UMRAO JAAN

  • 'Sri Siddhartha Gauthama', 'Pied Piper' win best film at DIFF December 28, 2013

    New Delhi: Sri Lankan film 'Sri Siddhartha Gauthama' and Indian director Vivek Budakoti's 'Pied Piper' have bagged the best film award at the second edition of the Delhi International Film Festival. The closing ceremony was attended by filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia, who said he wants to shift the base of Hindi...
  • Remembering Farooq Sheikh: Watch 5 of his memorable films December 28, 2013

    New Delhi: Veteran actor Farooq Sheikh died of a sudden cardiac arrest in Dubai late on Friday. Born on March 25, 1948, Sheikh started his Bollywood career in 1973 with the classic 'Garm Hava' and later excelled in both parallel and mainstream cinema. Over the years, he became known for his...
  • After Aishwarya, it's Neetu Chandra's turn to play 'Umrao Jaan' October 30, 2013

    Mumbai: Actress Neetu Chandra will be making her foray into theatre by essaying the iconic character Umrao Jaan. The modelturnedactress, who debuted in Bollywood with 'Garam Masala' in 2005, will be acting in the play titled 'Umrao Jaan'. Veteran actress Rekha had immortalised the character in the 1981 film, and Aishwarya...
  • Unreasonable songs irritate me: Waheeda Rehman October 16, 2012

    Mumbai: Waheeda Rehman, the star of ageless classics such as 'Guide' and 'Kaagaz Ke Phool', feels the golden era of Indian cinema was not in her day but now when it is getting global appreciation and also evolving in terms of subjects, performances and technology. Waheeda, as charming as ever at...
  • Excited about Rohan Sippy's film: Ayushmann July 4, 2012

    New Delhi: Ayushmann Khurrana is going places after the success of his debut film "Vicky Donor". The actor has bagged his third project, an untitled romcom, to be directed by Rohan Sippy. Ayushmann, who is teaming up with Shoojit Sircar and John Abraham for Hamara Bajaj, will begin shooting Sippy's...
  • Rekha to star in 'Umrao Jaan' sequel? May 29, 2012

    Mumbai: Her performance in Muzaffar Ali's Umrao Jaan in 1981 not only won Rekha her first National Award but also made an entire nation hum the soulful songs from the film. It was Muzaffar's first liaison with the camera. After doing just one more film, he retired to a quiet life...
  • Playlist: Best songs of lyricist Shahryar February 14, 2012

    New Delhi: Though he remained a benevolent Urdu professor for the students of the Aligarh Muslim University but the lovers of the quality Hindi film songs will always remember Shahryar as the lyricist of the evergreen songs of 1981 film 'Umrao Jaan'. He also penned down lyrics for films such...
  • Aligarh: Noted Urdu poet Shahryar dies at 76 February 13, 2012

    Aligarh: Noted Urdu poet and Jnanpith awardee Akhlaq Mohammed Khan, who shot to fame for penning Ghazals in Bollywood classics like 'Umrao Jaan', passed away in Aligarh on Monday after a protracted illness at the age of 76. The poet, better known by his pseudonym Shahryar, is survived by his two...
  • Will AbhiAsh's magic work in 'Raavan'? April 29, 2010

    Three years into their marriage and seven films together later, Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan seem to have truly settled down now. In the promos of their seventh film, Mani Ratnam's Raavan which releases on June 18 this year, the two actors are looking like they have pulled out all...
  • estop: Aishwarya talks about Jodhaa Akbar January 15, 2008

    On estop, All the latest buzz from the world of entertainment. Aishwarya Rai Bachan talks about her first release post marriage Jodhaa Akbar. And about her experience shooting for the film. ...
  • For Big B, it's good ol' Umrao Jaan all the way August 26, 2007

    Superstar Amitabh Bachchan talks about the many faces of Muzaffar Ali's classic Umrao Jaan and why it is one of his favourites. ...
  • 'JP's Umrao made fun of a classic' November 20, 2006

    New Delhi: Shahryar, the doyen of Urdu shayari who wrote the lyrics for Muzaffar Alidirected Umrao Jaan in 1981, says there cannot be any comparison between the classic which stars Rekha and the muchhyped remake with Aishwarya Rai currently playing in cinema halls. Shahryar, who has been described by Khushwant Singh...
  • NYT lauds Ash's role in Umrao Jaan November 10, 2006

    New York: Umrao Jaan seems like a way station for Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai on her path to international success. So says the New York Times, hoping she does not suffer for her art as much as her character does. "Oh, the price of being beautiful. Umrao Jaan a retelling...
  • When I marry, I won't hide it: Ash November 8, 2006

    Mumbai: Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai is more exasperated than amused by stories of her impending marriage with Umrao Jaan costar Abhishek Bachchan. "Who's doing all these marriage soap operas on my life? I don't know. Maybe you can enlighten me. One TV channel got seriously imaginative. They actually put together film...
  • Abhishek on his equations with Ash November 5, 2006

