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2008-08-26 12:00:00

By Kaveree Bamzai Anyone find anything odd in Bollywood celebrating its recent "Hollywood " coups? Happy because it got Snoop Dogg, a man well known for running into trouble for possession of marijuana and guns, and for having been a professional pimp for two years, to sing a song for Singh is Kinng? Over the moon that Kareena Kapoor was made an offer to act in a film directed by Daniel Silverman who, according to her over-heated publicity machine, directed The Devil Wears Prada and The...

2008-08-26 03:00:38

By SHARIN WADER Rajnikanth and Kamal Hassan can fight for their share of the Chennai pie, but in Kochi, there is nobody to challenge Mohan Lal. In this backwater city of Kerala, the Southie superstar is King. And everywhere in Kochi, there are kingsize posters of Mohan Lal whose new film Aakashgopuram is drawing in fans from all corners of the state. BT met the people's hero in Kochi itself. Mohan Lal, who has settled down in Dubai, came dressed simply in a polka dotted shirt and white...

2008-08-25 09:01:05

Shoot On Sight, the controversial political thriller, finally had its first theatrical release in UK, in 60 screens, on August 22, with a massive publicity, and great response from both mainstream British and ethnic Asian communities. The initial release of the thriller, inspired by the events of July 7, 2005 London bombings, which killed 52 people on London's underground network, had been postponed out of respect for the victims' families and its proximity to the third anniversary of...

2008-08-24 22:57:30

By Suganthi Suparmaniam KUALA LUMPUR: S. Gana was once told by an important person in the industry that he did not have the looks to be a movie star. That, however, did not deter him from becoming an actor-comedian and eventually making movies. But it took him many years and a lot of effort to make something of himself in the local movie scene. "I took out my own savings to try my luck in the entertainment industry," said the director of GV Media Broadcast Sdn Bhd. "At first, my...

2008-08-24 22:57:30

In the last ten days of August, nine new films - Phoonk, Mukhbir, Maan Gaye Mughal-e-Azam, Rock On, Mumbai Meri Jaan, C Kompany, Hijack, Chamku and Wanted-will hit the marquee. Some could be interesting, most are likely to be ridiculous. But it's the number rather than the films themselves that's significant. The tornado of releases signifies one thing for sure: thanks to the new order in Bollywood, where cinema has been reduced to mere 'software' to fill multiplex screens/TV channels and...

2008-08-22 06:00:26

By Anupama Chopra 'Who gives us clout?" Shahrukh Khan, the actor also known as King of Bolly wood, asked during a recent interview here. He quickly answered the query himself. "It's the last mile, the audience. My logic is this: Can you beat me at the box office?" In the last 15 years few have challenged Khan at the top of the Bollywood box office. His string of blockbusters has given him such clout - as well as wax statues in his honor at Madame Tussauds in London and the Musee Grevin in...

2008-08-20 00:00:27

By Nitasha Natu MUMBAI: Political party workers seem to be getting increasingly innovative with their promotional tactics. For the past few months, they have been piggybacking on the success of Bollywood films to appeal to the public. For instance, a hoarding put up in Santa Cruz (W) reads 'UPA is King' , inspired from the Akshay Kumar-starrer Singh is Kinng, with pictures of the party's head honchos splashed across the billboard. A Mumbai Congress spokesperson says it was designed after...

2008-08-20 00:00:27

Paresh Rawal had once blamed the sexy Mallika Sherawat for global warming. When you look at this picture, you will agree with him. In Maan Gaye Mughal-e-Azam, the diva plays the wife of Paresh Rawal who owns a small theatre company. She is constantly wooed by men and she enjoys flirting with them too. Mallika plays Shabnam, the young and sensual small town girl who feels that there has to be some passion, some spice in one's life even after getting married. Mallika feels the usp of the...

2008-08-20 00:00:27

By BARKHA MATHUR Say Bipasha Basu, and the image that conjures up is of a sexy, glamour doll, who is too hot to handle. But, as she warms up to the conversation, it is her scintillating intelligence that gets you. Putting aside all the diplomacy, she articulates on subjects good, bad and controversial. In a free wheeling chat, Bipasha speaks about women in Bollywood, the controversies surrounding her and a holiday with boyfriend John Abraham. Experimen-ting with roles "I don't think...

2008-08-20 00:00:27

After Athadu, hotshot Mahesh Babu teams up with director Trivikram after a big gap to churn out a romantic comedy Varudu which is loosely inspired by the Hindi film Hum Tum. If rumours are to be believed, then Mahesh will be playing a mature romantic role, a total contrast to his patent action hero roles. The lighthearted role will come as a good break for the actor as he has been almost typecast as a brooding actor. It will not be a regular love-at-first-sight kind of film but a mature...


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