जीतेंद्र, एकता कपूर के घर-दफ्तर पर रेड, सौ से ज्‍यादा अफसर कर रहे छापामारी (Jitendra, Ekta Kapoor's home - office raid, officers are more than a hundred raids)


मुंबई. टेलीविजन और फिल्‍म की दुनिया की जानी-मानी हस्‍ती एकता कपूर के घर-दफ्तरों पर मंगलवार को आयकर विभाग ने छापामारी की। छापा एकता के पिता और बीते जमाने के अभिनेता जीतेंद्र के घर पर भी हुई।

आयकर विभाग के सौ से भी ज्‍यादा अफसर सुबह से ही एकता की कंपनी बालाजी टेलीफिल्‍म्‍स के दफ्तर, स्‍टूडियो, जीतेंद्र के घर सहित आठ ठिकानों पर छापेमारी में जुट गई। शक है कि एकता और जीतेंद्र ने टैक्‍स चोरी की है।

एकता कपूर की ताजा फिल्‍म 'एक थी डायन' हाल ही में रिलीज हुई है और फिल्‍म अच्‍छी कमाई कर रही है। इस फिल्‍म के लिए एकता ने जगह-जगह जाकर दुआ-प्रार्थना की थी। कुंभ में तो उन्‍होंने और उनकी टीम ने चुपके से तंत्र साधना तक का सहारा लिया था।
Mumbai. Be the world of television and film - celebrity Ekta Kapoor's home - Income Tax department on Tuesday raided the offices. Impression of unity and former actor Jitendra's father was at home.

Over one hundred Income Tax Officer of the Company since the dawn unity Balaji office, studio, Jitendra was involved in the raid on the home of the eight targets. Tax evasion is suspected that the unity and Jitendra.

Ekta Kapoor's latest film 'was a witch " and the recently released film is doing good business is. The unity of the film in place - a place to go and pray - pray was. He and his team at Aquarius secretly resorted to cultivation system was.

Source - BHASKER

ITEM DANCE: 'आगरा से घाघरा' गाने पर डांस करती नजर आएंगी माधुरी दीक्षित!



अभी कुछ दिन पहली ही खबर आई थी कि लंबे समय से सिल्वर स्क्रीन से दूर अभिनेत्री माधुरी दीक्षित जल्द ही आइटम सॉन्ग में नजर आएंगी। जी हां, यह खबर सच है।

अयान मुखर्जी की फिल्म 'ये जवानी है दिवानी' में माधुरी आइटम डांस करेंगी। माधुरी इस फिल्म के गीत 'आगरा से घाघरा' में डांस करती नजर आएंगी। इस गीत को फराह खान कोरियोग्राफ करेंगी।

सूत्रों के अनुसार माधुरी का यह आइटम सॉन्ग फिल्म का मुख्य आकर्षण होगा।
Source - Bhaskar

Men's mentality in India is a problem: Ekta Kapoor



Producer Ekta Kapoor, who has been behind controversial films like 'Love Sex Aur Dhoka', 'Kya Super Cool Hai Hum' and 'Ragini MMS', believes Indian men need to change their mentality towards women.

"Mentality of men in India is becoming a problem. Men do not feel any social responsibility. Our culture is stopping women everytime. The main idea behind making 'The Dirty Picture' was to make people aware of women's sexuality.

"When John Abraham goes shirtless nobody has a problem but when our actresses do that everyone wants to chop off that scene," Ekta said while speaking on the topic of 'Sex, Nudity, Dance Numbers and the kiss' during a film festivall.

Ekta was reproached for promoting witchcraft for her last release 'Ek Thi Daayan'. The 37-year-old producer said she was shocked to be blamed like this.

"It was a horror film and I didn't promote any witchcraft in it. I even got a letter from National Commission of Women where to my surprise, I was charged for using the Nirbhaya issue during the promotion of the film. I used a bus which was titled 'The bus to hell' and they assumed I roped in the rape case to promote my film," said Ekta.

