Divya Pal

  • Things maybe 'baba' should not have taught his son in 'Hate Story 2': Some unbelievably corny lines from the film 22-07-2014 03:47 PM

    We have all grown up listening to some really weird and ridiculous advice from our parents. Whether it is something as lame as 'Paise paed pe nahi ugtey' or the typical filmy dialogue 'Tum abhi bacchey ho, isme mat pado', we have been yelled at, hit and rebuked in public...
  • PS Bharathi: Dated Rakeysh for a year before I married him 22-07-2014 12:04 PM

    Leh: Even though filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra wasn't too convinced with the idea of making a documentary on 'Rang De Basanti' after five years of its official release, his wife PS Bharathi followed her heart. Bharathi, who had also edited the Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra film, knew that the impact of...
  • 'Hate Story 2' review: With a flawed script, sluggish plot and illogical twists, the film can't keep you engaged 19-07-2014 10:54 AM

    Cast: Jay Bhanushali, Surveen Chawla, Sushant Singh Director: Vishal Pandya Aren't thrillers made with the sole idea to put the viewers on the edge of their seats? Wouldn't you consider intense excitement, the need to build up tension and anticipation of events to happen as some of the basic elements...
  • 'Hate Story 2' tweet review: This one's strictly for die-hard fans of Surveen Chawla, Jay Bhanushali 18-07-2014 10:03 AM

    'Hate Story 2' took just about four days to garner over 4 million views on Youtube for its trailer, which obviously explains the buzz and interest it created. Whether it is the remix version of popular track 'Aaj Phir Tumpe' or the popularity of TV stars Surveen Chawla and Jay...
  • 'Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told' tells international movie buffs a lot about India, says film critic Klaus Eder 17-07-2014 12:10 PM

    Klaus Eder, general secretary of International Federation of Film Critics, who was also part of the jury of Ladakh International Film Festival (LIFF) 2014, isn't new to Bollywood. As he speaks to Divya Pal of IBNLive.com in Leh, he gives a lowdown on his favourite filmmakers and why his experience...
  • Shekhar Kapoor's 'Bandit Queen' is deep-rooted Indian cinema, we failed to recognize the masterpiece in India: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra 17-07-2014 09:08 AM

    Leh: Even though filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra clearly states that he doesn't make films to send out any message, his much-talked about film 'Rang De Basanti', lauded for its humor, light-heartedness and positivity, left an indelible impact on the viewers. And the way it blended past with the present, political...
  • 'Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania' tweet review: With a coherent script, Alia Bhatt-Varun Dhawan's electric chemistry, it turns out to be a fun film 11-07-2014 09:52 AM

    The fact that Karan Johar's 'Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania', which releases today, has been pegged as an ode to Bollywood blockbuster 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayengey', movie buffs are obviously eager to know if Alia Bhatt-Varun Dhawan's romance can capture the hearts of millions and turn into one of the top-grossing...
  • 'The Fault In Our Stars' tweet review: The movie deserves applause for staying faithful to the book 04-07-2014 04:23 PM

    New Delhi: Literary works have often been used as reference point, source material for films. While many think directing a film based on a popular book is the easiest and also the most reliable way to strike a chord with the audience, not all books adapted into films have managed...
  • Ladakh International Film Festival 2014: 'Kaafiron Ki Namaaz' sweeps awards; Anurag Kashyap, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra skip the closing ceremony 02-07-2014 10:14 AM

    Leh: With Iranian, Korean and several competent Indian films being pitted against each other at Ladakh International Film Festival, which concluded recently, one was both surprised and happy to watch 'Kaafiron Ki Namaaz' by young Mumbai-based Bhargav Saikai and Sharma sweep top awards. Directed by Ram Ramesh Sharma, 'Kaafiron Ki...
  • 'Check your nerves on my curves': 14 oddly clever road signs from Leh that make road trips unforgettable 01-07-2014 12:21 PM

