Hindi Way2movies uday chopra http://hindi.way2movies.com Way2Movies.com -Hindi films news, Tamil film news, Telugu film updates, film news, film review, Movie review , actress photos, trailers, videos , telugu movies, tamil movies, hindi movies, bollywood, actress wall papers, hindi songs, telugu songs, tamil songs, bollywood movies, video songs, funny videos, download hindi songs, download telugu songs, download tamil songs, latest movies Mon, 18 Apr 2011 11:31:09 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.8.4 en hourly 1 Shahid Kapoor hitched in low-key 'Vivah' with Delhi girl http://hindi.way2movies.com//exclusivesingle_hindi/Shahid-Kapoor-hitched-in-low-key-Vivah-with-Delhi-girl--175-400472.html http://hindi.way2movies.com//exclusivesingle_hindi/Shahid-Kapoor-hitched-in-low-key-Vivah-with-Delhi-girl--175-400472.html#comments 2015-07-08 09:24:44 aditya http://hindi.way2movies.com//exclusivesingle_hindi/Shahid-Kapoor-hitched-in-low-key-Vivah-with-Delhi-girl--175-400472.html Actor Shahid Kapoor and Delhi girl Mira Rajput tied the knot on Tuesday in a low-key ceremony at a farmhouse on the capital's outskirts after months of speculation surrounding their nuptials. The wedding ceremony was attended only by close relatives and friends, and a grand celebration is yet to happen in Mumbai.

The 34-year-old star, son of veteran actor Pankaj Kapur and his former wife Neelima Azim, married 21-year-old Mira, according to the traditions of the Radha Soami sect, a philosophical organisation based on the spiritual teachings of all religions. Both the families are followers of the group.

Mira, whose is said to have first met the “Haider” star at a 'satsang' of the group, pursued a bachelor's degree in English from Delhi University's Lady Shri Ram College.

The much-guarded wedding was attended by around 40 to 50 guests, according to sources.

Shahid opted for a white kurta-pyjama and a safa (turban) for the marriage, while his bride donned a green and pink salwar-kurta with a dupatta wrapped around her head. She completed her look with a maang-tika on her forehead and subtle make-up.

The “Jab We Met” actor, who is said to be lodged at the Presidential Suite of The Oberoi in Gurgaon, arrived in the capital on Monday night for the sangeet ceremony, while his parents landed earlier to oversee the wedding preparations.

The celebrations started on Monday evening with a sangeet ceremony, where Shahid was seen shaking a leg with Mira on the hit wedding song "Saj dhaj ke" from his film "Mausam". This was leaked via a video, which went viral online.

After their wedding on Tuesday morning, the couple also attended a celebratory lunch with their families. They changed their ensembles, and while Shahid opted for a pristine white sherwani designed by Kunal Rawal, Mira looked elegant and resplendent in a light pink and silver embroidered lehenga with a veil over her head.

She sported an elaborate Navratna neckpiece and earrings set, and teamed her look with a 'maang-tika' and a 'jhoomar' on the side of her head.

The media was, in the midst of it all, kept waiting for a glimpse of the duo since Monday. But their efforts went in vain until the couple came hand-in-hand to greet the paparazzi at Gurgaon's Trident hotel in the afternoon.

After the less-than-a-minute appearance, Shahid even blew a flying kiss at the shutterbugs, before he took his newly wed bride away.

Later, Shahid even shared a 'selfie' with his bride on Instagram, and wrote: "#hitched".

A dinner is being hosted at The Oberoi hotel in Gurgaon on Tuesday night. It will be followed by a reception in Mumbai on July 12, and Bollywood's gliteratti is likely to light up the celebrations.

Shahid, who was previously in a relationship with actress Kareena Kapoor Khan for over three years and later linked to his co-stars Vidya Balan, Priyanka Chopra, Anushka Sharma and Bipasha Basu, had confirmed being fixed with Mira at an event in March this year.

However, the actor kept the details of his wedding under wraps, saying it is "my personal space".

"She (Mira) is a normal girl and I am a normal guy, and we should treat it like something normal and regular. It's my personal space and I won't get into the details," he said.

