Divya Pal

  • Seniors at Kirori Mal College locked me in a room, used foul language; it was an emotional torture, says popular singer Sanam Puri 15-09-2014 10:45 AM

    My first interaction with Sanam Puri was a lot like his music. Fun and unforgettable. And because he hasn't learnt the ropes of how to speak only 'appropriate' things while being interviewed, the discussion gets more enjoyable. From being ragged in Delhi University to his inability to use cuss words,...
  • How in-film branding dilutes the impact of 'Mary Kom' 07-09-2014 12:58 PM

    There's no denying the fact that filmmakers promote brands through their projects to woo consumers. Even though the results aren't always impressive, advertisers still feel brand placement in films is the ideal way to resonate with the viewers. But how would you react when a film is rewritten to incorporate...
  • 'Mary Kom' tweet review: Priyanka Chopra surprises with her performance 05-09-2014 09:15 AM

    Boxing and cinema have enjoyed a great relationship. That's why the viewers have been awaiting the release of 'Mary Kom'. And since 'Barfi!' star Priyanka Chopra plays Olympic bronze medallist Mary Kom, the excitement is expected to be intense. Priyanka Chopra may not have tried to look like the boxer...
  • Why Fawad Khan, Indian cinema's hottest new pinup guy wears his fame lightly 04-09-2014 12:22 PM

    With his designer stubble, penetrating gaze and sculpted jaw, Fawad Afzal Khan is difficult to miss in a crowded room. He is undoubtedly one of the most charming actors around whose female fan base is expanding by the day - but what is Fawad really like? Referred to as the...
  • My father never pushed me to become a typical Bollywood actor, says Naseeruddin Shah's daughter Heeba 01-09-2014 02:53 PM

    Even though she is a star kid, Heeba Shah throws no tantrums. She doesn't evade interviews, responds to messages and doesn't think twice before saying 'I can't quit theatre for money'. Popular and immensely respected in the theatre circuit, Heeba accredits father Naseeruddin Shah for never pressurizing her to become...
  • 'Step Up All In' tweet review: Even with amazingly choreographed dance sequences, the film is a let down 29-08-2014 11:25 AM

    The 'Step Up' series is one of those uncommon franchise that has shown success and growth with each installment. Just like the way in which dance numbers are now more about spunk, energy and how flashy they are, their stories have emerged fantastic. Directed by dancer and choreographer Trish Sie,...
  • Vernacular gives you roots, but English language helps you to branch out: Javed Akhtar on CSAT row 25-08-2014 06:10 PM

    While students took to the streets in Delhi to protest against the alleged language bias in the Union Public Service Commission Civil Services Examination recently, several prominent names in political circle and film fraternity got busy in discussing, debating and giving their take on the CSAT row. So yes, if...
  • 'The Expendables 3': Live tweet review 22-08-2014 04:16 PM

    The third installment of Sylvester Stallone's action-hero franchise includes Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Kellan Lutz and Ronda Rousey. Directed by Patrick Hughes, and written by Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt, and Sylvester Stallone, the film follows the mercenary group fondly popular as "The Expendables". The film revolves around how...
  • My song 'Munni badnaam' earned over Rs 100 crore, but I never got a single penny, says music composer Lalit Pandit 22-08-2014 08:27 AM

    New Delhi: Music director Lalit Pandit may have earned huge applause for his creation 'Munni Badnam' from Salman Khan-starrer 'Dabangg', but it didn't help him earn any monetary benefit. In an exclusive interaction with IBNLive.com, the music composer spoke to us about the battle which the music directors are fighting...
  • There's no way we can justify MP's absence in Rajya Sabha, especially Sachin Tendulkar; his word carries weight: Javed Akhtar 19-08-2014 06:07 PM

    New Delhi: Noted lyricist and writer Javed Akhtar today lamented the fact that Rekha and Sachin Tendulkar, members of parliament from the Indian film and sports fraternity haven't been attending the Parliamentary sessions regularly. Speaking at a press conference in the city, Akhtar said, "There's no way we can justify...
  • KBC 8 review: Big B's unique style, Kapil Sharma's comic timing keep the viewers engaged 18-08-2014 01:53 PM

