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Yash Raj Films Annouces Y-Films Release

Yash Raj Films have announced May 6th 2011 as the release date for the first film from their new youth films division Y Films.

Y Films Productions is a division from Yashraj that will make small and medium budget films which cater to the Youth.


Aamir Khan Will Play A Baddie In Dhoom 3

All speculation that Aamir Khan will be playing the villain in YRF’s Dhoom 3 can be put to rest; the superstar signed on the dotted line last night.

Aamir will play a full-on baddie in the third installment of the Dhoom franchise, which was essayed by John Abraham and Hrithik Roshan in the first and the second part respectively. The film will also star Dhoom regulars, Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra.

Aamir took the decision after a long meeting on Monday night with Yash Chopra and Aditya Chopra at his Bandra residence. Says a source, “Last year in June, Aamir had met YRF scion Aditya Chopra, who had given Aamir an idea of how he envisaged him in Dhoom 3. Aamir had liked what he heard.

A detailed script narration took place thereafter on August 13 last year. After that, Aamir mulled if he should do the role or not. But then, Aamir always takes time to commit. And once he does, you know that he lives up to the expectations.”

Adds the source, “Aamir will have a very stylized look in the film. Aditya and Aamir have started working on the look.”

When contacted, Aamir however said that he knew from the word ‘go’ that he knew that he was doing Dhoom 3. “The Dhoom franchise is a super entertainer. But you know what? I could never imagine myself in it.
But it all changed when I heard the script. It’s a fabulous script and when I heard it, I was blown away,” said Aamir.

Added the superstar, “Soon, I start shooting for Reema Kagti’s film. Earlier, I worked with YRF in Fanaa. Dhoom 3 will be my second assignment with them. And the pleasure is all mine.” Dhoom 3 is slated to release around X’Mas 2012. Victor Acharya, who wrote Dhoom and Dhoom 2 and also directed Tashan, will direct the film.

Filmfare Awards – Winners

1.Best Actor Popular Category – Shah Rukh Khan (My Name Is Khan)

2.Best Actress Popular Category – Kajol (My Name Is Khan)

3.Best Actor Male (Critics) – Rishi Kapoor

4.Best Actor Female (Critics) – Vidya Balan

5. Best Film (Critics) – Udaan/Best Film [Popular]-Dabangg

6. Best Debut Director – Maneesh Sharma (Band Baaja Baraat

7. Best Sensational Debut Male – Ranveer Singh (Band Bajaa Baaraat)

8.Best Sensational Debut Female – Sonakshi Sinha (Dabangg)

9. Best Playback Singer (Female) – Mamta Sharma (Munni Badnaam) and Sunidhi Chauhan (Sheila Ki Jawaani)

10. Best Playback Singer (Male) – Rahat Fateh Ali Khan (Dil toh baccha hai ji)

11. Best Actor In a Supporting Role (Male) – Ronit Roy (Udaan)

12. Best Actor In a Supporting Role (Female) – Kareena Kapoor (We Are Family)

13. Best Story – Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane (Udaan)

14. Best Sound Design – Kunal Sharma (Udaan) and Pritam Das (Love,Sex aur Dhokha)

15. Best Screenplay – Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap (Udaan)

16. Best Editing – Namrata Rao (Love,Sex aur Dhokha)

17.Best Dialogue – Habib Faisal (Band Baaja Baaraat)

18.Best Costume – Varsha Shilpa (Do Dooni Chaar)

