peace of mind and contentment, two things he always was sorely lacking.
The reason why Michael Jackson died
Michael Jackson had been taking a cocktail of seven prescription drugs that caused the fatal cardiac arrest, if reports are to be believed.
Farrah Fawcett dies of cancer
The original Charlie's Angels star Farrah Fawcett's three-year-long battle with cancer came to an end with her demise at the age of 62.
'Whatever I am today, it is all because of MJ'
Prabhu Deva is very upset at the loss of such a legend.
MJ's death reports crash Web sites
The massive level of interest caused several sites including Google to temporarily go down but that did not stop the news spreading via blogs and social networking sites.
'Jacko had problems with prescription drugs'
Brian Oxman, who says that he has been the family's attorney for 20-years, though he disassociated himself from the defence team in 2005 during Jackson's molestation case, said that he had warned the singer's family members about the drug usage.
'I thought I would retire after I choreograph Michael Jackson'
Farah Khan pays her tribute to Micheal Jackson.
50 'farewell' gigs: Company faces £300m liability
According to reports, AEG Live had agreed to "self-insure" Jackson's shows after most insurance companies expressed doubt whether the frail singer would be able to complete the residency.
MJ's demise: Fans & friends devastated
"Like the whole world I am absolutely devastated and lost for words because everyone expected him to come to London for the concerts," Sky News quoted his friend Uri Geller, a self-proclaimed psychic, as saying.
|June 23, 2009|
|Zardari thanks Jolie for million dollar aid |
The Pakistan President made a 'thank you' call to the Hollywood actress for donating a million dollars for the people displaced by anti-Taliban military operations in the country's northwest.
|June 19, 2009|
|SRK denies 'Prophet' comment|
Shah Rukh Khan has clarified that he has never said anything against Prophet Mohammed in an interview.
|June 15, 2009|
|'Shiney, a nice man'|
The actor enjoys a good reputation among the complex's security staff.
Shiney sent to 3-day police custody
The actor was accused of raping his domestic help on Sunday afternoon.
Mumbai Police: Shiney admits to rape
'There was no consent in the sex,' Assistant Commissioner of Police Dilip Suryavanshi told rediff.com
Shiney Ahuja arrested for rape
Bollywood actor Shiney Ahuja will be produced in Mumbai's Andheri court on Monday morning after he was accused of raping his domestic help. On Sunday night, Shiney's 18-year old accused him of rape, when both of them were alone at his flat.
|June 09, 2009|
|Smile Train expected to go places|
Mylan has been showing the film free in movie theatres in several cities in America to discuss the work being done by Smile Train, an American organisation, in India and 75 other countries where it finances free surgeries for children with cleft lips.
|June 01, 2009|
|Titanic's last survivor no more|
Elizabeth Gladys Dean, the last remaining survivor of the Titanic ship-wreck has died, nearly 100 years after she was rescued, at 9 weeks of age, from the doomed ocean liner's deck.
|May 17, 2009|
|Producer-Director Prakash Mehra passes away|
Sixty nine-year-old Mehra, who was hospitalised for last several days, breathed his last at 0750 hours. He died of pneumonia and multiple organ failure, hospital sources said.
|May 15, 2009|
|Sued in US, Karan Johar's firm denies liability|
Karan Johar's company Dharma Productions has been sued for $150,000 by actors and vendors in the US who say they haven't been paid for their work in Johar's under-production film, Jihad, starring Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor. But Dharma says an intermediary company is responsible.
After Gamyam , it's Vedam
Krish [Radhakrishna] Jagarlamudi's first Telugu film Gamyam created history when it ran for more than 100 days in Andhra Pradesh. Now, the director is back with his next film Vedam starring Allu Arjun, Manoj and top heroine Anushka.
|May 12, 2009|
|Bollywood's new breed of heroes|
As actors, Deepak Dobriyal, Raj Singh, Sid Makkar and Arjun Mathur are still waiting for that one critical break that will put them on an even more comfortable pedestal.
|May 05, 2009|
|New films to release after two weeks|
The Producers and Distributors Forum has decided to release new films only in single screen theatres after two weeks. The producers will declare the list of new releases and the theatres in which they will be released.
|May 04, 2009|
|Bollywood suffers Rs 50 crore loss due to strike|
As the strike enters its fifth week, the losses are mounting up for the Bollywood film industry. Big budget movies like Kambhakt Ishq, Blue and New York have had to postpone their release dates, and all movie promotions have come to a standstill.
Bachchan gets SC notice on tax exemption
relates to the actor's income from the popular TV game show Kaun Banega Crorepati.
Catch The Wrestler on DVD
If you missed The Wrestler in theatres, where it did decent business for a film that did not cost a fortune, catching it on DVD means an evening of watching sterling performances by a cast led by Mickey Rourke. It would also mean cheering a 'small' film with a big heart.
|May 01, 2009|
|Da Vinci Code follow-up takes on the Illuminati |
Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon works to solve a murder and prevent a terrorist act against the Vatican in the adaptation of Angels & Demons, a prequel to the 2006 smash hit Da Vinci Code.
|April 23, 2009|
|It's Dim All the Lights for Anoop Desai|
The 24-year-old was eliminated from American Idol.
Anoop Desai out of American idol
Anoop Desai, who was among the last three of the remaining seven contestants in the hugely popular show American Idol, finally got the boot on Wednesday night. It was a double elimination night for the seven singers.Despite being sent home, he will get a chance to tour with the other singers who made it to the final 10, in nearly 50 cities across America this summer. Anoop is a graduate student at the University of N Carolina and is very serious about pursuing a music career.
|April 22, 2009|
|Here's why you should watch Earth |
Earth which opens in thousands of screens on Earth Day (April 22) is narrated by the veteran actor James Earl Jones; there is plenty of funny, romantic and feisty scenes in the film apart from poignant stories. It offers compellingly fascinating stories of three animal families and their amazing journeys across the planet over a year.
|April 21, 2009|
|Kamal Haasan presents screenwriting workshop with IIT-M|
The workshop will feature some of the best screenwriters and filmmakers from around the world. One of the writers who have confirmed participation is Jean Claude Carriere who will do a video conference. Kamal Haasan himself will join the discussions and don the role of faculty during the workshop and seminar.
|April 16, 2009|
|Anoop survives Idol elimination again|
For the third time in this season's American Idol contest which received 36 million votes following Tuesday's performance, Anoop Desai found himself in the bottom three. But he did not receive the lowest votes, and that meant he is going to perform next week.
|April 15, 2009|
|D-Company linked to Bollywood piracy: US lawmaker |
'The high profit margins in this kind of crime make it little wonder why gangsters and terrorists have turned to piracy.'
Mani Ratnam hospitalised
Noted film director Mani Ratnam was hospitalised in Chennai last night following breathing difficulty and dizziness. He also complained of discomfort in the chest.
|April 14, 2009|
|Simon Cowell may quit American Idol |
The 49-year-old, who judges three shows -- American Idol, Britain's Got Talent and X Factor -- told Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper that he's not sure he can keep up the pace and 'one may have to go.'
Why we admire Satyajit Ray so much
April 15 to 30, the Lincoln Center celebrates iconic Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray with a retrospective of his films.
|April 10, 2009|
|Sunny Deol gets bail|
Sunny Deol was today granted bail by a railway court in over a decade-old case of allegedly entering a platform without permission and pulling a train's emergency chain during shooting of a film.
Al Pacino to play Napoleon
Academy award winning actor Al Pacino, who had a longtime wish to don the character of Napoleon, is now getting a chance to play the French emperor in an on-screen adaptation of children's book.
Deepa Mehta makes film on Midnight's Children
Known for her daring choice of subjects in filmmaking, director Deepa Mehta has now taken up yet another challenge that of adapting Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children into a film.
Pitt-Aniston meet angers Jolie
After rumours that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's relationship had hit a rocky patch, recent reports claim that a date between Pitt and his former wife Jennifer Aniston has rubbed Jolie's wounds again.
|April 09, 2009|
|Noted filmmaker Shakti Samanta dies|
Noted Hindi filmmaker Shakti Samata on Thursday passed away after a brief illness. He was 83. "He passed away at around 5 pm at his suburban Santacruz residence. He was recovering from a stroke which he suffered over two months ago," a family member said. Samanta had produced box-office hits like Kati Patang, Amar Prem and Aradhana starring Rajesh Khanna. His funeral would be held at Santacruz crematorium at 11 am on Friday, the family member said.
|April 08, 2009|
|Salman Khan's Rs 100 crore musical|
The actor will start shooting for the film by T-Series later in August. Anees Bazmee is the director of the big-budget movie.
|April 06, 2009|
|Warner Bros warn Indian producers|
In the first of its kind, leading Hollywood studio Warner Bros issued an advertisement in a newspaper stating that no one has the right to remake their film, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, in Hindi.
|April 03, 2009|
|Why Bollywood is on strike|
This Friday's release 8x10 Tasveer may be the last release in theatres for a while now. Movie producers and multiplex owners have not reached a solution regarding revenue-sharing yet, and so the strike starts on schedule, on April 4.
|March 27, 2009|
|Freida Pinto: Highest paid actress in India|
According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, she has pushed ahead of her colleagues Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, to become the highest paid actress in India.
|March 26, 2009|
|'My wife is being vindictive'|
A lot of drama has been going on in Adnan Sami's life off late. The singer had a messy and very public spat with his wife Sabah. Adnan called a press conference to clear the air.
