• Creative people are often written off as people with limited understanding or interest in the financial aspect of any business. This notion is openly rubbished by Ashish Patil, Business and Creative Head — Y Films, the Youth Films Division at Yash Raj Films Pvt. Ltd. Most would have heard of his latest release, Luv Ka The End, that he has written and produced and he's busy writing two other films that he would be producing as well for the same banner this year.

    What Ashish did before Y Films

    Clearly, Ashish didn't appear out of thin air. With 17 years of experience in the media and entertainment business, he started his career writing copy for Contract Advertising and due to pressure to "get a real job" he went to Business School to major in Marketing. His love for creative brought him back to advertising and account planning at SSC&B Lintas where he handled a range of clients covering a 3rd of the agency's billings — from FMCG's, Pharmaceuticals and Consumer Durables to Alcohol and

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  • Big B quits Ram Gopal Varma's 'Department', hurt by Ramu's SMS about his son's latest release. Is Bollywood getting too sensitive?

    It's not business, it's personal, particularly for our beloved B'wood biggies. Muck squirted on beta Ranbir on 'Koffee with Karan' and daddy refuses to act in Karan's next. Then, one is familiar with this unsaid (and obvious) pattern in failed Bollywood relationships: the two can't be co-stars in the future, won't be seen at social or promotional events together and would be glad to skip even attending the premiere of each other's movies. So, the break-up is more like a social media exercise. And did you wonder why Shahid and Kareena weren't cast as a pair again despite being a superhit onscreen jodi? Well, it could have something to do with them parting ways off-screen just before the release of Jab We Met and also that's when Kareena met Saif. Or are we over-editorialising this?

    Another classic case-study is Bollywood's own bad boy, Salman Khan. You

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  • Shagird director, Tigmanshu Dhulia backs Nana despite his peculiar ways as he offers 'good suggestions' to improve the film

    Nana Patekar in Shagird

    Nana Patekar is not new to this branch of cinema that is trigger-happy. Having played an encounter cop in the past, in Tigmanshu Dhulia's 'Shagird', he returns in a slightly twisted avatar, as a corrupt cop with a sense of humour. Difficult to digest? Well, wait for May 13 for the film's release to find out how it translates on the screen. Meanwhile, in an exclusive for Yahoo! India, Dhulia takes us through his journey of filming his latest and yes, putting up with Bollywood's most idiosyncratic actor, Nana.

    What triggered the idea to write Shagird and what helped you in completing this script from scratch to final draft?
    I had never done a thriller before and I wanted to do it very badly. I had a plot that required a character who was approximately the same age as Nana and of his fitness level as well. Luckily, he liked the script and then I tried to make the

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  • Zindagi Na Milege Dobara

    Zindagi Na Milege Dobara's teaser has Hrithik, Abhay and Farhan flaunting their chiseled abs. Is B'wood's obsession with lean eternal?

    Bollywood's lead heroes have always been voluntary shape-shifters. Every time one gains popularity for a certain waist size, others fall in line to chisel themselves into the same. But this wasn't the case back in the day. There was a time in Hindi cinema when one's physique didn't matter and Sanjeev Kumar was a lead hero and fat-burners were the least popular drug.

    And if you thought, we're just quoting pre-historic examples, you thought wrong. Remember, Rishi Kapoor confidently twisting his wiggly-comfortably-round self in Chandni? Or perhaps even Govinda at the peak of his career, gyrating better than Munni or Sheila in his seriously overweight state in Sajan Chale Sasural. Neither of them shaped up or needed to ship out on account of their excess flab. It was a blissfully corpulent world.

    It was only by the fag end of the 80s, when a new look

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  • Take Me Home Tonight

    2011 has been a disappointing year so far for Hollywood with box office duds like "Red Riding Hood" and "From Prada to Nada". Yet, there's much to be anticipative of. Here are a few movies you'd surely want to wait for.


    Beginners is a beautifully quirky film about how a man handles a bundle of shocking news (his elderly father announces that he has terminal cancer and that he's gay) while he tries to clutch on to a relationship. Evan McGreggor stars as the lead in this delightful journey about understanding, accepting and appreciating life.

    Henry's Crime

    If you've watched "Double Jeopardy", you know the US law, also applicable in India that forbids a person from being convicted of the same offense again. This loophole in the legal system is used by ex-con Henry (Keanu Reeves) in planning to rob the same bank he has falsely been convicted of robbing. Pickled along with this, is Henry's love story with a cynical woman called Julie (Vera Farmiga) who eventually becomes his

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  • Why every Bollywood hero wants to save the day?

    Salman Khan in Bodyguard and Nana Patekar in Shagird

    A lot of noise surrounded Salman Khan refusing 6 crores from a security agency to wrap himself in his own security guard's uniform in his latest, "Bodyguard".  Then we heard that Nana Patekar will soon appear in his favourite (and most tried and tested) avatar in the movie, "Shagird"- an unconventional cop who gets mashed amidst the nexus of politicians and gangsters (Ab Tak Pachpan?).

    But the underlying message that we read here is that our macho-men of Bollywood love exercising their testosterone on vigilante roles. Policing law-breakers and throwing punches at baddies not only puts them on a pedestal but also carves a much amiable image among their fans. Something that can hardly be achieved by playing the mushy boy-next-door, romancing atop Swiss Alps in designer sweaters. But what about the fearless action hero is so appealing that every actor can't wait to strap a cape around their neck? Let's draw up a list of possible merits of playing a numero uno crime-buster.

    1. You get a

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  • Red Riding Hood review

    As the title suggests, this is a take on the almost forgotten fairytale, 'The Red Riding Hood'. And once you watch this movie, it will scar your childhood memory of the original forever. And it's also foolishly apparent that this is director Catherine Hardwicke's very next after 'Twilight'. Werewolf there and here. Bad actors there, worse here. Regardless, this is how the film rolls...

    Welcome to Wolfville. It's a very cold place (literally and metaphorically) where people dress like extras from a Robin Hood play and spend their entire lives fearing a certain werewolf. But for good reason, as intermittently through the film, village folk are brutally skinned by the furry beast. Gongs are hammered to announce that the wolf has claimed another victim. But the high fatality rate makes it a casual affair, so people gather about, make apologetic faces for a while and the body is carted away (where are all these bodies going?).

    Swimming amidst this chaos, is the love story of our beloved

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  • Says Amitabh Bachchan who’s cool, composed yet petrified about how the audience would react to the latest version of his show 'Kaun Banega Crorepati 2010'

    Excerpts from the interview:

    Firstly, what keeps you ticking at your age?

    I am almost 70 now. The body gets tired if I’m just sitting around. So one should keep doing something always. Pt Jawarharlal Nehru had once said, that when he used to leave for his election campaign, he would leave at five in the morning and return only at one in the night, completely exhausted. Then someone had asked him how he manages to keep going even after having had such a tiresome day. His reply was, ‘When I am in the company of an audience that cheers for me and I hear them applaud and scream for me, I get the energy to go on.'  I similarly draw energy to go on when I am cheered by the public. So you can say that the euphoria of my audience keeps me ticking.

    What has been your personal take-home from working on KBC?

    The biggest incentive that this

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