On the career front, Shahid will next be seen in Vikas Bahl's "Shaandaar" opposite Alia Bhatt and in "Udta Punjab", which is produced by Vikramaditya Motwane.

Meanwhile, he will also be seen making his debut on the small screen as a judge on the celebrity dance reality show "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Reloaded".

This leaves no time for a honeymoon for Mrs. & Mr. Kapoor.

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Sonam Kapoor vs Deepika Padukone - who'll win the box office game? http://hindi.way2movies.com//exclusivesingle_hindi/Sonam-Kapoor-vs-Deepika-Padukone---wholl-win-the-box-office-game-175-336910.html http://hindi.way2movies.com//exclusivesingle_hindi/Sonam-Kapoor-vs-Deepika-Padukone---wholl-win-the-box-office-game-175-336910.html#comments 2014-09-09 11:35:19 aditya http://hindi.way2movies.com//exclusivesingle_hindi/Sonam-Kapoor-vs-Deepika-Padukone---wholl-win-the-box-office-game-175-336910.html In the mega clash of "Om Shanti Om" and "Saawariya" in 2007, debutante Deepika Padukone had emerged a clear box office-winner against first-timer Sonam Kapoor. Seven years later, the question is - will Deepika continue to remain a step ahead on the success ladder with "Finding Fanny" or will Sonam take a lead this time with "Khoobsurat"?

Both the films are releasing within a week's time this month.

Deepika's film is releasing Sep 12, while Sonam's new offering hits the screens Sep 19 - and both actresses are going out of their way to ensure their movies are promoted in the best possible manner.

"Finding Fanny", an English language entertainer by Indian filmmaker Homi Adajania, is definitely not a film that every actress will risk -- especially after delivering four back-to-back Bollywood hits "Race 2", "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani", "Chennai Express" and "Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela". But Deepika took it.

Nevertheless, one should give it to Sonam for choosing to step into the shoes of the enigmatic Rekha for "Khoobsurat", the new age twist on the 1980 film "Khubsoorat" -- one of Hrishikesh Mukherjee's evergreen films and which continues to have a dedicated fan following even after more than three decades.

Both the actresses come from different backgrounds. Sonam comes from a family of actors and filmmakers -- her father Anil Kapoor is a veteran actor, uncle Boney is a film producer and her youngest uncle Sanjay is an actor too. Deepika's father, Prakash Padukone, is the country's badminton icon.

Yet, it is Deepika who has managed to cement her space in Bollywood as a performer, better than Sonam, who has been more in news for her fashion sensibilities despite having the talent to carry out roles as different as in "Aisha" and "Delhi-6".

After getting a perfect launchpad with "Om Shanti Om" -- a Shah Rukh Khan-starrer which turned out to be a huge hit, Deepika went on to prove her mettle with a mix of films like "Bachna Ae Haseeno", "Love Aaj Kal", "Housefull", "Aarakshan" and "Cocktail".

The Bangalore girl had her share of flops too in the form of "Chandni Chowk to China", "Karthik Calling Karthik", "Lafangey Parindey", "Break Ke Baad" and "Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey" -- but her four recent back-to-back gems catapulted her into a league of her own.

Sonam, who made her debut with Kapoor scion Ranbir in "Saawariya", on the other hand, has few hits to boast of in her filmography.

She bagged roles in biggies like "Thank You", "Mausam" and "Players", but all bit the dust at the ticket windows. Her work in "Raanjhanaa" was appreciated, but in "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag", her appearance was as good as a cameo.

Interestingly, her presence in tinsel town is strengthened more due to her fashionista image and her designer wardrobe.

Earlier this year, Sonam was seen in "Bewakoofiyaan", which didn't elicit the response she would've expected. Her hopes are high from "Khoobsurat", which promises to show her in an exuberant and lively avatar. Another highlight of the film is that she is paired with Pakistani sensation Fawad Khan.

Meanwhile, Deepika is also hoping to strike gold yet again with the offbeat "Finding Fanny".

But there's no mean competition here - or so it seemed from photographs from a "Finding Fanny" screening, where Deepika gave Sonam a warm welcome in Mumbai.

