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Rajesh Roshan's compositions in 'Krazzy 4' are boring :Music Review Print E-mail
March 19, 2008
By Meghna Menon

Krazzy 4Film: "Krazzy 4"; Music Director: Rajesh Roshan; Singers: Neeraj Sridhar, Kailash Kher, Soumya Raoh, Sunidhi Chauhan, Kirti Sagathia, Jimmy Moses, Bhavin Dhanak, Vishal Dadlani, Labh Janjua, Sudesh Bhonsle, Ankita Sachdev, Rahul Vaidya; Ratings: **

Rakesh Roshan has roped in Jaideep Sen to direct his home production "Krazzy 4", but hasn't changed the music composer. As usual brother Rajesh Roshan composes tunes for this film. He has churned out some fantastic compositions in the past, but does not impress with this one.

"Dekhta hai tu kya," rendered by Sunidhi Chauhan and Kirti Sagathia, is a typical rusty, folk Bollywood number. While there have been a few such numbers that have found fans in the audience, yet one can see no such signs in "Dekhta..." Javed Akhtar has written the rather average lyrics for the tracks.
I don't want to struggle in Hollywood: Bipasha Basu Print E-mail
March 14, 2008
By Arpana (Interview)

Bipasha BasuWith films like "Corporate", "Omkara" and "Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal", it has taken the unconventional looking Bipasha Basu about seven years to carve a niche for herself in Bollywood and she says she doesn't want to go and struggle again in Hollywood.

"Working globally is a tough thing. Offers are there but what will finally become a substantial offer and what goes into production is what matters," Bipasha, who was in the capital for the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, told IANS.

"India is a very comfortable place for us because we have already made a niche here. So why would anyone want to go and struggle there? I don't want to go and struggle. I have gone through my struggle," said the actress, who walked the ramp Wednesday for designer duo Gauri and Nainika Karan.
"If anything comes by, and if I'm lucky enough, I will. But it is not easy. It happened with Aishwarya Rai after six years of wanting to figure out doing global cinema. She has done 'Pink Panther', which is her first studio film. She has done those crossover films, Irrfan Khan has done it, but it takes time," she added.
Some faces bound to go places in Bollywood Print E-mail
March 12, 2008
By Subhash K. Jha

Prachi DesaiYoung Bollywood is short on talent. But some of the new talents to watch out for are director Farhan Akhtar in his new avatar as actor, TV actress Prachi Desai and newcomer Harman Baweja. People are also raving about Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor, who are busy with their next projects post "Saawariya".

Here are some Bollywood names that are expected to do well in the future:

'Black & White' is well crafted and finely written Print E-mail
March 09, 2008
By Subhash K. Jha

Black and White Indian MovieFilm: "Black & White"; Cast: Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shah, Anuraag Sinha, Aditi Sharma, Habib Tanvir; Director: Subhash Ghai; Rating: ***

A standing ovation for Subhash Ghai for venturing into a territory that would be considered uninviting for an escapist entertainer. But "Black & White" doesn't impress you merely because it's a daring deviation for the showman.

It's a well crafted, finely written and packaged piece of cinema done with more heartfelt Gandhian articulations than most films in recent times that have merchandized Mahatma Gandhi in Munna Bhai tones of bubblegum philosophy.
You don't often come away from a film disturbed yet hopeful about the distending dimensions of modern day violence and terrorism. We did it in Mani Ratnam's "Dil Se", Gulzar's "Maachis" and Santosh Sivan's "Terrorist". Now we feel a genuine concern for the collapse of Gandhi's secular dream in India as Chandni Chowk, rapidly becoming a favourite haunting-ground for Hindi moviemakers, turns into a bustling hotbed of terrorist activities.
Indian cinema is becoming more real: Preity Zinta Print E-mail
Saturday, March 8, 2008
by Newsdesk/IANS

Preity Zinta DancingActor Preity Zinta believes Indian cinema has changed for the better with Bollywood dream merchants becoming more experimental and films offering a higher quotient of reality to ring in box office collections. “The demographics of Indian cinema have changed. Youngsters in the industry have loads of potential and they want to experiment. Even the audience is ready to take a chance. Human beings are great and then there is variety,” Preity told IANS.

