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Militant Islam is never Islam: Mahesh Bhatt (Interview)
Militant Islam is never Islam: Mahesh Bhatt (Interview) Bollywood filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, who maintains close cultural links with Pakistan, feels its morale has hit an all-time low with the savage killing of children in Peshawar. On Tuesday Taliban militants attacked an army school and slaughtered 148 people including 132 children, in Pakista

'Coolest' Riteish turns 36, celebs pour in wishes
'Coolest' Riteish turns 36, celebs pour in wishes Actor-producer Riteish Deshmukh turned 36 Wednesday and his friends from the film industry, along with his wife Genelia D'Souza, took to Twitter to wish the birthday boy. Here's what they tweeted for the "Ek Villain" star: Genelia D'Souza: Happy Birthday to the one person who I admire th

'PK', best film with best performance by Aamir: Sachin Tendulkar
'PK', best film with best performance by Aamir: Sachin Tendulkar Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar is floored by Aamir Khan's performance in the film "PK" and says it's the best film that he has ever seen. Sachin was present at a special screening of the film Tuesday hosted by Aamir for him. "The film is superb. I have promised Aamir so I won't disclose m

Aamir's 'PK' rocks, a sure shot winner: Film fraternity
Aamir's 'PK' rocks, a sure shot winner: Film fraternity The magic of the "3 Idiots" team -- actor Aamir Khan, director Rajkumar Hirani and producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra -- seems to be lighting up the otherwise lacklustre year at the Bollywood box office, if reviews by the film fraternity are anything to go by. While Karan Johar calls it a "game

Balachander showing signs of improvement: Actor Vivekh
Balachander showing signs of improvement: Actor Vivekh Actor Vivekh, who visited veteran director K. Balachander Wednesday at a hospital here, said the auteur is showing signs of improvement. Balachander was admitted to Cauvery Hospital here Monday and is being treated for urinary infection. "Just coming out of hospital. Our legendary dir KB

Randeep Hooda experiences social media nightmare
Randeep Hooda experiences social media nightmare Actor Randeep Hooda is said to have been jolted to learn that various fake accounts in his name are floating in cyberspace. He is now reportedly getting his genuine accounts verified. While imposters aren't new to celebrities, what upset Randeep was when he learnt that some of them have

Nagarjuna's son Akhil's debut film launched
Nagarjuna's son Akhil's debut film launched Actor Akkineni Nagarjuna's second son Akhil is making his acting debut in a yet-untitled Telugu film that was officially launched here Wednesday. "On this lovely morning I would like announce that my debut film is on the go. With none other than V.V.VINAYAK! Just got done with a small

Can't host 'Bigg Boss 8' from January 2015: Salman
Can't host 'Bigg Boss 8' from January 2015: Salman Superstar Salman Khan, who has been hosting the reality show "Bigg Boss 8" for the past several seasons, has confirmed that he won't be able to anchor the last four episodes of the show's "Weekend Ka Vaar" due to prior commitments with the makers of film "Bajrangi Bhaijaan". He says film

Never said no to working with Kareena: Shahid Kapoor
Never said no to working with Kareena: Shahid Kapoor Actor Shahid Kapoor, who once dated actress Kareena Kapoor, has said that he has never refused to work with the latter and that he is not sure about her joining the cast of "Udta Punjab". Rumours are abuzz that Shahid and Kareena have been signed for "Udta Punjab" to be helmed by directo

Marriage on Salman Khan's mind for 2015?
Marriage on Salman Khan's mind for 2015? Superstar Salman Khan, who is often called Bollywood's most eligible bachelor, says in the New Year, he'd rather see himself getting married than doing a movie starring the three Khans together. Salman was present at the Big Star Entertainment Awards 2014 in Mumbai Thursday. Here, he

Tisca Chopra has four back-to-back releases in 2015
Tisca Chopra has four back-to-back releases in 2015 Actress Tisca Chopra is kicked about 2015 as she says she has about four back-to-back releases. "Lots of (my) films are coming out in 2015. Atleast four or five films are there that will release back-to-back. I am looking forward to the year," Tisca said here Thursday. The "Taare Zame

Shraddha to spend New Year in Las Vegas with 'ABCD 2' team
Shraddha to spend New Year in Las Vegas with 'ABCD 2' team Actress Shraddha Kapoor, who tasted success with two back-to-back hits - "Ek Villain" and "Haider" - this year, will celebrate the New Year in Las Vegas while shooting for her forthcoming venture "ABCD 2". "I am celebrating New Year in Vegas because we are going to shoot there for 'ABCD

Deposit Rs.10 crore for 'Lingaa' release, court tells producer
Deposit Rs.10 crore for 'Lingaa' release, court tells producer The Madras High Court bench here Thursday allowed the release of superstar Rajinikanth-starrer "Lingaa" Friday on the condition that its producer Rockline Venkatesh deposit Rs.10 crore in the court. According to the order, Rs.5 crore needs to be submitted in cash and the rest in bank gua

