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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.
By V Lakshmi Thota Tharrani, it seems, has the blessings of Vishwakarma, the architect of the Gods.
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.
By KHUSHBOO CHAWLA Nauheed Cyrusi is a big fan of Bollywood.
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.
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.
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.
By PRAVDA GODBOLE Rituparno Ghosh isn't what you would call the quintessential director of regional films.
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.
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.
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