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2008-10-14 00:00:30

By TANVI TRIVEDI Thank god for multiplexes. They have saved the day and created blockbusters this year for the Indian dream factory- Bollywood. Rock On!!, A Wednesday, Race, Mithya, Jaane... Tu Ya Jaane Na, Welcome to Sajjanpur are all surprise hits of 2008 and owe their commercial returns to multiplex audiences. Contemporary, sleek films with smart production values, intelligent scripts, small budgets created specially for a niche urban audience falls in the category of multiplex...

2008-10-14 00:00:30

By Avijit Ghosh Anyone who grew up listening to film music on radio in the pre- FM era would remember the ritual observed before every song was played. Be it AIR's Vividh Bharti or Radio Ceylon, every announcer would religiously read out the name of the lyricist along with that of the composer and the singer. Forget Sahir Ludhianvi or Kaifi Azmi, who were well-known poets in their own right, the practice turned even lesser songwriters into household names. That was then. Most Bollywood...

2008-10-11 00:00:25

By Arifa Akbar Their all-singing, all-dancing glamour lit up the dark days after the Wall Street crash. As the credit crisis bites, they are making a comeback. By Arifa Akbar Their upbeat plots and jolly tunes gave the public a boost in the aftermath of the 1929 Wall Street crash. Now, amid the latest economic turmoil, musical films are back and aiming to bring more light-hearted relief to modern-day audiences. Long after such stars as Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Doris Day and Gene...

2008-10-10 00:00:24

Scenes from a Bollywood movie are expected to be filmed in Bath next month. Casting sessions for the film Veer - starring an actor dubbed the Brad Pitt of Bollywood - are being held in the city on Friday and Saturday. The film stars Salman Khan, who has also written the story on which it is based. The 42-year-old has had to put on extra weight for the film, in which he plays a warrior. The casting sessions are being held in St Michael's Place, outside the Little Theatre Cinema, from...

2008-10-08 09:00:29

The upcoming film Shoot On Sight, directed by Jag Mundhra, produced by Aron Govil, a USA based NRI, and being released world wide by Aron Govil Productions Inc., just got less hot and controversial, since certain inflammatory and sexual scenes and language had to be deleted from the Indian prints. It is reported that in one of the scenes Om Puri makes a heart-wrenching speech with considerable inflammatory words that had to be trimmed for the Indian market to avoid any potential for...

2008-10-06 21:00:21

By BHARATI DUBEY Mumbai: Despite the hype, the two big ticket releases of the week, Drona and Kidnap, had poor openings. Although some multiplexes did have some decent occupancy thanks to the long holiday weekend , trade watchers are not optimistic about both the films. In contrast, small budget films like A Wednesday, Welcome to Sajjanpur, 1920 and Rock On!! have done good business at the box office, largely due to the appreciation from audiences. Both Eid releases, Drona and Kidnap,...

2008-10-06 15:00:23

NEW YORK, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Aspiring Bollywood dancers looking for their big break have an additional month to enter Bollypop, an online dance competition sponsored by Verizon to help showcase the growing number of Bollywood movies and music videos the company offers its FiOS TV and V CAST customers. Due to popular demand, Verizon has extended the deadline of the contest (http://www.verizon.com/bollypop) to Nov. 7. The original deadline was Oct. 7. The extended deadline also...

2008-10-02 00:00:14

By Andrew Buncombe 'Playback singer' who provided vocals for many of the biggest names in Hindi musicals A movie singer who dominated the industry during what is considered the Golden Age of Hindi musical cinema, Mahendra Kapoor enjoyed a career that spanned five decades. Kapoor sang and recorded the songs that actors would later mime to, and at the height of his popularity his fame matched that of the big-name movie stars whom he made sound so good. Kapoor got his break as what is...

2008-09-28 21:00:23

By Mohammed Wajihuddin Jaya Bachchan probably doesn't watch Bollywood fare these days. If she did, she'd realise that her recent jibe ("Hum UP waalen hain, Hindi mein baat karenge") was off the mark in more ways than one. For, paradoxically enough, the one element that's fast vanishing from the Hindi film industry is Hindi itself. A mere glance at the most conspicuous part of a movie-the title- makes it clear which way the wind is blowing. Take your pick from recent titles: Singh Is...

2008-09-26 18:00:00

By Manish Gajjar WE CELEBRATE my 100th Bollywood column in the Birmingham Mail this week by looking at the ever changing trends of the Bollywood Film industry over the past few months. With UK multiplexes and independent cinemas screening a wide selection of Bollywood films, audience tastes have become more selective and diversified. So the film industry is now rethinking beyond its regular song and dance formula to offer audience movies from different genres - comedies, thrillers,...