29 October, 2013

Did Aamir Khan's Dhoom 3 trailer cost a Bomb?

A buzz is going around in informed sources circle that Aamir Khan’s Dhoom 3 theatrical trailer cost them around 2 crores more.

The trailer of the film will be shown in the biggest format ever i.e. IMAX. Usually, Hollywood films like Spiderman & Batman are seen in the IMAX format.

However, for the first time, a Hindi film will be releasing in this arrangement.

More details at: http://www.filmytown.com/aamir-khans-dhoom-3-trailer-cost-bomb/

24 October, 2013

La Juala De Oro, Katiyabaaz are winners at 15th Mumbai Film Festival

LA JUALA DE ORO wins Best Film in International Competition section

KATIYABAAZ wins India Gold Best Film

Final Film THE FIFTH ESTATE screened

La Juala De Oro

Mumbai, October 24, 2013: With a promise to be back next year, bigger and better, the final day of the 15th Mumbai Film Festival presented by Reliance Entertainment and organized by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Images (MAMI) unfolded.

After a week of celebrating cinema, the final few films screened today included Red Wedding directed by Guillaume Suon and Lida Chan, Short Term 12 by Destin Cretton, Saving General Yang directed by Ronny Yu, Hiroshi Toda’s Seventh Cat, Five Years by Stefan Schaller, Costa Gavras’s Amen and the much acclaimed Z, A Few Days More by Om Prakash Srivastava among others.

The last of the 15th Mumbai Film Festival’s master classes was conducted by the legendary director Bruce Beresford, on Preparation by the Director. “I thought I would talk about the necessity of story boarding. These days, with tight budgets and short schedules, if you don’t plan them, you’ll make all sorts of horrible mistakes” he said.

The master class later turned into a panel discussion moderated by Variety Asia’s Bureau Chief, Patrick Rafter. Panelists included Milton Shefter, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences member and Digital Motion Picture Archive project lead and Andy Maltz, director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Science and Technology Council.

The International Competition Jury of the 15th Mumbai Film Festival, headed by Bruce Beresford awarded the Golden Gateway of India for the BEST FILM in the International Competition section to LA JUALA DE ORO directed by Diego Quemada-Diez and produced by Inna Payan, Luis Salinas and Edher Campos.

The Jury Grand Prize was awarded with The Silver Gateway of India trophy and was given to the Indian film, FANDRY directed by Nagraj Manjule and produced by Vivek Kajaria and Nilesh Navlakha.

The Jury named Anthony Chen BEST DIRECTOR for the film Ilo Ilo and for her role in the same movie, Yann Yann Yeo won BEST ACTRESS.

The Silver Gateway of India Trophy for BEST ACTOR was awarded to Vincent Macaigne for his role in Tonnerre.

The final award in the International Competition category, the best work in SCRIPTING / EDITING / CAMERA / SOUND was given to Andrew Commis for his CINEMATOGRAPHY in the movie The Rocket.

The HT Cafe Mumbai Young Critics Jury Award for the BEST FILM presented by Ms Kavita Awasthi was given to the Voice of the Voiceless directed by Maximon Monihan. The HT Best Young Mumbai Critic Award presented by Daniel Kotenschulte was bestowed on a flabbergasted Yavar Ahmed of SCM Sophia College.

The Harmony Celebrate Age Jury, headed by Hansal Mehta bestowed the BEST FILM award on GLORIA directed by Sebastian Lelio. Along with the Silver Gateway of India trophy, director Sebastian Lelio was awarded a cash prize. Additionally, A cash prize was also awarded to director Matevz Luzar as his film SRECEN ZA UMRET won the Silver Gateway of India trophy for SECOND BEST FILM.

OH, HOW I LONG directed by Riyad Deis and AREFI, DER HIRTE (AREFI, THE SHEPHERD) directed by Daniel Asad Faezi elicited SPECIAL MENTIONS from the Jury.

