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Dil Dhadakane Do – Official Trailer

The Maker of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara & Luck By Chance
Presents

Dil Dhadkane Do

Starring
Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shah, Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Anushka Sharma, & Ranveer Singh

Releasing 5 June 2015

Directed by: Zoya Akhatar
Written by: Zoya Akhatar, Reema Kagti, Farhan Akhtar & Javed Akhatar

Music by: Shankar Ehsaan Loy

Produced by: Ritesh Sidhwani & Farhan Akhatar

Meet the Mehrara’s and their Dysfunctional family in the Indian Comedy-Drama film! 

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B-town Updates!

Tanu Weds Manu Returns

Releasing May 22, 2015 

A Hindi romantic comedy film directed by Anand L. Rai. The film is a sequel to Tanu Weds Manu (2011), in which stars Kangana Ranaut and R. Madhavan reprise their roles from the original. Kangana also portrays the additional role of a Haryanvi athlete in the film.

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Alia Bhatt is Miss Vogue!

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 Karan Johar begins his first Jewelry Design & gets personal with fans on Google Hangout!

 First song from Bombay Velvet has Released: Fifi

Film releasing on May 15

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UNC Chapel Hill’s – A Cappella Group – Samaa

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This Sunday April 19 at 6:30pm UNC Chapel Hill’s premier a cappella group. Samaa, will be performing their 3rd Annual Spring Concert sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center at the Nelson Mendela Auditorium of the FedEx Global Center. Doors open at 6:00pm. Tickets may be purchased from a Samaa member in the Pit at UNC, or at the door.The group will present a mix of Western and South Asian music, in order to promote and share the diversity of South Asian art and culture with the Triangle community!

Samaa is currently the only South Asian Fusion a capella group in North Carolina. The student-led group of 15 members has released two albums last Spring and Fall: Samaa EP & Samaa EP pt. 2! The group is currently gearing towards releasing their newest album which will be released soon.

Samma’s goal is to foster a love for music of two cultures and appreciation for different styles of vocal music.

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You Can purchase the UNC Samaa EP Album on iTunes for $4.99!

More details about Samaa’s Spring Concert: https://www.facebook.com/events/351587158363544/

Check out their Spotify Playlist: https://play.spotify.com/artist/3ed5kYnJVyLtbRDni1Busn

Live Performances & Videos!

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Broken Horses – Film Review

A Vidhu Vinod Chopra Film 

Presents 

Broken Horses

I spent my entire day debating whether Broken Horses, should be the first Hollywood film I will be reviewing and as I contemplated, I decided moments before seeing the film that I must!

On December 19, 2014 prior to seeing the film, PK there were two trailers that intrigued me the most; an upcoming film, Wazir and today’s film, Broken Horses. Later on when I found out that Broken Horses is not a film from Indian Cinema, I was intrigued to see Vidhu Vinod Chopra bring a new scope for all filmmakers in India.

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Director Vidhu Vinod Chopra on Set of Broken Horses

 

The question I must begin my review with is this: Will Vidhu Vinod Chopra ever make a bad film? 

From beginning to end I was extremely soaked into the film and awaiting to see how the story of the film unfolds itself. The American mystery thriller film was exclusive and different.

I have always believed in simplicity for a good film. No need for elaborate sets or fancy clothes. As long as there is good dialogue, an excellent execution of surreal acting on-screen and a variance of cinematography then the film no doubt will be good!

Broken Horses, had all these components. The acting in particular was what stood out the most to me. Anton Yelchin as Jackey and Chris Marquette as Buddythe two actors played the role of brothers, I found the brother duo was perfect for ‘National Siblings Day,’ but what stood out the most was the contrast in characters. Jackeyhas very little dialogue and displays most his emotions through his facial expressions. Buddy on the other hand has a ‘slow’ personality, but sees life through all angles and expresses it with lot’s of words and emotional-physical actions.  All of the supporting actors were also a huge facet to the mysterious story and conveyed true realism through their characters on-screen.

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There were only about four different set-locations for the film, but it is all about how the directors manipulates those sets into a real-life setting. Director Vidhu Vinod Chopra, executed his vision through simplicity in appearance and put a huge weight of the film through it’s story and dialogue. For any director I feel this is the hardest part of film-making as typically an elaborate set would help when the story is weak.

And lastly, projecting the story through the lens and eye of the cinematographer, Tom Stern. Cinematography plays a huge role in any film and it is all about capturing the right scene within the right moment. Stern, captured an accurate western feel on the US Mexican Border.

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There were bits and pieces of the film which seemed a bit slow. For Vidhu Vinod Chopra venturing into a Western-American film for the first time, I definitely enjoyed that big. For the American audience though, I know they have seen tons of stories like this and whether they would accept another one like it, I am not sure.

At the same time though, I believe Broken Horses was a really good film. I found very few flaws and the story tied in some morality to it such as; bonds of brotherhood, laws of loyalty and the hollowness of violence.

A New Girl in a City’s review of Broken Horses is

4.5 stars out of 5

Check this out! The Cast & Crew Behind the Scenes with Vidhu Vinod Chopra in ‘action’!

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A Unique Wedding Card Story!