The producer believes that 'Dabangg 2' item number 'Fevicol se' was criticised unnecessarily because the film had a very progressive approach towards women.

"I appreciate Salman and Arbaaz for their progressive thinking and incorporating the same in the film. Arbaaz very well utilised Salman's stardom to highlight the responsibilities a man towards his wife and society. There were four scenes in the film that really took me by surprise," Ekta said.
Source - timesofindia

Deepika's new friends

Padukone appears to have become quite the favourite amongst the children in her building. Recently, she was out playing badminton in her compound with her trainer, when the kids from her building came down to play. Usually, Deepika plays when no one is around and always has guards with her so that she isn’t disturbed. But this time, because she had come in the evening, the kids had to wait for her to finish before they started their game. The actress felt bad seeing their kids await their turn and so, she allowed them in and played with them for a good two hours. Well, it is no wonder then that her building kids love her so much.

Source - filmfare

Ranveer – The wounded soldier

Ranveer – The wounded soldier
Ranveer Singh’s unlucky streak continues. Hold your horses, only as far as his health is concerned. Recently, while shooting for Gunday in Kolkata, the actor suffered yet another major injury. According to a source, the scene required Ranveer to wrestle in a mud pit. Unfortunately, however, there were a few sharp objects in the clay that neither Ranveer, nor his unit members could see. And so, while shooting the scene, the actor slashed the sole of his foot. Ouch! Looks like it’s time to ward off the evil eye, Ranveer.

Source - filmfare

Aashiqui 2 Movie Review



 - Critic's Rating 

Cast: Aditya Roy Kapur, Shraddha Kapoor
Direction: Mohit Suri
Genre: Romance
Duration: 2 hours 13 minutes


Story: A fading singing sensation finds new purpose in life when he falls in love with a talented singing aspirant. But the blitzkrieg of stardom makes, breaks and shakes their love story.

Movie Review: He sings. She sings. He, for his stardom. She, for her supper. And the twain meet. In a restrobar, where she croons and he swoons. And Aashiqui is born. Again! Retelling the celebrity story that stardom ain't an easy ride. It sometimes vrooms and then goes sputter, the fuel of celebdom often running out. Like Rahul Jaykar (Aditya) discovers; once basking in a 'rockstar' like status, but soon losing it to alcohol, addiction and self-deprecation. But when he meets budding singer Aarohi (Shraddha), his heart finds a new beat and his crumbling life finds a cause. He trains her to become the Nightingale of India; she shines while he stays her shadow; sometimes sober, mostly stoned. The real lyric of this story is their romance, pulsating with passion and intensity - on high notes and 'higher spirits'.

Suri's musical love story doesn't bear much semblance to the original 'Aashiqui'; instead it finds its own rhythm. He pitches the story with old-world romance, high-drama and well-crafted heart-breaking moments. Aarohi's character is endearing and Rahul stays 'bottled' (like 'Devdas' with a cause), with sudden outbursts. The story slows down in parts and the climax might seem unreal to many, but maybe a 'fix' for die-hard aashiqs.

Aditya is likeable in mushy moments, he shows intensity in flashes but sometimes loses grip. A mature role like this demands a lot, nonetheless, it's a good effort. Shraddha looks innocently beautiful. Letting her emotions play out brilliantly in high-strung scenes with supreme confidence. This is a talent to look out for. The jodi's palpable chemistry heightens the drama. The music is the strongest supporting cast, with captivating tunes like Tum Hi Ho (Arijit Singh), Sunn Raha Hai (Ankit Tiwari) and Bhula Dena (Mustafa Zahid) pouring more passion in to the story.

This could be good soup for the lovers' soul - with a dash of old-world flavour.