Saif-Kareena's Jehaad runs into trouble
Several artistes and merchants in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA had come forward against Swish Films, which oversaw the production of the film. They claimed that Swish, an Australian firm, has not paid them for their work and services, to the tune of $500,000.
This Monster is ready for take-off!
The 3-D animation film by DreamWorks featuring voices of Reese Witherspoon, Kiefer Sutherland and Seth Rogan is expected to be a huge hit.
|March 22, 2009|
|Jade Goody dies in her sleep|
Terminally ill British television reality star Jade Goody died in her sleep in the wee hours on Sunday, her publicist Max Clifford announced.
|March 19, 2009|
| Yaavarum Nalam , now a TV serial|
After news of a Hollywood production house Weinstein Company buying the rights to the script, BIG Pictures (the producers of the Tamil film) have decided to enter unchartered waters by converting the movie plot into a television serial.
Anoop Desai in American Idol top 10
The quiet young lad impressed the judges to stay on for another week with his rendition of Elvis Presley's Always On My Mind.
|March 16, 2009|
|Producers to go on strike after tiff with multiplex owners|
Film producers plan to go on an indefinite strike starting April 3, as they could not resolve their differences with multiplex owners over revenue sharing.
Work stopped on Charlie Chaplin's 62-foot statue
Theatre artists, noted film and literary personalities, and members of many progressive groups in Karnataka have decided to go on a dharna on March 17 to protest against the attempts of some local Sangh Parivar leaders in Udupi district to stop the construction work of Charlie Chaplin's 62 foot statue at Baindoor.
Amar Singh to act in Dev Anand's next
Samajvadi Party General Secretary Amar Singh has accepted an offer from Dev Anand to star in the filmmaker's next venture.
|March 09, 2009|
| Watchmen dethrones Slumdog |
The comic book movie, which has seen various efforts to bring it to the screen over the last two decades, grossed over the weekend a decent but unspectacular $83 million, nearly 55 percent of it in North America. Slumdog, which was number one film for just one week in its dream run worldwide, made about $18 million. It lost about 35 percent of its box-office clout after having soared to the top amidst post Oscar celebrations.
|March 04, 2009|
|The number one film in the entire world|
This is the second time in Oscar history that a film shot in India has become number one film worldwide; the previous record setter was Gandhi released in 1982. But Slumdog is selling far more tickets than Gandhi.
|February 27, 2009|
| Slumdog blossoms worldwide|
Released two weeks ago, it has grossed over $1.2 million, according to trade publications. And now with the eight Oscars it has garnered, the film could become a bigger success not only across Russia but also worldwide.
|February 25, 2009|
|Studied with Freida Pinto?|
Some of you readers may have studied with her in school or college. Share your memories of times spent with Freida, maybe in the college canteen, maybe on the school playground, maybe in the neighbourhood where you and she live.
Slumdog unrealistic, says Rushdie
The Booker prize winning author dismissed the film publicly in a speech at Altanta's Emory University, saying it "piles impossibility on impossibility". The writer called the book and movie nothing more than "feel-good" and complained about various portions of the story.
Namesake writer directs John Abraham
Sooni Taraporevala's humourous, fast-paced and life-affirming story of underdogs Little Zizou is scheduled to open on March 13 in India.
Delhi 6 bows to Slumdog power
The weekend results for the film range from being promising to disappointing. It took in India $5.02 million on 945 screens, a decent but unspectacular performance while in the United Kingdom, it grossed a disappointing $160,887 on 43 screens. It fared far better in the Middle East grossing an encouraging $350,000 at 29 locations in its first four days. In the crucial North American market, it took in $600,000 on 90 screens.
|February 24, 2009|
|Slumdog's lessons for Hollywood|
Long before the Oscars and many other awards Slumdog Millionaire received in the last six weeks, director Danny Boyle was emphasizing the importance of smaller distributors and moaning their decline.
Slumdog gets help from friends
As much as the Oscar voters loved Slumdog Millionaire, the film could not have won eight Oscars including the best picture and best director nods had it not been a consistent box-office performer, Hollywood insiders say.
L K Advani wishes Rahman
The whole world is goning ga-ga over Slumdog Millionaire's victory at the 81st Annual Academy Awards. L K Advani congratulated the team for winning eight Oscars.
Slumdog : Mumbai is really like that
Aarti Iyer is proud to take her American friends to see Slumdog Millionaire.
Obama wants to see Slumdog
"I don't know if he has seen Slumdog Millionaire. I know he wants to," White House spokesman, Robert Gibbs, told reporters during the course of his daily press briefing.
|February 23, 2009|
|Sing O Saya !|
O Saya was nominated at the 81st Annual Academy Awards for its brilliant lyrics and music, by A R Rahman and M.I.A. The song didn't win, but it's still really worth a listen. If you want to sing along, here are the lyrics.
Sing Jai Ho !
A R Rahman has bagged two Oscars this year, and this is one of the reasons. His song, Jai Ho, for Slumdog Millionaire, penned by Gulzar, sure reads like a winner. Sing along.
How India shone at the Oscars
With two of the three Oscar-nominated songs being in Hindi and performed with colourful and vigorous Bollywood dances, and with Rahman invoking in Tamil a saying about divine greatness, the proceedings at times looked like a Bollywood event held in Los Angeles.
'Rahman has put the Indian film industry on the world map'
As A R Rahman and Resul Pookutty scripted history by picking up three Oscars for Slumdog Millionaire, members of the film fraternity here joined voices to applaud the enviable feat achieved by the duo.
'God is great'
This was how music maestro A R Rahman reacted to his double-Oscar feat. Besides God, the 'Mozart of Madras' also dedicated his Oscars to his "loving" mother Kareema Begum, who was seated among the audience at the Kodak Theatre.
'I dedicate this award to my country'
Resul Pookutty on his Best Sound Mixing Oscar award for his work in SLumdog Millionaire.
Rahman, Resul win Oscars for Slumdog
A R Rahman on Monday created history by becoming the first Indian to win two Oscars for his score in Slumdog Millionaire which swept the Academys, winning eight awards including one for sound engineer Resul Pookutty. The film, named the best at the Oscars, also fetched Danny Boyle the Best Director award, Simon Beaufoy best Adapted Screenplay and Anthony Dod Mantle the best Cinematography award. The rags-to-riches drama was also awarded for best Editing
|February 21, 2009|
|Raja Sen's Oscar predictions|
The 81st Annual Academy Awards, if trends are anything to go by, seem to be more or less on the same page with me this season, which is a peculiar feeling indeed since I'm used to ranting about the results. However, this year the Academy's likely winners and my who-should-win picks are uncannily mirroring each other, a fact displayed in this list of the nominees. The Academy picks are marked by the [A] sign, my picks are marked by the [R] sign.
|February 20, 2009|
|Will M.I.A. perform from a bed at the Oscars?|
There is speculation that Sri Lanka-born rapper Tamilian M.I.A., who gave birth to her first child, a boy, last week soon after she performed at the Grammy Awards, will sing or watch someone else perform her part of the O Saya number.
No Jai Ho at the Oscars
Sukhwinder Singh will not perform at the Oscars this year.
The need for a Dev Patel in the Life of Pi
After Jamal's triumph at the world box-office, isn't it time to finally greenlight the movie about the coming-of-age saga of Pi Patel?
|February 19, 2009|
|Amitabh, SRK patch up?|
On Wednesday night, Bachchan visited SRK at his home, Mannat, in Mumbai's suburban Bandra. Shah Rukh had undergone a surgery on Monday, and was discharged the next day.
|February 17, 2009|
|SRK free to go home|
Shoulder specialist Dr Sanjay Desai, who performed the surgery on the 43-year-old actor-producer, told PTI that they have permitted Shah Rukh to go home and it is up to him to decide when to leave the hospital. Shah Rukh was admitted to the Breach Candy Hospital in south Mumbai on Monday to repair the tear in the main muscle of his left shoulder.
SRK recuperating from surgery
Khan had recovered well and had a normal diet.
|February 09, 2009|
|The new woman in Salman Rushdie's life|
Now comes word of a relationship with the impossibly long-limbed, strikingly beautiful Pia Glenn, who plays Condoleezza Rice in Will Ferrell's Broadway show, 'You're Welcome, America: A Final Night With George W. Bush.'
