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Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil Champs 2009 auditions in Bangkok! Print E-mail

May 27, 2009
by Newsdesk

 

Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil ChampsThe stage is set. Are you ready?
Come, sing, conquer a billion hearts! Build a brilliant future along the way.
It’s time for Zee TVs Sa Re Ga Ma Pa LIL CHAMPS 2009!
Last year, you saw Anamika, Rohanpreet and Tanmay become India’s  singing sensations. This year, it could be YOU!
If you are between 7 and 13, have it in you to make it big, join Sydney, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore in the first ever Lil Champs International auditions. Excerpts of the event will be shown on Zee TV later this year.  Come, do Bangkok proud!

Date: Sunday, June 7, 2009
Time: 11 am onwards

Venue: Shrewsbury International School Auditorium
1922 Charoen Krung Road, Wat Prayakrai, Bang Kholame, Bangkok 10120
Tel: (662) 675-1888    

How to enter?

Just download the registration form here , read the rules and bring it along with you to the venue on June 7th form 11am onwards alongwith a passport photo and proof of age.   For queries, email Andy at This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it or call him on 0818117554 now!  

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Zee Nite Musical Extravaganza Mesmerizes Bangkok! Print E-mail

April 10, 2009
by Joyeeta Dutta Ray

 

DanceIt was a long weekend. Thunderstorm made fierce faces through the sky. Torrential shower ground traffic to a halt. But nothing could stop the flood of Indians wading into the Rachadalai Theatre at Muangthai well before the scheduled time.

The show was said to start at 7.30pm. However the first ticket holders arrived at 4.00 pm. “We are hoping to catch a glimpse of the performers before the show starts, “ said the young enthusiast.

By the time Her Excellency, Lata Reddy, Indian Ambassador to Thailand, arrived with other Indian and Foreign Dignitaries at 7 pm, the reception area was full to capacity. Bangkok’s glitterati rubbed shoulders with insignificant others, all bonded by a universal love – the best of Bollywood music and dance.

The show started impressively on time to a riveting choreography by Swarupraj Medara and his troupe of dancers. Swarupraj has been known to produce innovative and critically acclaimed work. Some of his better-known works include Zee Award Shows and directing famous Bollywood stars such as Salman Khan, Hritik Roshan, Preity Zinta and Rani Mukherjee.

Harjit Tulsi sparkled through the hosting with quick wit, hilarious words, charming presence and pathetic Thai. “If you enjoyed, my name his Harjit Singh. If you haven’t, my name is Thaksin”, he ended to resounding claps and giggles.

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Exclusive Interview with Kushal Punjabi for www.thaindian.com Print E-mail

April 10, 2009
by Joyeeta Dutta Ray

 

Kushal Punjabi1) Firstly, on behalf of www.thaindian.com, we would like to offer our heartiest congratulations for a riveting performance in Bangkok! Zee Nite has been receiving rave reviews by the Indians, foreign dignitaries and local celebrities who have attended the show. Is it the first time you have performed in Bangkok? How was your experience?

Kushal: Yes! This is the first ever time I am performing in Bangkok and it has been such a wholesome and exhilarating experience. I never knew what to expect but the audience here were so responsive and energetic... my gosh!! What do people eat here? Must be some really high-energy food...(hahaha)... this was one of my most memorable experiences and I so look forward to returning to rock Bangkok again.
 
2) You are well known as a model, TV Star, actor and dancer. However, you started your career in Jet Airways. How did the transition from Cabin Crew to TV celebrity come about?
 
Kushal: I was actually going to Dallas to get my flying license so I could work as a pilot but due to the high aviation taxation laws, three prominent domestic airlines shut down and it was pointless for me to study flying when there were no jobs around. So temporarily I joined Jet Airways as a flight attendant just so I could get an interdepartmental transfer into the cockpit at a later stage when the airline situation got better.

Modeling was just a way to make some quick pocket money. After I took part in Gladrags Manhunt Contest and won the Best Physique title, a lot of doors opened up for me. Then I started choreographing fashion shows and dance events and slowly I progressed into acting. Now I’m doing TV and films together. It all just fell into place.
 
