NEWS
: Bhoothnath Returns has fantastic growth on Day 2. Collects ₹ 5.85 cr on Sat. Total: ₹ 9.92 cr nett. India biz. Sunday biz should be sup
: Ragini MMS2 passes the Monday test. Records a spectacular ₹ 4.60 cr nett. Total: ₹ 29.1 cr nett. India biz.
: Queen [Week 3] Fri 1.35 cr, Sat 2.50 cr, Sun 3 cr, Mon 1.15 cr. Grand total: ₹ 48 cr nett. India biz. Superb!
: Shaadi Ke Side Effects Fri 5.70 cr, Sat 7.55 cr, Sun 8.01 cr, Mon 2.78 cr, Tue 2.63 cr, Wed 2.19 cr, Thu 1.97 cr. Total: ₹ 30.83 cr net
: GulaabGang Fri 2.41 cr, Sat 2.90 cr to 3 cr. Total: 5.30 cr+ nett. India biz only.
: Queen Fri 1.75 cr [revised], Sat 3.50 cr. Total: 5.25 cr nett. India biz only.
: TotalSiyapaa Fri 1.11 cr, Sat 1.43 cr. Total: 2.54 cr nett. India biz only.
: Thuppakki remake starring Akshay Kumar to release on 1 May 2014. A.R. Murugadoss directs the film.

'Dishkiyaoon' review: Unintentionally hilarious

'Dishkiyaoon' review: Unintentionally hilarious

Cast: Harman Baweja, Prashant Narayanan, Sunny Deol, Ayesha Khanna, Aditya Pancholi Director: Sanamjit Singh Talwar There have been many a gangster sagas -- both in Bollywood as well as Hollywood... Read more

'Ragini MMS 2' review: It might be smarter to market this un…

'Ragini MMS 2' review: It might be smarter to market this unintentionally hilarious movie as a spoof instead

'Ragini MMS 2' is less a movie and more a product. Not only does the film have no creative vision, this is a design-by-committee movie out to do... Read more

Queen : ( IFI REVIEW :: ****1/2 )

Queen : ( IFI REVIEW :: ****1/2 )

Cast:Kangana Ranaut, Lisa Haydon and Rajkummar Rao  Director: Vikas Bahl  SPOILERS AHEAD This is a film that is no less tangy than the gol gappas that Rajouri Garden girl Rani Mehra... Read more

Shaadi Ke Side Effects : ( IFI REVIEW *** )

      Cast:Vidya Balan, Farhan Akhtar, Ram Kapoor and Vir Das  Director: Saket Chaudhary  SPOILERS AHEAD A man hits on a lonesome woman at a nightclub. The conversation reveals that both are married. My... Read more

HIGHWAY : ( IFI RATING :: *** )

HIGHWAY  : ( IFI RATING :: ***  )

Cast:Alia Bhatt, Randeep Hooda  Music: A R Rahman  Director: Imtiaz Ali  Writer-director Imtiaz Ali has hit a road less taken. The result is a stylish two-hander that is defiantly unconventional, if... Read more

'Babloo Happy Hai' : ( IFI RATING : **** )

'Babloo Happy Hai' : ( IFI RATING : **** )

Cast: Sahil Anand, Erica Fernandes Director: Nila Madhab Panda Rating: 4 out of 5 First, a question for the director: Why on earth has he given such a moronic robotic title... Read more

Hasee Toh Phasee :( IFI RATING : *** )

Hasee Toh Phasee  :( IFI RATING : *** )

Cast:Parineeti Chopra, Sidharth Malhotra  Director: Vinil Mathew  It is an unpretentious little odd-couple romantic comedy. But the plot of Hasee Toh Phasee is a conundrum that takes some doing to... Read more

One By Two : (IFI RATING : ***)

One By Two : (IFI RATING : ***)

Cast:Abhay Deol, Preeti Desai, Rati Agnihotri, Jayant Kripalani, Darshan Jariwala  Music: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy  Director: Devika Bhagat  Writer: Devika Bhagat  SPOILERS AHEAD Halfway through One By Two, one minor character, a poetry-spouting police officer, mentions... Read more

JAI HO : (IFI REVIEW : ***)

