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“Aksar 2 is a classic suspense, old fashioned noir,” says Director Ananth Mahadevan

  • Bollyspice
Director Ananth Mahadevan is all set to showcase Aksar 2 to the audience on the 6th of October. However, he feels that the film is being perceived as an erotica, which it is not. In fact Aksar 2 is a thrilling suspense drama that will keep the audience at the edge of their seats.

“The first Aksar was about a man asking another to seduce his wife, so it automatically lent itself to being a steamy film. But Aksar 2 is not in that genre at all. It is about six people coming together and playing mind games, and then realizing that things can boomerang. It is a classic suspense, old fashioned noir,” explained the concerned director.

The first trailer that was presented to the audience had a couple of love making scenes between Zareen Khan and Abhinav Shukla. However Ananth exclaims that films today do have steamy scenes but
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Aksar 2’s first song Aaj Zid is a rage on YouTube!

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Having received immense appreciation for the film’s trailer, the makers of Aksar 2 were a tad bit anxious about the reaction from audiences when they recently released the first song titled Aaj Zid.

Especially after the enormous success of the music of the first installment, there was a certain pressure when it came to delivering their first song. Of course they did not disappoint the audience with Aaj Zid which is a rage on YouTube with more than 8 million views and innumerable positive responses!

To this director Ananth Mahadevan said, “Aaj Zid has crossed the 8 million mark invoking memories of the 2006 chartbuster Aksar. With Jaana Ve, we cross further into romantic melody zone and will seal the “album of the year” rating for Aksar 2. The film will be an edge of the seat outing for the full family. Ladies will find themselves rooting for it as will the
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Shabana Azmi to sing for Aparna Sens Sonata

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Shabana Azmi to sing for Aparna Sens Sonata
While it is not new for a veteran like Shabana Azmi to follow the path of unconventional and parallel cinema, the actress has decided to go out-of-the-box yet again for Aparna Sen's Sonata. Shabana will be singing two Rabindranath Tagore classics for the upcoming film.

Shabana Azmi will be reviving the songs 'Aaji jharer raate' and 'Sokhi andhare' for the film. Revealing that she was terrified about it, she was all praises for her hubby and renowned poet and writer Javed Akhtar as well as her friend and filmmaker Aparna Sen whom she fondly addresses as Rina for encouraging her to sing. In fact, Shabana also expressed her gratitude towards her coach Sharoni Sen who helped her get the nuances right whilst singing the classics. Also mentioning about the role she plays in Sonata, the actress added that her character Dolon is funny, warm, demonstrative and volatile.

Based on Mahesh Eklunchwar's play Sonata,
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Indian Summers: UK TV Show Cancelled; No Season Three

[caption id="attachment_48508" align="aligncenter" width="590"] (L-r) Jemima West as Alice Whelan and Henry Lloyd-Hughes as Ralph Whelan. (C) New Pictures and Channel 4 for Masterpiece in association with All3Media International./caption]

UK Channel 4 has cancelled the Indian Summers TV show after two seasons. A British drama set in Simla (Shimla) in northern India, the first season of Indian Summers aired on PBS in the Us, from September to November 2015. PBS has not yet announced the premiere date for the second and final season of Indian Summers. It is expected to air stateside in 2016, though. Masterpiece PBS co-produces the series, and PBS released a season two preview, back in December.

Indian Summers stars Julie Walters, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Jemima West, Nikesh Patel, Roshan Seth, and Lillete Dubey. The cast also includes Alexander Cobb, Craig Parkinson, Fiona Glascott, Amber Rose Revah, Aysha Kala, Olivia Grant, and Edward
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'Dr. Cabbie' Preview Introduces a New Kind of Doctor | Exclusive

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'Dr. Cabbie' Preview Introduces a New Kind of Doctor | Exclusive
Indian doctor Deepak Veer Chopra (Vinay Virmani) meets his new friend Rani (Mircea Monroe) for the first time in our exclusive clip from the upcoming comedy Dr. Cabbie, arriving on Digital HD and VOD formats February 2. This scene also features Lillete Dubey and Rizwan Manji as Deepak's aunt and uncle, who help him get settled in his new home. As Deepak will eventually find out, there isn't much of a future for an Indian-trained doctor in Canada.

