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'Kuch Kuch...' gave me everything I have today: KJo
'Kuch Kuch...' gave me everything I have today: KJo "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai" gave college friendships and romance a new cinematic language in Bollywood. It's been 16 years since Karan Johar's directorial debut hit the screens, and the filmmaker credits it for everything he has today. The Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukerji-starrer, which w

Deepika keen to feature in French, Iranian films
Deepika keen to feature in French, Iranian films Deepika Padukone is ready to work in films beyond Bollywood, but she is not gunning for Hollywood. The versatile Indian actress is instead, keen to do a French or Iranian film, and she has even identified directors she would like to work with. "I think French cinema is as beautiful as In

Helen, Catherine Deneuve get lifetime achievement awards
Helen, Catherine Deneuve get lifetime achievement awards Veteran actresses Helen and Catherine Deneuve were Tuesday conferred lifetime achievement award at the opening ceremony of 16th Mumbai Film Festival. While actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan presented the award to Catherine, actor Akshay Kumar honoured Helen. "Lifetime achievement sounds

Lisa Ray plans cancer research institute in India
Lisa Ray plans cancer research institute in India Ever since Canada-born Indian actress Lisa Ray battled Multiple Myeloma, a form of cancer, she has campaigned for the cause and spoken widely of it to spread awareness. Now, she's planning to open her own research institute for cancer in India. The "Water" actress, who has returned to th

Kareena does not want to have babies now: Randhir Kapoor
Kareena does not want to have babies now: Randhir Kapoor Randhir Kapoor, who is playing a grandpa in his forthcoming film "Super Naani", says his younger daughter and actress Kareena, who is married to actor-filmmaker Saif Ali Khan, is not planning to have children right now. The 67-year-old's elder daughter and actress Karisma has two childre

Happy Birthday: SRK wishes his main 'knight' Gambhir
Happy Birthday: SRK wishes his main 'knight' Gambhir Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has wished good health and happiness to his "main man" Gautam Gambhir, the captain of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Gambhir turned 33 Tuesday. "And a very happy birthday to my main man…@GautamGambhir u are a

It was amazing: Anil on screening 'Mr. India' at Indiana University
It was amazing: Anil on screening 'Mr. India' at Indiana University Veteran actor Anil Kapoor describes the experience of screening his 1987 film "Mr. India" for students and staff members of Indiana University in the US as "amazing". He flew all the way to Indiana Oct 7 for the special screening of the iconic movie in which he played a man who could bec

No good roles for Indians in Hollywood: Imran Khan
No good roles for Indians in Hollywood: Imran Khan Actors like Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan and Nimrat Kaur may be making inroads into the Hollywood scene, but actor Imran Khan feels the American film industry lacks good roles for Indian talent. "To be honest, I don't think Indian actors get good roles in Hollywood. You either get to be the

Prankster Abhishek Bachchan strikes Farah's Twitter account
Prankster Abhishek Bachchan strikes Farah's Twitter account Abhishek Bachchan can be one of the biggest prankster in Bollywood. And he proved it yet again during the shooting of "Happy New Year". One of his favourite on-the-set pranks is to send out messages from his co-stars's phones. During the shooting of "Bluffmaster", director Rohan Sippy an

Very jealous that Shekhar, not me made 'Bandit Queen': Dibaker Banerjee
Very jealous that Shekhar, not me made 'Bandit Queen': Dibaker Banerjee Film maker Dibaker Banerjee, who Thursday presented the critically acclaimed film "Bandit Queen" at the 16th MAMI film festival, says he is jealous of Shekhar Kapur for making the film instead of him. "'Bandit Queen' was ahead of its times. I am here after a huge amount of depression tha

Shot for over two months in forests: 'Netru Indru' director
Shot for over two months in forests: 'Netru Indru' director Director Padma Magan of Tamil action-thriller "Netru Indru", which releases Friday, says that his crew struggled for over two months in the dense forests of Tamil Nadu and Kerala to shoot the movie. "We spent about 65 days in the dense forests around the border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Won't stop doing comedy roles: Vivekh
Won't stop doing comedy roles: Vivekh Contrary to his comic roles, actor Vivekh plays a serious character in forthcoming Tamil drama "Naan Thaan Bala". He says he won't stop taking up comedy roles as he wants to experiment with different roles. "All my life up to now, I've only taken up comedy roles. When this project came b

When Arya's feedback mattered most to his brother
When Arya's feedback mattered most to his brother Actor Sathya, who is awaiting the release of Tamil romantic-drama "Amarakaaviyam", says that when his actor-brother Arya recently watched his film in a private screening, he patiently waited for his feedback as it mattered to him the most. "I was away from the country when Arya saw the f

Grandpa-grandson bonding highlight of 'Manjapai': Director
Grandpa-grandson bonding highlight of 'Manjapai': Director Director Naveen Raghavan says the highlight of forthcoming Tamil family drama "Manjapai" is the relationship between a grandfather and his grandson, essayed respectively by Rajkiran and Vemal. He says the on-screen chemistry between the actors almost turned real. "Both Vemal and Rajkiran

