Films

The Outliers

By and large, Bollywood is considered to be a haven of nepotism. If the lucky progeny of Bollywood’s A-listers aren’t being launched in a lavish debut film then they are busy being set up by daddy dear for a career behind the camera. As such lakhs of talented and starry-eyed newcomers arrive in the film-industry only to realize that there is no space for them. Mumbai is rife with numerous sad stories of strugglers who survived for years on the fringes of the industry always waiting

Let the game begin. Again

After six seasons of warring families, countless deaths and mounting menace, winter has finally come to Westeros in HBO’s hit fantasy series Game of Thrones, bringing with it an army of the undead and some long pent-up revenge.
Emmy-winning Game of Thrones debuted the first episode of the seventh season at a lavish premiere in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, which was lit up with projections of dragons, fire and ice for the occasion.

Dangal becomes China’s biggest non-Hollywood film

Aamir Khan’s Dangal, based on the inspiring true-life story of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat, has scripted history in China by becoming the first top-grossing non-Hollywood film.
The movie has grossed $117 million at the box office, according to Maoyan, a popular ticketing website in China. Latest data from EntGroup, a leading entertainment consultancy group, said the tickets sales have crossed 806 million yuan ($117 million) for the film since its May 5 release.

GLAMOUR AT CANNES

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is no new comer to Cannes; for her first look she kept it feminine in a Yanina Couture ensemble. The international celebrity showed off a svelte figure and complimented her look with orchid blossom lips. She was seen hanging out with friend and ctor Eva Longoria.

Reema Lagoo passes away

Actress Reema Lagoo, best known for playing the modern-day Bollywood mother in films such as Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! and Kal Ho Na Ho, passed away at a hospital here today. She was 59. Lagoo, who came to represent the antithesis of the mournful white sari-clad mother of Hindi cinema through her roles, died of a cardiac arrest in the early hours of the morning at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital.
She was admitted to the hospital late last night after she complained of chest pain, the hospital’s executive director Ram Narain told PTI.

Cinema Scope: Many roles of the director

The year was 1991. Shah Rukh Khan was yet to make his debut and Laxmikant Pyarelal still ruled the roost. Salman Khan had just emerged as the latest heartthrob of the nation after Maine Pyar Kiya and a few other films and Sridevi was the reigning queen of Hindi filmdom. The stars in the celestial sphere orchestrated to cast the voluptuous doll with the young brat, who till recently had been an assistant to the maverick Shekhar Kapoor.

India, you are next

The stage is set and the excitement in Beliebers is high for international pop sensation Justin Bieber’s maiden India concert. After rocking the stage in Dubai on May 6, the Love Yourself singer is set to perform in Mumbai on Wednesday. “Dubai is incredible... India you are next. Amit Bhatia, you ready? Purpose Tour Stadiums,” Bieber, 23, tweeted on Tuesday.

Shekhar Kapur to direct a film on Bruce Lee

Indian filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, behind Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age, has signed on to co-write and direct Little Dragon, a feature film about Bruce Lee’s early days. The film is backed by Chinese investors and will explore the formative years and adventures of the martial arts legend in 1950s Hong Kong, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Bahubali 2: Insured for Rs 200 crore, collections Rs 782 crore

Bahubali 2: The Conclusion, the magnum opus directed by SS Rajamouli, which has been making record box office collections after its release last week, was insured for over Rs 200 crore by private insurer Future Generali India Insurance (FGII) during its making.
The insurance covers the sets created for the film, its actors and equipment, besides any losses that may arise from postponement of shooting if the film’s actors or director meet with an accident or fall ill.

Top of the pops: Bahubali 2 set to gross Rs 1,000 crore

The social dictionary of Indians this week has a new phrase in its lexicon: “Why did Kattappa kill Bahubali?”
In the run up to the release of ‘Bahubali 2: The Conclusion’ on April 28, this question was strategically left unanswered in the climax of ‘Bahubali: The Beginning,’ the first part that hit the screens in the summer of 2015.

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