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By Devansh Patel, April 26, 2011 – 14:58 IST
What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when I say: Nandita Das? That she does films that aren’t entertaining? That she does ‘off beat’ or ‘art house’ or ‘parallel’ cinema? That she does all controversial films? That she thinks she’s too much of a pseudo intellectual? If you all think that’s what describes Das, then stop reading further. Now to my next: Will there ever be an end to our obsession with Nandita Das? No, Never! There she was, dressed in a ‘peacock blue’ Punjabi dress with a dark pink duppata and standing all alone in a corner of a packed room full of media and guests, Nandita was trying to send someone a text from her mobile. I wasn’t going to let go of that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and so walked towards her to strike a conversation. But the moment she turned and smiled, I was falling short of words. Don’t be surprised! Nandita didn’t hold back. She was generous enough to offer a handshake and introduce herself. It is her volatile acting prowess that draws you towards her and her characters. Pretty, sexy and dramatic are one of the very few synonyms that describe the actress. Yes, it’s true that her stature derives largely from roles that disguise her real beauty. Nandita can be tagged as our industry’s brand ambassador of sorts, with her award winning performances in highly acclaimed films that travel world over, her being on the jury of the World’s biggest Film Festival – Cannes More >
By Devansh Patel, February 28, 2011 – 17:55 IST
Hollywood has always been about honouring the talent and not the stars, and that’s why, even before the who’s who of Hollywood and the film fraternity from around the globe walked down the red carpet at the Kodak Theatre, 2010′s Oscar predictions were always going to be a close call.
And to top up the list of the highest number of Oscar trophies this year, Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech shared their joy with Chris Nolan’s Inception with four golden statuettes each. Not to forget, David Fincher’s The Social Network won three Oscars and David O Russell’s The Fighter too came close to winning their share of accolades with two trophies.
First-time nominee Tom Hooper, the director of The King’s Speech, in accepting his Oscar for Best Director, thanked his cast and producers but saved a special thank-you to his mom, who in 2007 attended a reading in London of an unproduced, unknown play called The King’s Speech. Tom quotes, “She rang me up and said, Tom, I think I found your next film.” And before going backstage, he added, “The moral of the story is: Listen to your mother.”
But before Tom Hooper won, the film’s first award for the evening was grabbed by David Seidler for The Best Original Screenplay. Seventy year old Seidler is the oldest person to win under the screenplay category. He jokes, “I believe I am the oldest person to win this particular award. I hope that record is broken quickly and often.”
David More >
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Colin Firth (The King’s Speech)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Natalie Portman (Black Swan)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Christian Bale (The Fighter)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Melissa Leo (The Fighter)
Best Achievement in Directing Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech)
Best Writing (Original Screenplay) David Seidler (The King’s Speech)
Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network)
Best Animated Feature Film of the Year Toy Story 3 (Lee Unkrich)
Best Foreign Language Film of the Year In a Better World (Susanne Bier – Denmark)
Best Achievement in Cinematography Wally Pfister (Inception)
Best Achievement in Editing Kirk Baxter, Angus Wall (The Social Network)
Best Achievement in Art Direction Robert Stromberg, Karen O’Hara (Alice in Wonderland)
Best Achievement in Costume Design Colleen Atwood (Alice in Wonderland)
Best Achievement in Makeup Rick Baker, Dave Elsey (The Wolfman)
Best Achievement in Music (Original Score) Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross (The Social Network)
Best Achievement in Music (Original Song) Randy Newman – We Belong Together (Toy Story 3)
Best Achievement in Sound Mixing Lora Hirschberg, Gary Rizzo, Ed Novick (Inception)
Best Achievement in Sound Editing Richard King (Inception)
Best Achievement in Visual More >
New awards evaluate film industry on the the basis of business generated
TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; December 28, 2010)
ETC, India’s first Bollywood channel, is set to unveil its ETC Bollywood Business Awards 2010 tonight at 8.30 pm. The awards will judge Bollywood on the basis of business the industry has generated this year, with more than 100 film releases. This is the first time in India when marketers, distributors, production houses and exhibitors are looked upon as being equally responsible for the success of a film, in addition to actors, actresses and directors.
“Presently, in India, all those who represent the industry like actors, musicians, directors, etc, have only been judged on creative parameters. No one had thought of evaluating them on how much business they had generated. Having identified this opportunity in the evaluation system, we decided to explore it. Thus was born the concept of these awards. Such an evaluation will bring forward the workings of Bollywood as an industry. Behind the shine of glamour and creativity lies a lot of hard work, technical wizardry, marketing and strategic initiatives. Movie making is an art, getting audiences to pay to watch it and make it a hit is commerce. It is our belief that the viewers should appreciate both these facets of Bollywood,” said Anurag Bedi, Business Head, ETC.
An emotional Ajay Devgn, winner of The Most Profitable Actor (Male) Award, said, “I normally never go to pick More >
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, December 4, 2010 – 11:26 IST
Only recently the news of Anil Kapoor playing the main villain in Tom Cruise starrer M.I.:4 created a furore in the entertainment world. Now, yet another B-town actor has been roped in for a major Hollywood film. The actor is question is the super-talented Irrfan Khan who will be playing the main villain in the new, untitled Spiderman reboot film.
Irrfan will be playing the role of Van Atter (one of the main villains in the film) and would clash on screen with the new Spiderman played by Andrew Garfield (of The Social Network fame). Besides Irrfan, the film will also feature yet another villain Dr.Connors aka The Lizard played by Rhys Ifans. The new Spiderman film is being directed by Mark Webber and is expected to hit screens in 2012.
