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Milan Talkies is my Mughal-e-azam!

Director of National Award winning film like Paan Singh Tomar and the iconic Saheb Biwi Gangster series, Tigmanshu Dhulia?s latest venture is Milan Talkies, which releases this Friday. Tigmanshu along with the cast has been busy promoting Milan Talkies in different parts of country and recently the versatile actor-director was in Chandigarh where they met with an overwhelming response from the public. Accompanied by lead actor, Ali Fazal, actress Shraddha Srinath and Sikander Kher who essays the role of a villain, the director spoke at length about Milan Talikes, a subject very close to his heart.

Speaking to the press Tigmanshu said, "Milan Talkies is my Mughal-e-azam. It?s a different love story and I have been working on it for the past three years. It?s a youth centric film and deals with jobless youth who make films based on ?jugaad? (make do) and makes a living through
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Sonchiriya movie review: A masterly etched gritty fusion of struggle, pain and redemption

Sonchiriya releases today and here is the movie review. Starring Sushant Singh Rajput, Bhumi Pednekar, Manoj Bajpayee, Ranvir Shorey and Ashutosh Rana in lead, the movie is directed by Ishqiya series and Udta Punjab fame Abhishek Chaubey. Set in the 70s, the movie is about the gang of dacoits and their struggle in the Chambal ravines. Does it cut the edge like Abhishek Chaubey?s earlier movies?. Find out in the Sonchiriya movie review.

The most unique feature of Sonchiriya

From Birju in Mother India (1957), to Gabbar in Sholay (1975) to Phoolan Devi in Bandit Queen (1994) to Paan Singh Tomar in 2012, Bandits/dacoits have been a constant reminder of the people in the Chambal ravines and their struggles. An all evil like Gabbar to victims of class struggles like Birju, Phoolan, Pan Singh, Dacoits/bandits have fascinated the Indian silver screen like cowboys in Hollywood westerns. The terrifically mind blowing Bandit Queen
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Shraddha Srinath’s Bollywood debut film ‘Milan Talkies’ to release on March 15

CinemaDirected by Tigmanshu Dhulia, Shraddha shares screen space with Ali Fazal in this love story.Digital NativeDigital NativeShraddha Srinath’s debut movie in Bollywood is all set for release on March 15. The film, titled Milan Talkies, is directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia, who had won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film for Paan Singh Tomar in 2013. Ps Chhatwal is bankrolling this project under the Filmy Keeda Productions banner. Sharing screen space with Shraddha in this flick is Ali Fazal as the hero. The others in the star cast include Ashutosh Rana, Sikander Kher, Sanjay Mishra and Reecha Sinha. Shraddha is elated over her Bollywood debut and is looking forward to the release, which is touted to be a small town love story. Shraddha Srinath made her acting debut with the Malayalam movie Kohinoor in 2015 but it was the Kannada film U Turn that catapulted her to star status. Offers
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Hotstar, Fox’s Indian Streaming Service, Moves Into Original Content With Big-Name Talent

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Fox and Star India’s leading Ott platform, Hotstar, is partnering with a plethora of top Indian talent to create original programming under the brand Hotstar Specials, the company announced Monday.

Filmmakers who have signed up to create content for Hotstar include Shekhar Kapur (“Elizabeth: The Golden Age”), Neeraj Pandey (“M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story”), Kabir Khan (“Tubelight”), Nikkhil Advani (“P.O.W.: Bandi Yuddh Ke”), Ram Madhvani (“Neerja”), Venkat Prabhu (“Biriyani”), Sudhir Mishra (“Daas Dev”), Tigmanshu Dhulia (“Paan Singh Tomar”), Nagesh Kukunoor (“Dhanak”), Mahesh Manjrekar (“Natsamrat”), Vishal Furia(“Lapachhapi”), Rohan Sippy (“SideHero”), Debbie Rao (“Pushpavalli”), Sharad Devarajan (“Chakra The Invincible”) and Salman Khan (“Race 3”).

The expansion into original content comes as the race heats up for online viewers in the world’s second-most-populous country. Driven by cheap data charges, streaming is becoming an important platform in India, with aggressive competition between Hotstar, Netflix, Amazon, Eros Now, Sony
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Scoop: Karan Johar to produce biopic on India’s first woman combat aviator Gunjan Saxena?