 
3) Your performance has been declared 'explosive' and 'energetic' by the Bangkok Post. Have you learnt any particular form of dance or does it come to you naturally?
 
Kushal: Thank you for the lovely compliments. I just hope that I can keep giving my audiences the same energy all the time, every time.
I attended dance classes when I was very young just like how every mother wants their child to learn some extra curricular activity but I always had it in me ... I love performing, dancing acting etc. I love being on stage and making people enjoy. It comes naturally. One can train in dance but not in performance. That just comes from the heart.
 
4) What would you like to focus more on in the future? Dancing, starring in TV serials or stepping into films in a bigger way?
 
Kushal: I have always said that there are no rules in an entertainer’s life...dancing, singing, acting whether its on stage, or television or films, as long as you are giving it your best it doesn’t matter... of course films are always the best medium simply because there is more reach and more people can see and appreciate your talent ... so yes!! I am focusing on films at the moment.
 
5) What did you like most about Thailand?
 
Kushal: THE PEOPLE... the lovely Thai and my very own Indians... it’s so nice to hear our own language when u go abroad, but the people are so warm and friendly and it’s the people that make a place.... also the food, shopping, beaches!!! Great!
 
6) Any words for your fans here?
 
Kushal: I love your response, your energy, your smiles and the love you have shared with me...
I will return and give you all even more sizzling performances and that’s a promise... I am here because of you and your love.
Thank u from the bottom of my heart
Swadee khrab....namaste :)

 

Abhijeet, Jassi, a friend, Kushal and Anindo

(Abhijeet, Jassi, a friend, Kushal and Anindo)

 
Watch out for Zee Nite Bangkok 2009! Print E-mail

March 22, 2009
by Joyeeta Dutta Ray

 

April 4th is around the corner and the count down for Zee Nite Bangkok 2009 begins. Check out these little-known facts about the super talented Tele Stars who will perform ‘live’ before you in the musical and dance extravaganza.

DID YOU KNOW?

...that Aneek Dhar,  crowned winner of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007, is also a member of a rocking Bengali band called Sur Tarango?

His debut album ‘Kwaishein’, released in September 2008, received the award for best album of 2008 at the renowned Kalakar awards, held in Kolkata on Sunday, January 17th, 2009?

Hard to believe he has just touched 20!

Aneek Dhar

 

...that Yashita Yashpal’s interests range from  Jazz, Lounge, Instrumentals, old and new Bollywood hits to HipHop and Blues! How versatile can one get?

Yashita Yashpal

 

...that Harpreet Deol’s favorite actor is Anupam Kher and idolizes true heroes like Bhagat Singh and Mohammad Rafi?

Now isn’t that unusual in a world of Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar fans?

Harpreet Deol

 

...that Kushal Punjabi, the handsome best male dancer of ‘Ek Se Badkar Ek’,  is better known as an actor and model? His modeling career began after he won the Best Physique award at the Gladrags Manhunt Contest. Later, he acted in a telefilm called Humko Ishq Ne Mara and also appeared in many music videos.

What you may not know is that Kushal started his career as the cabin crew of Jet Airways! Thankfully, that career didn’t take off!

Kushal Punjabi

 

The stage is set for mind blowing music, dance, live band and choreography by all these talented winners and more!

Are you set with your tickets yet?

Rush...to book your seats NOW before time runs out! You have barely a few days left.

Venue: Muangthai Rachdalai Theatre at Esplanade (next to Fortune mall at Ratchadapisek) Bangkok.

Date: April 4, ‘09

Time: 7.30pm onwards.

Tickets: Bht 3000, Bht 2500, Bht 2000, Bht 1,500 and Bht 1000

Available through Thaiticket Major.
For details, check  http://www.thaiticketmajor.com/concert/zeenite_eng.php

Ph no – 662-2623456.
 

 
ZEE NITE BANGKOK 2009 - A Spectacular musical and dance extravaganza! Print E-mail

March 08, 2009
by Joyeeta Dutta Ray

 

Zee Nite Bangkok logoThere is a lot in store for the Indian community in Bangkok!

