Archive | August 2013

Filmit India Film Festival for school students

The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) holds a short films contest, the Filmit India Film Festival, for school students every year, in which children have to make films on India’s culture and heritage.

INTACH has now begun training sessions in schools for the 2014 film festival, in collaboration with an expert from the United Kingdom.

A small workshop was held at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Byculla, Mumbai on August 27 were students were taught basics of shooting, planning, scripting and production.

According to the latest Bollywood News for the first tie there is an inclusion of a local municipal school – the West Byculla Marathi Secondary School. Another educational institution added this year is the Arya Vidya Mandir, Juhu. Video cameras will be gifted to the new schools and further training shall be provided to teachers and students in production and editing.

Filmit, a project of the INTACH and the Helen Hamlyn Trust (UK), encourages students of the sixth and seventh grades to shoot short films based on the environment, culture and heritage, with a touch of humor where and when appropriate. These films are uploaded on the Filmit website where participating schools from the UK can view them. Each Indian school has a partner school in the UK. The best short films are awarded each year.



Hrithik Roshan Is Keen On Dancing With Madhuri Dixit

According to Latest Bollywood Gossip the reports, the superstar is very keen on dancing with Madhuri and he is in search of the script where he can do so. The Bollywood Gossip in fact suggests that Hrithik Roshan is discussing the idea with Karan Johar to bring Madhuri onboard for their upcoming film ‘Shuddhi’.

“Madhuri’s schedule is packed, but she has great respect for Hrithik and Karan. They have bounced ideas off each other but nothing concrete has emerged so far,” informs an industry insider.

Also there are many months left before ‘Shuddhi’ goes on floors and Madhuri may step into the much anticipated project for the special song with Hrithik.

“This conversation started off on the sets of a dance reality TV show that Madhuri and Karan are currently judging,” the insider added.

‘Shuddhi’ is going to be directed by ‘Agneepath’ fame Karan Malhotra. It has Kareena Kapoor playing the female lead.


Will Kareena Kapoor’s name change help her career?

Kareena Kapoor Khan. That’s how her name appears in the credits of Satyagraha. She got married to Saif Ali Khan last year. Talaash released soon after. But her name flashed as Kareena Kapoor in the opening credits. However, in her second release after her shaadi, she has added Khan to her name.

Actors are known to be paranoid about changing names especially when their career is going great. It’s common for them to experiment with different spellings for the luck factor. Shraddha A Salla, a Tarot card reader and numerologist, analyses Bollywood Actress Kareena Kapoor Khan’s new name. She says this change will work very well for the actor personally as well as professionally.

“Kareena is strongly ruled by Jupiter — the planet of growth and abundance, Jupiter supports creativity and entertainment, and makes one rise to his/her peak in this profession. Not only is Kareena’s birth and destiny number ruled by Jupiter, but also her name vibration. By adding Khan to her name, she is including the family name into her subconscious mind, which will work positively for her as she will always have their support and respect. With Saif, she has created an energy of total acceptance and bonding by taking his name.”

She adds, “New opportunities in films and other fields related to media will open up. Starting of a new venture like a production house is very likely. Health wise, this energy might make her a bit emotional and lazy, but her nature of always bouncing back will solve the issue. She will become calm, mature and more receptive to people around her.”


Is Ranbir Kapoor going to marry Katrina Kaif?

While Ranbir and Kat have always played it safe when it comes their relationships status, their sizzling chemistry was enough to tell us what was brewing between the two

Going by the garma garam khabar, it seems Ranbir Kapoor is ready to take the plunge finally! We don’t know when the Kapoor lad will actually tie the knot but we hear he is planning to pop up the big the question to her alleged longtime girlfriend and Bollywood Actress Katrina Kaif. Apparently, Ranboo is even planning to come out in public about his relationship. While rumours were doing the rounds that Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh weren’t happy with their son’s choice, the duo seems to have come around eventually. It is believed that only after Ranbir got a green signal from his parents that he has decided to propose Kat on his birthday.


Bhaag Milkha Bhaag to be screened at Ladakh International Film Festival 2013

The biopic starring Farhan Akhtar and Sonam Kapoor will open the festival along with The Frontier Gandhi: Badshah Khan, a Torch for Peace

Bollywood film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and documentary The Frontier Gandhi: Badshah Khan, a Torch for Peace will be screened as a part of the green carpet premiere at the second edition of Ladakh International Film Festival (LIFF) 2013 to be held at Leh in Jammu and Kashmir next month.