Scoop: Karan Johar to produce biopic on India’s first woman combat aviator Gunjan Saxena?
Throughout the world, biopics make for great, classic films. Bollywood has finally warmed up to this idea and many of the biopics have done well in Bollywood. Some of the examples are Paan Singh Tomar, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Dangal, Manjhi – The Mountain Man, M S Dhoni – The Untold Story, Jodhaa Akbar etc. AamirRead More

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Here’s why the lives of Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh interest Arjun Kapoor

Here’s why the lives of Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh interest Arjun Kapoor
It’s raining biopics in Bollywood, especially the sports one. In the last four years, films like Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Mary Kom, M. S. Dhoni – The Untold Story and Dangal managed to do great business at the ticket window. Paan Singh Tomar, released in 2012, was not exactly a sports biopic, but it succeeded atRead More

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Shocking: Popular talented actor passes away

We had reported earlier that Bollywood actor Sitaram Panchal was struggling with lung and kidney cancer and had also sought help from fans and well wishers through a Facebook post. The sad news that we hear from reports is that the actor finally lost the battle and breathed his last on August 10th.

Sitaram Panchal, well known in films like; Jolly LLB2, Paan Singh Tomar and Peepli Live was suffering from cancer for last three years and was bed-ridden for last ten months. Bollywood celebrities like Anil Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, and others had reportedly extended their help towards the...
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Shocking: Sitaram Panchal is fighting cancer and seeks help through Facebook

Actor Sitaram Panchal who was seen alongside Akshay Kumar's Jolly Llb 2 and Irrfan Khan's Paan Singh Tomar is facing severe health issues. The actor recently took to his Facebook page seeking help from fans.

Panchal has been bedridden for almost one year after fighting with cancer for last three years. Yesterday (July 17th) Sitaram posted a request message on his Facebook seeking  financial help from his fans and well-wishers. Later, Cine and TV Artistes Association came forward and contributed their share to the star.

The association also gave a press release in Mumbai which said that they...
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Tigmanshu Dhulia launches new project amidst presence of eminent Bollywood Director!

Tigmanshu Dhulia’s next Raag Desh had its official launch and set visit on 3rd July 2016. The film is based on Indian National Army trials. The film is produced by Gurdeep Singh Sapal, who is also the CEO of Rajsabha TV.

Three major characters of the film are played by Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh and Mohit Marwah. Renowned directors like Raj Kumar Santoshi, Vishal Bhardwaj, Ketan Mehta, Shaad Ali, Sudhir Mishra and Subhash Kapoor were also present at the event. The event was hosted by the lyricist Manoj Muntashir.

When asked, Gurdeep Singh Sapal he said, “Rajya Sabha TV only works with National Award winning directors and the repertoire of his work and the way he has treated Paan Singh Tomar especially which was set in a period of contemporary India but not current India was one of the criteria why we chose him and also his treatment about the subjects.
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Irrfan Khan movies top the list of most successful non-traditional films

Irrfan Khan known for choosing unique and unconventional roles continues to capture audience attention internationally as well with his stellar performances. The versatile actor has proved that even parallel cinema is as commercially viable as a typical Bollywood film. Over the past years, three of the top 5 grossing non commercial, critically acclaimed films have starred the actor.

According to popular trade portal Box Office India, his latest successful film Talvar currently leads the list with an approximate earning of over 30 crore in 4 weeks, followed by The Lunchbox at number three with 20.85cr and

Paan Singh Tomar at number four with a total collection of 14.61crore at the box office. These figures prove that Irrfan’s unconventional films have been loved by audience and critics alike.

Irrfan has Hollywood film Inferno with Tom Hanks next year along with Japanese TV Series entitled The Tokyo Trials.

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5 Reasons Why Irrfan is a Film Festival Star!

Very few actors bring a character alive the way Irrfan does. And very few actors ensure that each film receives due recognition. Be it main stream Bollywood films or art house cinema, big banner Hollywood films or impactful Japanese cinema, Irrfan Khan has left his mark and how! With his films being screened at various film festivals across the world, Irrfan is proving to be a regular at international Film Festivals:

1. He is one of the most critically acclaimed actors and has won several awards at film festivals all over the world

His most recent award was at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (Iffm) 2015 for Piku. He has also won best actor at the Dubai International Film Festival (Diff) and at the Asian Film Award for The Lunchbox (2013)followed by the best actor award at Indian International Film Festival of Queensland for Qissa (2014).

