“I play a Pithoo in Kedarnath” – Sushant Singh Rajput

“I play a Pithoo in Kedarnath” – Sushant Singh Rajput
While he is fully into playing an astronaut in Sanjay Chauhan’s Chanda Mama Door Ke, Sushant Singh Rajput has also started preliminary preparation for his next challenging role in Abhishek Kapoor’s Kedarnath where he plays a tourist escort who carries the old and the ailing on his back to the holy place. Says Sushant, “I play a pithoo in Kedarnath.” As far as theRead More

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“Trying to dance with Tiger is more difficult than going to the moon” – Nawazuddin Siddiqui

“Trying to dance with Tiger is more difficult than going to the moon” – Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Two of Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s most cherished dreams are coming true. “I always wanted to go into space and I wanted to dance. I am getting to do both in my forthcoming films,” says Nawaz who plays an astronaut in Sanjay Chauhan’s Chanda Mama Door Ke and an aspiring dancer in Sabir Khan’s Munna Michael. HeRead More

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Amol Parashar, the sane voice of Babloo Happy Hai!

When we had spoken to Sanjay Chauhan about his next venture, Babloo Happy Hai, directed by Nila Madhab Panda, the talented writer had briefed us in detail about the film. And we in turn had brought the exclusives of the interview directly to our patrons.As may be recalled, Sanjay had called it a coming of age film about the present day youths, dealing with a lot of pressure and choices, after marriage. He had also said that Babloo Happy Hai deals with a very serious ailment i
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Nominations for the 2013 Iifa awards have been announced with Barfi! leading the pack with 13!

The Nominations for the 2013 Iifa (International Indian Film Academy) awards have been announced and Anurag Basu’s beloved Barfi! leads the pack with 13! Also in included in the esteemed lists are films like Gangs of Wasseypur, Kahaani, Agneepath, Vicky Donor, Paan Singh Tomar, Talaash, English Vinglish and more. The nominees in each category are voted on by members of the Indian Film Industry at the official Iifa Voting Weekend. The votes are then tallied and the final list is compiled for the popular categories. The winners of the popular categories are determined by the fans because they can vote for who they think are the best in each category at Iifa’s website.

The nominees are….

Best Singer – Female

Shreya Ghoshal – ‘Chikni Chameli’ (Agneepath)

Rekha Bhardwaj – ‘Phir Le Aya Dil’ (Barfi!)

Shreya Ghoshal – ‘Aashiyan’ (Duet) (Barfi!)

Kavita Seth – ‘Tumhi Ho Bandhu’ (Cocktail)

Shalmali Kholgade – ‘Pareshan’ (Ishqzaade)

Best Singer – Male

Mika Singh
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“When small budget, content driven films work commercially, writers are appreciated”

“When small budget, content driven films work commercially, writers are appreciated”
F rom stealing his sister’s money to watch films in Bhopal to winning awards for Best Screenplay for Paan Singh Tomar-which also won the National Award for Best Film 2012-Sanjay Chouhan has come a long way. His impressive portfolio includes Saheb Biwi aur Gangster, I am Kalaam and Maine Gandhi ko Nahi Maara. Chouhan’s experience in the Hindi film industry spans an era when he was blatantly given DVDs to copy to a time when he won the Filmfare and Screen awards for his original screenplay on the life of an athlete who turned bandit.

Chouhan gives a lowdown on the fate of writers of Hindi films then and now, and some useful tips for aspiring writers wanting to break into the industry:

Content driven films have been in the limelight at all mainstream award functions this year; you won the Screen and Filmfare awards for Paan Singh Tomar.
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Barfi, Gangs of Wasseypur winners at Filmfare Awards 2013

Barfi, Gangs of Wasseypur winners at Filmfare Awards 2013
Offbeat Bollywood films of 2012 like Barfi!, Kahaani, Gangs of Wasseypur and Paan Singh Tomar hogged the limelight at Filmfare Awards 2013 winning multiple awards. Barfi! bagged six, Kahaani and Gangs of Wasseypur won four each and Paan Singh Tomar went home with two awards.

Barfi! won the Best Film (Popular) award, Ranbir Kapoor won the Best Actor (Popular) for his work in the film, Ileana D’Cruz was awarded the Best Debut (Female) trophy, Pritam won the Best Background Score Award and Rajat Podar won the Best Production Design Award and the film was also presented with the Sony Trend-setter of the Year 2013 award.