    Mumbai: Actor Abhishek Bachchan is effusive in his praise for costar Aishwarya Rai's work in Umrao Jaan. The film is an outandout Aishwarya film and he is just a small player in it, he says. Umrao Jaan is about Aishwarya's character. It's her movie. I'm one of the small players in...
  • Masand's verdict: Umrao Jaan November 3, 2006

    Cast: Aishwarya Rai, Abhishek Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, Suneil Shetty Direction: J P Dutta Director JP Dutta has been insisting that his new film Umrao Jaan is not a remake of Muzaffar Ali's fabulous 1981 film starring Rekha. And truth is, he's more or less right. Dutta's film which opens at cinemas this...
  • Ash is J P Dutta's Helen of Troy November 3, 2006

    Dubai: For war movie veteran J P Dutta, it was Aishwarya Rai who made him change the genre of his films, leading to another version of Umrao Jaan based on Mirza Hadi Ruswa's novel Umrao Jaan e Ada. "Aishwarya is my Helen of Troy whose face stopped me from going...
  • Friday flicks: Umrao Jaan, The Departed November 3, 2006

    This Friday actor Aishwarya Rai returns to the marquee with Umrao Jaan and Martin Scorcese returns with Leonardo DiCaprio in The Departed. ...
  • Does Umrao Jaan lie here? November 1, 2006

    Lucknow: As J P Dutta's Umrao Jaan is set to hit the silver screen this Friday, Lucknow is trying to trace the last remains of the 19th century courtesan. Though not many people know that Umrao Jaan lies buried in what looks like an ordinary passage in the city, flowers have...
  • AshAbhishek linkup a rumour? October 31, 2006

    Mumbai: News reports about Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan's impending marriage have now made way for further speculation about the linkup. Are the reports planted in the press as publicity for their impending release Umrao Jaan? If so, by whom? Director JP Dutta is more amused than incensed by the suggestion...
  • Ash, getting any older & wiser? October 30, 2006

    New Delhi: She rules the hearts of millions and is touted as one of the most beautiful actresses ever to grace Indian cinema. Aishwarya Rai, who turns 33 on Wednesday, returns to the marquee after a long hiatus playing a courtesan in Umrao Jaan and an oomph girl in Dhoom...
  • Bringing AshAbhishek together October 30, 2006

    Mumbai: After his virtual absence from almost all promotional events for his forthcoming film Umrao Jaan, actor Abhishek Bachchan more than made up for it at the launch of the coffee table book Making of Umrao Jaan. Also present were the leading lady Aishwarya Rai and director J P Dutta. The...
  • This Umrao Jaan is J P Dutta's: Director October 27, 2006

    Mumbai: J P Dutta's set for the release of Umrao Jaan but there's something bothering him the word 'remake'. "Let's get educated. A film to film is a remake but book to film is not," he clarifies. J P Dutta's one angry man. Days before the release of his magnum opus...
  • Watch Trailer: Umrao Jaan October 27, 2006

    Cast: Aishwarya Rai, Abhishek Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, Sunil Shetty Director: J P Dutta More than a mere remake of the 1981 musical, Umrao Jaan is being publicised as an adaptation of Mirza Haadi Ruswa's novel Umrao JaaneAda. ...
  • PostDon, Umrao Jaan in line of fire October 25, 2006

    Mumbai: Remaking a muchloved classic is never easy. Next in line after Don are the makers of the new Umrao Jaan who will inevitably face comparisons with the original Rekha starrer. "I'm not really bothered by it. If people want to compare the film then that's their prerogative but on...
  • I never say never anymore, says Ash October 17, 2006

    Bollywood's top brand ambassador Aishwarya Rai was in the Capital to launch an International timepiece. The actor gave CNNIBN a lowdown on her upcoming films and the latest motto she lives by. ...
  • Ash & her 'timely' shooting spree October 16, 2006

    Chennai: They say good acting is all about perfect timing. So when actor Aishwarya Rai made a rare appearance in Chennai to inaugurate the first Longines watch boutique in the country, we asked her what else defines the relationship between time and an actor. Timing is crucial. Our every minute is...
  • Umrao Jaan, a legacy for Shabana October 10, 2006

    Mumbai: Director JP Dutta's promise to his father twodecades ago led him to make his version of Umrao Jaan. But he is not the only one, stepping into his parent's shoes. Taking forward the legacy of her mother, Shabana Azmi will essay the role of Khanum Jaan the strongminded...
  • Umrao Jaan, a dads dream come true October 4, 2006

    London: "Kothas were actually the finishing schools of nawabs," J P Dutta, tells in his usual matteroffactly fashion. And the claim befits the tale of Umrao Jaan Ada, a Lucknow courtesan who was immortalized on celluloid first by Muzzafar Ali, and 20 years later by Dutta in his Abhishek...