Posts Tagged ‘Amitabh Bachchan’

If you were not among those lucky selected few who were invited to attend the Spielberg-Bachchan session, don’t worry, we have got it for you. Click on the video and enjoy.

Steven Spielberg is currently in India. All thanks to Anil Ambani’s Reliance Entertainment. All the prominent filmmakers of the industry were invited to attend the session.

The Hollywood Reporter has also done an extensive report on the session. Click here to read it.

Rediff’s Raja Sen has written a column on “How Steven Spielberg brought Bollywood closer”. Click here to read it.

So, what’s next? Reliance will release Commando. Himmatwala is our next big release. David Dhawan has remade Chashme Baddoor. And Bollywood will keep chasing 100 crore films. Aha, beauty.

Disney-UTV has announced its slate for 2013. While most of us knew about their releases, what’s most interesting for me is the official synopsis of all the films. For example we have been hearing about Chennai Express’ pitch in hush-hush tone for a long time. This one just makes it official.  Do check it out. Wish they had given out writers name with all the films too. And i hope other studios could also do something on similar lines.

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RACE 2

Realease Date : 25th January

Producers : UTV Motion Pictures and TIPS Industries

Director : Abbas Mustan

Music : Pritam

Cast : Saif Ali Khan, Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Deepika Padukone, Jacqueline Fernandez, Ameesha Patel

Synopsis : The story of Race 2 is set in the lush locales of exotic Europe, with a backdrop of gambling and Casinos. A fast paced thriller that takes the legacy of “Race1”forward, with high octane action, combined with thrills and twists that have a roller coaster effect, and edge of the seat excitement.

ABCD – ANYBODY CAN DANCE

Release Date : 8th February

Producer : UTV Spotboy

Director : Remo D’Souza

Music Director : Sachin-Jigar

Cast : Prabhudheva, Ganesh Acharya, Dance India Dance winners like Salman Khan, Dharmesh, Prince, Mayuresh and Vrushali and Lauren Gottlieb, the finalist of the popular international television dance talent show So You Think You Can Dance

Synopsis : For Vishnu (Prabhudheva), widely regarded as India’s best dancer, dance is more than a passion – it’s the reason he lives! So when he finds himself thrown out from the swish dance academy he himself set up, by his manipulative business partner, it feels like the oxygen has been sucked out from the air he breathes. Heart-broken, Vishnu decides to give up dance and leave Mumbai forever. However the night before his departure he witnesses a most amazing sight – a group of dancers preparing for the upcoming Ganpati Dance Battle – an annual festival that pits Mumbai’s best dance groups against each other. Watching the raw talent of these amazing dancers helps Vishnu arrive at a decision – he will take this disparate group under his wing, help them overcome their personal rivalries and past demons and turn them into India’s best dance squad!. From India’s biggest film studio, UTV Motion Pictures, and renowned choreographer & director, Remo D’souza comes India’s first dance film in 3D– a spectacular entertainer that proves yet again that if you dare to dream, impossible is nothing!

KAI PO CHE!

Release Date : 22nd February

Producer : UTV Spotboy

Director : Abhishek Kapoor

Music Director : Amit Trivedi

Cast : Sushant Singh Rajput, RajKumar Yadav, Amit Sadh, Amrita Puri

Synopsis : Best friends Ishaan, Omi and Govind – young, ambitious and restless – are trying to make a mark in the India of the early 2000’s. These are exciting times – a new millennium has just dawned, India is a nuclear power and ostensibly shining – a perfect place for the 3 Ahmedabad boys to start a business that could be their ticket to fame and riches. In a country where cricket is religion, they hit upon a brilliant plan – to start a training academy that could produce India’s next sporting superstars! What follows is without doubt the greatest adventure of their lives, as they attempt to navigate the big hurdles in the path of fulfilling their dreams. Based on Chetan Bhagat’s bestselling novel “The Three Mistakes of My Life”, Kai Po Che (meaning a triumphant yell in Gujarati) is an unforgettable ode to friendship and the magical moments one shares with one’s closest pals – celebrating festivals, drunken dancing, watching cricket matches together, strategizing on how to catch the attention of the cute neighborhood girl, being there to watch each other’s back in troubled times and to celebrate one’s successes by screaming “Kai Po Che”!