    Megastar Amitabh Bachchan may have left his fans a bit disappointed with his debut fiction show 'Yuddh', but he made sure the grand premiere of 'Kaun Banega Crorepati 8' lived up to its hype. The game of knowledge, which has been the talking point for its format, prize money and...
  • Robin Williams: The man Bollywood thanks profusely for 'Mrs Doubtfire' and 'Patch Adams' that influenced two beloved Hindi films 12-08-2014 11:32 AM

    Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams - who embodied the titular role of 'Mrs Doubtfire' with such ease that it was tough for the cinema audience to separate the actor from the character he was playing - was found dead on Monday at his home in Northern California. Whether it was the...
  • Deepti Naval: Happy to have worked with Rituparno Ghosh in 'Memories in March', wanted him to bring out the best in me 09-08-2014 12:17 PM

    It hasn't been easy for Deepti Naval to find distributors for her debut directorial venture 'Do Paise Ki Dhoop, Chaar Aane Ki Baarish'. But the film, which was premiered in the market section of 2009 Cannes Film Festival and lauded for the subject it deal with, is expected to be...
  • 'Kick' BO report: With over USD 10 million, it's the highest overseas grosser of 2014 07-08-2014 07:49 AM

    Salman Khan's Kick continues to crush it at the Box Office. The film, which has already entered Rs 200 crore club and surpassed friend Aamir Khan's '3 Idiots' BO collection, has pulled off another feat by turning the highest overseas grosser of this year. According to trade analyst Taran Adarsh's...
  • Should Bollywood's Charmer-in-Chief stick to films? Why Shah Rukh Khan can't crack TV game shows 04-08-2014 05:08 PM

    Actors Amitabh Bachchan, Anupam Kher and Salman Khan have proved that hosting a television show isn't as effortless as it appears. Agreed, the ability to connect with the viewers, and to take interest in what might appear tedious to many are some of the qualities that a host ought to...
  • Singer Asha Bhosle condemns offensive lyrics, says she was shocked to hear 'Halkat Jawani' 03-08-2014 12:16 PM

    For Asha Bhosle, survival in the competitive world of showbiz wasn't easy. And going by the obstacles she had to deal with, the domain is neither meant for the thin-skinned, not the weak-minded. Only someone as determined and resolute like Asha could have taken on challenges to carve a niche...
  • How Bollywood continues to live by its secular ethics 02-08-2014 01:48 PM

    From a Muslim hero Yusuf Khan (Dilip Kumar) singing Hindu devotional songs, written by renowned lyricists Shakeel Badayuni, and composed by music by Naushad Ali, to actors choosing life partners irrespective of their religious backgrounds to Shah Rukh Khan calling his son AbRam, Bollywood has invariably presented the true and...
  • Remember 'Ek Chhoti Si Love Story'? 'PK' revives Bollywood's old tiff with racy and controversial film posters 01-08-2014 04:54 PM

    One of the key questions that determines the understanding of huge box office collections in Bollywood is simply this: How do you sell the film? At a time when the benchmark of Bollywood BO success has been raised to an elite figure of Rs 100 crore, filmmakers are not just...
  • Om Puri earns 15-25 lakh not a crore for a film; does Bollywood have an age bias? 31-07-2014 07:07 PM

    New Delhi: A couple of years back, Kareena Kapoor showed no qualms in speaking about the income disparity that exists in Bollywood. While the actress managed to draw everyone's attention to how patriarchal gender norms still pervade the movie industry and male actors especially the Khans take home all the...
  • Wild 'Bigg Boss 8' casting rumours have started: Actor Gaurav Chopra says he was approached but no offer yet that looks attractive 31-07-2014 01:53 PM

    With just a few month left for the eight season of Bigg Boss to kick off, several popular names are now being rumoured as potential inmates of the controversial house. While Aam Aadmi Party member Kumar Vishwas recently made headlines on revealing that the makers of Bigg Boss had extended...
  • My son is lucky to find Soha as his life partner, says Kunal Khemu's father 25-07-2014 11:05 AM

    Leh: It's the wedding invite we've been waiting for and going by the recent development in their love life, Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemu have signaled the possibility of their official union as a married couple. For the uninitiated, Soha and Kunal, who've been dating each other for close...
  • 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 suggestions and opinions 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...
  • 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...