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Independence Day in India: AP Photo from Sulekha.com As I wake up this 14 of August to merry music outside and talented high-pitched voices coming from a street sound system at 6am, there is no doubt. Festivities have been launched to celebrate India's independence. Later, as the day subsides, evening streets are filled with people, honking vehicles, colored lanterns and sweet smelling flower garlands hanging from every imaginable corner and at every roundabout. The air smells of delicious fried snacks, spice, incense, smoke and excitement. Fleeting fireworks thunder here and there and the thumping of the latest movie hits sweeps through the trees. Movie soundtracks are such an integral part... Read more
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Still from Ship of Theseus by Anand Ghandi Next September's Toronto International Film Festival 2012 is again interested in what happens in this side of the cinema world. Voicing its approval of contemporary Indian cinema by adopting Bombay as its Spotlight City for the festival's "City to City" programmes, this year's TIFF showcases ten new films from Bombay. Several of these releases are world premieres while some will be North American premieres. The lineup is:Gangs of Wasseypur – Part One and Part Two  by Anurag KashyapStarring Manoj Bajpayee, Richa Chadda and Reema Sen. While Part One of Anurag Kashyap’s much awaited gangster saga has premiered in Cannes and New York, Toronto wi... Read more
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Post by: Narendra KusnurThe Hindi Cinema Blog would like to thank Narendra Kusnur for accepting to have his article, celebrating Rajesh Khanna's life, talent and career, featured in our blog. Narendra is passionate about music and has turned his passion into his activity through music journalism and handling music projects for important labels in India. He writes informative and clever musings on Indian and international music atKaansen Kallingand we music buffs at HCB continuously learn from him. It is a true pleasure to feature your thoughtful tribute to Rajesh Khanna, Narendra! Ten days after leaving Mother Earth, Rajesh Khanna is wondering how he will settle in Paradise, when he is escor... Read more
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Shekhar Kapur will be presiding over the 2012 Venice Film Festival's Lion of the Future "Luigi di Laurentiis" award, which will be granted to a debut film. He will be selecting the awarded film alongside Isabella Ferrari, Matt Reeves and Michel Demopoulos from the film fraternity and Bob Sinclar from the music world. Other personalities participating in the Biennale's jury for other sections include Laetitia Casta, Pablo Trapero (The Secret in their Eyes), Ari Folman (Waltz with Bashir), and Michael Mann, among others. The jury shall select only one among all the debut feature-length films competing throughout the various sections of the Venice Film Festival (Official Selection and Indepe... Read more
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  The novel music series THE DEWARISTS by Only Much Louder Entertainment and Babblefish has made Indians proud by being awarded the Bronze Lion at the Cannes 59th International Festival of Creativity for Best non-fiction program, series or film where a client has successfully created a reality, documentary or light entertainment show around a product(s) or brand(s). "Dewarists" has become a new term to designate those people who believe in passion and things worth doing. "What better language to convey that passion than music, so some things are worth doing", may have thought the young team behind such a successful programme showcasing the best of Indian contemporary music and feat... Read more
clicks 303 View   Vote 0 Like   1:03am 30 Jun 2012
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Guest post by Amer Shoib from The Cinema JournalAmer Shoib has been a huge fan of cinema from childhood and has always been a huge Amitabh Bachchan fan. Amer works in London and has made his dream of becoming a part time entertainment correspondent come true. As such, Amer has interviewed some of the biggest figures in entertainment, the media and major celebrities and is an avid cinema watcher and reviewer.   The trailers of Kunal Kohli's Teri Meri Kahaani made us all think that the film was a reincarnation drama. Seeing the three different looks of the lead pair Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra over three different eras, there were speculations that the film might have the lead pa... Read more