Zakir Hussain wins a Grammy
While Slumdog Millionaire picked up seven BAFTA awards in a ceremony in London, the Indian presence was also felt at the Grammy awards with tabla maestro Zakir Hussain winning in the Contemporary World Music Album category for his collaborative album Global Drum Project.
A R Rahman wins BAFTA award for Slumdog
Bolstering its chances for the Oscars scheduled later this month, the film based on India's diplomat-turned author Vikas Swarup's novel went into the ceremony with 11 nominations and won prizes for best film, best director, original screenplay, music, cinematography, editing and sound.
|February 03, 2009|
|Preity ko gussa kyon aata hai |
The actress vented her ire against journalists, especially television news channels, after they broadcast how she disturbed neighbours during her late night birthday party last weekend.
Irrfan Khan's new avatar for television
Actor Irrfan Khan, fresh from the success of Slumdog Millionaire, is busy celebrating.
|January 30, 2009|
|Saif-Kareena film in payments controversy|
Karan Johar's latest production seems to have come into some trouble. Some crew members in Philadelphia, where the film was shot, have complained that they have not received payment even after the shoot ended.
Adnan Sami warned against abusing wife
A non-cognisable offence has been registered against Pakistani singer Adnan Sami for allegedly harassing and abusing his wife Sabah Galadari at their residence in Lokhandwala, Mumbai, police said on Friday.
|January 27, 2009|
| Slumdog kids exploited?|
Slumdog Millionaire might have won accolades the world over but parents of two children starring in the rags-to-riches tale set in Mumbai have accused the producers of exploitation.
|January 23, 2009|
|2-7 odds of Slumdog winning an Oscar|
If experts are to be believed, critically acclaimed Slumdog Millionaire is at 2-7 odds of winning the prestigious Academy Award for the Best Motion Picture.
Julia Roberts visits the Taj Mahal
The actress was spotted with her husband Daniel Moder and their children on a sightseeing visit at Taj Mahal that was voted to be among the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2008.
Shekhar Kapur's tribute to 26/11
Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur took up Mumbai's cause, as he penned a moving poem about the terror attack on November 26 last year.
|January 22, 2009|
| Slumdog gets 10 Oscar noms|
Slumdog Millionaire bagged 10 Oscar nominations at the 81st annual Academy Awards.
Call for ban on Slumgdog Millionaire
The Goa unit of a Hindu organisation has demanded a ban on the release of Slumdog Millionaire, saying the award-winning film hurts the religious sentiments of the majority community.
|January 21, 2009|
|Defamation case against Rahman, Anil Kapoor|
An office bearer of a slum dwellers' body has filed a defamation case against music director A R Rahman and actor Anil Kapoor alleging that the award winning film Slumdog Millionaire calls Indians dogs and slum dwellers slum dogs.
|January 19, 2009|
| CC2C disappoints in North America|
The much-hyped film -- the first Hindi movie produced by Warner Bros -- grossed an unspectacular $650,000 from the 130 theatres it was released in North America.
|January 15, 2009|
| Slumdog Millionaire bags 11 BAFTA nominations|
Slumdog Millionaire was nominated in the following BAFTA categories: Best Film, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Music, Production Design, Sound and Outstanding British Film.
Getting rid of Dev Patel's mom
It was the only way Sulmdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle could get the best out of the actor.
Pirates, don't try copying CCTC
In New York, Warner Bros had hired security guards with night vision goggles and other devices to thwart anyone recording the film.
Film-maker Tapan Sinha passes away
Dadasaheb Phalke award winner and noted film-maker Tapan Sinha died at a hospital in Kolkata on Thursday after a prolonged illness. Sinha, 84, was suffering from pneumonia and septicaemia, hospital sources said. He is survived by a son. His actress-wife Arundhuti Devi died in 1990.
|January 14, 2009|
|Petition against Big B for violating tobacco laws|
The Bombay High Court today admitted a petition against Amitabh Bachchan for allegedly violating anti-tobacco laws in Goa.
Taare Zameen Par out of Oscar race
Not to the surprise of many watchers of foreign language Oscar nominations, Aamir Khan's directorial vehicle Taare Zamren Par could not make into the Oscar list. The movie just hasn't been garnering the kind of mainstream reviews and media attention the actor's Lagaan received a few years ago.
Hitting the Ghajini jackpot
Madhu Mantena, Ghajini 's producer, entered the film world almost by chance, and now he has a hit on his hands.
|January 13, 2009|
|Danny Boyle to make another film on Mumbai|
It seems British director Danny Boyle has fallen in love with Mumbai while shooting for his award-winning film 'Slumdog Millionaire'. Boyle wants to get back to the city once more to make to make another film.
|January 12, 2009|
|The real Slumdog Millionaires|
Money fuels greed - the Satyam scam is proof of that - but for a few lucky winners, television game shows have been a ticket out of poverty and to fame. Abhilasha Ojha speaks to our own slumdog millionaires.
Slumdog : Globes today, Oscars tomorrow?
In addition to being nominated in the best picture, director, adapted screenplay and music categories for the Oscars, Slumdog Millionaire is also expected to be nominated for cinematography, editing and costumes.
|January 09, 2009|
|Sajid Nadiadwala robbed at gun point|
The thief -- identified as Prabhat Tripathi -- managed to escape with Rs 7 lakh in cash and gold ornaments worth Rs 30 lakh.
Slumdog is Critics' Choice, wins 5 awards
Slumdog Millionaire has bagged five prestigious prizes including Best Composer award for Indian music maestro A R Rahman at Broadcast Film Critics Association's 14th annual Critics Choice Awards.
|December 29, 2008|
| Ghajini rakes in big money|
After Shah Rukh Khan's successful run with Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, it is Aamir Khan who is bringing in all the earnings for Bollywood this year with Ghajini raking in Rs 40 crore in the first four days of release.
|December 26, 2008|
|Saif is in stable condition|
Saif Ali Khan, who was admitted to the Lilavati Hospital on Thursday evening after he complained of acute stomach pain, is said to be stable.
|December 23, 2008|
|Anil Kapoor scores over Aishwarya Rai|
With his first English language film Slumdog Millionaire shining among the top 10 films of the weekend on three continents, Anil Kapoor, who plays a complicated quiz show host in it, has set a record for an Indian actor.
Rab Ne : Biggest hit of 2008?
In what is being termed as the biggest hit of 2008, based on its first 10-days box office collection, Shah Rukh Khan starrer Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi has managed to collect about Rs 60 crore so far, of which nearly half has come from the overseas markets.
Michael Jackson is fine
Michael Jackson's camp has denied that the King of Pop is suffering from life-threatening lung disease and needs a lung transplant terming such reports as 'total fabrication'.
|December 19, 2008|
|Sreekar Prasad, Deepa Mehta bag Dubai awards|
Sreekar Prasad won the Best Editor award for Firaaq while the Best Screenplay award went to Deepa Mehta for Heaven on Earth.
Jagjit Singh performs for city's martyrs
Ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh enthralled audiences on December 17 in Mumbai. The houseful show was dedicated to the martyrs who laid down their lives to fight terrorism in Mumbai.
Dev Patel competes with Oscar winners
In what many movie observers believe is one of the biggest surprises in years, Dev Patel, 18, has just been nominated along with Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight), Josh Brolin, (Milk), Robert Downey Jr. (Tropic Thunder) and Philip Seymour Hoffman (Doubt) for the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Best Supporting Actor Award.
|December 17, 2008|
|Benegal struggles to find producers for Spy Princess |
Veteran director Shyam Benegal is having a tough time finding producers for his ambitious project Spy Princess in the recession hit film industry. The film has been adapted from a book of the same name by Sharabani Basu. Noor Inayat Khan, a descendant of Tipu Sultan, was a British-Indian princess who served as a spy during World War II and was captured and shot dead by German forces, who failed to extract any information from her.
Ashok Kumar Foundation helps slain cops
"We will go with Joint Commissioner Rakesh Maria's wife to the 11 policemen's home and personally give the cheque only to the widow," said Bharati, Ashok Kumar's eldest daughter who looks a lot like her il
|December 15, 2008|
|Recession hits Bollywood|
Recession and tight liquidity has forced Bollywood to go in for cost cutting and slowdown on several projects. Filmmaker Mukesh Bhatt feels that distributors have been severely hit by the recession.
Rab Ne opens big in North America
The one-man box-office engine called Shah Rukh Khan rode into 105 movie theaters across North America grabbing a powerful $1.2 million estimated gross for Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi in just about three days.
|December 12, 2008|
| Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi opens to average response|
Theatre and multiplex owners had a reason to smile today with the release of Shah Rukh Khan's much-awaited Rab Ne Bana di Jodi. Cinema halls in the city that have been bearing a deserted look since the terror attack last month, came alive with some audiences.
Pin-up model Bettie Page dead
Cult figure and 1950s pin-up model Bettie Page, who inspired and set the stage for the sexual revolution in America in 1960s, has died of a heart attack. She was 85.