Zee TV, the world’s largest Indian entertainment network, dazzles Indians with the glittering Zee Nite 2009 Bangkok! To be held on April 4th, 2009 at the Muangthai Rachdalai Theatre, the event promises to mesmerize with a plethora of winning contestants and Zee Tele Stars in a live dance and musical fiesta!

Previously held with stupendous success in Singapore (2006) and Hong Kong (2008), Zee Nite 2009 is brought to you in Bangkok for the first time ever, so make sure you don’t miss out on it!

Live singing performances from the record-breaking Sa Re Ga Ma Pa series -

Akin to American Idol, the musical talent hunt show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, has been the highest grosser of TRP ratings amongst all reigning Indian TV shows consistently for several years. Interactive in approach and judged by the stalwarts of India’s Bollywood composers, contestants have been voted winners by Indians all over the world, including Bangkok, where there is an exuberant fan following.

Now the winners you have voted for are out of your television sets and right before you, crooning in a captivating range. Enjoy Aneek Dhar’s (Winner of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007) selection of riveting songs, sway to Harpreet Deol’s (Finalist of Challenge 2007) lively Punjabi Folk, Pop and Bollywood renditions and the swoon over Yashita Yashpal’s (Finalist of Challenge 2009) vibrant voice.

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Bal Ganesh premiered at Thailand Print E-mail

January 8, 2009
by Newsdesk

 

Bal Ganesh StillWorld's 1st 3 D Animation on Lord Ganesh "BAL GANESH" was released in Thailand with a great fanfare which took place at the Siam Paragon Cineplex on the 5th January 2009 at 19.00 Hrs.

The function was co hosted by Thai Bharat Cultural Lodge and Agaligo Entertainment Co.,Ltd and supported by PROFLEX marketed by Power Corp. , Jet Airways, India's Airline, A-Thip the manufacturer of  Canned Fruit Drinks and Channel 7 TV Station.

The Premier and Press show was presided over by Shri Bhagwant S. Bishnoy The Deputy Chief of the Mission and Madam along with Mr. Naresh Khorana, the Hon.Secretary of Thai Bharat Cultural Lodge, Mr. Krishna Upadhay, the President of Hindu Dharam Sabha, Prof, Dr. Chiraphat Praphanvidya and many more distinguished guest along with over 400 Media reporters. Mr. Kalapi V. Nagada, the Manager Int’l Sales and Marketing of Shemaroo Entertainment Pvt.Ltd was also on hands to welcome the guests. All the guests were also present with a small Shri Ganesh Idol as his blessings and to shower the best luck and prosperity to them.

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Top Telugu stars, film units stranded in Bangkok Print E-mail

December 6, 2008
by Newsdesk/IANS

 

Actors Nagarjuna and Ravi Teja, along with the units of at least two films, are stranded in Bangkok following the indefinite shutdown of its airport, actress Trisha said here Saturday. “Actors Nagarjuna and Ravi Teja and directors Puri Jagannath and Seenu Vyatla, along with their units, are stranded. We were scared as we did not know when we would be able to travel and what form the anti-government protests in Thailand would take,” Trisha said.

“While I somehow managed to reach Phuket by road, flew to Kuala Lumpur to finally board a flight to Chennai with great difficulty, the others are still stranded. As tickets to travel out of Thailand are scarce, nobody knows when the others will return,” Trisha added.

 
Bal Ganesh launched - India's first 3D product Print E-mail

December 4, 2008
by Newsdesk

Launch of Bal GaneshAgaligo Entertainment Co.,Ltd. Announced the launch of India's First 3 D animation product BAL GANESH at a ceremony which tool place at Ball Room A of Sofitel Grand Centara Hotel on the 24th  November, 2008 which was presided over by Shri Abhijit Chakravarti, the Information and Cultural Consular of the Indian Embassy as the Chief Guest.

The Press Conference, co-hosted by Thai Bharat Cultural Lodge and sponsored among others by JET AIRWAYS  and POWER CORP  was attended by over 100 local Media Reporters which was started by offering Prayers to LORD GANESH, The god of success to seek his blessings for the success of the movie in Thailand. The Prayer was conducted by PANDIT VIDHYA DHAR SHUKLA the Chief  Indian Hindu Priest.

