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Steven Spielberg wants to be The Big Friendly Giant !!


After the last power-packed Oscar nominated movie, ‘Bridge of Spies’ -the visionary and celebrated filmmaker Steven Speilberg is back with fantasy adventure film ‘The BFG’ which is all set to release India on 15th July.

The BFG which stands for ‘Big friendly Giant’ whose screenplay is by the very famous Oscar nominee Late Melissa Mathison (Ex-wife of Harrison Ford) and is based on the novel of the same name by Roald Dahl.

Before Steven Spielberg cast Oscar winner Mark Rylance to play the titular giant in “The BFG,” a convincing performer was already tied to the role: the director himself.

“‘The BFG’ had a nostalgic impact on me because it was one of the first books I read to my kids,” Spielberg about the 1982 Roald Dahl novel.

“I could be the BFG (Big Friendly Giant) to my own children, who looked up to me while I was reading that story. So I would do the BFG voice, I would pretend to be the BFG (acting it out) with my own personality.”

Those who didn’t get to hear Spielberg’s bedtime adaptation in person get the next best thing when “The BFG” opens on 15th July in India.

Reliance entertainment has a Pan India release for this friendly giant movie in 4 languages – English, Hindi, Tamil &Telugu. The movie is all set to release in India on 15th July, 2016.

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Finding Dory is all set to reach the coveted mark of 400 Million Internationally!


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Collection Update: Disney’s ‘Finding Dory’ remains steady with 9.29 Crores in 2nd weekend in India

Alien invaders were no match for cute fish at the box office this weekend, as Finding Dory dominated for a second week in a row. Finding Dory continues to power along with a second global weekend over $100M, taking the estimated cume to date to almost $400M already.  In North America, the cume is already up to an amazing $287M after just 10 days of release, posting a strong hold of -46% this weekend and holding the #1 spot.  Internationally, Finding Dory is following a staggered release to take advantage of local holidays and has opened in only a few key markets.  New openings were strong in France and Spain while Finding Dory plays extremely strongly in Australia and New Zealand while in China it is about to be the #1 Pixar release of all-time.  Like the US, holds in the second weekend were strong, especially across Latin America.

 

With the gross to date earned on Finding Dory, that now means that Pixar releases have grossed over $10Bn globally over 17 movies starting in 1995 with Toy Story.

 

The Jungle Book continues to swing along strongly in Korea, taking the global cume to $929M with Japan still due to open in August.

 

Zootopia continues to perform well in Japan, with an 8th consecutive weekend as #1 Western releases and no drop-off from last weekend.

The animated sequel has now earned $396.9 million globally.

As expected the film has done well at the box office despite local competition India!

Finding Dory collected 2.79 Crores GBOC (Gross box office collection) in the second weekend. 

Cumulative total GBOC – 13.46 Cr

2.01 Crores NBOC (Net Box Office Collection)

Cumulative total NBOC – 9.29 Cr

Saturday was 139% of Growth of Friday and Sunday’s growth over Friday is 170%

And it hold the #1 position for Disney-Pixar animation movie in India

Dory has been steady and is swimming consistently!The fun family film has been loved by people across all ages!!

The industry is abuzz about the historic DORY results globally.

The records that Finding Dory broke in just the initial few days are impressive and include the opening weekend record for an animated film, the largest single day and opening day for an animated film. It also took the record for the largest per-theater average for a wide opening animated release.

Good content always “finds” its audiences!! FINDING DORY is currently in theaters.

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Divya Khosla Kumar denies signing actor for 54 crores for her next film


 

 

Contrary to the rumors doing the rounds, Divya Khosla Kumar has not signed any A-list actor for an alleged fees of Rs 54 crores for her next film. The director who was spotted on a holiday with her family in Austria followed by the IIFA awards is presently busy working on a couple of subjects which she intends to develop as film scripts as soon as she’s back in Mumbai and any decision on casting will be taken only post the same.

 

Divya’s spokesperson has confirmed the same and said “There is no truth to this. Divya is currently on a much needed break and has not signed any actor for her next film. Divya is presently in the development process for her next film and discussions on casting are still some time away”

 

Although we cannot wait for the gorgeous director’s new film, the news of an actor being signed for Divya’s film is clearly just a rumor and nothing more..Waiting with baited breath for her next venture!

