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IANS (MID-DAY; June 6, 2012)
Actress Tannishtha Chatterjee, who has kept her distance from typical Bollywood potboilers, skin show and the glamourous look, feels the Hindi film industry is not adapting the right elements of western film making.
Several actors like Deepika Padukone, Bipasha Basu and Paoli Dam have recently dared to bare in their movies. Asked if she is comfortable with the idea of exposing on screen, Tannishtha said, “I have nothing against pornography. Personally, I don’t think I want to be a porn star.”
“But anywhere in a literate world in a cultured society, that is an alternative culture existing. Unfortunately, we are embracing the trash of the west and that’s very sad,” she added.
She says ignoring skin show is not the solution. “I am not saying that pornography does not need to exist. It has its own space, but I think you should make serious stuff for the mainstream,” she added.
However, she is very happy in her own space with projects like British film ‘Brick Lane’ and Indian films ‘Road, Movie’ and her next, Mangesh Hadawale’s ‘Dekh Indian Circus’. She is glad that alternate cinema is now being appreciated by the country’s audience.
“I am very happy here. I think more interesting stuff is happening in this space and in the last two years, we need to question what is commercial because a lot of what we call ‘other kind of cinema’ is embraced and appreciated by our younger audiences,” Tannishtha said.
“Big examples are ‘Paan Singh Tomar’ and ‘Vicky More >
But Bollywood is still celebrating!
Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; May 4, 2011)
It is ironical that Bollywood sees mirth in gloom. Of the 67 odd films (including the dubbed ones) that released, only six made an impact at the box office. That is a meagre 10 per cent ratio. However, Bollywood trade pundits say that the first four months of 2011 have definitely been more lucrative than the corresponding period in 2010. And that is the reason why even cynics are smiling, not scowling.
Better than 2010 The January to April 2010 period saw major turkeys like Shahid Kapoor’s Chance Pe Dance, Priyanka Chopra’s Pyaar Impossible, Amitabh Bachchan’s Teen Patti and Abhay Deol’s Road Movie to mention a few. “This year we have been lucky,” says Vajir Singh, Editor of trade journal Box Office India. “First we broke the January jinx with No One Killed Jessica and the huge hit in Yamla Pagla Deewana. Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji and Dhobi Ghat sailed through. In the World Cup season too we managed to have a runaway hit in Tanu Weds Manu.
Hits versus flops Trade analyst Taran Adarsh (Bollywood Hungama) agrees that the producers did fear the ides of March; this month didn’t have any significant release but April brought some relief in Faltu that opened well. Taran also adds that 2011 most certainly brought a smile on the faces of some distributors. “While the number of flops far outnumbered the hits, the important thing to note is that the dark horses worked. More >
By Taran Adarsh, April 29, 2011 – 07:58 IST
Delhi is the ‘centre of attraction’ these days with movie-makers setting the premise of their films in this city. Whether it was the thoroughly enjoyable BAND BAAJA BAARAAT or the much celebrated NO ONE KILLED JESSICA in the recent past, both depicted the flavors of the city, while the city also had a significant role to play in those movies. Now CHALO DILLI, directed by Shashant Shah, talks about a journey that originates in Mumbai, travels to Jaipur and concludes in Delhi.
The moment the synopsis of a film is revealed, a Google search helps you get to the original source of the film. It’s true that CHALO DILLI borrows from DUE DATE , but one can’t help but draw parallels with PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES  either, which remains a benchmark for odd couples embarking on an error-prone adventure.BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
The basic plotline of CHALO DILLI may have been derived from these two films because DUE DATE and PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES also depicted a chalk-and-cheese pair who is traveling from point A to point B, but CHALO DILLI has been Indianized to make it different from the original films. In fact, the writer ensures that the incidents are desi and hence, different. From dhabas in the middle of the desert to camel cart journeys to the conversation with the Bengali couple in the train, it comes across as a desi film actually.
