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  • Eat popcorn, forget logic: Akshay Kumar

    Eat popcorn, forget logic: Akshay Kumar 26 Jun 2009, 1602 hrs IST, IANS Akshay Kumar believes in entertaining audiences even if his films come with an ‘illogical’ tag. He admits that his forthcoming “Kambakkht Ishq” belongs to the same category. “I don’t want to get into logical films… I am happy doing films where one can keep discussions around logic at home,” Akshay Kumar told IANS on phone from the US where he is currently on holiday. “I want people to come with their parents and children, munch popcorn while the movie plays, get entertained, have some nice lunch or dinner after the show ends and then go back home happy and smiling,” he added.

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  • Maldivian filmmaker has SRK on her wish-list

    LINK Maldivian filmmaker Fathimath Nahula, whose film Youssuf kickstarts the four-day South Asian Film Festival (SAFF) here Friday, has come to India with two things on her wish-list. First, to see her film about the challenges of a deaf and dumb boy set the ball rolling. Second, to meet Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan. “I really hope to meet him (Shahrukh Khan). Can someone arrange it for me?” Fathimath asked.

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  • My thoughts on New York

    Thrill with a will Actors: Neil Nitin Mukesh, John Abraham, Katrina Kaif and Irrfan Khan Director: Kabir Khan Stars: ***1/2 New York — that has been the location for romantic adventure and misadventure in countless Yash Raj films serves this time as the backdrop for a political thriller centered around the 9/11 attacks.

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  • Actress Farrah Fawcett Dies at 62

    LINK Farrah Fawcett, 62, golden-haired sex symbol of the late 1970s most remembered for her appearance on bedroom posters and the detective series “Charlie’s Angels” and who later found a niche portraying troubled women in made-for-television dramas, died today at a hospital in Santa Monica, Calif., of cancer. Ms. Fawcett was a Texas-born college dropout who parlayed success as a model for toiletries such as Ultra Brite toothpaste and Wella Balsam shampoo into a viable acting career. Still a relative unknown, she achieved two iconic roles at the same time in 1976. On Wednesday nights, she was Jill Munroe, the blond Angel on the ABC detective drama produced by Aaron Spelling. The rest of the week, she was the star attraction on a poster that

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  • Sibal Plans To Scrap Class 10 Board Exams

    LINK In a pathbreaking step towards reforming India’s school education system, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal is considering doing away with the Class 10 Board examination, and setting up an alternative evaluation system based on percentiles, not percentages. “The Indian education system which is marks-centered and examination-based is a source of trauma for both parents and children… knowledge, like everything else, should be user-friendly, and the acquisition of knowledge should not be a stressful exercise,” said Sibal Children, Sibal said, should not be judged by percentages with an emphasis on learning by rote, and the whole system of examinations should be looked at afresh.

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  • Oscars doubling best-picture nominees to 10

    Academy president says move will open up field to more worthy films BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – The Academy Awards will have 10 best-picture nominees instead of the usual five starting next year, improving the odds for films such as “The Dark Knight,” a fan and critic favorite that was snubbed last time. Doubling the field for Hollywood’s top prize will make room for more worthy films and potentially give a jolt to the Oscar TV ratings, Sid Ganis, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, said Wednesday. The academy board of governors decided there were more than five films last year that deserved best-picture consideration, Ganis said.

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  • Master Praz’s take on EK HASINA THI (Hindi, 2004)

    Link On the heels of my JOHNNY GADDARR Review a few weeks back….bring on AGENT VINOD! Ram Gopal Varma’s “Factory” has always been famous for churning out innovative and fresh thrillers with superb storytelling blended with immaculate performance. EK HASINA THI frankly ranks as not only the best thriller to come out of the “Factory” but also one of the finest thrillers ever made in Bollywood.

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  • Master Praz’s take on THE HANGOVER (2009)

    Link Most great comedies are based on fundamental truths — we find a deal of humor in the illumination of our own human tragedy. OFFICE SPACE is funny, for example, because we’ve all worked that type of job, put up with that type of boss, and suffered that type of monotonous everyday boredom. Or VERY BAD THINGS, a dark comedy also shows the worst possible scenario on what could happen on a Stag Night.

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  • B’wood flicks keep DVD show going

    B’wood flicks keep DVD show going 25 Jun 2009, 0034 hrs IST, Ashoke Nag, ET Bureau KOLKATA: In a scenario where DVD sales have slowed down due to a combination of factors including the economic slowdown, elections, IPL and exams, some Bollywood flicks have still turned out to be hits in this segment. The titles cover the Oscar sensation Slumdog Millionaire/Crorepati, Chandni Chowk To China, SRK-starrer Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and the Aamir Khan blockbuster Ghajini. Movies like Delhi-6, A Wednesday and Dev D too have tasted success. Going by industry figures, Ghajini has led the way and notched up sales figures of Rs 1.75 crore, while Slumdog… has churned out Rs 1.5 crore. Rab Ne… is third in line with sales of Rs

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  • Milliblog music reviews: Love Aaj Kal (Pritam) and Chaandan Mein (Kailasa)

    Love Aaj Kal: Overlaying a familiar, repetitive sapera-been piece to a hyper-energetic tune in Twist is a total winner all the way; Neeraj Shridhar rocks in the catchiest track of the year, so far! More Here Chaandan Mein: Kailasa does it again – getting it right the third time in Indipop is no mean task! More Here

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  • Pritam lifts tune for the 49th time!