19. Best Cinematography – Mahendra Shetty (Udaan)

20. Best Background Score – Amit Trivedi (Udaan)

21. Best Director- Karn Johar[MNIK]

22. Best Sound Design:Pritam Das – Love Sex Aur Dhokha and Kunal Sharma – Udaan

23.Best Production Design-Mukund Gupta – Do Dooni Chaar

24.R. D. Burman Music Award-Sneha Khanwalkar – Love Sex Aur Dhokha

25.Sony Best Scene Of The Year-Golmaal 3

26.Lifetime Achievement Award-Manna Dey

27.40 Years Of Greatness Award-Amitabh Bachchan

28. Best Choreography-Farah Khan – Sheila Ki Jawani (Tees Maar Khan)

29.Best Action-Vijayan Master – Dabangg

30. Best Music-Sajid – Wajid & Lalit Pandit (Dabangg)

31.Best Lyrics-Gulzar – Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji (Ishqiya)

A. R. Rehman nominated for 2 Oscars

Indian composer AR Rehman has been nominated for 2 Oscar awards. Rehman has secured nomination for best original score for 127 Hours and best original song “If I Rise” from the same movie.

This is the second time that Rehman has been nominated for an Oscar. He had previously won an award for his work on Slumdog Millionaire.

My Name Is Khan Leads Filmfare Nominations

Shah Rukh Khan’s My Name Is Khan is leading with nominations for Filmfare Awards 2011. Shah Rukh and Kajol are nominated for the Best Actors in the male and female category.

My Name Is Khan, Dabangg, Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai

Salman Khan is pitted against Shah Rukh in the Best Male Actor category for Dabangg. MNIK has almost twice as many nominations as ‘Dabangg’ and Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai in the Filmfare awards. GuzaarishRaajneeti and Ishqiya have received 4 nominations each

Check out pics from the Filmfare Nominations bash here.

List of Filmfare Awards 2011 nominations:

Best Director
Abhinav Kashyap (Dabangg)
Karan Johar (My Name Is Khan)
Manish Sharma (Band Baaja Baaraat)
Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Guzaarish)
Vikramaditya Motwane (Udaan)

Best Male Actor in a leading role
Ajay Devgan (Once Upon A Time In Mumbai)
Hrithik Roshan (Guzaarish)
Salman Khan(Dabangg)
Shah Rukh Khan (My Name Is Khan)
Ranbir Kapoor (Raajneeti)

Best Female Actor in a leading role
Aishwariya Rai Bachchan (Guzaarish)
Anushka Sharma (Band Baaja Baaraat)
Kajol (My Name Is Khan)
Kareena Kapoor (Golmaal 3)
Vidya Balan (Ishqiya)

Best Actor in supporting role (Male)
Arjun Rampal (Raajneeti)
Arshad Warsi (Golmaal 3)
Emraan Hashmi (Once Upon A Time In Mumbai)
Manoj Bajpai (Raajneeti)
Nana Patekar (Raajneeti)
Ronit Roy (Udaan)

Best Actor in a supporting role (Female)
Amrita Puri (Aisha)
Kareena Kapoor (We Are Family)
Prachi Desai (Once Upon A Time In Mumbai)
Ratna Patak Shah (Golmaal 3)
Supriya Pathak Kapoor (Khichdi The Movie)

Best Music
Pritam Chakraborty (Once Upon A Time In Mumbai)
Sajid-Wajid & Lalit Pandit (Dabangg)
Shankar Ehsaan Loy (My Name Is Khan)
Vishal-Shekhar (Anjaana Anjaani)
Vishal-Shekhar (I Hate Luv Storys)
Vishal Bhardwaj (Ishqiya)

Best Lyrics
Faiz Anwar – Tere Mast Mast (Dabangg)
Gulzar – Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji (Ishqiya)
Niranjan Iyenger – Sajda (My Name Is Khan)
Niranjan Iyenger – Noor e Khuda (My Name Is Khan)
Vishal Dadlani – Bin Tere (I Hate Luv Storys)

Best playback singer (Male)
Adnan Sami, Shankar Mahadevan – Noor e Khuda (My Name Is Khan)
Mohit Chauhan – Pee Loon (Once Upon A Time In Mumbai)
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan – Sajda (My Name Is Khan)
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan – Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji (Ishqiya)
Shafqat Amanat Ali – Bin Tere (I Hate Luv Storys)