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Guest post by Dolce from the Dolce and Namak Talk Indian Movies blogDolce (Italian for “sweet”) is an Eastern European movie addict (Indian movies to be precise) who has made Toronto, Canada her home over the past few years. She has an endless infectious enthusiasm for movies, songs, settings, dances, badassness and everything else that makes Indian movies a world of their own. You may visit Dolce's blog by clicking here.. One of the biggest disadvantages of having a group of friends where everyone is 3-5 years younger than you is that you're always waiting for people to grow up. You keep making excuses for them and keep saying: they'll grow up when they get a real job, they'll grow u... Read more
clicks 383 View   Vote 0 Like   9:37pm 23 May 2012
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Talk about the South of France and Cannes may be a hot topic at the moment due to the worldwide known Cannes festival 2012 but our attention was recently diverted by the news that the South of France will also be the "point of departure" for Nicole Kidman's Grace of Monaco. What does this have to do with Hindi cinema, a reader may ask. YRF Entertainment, a subsidiary of  Yash Raj Films studios in India is a company that focuses on the production of English language films abroad. The company will be participating in Kidman's endeavour in the executive production, script writing and financing/production departments. YRF Entertainment's CEO, Uday Chopra, has met with producer Pierre-... Read more
clicks 276 View   Vote 0 Like   9:45am 19 May 2012
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Taking the risk of sounding snobbish or of disappointing some readers, I have to own up to the fact that Sajid-Wajid have seldom been my favorite soundtrack composers. I acknowledge that they are talented and I do believe they have their moments of brilliance but I have sadly never been 100% captivated by a full album of theirs and have always thought that creating a high quality masala soundtrack is a titanic task. The Rowdy Rathore soundtrack however has the merit of having definitely caught my attention and I therefore could not ignore the opportunity of writing something positive about the composers. What follows is a brief account of each track and our recommendations. 'Dhadang Dhang' ... Read more
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This Sunday, the Hindi Cinema Blog enjoyed an hour and a half in excellent company. The actor turned TV show-host, Aamir Khan and his guests, graced the household with Khan’s “most ambitious project to date”, television show Satyamev Jayate.Expectation at Star Plus TV was at its highest as the first episode countdown began since last evening. A permanent announcement being made at the top left-hand corner of their broadcast let India know how many hours, minutes and seconds were left for the final take off. Let us imagine… Do you recall Deejay (Rang de Basanti), the rebel who increasingly became aware of his country and wished he could become its voice and touch its people enough to... Read more
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The Hindi Cinema Blog is gleefully watching how Anurag Kashyap has become the new Indian "coqueluche" at the Cannes cinema festival. The director that our partner CinemaHindi interviewed back in August 2009 (read the Exclusive Interview with Anurag Kashyap) will be showcasing 3 of his banner's films at the coveted screens of the festival:PEDDLERS, by Vasan Bala (assistant in Gulaal and  Dev D), has been selected for the Semaine de la Critique (Cannes Film Critics Week). The film stars Gulshan Deviah (Hate Story) and Kriti Malhotra (acclaimed for her performance in Dhobi Ghat). Moreover, none other than Kashyap's most recent film, GANGS OF WASSEYPUR (Parts I and II), starring Manoj Bajpayee... Read more
clicks 275 View   Vote 0 Like   11:15pm 3 May 2012
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  Backed by John Abraham's production and cool promotional video, Vicky Donor surprises by thinking out of the box in all departments: its subject, its excellent acting (Yes! No humongous stars in this one but still lots of bang for your buck!), cute and funny script and last but not least, a pleasant soundtrack. With all this working for the film, there is no going wrong with Shoojit Sircar's comedy. New Delhi is the setting of Dr Baldev Chaddha's (Annu Kapoor) failing fertility clinic and sperm bank. Dr. Chaddha's problems seem solved when he meets Vicky Arora (Ayushmann Khurrana), a handsome young man who lives with his mother struggling to make ends meet. Dr. Chaddha is convinced that... Read more
clicks 318 View   Vote 0 Like   8:55pm 27 Apr 2012
