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  • Disabled characters, popular cinema attract audience

    From the early 70s till today, films around differently-abled characters always seem to evoke interest and most of the times critical acclaim. Be it Sanjeev Kumar and Jaya Bhaduri playing deaf and dumb in 1972′s Koshish or Nana Patekar and Seema Biswas repeating the act in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Khamoshi. Hrithik Roshan in Koi Mil Gaya, the actor’s first big hit after six solo flops, where he played a developmentally disabled character. And more recently Rani Mukherji walked away with all the awards from her portrayal of a deaf, dumb and blind girl in Black. Currently there is already a lot of buzz around Kaminey – in which Shahid Kapoor essays a double role and both his characters suffer from a speech defect. One stutters

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  • Jaipur royal Gayatri Devi passes away

    LINK Charismatic Jaipur royal Rajmata Gayatri Devi, a three-time MP and who was once named as ‘World’s Ten Most Beautiful Women’ by ‘Vogue’ magazine, died here on Wednesday following a prolonged illness. She was 90. Gayatri, who became an extremely successful politician, breathed her last at Satokben Durlabh Memorial Hospital where she was readmitted on Tuesday for chest infection after she was discharged a few days ago. “She recovered from her gastrointestinal problems but on Tuesday she was detected with a lung infection. Her condition deteriorated this morning and she breathed her last at around 1600 hrs,” said Dr Subhash Kala, who was attending on her.

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  • Jay’s col: Imran runs out of ‘Luck’, Kambakkht ends up below average

    Love needed to change Luck at Box office? With Luck opening to a mixed response, expectations rise for Saif Ali Khan’s maiden production Love Aaj Kal The box office has needed a boost in fortunes ever since the multiplex strike came to an end but only New York has managed to bring some cheer so far. There was some expectation from last week’s release – the Imran Khan-Sanjay Dutt starrer Luck but the film met with disastrous reviews and its response in multiplexes has been lukewarm at best. The film has scored better at single screens though. However, the action thriller isn’t carrying good reports and may not sustain for long.

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  • Thoughts on Gwoemul (Korean, Joon-ho Bong)

    LINK Gwoemul (The Host) is an incredible genre shifter. It starts as a creature-fest, gets into some amazingly goofball comedy and even attempts to make a political statement amidst all that. But the point is – which goes missing even in most mainstream Hollywood monster films – that this one doesn’t let go of its human angle, even for a bit. Yes, its unusually funny at times, makes a strong statement on how silly people can get at the weirdest of situations, plenty of gore all along and even has a surreal scene where one of the lead characters who goes missing, silently materializes amidst the family and no one even reacts! For most of us accustomed to straight, to-the-point monster movies, Gwoemul is a

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  • Leela Naidu put India on the beauty map

    LINK NEW DELHI: She will always be a benchmark for Bollywood beauty. No Hindi film heroine, with the possible exception of Madhubala and Suchitra Sen, was as enchanting or entrancing as Leela Naidu, who passed away after a prolonged bout of influenza in Mumbai. She was 69. Crowned Miss India in 1954 and named one of the 10 most beautiful women in the world by Vogue, Naidu acted in just a handful of films. But over the years that only added to her mystique.

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  • Why bother with crossing legs?

    How indulgent and consenting adults have made the Hindi film industry what it is Bollywood really doesn’t have much sex. Sure, raunchy webcam pictures appear in part in ‘radical’ cinema like Dev D, but it’s been barely a decade since we mustered up enough courage to show actors regularly kissing on screen. An actress donning a bikini is still breaking-newsworthy on our television channels, and it remains a fascinatingly morbid thought to imagine just what will happen once a mainstream A-list actress bares a breast. Nope, we’re a nation given primarily to euphemism, disguising intercourse with visuals of embracing daisies and lust with tremendous pelvic heaves, and we still keep the big screen relatively prudish. The new Bollywood generation claims transparency, but gives us only

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  • Ranbir : Please don’t call me a star, I want to enjoy the journey

    (A tutorial and reality check for some media superstars from a sureshot, future superstar!) First: Please don’t call me a star. I think the term is used too loosely these days. I can call myself a star only when I have a couple of bonafide hits under my belt. I am, at best, a potential star. Just to be ‘appreciated’ in a couple of movies does not make me a star.

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  • Aishwarya and Shah Rukh to star in a film under ‘Red Chillies Entertainment’?

    LINK Mumbai: Looks like Aishwarya and Shah Rukh’s seven year old cold war is soon going to end. The two will reportedly be seen in Shah Rukh Khan’s next home production. According to reports, the clash of the two titans that began when Aishwarya was ousted from ‘Chalte Chalte’ (SRK’s home production) due to Salman’s incorrigible behaviour on the sets of the same is on the verge of a cease. Since the ouster episode had not gone down well with Ash. The two chose to keep mum henceforth, leading to a subsequent cold war between the two. But things are now looking positive as the actors have apparently agreed to work together again. Sources suggest that SRK and Ash have decided to bury their hatchets

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  • My take on THE HOST (Korean, 2006)

    Link THE HOST is a film that people have been talking about a lot during its production and the teasers and posters I’d seen to date had gotten me pretty interested…and three years later I was lucky enough to find it in my local video store.