Vidya Balan won the Best Actress (Popular) award for Kahaani, her third filmfare award. Kahaani also won Sujoy Ghosh the Best Director (Popular) Award. Sanjay Maurya and Allwin Rego won the Best Sound Design Award and Namrata Rao bagged the Best Editing Award.

Gangs of Wasseypur hogged
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Filmfare Awards Winner List!

The event which all Bollywood figures and film buffs look forward to every year finally took place on Sunday night! The 58th Idea Filmfare Awards was held at Yash Raj Films Studios in Mumbai, which saw the film fraternity unite to celebrate the best of Hindi Cinema during 2012. Considered by many to be Bollywood’s equivalent to the Oscars, this year’s Filmfare awards are extra special since 2013 marks 100 years since the first moving picture was made in India. There were a number of films which thoroughly deserved the awards for delivering outstanding entertainment which will be remembered for years to come. These include Vicky Donor, Kahaani, Gangs of Wasseypur and Barfi! .

Filmfare also paid tribute to the late Yash Chopra who sadly passed away on October 2012. The great auteur was posthumously awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for his phenomenal contributions towards Indian Cinema. Given that this year is the centenary year,
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Who’s Hot Who’s Not – Zee Cine Awards

Awards season has kicked off in B’town so the stars better hope they have a fabulous wardrobe to get them through the many ceremonies that will be taking place over the next few weeks.

The Zee Cine Awards took place recently in Mumbai and the awards ceremony saw Abhishek Bachchan and Riteish Deshmukh play anchors for the night.

We of course had our eyes on the red carpet to see what the stars where wearing as they graced the red carpet. Scroll down to see what the stars wore and who won what.

Best Actor Male (Popular) – Salman Khan (Dabangg 2)

Best Actor Female (Popular) – Priyanka Chopra (Barfi!)

Best Director – Anurag Basu (Barfi!)

Best Director (Jury) – Sujoy Ghosh

Best Actor Female (Jury) – Vidya Balan (Kahaani)

Best Actor Male (Jury) – Ranbir Kapoor (Barfi!)

Best Film (Jury) – Kahaani

Best Film (Popular) – Barfi!

Best Debut Female – Yami Gautam (Vicky Donor) and Ileana D’Cruz (Barfi!
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Small films achieve big success at Bollywood awards

Small films achieve big success at Bollywood awards
Bollywood finally seems to be acknowledging the power of content-driven, small budget films, going by the 19th Screen awards and the nominations for the 58th Filmfare Awards.

At the 19th Screen awards announced on Saturday night, Barfi! and Paan Singh Tomar jointly won the Best Film award. Anurag Basu won the Best Director award for Barfi!.

Ranbir Kapoor (Barfi!) and Irrfan Khan (Paan Singh Tomar) shared the Best Actor award while Vidya Balan was declared the Best Actress for her performance in Kahaani.

Gauri Shinde was named the Most promising debut director for English Vinglish while Tigmanshu Dhulia and Sanjay Chauhan won the Best Screenplay award for Paan Singh Tomar.

On the other hand, the 58th Filmfare Awards 2012 announced nominations on Sunday. Barfi!, English Vinglish, Gangs of Wasseypur, Kahaani and Vicky Donor have been nominated for Best Film.

Anurag Basu (Barfi!), Anurag Kashyap (Gangs of Wasseypur), Gauri Shinde (English Vinglish
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Green Screen Lab: Diary 10

“My grandma never attended a script writing course. But she was an engaging story teller,” Kamlesh Pandey said enthusiastically. The 5th day at Green Screen Lab in Bhubaneshwar has a new chirpy guest who has written some of the most gripping scripts of the Indian cinema like Tezaab and Rang De Basanti. We were all thrilled and enlightened with his anecdotes and views on script writing and Bollywood screenplays. His insights provoked us to look at our scripts with a new lens. The hurdles in crossing an ocean of imagination to reach the shore with a superior screenplay, never seems to end.

