Monday, April 28, 2014

Konkona happy for being offered roles on Tagore's work

Konkona happy for being offered roles on Tagore's work

Kolkata: Actress Konkona Sen Sharma said she is grateful and happy for receiving roles based on the work of Rabindranath Tagore.

Konkona would be next seen in "Sajarur Kanta", where she otherwise plays Deepa in the film, but takes on the role of Nandini from Tagore`s classic play `Raktakarabi` as member of a theatre troupe staging the play.

"It gives a high to me," the award-winning actress, 34, said while speaking on her character Nandini of Tagore`s `Raktakarabi`.

"I am happy that characters with Tagorean references are coming my way a lot more these days," she said.

Earlier, she played `Kadombori` in Tagore`s much-acclaimed work "Sesher Kobita". Recalling how she grasped the typical Tagorean touch in the dialogue of Nandini, Konkona said, "I found the parts a bit difficult. But the workshop with Sohag Sen (theatre personality) helped as I worked towards perfecting the lines and nuances and memorised the words."

"I have to become the Nandini of `Raktakarabi` as people have certain perceptions about her, while Labanya is also a well-known character in `Sesher Kobita`. So though it is a challenge to live upto the perceptions, my portrayals are based on my understanding and homework," Konkona said.

She acknowledged the role of her mother (Aparna Sen) in helping to get a grip on the character Nandini. The director of the film, Saibal Mitra, said Konkona`s Deepa in `Sajarur Kanta` is a vital cog in the crime thriller with a romantic angle.

Konkona, who was the female lead in "Page 3", said she was fine with all kinds of films and acknowledged the fact that she had been offered interesting projects in Bengali.

Actor Dhritiman Chatterjee of Satyajit Ray`s `Pratidwandi` fame, enacts the 60-plus Byomkesh Bakshi in the film, which is set in present day Kolkata.

Salman Khan's 2002 hit-and-run case: Witnesses depose in court

Salman Khan's 2002 hit-and-run case: Witnesses depose in court

New Delhi: Bollywood superstar Salman Khan's troubles seem to be a never ending saga. The re-trial of actor's most infamous 2002 hit-and-run case started Monday in the Mumbai sessions court. The trial began with a number of witnesses deposing before the court. However, the actor himself was missing from all the action.

One of the first witnesses to depose in the court, Samba Gowda, said he had drawn panchnama of the articles seized by police on the day of the incident on September 28, 2002.

The witness told prosecutor Jagannath Kenjalkar that it was a big car involved in the accident and said police had reached the spot along with him. He further said the car had rammed into a laundry and its bumper had hit the shutter of the shop. The witness said he saw glass pieces, number plate of the car and bumper parts lying on the spot. These articles were seized by police and a panchnama was drawn by him.

"I can identify the articles collected by police from the place of accident," said Gowda, who hails from Karnataka.

Two more witnesses were discharged as they had admitted the panchnamas drawn by them.

According to the public prosecutor, although a list of 64 witnesses has been submitted by the prosecution, it would not examine all of them.

Earlier, the case was deferred by the court till April 28th, 2014 as the prosecution sought time to produce witnesses in view of police deployment on election duty.

Sessions Judge D W Deshpande had asked the prosecution to produce on April 28 the first witness who was injured in the mishap in which the actor was involved, followed by eye witnesses in May.

On March 26, three witnesses failed to turn up as they were either not available or untraceable making this the second occasion when the fresh trial has not begun in the case.

The Bollywood superstar is facing the charges of running over his Toyota Land Cruiser on people sleeping on a footpath outside a bakery in suburban Bandra on September 28, 2002, killing one and injuring four others.

Women's roles in Bollywood are changing: Katrina Kaif

Women's roles in Bollywood are changing: Katrina Kaif

Mumbai: Actress Katrina Kaif thinks that the portrayal of women in Bollywood films has changed. "The portrayal of women has changed over a period of time... The kind of roles and films that are being made with women are great. We not only have women-centric films but even in a love story, where hero and heroine have equal role, the characters of women are strong and not stereotypical," Katrina, 30, said.

"Earlier the roles of women were more or less same, they were repeated, but today there is a difference. And people are loving it," she said.

L`Oreal Paris brand ambassadors Katrina, Aishwarya Rai and Sonam Kapoor came together to celebrate India`s women achievers at the third edition of the L`Oreal Paris Femina Women Awards yesterday.

Fifteen women from different walks of life were felicitated. "We actors work for gratification, money, fame, acknowledgement. These women who won awards do things not for financial reasons or anything," Katrina said.

Priyanka Chopra running Saturday night fever!

