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2008-10-01 09:00:26

Excerpt from report by Indian broadcast industry website Indiantelevision.com on 1 October Mumbai: Television and film production schedules have been hit with around 200,000 workers affiliated with the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) going on an indefinite strike from today 1 October, 2008. Speaking to Indiantelevision.com FWICE president Dharmesh Tiwari says that this is a non-cooperation move. The strike affects all 22 crafts including actors, technicians, and...

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...

2008-09-17 21:00:17

By DEEPALI DHINGRA Director Shona Urvashi has an interesting incident to recall about her film Saas Bahu Aur Sensex. Interesting yes, but it would have been a scary thing for her when it happened. What happened was that the BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange) raised an objection to the use of the term 'Sensex' in the title of the film. Shona was obviously taken aback and tense as she had never anticipated this. "We have shown nothing disrespectful about the sensex, it's more about freedom of...

2008-09-17 21:00:17

By Meena Iyer MUMBAI: In the time of a possible global meltdown, this filmland snippet sounds like the overblown talk typical of Bollywood fare. But insiders insist it is true - that UTV has signed superhit hero Akshay Kumar for their next film for a staggering Rs 71 crore. Ram Mirchandani, founder & COO, UTV Rampage Motion Pictures, confirmed that their company had signed the Singh Is Kingg star. "But the remuneration figure being bandied about is far less," he said, adding warily,...

2008-09-17 21:00:17

By V Lakshmi Thota Tharrani, it seems, has the blessings of Vishwakarma, the architect of the Gods. Be it the slums of Dharavi in Mani Ratnam's Nayagan, or the transparent bus used in the Uravasi, Uravasi take it easy policy song of Kadhalan, or the Babylonian dome that appears in the Sahana song of Sivaji, Tharrani's creations have never failed to overwhelm audiences. He was busy sketching for his three-day exhibition, to be held from September 18 in Malaysia, when we entered his...

2008-09-17 21:00:17

By MARK MANUEL The Bollywood Khans had better beware. Young Zain Khan, the star of Mirchi Films' Hari Puttar - A Comedy of Terrors, is determined to make his presence felt in the film industry. He's nine films old and the face behind 150 ad campaigns. "I've been acting since I was seven," he says, "and now I'm 15; I celebrated my birthday on September 5. Well, I didn't celebrate because it's Ramzan and I'm fasting, but I had fun at school. It was Teacher's Day. My teachers wished me and...

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...

2008-09-17 21:00:17

By SUBHASH K JHA Move over Neil Nitin Mukesh. Your director, Sudhir Mishra, is vying for the top casting honours in Tera Kya Hoga Johnny. Barely had we gotten over the surprise of Sudhir Mishra casting a real street-boy from Kolkata in the central role of Johnny, when he springs another surprise. Sudhir is set to play one of the leads in Tera Kya Hoga Johnny. Says Sudhir, "I never cease to surprise myself." Sudhir has cast himself opposite one of his favourite actresses Soha Ali Khan,...

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...


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  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
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