Actress Radhika Apte to host dance camp
Actress Radhika Apte to host dance camp Actress Radhika Apte, who is a passionate dancer and a graduate from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, is planning to organise a summer camp for dance enthusiasts here. The actress, who has acted in movies like “Shor in the City”, “Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi!” a

Modi tweets Tamil birthday wishes to Rajinikanth
Modi tweets Tamil birthday wishes to Rajinikanth Narendra Modi has sent out birthday wishes in Tamil to cinestar Rajinikant, who turned 64 Friday. The prime minister wished the "legendary" artist a long life. Modi took to Twitter to reach out to the cinema czar on the special day, when his film "Lingaa" also hit the screen. "On his

Mani Ratnam's 'Okay Kanmani' nearing completion
Mani Ratnam's 'Okay Kanmani' nearing completion Filmmaker Mani Ratnam seemed to have shot upcoming Tamil romantic-drama "Okay Kanmani" at such a breakneck speed that it's almost complete. It is touted to be his quickest project. The film's shooting started in October. The film's cinematographer P.C. Sreeram recently tweeted: "Travelli

Junior NTR bereaved, 'Temper' shoot halted
Junior NTR bereaved, 'Temper' shoot halted The shooting of Telugu actioner "Temper" has been put on hold after the sudden demise of Junior Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao's brother Janakiram. Junior NTR is going through a mourning period. "NTR was devastated by the passing away of his brother. Therefore, the film's producer decided to

RGV's next based on a chapter from 'Rakht Charitra'
RGV's next based on a chapter from 'Rakht Charitra' Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma's next Telugu film "Spot" will be based on a chapter from his own 2010 film "Rakht Charitra". On his YouTube page, RGV revealed in a video that "Spot" is a Telugu colloquial term used for murder plan by factionists. "I will never forget the incidents I came acro

I'll produce films with other actors too: Nikitha Reddy
I'll produce films with other actors too: Nikitha Reddy Producer Nikitha Reddy says she's only produced films starring her brother Nithiin Reddy so far because she's learning the ropes of production. With time, she also plans to produce films with other actors as well. Nikitha is currently producing Telugu romantic-comedy "Chinnadana Neeko

Rajinikanth files caveat application in 'Lingaa' case
Rajinikanth files caveat application in 'Lingaa' case Superstar Rajinikanth Monday filed a caveat application here to prevent the Madras High Court bench from passing any interim order in the "Lingaa" case without hearing his stand. He filed the application anticipating a writ appeal by aspiring filmmaker K.R. Ravi Rathinam, who had alleged

Romancing Sonakshi was challenging: Rajinikanth
Romancing Sonakshi was challenging: Rajinikanth Superstar Rajinikanth Monday said romancing Sonakshi Sinha in his forthcoming Tamil action movie "Lingaa" was a challenge. Rajinikanth said he didn't feel so nervous even on the first time he faced the camera as much as he did when asked to shoot duets with Sonakshi. "The worst punish

Nagarjuna lauds comedian Srinivas's short film 'Swachh Bharat'
Nagarjuna lauds comedian Srinivas's short film 'Swachh Bharat' Actor Akkineni Nagarjuna, who was chosen as one of the ambassadors of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, has appreciated a short film made by Telugu comedian Ambati Srinivas on the campaign. "When I told Nagarjuna sir that I made a short film called 'Swachh Bharat', h

Being appreciated by Rajinikanth means a lot: Karunakaran
Being appreciated by Rajinikanth means a lot: Karunakaran Actor Karunakaran, who has teamed up with superstar Rajinikanth for the first time in forthcoming Tamil actioner "Lingaa", says he was touched when the latter showered rare appreciation upon meeting him on sets. "I remember it was my first day on the sets of 'Lingaa'. Director K.S. Ravi

My husband encouraged me to get into films: Anasuya
My husband encouraged me to get into films: Anasuya Television anchor and actress Anasuya Bharadwaj, who is finally making her cinematic debut with a yet-untitled Telugu thriller, says had it not been the support of her husband, she would not have entered films. "I'm lucky to have a very understanding husband. Had he not backed me, I woul

Yuvan Shankar Raja, Illayaraja to perform together
Yuvan Shankar Raja, Illayaraja to perform together Southern composer Yuvan Shankar Raja is set to perform live here Jan 17, 2015 on the festive occasion of Pongal. He will be joined by his father and music maestro Illayaraja along with a host of popular playback singers. "Yuvan Shankar Raja, the little maestro is all set to woo his audie

No qualms in playing village-based roles: Anandhi
No qualms in playing village-based roles: Anandhi Actress Anandhi, who will next be seen in forthcoming Tamil romantic-drama "Kayala", says she has no fear of taking up a village-based role because she gives prime importance to the script and performance. In "Kayala", which is set against the backdrop of the 2004 tsunami, Anandhi pla

Enjoyed working with sons in 'Aivaraattam': Jayaprakash
Enjoyed working with sons in 'Aivaraattam': Jayaprakash Popular actor Jayaprakash, who will be seen sharing the screen space with his sons - Niranjan and Dushyanth - in upcoming Tamil sports drama "Aivaraattam", says he thoroughly enjoyed working with them. "It was the director's idea to cast both my sons in the film. I'm surprised by the kin