2. His movie The Lunchbox is the
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Video: Watch Irrfan Khan’s First Ever Party Number with Aib

And now Aib is Back and this time with Oscar winning jokes. All India Bakchod which came in the spotlight for its controversial ‘Roast’ involving Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor and Karan Johar earlier this year, has made their superb come back with brilliant party song take by none other than most talented, Irrfan Khan.

Irrfan who is known for his power-packed performances in films like Maqbool, Paan Singh Tomar, Haasil and Haider, has showcased his quirky side in the latest video for standup comedy group All India Bakchod (Aib). He has taken a dig at all party numbers featured in Bollywood films and also seen in an item number for the first time in the six-minute-forty five-second-long hilarious video. You should not miss this video at any cost.

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui: From blink-and-miss appearance to working with Salman, Shah Rukh, Aamir

Nawazuddin Siddiqui is one example of a man who went from rags to riches, literally! From being a small-time watchman to playing a role equivalent to the lead, the actor has surely shot to fame with hardwork.

Nawazuddin started his career with Shool (1999), where he played the role of a waiter. Surprisingly, the movie also starred Manoj Bajpayee (who was the main lead in Gangs Of Wasseypur, where Nawazuddin gained the much-deserved recognition). However, he started getting noticed from Anurag Kashyap's movie Black Friday.

Nawaz then played a terrorist in Kabir Khan's New York, and now the actor plays a sidekick in his upcoming movie Bajrangi Bhaijaan starring Salman Khan along side.

He also did minor roles in 2010 content-driven movies Peepli Live and Paan Singh Tomar, but got hugely noticed in them. He also played a major role in another Irrfan Khan starrer Lunchbox (in 2013) and Vidya Balan
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Badlapur Boys gives Kabbadi to the limelight!

Sports-based films have always caught Bollywood’s fancy. From Lagaan to Chak De India to Paan Singh Tomar to Bhaag Milkha Bhaag to Mary Kom, copious films highlighting different types of games and/or sports have been made and received overwhelming response too. Now, gear up for yet another sports-driven film called Badlapur Boys, which is based on Kabbadi.

What is interesting is all this while Bollywood played around international games, for the first time ever we will witness the domestic game, Kabbadi being showcased on big screen. Actor Annu Kapoor plays the role of a Kabaddi coach in the film.

Produced by Karrm movies and directed by Shailesh Verma, Badlapur Boys stars Nishshan, Saranya Mohan, Annu Kapoor, Shashank Udapurkar, Puja Gupta, Anupam Maanav, Kishori Shahane, Mazhar Khan, Ankit Sharma, Vineet, and Aman Verma in the lead roles.

Badlapur Boys is a poignant story of a bunch of underdogs, who not only play Kabaddi passionately,
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Rose Movies signs director Abhishek Sharma

Rose Movies, helmed by producers Goldie Behl and Shrishti Arya, have a host of exciting projects in the pipeline. The production house recently managed to pull off a major casting coup and signed the successful combination of director Tigmanshu Dhulia and Irrfan Khan for Bade Bhaisaab, after the stupendous success of Paan Singh Tomar. What’s more is that the producers have now roped in director Abhishek Sharma of Tere Bin Laden fame, the sleeper blockbuster of the year 2010. The director has just released his latest Akshay Kumar starrer The Shaukeens and will now start work for the film under the Rose Movies banner. Titled Hume Aitraaz Hai, the film is a quirky comic satire and will be shot in New York and Faridabad. While the makers remain tight lipped about the movie, sources reveal that the film is still in its scripting stages and casting will start soon. When contacted said producer Goldie Behl,
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Irrfan Khan special guest at Florence Indian Film Festival

Irrfan Khan special guest at Florence Indian Film Festival
Irrfan Khan will be the special guest at the 14th River to River Florence Indian Film Festival.

The festival will screen Qissa by Anup Singh, The Namesake by Mira Nair and Paan Singh Tomar by Tigmanshu Dhulia as part of a special tribute to the versatile actor. Seven episodes of the third season of the Us HBO series In Treatment, starring Khan, will also be screened.

