‘Barfi’ is India’s Oscar entry


MUMBAI: Anurag Basu’s “Barfi!”, a Bollywood love story about a deaf-and-mute man and his autistic friend has been chosen as India’s entry to the Academy Awards in the best foreign language film category, the Film Federation of India (FFI) said on Saturday.

“Barfi!” opened to rave reviews in September despite its unusual theme in an industry dominated by soppy romances or family dramas. Critics praised performances by the film’s lead actors Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra.

“Usually films about handicaps are heavy, but we felt Barfi was very lively,” L. Suresh, a member of the jury and former FFI president, told Reuters. “It doesn’t make you sad at all.”

Twenty films were in the running for the coveted nomination and “Barfi!” was chosen out of the five films that made the shortlist.

“It gives us great satisfaction that a film we have developed and nurtured from its inception has met with so much love from audiences and critics worldwide,” Siddharth Roy Kapur, Managing Director at Studios Disney UTV, said in a press release.

An Indian film has never won the Best Foreign Language film Oscar but “Lagaan”, “Salaam Bombay” and “Mother India” were shortlisted for the award. -AGENCIES

‘Barfi’ is India’s Oscar entry


MUMBAI: Anurag Basu’s “Barfi!”, a Bollywood love story about a deaf-and-mute man and his autistic friend has been chosen as India’s entry to the Academy Awards in the best foreign language film category, the Film Federation of India (FFI) said on Saturday.

“Barfi!” opened to rave reviews in September despite its unusual theme in an industry dominated by soppy romances or family dramas. Critics praised performances by the film’s lead actors Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra.

“Usually films about handicaps are heavy, but we felt Barfi was very lively,” L. Suresh, a member of the jury and former FFI president, told Reuters. “It doesn’t make you sad at all.”

Twenty films were in the running for the coveted nomination and “Barfi!” was chosen out of the five films that made the shortlist.

“It gives us great satisfaction that a film we have developed and nurtured from its inception has met with so much love from audiences and critics worldwide,” Siddharth Roy Kapur, Managing Director at Studios Disney UTV, said in a press release.

An Indian film has never won the Best Foreign Language film Oscar but “Lagaan”, “Salaam Bombay” and “Mother India” were shortlisted for the award. -AGENCIES

Miss Rhode Island captures Miss USA crown after voicing support for transgender beauty queens


Miss Rhode Island captures Miss USA crown after voicing support for transgender beauty queens
Miss Rhode Island Olivia Culpo waves to the audience after being crowned Miss USA during the 2012 Miss USA pageant, Sunday, June 3, 2012, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Miss Rhode Island Olivia Culpo waves to the audience after being crowned Miss USA.

LAS VEGAS – A 20-year-old cellist from Rhode Island won the Miss USA crown and will represent the United States in this year’s Miss Universe pageant after voicing support for transgender beauty queens.

Olivia Culpo topped a field of 51 contestants on Sunday to take the title at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. She strutted across the stage in a lilac bikini and a purple evening gown adorned with a sparkly belt.

In the dreaded final question round, Culpo was faced with the most difficult question of the night: “Would you feel it would be fair that a transgender woman wins the Miss USA title over a natural-born woman?” Culpo never stumbled as she embraced the Miss Universe Organization’s recent decision to admit transgender contestants. The question came from a pageant follower on Twitter, a first for the competition.

“I do think that that would be fair but I can understand that people would be a little apprehensive to take that road because there is a tradition of natural-born women, but today where there are so many surgeries and so many people out there who have a need to change for a happier life, I do accept that because I believe it’s a free country,” Culpo said.
Culpo said she was short and chubby as a girl, but blossomed after a growth spurt. She spent her summers at band camp after learning to play the cello in second grade. Her parents are also musicians, and her love for music saw her perform at Symphony Hall in Boston and Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Culpo is a 2010 graduate of St. Mary Academy Bay View, an all-girls Catholic school in Riverside, where she was a member of the National Honor Society. She is a sophomore at Boston University.

“Beauty is found in the way you treat others,” she told pageant officials.

Rounding out the top five contestants were first runner-up Nana Meriwether of Maryland, second runner-up Audrey Bolte of Ohio, third runner-up Jade Kelsall of Nevada and fourth runner-up Jasmyn Wilkins of Georgia. As Meriwether and Culpo held hands waiting for the winner to be announced, Culpo bit her lip and cringed with anticipation.

Culpo demonstrated an outgoing personality throughout the competition, blowing a kiss and shimmying across the stage during the opening number. She cited starlet Audrey Hepburn as her source of inspiration, noting her many years of volunteer work.

“She was beautiful on the outside but also beautiful on the inside,” said Culpo, whose favorite movie is “Funny Face.”

Pageant officials also noted that Culpo “can tie a cherry stem with her tongue.”
Miss USA
(Julie Jacobson/AP)

Miss Iowa USA Rebecca Hodge was named Miss Congeniality, and Miss Oregon USA Alaina Bergsma was named the most photogenic. They both won $1,000, but didn’t make the top 16.