Let the movies play!

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Will the Khans turn average 2014 into Bollywood blockbuster? http://hindi.way2movies.com//exclusivesingle_hindi/Will-the-Khans-turn-average-2014-into-Bollywood-blockbuster-175-335118.html http://hindi.way2movies.com//exclusivesingle_hindi/Will-the-Khans-turn-average-2014-into-Bollywood-blockbuster-175-335118.html#comments 2014-08-26 15:38:30 aditya http://hindi.way2movies.com//exclusivesingle_hindi/Will-the-Khans-turn-average-2014-into-Bollywood-blockbuster-175-335118.html Box office calculations indicate Bollywood made a decent start with the young kids on the block such as Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt. But the onus is on superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan to turn an average year into a blockbuster in the last quarter, say trade analysts.

With close to 120 releases till mid- August, the box office has garnered over Rs.1,400 crore ($230 million) so far. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh extols the young brigade's achievements, saying they have done a "tremendous job" this year.

"They have put their best foot forward - be it Tiger Shroff in 'Heropanti', Varun Dhawan in 'Main Tera Hero', 'Alia Bhatt' in 'Highway' or Arjun Kapoor in '2 States'.

"This was something unexpected and they have proved their talent with their films," Adarsh told.

Manoj Desai, executive director of G7 multiplex and Maratha Mandir, also admitted the newcomers' good performances have "come as a surprise to all ofus".

"Be it 'Heropanti', '2 States', 'Highway' or 'City Lights' - these films have not just recovered their money but also made a huge profit," he said.

"Heropanti" collected around Rs.51 crore, "2 States" entered the Rs.100 crore club with a Rs.102 crore collection, "Gunday" minted Rs.80 crore, "Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania" raked in Rs.75.5 crore and unusual road movie "Highway" took home close to Rs.30 crore.

This is not to forget Sidharth Malhotra's "Ek Villain", which has done an amazing business at the box office. "It managed to garner close to Rs.98 crore", said Rajesh Thadani.

Even some small-budget films did fair business.

"Queen" and "Raginni MMS 2" were big earners.

" 'Queen' managed to do really well as the film had strong content and managed to collect around Rs.57 crore," Thadani said.

For the first six months, the youngsters set the ball rolling; then entered Salman Khan and 'kicked' a storm with his action-romantic drama "Kick", the biggest money spinner of 2014 so far.

Lauding Sajid Nadiadwala's directorial debut, Thadani said: " 'Kick' was a money spinner, which collected close to Rs.211 crore. It's outstanding. 'Kick' is the biggest film of 2014 so far."

In between, Akshay Kumar too contributed with "Holiday - A Soldier Is Never Off Duty", but his "Entertainment" didn't turn out to be entertaining enough to make big bucks.

And recently, Ajay Devgn and Rohit Shetty set box-office milestones rolling with "Singham Returns", which earned Rs.100.68 crore in the first five days of its release and it's still counting.

" 'Entertainment' barely collected close Rs.41 crore," said Thadani.

Despite satisfactory performances by young actors, overall collections have not been overwhelming.

"Business has been poor and there has been a slowdown because of three reasons - general election, the Indian Premier League and examinations," said Adarsh.

According to Thadani, "It has been a decent year, but it could have been even better. If we compare it to the last year, the collection has been almost the same."

Three films - "2 States", "Jai Ho" and "Holiday" - entered the Rs.100 crore club - but trade expert Manoj Desai insists that so far, it "has been an average year".

"If we look at the records of the last year, it was way better than this year. I hope the remaining part of the year will make up," he said.

Consequently, distributors are pinning hope on SRK's "Happy New Year", Aamir's "PK" and "Bang Bang", which has Hrithik Roshan.

If Adarsh's expertise is anything to go by, there is a lot of "expectations from 'Happy New Year' and 'PK' and, as always, the second half will belong to them."

Apart from the two Khan biggies, there is an interesting line up for "Finding Fanny", "Mary Kom", "Khoobsurat", "Haider", "Welcome Back", "Action Jackson" and "Happy Ending".

