Mumbai, March 16 (IANS) Filmmaker Harshavardhan Kulkarni says that when he was casting the protagonist's role for "Hunterrr", he wanted "today's Amol Palekar", which he ultimately found in Gulshan Devaiah. Kulkarni told IANS: "I had approached many people for the role. I was looking for today's Amol Palekar for 'Hunterrr'. When I met Gulshan, he seemed interesting. More »'Hunterrr' director wanted today's Amol Palekar for film
Mumbai, March 16 (IANS) Actress Divyanka Tripathi has carved an image of a sweet, simple and caring woman through her on screen avatars, and this is stopping her from exploring darker emotions on small screen. Divyanka says she fears her fans will start hating her post a negative role. "I would love to do a negative role, but I am scared. So I have a feeling that if I do a negative role then people will start hating me," Divyanka told IANS. More »Why is Divyanka scared of villainous roles?
By Chris Meyers NAGORO, Japan (Reuters) - Tsukimi Ayano made her first scarecrow 13 years ago to frighten off birds pecking at seeds in her garden. Today, the tiny village of Nagoro in southern Japan is teeming with Ayano's hand-sewn creations, frozen in time for a tableau that captures the motions of everyday life. "But there are 150 scarecrows, so it's multiple times more." Nagoro, like many villages in Japan's countryside, has been hit hard by inhabitants flocking to cities for work and leaving mostly pensioners behind. Its greying community is a microcosm of Japan, whose population has been falling for a decade and is projected to drop from 127 million to 87 million by 2060. More »Time stands still in Japan's village of scarecrows
Mumbai, March 16 (IANS) Actress-producer Anushka Sharma is glad at the response her debut production "NH10" is getting from the audiences and critics. She says she can now dare to make such films. Commercially, the film is doing fantastic," Anushka said here. "NH10", a thriller directed by Navdeep Singh, is about a couple's road trip on a highway where they get. More »Anushka game for more films like 'NH10'
Mumbai, March 16 (IANS) Actress Radhika Apte, who will be seen in "Hunterrr", says sex is a saleable subject in films, because society considerss it a taboo. The actress, whose forthcoming film is about a sex addict, told IANS: "It (sex) is salable and it's a taboo also, so it has an odd place in our county. I think sex is saleable because there is a taboo." As far as "Hunterrr" is concerned, she says that while the posters and trailer of the film, may suggest that it is a sex comedy, but it's otherwise. More »Sex is saleable because it's a taboo: Radhika Apte
New Delhi, March 16 (IANS) Pakistani singer Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan, known for delivering hit Bollywood songs like "Mitwa" and "Yeh honsla", believes that compact discs are getting phased out by the digital platform even as there is a spate of demand for music now. The singer with roots in classical music is ready with his third album "Muh Dikhai", which will be released on March 20 on Times Music. Asked why he chose to launch "Muh Dikhai" here even as albums are not doing well in India, Khan said: "CD as a format may have gone down, but music consumption is at an all-time high. The difference is that it happens digitally now." "I've been inundated with fan messages for the last few years asking me for a new album and new content," said the singer, who has performed across the globe including India, Singapore, Britain and Dubai. More »Music demand at an all-time high: Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan
Chennai, March 16 (IANS) Debutante director Srinivas says had it not been for the willingness of producer Sai Korrapati to experiment, his forthcoming Telugu action-drama "Tungabhadra" would not have been made. "My producer is the real hero of the film. If there's one producer, who dares to experiment in Telugu filmdom, it's got to be Sai Korrapati," Srinivas told IANS. One can imagine the pressure on a director in such circumstances, but my producer supported us throughout the shoot. More »Real hero of 'Tungabhadra' is producer Sai Korrapati: Director
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By Piya Sinha-Roy AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - When Sony Pictures announced this month plans for another "Ghostbusters" film with male leads, no one was more surprised than Paul Feig, the writer-director of the studio's reboot of the classic comedy franchise with an all-female cast. "It was a surprise," said Feig. "That threw me, I will say." Feig is about to embark on his re-imagining of the 1984 cult comedy with Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones - all part of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" family - due for release in 2016. More »Man behind women's comedy, Paul Feig gears up for 'Ghostbusters'