“When there is Kiran Bedi in real life then why not in reel life? Apart from just looking glamorous in the film, heroines are doing unconventional roles. Even heroes are playing characters with grey shades contrary to enacting the clichéd good-boy role,” she added.

The actor, who is brand ambassador of Godfrey Philips Bravery Awards, was here Saturday, to launch the globally renowned Golden Ovary Awards.

The award has been brought in the country by the corporate social responsibility initiative of leading tobacco company Godfrey Philips India in association with the Guild Of Women Achievers, an international network of women committed to helping women maximise their potential.
90% chance IIFA 2008 to be held in Bangkok, says Jogani Print E-mail
Tuesday, March 4, 2008 (Bangkok, Thailand)
by Sajal Kayan

Andre Timmins with Atul JoganiThere is a 90% chance that The International Indian Film Academy(IIFA) Awards for 2008 will be held in Bangkok, Thailand on first or second week of June.

Recently, during the recent Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair on Feburary 28th, had a chat with Mr. Atul Jogani(Director of Thai Gem and Jewelry Traders Association) from Jogani Entertainment who revealed the strong possibilities of choosing Bangkok as the hosts for the prestigious ceremony.IIFA logo

The IIFA awards is organized by Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. and they have been scouting various destinations like Turky and Bangkok since middle of last year. Many senior executives including Viraf Sarkari and Andre Timmins, Directors of Wizcraft, and executives like Shefali have visited Bangkok going thru minute details. At the time, Ms. Shefali also had some discussions with
I felt bad we couldn't get Harbhajan: Preity Zinta Print E-mail
February 27,2008
By Subhash K Jha

Preity ZintaPreity Zinta regrets that she couldn't get Harbhajan Singh in her Mohali team for the Indian Premier League (IPL). After all, both of them have their roots in Chandigarh. "I felt bad that we couldn't get Harbhajan Singh on board. It would have been nice to have him on board as he is from Chandigarh. But Mumbai went all out for him, and so did we. But at least the good thing is, he got paid really well," Preity told IANS in an interview.

"A team is never made of one person. We had our budgets, and we had to stick to it. We wanted a team that was heavy with Indians. A lot of mathematics went into the game. Overall, I think we got a well-balanced team. And in the team format no individual wins or loses. That's the best part of it," she added.

Yuvraj Singh will captain Preity's Mohali team that has Simon Katich, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Piyush Chawla, Ramesh Powar, Irfan Pathan, S. Sreesanth, Brett Lee, Kumar Sangakkara and M. Jayawardene.
Excerpts from the interview:

Q: The IPL also has Shah Rukh Khan coming in. How does it feel to have him as a competitor in cricket?

A: I've always looked up to Shah Rukh. When I did my first film "Dil Se" with him he was already a huge star. To me it's a matter of great honour to be on the same platform with him. We're all working very hard on the IPL. Ours is the youngest team among all the IPL owners. Let's be positive about it. It's very important for the IPL team to work in totality.
Taare Zameen Par makes a clean sweep at Filmfare Awards Print E-mail
February 26, 2008
by News Desk

Taare Zameen PArSuperstar Aamir Khan Saturday night won the Filmfare Best Director Award for “Taare Zameen Par”, which was also adjudged the best film, while Shah Rukh Khan (”Chak De! India”) and Kareena Kapoor (”Jab We Met”) won the awards for the Best Leading Actors in the male and female categories respectively. The glittering 53rd Fair One Filmfare Awards ceremony at the Yash Raj Studios here went on till wee hours of Sunday. It was here attended by leading Bollywood celebrities.

