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Prateik believes in hard work

Prateik believes in hard work
New Delhi, Aug 21: He has tasted both success and failure and Prateik, currently busy with producer Shailesh Singh's psychological thriller "Rum Pum Posh", believes in giving his best to his craft without worrying about box office numbers.

"I believe in working hard and giving my best shot. My films do well at the box office or no, that's not in my hands. I always take criticism in a positive way and try to give my best," Prateik, best known for films like "Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na" (2008) and "Dhobi Ghat" (2011), told Ians.

His previous films like "My Friend Pinto" (2011) and "Ekk Deewana Tha" (2012) were not a big success and his last release, director Manish Tiwary's "Issaq", a modern adaptation of William Shakespeare's.
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Manish Tiwary: With Issaq, Prateik will make his mark : Trade News

After an unflattering response to Ekk Deewana Tha, Prateik returns to the big screen with Issaq. The film is directed by Manish Tiwary who is himself returning after a hiatus. The director of critically acclaimed Dil Dosti Etc had roped in Prateik when he was hot and rising with Dhobi Ghat, Aarakshan and Dum Maaro Dum in his kitty. However when his solo releases My Friend Pinto and Ekk Deewana Tha bombed, one wondered whether that had turned out to be a spanner Read More...
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Manish Tiwary: Never lost faith in Prateik

After an unflattering response to Ekk Deewana Tha, Prateik returns to the big screen with Issaq. The film is directed by Manish Tiwary who is himself returning after a hiatus. The director of critically acclaimed Dil Dosti Etc had roped in Prateik when he was hot and rising with Dhobi Ghat, Aarakshan and Dum Maaro Dum in his kitty. However when his solo releases My Friend Pinto and Ekk Deewana Tha bombed, one wondered whether that had turned out to be a spanner in the plans for Is
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Prateik hopes 'Issaq' proves to be his turning point

Prateik hopes 'Issaq' proves to be his turning point
Mumbai, July 13: Actor Prateik believes that the much-awaited turning point of his life can come with his upcoming release "Issaq".

"Turning point of my life hasn't come yet. If you (audience) help me, then that turning point will come with 'Issaq'," the 26-year-old said while addressing a young crowd at a college here Friday.

Prateik, who has earlier featured in films like "Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na", "My Friend Pinto", "Aarakshan" and "Ekk Deewana Tha", was there to promote the film.

After the superhit "Raanjhanaa", "Issaq" is also based in Benaras, and Prateik says it is perhaps the flavour of the season. But he insists.
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Hindi Mood at Marrakech International Film Festival 2012

Hindi Mood at Marrakech International Film Festival 2012
The 12th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival has organised a special section “Hindi Mood for Marrakech” this year to mark the centenary year of Indian cinema. Some of the Hindi films to be screened are Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Barfi!, English Vinglish, Don and Don 2.

An outdoor screening of selected films from Bollywood will be organised at the Jemaa el Fna square, each evening of the festival.

A delegation of Indian actors, directors and producers, lead by Amitabh Bachchan has been invited to attend a tribute ceremony on Saturday, December 1, 2012.

The festival will run from 30th November – 8th December, 2012.

Films to be screened under ‘Hindi Mood for Marrakech’:

Yash Chopra:

Jab Tak Hai Jaan

Amitabh Bachchan | Actor

Black by Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (Happiness & Tears) by Karan Johar

Agneepath by Mukul Anand

Silsila by Yash Chopra

Deewar by
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Kalki Koechlin talks about criticism in the industry

Kalki Koechlin talks about criticism in the industry
New Delhi, Nov 12: Actress Kalki Koechlin(of Dev D, Shaitan and That Girl In Yellow Boots fame) has recently spoken to the media where she talks about her upcoming films and how does she handle criticism from so called critics. She tasted success with Zoya Akhtar's 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' bub her last couple of movies like 'My Friend Pinto and Shanghai failed miserably at the box office and she was heavily criticized for that.

Ask her how she handles all this criticism she says, "I think criticism is something that comes with a territory. Anyone who complains about that, is silly. When you are out there doing anything, you are going to be criticized.
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Vikram Bhatts next on medical profession titled The Ankur Arora Medical Case

Vikram Bhatts next on medical profession titled The Ankur Arora Medical Case
Getting out of his comfort zone of erotic-horror, Vikram Bhatt is all set to rip open and expose the fatal flaws in the medical profession. His next film tentatively titled The Ankur Arora Medical Case which goes on the floors post-monsoon would take up the very urgent and disturbing issue of death during surgery. Inspired by a real-life case of a well-to-do entrepreneur's sudden demise while being operated on, the film will take story from the operation theatre to the courtroom as an eminent surgeon played by K K Menon will be put on the dock and tried for murder. Reluctant to reveal too many details about what he calls his most conscientious film till date, Vikram Bhatt says, "I'm deeply disturbed by the spate of deaths due to medical negligence. We presume only the poor die due to medical negligence. Not so. The rich who can afford the best
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Director Faiza Ahmad Khan talks in-depth about the Supermen of Malegaon

I don’t usually begin interviews with a synopsis and a trailer, but for this one I think I must, to give you an idea about what Faiza Ahmad Khan’s Supermen of Malegaon is all about.

