For some it’s Just another HOLI- DAY, while for others one more reason to Party !! But for IndiaFM it’s the colourful and splashy spirit of the festival that matters, where the bureau is back at its antics to check out how different can ‘Bolly’ get on Holi, to find out what’s on the Menu and after all whose party would be the most Rocking !
Rang Barse … With or without bhang, kick start your mood with Big B’s ‘Rang Barse’, it’s indeed a landmark song for every Holi ado. With knock out lyrics and once in life time music, you can’t help but shake that little booty!! But if you looking out for a tune that is absolutely Garma-Garm On India FM’s Juke Box this Holi then the song is ‘EY GORI’, rendered by Kailash Kher and Sonu Kakkar, this heady mix from Delhi Heights maintains the vibrancy that the festival needs and proves that ‘Bulla ki Jaana’ singer Rabbi is just not a Sufi Star but is also capable of composing various other genres.
Holi Bash you got to be seen at ….. Bollywood Holi parties became a talk of the town with Great RK bandwagon holding them with so much of glam and élan that they got bookmarked and were carried forward by other big showmen of the industry like Subhash Ghai and Amitabh Bachchan. The trend came to it’s peak with Shah Rukh Khan and Yash Chopra’s extravagant affairs, and now is being held by every second celebrity in aspiration to colour his domain with friends and well wishers. So this very Holi get spotted at
Janki Kutir - Javed Akhtar And Shabana Azmi’s cozy pad where a gala event has been lined up for the weekend with the highlight being Kay Kay Menon and Boman Irani performing and the buzz is that even SRK going to make a beeline for this One
You have apna cool Sanjay Gupta who’s not going to be a bhtaktaa ‘Musaafir’ as this time he is being the loyal dost playing Host for our very own Munnabhai, coz Sanju baba has stopped attending and hosting Holi parties after his father’s sad demise.
On the menu we have something Hotter than Jalebi’s and steamier than Samosas .. If last year we saw sultry sex symbol Mallika sherawat, warming the hearts of the Indian Troop deployed in Himalayan region of Kashmir at this time of the year. 2007 will see two reining beauties, Rani Mukherjee and Preity Zinta sizzling the screen on KBC’s Hot Seat with none other than King Khan!!
Well and now that you’ve got your palette filled with so many vibrant colours , let the pakka rang of the season be BLUE. For once again it’s that time of the year where our ‘Men in blue’ , the Indian cricket team will be battling on the fields. So along with wishing your friends and family Happy Holi, lets wish the Team India good Luck too !!
Bollywood blockbuster 'Rang De Basanti' lost out to Mexican film 'Pan's Labyrinth' at the British Academy of Film and Television awards in the best foreign language film category. The film, which is already out of the Oscar race, was competing with Mexican Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Lanyrinth, Mel Gibson's 'Apocalypto', Pedro Almodovar's 'Volver' and Paul Verhoeven's 'Black Book'.
Rang De Basanti's team was present at the Royal Opera House in London last night for the award ceremony. The BAFTA awards are renowned as the British Oscars. The film starring Bollywood actors Aamir Khan, Kunal Kapoor, Soha Ali Khan and Alice Patten depicts the awakening of a whole new generation inspired by Indian freedom fighters.
India's official entry to the Oscars, 'Rang De Basanti' was voted out of the Best Foreign Film in the shortlist ahead of the nominations for the category last month. Directed by Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra, the film has earned critical acclaim and commerical success at home.
Rakyesh Mehra’s Rang De Basanti which created a wave at the Box Office early this year and also got highly appreciated for its content is now being used at the Australian schools. The film about a group of youngsters turning into rebels to fight for justice is now used for discussion at the Beachworth Secondary Government School near Melbourne city. This school in fact has a session of film appreciation where Indian films are screened to the students and then discussed. Rang De Basanti is being listed to be screened for students of VII and IX Std. Besides Rang De Basanti, other films like Lagaan and Salaam Namaste are also a part of their syllabus.
The Shalom College in Bundaberg, Queensland is another school that has been screening Gurinder Chadha's Bend it Like Beckham for discussions. This is definitely a big achievement for Bollywood which gets accused of making escapist cinema. This is a strong proof to everyone that Bollywood is not just about glamour and masala and that it also produces films that are meaningful and sensible.
New Delhi, Nov 18 (IANS) Punjabi singer Daler Mehndi, who is known for his foot-tapping Punjabi numbers, has sung devotional songs in the upcoming film "I Am Singh". And the singer says his faith in the almighty has kept him going strong even in hard times.