“We are pleased to have renowned filmmakers like Teri McLuhan (‘The Frontier Gandhi’) and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag) at the Green Carpet of LIFF this year,” Melwyn Williams Chirayath, Founder, LIFF, said in a statement.

While Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is a biopic on ace sprinter Milkha Singh, The Frontier Gandhi… tells the story of noted freedom fighter Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan aka Badshah Khan.

The fest will be held from September 13-15. Its other highlights will include a retrospective of veteran writer-filmmaker Gulzar, curated by the multi-talented Vishal Bhardwaj.

LIFF 2013 will also pay special tributes to legendary film personalities Yash Chopra, Pran and Rituparno Ghosh, who are no more.

A panel discussion by women film personalities on the theme – Role of Women in Cinema – On and Off Screen, Road Ahead – will also be conducted. Some participants for the panel discussion will include names like Teri McLuhan, Aparna Sen, Meghna Gulzar, Rekha Bhardwaj, Hannah Fisher and Deepti Naval.

Carrying forward the focus on women is also a flagship campaign on women called Campaign Red.


Why did Mardas Café impress Amitabh Bachchan?

Shoojit Sircar has yet again impressed everyone with his latest release, and the latest to join his list of admirers are Big B and KJO!

Though barely a week-old, Madras Café has emerged as a powerful political thriller and everyone is singing praises for the Vicky Donor director, Shoojit Sircar. In fact, Bollywood Actor Amitabh Bachchan and filmmaker Karan Johar are also all praises for John Abraham starrer Madras Café!

Big B tweeted, “Saw ‘Madras Cafe’.. such a wonderfully executed film ! Shoojit Sircar, your variety in Direction and Production is so commendable!” Karan Johar also loved the film and tweeted, “#Madrascafe is intelligent…well intentioned…spectacularly shot and edge of the seat!! a proud film in every department!!! Superb…” KJo is also quite impressed with Madras Café’s producer and actor, John and he tweeted, “John Abraham emerging as the new age producer of our times….his brand value takes a giant leap….#Madrascafe.”

We’re very happy for Sircar who loves to explore the untouched genres in the filmdom. We hope he doesn’t have too much difficulty in dealing with constipation, the subject of his next film!


Is Poonam Pandey responsible for crime against women?

poonam650_082713020122Poonam Pandey, who recently made her Bollywood debut with a bold film Nasha, says she was constantly badgered and persuaded to feel guilty about the crime a day after the gang-rape of a photojournalist in Mumbai last week.

“Apparently my pictures are responsible for crime against women. Ha ha, really? The same reasoning was used against me during the Nirbhaya case in Delhi. I want to ask all those people who find me provocative enough to induce crime, was there no crime against women before I arrived on the scene,” asked Poonam.

She feels people need a scapegoat for their own failings. “Why blame me for social evils? I am just a girl trying to find my place in the world. I’m used to being targeted by the moral police and the morcha-wallis. When law and order fails, the blame has to be pinned to some convenient target. But why blame me? What have I done?” she asked.

“Main toh sirf baat karti hoon. Maine kuch kiya nahin (I only talk. I haven’t done anything). There are renowned respected actors who heave and thrust in item songs. They are watched by a lot more men than I am,” she added.

Poonam is adamant that rape has no connection with the pin-up provocateurs. “I don’t think men go out and commit crime against women because of what they see in films and in pictures. On the contrary, I feel there would be far less crime against women if there would be more sexual gratification at home for men belonging to a certain class, who don’t have direct and easy access to female company,” she said.

This is where Poonam feels the revival of the beer bar and dance bar culture does its bit. “I think re-opening the beer bars would reduce crime against women on the streets. Men would be able to have at least some access to erotic gratification,” said the model-cum-actor.

The Bollywood Actress objects strongly to the view that women invite unwanted attention by the way they dress. “Oh please! Five-year-old girls get raped. Do they wear short skirts that provoke such crimes? It is ridiculous to suggest that rape can be prevented if women remain fully clothed,” she said. In any case, Poonam feels mainstream Hindi cinema has a lot to be answerable for. “I’ve seen them indulge in shameless sex talk where heroes are making pointed references to women’s body parts. What kind of example are these iconic stars setting,” she asked.

Poonam had first grabbed attention during the 2011 Cricket World Cup when she offered to go nude before Team India if they won. Though she didn’t keep up to her word, a nude photograph of her was posted on Twitter in 2012. However, she has clarified that it was morphed. “I’ve never posed nude. Even that picture that was posted of me nude after the Indian Premier League (IPL) victory (of Kolkata Knight Riders) was morphed. I even admitted that later at the risk of disappointing my fans. I’ve threatened to go nude. But have I really done it?”