Slumdog gets 4 Golden Globe noms
Slumdog Millionaire, which was orphaned a few months ago when distributor Warner Independent folded into the parent company, consolidated its Oscar nomination chances last week winning a slew of key awards and being nominated for four Golden Globes.
|December 10, 2008|
| Slumdog Millionaire to release in India|
After making waves overseas, Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire is all set to release in India in January.
Indian musician bags Grammy nom
Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya, known the world over for his mastery of Hindustani classical music, and more recently his foray into American blues, has bagged the uber-prestigious Best Traditional World Music Album nomination for the 51st Grammy Awards.
Rahman triumphs at LA Awards
As the nomination for the Golden Globe around the corner, the influential Los Angeles Film Critics Association awards have been just announced, with plenty of surprises and famous snobs for the perennially nominated Meryl Streep and well regarded star Kate Winslett.
|December 05, 2008|
|Theater personality Jaydev Hattangadi passes away|
Noted theater personality Jaydev Hattangadi passed away on Friday morning following prolonged illness. He was 60. Hattangadi, who was suffering from cancer for last one year, is survived by his actress wife Rohini and a son, family sources said.
|December 03, 2008|
|'Please don't make a film on Mumbai attacks'|
Filmmaker Sandeep Ray appeals to his colleagues in the film industry.
'We have to deal with people, who seek our votes'
An accused in the '93 blasts that rocked Mumbai, Sanjay Dutt has worked hard towards his transformation. He now hopes that the lessons of the terror attack would compel the government to do the same.
'I'm angry. Really angry'
Like the scores of people who lost family and friends to the terror attacks in Mumbai on November 24, actor Ashish Chowdhury is in shock. The actor lost his sister and brother-in-law on that fateful day. Now as the city limps back to normal, a grief-stricken Ashish breaks his silence. Here is what he has to say.
|December 02, 2008|
|Mumbai will recover, says top director|
Danny Boyle, the director of the film Slumdog Millionaire, which is set in Mumbai, paid homage to the Indian city after his film bagged top honour at the British Independent Film Awards.
|December 01, 2008|
|Terror hits Bollywood in big way|
Last week's collections hit a new low at the box office.
'No bad intention in taking along RGV, Riteish'
Brushing aside the criticisms on filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma being part of his entourage to the terror-hit Taj hotel and other sites, Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh on Monday said there was "no bad intention in it".
Live Earth concert in Mumbai cancelled
The terrorist attacks in Mumbai have claimed another victim. And this time its not a person but a show. The upcoming India Live Earth concert, scheduled to rock Andheri, Mumbai on December 7 has been cancelled.
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi to release on time
The film will not be postponed due to the terror attack on Mumbai.
'The blood of other people saved me'
Smeared with the other people's blood, Joey Jeetun laid completely still, fooling the terrorists who mistook him for dead.
Slumdog Millionaire wins British film awards
Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire, an art house hit in America and Canada and which will roll out of across the United Kingdom next month, grabbed a trio of top awards at the British Independent Film Awards. The film, which is slowly adding extra theatres each week, was No 11 on the North American box-office chart for the weekend, earning $1.36 million, taking its total to $3.6 million. It is in 49 theatres, having added 17 over the weekend.
|November 27, 2008|
|Mumbai terror strikes: Film industry in shock|
The film industry on Thursday expressed a deep shock over the nightmare that unfolded on Wednesday night as terrorists targeted various important ocations in Mumbai. The industry people also appealed for sanity and called for unity after one of the biggest terrorist strikes rattled the country's financial and dream city.
Mumbai terror hits film, television shoots
The terror attacks in the metropolis have cast shadow on the film and television industry where several shootings have been cancelled. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who was shooting for Teen Patti till November 24 in Ballard Estate, Capital cinema, Horniman Circle and Kitab Mahal areas, which are in the vicinity of Mumbai CST station, one of the key sites of the attack, described the situation as "terrible".
|November 26, 2008|
|Abu Salem: Monica is my wife|
Life behind bars has not dimmed underworld don Abu Salem's attraction towards actress and former lover Monia Bedi as once again he publicly said that she was his wife, a claim which has been refuted by her on several occasions.
'I love fighting'
Bigg Boss runner-up Raja Chaudhary had a whale of a time when he got to chat with his fans.
|November 25, 2008|
|'I have many reasons to feel happy about Oye Lucky! '|
Abhay Deol is serious about taking a sabbatical from Mumbai and continue taking art courses in New York, looking to work with great scriptwriters, and find out how he should handle his movie career. Right now he is excited about two of his films that are to open soon -- Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! and Dev D, a modern version of the tragic Devdas legend; he gets the script concept credit for the latter film directed by Anurag Kashyap.
'I have many reasons to feel happy about Oye Lucky! '
Abhay Deol is serious about taking a sabbatical from Mumbai and continue taking art courses in New York, looking to work with great scriptwriters, and find out how he should handle his movie career. Right now he is excited about two of his films that are to open soon -- Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! and Dev D, a modern version of the tragic Devdas legend; he gets the script concept credit for the latter film directed by Anurag Kashyap.
Yuvvraaj is a pauper in North America
Subhash Ghai's bad luck continued in the lucrative North American territory where his Yuvvraaj grossed a meager $264,000 on 77 screens in three days.
|November 24, 2008|
| Rock on!! script to be a part of Oscar Library|
After Samir Karnik's Heroes, its now the turn of Farhan Akhtar starrer "Rock On!!" to find a place in the Oscar's library. Ritesh Sidhwani, producer of Rock On!! said that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has asked for the script of his musical romance for the Oscar's Library.
TV workers end strike
The television strike has finally come to an end as workers reported back to work on Monday. Shooting in all the studios began in full swing and producers are hoping to telecast new shows as soon as possible. Speaking to rediff.com, Dinesh Chaturvedi, General Secretary of Federation of Western India Cine Employees said, "We all are back to work and there is no problem now. Shooting has begun everywhere."
|November 22, 2008|
|Ashutosh Kaushik wins Bigg Boss |
The Dhaba owner from Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh Ashutosh Kaushik was named winner of Bigg Boss Season two on Saturday at a star-studded finale. He takes home prize money of Rs 1 crore.
|November 20, 2008|
|Maharashtra ban on Deshdrohi upheld|
The Maharashtra government has upheld the ban on the Hindi film, Deshdrohi. The ban was imposed on the film two days before its release last week, as the Mumbai police found the content objectionable.
Paresh Rawal gets 'triple' Lucky !
Paresh Rawal talks about his triple role in Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye.
Lisa Ray's lesbian act!
The lovely actress will be seen in Shamin Sharif's A World Unseen and I Can't Think Straight, releasing in November.
|November 19, 2008|
|Veteran Tamil film villian M N Nambiar dead|
Nambiar was suffering from age-related ailments for the past four months and breathed his last at his residence, family sources said.
Television industry workers' strike called off
Confirming an end to the 10-day stand-off between workers and producers, Federation of Western Cine Employees (FWICE) chief Dharmesh Tiwari said that the agreement details would be revealed later.
Warrant out for Suniel Shetty
Non-bailable warrant was issued by a local court against bollywood star Suniel Shetty for not appearing before it in a cheque bounce case filed by a city-based shop owner.
|November 17, 2008|
|Re-living the Komagata Maru tragedy|
Akshay Kumar will play a brave Sikh in the 1914 Komagata Maru ship tradegy.
Slumdog Millionaire sold out!
Slumdog Millionaire not only getting the some of the best reviews in recent years but also doing brisk business in arthouses. The Danny Boyle directed film, focusing on three slum children in Mumbai and their tryst with fate as grown-ups, grossed a highly promising $420,000 in just five days in 10 theatres in North American cities.
Will the Khans save Bollywood?
If Bollywood's three forthcoming films starring Aamir Khan, Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan in Ghajini, Yuvvraaj, and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, respectively, become commercially hit then 2008 may prove to be a good year for the Hindi film industry, especially at the time of the economic slowdown.
|November 14, 2008|
|Shilpa Shetty out of action |
Shilpa Shetty injured her wrist and has been advised three month's rest by her doctor. The actress has no clue as to what caused the injury.
' 8 is absolutely inoffensive to Islam'
The film's director, Mira Nair said it offers the directors' views on the eight Millennium Development Goals adopted in 2000 by the United Nations that include eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, reducing child mortality, combating AIDS and promoting gender equality.
|November 12, 2008|
|Maharashtra bans anti-North Indian film Deshdrohi |
The Maharashtra government has banned the film, Deshdrohi, for two months in the state, fearing a breakdown in law and order. It is learnt that the film producer will move the court against the ban.
Making Slumdog Millionaire truly Indian
Here's why Slumdog Millionaire's Loveleen Tandon deserves the credit of co-director, something that is an extraordinary thing in Hollywood.
|November 11, 2008|
|Bond film, Madagascar exceed expectations|
The distributors for Quantum of Solace as well as Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa told trade publications that the movie grosses exceeded their expectations.
|November 10, 2008|
|Get ready to watch only re-runs!|
Bad news for television viewers. From Monday onwards, all the entertainment channels will be beaming re-runs of their favourite soaps. The decision came after workers from different unions stuck to their demands for wage settlement against television producers who failed to keep their promise on wage hike.