Note: You will not like this if die-hard romantic films don't leave you enthused or entertained.
Source - times of india

Pakistan blacks out Shah Rukh, Akshay Kumar



Distributors and exhibitors in Pakistan have abandoned Shah Rukh Khan-starrer 'Chennai Express' and Akshay Kumar-starrer 'Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai - 2'. Both were slated to release on the day of Eid, August 8, in the country. The reason being cited is that Pakistani filmmakers want four of their films- 'Josh', 'Ishq Khuda', 'War' and 'Mera Naam Afridi' - to get more visibility than the Indian films.

Leading distributor Abdul Rashid, who controls a large section of the distribution chain across the border, and has been in touch with the producers of Chennai Express and Once Upon..., UTV and Balaji, respectively, communicated the decision to the two production houses.

Expressing disappointment with the developments, a source said, "Theatres in Pakistan generate maximum revenue from Hindi films. So it is really sad that this time, they did a volteface. UTV and Balaji tried reasoning with the filmmakers, but to no avail."

According to trade sources, Pakistan's blackout of these two films will lead to an estimated loss to the tune of Rs 20 crore. When contacted, Abdul Rashid told TOI, "Yes, we are not releasing Chennai Express andOnce Upon A Time in Mumbaai - 2 in Pakistan. Our government wants to protect the interests of the Pakistan film fraternity."

He also added,"We don't mind rescheduling the two films to August 15. But piracy would have reduced the business prospects of the two films by then." Admitting that exhibitors would stand to gain by accommodating the two big-ticket films, Rashid however said, "We cannot overrule our government's decision."

Neither UTV nor Balaji were willing to comment on the development.
Source - times of india

Centenary Film Festival to be launched in capital April 25

Centenary Film Festival, a six-day extravaganza, will celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema in all its glory when it starts here April 25. The screening of a silent film backed by a live orchestra, a play on the life and times of Dadasaheb Phalke, showcasing of classic and contemporary films, and a Satyajit Ray retrospective will be the event's highlights, said a statement.

The festival, organised by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, will commence with the inauguration of an exhibition titled Indian Cinema 100 (Celebrating a Century: An Audio Visual Voyage), by Manish Tewari, Minister for Information and Broadcasting.

The highlight of the inaugural programme of the festival will be the screening of silent film Throw of Dice, with a live musical orchestra by maestro Nishat Khan.

A play on Dadasaheb Phalke by Aamir Raza Hussain would mark the end of the festival April 30.

The fest, being celebrated at the Siri Fort auditorium as well as other venues such as Jamia Milia Islamia, Jawaharlal Nehru University and India Habitat Center, will also screen films by master directors such as Bimal Roy, Guru Dutt, Shyam Benegal and Adoor Gopalakrishnan, among others.

The event will also pay tributes to some of the finest actors of popular Indian cinema, who are no more. These include special screenings of films featuring actors like Balraj Sahni, Dev Anand, Shammi Kapoor and Rajesh Khanna.

The Films Division of India will showcase some gems out of its archive, such as news reel documentaries, shorts, features and animation films on diverse subjects.

Another key highlight of the festival is the Cut-Uncut, a three-day workshop conceived and being executed by members of the Central Board of Film Certification.

The centenary celebrations will culminate in the National Film Awards ceremony at Vigyan Bhavan May 3.

Source - hindustan times

Hollywood actor Robert Downey Jr to visit India?

Hollywood actor Robert Downey Jr might soon be visiting India — but not to promote the third instalment of Marvel’s superhero franchise, Iron Man 3, in which he plays the main lead. A highly placed trade source reveals that the actor is supposed to come to India as part of an eight-city world  tour to spread awareness about sustainable energy. “He is expected to start his world tour in November from New York. The other cities include London, Tokyo, Paris, Delhi, Venice and Dubai,” says the source.

The actor is apparently intrigued by the concept of sustainable energy that has been incorporated in the film as well. He was supposed to start travelling about the time of the film’s release to spread awareness about the cause, but his other commitments have kept him busy. “He is shooting for The Avengers 2, which will continue until October, so he plans to leave just after the film is wrapped up,” says the source. However, the dates and plans for his visit to Delhi are yet to be decided.