HIMMATWALA

Release Date : 29th March

Producer : UTV Motion Pictures and Puja Entertainment

Director : Sajid Khan

Music Director : Sajid Wajid

Cast : Ajay Devgan, Tammannah

Synopsis : The biggest remake of the 80s Bollywood cult classic “Himmatwala” is a story of a poor and wronged mothers son who comes to the village to avenge his father.

GHANCHAKKAR

Release Date : 21st June

Producer : UTV Motion Pictures

Director : RajKumar Gupta

Music Director : Amit Trivedi

Cast : Emraan Hashmi and Vidya Balan

Synopsis : When Sanju (Emraan Hashmi), a suave, master safe cracker wants to retire from a career in crime, he decides to team up with two dangerous criminals to commit one last heist. A bank robbery that will ensure that he never has to worry about money again! Everything goes according to plan. Sanju is given the task of hiding the money till things cool down and the booty can be split. Two months later the associates return to collect their share of the loot, but Sanju refuses to even recognize them! What dangerous game is Sanju playing? Ghanchakkar is a crazy, quirky rollercoaster suspense ride that will surprise, shock and entertain the audience at every turn.

SATYAGRAHA

Release Date : 15th August

Producer : UTV Motion Pictures and Prakash Jha Productions

Director: Prakash Jha

Cast : Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgan, Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Manoj Bajpayee

Synopsis : The film deals with the movement of the middle-class to re-negotiate democracy. It’s the story of a man who is a firm believer of Gandhian principles, an ambitious entrepreneur who represents the modern India shining philosophy, a social activist who aims to be a politician, a fearless political journalist and a wily politician who uses every means to break the system.

CHENNAI EXPRESS

Producer : UTV Motion Pictures and Red Chillies Entertainment

Release Date : To be announced

Director : Rohit Shetty

Music Director : Vishal Shekhar

Cast : Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone

Synopsis : The story is about a man’s journey from Mumbai to Rameshwaram and what happens during the journey.

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SETTAI

Producer : UTV Motion Pictures

Release date : February, 2012

Director : R. Kannan

Music Director : S. Thaman

Cast : Arya, Anjali, Santhanam, Premji Amaren and Hansika Motwani

Synopsis : Settai is a remake of the 2011 Bollywood comedy, Delhi Belly.

IVAN VERAMADHIRI (He is different)

Producer : UTV Motion Pictures & N. Lingusamy of Thirrupathi Brothers

Release Date : June, 2013

Director : M. Saravanan

Music Director : Sathya

Cast : Vikram Prabhu and others

Synopsis : It is about a common man’s anger on the criminals and demonstrating the commitment of youth to reform the society

SIGARAM THODU (Scale the peak) December

Producer : UTV Motion Pictures

Release Date : December, 2013

Director : Gaurav

Music director: D. Imman

Cast : Vikram Prabhu, Sathyaraj, Yamini Gautam and others

Synopsis : It is about father & son’s relationship. A son’s desire to fulfill the desire of his father.

In which Aarakshan gets a fultoo popcorn treatment…check it out…

The film is directed by Prakash Jha and stars Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Manoj Bajpayee and Prateik.

Aha, the self-referencing parade just doesn’t end. Check out the video. The film is directed by Puri Jagannath and stars Amitabh Bachchan.

A in IIFA is NOT for Amitabh anymore!

Posted: January 18, 2011 by moifightclub in bollywood, News
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It was film industry’s inside joke. IIFA – The International India Film Academy, yeah, it’s made to sound too pompous, but actually the A in IIFA is all about Amitabh (Bachchan and family). Nobody knows what actually the Academy does or how it’s even an Academy ? Just to make it sound authentic like the Oscars, an event management company decided to do yet another Bollywood awards and formed the Academy.

It roped in Amitabh Bachchan as its Brand Ambassador. Yes, an awards ceremony with an actor as the brand ambassador. Is that first of sorts ? Will someone please care to enlighten us ?