Before the opening speech by Mr. Abhijit Chakravarti, Indian Classical Dance was performed to offer prayers to the Lord for his blessings which was welcomed and applauded by the participating reporters

The company will launch the Movie dubbed in Thai in over 30 Cinema Houses in Bangkok alone, while 3 Cinema Houses  Lido, Siam Paragon and Emporium will screen the movie in Hindi Sound Track for 2 weeks.

It is a well known fact that Lord Ganesh is revered not only by the Indians but also by Thais especially by those who are in the Arts and Entertainment Industry and the movie.

Mr. Rajiv Jhaveri, in his speech congratulate Agaligo Entertainment for the initiative they have taken to take up marketing of the Indian Movies in Thailand with proper copy rights and have confirmed that they are going to do many projects in the near future.

 
Varanam Aiyram - South Indian Movie to be screened in Bangkok Print E-mail

December 2, 2008
by Newsdesk

 

On 5th December, The South Indian Movie Varanam Aiyram is going to be screened in Bangkok. Here are the details.

 

Date: 6th December 2008
Venue:  Central World Plaza RAMA 3
Time :8-11 pm
Tickets available at TUMUL VIDEO
and can contact 086-9008474,081655117

 

 Varanam movie Thailand

 

 
Indian director Shyam Benegal to be honoured at the World Film Festival of Bangkok Print E-mail

October  21, 2008
by Amrit Rashmisrisethi

 

Shyam BenegalMr. Benegal is special invitee to the World Film Festival of Bangkok this year, where five of his films (Mandi, Manthan, Samar, Bhumika and Zubeida) are being screened.

The 6th World Film Festival of Bangkok will be held at Paragon Cineplex from October 24 to November 2. The objective of the World Film Festival of Bangkok is to introduce quality, non-mainstream films from all over the world. It aims to become a showcase for independent films and new work from rising talents to cinema masters to show the continuity from generation to generation as a vital component in the development of the film industry. More information is available at http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/

The Indian Embassy is also hosting a lunch on 25th September in honour of Mr. & Mrs. Shyam Benegal.

Shyam Benegal is considered the father of parallel, or Indian new wave, cinema in India. Benegal's career spans of over 30 years. Benegal's films offer an 'alternative' history of India as well as an example of film-making practice from the margins. A history that challenges assumptions about national progress and provokes considerations of the consequences of this developments.

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DJs Varin and Sukhin rocked Bangkok at BollyWEST Nite Print E-mail

October 17, 2008
by Santosh Singh

 

DJs Varin and SukhinWe all know Thai-Indians who believe in Navratra have to sacrifice drinking alcohol. After devoting their ninedays to the goddess Durga, Thai-Indians must have been craving for some  party time. 

What else could better than Dancing and enjoying on music played by DJs Varin and Sukhin?

Truly DJ Varin came back with bang playing all the Bollywood’s latest dance numbers at BollyWEST nite at 87+ (Conrad Hotel). 

As usual me and my friends were having doubts about the turnout due to the bad timing, but again DJ Varin defied our presumptions and prooved us wrong.

After  11 o clock dance floor was filled with handsome boys and pretty girls dancing on great music played by DJ Varin and DJ Sukhin.

Varin played the title track "Singh is king" several times, which was a big hit with the crowds.

My favourite song of that night was "main Talli Ho Gayi" which could be reflected by the fact that girls were "talli" and really dancing like hot Malika Sherawat.  

Party ended with lucky draw event where prizes was distributed to lucky winners

Look out for Varin's next party, we hope that this unbeatable "Jodi number 1" of DJs Varin and Sukhin remain intact and they continue to rock us for years to come!

