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  • Taliban could take over Karachi: Report

    http://www.rediff.com/news/2009/feb/28taliban-could-take-over-karachi-says-report.htm Taliban [Images] militants have established secret hideouts in Karachi and it ‘could take the city hostage at any point’, according to the Pakistani police. The Special Branch of police has highlighted the presence of Taliban in Karachi in a report submitted to the Sindh government and the provincial police chief. The Taliban have ‘huge caches’ of weapons and ammunition, the report said.

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  • Our awards, their awards

    LINK ‘ONE OSCAR IS EQUAL TO 100 FILMFARE TROPHIES’ Anyone who watched the Oscars this Monday would’ve wondered just what it is that makes the Academy Awards such a coveted event and why an Indian award comes off as such a pathetic country cousin. The reasons have nothing to do with being in awe of the West.

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  • Now showing: Bollywood flop story

    Mumbai: When 2008 ended with a bang — Ghajini and Rab Ne Bana di Jodi did bumper business in the month of December — the film industry was hoping that some of that success would continue in 2009 too. And with biggies like Chandni Chowk To China, Billu and Delhi-6 slated for release in the first two months, fireworks were expected. Sadly, films this year have come and gone with nothing more than a whimper. The losses, say trade experts, could be anything between Rs70 to 80 crores. “CC2C, Billu and Delhi-6 (still running) will lose more than Rs 65 crores together,” says trade analyst Amod Mehra. “And with other films like Luck By Chance and Victory failing too, this figure easily touches the Rs80

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  • I lost my virginity at 15

    He’s more famous for his celebrity family and starlet girlfriend than for his films – but he’s already being called the face of Bollywood’s next generation. Just who does Ranbir Kapoor think he is? Written by Iain Ball Photographed by Tarun Khiwal Styled by Arjun Bhasin He’s been hailed as the new hope of Hindi cinema – despite the fact that he’s made only two films so far, neither of which has been a hit. Then again, he’s a Kapoor, scion of the nation’s most extraordinary film dynasty. That might not impress those of us weary of India’s obsession with nepotism and dynasties – but you might be impressed with Ranbir, a bright, ambitious actor who clearly knows he has to do a lot more

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  • Back to reality: Father slaps ‘Slumdog’ star Azhar

    Mumbai: The dream run seems to be over for Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, the child star of Oscar-winning film “Slumdog Millionaire” with his father slapping him for refusing to give interviews to media. The 10-year-old child, who was plucked from a Mumbai slum to play the young Salim in the multiple-Oscar-winning movie, has been living amid constant media scrutiny since his return home from Los Angeles. Tired after a long flight, Azhar wanted to go to sleep and refused to come out to oblige the media. His father Mohammed Ismail wanting to make the most of the newly acquired celebrity status of his son, got infuriated and slapped him. “I was being naughty. I did not want to give the interview as I was tired so

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  • Between Reviews: And the Loser is… the Audience!

    LINK MAR 1, 2009 – AFTER THE TIRESOMELY BLOATED OSCAR CEREMONY, I think it’s safe to officially declare the Golden Globes as the awards ceremony to hunker down for. For one, it’s the earliest film award of the year (I’m talking about the circussy ones, not the honourable badges of merit dispensed by sombre batches of movie critics across America) – so there are no clear favourites yet. I remember how my heart was in my mouth when AR Rahman won the Golden Globe. At that point, he was literally the outsider, the long shot – and when he won, the reaction was as much revelry as relief at being able to exhale again. But after the Globes, after Slumdog Millionaire swept every single awards

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  • Komal Nahta reviews DELHI 6 (along with opening day report and predictions)

