'Love Per Square Foot' to enjoy digital worldwide release

Romantic comedy Love Per Square Foot is breaking new grounds. Producer Ronnie Screwvala's upcoming venture will be the first Hindi film to release worldwide digitally, reaching 190 countries simultaneously. Starring Vicky Kaushal and Angira Dhar in lead roles, the Anand Tiwari-directorial revolves around a guy and a girl, who enter into a marriage of convenience to buy a house in Mumbai, the city of their dreams. Commenting on the changing landscape of cinema, Ronnie, who is producing the film under his banner RSVP, says, "How, where and when great stories are watched is changing everyday — younger audiences choose their mediums. We love to disrupt and innovate in this space and this is a

Amitabh Bachchan on IFFI honour: One that I shall never forget

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who was conferred with the 'Indian Film Personality of the Year Award' at the closing ceremony of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) on Tuesday, has described the evening as one that he shall never forget. The veteran star was honoured for his outstanding contribution to the Indian film industry. Big B took to his blog to thank Union Information and Broadcasting Minister SmritiIrani, who presented the award to him at the 48th edition of IFFI. "Thank you Smriti ji Hon Minister for Information & Broadcasting and the trouble you took in organising a most memorable evening for me .. one that I shall never forget .." he wrote. ORIGINAL POST: https

Shekhar Kapur: Sanjay Leela Bhansali's intent not to create controversy

Filmmaker Shekhar Kapurtoday said Sanjay Leela Bhansali did not make his upcoming film 'Padmavati' with an intent to rake up a storm that has the country in its clutches today. Featuring Deepika Padukonein the title role, Bhansali's period drama is facing the wrath of various Rajput groups and political leaders, who have accused the director of "distorting historical facts". Addressing at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Shekhar said, "The intention of the filmmaker (Bhansali) was not to create controversy. He is a great filmmaker. But he has never been a political filmmaker. He wanted to make a great film, a big film." "There is a faction divide in our society, which is

Tisca Chopra: It’s a different experience to write and act in one’s own story

Tisca Chopra At a time when women directors are being applauded for exploring fresher content, Tisca Chopra is pushing the envelope by producing and acting in the stories that she is also creating. After acting for more than two decades and being a part of films like 'Taare Zameen Par', 'OMG! Oh My God', 'Qissa' and 'Highway', she stepped behind the camera to narrate a story she firmly believed in. 'Chutney', her first outing as a independent producer (along with her partner Vipul D Shah) and co-writer, was applauded at various festivals, widely accessed on web platforms and even picked awards for its content. Tisca says, "Creativity needs conviction, not committees. Chutney is a story tha

Ranvir Shorey: Small films are research and development dept of film industry

Actor Ranvir Shorey said small budget movies serve as the research and development (R&D) wing for the film industry, where following a success formula blindly has become a norm. Ranvir, 45, is also critical of the stereotyping of actors, especially the non-star kids and those from small films, have to go through and arduously prove themselves before they can be choosy about projects. "I have been saying this for the last 10 years that these small films -- or alternative or parallel films -- they serve as the R&D department of the film industry," he told . The actor's latest release is Nila Madhab Panda's 'Kadvi Hawa', a film which navigates the critical issue of climate change with Sanja

Subhash Ghai on 'Padmavati': Don't judge film without seeing it

Bollywood's 'showman' Subhash Ghai has extended support to Sanjay Leela Bhansali, saying he is entitled to "cinematic liberty" and that it is wrong for his detractors to pass an opinion without seeing a film. "I will not comment about the 'Padmavati' issue because I am not a politician. I respect my filmmakers. You have to understand one thing that you cannot judge something without seeing it," Ghai said at the ongoing 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI). "One artiste has made a film based on his imagination. He has not said that he is uniting with 15 organisations to make a historical film," he added. 'Padmavati', featuring Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmavati, has been mir

Shah Rukh Khan at IFFI inaugural: Cinema is all about love

Amid the raging 'Padmavati'controversy as well as the row over exclusion of two films from a section of the 48th IFFI, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, through a mixture of symbolism and subtlety, spoke of cinema as a balm of love for dissent and a catalyst for unity, at the inauguration of the movie jamboree here on Monday. Shah Rukh spoke in the presence of Union Ministry for Information and Broadcasting Smriti Irani at the inaugural ceremony of the 48th International Film Festival of India, which kicked off near Panaji. "There is a word in Sanskrit 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam'. It means bringing the world together like a family. I believe no matter what your language is, no matter what