The Indian feature fiction films screened in the India Gold 2013 category brought to the fore many talented directors.  However, Jury member Jill Bilcock in consultation with the members of the Jury announced Deepti Kakkar and Farhad Mustafa’s Katiyabaaz (Powerless) as the BEST FILM in the category. Qissa: The Tale of a Lonely Ghost directed by Anup Singh won SECOND BEST FILM while Manju Borah’s Ko:yad (A Silent Way) received the SPECIAL JURY AWARD.

Directors below the age of 25 pit their skill in a short film competition DIMENSIONS MUMBAI. The brainchild of Mrs. Jaya Bachchan, the competition is a fantastic launch pad for young Mumbaikars. Headed by Shoojit Sircar, the Jury awarded director Keyur Kajavadra S’ IN THIS CITY the silver gateway of India trophy for BEST FILM. MUMBAICHA VADA PAV directed by Akshay Dhanavale won SECOND BEST FILM. Director Sameer Nerkar’s THE HANDICAPPED COLONY and Abhiraj Rajadyaksha’s SHARE were given SPECIAL MENTIONS by the Jury.

Mr. Srinivasan Narayanan, Festival Director, Mumbai Film Festival delivered the vote of thanks concluding this year’s Festival, which was followed by the closing film of the festival. The Fifth Estate directed by Bill Condon was screened as the finale film of the festival.

With over 200 films from 65 countries around the world screened and master classes that inspired, the 15th Mumbai Film Festival presented by Reliance Entertainment and organized by MAMI was truly a grand success.

11 October, 2013

Kavitta Verma celebrates Navaratri

Kavitta was last seen in Sanjay Dutt starrer Policegiri dancing all the way.

Though Policegiri didn’t do well at the box office, it was Kavitta who stood out with her beauty and charm.

Now she is in a mood to celebrate the Navaratri festival.

Kavitta Verma is the next hot thing in the Bollywood circuit and has been seen ravishingly dressed during her public appearances.

With the onset of Navratri she takes a desi route and posed for the shutterbugs in a complete desi avatar.

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Sonam Kapoor – The Woman Of the Year

Sonam Kapoor wins the first award of the season.

With back to back success of Raanjhanaa and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Sonam Kapoor has been given a special title.

The glam diva has been awarded as the Woman of The Year.

She has been dazzling with her chic fashion sense and authentic style statements.

And this time she is looking fabulous in a Jean Paul Gaultier creation.

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Esha Gupta at the Arsenal Stadium

Esha Gupta, who is currently shooting for Humshakals in London, is a huge Arsenal fan.

The actress made the most of her time in London by visiting the Emirates Stadium, home of Arsenal Football Club.

Esha, who follows football, got behind the camera to take loads of pictures during her visit to the Arsenal Museum.

There is a new Bollywood fan in Kelly Rowland

The X Factor USA’ Season 3 judge is all praise for Indian movies and Punjabi music 

Indian music and Indian cinema has been receiving worldwide recognition lately with more and more Indian artists carving a niche for themselves on the international scene. Hence, it is no surprise that former Destiny’s Child and global singing sensation Kelly Rowland is all praises for Bollywood and Punjabi music in particular. The new judge of The X Factor USA, which currently airs on BIG CBS LOVE, recently spoke about ‘Bhangra’ and desi movies amongst other things.

On the topic of Bollywood movies, the singer-turned-actress surprisingly revealed, “I watch Bollywood films, I mean I love Bollywood films! They are some of the best films. How detailed they are, how much fun they are, how much color there is and how there’s so much going on, it’s just really entertaining.” So does she herself being a part of the Indian film industry in the near future? To this the ‘Commando’ singer excitedly replies, “That would be very cool!”

Next up, she talks about her area of expertise – music – and reveals that Punjabi music has grown on her. Commenting on the Punjabi tracks she had recently heard she adds, “Across the board it’s like jamming. If I hear this, I will start dancing, that’s fun! I don’t know what the lyrics say but whatever it is it has a nice little swing to it. I love the beats in between”, she says.