The singer, who has been in the industry for nearly two decades, has composed and lent his voice for "Dukaalang Pranaasi" and "Deh Shiva Bar Mohe Ehai, Subh Karman Te Kabhun Na Taro".
The 44-year-old says that his faith in god helped him rise in life.
"Hardships in life have dragged me around but my savior, my guru, Baba Nanak, always continued to drag me further into his heart, creating my real freedom. So I just keep the faith," Daler said.
A trained classical singer, Daler has been singing since the age of six. However, he rose to prominence in 1995 with his album 'Bolo Tara Rara', which became an international hit.
Daler has sung songs like "Rang De Basanti" from the film of same name, "Aila Re Aila" from "Khatta Meetha" and "Bhootni ke" from "Singh is Kinng".
Rang De Basanti vying for a Golden Globe nomination
Rang De Basanti has received outstanding reviews by the masses and critics. The film has been appreciated both in India as well as overseas with phenomenal box-office collections. All the actors and actresses have also been commended for their performances in the film. But the star of the film is no doubt the highly talented Aamir Khan. The approximate figures at the box-office have crossed a path breaking 1.25 crores. And now the film is all set to receive more adulation and praise. Rang De Basanti will vie for a place in the nominations of the Golden Globe.
A panel including 95 team members from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will watch Rang De Basanti on 27 July. The panel is the official body that selects and shot-lists films that will be a part of the nominations. The panel will watch the film at Clarity Screening Theater in Beverley Hills, Los Angeles. Rang De Basanti will compete in the foreign language film category. The film has been produced by Ronnie Screwvala and has been directed by Rakeysh Mehra and both of them will be present at the screening.
The Golden Globes is one of Hollywood’s most prestigious awards. For any film to even make it to the nominations is an honour. There are no doubt strict criteria and procedures that are followed while short listing a film for the nominations of the Golden Globe. Every one in India will definitely be rooting for Rang De Basanti and hopefully the film will make it to the nominations. Producer Screwvala too is optimistic about a Golden Globe nomination for his film and says “Rang De Basanti has managed to strike a chord with the youth and breaks the norm of a commercial bollywood film.”
After films like Lagaan and Paheli which tried to gain recognition, it’s now the turn of Rang De Basanti to try and gain international acclaim.
It opened as just another Bollywood movie at the box-office, on a nippy February morning. The Aamir Khan tag brought limelight in its wake, and the youth flavour that the promos peddled guaranteed initials.
Almost 10 months later, Rang De Basanti is more than a superhit Hindi film gunning for Oscar glory. In an era when films had stopped making a difference, director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s feature ended up as a generation’s wake-up call — quite simply living up to the poster punchline.
Bollywood is about big budget, bigger moneymaking drills. But when a script like Rang De… connects with its core audience (in this case, the youth), inciting them take to the streets for a cause that isn’t solely about selfish gains, you know it’s special.
In this context, Rang De… comes to the fore once again in the wake of two successive, high profile legal decisions: the Jessica Lal murder case and the Priyadarshini Mattoo rape-and-murder case. Street protests, candlelight crusades, student petition campaigns triggered off by what was shown in the film undeniably had an impact.
The brains behind Rang De… would rather downplay it all. “When we wrote and, later, shot the film we didn’t expect it to fuel popular protests over issues of wide interests,” says Kamlesh Pandey, conceptualiser, scriptwriter and screenplay coordinator of the film.
"We knew there are plenty of people in this country who are sensitive to what’s going on wrong around them and only wanted to make them aware of the fact that they have a choice to raise a voice. The mass movements over the Jessica, Mattoo cases, as well as the reservation protests, patterned on the film actually surprised us."
Indian director buoyed by Oscar entry, looks ahead
2006/10/11 12:40:50 Bollywood director Rakeysh Mehra, whose hit film about the transformation of a group of self-absorbed youths is India's entry to the 2007 Oscars, said he will draw on his own childhood for one of his next ventures.
Mehra, whose "Rang de Basanti" (Color Me Saffron) -- a film about a group of young Indians and their struggle to break away from their modern-day consumerist existence -- was the year's first hit, said he had begun work on the scripts of two films, "Delhi 6" and "Bhairavi".
"'Rang de' was a massive hit but I think every director should move on and stop living in the past," Mehra told Reuters.