In the past, Irrfan has been a part of several Hollywood productions such as The Namesake, A Might Heart and even Slumdog Millionaire. Now with the actor bagging a coveted role in the new Spiderman film, his popularity world over is only going to increase even more.
While admitting she was too hasty in snipping The Social Network, CEO Pankaja Thakur explains why the Censor Board often errs on the side of prudishness
Kunal Pradhan (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 28, 2010)
The popcorn was long over, and the hush in the ringtone-heavy theatre was too good to be true. The Social Network, a biopic shot with the raciness of a thriller, was nearing its end. Mark Zuckerberg sat at a conference table with his laptop in front of him, waiting for legal aide Marilyn Delpy, the only person during his interrogation interested in listening to him, to pass a verdict.
“You are…” she started. The audience shifted nervously in their seats, anxious about what was coming next. “…not _____ol. You’re just trying so hard to be one.” What? What did she say? We looked around, urgently searching for an answer. You’re not a what? An asshole? A lost soul? A self goal? A big, fat troll? As the audio flickered for a fraction of a second, David Fincher’s spell was broken.
On leaving the cinema hall, I remember wanting to be face to face with the person who had beeped out the film’s most important dialogue. Wouldn’t I give him a piece of my mind!
Two weeks later, on Walkeshwar road, which connects Bombay’s snotty hill people with the rest of the city, I found myself standing in front of the White House complex, minutes away from the meeting I was yearning for. On the second floor of Bharat Bhavan, the CEO of the Central Board More >
Onir gets ready to help independent filmmakers to go public with their films, and describes the fund-raising journey with his own film
Priyanka Borpujari (MUMBAI MIRROR.COM; November 16, 2010)
The power of honesty has brought in beautiful surprises, and filmmaker Onir has seen it happening before his own eyes. His forthcoming film I Am, which has four stories based on four issues of our contemporary society, has been financed by people who have been close to him, as well as strangers who believed in his story.
The film was completed for a little under Rs 3 crore, and a third of it was raised through Facebook and Twitter. While The Social Network may have given the audience a glimpse of what they enjoy doing over the Internet, Onir’s real tryst with the virtual world has come to fruition with this film.
This has not been the first time that a filmmaker ventured into unusual pastures for funds. Sona Jain made the gritty English film For Real after running from pillar to post trying to find a financier, and a venture capitalist was finally the blessing to her dreams. Now, Onir is ready to release I Am, which has 350 co-owners (people who chipped in money as little as Rs 1,000) and 51 co-producers (people who chipped in more than Rs 1 lakh).
“The name of the film is a message itself — the audience coming to watch the film can say proudly, ‘I am also the financier of this film’. It is also my own statement, that yes, I did make this film independently. It More >
- By Taran Adarsh, November 13, 2010 – 08:20 IST
The three new releases – A FLAT, DUNNO Y… NA JAANE KYUN and RAMAA – THE SAVIOUR – opened to dismal houses. The occupancy was negligible everywhere. However, last week’s GOLMAAL 3 remained the first choice of moviegoers on Friday, drawing better collections than the new releases. It is expected to remain the first choice all through the week as well. ACTION REPLAYY faced a steep fall over weekdays and is expected to remain on the lower side in its second week.
There were also two films from Hollywood, Skyline and The Social Network, and both managed a far better opening than the Hindi releases.
The good, the bad and the outright funny at the just concluded 12th Mumbai Film Festival
Satyen K Bordoloi & Suprateek Chatterjee (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 29, 2010) (From left) Yash Chopra, Oliver Stone and Jane Campion (Pics: Satyen K Bordoloi)
A film festival, as the name suggests, should be about cinema and only cinema. However, as filmmakers and audiences converge upon a festival with tight schedules, the good, the bad and the downright hilarious often creep in. The 12th Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI), which just concluded on Thursday, had its share of each.
With 215 feature films from 59 countries (including 44 for the Japanese retrospective), 15 documentaries, 20 short films and a crore rupees in prize money, it’s hard to pack such a strong cinematic concentrate. As Fardeen Khan and Raima Sen said at the closing ceremony, this might have been the largest film festival ever in terms of the number of films that were screened.
Here are some highlights that defined this year’s MAMI.Global Cinematic Village For those who cared, many global filmmakers came to the city. There were of course the famous ones: Oliver Stone, Jane Campion and Samira Makhmalbaf. But for those interested in the art and craft of filmmaking, most of the directors of these 14 films in competition – from Denmark to Thailand, Germany to Singapore, Canada to Turkey, Spain to India, roamed around, perhaps, as one said during their press conference, trying to More >
The second day of the Mumbai Film Festival saw heavy footfalls and a fair share of controversy
Satyen K Bordoloi (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 23, 2010) The crowd at PVR, Juhu, outside a theatre screening Korean Cannes winner Hahaha
On day two, day one for all practical purposes, the 12th Mumbai Film Festival recovered from the bloopers of the previous day as large audiences rushed in to catch a breath of cinematic freshness. A good amount of people were seen clamouring for passes at most of the venues.
Cineastes breathed a sigh of relief as well-designed catalogues finally reached them. Along with it was a smaller one that showed which film played where. However the main catalogue disappointed as the films were not listed chronologically in the index under its sections, forcing readers to browse endlessly to find a film.
The Film Business Centre, opened to cater to the business of cinema, saw a good rush of global people networking film business deals. People from different nationalities were seen making deals with one another, and asking those at its reception to fix appointment with a list provided. Though the number of computers and the facilities, as complained a national award winning director, was not as good as Goa, it was a good start indeed.
However, the event of the day had to be the debate on censorship. Every form of censorship came under fire, as veteran filmmakers Mukesh Bhatt, Sudhir Mishra, Vinod Pandey and a young filmmaker More >