Parineeti Chopra shoots in Gurgaon's gated complex amidst tight security

Parineeti Chopra and Arjun Kapoor (inset) are Shooting in NCR for Dibakar Banerjee's next As an apartment inside the La Lagune residential society on Gurgaon's Golf Course Road turned into a shooting set for Dibakar Banejree's upcoming film, the otherwise quiet weekend mornings at this gated residential complex saw a flurry of activity this time. 'Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar', starring Parineeti Chopra and Arjun Kapoor, is set in Delhi and Gurgaon and is being shot in both the cities. Arjun plays a Haryanvi cop in the movie while Parineeti plays a corporate employee living in Delhi. As a part of security arrangement for the shoot, a police van was stationed outside the society's gate (BCCL/ A

Varun Dhawan: I do films that touch my heart

He may have had nine back-to-back hits, but Varun Dhawansaid he aware of the fact that not everything he will touch will turn gold. From his debut film 'Student of the Year' in 2012 to 'Judwaa 2' this year, Varun has tasted both critical and commercial success. "For choosing a film, it is a matter of instinct (for me). I always put myself in the audience's seat whether it is a film like 'Judwaa 2' or 'Badlapur'. There has to be a message, the core story needs to have a hook, which should be out of the ordinary. If it is normal and simple then there is no fun in doing (such a film). "I am not looking or thinking that every move of mine will generate mass hysteria. Things have to touch me

Manav Kaul: Auditions don't mean to question skills

Acclaimed theatre and film actor Manav Kaul landed a role in his latest film 'Tumhari Sulu'only after he auditioned for it. He says he has no ego about it because it's a process that lets a director gauge if an actor fits a character. In 'Tumhari Sulu', Manav has an unconventional pairing as husband to a role essayed by Vidya Balan. He is known for showcasing his acting skills in films like 'Kai Po Che!', 'CityLights', 'Wazir' and 'Jai Gangaajal'. Manav says he auditioned for the part in 'Tumhari Sulu', directed by Suresh Triveni. "Firstly, I loved the story. The script was really interesting. And I wanted to be a part of it, but then I went through an audition." After earning so muc

Femina Miss India Manushi Chhillar brings home Miss World crown after 17 years

Miss India Manushi Chhilar smiles as she wins the 67th Miss World contest final in Sanya. (AFP photo) It was a proud moment for India as Manushi Chhillar was crowned Miss World 2017 among 118 contestants from various countries at a glittering event held at Sanya City Arena in Sanya, China, on Saturday. Andrea Meza, Miss Mexico, was crowned first runner-up and Stephanie Hill, Miss England, second runner-up. Manushi, a medical student from Haryana who dreams of being a cardiac surgeon and who took a one-year break from studies to focus on representing India at the international pageant, is the sixth Indian to be crowned Miss World . She will bring the crown back to India after 17 years; the la

Prachi Desai learns guitar for 'Kosha'

Actress Prachi Desai has learnt guitar for her upcoming film 'Kosha', and says she always wanted to master playing the instrument. 'Kosha' is being described as a 'dark urban fairy tale', with the story revolving around a girl who is a band member and struggles with substance abuse. It is produced by late Raj Kanwar's son Abhay, and directed by Amman Advaita. "You always take back something from a film and for me learning guitar was just one of it. I always wanted to learn guitar, but never got an opportunity to do so," Prachi said in a statement. "When I had to shoot this particular scene where I had to jam with a guitar I thought why not learn it so that it looks real. So yes, I lear

Sanjay Mishra: Films now made from mind, not just money

Today's "clever" audience is driving filmmakers to use more of their minds rather than merely money to bring out unique stories, said veteran actor Sanjay Mishra who has balanced his roles in mainstream and off-beat cinema in his over 25-year career. After getting praised for his work in 'Golmaal Again', Sanjay is now gearing up for the release of 'Kadvi Hawa', a movie on climate change, featuring him in the lead role of a 70-year-old visually challenged man. "Nowadays, the budget of a film hardly matters. You spend Rs 200 crore or Rs 2 crore, moviegoers are not interested in that. They are demanding meaningful cinema. Love stories have become old now as people know that life doesn't end aft