JAI HO : (IFI REVIEW : ***)

Cast:Salman Khan, Tabu, Sana Khan, Danny Denzongpa, Daisy Shah, Mahesh Manjrekar, Aditya Pancholi.  Music: Sajid - Wajid, Amal Malik  Director: Sohail Khan  Producer: Sohail Khan, Sunil Lulla  Writer: A R Murugadoss  SPOILERS AHEAD There... Read more

Check out: Ileana D'Cruz sports a bikini for MW

Check out: Ileana D'Cruz sports a bikini for MW

Summer is here and it's time to hit the beach! Kick-starting the beach wear trend is none other than Ileana D'Cruz, fresh from the success of her recent... Read more

"I respect Suriya and his work tremendously" - Kar…

"I respect Suriya and his work tremendously" - Kareena Kapoor

      Kareena Kapoor is very upset. She seems to have angered the fans of the Tamil superstar Suriya by saying she doesn't know him. Says Kareena, "It is a fact... Read more

Lisa Haydon signed for Shaukeen

Lisa Haydon signed for Shaukeen

For some time now, it has been a topic of discussion as to who would be replacing Nargis Fakhri in the film Shaukeen alongside Akshay Kumar. Now we... Read more


Mastram.

9 May 2014

Kya Dilli Kya Lahore.

2 May 2014

Purani Jeans.

1 May 2014

Yeh Hai Bakrapur.

25 April 2014

Revolver Rani.

25 April 2014

Kaanchi.

25 April 2014

2 States .

18 April 2014

Bhoothnath Returns.

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Dev Anand: An actor in tune with life, songs and dialogue

Dev Anand: An actor in tune with life, songs and dialogue

  It is arguable that Hindi cinema has lost, with Dev Anand's death, its last remaining icon of a certain charming foppery. The other one, Shammi Kapoor, of jumping-jack yodelling, came much later. The original one was Dev. The jokes might abound now (one is about Bengalis expressing amazement that he was not Debanando), but the sheer outpouring of wistfulness about the bygone era Dev represented, as well genuine best wishes for the hereafter, makes it clear that Dev Anand held a special place in the hearts of several generations of Hindi cinema lovers.Dev Anand Is Something Of A Bollywood Institution. His Romantic Persona, Dialogue Delivery, Song Picturizations And Mannerisms Are Legend, And For Generations Of Filmgoers He Has Remained Hindi Cinema... Read more

'Meena Kumari' missed 'Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam'

 'Meena Kumari'  missed 'Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam'

  It is considered one of the most brilliant portrayals in Hindi cinema by any actress but not many know that Meena Kumari nearly missed playing the lead role of 'Chhoti Bahu' in Guru Dutt's " Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam". Dutt wanted to make a commercial film and decided to adapt Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam and when it came to casting, he thought only Kumari could do justice to Chhoti Bahu.  "And do you know she nearly missed it? Guru Dutt sent word that he would be interested in hiring my heroine. Was she available?  The answer from Rembrandt (the house she shared with husband Kamal Amrohi) was no, she had her hands full with pending commitments," writes veteran journalist Vinod Mehta in "Meena... Read more

From the Archive of IFI: We present Zeenat Aman

From the Archive of IFI: We present Zeenat Aman

    Zeenat Aman was born on 19th November 1951, to a Hindu mother and a Muslim father. Her father Amanullah was one of the writers of the classic, period film "Mughal-e-Azam". She was the only child of her parents and witnessed heartbreak at a very young age, when her parents got divorced. Tragedy further struck her at the age of thirteen, when her father passed away, leaving a void in her life. Zeenat attended Saint Xavier's school in Bombay during her schooling days and graduated from there. Zeenat Aman began her film career in 1971, with a small role in O. P. Ralhan's movie ‘Hulchul’. Thereafter, she was seen in Hungama (1971), starring singer Kishore Kumar. None of the films proved to... Read more

