• 'Superman of Malegaon' along with the director of the film - Faiza Khan

    After successful screenings at festivals across the globe, ‘Supermen of Malegaon’ is slated for theatrical release in India on June 29, 2012. The film has had an extraordinary journey since the idea was first mooted but its biggest hurdle was securing a theatrical release in India, which has now been achieved. ‘Supermen of Malegaon’ is a documentary that captures a motley bunch of cinema fanatics in Malegaon, Maharashtra who remake Bollywood and Hollywood films with miniscule budgets, which they shoot, star in and screen for their local audience in Malegaon. This time, they take on the challenge of making Supermen. The project took off when Director Faiza Ahmad Khan, along with co-producer Gargey Trivedi and Siddharth Thakur, won the Asian Pitch in Singapore. The Asian Pitch is organised by Mediacorp in Singapore, NHK in Japan and KBS in South Korea. Several directors were invited to pitch their subjects, and Supermen of Malegaon was one of the three films that won. The film was
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  • Kohli's unending love for love stories
    Many may argue that Kunal Kohli likes to stick to love stories, even if it’s a story about a terrorist or a rebel. But then what’s wrong in dedicating one’s career to Bollywood’s favourite genre. “Apart from Sholay, every big Bollywood blockbuster has been a love story,” says the chirpy Kohli defending his choice of films. His latest magnum opus, ‘Teri Meri Kahaani’ starring Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra seems to be more ambitious if not risky than most of his previous stints. One reason for this would be that it features three love stories set in three different eras. Apart from the limitations of portraying a period, it also means braving the skepticism that most would have for a film that isn’t contemporary or based on present day. If not anything, it can limit the audience to those who appreciate period films. But Kohli is confident that his three love stories would be as identifiable with the youth today as any other. He infact adds that he has dared to showcase the fun and
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  • Boman Irani talks movies
    Great actors have one thing in common. They can get inside the skin of the character to such an extent that it's impossible to distinguish them from the character they're playing.  Boman Irani is definitely one such actor. From the stern principal of a medical college in Munnabhai MBBS to the neurotic college director Prof Sahasrabudhhe. His ability to convey an entire horizon of emotions through his expressions and body language have put him into a league of his own. His latest stint as a middle-aged cynical Parsi father in 'Ferrari Ki Sawaari' lives up to his brand. We got the man himself, Boman Irani, to come and visit the Yahoo! India office where he chatted with Kunal Guha about his mantra for acting and what he looks for in films before deciding to feature in them. Here's a transcript of the chat.

    What excited you about the film and your character when you first heard a narration of 'Ferrari Ki Sawaari'?
    Honestly, I was cast even before the narration. Mapuskar (Director Rajesh

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  • The Amazing Spiderman

    One of the world's most beloved characters is back on the big screen as a new chapter in the Spider-Man legacy is revealed in 'The Amazing Spider-Man'.  Focusing on an untold story that tells a different side of the Peter Parker story, the new film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, with Martin Sheen and Sally Field.  The film is directed by Marc Webb.  Screenplay by James Vanderbilt and Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves.  The film will open in theaters everywhere in 3D on June 29, 2012. So here are a few production secrets behind this mammoth blockbuster that you surely didn't know.

    The film’s exteriors were largely shot on the New York street sets at Universal Studios as the first film to shoot there following the set’s extensive rebuild following a devastating fire in 2008.  “Luckily, the set became available for us to use for several weeks of filming at just the right time,” says executive producer Michael Grillo. “Our production Read More »from 10 secrets about the new Spiderman

  • The united colours of Saif Ali Khan
    While A K Hangal would beg to differ, no actor would want to be typecast in Bollywood. Most may argue that it limits their creative potential to perform varied roles, it actually means that it restricts them to only a few films. But for some, holding on to a forced image is the only way to go. And the trailer of ‘Cocktail’ suggests that Saif Ali Khan is one such person. He may be branded as nasty Nawab in real life but on the big screen he has been canned as a ‘boy-next-door’ who’s always up for some good ol’ slam-bam-thank-you-maam. And this is a character hasn’t evolved much over time. From ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ to ‘Hum Tum’ to ‘Love Aaj Kal’, Saif has mastered the commitment-phobic young adult and his rehearsed goofiness ensures box office dhamakas.  So why exactly should he grow up and grow out of this typecast? Here are reasons why Saif should stick to playing the same role in every film?

