• Says Ajay Devgn who feels that the young generation doesn't look sturdy enough to do action roles

    Ajay Devgn is a busy man these days. Apart from promoting his film, the actor is in news over the tussle for screens with Yash Raj Films. His production house has taken the legal course to sort out the sharing of screens for 'Son of Sardar' which releases with 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' this Diwali. "I wanted to sort this matter out with the production house without creating negative publicity for any one of us," he says about the issue. The actors mood lightens up when asked about his film and how it is different from the Telugu version. In a candid chat, the actor talks about getting the first promo right, the current crop of actors and why the '100 crore' mark doesn't bother him.

    Excerpts from the interview:

    Why didn't you speak about the Yash Raj Films issue earlier?
    I am not a person who wants create controversy in the media. I wanted to sort this matter out with the production house

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  • From Kabul, with love

    Three teenage girls have set out to change the world's view about their country Afghanistan. Here's how

    "Afghanistan is not only about war and bombings and we want to change the world's perception," says the 16-year-old Sahar while 19-year-old Sadaf, and Nargis, 18 nod in affirmation. These three girls have made a 17-minute documentary called 'The Kabul Cards', which shows the brighter side country's capital Kabul. The documentary stresses on the fact that the war-ravaged country has much more to offer than its image of bombed-out sites and terror attacks which the world generally associates it with.

    The short film was screened in the newly introduced 'Kabul Fresh' category at the recently-concluded Mumbai Film Festival which showcased different films to highlight the Afghan cinema. The film chronicles the daily life of the civilians which these girls have caught to show the world that the life in the city is pretty much same as elsewhere.

    The first seed of the idea to make this

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  • In a still from 'Chakravyuh'

    Abhay Deol talks about 'Chakravyuh' and why the film doesn't takes on sides while highlighting the Naxal issue

    In Chakravyuh, Abhay Deol plays a common man-turned-gun-toting Maoist rebel Kabir. After playing a 40-year-old IAS officer in 'Shanghai', Abhay will be seen as a Naxalite in his first action-packed film. The film is a story of two friends caught on the opposite sides against the backdrop of Naxal movement. However Abhay is quick to add that no sides are taken in this film. "Through my character Kabir (a Maoist rebel) he represents one point of view and through Arjun (a cop) he presents another point of view. Both share opposite ideologies about the Naxal movement," he adds.The actor who has always experimented with his role talks about the film and the challenges involved in making a political drama.

    Excerpts from the interview:

    What inspired you to take up the film?
    The script. Honestly, it always has to be the script and it helped that Prakashji was the director. I was keenRead More »from 'Neither propaganda nor awareness'

  • Lifetime Achievement Award winner at MAMI, Zhang Yimou talks about making films in China and how his bleak childhood influenced his films

    Zhang Yimou, China's most celebrated director received a standing ovation as he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the opening ceremony of the 14th Mumbai Film Festival. His films such as 'Hero', 'Raise the Red Lantern' and 'Ju Dou' were nominated for Oscars.

    Born to parents of 'dubious' background, Zhang brought his first camera by selling his blood and the turbulent times he grew in left an impact on him and his cinema. Growing up in a class dominated China made him work in farms and factories before he plotted his way to the university.  Pictures clicked with his camera helped him get an admission in the cinematography department of the Beijing Film Academy. Despite censorship, Zhang has managed to work around it and has gained international acclaim.

    Excerpts from the interview:
    How did you get into film making?
    I grew up in

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  • Best of Yash Chopra

    What made his films unforgettable was his uncanny ability to create magic on screen. Here's a look

    Waqt: Though Yash Chopra's directorial debut was Dhool Ka Phool, it was Waqt which got him the best director award for the first time. According to Bollywood trivia, B R Chopra had originally planned the film with Prithviraj Kapoor and his three sons, Raj, Shammi and Shashi. Eventually, only Shashi Kapoor was cast in the film.

    Daag:The hit pair of the seventies Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore teamed up together in this drama about a polygamous man living a dual life. At that time, Rajesh Khanna was a superstar and everybody wanted a piece of him. Sources say that the leading ladies of the film never spoke to each other for years after a fight over Rajesh Khanna.

