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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,...

2008-09-25 00:00:00

Youngsters from schools, colleges and youth groups across the Westcountry have been given the opportunity to have movies shown at a national festival. The two-day event, organised by the Co-operative Group, will run clips of about six minutes from 100 youngsters who had their productions picked from 250 applicants. The festival, covering a wide range of genres from drama and documentaries to animation, comedy and music, is being held at the National Media Museum in Bradford. Among the...

2008-09-23 18:00:26

BUDDING film-makers from Merseyside will have their work shown at a national film festival. Films by youngsters from Liverpool, Wallasey and Chester will be screened at The Co-operative Young Film-Makers Festival on Thursday, October 9 and Friday, October 10 at Bradford's National Media Museum. Edgar Wright, award-winning director of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, said: "The Co-operative festival is a fantastic opportunity for any young film-maker. I saw all my early shorts in front of...

2008-09-17 21:00:17

By KHUSHBOO CHAWLA Nauheed Cyrusi is a big fan of Bollywood. A die-hard Mumbaikar, Nauheed feels Mumbai is so strongly "influenced by Bollywood that it is almost synonymous with it." For someone who had set out to fly high as an airhostess at one point of time, getting into films was a happy accident. One that she's quite enjoying, by her own admission. Her four year stint in Bollywood might not be extremely eventful as yet, but Nauheed seems to be taking all that in her stride. "I am...

2008-09-16 00:00:21

By Ratnottama Sengupta Kolkata: There's news from the Directorate of Film Festivals of India (DFFI) that will spell jubilation in Bollywood. Now on, the Indian Panorama will show 26 feature films instead of 21, plus 21 non-feature films. However, the five additional films will come exclusively from the industry (read, mainstream). The Film Federation of India and Film Producers Guild will nominate a list of 10 films each, "based on popular appeal and box office receipts," explained...

2008-09-16 00:00:21

By NIRMALA GOVINDARAJAN Indian cinema doesn't motivate change, observes author / cinephile M K Raghavendra. "Stories are related in the passive voice, things happen to the characters and they respond. They do not consciously choose to move things on their own as is imperative in Hollywood cinema," says the author who recently launched his book Seduced by the Familiar - Narration and Meaning in Indian Popular Cinema. So, what attracts Raghavendra to Indian popular cinema? "My research...

2008-09-16 00:00:21

By Anuradha Varma Remember mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent, who turns into Superman to rescue damsels in distress? Well, don't judge a book by its cover, not even in real life. For instance, your tour operator could be a Bollywood villain in an alter ego. And the techie you're in a meeting with might just be the one who can cure you of nagging aches and pains. There are also those who go with the flow as life leads them in different directions. For Tenzing, Bollywood's 'newest' villain...

2008-09-16 00:00:21

By Meena Iyer Until very recently, it was terribly infra dig to be a film scribe. And one doesn't have to be Einstein to figure why anyone associated with Tinselville was treated like an outcaste. "Back in the 1970s, it was always the filmis and the rest of the world," says veteran film magazine editor Bharathi Pradhan. Naturally, the film journalist, someone who eked out a living following the lives of "men and women who danced and sang for their supper" was termed a bimbo and a parasite....

2008-09-12 18:00:21

By LAURA CAPITANO The first time I saw the term "Bollywood" in print, I thought it was a big ol' typo. No sir, it's really the term for the Hindi branch of India's cinematic tree. The convenient combination of Bombay and Hollywood is appropriate, as most Bollywood scripts are inspired by successful American titles. If you're looking to round out your usual movie-going experience with some foreign flavors, the AMC Regency Square 24 theater regularly carries Bollywood movies. They're not...


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  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
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  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
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