Katiyabaaz captures the electricity crisis in an Indian city. Filmmakers Fahad Mustafa and Deepti Kakkar tell Aseem Chhabra/Rediff.com what went into making their powerful documentary, which releases on Friday, August 22. Once called the Manchester of the East, Kanpur boasted of India's major cotton and woollen cloth mills. Now, the city of 3 million people, and the leather capital of India -- supplying to Western brands like Gucci, Levis and Mango -- is better known for its huge electricity ... Rediff.com, 1 week ago
Bollywood biggie Akshay Kumar tells Aseem Chhabra about his new co-star, explains his 70:30 equation of luck and hard work and why his next project may feature the first Gulf War. Akshay Kumar is at the top of his game. He has become such a big Bollywood star that he can demand whatever he wants -- a light work schedule, coupled with many breaks and vacations days. And yet he makes three to four films a year -- a mix of comedy, action and drama. On the eve of the August 8 release of his new ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Filmmaker Nisha Pahuja, whose widely acclaimed documentary opens in Indian theatres on June 6, in conversation with Aseem Chhabra. Indo-Canadian documentary filmmaker Nisha Pahuja has examined post-liberalization India in different ways. Her award-winning film Bollywood Bound explored four young Canadians of Indian origin -- including a brother and sister, who are obsessed with India's popular Hindi language film industry. That obsession takes them to Mumbai where they go through intense acting ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
'In our film industry, there are not many opportunities for actors... Our films are not character based, they are hero and heroine based. The only roles we have for character actors are to play the girl's or boy's dad or a police officer...' 'Now at my age -- I am 64 now -- there are hardly any parts. In the West, you could play a central character even at my age. But these kinds of films are not made in India.' Om Puri started his career with the New Wave or parallel cinema in India in the ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
Sometimes, yes. We take a look. Every few years, a Hollywood or a British production company re-discovers India and thinks it is cool to set a film there -- a film that will show the exotic qualities of India through the eyes of Western people, portray the resilience of the human spirit, and that brown and white folks are more or less alike. Even Oprah Winfrey recently said about her film The Hundred-Foot Journey: 'I loved the idea of the fusion of food and culture... I loved this theme that ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
'One take may be completely different than the one before. That's why he keeps you on your toes... Every time I was with him I was learning something,' Indian-American actor Manish Dayal tells Aseem Chhabra/Rediff.com Manish Dayal is a New York-based Indian-American actor who until recently had acted in a number of indies, television shows as well as one well received off-Broadway play, Rafta, Rafta, written by British Pakistani playwright Ayub Khan-Din. Then, by sheer luck and also a lot of ...Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
'I just love the man. Not only he's a fantastic actor with a presence in whatever he does, but he's also a very soulful, gregarious, generous man with the biggest heart in the business.' Director Lasse Hallstrom tells Aseem Chhabra/Rediff.com about the joys of working with Om Puri on The Hundred-Foot Journey. Lasse Hallstrom is an Oscar-nominated Swedish filmmaker best known for his whimsical comedies and drama -- Chocolat, What's Eating Gilbert Grape and Cider House Rules. He has often ...Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
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