Filmmakers

  • Woody Allen on big screen after 8 years in John Turturro's 'Fading Gigolo' 20-03-2014 03:54 PM

    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...
  • 'Samvidhaan' is not just for the present generation: Shyam Benegal 10-01-2014 01:24 PM

    New Delhi: Filmmaker Shyam Benegal, who is helming a 10-part 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...
  • 'Miss Lovely' has footage from C-grade films 27-12-2013 06:18 PM

    Mumbai: Filmmaker Ashim Ahluwalia, whose internationally acclaimed 'Miss Lovely' is set to hit the Indian screens with an A-certificate, has used the actual footage from C-grade films in the movie as he feels it was not possible to create the 'wildness and sleaziness of the original films'. Set in 1980s...
  • You'll have to just tackle me to stop me: Martin Scorsese 20-12-2013 05:04 PM

    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,...
  • Haider: Kashmir is the biggest human tragedy of our time, says Vishal Bharadwaj 26-11-2013 11:13 AM

    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...
  • APFEFSI building unites filmdom, Dasari happy 23-11-2013 03:09 PM

    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 actor-politician N.T....
  • I hope to work with some great Bengali directors: Kareena 19-11-2013 10:02 AM

    Kolkata: Keen to follow the footsteps of her mother-in-law Sharmila Tagore, actress Kareena Kapoor wants to work in Bengali film industry. "Satyajit Ray was one such director with whom my mother-in-law 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 16-11-2013 01:37 PM

    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...
  • Amol Palekar prefers original talent over celebrities' carbon copies 16-11-2013 01:09 PM

    Hyderabad: Actor-filmmaker 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...
  • Lakshmi: College screening best to reach youth, says Nagesh Kukunoor 16-11-2013 12:15 PM

    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...
  • TV serials have brought down India's cultural level: Adoor Gopalakrishnan 13-11-2013 11:00 AM

    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,...
  • Tigmanshu Dhulia feels a strong connect with Chambal 09-11-2013 02:18 PM

    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...
  • Why Madhur Bhandarkar is so happy after meeting Mrinal Sen 30-10-2013 05:06 PM

    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...
  • No celebrity ego in LA, says Shekhar Kapur 25-10-2013 03:27 PM

    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...
  • Ram Gopal Varma gets police security after receiving threats 25-10-2013 11:49 AM

    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...
  • Transformers 4: Michael Bay attacked during the shooting 19-10-2013 11:14 AM

    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...
  • Filmmaker's assistant held for molestation 08-10-2013 11:08 AM

    Gurgaon: A Mumbai-based 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...
  • Public hunger drives gossip train: Fahad Samar 01-10-2013 02:32 PM

    New Delhi: The media is often blamed for promoting crass and gossip-driven content through what is known as the tabloid culture, but filmmaker-turned-author 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...
  • Onayum Aatukuttiyum: Some films don't need heroes, songs, says Mysskin 25-09-2013 04:13 PM

    Chennai: Filmmaker Mysskin's Tamil crime-thriller 'Onayum Aatukuttiyum', which releases Friday, doesn't feature a hero, heroine and not even songs because he believes some story-driven 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...
  • For filmmaker Anindita Sarbadhicari love can wait, baby cannot 23-09-2013 06:20 PM

    Filmmaker Anindita Sarbadhicari is not married. She is yet to find the right man to spend the rest of her life with and she prides herself for what she calls "swimming against the tide" in a society that's marked by boundaries, norms and taboos. And now she's oozing confidence at...
  • 'BA Pass' to be remade in Malayalam, Telugu 21-09-2013 02:42 PM

    Mumbai: Filmmaker Ajay Bahl's bold film 'BA Pass' will now be remade in Malayalam and Telugu, says the director. It is already being dubbed in Telugu. "I have received calls from two producers for the remake rights. We are still negotiating with the price and in the next two to...
  • Woody Allen to get Golden Globes lifetime achievement award 14-09-2013 05:14 PM

    Los Angeles: Oscar-winning filmmaker Woody Allen will receive the Golden Globes' Cecil B DeMille Award, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association said. The prolific writer-actor-director will be conferred the honor Jan 12 at the 71st Annual Golden Globes ceremony, Xinhua reported. The award is given annually to people who have made...
  • Service Tax Dept is targeting the film industry: Ram Gopal Verma 14-09-2013 10:48 AM

    Mumbai: Filmmaker Ram Gopal Verma, whose office was searched by the service tax department, alleges that the officials are 'targeting' the film industry on purpose. Seaches were conducted at Verma's office by the service tax department Thursday. He said there is a lot of 'ambiguity' over the tax scheme, which...
  • JJ Abrams is not directing next 'Star Trek' film 13-09-2013 02:58 PM

    Los Angeles: Filmmaker JJ Abrams has confirmed that he will not be directing the next installment in the 'Star Trek' franchise. The 47-year-old director said he feels 'bittersweet' to be leaving his baby in the arms of someone else, reported E! online. "Whomever it is that directs the film will...
  • Failures made me what I am today: Mahesh Bhatt 31-08-2013 05:10 PM

    Mumbai: Acclaimed filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, who has seen several ups and downs in his professional and personal life, says he is what he is today due to his failures. In his association of over three decades with the Indian film industry, he has made several films like 'Arth', 'Naam' and...
  • My standard reply to offers for Partho is 'no': Amole Gupte 31-08-2013 04:19 PM

    Mumbai: Filmmaker-actor-activist Amole Gupte, who is gearing up to work with his son Partho once again, says several acting offers come his way for the young star, but he refuses most of them. Partho, who had won a national award for his stellar performance in 'Stanley Ka Dabba', was also...
  • Fast track courts need to speed up: Farhan Akhtar 30-08-2013 11:24 AM

    Mumbai: Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar, who launched the Men Against Rape and Discrimination (MARD) campaign earlier this year, believes that the concept of fast-track courts must live up to its name, thereby granting speedy justice to victims of rape. He also believes it can result in a serious difference to rising...
  • Farhan Akhtar: Censor Board must stand up for filmmakers 29-08-2013 12:56 PM

    Mumbai: Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar believes the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) should speak up for filmmakers when movies such as 'Madras Cafe' get caught in controversies despite being cleared by the board. Even as John Abraham's 'Madras Cafe' has been appreciated by the audiences, it has also invited protest...
  • 'The Lunchbox' must be India's frontrunner for Oscar: Karan Johar 25-08-2013 12:20 PM

    Mumbai: Filmmaker Karan Johar, who is presenting acclaimed film 'The Lunchbox' under his banner Dharma Productions, believes that the movie must be considered as a potential frontrunner for India's entry for the Oscars. At a press conference here Friday, the filmmaker was asked if he sees 'The Lunchbox' making its...
  • Is the film on Narendra Modi an image building exercise? 24-08-2013 10:47 AM

    New Delhi: Narendra Modi's journey from a common man to the chief minister of Gujarat has caught the fancy of NRI filmmaker Mitesh Patel, who is making a projected Rs 40 crore movie on him. He admits the film on the politico couldn't be better-timed, but denied it being an...