Not very long ago Vikram Bhatt wrote a cover story on HT Cafe asking about IIFA’s aim “to promote Indian cinema globally”. What has it done in the last ten years ?  And how it was promoted “Indian cinema” ? It goes to those countries where NRIs would pay obscene amount of money to see their favourite stars do chiggy-wiggy and it’s all strictly Bollywood.  There is nothing “Indian cinema” about it.

Like every other awards in this country, stars go, dance, get awards, get money and come back. Last year it was in Sri Lanka. Amitabh Bachchan went there to announce it but skipped the main event. And not only him, the entire Bachchan family skipped the IIFA for the first time. It was all about Raavan factor. Many groups were against Bachchan’s participation in the Sri Lanka IIFA and there was a fear that Raavan might face more backlash. Click here to read all about “Raavan” factor.

And today, in reply to a fan’s query, Bachchan posted the following tweet about this year’s IIFA at Canada..

And the worst part, he re-tweeted another tweet posted by some Praveen Kumar –

@SrBachchan WAT? u not at IIFA?? wats iifa without u???where can i contact those IDIOTS(iifa organisers) please

Well, that’s an old trick. Instead of expressing your concerns directly, express it through someone else. You are endorsing it but indirectly. In reply, IIFA has also issued a clarification from their side..

 

Due to unexplainable reasons, after announcing the event Brand Ambassador, Mr. Bachchan couldn’t participate in the IIFA Weekend Sri Lanka last year. Following this, IIFA aborted the concept of a Brand Ambassador. Keeping in mind the huge respect that Wizcraft and IIFA have for Mr. Bachchan and the deep relationship that we’ve always shared, we are not having anyone replace Mr. Bachchan. The Bachchan family has been an intrinsic part of IIFA every year, and in this regard we have already shared with them a proposal about their participation this year too. Mr Bachchan’s reason for non-participation is best known to him. IIFA and Mr. Bachchan are inseparable. We will continue to pursue his participation for this year too.

 

You don’t need to be too smart to read between the lines. Abhishek’s career is going nowhere. Aishwarya doesn’t have much films in hand and if they entertain only the Bachchans, they cut out the rest of the industry. The scenario might have been different if Raavan, KHJJS, Guzaarish and Action Replayy had turned out to be hit. But when you can get Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan to dance and make some more money, why would you settle for just the A or the B.

The Best Feature Film Category were announced under the Chairpersonship of Ramesh Sippy, Non Feature Film Category under the Chairpersonship of Mike Pandey, and Best Writing on Cinema under the Chairpersonship of Samik Bandhopadhyay.

In the Feature Film Category, 136 eligible entries were distributed between five Regional Juries. The selection process returned to a Two Tier System of Selection. The Chairperson for the Northern Region was Sushma Seth, for the Western Region M.S. Sathyu, for South –I Region T.S. Nagabharna, for the Eastern Region B. Lenin and for South- II Region Shri Pinaki Choudhry.

BEST FEATURE FILM – Kutty Srank (Malayalam)

INDIRA GANDHI AWARD FOR BEST DEBUT FILM OF A DIRECTORLahore (Hindi) – Director : Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan

AWARD FOR BEST POPULAR FILM PROVIDING WHOLESOME ENTERTAINMENT – 3 Idiots (Hindi)

NARGIS DUTT AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE FILM ON NATIONAL INTEGRATION – Delhi 6 (Hindi)

BEST FILM ON SOCIAL ISSUES – Well Done Abba (Hindi)

BEST CHILDREN’S FILM – Putaani Party (Kannada) & Keshu (Malayalam)

BEST DIRECTION – Abohoman (Bengali) – Rituparno Ghosh

BEST ACTOR – Amitabh Bachchan for Paa (Hindi)

BEST ACTRESS – Ananya Chatterjee for Abohoman (Bengali)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR –   Farooque Sheikh for Lahore (Hindi)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Arundhati Naag for Paa (Hindi)

BEST CHILD ARTIST – Pasanga (Tamil)

BEST MALE PLAYBACK SINGER – Rupam Islam for Mahanager @ Kolkata (Bengali) –

BEST FEMALE PLAYBACK SINGER – Neelanjana Sarkar for Houseful (Bengali) –

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – Anjuli Shukla for Kutty Srank (Malayalam)

