FILMMAKERS

  • Don't want to be a pigeonholed filmmaker: Mahesh Bhatt April 8, 2015

    New Delhi: In his four-decade career, Mahesh Bhatt has never shied away from showing the elements of his real life in films like 'Woh Lamhe'. The veteran filmmaker says there is "nothing personal about any human being". From his linkup to late Bollywood star Parveen Babi to his inebriated past, Bhatt...
  • Ryan Gosling dismisses 'Hey Girl,' discusses new film at SXSW March 15, 2015

    Austin, Texas: With a drop of a microphone, Ryan Gosling dispelled his Internet infamy, saying he had never once uttered the phrase, 'Hey Girl,' which has made him a viral phenomenon. "I understand if you're in a movie and you say something like 'I'll be back,' you own that. But I...
  • Anushka Sharma developed passion for cinema while working on 'PK', 'Bombay Velvet' February 21, 2015

    Mumbai: Actress Anushka Sharma, who is currently busy promoting her film 'NH 10', credits her films 'PK' and 'Bombay Velvet' for igniting passion for cinema in her. "Films affect you on a personal level because this is the life you lead - 95 percent of my life is about my work. "Playing...
  • Filmmaker Pahlaj Nihalani apppointed the new Censor Board chief January 20, 2015

    The government has appointed a new Central Board for Film Certification chief and filled other posts in the committee. Filmmaker Pahlaj Nihalani has been apppointed to the top post. ...
  • Period films a big idea for 2015 in Bollywood January 10, 2015

    Period films escalate cost of production and are more often than not an expensive risk for their makers. But they also seem to be the big idea of 2015 in Bollywood, with many filmmakers going back in time with their upcoming releases. ...
  • James Cameron, Alfonso Cuaron praise Vidhu Vinod Chopra's 'Broken Horses' December 19, 2014

    Mumbai: 'Avatar' director James Cameron and 'Gravity' helmer Alfonso Cuaron have praised Vidhu Vinod Chopra's Hollywood debut 'Broken Horses', calling it an" aritistic triumph driven by love". The film, set to release on April 10, next year, was screened for the two directors. 'Broken Horses' marks the first time an...
  • Challenge for filmmakers? To break stereotypes, do something different: Govind Nihalani November 15, 2014

    Kolkata: National Award-winning filmmaker Govind Nihalani on Friday observed that with rapidly evolving technology, the challenge for filmmakers is to break through stereotypes and do something different. "To break stereotypes is not easy... with these stereotypes the challenge is to come up with something different," Nihalani said while delivering the Satyajit...
  • Filmmakers contribute to the 16th Mumbai Film Festival September 18, 2014

    Filmmakers contribute to the 16th Mumbai Film Festival to be held from October 14 to October 21. The festival this time is running short of 2.25 crore. "Sustaining this festival is important. It has a very interesting line up with Helen being awarded for her contribution to Indian cinema," said...
  • Veteran Telugu film director, artist Bapu passes away September 1, 2014

    Hyderabad: Renowned Telugu filmmaker Bapu, also an acclaimed artist, painter, cartoonist and illustrator, passed away in Chennai today following a brief illness. He was 80. Bapu, whose real name was Sattiraju Lakshminarayana, had been admitted to a private hospital in Chennai a few days ago and he passed away this...
  • Noted Tamil filmmaker Ramanarayanan passes away June 23, 2014

    Singapore: Popular Tamil filmmaker Ramanarayanan died in a private hospital here Sunday, a family source said."He was undergoing treatment in Singapore for kidneyrelated issues. He passed away after he failed to respond to the treatment. His body will be brought to Chennai Tuesday," the family source told IANS.Ramanarayanan, who started...
  • Now, French filmmaker to make documentary on Anand Kumar's 'Super 30' June 13, 2014

    A French filmmaker has landed here to make a documentary on Anand Kumar, the founder of the Super 30 free coaching centre that nurtures talent from underpriveleged families and mentors them to crack the prestigious IITJEE the joint entrance examination for the Indian Institutes of Technology. Award winning filmmaker Pascal...
  • Woody Allen on big screen after 8 years in John Turturro's 'Fading Gigolo' March 20, 2014

    Los Angeles: Actor-director Woody Allen will be seen on the big screen in a full-fledged role after eight years. Allen, who is otherwise known to make cameo appearances in his own films, will be seen in 'Fading Gigolo' with Hollywood's two appealing actresses Sharon Stone and Sofia Vergara. In the movie,...
  • 'Samvidhaan' is not just for the present generation: Shyam Benegal January 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Filmmaker Shyam Benegal, who is helming a 10part mini series titled The Story of the Making of the Constitution of India Samvidhaan based on the Indian constitution, says he is not just targeting the present generation. He further added that the film is an important piece of historical...
  • 'Miss Lovely' has footage from Cgrade films December 27, 2013

    Mumbai: Filmmaker Ashim Ahluwalia, whose internationally acclaimed 'Miss Lovely' is set to hit the Indian screens with an Acertificate, has used the actual footage from Cgrade films in the movie as he feels it was not possible to create the 'wildness and sleaziness of the original films'. Set in 1980s Mumbai,...
  • You'll have to just tackle me to stop me: Martin Scorsese December 20, 2013

    Los Angeles: Filmmaker Martin Scorsese has put to rest rumours that he has plans to retire from filmmaking or even take it real slow after 'The Wolf of Wall Street', releasing worldwide Dec 25. "You'll have to stop me yourself. You'll have to just tackle me to stop me," Scorsese, who...
  • Haider: Kashmir is the biggest human tragedy of our time, says Vishal Bharadwaj November 26, 2013