"I want to do good work and not just be happy and contented with what I've done. I had to move on."
Mehra said "Delhi 6", the postal code of Chandni Chowk, an old Delhi quarter with crowded markets where the filmmaker spent his childhood, would recount experiences of his growing up years.
"But I would like to clarify that it is certainly not an autobiographical script," Mehra said.
Mehra, who made his Bollywood directorial debut in 2001 with "Aks" starring Amitabh Bachchan, said he was elated about the choice of "Rang de Basanti" as an Oscar entry from among nine Indian films.
"There will be brilliant movies in the fray but we think we have a chance nonetheless," he said, referring to his hopes of making the final list of nominations in the best foreign film category.
Aamir Khan & Madhavan to be felicitated in Pakistan!
The two countries may have border disputes but when it comes to art, there is no demarcation. A prominent newspaper Jung has arranged for a felicitation function for the artistes of ‘Rang de Basanthi.’ It is to start a satellite channel Aan next month, primarily with the aim to make the young generation politically aware.
The story of ‘Rang de Basathi’ is about how the young men get aware of political and social injustices and fight against it and this has received a good reception in Pakistan. The film was not released in Pakistan and those who have seen it, have seen it by other means! At the inauguration function of their Aan channel, Jung wants to also felicitate the artistes of ‘Rang de Basanthi.’ So the invitation has gone out to Madhavan, Aamir Khan, Siddarth, Atul Kulkarni, Soha Ali Khan, Kunal Kapoor and director Rakesh Omprakash Mehra.
When the 2 countries are exchanging fire at the border, it is indeed a pleasant surprise to see the Pakistani journal come forward to felicitate Indian film personalities!
Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra's blockbuster Rang De Basanti has been selected as India's official entry for the best foreign film category for Oscar Awards 2007.
The film starring Aamir Khan, Siddharth, Sharman Joshi, Kunal Kapoor, Soha Ali Khan and Alice Patten revolves around a young British filmmaker Sue (Patten) who comes to India to make a film on the revolutionaries - Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru - who had left an everlasting impression on her grandfather.
The film depicts the awakening of the young generation, inspired by the legendary freedom fighters.
The producer of the film, the Mumbai-based UTV Software Communications, confirmed the selection.
"It is true that the film is going for the Oscars. Right now we are holding meetings to chalk out the plans to promote the film," a UTV spokesperson said over phone.
Rang De Basanti has thus beat Munnabhai Lage Raho and Omkara , among other Oscar contenders, in the race.
2006/12/8 14:03:09 Filmmaker Ketan Mehta does not take it lightly when you call his movies 'Bollywood' films. "The term 'Bollywood' is demeaning. It speaks of a colonial mindset, it's the last hurrah of the colonised mind. It is counter-productive and the term 'Bollywood' is a gaali," he says.
Currently in Singapore as jury member of the Asian Festival of First Films, Mehta says that Indian cinema must grow out of its tunneled vision and embrace the world.
"As a country that produces the most number of films in the world, we must not forget that we are much more than just 'Bollywood'. There are so many more films being made in Tamil and Telugu, the stars down South are being paid much more and they have a bigger audience than those 'stars' in 'Bollywood'," he adds.
Mehta, who made Mangal Pandey: The Rising recently, also questions the concept of parallel cinema. "There is nothing like that anymore. Look at Munnabhai, look at Rang De Basanti. How do we term them? Why should we term them? They are good cinema and are Indian cinema."
Mehta is in the process of making a film on the life of the Indian artist Raja Ravi Verma. "It's an Indo-French-British production and there will be no big stars." Again, when he is asked if it will be a mainstream film, he reacts, "Don't curb cinema by generalising it with terms like 'mainstream'."
Blockbusters like Omkara, Rang De Basanti, Kabhi Alvida Na Kehnaa, Lage Raho Munnabhai and Dhoom-2 have bagged most of the nominations for the 2007 Bollywood Awards, including for the best actor and best film categories.
Omkara, Rang De Basanti and Kahbi Alvida Na Kehnaa have been nominated in 17 categories each, Lage Raho Munnabhai in 11 and Dhoom 2 in ten.
The nominations are based on the poll conducted among non-resident Indians in the United States, Britain and Caribbean nations over last three months. The final selection will be made by an expert committee comprising critics, artistes and other leading personalities and awards will be presented at star-studded glittering function on May 26.