Malegaon, a small town tucked away near the heart of India geographically, is fraught with communal tension and under economic depression. To escape the harsh reality of their world, its people seek refuge in the fantastical world of cinema.

This passion for cinema has spurred a group of cinema enthusiasts to make their own films-quirky, low budget, socially aware and notoriously funny spoofs of Bollywood films. Their ambition has grown and now they are ready to take on Hollywood and Superman.

We follow them on this journey. At times funny, tragic, contemplative. Always warm and engaging. And as the film begins to take shape, through schemes and approaches that are sublimely ingenious, simply bizarre and purely hysterical,
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Supermen of Malegaon winner of 15 awards at Film Festivals now up for theatrical release

After successful screenings at festivals across the globe, Supermen of Malegaon is slated for theatrical release in India on June 29, 2012. The film has had an extraordinary journey since the idea was first mooted but its biggest hurdle was securing a theatrical release in India, which has now been achieved.

Supermen of Malegaon is a documentary that captures a motley bunch of cinema fanatics in Malegaon, Maharashtra who remake Bollywood and Hollywood films on miniscule budgets, which they shoot, star in and screen for their local audience in Malegaon. This time, they take on the challenge of making Superman. The film follows them on this journey-at times funny, tragic and contemplative.

Supermen of Malegaon took off when Director Faiza Ahmad Khan, along with co-producer Gargey Trivedi & Siddharth Thakur, won the Asian Pitch in Singapore. The Asian Pitch is organised by Mediacorp in Singapore, Nhk in Japan and Kbs in South Korea.
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Ringing in Bollywood’s worst with Ghanta Awards

If industry trade statistics are to be believed, for every single good film that is made, there are 10 other bad ones that release week after week. For anyone familiar with the Razzies concept of Hollywood, the ‘Ghanta Awards’ (‘ghanta’ being the slang for ‘rubbish’) is its desi version to celebrate and recognize the worst that Bollywood offers in terms of films, actors, technicians among some other categories.

In its second year, the awards function was held over the weekend to a packed house. Those who could not attend had the option of watching its online live stream (something that none of the bigger awards have been able to achieve yet). While invites were sent out to all the nominees, Sonam Kapoor was the lone celeb attendee, went sportingly on the stage to collect her award confessing “Thank you so much! I finally won an award!”.

Keeping Sonam company in the audience was photographer Atul Kasbekar,
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Yes Sunidhi and I are getting married in April - Hitesh Sonik

"First I was her fan, now I'm going to her husband," says Sunidhi Chauhan's bridegroom-to-be musician Hitesh Sonik. Shy, reserved, hugely talented musician Hitesh Sonik says he will be marrying singer Sunidhi Chauhan this April. He has known Sunidhi for 15 years. "She was a little more than a child when she won the Meri Awaz Suno music contest on television. That's when we became friends. Gradually over the years as she grew into a fine singer, our friendship grew into love," says Hitesh softly. He is actually the grand-nephew of the well-known music composer Sonik of the Sonik-Omi pair in the 1960s and 70s. Says Hitesh proudly, "My grand-uncle Sonik was blind since birth. He first struggled to establish himself as a singer. Then when he lost his voice he got together with his nephew to form the successful Sonik-Omi composing duo who gave us
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I love going back to theatre: Kalki - Realbollywood.com News

I love going back to theatre: Kalki - Realbollywood.com News
New Delhi, March 14: When she is not busy shooting films, actress Kalki Koechlin goes back to her first love - theatre.

"I love theatre, and as long as I have time. It's great to be able to go back to it and give time to it," Kalki told Ians. "I am happy doing theatre, and it's been film after film for a while...so it's nice to get back to theatre, it's a welcome break," she added.

The Indian actress of French descent has studied theatre and featured in several plays before trying her luck in Bollywood.

She landed a role in Anurag Kashyap's 2009 film "Dev D" and went on to feature in films like "Shaitan", "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara", "That Girl in Yellow Boots" and "My Friend Pinto".