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Europe’s Largest Indian Film Festival Fearlessly Presses Feminist and LGBTQ+ Buttons


 

Pioneering Indian Film Festival brings cinematic diversity to London and Birmingham: 14-24 July

Challenging stereotypes of India and South Asia, and wrestling with some very hard issues the 7th Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival returns this Summer.

The diverse programme of brand new features, documentaries and shorts includes seven films directed by power-packed women filmmakers that give the Bechdel Test a run for its money, including the Thelma and Louise-esque opening night buddy movie, Parched, set in the desert villages of India’s Gujarat (female director Leena Yadav and Producer, multi-award winning cinematographer Aseem Bajaj, and Bollywood star Ajay Devgn, plus surprise guests, expected).

Double Oscar® winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, introduces her punch in the guts, documentary,A Girl In The River – The Price of Forgiveness.

With a strong LGBTQ+ following the festival proudly hosts its first Transgender movie based on an empowering true story – I am Not He…She, at BFI Southbank, supported by MAC Cosmetics and Sun Mark Ltd, amongst others. Bangalore Director BS Lingadevaru, is expected.

Reflecting the linguistic diversity of UK’s South Asian communities, the carefully curated programme will include 15 major languages, including films from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. All films are English subtitled.

This celebration of Indian regional diversity includes a very rare on-stage Q&A at BFI Southbank with one of South India’s greatest ever superstars – Kamal Haasan, who moved from child actor to Tamil cinema star, to produce, write and direct some of India’s most acclaimed features, including many Bollywood hits. He is adored by millions of fans, worldwide.

The closing night gala, is the world premiere of the incredibly moving and intense Toba Tek Singh,which focuses on patients locked in a Punjabi mental health hospital during the Partition (legendary director Ketan Mehta, is expected).

Sri Lankan breakout filmmakers Kalpana & Vindana Ariyawansa explore the taboo subject of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) in a very personal family drama Dirty, Yellow, Darkness, while at the ICA, Director Jayaraj from Kerala, presents the Berlinale Crystal-Bear winner, Ottaal (The Trap), a heart-wrenching drama, based on the roots of child slave labour.

On a lighter note the festival also celebrates two icons of cinema with on-stage interviews withSatyajit Ray’s favourite actress Sharmila Tagore from Kolkata and the only Indian filmmaker to truly cross from Bollywood to Hollywood – Shekhar Kapur, who will discuss his plans for Elizabeth 3. Let’s hope that Cate Blanchett continues her reign in this expected sequel.

Also in the line-up is a special screening of the risque film Brahman Naman, directed by India’s leading indie director Q, the hilarious coming-of-age comedy is exclusive to Netflix. The Mumbai music industry focused Jugni, shows that love and a damn-good Punjabi song, can conquer even the toughest hearts (female director, Shefali Bhushan, is expected).

As well as synchronous screenings in London and Birmingham from 14-24 July, the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival goes live on digital, with the festival showing a selection of films on BFI Player into the Autumn.

Festival Patron Tony Matharu, who is also our founding sponsor, from Grange Hotels, continues to support with full fervour, and the festival welcomes back supporters including title sponsor, the Bagri Foundation, who share our passion for South Asian arts and culture. The British Film Institute and Cineworld Cinemas have supported LIFF since year one. The festival enjoys on-going essential support from major sponsor, Sun Mark Ltd.

The Director of the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival, Cary Rajinder Sawhney states:

“We aim to showcase films that entertain but challenge and make one think about the many social issues happening in India today, and that includes many positive changes including the fact that so many emerging Indian women filmmakers who are producing world-class films that are giving their male counterparts a serious run for their money”.

Title Sponsor Alka Bagri of the Bagri Foundation says:

“We are delighted to support such an incredible festival which reveals the richness of South Asian culture and offers a wonderful platform for emerging talent. This year’s programme epitomises the diversity and dynamism of South Asian cinema, and through films, debates and panel discussions, we will explore topical issues such as gender, identity, mental health and equality. We look forward to being joined by two acclaimed figures of Indian cinema: Kamal Haasan and Shekhar Kapur who will take us on their cinematic journey”.

LIFF presents the prestigious annual Satyajit Ray Short Film Competition, in association with the Bagri Foundation, with a prize of £1,000 to the winning film. The short film programme screens at the ICA on Wednesday 20th July and the winning short will be announced at the closing night gala, on 21st July, at BFI Southbank. The festival continues in Birmingham, until 24th July.