Amir Khan (Rang De Basanti), Ajay Devgan (Omkara), Hrithik Roshan (Dhoom-2), Sanjay Dutt (Lage Raho Munnabhai) and Shah Rukh Khan (Kabi Alvida Na Kehnaa) have been nominated in the best actor category.
Aishwarya Rai (Dhoom-2), Bipasha Basu (Corporate), Kajol (Fanaa), Kareena Kapoor (Omkara) and Rani Mukerjee (Kabhi Alvida Na Kehnaa) have been named in the best actress category.
Rakesh Roshan (Krrish), Karan Johar (Kabhi Alvida Na Kehnaa), Rajkumar Hirani (Lage Raho Munnabhai), Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra (Rang De Basanti) and Vishal Bharadwaj (Omkara) contest for top spot for best director.
Announcing the nominations, CEO of the Bollywood Group of companies Kamal Dandona said the increasing number of NRIs participating in the poll shows that they maintain keen interest in movies produced in their land of birth.
It is the NRIs' interest that has led to increasing number of theatres in major US cities regularly showing Indian movies, Dandona said.
Abhishek Bachchan (Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna), Arshad Warsi (Lage Raho Munnabhai), Kunal Kapoor (Rang De Basanti), John Abraham (Baabul) and Vivek Oberoi (Omkara) have been nominated in the best supporting role (male) category.
For best supporting role (Female), Kirron Kher (Rang De Basanti), Konkona Sen Sharma (Omkara), Preity Zinta (Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna), Soha Ali Khan (Rang De Basanti) and Ameesha Patel (Ankahee) have been named.
Aamir Khan (Fanaa), Esha Deol (Ankahee), Saif Ali Khan (Omkara), Shah Rukh Khan (Don) and Shiney Ahuja (Gangster) have been nominated in the "best negative role" category.
Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy), Rang De Basanti (A R Rahman), Omkara (Vishal Bharadwaj) and Dhoom-2 (Pritam) contest for top spot in the best music director category.
Other nominations include: Best Actor in a Comic Role (Male/Female): Chunky Panday (Apna Sapna Money Money), Anupam Kher (Khosla Ka Ghosla), Arshad Warsi (Lage Raho Munnabhai), Tushaar Kapoor (Golmaal) and Uday Chopra (Dhoom-2); Best Playback Singer (Male) KK (Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai - Gangster), Shaan (Chand Sifarish - Fanaa), Sonu Nigam (Kabhi Alvida Na Kehnaa - Kabhi Alvida Na Kehnaa), Sukhwinder Singh (Omkara - Omkara) and Himesh Reshimiya (Jhalak Dikhalaja - Aksar)
For the best playback singer (Female): Alka Yagnik (Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna - Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna), Rekha Bharadwaj (Namak Ishq - Omkara), Madhushree (Tu Bin Bataye - Rang De Basanti), Sunidhi Chauhan (Beedi Jalai Le - Omkara) and Shreya Ghosal (Pal Pal - Lage Raho Munnabhai) have been nominated.
Suddenly, everyone in Bollywood is busy talking Oscars again. Even as lobbying begins for the Indian nomination, speculation is rife in the film industry as to which film will be the Indian entry in the Foreign Film Category at the Oscars.
The Film Federation of India (FFI) started collecting entries in the first week of September and the final selection will be out anytime now. Some of the frontrunners in the race are Omkara, Rang De Basanti and Lage Raho Munnabhai.
Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna and Krrish are also being touted as favourites.
Filmmaker Rakesh Roshan, who was upset a few years ago when Koi Mil Gaya could not qualify for the mother of all awards, is playing safe this year and has left the decision to the selectors.
But actor Ajay Devgan sounds more confident with Omkara. Devgan recently came out in support of Omkara and alleged that a certain lobby was trying to sabotage the prospects of the film by spreading ‘false information’ about the film.
Though producer Ronnie Screwvala claims that he is not aware of the films in the running, he said he is “proud of producing Rang De Basanti”.
Rang De Basanti has not only done well at the box office, it has also won critical acclaim. It also acquired a special place in the hearts and minds of millions of people in the country and abroad.
Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani’s Lage Raho Munnabhai is the latest addition to the list of prospective films for the Foreign Film Category at the Oscars.
The film is riding high on box office success and the lethal combination of Munna and Circuit has already acquired a cult status.
But the question that is on everyone's lips is which film will finally cross the line and join the big battle in the Big Apple.