After trying to find work as a doctor in Toronto, Deepak becomes a cabbie with his new friend Tony (Kunal Nayyar) and numerous other Indian cab drivers who have exceptional educational credentials. The plot thickens when this doctor-turned-cab driver delivers his passenger's (Adrianne Palicki) baby, turning him into a local hero. He eventually converts his taxi into a mobile clinic as he treats a number of patients throughout the city.

Dr. Cabbie is
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Goa’s International Film Festival of India 2015 Closes with Colombian film ‘Embrace of the Serpent’ Taking Home the Best Film

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The Colombian film ‘Embrace of the Serpent’ directed by Ciro Guerra and produced by Cristina Gallego has been awarded the Best Film Award at the 46th International Film Festival of India. Honourable Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Laxmikant Parsekar and Honourable Minister of State I&B, Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore jointly presented the Golden Peacock to the Art Director of the film, Ramses Benjumea at a spectacular closing ceremony held at Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium in Goa. The ceremony was compered by the actors Lillete Dubey and Kabir Bedi.

The world renowned and Oscar-winning music composer Mr. A. R. Rahman was the chief guest of the evening. He said, “I am so fascinated by the way the festival is being organized. I thank Iffi team for hosting the festival so beautifully. I hope that supported by festivals like Iffi, the people will come up with great cinema
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Iffi 2015 is all set for a grand closing ceremony

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The 46th edition of International Film Festival of India (Iffi) is all set to conclude with a grand closing ceremony to be held at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium, Goa. Honorable Minister of State, I&B, Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore (Retd) along with Honorable Governor of Goa, Smt. Mridula Sinha, Honorable Chief Minister Goa, Shri Laxmikant Parsekar and Secretary I&B, Shri Sunil Arora will inaugurate the closing ceremony. The ceremony will be compered by actors Lillete Dubey and Kabir Bedi.

Vice Chairman, Entertainment Society of Goa, Shri. Damodar Naik, Chief Secretary, Government of Goa, Shri R.K Srivastava, Secretary General Icft, Ms. Lola Poggi Goujon, CEO, Entertainment Society of Goa, Ameya Abhyankar will also be present at the event.

A.R. Rahman is the Chief Guest of the evening. International Jury members including the chairperson, Shekhar Kapur, UK based BAFTA winner director, Micheal Radford, Palestinian based Israel director, Ms. Suha Arraf,
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Preview of the films at this years London Indian Film Festival

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The festival returns this month for its sixth edition. Every year Liff aims to bring audiences some of the very best new Indian independent cinema, which includes features, documentaries and short films by both acclaimed and emerging filmmakers. This year’s line up promises to leave you entertained, informed, thought provoking and even in some cases leaving a screen shocked.

We now present the films that will be screened at this prestigious festival

Umrika | Opening Night | UK Premiere | cert 12A

Hindi with English subtitles | 98 min | India 2015 | Dir. Prashant Nair | with: Suraj Sharma, Tony Revolori, Adil Hussain, Smita Tambe, Prateik Babbar.

This year’s Sundance Audience Award winner is an uplifting, rights of passage tale about two brothers from a small village who have dreams of making it big in Umrika (America). Udai (Pratiek Babbar) is the eldest and adored by his hard-working mum. He leaves their hamlet on a bullock
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Special! Pictures of the Props of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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In theaters now in a limited release, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel expand to even more theaters in North America this Friday! Following the global blockbuster hit from 2012, the loveable cast that includes Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Dev Patel, Tina Desai, Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup and Lillete Dubey reunite for the another comedy adventure in India. They are joined by Richard Gere in the film directed by Oscar-nominated John Madden.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it’s making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tina Desai). Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, has only a single remaining vacancy posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy
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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Opens at #3 at Us Box Office

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The India-set comedy The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel opened strong at number three at the U.S. box office with an estimated $8.6 million in its first weekend of release, according to data released by its distributor Fox Searchlight. India-themed films rarely climb this high on the U.S. box office charts. Even Hollywood studio films such as Life of Pi, The Hundred Foot Journey, and Million Dollar Arm never made it to the top three at any time during their runs despite playing in more theaters than Marigold.