Participating cinemas’ in London are: Cineworld (Haymarket, O2, Wandsworth, Wembley), BFI Southbank, ICA, Picture House Central, Crouch End Picturehouse, East London’s rustic Boleyn Cinema, with Cineworld Broad Street and Midland Arts Centre (MAC), in Birmingham.

– For more information on the festival please visit:

http://www.londonindianfilmfestival.co.uk

– The full festival programme for London and Birmingham:

http://londonindianfilmfestival.co.uk/programme.htm

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

KAMAAL R. KHAN AND MY IMMINENT MUD WRESTLE!


It all started with a Twitter duel between Mr Kamaal R. Khan and me after the release of my film ‘Love Games’. Then, came his review of the film ‘1920 London’. Though I did not produce the film, direct it, write the dialogue or the screenplay, he decided to do a review of me instead of the film. He made absurd insinuations– called me a fraud, a pimp and other unsavory names. I couldn’t care less; When you have made a business of ranting, then ranting is what you got to do!

Two hours later, I found my daughter crying in the corner. She was hurt. As I took her little body wracked with sobs in my arms, I saw things more clearly…

When you don’t stand up and fight the rumors that are being perpetrated about you, your silence gives these rumors the fodder they need to seem like the truth to the people around you. I knew then that I had to fight, if not for for anything else then at least my daughter’s tears.

When the news of my sending Mr Kamal R. Khan a defamation notice became known, I received a lot of calls and messages from concerned friends and colleagues. They advised me against continuing with this fight. When you fight filth you get filthy yourself, they warned, and they are right.

But by the time the defamation notice reached Mr Khan, something had changed. I will tell you what had.

Enraged by the notice, Mr. Khan went on a Twitter rant, “Now I will reveal in the court how Vikram Bhatt tried to supply Meera Chopra to a well known producer by many dirty tricks (sic).”

I have been called many things before, but here he was saying that I am a pimp and Meera is a whore. And while there were many on Twitter who thought this was in bad taste, there were many who were also entertained.
One person’s tragedy has always been another’s entertainment. But can you really call a young, female colleague of mine a whore and get away with it?

I was perturbed to put it mildly, and conferred with my friend and lawyer Rizwan Siddiquee . He not only agreed with me, but was equally enraged by Mr. Khan’s derogatory remark. I told him that he did this on a regular basis and every time he did, I was spurred to take him to court. But the people around me always stopped me, saying, “When the ladies about whom he is saying such repulsive things are quiet, how can you fight, they have to file a complaint first?”

Rizwan explained the law to me. He clarified that even if the ladies concerned decided to not confront the issue, we could.

So we have!

Here are some of the things Mr Kamal R. Khan has been saying about our ladies. And this is just the tip of the iceberg:

On Sunny Leone: “I request to Digvijay Singh Ji to have a strip show of Sunny Leone in the function of his marriage and I will pay Rs 1 crore to the Congress party fund.”

On Bipasha Basu: Posting a picture of papayas on Twitter, he wrote, “These are as big as bipasha ke in bipasha song. #Jodibreakers .” He further added, “Believe me I go crazy when Bipasha move her boobs on the song Bipasha of Jodi breakers.”

On Nargis Fakhri: “Nargis Fakhri says- My butt is bigger than my lips. Yes yes I know this yar but kabhi milo Tho Sahi yaar. @NargisFakhri.” There was more: “How mny tims in week U have @NargisFakhri How long can a woman go without sex? We r supposed 2have sex n don’t lie 2me tat nobody wants it.[sic].”

On Malaika Arora: “There comes an Item.song from an Old lady Malaika Arora Khan who still dances at her best with hotness and curves, it was fun watching this dance.”

On Priyanka Chopra: “I want to ask only one question to @priyankachopra ji Madam ji are you also a virgin like Rakhi Sawant? #JustAsking(sic).”

On Huma Qureshi:  “I want to ask you one question if you will not feel bad? I want to have sex with you. Hahaha.” He then addded, “Now watching Gangs of Wasseypur 2 for the 2nd time n only for Human Qureshi and dialogue Kahke Loonga”

On Madhuri Dixit: “Ye lo buddhi Madhuri Dixit will again try to become no.1 actress. Madam ji just learn something from Sridevi.”