    Komal Nahta reviews DELHI 6 (along with opening day report and predictions) UTV Motion Pictures and Rak­eysh Omprakash Mehra Pictures Pvt. Ltd.’s Delhi-6 (UA) is about one’s roots. Roshan (Abhishek Bach­chan), born to a Hindu father, Rajan (Indrajeet Sar­kar), and a Muslim mother, Fatima (Tanvi Azmi), comes to India – Chandni Chowk area of Delhi – from the USA to drop his paternal grandmother (Waheeda Rehman) back as her only wish is to breathe her last amidst neighbours and friends, in their an­cestral home. Having been born and brought up in the US, Roshan is both, aghast and amused, by what he sees of India. The love and close bonds people share, the festivals and celebrations of India, the family feuds and the bickerings, the

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  • Komal Nahta’s Billu review (along with first day opening and predictions)

    (Komal usually gives the first day opening report and also his predictions on the performance during the coming weeks. I have highlighted it ) Red Chillies Entertain­ment’s Billu (formerly titled Billu Barber) is the story of friendship. Billu (Irrfan Khan) is a barber in Budbuda village, who lives with his wife, Bindiya (Lara Dutta), and two school-going kids, Gunja (Mitali Mayakar) and Duggu (Pratik Dalvi). Since he can barely make two ends meet, he takes each day as it comes. His life changes when a film unit comes to the village to shoot. Superstar Sahir Khan (Shah Rukh Khan) is the hero of the film being shot at Budbuda. Somehow, word spreads that Billu and Sahir were childhood friends. Eager to be photographed with the

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  • DELHI 6 all set to join ’30 Crore Flop Club’

    DELHI 6 all set to join ’30 Crore Flop Club’ —————————————- February 28, 2009 6:29:19 PM IST Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Trade News Network DELHI 6 has flopped. After an ordinary opening weekend, the film continued to see a steady fall during the remainder of the week. The film has netted just a little above 20 crores in the first week which is quite a low number considering it’s huge release. A pretentious film, it’s fall was imminent if reactions after the film’s premier itself were any indications.

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  • Monkey business in the old city! review of Delhi 6

    Rang De Basanti has to be a huge monkey riding on the shoulder of Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra.  After making a film that supposedly became an anthem or sorts for energizing the youth, expectations were riding very high for Delhi 6.  The film had a good amount of hype and buzz and the music was already a winner.  So it was shocking to see the initial reviews that were mostly average.  It did help to reduce my expectations as I watched Delhi 6. Delhi 6 is so much but could have been so much more.  Front and center in the casting is the city of old Delhi, Delhi – Postal code 6.  Living there is a microcosm of characters that could represent India – the

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  • Qalandar on the NG “Situation”

    I had initially thought all this would be resolved a long long time ago, but seeing as it hasn’t been, I wanted to give my side of things prior to leaving for india and pakistan for a couple of weeks. First, as Joe DiMaggio supposedly told Paul Simon when he ran into him, I haven’t gone anywhere. What had happened was that I was upset about RKS leaving as a fallout of accusations of bias, hysteria, calls for banning this or that member, conspiracy theories, and the like. There should be no misunderstanding: for me this was NOT about RKS per se (it’s a free world, and who could blame him for wanting a break from all this?!), but about the notion that slander and

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  • Milliblog music review: Gulaal

    Despite the film’s Prakash Jha’ish feel, Anurag Kashyap leaves his indelible stamp all over Piyush Mishra’s soundtrack. Gulaal’s music is thoughtfully thematic, atmospheric and intricately layered – almost like a hinterland version of Dev.D! More here Listen to the songs here

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  • Celebs pick their Best Film of 2008

    TOI Get ready for the glittering night of the 54th Idea Filmfare Awards 2008, scheduled for February 28, 2009 Movies that are nominated under the Best Film category this year are Dostana, Ghajini, Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, Jodhaa Akbar, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Rock On! While Rab ne … and Ghajini have got the maximum Filmfare nominations in various categories this year, celebs reveal their own pick from the bunch of popular films of 2008. Mandira Bedi Actor From all the movies that I saw last year, I really appreciate Jodhaa Akbar and Rock On!. Jodhaa Akbar is a beautiful film and no wonder it won accolades from the industry too. I must say, Ashutosh Gowariker is a filmmaker with great magnitude.