Disney-UTV, the distributor of Iron Man 3 in India, hasn’t got any confirmation on Robert’s visit or the place where he would be speaking about the cause. When contacted, they remained unavailable for comment.

Source - hindustan times

Yahoo! India Movies: Ek Thi Daayan


Ek Thi Daayan spooks you

Casting: Emraan Hashmi, Konkona Sen Sharma, Huma Qureshi, Kalki Koechlin

Direction: Kannan Iyer

Rating: ****


To be honest, I was a bit weary when walking in for ‘Ek Thi Daayan’, another Bollywood horror flick and the director Kannan Iyer among his other noticeable work had co-written RGV’s ‘Daud’. However, what lured me to watch the film was the fact that it boasted of some awesome collaboration; Konkona Sen Sharma playing the female lead, music by Vishal Bharadwaj, lyrics by Gulzar and the original short story had been written by Mukul Sharma (Konkona’s father).

Konkona is back on the big screen after a brief hiatus and she has just got better. She had said in her interview that she had enjoyed playing a dark, twisted character and it is quite obvious. The way her character evolves from the kindly governess, it is like watching each layer peel away to reveal a completely new layer of the talented actress. Konkona is a dusky seductress – gentle and vicious at the same time, essaying an uninhibited performance that is worthy of praise. Sometimes, only her eyes speak, especially in the scene where she is offended by Little Bobo’s outburst, she says nothing but her eyes well up and she walks away, despite your many suspicions, you feel for her.

Y! Exclusive: 

Emraan Hashmi plays the famous magician Bobo who seeks psychiatric help after his hallucinations threaten to tear his life apart. Emraan has definitely come a long way from his serial kisser days. He does a commendable job as the troubled magician, battling with past memories of his kid sister’s accidental death and struggling to come to terms with the present – has the daayan returned or was it always his imagination? Emraan’s restrained performance is the best of him I have seen so far.

Interview:

Huma Qureshi is good as Emraan’s conflicted girlfriend; trying really hard to convince her fiancé/husband that his fears are nothing but superstitions. Initially it is a little difficult to grasp why she isn’t more considerate but later it all falls into place. While Huma’s “permission” dialogue (Gangs of Wasseypur) still remains the most memorable, she manages to look quite gorgeous as Tamara in ‘Ek Thia Daayan’.

Unplugged:

It’s obvious that much thought was put into the writing, despite being a non-believer in the supernatural, there will be parts that will send your pulse racing. I wasn’t too impressed with the way the climax was handled but through most of the story Kannan Iyer builds up the suspense well. This film is far ahead of any of the recent horror films that you have watched. Watch it especially for the performances.
Source - movies.yahoo

FILM -Twenty years after

Jurassic Park
Some thoughts on watching Jurassic Park on the big screen after two decades

The human mind is amazing — like an attic. You’ve forgotten all about the things up there. And then, one day, you stumble upon something and you realise it’s been there all along. Sitting inside the cinema hall during the 3-D release ofJurassic Park, I found that the slogan used to promote the film during its initial run in 1993 was still stashed away inside my head: “An adventure 65 million years in the making comes to you in 5 days”.

Or something to that effect. In those pre-Internet days, I used to visit the USIS library a lot, and this full-page ad in the New York Times — mostly blank space, except for the slogan on top, the credits below, and, in the middle, a circle enclosing the outline of a dinosaur skeleton, the film’s logo — caught my fancy, probably because I was thinking about getting into advertising at the time. I did. That stint was brief. But the film has endured — at least in the cultural imagination, if not quite as a piece of cinema.

Let me explain. Watching the film on the big screen for the first time after 20 years, I was frankly a little bored. Some stretches still work, like the one that alternates between people climbing over a 10,000-volt electric fence after a power outage and the attempt to restore power to the storm-hit island. We know the outcome — yet the thrillingly manipulative cross-cutting gets to us.