Thandani said: "We hope few films will hit the Rs.100 crore club, but with films like 'Happy New Year', the expectations are higher. We are hoping for Rs.200 crore with these films."

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Dhishoom! Dhishoom! It's action time in Bollywood http://hindi.way2movies.com//exclusivesingle_hindi/Dhishoom!-Dhishoom!-Its-action-time-in-Bollywood-175-329818.html http://hindi.way2movies.com//exclusivesingle_hindi/Dhishoom!-Dhishoom!-Its-action-time-in-Bollywood-175-329818.html#comments 2014-07-31 12:41:02 aditya http://hindi.way2movies.com//exclusivesingle_hindi/Dhishoom!-Dhishoom!-Its-action-time-in-Bollywood-175-329818.html After "Kick", are you ready for some more jumping, boxing, punching and chasing. Bollywood lovers, brace yourself for a slew of action-packed high-on stunts movies slated for release in the remaining 2014 calendar.

Salman Khan's "Kick" has already set a high standard by zooming into the Rs.100 crore club within its first week itself and now, the stage is set for entertainers like "Singham Returns", "Mardaani", "Mary Kom", "Desi Kattey", "Bang Bang", "Haider", "Happy New Year", "Tevar" and "Tamanchey".

If the success of the 2011 movie "Singham" is anything to go by, Ajay Devgn as Bajirao Singham will roar again upon his return in Rohit Shetty's "Singham Returns", releasing on Independence Day.

The Ajay-Shetty duo has dished out "some unique and different stunts", says a source close to the production team - and that's a fact well-endorsed by the movie's trailer.

Once Hindi movie aficionados have had a dose enough of the men in action, gear up for Rani Mukerji's dare-me-if-you-can look and avatar in "Mardaani", produced by Yash Raj Films (YRF). The film isn't about stunts, but they are integral to the plot and what's worth looking out for is the fact that Rani has been trained professionally to carry out the stunts.

"'Mardaani' is not a stunt-based film and is a must-watch movie only for 'action-buffs'. The action scenes are very real and integral to the story without people flying around after being punched," Rafiq Gangjee, vice president (Marketing and Communications), YRF, said.

"Rani has been trained by professionals of Krav Maga, an Israeli martial art form, and her actions are true to life. Her role is that of a senior Police Inspector of the Crime Branch who goes after the child trafficking mafia and she has played that role to perfection without going into unrealistic fight sequences and 'daredevilry'," Gangjee said.

Talk about Bollywood ladies in action mode, and you wouldn't like to miss the punches that Priyanka Chopra seems to have packed up in "Mary Kom".

As the Olympic bronze medallist boxer onscreen, the National Award winning performer has "undergone extreme physical endurance to prepare for the character and delivered a knock-out performance that has set a new bar for the women protagonists in Bollywood," says Ajit Andhare, COO, Viacom18 Motion Pictures.

"Action sequences have been an integral part of cinema, but today these sequences are real, they are gritty and the stars train resiliently to be able to deliver the same," Andhare said.

True that - be it Rani and Priyanka or Shah Rukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan - actors go through months of training to pull off tough action sequences despite the prevalence and use of advanced technology, which is believed to have eased out the process of making stars fly in the air, jump down high-rises and perform other dazzling and dangerous stunts.

One will also agree that the old world charm of 'dhishoom dhishoom' action does not seem to bore the audiences either - and that's why "Desi Kattey", with its raw and gritty stunts, seems like it will hit the right chords with the audience.

In contrast, there's Bollywood's own 'superhero' Hrithik Roshan in "Bang Bang"! The Greek god of Indian cinema is ready to surpass the standards of action he himself set with "Dhoom 2" and the "Krrish" series. He zooms out of the sea, swings like Tarzan and his bike stunts are to be watched.

There's also the Shahid Kapoor-starrer "Haider", an adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" by Vishal Bhardwaj. A sneak peak into the forthcoming movie via its trailer, tells it's high on guns, explosions and violence.

And how can the year be complete without a dose of Shah Rukh Khan? So, there's "Happy New Year", which has a multi-starrer punch with Abhishek Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Boman Irani, Vivaan Shah and Sonu Sood.