Vidya Balan: I have a life beyond camera

She enjoys every bit of stardom that she has achieved but Vidya Balan said acting is still a "job" at the end of the day for her and she cannot let it dominate her personal life. The National Award-winning actor said she is a private person and does not want her popularity to disturb her or her family's personal space. In an interview with , Vidya said, "I have seen great stardom. I enjoy the perks that come with stardom. But, finally at the end of the day acting is a job, which I try and do in the best way possible." "I am a private person when it comes to people in my life. Siddharth (Roy Kapur, husband), he is not an actor. I will not talk about him the way I will talk about myself. I n

Arjun Kapoor: 'Namastey Canada' a complete entertainer

Actor Arjun Kapoor said his upcoming film 'Namastey Canada' is very entertaining. "Parineeti and I are going to shoot for Dibakar Banerjee's film and after that, we will do 'Namastey Canada'. It is releasing December 7 next year. That's a complete entertainer," Arjun told. 'Namastey Canada' will be Arjun's third with Parineeti, with whom he first featured in 'Ishaqzaade' and will also share screen space with in Banerjee's 'Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar'. The actor, 32, hopes that the film would be a good change for the audience. "Hopefully it will be a nice change of palette for people who will see us in Dibakar sir's film and 'Namastey Canada' in the same year," he added. Filmmaker Vipul Shah

Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari to direct movie on Kabaddi

'Bareilly Ki Barfi' director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari will helm a movie based on kabaddi. Tiwari is currently writing and developing the script with Fox Star Studios' creative team."My quest for telling stories of life from the heart found a partner in like-minded Rucha and her team from Fox Star Studios. I am totally thrilled to direct another story which will be close to my heart," Tiwari said in a statement. Rucha Pathak, Chief Creative Officer, Fox Star Studios, said her team has been making a big push in creative and development at the studio, and in "the process of researching and developing a concept on kabaddi, we came across an idea that we knew was just right for Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari".

Kabir Khan: Film on 1983 cricket World Cup set for April 2019 release

'1983', a Bollywood film which will tell the story of India's incredible 1983 cricket World Cup victory, will release on April 5, 2019, its in association with Kabir Khan's production house announced on Sunday. The Kabir Khan directorial will feature actor Ranveer Singhas star cricketer Kapil Dev. The film follows how, under the captaincy of then newbie Kapil Dev, the Indian cricket team defeated West Indies. It tracks the coming-of-age of not just a cricketing team, but of a young nation in the eyes of the world. Khan said in a statement: "As a young school boy, when I watched India win the 1983 Cricket World Cup, I had no idea that from that day onwards cricket in India will change for

Shah Rukh Khan: Longevity of stardom will be less in future

As the reach of a star is growing at a rapid pace, the concept of stardom is changing and affecting its longevity, said superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who has clocked over 25 years in Indian showbiz and continues to rule the hearts of millions. On his 52nd birthday on Thursday, Shah Rukh told the media, "Honestly, I think the longevity of stardom will be less in future, unlike our time, because of the simple logic of faster reach to the audience. I think the concept of super stardom will change. In fact, it has started changing." "Earlier, it used to take three months for a film to get released all over India. Now it takes three seconds for a film to reach our mobile phone. For me, from when I

Shibani Dandekar excited to shoot 'Queen' remakes

Actress-host Shibani Dandekar said she is excited to reprise the role of actress Lisa Haydon in the Telugu and Malayalam remakes of Hindi entertainer 'Queen'. "So excited to be shooting the Telugu and Malyalam versions of 'Queen' as Vijaylaxmi. Can't wait! Here we go woot," she tweeted. Earlier, Amy Jackson was to play essay Lisa Haydon's role from the original 'Queen' in all its four southern versions. Amy had walked out of the film citing creative differences and non-availability of dates. The makers of the film are starting their first schedule in France. Starring Tamannaah Bhatia, Kajal Aggarwal, Manjima Mohan and Parul Yadav in the lead in their respective languages, the film will be se

Parineeti Chopra: I have done an intense film with Arjun Kapoor before, so there is a comfort level

Actress Parineeti Chopra, who is enjoying the success of her last film 'Golmaal Again' on Wednesday said that the shooting of her next film which also stars Arjun Kapoor will begin this week, and the team will head to Delhi on Sunday. "Shooting will start within this week. Sunday we're heading to Delhi. Post that, we will be going to the Indo-Nepal border, so it is going to be one hectic shoot," she said at the special screening of 'Golmaal Again' held for the underprivileged kids of an NGO. Parineeti, who has already done one film with Arjun, said that she shares a comfort level with the actor. "I have done an intense film with Arjun before, so there is a comfort level. We both are re

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