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Shakespeare with a Bollywood twist Print E-mail

September  14, 2008
by Newsdesk/IANS

 

Amitabh Bachchan While many Hindi films are made up of elements of Elizabethan popular drama, only a handful use them as a base to build more profound perspectives and visions a-la William Shakespeare, the world’s greatest dramatist.Some go to the extent of incorporating the Shakespearian storyline, themes, techniques of composition and even specific sequences. “The Last Lear”, the latest made-in-India English film, brings together acclaimed filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh and Bollywood’s A-list stars Amitabh Bachchan and Preity Zinta for a film where the Bard of Avon is not merely an influence but pretty much morphs into a central character.

Based on Utpal Dutt’s Bengali play “Aajker Shahjahan”, which roughly translates into “Reigning King”, the film has Bachchan, 66, essaying the role of Harry, a theatre actor who has always yearned to play the English playwright’s tragic hero King Lear.

After decades of no recognition and blatant plagiarism, the legendary English poet and writer is finally getting due credit as the inspiration of many Indian cinematic endeavours.

“The Indian filmdom and Shakespeare are inextricably, creatively, most profitably and commercially intertwined and interrelated,” says researcher Amitava Roy.

In the bid to find a foothold in global cinema avant grade filmmakers on this side of the world are opening going to town declaring their films as inspired by the creations of the British dramatist.

While a zillion blockbusters variations of the “Romeo and Juliet” like “Heena”, “Bobby”, “Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak” and others, some more sublime works have ended up as “Angoor”, “Agnipath”, “Maqbool”, “Eklavya” and “Omkara”.

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Debutant director shoots entire film on Thai isle Print E-mail

September  10, 2008
by Newsdesk/IANS

 

Koh KaiMany Bollywood filmmakers head to idyllic islands to shoot song sequences, but debutant director Yugander V.V. chose to shoot an entire feature film on a small island in Thailand. He says the tiny place had all the elements he needed for his movie “The Goodbye Trip”.The film, which doesn’t boast of top actors, was shot in Koh Kai Island nearby Karbi - a 12-14-hour drive from Bangkok.

“The island has a radius of one kilometre and anyone can walk from one end to the other in just 15 minutes,” Yugander, who worked as an assistant to Shyam Benegal and Mahesh Mathai for “Hari Bhari” and “Bhopal Express” respectively, told IANS.

“In spite of being small, it had all the elements, including a hill, which was required for our shoot. Besides, the look of the island which changed every day, according to the tides and weather, gave us variation in shots,” he said.

The director said the main reason for choosing Koh Kai was that it doesn’t have palm trees.

The two-hour film was shot with 21 actors and Yugander says shooting on the tiny island was difficult but exciting as well.

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Bachna Ae Haseeno, Lo Ranbir Aa Gaya... Print E-mail

August 16, 2008
by Joyeeta Dutta Ray

 

Bachna ae Haseeno reviewIt’s a Yash Chopra banner. It has the rising star Ranbir Kapoor, a bevy of beauties Minisha Lamba, Bipasha Basu, Deepika Padukone, irreverent dudes such as Ranbir’s best friend Hiten Paintel, Siddharth Anand’s slick direction, excellent cinematography and Vishal Shekhar’s winning compositions. Then why does Bachna Ae Haseeno leave us groaning and not grinning?

From the outset, it seems that the film is a desperate attempt to win over the audience. It has everything that worked in the past crammed in, shades of several YashRaj banners characters from different hit films - romance rendered by Shah Rukh and Kajol (DDLJ), the independence of Preity Zinta and Saif Khan (Salaam Namaste) etc.  The attempt seems geared towards shoving the audience into nostalgia mode as a last measure to recover from their string of recent flops.

The story spans 14 years knitting together three love stories of the young Casanova Raj Sharma (Ranbir) at different points in his life. His first fling is during his high school years in 1996 on a trip to Switzerland. He meets Mahi, (Manisha Lamba), courts and dumps her in a whirl, leaving her caustic for life. The second is a tryst with ‘hot stuff’ model Radhika, (Bipasha Basu), repeating the same story with her. The third is in Australia where he meets Gayatri (Deepika Padukone), an independent minded, career driven taxi driver who does the loving and leaving thing on Raj now, making him rejected and dejected. Does he remain ejected is what the second half is all about! 