Best playback singer (Female)
Mamta Sharma – Munni Badnaam Hui (Dabangg)
Shreya Ghoshal – Bahara (I Hate Luv Storys)
Shreya Ghoshal – Noor e Khuda (My Name Is Khan)
Sunidhi Chauhan – Sheila Ki Jawani (Tees Maar Khan)


Komal Nahta

5 Reasons Why Aamir Khan Is Underplaying Dhobi Ghat

Many of you might be wondering why Aamir Khan has been quite frank about calling his latest home production, Dhobi Ghat, a niche film, even though it has been scripted and directed by his wife, Kiran Rao. Why is Aamir not going all out to promote the film, just like he did for his last production, Peepli Live? Well, here’s why:

Aamir Khan (Dhobi Ghat Movie Stills)

1. Niche genre: Aamir Khan knows that ‘Dhobi Ghat’, which is a slice-of-life film about four different people living in Mumbai, is suited only for a niche audience, and that it might not necessarily appeal to the masses. So, the actor, honest as ever, is frankly saying so at all the promotional events for the film.

2. No Songs: ‘Dhobi Ghat’, unlike Aamir’s previous small budget venture, ‘Peepli Live’, has no songs. Although the film’s background score has been executed by the Argentine musician and two-time Academy Award Winner, Gustavo Santaolalla, the dearth of songs in the film definitely makes it less appealing to the common man.

3. English dialogues: The film, scripted by Kiran Rao, has many characters who speak in English throughout the film. Aamir is aware – and as the recent failure of Indian English-Hindi films has amply demonstrated – that since the English language is not understood or appreciated by the Indian masses, it is best not to promote the film like a commercial potboiler.

4. Wife’s first film: ‘Dhobi Ghat’ is Aamir Khan’s wife, Kiran Rao’s brainchild. It is also her first film. Aamir was one of the first ones who heard Kiran’s narration of the script and only when he really liked it, did he decide to produce it. But Aamir is also aware that the film is very different from the fare that the Indian audience is used to seeing on-screen, and hence, he wants to keep the expectations low. Which brings us to our fifth point…

5. Expectations galore: No matter how hard Aamir might try to keep the audience’s expectations low, his presence in the cast of the film makes a lot of difference. Aamir knows his fans will queue up at the theatres, expecting another entertainment masala film from their favourite star. But, he acknowledges that it is high expectations that are the reason behind the failure of many films. In Aamir’s own words: “Many films fail because they cannot meet the unduly high expectations that are built during the films’ publicity.” This is exactly what Aamir has refrained from doing, by going slow on the promotions of ‘Dhobi Ghat’. He obviously doesn’t expect the film to take a flying start at the box-office.

Trust Aamir Khan to call a spade a spade!


Bollywood Films To Look Forward To In 2011

What Hrithik Roshan, Abhishek Bachchan and Anil Kapoor could not do this year – get the audiences to the theatres – Munni and Sheela did. What established and hit filmmakers like Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Ashutosh Gowariker, Anil Sharma, Anees Bazmee, and Mani Ratnam failed to do, a rank newcomer like Abhinav Kashyap did with his maiden film, Dabangg – smashed old box-office records and created new ones. But that’s as far as year 2010 is concerned.

What does the new year have in store for the public? One can safely predict, a lot of surprises; probably, an equal number of shocks, if not more. Yet, notwithstanding the speculative nature of the industry, there are some films which give one the feeling that they will be eagerly awaited when they become due for release, no matter what. It could be because of the people facing the cameras in those films or the people behind the cameras or merely due to the topics they tackle. So, which are those movies which will have the audience’s adrenaline flowing in 2011?

Ra.One: Nobody knows for sure, the relevance of the title (does it stand for Random Access – Version 1.0?), but that doesn’t stop this Shah Rukh starrer from becoming one of the hottest films of the new year. Kareena Kapoor teams up with the superstar in the super-hero adventure fare.

