At the commencement of 2008, a few people had opined that there would be a scarcity of new releases in the months to come. A clear picture vis-à-vis the flow of releases can never be ascertained at the very commencement of the year, since a producer has to keep a lot of factors in mind before he locks the release date. Also, he has to consult his distributors/financiers before he decides on a date.
Filmmaker Karan Johar is breaking away from larger-than-life family soaps and fairytale romances. For a change, he will make a reality movie about terrorism called "Khan" without songs. The movie will star Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol.
Pakistan lifted the ban on exhibition of Indian movies early this month and Firoz Nadiadwala's "Welcome" was the first Bollywood movie to be "officially" released in Pakistan. And now "Khuda Ke Liye," in which actor Naseeruddin Shah plays a major role, is also going to be "officially" released in India March 28 for the first time
GANDHI MY FATHER, the much acclaimed film by producer Anil Kapoor and director Feroz Abbas Khan, is going international. Not many are aware that the film was shot in two versions -- Hindi and English. While the Hindi version had a theatrical release last year, the English version will release more than a year after the Hindi version hit the screens -- in October this year, to be precise.
For a Bollywood follower, the name Kunal Shivdasani may sound a little unfamiliar. But quiz an industry insider and you would realize that Kunal is a man behind close to 300 commercials as a director for some of the most notable brands in the country. With close to 20 years of experience behind him, the 35 year old (yes, you read it right) director is now making an obvious transition to the world of movies with Shiney Ahuja starrer Hijack.
Sometime back, there were reports that director duo Abbas-Mustan were planning to put direction on hold temporarily, since they plan to concentrate on film production after having announced a slew of movies.
Before we knew it Nikhil Advani has gone and completed an animation film about five animals from the jungle seeking an audience with politicians in Delhi. The film's title is Ab Dilli Door Nahin. Just one hitch. The title belongs to R.K. Films.
High-octane action drama once again became the top draw at the 80th Annual Academy awards with crime-thriller "No Country for Old Men" winning four Oscars.
Undeterred by the not-too-encouraging box office verdict of its latest offering "Jodhaa Akbar", UTV has lined up 19 movies for release this year.
Inspired by Aamir Khan's box-office hit "Taare Zameen Par", the Chandigarh administration has decided to start a course to sensitise and train teachers in dealing with children with special abilities.