Scarlett exits role, says it should be played by TG actor

Scarlett exits role, says it should be played by TG actor

Los Angeles, Jul 14 : Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson has dropped out of a role in which she was going to play a transgender man, in support of actors from the LGBT community. The actor exited the drama film “Rub and Tug” a little more than a week after her casting sparked heartburn and questions […]

Govt silent on CBFC committee recommendations

Govt silent on CBFC committee recommendations

Mumbai :Veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal, who headed a committee to take a holistic look at the functioning of the controversy-ridden CBFC, says he is surprised that the government has not yet to responded to the recommendations made by them. “We haven’t heard from the government at all. I am waiting when they will take a […]

How films direct homophobia onto school kids

How films direct homophobia onto school kids

The 2005 Malayalam film Chanthupottu showed the central character played by Dileep as a “cross dresser,” a man who developed feminine gestures because his grandmother raised him like a girl. And ultimately, he discovers his ‘masculine self.’ The film went on to win Dileep the Special Jury award at the Kerala State Film Awards that […]

India’s Raja Harschandra seen in London

India’s Raja Harschandra seen in London

London: Raja Harischandra was spotted in the British capital!A rare screening of what is regarded as the first ‘fully Indian’  full-length feature film: Dadasaheb Phalke’s “Raja Harishchandra”, was organised at London’s British Film Institute (BFI), in Southbank. A S Rajan, Minister Co-ordination, Indian High Commission, who was the chief guest at the event, said that […]

Gay themed Moonlight wins Best Oscar Flick

Gay themed Moonlight wins Best Oscar Flick

Moonlight has won best picture at the Oscars – but only after an error saw La La Land initially declared the winner. Moonlight is a film about the coming-of-age of a gay, black man The La La Land producers were in the middle of their acceptance speeches when the mistake was discovered. PriceWaterhouseCooper, the accountancy […]

Dear Zindagi Intrigues

Dear Zindagi Intrigues

There is something intriguing about art films. They almost always strike the right chord. The last one for me was ‘Kapoor & Sons’ which I saw a few days back, it made me realise that each one of us has downsides and we should try to be accepting. This time it’s ‘Dear Zindagi’ which apprised […]

Kerala Film kicks off Bihar Regional Film Fest

Kerala Film kicks off Bihar Regional Film Fest

From Tuesday, (Nov 15) the Bihar State Film Development and Finance Corporation (BSFDFC) hosts a six-day film Regional Film Festival at Rabindra Bhavan, Patna. More than 16 films in Bengali, Marathi, Odia, Malayali, Punjabi and Rajasthani  will be shown, said Ganga Kumar, the managing director of BSFDFC. Actors, directors, singers and other artistes will attend […]

Piracy, lack of screens plague Indian film industry

Piracy, lack of screens plague Indian film industry

Though the number of films that hit the ₹100-crore mark is increasing, piracy, low penetration of quality exhibition infrastructure in Tier-II and Tier-II cities is hindering the growth of the industry. Piracy is eating away the vitals, with the film industry losing ₹19,000 crore annually. A latest Deloitte report on the industry said that over […]

The Boy who kept his Mom alive with funny voices

The Boy who kept his Mom alive with funny voices

Gene Wilder is no more. His performances combined sentimentality, comedy and suppressed rage, often veering between idiocy and apoplexy.   Gene Wilder died holding hands with his family while listening to Somewhere Over the Rainbow… after Alzheimer’s battle which he kept secret from fans so he wouldn’t upset them. Gene Wilder died aged 83 at […]

Mother Teresa International Film Festival from next month

Mother Teresa International Film Festival from next month

Meghalaya will host a 4-day film festival titled ‘Mother Teresa International Film Festival (MTIFF)’ based on the life and teachings of noble laureate Mother Teresa from September 6 to 9 in Shillong. To be organized by the SIGNIS : the World Catholic Association for Communication’s as a mark of the canonization of Mother Teresa, the […]

Bhutan’s best known film-maker is also a high ranking Master

Bhutan’s best known film-maker is also a high ranking Master

Khyentse Norbu is an iconic figure in Bhutan. Bhutanese Lama and internationally acclaimed film director’s latest film ‘Hema Hema: Sing me a song while I wait, premiered in Switzerland recently. It is Norbu’s  fourth feature. The monk’s association with film began during the Bhutan shoot for Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1993 film “Little Buddha.” Norbu at the […]

WDC South Asian Film Festival

WDC South Asian Film Festival

Patna: Come September, and the  fifth annual Washington DC South Asian Film Festival will kick off. Indo-Canadian director-scriptwriter Deepa Mehta is expected to inaugurate the event. Other eminent film personalities expected to attend are director Jeffrey Brown, actress Seema Biswas, actor Rajit Kapur, Rati Agnihotri, Palomi Ghosh, and Pakistani actress Amna Ilyas and Pakistani director […]