CHALO DILLI offers opportunity to tap the comic side of More >
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, March 9, 2011 – 19:29 IST
It’s noon at the sprawling Deol estate in Juhu, Mumbai. Pictures of their scion, Dharmendra give you sharp looks from the walls around. Abhay Deol is usually never late, his manager and the family’s manager for over 30 years, informs me. Yeah, I know. Our last two meetings, the latter of which was probably one of the wildest shoots I’ve ever seen in progress, were as clockwork and precise as a Swiss watch. It’s also rather strange that the Deol oddball isn’t at family lunch in the dining room outside – Abhay rarely misses a family meal despite moving out of the large joint family estate and living on his own. As I converse with an age-ing stuntman and one of Dharmendra’s closest aides, Abhay hurries in. He’s been busy trying to re-schedule a Krav Maga lesson and other commitments just to make this interview. In a t-shirt and pair of jeans with a bag slung across his shoulder, he’s an everyman – someone who doesn’t afflict you with whiplash as he passes by despite his tall, lean structure and features uncannily akin to younger version of his uncle, Dharmendra. In short he’s the opposite of what a Deol is commonly perceived as. The youngest of the Deol men, he’s not a beefy, brawny action star or a love-struck Romeo. He’s just another guy – a disarming tactic he’s perfected over the years. After courteously greeting his manager and his uncle’s friend and a few quick apologies, Abhay guides More >
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, January 28, 2011 – 09:15 IST
Best Film Dabangg Golmaal 3 Ishqiya My Name Is Khan Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Raajneeti Udaan
Best Director Abhishek Chaubey – Ishqiya Karan Johar – My Name Is Khan Milan Luthria – Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Prakash Jha – Raajneeti Rohit Shetty – Golmaal 3 Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Guzaarish Vikramaditya Motwane – Udaan
Best Actor In A Lead Role – Male Ajay Devgn – Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Hrithik Roshan – Guzaarish Ranbir Kapoor -Raajneeti Rishi Kapoor – Do Dooni Chaar Salman Khan – Dabangg Shah Rukh Khan – My Name Is Khan Vivek Oberoi – Rakht Charitra
Best Actor In A Lead Role – Female Aishwarya Rai- Bachchan – Guzaarish Anushka Sharma – Band Baaja Baaraat Kajol – My Name Is Khan Kareena Kapoor – Golmaal 3 Katrina Kaif – Raajneeti Neetu Kapoor – Do Dooni Chaar Vidya Balan – Ishqiya
Best Break- Out Film Allah Ke Banday – Faruk Kabir / Ravi Walia Do Dooni Chaar – Habib Faizal / Arindam Chaudhuri Love Sex Aur Dhokha – Dibakar Banerjee / Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor, Pria Sreedharan Peepli Live – Anusha Rizvi- Mahmood Farooqui / Aamir Khan Phas Gaya Re Obama – Subhash Kapoor / Ashok Pandey Tere Bin Laden – Abhishek Sharma / Pooja Shetty Deora, Aarti Shetty Udaan – Vikramaditya Motwane / Anurag Kashyap
Most Promising Fresh Face – Male Herry Tangdi – Love Sex Aur Dhokha Omkar Das Manikpuri – Peepli Live Pradhuman Singh – Tere Bin Laden Rajat Barmecha – Udaan Rajkumar Yadav – Love Sex Aur Dhokha Ranveer More >
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, January 22, 2011 – 12:52 IST
Superstar Of Tomorrow – Male Aditya Roy Kapur – Action Replayy & Guzaarish Ali Zafar – Tere Bin Laden Ranveer Singh – Band Baaja Baaraat Rajat Barmecha – Udaan Suriya – Rakht Charitra-2 Vikram – Raavan
Superstar Of Tomorrow – Female Barbara Mori – Kites Sandeepa Dhar – Isi Life Mein Shraddha Kapoor – Teen Patti Sonakshi Sinha – Dabangg Trisha – Khatta Meetha Zarine Khan – Veer
Breakthrough Performance – Male Arunoday Singh – Aisha Herry Tangri – Love Sex Aur Dhokha Meiyang Chang – Badmaash Company Omkar Das Manipuri – Peepli Live Pradhuman Singh – Tere Bin Laden Sikander Kher – Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey
Breakthrough Performance – Female Aditi Vasudev – Do Dooni Char Amrita Puri – Aisha Neha Chauhan – Love Sex Aur Dhokha Shalini Vatsa – Peepli Live Urvashi Sharma – Khatta Meetha Vishakha Singh – Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey
Hottest New Director Abhishek Chaubey – Ishqiya Abhishek Sharma – Tere Bin Laden Abhinav Kashyap – Dabangg Anusha Rizvi – Peepli Live Maneesh Sharma – Band Baaja Baaraat Punit Malhotra – I Hate Luv Storys Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan – Lahore Vikramaditya Motwane – Udaan
Hottest New Film Aisha – Rhea Kapoor Dabangg – Arbaaz Khan Peepli Live – Kiran Rao Tees Maar Khan – Shirish Kunder, Twinkle Khanna & Kritika Lulla Tere Bin Laden – Pooja Shetty Deora Udaan – Anurag Kashyap
Standout Performance By A Music Director Amit Trivedi – Aisha Meet Brothers – Isi Life Mein & Do Dooni Char Sanjay More >
Shamin Desai, co-founder of Channel [V] and ad filmmaker, passed away on Tuesday night
Vishwas Kulkarni (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 20, 2011) SHAMIN DESAI (February 5, 1966 — January 18, 2011)
He earned quick fame for his ability to conjure characters like Aunty 303 at Channel [V]; he made even faster cash as an ad filmmaker in the late ‘90s.
His penchant for hip became a tad outdated at the cusp of the millennium when he made Auroville 316, a feature film inspired by the American indie road flick genre, and one, given his notorious vanities, no one saw.
He had a hollow leg; he drank like a fish. It was a habit that eventually got him. By the time the stomach cancer was detected it had spread to the liver and other parts. But even when the malaise had reduced him to a gaunt shadow one could see how badly he wished to live.
