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TIMES NEWS NETWORK (THE TIMES OF INDIA; January 14, 2010)
Mumbai: The stars will spread their light four weeks ahead of schedule this year. The annual 56th Idea Filmfare Awards 2010 will be organized on January 29 instead of being hosted on the last Saturday of February as is customary. The venue for the ceremony remains Yash Raj Studios in Andheri.
Addressing a press conference at Hotel J W Marriott, Juhu, to announce the new edition, Tarun Rai, CEO of WorldWide Media which owns Filmfare, said that several high-profile award ceremonies were taking place this month but Filmfare maintained an enviable legacy.
Returning to roots, the organizers have adapted the original design of the trophy that was used 56 years ago. “We are crafting the Black Lady using the same mould and metal as we did then, so the size and weight are replicated as well,’’ Rai said as he took it out of a black box.
The first to get her hands on the restored model was three-time Filmfare winner, actor Priyanka Chopra, who was the guest of honour at the event. “It is so heavy,’’ she exclaimed, pretending to drop it in mock horror. “But it feels fantastic to hold it. Like I said before, I am sure my father would not mind if I took this Black Lady home tonight.’’
No less than 123 films are in the running for the honours for 2010. Nominations are yet to be made public but the vibrant box-office success of several films means the competition will be tough, the More >
It’s probably the most expensive body suit in Bollywood history, but Shah Rukh Khan will remember it for entirely different reasons.
Shah Rukh, who plays a superhero in the Anubhav Sinha directed Ra.One, will be seen in the special body suit which was custom made for him in Los Angeles. The process involved in creating that suit was something the actor had never experienced before.
He was required to lower himself wearing just the bare essentials into a 12X3 chamber while a very warm liquid latex-like material was gradually released in it till it reached his neck. Then it was allowed to solidify. Once the mould was formed, it was slit from the side and slowly peeled off Shah Rukh. The whole painful process took one hour. The two sides were later joined together with a concealed zipper.
The mould was then taken for further modifications to form the final suit he’ll be seen wearing in the film.
“The suit is steel blue in colour and made of a special material like reinforced latex, meant to provide both flexibility and protection. It acts as a tough exoskeleton to minimise external injury while being flexible enough not to hamper body movement while performing stunts. But it didn’t come cheap – the suit, fitted with micro-computer circuitry More >
BROADCAST BARON: Ronnie Screwvala
Relentless UTV scores big time with the restless youth
CYRUS H. MERCHANT Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; January 20, 2010)
On Marathon Sunday while most of Mumbai ran, Ronnie Screwvala, head of UTV, and his brilliant creative director (UTV Network) Zarina Mehta celebrated their recent success. They were happy, clearly. When life is on a song, you walk on the high notes. The broadcasting network, ably led by CEO MK Anand, has come of age and is now one of the top five players. “We’ve broken the mould and are very excited about the speed which with we did it,” beams Ronnie. They’d launched it barely two years ago with four speciality channels and without a General Entertainment Channel. In television parlance that’s railroading your TRPs. But much to everyone’s surprise, it took off, the graph gasped and they’re at the top. Going against the tide, helps indeed.
Up until now youth TV meant only music, but with their quick moving, these two TV cats and their terrific team across the board went for the jugular of the Indian youth: careers, relationships, the intricacies of Life. They took the power of their network, spread their nets wide, and there with producing youth-oriented big hits of Indian cinema and here with broadcasting they have almost covered the neglected space: the blooming heart of the young.
“We were passionate, otherwise we wouldn’t have been able to crack it,” Ronnie offers. What he doesn’t say is they were also More >