BEST SCREENPLAY – (Original) : P.F. Mathews & Harikrishna for Kutty Srank (Malayalam). (Adapted) Kanasemba Kudureyaneri (Kannada), Dialogues : Pandiraj for Pasanga (Tamil)

BEST AUDIOGRAPHY – Location Sound Recordist : Subash Sahoo for Kaminey (Hindi)

Sound Designer : Resool Pookutty for Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja (Malayalam)

Re-recordist of the final mixed track : Anup Dev for 3 Idiots (Hindi)

BEST EDITING – Arghyakamal Mitra for Abohomaan (Bengali)

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN –  Samir Chanda for Delhi 6 (Hindi)

BEST COSTUME DESIGNER – Jayakumar for Kutty Srank (Malayalam)

BEST MAKE-UP ARTIST –   Christein Tinsley & Dominie Till for Paa (Hindi)

BEST MUSIC DIRECTION – Music Director (Songs) : Amit Trivedi for Dev D (Hindi),

Music Director (Background Score) : Ilayaraja for Kerala Verma Pazasi Raja

BEST LYRICS – 3 Idiots (Hindi) – Swanand Kirkire “ Behti Hawa Sa Tha Woh……………”

SPECIAL JURY AWARD – Sreekar Prasad for Kaminey (Hindi) & Kutty Srank (Malayalam) & Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja (Malayalam)

BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS – R. Kamal Kannan for Magadheera (Telugu)

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY – K.Siva Shankar for Magadheera (Telugu)

BEST FEATURE FILM IN EACH OF THE LANGUAGE SPECIFIED IN THE SCHEDULE VIII OF THE CONSTITUTION

BEST ASSAMESE FILM – Basundhara

BEST BENGALI FILM – Abohomaan

BEST HINDI FILM – Paa

BEST KANNADA – Kanasemba Kudureyaneri

BEST KONKANI – Palatadcho Munis

BEST MALAYALAM FILM – Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja

BEST MARATHI FILM – Natarang

BEST TAMIL FILM – Pasanga

SPECIAL MENTION — Padmapriya

In the Non- Feature Film Category the following awards were announced:

BEST NON-FEATURE FILM – (Sharing) The Postman  and Bilal

BEST DEBUT NON-FEATURE FILM OF A DIRECTOR – (Sharing) Vaishnav Jan Toh – Director : Kaushal Oza and Ekti Kaktaliyo Golpo Director: Tathagata Singha

BEST COMPILATION FILM – Pancham Unmixed

BEST ENVIRONMENT FILM INCLUDING AGRICULTURE – In For Motion

BEST FILM ON SOCIAL ISSUES – Mr. India

SPECIAL JURY AWARD – Kelkkunnundo Child artist : Aasna Aslam

SHORT FICTION FILM – Boond – Director: Abhishek Pathak

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – Gaarud Cameraman: Deepu S. Unni

BEST AUDIOGRAPHY – Gaarud – Re-recordist (final mixed track) : Lipika Singh Darai

BEST EDITING – In Camera Editor: Tarun Bhartiya

BEST NARRATION/VOICE OVER – In Camera Best Voice over : Ranjan Palit

SPECIAL MENTION – VILAY – Cinematographer : Nitika Bhagat – Certificate only

In the Best Writing on Cinema Category following awards were announced:

BEST BOOK ON CINEMA : CINEMAA YAANA (Kannada) – Author: Dr. K. Puttaswamy

SPECIAL MENTION – Eka Studioche Atmavrutta – Prabhakar Pendharkar

BEST FILM CRITIC – C.S. Venkiteswaran (Malayalam)

From Uttar Pradesh, he has happily moved to Gujarat. From one terror state to another. The actor, not really known for taking political stand, was criticised this time too. But he went ahead, saying he is promoting only Gujarat Tourism and not Narendra Modi. Aha!

BTW, do click here to read the Open magazine’s cover story on Amitabh Bachchan’s political affiliations and click here to read the open letter by Najid Hussain, son-in-law of late MP Ahsan Jafri who was killed in mob violence in Ahmedabad. And click on the play button to watch the Gujarat Tourism TVC…