Even as doctors gave up hope and prepared his wife for the worst, former colleagues did visit him with collaborative possibilities, not out of condescension, but with the hope that the spark that had brought so much wit to music television at the dawn of India’s economic liberalization might still be rekindled.
It could have been a thought ticking in his mind as well in those final hours. Because it was clear to him, as he often quoted to his buddies over copious pegs at Hotel Godwin in Colaba, that all you ever needed to make a movie was a girl and a gun.Shamin Desai (circled) with his colleagues at Mudra circa More >
Deepa Sahi makes her debut as a film director
Roshni K Olivera | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; January 16, 2011)
When she did Tamas, she was known as Deepa ‘Tamas’ Sahi, and when she did Hum with superstar Rajnikant playing her husband, she was called bhabhiji for a while. But after she did Maya Memsaab with Shah Rukh Khan, the name stuck to her. The actress has now ventured into a new territory… she has turned director with Tere Mere Phere, a rom-com road-trip movie. A select few who’ve seen the film describe it as a ‘delightfully funny look’ at the idea of love and marriage. And if the audience expected a strong socially relevant subject from her, then she says, “Marriage is a deadly serious business! There is too much depression around… if you want to have a good laugh, what better way than seeing a couple of men and women like us thrown together? I think half the problems happen because we take ourselves too seriously. I find the man–woman relationship fascinating. A marriage is something that legitimises this relationship. But having married how legit are the workings between them? That is what the movie is about.”
Deepa, wife of filmmaker Ketan Mehta, has shot in the breathtaking locales of the Himalayas — lush green valleys, torrid streams, cold desert mountains. “For me those amazing mountains are as beautiful as love itself…. and very often their paths are as torturous as the paths of a relationship,” says the maverick director. More >
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, January 6, 2011 – 20:55 IST
Best Actor (Male) Salman Khan – Dabangg
Best Actor (Female) Vidya Balan – Ishqiya
Best Film Udaan
Best Director Vikramaditya Motwane – Udaan
Best Actor Popular Choice (Male) Shahrukh Khan – My Name Is Khan
Best Actor Popular Choice (Female) Katrina Kaif – (Raajneeti – Tees Maar Khan)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male) Arshad Warsi – Ishqiya
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female) Shernaz Patel – Guzaarish
Best Actor in a Comic Role (Male/Female) Sanjay Mishra – Phas Gaye Re Obama
Best Actor in a Negative Role (Male/Female) Ronit Roy – Udaan
Best Performer Ajay Devgn – Golmaal 3
Best Music Sajid Wajid – Dabangg Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy – My Name Is Khan
Best Playback Singer (Male) Rahat Fateh Ali Khan – Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji – Ishqiya
Best Playback Singer (Female) Shreya Ghoshal – Bahara – I Hate Luv Storys
Best New Talent In Music Mamta Sharma – Munni Badnaam – Dabangg
Best Lyrics Gulzar – Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji – Ishqiya
Most Promising Newcomer (Male) Ranveer Singh – Band Baaja Baaraat
Most Promising Newcomer (Female) Sonakshi Sinha – Dabangg
Most Promising Debut Director Maneesh Sharma – Band Baaja Baaraat
Best Story Amit Rai – Road To Sangam
Best Choreography Farah Khan – Munni Badnaam – Dabangg
Most Popular Music Pritam – Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai
Best Ensemble Cast Peepli [Live]
Best Art Direction Mukund Gupta – Do Dooni Chaar
Best Action Master Vijayan – Dabangg
Best Dialogue Habib Faisal – Band Baaja More >
All big actors worth their pancake have a release this year!
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; January 1, 2011)
“This will be a landmark year for Bollywood,” says trade guru Taran Adarsh. “Be it the Khans, Kapoors, Khannas or Kumars, everyone has important films lined up. Not to forget Hrithik Roshan, Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham.” Taran also says that maverick makers and small movies will continue to plunder through 2011. “In fact, some of them will leave an indelible mark on the minds of cinegoers,” he predicts.
If the men are going to slug it out for a position of supremacy, there will also be a cat-fight because all the girls have multiple releases in the year. If Kareena has the Khans, Priyanka has SRK and Hrithik serenading her. Kat’s popularity is likely to keep her magic alive, while Deepika and Sonam fight to consolidate their positions.
There will also be very pleasant surprises and some terrible upsets. January 28, should see Ajay Devgn, the actor who has had the best run at the box office in 2010, come with his first release Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji. He will have four releases in the new year including Rohit Shetty’s Hindi remake of Suriya’s Tamil film Singham, David Dhawan’s no-brainer Rascals and also Rohit’s Bol Bachchan with Abhishek. January 14, will also be a joint celebration for the Deols. Their Yamla Pagla Deewana releases that day. This is a fabulous chance for Dharmendra, Sunny and Bobby to consolidate More >