But the problem, elsewhere, is that there’s nothing to look forward to except the dinosaurs. The characterisation — which is what is supposed to sustain the film during the long intervals between the dino attacks — is strictly one-note. Jeff Goldblum’s mathematician exists solely to provide dire warnings about chaos theory. He does show a rather unhealthy interest in Laura Dern’s character, but that angle is quickly snuffed out. The film doesn’t know what to do with him after a point. He gets injured and he retires from the action.

Even the dialogues are shockingly perfunctory. The big speech by the impresario played by Richard Attenborough, about his beginnings with flea circuses, is turned around to dino-talk pretty quickly, and it’s tempting to compare the lines in Jurassic Park to those in Jaws, whose topics ranged from the crime rate in New York to Japanese submarines to the intricacies of knot-making. There was even a song about Spanish ladies.

Both Jaws and Jurassic Park are glorified B-movies — “creature features”, if you wish — and both begin similarly (a girl is pulled into the water by an unseen shark; a man is pulled into a cage by an unseen dino), and yet, only one of them is a classic, worth watching again and again. And that’s because we come to invest in the people even outside their mission of capturing the shark. Watch the first hour of Jaws today, and you may say you’re watching a laid-back character study.

Whether with our films or with Hollywood films, whenever we point out that something mass-audience-oriented isn’t especially good, a few people will say something such as “Oh, but who cares about the people or about dialogue? I want dinos and I got a terrific set of dinos.” That’s fine for a first or second viewing, but it doesn’t mJawsake a film endure.

Besides, the dinos themselves don’t endure (though John Williams’s stirring score certainly does).

Some of the creatures look fake and rubbery, and watching Jurassic Park today is to remind yourself that yesterday’s groundbreaking technology is today’s mild embarrassment — given that the gold standard for a computer-generated creature, today, is the terrifyingly realistic tiger from Life Of Pi. Twenty years from now, when this tiger is considered a mild embarrassment by viewers, I wonder what computers will be able to generate on screen. Life-like human beings, making actors redundant?

Jurassic Park, today, is remarkable mainly as the end of one phase of Steven Spielberg. He madeSchindler’s List that same year, and his “serious” films have gotten far more interesting than his lighter ones.

Seeing The Adventures Of Tintin or Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, it’s clear his heart isn’t in these big popular entertainments anymore.

Of late, it is in his darker films — Minority Report, War Of The Worlds — that we see the filmmaker who made Jaws. This is a strange turn of events, that someone who redefined mass entertainment and made us happy to be children again is now doing his best work in films for grown-ups.

Perhaps the most touching exchange in Jurassic Park comes about when the blood-sucking lawyer says that they can charge anything — “2,000 a day, 10,000 a day, and people will pay it.” And the Attenborough character rebukes him gently. “This park was not built to cater only for the super-rich. Everyone in the world has the right to enjoy these animals.”

He could be talking about the modern-day movie. Where else, for a couple of hundred bucks, can the man on the street transport himself to a place beyond his wildest imagination?
Source - THE HINDU

Salman turns producer for off-beat film



Salman Khan’s Being Human Productions will soon present an off-beat film, Dr. Cabbie, which is being helmed by acclaimed Canadian director Jean-Francois Poulliot. 

The film that revolves around the life of an unemployed doctor-turned-cab-driver, boasts of an illustrious cast that includes actors like Vinay Virmani, Adrianne Palicki, Kunal Nayyar (of The Big Bang Theory fame) and Lillete Dubey among others.

Talking about the film,Salman Khan says, “Dr. Cabbie is the story of an Indian immigrant and it has an inherent universal appeal.” 

The actor feels that audiences will be able to identify with the film, and has full faith in the cast. Director Jean-Francois also says, “This is a timeless story which is humorous and heart-warming. It blends social issues and the journey to find one’s place in the world”. The film is scheduled to launch later in 2013.

