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India’s Raja Harschandra seen in London

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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 […]

Vatican Radio closes English SW transmission to Asia

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Vatican Radio closes English SW transmission to Asia

Vatican Radio’s English shortwave (SW) broadcast for Asia has come to an end, with its last transmission going out Friday evening, after nearly 60 years of service. However this does not mean it has disappeared altogether. What ultimately closed on March 24 as Vatican Radio’s English Service for Asia, is however very much alive online […]

‘Controversial who, me?’: Deepa Mehta

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‘Controversial who, me?’: Deepa Mehta

Bombay (Mumbai):  Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta says she does not get bothered anymore about the ‘controversial director’ tag. “As a filmmaker you don’t think this (controversy) might happen. I have been called a controversial filmmaker and perhaps it is right. But at this point in my life I don’t care about it but earlier on […]

Watch out: Sheeran is Coming!

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Watch out: Sheeran is Coming!

Watch out: our favorite British troubadour is heading to Westeros! Come July 17, and we’ll try to spot him in GOT! ‘Shape of You’  singer Ed Sheeran will guest star on the upcoming seventh season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, executive producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss revealed Sunday at a South by Southwest panel […]

Red-faced Tiger authority trains guns on BBC

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Red-faced Tiger authority trains guns on BBC

After a BBC expose on dark doings in the forests of Kaziranga, certain government officials want to hide their embarrassment by calling for the (virtual) expulsion of  on the British Broadcasting Corporation reporter, and a bar on allowing BBC access to ‘protected forests’! It appears that there is a ‘shoot at sight’ policy that allows […]

Prakash Jha rues Film Censors’ narrow outlook

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Prakash Jha rues Film Censors’ narrow outlook

Bombay (Mumbai): Feb 24: Filmmaker Prakash Jha, whose production “Lipstick Under My Burkha” has been denied certificate by censor board, says the film industry will keep facing such troubles till the time “a set of people” have the freedom to censor the content. The film, directed by Alankrita Shrivastava, was denied certification by Central Board […]

‘Every autobiography is a preemptive strike against a future biographer’

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‘Every autobiography is a preemptive strike against a future biographer’

New Delhi: Biographies are an important part of history, and those who attempt writing them have their work cut out, says historian Ramchandra Guha. Biographers should suppress their own egos in favour of the ‘ego’ of the person they are writing about. Arguing that India is an “inhospitable terrain to write biographies”, historian Ramachandra Guha […]

Premchand: a milestone for Hindi-Urdu literature

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Premchand: a milestone for Hindi-Urdu literature

Munshi Premchand is considered ‘the King of Hindi Novelists’, and the first writer to feature realism in Hindi-Urdu literature. Celebrated author Munshi Premchand changed the course of literature in Hindi and Urdu with his “modern perspective” and simple expressions, according to his grandson Alok Rai. Rai, who was speaking in a session titled, “Hindustani Zindagi […]

Playboy brings back Nudes

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Playboy brings back Nudes

Being ‘politically correct’ ain’t good business, these days. The iconic Playboy Magazine, that quintessential aid to fantasy for millions of pimply male adolescents of every age, dropped its nudes. This resulted in  hundreds of its regulars dropping Playboy!Playboy magazine has announced it is bringing back nudity, reversing a decision made last year. The move was announced by […]

Dev Patel makes a mark at Bafta

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Dev Patel makes a mark at Bafta

London: Dev Patel’s surprised reaction after he won the Bafta award in the best supporting actor category for “Lion” was one of the most adorable moments at the ceremony (Feb 13). Patel, 26, also earned a round of applause for warmly crediting his little co-star Sunny Pawar from India as he took the podium to […]

Shout out for Radio

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Shout out for Radio

Sir, 13th February is celebrated as ‘World Radio Day’ by people all over the globe. Started in the year 2012 World Radio Day is in its sixth year. It is recognized as an International Day by the United Nations (UN). Despite being a 100 year old medium, radio continues to be one of the most […]

Karan Johar: Afraid to go out with Another Man

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Karan Johar: Afraid to go out with Another Man

Bombay (Mumbai):Filmmaker Karan Johar has said he is tired of the speculations around his personal life to an extent that he is now “afraid” to go out even with a “man” friend. It’s really tough for a cinema celebrity, being ‘linked’ up, and it gets weird when the paparazzi smells something ‘queer’ about you. The […]

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