The Critics’ Award for Best Film went to Shimit Amin’s “Chak De! India”. The film also won the Best Cinematography Award. In the Critics’ Award series, Tabu was named the best actress for “Cheeni Kum” and child artist Darsheel Safari (”Taare Zammen Par”) was named the Best Actor.
Rishi Kapoor got a standing ovation as he won the Lifetime Achievement Award. While the Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male) went to Irrfan Khan for “Life In A Metro”, the Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female) award went to Konkana Sen Sharma for the same film.
Now watch Indian TV online in Thailand Print E-mail

February 22, 2008
By News Desk


Logo of Goldstone Technologies LtdIndian company Goldstone Technologies Ltd will launch Internet protocol television (IPTV) services in Thailand in collaboration with Synap Media and Infotecch Ltd, the company said Thursday. The firm said it was setting up the global IPTV to primarily target non-resident Indians .

The company claims to have already received orders for 3,000 set-top boxes from Thailand and expect to get 75,000 subscribers in their first year of operations.

Nandan Kundetkar, chairman of Goldstone Technologies, said: “The focus for the IPTV services in Thailand would be on tourism and hospitality industry to leverage the growing travel by Indians to the southeast Asian kingdom .”

Goldstone Technologies has its network operating centre in Taiwan and offers live streaming of 20 TV channels, along with movies in Hindi, English and several Indian regional languages.

The pricing and channels/programs for Thailand have not yet been disclosed, nor has any details on where/how to book the set-top-box made available.

I'd like to make 'Sholay' again: Ram Gopal Varma Print E-mail
February 20, 2008
By Subhash K. Jha

RGV ki AagRam Gopal Varma is a changed person. No longer willing to make films at the drop of a hit. No more the dial-a-quote wizard, this maverick moviemaker has mellowed but says he may remake "Sholay" again notwithstanding the "Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag" fiasco.

"Yes, I agree 'Aag' was a special flop. The reason I didn't speak is because there was nothing to say. I went into a phase of introspection. I now feel I was making films lately with a certain frivolous even callous attitude," Varma told IANS in an interview.

"I was also making press statements for effect, for shock value. I decided to keep quiet for a while. High time I stopped talking stupidly," he added.

Asked what lesson he has learnt from "Aag", Varma said: "That I need to get it right. Ramesh Sippy was right. I was foolish to attempt 'Sholay' the way I did. At some point of time when I'm ready, I want to do it again. This time I won't make the same mistakes."
'Jodhaa-Akbar': Breathtaking tale of love, war, secularism Print E-mail
February 16, 2008
By Subhash K. Jha

Jodhaa AkbarFilm: “Jodhaa-Akbar”; Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai, Sonu Sood, Ila Arun, Niketan Dheer; Director: Ashutosh Gowariker; Rating: *** 1/2
There is Hrithik Roshan as Akbar, in full regalia, watching a traditional sufi qawwalli when he suddenly goes into a spiritual trance and joins the qawwalls for a dance to divinity. This historic moment that takes us beyond the dynasties of Mughal history, couldn’t have been possible without Hrithik’s amazing capacity to infiltrate the portals of divinity through dance movements.

As we traverse the simply stunning spectacle of Ashutosh Gowariker’s historical epic, often wonder-eyed and open-mouthed, we end up looking at Akbar as interpreted by Hrithik rather than as what the Mughal legend might have been.
The body language of the sword-wielding poet-warrior reminds us of Mel Gibson in “Braveheart” and Tom Cruise in “The Last Samurai” rather than Prithviraj Kapoor who played Akbar in K. Asif’s undying classic “Mughal-e-Azam” with such imposing imperiousness.
Asian Film Awards 2008: Is Bollywood important at all? Print E-mail
February 16, 2008
by Satya Adhar

Asian Film AwardsThe second annual Asian Film Awards (AFA) will take  place  on March  17th,  2008,  coinciding with  the  opening  of  Entertainment  Expo Hong Kong and  the 32nd Hong Kong  International Film Festival  (HKIFF). Organized by The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society and sponsored by Film Development Fund and Hong Kong Trade Development Council, AFA honours the best of Asian cinema over the past year.     