It has been the year of the blockbuster. Whether it is the fiery "Rang De Basanti", the wisdom spouting Munnabhai or the smooth conman in "Dhoom 2", audiences brought unprecedented revenue for Bollywood.
Some of the decade's biggest blockbusters were witnessed this year with film revenue touching unprecedented heights. The Hrithik Roshan-Aishwarya Rai film from the Yashraj stable "Dhoom 2" reportedly earned Rs. 110 crore within the first three weeks of its release.
The new year, however, looks equally exciting for the industry with Ashutosh Gowariker's magnum opus "Akbar Jodha", again starring Hrithik and Aishwarya Rai, and Sanjay Leela Bhansali's much awaited "Saanwariya" that will see the debut of Ranbir Kapoor (Rishi Kapoor's son) and Sonam (Anil Kapoor's daughter).
The past year also witnessed sequels and remakes. New versions of hits of yesteryears "Umrao Jaan" and "Don" saw the light of theatres while more such ventures, including Ram Gopal Verma's "Sholay", were announced.
The business of sequels made sense for the film industry, with second editions of "Dhoom" (Dhoom 2), "Koi Mil Gaya" (Krissh) and "Munnabhai MBBS" (Lage Raho Munnabhai) finding great favour with audiences.
In fact, such was the popularity of these movies that they were credited for several social trends. While "Rang De..." was credited with the sudden upsurge of citizen's movements in the country, Munnabhai's message of "Gandhigiri" was a phenomenon in itself.
"There has been no pattern to this year's hits. Small budget films like 'Omkara' also found favour with the people, as did big budget ones like 'Fanaa'. This year truly has made up for all the bad years when Bollywood had only one or two big hits," says trade analyst Taran Adarsh.
A R Rahmans’s three songs, ‘Khalbali’ and ‘Lukha Chipi’ from ‘Rang De Basanti’ and ‘Chan Chan’ from ‘Water’ have been shortlisted amongst top 56 songs of Oscars this year. It’s a big honour for the man and the country. This reclusive genius who works at his own terms and conditions (he records at night and everyone complies) has been weaving musical gems for more than fifteen years now. It’s obvious to ask, if he is the best music composer we have…
Having started off with Mani Rathnam’s mellifluous ‘Roja’, Rahman set a new trend in terms of electronic sound and new age music arrangements. He has always laid a lot of importance on high class production values, choice of the most melodious singers (he has given break to many new voices) and has consistently raised his own bar. His prowess in South film industry is unparalleled. But his music score in Hindi films like ‘Bombay’, ‘Rangeela’, ‘Dil Se’, ‘Lagaan’, ‘Yuva’, Saathiya’ and ‘Rang De Basanti’ carries a timeless value. It can withstand the test of time. For each time you listen to a ‘Tu Hi Re’, ‘Chaiyaa Chaiyaa’, ‘Rangeela Re’, Mitwa’, ‘Humdum Suniyo Re’, ‘Khuda Hafiz’, ‘Paathshaala’ or ‘Rubaru’ you feel as if you’ve heard it for the first time. The freshness quotient in his music carries a tinge of mint.
His last release ‘Guru’ is a mixed bag. But even then, a few of the songs like ‘Tere Bin’, ‘Barso Re’ and ‘Jaage Hain’ are miles ahead of any of the other music compositions in the recent times. A fantastic singer (as is evident in his rendition of ‘Vande Mataram’) Rahman never went overboard in promoting himself as a singer the way a few upstart music composers have done in the recent past. Rahman’s live performances are always sold out and he is the highest paid star while performing abroad (matching the biggest superstars). The biggest compliment comes his way when any and every music composer in Bollywood tries to copy him (recent example being Anu Malik in his music arrangements of ‘Jaaneman’ soundtrack).
Finally, A Rahman is definitely the finest music composer in Bollywood at the moment. And here record sales are not the criterion for saying that. Even Altaf Raja can sell a crore copies of ‘Tum To There Pardesi’. The criterion is the union of commercial viability and unmistakable virtuosity as a genius. ‘Rang De Basanti’ is one of the recent examples from his repertoire where he blends brilliance of music with exceptional artistic sensibilities. ‘Rubaru’, ‘Khalbali’, ‘Lukha Chipi’, ‘Rang De Basanti’ and ‘Paathshaala’ entertain and ignite a passion-for-change at the same time.
we wishes A R Rahman all the best in his endeavour to bring more laurels to the country. Hope he brings an Oscar home…
“My mom stops me from doing love making scenes before rolling cameras. She told me its time to cut down such things before the cameras, because she is the first critic of movies and she knows what is good and what is bad for me. Hence, I have decided to stay away from explicit love making scenes in further films. This is not a mere plan but I already asked my producer of my upcoming film "Kushar Prasad Ka Bhoot" to tone down the love-making sequences,” said the Bollywood actor Randeep Hooda.