     Deewar: The film contains all the stock-in-trade elements of a Bollywood masala potboiler - Brothers who are poles apart, the wronged mother, a taut script ( one of the best from Salim - Javed), the powerful dialogues and above

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  • In a free-wheeling chat, director S.S Rajamouli talks about 'Makkhi' and how the idea was born out of his father's story sessions

    'Makkhi' is an action animation film about the revenge of a super fly. Originally named 'Eega' in Telugu, the film was an instant success and was also released in Tamil as 'Naane' and 'Eecha' in Malayalam. The film is the result of a story which S. S. Rajamouli heard 16 years ago from his father. "At that time I wasn't even an assistant director," he says. After churning out blockbusters (Vikramarkudu' which has been remade in Hindi as 'Rowdy Rathore' and 'Maryada Ramanna' (2010) which has been remade as 'Son Of Sardaar'), Rajamouli wanted to try his hand at something which will appeal to all generations. "I wanted to take the audience by surprise with a brand new concept. After much hard work, the result was this film." What came out of that experiment was a film that became super-hit when it released. Having reached to audience in 1103 screens in India

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  • Why 'Heroine' failed

    Despite bringing the grim realities of life on screen, Madhur Bhandarkar never actually breaks stereotypes and 'Heroine' is the latest proof

    The verdict is out and 'Heroine' has failed the test. If the box-office results are anything to go by, the film had a weekend collection of only Rs 21.5 crore as opposed to The Dirty Picture's collection of Rs 32.25 crore for the first weekend. Before Heroine's release, the film was being compared to 'The Dirty Picture' but what came out was a mish-mash of Bhandarkar's earlier films-Page 3, Corporate and Fashion.
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    Anyone who is clued into the Hindi cinema will be aware of Madhur Bhandarkar's school of film making. Unlike his contemporaries, Madhur's source of inspiration is never another film but the society he lives in. He picks up a strata of society, be it the downtrodden (Traffic Signal) or the bold and the beautiful (Fashion). His narrative always follows a linear path constructed carefully around a female protagonist. His first
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  • Everytime Salman swaggers into the screen, he is greeted with wolf whistles and catcalls. But what makes him so popular?

    In 2008, Salman was giving interviews for 'Yuvvraaj' and after much chasing, he agreed to spare 10 minutes for a quick chat. But pinning this Khan down is never an easy task. So a wait of more than four hours ensued. There were whispers amongst the waiting journalists that 'bhai' must be very drunk and he needs time and mood to sober up. None the less, we waited for this whimsical star to show up sooner or later.

    But then, you cannot be angry with this bad boy of Bollywood for long. When he walked into the room (after some five-hour wait), you cannot help admiring the star who never cared for image building exercises, no matter whether his career soared or dipped. Even Aamir Khan was quick to admit that he is a huge fan of Salman. "I am a fan of Salman Khan. I love watching his movies. I must tell you a secret. I do not know how to whistle. But whenever Salman

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  • In devil’s den

    While the villains have transformed through the decades when it comes to plotting, sadly their magnificiant lairs have gone missing. Here's why

    In the last scene of Rowdy Rathore, the Hindi remake of 2006's Telugu hit Vikramarkudu, Akshay Kumar goes to Chambal-like hideout of the villain to rescue his family. Apart from the sassy nautanki girls and loud dialogues, the film is a tribute to the 80s with its raunchy and raucous content featuring a done-to-death plot, voluptuous heroine and a villian's lair which can compete with Gabbar's from Sholay. Well, almost.

    The 70s and 80s were the time when each Bollywood villain competed with the other when it came to having a hideout which resembled a space ship or may be a house in Pluto, the more imaginative, the better for the art department The lair is a delineated space for malevolence and was given meticulous detailing to amplify of his power and strength of the evil as the hero's nemesis. Perhaps, this is why in Karan Johar's Agneepath

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  • First among sequels

    With Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum set to hit the screens this week, here's why Bollywood always places its bets on sequels
    When 'Kyaa Kool Hain Hum' released seven years ago, it was panned by the critics for its explicit content. But that didnot stop it from becoming a hit with the masses and using same scathing reviews, producer Ekta Kapoor is promoting her upcoming film and is confident that this film too will work well with the audience.
    In 2012, Bollywood is going to churn out as many as seven sequels of its earlier hits, ranging from already released Jannat 2 to upcoming Dostana 2. While the former had nothing common with its original part other than the lead actor Emraan Hashmi, Dostana 2 will see Abhisekh Bachchan and John Abraham fight for Katrina Kaif. When asked why he chose to play with the 'Dostana' title again, Karan Johar was quick to tell the reporters, "As long as you make it exciting for people, the idea works. If something works and you can continue the same story, why
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