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  • 'PK' tweet review: Aamir Khan gives a stellar performance, Rajkumar Hirani shows his knack for storytelling 19-12-2014 09:09 AM

    What is the film 'PK' all about? Will Aamir Khan be able to stun fans with his ability to do something different, again? Will the filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani's much anticipated film set the cash registers ringing at the box office? Well, these are the questions that popped up ever since...
  • Rapist's life should be ruined; harsh measures can be effective deterrents: Kajol 16-12-2014 03:35 PM

    New Delhi: A couple of years back on this day a 23-year-old trainee physiotherapist was sexually assaulted and beaten by four men in a moving bus. While the brutality of the December 16 gangrape shocked the nation, it also made thousands of people across all age groups to step out,...
  • It is discouraging to see how India is projected internationally: John Abraham on rising crime against women 16-12-2014 10:11 AM

    New Delhi: Two years since the brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old in New Delhi, nothing much changed. Cases of crime against women continue to make headlines, and put forth the need for the government to do everything possible to ensure the city is safe for women. It is high...
  • Kajol: 'DDLJ' will never lose its relevance; the idea of not compromising on love makes it so popular even today 12-12-2014 02:31 PM

    There is no denying the fact that romantic longing and eternal love stories have provided Bollywood with its most idealistic films. And one film which the fans continue to watch multiple times is Aditya Chopra's directorial venture 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayengey'. It may have been released 19 years ago, but...
  • 'DDLJ' helped me win my first love: Gaurav Chopra recalls thrashing eve-teasers and having a friend fall for him 11-12-2014 02:48 PM

    New Delhi: Actor Gaurav Chopra may have watched Bollywood blockbuster 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayengey' ('DDLJ') just once, but the experience - peppered with action and a bit of drama - is still etched in his mind, and might even remain forever. We aren't talking about his cinematic experience, but focusing...
  • Ajay Devgn: Apart from PM Narendra Modi's skills and calibre, his intention helps him stand out; I've always believed in him 05-12-2014 05:06 PM

    New Delhi: Forthright, focused and dedicated, that's how Ajay Devgn is in reality. Ajay, who started his career in Bollywood with 1991 film 'Phool Aur Kaante', has earned rave reviews of his portrayal of an honest cop and the tough yet humane gangster. His comic timing is immaculate, and dancing...
  • 'Action Jackson' tweet review: The film offers an interesting blend of action, romance and comedy 05-12-2014 09:30 AM

    We watched Ajay Devgn and Sonakshi Sinha dance, romance and fight in 'Son of Sardaar' last year. And the key reason why we still remember the film is their crackling onscreen chemistry. If we enjoyed them mocking each other, we also appreciated them for their quick and witty repartees and...
  • IFFI 2014: Best and worst moments from the film festival 01-12-2014 05:57 PM

    Whether it is the selection of films, stars who flew down to Goa or the masterclass celebrities conducted for the delegates, the 45th edition of International Film Festival of India turned out to be a perfect event for those who wanted to understand both Indian and international cinema. Read on...
  • Gauahar Khan slapped during 'India's Raw Star' finale: I'm shocked, the incident is disgusting, says Kushal Tandon 01-12-2014 11:18 AM

    New Delhi:'I'm completely shocked. This incident is so disgusting," said Kushal Tandon as he discussed the recent incident wherein model and actor Gauahar Khan was slapped by a 24-year-old guest, identified as Akil Malik, on the sets of 'India's Raw Star'. Gauhar Khan, who hosts the show, was shooting for...
  • Vidhu Vinod Chopra: I can't make myself likeable. I'm not a great believer of film festivals. I'm rejected at film festivals 30-11-2014 07:11 PM

    Panaji: Not one to mask his aggressive side, filmmaker and producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra knows what he speaks, and definitely knows how it will be interpreted. Vidhu, who was at Film Bazaar recently, discussed the reason why he calls 'Kareeb' his mistake, why he doesn't like going to Cannes and...
  • IFFI 2014: Shekhar Kapur discusses the relationship between chaos and creativity with Manoj Bajpayee, Sudhir Mishra 30-11-2014 06:15 PM