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  • SO BILLU FINALLY FLOPS!

    This should satisfy SRK detractors but the bad news for them is that Billu is not an SRK-lead movie and so is not in anyway affected standingwise. His position is fixed liked the northern star! So any funny attempt to make Billu’s failure look like an SRK failure as an actor rather than a producer will be met with stiff resistance from SRK loyalists. The bottomline is Billu should not be counted by any means as an SRK flop.

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  • Sachin Tendulkar at Madame Tussauds wax museum

    LINK Sachin Tendulkar reached a new level of fame yesterday when it was announced that a wax figure of his will be part of internationally renowned Madame Tussauds, London in April. Tendulkar will join Bollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan and fellow cricket legends Brain Lara and Shane Warne, who are featured in the wax museum.

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  • The amazing ‘ Twilight Players’ of Dev D

    They are the trio that breaks into groovy open-hand dances under frosty blue neon lights in Anuraag Kashyap’s Dev D. And as Dev sinks deeper into his hallucinations, they reappear with their gravity-defying gyrations in the songs Nayan tarse and Pardesi, lending the moments their psychedelic stupor. They are the Twilight Players, a group of three brothers from London, who are currently visiting their ancestral home in Phagwara, Punjab, and basking in the success of Dev D. Christened Gurpal Singh Phgura, Amrik Singh Phgura and Sukjeevan Singh Phgura, the three now prefer their “trade” names — Sinbad, Ammo and Jimmy. A smart move given that their clients are often some big international names—they’ve performed with Michael Jackson, Madonna and Kylie Minogue. “Our style is inspired

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  • The Box Office Events of this Decade

    The nineties were dominated by the Khan-daan – the trio of SRK, Salman and Aamir (in that order). A quick recap of the box-office events of the nineties makes it even more obvious: 1. Hum Aapke Hain Kaun: 60-65 cr 2. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge: 55-60 cr 3. Raja Hindustani: approx 50 cr 4. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai: approx 50 cr 5. Border – approx 40 cr 6. Karan Arjun: 30-35 cr 7. Dil To Pagal Hai – 25-30 cr The above count is not just a hit-list but the major grossers of the decade with very high standard deviation from the mean gross of the decade or their year of release. As we can see, six out of the seven were Khan movies with

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  • Rajiv Menon’s Abhi – Ash starrer is titled ‘Dhun’

    LINK Ace cinematographer Rajiv Menon captured some really beautiful moments between Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Mani Ratnam’s ‘Guru’. Now Rajiv is all set to direct Bollywood’s most talked about couple in his next film. Reporters spoke to the South based cinematographer who confirmed the news. “Yes…Abhishek and Aishwarya are starring in my next directorial venture titled ‘Dhun’. It’s a film where music plays a very important role. The film goes on floors sometime in June this year.” Quiz him on rumors that the film is similar to the Amitabh-Jaya Bachchan starrer ‘Abhimaan’ and he says, “I think Abhishek has already clarified this. There is no similarity except the fact that the characters in my film also play musicians.”

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  • Chacha Chowdhary, Pinki, Sabu to hit the silver screen soon

    Link By Money Sharma, February 27, 2009 – 15:00 IST Chacha Chowdhary, Pinki and Sabu who have entertained a range of generations through the comic books, are all gearing up to hit the silver screen, TV and video game platform, soon. Diamond Comics, the owner of these characters, has tied up with License India, which is powering the plans of Diamond comics to reach on electronic platform and scouting for partners and people to work on the creative of the project. Speaking to Bollywood Hungama, Anupama Bindra, Business Head, License India, said, “We are preparing the licensing plans for Diamond Comics and are in talks with several animation studios who can work on the animation feature and TV series. To start with, we are looking at

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