Tamil movie 'Jumbo 3D' cast boasts over 100 Japanese actors
Tamil movie 'Jumbo 3D' cast boasts over 100 Japanese actors Upcoming Tamil drama "Jumbo 3D", which is being made in collaboration with a Japanese producer, will feature over 100 Japanese actors, according to its directors Hari Shankar and Hareesh Narayan. The film is jointly produced by K. Hari and Japanese producer K. Okida. "Shot in some of the

Music always my first love: G.V. Prakash Kumar
Music always my first love: G.V. Prakash Kumar Southern composer G.V Prakash Kumar, who recently turned actor with Tamil horror comedy "Darling" , says that music will always be his first love and it won't take a backseat due to his acting commitments. "Acting won't stop me from composing. In fact, I have over half a dozen films to c

Unusual screenplay will be highlight of 'Kalam'
Unusual screenplay will be highlight of 'Kalam' Debut director Robert Raj says the unusual screenplay of upcoming Tamil suspense thriller "Kalam", which is set against the backdrop of a house, will be one of its highlights. "The unusual pattern of the screenplay will be one of the highlights audiences can look forward to in the film,"

Kannada remake of 'Mirchi' strikes gold
Kannada remake of 'Mirchi' strikes gold Kiccha Sudeep-starrer "Maanikya", the Kannada remake of recent Telugu blockbuster "Mirchi", has minted Rs.14 crore on its opening weekend. The movie released May 1 in the state. It is expected to register the highest first week opening in the language in recent times, predicts a trade an

Pawan Kumar: Pay only if you like content
Pawan Kumar: Pay only if you like content Filmmaker Pawan Kumar, who rose to prominence with his Kannada independent film "Lucia", is testing the waters with an alternative distribution system where the audience will pay for a film only if they like the content. "How do we know if what we are paying for is worth the money? As an

Say 'no' to dubbing, rues Kannada film industry
Say 'no' to dubbing, rues Kannada film industry Under the tutelage of leading actors such as Shivrajkumar and Kiccha Sudeep and activist Vatal Nagaraj, the Kannada film industry staged a rally here against the release of dubbed films in the state. "By releasing other language films and serials dubbed in Kannada, we are sidelining the

Kannada actor Raghavendra recovering from blood clot
Kannada actor Raghavendra recovering from blood clot Kannada actor-producer Raghavendra Rajkumar is recuperating in a private hospital here after emergent surgery conducted to remove a blood clot in his brain, a hospital spokesman said Thursday. "The actor is responding to treatment and feeling better than yesterday (Wednesday - when the

Kamal Haasan writing script for Ramesh Aravind's movie
Kamal Haasan writing script for Ramesh Aravind's movie Kannada actor-director Ramesh Aravind, who is directing "Uthama Villain", says that Kamal Haasan is not only playing the lead, but also writing the script of his movie. The film will go on floors in November. "The current working title is 'Uthama Villain', we are working on the scri

Varalaxmi Sarathkumar for Kannada remake of 'Mirchi'
Varalaxmi Sarathkumar for Kannada remake of 'Mirchi' Tamil actress Varalaxmi Sarathkumar has been roped in to pair with superstar Kiccha Sudeep in the untitled Kannada remake of Telugu blockbuster "Mirchi", which went on floors recently. "We have roped in Varalaxmi to play one of the heroines in the film. We are on the lookout for the res

Ramya, Karnataka's first actress in Lok Sabha
Ramya, Karnataka's first actress in Lok Sabha Ramya, who was Saturday elected to Lok Sabha from Mandya constituency in Karnataka, is the first female actor from the state to enter parliament. Fielded by the ruling Congress, she defeated C.S. Puttaraju of Janata Dal-Secular in the bypoll held Aug 21. Mandya is about 80 kms from Bang

Congress fields actress Ramya for Karnataka LS bypoll
Congress fields actress Ramya for Karnataka LS bypoll Popular Kannada film actor Ramya Saturday filed nomination papers as the Congress candidate for the Aug 21 bypoll to Mandya Lok Sabha seat from Karnataka. She is pitted against former legislator C. S. Puttaraju of Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S), who filed his papers Friday. Mandya is about 8

Sai Kumar wants to continue 'Police Story' franchise
Sai Kumar wants to continue 'Police Story' franchise His unforgettable role as police officer Agni in Kannada action-drama "Police Story" catapulted him to star status, and now southern actor Sai Kumar Pudipeddi, is keen to begin work on the third part in the series. "I've been thinking of starting work on 'Police Story 3', but nothing has

Young Kannada actor Hemanth dead
Young Kannada actor Hemanth dead Kannada actor Hemanth, seen in his debut film "Nenapinangala", died of a heart attack at a private hospital here Wednesday, a family friend said. He was 27. "He complained of chest pain last evening when he was working out in a gym. He was rushed to M.S. Ramaiah Hospital where he underw

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