Mumbai, March 15 (IANS) Actress Evelyn Sharma will be seen portraying an aspiring rockstar, Naina, in comedy caper film "Kuch Kuch Locha Hai". My role in 'Kuch Kuch Locha Hai' gave me a lot of scope for performance and my director Devang (Dholakia) allowed me to experiment. "My look has been carefully designed also keeping in mind the current fashion that young rockers sport," Evelyn, who has appeared in films like "Yaariyan" and "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani", said in a statement. "Evelyn is like a gust of fresh air in my film and I'm really happy with how her character has shaped up. More »Evelyn turns rockstar for 'Kuch Kuch Locha Hai'
Mumbai, March 15 (IANS) Tara Alisha Berry, last seen in "Mastram", says she is playing a "moody" struggling actress Razia in her next film "Gun Pe Done". "Gun Pe Done" also features Jimmy Sheirgill and Vijay Raaz. More »Tara plays struggling actor in 'Gun Pe Done'
Washington, March 15 (ANI): After a blue/black and/or white/gold dress puzzled people on the internet, there is now a new photo that is doing the rounds and causing a storm on the internet over its colour. The picture depicts three nails resting on the upper lip. More »Another 'crazy' colour-changing image stirs storm on internet
Chennai, March 15 (IANS) Actress Lakshmy Devy has penned the screenplay of upcoming Tamil comedy "Masala Padam" at the behest of the film's director-cinematographer Lakshman Kumar, and producer Vijay. Since I belong to a family of writers, they felt I should take it up seriously," Lakshmy told IANS. More »Lakshmy Devy turns screenplay writer for next
Kolkata, March 15 (IANS) Preferring intensity to money power, National Award-winning filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee feels Bollywood is losing its naturalistic style, distancing itself from the rich oeuvre of restrained, controlled performances and veering towards more money and decibel power. The "Khosla Ka Ghosla" maker says shades of that natural style can still be seen to some extent in Bengali cinema. "I think Bengal cinema has still got a trace left of that famous naturalistic style that used to be so well seen in its cinema and theatre," he said. It is this particular style that Banerjee has tried to bring out in his forthcoming flick "Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!" based on the fictional detective created by Bengali writer Saradindu Bandyopadhyay. More »Bollywood losing naturalistic style, getting louder: Filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee
New Delhi, March 14 (IANS) The LGBT community now has a music video titled "Head Held High" which focuses on love and acceptance as the central theme. The music video was released on Friday by Anjali Gopalan of Naz Foundation - which actively supported the LGBT community while leading the legal battles earlier in the Delhi High Court and now at the Supreme Court against Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code criminalising gay sex. The music video, directed by Payal Shah and produced by Sharif D Rangnekar, features nine people from different walks of life - two from the LGBT community - bringing out the different emotions of a human being be it despondency, confusion, frustration or confidence, joy and triumph. More »LGBT community gets its first music video
New Delhi, March 14 (IANS) National award-winning filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj, who has helmed offbeat films like "Omkara", "Kaminey" and "Haider", considers his films as his style statement which teleports cinema lovers to a whole new arena of the film with ease. More »My films are my style statement: Vishal Bhardwaj
Mumbai, March 14 (IANS) He has earned epithets like "Bollywood Badshah" and "King Of Romance" after spending over two decades in Hindi filmdom. Idiots," SRK tweeted on Saturday. The actor has etched out memorable performances on the silver screen with films like "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge", "Dil To Pagal Hai" and "Happy New Year". Meanwhile, SRK has turned all his focus on Maneesh Sharma's directorial "Fan" and is also regaling small screen audience through his reality TV show "India Poochega Sabse Shaana Kaun?". More »What makes SRK lose his cool?