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Salman Khan to partner with Govinda once again
Back in the ’90s, Govinda was nothing short of a superstar. However, after a string of flops in the 2000s, he fell off the map. Amid several forgettable appearances, he had one major film to his credit: Partner (2007), with Salman Khan. Since then, he has had 11 releases. But barring Life Partner (2010) and some critical acclaim as a forest department official in Mani Ratnam’s Raavan (2010), there’s been little worth writing about. 

Salman Khan, Sanjay Dutt's legal battles now in a documentary film
Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan — both embroiled in separate legal battles — will now be the subject of a documentary film. Muazzam Beg, the writer who had written the story on which the 2011 hit Rockstar (2011) was based, will be making a documentary titled Munna Bhai, Sallu Bhai — Killers or Healers.

Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan to share screen for Bombay Talkies?



Have we seen Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan - two of the greatest entertainers of our time - together on-screen? The duo is reportedly set to feature in the theme song for Bombay Talkies, the film that celebrates 100 years of Indian cinema.

An English daily reports that Shah Rukh Khan will feature in the theme song for Bombay Talkies.

Aamir Khan, however, has already shot for his part in the song.

The daily quotes a unit member as saying, "It would have been great to have SRK and Aamir shoot simultaneously. But since their busy schedules didn't allow that to happen, now we are waiting for Shah Rukh to can his portion separately.

Bombay Talkies is a collection of four short films directed by Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar, Karan Johar and Anurag Kashyap paying an ode to 100 years of Indian cinema.

Rani Mukerji, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Katrina Kaif and several other big names of the industry shall be seen in the film.

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Amitabh Bachchan to play himself in Bombay Talkies?
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan reportedly plays himself in Anurag Kashyap's short story in Bombay Talkies. A bouquet of four short stories, Bombay Talkies has contributions by four directors -- Kashyap, Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar and Dibakar Banerjee. An ode to 100 years of cinema, the film is up for a May 3 release. The 70-year-old plays a cameo in Kashyap's film and as part of the role, he will meet an ardent fan who comes to visit him from his home town Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh.

Anurag Kashyap adds Bachchan anthem in Bombay Talkies
Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap's short story in Bombay Talkies will have a special song, a kind of tribute to megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who has been regaling Indian audiences for four decades. The song can, in fact, be called the Bachchan anthem.

Like Ranbir, I also had many girlfriends and link-ups: Rishi Kapoor



Father-son duo Rishi Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor during the HT Leadership Summit in New Delhi.

Many people don’t know what to do when life changes around them. They worry and flounder. Not Rishi Kapoor. Even as his son Ranbir climbs up the stardom ladder, Rishi, the one-time romantic hero, is creating an acting career for himself all over again — and in a completely new way.

“I was happily oriented to change, but at my own pace and time,” says the actor who has refused to compromise on the quality of his work over the last few years. 

In the ’70s, when action ruled Hindi movies and Amitabh Bachchan and Vinod Khanna were the stars, Rishi arrived on the scene with a romantic movie, Bobby (1973). “It wasn’t easy to be pitted against Amitabh Bachchan and Vinod Khanna. But I did it and enjoyed that phase, especially the first 25 years of my stay at the top,” says the actor who was the romantic lead in almost 100 films. 
Between 2000 and 2011, he played some forgettable character roles in a few films. But with his more recent performances in Do Dooni Chaar (2010) and Agneepath (2012), it became clear that Rishi was back with a vengeance. Filmmakers are even writing roles for him. Now, with a spate of big movies under production (Mehrunnisa, two Yash Raj Films projects and another with Paresh Rawal) and about six releases coming up this year (including Kanchi, D-Day, Aurangzeb and Besharam), there is no doubt at all about Rishi Kapoor’s place in the film industry.

Critics' review: Nautanki Saala is worth your while



Ayushmann Khurrana's comedy Nautanki Saala is something to look forward to! With it's hummable songs and funny promos, the film has high expectations. Take a look at some fresh stills from the film.