Bhavna Singh:

Check this out, something different, something new, something unique!

Originally posted on UrbanAsian:

Between the ages of 12 and 16, I realized there are five things that I really like;

  1. Taking over, managing and being in-charge
  2. Getting letters in the mail or seeing really cool greetings cards.
  3. Seeing the outcome of planning something
  4. Dressing up in Indian clothes for any event!
  5. Crying when a wedding scene occurs on-screen in a film

Thus at the age of seventeen, I started my own event planning business with my mom and I realized weddings are the most beautiful event to occur in any person’s life. Wedding season is just around the corner and dates on my calendar for the season are filling up.

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Every wedding I have ever planned has never been the same. Every Bride and Groom wants something different these days. Whether it’s a different food menu, a particular type of Mandap or Alter, or even a distinct way of entertaining the guests! Every wedding…

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B-town Updates!

Phir Se

Directed by: Kunal Kohli & Ajay Bhuyan

Starring: Kunal Kohli & Jennifer Winget 

Releasing on May 8, 2015 

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Anupam Chopra | Film Companion

Byomkesh meets Byomkesh

Margarita With A Straw
Meet Laila

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Miss Malini in Conversation with Arjun Kapoor

New track from Piku – Journey Song

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Detective Byomkesh Bakshy – Film Review

Detective Byomkesh Bakshya crime-thriller film directed by Dibakar Banerjee and produced by Yash Raj Films (Aditya Chopra). After three months of constant unsuccessful films, we finally get a taste of the kind of cinema I thrive to see on the big-screen from Indian filmmakers. The film is based on the fictional detective “Byomkesh Bakshi” created by the Bengali writer Sharadindu Bandyopadhya. 

As I only had time to catch the late showtime tonight at 11pm, I was afraid my lack of sleep would have caught up on me during the film. Instead, Dibakar Banerjee’s story grasped my mind in a different time period in 1942 Calcutta during Brittish-ruled India. While patience is surely needed while watching the film, your eyes won’t leave the screen and sitting at the edge of your seat is indeed to happen.

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What went right?

A lot! Let’s begin with the execution of the set-design and costume. Set-designer, Vandana Kataria did an outstanding job in catching every detail of the time period, every sort of transportation and magazine in the background of each scene was placed correctly. I really felt I was in 1942 pre-independence era in Calcutta. Costume designers, Manoshi Nath, Rushi Sharma and Manish Malhotra did an outstanding job on every single characters costume, and also portrayed each characters lifestyle through their appearance.

The characters were my next favorite part of the film. Sushant Singh Rajput has been seen in a versatile platform of roles, from Kai Po Che to Shuddh Desi Romance, PK and now playing the role as Detective Bakshy! I have loved Sushant since his first film and I believe he is slowly reaching the top to the next best actor in b-town. Every dialogue delivered and the thought process he illustrated on screen as Detective Bakshy was incredible. There are other characters though who were a huge facet to this story, Anand Tiwari as Ajit Banerjee, the soul to the film and Sushant’s sidekick. And the rest of the supporting cast, Divya Menon as Satyawati, Swastika Mukherjee as Devi Anguri and many more who created realism on-screen through their unique characters.

In addition to the presentation of the film, the power which lied in the dialogues and direction of the film is what amazed me. While my friend and I were driving to the cinema, she asked me what the film was about and I said, “honestly I have not looked into it much” and she said, “it better be good!” I responded saying this;

“The film is not what is good, it is the director who has to be good.”

I am astound by Dibakar’s writing and direction for the film, every little detail was touched upon. It was grasping from the first scene to the end of the credits. You could fall asleep for five minutes, wake up and still understand what was going on in the film.

Detective Byomkesh Bakshy2And lastly, what I found so different about the film was the music. I was so happy to see no random item songs thrown in or busting out into a random dance in the film. If such an event were to occur in the film, it would have just been like any other film. The music which has been created by various artists, had a different feel and helped move the film forward. Most of it was ‘background score’ music. It had a little bit of modern, traditional, classical and even a bit of heavy metal. If I’m not mistaken, out of the seven tracks of the film, four of them are remakes of previously written material – PCRC’s “Pariquel” off their 2011 debut album Sinema, and now has Hindi lyrics by front-man Suryakant Sawhney, BLEK’s 2012 song “Fog & Strobe” includes thumri vocals by playback singer Usri Banerjee, Madboy/Mink’s “Taste Your Kiss” includes verses in Hindi from vocalist Saba Azad and Joint Family’s “Life’s A Bitch,” stays true to its original 2007 version from their album Hot Box. 

On my drive back home from the movie theater, I was so happy. I was feeling sick not seeing any film for the last three months and reading constant bad reviews on films that have released. I was hungry to see a good film and I am so happy that my heart, mind and stomach are all satisfied by this phenomenal quality film!

I hope that in the crowd of main-stream cinema, films like Detective Byomkesh Bakshy will not only be recognized by it’s unique creation, but also inspire other filmmakers to create different films and bring them onto the big-screen.

A New Girl in a City’s review for Detective Byomkesh Bakshy is

5 stars

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Check out the creation of one of the major sets of the film!

My favorite track is, ‘Byomkesh In Love’
What’s your favorite track?

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