Based on India's reputation for churning the biggest number of movies, one would have expected the event to be dominated by Desi stuff but it seems more like wishful thinking. A total of three Indian nominations exist. Even Thailand has done better with five nominations. Japan, south Korea and China/ HK led the pack with more than ten nominations each. The entire nominations list can be accessed here. Deepika Padukone and Vishal Shekhar have been nominated from Om Shanti Om in the Best Actress and Best Composer categories respctively while the third nomination is from a film unheard of -  " Frozen " for Cinematography. This raises some serious questions.

UTV to release 'Jodhaa Akbar' in 26 countries Print E-mail
February 12, 2008
News Desk / (IANS)

Jodhaa AkbarAshutosh Gowariker's epic love story "Jodhaa Akbar" is to get one of the biggest worldwide releases. UTV Motion Pictures will release the Hritik Roshan-Aishwarya Rai starrer in 26 countries on Friday. It will also be released in Thailand . Earlier, Sony Pictures' first Indian venture, "Saawariya", was one of the biggest releases of 2007. It was released in around 14 countries.

"Jodhaa Akbar" is dubbed in three languages - Hindi, Telugu and Tamil - and subtitled in English, Arabic and Dutch. It will be viewed across 1,500 screens worldwide. In India alone the film is to be released in more than 1,300 screens, of which 500 will be digital and 825 physical prints. In the US, 122 prints will be released, the highest ever for an Indian film.
"The film is one of the most anticipated movies of the decade and in keeping with the unprecedented anticipation among audiences, our distribution strategy will ensure that it can be viewed by the maximum possible audience in the very week of its release," said Siddharth Roy Kapoor, executive vice-president of marketing and distribution, Syndication UTV Motion Pictures, in a press statement.
Screaming fans greet SRK in Germany; OSO tickets sold out in 7 minutes Print E-mail
February 11, 2008
By Manik Mehta (IANS)

Shahrukh KhanScreaming fans and high-pitched media coverage greeted Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan when he arrived here for the screening of his blockbuster film "Om Shanti Om" - or OSO, as locals call it - at the ongoing Berlinale, the Berlin Film Festival. The huge and almost uncontrollable turnout at the Berlinale of both German and non-German fans Friday night also goes to prove that Germany is shedding its negative perception of what Germans once described, not without contempt, as "exotic films", the "dance-and-song musicals" produced by "Mumbai's dream factories".

Indeed, ever since German television started showing Bollywood films a few years ago, the rise in Bollywood's popularity in Germany has been quite phenomenal. German-language Bollywood websites have started to appear, and hundreds of bloggers routinely discuss in German not only Bollywood films but also the personal lives of their favourite stars. "Shah Rukh Khan is rated as the biggest Bollywood film star in Germany, even surpassing the Big B (Amitabh Bachhan)," says Ramesh Sinha, an Indian businessman who does outsourcing for Germans and who is himself a Bollywood buff.
Kunal Khemu's Superstar is original, vibrant and believable Print E-mail
February 11, 2008
By Subhash K. Jha

Kunal KhemuFilm: "Superstar"; Cast: Kunal Khemu, Tulip Joshi, Aushima Sawhney, Reema Lagoo, Sharat Saxena, Darshan Jariwala; Director: Rohit Jugraj; Rating: ***

It's not often that you come away from a film thinking, "Oh hell, this one is far better than I thought!" Original, vibrant, tongue-in-cheek and yet moving in its sincerity, "Superstar" acquires its power and energy purely from its maker's ability to infuse potentially hammy situations with a bristling believability.

