Mumbai film festival starts with screening of Brad Pitt's Moneyball


The week-long 13th Mumbai Film Festival, a Reliance Entertainment initiative, got off to a start with the much anticipated Brad Pitt starrer Moneyball, directed by Bennet Miller, here last night.

Noted film-maker Yash Chopra and actress Dia Mirza lit the lamp to mark the commencement of the festival at the Cinemax at Versova in suburban Mumbai.

The president of the Film and TV Producers Guild Ramesh Sippy, Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) trustee Amit Khanna, jury president Hugh Hudson and actress Sarika were among those who graced the occasion.

The red carpet saw celebrities and delegates arrive for the inaugural function, which was followed by the opening ceremony get-together at a hotel, where the jury members of all sections were introduced to the gathering.

Commenting on the occasion, festival director Srinivasan Narayanan hoped that this year's selection of films would satisfy cinegoers' urge to see quality films.

On the second day today, 50 movies were screened at three venues in the city.



Katrina Kaif is world's most searched celebrity in mobile videos: Vuclip

Katrina Kaif
Katrina Kaif

Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif has become the world’s most searched celebrity in mobile videos, ahead of Britney Spears who ranked second, according to the findings of latest Global Video Insights Report for September, released by Vuclip, an independent mobile video service.

The top ten celebrities globally also included India’s Kareena Kapoor (rank 4) and Sonakshi Sinha (6), alongside international stars such as Lindsay Lohan, Beyonce Knowles and Shakira.

Indian cricket star Sachin Tendulkar emerged as the most searched male celebrity in mobile videos in India, a press release from Vuclip said.

Malaika in Delhi to endorse Pond's cold cream, hands out beauty tips

Gorgeous Bollywood beauty Malaika Arora Khan at the Pond's Cold Cream event in New Delhi on October 13, 2011.
Gorgeous Bollywood beauty Malaika Arora Khan at the Pond's Cold Cream event in New Delhi on October 13, 2011.

Popular film actress and model Malaika Arora Khan was in Delhi yesterday to endorse the iconic Pond's cold cream for the capital's forthcoming winter season.

At a function here, the Bollywood beauty arrived wearing a strappy number that showed off a beautifully toned and shapely self, looking as youthful as any teenager.

Malaika, whose skin looked radiant and taut, had only praises for the heritage beauty cream from Pond's.

Malaika then went on to divulge her reasons for using this beauty cream. She parted with some beauty tips and also sportingly displayed her dance moves from the movie "Dabangg", besides applying some Pond's cold cream on her face for the benefit of the audience.

As with many Indian children, she said she remembers her mother telling her to apply some Pond's on her knees and elbows before going outside the house.

Growing up and later, she had used many different beauty creams only to return to her trusted Pond's cold cream.

"I take great pride in my skin. I’m one of those people that can’t go to bed without washing my face and moisturizing it. After all, nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.

"It feels great to use something so pure and at the same time so effective on my skin. It’s easy to carry, so you will always find it in my handbag as well. In fact it’s become a family heritage, which has been passed down from my mom to me and now I even use it for my kids," reveals Malaika.


In the past, other notable personalities such as Kylie Minogue have also given credit to this heritage product for their flawless skin. Malaika finds Pond's cold cream an excellent make-up remover too.

According to Hindustan Unilever, makers of this beauty cream, Pond's cold cream moisturizes, nourishes and protects skin with 10 skin nutrients and moisturizers.

It has "Pond's Quenching Moisturizers" that gently moisturize rough and stretchy skin and maintains the skin hydration balance. This winter beauty product is priced at Rs 95 for 100g.



Shri Hanuman Chalisa in Amitabh Bachchan's voice


Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan launched "Shri Hanuman Chalisa" in his unique baritone at a function here last evening.

Presented by AB Corp and Veecon Music & Entertainment, the "Shri Hanuman Chalisa" has been recorded in Bachchan’s voice along with 20 other renowned playback singers and artistes from the Indian film industry.

The music has been composed by Aadesh Shrivastava, under the Veecon Music label.

This is the first time in India that a single CD featuring only one track sung by 21 singers is being released.