'I plan to stick to Kannada films'
Golden star Ganesh who has given back to back golden jubliee films like Mungaru Male, Hudugaata, Cheluvina Chiththaara, Chellaata and Galipata, chats with Rediff readers.
|November 07, 2008|
|Court says no to Kyunki |
A division bench of Bombay High Court today dismissed the appeal filed by the producer of Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi seeking to stay the termination notice served by the television channel Star TV, on which the serial airs.
'Creativity starts with clothes'
Kannada film industry's leading star Upendra, a man with multi talents having acted, directed and written many movies. He spoke to his fans on rediff chat.
Madagascar gang is back
Though it is not as witty as the first two Shrek films, nor emotionally stirring as Finding Nemo, the kid pic Madagascar, Escape 2 Africa could fire up the box office in a big way before the new James Bond flick Quantum of Solace, already a solid hit abroad, arrived in North America November 12.
Get ready to watch Midnight's Children
India-born author Salman Rushdie and Indian Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta will collaborate to produce a movie based on his prize winning novel Midnight's Children.
|November 06, 2008|
|'All my friends have gone'|
Music composer Ravi pays tribute to B R Chopra.
Balaji's last ditch effort to save Kyunki
Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, the cult serial by Ekta Kapoor, is supposed to end tonight, but the courtroom drama is not over. Balaji, the producer, has filed an appeal against single judge's order.
No birthday celebrations for Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan's birthday on November 7 is a day of celebration for his fans. But this year, the actor has urged them not to skip the celebrations. In a letter addressed to all the members and card holders of "our welfare association," the actor appealed to them to "refrain" from any celebration. The reason he says is that "an individual's birthday loses credence or importance when genocide is practiced in our neighbouring island with renewed vigour."
|November 05, 2008|
|Goodbye, Mr Chopra|
Substance was the hallmark of B R Chopra's films but the legendary filmmaker who passed away here today at the age of 94 always felt that the rise of money and stardom have vitiated the image of Indian cinema.
Desi films all set to rock New York
With two directors -- Mira Nair and Deepa Mehta -- whose films have been nominated for Oscars, and with the veteran actress Shabana Azmi and the relatively younger Preity Zinta joining the celebrities, the eighth edition of the Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival opens on Wednesday in New York.
From Munnabhai to Sattarbhai!
Munnabhai is back with his 'Gandhigiri' but this time he is in a fresh avatar of 'Sattarbhai' for the upcoming film EMI. Sattarbhai, played by Sanjay Dutt in the film, is a loan recovery agent who works for various banks and other multinationals.
B R Chopra passes away
Noted Bollywood filmmaker, B R Chopra passed away early on Wednesday morning at his home in Mumbai. He was keeping ill for quite sometime due to age related disease.
|November 03, 2008|
|Curtains for Kyunki on November 6|
It will be curtains for the popular Hindi TV serial 'Kyunki Saas Bhi Kahi Bahu Thi' this Thursday after the Bombay High Court on Monday declined to stay the termination notice served by Star TV to the producers of one of India's longest running soaps on the small screen.
Animated Chandamama to hit big screen soon
Popular children's magazine Chandamama would be out on big screen soon. The monthly has tied up with Thiruvanthapuram-based Toonz Animation Ltd to produce a full length animated feature film.
'I am open to Bollywood offers'
Picture this, 007 agent Daniel Craig shaking a leg to a Bollywood song and belting out trademark Hindi dialogues. This might no longer sound unreal as the new Bond has shown eagerness to make a debut in Bollywood. "I am open to offers from India but unfortunately till now nothing has been put across me by the film fraternity of India," Craig told PTI in an email interview.
Shriya's Hollywood debut a dud
Shriya Saran, making her Hollywood debut, received a handful of flattering reviews over her Hollywood hunk co-star Jesse Metcalfe. Bu the film The Other End of the Line received mostly negative reviews. Worse, it was also a box-office disaster.
|October 31, 2008|
|'American films would make fun of India'|
Scriptwriter Tracey Jackson talks about The Other End of the Line starring Jesse Metcalf and Shriya Saran, and why the Amrican way of looking at India should change.
|October 29, 2008|
|Saif, Farhan to perform in Mumbai|
Saif Ali Khan is putting his guitar skills to good use. The actor is one of the musicians who will be performing at the Rock On concert in Mumbai on October 31. Organisers Farhan along with Arjun Rampal, producer Ritesh Sidhwani and Priya Dutt, said that the proceeds of the concert which will be held at the MMRDA grounds, will go to the children affected by the recent floods in Bihar.
|October 27, 2008|
|Preity Zinta declared best actress at Chicago film fest|
Preity Zinta, whose performance in Deepa Mehta's Heaven on Earth, received warm reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, has won the Silver Hugo Award for best actress at the 44th edition of Chicago International Film Festival. The jury praised her 'for her strong yet subtle performance as a woman struggling to keep her dreams despite brutal realities.'
Jennifer Hudson offers reward for safe return of her nephew
American actress/singer Jennifer Hudson has offered a 100,000-dollar reward for the safe return of her seven-year old nephew, who went missing after the brutal murder of her mother and brother on October 24. Officials have issued an AMBER alert, and Hudson has also issued a plea for help in finding her nephew Julian King.
|October 24, 2008|
|Abhi-Ash visit Kedarnath shrine |
Abhishek Bachchan along with his actress wife Aishwarya Rai and mother Jaya Bachchan visited the Kedarnath shrine and offered prayers to Lord Shiva in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand on Friday.
Heaven on Earth to open New York fest
With the works of veteran film makers such as Shyam Benegal (Bose, the Forgotten Hero) and Deepa Mehta (Heaven on Earth), as well as first-timers such as Sooni Taraporevala (Little Zizou), the 2008 edition of the Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival in New York has a menu of beguiling features and documentaries to suit all tastes.
|October 22, 2008|
|Ash-Abhi to resume shooting after Diwali|
After a break of three weeks, Abhishek Bachchan and his wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will resume shooting for Mani Ratnam's new film, Ravan, after Diwali.
A film on Karunanidhi
This November Tirukkuvalai, a village in Tamil Nadu will be witness to a film shoot. The film in question is Kalaignar, a biopic on M Karunanidhi, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. Incidentally, the village was chosen as it is the birth place of the CM.
'I won't join politics'
Telugu superstar Venkatesh talks about his films and more on the Rediff Chat.
|October 20, 2008|
|Bal Thackeray praises Salman Khan|
Through his newspaper Saamna, Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray praised Salman and his father Salim Khan for their secular views.
Why we can't ignore A R Rahman
Shy guy A R Rahman sheds some of his legendary reticence as he prepares to promote a musical reality show on television.
|October 16, 2008|
|Amitabh to be discharged soon|
Amitabh Bachchan's condition is stable and he is likely to be discharged in two to three days, doctors attending on the Bollywood superstar, who was admitted to a hospital on Saturday, said on Thursday.
|October 15, 2008|
|Bachchan put on liquid diet|
Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who is undergoing treatment in the Lilavati Hospital for abdominal pain, is recuperating and is on a liquid diet, a hospital spokesperson said on Wednesday.
Are you good enough for this show?
Maverick music maestro AR Rahman's journey through fifteen states of India hunting for music talent will be aired on Doordarshan early this December.
It just keeps on getting better and better for Iron Man
Paramount Pictures which had a strong summer season -- with Iron Man, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and Kung Fu Panda -- is enjoying an extraordinary success with the multiple versions DVD sale of Iron Man. According to the box-office tracking The-numbers.com, the DVD sets grossed $93 million in North America in the first week.
Aamir Khan as Kishore Kumar?
If everything works out smoothly, Aamir Khan might play the role of late singer actor, Kishore Kumar in a movie by Percept Pictures. The company has even gotten a go-ahead from the singer's wife, Leena Chandarvakar.
|October 14, 2008|
|Amitabh Bachchan is recovering|
Big B is definitely improving and the doctors are happy with this. The Bollywood icon has thanked his fans for their good wishes and prayers, the spokesperson added. The hospital has, however, declined to comment on reports that Bachchan is likely to be discharged today.
Does SRK deserve Malaysian award?
A state award to Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has stirred up a hornet's nest here with local artists protesting the decision saying the star did not deserve the title. The President of the Artistes Association of Malaysia Mustapha Maarof said Khan did not deserve the award. The Association said it would hand a letter to the Ministry of Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage stating that the award by Malacca state was "irrelevant".