Priyanka Chopra running Saturday night fever!

New Delhi: Priyanka Chopra is simply riding on a high. It seems that praises and good work comes to the actress effortlessly.

On one hand, if everyone was going gaga over her singing prowess, then on the other hand she took the IIFA stage by storm at Tampa Bay, shaking a leg with Hollywood legend John Travolta.

It looks like the Saturday night fever is still on Piggy Chops` mind for sure, as she tweeted about her latest feat with the actor.

It was quite a night and sight to see the duo dance on the peppy number `Tune Mari Entriyaan`, from her movie `Gunday`, leaving the audience in awe of them.

Keeping the spirit alive of the gala night, the breathtaking moves by Travolta, Hrithik Roshan and PC together, certainly raised the bar at the 15th International Indian Film Academy Awards.

Nargis gets clicked with 50 Cent

Nargis gets clicked with 50 Cent
Mumbai: Bollywood actress Nargis Fakhri, who recently shot for her first international film titled `Spy` in the US, caught up with global rapper Curtis Jackson, popular as 50 Cent.

Nargis was clicked with the "Candy Shop" hitmaker during the shoot of `Spy`.

Also starring Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham and Jude Law, 50 Cent essays a brief role in the film being directed by Paul Feig.

The film will see the `Rockstar` star in her first action role.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag wins nine technical awards at IIFA 2014

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag wins nine technical awards at IIFA 2014

Florida (Tampa Bay): Filmmaker Rakesh Om Prakash Mehra`s Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, which has already garnered several awards, claimed nine technical awards at the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards 2014 being held here.

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag bagged the awards for best cinematography (Binod Pradhan), best screenplay (Prasoon Joshi), best dialogue (Prasoon Joshi), best editing (P.S. Bharti), best sound design (Nakul Kamte), best sound mixing (Pranav Shukla), best background score (Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy), best costume designing (Dolly Ahluwalia) and best make-up (Vikram Gaikwad).

Milkha Singh grabbed the limelight during the award show, as Farhan Akhtar sang Zinda from the movie and Senorita from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and later got down from the stage and hugged the Olympian.

Singer Mika Singh sang some of his hit songs, and also got Hrithik Roshan on stage who grooved to his Agal Bagal song from Phata Poster Nikla Hero.

Sonakshi Sinha and Bipasha Basu also performed to a few dance numbers.

Rakesh Roshan`s Krrish 3 won two awards - best action (Sham Kaushal and Tony Ching Siu Tung) and best special effects-visuals (Keitan Yadav and Haresh Hingorani - Red Chillies VFX).

Rohit Shetty`s blockbuster hit "Chennai Express" won for best song recording (Vinod Verma for Lungi Dance) and best sound mixing (Anup Dev) along with Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.

Deepika Padukone grabs the best actress trophy at IIFA 2014

Deepika Padukone grabs the best actress trophy at IIFA 2014

New Delhi: The International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA) saw a bevy of Bollywood stars present at the big gala night. The 15th IIFA Awards was held at Florida,Tampa Bay from April 23 to 26 honouring the best performances in the field of Indian cinema. Here goes a list of who got what at the prestigious IIFA, also known as the `Bollywood Oscars`.

Best Lyrics: `Aashiqui 2`

Best Entertainer of the Year: Deepika Padukone

Best Debutant Award: Dhanush for `Raanjhanaa`

Best Picture Award: `Bhaag Milka Bhaag`

Best Performance in a leading role (male): Farhan Akhtar for `Bhaag Milka Bhaag`

Best Performance in a leading role (female): Deepika Padukone for `Chennai Express`

Best Performance in a comic Role: Arshad Warsi for `Jolly LLB`

Best Performance in negative role: Rishi Kapoor gets for `D Day`

Best Story Award: Prashoon Joshi for `Bhaag Milkha Bhaag`

Best Lyric writer: Mithoon for Tum Hi Ho from `Aashiqui 2`

Best male playback singer Award: Arijit Singh for `Tum Hi Ho` from `Aashiqui 2`

Best female playback singer Award: Shreya Goshal for ` Sun Raha Hai Na Tu` from `Aashiqui 2`

Best Direction Award: Rakeysh Om Mehra for `Bhaag Milkha Bhaag`

Life Time Achievement Award: Shatrughan Sinha

The highlight of this special award was the fact that daughter Sonakshi Sinha presented shot-gun with his lifetime achievement award for his outstanding contribution to the film industry.

The other wow moment was when Hollywood heartthrob John Travolta graced the IIFA stage. He said that he is a big fan of Hindi films and feels they are “very original and full of life”.

Kudos to the winners and buck-up time for the losers!