His steamy lip lock and intimate scenes "Rang Rasiya" and "Sahib Bibi Aur Gangster", Randeep Hooda has made him popular as a ‘love boy’ in the Bollywood, but his mother wants him to do a simple romance and certainly not a steamy ones.
Before hitting the B-town, she worked with Ford Foundation and Citi. And though acting was not her first choice, she could not resist the call. Soha talks to Ashok Kumar.
“Delhi is my home”, asserts the talented beauty of Bollywood Soha Ali Khan as she says “I have spent 13-14 years in this city. It's always nice to come here.”
Talking about her upcoming movie Khoya Khoya Chand slated to be released in October she said, "My character is of an actress in the movie and I am looking forward to it with excitement.”
When asked what makes her opt to act for any particular movie she says confessedly, "My choice of films is based on the script and my decisions are not based on my inclination to any particular culture or language, as it might be construed sometimes as matter of analysis."
Talking about her entry in the tinsel world Soha disclosed that Bollywood seduced her. Even as she added that acting has never been her first profession and earlier she worked for Ford Foundation and Citibank.
Denying her early inclination towards acting in movies she says that she pursued her masters degree in politics from London School of Economics and Political Sciences.
Terming her voyage in Bollywood as a constant process of learning she clarifies, "I still have a long way to go before looking back actually and am still very much in the learning process."
Talking about her role in Rang De Basanti, a movie, which received much critical acclaim, she said, "I was my self in Rang De Basanti and I put on my own clothes to play my character.
Dwelling on the importance of media she said that media is very influential these days and it could be used to have the positive influence on the society in many aspects. When asked if she had any interest of joining active politics in future, since she has done her masters in the subject, she replies straightforwardly, “I don't want to join politics.”
When asked on what aspect she wants to improve on herself, she said, “I have a deep impact on the type of environment in which I have been brought in, something from which I want myself to evolve out of. I feel the need to break the conditioning of the family, where I was raised and I need to work on that."
Summarizing her stint in Bollywood so far, Soha, gives a mature response which seems to be in non-conformity with her young age and tender looks, as she philosophises how she loves to learn from her daily life. "I have done some good work and some bad work too and always love to learn further."
Bollywood filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, whose "Rang De Basanti" is India's official entry to the Oscars, is more amused than exasperated by the award for best film and best director being split into two.
The awards season has begun in right earnest and the outcome of the Global Indian Films Awards, held recently in Malaysia, has left its own trail of mixed responses.
The 'best film' title going to "Lage Raho Munna Bhai" has evidently left Mehra, who got the best director award, a little dissatisfied.
"These things happen. I've no quibble with 'Lage Raho Munna Bhai' getting honoured. It's a fine film.
"All I can say is, there're some strange things happening in this world. I'm more amused than anything else. But I'm baffled by some of the categories of awards. But no complaints! Kuala Lumpur was fun and the hospitality was heart-warming."
Mehra's joy at the songs of "Rang De Basanti" going to the Oscars to compete in the best original song category, knows no bounds.
"Isn't it fantastic for A.R. Rahman that three of his songs are going to the Oscars? And two of them are from my film. I'm pretty certain Indian popular music is destined to make an international impact, provided it's divorced from our cinema.
"But since the music remains wedded to the screenplay its impact is often somewhat restricted. We need to liberate our music from cinema."
In the same breath Mehra admits there's certain universality to the songs in "Rang De Basanti".
"When Lataji (Mangeshkar) sings 'Luka chuppi', it's every mother singing to every child. 'Khalbali' is a song that expresses the youth's anxieties."
Even as he readies himself for a prolonged season of awards, Mehra is immersed in pre-production work for his next film "Delhi 6" to be shot April onwards in the capital. The cast, however, is yet to be finalised.
"But locations and all other details are fully worked out," clarifies Mehra.
2011/10/18 15:11:32 Bollywood is one of India's strongest soft powers, but Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee says he rarely gets a chance to watch a film. No wonder the last movie he saw was "Rang De Basanti", before its release, in 2006.