On Alia Bhatt: “Alia looks so bacchi in panty but still some people keep forcing her to wear it.”

On Parineeti Chopra: “There was a time when she was really hottest girl in Bollywood. Aur aaj Dekho, Bechari Uzdaa chaman Ho gayee.”

My grandfather, Vijay Bhatt, made one of the biggest hits of his time, a film called ‘Ram Rajya’, the only film Mahatma Gandhi watched in his lifetime. It was on the life of  Ram. I would sit by my grandfather’s side and listen to him talk about Ram and the great epic, Ramayan. I remember him saying that when evil takes away the good, like Ravan took away Sita, then sometimes you have to go to the heart of the evil, like Ram went to Lanka, to bring the good back. His words have never left me!

I am no Ram, in fact far from it. But I have decided to go to the heart of this evil to bring back what is good. If I have to fight filth and get filthy, then so be it. But fight I must!

With me is my able lawyer and an equally incensed citizen of this city, Rizwan Siddiquee. He is willing to get even more filthy than me!

We must fight because all those who found Salman Khan’s one comment on rape distasteful have been quiet about this man for years. I don’t understand why…

We must fight because the NGOs and the Women’s Commission which should safeguard the ladies of my fraternity have not found anything disrespectful about this man’s comments. I don’t understand why…

We must fight because Twitter India has not taken this account down and thinks Mr. Khan’s comments are free speech. I don’t understand why…

We must fight because the people who fight for the deletion of cuss words in our films have no problems with cuss words being used in real life. I don’t understand why…

We must fight because the ladies in my fraternity are being abused and the various film associations think it is all right. I don’t understand why…

We must fight because so many in my fraternity feel the need to befriend Mr Khan just so that he keeps quiet. I feel betrayed!

We must fight because a man attacks my tribe every other day and we have no other way but to go into the filth to fight him.

I write this not because I seek any kind of support for my fight…

I write this not because I crave any brownie points…

I write this not because I need to justify my stand…

I write this because I know that there are many like me out there and I want to say to them that it is all right to feel righteous rage…. That when we don’t stand for anything, we fall for everything.

In Rizwan I have found a believer and a dogged fighter. A mission and a believer is all that is needed!

My defamation suit is suddenly not important. This fight has stopped being about me now. The film fraternity has been a source of livelihood for my family for generations. This is the least I can do to say, “Thank you.”

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Ram Charan to learn Aikido for his next !


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Ram charan, who is known as the tollywood heartrobe will be seen learning  Aikido (a modern Japanese martial art) for his next. Ram charan who will be seen playing the role of an ips officer in his next is  undergoing intense training in aikido.

While learning this, the major  goal is to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselve.

Aikido techniques consist of entering and turning movements that redirect the momentum of an opponent’s attack and defend one self which is the perfect for the role.

Since ram charan is playing the role of an ips officer in his upcoming movie this method is perfect and he is training extensively in the same.

He has hired a special trainer, as he believes in giving in the best for whatever he does.

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Manglmurti Films’ Ekk Albela trailer out now!


 

After launching the impressive teaser of Ekk Albela, the makers of the biopic based on the late legendary actor Bhagwan Dada have unveiled the intriguing trailer of the movie on the digital platform YouTube.

Manglmurti Films, Kimaya Motion Pictures and Dr Monish Babre’s Ekk Albela is the untold story of India’s first dancing and action hero, Bhagwan Dada and his journey to fulfill his dreams.

Like the teaser, the trailer of Ekk Albela is every bit a glimpse into the extraordinary journey of a common man – Bhagwan Dada who went out to become one of the biggest legends in Indian cinema.

Ekk Albela features award winning versatile actor Mangesh Desai as Bhagwan Dada and the powerhouse performer Vidya Balan portraying the role of renowned yesteryear actress Geeta Bali in her debut Marathi movie.

The biopic that explores the era between 1930 to 1951 has several dialogues in Hindi and also has two Hindi songs from the original film – ‘Shola Jo Bhadke’ and ‘Bholi Surat’.

Ekk Albela is directed by Shekhar Sartandel and produced by Monish Babre, It is a Kimaya Motion Pictures Production and presented by Manglmurti Films and releases on 24th June, 2016.

Here’s the YouTube Ekk Albela official trailer

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2016 in Uncategorized

 
 
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