Entertainment Society of Goa stops illegal film shoot in state


The Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) today said that it had, with timely assistance from the Goa police, stoped an Illegal film shoot at Morjim, Turtle Beach in the state on Saturday.

In a press release, the ESG said it had received a tip-off from a line producer, informing it of an illegal film shoot at the beach, which involved an entire crew and a foreign artiste.

The police were informed and timely action was taken to stop the shooting, it said. According to the society, it and the police are alert as the concept shot could project the state in a negaive light.

American artist Carmel Berkson donates 38 sculptures to NGMA

Union Minister for Culture Kumari Selja at the handing over and accessioning ceremony of sculptures by American artist Carmel Berkson, in Mumbai on October 7, 2011.
Union Minister for Culture Kumari Selja at the handing over and accessioning ceremony of sculptures by American artist Carmel Berkson, in Mumbai on October 7, 2011.

Renowned American scholar and artist Carmel Berkson has donated as many as 38 sculptures to the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) for its permanent collection.

The artist, who has been honoured by the Government with the Padma Shri, personally handed over the works to the NGMA at a ceremony in Mumbai yesterday evening.

Union Minister for Culture Kumari Selja formally accepted the collection on behalf of NGMA and the Government of India.

"This is a proud moment to accept the sculptures from the great artist and researcher Ms. Carmel Berkson," Ms Selja said on the occasion.

Grammy Award nominee Chandrika Krishnamurthy Tandon to perform at IIMA

Classical singer Chandrika Krishnamurthy Tandom, a 2011 Grammy Award nominee and an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) will present "Soul Journey", a concert with her ensemble, at the concluding function of the prestigious institute's golden jubilee celebrations on December 10.

NCPA to host first-ever jazz music festival in Mumbai from Oct 14-16

The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) will host its first annual international jazz festival, NCPA JazzMatazz, here from October 14-16 and feature performances by some legendary stars.

Sri Lanka's Ravibandhu-Samanthi Dance Ensemble to perform in Delhi on Oct 7


The Ravibandhu-Samanthi Dance Ensemble from Sri Lanka will present a performance at the Kamani Auditorium here on October 11 under the auspices of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).

10 fresh faces to walk the ramp at WIFW Spring/Summer 2012


Ten fresh faces have been chosen for Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) Spring/Summer 2012 which will be held from October 8-12 at Pragati Maidan here.

UFO Moviez commits Rs. 200 crore to fuel Scrabble Entertainment’s India expansion

UFO Moviez India Ltd., the world’s largest satellite delivered digital cinema network promoted by the Valuable Group, has committed an investment of Rs. 200 crore to fuel the growth and expansion plans in India of Scrabble Entertainment (Pvt) Limited, in which UFO Moviez has recently acquired a controlling stake.

Malayalm film "Adaminte Makan Abu" to be India's entry for Oscars


Malayalam movie "Adaminte Makan Abu", produced and directed by Salim Ahamed, will be India's official entry for the 2011 Oscar awards in the best foreign language film category.

Katrina Kaif to play female lead in "Dhoom 3"

After an extensive hunt for a new face for the leading lady for its much awaited film Dhoom 3, Yash Raj Films have decided to cast the beautiful Katrina Kaif for the role, a spokesperson for the company said today.

Kovalam Literary Festival to have Delhi stopover on September 29

Kovalam Literary Festival (KLF) logo
Kovalam Literary Festival (KLF) logo

The famed Kovalam Literary Festival (KLF) of Kerala will have a one-day stopover in Delhi on September 29, the first time outside Kerala.

The Delhi leg, scheduled to be held at the India International Centre (IIC) here, will be followed by the two-day main event, now in its fourth year, on October 1 and 2.

Pakistani and Israeli writers will join Indian literary stalwarts for the Delhi leg.

"The KLF has now moved to the national stage and is now firmly established as India's second biggest literary festival. Our brand equity has also improved considerably over the last four years and that is the reason why the support to the event is growing,’’ KLF founder-director Binoo John said.

Two of Israel’s best known literary figures, short story writer Savyon Liebrecht and playwright Motti Lerner will be taking part in the Delhi event. Another highlight of the festival will be the presence of Pakistani writer Mohammed Hanif, the author of "A Case of Exploding Mangoes", who will be reading for the Delhi book lovers from his new novel, "Our Lady of Alice Bhatti". He will also be in conversation with Indian author Manu Joseph.