"I used to see some movies earlier. But recently I didn't have the luxury of having any time...except for one movie, watching which was I think, a part of my job. It was on air force...," Mukherjee said at the NDTV Indian of the Year awards ceremony here Tuesday.
When anchor Barkha Dutt, who was on the stage with him, prodded him saying it might have been the recent Shahid Kapoor-starrer "Mausam", Mukherjee left the audience in splits when he said: "No, no, no...I think it was 'Rang De Basanti'"
He says he watched the movie, because he was asked to do so by the then censor board chief. A portion of the Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra film, which featured Aamir Khan, Kunal Kapoor, R.Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Siddharth and Soha Ali Khan, depicted the crash of a MiG-21 fighter aircraft.
"A point was raised whether it should be cleared by the censors. Perhaps Sharmila (Tagore) was the chairperson of the censor board. She asked me to see the film. So I carried my whole battalion, air force chief, naval chief, army chief...and I told them you see the film, and I forced them to watch the whole length of the film. Thereafter when they said its okay, I informed the chairperson that we have no problems." (IANS)
Dasavathaaram' in Tamil will be the last film for Asin in South Indian films for a while atleast. Even when her name was being considered for the female lead role in 'Shankardada Zindabad', the actress didn't seem that keen enough to star in it.
Now we know the reason why.
Her shooting schedule of 'Dasavathaaram' will end in May. Soon afterwards, she'd shift to Mumbai and concentrate on her Bollywood flicks. But even before the shooting of 'Dasavathaaram' ends, she will begin working with Aamir Khan in the Hindi remake of 'Ghajini'.
Boney Kapoor has picked her up to be the heroine of the Hindi remake of 'Pokkiri'. There are talks that the director of 'Rang De Basanthi' is considering her for the heroine role in his new Hindi film.
'Rang De Basanti', the tragi-comic saga of a group of friends trying to purge society of corruption, lost out in the race for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars shortlist, while acclaimed director Deepa Mehta's 'Water' kept Indian hopes alive, albeit as a Canadian entry.
India's official entry to the Oscars 'Rang De Basanti' was voted out of the Best Foreign Film in the shortlist ahead of nominations for the category to be finalised by January 23.
Directed by Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra, the critically acclaimed and commercially successful film has memorable performances by Aamir Khan, Atul Kulkarni and Soha Ali Khan among others.
However, Indians still have something to cheer about as Canada's official entry 'Water', directed by India-born Deepa Mehta and starring Bollywood heartthrob John Abraham and model Lisa Ray, has made it to the shortlist of nine films for next month's 79th edition of the prestigious awards. The list was announced in Los Angeles yesterday.
The films shortlisted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences include Pedro Almodovar's 'Volver' (Spain), Mexico's entry 'Pan's Labyrinth', a fantasy from Guillermo Del Toro and Germany's 'The Lives of Others.' Among the shortlisted movies, five would be nominated for the prestigous award on January 23.
But a surprise omission was China's 'Curse of the Golden Flower,' Zhang Yimou's epic which had been tipped to vie for the top prize at the Oscars, which take place in Hollywood on February 25.
An Indian film is yet to win the top prize in the foreign film category, though a few movies have made it to the last five. Aamir-Khan starrer 'Laagan' had made it to the final five in foreign film cateogry in 2002, when a Bosnian movie had eventually won the coveted prize.
Perfectionist Aamir Khan celebrates his 46th birthday today!
Aamir Khan, an institution in himself is no less than an emperor of Bollywood. Maverick Aamir Khan - a force to reckon with, who turns 46 today, has come of age since his debut around three decades ago.
An epitome of awesomeness, he is someone who inspires one and all. The actor is perfection personified and has immensely contributed to Hindi cinema.
A distinguished personality, Aamir has helped transform Bollywood into a respectable entity at the international arena.
His impeccable sense of script and his way of dealing with cinema has garnered rave reviews not only in Bollywood, but in Hollywood too. He has indeed given international exposure to the Indian film industry. Having produced films which have made it to the Oscars, Aamir is sure to give us masterpieces in times to come.
With films like ‘Lagaan’, ‘Rang De Basanti’, ‘Taare Zameen Par’, ‘Peepli Live’ and ‘Dhobi Ghat’, Aamir has increased the standards of Hindi movies manifold. And to tell the truth, the actor who is literally growing older is only looking younger day by day.
As they say wine gets better with time and so is Aamir.