Ready for all the action, are you?

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B-Town actresses who went undercover http://hindi.way2movies.com//exclusivesingle_hindi/B-Town-actresses-who-went-undercover-175-325205.html http://hindi.way2movies.com//exclusivesingle_hindi/B-Town-actresses-who-went-undercover-175-325205.html#comments 2014-07-07 10:03:01 aditya http://hindi.way2movies.com//exclusivesingle_hindi/B-Town-actresses-who-went-undercover-175-325205.html If actresses like Bipasha Basu and Shamita Shetty gave powerful performances as police officers respectively in “Dhoom 2” and “Zeher”, female stars like Vidya Balan and Katrina Kaif have managed to wow the audience with their on-screen role of spies.

Here’s a list of actresses who played women detectives in movies:

Vidya Balan: She has played strong roles in movies like “The Dirty Picture” and “Kahaani” in the past. But chose to be a detective for the first time in Dia Mirza’s co-production “Bobby Jasoos”. She donned various looks in her latest film and also played with her appearance while promoting the comedy.

Katrina Kaif: In the Salman Khan-starrer “Ek Tha Tiger”, she is first shown as a dance teacher. As the story unfolds, it is revealed that she is actually a spy from Pakistan who falls in love with Indian spy, essayed by Salman.

Ameesha Patel: She didn’t get to kick, but she played her part of a personal secretary to a private detective (Anil Kapoor) in “Race 2” well. The gold medallist in economics had said back in 2013 that it was tough for her to play the role as it was a comic role and that a “dumb character is always tough”.

Ava Mukherji: The actress with salt and pepper hair chose to step into shoes of a detective in 2009 for the film titled “Detective Naani”. In the film, Ava acts as an independent and fun old woman who tries to crack case of a missing girl.

Anushka Sharma: The actress, who will turn a producer with her upcoming film “NH10”, will also try her hand at spying on the big screen for the first time. She was mostly seen playing livewire characters in films like “Jab Tak Hai Jaan” and “Band Baaja Baaraat”.

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B'wood actresses: Over 30 and still single http://hindi.way2movies.com//exclusivesingle_hindi/Bwood-actresses:-Over-30-and-still-single-175-313498.html http://hindi.way2movies.com//exclusivesingle_hindi/Bwood-actresses:-Over-30-and-still-single-175-313498.html#comments 2014-04-25 12:15:04 aditya http://hindi.way2movies.com//exclusivesingle_hindi/Bwood-actresses:-Over-30-and-still-single-175-313498.html Rani Mukerji tied the knot at 36. While she exchanged vows with filmmaker Aditya Chopra in Italy, her contemporaries like Tabu, Preity Zinta and Urmila Matondkar continue to be in the list of 30-plus yet single. There are other Bollywood beauties like Priyanka Chopra and Amrita Rao who have also found a spot on the list.

Way2movies lists the latest 30-plus entrants on the list who are yet to say 'I Do' off-screen:

Priyanka Chopra: In over a decade, the 31-year-old has done it all - clinched the Miss World crown, delivered blockbusters like "Krrish 3", "Barfi!" and "Fashion", crooned with international artists like Pitbull and Will.I.Am and fronted the global fashion brand GUESS as its first Bollywood actress. But it seems to have been hard luck when it comes to love. She had reportedly dated actors Harman Baweja and Shahid Kapoor, but someone is yet to put a ring on her finger.

Bipasha Basu: She once dated model-turned-actors Dino Morea and John Abraham. While she still continues to be friends with Dino, after parting ways with John in 2011 she cut off ties with him. For a few years, she kept her love life away from shutterbugs and it was just a few months ago when she declared that she was in love again. Bipasha, who has always been vocal about her beaus, officially announced her relationship with Harman Baweja. The actor, who was once linked to Priyanka, was also spotted at Bipasha's 35th birthday bash. There are also rumours of the couple getting hitched soon. Till now, they are tight-lipped about the union.

Soha Ali Khan: She has for long been in a committed relationship with fellow actor Kunal Kemmu. The 35-year-old has often said in public that her star mom Sharmila Tagore repeatedly tells her to tie the knot, but she seems to have no qualms about just dating Kunal. The "Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns" star, who is in a live-in relationship with her man, is probably waiting to turn 40 to settle down.

