Karan Johar’s memoir portrays Bollywood’s darker side

Karan Johar’s memoir portrays Bollywood’s darker side

Mumbai, January 16 (IANS): The much-anticipated memoir of filmmaker Karan Johar has been creating waves on social media after chapters describing his fallout with actress Kajol were leaked on Twitter — and for candid talk about his sexual orientation. But contrary to the initial reports as well as expectations, An Unsuitable Boy is much more than just the narrative of a fallout....

Just In: Listen to Atif Aslam’s single Pehli Dafa with Ileana D’Cruz

Just In: Listen to Atif Aslam’s single Pehli Dafa with Ileana D’Cruz

Like Fawad and Mahira Khan hopped across the border for Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Raees, Indian artistes have also been collaborating with their Pakistani counterparts. The latest star to collaborate is none other than Bollywood startlet Ileana D’Cruz. Previously, pictures of Ileana and singer Atif Aslam shooting in Turkey made rounds on the internet, leaving fans speculating what they had been up to. Well, the wait...

Cleansing Bollywood of raunchy songs and dances

Cleansing Bollywood of raunchy songs and dances

Mumbai, January 1 (Reuters): A women’s rights organization is asking movie-mad Indians to rewrite sexist Bollywood songs, the latest attempt in drawing attention to gender stereotyping and misogyny portrayed by the country’s influential film industry. Akshara Centre’s ‘Gaana (Song) Rewrite’ competition, launched earlier this month, invites people to change the lyrics to any Bollywood film song they find sexist. The...

Three month ban on Bollywood cost Pakistani showbiz US$ 57 million

Three month ban on Bollywood cost Pakistani showbiz US$ 57 million

Umair Alavi/Dawn The outgoing year has not been kind to Pakistani cinema. In the latter half of this year, cinema owners’ refusal to screen Bollywood films because of the rising tensions between Pakistan and India, resulted in a massive loss of revenue. By the cinema owners’ own estimates, they lost about 600 million rupees (US$ 57.2 million) over the three...

Travails of a Pakistani wanting to make a film on Muslim-Hindu love marriage

Travails of a Pakistani wanting to make a film on Muslim-Hindu love marriage

Muslim-Hindu love stories are complicated. Even when you simply want to tell the story, writes Mehreen Hasan in Dawn. Just ask writer/director Hamza Bangash, whose attempts to fund his short film Rang Raaz were met with refusal after refusal in Pakistan. "We had approached some pretty prominent people in Pakistan who had vested interests in having a story about minorities told," Hamza,...

Regular screening of Bollywood movies in Pakistan will take time

Regular screening of Bollywood movies in Pakistan will take time

Islamabad, December 23 (Dawn): Although cinemas have decided to start screening already released Indian movies and Freaky Ali featuring Nawazuddin Siddiqui is being shown, it may take a long time for newer Indian movies to be screened. The owner of Cineplex at Centaurus, Nadeem Mandviwala, said the ball is currently on the other side of the border, but there were...

Pakistan to lift ban on Indian movies – to support Indian cinema

Pakistan to lift ban on Indian movies – to support Indian cinema

Pakistan, Dec 18 - Cinemas in Pakistan will start screening Indian movies from December 19, DawnNews reported on Sunday. The cinema houses' owners said that they had only suspended the screening of Indian films but had not completely banned them. "The suspension that was in place will be lifted on December 19," confirmed Nadeem Mandviwala of Atrium cinemas. He added...

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