' Goa is a movie in the American Pie genre'
One of the brightest Tamil directors after the unprecedented success of his first film, Chennai 600028, Venkat Prabhu got candid with his fans during a rediff.com chat.
|October 13, 2008|
|Big B still in hospital; condition stable|
Doctors at the hospital in suburban Bandra, where the actor is admitted, said the abdominal pain which Bachchan was suffering from, has been relieved due to the medicines he has been taking over the past two days. He is responding to the medication being administered and is likely to be discharged in the next two to three days, they said.
|October 12, 2008|
|Big B stable, say doctors|
Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan, who is undergoing treatment for abdominal pain at Lilavati hospital, is in a stable condition and the tests conducted on him do not suggest any abnormality, doctors attending on him said on Sunday.
|October 11, 2008|
|Dad's responding to treatment: Abhishek|
"My father has intestinal problems and is doing well now. He is responding well to the medicines," actor Abhishek Bachchan told reporters outside Lilavati Hospital on Saturday
|October 10, 2008|
|Akshay in Deepa Mehta's next?|
Deepa Mehta plans to make an ambitious film on the 1914 Komagata Maru tragedy that demonstrated the racist policies of the then Canadian Government.
' Hello is a masala film with soul'
Fans of Chetan Bhagat got a chance to discuss the writer's bestsellers like Five Point Someone, One Night @ A Call Centre, The 3 Mistakes of My Life and a movie, Hello based on one of his novels, during a chat on Wednesday.
|October 08, 2008|
|Harbhajan upsets Sikh community|
Gyani Gurbachan Singh, the Jathedar Akal Takht (highest Sikh temporal seat), expressed shock over the behaviour of Sikh cricketer Harbhajan Singh, who danced on television dance show, Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena with Mona Singh, wearing a tilak and dressed as Ravana.
|October 07, 2008|
|Ash, Abhishek to shoot in Kerala|
Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's new film with Mani Ratnam -- tentitively called Ravan -- will be shot in the jungles of Kerala. The couple are already on location, one week after the former's film Drona premiered in Mumbai.
Irrfan Khan to play Chambal Valley dacoit?
UTV Spotboy plans to make a film on the life and times of Pan Singh Tomar, who was an icon for budding Indian athletes for his outstanding achievements in sports, especially his gold medal in the Asian Games, before he became a fugitive.
|October 06, 2008|
|Karan Johar on his next SRK-starrer|
The shooting for Shah Rukh Khan-starrer, My Name Is Khan, will begin on December 15 in Los Angeles, Karan Johar writes on his blog.
Shakti Kapoor defends son
Shakti Kapoor defended his son Siddhant -- who was detained by the Mumbai police after being caught during a raid at a rave party -- and stated that he was innocent.
Mamma Mia! crosses $500 million worldwide
The film, which cost just about $60 million (one third the budget of The Dark Knight) crossed $500 million mark worldwide this weekend, and with several territories including Japan to open in the next few months, the musical could end its run with $600 million worldwide.
|October 03, 2008|
|Bollywood workers strike called off|
After three days of strike, Bollywood's junior artistes and workers have agreed to report back to work from Saturday. The strike was called off after producers met the demands of the union workers on Friday evening.
Abhishek-Ash in Abhimaan 2
After Hrishikesh Mukherjee immortalised the classic couple of Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya in Abhimaan, Rajiv Menon, ace cinematographer of many Mani Ratnam films (Guru and Bombay), is planning to repeat history by casting Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in a film loosely based on the 1973 hit. Abhishek himself confirms this development.
|October 01, 2008|
|Big B hails Mumbai police for nabbing SMS culprit|
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has hailed Mumbai police for acting swiftly in nabbing the culprit who sent him a death threat on his mobile.
Bollywood workers go on strike
Bollywood junior artists and workers have launched a non-cooperation movement on Wednesday morning thereby affecting shootings in Mumbai. The workers are demanding better wages and settlement of dues.
|September 30, 2008|
|Naseer-Om Puri-starrer Shoot On Sight sinks|
Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri are getting plenty of praise for their work in the thriller, Shoot On Sight, but the film itself isn't going anywhere, especially in America.
Aamir's wife to direct Pratiek Babbar
Aamir Khan's wife Kiran Rao seems to have found a liking for Pratiek Babbar, son of Raj Babbar and the late Smita Patil. Kiran will direct the young actor in her directorial debut.
|September 28, 2008|
|Singer Mahendra Kapoor passes away|
Kapoor was a heart patient and earlier too had suffered a stroke. He was also suffering from a kidney-related ailment.
|September 26, 2008|
|After Dilip Kumar, Shashi Kapoor admitted in hospital|
After thespian Dilip Kumar, it was veteran actor Shashi Kapoor, who was admitted to a private hospital in Delhi for 'medical attention.'
Bachchan takes on terrorism
Amitabh Bachchan has sympathised with slain police inspector Mohan Chand Sharma, who was killed by terrorists in Batla house, Jamia Nagar, in New Delhi, when his team raided their hideout
Dilip Kumar admitted to hospital
The 86-year-old thespian was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Indraprasth Apollo Hospital late Thursday night, hospital sources said.
|September 23, 2008|
|Big B's first international film?|
documentary March of the Penguin. The actor who is in Paris wrote on his blog that he may give his consent to the project which will be made in English.It will be produced and directed by the french makers who made March of the Penguin. The new film will be set in India and France.Perhaps work starts next year end.
|September 22, 2008|
|Hari Puttar wins over Harry Potter|
The Delhi High Court gave the green signal for the release of Hindi film, Hari Puttar: A Comedy of Terrors, which had run into a controversy over allegations that its name was similar to the Warner Bros' Harry Potter series.
Amitabh: TZP is most deserving for Oscars
The film industry praises Aamir Khan's directorial debut Taare Zameen Par, as it goes to the Oscars next week.
Sanjay Dutt's Lamha with Bipasha
After much delay, Sanjay Dutt's film Lamha will go on the floors next month. The film, also starring Bipasha Basu and Kunal Kapoor, had run into problems, as the lead actors did not have dates to dole out for this film.
|September 20, 2008|
| Taare Zameen Par is India's entry to the Oscars |
Actor Aamir Khan's debut directorial venture Taare Zameen Par, a sensitive story of an eight-year-old dyslexia child, was selected as India's entry to the foreign language category for Oscars at the 81st annual Academy awards.
|September 17, 2008|
|How RGV became a director!|
We have seen Ram Gopal Varma's films, and know of his talent. But how many of us actually know how he became a director? Did you know, for example, that RGV was an engineer before he became a director? And that had he accepted a well-paying job in Nigeria, he would have never become a director!RGV writes about his early days in his blog. We quote.
|September 16, 2008|
|SRK's Billo Barber postponed|
The much awaited Shah Rukh Khan film, Billo Barber has been postponed to next year. The film, which was slated to release on November 7 has been postponed to January next. The reason, according to sources, is that some portions of film are still to be shot and therefore a decision was taken to postpone it.
Dostana's album out soon
The wait is finally over. The music of Karan Johar's latest film Dostana is releasing on September 30. The film is directed by Tarun Mansukhani and produced by Karan Johar. Post Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, Karan has taken a backseat in the company and is concentrating more on producing films of which Dostana is the first to hit the screens.
' Heaven On Earth is not a negative story'
Deepa Mehta certainly does not want her effigies burned by the Punjabis, especially in Canada. She says her newest film Heaven on Earth, which follows the abused life of a newly wed Indian bride Chand (Preity Zinta) in Canada, is specific to a community but it has universal appeal.
|September 15, 2008|
|Katrina, John's New York trip|
Katrina Kaif's new film with John Abraham has been tentitively titled New York. The film also stars Neil Nitin Mukesh of Johnny Gaddar fame.
|September 11, 2008|
|McCartney planning to wed an heiress|
Sir Paul McCartney may be in the final stages of a plan to marry Nancy Shevell, with the American heiress said to be finalising her divorce from husband Bruce Blakeman. According to reports, the conclusion of the divorce would leave the way open for forty-seven-year-old Shevell and McCartney to wed, and the former Beatle is expected to announce his engagement once the separation is complete.
Raj Thackeray: I accept Amitabh's apology
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena supremo Raj Thackeray has accepted Amitabh Bachchan's apology, and said that he will take back his agitation against the Bachchan family.
|September 10, 2008|
|'We are ready for the punishment'|
Amitabh Bachchan addressed a press conference on September 10 to clear the air about the controversy that erupted after his wife Jaya's comments at the Drona music launch. He also announced that his new film, The Last Lear, would release as per schedule this week despite Maharashtra Navnirman Sena leader Raj Thackeray calling for a ban on all Bachchan movies in Maharashtra.
When Amitabh had a sleepless night
'We never have and never can look at Maharashtra with disrespect,' Amitabh wrote in his blog.
|September 09, 2008|
|Oscar buzz for Anil Kapoor-starrer|
Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire, starring Anil Kapoor and Dev Patel, gets terrific reviews at the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival.