Neha Dhupia: She was in an on and off relationship with squash player Ritwik Bhattacharya and then was spotted with Venezuelan hunk James Sylvester in 2011. This was followed by her link-up with cricketer Yuvraj Singh but she denied this and said that when she finds her soul mate, she will let everyone know about him - but till then, she's enjoying her single status.

Amrita Rao: The petite actress is fondly remembered for her role in Sooraj R. Barjatya's 2006 hit film "Vivah", but the 32-year-old has never gone public about losing her heart to a hunk. It was only in 2008 that she sparked rumours of finding love in Pakistani band Jal's singer Farhan Saeed. A few years later, many assumed that cupid had finally struck her when it was reported that she was dating an NRI surgeon. But as of now, there seems to be no sign of a knight in shining armour sweeping her off her feet.

Raima Sen: The 34-year-old Bengali beauty, who was once reportedly dating cricketer Yuvraj Singh, admitted that she felt guilty as she couldn't fulfil her late grandmother and iconic actress Suchitra Sen's last wish - to see her get married. Though the "Chokher Bali" actress had also announced her marriage to a friend in 2012 on Twitter, a day after posting her "engagement" pictures, she backed out saying it was just a joke. Following that prank, there were hardly any link-ups rumours. For now, she looks happy being single.

While Rani recently had "a beautiful wedding in the Italian countryside", her cousin Tanishaa Mukerji, also 36, is still staying away from marital bliss.

"Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai" actress Ameesha Patel is also yet to get hitched.

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Changing role of women in Indian cinema http://hindi.way2movies.com//exclusivesingle_hindi/Changing-role-of-women-in-Indian-cinema-175-303783.html http://hindi.way2movies.com//exclusivesingle_hindi/Changing-role-of-women-in-Indian-cinema-175-303783.html#comments 2014-03-05 12:17:07 aditya http://hindi.way2movies.com//exclusivesingle_hindi/Changing-role-of-women-in-Indian-cinema-175-303783.html Once upon a time actresses like Devika Rani and Zubeidaa ruled Indian cinema. Are actresses today getting equal opportunities in the over $2 billion film industry?

March 8 is International Women's Day, an appropriate time to take a look at the role of women in Indian cinema over the last 100 years.

When Dadasaheb Phalke, the Father of Indian Cinema, released his "Raja Harischandra" in 1913, women used to shun movies and it was left to male artists to play female characters.

Times changed by the 1930s. Devika Rani, Zubeidaa, Mehtab, Shobhana Samarth - all women from affluent families -- entered the movie business and changed the face of Indian cinema by redefining the importance of women in films. They were followed by Suraiya, Meena Kumari, Madhubala and Waheeda Rehman, stars who brought about a sea change in attitudes as leading ladies.

"Achhut Kanya", "Jeevan Prabhat", "Nirmala", "Alam Ara", "Zarina", "Chitralekha", "Parineeta", among others, are some of the movies with woman-centric themes of that era.

In terms of remuneration, status and roles, the leading ladies of that time were on par with their male counterparts.

But are women enjoying the same status in the 21st century?

Listen to the leading ladies of modern-day cinema to get an insight into their status -- on and off the screen.

Kareena Kapoor: "In Bollywood it's always between three or four Khans and a couple of other actors. I guess female actors are there for just dancing with them. We have to stand behind Shah Rukh and Salman (Khan) and say, 'Hey! I'm here too, give me something to do.' And the pay cheques, what Salman gets and what I get... let's not even go into that"

Kangana Ranaut: "Forget the credit, they (male actors) take all the money as well. We don't get paid even one-third of what male actors take home. It's not so much about the money, but it's about (being a) woman."

The situation seems to be same down south. Sample this:

* At a panel discussion, actors Suhasini Mani Ratnam, Gauthami, Nadia and Lissy Priyadarshan said south Indian cinema had several woman-centric themes, but over the past decade or so there has been a marked decline in portraying strong woman characters.

