R BALKI

  • Gauri Shinde is is one of the finest filmmakers in our country, says husband R Balakrishnan February 11, 2015

    New Delhi: Filmmaker R Balakrishnan aka Balki says he is impressed with the way his wife Gauri Shinde uses real emotions to convey a message through her films. The director also feels his wife is one of the finest filmmakers in India. "She is very good and sensitive. She is one...
  • It's a great concept and that's the least you can expect from Balki: Abhishek Bachchan on Big B's commentary during the World Cup February 10, 2015

    Mumbai: Actor Abhishek Bachchan says his father Amitabh Bachchan is a tad nervous about making his debut as a commentator for the India-Pakistan match during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Adelaide Feb 15. The Big B will take on the commentator's role alongside stalwarts of the cricket-commentary world Harsh...
  • 'Shamitabh' review: The promising film comes undone by the curse of the second half February 6, 2015

    Director: R Balki Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Dhanush, Akshara Like his previous films "Cheeni Kum" and "Paa", director R Balki's "Shamitabh" is constructed around a terrific, refreshingly original premise. A superstar is born when a talented but mute struggling actor (Dhanush) 'borrows' the booming baritone of an ageing alcoholic drifter (Amitabh Bachchan). Balkiskillfully...
  • Aishwarya Rai loved father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan's performance in 'Shamitabh' February 6, 2015

    Mumbai: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan hugged father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan after watching 'Shamitabh' here. Amitabh, 72, who shared pictures on the blog from last night's screening of his latest release, said his mind remained "stagnant and alone" despite the praise and compliments. "The show is over... The apprehensions remain... The praise and the compliments...
  • Amitabh Bachchan, Dhanush, R Balki stood by my side and helped me grow as an actor: Akshara Haasan February 6, 2015

    New Delhi: Sharing the frame with a stalwart like Amitabh Bachchan and a star actor like Dhanush in her debut movie "Shamitabh" has helped Akshara Haasan imbibe a valuable learning for her film journey - that she must treat every new project as her first. The 23-year-old, younger daughter of acclaimed...
  • Dhanush: Don't have a set image in Bollywood; I get the liberty to experiment with roles here February 5, 2015

    New Delhi: Superstar Dhanush wears his stardom lightly. The National Award Winning actor, who is a huge star in the Tamil film industry, has already made quite an impact in Bollywood with his first film 'Raanjhanaa' and states that he is thankful to director Anand L Rai for giving him...
  • I am an actor's director, says R Balki February 4, 2015

    New Delhi: 'Piddly Si Baatein' and 'Ishq-e-Phillum' are up there as ringtones and caller-tunes of mobiles, on the chartbusters of radio and television, and also on the loudspeakers for local celebrations! And we have Lifebuoy and Benadryl singing with 'Shamitabh' already! Not unusual that these brands have been strategically roped...
  • Went through some 33 scripts before 'Shamitabh': Dhanush February 4, 2015

    New Delhi: After 'Raanjhanaa', Dhanush waited for about eight months and went through some 33 scripts before 'Shamitabh' happened, which he feels is the toughest role in his career. "A lot of scripts came my way after 'Raanjhanaa'. I think I read about 33 scripts but there was nothing solid to...
  • Amitabh Bachchan: Must give compliment to today's generation for provoking us to make constructive cinema February 3, 2015

    New Delhi: In spite of being in the film industry for more than four decades, superstar Amitabh Bachchan refuses to slow down. Having won accolades, awards and adulation for his work, the actor still believes there is much to learn from the younger generation. During his visit to the capital to...
  • Voices of Lata Mangeshkar, Amitabh Bachchan unite India and Pakistan better than anything else: R Balki February 2, 2015

    Mumbai: On Feb 15 when India plays a cricket match against Pakistan in Adelaide, Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan will be doing the commentary alongside stalwarts of the cricket-commentary world Harsh Bhogle and Kapil Dev. "Shamitabh" director R. Balakrishnan is happy. This is part of an integration between broadcaster Star Sports and...
  • Introducing Amitabh Bachchan, the commentator for India vs Pakistan World Cup clash February 2, 2015

    An India vs Pakistan match is never short of drama and to add to that intensity for the World Cup encounter at The Gabba on February 15 will be India's most iconic film personality - Amitabh Bachchan. According to a report in the The Asian Age, Amitabh will join India's 1983...
  • Turning Point: Masand in conversation with R Balki January 31, 2015

    CNN IBN Movies Editor Rajeev Masand talks to Bollywood Director R Balki about a film that changed his life and inspired him to become a director. ...
  • Jaya Bachchan and Gulzar launch the music for Amitabh Bachchan-Dhanush starrer 'Shamitabh' January 21, 2015

    Mumbai: The music of filmmaker R Balki's much awaited film 'Shamitabh' was unveiled Tuesday night by Jaya Bachchan and Gulzar in the presence of the entire star cast of the film. The event was followed by paying tribute to the music composer Ilaiyaraaja. The event also saw a live performance by...
  • Amitabh Bachchan, Dhanush, R Balki come together to celebrate Ilaiyaraaja's 1000th film project January 21, 2015

