Basanti

  • Musician AR Rahman prefers lip-sync over songs in background August 18, 2014

    Mumbai: Composer AR Rahman doesn't favour the trend of using songs in the background because he feels it affects its popularity. In the 1970s filmmakers Basu Chatterjee would often force his songs into the background and some of the current directors like Shoojit Sircar and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra feel the same...
  • Aamir Khan, Pappu Yadav to help Mountain Man Dasrath Manjhi's family March 3, 2014

    Days of abject poverty for Bhagirath Manjhi and Basanti Devi, son and daughter-in-law of a man who single-handedly carved out a road by cutting through a hill in Bihar, are likely to end soon. Bollywood actor Aamir Khan and Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav, former MP who was last year acquitted...
  • I'm too expensive for Bollywood playback singing: Daler Mehndi February 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Bhangra King Daler Mehndi says he is too expensive for playback singing in Bollywood as he will never sing for free. "I want Rs 5 lakh, a business class ticket and lots of other things. Other singers do it for free. I cannot do that. I work hard...
  • What caused the death of long lasting patriotic Bollywood songs January 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Timeless Bollywood songs like 'Mera Rang De Basanti Chola', 'Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon', 'Mere Desh Ki Dharti' and 'Kar Chale Hum Fidaa Jaan-O-Tan Saathiyon' have still not found their parallel in the 100 years of cinema. We automatically think Manoj Kumar or Bajraj Sahni when it comes...
  • Basanti's jungle scene in 'Sholay' hard to convert to 3D: Ketan Mehta January 2, 2014

    Mumbai: The conversion of 1975 film 'Sholay' into 3D was not an easy task and some of the scenes posed problems. One such was when veteran actress Hema Malini, who plays the role of Basanti, is seen in a jungle. The conversion has been done by filmmaker Keten Mehta's Maya Digital...
  • Working on 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' was like going to school: Mehra October 23, 2013

    Mumbai: Filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, known for his directorials like 'Rang De Basanti' and 'Delhi 6', confesses that his last release 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' was one of the most challenging films that he had ever attempted. For him, it was like going to school every morning. 'Bhaag Milkha...' was a biopic on...
  • Just a good script is not enough, says R Madhavan September 26, 2013

    New Delhi: The script is not the only thing that R Madhavan looks at while deciding a film. The producer and cast are equally important for him. "I used to only look at the script. Now, I look at the set up, producer and rest of the team," Madhavan told IANS...
  • 'War Chhod Na Yaar' can have same impact like 'Rang De Basanti': Soha September 25, 2013

    Mumbai: Actress Soha Ali Khan believes that her upcoming film 'War Chhod Na Yaar' has the potential to have an impact on the public just like her 2006 film 'Rang De Basanti' did. "We hope that when the audiences leave the theatre, they will not just talk but also do something....
  • Esha Deol: No actress could play 'Basanti' like Hema Malini March 25, 2013

    Khandwa: Actress Esha Deol feels that making remake of 1975 blockbuster 'Sholay' would remain a pipe-dream for Bollywood as no contemporary actress could step into the shoes of 'Basanti', the role epitomised by her mother, veteran actress Hema Malini. "It is not possible to remake 'Sholay' as nobody would be able...
  • Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra: Give BMWs to our MPs January 26, 2013

    Mumbai: On the 64th Republic Day, filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra feels India is still fighting social inequality and injustice. He says if politicians and government officers are paid well, corruption can decrease drastically. "Why are the managers of our country not looked after as well as the managers of private companies?...
  • Atul Kulkarni: No regrets for not doing a solo film December 3, 2012

    Indore: After giving powerful performances in 'Hey Ram', 'Chandni Bar' and 'Rang De Basanti', actor Atul Kulkarni says he has no regrets that despite his 15-year-old career he is yet to do a solo film. "I have no regrets for not having a solo career in Bollywood because when I...
  • No link with old 'Chashme Buddoor': Siddharth July 27, 2012

    Mumbai: Multilingual actor Siddharth, who plays one of the leading men in David Dhawan's remake of 1981 classic Chashme Buddoor, says the movie cannot be compared with the original. "I'd never dare to compare David's and Sai Paranjpye's Chashme Buddoor. I didn't think of Sai's film even once. There's no...
  • Column: It's time to reconsider the term Bollywood July 13, 2012

    New Delhi: For sometime now, the name, term, insignia label, epithet, tag, title, moniker Bollywood has been residing vicariously, in the eye of a storm. Stars, directors and others led by the towering inferno Big B and now followed by Salman Khan have voiced complaints about the name being a...
  • Ferrari Ki Sawaari: Sharman's hard work pays off June 21, 2012

    Mumbai: He is not a stranger to filmdom, considering his father-in-law is veteran artist Prem Chopra and his sister Mansi Joshi is an actress and is married to actor-filmmaker Rohit Roy. But Sharman Joshi says connections don't work in showbiz and everyone has to prove his or her mettle to...
  • Bhaag Milkha Bhaag: Farhan trains like Olympians June 6, 2012