Film remakes should not deviate from original: A.R. Murugadoss
Film remakes should not deviate from original: A.R. Murugadoss Filmmaker A.R. Murugadoss, who is awaiting the release of his latest Hindi directorial "Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty", which is the remake of his own Tamil film "Thuppakki", says a remake should never deviate from the "proven and tested" path of the original. Akshay Kumar-starrer

I thank my stars for working with Prakash Raj: Samyukta
I thank my stars for working with Prakash Raj: Samyukta Kannada actress Samyukta Hornad is foraying into Tamil as well Telugu film industries with the forthcoming Prakash Raj-directed trilingual romantic-drama "Un Samayal Arrayal". She thanks her stars for an opportunity to work with the acclaimed actor-filmmaker. The film is titled "Un Samay

Not selling IPL stake or settling in US: Preity Zinta
Not selling IPL stake or settling in US: Preity Zinta Actress Preity Zinta has slammed media speculation that she's selling off her stake in the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kings XI Punjab, which she co-owns with former beau and industrialist Ness Wadia; and that she is planning to settle in US. She has asked people not to believe

Praveen Sataru's next about Pullela Gopichand
Praveen Sataru's next about Pullela Gopichand Filmmaker Praveen Sataru will soon direct a yet-untitled Telugu film on the life of Indian badminton champion Pullela Gopichand. Actor Sudheer Babu, who is a professional badminton player, will reprise Gopichand on screen. "I'm busy with the film's script and as soon as I complete it, we

Aryan Rajesh turns producer for brother
Aryan Rajesh turns producer for brother Actor Aryan Rajesh has donned the producer's hat for Telugu film "Bandipotu", which stars his brother Allari Naresh. The film will be launched here June 10 on the occasion of the birth anniversary of late producer E.V.V. Satyanarayana. "It will be an out and out comedy entertainer akin t

Dasari bags Telugu remake rights of 'Manjapai'
Dasari bags Telugu remake rights of 'Manjapai' Ace filmmaker Dasari Narayana Rao has acquired the Telugu remake rights of Tamil comedy drama "Manjapai", which is currently going strong at the box office. The cast and crew is yet to be finalised. Directed by N. Raghavan, "Manjapai" explores the relationship between a grandfather and h

Shaved my head 40 times for 'Ramanujan': Abhinay
Shaved my head 40 times for 'Ramanujan': Abhinay Southern actor Abhinay Vaddi, who plays mathematics genius Srinivasa Ramanujan in upcoming Tamil-English biopic "Ramanujan", says he shaved his head 40 times for the look of the character. "The director signed me on only when I agreed to shave my head for the role. I must have done it at

Project with Mani Ratnam still on: Mahesh Babu
Project with Mani Ratnam still on: Mahesh Babu Superstar Mahesh Babu has clarified that he has not walked out of filmmaker Mani Ratnam's yet-untitled upcoming Tamil-Telugu bilingual. He says the dates are being worked out and they plan to start shooting soon. "Mani Ratnam project is very much on. Since I'm busy with multiple proje

Sunny Leone ready for comparisons with Sherlyn Chopra
Sunny Leone ready for comparisons with Sherlyn Chopra Indo-Canadian adult film actress Sunny Leone, who is set to host the seventh season of "MTV Splitsvilla", is ready for comparisons with last year's host Sherlyn Chopra. However, the "Ragini MMS 2" actress says that comparisons don't worry her. "The comparison is a natural thing, those

Thota Tharani plays Swami Chinmayananda in his biopic
Thota Tharani plays Swami Chinmayananda in his biopic National Award winning art director Thota Tharani has donned the greasepaint to play Swami Chinmayananda, a Hindu spiritual leader who inspired the formation of Chinmaya Mission, in an upcoming English documentary "The Quest". R.S. Prasanna of Tamil comedy "Kalyana Samayal Saadam" fame h

Kriti Sanon in Naga Chaitanya's next?
Kriti Sanon in Naga Chaitanya's next? "Heropanti" fame Kriti Sanon, who made her acting debut with Telugu film "1: Nenokkadine", has signed a new yet-untitled film in the language opposite Akkineni Naga Chaitanya. "Kriti was signed long back for the project. The regular shooting of the film has already started and Kriti is e

Ravi Teja croons again for Thaman
Ravi Teja croons again for Thaman Actor Ravi Teja, who recently crooned for composer S.S. Thaman in "Balupu", has once again lent his voice for his upcoming Telugu actioner "Power". He recently a song titled "Notanki Notanki". "We recently recorded the song with Ravi Teja. It's called 'Notanki Notanki' and his energy was

'Yamaleela 2' high on visual effects: Krishna Reddy
'Yamaleela 2' high on visual effects: Krishna Reddy Filmmaker S.V. Krishna Reddy, who is busy with upcoming Tamil mythological-comedy "Yamaleela 2", says its computer generated imagery (CGI) will make it a visual treat for the audiences. "We are making sure that 'Yamaleela 2' looks a lot better. We couldn't afford to use CGI back then and

