Siddharth Roy Kapur to produce film inspired by Kumbh Mela’s Bhule Bhatke Tiwari

Siddharth Roy Kapur to produce film inspired by Kumbh Mela’s Bhule Bhatke Tiwari

Siddharth Roy Kapur has added yet another story to his growing slate of projects for Roy Kapur Films. The producer has purchased the rights to the story of Rajaram Tiwari, Kumbh Mela’s ‘lost and found’ man. Tiwari owes his nickname, Bhule Bhatke Tiwari, to his charitable act of reuniting families separated during the crowded Kumbh…

Now there is no market for films showcased in Indian Panorama section: Jayaraj

Now there is no market for films showcased in Indian Panorama section: Jayaraj

The Malayalam film director has said that there is no market for Indian Panorama films these days. He was speaking at a press conference during the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), in Goa, on 23 November. Jayaraj’s film Bhayanakam was screened in the feature section of Indian Panorama at the festival. The film…

Here’s what Salim Khan said when Arbaaz asked if he should become a cricketer or singer

Here’s what Salim Khan said when Arbaaz asked if he should become a cricketer or singer

The 49th International Film Festival of India honoured veteran screenwriter Salim Khan with a Lifetime Achievement award for his contribution to Indian cinema. Khan, 83, could not make it for the event. Second son and actor-producer-director Arbaaz Khan received the award on his behalf. Before calling Arbaaz Khan on stage, veteran actor Kabir Khan narrated a…

Nandita Das accepts FIAPF award, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Ivan Ayr honoured

Nandita Das accepts FIAPF award, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Ivan Ayr honoured

The 12th Asia Pacific Screen awards (APSA) were given out today at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) in Brisbane, Australia. The awards ceremony was hosted by Australian actress Sofie Formica and New Zealand actor Cliff Curtis. Five Indian films were nominated alongside films produced from the Asia-Pacific region. They included Nandita Das’s Manto…

By the time Zero story was ready, I felt it belonged to Shah Rukh, not Salman: Aanand L Rai

By the time Zero story was ready, I felt it belonged to Shah Rukh, not Salman: Aanand L Rai

For the first time in his 26-year-old film career, Shah Rukh Khan will be seen playing a dwarf in Aanand L Rai’s Zero, which also stars Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif. There were reports suggesting Rai first considered casting Salman Khan to play the lead character. When asked about this during an interview, the director…

Riteish Deshmukh brings humour and ‘Dabangg’ style to this action drama

Riteish Deshmukh brings humour and ‘Dabangg’ style to this action drama

Marathi cinema has been hailed as pioneering a new movement in content rich and diverse cinema. Riteish Deshmukh though is walking the path of a very commercial and entertaining version, and quite well. In the trailer of Aditya Sarpotdar’s Mauli, the actor takes on a role that carries shades of Salman Khan’s Dabangg cop with…

How Paddayi director Abhaya Simha worked with Mogaveera fishing community in Karnataka

How Paddayi director Abhaya Simha worked with Mogaveera fishing community in Karnataka

National award-winning film Paddayi is shot in a rare dialect of Tulu spoken by merely 2-3 lakh people, mainly the fishing community called Mogaveeras.  Director Abhaya Simha, who was born and brought up in Mangaluru, wrote the script and dialogue in Kannada, but hired a dialect coach despite knowing Tulu, as the Mogaveeras speak a…