* Tamil cinema of the 1970s and 80s produced several woman-oriented films that were critically and commercially acclaimed. But we don't see such films any more.

* Actor and filmmaker Kamal Haasan raised the question at a panel discussion on 'Evolution of women in film'. "I can understand my own movies being oriented towards the male lead," he said, in a bid to indemnify himself. "I am the star and I bring in finances for my films. What I don't get is why other filmmakers are not making woman-centric movies."

Certainly, not an ideal situation!

When beautiful and free-willed Devika Rani, Zubeidaa, Mehtab, and Shobhana Samarth paved the way for women in films, no one would have thought that there would be a time when actresses would merely become showpieces in films.

It was not easy to find a strong foothold in a male-dominated and patriarchal society, but they achieved that feat.

Devika Rani, co-founder of Bombay Talkies studio, was one of the most powerful actresses of her time and gave Hindi cinema's first kiss -- and perhaps its longest one at that.

Zubeida, daughter of Fatima Begum and the daughter of an affluent Nawab, shot to fame with "Alam Ara" and commanded a high wage.

Cut to the present.

At a time when women are breaking free of taboos and stereotypes, filmdom doesn't seem to reflect the changing social trend.

In terms of women entering films, the number has gone up manifold, but in terms of screen space, their roles have shrunk.

From the storyline to end credits -- most of the time their male counterparts get preference over them.

Filmmakers occasionally come up with stories about the empowerment of women, and actresses like Tabu and Vidya Balan get a rare chance to carry them on their shoulders. But such opportunities are few and far between.

If made well, women-centric films can dig gold at the box office. "Kahaani" and "No One Killed Jessica" are cases in point.

Today, when an actress poses in a bikini in a film or for the cover of a magazine, it sets tongues wagging. But it's not new -- Mehtab did a topless bathtub sequence in Kidar Sharma's "Chitralekha" in 1942.

In fact, in terms of bold scenes and relationships, those women were not bound by any taboo or stereotype.

It's time to get inspired by the past and ensure actresses are judged by their abilities and achievements, and not labelled or stereotyped by their gender and relationships.

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These deserved better: The 2013 list of could've beens http://hindi.way2movies.com//exclusivesingle_hindi/These-deserved-better:-The-2013-list-of-couldve-beens-175-291154.html http://hindi.way2movies.com//exclusivesingle_hindi/These-deserved-better:-The-2013-list-of-couldve-beens-175-291154.html#comments 2014-01-01 05:09:22 aditya http://hindi.way2movies.com//exclusivesingle_hindi/These-deserved-better:-The-2013-list-of-couldve-beens-175-291154.html Episodic film "David" or heart-wrenching mother-daughter drama "Mai" or rare medical thriller "Ankur Arora Murder Case" are some of the cinematically superlative films, but they failed to click at the box office.

Here is a list of 10 such films that deserved better viewership and appreciation than what they got:

1. "David": Bejoy Nambiar's second feature film after the warmly received "Shaitaan", was eagerly awaited. Tragically David about three protagonists with the same name, just didn't gel with audiences in spite of a brilliant cast and deft direction. Episodic films just don't work. Each of the protagonists - Vikram from the South, Neil Nitin Mukesh and newcomer Vinay Virmani were excellent. This is one film that has a long shelf life.

2. "Mai": Director Mahesh Kodiyal's directorial debut was also singing legend Asha Bhosle's acting debut about a daughter (excellently played by Padmini Kolhapure) torn between her Alzheimer's stricken mother and a demanding husband. This one had heart-wrenching moments. It seems the audiences don't want to get a good cry in darkened theatres anymore.

3. "Akaash Vani": If only every love story with the names of the lovers in the title were as successful as "Ram-leela"! "Akaash Vani", directed by Luv Ranjan of "Pyaar Ka Punchnaama" fame was a thoughtful take on the perils of an arranged marriage. The sensitive moments of the storytelling went unnoticed.

4. "Inkaar": He said, she said ... Seen from both the male and female perspective, it was Sudhir Mishra's intense and enigmatic tale of sexual harassment in a high-profile work-place. Maybe the film's unorthodox format upset the audience.