    The composer has apparently lifted an Indonesian song this time Well my sweetie pies, Juicy Mausi is little upset. When will Pritam stop being a copy cat I wonder. Every time there is a release he is there hogging the limelight, but for all the wrong reasons. While the nation is thumping their feet along to the new hit Hai Junoon from the movie New York, we get this news of plagiarism. Music director Pritam’s song being a copy of an Indonesian song has thrown everyone into a tizzy. Of course, this is not the first time something like this has happened. Sanjay Raina, an indi-pop singer claimed ownership for the track Shikdum from Dhoom, while many other songs other parts of the world such

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  • Countering Maoists

    LINK We cannot have the same strategy for dealing with Maoist activities as we have for dealing with jihadi terrorism. We have to take note of the genuine grievances of the tribals and deal with them in a sympathetic manner. We should not dismiss summarily their allegations of police excesses. The continuing inability of the government –whether at the centre or in the states– to counter effectively the spread of the activities of the Maoist insurgents-cum-terrorists has once again been demonstrated by the temporary control established by the Communist Party of India (Maoist) and its front organisation called the People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCPA) over 17 out of 118 small villages spread across some 300 square kilometres in the Lalgarh area of the state

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  • It’s official now. Hrithik will star in Bharadwaj’s next!

    By Vickey Lalwani Dream team Vishal Bharadwaj and Hrithik Roshan join forces for the director’s next mumbai mirror Two great talents have joined hands. There have been rumours since 2007 that Hrithik Roshan will star in a Vishal Bharadwaj film. It’s official now. Hrithik will star in Bharadwaj’s next. The project in question is a deeply emotional romantic film, which will have two heroines. None of the leading ladies has been finalised.

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  • That Shot Was Out? A Clue On When to Challenge a Call

    LINK When a line judge at Wimbledon rules on a hair-splittingly close call and says the ball is out, the inevitably disgruntled player should not only consider challenging the call for review by digital replay system. He should consult a recent issue of Current Biology. A vast majority of near-the-line shots called incorrectly by Wimbledon line judges have come on balls ruled out that were actually in, according to a study published in October by researchers at the University of California-Davis. To the vision scientist, the finding added to the growing knowledge of how the human eye and brain misperceive high-speed objects. To the tennis player, it strongly suggests which calls are worth challenging and which are best left alone. The researchers identified 83 missed

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  • I like playing characters not similar to me: Kareena

    LINK New Delhi, Jun 17 : Her ‘closer-to-life’ portrayal in Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Jab We Met’ may have catapulted her as among the top actresses in Bollywood today but for Kareena Kapoor there is nothing more challenging and exciting than playing a character in contrast to her real persona. ‘’Characters which are not similar to the way you are are more fun to do than those closer to your real life persona,’’says Kareena as she awaits the release of her much-in-the news film ‘Kambakkht Ishq’, in which she is playing the role of a glamorous model. Directed by new director Sabbir Khan, ‘Kambakkht Ishq’, which is a much awaited film this year because of its grand settings and the presence in the cast of Hollywood actors

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  • Is Love Aaj Kal a rip off?

    LINk Juicy Mausi is back with her latest goss. The other day as she was sipping coffee at a posh cafe she found out saif-Imtiaz Ali’s Love Aaj Kal has already stirred up a controversy even before it hit the theatres. Juicy Mausi was all ears. She also learnt it is copy of a Taiwenese film, Hao De Shi Guang, which means three times. Apparently those who have seen saif’s film have found a strong resemblance in the two plots. Hao De Shi Guang takes off in 1911 then moves forth to 1966 and eventually culminates in 2005 running into three phases. It features three chronologically separate love stories revolving around the two protagonists. In the first two stories, letters are crucial to the outcome;

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  • Idyllic swing sequence in Charulata

    One of the most memorable scenes in the film where Charu moves up and down, back and forth on the swing, looks through her lorgnettes first at mother and a baby, then at her brother-in-law Amal writing poetry on ground. Ray switches from intimate close-ups of Charu mumbling Phoole Phoole Dhole Dhole to the animation on her face to her silent observation on the person who keeps fitting in and out of her vision, perfectly symbolizing Charu’s state of mind and her dilemma. It is when Charu who has been stuck by loneliness and alienation, the sense of emptiness of not being able to experience the joy of motherhood, realizes her longing for a male companionship in Amal and the hope to incorporate strength into

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  • Why ignore Ash?

    Asks Jaya Bachchan, taking up for her darling bahurani Subhash K Jha hitlist@mid-day.com Most of the industry derided Ashutosh Gowariker for his impulsive outburst against Priyanka Chopra. The director spoke up about the merits of PC deserving the Best Actress award at the recently concluded event over Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Jaya Bachchan even came out strongly in support of her bahu’s Jodhaa Akbar director. Eyebrows raised Several eyebrows were raised at Ashu’s mention of Jaya Bachchan on stage, to endorse and substantiate his public objection to Priyanka’s trophy. The forthright Mrs B not only stands up for Gowariker but also gives him a clean chit for mentioning her in his pro-Aishwarya speech.

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  • The woman on top

    LINK It’s been eight years since the 9/11 attack. Do you feel people would still be drawn to a film on the subject? 9/11 is only the backdrop for the film. The story of the film is about the lives of these three people and the journey that they go on. The narrative of the film is done in a very American kind of a storytelling way… the way the story unfolds and the way it has been shot. But the emotions are inherently and purely what we want to see in a Hindi film. I always look for that element because that is something the audience wants and it appeals to them. It’s got a very high drama content… it’s got a thriller element,

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