• Richard Attenborough, Actor, Director and Giant of British Cinema, Dies at 90
    film_maker | August 25, 2014, 2:52 PM | no comments | 29 views

    Richard Attenborough, Actor, Director and Giant of British Cinema, Dies at 90

    Richard Attenborough, who after a distinguished stage and film acting career in Britain reinvented himself to become the internationally admired director of the monumental “Gandhi” and other films, died on Sunday. He was 90.

    His death was confirmed by his son, Michael, according to the BBC. (more…)

    film_maker | August 23, 2014, 7:25 AM | 11 comments | 229 views

    Dear Members and Visitors,

    We are back. After a few months of inactivity and bad design (both which I take great responsibility for), I have redone NG from scratch so goes back to being the BEST Bollywood/Indian film experience ever. NG has been through a lot yet we keep on going while others seem to give up or vanish completely. Our resilience is our trademark and this says more about you, the member – the visitor – than about a blog or me. I have tried to do my part by fixing many of the mistakes of the past in this new kind of NG. I hope this iteration brings everyone a new jot – with old friends and new faces – as we all rise NG to power.

    To this, I say one word which says it all:


    Love, (more…)

  • How to deal with flops
    film_maker | August 17, 2014, 2:03 PM | no comments | 285 views

    After Humshakals was criticised by viewers and critics, actor Saif Ali Khan too trashed the film, saying it was regressive and he regretted being a part of it and underestimating his audience’s intelligence.

    But how difficult is it for a director to stand by his own project, when the lead actor slams it by saying the film didn’t have a script to begin with? Director Teja, who has worked in Tollywood and Bollywood and directed films like Nuvvu Nenu, Jai and Nijam, feels that it is unfair of any actor to wash his hands off a project when it has failed.

    “And in Saif’s case, he had a triple role in the film and he practically occupied 80 per cent of the screen space. How could it be that he of all people didn’t know what was going on?” he says.

    Filmmakers Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K., who have directed films like Shor in the City and Go Goa Gone, have managed to get things going, and are working on their next film Happy Endings, even though Go Goa Gone didn’t fare very well at the box office. (more…)

  • The Hundred-Foot Journey: My Book, Their Movie
    film_maker | August 17, 2014, 1:26 PM | no comments | 131 views

    My surreal journey into the world of movie-making started long before my family and I walked down the red carpet two weeks ago. That was the night producers Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, and Juliet Blake showcased their beautiful film of The Hundred-Foot Journey, my novel about a young Indian chef who becomes a three-star chef in Paris.

    One of the most memorable moments actually happened last fall, when my wife and I visited the film set an hour outside of Toulouse, the mud fields where director Lasse Hallström and a long list of major-league talent, including actors Helen Mirren and Om Puri, were miraculously turning my little tale into a big-screen fable. Oprah Winfrey wanted to meet me, and so my wife and I nervously made our way to the producer’s tent, near the old farmhouse that had been turned into an Indian restaurant. Inside the tent, which was filled with lush platters of fruit, Oprah strode forward, shook my hand, and told me how much she enjoyed the book and how surprised she was to learn I wasn’t Indian. It was a bit like being summoned by the Queen — I babbled like an idiot.

    Richard C. Morais, his wife Susan, left, and their daughter, Kate, at the premiere of The Hundred-Foot Journey. Photo: Newscom
    But then I heard the voice I have had in my head for 17 years. It was my character, Madame Mallory, and I looked around for the source. There, on a small monitor in the tent, was a close-up of Helen Mirren, perfectly channeling my creation. I became a little emotional. “You must forgive me,” I stammered, “but it’s a bit overwhelming. This is my 100-foot journey.” Oprah fixed me with her leonine stare for a moment and said, “Richard, let’s face it. This is a lot more than a 100 feet.” (more…)

  • Aamir Khan’s PK poster is not that original
    film_maker | August 7, 2014, 8:30 AM | no comments | 24 views

    After bouquets and brickbats, Aamir Khan may face plagiarism allegation for his dare-bare act. After all, PK poster is not that original.

    PK’s poster bears striking resemblance to the cover art for Portuguese musician Quim Barreiros’ 1973 single, Recebi um Convite (a casa da Joquina).

    PK poster not original
    Collage of PK poster and Quim Barreiros’ Recebi um Convite cover (more…)

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