Mahesh Babu calls Akhil the next superstar
Mahesh Babu calls Akhil the next superstar Superstar Mahesh Babu, who recently watched the Akkineni family's Telugu family drama "Manam", is all praise for the cameo by debutant Akkineni Akhil, son of actor Akkineni Nagarjuna. Akhil's cameo was raved by critics and audiences alike. "Manam" also features late legendary Telugu acto

Film on legendary actor NTR in the offing
Film on legendary actor NTR in the offing A Telugu film titled "Mahaganudu", which is in the offing, will be based on the life of late legendary Telugu actor Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (NTR). The funds from this film will be donated for the development of the new capital of Andhra Pradesh post-bifurcation. "We are adapting the li

Illayaraja plants sapling on his birthday
Illayaraja plants sapling on his birthday Music maestro Illayaraja, who turned 71 Monday, planted the first of the 71,001 saplings that members of his fan club are to plant across the state on the occasion of his birthday here. "Raja sir planted the first sapling on his birthday. His fans will plant the rest of the 71,000 saplin

Kannada remake of 'Mirchi' strikes gold
Kannada remake of 'Mirchi' strikes gold Kiccha Sudeep-starrer "Maanikya", the Kannada remake of recent Telugu blockbuster "Mirchi", has minted Rs.14 crore on its opening weekend. The movie released May 1 in the state. It is expected to register the highest first week opening in the language in recent times, predicts a trade an

Pawan Kumar: Pay only if you like content
Pawan Kumar: Pay only if you like content Filmmaker Pawan Kumar, who rose to prominence with his Kannada independent film "Lucia", is testing the waters with an alternative distribution system where the audience will pay for a film only if they like the content. "How do we know if what we are paying for is worth the money? As an

Say 'no' to dubbing, rues Kannada film industry
Say 'no' to dubbing, rues Kannada film industry Under the tutelage of leading actors such as Shivrajkumar and Kiccha Sudeep and activist Vatal Nagaraj, the Kannada film industry staged a rally here against the release of dubbed films in the state. "By releasing other language films and serials dubbed in Kannada, we are sidelining the

Kannada actor Raghavendra recovering from blood clot
Kannada actor Raghavendra recovering from blood clot Kannada actor-producer Raghavendra Rajkumar is recuperating in a private hospital here after emergent surgery conducted to remove a blood clot in his brain, a hospital spokesman said Thursday. "The actor is responding to treatment and feeling better than yesterday (Wednesday - when the

Kamal Haasan writing script for Ramesh Aravind's movie
Kamal Haasan writing script for Ramesh Aravind's movie Kannada actor-director Ramesh Aravind, who is directing "Uthama Villain", says that Kamal Haasan is not only playing the lead, but also writing the script of his movie. The film will go on floors in November. "The current working title is 'Uthama Villain', we are working on the scri

Varalaxmi Sarathkumar for Kannada remake of 'Mirchi'
Varalaxmi Sarathkumar for Kannada remake of 'Mirchi' Tamil actress Varalaxmi Sarathkumar has been roped in to pair with superstar Kiccha Sudeep in the untitled Kannada remake of Telugu blockbuster "Mirchi", which went on floors recently. "We have roped in Varalaxmi to play one of the heroines in the film. We are on the lookout for the res

Ramya, Karnataka's first actress in Lok Sabha
Ramya, Karnataka's first actress in Lok Sabha Ramya, who was Saturday elected to Lok Sabha from Mandya constituency in Karnataka, is the first female actor from the state to enter parliament. Fielded by the ruling Congress, she defeated C.S. Puttaraju of Janata Dal-Secular in the bypoll held Aug 21. Mandya is about 80 kms from Bang

Congress fields actress Ramya for Karnataka LS bypoll
Congress fields actress Ramya for Karnataka LS bypoll Popular Kannada film actor Ramya Saturday filed nomination papers as the Congress candidate for the Aug 21 bypoll to Mandya Lok Sabha seat from Karnataka. She is pitted against former legislator C. S. Puttaraju of Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S), who filed his papers Friday. Mandya is about 8

Sai Kumar wants to continue 'Police Story' franchise
Sai Kumar wants to continue 'Police Story' franchise His unforgettable role as police officer Agni in Kannada action-drama "Police Story" catapulted him to star status, and now southern actor Sai Kumar Pudipeddi, is keen to begin work on the third part in the series. "I've been thinking of starting work on 'Police Story 3', but nothing has

Young Kannada actor Hemanth dead
Young Kannada actor Hemanth dead Kannada actor Hemanth, seen in his debut film "Nenapinangala", died of a heart attack at a private hospital here Wednesday, a family friend said. He was 27. "He complained of chest pain last evening when he was working out in a gym. He was rushed to M.S. Ramaiah Hospital where he underw

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