    Some find them witty, and many think they are weird. But there is no denying the fact that road signs and hoardings that dot Leh-Pangong route put across the right driving message in an impressive way. While majority of the signs indicate an area where one should apply lower speed...
  • Ladakh International Film Festival 2014: The complete list of winners 01-07-2014 08:32 AM

    Leh: The third edition of the recently-concluded Ladakh International Film Festival screened over 50 films, including Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's 'Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told', Deepti Naval's 'Do Paise Ki Dhoop, Chaar Aane Ki Baarish', and several Iranian and Korean films, and also included Asia premiere of Anurag Kashyap's...
  • Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's film 'Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told' gets huge applause at LIFF 28-06-2014 08:12 AM

    Ladakh: The third edition of Ladakh International Film Festival (LIFF) kicked off on June 27. The ongoing film festival not only offers an interesting mix of international and Indian films, but also saw the participation of several Bollywood stars on Day 1. Besides Govind Nihalani, who heads the jury of...
  • LIFF: Aamir Khan is our favourite actor, say students in Ladakh 28-06-2014 07:56 AM

    Ladakh: It has been years since '3 Idiots' was shot in at Druk White Lotus school in Ladakh, but the memories are still fresh in the minds of the students, who not only got to see the shoot but also managed to get autographs of noted actor Aamir Khan. "I...
  • Films by Guru Dutt, Bimal Roy and Shyam Benegal left a great impact on me, says Sri Lankan filmmaker Prasanna Vithanage 17-06-2014 05:37 PM

    New Delhi: Sri Lankan filmmaker Prasanna Vithanage understands the importance of Bollywood in Sri Lanka and the impact it has left on him. Prasanna, whose latest film 'With You, Without You', based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novella, 'The Meek One', is set against the backdrop of Sri Lankan civil war and...
  • 'Machli Jal Ki Rani Hai' review: The film delivers more laughs than shrieks 14-06-2014 01:35 PM

    Cast: Swara Bhaskar, Deepraj Rana Director: Debaloy Dey With a title that has been borrowed from a popular nursery rhyme for children, those who have neither seen its rushes nor posters are expected to consider 'Machli Jal Ki Rani Hai' a film that is pretty much made to please kids....
  • 'Chal Bhaag' Review: With its sketchy editing and weak screenplay, the film fails to leave an impact 13-06-2014 07:40 PM

    Whether it is the recent spate of murders, crime against women, cases indicating police-criminal nexus or the slow judicial process, there is no denying the fact that every factor has contributed in making Delhi the crime capital of India. While the masses rebuke cops and other concerned authorities for their...
  • 'Filmistaan' tweet review: A hit at film festivals, it isn't one of the best Bollywood projects of all time 06-06-2014 02:46 PM

    New Delhi: From being screened at national and international film festivals to winning the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi, Amitabh Bachhan taking to Twitter to praise the film and Vidhu Vinod Chopra sponsoring a vacation for the team, Nitin Kakkar's 'Fimistaan' has quite evidently earned huge...
  • 'Maleficent' tweet review: You'll fall for the deliciously evil Angelina Jolie, film's appealing visuals 30-05-2014 06:22 PM

    New Delhi: With Angelina Jolie performing 'Maleficent' one of the first key acting roles in years, the expectations from her fans and critics are obviously high. As the actress had said in one of her interviews that she wanted to perform something 'silly' and 'crazy' to offset some of the...
  • Unlike other teenagers, Smriti Irani wasn't bothered about her looks, have always been an achiever, say her school teachers 29-05-2014 11:29 AM

    While the controversy over the educational qualifications of Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani rages on, her teachers at Holy Child Auxilium School, New Delhi believe her consistent efforts and ability to think critically have helped her carve a niche for herself in Indian politics and showbiz industry, and prove...
  • Exclusive photos: A pony-tailed 17-year-old Smriti Irani as the sports captain of Delhi's Holy Child Auxilium school in class 12 29-05-2014 10:45 AM