From the Archive of IFI: Nutan - one of the finest actress

From the Archive of IFI: Nutan - one of the finest actress

    Nutan was one of the finest actresses known to Bollywood ever. The lady who dominated the Indian silver screen in the 1950s and 1960s, was an actress without par. Her enigmatic screen presence and eyes that betrayed every single emotion took her to the height of cinematic success. It is said that Nutan was a thinking actresses, who could convey the worth of several words through a look or fleeting glance. She never required expansive dialogues or loud histrionics to express emotions. Till date, Nutan remains the actress who has won the maximum number of Filmfare awards.       Read more

From the Archive of IFI : We bring you an exclusive interview of Legendary writers Salim-Javed (1977)

From the Archive of IFI : We bring you an exclusive interview of Legendary writers Salim-Javed (1977)

    SALIM-JAVED Recently, there have been certain allegations against you in some fan mags. How do you react to them? For example, Mr. Manmohan Desai. We pity and feel sorry for them. It seems that these people had no good grooming or had no chance to learn a bit of culture. Otherwise, they would not have used such uncultured and uncouth language for one of their colleagues of the industry. So, we smile it off. Where our profession is concerned, we never wanted to work with Manmohan Desai. It was he who called us to write dialogue for ROTI as he wanted to remove Akhtar-ul-Iman from the scene. To change a reputed writer like Akhtar-ul-Iman for Salim-Javed, wasn’t this an un­professional act? And in the... Read more

From the Archive of IFI : We Bring You An Exclusive Interview Of Writer RAJINDER SINGH BEDI (1977)

From the Archive of IFI : We Bring You An Exclusive Interview Of Writer  RAJINDER SINGH BEDI (1977)

  RAJINDER SINGH BEDI Dialogue has always been an important aspect of films. What principles do you apply while penning dialogue for films? – Dialogues do constitute an important point of filmmaking. And in order to shape them better, they should be simpler because simple dialogues are more effective, inter­est­­ing and more appealing. Simple language in dialogue appeals to your heart. For how many films have you written dialogues? – Starting from D.D. Kashyap’s BARI BAHEN in 1948, I have been a dialogue-writer in about 80 films. Among them, I count DAAG, MIRZA GHALIB, MADHUMATI, DEVDAS as my remarkable films. For Hrishi­kesh Mukherji’s films, I have done this job in about 10 films, till his ABHIMAAN. So, you started your career as a dialogue-writer? – Yes, but... Read more

From the Archive of IFI : We Bring You An Exclusive Interview Of Director , Producer Mohan segal(1977)

From the Archive of IFI : We Bring You An Exclusive Interview Of Director , Producer  Mohan segal(1977)

  Mohan segal Mohanji, We have heard that this is your silver jubilee year? – Actually, 1977 marks the silver jubilee of my career as a director. I have not completed 25 years in film direction, but I have just stepped into my 25th year this year (1977) like a film entering its silver jubilee week. I started with AULAD, produced by Kul­dip Sehgal. This film mounted the sets in March 1953 and was relea­sed in 1954. It proved a very good beginning for my career as it went on to celebrate silver jubilee at Bombay’s Opera House. And those were the days of genuine jubilees. AULAD star­red Balraj Sahni, Nirupa Roy, Usha Kiron, Lalita Kumari and Radha­krishan. This film, which was based... Read more

From the Archive of IFI: Response Of Mughal-e-Azam..... In 1960

From the Archive of IFI: Response Of Mughal-e-Azam..... In 1960

    Guys Check This Booking Response Of Mughal-e-Azam..... In 1960 The day before the film's bookings opened, a reported crowd of 100,000 had gathered outside the Maratha Mandir to buy tickets. The tickets, the most expensive for a Bollywood film at that time, were dockets containing text, photographs and trivia about the film, and are now considered collector's items. Bookings witnessed major chaos and rioting, to the extent that police intervention was required. It was reported that people would wait in queues for four to five days, and would be supplied food from home through their family members. Subsequently, the Maratha Mandir closed the bookings for three weeks.. Read more