7 Khoon Maaf: Vishal Bhardwaj’s films may often not make money at the box-office but his sheer genius as a filmmaker is enough to get one section of the audience (read, the classes) all excited. Yes, if it is Vishal, saat flopsmaaf. The February release is already the talk of the industry, the elite and the city-based folk. It is an adaptation of Ruskin Bond’s Susanna’s Seven Husbands, about a woman who kills her seven spouses.

Read More: Komal Nahta’s Box-office analysis of films released in 2010


No One Killed Jessica: If this one is able to create even a fourth of the hysteria that the  Jessica Lal  murder case in Delhi, on which it is based, created in India, it will be enough to set the cash registers ringing. If that happens, it could also give the fading career of Rani Mukerji a boost. She plays an investigative journalist modelled on real-life journalist Barkha Dutt. Vidya Balan plays Jessica’s sister, Sabrina Lal, in the UTV production.

Ready: Anees Bazmee’s record of hits and successes (No Entry, Welcome, Singh Is Kinng) may have been spoilt by No Problem but that wouldn’t spell any problem for his Ready. Call it the Salman effect or whatever but the public is more than ready for Ready, never mind if he is paired with Asin over again, after the nightmare called London Dreams.

Thank You: Yet another Anees Bazmee film, this one stars Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol, Sonam Kapoor, Sunil Shetty, Celina Jaitley, and Irrfan Khan with Vidya Balan in a special appearance. It is making brisk progress so that it can be readied for release before the new year ends.

Read More: Is Bollywood one big family? Komal Nahta answers.

Aarakshan: Ajay Devgan may not be a part ofAarakshan but Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone still make this film, based on the reservation issue in India, an exciting proposal. Prakash Jha directs the issue-based project.


Dirty Picture: Don’t screw your nose, for, this is just a tentative title. Milan Luthria and Ekta  Kapoor join forces once again after their recent hit, Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, for a film inspired by the life of South’s sexy siren, Silk Smitha. Vidya Balan’s character is inspired by the late sex bomb who committed suicide. Insiders reveal that the lead man could be one of the two heroes ofOUATIM viz. Ajay Devgan and Emraan Hashmi.


Don 2: A sequel is always exciting – provided, of course, it is made after the first part proves itself at the ticket windows and not shot simultaneously with the first part (like Rakht Charitra 2was). And, therefore, Shah Rukh Khan’s Don 2 is bound to generate more heat before release than even Don did.

Rockstar: That’s what Ranbir Kapoor is. And that’s the title of his new film with Imtiaz Ali at the helm of affairs. Why, then, will it not rock at the box-office?

Student Of The Year: Karan Johar will introduce two new boys – Varun Dhawan (younger son of David Dhawan) and Siddharth Malhotra – in this young film which he himself will direct. The film will go on the floors in June, 2011.


Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji: Neither an expose nor a satire, genres for which Madhur Bhandarkar is  well-known, this one is a slice-of-life entertainer about three guys and how they react when three girls enter their lives. Madhur swears, film toh achchha hai ji.

Read More: Bollywood’s lack of accountability.


Mausam: Pankaj Kapur, the actor for all seasons, has gone behind the camera for the first time. He is directing his son, Shahid Kapoor, and Sonam Kapoor in the film. Shahid reportedly plays an Air Force officer and sports a moustache in the film.

Mere Brother Ki Dulhan: Katrina Kaif, Imran Khan and Ali Zafar (of Tere Bin Laden) star in this Yash Chopra production being directed by debut-making Ali Abbas Zafar. And no, actor Ali Zafar and director Ali Abbas Zafar are not brothers in real life.


Short Term Shaadi: This is the tentative title for a film which Karan Johar is producing with Kareena Kapoor and Imran Khan.

