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The industry has had a very poor 2009 till date with two months being taken out as there were no releases due to the strike. The box office has not been too kind as the year has seen an overflow of small releases which have proved disasters at the box office. Some weeks have had four to five releases and all of them failing to even recover their print and publicity costs.
The year has seen only three major success in the form of Wanted (Blockbuster/Super Hit), Love Aaj Kal (Super Hit) and New York (Hit). There have been a few other success like Kaminey, Raaz – The Mystery Continues, Dev D and Kambakkht Ishq amongst others.
But the year really starts now as it goes into overdrive with a huge flow of big releases in the last quarter starting this week with Do Knot Disturb and Wake Up Sid followed by Acid Factory, All The Best, Blue, Main Aurr Mrs Khanna, Aladin, London Dreams, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, Jail, Dulha Mil Giya, Tum Mile, Pyaar Impossible, Right Yaa Wrong, De Dana Dhan, Kurbaan, Radio, Paa, Hook Ya Crook, Rocket Singh – Salesman Of The Year, Toonpur Ka Superhero and Three Idiots. The combined budget of these films is around the 650-700 crore mark making it the biggest quarter ever in the history of hindi cinema. A few big hits and 2009 could turn into a good year rather than a poor one. It was a similar scenario last year until Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Ghajini in the last month of the year turned it around.
Starring: Kamal Haasan, Mohanlal, Lakshmi
Directed by: Chakri Toleti
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The Empty Nest, Inglourious Basterds, and Broken Embraces are just a few of the films to be showcased at the event, which will pay tribute to India.
The festival will be officially opened Thursday with a screening of Hindi Film Taare Zamen, by director Aamir Khan. In 2009 Bogocine’s guest of honour is the nation of India, in order to mark 50 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Therefore, festival directors have chosen films that reflect the color and scent of sandalwood that almost impregnates Indian cinema, one of the oldest – and certainly one of the best developed film industries – in the world.
Newspaper El Espectador reports that Colombians will be able to experience dance, poetry, and drama from India’s main film sites: Mumbai (better known as Bollywood), Chennai, and Hyderabad, which in 2007 produced 1,132 films, a feat that owes much to India’s cultural diversity.
Until October 9, Bogocine will screen 120 films from 32 countries in 10 different categories.Colombia will be represented by the film Flashback (which is also currently participating in Bogota’s Horror Film Festival); El Man: National Superhero; Voice of the Wings; and Christmas Eve. Continue reading
MIRZAPUR, India – Young boys climbed trees and villagers crowded rooftops in a tiny dusty village in northern India Sunday to catch a glimpse of Academy Award winner Julia Roberts shooting her new film, “Eat, Pray, Love.”
Scores of policemen, armed with bamboo sticks, private guards and plainclothes security guards kept curious visitors at bay as the “Pretty Woman” star walked about the sets created at Mirzapur village, 65 kilometers (40 miles) south of the Indian capital, New Delhi. Huge black screens protected the sets from television crews and photographers.
Roberts was dressed in a turquoise blue tunic and loose pajamas, the traditional clothes worn by millions of Indian women. In the film, she plays the part of an American woman who leaves behind a troubled marriage and sets out on a journey of self-discovery.
Newspapers and television stations in India have been covering Roberts’ every move since she arrived in India accompanied by her three children nearly 10 days ago.
Security has been tight with about 50 local policemen and security officers guarding the star in the village and in the nearby small town of Pataudi, where Roberts is staying at a former palace converted into a heritage hotel.
The shooting of the film began a few days ago, and started with prayers offered by a Hindu priest.
The Times of India newspaper quoted the priest, Swami Dharam Dev, as saying he had given the names of Hindu gods for her three children.
“I have named her twins Hazel and Phinnaeus as Laxmi and Ganesh, while Henry will be called Krishna Balram,” he was quoted as saying.
The movie, a Brad Pitt production, is directed by Ryan Murphy. It also stars Oscar-winner Javier Bardem, Viola Davis, Richard Jenkins and Billy Crudup.
(Doggie Dhoni has done it again. After the world twenty20 humiliation, India has another disgraceful exit. Trying to save good friend RP Singh, he repeatedly kept Praveen Kumar on the bench, knowing fully well that if given a chance Praveen will make sure that RP gets no more chances, and that is how it happened as Praveen proved his class in the two matches)
India eliminated despitebowling out WI for 129
Wonderful thing about script and screenplay is that with every subsequent visit, you will more connect with emotional vibrant of content. The basic premise is very simple, and frankly, we have seen most of the first half in other movies.Â The reason Mann works so well pre-intermission is because of the novelty (and proceedings) of the boat cruise setting and flawless performances by our lead actors.
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Following on from my POKIRI and OKKADU reviews. From the three Mahesh Babu films I’ve seen I would take OKKADU and then POKIRI followed lastly by ATHADU. The film was remade recently as EK-THE POWER OF ONE with Bobby Deol doing a wooden act. Incidentially, both films have shades of Raj Kanwar’s earlier hit BADAL which was a remake of THE DEVILS OWN!
So far I had seen two Mahesh Babu starrers both of which had thoroughly impressed me in different ways. OKKADU worked as one helluva great traditional masala film embellished with a superb script, seamless direction and laced with some excellent performances not to forget breath taking technical finesse. Next came POKIRI-a thoroughly bastardised product of Hollywood which in no way is a great movie, but one that is shamelessly entertaining for its technical wizardry, entertaining plot twists, a very suave performance by Babu as well as Illenas dazzling beauty. So does ATHADU live up to expectations? Well not quiet! Itâ€™s not as great a movie as OKKADU, nor it is enormously entertaining like POKIRI.
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