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    Bollywood still doesn't look kindly at celebrating a women's sexuality on screen and 'Cocktail' is the latest proof

    In a scene from 'Cocktail', love-smitten Gautam (Saif Ali Khan) confesses to his glamorous girlfriend (Deepika Padukone) that he has fallen for her docile roommate (Diana Penty).  She graciously blesses them and proceeds to show in the next scene why Saif chooses the other woman over her by drunk dancing on a table top in a skimpy dress. For the uninitiated, this is Bollywood's way of conforming to the stereotypes and proving why women-centric films will never find takers. Not saying that Cocktail is one or even close to it. Despite the risqué clothing and foreign locations, the Indian film industry still doesn't look kindly at celebrating a women's sexuality on screen.
    Despite Indian cinema's awe-inspiring 100-year journey, some things have not changed. While it gave us path-breaking films like 'Mother India', 'Astitva', 'Arth', 'Mandi' etc, the main grain of a film
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  • Sharman talks about 'Ferrari Ki Sawaari'

    Sharman Joshi is in a happy space. His first film has a lead 'Ferrari Ki Sawaari' has opened to good reviews and has been appreciated by the audiences and critics. Soft spoken and always politically correct, Sharman has had a slow and steady rise. The actor has been a part of many box-office multi-starrers like '3 Idiots', 'Golmaal' , 'Rang De Basanti' to name a few. In a free-wheeling chat, Sharman tells us about the film and the pressure of starring in a solo film.

    Excerpts from the interview

    What inspired you to take up the project?

    The first time I heard about 'Ferrari Ki Sawaari' was when Rajesh (Mapuskar) and I were working on '3 Idiots'. When I heard about the title, I went up to him and told him that the title of the film is very catchy. That's when he casually mentioned the plot and I loved it so much that  I wanted to be a part of the film but other actors were being considered for the film at that time so I wasn't sure if I would make it. But after a year and half, I

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  • Vikram Bhatt on his film and why he can't make films on Stephen King's books

    "I am more into Blairwitch Project and Paranormal Activity kind of cinema than Exorcist, Evil Dead type. For me, fear has to be unknown than on your face, " says the self-confessed Stephen King fan. This is Vikram Bhatt's most ambitious project and the director is leaving no stone unturned to promote the film which marks the return of Karisma Kapoor.  From releasing the part of the film online to hopping to different cities for promtions, Vikram is going all out this time. It took him three years to elicit a positive response from his leading lady but like he says, "it was worth the wait". After making the first horror 3D film 'Haunted', the director is ready with his period thriller 'Dangerous Ishhq' which is also in 3D. But Vikram is quick to dismiss the hype saying, "3D is just an enhancement and the story itself is the main hero". Inspired by Dr Brain Weiss' bestseller 'Many Lives, Many Masters', the
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  • In a free-wheeling chat Arjun Kapoor tells us about his journey from fat to fit and his debut film

    In the air-conditioned rehearsal hall of Yash Raj Studios, the usually reticent son of Bonny and late Mona Kapoor is busy pulling his Ishaqzaade co-star Parineeti Chopra's leg during an interview. The budding actor has been all over the town, promoting his debut film whose fate will be decided on May 11th but for now he is happy with the media attention he is getting. For someone who started out with a dream to become a director, becoming an actor was a culmination of many processes- encouragement from a superstar, rigorous diet and workouts (Arjun was 140 kgs earlier)  and innumerable look test to finally become Parma. In a free-wheeling chat Arjun Kapoor tells us about his journey from fat to fit and his debut film.

    How Arjun bagged Ishaqzaade

    Excerpts from the interview:

    You are being touted as an actor to watch out for. How has life changed for you?

    Life hasn't changed

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  • 'I've donated sperm earlier'



    'Vicky Donor' lead Ayushman Khurana talks about his debut film and donating sperms on national television earlier

    When Shoojit Sircar was looking for a male lead for his film 'Vicky Donor', he was very clear about one thing- that he wanted someone who is spontaneous, chirpy and exudes North Indian charm and Ayushman  Khurana is just that. Clearly nervous about his debut film which hits the theatres this week, the actor hasn't abandoned his sense of humour and witty one-liners. It has been an eight-year long wait for him after his debut in MTV Roadies. But Ayushman is quick to clarify, "I did get few offers which were second lead roles. I wasn't kicked about playing the second fiddle and at times, the directors didn't want to cast me. Hence my wait was long."