Rascals: David Dhawan, the original master of comedies, will be back after a long break. With Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgan and Arjun Rampal this time. Kangana Ranaut plays the leading lady of the three rascals, sorry, heroes. Sanjay Dutt is producing this film under his own banner.


Desi Boyz: David Dhawan’s son, Rohit Dhawan, is making his foray into direction with this film starring Akshay Kumar and John Abraham. The two handsome hunks were last seen together in the comedy, Garam Masala. Deepika Padukone is their desi girl.

Read More: Top 10 True Stars of 2010 by Komal Nahta


Yamla Pagla Deewana: If the three rough-and-tough Deols could make you cry in Apne, making you laugh in their second outing together should be a left-hand task for the father-sons trio. The first trailer of Samir Karnik’s film has been so well-received that the film was picked up by distributors immediately – and at fancy prices.

Dhobi Ghat: It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that just the name Aamir Khan today spells magic at the turnstiles. And this one is not only produced by the ace Khan but also stars himself, and is directed by his wife, Kiran Rao. You can bet, Aamir will move heaven and earth to ensure that his wife’s maiden directorial venture proves a success.


Delhi Belly: Never mind if Aamir Khan is not happy with Abhinay Deo’s version of Delhi Belly. He must have seen something in the film to have kept it on the backburner for more than a year rather than released it the way it was. After being done with Dhobi Ghat, which will be released on January 21, Aamir plans to take up this Imran Khan starrer and give it that unmistakable AK stamp. Remember, he had loved the script when he had first read it, which is why he decided to produce the film based on it. And what’s good on paper cannot but be good on celluloid, feels Aamir.


Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara: Zoya Akhtar may have delivered a dud in Luck By Chance but the girl’s very lucky. After all, her second film stars Hrithik Roshan, Naseeruddin Shah, Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar, Katrina Kaif and Kalki Koechlin. And that’s not by chance.

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(The report below for next year 2011 is by leading distributor Suniel Wadhwa)
As Bollywood plowed into 2010, there was plenty of clinging to the tried and true: most awaited movies like “ Kites ensemble star vehicles like “ Raavan” with Abhishek Bacchan and Aishwarya Rai directed by Mani Rathnam and “ Gujarish ” with Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali all arrived at theaters with marketing thunder intended to fill multiplexes on opening weekend, no matter the quality of the film. But the audience pushed back. One by one, these expensive yet middle of-the-road pictures delivered disappointing results or flat-out flopped.
Meanwhile, gambles on original concepts paid off like “Raajneeti” and “ Dabangg ,” as well as on remakes like Golmaal 3.

In today’s scenario movie executives started talking in solemn tones about the ability of social networking to sway attendance. The era of using marketing to trick consumers into seeing bad movies was drawing to a close.

In 2011, I believe there is a long-term danger to movie going if familiarity becomes too pervasive in the films we make. “The industry has a responsibility to its audience and to itself to make films that allow people to have a sense of discovery in the cinema. As a result, studios are finally and fully conceding that moviegoers, armed with Facebook and other networking tools and concerned about escalating ticket prices, are holding them to higher standards. The product has to be good. Still, the message that the year sent about quality and originality is real enough that studios are tweaking their operating strategies. Movie marketing can’t settle for good anymore — it has to be great.
At its core, the flight to classier blockbusters is also about insecurity: when in doubt, flee to quality. Studios are having a hard time reading what the audience wants. Stars are not delivering nor top directors, as evidenced by “Action Replay “ Guzaarish” and “ Raavan ,” films that moviegoers collectively ignored. The sequel strategy still seems to be paying.
In 2010 Box Office Stumbles badly, looking to the trends and themes cinematic magic has to go forward with lots of more in 2011 lots of surprises, January seems poised to deliver a handful of potential movies starting with Rajkumar Gupta based on real life story back in action Rani Mukerji lets see will it create the Thapar Maar at Box office or Junta will take as another Rang De Basanti in femae lead form, followed by that you have Deols Family Yamala Paagla Deewana ,will these follow footsteps of Apne or will really Chalayaga ya Ukhade at box office like Gadar, then you have most successful production house Aamir Khan Productions Dhoobi Ghaat directional Debut of Kiran Rao aims to kick off the republic week, while Madhur Bhandharkar’s Dil Toh Bachha Hain Ji also has potential to make an entry in Jan 2011 mark after Jail and Fashion .
Towering over all of these movies, though, it is the beginning of the year 2011, which should undoubtedly generate curiosity level as well as massive ticket sales at box office window.