    New Delhi: Director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra of 'Rang De Basanti' fame, who is making a biopic on Milkha Singh, says the film's lead Farhan Akhtar went through gruelling training like an athlete to look the part. "My only brief to my team was that we are not preparing an actor, we...
  • Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy to give music for 'Milkha' February 7, 2012

    Mumbai: After Ashutosh Gowariker, another A.R. Rahman loyalist in Bollywood has had to switch to another composer. It is Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra who has teamed up with Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy for the music of his new project 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' (BMB). "I've been very keen to work with Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy for many years. We...
  • Was so overworked thought I would die: Rahman November 1, 2011

    Mumbai: It's the final day for rehearsals for the Rockstar concert in Mumbai. But A R Rahman looks a little distracted. "Please, can all these people with cameras in their hands move out of the room..... we need to finish this and we have just a few hours," he snaps. Ever...
  • No paternity leave for busy dad-to-be Abhishek October 31, 2011

    Mumbai: Apart from his next release in January, there's a lot more happening in Abhishek Bachchan's life right now. The actor's looking forward to fatherhood but admits he does not have the liberty to take time off. Excerpts from a Q and A with the papa-to-be... As the due date nears,...
  • Film villains mirror socio-political scene September 26, 2011

    New Delhi: Filmmaker and scriptwriter Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra of 'Rang De Basanti' fame says the history of Indian cinema shows villains were the greatest mirrors of the country's changing socio-political scene. "The first villains were the British - they were villains (literally). Then the feudal lords became the villains in the...
  • Art director Samir Chanda passes away August 19, 2011

    Kolkata: India's top art director Samir Chanda, known for work in films like 'Guru', 'Omkara' and 'Rang De Basanti', died on Thursday night due to heart-related ailments. The art director and production designer breathed his last at a hospital in Mumbai, his family said. Chanda had won the National Film Award for...
  • Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra shoots in Kashmir February 6, 2011

    Four months of unrest in the summer saw over 100 dead but filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra shot his comedy in Jammu and Kashmir during the biting winter in what he termed "the most peaceful shoot". He said people came out in hordes in the beautiful Gulmarg to help the crew. "We...
  • Can't call Aamir my lucky mascot: Sharman July 19, 2010

    New Delhi: He has given the two biggest hits of his career, Rang De Basanti and 3 Idiots, starring alongside superstar Aamir Khan but Sharman Joshi wouldn't agree that the former is his lucky mascot. "I cannot really say if Aamir Khan has been my lucky mascot. That’s not appropriate to...
  • Who are B'wood's Best Supporting Actors? April 27, 2010

    In Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, audiences had a feeling that Christoph Waltz as Colonel Hans Landa overshadowed lead actor Brad Pitt. It was no surprise then, that the Austrian actor won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for 2010. He did not forget to mention in his acceptance speech that without...
  • RDB fame Siddharth back with Striker January 27, 2010

    Mumbai: Bollywood actor Siddharth Narayan starrer new movie Striker is set in a Bombay (now Mumbai) ghetto in the mid '80s. The film is based on true-life accounts. Chandan Arora directed Striker is a story of triumph of human spirit over indomitable odds. Chandan Arora has directed other films like...
  • Sneak preview of Striker January 26, 2010

    Set in a Bombay ghetto in the mid ‘80s and based on true-life accounts, Striker is a story of triumph of human spirit over indomitable odds. From the director of Main, Meri Patni Aur Woh and Main Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon, and top-lining Siddharth Narayan (of Rang De Basanti...
  • Idol chat: Siddarth strikes back in Striker January 24, 2010

    Since Rang De Basanti, Telegu movie Star Siddarth has been conspicous by his absence from bollywood. But he returns now in a starring role in Chandan Arora's Striker, a gritty thriller set in the Mumbai underbelly. Rajeev Masand spoke to Siddarth about his 4-year hiatus and where he plans to...
  • I am not Aamir or Akshay to get solo films: R Madhavan August 20, 2009

    New Delhi: He thrilled the audiences with horror flick 13B but South Indian heartthrob R Madhavan believes that he is not a crowd puller like Aamir Khan or Akshay Kumar to get solo roles in Bollywood. The actor, a superstar in South, has been critically lauded for his characters in ensemble...
  • Really Tough Movie Quiz: Answers and winners February 28, 2009

    Here are the answers and winners of last week's Really Tough Movie Quiz. See if you won. Ques 1) Identify the film from the names of these characters who appear in it: Ranvir Singh Rajiv Singh Robert D'Costa Ans: Race Ques 2) Take a look at this picture. The actors have...
  • Questions on Saif-Kareena are frustrating: Soha October 12, 2008

    New Delhi: Bollywood actress Soha Ali Khan doesn't mind media attention, but asking her questions related to her brother Saif Ali Khan and his girlfriend Kareena Kapoor definitely rubs her the wrong way. "It's very frustrating when people ask me about them, but it doesn't annoy me any more. I very...
  • Of 3 Idiots, blogging and more: Madhavan unplugged September 16, 2008

    Actor R Madhavan was last seen in the widely acclaimed Mumbai Meri Jaan and now he's all set to hit the big screen with 3 Idiots. In an interview with CNN-IBN the actor talks about his forthcoming film and his love for blogging. CNN-IBN: Your performance in Rang De Basanti, Guru...