In the Chennai suburb of Triplicane, there once lived a seamstress called Janaki. People came to her with saris to mend and blouses to stitch. But there was more to the old lady than tailoring.She was the wife of mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan. Ramanujan’s life is brought to the present generation by the biopic “The Man Who Knew Infinity”
Shruti Bhave is an emerging versatile Indian violinist and singer with a base in Indian classical music. But her interests include Western classical, Jazz and folk music. The song was originally sung in the film by Pakistan’s Atif Aslam. Music is by Vishal-Shekhar and the orchestral support is provided by Jullius Packiam.
Saudi Arabia had its first commercial film theater on Wednesday after a gap of 36 years. A red carpet invitation-only gala event attracted senior government officials, foreign dignitaries and select industry figures to watch Marvel’s superhero movie “Black Panther” on a 45-foot screen at a converted symphony concert hall in Riyadh.
Riding on the twin successes of the controversy-ridden Padmaavat and smaller offerings such as Raid and Hichki, Bollywood’s earnings at Rs1,103 crore for the first quarter of 2018 registered an impressive 42% growth over the first quarter of 2017. And this without any film featuring the three Khans, Shah Rukh, Aamir and Salman.
In recent weeks, several Hollywood blockbusters have done better in China than at home, with the latest example being action-adventure flick “Rampage,” which runs on the star power of Dwayne Johnson.“Rampage” debuted on Friday in both markets, earning nearly 350 million yuan ($55.7 million) in China in its first weekend.
Asian rivals India and China have started a new romance on the silver screen. After the run-away success of the sports biopic “Dangal,” last year, Chinese audiences and film distributors have embraced Bollywood’s two-hour, song-and-dance filled offerings with a renewed relish.
The brutal gang rape and murder of the eight-year-old Muslim girl, Asifa Bano, hailing from the nomadic Bakarwal community in the Kathua district of occupied Kashmir and the rape of 17 year old job seeker in Unnao by a law maker have sent shock waves throughout India. Bollywood has also rising to the occasion demanding “Safe India before Clean India.”
Acclaimed Indian actor turned film-maker Nandita Das’ directorial Manto, a biographical on controversial Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto, has made its way to the Un Certain Regard segment of the prestigious 71st Cannes Film Festival. The team is ecstatic. .
Actor-politician Kamal Haasan today appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to quickly set up the Cauvery Water Management Board, telling him that the Center needs to dispel the impression that his government is dragging its feet due to elections in Karnataka and “your interest in it”.
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, who spent the last two nights in Jodhpur Central Jail after being found guilty in a 20-year-old blackbuck poaching case, has been granted bail by a court in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur. Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi, who began hearing his bail request this morning for the second day, announced his decision just after lunch.