Nautanki Saala is an official remake of the French film Apres Vous. Crafted on a small budget, directed by Rohan Sippy it has Ayushmann Khurrana and Kunaal Roy Kapur cast as the lead. Critics award the film a nod.

Direction: Rohan Sippy
Star cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Pooja Salvi, Evelyn Sharma

How well is the megaphone wielded?
Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama says: "Rohan Sippy, who has worked with formidable names in his earlier endeavors, casts several relative newcomers in his new outing, Nautanki Saala!...I am told, Nautanki Saala! is Rohan's lowest budget film so far...Nautanki Saala! is, without doubt, Rohan's most accomplished work so far!"

Taran Adarsh's rating for the film: 3.5/5

Bombay as character
Mayank Shekhar of Daily Bhaskar says: "The sort of directorial flourish you witness in this picture is also hard to match. Firstly Bombay looks as quiet and lovely as it did in Bluffmaster (2005) by the same director. The trick is to shoot in the city’s southern stretch, between Taj and Horniman Circle – the only part of Bombay, left behind by the British, that still looks like a global metropolis and vaguely approximates New York’s Manhattan."

Actor Pran to receive Dadasaheb Phalke Award


New Delhi: Actor Pran, 92, will receive this year's Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India's highest official recognition for the film fraternity. The award, which consists of the Swara Kamal medal, a shawl and a cash prize, honours a prominent film personality every year.

Pran will receive the award on May 3, which will also officially mark Indian cinema's 100th year.

Pran's son Sunil Sikand told PTI: "It is an amazing thing. We are happy and honoured." When asked whether the honour came too late for the veteran actor, Mr Sikand said, "I don't want to get into all these details. We are happy with the award. My father is watching the news on TV right now."

Pran appeared in blockbuster movies like Zanjeer and Don and was often higher paid than the male lead of the movie. He played both villainous as well as supporting characters.

Pran co-starred with Bollywood's biggest names including the trinity of black and white Bollywood - Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor and Dev Anand. He was instrumental in the rise of Amitabh Bachchan who he recommended for Zanjeer to director Prakash Mehra.

Pran retired in the '90s, appearing in just two films - Mrityudaata and Tere Mere Sapne. He received the Padma Bhushan in 2001 and has won four Filmfare Awards.

Pran has been in and out of hospital over the last few months. He last made a rare public appearance at friend and colleague Amitabh Bachchan's 70th birthday party in October, 2012.

Previous Dadasaheb Phalke awardees include Satyajit Ray, Dev Anand and Yash Chopra. Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee was last year's awardee.
Source - ndtv

Salman Khan applauds for Aurangzeb, wants a DVD




Arjun Kapoor starrer Aurangzeb's trailer is finally out and it looks pretty interesting. The trailer shows some steamy scenes between Arjun and Sasha Agha, who is debuting in Bollywood with this film.

The theatrical trailer of Arjun Kapoor’s next, Aurangzeb, has generated quite a buzz, with the actor playing a double role for the first time in his career. Everything about the film has been kept under wraps for a long time and now with its first promo, the makers, Yash Raj Films (YRF),

have managed to generate curiosity around the film. Arjun is not only getting praises from his friends and fans, but he has also managed to grab attention from someone special, Salman Khan.

Apparently, Arjun likes to get Salman’s opinion on all his films. A source close to the actor says, “When he showed Salman the theatrical trailer at his house, there was complete silence for two minutes and then Salman broke into applause.”

Apparently, Salman felt that Arjun was brilliant in the trailer as it takes a lot for an actor to be able to pull off a double role with so much gusto, that too in just his second film. The source says, “Salman even requested Arjun to keep a DVD of the trailer so that he could show it to other people.”

On being contacted, Rafiq Gangjee, vice president, marketing and communications, YRF confirms the news saying, “Salman loved the trailer. He had tears of joy in his eyes.”
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