You've seen films about doppelganger-transference where look-alikes cross the line into each other's realm of vision to exchange lives. "The Prince and The Pauper" did it long before "Raja Aur Runk" and "Duplicate". Most films about double roles simplify the moral lines to the extent that Ram and Shyam become figures on either sides of the coin. Rohit Jugraj tosses that coin into the air and lets it fall languorously and neatly to the ground.
That he has set this feisty, funny and exhilarating fable of the prince and the super-prince (forget the pauper) in the film industry, is a happy occurrence that gives the narrative a zest to make in-house jokes without tripping over on its own cleverness.
We as family want to go beyond moviemaking: Aishwarya Rai Print E-mail
February 08, 2008
By Fakir Hassen

Aishwarya RaiAishwarya Rai says she as well as the Bachchan household wants to do much more than moviemaking, and the opening of a rural school for girls in Uttar Pradesh named after her is the first step in that direction. "I'm so glad I have married into a family that feels the same. They're very sensitive about life itself and I'm very glad that we as a family feel the need to do a lot more beyond our craft," Aishwarya, who is the daughter-in-law of Amitabh Bachchan, told IANS in a telephonic interview. "This is our initial step in this direction and with everybody's support and blessings, we should be able to do a lot more in life ahead."

Aishwarya does not mind the constant public glare when something as innocuous as visiting a temple with her in-laws draws the paparazzi by the hordes."I think, as Pa (superstar Amitabh) has very rightly put it in several interviews before me, the fact is that today there is just a lot more media attention. We have always gone to temples or places of worship individually, even before I married into this family.
India a hot destination for Pakistani rock bands Print E-mail
By Shweta Thakur (IANS)
Feburary 7th, 2008
Junoon - Pakistani Band
The Indian music terrain is proving to be a huge draw for Pakistani bands, thanks to big money, fame and Bollywood prospects. And Indian listeners who find their music soul stirring are certainly not complaining.

When asked why he wants to perform here, budding Pakistani singer Adeel retorted: "Why not India?" He recently launched his album "Koi Chehra" in the national capital.

"Indian audiences have more understanding of music. The music industry is bigger and offers a lot of global exposure. Moreover, political upheaval in Pakistan is also one of the reasons that makes India a magnificent destination," Adeel told IANS.

Shallum Xavier, the guitarist of Pakistani band Fuzon, said: "The size of the country also matters a lot. Pakistan is much smaller in size as compared to India and there are so many places where we can perform."

He also said that more than six rock or pop bands are formed annually in Pakistan and no less than five perform in India every year. Some of the well-known bands include Jal, Junoon, Suroor, Fuzon, Mekaal Hasan and Strings.
For many, a hit rock album can prove to be the ticket to Bollywood and global acclaim.
Sholay's Bhojpuri remake Gabbar is a box office hit Print E-mail
February 06, 2008
by Satya Adhar (ANI)

Ravi KishanThe image of Gabbar Singh, the villain, played by Bollywood actor Amjad Khan in Ramesh Sippys blockbuster Sholay (1975) is being revisited by remake of the film. The remake Gabbar is in Bhojpuri language. Produced by director Ekta Kapoor, Gabbar has been made with a budget of rupees two crores (20 million rupees). The film has been directed by Mahesh Pandey who has also played the role of Veeru in the film. Heartthrob of Bhojpuri film industry actor Ravi Kishen has played Gabbar Singhs role in the film. Released last Friday, Gabbar is making waves all over Bihar, eastern Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand where Bhojpuri language is widely spoken. Ekta and Shoba Kapoor are the joint producers of the film. Ektas father and Cine Star Jeetendra has played the role of Thakur. The same role was originally played by late Sanjeev Kumar in Sholay in which the retired police officers entire family is wiped out leaving behind his young daughter-in-law by a runaway dacoit Gabbar Singh and his army. And, the officer takes his revenge with the help of two tricksters Jai and Veeru played by Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra in the film.