The 14th River to River Florence Indian Film Festival will take place at Cinema Odeon in Florence (Piazza Strozzi 2) from December 6 to 12 and screen more than 40 films.

A special selection of films from the festival will also be screened in Rome (December 13 – 14) and Milan (February 2015).

The festival is directed by Selvaggia Velo and is supported by the Embassy of India and Find – India/Europe Foundation for New Dialogues, with the contribution of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage – Cinema Department, the Tuscan Region and Fondazione Sistema Toscana,
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Rajkumar Hirani confirms Sanjay Dutt biopic with Ranbir Kapoor in the lead

Rajkumar Hirani confirms Sanjay Dutt biopic with Ranbir Kapoor in the lead
The recent times have seen an array of biopics being made on the celluloid, like Mary Kom, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Paan Singh Tomar, Shahid, The Dirty Picture name a few. If there's one person whose biopic features on everyone's wish list, then, it has to be on none other than Bollywood's favourite 'baba' Sanjay Dutt. It seems that all these prayers are soon going to be answered in the form of Rajkumar Hirani's biopic on Dutt, which will star Ranbir Kapoor in the lead.

After months of speculations, Raju Hirani has finally opened up to say that he is indeed making a biopic on Sanjay Dutt and that the film may go on floors before Sanjay Dutt is released from prison. Speaking about it, he said that he has received lots of inputs from Sanjay's family, which includes his sisters Priya, Namrata, his brother-in-law Kumar Gaurav, and a very close friend Paresh,
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Tigmanshu Dhulias next with Irrfan Khan titled Bade Bhaisaab

Tigmanshu Dhulias next with Irrfan Khan titled Bade Bhaisaab
Earlier we had reported that after the success of Paan Singh Tomar, Tigmanshu Dhulia would be teaming up with Irrfan Khan for a film that will be produced by Goldie Behl and Shrishti Arya. Now we hear that the film has been titled Bade Bhaisaab, with Irrfan playing a male lead. However no lead actress has yet been signed for the film.

Confirming the same, Goldie reveals, "Yes the film has been titled Bade Bhaisaab with Irrfan Khan in the lead." Further adding about the rest of the cast he says, "The film will not feature a conventional lead actress as such but will have quite a few new faces."

When quizzed about the film's story and shoot schedule Goldie adds, "Bade Bhaisaab is a dark comedy which Irrfan and Tigmanshu will be doing for the first time. Currently, we are in the pre-production stages of filming complete with last minute changes.
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Tigmanshu Dhulia and Irrfan Khan come together for Rose Movies

Rose Movies has managed to pull off a major coup. Producers Goldie Behl and Shrishti Arya recently signed the successful combination of director Tigmanshu Dhulia and Irrfan Khan after the stupendous success of Paan Singh Tomar for their next. While the makers remain tight-lipped about the details of the film, sources reveal that work has already started on the script and the rest of the cast is yet to be finalized. When contacted said producer Goldie Behl, "It's too soon to talk about it but yes something is in the pipeline with Tigmanshu Dhulia and Irrfan Khan and we are excited to collaborate with them." Though this year Tingmanshu will be focusing on Goldie's movie, his next projects are Yaara and Milan Talkies that will be releasing next year.
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M.K. Raghavendra talks about his book, “The Politics of Hindi Cinema in the New Millennium”

National award winning author and critic, M.K. Raghavendra’s new book “The Politics of Hindi Cinema in the New Millennium: Bollywood and the Anglophone Indian Nation”, published by the Oxford University Press, has just been released.

From The Adulterous Woman (Jism to Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna) and The Youth Film as Dissent (Rang de Basanti and the Political Class) to Thieves like Us (Enterprise in Bunty Aur Babli, Dhoom 2, Guru) and The Reservations of Middle-Class Concern (Page 3, Corporate, Traffic Signal and Fashion); the book interprets 28 recent Hindi films in the light of political developments of the last decade and the emergence of a new ‘Anglophone Indian Nation’.

DearCinema speaks with the author:

Hindi cinema – which was once very moral – changes with self interest gaining ground – shown as aspiration. Secondly, there is an increasing endorsement of criminality as a way to advance oneself. Thirdly, it is as if the
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