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Indian Cinema... the idea of it and its reality are alike India, a vast palette of styles, languages, sensibilities, heroes and heroines. When the Lumiere brothers' short films were screened for the first time at the Watson Hotel in Bombay in 1896, how many audience members would have dreamt of what was to become the most prolific movie industry in the world? As Indian Cinema enters a new century of history, we cannot help but celebrate! On this same day (April 21) in the year 1913, Dadasaheb Phalke saw his Raja Harishchandra screened at the Olympia Theatre in Bombay, marking the first time a full-length feature film made in India would be shown to an Indian audience. Indian cinema remai... Read more
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Actor Aamir Khan visits Srinagar and rides a Shikara for TV show "Satyamev Jayate" (photo: Hindustan Times)  Last week, Aamir Khan attended a highly successful music launch. No, not for any of his upcoming films, but for his newest and ambitious project: "Satyamev Jayate", the actor's maiden TV show to be watched every Sunday at 11am IST, starting May 6th, on Star Plus. The actor commented about the show: "This is the first time in Indian history that a show will be showcased simultaneously on national television channel DD1. Besides, the show will be dubbed in four southern languages: Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada. This show is being launched on a large scale". The actor has been ... Read more
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Among Rani Mukherjee’s upcoming films, Aaiyya, opposite Prithviraj Sukumaran has recently been making Bollywood enthusiasts eager with excitement. Sachin Kundalkar‘s debut Hindi film will allegedly have the actress, who has been nicknamed today’s Bollywood queen, pay a tribute to cinema divas of the 80s and early 90s. Within this framework, Rani Mukherjee has suggested to that the ever beautiful Madhuri Dixit, Juhi Chawla and Sridevi  participate in the film with her by having all three divas appearing on a cameo. The Hindi Cinema Blog believes this is a bombastic idea… Yes indeed, who would not be tempted to exclaim “Hai Allah! Sridevi, Madhuri aur Juhi Chawla! ... Read more
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Guest post by: Arnab MaityArnab is at simultaneously a photographer, a seasoned traveler and a software analyst from Bangalore who also delights his readers and photography enthusiasts regularly at his own blog: www.arnabmaity.com His never ending wanderlust has contributed to making him develop a keen taste for road movies. Fly away with him and his list of Top 10 Road Trips of the Century from all over the world, which features a couple of our own Hindi language favorites. We all love our road trips, don’t we? That orifice to vent out the vapors of our day to day chores, to bring us out into the open, sometimes gifting unusual sights and sometimes making us meet unusual people, who leav... Read more
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Shah Rukh Khan once said about his co-star Madhuri Dixit: "Madhuri is the most solid man I've met in the industry. Yeah, you heard right. She's truly like a man. She's the most solid thinker, solid emotionally, solid believer (...) She's the complete Indian film heroine." The above quote today inevitably brings to the mind current "hero-ine" Vidya Balan. In a male centered film industry, her sound script sense and her talent currently make her one of Bollywood's most regarded professionals, up there with the sharpness of the market-savviest male stars or the talent of the best actors in the industry. She has turned the audience's focus to women characters with a solid hand, making men and w... Read more
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Photograph: Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images It was an exciting and momentous day for the films and crews nominated to the National Film Awards 2011. Our heartiest congratulations to all winners!Best Hindi Film: I AM (Onir)Best Feature Films (2 awards):Deool and ByariBest Director: Gurvinder Singh for Anhe Ghorey Da Daan Best Bengali Film:Ranjana Ami Aar Ashbo NaBest Marathi Film:ShaalaBest Dialogue:DeoolBest Actress: Vidya Balan, The Dirty PictureBest Actor: Girish Kulkarni for DeoolBest Screenplay: Nitesh Tiwari, Vijay Maurya, Vikas Bahl and Rajesh Bajaj for Chillar PartyBest Editing: Praveen KL for Aranyaa KandamAward for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment: Azhagar Samiyin... Read more
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  Following in the steps of Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Hrithik Roshan, Salman Khan and cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, it is now the beautiful Madhuri Dixit who will soon be inaugurating her very own wax statue at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in London. The versatile actress has flown to the English capital in company of her family and will unveil her statue this following week. Madame Tussaud's has a new quintessential beauty in its collection.... Read more
