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The way I was bought up influenced my selection of movies across all genres, says Shaba... - 0 views

  • Veteran film actress and social activist Shabana Azmi says that she was brought up in such a manner that she pays huge attention while selecting a movie. Azmi was speaking as the chief guest for the 18th International Film Festival of Kerala, which started on Friday night.

    While addressing the sources, Shabana revealed how happy she felt looking at the participation of the audience in the festival. Azmi is someone who believes that a social message must come from a film, and she feels that the director is responsible for the same. "My family and the way in which I was bought up influenced my selection of movies across all genres," Azmi said.

    Azmi said, "I have trust and faith on the upcoming directors as they were reflecting reality based on what they have seen and experienced in life in cities. Masters like Satyajit Ray and Mrinal Sen portrayed rural life, as it was the reality they had seen in their life time."

    Quizzed if she would like to take up Malayalam films, Azmi said, "While acting, it is important for me to understand the meaning of the language."

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I do not know whether I am a free verse or a shloka, says Amitabh Bachchan! - 0 views

  • Superstar Amitabh Bachchan recently attended annual lecture at the Penguin in New Delhi where he unveiled about the thoughts of his father Mr. Harivansh Ray Bachchan. He said he remains puzzled by his father's habit in his last days of watching Hindi films rather than turning to his greatest companion his beloved books.

    Bachchan said his father had called him his greatest poetry. “My biggest problem in my life I do not know whether I am a free verse or a couplet, a chaupai or a shloka. I don't know what he saw in the flickering darkness it had to be more than Hindi cinema's excessive poetic justice in three hours! Did he see a flame that burns itself up lighting up the fire of the written word within? We are our own monster an animal of many animal parts.”

    During the conversation, Big B also confessed that he would try and build a girls’ school. “True equality can only exist if the whole society embraces it,” he said. Bachchan referred to feature films as the great passion of India cutting across all other performing arts and the Indian film industry as absorbing all religions, languages and cultures in it.

    “The filmy ambrosia's nectar so intoxicating that it has achieved what that no Indian politician has ever done,” said Bachchan before posing the question "In our cinema bad guys always come to no good what about in India itself? “Indian cinema has no nuclear bomb never suffers a recession but people call it is degenerate, trebling, trashy, flashy hocus-focus,” said the actor.
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Shabana Azmi to visit River To River film festival in Florence! - 0 views

  • Veteran actress Shabana Azmi and her work would be honored at prestigious River To River film festival in Florence on November 22, 2013. She will be bestowed by Pegasus of the Region Tuscany Award by Cristina Scaletti, Tuscany's regional councilor of culture at the opening day of the fest.

    Other personalities and their films like Shyam Benegal’s Ankur, Mahesh Bhatt’s Arth, Vinay Shukla’s Godmother and Deepa Mehta’s Fire will also screen. Last year the River To River festival held a retrospective of Amitabh Bachchan's films.

    The 63-year-old actress said the Pegasus honour is big because when a state recognizes you, it's very heartening. “I'm honoured and humbled and grateful to the writers and directors who cast me in challenging roles. The Pegasus honour is big because when a state recognises you, it's very heartening.”

    As per the sources, “Encomiums and Shabana are good friends. In her career of 41 years she has collected awards, both National and popular, by the dozen and has made her presence felt at various film festivals.  Shabana has had many retrospective, such as the one at the New York Film Festival where she was the first actor ever to be thus honoured as till then they did retros only of directors.”

    Shabana Azami was also honored at Cinematheque in Paris, at the British Film Institute London, Avignon, and Winnipeg, Toronto and in Canada.
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Vidya Balan at Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Conference! - 0 views

  • Brand Ambassador Vidya Balan attended the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Conference (IFFM) as the Victorian Coalition Government extended its support for the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne by one year, reinforcing strong bond that exists between the Victorian and Indian screen industries.

    Recently the actress spoke at length about various aspects of her film-career. She is also well-aware that her weight is the talk of the town at the moment.

    “My weight has become the talking point of the nation. Why is everyone bothered about it? Is it a national issue?  I am just trying to work on my body shape, keeping in mind my character in the film. Believe me, I am not doing anything special. I am not dieting. I am happy with the way I look and hope people would leave it at that,” says, Vidya.

