Cinema

New Delhi: Actress Radhika Apte, who has often been under the scanner for her "bold" approach in her films, says anything remotely associated with human body can turn out to be a problem in India -- a country that is "very ashamed of sexuality and physicality". Sex and sexuality are not the only veiled topics of discussion in the country.

Mumbai: Veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal, chairperson of a committee that has recommended guidelines for certification of films by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), says the censor board's job is only to certify movies. Benegal admits there is a constant tussle between certification and censorship that creates obstacles in the freedom of creative expression.

Mumbai: Actress Lara Dutta Bhupathi in her second film production is set to portray the emotional journey of a single mother. For the yet untitled film, Lara is reuniting with Vinay Pathak who had also featured in her banner Bheegi Basanti Entertainment's debut movie "Challo Dilli". To be helmed by National Award winning director Sushil Rajpal of "Antardwand" fame, the film spans an NRI single mother's emotional journey through the heartland of India in search of the anonymous donor who fathered her son. 

Bengaluru: Controversies over cinema titles have become an order of the day in Sandalwood. Recently, there was a dispute between directors Hemanth Rao and B Ramamurthy over the title ‘Ardha Sathya’. As soon as Hemanth Rao announced the title of his film as ‘Ardha Sathya’, director B Ramamurthy had claimed the title – ‘Ardha Sathya’– belongs to him. Both have approached Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce, the apex body of Kannada film industry. The issue is yet to be resolved.

New Delhi: Becoming a target of social media trolls isn't new for Sunny Leone, who got drawn into a controversy earlier this month when filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma wrote a distasteful tweet about her on International Women's Day. But the actress has a smart way to tackle haters -- just block them. Asked if social media trolls and negativity on such platforms affect her, Sunny told IANS over e-mail from Mumbai: "No. Because I have the block button. I don't give two hoots about it. I know my following has been by my side for many years, and I love them for it.

Bengaluru: Sandalwood actor Amulya will tie the knot with Jagadish on May 12 at Adichunchanagiri. She recently got engaged to Jagadish on March 6 at a grand ceremony in the city. Reception will be held four days after the marriage – March 16 – in Bengaluru, it is learnt.​ 'Cheluvina Chittara' girl Amulya will soon enter into marital bliss with MBA graduate Jagadish, son of former Rajarajeshwarinagar corporator GH Ramachandra.

New Delhi: Cricketer Virat Kohli shared a romantic Valentine's Day message with a photograph of Anushka Sharma, and then, on International Women's Day, he tagged her in a social media post. But the actress has always chosen to stay mum about their bond. She says she values privacy. "I value privacy, so I will always hope that people let me be when it comes to my personal space," Anushka told IANS in an e-mail interview, when asked if she finds it stifling being constantly under scrutiny, and how she handles it.

Chennai: Noted music composer Ilaiyaraja’s legal notice to his long-term associate SP Balasubramanyam – endearingly called as SPB – asking him not to perform any of his compositions – without his permission – has upset music lovers. Fans of SPB have taken to the social media to express their feelings for the six-time National Award singer.

Bengaluru: Count down has begun for the much-awaited release of ‘Raajakumara’ movie starring ‘Power Star’ Puneeth Rajkumar on March 24. But the fans who are planning to go for the ‘First Day First Show’ will have a pinch in their pockets. According to the sources, tickets of the movie has already been sold out for the first week in one of the single screen theatres in the city. In multiplexes, managements have kept the prices over and above the average ticket price.

Bengaluru: Ever heard of a film without actors? Probably not. But that's the USP of a new Kannada film which is getting ready for release. In a first of its kind movie, director K Sreeram Babu's 'V-' (V minus) features no actors at all! A resident of Srinivaspur in Kolar district, Sreeram says the crew completed the film in 40 days. "The shooting was held in Kolar, Pavagada, Ballari and Hubballi. We have selected barren land and some buildings to shoot the film,’’ says Babu.

Mumbai, March 19 (IANS) Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has mourned the death of his daughter-in-law and actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's father Krishnaraj Rai. "Death has but one end... And words cannot define it," Amitabh tweeted on Saturday night.  The 74-year-old thespian also greived about the loss on his blog. He wrote: "Glimpses of reactions in the mind, of the lost one, of those that shall reflect on the lost one and suddenly then in the midst of sorrow and grief among the grieved and grieving."

Kolkata: Acclaimed filmmaker Aparna Sen says it is shameful that "Lipstick Under My Burkha" is not getting a certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) in India. Aparna's actress-daughter Konkona Sensharma stars in "Lipstick Under My Burkha", which is directed by Alankrita Shrivastava.

Chennai: Vamsi Atluri says it took 25 versions to lock the trailer of S.S. Rajamouli's magnum opus "Baahubali 2: The Conclusion", which clocked a whopping 50 million views across languages in just 24 hours. Atluri edited the film's trailer and he's thrilled with the overwhelming response. "It's so satisfying to see this kind of response which I never imagined. More than the pressure of working on the trailer of India's biggest motion picture (yet), I was very anxious to know how audiences will receive it," Atluri, heaving a sigh of relief, said.

New Delhi: He is the man behind cinematic classics like "Sholay", "Shakti" and "Seeta Aur Geeta", and even set a benchmark for the small screen with family drama "Buniyaad". Now, Ramesh Sippy has set out to pen his experiences in a book and is hoping it will hold the people's interest. "I am writing a book on my experiences, a book on all the films that I have done. It will be out hopefully by the end of this year," Sippy told over phone from Mumbai. How is it turning out to be? "Predictions, predictions, predictions," he responded elusively.

Bengaluru: Over the last six months films like ‘Kahi’, ‘Niruttara’ have been making their way to the theatres with the definite intent to cater to a middle class multiplex audiences on a regular basis.  These multiplex audiences are not particular about having a big and a famous star cast but definitely prefer a film which is stronger in terms of a storyline. 

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