Blog Posts by Sayoni Sinha

  • 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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  • ‘There is no such letter’

    Mohd Rafi’s son Shahid Rafi lashes out at Lata Mangeshkar for making false claims about  an apology letter

    Bollywood hasn’t heard the last of Lata Mangeshkar and Mohd Rafi’s feud. For decades, there has been much speculation about the cold war between the two legends which surfaced yet again 25 years after Rafi’s death.

    In a recent interview to a Mumbai daily, Lata Mangeshkar had confessed about her ‘fiery temper’ and how she fell out with Rafisaab over royalty rights. In her confession, she had said that at a meeting attended by prominent singers and musicians, she and Rafi had a nasty fight and refused to work with each other anymore. Lata Mangeshkar stormed out and called her composers requesting them to look for another singer for her duets with Rafi. When asked about the reconciliation, she revealed that composer Jaikishan took the initiative for the patch up. According to her, Rafi gave her a written apology.

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  • Silent films finally on screen

    The 14th Mumbai Film Festival will screen restored silent films accompanied by live orchestra

    To mark the centenary celebration of Indian cinema, the 14th edition of Mumbai Film Festival will screen a package of restored Indian silent films accompanied by live orchestra. These films include classics such as ‘Kaliya Mardan’, ‘Raja Harishchandra’, ‘Marthand Varma’, ‘Throw Of Dice’, ‘Sati Savitri’, ‘Jamai Babu’, ‘Galliant Heart’ and few others. Apart from that, it will also screen acclaimed films such as Shatranj ke Khiladi, Charulata and Kalpana.

    Watch: Best of MAMI

    For the second consecutive year, the best of contemporary French cinema will be presented as part of ‘Rendezvous with French Cinema’ section in association with the Embassy of France in India and Unifrance. Also, films tracing the history of Italian cinema will be screened in association with the Embassy of Italy in India and the Italian film director and film academician Mr Italo Spinelli. It will feature 30 celebrated Read More »from Silent films finally on screen
  • Here's how to tie a turban

    In order to perfect his look for Son Of Sardar’, Ajay flew in a turban expert from Punjab

    Ajay Devgn is going the Aamir Khan way. The actor is busy perfecting his look for his next film ‘Son of Sardaar’ where he is essaying the character of a strong Sardaar in the film. Ajay is going an extra mile to make sure that he does complete justice to the role and the aesthetics are perfect to the T.

    Pics: Ajay rides two horses

    Buzz is that the superstar flew in a turban expert all the way from Punjab multiple times to tie his colorful turban for the action comedy so that it reflects the true style with attention to the minutest details.

    “In films, sometime the turbans don't reflect the original style. So we flew in a turban expert from Punjab as we wanted to make sure that the turbans of all the characters have the true style and we are doing complete justice to the film", said a source close to the team.
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  • Rani's tribute to yesteryear's heroines

    Rani dressed as Sridevi, Juhi Chawla and Madhuri Dixit

    In ‘Aiyyaa’, Rani Mukherjee pays tribute to the three Bollywood divas- Sridevi , Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla

    In her upcoming film ‘Aiyyaa’, the actress will pay tribute to the three divas of Bollywood. For someone, who has grown-up watching and enacting their scenes, it is like a wish fulfillment for her.

    The opening sequence of the film shows her taking a pledge in front of the posters of Sridevi , Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla. Says a source, “Rani personally looks up to all three of them and was quite kicked while shooting this scene.”
    Pics: Rani’s raunchy avatar

    More than half of the shooting of the film was done in the J.J School of Arts in Mumbai. In the film, Prithviraj  plays a student studying at J.J school of arts. The makers wanted to make his character look more authentic so they wrote to the trustees of this college. However the State government had stopped giving permission for films and ad shoots inside the premises after four 125-year-old sculptures were severely

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