    At the same time, she is geared up to play first female detective of India in upcoming film Bobby Jasoos. The Dia Mirza and Sahil Sangha production is being directed by debutant Samar Shaikh. “Samar is a very talented director. I am really looking forward to working with him,” she says. The movie goes on floor in November.
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Lindsay Lohan skipped Venice Film Festival to focus solely on her health and well-being! - 0 views

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    The clarification has finally come from Lindsay Lohan, who came up with a reason on why she failed to attend the premiere of her new movie The Canyons at the Venice Film Festival in Italy.
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George Clooney gets into difficulty for driving water taxi in Venice! - 0 views

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    The recent times were not easy for actor George Clooney as buzz states that he was reported to police for driving a water taxi in Venice, Italy, where he was busy promoting his new movie Gravity at the Venice Film Festival with co-star Sandra Bullock.
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Change in release date for Shuddh Desi Romance! - 0 views

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    Starring Sushant Singh Rajput, Parineeti Chopra and debutant Vaani Kapoor, prior the film was to released on September 13. However, now, there is a change in plan, due to TIFF invitation for a Gala Red Carpet premiere, which will take place September 11, the makers of the movie have decided to release September 6.
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Akshay Kumar's 72 Miles Ek Pravas to be screened at the London Indian Film Festival! - 0 views

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    After taking the world by storm with their first Bollywood Film Production Oh My God (OMG), Akshay Kumar and Ashvini Yardi are on a journey of creating milestones in the entertainment industry with their latest venture, 72 Miles Ek Pravas.
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Feryna Wazheir shines on red carpet at London Indian Film Festival! - 0 views

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    Upcoming Brit-Bollywood star Feryna Wazheir shone out at the red carpet gala opening of the London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) last night.
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Deepika Padukone missed Ranbir Kapoor at IIFA awards! - 0 views

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    The entire Bollywood was recently in Macau celebrating the 14th International Indian Film Award. The 27-year-old Deepika Padukone was also a part of the event and performed at the main award evening.
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Sonam Kapoor comes to the rescue of Vidya Balan! - 0 views

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    Bollywood fashionista Sonam Kapoor, who has just returned from the Cannes Film Festival, has come in support of fellow actress Vidya Balan, who has been criticized severally for her wardrobe at the global event.
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Riteish Deshmukh all set to produce a biopic titled Pocket Dynamo! - 0 views

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    Riteish Deshmukh had a great start as a producer as his debut film Balak Palak turned out to be great hit. The movie was both critically acclaimed and did great business at the theaters.
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Chennai Express will end the continuity of intense films, says Shahrukh Khan! - 0 views

  • Shah Rukh Khan, who outshined all at the Times of India Film Awards (TOIFA), said recently that his upcoming film Chennai Express by Rohit Shetty is an all rounder film. He said it is a comedy, action and entertainment packed project different from the intense and serious films he has done in the recent past.
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Method acting landed Ashton Kutcher in hospital! - 0 views

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    Method acting can be really harmful at times and something on same lines happened with actor Ashton Kutcher, who in order to get ready for his role as Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2011, adhered to the same fruit only diet that Jobs supposedly followed.
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Daniel Radcliffe spotted flirting with his Kill Your Darlings' co-star! - 0 views

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    Harry Potter fame Daniel Radcliffe recently attended the premiere of Kill Your Darlings at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival with Erin Drake. And it seems he has succeeded to have cast a spell on his co-star as the two were seen packing on the PDA at Grey Goose Blue Door in Park City, Utah on Friday.
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James Cameron's Titanic 3D is the biggest tax contributor among foreign movies in China! - 0 views

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    As per the latest buzz making way from well-placed sources, James Cameron's Titanic 3D was the biggest tax contributor among foreign movies China imported in 2012. It comes as something really unbelievable, but the Beijing Customs says that the movie took $144 million at the country's box office.
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Will Vishwaroopam get benefitted by the controversies around? - 0 views

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    From spreading fake news about the famous Cannes Film Festival bending its rule to screen Vishwaroopam, to the latest on-going distributor's fight, the PR strategy and team of veteran actor and once a star (In North-India) Kamal Haasan has tried level best to create a buzz about upcoming film Vishwaroopam, but only to taste failure.
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Ang Lee's Life of Pi all set to open the 9th edition of Dubai International Film Festival! - 0 views

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    There is no doubt that Life of Pi successfully features as one of the best films of Oscar-winning filmmaker Ang Lee. The film, which features Indian actors, Suraj Sharma, Tabu and Irrfan, is already a huge hit in India, and the latest buzz has that now it will open the 9th edition of Dubai International Film Festival, which has a unique line-up of Indian films to celebrate the 100 years of Indian cinema.
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HRH Pince Moulay Rachid has invited Amitabh, Shahrukh and Hrithik for dinner! - 0 views

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    The event is going to witness strong presence of Bollywood. Screening of various movies will take place and a special homage will be paid to Bollywood's King of Romance, late filmmaker Yash Chopra. As per the industry sources, post ceremony, to greet the celebs a grand dinner will be held by His Royal Highness the Prince Moulay Rachid at his palace. It will be graced by the celebs like Big B, Shahrukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar, Sridevi and Anurag Kashyap.
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Sherlyn Chopra is all set to do Kama Sutra in 3D! - 0 views

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    After going nude for international male magazine Playboy, Sherlyn Chopra has now decided to do her version of the Kama Sutra.
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