The new film also scored the highest average gross of any film in wide release averaging $5,467 from 1,573 theaters. After the success of the opening weekend, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel will add more than 200 additional theaters to its run on the second weekend.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the follow-up to the 2012 hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel which opened in the U.
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Choreographer Longinus Fernandes on making the stars dance in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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Along with his work in Bollywood and in India, you have seen choreographer Longinus Fernandes’ work in Slumdog Millionaire in the ‘Jai Ho’ sequence and in Eat Pray Love among many others. Now Fernandes has brought his unique style and fabulous moves to the movies again for a special sequence in director John Madden’s The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. What makes it so special is that the choreographer worked with some of the best actors in the world including Richard Gere, Judy Dench, Maggie Smith, Lillette Dubey, and Dev Patel to name just a few and got them to dance to the Bollywood beat of the killer song ‘Jhoom Barabar Jhoom’.

I was lucky enough to get the chance to do an email interview with Longinus about The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and more! Check out what he had to say about working on the film, getting
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‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ hired too many cooks

  • SoundOnSight
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Written by Ol Parker

Directed by John Madden

UK | USA, 2015

There are hints of understated charm and elegance sprinkled throughout The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Moments when two people, battered and bruised by life, share some genuine insight about the human condition. Unfortunately, those moments are lost amid a frenzy of unnecessary storylines and cartoonish complications. It’s a treat to see these veteran actors playing off each other, but you’re better off staying at a different hotel.

The sequel to 2011’s geriatric comedy hit, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, finds most of the cast returning for a second lash. This time out, the owner of the Marigold, Sonny (Dev Patel), is determined to secure financing for a second hotel so he can start a franchise of senior-living homes. Together with the gruff but lovable Muriel (Maggie Smith), Sonny finds a potential buyer,
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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – The Review

I know what you may be thinking. “Another weekend, another movie sequel”. Well yes, we do have a follow-up flick in this weekend’s new release batch, but this is a bit different from the escalating, Roman numeral-added blockbuster franchises. The original from 2011, wasn’t a big stunt-filled action flick. Nor was it a crude. lewd lowbrow comedy. It was a modest success that spoke to a nearly neglected audience. This was that rare feature that mainly concerned the senior set, and boasted an almost “Avengers-like” teaming of British cinema and stage actors. That first pairing didn’t conclude on a “cliffhanger”, but many fans would relish the chance to see what happened to their new film friends. After nearly four years, they’re getting that chance to catch-up. For the price of a movie ticket they can reserve a suite at The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

This new
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Watch: Judi Dench, Celia Imrie and More Check Into 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'

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Watch: Judi Dench, Celia Imrie and More Check Into 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'
Checking in? In these new videos from a press junket for John Madden's "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," the stars of the film sat down to share their insight on what it was like making the film, working with Madden, their characters and the new cast members.  "I don't think I remember saying 'yes' or 'no' to John Madden, I think it was taken as 'yes' straight away when the second one was mooted. And that was probably the same for all of us," Dame Judi Dench shared in her interview, among other details about filming the second installment. The actors also talked about how their characters grow in the second film, including Lillete Dubey, who talked about her character Mrs. Kapoor's newfound vulnerability  and softness, and Tina Desai, who spoke of the expansion of her role as Sunaina. Also starring Maggie Smith, Dev Patel, Richard Gere, Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle,
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Win ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ Exclusive Merchandise

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is out in cinemas Now and to celebrate, Fox Searchlight Pictures and The Hollywood News are offering two lucky winners the chance to win an amazing signed poster and a copy of the film’s soundtrack!

