Monthly Archives: September 2008

Quantum of Solace to release in India prior to the US

LINK Mumbai: Sony Pictures’ 22nd James Bond installment Quantum of Solace starring Daniel Craig will be releasing in India on 7 November prior to its US release. However, the movie will be first released in the UK where it hits screens on 31 October. Quantum of Solace’s US release has been scheduled for 14 November

Big B, SRK, Akki, who’s bigger?

Link The newly emerged KINNG of Bollywood Akshay Kumar or Akki, as rightly called, is definitely riding high. With back–to–back hits he has proved to be the star with the Midas touch with all of his films proving to be winners for the producers. This in turn soar his demand in the market and placed

Superstars Amitabh Bachchan and SRK……

“Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan are the icons that made Indian films cross over to around five per cent of the white filmgoers too. Their charisma and fan-following cut across faiths, nationalities and even the boundary of Britain. “SRK has”, said Rachel Dwyer, professor of arts and culture at SOAS and expert on Indian

The Statesman – Action Replay

A historical works best when there is already an audience-connect but awareness of Indian history is abysmally low worldwide. Then why are directors eager to make films inspired by historic characters, asks Derek Bose Sushmita Sen wants to make a film, Jhansi Ki Rani. It would mark her debut as director and more importantly, give

Subhash K Jha on Kites

While stories about all kinds of calamities, manmade and otherwise, are filtering in from the US regarding Anurag Basu’s now-you-steamy-no-you-don’t film Kites, father and son Rakesh and Hrithik Roshan are happily shooting the film to complete it in the first week of October. Though the original Director of Photography Bobby Singh has opted out, the

Akshay keen to be Tipu Sultan

Link He’s played all kinds of characters on screen, now Akshay Kumar is ready to appear as a freedom fighter.And not just any freedom fighter… but the legendary Tipu Sultan. He’s likely to produce this film himself, sources say, because he finds the subject very intriguing. Aware of how huge the subject is, and eager

Kites brings out Hrithik’s sensuous side

LINK Hrithik Roshan sizzles with Latin actress Barbara Mori in Kites. The film by Anurag Basu is being touted as featuring the Bollywood superhero’s most sensuous role till date. “The two sizzle together. This is Hrithik’s most sensuous film to date. The accent here is not only on his dancing but on his ability to

Singh Is Kinng Fetches Record Price For Home Video

Link Singh Is Kinng has fetched a record price of five crore for its Home Video rights. The five crore price tag is what normally blockbuster films fetch from India and Overseas for Home Video but Big Home Entertainment have paid five crore for just India rights.   The VCD and DVD’s will be release

An Akshayless Eid!

Link For the past four years it has become a tradition of sorts for an Akshay Kumar starrer to release in an around the festive Eid period. The first film which started the trend was Subhash Ghai’s Abbas–Mustan directed, Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra and Kareena Kapoor starrer, AITRAAZ (2004). Next year (2005) saw Priyadarshan’s comic

Abhishek: “One night, I went to dad’s room in the middle of the night and said to him, “I need to talk to you. I think I made a mistake. I think I am not meant to be an actor.”

Superhero Speak By: Sarita Tanwar Date: 2008-09-30 Abhishek Bachchan has a big release this Friday. He’s zipping around promoting his film. We caught up at his Janak office to chat about the film, the controversies surrounding it and his other upcoming release. Read on for excerpts… Drona’s special effects were talked about but the

Ajay to play Haji Mastan

Ajay Devgan will play gangster Haji Mastan in Ekta Kapoor and Suniel Shetty’s film, Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Ajay Devgan has been finalised to play Haji Mastan in Ekta Kapoor and Suniel Shetty’s film, Once Upon A Time In Mumbai. Ajay , who signed on the dotted line last week, is quite excited

Son beam

Arjun Rampal will play the title role in Kunal Avadana. Amitabh Bachchan, who plays King Ashoka, suggested that Arjun play his son in the film Thanks to Amitabh Bachchan, Dr Chandraprakash Dwivedi’s search for the lead actor of his ambitious film Kunal Avadana is finally over. Arjun Rampal has been signed to play the title

Jab We Killed Hindi

LINK Jaya Bachchan probably doesn’t watch Bollywood fare these days. If she did, she’d realise that her recent jibe (“Hum UP waalen hain, Hindi mein ba at karenge”) was off the mark in more ways than one. For, paradoxically enough, the one element that’s fast vanishing from the Hindi film industry is Hindi itself. A

Under Bolly spell

LINK It’s that time of the year on London’s cinematic calendar, The Times BFI 52nd London Film Festival. Amidst feature films from 43 countries, the organisers are promoting the event with: “Expect Bollywood glamour in the West End”. Recent figures show that Bollywood films bring in a hefty revenue — £10m to £15m every year

Critics Update: ‘Hari Puttar’ & ‘Rafoo Chakkar’ Poor, All Eyes On ‘Drona’ & ‘Kidnap’

LINK Not much was expected with this past Friday’s releases, however they still managed to under perform even the worst expectations. Both Hari Puttar – A Comedy of Terrors and Rafoo Chakkar – Fun on the Run performed extremely poorly critics. Critics joined audiences in staying away from B H Tharun Kumar’s Rafoo Chakkar –