    The commitment phobic

    Saif in 'Kal Ho Na Ho'
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  • A still from 'Love, Lies and Seeta'
    Love, Lies and Seeta

  • Director Habib Faisal talks about his kind of cinema

    Very few may know Habib Faisal for his directorial debut in 2010- ‘Do Dooni Char’. The film managed fairly well at the box office but didn’t get him the kind of recognition that he deserved. Regardless, his heart-warming story of a middle-class family that aspired to own a car (in Do Dooni Char) earned him a National Award for “Best Hindi film” apart from a couple of Filmfare trophies. Today, he is excited about his latest directorial venture ‘Ishaqzaade’ which is releasing under the Yash Raj banner. His association with the production house has been a seasoned one as he has had story, screenplay or dialogue credits in many Yash Raj movies like ‘Salaam Namaste’, ‘Jhoom Barabar Jhoom’, ‘Ta Ra Rum Pum’ and even the breakthrough hit ‘Band Baaja Baraat’. While the promos of his latest reveal the larger plot of the film, he seems to be cautious about letting out too much. The reason for his secrecy, “It will be a spoiler if I tell you more than the promos tell you.” Fair enough. But he
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  • Director Ashvin Kumar talks about his latest thriller 'The Forest'
    Being nominated for an Oscar is like being knighted. Oscar-nominated becomes a courteous prefix to one’s name. So when Ashvin Kumar was nominated for one in 2005 for his film ‘Little Terrorist’, he was on a different high. Anyone would be. But he went through a humbling experience when he completed his very next film- a man-eater based thriller called ‘The Forest’. While the film was shot with an international crew, it had an Indian setting. But for some reason he didn’t find a buyer for 5 years. Now that the film is finally releasing, the director is relieved and claims to have learnt a lot in the period that he waited for the film to reach the screens. He admits that he had, at several points, come to believe that the film would never release. He talks to Kunal Guha about the ideology behind his craft and why Indian distributors, despite the evolution of Indian cinema, continue to evaluate films through a rigid metric and fail to see a film for its true merit.
    A still from 'The Forest'
    What was the core
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  • Who will you vote for?

    While movie trailers are supposed to give one an idea of what to expect, it’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to selling a film today. Film marketing has gone way beyond the usual and has come to appreciate and acknowledge the theme of the film to a large extent. The film is about a rockstar- let’s have a rock concert, the film is about an item girl- let’s get her jiggy on stage. The latest being- the Gangs of Wasseypur franchise that plans to promote an electoral campaign through the streets of Mumbai and Delhi to promote the second installment of the political thriller. This initiative would be conducted by plastering the city with political posters where the two opposing contestants from the movie would be vying for your vote. While the first part of the film garnered rave reviews, it left audiences curious and excited about the sequel. And this political campaign would surely connect with those who can't wait to know what happens in Part 2.

    Here are a few other
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  • True talent is never ignored in Bollywood just like true lack of talent is often harshly rubbished. And Parineeti Chopra has to be the best example to second this fact. Her short yet memorable supporting role in 'Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl' was enough to prove her might and her bubbly, naïve and selfish brat image ensured she shined above her co-actors and even the lead cast to make for a memorable debut. So it's no wonder that YRF has signed her up for a 3 movie-deal with her latest film being Ishaqzaade', directed by 'Do Dooni Char' director Habib Faisal. 'Ishaqzaade' promises to give her a strong foothold into the industry apart from establishing her as an actress of substance. Over a candid chat with Kunal Guha, the motor-mouth actress tells us about the joys of being the lead in a Yash Raj film and how fame and fortune haven't changed her one bit.

    From a supporting role in 'Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl' to the lead in the latest Yash Raj film, have any myths about the industry

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