Do not provoke Maharashtrians, Bal Thackeray tells Jaya
In a sharp reaction to Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan's controversial remarks on Marathi, Shiv Sena Chief Bal Thackeray on Tuesday asked her not to provoke Maharashtrians, saying it was Mumbai that gave identity to the Bachchans bestowing fame when they were an "unknown commodity".
Sena targets King Khan
After MNS Chief Raj Thackeray's attack on Jaya Bachchan over her alleged anti-Marathi remarks, Shiv Sena has now targeted Bollywood 'badshah' Shah Rukh Khan for his Delhi origin. "Shah Rukh says he is a Dilliwala. If you are from Delhi, then why have you come to Maharashtra," Sena Chief Bal Thackeray said in an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana on Tuesday.
Jaya Bachchan apologises for controversial remark
Bowing down to pressure, Jaya Bachchan on Tuesday apologised for her remark about speaking in Hindi, which had invited the wrath of both the Shiv Sena and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena. "I am very sorry if I have hurt the sentiments of Marathi speaking people in Mumbai and Maharashtra," Jaya said in an interview to Mumbai Mirror.
|September 08, 2008|
|Raj Thackeray: Boycott Bachchans|
Maharasthtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray has stated that the party will not allow the release of films starring the Bachchans until Jaya Bachchan tenders an unconditional apology over her alleged anti-Marathi remarks.
Nandita Das goes to Telluride film fest
The Telluride festival -- held a week before the much larger event in Toronto, heralds the beginning of the fall film season in North America, showing a small selection of films -- Hollywood and international -- a number of which end up creating the buzz for the Oscar season.
' Har Pal will be a super hit'
Shiney Ahuja got a chance to chat with fans one on one on Friday last. For those who missed the chat, here's what transpired.
|September 05, 2008|
|Salman Khan to help Bihar flood victims|
Salman Khan will perform in a charity show to help the victims of Bihar floods. The show will be organised in October by Wizcraft event management company at Mumbai's Andheri Sports Complex.
SRK, Aamir, Hrithik get together for MTV
The films will be announced on September 9. Ashish Patil, General Manager, MTV India, will make the announcement.
'Working in Marathi film was a challenge'
Tagore, who is making her debut in Marathi film opposite actor-filmmaker Amol Palekar in Samantar (parallel), told reporters that regional cinema has strong roots.
Trouble for Sanjay Dutt's next on Charles Sobhraj?
Sanjay Dutt's film, Charles & I seems to be embroiled in controversy after Charles Sobhraj threatened to sue the film's producers. The shooting was to start in February next year.
Rajni's Robot is now Enthiram
The Shankar-Rajnikanth Tamil film Robot is now Enthiram. The film is said to be based on the popular writer, late Sujatha's novels En Iniya Iyanthira and Jeeno.
Rajni's Robot is now Enthiram
The Shankar-Rajnikanth Tamil film Robot is now Enthiram. The film is said to be based on the popular writer, late Sujatha's novels En Iniya Iyanthira and Jeeno.
|September 04, 2008|
|Aamir, SRK to perform together?|
Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan have never featured in a film together. But if all goes well, the two actors may perform together in SRK's Temptations show in Germany.
|September 02, 2008|
|Star hosts double reality show budgets|
With competition rising in the entertainment channel business due to the advent of new players, broadcasters are ready to cough up huge amounts to celebrities in the hope of wooing a more fragmented audience. As a result, anchor rates have doubled and tripled since Bachchan warmed the hot seat. Naturally, the programming cost has shot through the roof.
|August 21, 2008|
|Faisal blames Aamir for Bigg Boss ouster|
Faisal Khan approached the High Court seeking a stay on the telecast of the reality show alleging that the contract signed between him, Viacomm 18 media, the newly launched Colors channel and production company Endemol was terminated at the last moment allegedly at the behest of Aamir Khan.
Kuwait bans God Tussi Great Ho
The country's ministry of information decided to impose ban on the movie as it 'reportedly violates teachings of Islam,' a Kuwait National Cinema Company (KNCC) official told the Arab Times.
Bipasha promises Vijender Kumar a golden date!
The actress told a television channel, Aaj Tak that she is ready to go on a date with Indian boxer Vijender Kumar if he wins a gold medal for India at the Olympics.
This Khiladi wears Levis!
If sources are to be believed the Khiladi is all set to become the brand ambassador of Levi's Jeans, a rather interesting tidbit given the fact that the brand is usually associated with the youth.
|August 20, 2008|
|Announcing the Phoonk winners|
The final five will have to watch the film on August 21 at Mumbai's Fame Inorbit Mall at 7 pm. The one who can sit through the horror film, Phoonk, alone in the theatre, will win Rs 5 lakh.
Himesh, the action hero!
The singer surprised everyone on the sets of Karzzz when he performed a number of action stunts that inlcuded jumps and flying kicks ala Bruce Lee -- all in one take!
Singh Is Kinng goes to Toronto festival
The Akshay Kumar-starrer will have a high profile release at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.
|August 13, 2008|
|Saif, Darsheel to receive Rajiv Gandhi Award|
Actors Saif Ali Khan, Lara Dutta and Darsheel Safary have been named amongst the recipients of this year's Rajiv Gandhi Awards for their contribution to Hindi Cinema. The awards will be presented on August 17 in Mumbai.
|August 12, 2008|
|'I just want to make good films'|
Aamir Khan was in Chennai to receive the Gollapudi Srinivas Memorial Endowment Award for the best debutant director.
The world laps up Singh is Kinng !
Akshay Kumar's much hyped film Singh is Kinng has raked in Rs 18 crore across India and managed the biggest-ever opening in North America, the UK and the Middle East in the first two days of its release, the production unit claimed.
Isaac Hayes no more
American soul, funk and R & B legend Isaac Hayes was found dead Sunday at his home in Memphis, Tennessee. The Academy Award-award winning musician was 65. His body was reportedly found near a piece of exercise equipment, and no foul play is suspected. Best known for the Oscar-winning Shaft theme song, the talented singer, songwriter and composer was always a music prodigy, even throughout an impoverished childhood.
|August 11, 2008|
|Salman: Shah Rukh and I can't be friends|
Ruling out any possibility for patch up with Shah Rukh Khan, actor Salman Khan has said that his relationship with the King Khan was over.
Kuselan flops in Karnataka
While the openings look good at the moment in the state, the coming weeks will tell whether the Rajnikanth starrer will be able to get its distributors their money back.
|August 10, 2008|
|See RGV's Phoonk alone & win Rs 5 lakh|
People from across the country can participate by sending Phoonk as an SMS to 57333. A maximum of five contestants will be short-listed from all entries received and then brought to Mumbai to try and test their courage.
|August 08, 2008|
|Court sides with Manoj Kumar over OSO scene|
A sessions court today directed Om Shanti Om producer Shah Rukh Khan and director Farah Khan to delete the scene ridiculing veteran actor Manoj Kumar before telecasting the film on Sony Entertainment Television on August 10.
Sikh youth protest against Singh Is Kinng
Sikh youth pelted stones at a local theatre in Amritsar, Punjab, which was screening the film, Singh is Kinng, alleging that the film depicts the community in a distorted manner.
'Ranbir & I are extremely fond of women in Bachna '
Hiten Paintal talks about his film with Ranbir Kapoor, Bachna Ae Haseeno.
Kamal Haasan's Rs 150 crore film!
After the success of his last Tamil film, Dasavathaaram, Kamal Haasan has already started work on his next project titled Marmayogi. The film, which is touted to be Kamal Haasan's answer to Hollywood movies like Gladiator and Braveheart in sheer grandeur, comes at a cost of a whopping Rs 1.50 crores!
|August 07, 2008|
|Imran Khan, the kidnapper?|
Promos of the Jaane Na Ya Jaane Tu actor from his latest film -- Kidnap -- will be screened during the premiere of Singh is Kinng. A reliable source informs us that this is the first time we will be seeing Aamir Khan's nephew in a movie after the success of his debut film.
|August 05, 2008|
|Katrina: I will work with Salman again|
Katrina Kaif refuted reports that she had decided to end her professional relation with beau Salman Khan and said that a good script was the only pre-condition for her to sign a film.
Manoj Kumar files case against SRK, Farah and Sony TV
Yesteryear actor Manoj Kumar on Tuesday filed a case against actor Shah Rukh Khan, producer and director Farah Khan and Sony Entertainment Television seeking to delete a scene from the movie Om Shanti Om. Shah Rukh Khan and Farah Khan had earlier assured Kumar that the scene, which makes fun of him, would be deleted from the movie. However, this did not happen and the movie was screened in all theatres without the deletion of the scene.
Actor sets himself on fire outside Balaji Telefilms
A doctor revealed that he received 40 percent burn injuries. His condition is stable, and he is out of danger at the moment.