    "How many of you are creative? How many of you have thought of being creative?" These were a few questions with which noted filmmaker Shekhar Kapur started his masterclass on 'What is creativity? How do you describe the act of creation?' at IFFI 2014. "I'm asking you these questions because...
  • NH7 Weekender: With stunning installations and creative graffiti artworks, the festival goes beyond discovering new music 29-11-2014 10:24 AM

    With several top performers and international and indie bands taking to the stage, NH7 Weekender - held in Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Pune - is an undisputed choice for those looking for a massive musical celebration. As the year's can't-miss event comes to Delhi today, we tell you how NH7...
  • IFFI 2014: China takes country focus; plans to combine Indian dance forms with martial arts and hold film exhibitions discussed 26-11-2014 04:41 PM

    Panaji: An Indo-China Audio-Visual Co-production Agreement was signed on 18th September in presence of Indian Prime Minister and Chinese President, but its impact could only be felt at IFFI this year. Whether it was by way of Chinese films that are being screened at the ongoing festival, presence of Chinese...
  • IFFI 2014: Zhang Ziyi shares Anupam Kher's opinion about 'The Grandmaster', hails Wong Kar Wai for his unique style 26-11-2014 03:29 PM

    Panaji: Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi may have visited India for the first time to attend 45th International Film Festival of India, but she isn't unaware of Bollywood projects. From the recent Bollywood film she watched to other projects that have garnered huge popularity back home, she tells us all. Happy...
  • IFFI 2014: Technical glitch during 'Feng Shui' screening leaves fans upset 25-11-2014 12:13 PM

    Panaji: With China being the nation IFFI is focusing on this year, a variety of Chinese films including 'Beijing Blues', 'American Dreams in China', 'Caught In The Web', 'Feng Shui' have been selected for viewing. While the idea is impressive, its execution hasn't been as impressive. When fans turned up...
  • IFFI 2014: Co-ordinators don't mind working non-stop; for them, festival is the best learning experience 25-11-2014 10:07 AM

    Panaji: The 45th edition of International Film Festival of India in Goa may have been making headlines for its 20 world premieres, and the popular stars attending the festival to be part of different sessions, hold master classes to ensure delegates get a memorable experience. But there are co-ordinators too,...
  • Karan Johar: Was less informed of ramifications of cinema on the society; social responsibility is important 25-11-2014 12:26 AM

    Panaji: Admitting the fact that he was 'less informed' about cinema's social responsibility when he was young, filmmaker Karan Johar observes that the current situation is such that it is significant for everybody to understand films' social impact. "Social responsibility is a critical thing. I have faltered and fumbled and...
  • IFFI 2014: Boredom, lack of will power stop one from being unique, says Anupam Kher 25-11-2014 12:02 AM

    Panaji: While everybody knows that being an actor calls for determination, passion and dedication, only a few can understand the difference between an actor being respected and popular. During his masterclass at the 45th International Film Festival of India, Anupam Kher explained why there is no single, determined route to...
  • IFFI 2014: Satish Kaushik appreciates Shekhar Kapur for his creative style 24-11-2014 09:55 PM

    Panaji: It doesn't take too long to detect the camaraderie that filmmaker Shekhar Kapur shares with Satish Kaushik. And when the two interacted during a master class at IFFI 2014, it turned out to be an entertaining and enriching experience for the delegates. Satish, who introduced himself as a an...
  • Does personal ego interfere with creative ego? Shekhar Kapur asks Vidhu Vinod Chopra at Film Bazaar 24-11-2014 06:21 AM

    Panaji: Film Bazaar's 'Master Class with Vidhu Vinod Chopra: a dialogue between Filmmakers', where he was interviewed by Sudhir Mishra about his past projects and his thought process, became a lot more interesting when filmmaker Shekhar Kapur asked Vidhu a couple questions. Excerpts from the interview: Shekhar Kapoor: One needs...
  • IFFI 2014: Every film comes with a destiny, says Meghna Gulzar 24-11-2014 12:41 AM

