• Mr Ding Dong in action
    The very mention of Subhash Ghai is enough to spring up images of the amiable floppy-hatted filmmaker who would make decided cameos in all his films. Having survived the industry for four decades, he has an impressive filmography to his credit. From the suspense classic ‘Karz’ to masala blockbuster ‘Ram Lakhan’, Ghai has tried his hand in everything. ‘Kisna’, ‘Yuvraj’ and ‘Black and White’ may not have tremendous recall with audiences but he defends them, saying that they were misunderstood and were ahead of their times. Ghai has been missing from action for the last few years given the legal hassles pertaining to his film institute, ‘Whistling Woods’. But now that he admits to have resigned from the institute, handing over the baton to his daughter, Ghai is all charged up to return to his first passion: making films. Between recording sessions of his untitled next, he was happy to spare some time with us to talk cinema and how he it has evolved in the last decade.

    Firstly, what have
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  • The many moods of Esha Gupta
    When Esha Gupta first faced the celluloid camera, some were quick to note her resemblance to Angelina Jolie while others called her a poor man’s Lara Dutta. Her carefully sculpted jawline, her sparkling eyes and her supermodel body was enough to ensure that she bagged a couple of Bhatt films. But like every model who has attempted acting, she wasn’t spared from being discarded for being, well, just a pretty face. Two films old in the industry, Esha Gupta is awaiting the release of her most promising and challenging acting performance ever, in Prakash Jha’s next, ‘Chakravyuh’. In this film, she plays an astute cop who manages to keep her calm even when she is ferociously angry. Want to know more about how Esha managed all this? We did too. That is exactly why we caught up with her for a quick chat. Here is a transcript of the conversation:

    So what was the most exciting thing about ‘Chakravyuh’ that made you consider this film?
    Let me be completely honest. For me the most exciting
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  • Ileana’s emotional audition for 'Barfi!'
    Barfi! star, Ileana D'cruz talks about breaking down during her audition in the film

    Much has been written about Ileana D'cruz's Bollywood debut 'Barfi!' but few know much about the girl who will romance Bollywood's poster boy Ranbir Kapoor in her very first film. If you've seen the trailer, her Bengali bride avatar would've caught your fancy or left you a bit curious at best. Ileana may be plunging into Hindi films now but this Mumbai girl has already achieved celeb status in Telegu films and has even endorsed several big brands in TV commercials. In a candid chat with Yahoo! India, she tells us about her journey into Bollywood and what was her plan B, incase her film career didn't take off.

    Firstly, why did you consider moving to Bollywood and how did it happen?
    The 'why' is only because a film like 'Barfi!' came along. If it wasn't for a film like it, it wouldn't have been Bollywood. The 'how' is very simple. I had read about the film a long time back but there was no clarity on

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  • Nawazuddin posing with the poster of GOW 2
    Cinema is often inspired from real life, at least the Madhur Bhandarkars and Ram Gopal Varmas of the world would have you believe. But in this unique case from Gangs of Wasseypur, an actual incident from actor Nawazuddin Siddique’s life inspired this comic scene in the film. Click on the video below to have him narrate it in his own words:

    If you found the above scene hilarious, you would love the next one where Nawazuddin recollects another embarrassing incident from his early life in Mumbai where he met with a disastrous end, following an indecent proposal. This scene has been used in the second part of the film:

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  • Women who tried to pull down Sunny Leone
    While Jism 2 may not have impressed many (read review here), the film managed to garner a lot of traction for marking porn star Sunny Leone’s Bollywood debut. Given Sunny’s prior vocation, it wasn’t going to be easy for her to find her feet in Bollywood but she also had suffer a little more than she must’ve hoped for. Apart from suffering a media onslaught about her inability to express on the screen, she was torn apart from public statements issued by other actresses who firmly questioned her performance in the film.