Whereas in this newly released film, Gabbar is a retired soldier who turns a dacoit due to a conspiracy and following odd incidents in his personal life. The film showcases how an army man errs on account of circumstances and why he wears the army olive greens and is good at wielding the gun. According to director Mahesh Pandey, it is a tribute to Bollywood’s popular villain Gabbar Singh.
Abhishek Bachchan's birthday bash cancelled Print E-mail
February 05, 2008
News Desk / (IANS)

Abhishek Aishwarya File PhotoControversy seems to hound the Bachchan family wherever they go. The grand birthday bash planned Tuesday for Abhishek in Jaipur had to be cancelled after a Rajput community protested in front of their hotel and Amitabh fell ill. Amitabh, who was shooting for Shoojit Sircar's untitled film with Sarika in Shimla, left the shooting and reached here Monday for his son's 32nd birthday. His wife Jaya, daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai and Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh also joined him. However, Amitabh is down with fever and, therefore, the party plans have been dropped, said a source. "Abhishek cut a cake in the afternoon and no other event has been planned," said a source in the luxury Rambagh Palace hotel where they are staying.

Meanwhile, the Karni Sena, a Raput community that is spearheading a campaign against the release of Ashutosh Gowariker's historical romance "Jodhaa Akbar" starring Aishwarya and Hrithik Roshan, shouted slogans against the lead pair in front of the hotel. They also burnt posters of the film. The activists also tried to forcefully enter the hotel, but the police and hotel staff prevented them. The Karni Sena is opposing the film's release as they feel Gowarikar has distorted facts about the relationship between Mughal emperor Jalaluddin Akbar and Rajput princess Jodhabai in the magnum opus.

The Rajput community says that Gowarikar is presenting Jodhabai as Akbar's wife, which is "factually incorrect". "The Karni Sena does not want the movie to be screened in the state," Lokendra Singh Kalvi, president of the Karni Sena, told IANS earlier. According to them, Jodhabai was not the daughter of Raja Bharmal of Amber near Jaipur. Motaraja Udai Singh of Marwar was her father and she was married to Akbar's son Salim alias Jehangir. And Mughal king Shahjahan was her son. The film, scheduled to release Feb 15, was partly shot in and around Jaipur.
Salman Khan unveils his wax statue in Madame Tussauds Print E-mail
Janaury 18, 2008
by News Desk

Salman Khan and his wax statue in Madame TussaudsBollywood actor Salman Khan unveiled his wax figure at Madame Tussauds Museum in London amid his fans on Tuesday. The actor had all the praise for the statue and appreciated the hard work that has gone into to its making.

“I have just started painting and I know how difficult it is to get something so perfect. The talent, the patience, the hard work which has gone into this sculpture, is phenomenal,” said Salman. The crowd went into a frenzy when the actor got down from his car. “I think he is gorgeous and best bachelor around at the moment,” said Maria. Echoing similar sentiments was another fan of Salman who was keen to hug him.

“He is fantastic, even his presence on the screen is fantastic. His eyes, his body are just fantastic I just want to hug him,” said Deepa.In the race to reach the famous waxwork museum of Madame Tussauds, Salman beat nine other mega stars - including Madhuri Dixit, Hrithik Roshan, Lata Mangeshkar and Abhishek Bachchan, after a public poll conducted last summer.

The wax statue of Salman Khan stands in a special Bollywood section alongside those of three other actors - Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai and Shah Rukh Khan. The star was measured and photographed by expert sculptors in Mumbai last October to kick-start painstaking work on his wax double.Salman, started his film career way back in 1998 and has over 55 films to his credit till date. The year 2007 saw his movie ‘Partner’ making moolah at the box office. The museum officials hope that the installation of the new statue will raise Salman’s popularity in the West. (ANI)

Salman says that Aamir Khan should have been the first one to be in Madame Tussauds. What do you think?
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