    For someone who is used to grilling people (he has hosted shows on MTV and have co-hosted IPL3 with Gaurav Kapoor and Sameer Kochchar), Ayushman is still not used the idea of being on the other side. "I am more comfortable

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  • Adult-rated in Bollywood


    'Hate Story' sensation Paoli Dam talks about her debut film and the storm her promos have created

    For someone who is making her Bollywood debut, Bengali sensation Paoli Dam comes across as very confident. While the promos of 'Hate Story' had the whole nation girding its loins, Paoli is very non-committal about the whole controversy her bare-back has created. "Once you watch the film, you will realize that it is not just skin show. There are layers and dimensions to the character," she retorts, a bit flustered. This defensive demeanor perhaps has something to with the recent court diktat in her hometown Kolkata where all her bare-back posters have been covered with blue ink since they were 'indecent' and 'offensive'. Though love making scene on screen may be just that in Hollywood, in conservative India, a silver-screen 'lip lock' is enough to spark a riot. The controversy such films have caused reflects the existence of two India's — one at the heart of a sexual

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  • Decoding the choli, B'wood style

    With the help of the voyeuristic camera, the portrayal of this itsy bitsy piece of clothing has been often considered as a promise of unknown. Here's a look

    Bollywoods affair with the itsy bitsy choli is nothing new. This indigenous piece of clothing has captured the imagination of audience and has managed to put it on the fashion map. From knotty, crisscrossed to the halter and bikini style, the cholis have also evolved over time. As Kareena dons this popular garment in 'Dil Mera Muft Ka' from 'Agent Vinod', we bring you popular cholis that rocked Bollywood.

    Madhuri Dixit in 'Choli Ke Peeche':  Madhuri Dixit's sexy and provocative dance number 'Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai' from the 1993 film 'Khalnayak' became one of the most famous music videos of all times. Thanks to the lyrics of the song and equally suggestive dance movements, Madhuri's choli became national controversy and the film garnered enough eye-balls to become a super-hit. The song became popular and was considered a

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  • She smokes non-stop, watches porn and doesn't think twice before using expletives, Bollywood heroine has come a long way. Whether it is Rani Mukerjee mouthing expletives in 'No One Killed Jessica' or Vidya celebrating her sexuality in 'Dirty Picture', 2011 saw B'wood actresses breaking the mould of the perfect Indian woman and experimenting with the roles. She was no longer coy about her choices in life and not afraid to try out the extreme. On International Women's Day, we celebrate the women in roles that broke new grounds in Bollywood.

    Rani Mukherjee in No one Killed Jessica: She is locked in passionate embrace but the moment her work-phone beeps, she is ready to leave her lover high and dry and asks him to 'fly solo'. Rani Mukerjee's Meera Gaity is no-nonsense journalist who does yoga at work, smokes non-stop and mouths expletives without thinking twice.


    Gul Panag in Turning 30: Gul Panag managed to portray the worries of every woman who is at the verge turning
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  • Bollywood's top 'daku-dramas'

     

    As 'Paan Singh Tomar' hits the theatres this week, here's a list of some famous Bollywood bandits 

    Over the years, the portrayal of a bandit in Bollywood films has gone through a certain transition though the premise is still remains more or less predictable- wronged  hero who  turns  into a  dacoit  and runs into Chambal to avenge oppression. The latest in the list of dacoit-dramas is Tigmanshu Dhulia's 'Paan Singh Tomar' which tells the true story of a steeplechase champion who turns into a dacoit due to circumstances. So here's a look at few of Bollywood's most loved dacoits.

    Amjad Khan in 'Sholay': Shekhar Kapoor has rightly said that the history of Indian Cinema's can be rightly divided into two parts- Before Sholay and after Sholay. With its multi-starrer cast, Sholay wouldn't have been the same without Gabbar Singh. According to few old-timers, Amjad Khan was almost dropped from the film because the film's scriptwriter Javed Akhtar found his voice not 'terrifying' enough.

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  • Ten most controversial films


    With 'Jism 2' topping the recent controversy chart, here's a look at films which created public outrage

    Bollywood is no stranger to controversies and the latest film to milk profits is porn star Sunny Leone's Jism 2. From PIL to effiges burnt, the film has garnered enough heat to keep it burning, even before the release. There is no doubt about the fact that controversies have given the added push to a film's cause but at times, they do almost nothing for its future. While some controversies were merely publicity stunts, others attracted public outrage because of the films' explicit content. Here's a look at the ten most controversial films of all time.

     

    A still from 'Chetna'Chetna (1970): Way before 'Dirty Picture' paid tribute to a woman's sexuality; this film had the courage to show a hard-drinking, hard-talking prostitute who didn't have a tragic story as a premise. The bold scenes didn't go down to well with the audience at that time and in an interview years later, 'Chetna' actress Rehana Sultan
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