    Prachi Saathi and Sunny Leone

     Jism 2 released along with the animated movie ‘Krishna and Kans’- a film for which Bharata Natyam dancer Prachi Saathi had lent her voice for. While Jism 2 is a film strictly for adults, ‘Krishna and Kans’ would seem more like kids entertainer. Regardless, the animated film was confident that their film would attract a larger audience. Speaking about releasing her film along with ‘Jism 2’, Prachi Saathi confidently remarked, “I am not much bothered about the clash.
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  • Kashyap unplugged

    “Ask them questions about their cleavage,” he chuckles as he sprints past the room where the two lead actresses from his latest franchise ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ are fielding questions from journalists. But director Anurag Kashyap is a lot more than just cocky. Stubbornly resolute about the kind of cinema he wants to be associated with, he was once perceived as a filmmaker who didn’t care to subscribe to a mould for his films to be commercially lucrative. A fanboy of dark and edgy realism, his first film as a writer, at the age of 22, was ‘Satya’. But when he finally earned his director’s cap, his film was banned by the Government of India. After years of enduring personal turmoil, a Supreme Court judge happened to watch the film on a pirated DVD in Dubai and learnt that it had been courting for a release for seven years. Once he returned to India, the case was reopened and the film was released. The film was ‘Black Friday’ (based on the 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai) and its biggest
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  • Heroine

    5 women-centric roles that died (thankfully)
    While we unveil the poster of 'Heroine', Madhur-explain-it-all-Bhandarkar's version of a women-centric film, a little mulling over the genre seemed appropriate. Everyone knows that post Vidya Balan's thumkas in 'The Dirty Picture', the genre got a new lease of life or as Konkona Sen Sharma put it, in all her pseudo Bengali intellectuality, "Vidya has reclaimed women-centric films." And now everyone wants to get their blousefull with a meaty role in a film that revolves and rotates around them. Point of fact: September 2012 has 4 such big releases. Bipasha's 'Raaz 3', Kareena's 'Heroine', Preity's 'Ishq in Paris'and Sridevi's 'English Vinglish'. And Deepika Padukone who hasn't managed to get one, has sent out a mass mailer saying that she would only accept women-centric films, following her 'Cocktail' hangover. So while our B-town babes get their paws wet for this super desirable screen avatar, let's draw some historical perspective to such roles.
    In Hindi cinema, most films driven by a

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  • Mohan Kapoor is the voice of Bane in the Hindi version of 'The Dark Knight Rises''There's a storm coming'. And this is a mighty one. It's riding on 250 million US dollars to give you an idea. 'The Dark Knight Rises' or better known in the internet universe as '#TDKR' is director Christopher Nolan's last attempt at celebrating the much-loved superhero in a bat mask. While most wouldn't know, this masked vigilante has had several makeovers in the last 70 years (check them out) and the series has had him knock the air out of various adversaries. The most memorable one on celluloid being the Joker, played by Hollywood's finest- Heath Ledger and Jack Nicholson. But the latest one (TDKR) offers an entirely new monstrosity: Bane- a gigantic bad boy with a metallic mask that is tightly punched over his face to constantly drug him to relieve his pain. Apart from the functionality of the mask (which is quite cool), it also lends a devilish demeanor with metallic worm-like teeth protruding from under his eyes and rising from the end of his chin too. And while this new villain

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  • A still from 'Barfi'

    When film historians of the future look back at cinema today, they would discover two kinds of films: those with subliminal morals and films like 'Barfi!' While it's unfair to slot a film based on its trailer, there's no harm in having an opinion and here is mine. Going back to Ranbir Kapoor saying it all without actually saying anything (he plays a deaf and dumb person in the film) can seem like a celebration of life. And if you've seen the trailer, it's impossible to miss the captions, 'be happy', 'be crazy', 'be loved', 'be charming’, 'fart generously'. OK, the last one wasn’t spelt out. But the point is and this is the scary part, does everything have to be spelt out? Does Anurag Basu have to subscribe to the Bhansali school of filmmaking? Do we need a desi Chaplin to tell us how to knead our dreary lives into something that makes it all seem worth our existence? Why not ‘be someone who has a mind of his own’ and doesn’t need to be injected with emotion’? Do we really need to do
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  • Veena Malik in 'Daal Mein Kuch Kaala Hai'

    Veena Malik shot to fame when she tip-toed in her stilettos on reality show Bigg Boss. Having been a Pakistani actress and model, being on the reality show seemed like an ideal platform to display her skills to Indian producers and directors who could check if she were an ideal fit for possible roles. And while Sunny Leone became an instant hit with the Bhatts, Veena has managed to use her reality TV clout to bag 5 films in India which have already been filmed and are awaiting a release date. But the verdict for her Bollywood debut is out in 'Daal Mein Kuch Kaala Hai' which released last week. While the film didn't manage to get her the national attention and interest she had hoped for, she is still hopeful and comfortable with the fact that the industry has accepted her. In a casual chat with Kunal Guha, she talks about her debut, the kind of roles that fit her like a glove and characters she would rather avoid playing. Here's a transcript of the conversation:

    What excited you

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