    Amitabh Bachchan and Dhanush joined their 'Shamitabh' director R Balki to celebrate music composer Ilaiyaraaja's 1000th film project on Tuesday evening in Mumbai. ...
  • Dhanush: I'm not qualified enough to to star in the remake of an Amitabh Bachchan film January 18, 2015

    Mumbai: Dhanush loves Amitabh Bachchan's films, but says he is not qualified enough to star in remakes of the megastar's movies. Asked if he would like to do a remake of Amitabh's films, Dhanush, who will be seen with Bachchan in "Shamitabh", told IANS: "I will definitely not do a film...
  • When R. Balki and Pa come together, it's great to see them: Aishwarya Rai on 'Shamitabh' January 8, 2015

    Mumbai: Actress Aishwarya Rai is bowled over by the trailer of R. Balki's upcoming film 'Shamitabh', starring her father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan. She says she's looking forward to see the megastar in a different look on the big screen. The makers of 'Shamitabh' launched the film's trailer at an event in Mumbai...
  • Whenever Balki comes to me with a script, my initial reaction is that he must be drunk: Amitabh Bachchan January 8, 2015

    Mumbai: Amitabh Bachchan is teaming up with frequent collaborator R Balki in upcoming film 'Shamitabh' and the megastar says he is amazed how the director always comes up with unique scripts. The 72-year-old actor has previously worked with Balki in films like 'Cheeni Kum' in which he played a 60-plus chef...
  • I am a bathroom singer, says Amitabh Bachchan January 7, 2015

    The first trailer of Amitabh Bachchan-Dhanush starrer 'Shamitabh' was released on Tuesday evening amidst the film's cast and crew including Amitabh Bachchan, Dhanush, Akshara Haasan, director R Balki and Gauri Shinde. Bachchan also made some confessions about the song sung by him in the bathroom onscreen. He said, "When you...
  • Have nothing to lose in Bollywood, so I experiment with characters; stuck with one image in South: Dhanush January 7, 2015

    Mumbai: Actor Dhanush, who will be seen in 'Shamitabh', Tuesday said he is ready to experiment with roles in Bollywood as he has nothing to lose here. Asked why he was doing unconventional roles in Bollywood as opposed to his larger-than-life roles down in southern cinema, Dhanush said: "I have been...
  • Watch: Dhanush and Amitabh Bachchan 'mix' to become 'Shamitabh' in the new trailer January 7, 2015

    The first trailer of R Balki's 'Shamitabh' is out! Featuring Amitabh Bachchan, Dhanush in the lead, the title is a 'mixture' of both the actor's first name. The trailer doesn't give out much except for the fact that the both Dhanush and Amitabh Bachchan's characters belong to the showbiz. Big...
  • Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha do not share screen space in 'Shamitabh' January 7, 2015

    Mumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who stars with veteran actress Rekha in R. Balki's 'Shamitabh', says they however don't share screen space in the film. "We don't actually come together... its part of the sequence and when you see the film, you will understand how it's portrayed. But, yes its always great...
  • 'Shamitabh' poster: Mystery behind the film title solved; it's a mash-up of actors Amitabh Bachchan and Dhanush's names December 23, 2014

    The title of R Balki's upcoming film had aroused many fans' curiosity. But now that actors Dhanush and Amitabh Bachchan have shared the first look posters for 'Shamitabh', the mystery has been solved. 'Shamitabh' also marks the Bollywood debut of actor Kamal Haasan's daughter Akshara. The film is expected to...
  • Sridevi's 'English Vinglish' becomes the second highest Bollywood grosser after '3 Idiots' in Japan August 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Sridevistarrer "English Vinglish" has amassed USD 420,000 at the Japanese box office, as it continues its dream run in international markets. It is said to have become the second highest Hindi film in Japan after "3 Idiots". The movie, backed by Eros International, set the cash registers ringing at the...
  • Presenting Amitabh Bachchan's look from R Balki's 'Shamitabh' July 21, 2014

    R Balki has made Amitabh Bachchan experiment with very unique looks in each of his films. In 'Cheeni Kum' the actor sported salt and pepper hair and a ponytail while in 'Paa' Big B played a 12 year old boy suffering from a genetic disorder projeria. In his latest film...
  • Akshara is in good hands: Kamal Haasan on daughter's Bollywood debut July 19, 2014

    Mumbai: Veteran actor Kamal Haasan feels his daughter Akshara, who is making her debut in Bollywood with R Balki's 'Shamitabh', is in good hands and does not need his advice. "I think she should not take any advice from old time actors. I think she knows her way. And she will...
  • R Balki's next film starring Dhanush and Amitabh Bachchan titled 'Shamitabh' May 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Director R. Balakrishnan, fondly called Balki, has been busy filming his new project starring Amitabh Bachchan, but it is only now that he has revealed the title of the film 'Shamitabh'. Interestingly, it sounds similar to the Bollywood megastar's name. The movie, also starring Dhanush, marks the Bollywood...