From the Archive of IFI: We bring you......... DEV ANAND, FOREVER YOUNG

From the Archive of IFI: We bring you......... DEV ANAND,  FOREVER YOUNG

  After completing BA degree in English Literature from the Government College, Lahore (then in British India, now in Pakistan),Dev Anand left his hometown for Bombay in the early 1940s. He began his career in the military censor's office at Churchgate, for a monthly salary of Rs. 165. Later he joined as a clerk in an accountancy firm for a salary of Rs. 85.He joined his older brother, Chetan, as a member of the Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA).Dev Anand aspired to become a performer after seeing Ashok Kumar's performance in films like Achhut Kanya and Kismat. In the late 1940s, Anand was offered a few roles starring as the male lead opposite singer-actress Suraiya in woman-oriented films. He considered himself to... Read more

From the Archive of IFI: We bring you…. SURAIYA, THE FIRST MELODY QUEEN

From the Archive of IFI: We bring you…. SURAIYA, THE FIRST MELODY QUEEN

  Suraiya was born in Gujranwala, Punjab, (which is in Pakistan), and was the only child of her parents. She was not formally trained in music; yet she went on to become a successful singing actress. Music director Naushad once heard Suraiya's voice on All India Radio while she sang for a children's program, and chose her to sing as a 13 year old for Mehtaab in Kardar's film Sharda(1942). He was Suraiya’s mentor and she sang some of the best songs of her career under his baton. Later he gave hits after hits when Suraiya became full fledged singing star in Anmol Ghadi (1946), Dard (1947), Dillagi (1949) and Dastaan (1950). Naushad composed approximately 51 songs for Suraiya, coming at 2nd... Read more

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"I respect Suriya and his work tremendously" - Kareena Kapoor

"I respect Suriya and his work tremendously" - Kareena Kapoor

      Kareena Kapoor is very upset. She seems to have angered the fans of the Tamil superstar Suriya by saying she doesn't know him. Says Kareena, "It is a fact that I've never met him! But that doesn't mean I don't know who Suriya is. Of course I know him. He's a big star in Tamil cinema, in fact one of the biggest. And I truly respect his standing in the Indian film industry. In fact I'm doing the sequel to Singham the film where he played the lead originally in Tamil... Read more

Lisa Haydon signed for Shaukeen

Lisa Haydon signed for Shaukeen

For some time now, it has been a topic of discussion as to who would be replacing Nargis Fakhri in the film Shaukeen alongside Akshay Kumar. Now we hear that Lisa Haydon who was last seen in the recently released film Queen will be taking up the mantle of being the leading lady. Shaukeen, a remake of Basu Chatterjee's 1982 hit, will see Lisa essaying the role of Akshay Kumar's girlfriend, whom three old men - played by Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor and Piyush Mishra will be seen lusting after. Directed... Read more

Kangna undergoes change in Revolver Rani

Kangna undergoes change in Revolver Rani

      Kangna Ranaut may be currently riding high on the success of her recently released film Queen, however the actress hasn't let the merry making hamper the progress of her next film Revolver Rani. Though the film is still in progress, the makers have decided on making a change in the film.  Apparently, director Sai Kabir has decided on changing the name of Kangna's character in the film from Alka Gujjar to Alka Singh. The reason behind this change is said to be the current election fever that has gripped the nation.... Read more

Gulzar bestowed with Dada Saheb Phalke award

Gulzar bestowed with Dada Saheb Phalke award

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Oh no, Alia Bhatt tweets selfie with Arjun Kapoor again

Oh no, Alia Bhatt tweets selfie with Arjun Kapoor again

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Salman Khan to stay away from alcohol and cigarettes

Salman Khan to stay away from alcohol and cigarettes

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Petition filed against Big B for promoting superstitions

Petition filed against Big B for promoting superstitions

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Mahesh Bhatt to adapt Daddy and Saaransh into plays

Mahesh Bhatt to adapt Daddy and Saaransh into plays

      After gaining a strong critical acclaim for his films like Daddy and Saaransh, Mahesh Bhatt plans to revive the memories of these cult films as he has decided to adapt these movies into plays.  It was Pooja Bhatt's first step into Bollywood in the year 1991 when she played the innocent young girl in her father's film Daddy. And portraying the role of a father who lost his young son was Anupam Kher whose tragic life touched the hearts of many with Saaransh (1984). Bhatt maintained that these two stories have... Read more

Shikha Kapur quits Disney UTV, to join Fox Star India

Shikha Kapur quits Disney UTV, to join Fox Star India

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