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Star Voice of India in Bangkok Print E-mail

August 13, 2008
by Newsdesk

 

Star Voice of India Amul Star Voice of India has served as the ultimate platform for budding singers from across India to realize their dreams; the show has gone on to become the most entertaining and involving show to hit Indian television. Talent is the key which set Amul Star Voice of India apart from the rest in its first season and brought singing talents like Ishmeet Singh Sodhi, Harshit Saxena, Abhaas Joshi, Irfan Khan, Toshi to the forefront.

Audition and find out if you are the Voice of SVOI-Bangkok!!

Saturday Aug 23rd 10am onward at the India Thai Chamber of Commerce, Sathorn

Audition for Star Voice of India International Talent Hunt in Bangkok to win a free ticket to Mumbai and the chance to sing on Indian television (STARPLUS), on a non-competing basis.

 

The winner will be chosen by judges during the auditions and will win a trip to Mumbai, hotel accommodation and the chance to sing on national television as the Bangkok winner.

Log on to www.jadegrouphk.com for more information and terms & conditions of entry.

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Singh Is Kinng Review - A 'Happy' Entertainer Print E-mail

August 9, 2008
by Joyeeta Dutta Ray

 

Singh is KinngIf you are prepared to leave your brains behind, Anees Bazmee’s Singh is Kinng may be well worth your while. If not, you will surely be sneering on your seat.

At the outset, the title itself tickles. Christened with the name ‘Happy Singh’, the strapping Akshay Kumar does anything but spread happiness. He is an honest to goodness, large-hearted Sikh village simpleton with the courage of ‘James Bond’ and the finesse of ‘Mr. Bean’.

The film begins with him unsuccessfully dashing after a hen in an attempt to turn it into butter chicken. Far from being able to transform the bird into an epicurean delight, all Happy Singh does is create havoc in the village. He is the eternal ‘do gooder’ who ends up ruining all those he crosses path with, so much so that his ‘best friend’ (Om Puri) turns against him and plots to oust him from the village. Happy is encouraged to fly to Australia where his brother, Lucky Singh (Sonu Sood), reigns as the King of the underworld. Happy is told to lure Lucky back to the village to meet his ailing dad one last time. The friend knows that Lucky will never leave his throne and Happy, being the committed person that he is, will never return to the village without his mission accomplished. In a twist of comic events, the friend unhappily finds himself assisting Happy on this journey.


On the way, they land in Egypt by a stroke of ‘ill-luck’ where Happy finds the woman of his dreams, (a gorgeous Katrina Kaif). After a song, some action and close-ups showcasing Katrina’s curves, a tired and hungry Happy finally reaches Australia with his best friend where a Florist (Kirron Kher) kindly offers food and shelter. Happy locates Lucky but as expected, Lucky refuses to return to the village. Soon, a bullet paralyses Lucky, leaving Happy to take over the throne as the next underworld ‘King’.

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Jaane Tu...Ya Jaane Na - 'Mama kehtey hain bhanja naam karega'! Print E-mail

July 12, 2008
by Joyeeta Dutta Ray

 

Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane NaYou may come in to see this one for Amir Khan’s association. You may leave the hall raving about his nephew, Imran Khan’s contribution.

It’s a story that has been done to death. The only big stars in this film twinkle high up in the sky. ‘Pappu’ honestly demonstrates that he can’t shake a leg. Genelia attempts to be another Kajol in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and ends up as her copy ‘cat’! Yet ‘Jaaney Tu…Ya Jaaney Na’, produced by Mansoor Khan and Amir Khan, written and directed by Abbas Tyrewala, manages to tickle the audience.

Made of sugar and spice and everything nice, Jai Singh Rathore (Imran Khan) is anything but manly. His dairy milk hue, accentuated by a gentle personality, contrast sharply with his tom-boyish, feisty best friend, Aditi (Genelia D’ Souza). Yet, much to the amusement of their friends and family, both display an overenthusiastic sense of loyalty towards each other. Aditi lives with a deeper sense of devotion towards her best friend than her smouldering brother (Prateik Babbar).

