Blog Posts by Sayoni Sinha

  • Rituda's love for the Bengali middle-class

    Rituparno Ghosh that brought back the focus on the Bengali middle class says director Madhur Bhandarkar. Excerpts

    You don’t need to hold guns to be a revolutionary or change the society. Ritudaparno Ghosh was a filmmaker and his films did all the revolutionary work. His demise is a major loss to films and the society. Can’t even say too soon for his death… because revolutionaries should be immortal!

    It was RituDa’s cinema that brought back the focus on the Bengali middle class. And while he did this, he wasn’t known as a regional cinema director (unfortunately, which happens with a lot of talented filmmakers in regional cinema). He was the Indian filmmaker with brilliant contributions to our 100 years of Hindi films. I have had the good fortune of meeting RituDa on a couple of occasions in the past.

    He was always very warm, humble, with a great sense of humour and what vision for cinema. We always discussed films. I still remember our chat on world cinema and where we might be lacking.

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  • How Jacky landed up in ‘Kick’

    The war between Sajid Nadiadwala and Sajid Khan just hot hotter. Here's the inside story

    This is straight out of a Bollywood pot boiler adhering to the old adage that ‘Dushman ka dushman dost hota hai' (enemy’s enemy is a friend). And ofcourse, there is no better way of getting back at your enemy than favouring his ex-girlfriend.

    The cold war between Sajid Nadiadwala and Sajid khan just got icy cool with Khan’s ex Jaquiline Fernandes being cast in the much controversial ‘Kick’ opposite Salman Khan. While Jacky may be basking in the glory of this big-budget film, her ex-beau Sajid is not smiling. The insiders claim that there is no merit involved in casting Jacky when names of Deepika Padukone were in the fray. Sources say that this casting coup was directed towards his erstwhile friend Sajid Khan and Shirish Kunder. 'Kick' which is a remake of a South Indian film was announced with much fanfare last year with Shirish as the director. That was before Joker bombed. With the film, Shirish’s

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  • Abhay wants to stay away from 'Dostana 2'?

    Abhay Deol not only rubbished the rumours of being offered Dostana 2 but emphasised that he never wanted to do the film

    Karan Johar may be unclear about his leading lady in the Dostana sequel but he did declare that the sequel will have a few happy additions. While John and Abhishek will be the lead in the sequel, chocolate boy Abhay Deol has also been approached according to a few media reports. However, Abhay is not too happy with these recent developments that are doing the rounds.

    In an interview with Zoom television, Abhay not only rubbished the rumours of being offered Dostana 2, his irritation reached the next level altogether. When asked by the reporter, Abhay candidly confessed that he didn’t think much of Dostana as a movie so why would he ever want to be a part of the next franchise. Furthermore the actor also added that he has instructed his manager to get 'Dostana 2' removed from his filmography wherever published dismissing any association with the movie.

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  • Motormouth Mallika's sweeping statements

    What was Mallika Sherawat thinking while making such statements at the Cannes Film Festival? Was it a quick way to cosy up to the International media?

    Two days after Mallika Sherawat made the sweeping statements about India being a regressive society and the plight of Indian women is depressing; she is on a damage control mode. Her twitter handle which goes by @MallikaLA (What better way to show off her non-existent International status) says, “ I said Whats happening to women in India is regressive and depressing and I stand by it # RAPE”.

    In an interview to the online edition of Variety edition, Mallika, with her fake accent emphasized why she has made a ‘conscious decision’ to divide her time between Los Angeles and India. No, she didn’t talk about her non-existent Bollywood career or the fact that no producer is casting her. As she rolled her eyes and lips simultaneously to work on her fake American accent (so much so that she forgets to accent each word during the interview), she

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  • Heard this: Munnabhai Sanju’s gesture

    Before being shifted to Yerwada Jail, the tainted actor showed gratitude to the prison staff

    It seems Sanjay Dutt has taken is Munnabhai films quite seriously. Before being shifted to the Pune’s Yerwada jail, the actor arranged for 500 tickets of his next film Policegiri for the prison inmates and staff.

    An estimated Rs 100 crore is riding on Bollywood star with films like Zanjeer remake, Policegiri, Munna Bhai Chale Dilli and Peekay on floors. The Bollywood ‘Khalnayak’, who later re-invented himself with 'Gandhigiri' with his Munnabhai films, will be spending about three and half years in prison. Dutt will serve the remaining years of his five-year sentence for his role in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts.
    Top 10 eventful moments from Sanjay Dutt’s life

    Dutt was first picked up in 1995 from Mumbai airport on his way back from Mauritius. At that time, he was reportedly in a relationship with his ‘Khalnayak’ co-star Madhuri Dixit, even contemplating marriage. Though Madhuri was quick to

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