    A raging controversy has broken out over the disparity in the affidavits filed by Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani in 2004 and 2014 Lok Sabha elections. In 2004, while taking on Congress leader Kapil Sibal from Chandni Chowk in New Delhi, she claimed to have completed her BA in...
  • 'Godzilla' review: The visually-striking monster towers over the film's flaws 16-05-2014 06:47 PM

    Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, Bryan Cranston Director:Gareth Edwards He's bigger, ferocious and a lot better than his predecessors. Godzilla - who stirs you with his deafening roar, the ominous attacks, the radioactive beams he shoots from his mouth and even his...
  • Bollywood gets a new mother: 10 reasons why Kirron Kher is a worthy successor to Nirupa Roy 14-05-2014 06:46 PM

    Grey-haired, invariably clad in a white sari and incredibly successful in leaving you weeping with her glycerine-induced tears, yes that's how the Bollywood maa, mostly played by veteran actress Nirupa Roy, was understood, depicted and accepted in the 80s. And while your heart would go out to Nirupa for all...
  • On Mother's Day, Deepa Bhatia advises moms to empower their children to be assertive, not submissive 11-05-2014 10:20 AM

    New Delhi: "Remember the sequence where Partho feeds his mother? That's been the most emotional scene for me in 'Hawaa Hawaai'," says Deepa Bhatia. And as Deepa, mother of Partho Gupte, recalls one of the most touching moments from 'Hawaa Hawaai', she gets a lump in her throat, her eyes...
  • Hawaa Hawaai: 10 life hacks from Amole Gupte's latest film 08-05-2014 10:10 AM

    They not only make us think differently, but also make us weep and value our relationships and often, instigate us to do the impossible. Yes, that's what inspirational films like 'Hawaa Hawaai' do to us. Interestingly, Amole Gupte's much-anticipated film, which features son Partho and actor Saqib Saleem in key...
  • 'Kya Dilli Kya Lahore' review: Vijay Raaz's directorial debut isn't perfect, but watchable 02-05-2014 11:07 PM

    Cast: Manu Rishi, Vijay Raaz, Rajendranath Zutshi, Vishwajeet Pradhan Director: Vijay Raaz The year 1947 holds great importance in the lives of the people on both side of the border. The consequences of India-Pakistan partition - be it in the form of assassinations, communal riots or atrocities against women -...
  • 'Kya Dilli Kya Lahore' tweet review: The film deserves applause for its emotional complexity 02-05-2014 02:10 PM

    Partition, the most traumatic and harrowing chapter in the history of India, has always been the subject of numerous Bollywood films. From rapes, riots to mayhem that India-Pakistan partition, the most brutal upheavals of the 20th century lead to, the filmmakers have used virtually every aspect to recount its loss,...
  • Zarine Khan: Don't know what led to misconceptions about my nationality and age 02-05-2014 09:55 AM

    New Delhi: She was mocked for putting on weight even though it was meant for a role in Bollywood. But actress Zarine Khan didn't let nasty weight taunts spoil her professional achievement and bliss. As her first Punjabi film 'Jatt James Bond', which has earned 7 crore in its first...
  • Salman Khan's 'Maine commitment kar di' to Vidya Balan's 'Entertainment, Entertainment, Entertainment': The 10 legendary dialogues from Hindi films 30-04-2014 07:28 AM

    Let's admit it, great dialogues play a vital role in making great movies. Since dialogues which the actors deliver put forth their emotions and intentions and come across as a medium via which they give purpose to every scene in the film, they ought to be powerful, hard-hitting and thought...
  • Rajeev Khandelwal: Don't look forward to award functions because my first experience wasn't pleasant 28-04-2014 11:27 AM

    New Delhi: Unlike his contemporaries, Rajeev Khandelwal doesn't vie for awards to prove his acting prowess. If his conviction helped him garner huge appreciation for his character Sujal Garewal in 'Kahiin To Hoga', his willingness to take risks helped him bag his first Bollywood offer 'Aamir'. In addition to helping...