Children cinema is very rare and the few good films I have seen are Iranian. The only Indian children film I have watched in the last decade was a short film called Girni by Umesh Kulkarni and a feature film I am Kalam directed by Nila Madhab Panda
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Green Screen Lab: Diary 3

Our 17th and 18th fellow participants have arrived for the Green Screen Lab 2012. Bhubaneswar is a beautiful and an exciting place, especially on the Kiit University Campus, with the rain contributing to its scenic beauty. The 18 upcoming film writers/directors from different places around the country & abroad, and mentors with their hopes and experiences are providing the lacking excitement. I am optimistic that a couple of films will be made at the end of the workshop and very soon children from India and around the world will be able to see some good children films.

We are now divided in three groups guided by three mentors namely, Sanjay Chouhan, Arend Agthe & Onir. We got feedback from our assigned mentors and fellow participants after an in-depth narration of our stories in front them. Now, it is time to develop our story line according to their suggestions. Mentors are ready to take
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Green Screen Lab Diary: Day 1

Green. That is the colour of Bhubaneswar right now. Literally. And metaphorically too – for me at least, and I am sure, for my co-participants at the International Green Screen Lab 2012, focused on developing quality screenplays for Indian children’s cinema. For an Assamese, the deep shades of green during the monsoons is nothing new, Assam and the rest of North-East India having been endowed with nature’s bounty. But it is the metaphorical green that has engulfed the campus of Kiit University in the Odisha capital that is intoxicating me at this moment – it’s the colour that has inspired this screenwriting lab (click link above for the backgrounder). And it has kind of engulfed my senses too – the idea of writing and making cinema that remains environment-friendly during conceptualisation and execution is too exciting for a person who grew up close to nature but now lives in a concrete jungle called New Delhi.
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Sanjay: Cinematic liberties essential for Paan Singh Tomar

Today's much anticipated release Paan Singh Tomar has been co-written by the renowned Sanjay Chouhan, who has been associated with quite a few critically acclaimed Hindi films. Topping the list are the critically acclaimed films like I Am Kalam (for which he won the Filmfare award) and Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara, but he also has commercially viable films like Teree Sang and Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster etc. to his credit.A pertinent question on everyone's lips regarding Paan Singh
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Apsara Awards 2012 Winners

<div><b>Best Film</b></div><div>No One Killed Jessica</div><div>Rockstar</div><div>Singham</div><div>The Dirty Picture</div><div style="font-weight: bold;">Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara</div><div></div><div><b>Best Director</b></div><div>Rohan Sippy - Dum Maaro Dum</div><div>Raj Kumar Gupta - No One Killed Jessica</div><div>Imtiaz Ali - Rockstar</div><div>Rohit Shetty - Singham</div><div>Milan Luthria - The Dirty Picture</div><div style="font-weight: bold;">Zoya Akhtar - Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara</div><div><b>Best Actor in a Leading Role - Male</b></div><div>Salman Khan - Bodyguard</div><div>Shah Rukh Khan - Don 2</div><div>Emraan Hashmi - Murder 2</div><div style="font-weight: bold;">Ranbir Kapoor - Rockstar</div><div>Ajay Devgn - Singham</div><div></div><div><b>Best Actor in a Leading Role - Female</b></div><div>Priyanka Chopra - 7 Khoon Maaf</div><div>Katrina Kaif - Mere Brother Ki Dulhan</div><div>Rani Mukerji - No One Killed Jessica</div><div>Mahie Gill - Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster</div><div>Kangna Ranaut - Tanu Weds Manu</div><div style="font-weight: bold;">Vidya Balan - The Dirty Picture</div><div><font size="4"><b style="color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">Photos: </b><a href="../photo_event_images.php?cat_id=1&subcat_id=2&event_id=9488&sort=view">Chevrolet Apsara Awards 2012 - Red Carpet</a></font></div><div><b>Best Performance in a Comic Role</b></div><div>Jaaved Jaffrey - Double Dhamaal</div><div>Kartik Tiwari -
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Iranian film wins top honor at 17th International Children Film Festival India

still from Alafzar

Iranian film Alafzar (Meadow) directed by Mohammad-Ali Talebi won the Golden Elephant for Best feature Film in the international category at the 17th International Children Film Festival India (Icffi), which concluded in Hyderabad on Sunday.

Chillar Party directed by Nitesh Tiwari and Vikas Bahl won the Best Feature Film in Indian section. It also bagged the Best Feature Film award from the children’s jury.