After the some encouragement titles for January 2011, February shows some promising movies like Yeh Saali Zindagi directed by Sudhir Mishra starring Irfan Khan followed by Nikhil Advani Patiala House starring Akshay Kumar jointly produced by T-Series , People Tree and Hari Om Entertainment, then you have UTV -Vishal bharadwaj combination after Kaminey, 7 Khoon Maaf , like name will it have a marathon run of 7KM at box office just wait and watch which is coming with competition of Rakeshy Mehra productions jointly with PVR Picture Mad Madder Maddest starring Shreyas Talpade.
March is limited release due to World cup and Exams but still loaded with interesting limited releases like Game directional debut by Abhinay Deo starring Abhishek Bachan produced by Ritesh Sidhwani.
As the world cup and exams winds up April starts with Faltu produced by Vashu Bagnani and his son Jacky Bagnani second movie but it seems like it will his Debut movie from the first look out in the market , then you have high profile movie UTV’s Thank you directed by anees bazmee starring Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor etc to hit theatres during IPL Season 4.
Then you have movies like Rohan Sippy’s Dum Maroo Dum , followed by again Excel Entertainment strikes back with Zoya Akhtar second directional venture Zindagi Mile Naa Dobara starring Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif, then most awaited movie will be first half Salman Khan’s Ready which will hit theatre in may/june directed by Anees Bazmee.
Long Awaited Most promising director like Shriram Raghvan’s AgentVinod starring Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor and Imtiaz Ali Rockstar starring Ranbhir Kapoor will be most eagerly awaited.
Vipul Shah’s and Fox Studios Force Starring John Abhram directed by Nishikant Kamat will it create Ghajani fever needs to see, then there is something new talents rolling from Dharma Production’s Student of the Year none other than going to be directed by Karan Johar’s will it create magic of Kuch Kuch Hota hain new talents like Varun Dhawan son of David Dhawan and Aliya Bhatt daughter of Mahesh Bhatt, then comes again David Dhawan’s son director Varun dhawan who has Desi Boys in his kitty as first directional debut starring Akshay Kumar and John abhram duo back after Garam Masala, and you also have David Dhawan’s own directorional venture Rascal starring Sanjay Dutt Ajay Devgan and Arjun Ramphal along with Kanganua Ranauat.
Boney Kapoor’s Its my Life directed by Anees Bazmee which is most successful remake of south Indian languages going to mark starring Harman Baweja, Genelia and Nana Patekar.
Idd Release will see once again Salman’s Khan Bodyguard after most promising movie last year Dabangg.
Diwali will see release of Sharukh Khan’s RAONE and Don 2 in Christmas Eve.

2011 has most of the star power raked in 2-4 movies like :

Aamir Khan
Dhoobi Ghat
Reema Katgi’s Next Untitled

Shah Rukh Khan
RA 1

Salman Khan

Akshay Kumar
Desi Boys
Thank You
Patiala House
Prabhudeva’s directional venture to be produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Ranbir Kapoor

Hrithik Roshan
Zindagi Mile Na Dobaara
Agneepath Remake

Saif Ali Khan
Agent Vinod

Ajay Devgn
Dil Toh Bachha Hai
Bol Bachchan
Remake of Singam

Abhishek Bachchan
Dum Maaro Dum
Bol Bachchan

First Look – SRK as G.One in Ra.One