Among the notable Indian writers is journalist-columnist and writer Jug Suraiya, who will read from his new non-fiction "JS and the Times of My Life".

Jug SuraiyaSavyon LiebrechtMohammad Hanif
Jug Suraiya; Savyon Liebrecht; and Mohammad Hanif

The event will begin with the reading by Anuradha Roy from her book "The Folded Earth", followed by a presentation by the Israeli writers, Savyon and Lerner. Devapriya Roy, the author of "The Vague Women’s Handbook" will lead another session.

Arvind Mehrotra will read from his translation of Kabir’s poems, titled "Songs of Kabir".

The literary fest also will see the launch of three books: a book on tigers of Dudwa National Park by Ashok Kumar, Anita Nair’s collection of poems "Malabar Minds" and Suresh Menon’s biography "Bishan". Menon will be in session with the subject of his book, Bishan Singh Bedi, the former Indian cricket captain and legendary spinner.



13th Mumbai Film Festival to unveil impressive line-up


The 13th Mumbai Film Festival (MFF), a Reliance Entertainment initiative, today announced an impressive line-up of about 200 films under various sections for the festival, scheduled to be held from October 13 to 20.

Film by Mammoottty on anti-narcotic activities released

Film star Mammootty handed over a CD of a short film on anti-narcotics activities to Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy here today.

The film was produced by the film star for the State Excise Department as part of a camapign against the use of drugs among the people.

Mr Chandy said the film would be screened in all the schools in the state and theatres as part of the campaign against the drugs.

Earlier, the actor assurred the Chief Minister during the observation of the Anti-Tobacco Day that he would produce a film for creating awareness among the people about the ill effects of narcotics abuse.


South Asian Film Festival to kick off Thursday with "Kashmir ki Kali"

The four-day 6th South Asia Film Festival (SAFF) will commence in Goa tomorrow with a special screening of "Kashmir Ki Kali" as a tribute to celebrated Bollywood actor Shammi Kapoor, who changed the meaning of romance on the silver screen in Indian cinema in the 1960s.

India to host a cultural evening "Remembering Tagore" at UNESCO in Paris

India will host a cultural programme in memory of poet Rabindranath Tagore at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris tomorrow at which the Nobel laureate's works of literature, art and music will be showcased.

The event, "Remembering Tagore" has been organised to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Tagore.

An official press release here said the programme was part of the two-day High-Level Sponsoring Committee (HLSC) for the Reconciled Universal for Rabindranath Tagore, Pablo Neruda and Aime Cesaire.

The Additional Secretary, Union Ministry Of Culture Mr Rakesh Garg will represent the Ministry on the occasion. Arrangements have been made for live webcast of the programme from 10 pm IST on September 12.

The programme will include screening of a documentary on Tagore by Satyajit Ray in English with French sub-titles, Hindi rendition of Tagore's songs by Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam, a violin recital of Tagore's music by L Subramaniam, Bangla rendition of Tagore's songs by Shama Rahman, recitation of Tagore's poems by Aparna Sen, Tagore Lounge by Bickram Ghosh (tabla) and Shama Rahman (vocals) and Bangla rendition of a Tagore song by Santanu Roy Choudhary.


Patil presents National Film Awards, says Indian cinema now global enterprise

President Pratibha Patil today said that Indian cinema had, in the 21st century, had become a global enterprise and an example of how the country's soft power was engaged in projecting the nation worldwide.

"Rapidly improving technology has helped the industry upgrade itself, as also to radically alter the manner in which cinema reaches the audience. I am proud that Indian cinema has found a market in a large number of countries," she said after presenting the 58th National Film Awards here this evening.

Marriage will take place at right time: Actor Prabhu Deva


Breaking his silence over his proposed wedlock with actress Nayantara, popular Tamil film actor and choreographer Prabhu Deva today said the marriage would take place at the right time, but said she was free to act in films till the wedding takes place.

