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  • Bollywood meets Dickens

    Mumbai may be reeling after the terror strikes, but Slumdog Millionaire, a film about a Mumbai slum kid rising to the top of Kaun Banega Crorepati, is making waves in the West. Sandip Roy meets its director Danny Boyle Anil Kapoor was nervous about his first English film. “He kept saying, don’t be frightened to tell me to tone it down,” remembers director Danny Boyle. “But I like big performances. I like it full on.” Boyle also gives it full on in his new and critically acclaimed film Slumdog Millionaire. It’s loosely based on Indian diplomat Vikas Swarup’s novel Q & A — a rags-to-rupees plot about a slum kid rising to the top of Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) and then being accused of cheating.

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  • Voice politics

    LINK Jumbo, the animation film for children and families which is being heavily promoted by Akshay Kumar, has been seeing some rather jumbo-sized politics backstage. The whisper is that Akki was paid a hefty Rs 9-crore fee by Percept, only for lending his voice to the main character, as a bait for completing their other film, Eight By Ten. Of course, that fee was paid before the market turned cautious over elephantine salaries. But it has ultimately worked out well because once Akshay came on board he didn’t stop at providing only a voice over. He roped in star names like Lara Dutta to dub for the other characters, held rehearsals at his house, took a personal interest in turning Jumbo into a glossy biggie

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  • Slumdog scoops Indie film awards

    Slumdog scoops Indie film awards Slumdog Millionaire sees a young boy enter Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? A movie about a poor Indian boy who wins a game show fortune has taken three prizes, including best film, at the British Independent Film Awards. Slumdog Millionaire, which is not out in the UK until January, also won best director for Danny Boyle and best newcomer for 18-year-old Dev Patel.

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  • Hrithik tops Cosmopolitan Sexiest Men

    We generally see sexy babes toplist by number of magazines like Maxim. Cosmopolitan does the role reversal with its list of ‘Cosmos 20 Sexiest Men’. Hrithik Roshan tops the list followed by: Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal and Kunal Kapoor. List feature some of the popular and well known faces from bollywood like Shahrukh, Aamir, Saif, Salman and Abhishek. It also has some non filmy names like Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rahul Gandhi, Leander Pace etc. Checkout full list in images.

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  • Slumdog Millionaire: Songs Online

    Only 5 songs are in this link: http://www.rahmanism.com/2008/11/listen-slumdog-millionaire-songs-online.html Love Mausam & Escape and Liquid Dance… Brilliant fusion!!!

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  • God Tussi Great Ho Emerges A Success

    God Tussi Great Ho which did poor business at the box office apart from a few single screens has emerged a success on the Home Video circuit. The film has very good DVD/VCD sales across the country since it was released by T-Series last month. Singh Is Kinng leads on the Home Video market and the film is huge, probably one of the biggest success ever but it was expected from Singh Is Kinng as it was a huge hit and broke many records. The success of God Tussi Great Ho is a different case as it was rejected at the box office but the public is giving it a watch on Home Video. http://www.boxofficeindia.com/npages.php?page=shownews&articleid=588&nCat=news&PHPSESSID=9a0ada887ef58bb183ffb6e089d3286c

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  • What They Hate About Mumbai (NY Times)

    November 29, 2008 Op-Ed Contributor What They Hate About Mumbai By SUKETU MEHTA link MY bleeding city. My poor great bleeding heart of a city. Why do they go after Mumbai? There’s something about this island-state that appalls religious extremists, Hindus and Muslims alike. Perhaps because Mumbai stands for lucre, profane dreams and an indiscriminate openness. Mumbai is all about dhandha, or transaction. From the street food vendor squatting on a sidewalk, fiercely guarding his little business, to the tycoons and their dreams of acquiring Hollywood, this city understands money and has no guilt about the getting and spending of it. I once asked a Muslim man living in a shack without indoor plumbing what kept him in the city. “Mumbai is a golden songbird,”

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  • JayShah’s Saturday Box Office Column – Yuvvraaj extremely poor, Dostana registers significant fall…

    Note all numbers are from Trade Guide Reporting Methodology 1) New films most of the time where possible will be benchmarked against other films ‘in the same range’. The gross used for the older films will be either one’s I have computed or a BOI gross or a gross from Joginder’s column 2) Films currently playing – I will always do some trending analysis. This is always against the ‘week before’ 3) To compute subsequent week grosses I will always benchmark against ‘the first week’. Before it was always the preceding week, but Week 1 is always the best base because it gives maximum centres to use 4) Going forward I will show ONE example in FULL and show the results of the remaining scenarios

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  • Rudresh’s Box Office : Week 28-11-08

    Salman and Anil Starrer Yuvraj opened to Poor response all over the country.The movie has collected around 11 Crore in the first week accross the country.Movie has performed better in smaller centers as compare to big centers.Smaller center collections are double of collections of Dostana in second week, where as in bigger cities and metros collections of both Dostana and Yuvraaj are almost similar. Dostana, on other hand, has taken a drop of about 68% in second week.Ignoring the mumbai gives the second week estimation around 8.44 Cr where as considering the mumbai drop equivalent to the 60% gives the estimation around 8.84 Cr. Movie has taken a big drop in smaller centers where as group D centers have minimum drop of around 61%. Movie

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  • From Anushka to RNBDJ’s Taani; The real story!

    LINK That Anushka Sharma is a model from Bangalore is a fact well known to one and all, but as always we bring you exclusive inside details about Anushka Sharma, the hottest new find (after Deepika Padukone) in Bollywood. Anushka comes from a very disciplined army family background. Her father is an army officer and mother a housewife. She was an intelligent and hardworking student during her army school days and completed her higher studies from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore. She was an all–rounder and was brilliant in athletics too. She had a great personality with good looks, a super figure and confidence!

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