Shah Rukh's upcoming list of films features an exciting mix of directors and subjects which look like a healthy blend of content and commerce. And there is enough firepower (both artistic and commercial) in his filmography to silence all detractors.
A licensed workout that originated in Miami, Zumba is essentially based on Latin and international music. The aim is to use dance and music to work out the entire body. I stepped into a Zumba session hosted by Sucheta Pal and Pallavi Sharda and was pleasantly surprised to see how well desi numbers blended into their energetic moves.
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With <em>Neerja</em> it's safe to say that it's finally Sonam season in Bollywood. But she has been on a steady ascendant for some time now, with confident performances in <em>Raanjhanaa</em> and <em>Khoobsurat</em>, followed by a stunning music video with Hrithik Roshan and to top it all a dance step that is now a must-do at every wedding <em>sangeet</em>. Here's a throwback to all those times we fell in love with Sonam Kapoor!
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Sunny Deol's recently released <em>Ghayal Once Again</em> marks the start of a busy sequel season in Bollywood. While some franchises are returning in a new avatar as reboots, there are others which are returning from hibernation and taking off from where the previous films ended. Here are nine to watch out for.
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While Irrfan, Kay Kay and Nawaz have cemented their places as actors who command their own space even in the presence of an Amitabh Bachchan or a Salman Khan, there is an interesting breed of talented performers who may not get too much screen time, but have slowly and steadily made an impression with their impactful performances.
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This is Ranveer Singh's biggest moment of glory and the buzz is only growing as everybody looks towards the awards season, which is likely to be dominated by a certain Peshwa warrior in the Best Actor category. A self-confessed fan of hard-core commercial cinema, Ranveer Singh has had four eventful years in BTown, where he has steadily transitioned from being a promising face to a bankable star.
The year has been an interesting one so far, with many medium-budget, content-driven films working beyond the conventional urban markets. At the other end of the spectrum, superstars and studios, too, finally seemed to realise that it would take much more than a few action scenes and item songs to go past the 100 crore mark, and it looks like the remake mantra is officially on its way out. Here's a throwback to the best films of 2015 so far.
They are talented, clever and far from done. Unfortunately, a mix of bad luck and weak scripts has put them out of the box-office race for some time now. But in the ever-so-unpredictable world of showbiz, where it takes one Friday to change fortunes, here's looking at five actors who deserve a solid welcome back on the box-office charts.
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In a recent interview, Aamir Khan revealed that save for the last name and the fact that they were born in the same year (1965), there is actually very little common between the trio that has been ruling Bollywood for more than two decades. And that contrast, in his opinion, has been a big factor in the longevity of their success, as each of them has managed to connect with the audience in very unique ways.
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The first half of 2015 has been a relatively quiet one with niche films overshadowing commercial potboilers. But the year is far from over and the second half is packed with big-ticket releases which also mark the return of some famous teams hoping to recreate their past magic. Here's a look at the seven most anticipated collaborations.
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Just two films young, and Zoya Akhtar has already emerged as one of the most influential directors of this generation. Here's a look at five things that make Zoya's filmmaking style stand out.
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The first quarter of 2015 is already behind us and Bollywood is yet to see a blockbuster this year. But while the 200-crore-club may have to wait a little longer for a new entrant (the Khans do not have a release till the second half of the year), it's been a good year for plot-driven-movies. And like always, there are already many lessons for the trade and stars about our ever-so-unpredictable ticket-paying <em>janta</em>.
Ayushmann became the talk of the town as the shrewd, smooth-talking-Punjabi-Munda aka <em>Vicky Donor</em>. He bagged all the Best Début awards that year, and emerged as the clear front-runner among the gen-next brigade. But while his counterparts Arjun Kapoor, Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra followed up their hit débuts with even bigger successes, Ayushmann's story took a negative turn.
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From the plush studios of California to the dusty sets of Chandivali, everyone is talking sequels. Of course the result of the first film always plays a big role in deciding the future of any franchise. But there are some titles which genuinely deserve another shot, regardless of their underwhelming predecessors.
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Two years after <em>Raanjhanaa</em>, Dhanush is back in <em>Shamitabh</em> with another brave and unconventional part that is far removed from his stardom down South. He today enjoys a pan-India connect that surpasses, dare I say, even that of his superstar father-in-law, Rajnikanth. He has managed to connect with the janta across the country. The looks and accent don't matter, and he has been embraced by the Mumbai film industry in the way America made Jackie Chan their own.
With Neeraj Pandey's <em>Baby</em>, Akshay Kumar is garnering praise from across the board, with some sections already whispering about a possible National Award. At 47, Kumar is kicking faster than ever before and the disciplined star is at his fittest best. While entertainment remains the deciding factor in his choice of films, <em>Baby</em> signals the start of a new innings for Kumar in which the pay check does not swallow passion.