Their friends and family can see that Jai and Aditi are in love but the protagonists themselves live in denial. The two part ways to look for love elsewhere but end up evolving with deeper realizations. Saccharine Jai Singh discovers the ‘macho man’ inside him in his quest to win over his girl, much to his sword buckling, departed dad’s delight (brilliantly portrayed by Naseeruddin Shah) and non-violence championing, activist mother, Savitri’s dismay (Ratna Pathak). Aditi loses her curls and finds a manly boyfriend to spend the rest of her days with. How Aditi and Jai are brought together is what differentiates this story from others.

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De Taali Movie Review Print E-mail

June 21, 2008
by Nita Jatar Kulkarni

 

De TaaliDe Taali is directed by E.Niwas whose first film Shool won the National Award for the best Hindi feature film way back in the year 2000. He has continued to direct films but none has made a splash. One wonders whether De Taali (his sixth film) will stir audiences.

The movie, a major portion of it shot in Thailand, begins slowly, but within half an hour or so picks up pace and charms you with its story and humour. But then, as we start to approach the end, the pace begins to falter, and during the last 15 minutes we wonder why we are still sitting in the movie hall and why the movie isn’t over. In fact at least half the audience walked out of the theatre during this time, impatient now that they knew what they had to know and the jokes had ended. Three hours was too long for a movie of this kind.

What is it about?

Del Taali is a comedy and it’s about young people. Paglu (Riteish Deshmukh), Amu (Ayesha Takia) and Abhi (Aftab Shivdasani) are childhood friends and the movie zooms in on their life when they seem to be ready to find true love. So De Taali is a love story as well as a comedy….or rather, two love stories.
The movie is light and doesn’t tax your brain. It’s funny, but doesn’t rely on slapstick humour. Initially the jokes are a little flat but they get better and the situations funnier and more bizarre.

Don’t expect to see any breathtaking scenery of Thailand as most of the movie is shot indoors and in small spaces like say outside the airport, or in the tree-house or on the roads.

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Rahul Bose doesn't mind injuries while playing rugby Print E-mail

June 15, 2008
by Newsdesk/IANS

 

Actor Rahul BoseTalented actor Rahul Bose simply loves playing rugby - so much so that he doesn’t mind the broken fingers and nose that he suffers during tournaments. The actor was selected to play for India at the World Cup qualifier for the Asian zone rugby tournament in Bangkok recently.

Speaking of the injuries he has suffered, Rahul said: “I have had two major arthroscopies, six broken fingers, including two shattered thumbs and three broken noses. The most serious one was when dirt was kicked violently into my eyes. I almost lost my eyesight because there were 210 pieces of stones stuck in the corneas of both my eyes.”

The actor, however, admitted that India has a long way to go to reach the World Cup.

“The best 32 nations play the World Cup. India is ranked 83rd and we were recognised only 10 years ago and have decades to go before we reach the World Cup,” Rahul said.

 
Jaya says yes, Big B says no to 'Sarkar Raj' sequel Print E-mail

June 13, 2008
by Subhash K. Jha / IANS

 

Sarkar Raj Press ConferenceVeteran actress Jaya Bachchan has liked the “Sarkar Raj” saga so much that she has urged director Ram Gopal Varma to make another sequel. “Sarkar Raj” starring Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek and his wife Aishwarya Rai, got a mixed response, but Jaya loved it.

“Varma was asked this question at a press conference in Bangkok and he said he has not thought about it. But Jaya in a rare reaction has urged him that he must do a part three, as did a few others. I personally feel he should not. Better for people to say ‘why not’ than ‘why did you’,” Amitabh told IANS.

Incidentally, she is the most outspoken Bachchan of the family who didn’t think Varma’s remaking “Sholay” was a good idea and who was vocal of her opposition to tampering with an invincible classic.

And now Jaya is excited by the idea of a trilogy in the “Sarkar” series. The latest political thriller ends with the death of Abhishek’s character.

The third part would probably show the senior Bachchan taking charge of the family empire again, with his elder son’s child manoeuvring the Nagre empire by his grandpa’s side. Kay Kay Menon played the elder son in the first part.

Incidentally, the director had thought about another sequel even while “Sarkar Raj” was in post-production.

 
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