Mumbai, March 14 (IANS) Kriti Sanon, who made her Bollywood debut with "Heropanti", has stepped out of "Singh Is Bling" due to constant delays. Directed by Prabhudeva, "Singh Is Bling" features Akshay Kumar in the lead role and Kriti hopes that she will get the chance to work with both in future. I hope I get an opportunity to work with Akshay Kumar and Prabhudeva as they are very supportive people," Kriti told reporters in a group interview. More »Losing 'Singh is Bling' unfortunate: Kriti Sanon
Mumbai, March 14 (IANS) Krishika Lulla, who is one of the producers of Anushka Sharma starrer "NH 10", hopes the movie finds a strong audience through a positive word of mouth. "This is an unusual film and I am certain that this film will grow through word of mouth. People have been tweeting about the review and I hope this film grows with each passing day," Lulla told IANS. Directed by Navdeep Singh, "NH10" is a thriller which is co-produced by Phantom Productions and Lulla's Eros International. More »'NH10' will grow via word of mouth: Krishika Lulla
New Delhi, March 14 (IANS) What the tunes of "Dum Laga Ke Haisha" managed to do for music lovers hasn't happened in Hindi filmdom for a long time - they have enlivened the aura of romantic, lyrical and meaningful songs of the 1990s. In such times, the music of "Dum Laga Ke Haisha" came as a clutter-breaker. Kumar Sanu, one of the post-romantic voices of 1990s and the voice of songs like "Tu" and "Dard karaara" from "Dum Laga Ke Haisha", feels that it's time to give listeners some "good music". This is the reason why we are going through such a bad phase (in music)," Sanu told IANS. More »Return of the 1990s: Is music trend here to stay?
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Kolkata, March 14 (IANS) Reminiscing about her meeting with the "feisty" and "brave" Park Street rape survivor, Suzette Jordan who died here of encephalitis, singer Sona Mohapatra said the news of her death is "upsetting, depressing and very heartbreaking." "Upsetting, depressing and very heartbreaking news. The feisty, brave and wronged Jordan is dead. Met her during the 'Satyamev Jayate' shoot," Mohapatra tweeted late Friday. More »Sona Mohapatra remembers 'brave' Kolkata rape survivor
By Jonathan Polakoff LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California's Hearst Castle, the monumental estate built in the early 20th century for publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst, hosted a screening on Friday of "Citizen Kane," the Orson Welles classic that infuriated the man who inspired it. Hearst, an old man by the time of the film's 1941 release, was livid over its portrait of a ruthless, wealthy publishing baron, Charles Foster Kane, a fictional character played by Welles and drawn closely to Hearst's likeness. "The family would prefer to have people know it's just a movie," said Wendy Eidson, director of the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, which is organizing the screening as part of its six-day festival. The evening began with a tour of the castle grounds - inspiration of the fictional Xanadu estate in "Citizen Kane" - followed by viewing of the film in Hearst's own screening room, restored to its full early-20th century opulence. More »Hearst Castle in California hosts screening of 'Citizen Kane'
A Southern California man came forward to claim a $1 million lottery prize but was sent home empty handed after saying that while he bought the winning ticket he later misplaced it, a lottery official said on Friday. On Thursday, the six-month deadline passed for a ticket holder to claim the $1 million Powerball prize in the drawing that took place on Sept. 13, 2014, California Lottery spokesman Alex Traverso said. Lottery officials in recent weeks released to the media video showing the purchase in an attempt to prompt the ticket holder to come forward before the deadline. On Thursday, a young man visited a California Lottery district office in Santa Fe Springs and spoke to officials there in an attempt to claim the prize, Traverso said. More »California man misses out on $1 million lottery prize over lost ticket
Vitamin B8 or Inositol, as it is often called, contributes to the normal functioning of cells in our body. Vitamin B8 is present in various forms. The vitamin is also available with the names IP6 or myo-inositol. It is water soluble and is found in the brain, liver, heart, spleen, stomach and kidneys. Benefits of More »Health benefits and sources of Vitamin B8