She will next be seen.
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Sunidhi Chauhan to marry again next month

Sunidhi Chauhan to marry again next month
Noted singer Sunidhi Chauhan has set her mind to marry again. After a failed marriage with choreographer Bobby Khan, brother of choreographer and director Ahmed Khan, Sunidhi has decided to start her life in a new way with her new found love Hitesh Soni whom she met few months back. Hitesh is a budding music composer and composed music for films ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’, Stanley Ka Dhaba’ and ‘My Friend Pinto. Though Sunidhi always maintained a dignified marriage about her troubled marriage, she confirmed that she will tie the knot with Hitesh, "Yes it is true and we will be getting married very soon but we are ye...
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Sunidhi Chauhan to marry Hitesh Sonik

Sunidhi Chauhan to marry Hitesh Sonik
Seems like its wedding season in Bollywood... post Riteish- Genelia and Sachiin-Urvashi's weddings, its singer Sunidhi Chauhan who will be tying the knot. Sunidhi is all set to tie the knot with music director Hitesh Sonik, who has composed music for films like Pyaar Ka Punchnama, My Friend Pinto and Stanley Ka Dabba. This will be Sunidhi's second marriage after her first with Bobby Khan, Ahmed Khan's brother.

Sunidhi and Hitesh have been dating for over a year now and are expected to solemnize their relationship sometime next month in Mumbai.
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Arjun Mathur recalls National Award winning I Am's struggle!

Arjun Mathur belongs to a rare breed of actors who prefer quality over quantity. His brief resume boasts of films like Barah Aana, My Name Is Khan, I Am and My Friend Pinto. With Onir's I Am winning the National Award, we decided to get the views of Arjun, who dared to be different and essayed a pivotal role in the film. A quite overwhelmed Arjun reminisces, "Well, I feel great today. I remember my first meeting with Onir in Aram Nagar. As you know I did a very bold role i
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Ordinary start for Deewana, 30 crore plus for Emaet!

Actor Prateik made a great debut with Abbas Tyrewala's Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na. He was again appreciated for his role in Dhobi Ghaat. Incidentally both the films were from the Aamir Khan banner. His last solo release, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's My Friend Pinto, sank without a trace, though Prateik made his views public that the film did not reach the target audience. While that is history his latest solo release, Ekk Deewana Tha, has been extensively promoted, and additionally ha
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Prateik: Ekk Deewana Tha is not larger-than-life

Prateik has been a part of some prominent films of Bollywood like Aamir's Jaane Tu Yaa Jaane Na and Dhobi Ghat, Prakash Jha's Aarakshan, Rohan Sippy's Dum Maaro Dum, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's production My Friend Pinto. However, he's quite proud to have done a simple and sweet film like Ekk Deewana Tha.Ask Prateik what attracted him to do Ekk Deewana Tha after being a part of cream projects and he says, "The most amazing part about Ekk Deewana Tha is that it is not larger-than-l
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Best Actresses of 2011

For admirers of films with prominent female roles, 2011 has certainly not been the best year for quality or choice. Actors have ruled the screen with substantial hero films like Ra. One, Ready and in the case of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, three major hero roles. The silence from the actresses corner has been so much that we at BollySpice have decided to bring the countdown from our usual ten down to five to adequately represent the performances throughout the year. Though it was quiet on the leading lady front in terms of roles, these five ladies gave performances that had to be singled out. See who impressed us in 2011!

5. Kalki Koechlin

Kalki Koechlin may be a surprise and unconventional addition to the list for some readers, but in 2011 she managed to pull off strong performances without the super celebrity tag that some of her contemporaries hold. She had quite a year with four different films,
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Best Actors of 2011

2011 was definitely a stellar year for acting where Salman ruled the box office with his biceps, where bromance was front and centre on road trips, and where we were introduced to various rockers. It was also the year for ensemble casts where male bonding came first alongside the buff fighting machines provided by the Southie remakes. It was a year of transition as well, where indie films rose up and featured fabulous acting and where the publicity machine for the biggies went into overdrive with lacklustre results. All through this, these actors all brought searing, novel, and dedication to their roles which offered them a chance to prove their mettle. Here’s to some of the men that entertained us over the year:

10. Salman KhanReady/Bodyguard

Let’s face it, Salman has made his place in cinema history. We finally have a meta-hero who sends up his image in
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Top 10 Female Playback Singers of 2011

Our leading ladies and item girls will be nowhere near half as attractive without the talented singers that voice their musical numbers. What’s more, while our cinematic experiences with our on-screen goddesses have a time limit, our playback goddesses are always with us in iPods, tablets, computers, radios and more. This year Bollyspice salutes the 10 female playback singers who astounded us with their vocals throughout the year.

10. Neha Bhasin

Ms, Bhasin (of ‘Viva!’ and ‘Kuch Khaas’ (Fashion) fame) epitomised the image of a Punjabi rock chick and commanded a nation to rock and roll with her in ‘Dhunki’ (Mere Brother Ki Dulhan).While Katrina Kaif may/may not have done justice to her vocalisations, Neha sure did make a place for herself in our hearts and on this list.

9. Nandani Srikar

Ms. Srikar successfully vocalised a classical indian/rock fusion with ‘Bhare Naina’ (Ra.One) this year and proved that
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