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  • My take on NEW YORK (Hindi, 2009)

    Link I had hopes for NEW YORK as it was made by the same Kabir Khan who directed the highly compelling and thoroughly researched KABUL EXPRESS in 2006. KABUL EXPRESS gave viewers superb insights in to war torn Afghanistan after 9/11 and the aftermath of the War on Terror. The film’s ability to remain objective and not take sides brought to life some colorful yet credible characters and merged fact with fiction. This is what set KABUL EXPRESS apart. I was happy to see Yashraj sign Kabir Khan for another film, however, given their ability to make “safe” films in exchange for creative freedom, I was somewhat skeptical. Surprisingly, NEW YORK turns out to be a highly engaging and extremely topical thriller.

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  • Don’t take this chance – Luck review

    Starring: Imran Khan, Shruti Haasan, Sanjay Dutt, Mithun Chakraborty, Danny Denzongpa, Ravi Kissen, Chitrashi Directed by: Soham Shah Stars: 1 ½ Knowing that the director of Luck is the same guy who directed the god awful Kaal, one was always going to tread with some caution. And yet, this film from the Shree Ashtavinayak (the production house that gave another big dud in the form of Kidnap last year) stunningly manages to lower the bar further, coming up with a film that is both silly and revolting. We know of films that progressively get bad but Luck wastes no time in this regard. So within less than a minute your heart sinks thinking of the torturous hours before you. The very first scene has Sanjay

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  • Who do they makes films for?

    LINK The Bollywood machinery loudly proclaims ownership of its exclusive filmic property or design – that of the masala, and justifies the existence of all its inanities by using an assumed ‘poor and hungry’ audience who they have to provide weekly escape routes from their lives. Do they even have an idea about their audiences as such? Which audiences are our films made for? Whose existence do they show? If cinema is a notion of reality, which reality is our cinema a notion of? What the producers in Mumbai do not realize – is that cinema is cinema not because of an innate unidentifiable quality – but because of an easily discernible and well, pretty obvious one – that of permanence, immortality. Cinema is cinema

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  • I was the Salman Khan of my days: Dharmendra

    With a physique his contemporaries could only dream of, Bollywood’s original action hero Dharmendra says he was almost like Salman Khan in his early days when it came to leading life on his own terms.     “Salman reminds me of myself. I was almost like him in my early days. I like his attitude and the way he leads his life. He has a great body too,” the actor said.

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  • Ashu’s sister sings for Priyanka!

    LINK Filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker has roped in his sister to croon a song that will be picturised on Priyanka Chopra in his forthcoming movie What’s Your Raashee? He hopes audiences appreciate her voice. “My sister Aslesha sang the song Aa le chal for my film. I could’ve brought her vocals out earlier, but there’s a right time for everything. In What’s Your Raashee? I had the right situation for Aslesha,” Gowariker told IANS.

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  • ‘There will be the occasional no-brainer’ – Sriram Raghavan

    LINK In the last few years, a wave of fresh ideas by a new crop of directors has taken Bollywood by storm. And amongst these directors, four seem to have carved their own niche. So while Siddharth Anand and Tarun Mansukhani have masala films on their CV, Sriram Raghavan and Raj Kumar Gupta boast of coming up with more experimental cinema. Together, they make for a heady mix and not surprisingly, the quartet eagerly gets down to discussing the current state of the industry and its transformation. Raj, who made the critically acclaimed Aamir, feels that the idea is to stay patient as change takes its own time. “Change can’t be brought about in one day or a year. But the process has started and

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  • Why Avatar Day could be James Cameron’s smartest move

    By commandeering Imax cinemas around the world to screen 15 minutes of his 3D spectacular next month, the director is very cannily confronting the stratospheric expectations attached to it Have you heard the news? Avatar is going to make the blind see. It’ll stop you catching swine flu. It’ll make you irresistible to potential partners, rich beyond your wildest dreams and, heck, probably immortal. OK, nobody from 20th Century Fox has actually come out and said that yet, but it’s only a matter of time. The hype surrounding Avatar has been slowly building for years now. This weekend, a 25-minute Avatar preview was shown at Comic-Con by director James Cameron. 21 August is going to be named Avatar Day, and it’ll be marked by every

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  • Afghanistan women outraged at proposed family planning law

    LINK A few days after the Taliban were toppled in 2001 I was in Kabul. The city was jubilant and full of hope for the future, and I remember talking to some laughing teenage girls in the street. One was excited because she could now go back to school. Another sang terrible disco songs and showed me dance steps she had been practising for five years in secret. A third debated whether to take off her burka. “Is it safe enough yet?” she asked me. “For five years, I lived inside this prison.” Eight years later I returned, but the Afghanistan I found was far from jubilant. Despite the money poured into reconstruction and development, it is one of the five poorest countries in the

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  • JK Chief Minister Omar Abdullah resigns

    JK Chief Minister Omar Abdullah resigns LINK (Lo bhaiyya self respecting banda gaya, chichori ke chakkar mein. Koi fayeda nahi Omar bhai. Mehbooba is frustrated after she removed support but could not get back in power. The whole nation saw her sophistication in the assembly as she threw the mike) Srinagar, July 28 (PTI) On a day of dramatic developments, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today resigned after a senior PDP leader alleged in the state assembly that he was involved in the 2006 sex scandal, a charge dismissed by him as false. An emotional Omar drove to Governor N N Vohra’s residence at 3 PM shortly after announcing in the assembly that he will tender his resignation and stay out of office

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