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A movie buff usually plans the Oscars soirée in advance and spends hours glued to the TV screen rooting for his/her favorites. I am however one movie buff who barely remembers the last time she sat down to watch the Oscars. My love for films and good stories currently only motivates me to follow the Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Picture and then the list of actual winners for all categories once the gala is over.  "Why?", I have been asked time and again. This would seem a simple question to answer but, upon second thought, it sort of opens a pandora box of thoughts regarding cinema in general, Academy award policies and, last but not least, Indian cinema.  The main reason I ... Read more
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  In recent days, the only full recent soundtrack running on my computer is Vishal-Shekhar's powerful and quirky Kahaani, with which I have been very pleasantly surprised, feeling that the duo have just delivered one of their best soundtracks to date, expanding their scope of musical expression and delighting us with a titillating new sound. Bengali, English and Hindi greet the listener with Aami Shotti Bolchi, in which cold-jazz transforms into metal rock and back, hitting a home run with Usha Uthup's and Shekhar Ravjiani's oodles and bundles of attitude. People hailing from Kolkata have a new and ferociously catchy urban song to impress with!  The track has been paired to a prom... Read more
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It had been talked about long and plenty. Ever since Imran Khan had graced the screen in JTYJN, he had expressed his wish of starring alongside Kareena Kapoor in the future while Kareena remained nonetheless religiously faithful to the sure career-building value of the older Khan heroes whether it be Salman, Shah Rukh, Aamir or her beau, Saif Ali Khan.  When she finally and fortunately agreed to sharing screen space with a male lead of her age once again (her last great performance with a co-star her age having won her many Jab We Met accolades), Imran Khan was thankfully the natural choice. And we the audience have absolutely no regrets.Ek Main aur Ekk Tu presents Imran in one of his best ... Read more
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 Guest Post by: DiwaliDiwali is an enthusiastic Sanjay Dutt supporter who has agreed to give us her take on Kancha, Sanjay Dutt's newest character in the acclaimed Agneepath, directed by Karan Malhotra. The Hindi Cinema Blog thanks her for her valuable contribution to more literature on this amazing actor and is glad to leave more detailed introductions to Diwali herself. :-)Okay, for the record and for those who don't know me: I love Sanju. However, I do not call myself a "fan" – I prefer the attribute "supporter" for that is what I do: I support Sanju for better and for worse. Sure, you might point out that I was crazy enough to fly down to Mumbai from Germany for only a two day stay (!... Read more
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No sooner had we written about the various talents of Purab Kohli and Neil Nitin Mukesh and the interest of other Bollywood personalities entering the world of music, we discovered that the golden voice of talented Ali Zafar (who starred in the acclaimed film Tere Bin Laden and later starred opposite Imran Khan and Katrina Kaif in Mere Brother ki Dulhan reviewed here) had just finished composing and recording the album of his upcoming promising film venture London Paris New York (aliasLPNY) in which he and actress Aditi Rao Hydari (Rockstar) personally sing. The rights for the album have been purchased by Sony Music and we are enjoying listening to the very youthful and fresh sound of all s... Read more
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Multi-talented Purab Kohli has recently directed a touching clip for India's Republic Day with a heartwarming message inviting all Indians to be sensitive to their youngsters, who are the future of the nation. The moving clip was filmed in a peaceful emblematic beach in Goa and features the Indian national anthem in the background, performed by the golden and subtle guitar fingers of Dhruv Ghanekar.  Happy Republic Day, India! Directed by: Purab H Kohli Visuals: Pushan Kripalani Editing: Onir. Read our exclusive interview with Purab Kohli (2010)... Read more
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