Gowarikar wants to work with Salman Khan
"It's a long cherished dream to work with Salman Khan. As soon as I find a script which suits his image, I will approach him," Gowarikar told PTI.
|August 04, 2008|
|SRK to give up smoking?|
"I am planning to quit smoking for the sake of my children, who hate to see me smoke," Shah Rukh Khan said, in an interview to the Malayalam daily, Malayalam Manorma.
|July 31, 2008|
|Depp to be next Batman villain?|
Johnny Depp is being tipped to be the next Batman villain, taking on the role of The Riddler. Movie bosses are convinced that they will be able to get Depp to take on the role, especially after 'The Dark Knight' broke all records at the box office shortly after its release.
Akshay to rock Vancouver
Akshay will arrive at Vancouver's PNE (Pacific National Exhibition) -- in a helicopter no less -- and give them a concert to remember on August 2. The actor will especially promote his upcoming film, Singh Is Kinng, in the city, which has a large Sikh community.
Relatives demand probe into Ishmeet's death
The death of singing sensation Ishmeet Singh in a resort in Maldives on Tuesday was a case of drowning, a senior doctor said.
|July 30, 2008|
|Prime Minister 'shocked' by Ishmeet's death|
The news of Voice of India 2007 winner Ishmeet Singh's death was greeted with shock and disbelief on Wednesday.
Amitabh, Tendulkar in religious film
Vighnaharta Shri Siddhivinayak, a film based on real life experiences of the devotees of Lord Siddhivinayak, will have Amitabh Bachchan and Sachin Tendulkar playing pivotal roles.
Sohni Mahiwal producer passes away
Yesteryear film producer F C Mehra passed away late Tuesday night. He had been ailing for a long time, and passed away in his sleep, according to a family friend.
Ishmeet's Bollywood dream unfulfilled
Ishmeet Singh, who died in a tragic accident in the Maldives on July 29, was to make his debut as a playback singer in Bollywood in the Nana Patekar-starrer Horn Ok! Please.
The Kinng can do no wrong
Singh is Kinng promises to be a success, riding on Akshay Kumar's dream run.
|July 29, 2008|
|Voice of India winner Ishmeet drowns in Maldives|
Gurprinder Singh Sodhi, father of 20-year-old Ishmeet, said at their home in Ludhiana that the event management company, which took his son to the Maldives, informed him at around 2000 hours that the singer had died due to drowning in the swimming pool of the hotel where he was staying. The B Com second year student of MNC College in Mumbai had gone to the pool for frolicking, but fell into its deep end leading to his drowning, agencies reported, quoting a hotel official.
Yukta Mookhey to direct?
Her unsuccessful stint as an actress has not dampened the spirit of former Miss World Yukta Mookhey, who will be leaving for New York to fulfill her long cherished dream of 'calling the shots.'
Aamir: I don't need more security
Though terrorists have demanded that the Khans -- and all Muslim actors -- quit Bollywood, the stars are going about their work. Salman, SRK and Aamir are busy shooting, as is another talented Khan, Irrfan.
Winehouse rushed to hospital
Troubled singer Amy Winehouse was rushed to hospital following an adverse reaction to medication on Monday. The Rehab star was taken by an ambulance from her home to University College Hospital in Bloomsbury.
Snoop Dogg to take over Bollywood!
Calvin Broadus Jr, known to the world as Snoop Dogg, makes his Indian debut this summer, with a guest appearance on the title track of the highly anticipated Singh Is Kinng.
|July 28, 2008|
|Bono, the Godfather?|
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have reportedly picked U2 frontman Bono to be their new twins' godfather. Jolie gave birth to Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline two weeks ago and the entire family is now spending some quality time at Bono's home in France. A pal of A-list couple reveals that Brad and Angelina think that Bono would be the perfect godparent.
A'bad blasts: Scriptwriter's nightmare comes true
Prashant Pandey, the script and dialogue write of Contract, talks about the similarity between the blasts and a scene from his film.
Forgettable controversies over Unforgettable show
Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan might be ecstatic over the success of the inaugural show of his Unforgettable tour at the Rogers Center in Toronto, July 18, but there are conflicting reports about how many people actually watched some of India's biggest movie stars do the Bollywood shimmy.
|July 25, 2008|
|Unforgettable takes toll on Amitabh; falls ill|
Just as the Bachchans Unforgettable Tour is picking up steam, the main man behind the tour, Amitabh Bachchan has fallen ill. The actor in his blog, said, 'I have developed a fever and inflamed chest. I am getting attention from all my family members and bloggers.'
|July 23, 2008|
|Christian Bale denies hitting his mom, sister|
Actor Christian Bale has denied the allegations of assaulting his mother and sister. The Batman star's mother Jenny, 61, and sister Sharon, 40, have lodged a complaint against him in UK Police station after the actor allegedly hit out at Park Lane's swanky Dorchester Hotel -- where he has a suite.
|July 21, 2008|
|Bringing out the colours in black & white!|
Sandip Roy on his black and white film Frozen starring Danny Denzongpa.
Manyata's first husband challenges session court
Sanjay Dutt and wife Manyata have been taken to court again by her ex-husband Meraj Ur Rehman, who has challenged the sessions court order that upheld their divorce.
Police detains Indian Idol 's Amit Paul
Amit Paul, who was the runner up in the last edition of Indian Idol, was detained by the police along with five others, following a scuffle at a pub in Guwahati, Assam, police sources said. The singer was picked up from a pub in the Rajgarh area of the city on Saturday night and was released the next day.
|July 18, 2008|
|Remembering M P Shankar|
Shankar, who breathed his last on Thursday in Mysore after waging a relentless battle against bone cancer, was known for his kindness and his trademark frankness. A producer of sixteen films including Gandhada Gudi which still remains one of the best films made in the industry, Shankar took risks by making films on wildlife and forests thereby proving that a good story can make big money at the box office.
Why is Akshay Kumar so angry?
I applaud those backstabbing, insecure people that try and ruin me. I have a huge big blockbuster releasing soon and I swear, I only hear crap like this when certain people feel threatened by me and my work,' he said.
|July 17, 2008|
| Desi days on the Hollywood marquee|
It is the first time that a significant number of movies simultaneously showcase Indian origin talent. Some of the films, like The Love Guru, have an actor of Indian origin, in this case Manu Narayan getting his first big break. Other like Brick Lane, a story of immigration angst, adultery and redemption set in London, have a mostly Indian cast.
|July 16, 2008|
|Govinda's damage control exercise|
In a damage control exercise, actor-turned-Member of Parliament, Govinda has called a press conference on Wednesday night to clear the confusion after a Mumbai-based tabloid claimed that the actor has a poor attendance record in Lok Sabha, and that it was doubtful whether he attend the no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha on July 22.
Amol Palekar to make acting comeback
His new film, tentatively titled Saamantar, is a Marathi movie, which will be directed by him as well. It will co-star Sharmila Tagore.
|July 14, 2008|
|Amitabh Bachchan needs your help!|
In his latest blog update, the superstar writes that he wants another name for his new film, tentatively titled Shoebite, and has asked readers to give some suggestions.
It's twins for Angelina, Brad
The Tomb Raider star and partner Brad Pitt are now proud parents of Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline, who were born shortly before 8pm on July 12 after a Caesarean section, revealed gynaecologist Michel Sussmann.
|July 11, 2008|
|Mallika to do a Sridevi in next|
She will play Naagin, in a film called Naagin: The Snake Woman, to be directed by Hollywood director, Jennifer Lynch. The film also stars Irrfan Khan, playing a policeman, who tries to pin down the Naagin and destroy her legendary powers.
|July 10, 2008|
|Madhavan to remake Yes Boss in Tamil|
Madhavan has not had much luck in Bollywood. His last full-fledged Hindi film, Ramji Londonwale, bombed at the box office. However, his brief appearances in Aamir Khan-starrer Rang De Basanti and Abhishek Bachchan-starrer Guru, were appreciated.
|July 09, 2008|
|Mallika is not in RGV's Contract |
A local tabloid recently reported that Mallika Sherawat will star in Ram Gopal Varma's upcoming film, Contract. However, the truth is that the actress is not a part of the film -- she is just a part of some clever publicity.
|July 08, 2008|
|Now, Aamir wants to act with the Big B|
Encouraged with the new cordial relations, Aamir Khan has expressed his desire to work with the Big B, to which the senior Bachchan said he will be more than happy to do so.
SRK's qawwali number in Dulha Mil Gaya
Shah Rukh Khan to sing a song for Viveck Vaswani's Dulha Mil Gaya to be directed by Mudassar Aziz.
Jaane Tu wins over Love Story overseas
Several months ago when UTV bought the film Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na for distribution outside India, many people wondered if the seasoned distributor with a lucky streak (Jodhaa-Akbar, Race, Rang De Basanti) was making a mistake.
'For independent artistes, music is dead'
Singer Rabbi seems disillusioned about the music scene in India today. 'I might go up to a Bollywood producer and get into music direction for films simply because I may not have too many options left,' he says.
And the winner is: Jaane Tu
Trade Analyst Vinod Mirani and Taran Adarsh give their verdict of last week's releases: Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na and Love Story 2050.