    Panaji: Filmmaker Gulzar Sahab's film 'Libaas' may have been screened after over two decades of its making, but that didn't affect the impact and the interpretation of the message it tries to put across. Meghna, who had accompanied father Gulzar to its special screening at IFFI, shared her views on...
  • 'Broken Horses' is a lot like 'Khamosh', says Vidhu Vinod Chopra 23-11-2014 09:37 PM

    Panaji: Director and producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra's film 'Khamosh' which was released in 1985, still holds a great significance in his life. On Day 3 of Film Bazaar, during an important session 'Master Class with Vidhu Vinod Chopra: a dialogue between Filmmakers', he stated that he if he ever made...
  • IFFI 2014: Singer Rekha Bhardwaj couldn't stop crying after watching Gulzar Sahab's 'Libaas', says it touched her soul 23-11-2014 05:57 AM

    Panaji: 'Seeli hawa chhu gai - finally saw this song on screen in film Libaas by Gulzar Sahab:):) mystical mesmerising experience,' singer Rekha Bhardwaj's tweet minutes after the screening of 'Libaas' at IFFI 2014 sums up the opinion of all those who watched it. Singer Rekha admits that she loves...
  • IFFI 2014: Fans get into a scuffle with an usher minutes before the screening of Gulzar's 'Libaas' 22-11-2014 10:01 PM

    Panaji: As India's most respected lyricists, and with a series of successful films to his credit, Gulzar sahab is used to fans requesting for autographs and quick photographs with him. So when the iconic filmmaker attended Day 2 at IFFI for his retrospective, his fans turned up in huge numbers,...
  • IFFI 2014: Didn't know if we'd be banned, abused, run down for making Gandhi cool in 'Lage Raho Munnabhai', says Vidhu Vinod Chopra 22-11-2014 07:41 AM

    Panaji: It was 'Gandhigiri' preached in popular Bollywood film 'Lage Raho Munnabhai' that gave girls an important tip on how to gauge their prospective groom's nature. It also advised many in a dilemma on ways to deal with irksome neighbours and the best non-violent method to tackle corruption. At a...
  • IFFI 2014: Anupam Kher hails superstar Rajinikanth for his humility 22-11-2014 06:45 AM

    Panaji: Despite fame and fortune, superstar Rajinikanth believes in staying grounded and leading a humble life. Rajinikanth's interviews and public appearances might be few, but his words have always been priceless for his fans. So even though the emotional Rajinikanth made a short speech on being conferred Centenary Award for...
  • IFFI 2014: 'Elizabeth Ekadashi' director Paresh Mokashi reacts to HJS' demand to withdraw its screening, says he doesn't need controversies to sell the film 22-11-2014 12:09 AM

    Panaji: Director Paresh Mokashi's 'Elizabeth Ekadashi' stirred up controversy a few days back when a right wing organisation found its title objectionable and alleged that it was sending out a wrong message to the masses. Upset with its offensive name, the Hindu Janjagruti Samiti (HJS) had also demanded the withdrawal...
  • IFFI 2014: Only Vidhu Vinod Chopra could monetise Gandhi, says Prahlad Kakkar 21-11-2014 10:48 PM

    Panaji: Producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra, who received huge applause for his film 'Lage Raho Munnabhai', attended Day 1 of the ongoing 10-day long IFFI. Vidhu's popular Bollywood project wowed everyone especially with the way in which it re-introduced Mahatma Gandhi's principles and virtues in an entertaining yet emotional way. Before...
  • IFFI 2014: Yes, I worked as an usher at IFFI to watch great films, wasn't interested in money, says Manoj Bajpayee 21-11-2014 09:39 PM

    Panaji: Actor Manoj Bajpayee may have been invited as the chief guest to open Indian Panorama at IFFI this year, but he just can't forget the time when he worked as an usher for the prestigious film festival in Delhi. While addressing the gathering at Kala Academy, one of the...
  • IFFI 2014: Shekhar Kapur, Raj Kumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra to attend Day 1 21-11-2014 10:03 AM

    Panaji: If the inaugural ceremony of 45th IFFI saw the presence of stalwarts Rajinikanth and Amitabh Bachchan, actors Anupam Kher, Raveena Tandon and political leaders Arun Jaitely, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Manohar Parrikar and others, the first day will also not miss the glamour. Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur will share his perspective...