    Srinagar: Filmmaker Vishal Bharadwaj, who had to cut short the shooting of his film 'Haider' inside Kashmir University following protests by students, today said the sufferings of people of the Valley were the 'biggest human tragedy' of our time. Asserting that he was not unduly perturbed by the protests at the...
  • APFEFSI building unites filmdom, Dasari happy November 23, 2013

    Hyderabad: Renowned Telugu filmmaker Dasari Narayana Rao is extremely happy over the fact that the industry has shown unity to financially support the construction of the Andhra Pradesh Film Employees Federation of South India (FEFSI) office building. Located in Venkatagiri, the NTR Cine Karmika Bhavanam, named after late actorpolitician N.T. Rama...
  • I hope to work with some great Bengali directors: Kareena November 19, 2013

    Kolkata: Keen to follow the footsteps of her motherinlaw Sharmila Tagore, actress Kareena Kapoor wants to work in Bengali film industry. "Satyajit Ray was one such director with whom my motherinlaw had the opportunity to work in so many films. I also hope to be able to work with some...
  • 'Tiranga' director Mehul Kumar arrested for misappropriating funds November 16, 2013

    Mumbai: Filmmaker Mehul Kumar, known for movies like 'Tiranga' and 'Krantiveer', is in police custody in a case of misappropriating funds, an officer said. Kumar was arrested Friday. He was dragged to court by Jayantilal Gada of production house Popular Entertainment Networks Ltd. (PEN Ltd). Gada had lent Rs 6 crore...
  • Amol Palekar prefers original talent over celebrities' carbon copies November 16, 2013

    Hyderabad: Actorfilmmaker Amol Palekar expressed his unhappiness over increase in number of child artists, who are more like carbon copies of big stars in movies and music. He believes those with originality should be promoted instead. An open forum on Children in Media: Rights of Child Artists was held here on...
  • Lakshmi: College screening best to reach youth, says Nagesh Kukunoor November 16, 2013

    Mumbai: Filmmaker Nagesh Kukunoor has taken on a unique promotional method for his movie 'Lakshmi'. He will screen it in various colleges across the country to capture the interest of the youth. "The college screening are a unique format, something I have not done in a long time since 'Hyderabad Blues'....
  • TV serials have brought down India's cultural level: Adoor Gopalakrishnan November 13, 2013

    Kolkata: Advising young filmmakers to develop their own style and imbibe a lot from music, theatre and reading, Malayalam filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan Tuesday criticised Indian television for having 'brought down the cultural level of the country'. Speaking to reporters at the 19th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) that began Sunday, the...
  • Tigmanshu Dhulia feels a strong connect with Chambal November 9, 2013

    Mumbai: Filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia captured various aspects of the Chambal ravines for 'Paan Singh Tomar' and now for 'Bullett Raja'. He says he feels love for the location because of which he tries to fit it in every film. "I feel a strong connect with Chambal," Dhulia said in a statement. "Bahut...
  • Why Madhur Bhandarkar is so happy after meeting Mrinal Sen October 30, 2013

    New Delhi: Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar is on a high ever since he met his favourite filmmaker Mrinal Sen. Bhandarkar met Sen during his recent visit to Kolkata. "It was a pleasure meeting with Mrinal sen, I always wanted to meet him because he is one of my favourite directors, I spent...
  • No celebrity ego in LA, says Shekhar Kapur October 25, 2013

    Mumbai: Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, who is currently holding audition for his film 'Paani' in Los Angeles, says irrespective of the level of stardom, an artist is never shy to audition in the US city. "Full day of auditions for 'Paani' in LA Range of talent in young actresses is quite amazing...
  • Ram Gopal Varma gets police security after receiving threats October 25, 2013

    Mumbai: Police security have been provided at the office and residence of Bollywood filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma after he received a threat, the police said in Mumbai on Friday. However, the police chose to remain silent about details like who threatened him and what sort of threat was issued to him. "On...
  • Transformers 4: Michael Bay attacked during the shooting October 19, 2013

    Hong Kong: Filmmaker Michael Bay was attacked during the shoot of the fourth instalment of the 'Transformers' movie series. 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' is currently being shot here. According to a Paramount Pictures spokesman, a man allegedly under the influence of narcotics stormed on the set and swung an air conditioner...
  • Filmmaker's assistant held for molestation October 8, 2013

    Gurgaon: A Mumbaibased Bollywood movie producer's assistant was arrested here on Monday for molesting a married woman on the pretext of giving her a chance to act in a feature film, police said. Anu Malhotra was charged with wrongful restraint, stalking and insulting conduct. Police officer Balu Lal said the accused met...
  • Public hunger drives gossip train: Fahad Samar October 1, 2013

    New Delhi: The media is often blamed for promoting crass and gossipdriven content through what is known as the tabloid culture, but filmmakerturnedauthor Fahad Samar says "public hunger" is the real culprit and in a way has contributed to an unhealthy trend in the media industry. "One shouldn't entirely blame the...
  • Onayum Aatukuttiyum: Some films don't need heroes, songs, says Mysskin September 25, 2013

    Chennai: Filmmaker Mysskin's Tamil crimethriller 'Onayum Aatukuttiyum', which releases Friday, doesn't feature a hero, heroine and not even songs because he believes some storydriven films need not have all that. "Is there a hard and fast rule that every film should feature a hero, heroine and songs? When there is absolutely...