The award for the Best Indian director went to Umesh Kulkarni for Vihir. Sanjay Chouhan won the Best Screenplay for I Am Kalam.

German film Vorstadkrokodile 2 (The Crocodiles Strike Back) by Christian Ditter was named the Best Feature Film in the international category of children’s jury.

The award for the Best little director was given to Varun Haldar and Vinita Nayak for Hamare Duniya.

The seven-day film festival was organised jointly by the Children’s Film Society of India, and Central and Andhra Pradesh governments.
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Sahib, Biwi Aur Gangster: Cinema of many layers

Sahib, Biwi Aur Gangster: Cinema of many layers
Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia, Screenplay: Tigmanshu Dhulia and Sanjay Chouhan, Actors: Jimmy Sheirgill, Mahie Gill, Randeep Hooda

In the context of contemporary Hindi cinema, Tigmanshu Dhulia is an important filmmaker. He is one director who has a keen eye and ear for north Indian socio-politics, which was amply reflected in his debut feature film Haasil. Since Haasil, he has made Charas and Shagird, which somehow fell quite short of the levels he had achieved as a filmmaker in Haasil, and the yet-unreleased Paan Singh Tomar, based on the real-life story of an international athlete-turned-Chambal dacoit.

With Sahib, Biwi Aur Gangster, Dhulia has reclaimed his place as a fine visual narrator of dramatic stories, a position that he had achieved through Haasil but yielded in his two subsequent released films. Indeed, Sbag is one of the significant mainstream pieces of cinema that captures a fictional story with sublime reflections of contemporary socio-political
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I am Kalam: a feel-good fable

I am Kalam: a feel-good fable
Director: Nila Madhab Panda, Writers: Sanjay Chouhan and Nila Madhab Panda, Actors: Harsh Mayar, Gulshan Grover, Pitobash, Husaan Saad etc.

For most of us who have grown up on feel-good fables of kings and queens, there is no escaping the goodness of I am Kalam. The experience is like watching a fable unfold on screen and inevitably walking out of the theatre contented. Chotu alias Kalam is a poor boy who works at a dhaba, yearns to go to school and make it big in life. He befriends a prince who has the luxury to go to school. Eventually, the king steps in and Chotu is sent to school with the prince. Everybody knows how it will end, there is hardly any surprise element anywhere; yet there is a magic and optimism in fables which we all know from our childhood.

The magic is accentuated by using a variety of
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Scripting a new story for Bollywood scriptwriters

Gone are the days when the script was the weakest link of a movie and multi-starrers were a sureshot way to success. As the mindsets of audiences change, Bollywood scriptwriters foresee a dignified growth for their kind though problems persist.'Now there is a need for good scripts because people have realised that films don't work only on stars. There is awareness, but that is not enough,' Kamlesh Pandey, who scripted 'Rang De Basanti' and 'Delhi-6', told us.In recent times, Vishal Bharadwaj, Ashutosh Gowariker, Karan Johar, Madhur Bhandarkar and Jaideep Sahni have shown the power of the pen by writing some of the best movies. The point to note is that most of them have directed their own scripts.Filmmaker Raj Kumar Gupta said: 'Scripts and scriptwriters are getting recognition more than ever. It is being considered the most important element in filmmaking now.
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Lahore - Another Creative Effort to Make the Bond Stronger Between 2 Nations

Sai Om Film Pvt. Ltd. Production presents, the most critically acclaimed film of this season, Lahore is all set to make mark and open to the audiences, globally on 19th March, 2010. Warner Bros. Pictures will distribute the film in India. Directed by debutant film director, Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan and produced by Vivek Khatkar and J.S. Rana, Lahore casts talented actors like Farouque Shaikh, Nafisa Ali, Sushant Singh, Shraddha Nigam, Saurabh Shukla, Kelly Dorji, Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Mukesh Rishi and late Nirmal Pandey. The film also marks the Debut of Aanaahad & Shraddha Das in the lead pair. As the tag line of the film says, .Beyond borders, between Nations Lies a battle to end all wars., Lahore is based on Kickboxing Sport, and is a story about revenge personified. Shot in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Lonavala, Malaysia and ofcourse at Lahore in Pakistan, the film Lahore has already won many international awards,
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