Playback singer Asha Bhosle turns 78

Bollywood singer Asha Bhonsle cuts her birthday cake during the first  dubbing for her debut hindi film
Bollywood singer Asha Bhonsle cuts her birthday cake during the first dubbing for her debut hindi film "MAAEE", at Sight & Sound Studio, in Mumbai on September 8, 2011.UNI PHOTO

Veteran playback singer Asha Bhosle turned 78 today.

She had started her career in 1943 and her lilting melodies have been a hit with music lovers for over six decades. She has lent her voice in more than 1000 Bollywood movies and has also sung for many Marathi movies as well.

She has recorded many private albums and has participated in numerous concerts in India and abroad.

Bhosle is the younger sister of legendary playback singer Lata Mangeshkar.


Amitabh Bachchan to make Hollywood debut in "The Great Gatsby"


Well-known actor Amitabh Bachchan is making his Hollywood debut with "Great Gatsby", the new big screen adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald's novel that is being directed by Baz Luhrmann and produced by Warner Bros and Village Roadshow Pictures.

Stephen Inglis to deliver special lectures on Indigenous Art of Canada

Renowned anthropologist Stephen Inglis will deliver a Special Lecture Series on Indigenous Art of Canada and its representation in Canadian museums under the auspices of the National Museum Institute (NMI) in association with the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (SICI) here from September 5-8.

Amitabh Bachchan to play Hazare-like character in Prakash Jha film

File photo of Amitabh Bachchan.
File photo of Amitabh Bachchan.

After "Aarakshan", noted film-maker Prakash Jha and actor Amitabh Bachchan are now collaborating on "Satyagraha", focussing on the ethos of a peaceful mass protest against corruption.

Industry sources said Jha is working on the script of Satyagraha, but the cast of the film is yet to be finalised. Bachchan will play an Anna Hazare-styled crusader, who will take on the establishment in his fight against corruption. The film will be launched in January, next year, the sources said.

Mr Hazare, 74, is currently leading a major campaign against corruption and for a strong Lokpal (ombudsman) to curb the evil.

Jha feels there has to be a less hardline approach to a matter as deep-rooted as corruption. Also, the fight against corruption should be more focused and specific in its motivation. For instance, why not start by simply campaigning against anyone giving or taking a bribe?, he asked.

Bachchan's character in Satyagraha will have plenty of elements of Hazare, but the film will make a marked departure from the ideology of an autonomous movement, the sources said.

The protagonist takes on corruption at the state, not national level. "It is important for any movement to be rooted to a specific population. It's the only way it can be effective," says Jha.


National Museum to organise Croatian photo exhibition from August 19


The National Museum will organise a photo exhibition on Croatian Monuments in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) List of World Heritage Sites here from August 19 to September 4.

The exhibition will be inaugurated by Union Culture Minister Kumari Selja in the presence of Croatian Ambassador Boris Velic and other dignitaries.

This is the first time Croatian Embassy is organising such an exhibition in India. "We are very pleased to be associated with the National Museum and Ministry of Culture to showcase Croatia’s heritage to the Indian people. After this exhibition in Delhi, we will organise a similar exhibition in Kolkata from October 27, 2011 and after that we plan to do this in Mumbai. We believe that this initiative will go a long way in making the Indian people understand about Croatian culture and let them know about our World Heritage Sites," Dr Velic said.

Dr C.V. Ananda Bose, Vice Chancellor of National Museum Institute and Administrator of National Museum said, "This is for the first time that people in India will be able to see the rich and diverse heritage of Croatia and I am sure that they will cherish this experience. We expect that in the future, we will be able to do more such innovative activities with the Croatian Embassy."

According to a press release from the museum, the exhibition will showcase Croatia's contribution to world heritage and culture and the steps it has taken to preserve its monuments for future generations.

An important part of Croatia’s identity is also its landscape, the most beautiful of which is to be found in its national parks. One of these is the Plitvice Lakes National Park, which was also inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1979.


Also on display will be the last inscribed site in Croatia ---Stari Grad --- which is on the island of Hvar with the surrounding fields, the ancient Greek estate from the IV Century BC.

The division of agricultural land from this period has been completely preserved and one can find today the same cultures grown there, such as olive trees, vineyards and lavender, something unique in all of Europe, while the urban image of Stari Grad is made up of buildings from all the historical periods of its existence, the release added.


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