The pageant at the Planet Hollywood casino on the Las Vegas Strip had three competitions: swimsuit, evening gowns and interview question. Midway through the contest, pop band Cobra Starship performed as the beauty queens modeled their string bikinis. Singer Akon performed during the evening gown competition. Culpo had one of the more modest dresses of the contest, with many of the beauty queens wearing more revealing dresses with bare backs, high slits and sheer fabric.

The judge’s panel included Chef Cat Cora, TV personality Arsenio Hall, singer Joe Jonas and reality TV star Rob Kardashian. Andy Cohen and Giuliana Rancic stepped in to host. Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella crowned Culpo her successor at the end of the night.

She’ll represent the United States at the 61st Miss Universe pageant later this year. An American has not been named Miss Universe since Brook Lee won the title in 1997.

The first-ever transgender contestant to compete in the Miss Universe Canada pageant made it to the penultimate round before losing her bid to win the title last month. She was initially denied entry to Canada’s pageant because she was not born female. Donald Trump, who runs the Miss Universe Organization, subsequently overruled that decision.

Miss Universe publicity director Brenda Mendoza has said transgender competitors are now welcome at all of its pageants around the world.

The competition is not affiliated with the Miss America pageant.

 

Rumour Of Amitabh Bachan Dies In Car Crash April 25, 2012


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Rumour Of Amitabh Bachan Dies In Car Crash April 25, 2012

 

(Local Team News 9) Amitabh Bachan died in a single vehicle crash on Route 80 between Morristown and Roswell. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics responding to the vehicle accident and was identified by photo ID found on his body. Alcohol and drugs do not appear to have been a factor in this accident – April 25, 2012

Amitabh Bachan flipped vehicleHighway Safety Investigators have told reporters that Amitabh Bachan lost control while driving a friend’s vehicle on Interstate 80 and rolled the vehicle several times killing him instantly.

The vehicle was believed to have been traveling at approximately 95 miles per hour in a 55mph zone at the time of the accident.

Witnesses have stated that Amitabh Bachan’s car crossed the double lines several times prior to the accident and hit the center lane divider causing the vehicle to flip and roll.

Click here to find out more! Toxicology tests will be performed to determine whether he was driving under the influence, however initial findings indicate that durgs or alcohol did not contribute in any way to this accident as it was more likely to been caused by road conditions.

Memorial services for Amitabh Bachan have not yet been announced. The service is expected to be a closed casket funeral due to the severe head trauma.

Additional details and information will be forthcoming as they become available. 

Blood Money is dull, Agent Vinod pockets 38 crores


Very much on the expected lines, this week s major release, from the Bhatt banner, Kunal Khemu’s Blood Money, failed to embark upon even a decent start. While the single screens were better at 25-30 percent, the multiplexes were disappointing at around 15-20 percent. The collections did see an increase during the latter shows (especially at single screens of the Hindi belt), but it was not encouraging enough. All the same, given the high number of screens, Blood Money will still manage a decent weekend haul.

The other release of the week, Bumboo, failed to tickle the funny bones of the audience, even with a barge pole, and was extremely poor at below 5 percent.

Meanwhile last Friday’s Agent Vinod saw a sizeable fall in collections during the weekdays, after a good 28-29 crore weekend. As per early estimates, the 62 crore (all inclusive) Saif-Kareena starrer has netted around 38 crore (to be validated) during the opening week from India, and will have to perform reasonably well in the second week, to get to the positive side of the fulcrum.

Actresses & Models without makeup*


Actresses & Models without makeup*

Pakistani Actresses and models with little or no makeup. Many wonder how their favorite actress or model looks without makeup, here you can get a glimpse of it. Makeup can drastically change the way a person looks, it enhances the features and helps hide the flaws. No one is perfect.

AGENT VINOD grosses Rs. 49 crore worldwide in opening weekend


AGENT VINOD grosses Rs. 49 crore worldwide in opening weekend

Eros International Media Ltd. (Eros International), a leading global company in the Indian film entertainment industry has announced a successful opening of Rs. 49 crore worldwide collection of Saif Ali Khan’s latest release AGENT VINOD. The film has grossed over Rs. 41.5 crore in India (Net collection: Rs. 29 cr) and Rs. 7.65 crore overseas.

The film co-produced in association with Illuminati Films, released across 2500 screens worldwide on 23rd March, 2012.

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Speaking on the film’s performance, Nandu Ahuja, Sr. VP, India Theatrical, Eros International Media Ltd said, ”With AGENT VINOD, Bollywood’s espionage genre comes of age and Shriram Raghavan has once again captured the audiences’ imagination with the edgy fast paced thriller coupled with some never before seen stylish action sequences.”

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Pranab Kapadia, President – Marketing & Distribution – Eros International added, ”Audiences worldwide have appreciated Shriram Raghavan’s spy thriller along with Saif Ali Khan’s slick stylish spy avatar.”

One of the highly awaited films of this year, AGENT VINOD has an ensemble star cast of Saif Ali KhanKareena Kapoor, Prem Chopra, Gulshan Grover, Shahbaaz Khan, debutante Maryam Zakaria along with cameo appearances by Ravi Kishen, Ram Kapoor and music by Pritam.