Now that The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is full up with its long-term residents, co-managers Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith) and Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) have a dream of expansion, and they’ve found just the place: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

With plans underway, Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) venture into the Jaipur workforce, wondering where their regular breakfast dates will lead. Meanwhile, Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) navigate the swirling waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two very eligible suitors, and recent arrival Guy Chambers (Richard Gere) finds a muse in Sonny’s mother, Mrs Kapoor
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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel | Review

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The First Best Loser: Madden’s Wholly Unnecessary Sequel an Exercise in Nothingness

Pandering is the word that best describes the tone of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, John Madden’s follow-up to the 2011 surprise hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Whereas the first film was adapted from the bestselling novel by Deborah Moggach, screenwriter Ol Parker is left to his own sugary devices with this next chapter, volleying most of the respectable returning cast members through a series of utterly vapid subplots that are either forgettable or just plain embarrassing considering the seasoned talents. Some may argue that the chance to see so many exemplary performers of a certain age in a film that will reach mainstream platforms should be appreciated for merely existing, but that’s no excuse for doffing us with such second rate material.

Many of the mainstays from the last film have stuck around
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Dev Patel: 'Chemistry with Dame Maggie is best I've had in a movie'

Dev Patel: 'Chemistry with Dame Maggie is best I've had in a movie'
Dev Patel has spoken about his experience of working with Dame Maggie Smith and Richard Gere in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Patel reprises his role as Sonny, the overeager young owner of a hotel for British retirees, while Dame Maggie Smith stars as Muriel, Sonny's new co-manager.

Describing the on-screen partnership with Dame Maggie, the 24-year-old actor told Digital Spy: "It's still an ensemble cast but Sonny is at the centre of it and I'd say Maggie is too. They run the hotel together. I mean talk about chemistry - it's some of the best chemistry I've ever had in a movie.

"They're quite an odd couple but they're put together really well. It's quite beautiful because she not only becomes a business partner doing damage control, but he also looks at her as a kind of mother figure."

Tamsin Greig and Richard Gere joined the cast for the sequel.
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Win The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Exclusive Merchandise!

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is in cinemas now and to celebrate the release of the exciting sequel, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Flickering Myth are offering three lucky winners the chance to get their hands on some awesome exclusive merchandise!

Now that The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is full up with its long-term residents, co-managers Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith) and Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) have a dream of expansion, and they’ve found just the place: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

With plans underway, Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) venture into the Jaipur workforce, wondering where their regular breakfast dates will lead. Meanwhile, Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) navigate the swirling waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two very eligible suitors, and recent arrival Guy Chambers (Richard Gere) finds a muse in Sonny’s mother, Mrs Kapoor (Lillete Dubey) for his next novel.
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Dev Patel: 'Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a dream come true'

Dev Patel: 'Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a dream come true'
Dev Patel has said that reuniting with The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel cast for a second time was like "a dream come true".

The actor reprises his role as Sonny, the fast-talking ambitious owner of the hotel for British retirees, with Muriel (Dame Maggie Smith) as his new co-manager.

Speaking to Digital Spy, Patel said: "It's like a dream come true to be back in a room with these guys. It's a character that I really love and I'm part of a film that everyone really liked so it's a real vote of confidence. It's really fun."

Describing how he landed the part in the first movie, he revealed: "I had to really fight for it. Originally Sonny was envisaged as a middle-aged, washed up, overweight Indian guy and they didn't want me for it.

"I've had my fair share of Indian roles, but there was something really different about this one.
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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel review: 'Wish fulfilment for retirees'

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel review: 'Wish fulfilment for retirees'
Director: John Madden; Screenwriters: John N Glenn Ficarra, John Requa; Starring: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Richard Gere, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie, Tamsin Greig, David Strathairn, Tina Desai; Running time: 121 mins; Certificate: 12

Although the title suggests it's not quite as good as the first film, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a worthy successor to the 2011 sleeper hit, characterised by the same gentle humour, sunny outlook and slightly doddering plot. Again, it's the talented cast of veterans – Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Celia Imrie among them – who bring the required grace, style and finesse, ably supported by new residents Tamsin Greig and silver fox Richard Gere.

In case the pace gets too leisurely, Dev Patel is always on hand like a shot of epinephrine, bouncing off the walls as Jaipur entrepreneur Sonny who is courting an American firm to bankroll plans for the titular second hotel.
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