5. "Listen...Amaya": What happens when your widowed mother decides to marry her best friend? Seen with endearing gentleness this dekko at a domestic dilemma was a neglected gem. It had a brilliant performance by Swara Bhaskar as the devastated daughter scared of being dispossessed. Debutant director Avinash Kumar Singh's heart was in the right place. However, the audiences, it seemed, were in the mood for grand masti at the cinema.

6. "Rangrezz": Priyadarshan's best film in years was the best South Indian remake of 2013 with a brilliant premise to back up its volatile storytelling. What happens after love strikes and the chemical attraction is over? Brilliantly shot by Santosh Sivan in toasted-brown colours of a dusty North Indian city, the film had the potential to become a blockbuster. If only Jackky Bhagnani was Salman Khan.

7. "Aurangzeb": Yash Raj Films' standout film of 2012, and far superior to their overrated over-sexed "Shuddh Desi Romance", this gripping drama of warring step-brothers set in the gleaming vulgar affluence of Gurgaon (Haryana) was tactile and tense, edgy and exciting. Rishi Kapoor, Jackie Shroff and Prithviraj Sukumaran were life-givers in this cat-and-mouse tale of illegitimacy in the corporate world. Atul Sabharwal's direction paid a back-handed compliment to both Yash Chopra's "Trishul" and Shyam Benegal's "Kalyug". Quite a feat.

8. "Ankur Arora Murder Case": A rare medical thriller, gripping and disturbing in its statement on how wrong the doctors can go while dealing with a medical emergency. Suhail Tatari's film could have been a game changer in the way we see the patient-doctor relationship on screen. It got meagre footfalls.

9. "D Day": Nikhil Advani's ballsy thriller about a bunch of RAW agents assigned to bring Dawood to India from Karachi, Pakistan was a stylish noire-ish outing into the ambit of the actioner. Terrific momentum and a story that was waiting to be told. Sadly, dark films do not get the viewership that they often deserve.

10. "Club 60": Chalk up another heartwarmer starring Farooque Sheikh after "Listen...Amaya" at the beginning of the year. Farooque and Sarika played a couple coping with the loss of their only son. Raghuveer Yadav, Sharat Saxena, Tinu Anand and Satish Shah pitched in with sturdy supportive supporting performances. Alas, the audiences don't flock for films about old people unless it's Big B.

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This lip-lock and an no more - best onscreen kisses of 2013 http://hindi.way2movies.com//exclusivesingle_hindi/This-lip-lock-and-an-no-more---best-onscreen-kisses-of-2013-175-291158.html http://hindi.way2movies.com//exclusivesingle_hindi/This-lip-lock-and-an-no-more---best-onscreen-kisses-of-2013-175-291158.html#comments 2013-12-31 16:20:49 aditya http://hindi.way2movies.com//exclusivesingle_hindi/This-lip-lock-and-an-no-more---best-onscreen-kisses-of-2013-175-291158.html Call it the coming of age of Bollywood. But in 2013, more mainstream actors did lip-locks than in any recent year.

Here's saluting the 10 best kisses of the year:

1. Imran Khan-Anushka Sharma in "Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola": This may have been the year of disasters for Imran Khan. But there was silver lining. It was also the year when Imran got to kiss the feisty Anushka Sharma... with wife Avantika's kind permission. And it was a pretty torrid kiss. Curiously Imran has an unwritten no-kiss clause in his contract, which he broke for a film that was a box office dud. Moral of the story - exercise your smooching options more intelligently.

2. Arjun Rampal-Chitrangda Singh in "Inkaar": Chitrangada's doddering marriage must have suffered another minor dent when she went dental with Arjun Rampal in Sudhir Mishra's film on sexual harassment. For a woman, who accused the guy of acting fresh, Chitrangda sure seemed to savour the smooch with Rampal. Full marks for professionalism.

3. Ayushmann Khurrana-Pooja Salvi in "Nautanki Saala": This kiss created the biggest stir, and we aren't talking box office. Ayushmann's wife objected violently to his nine-second smooch in this dud of a film. Ayushmann maintained it was all a part of a daze, sorry day's, work. Chal hatt, natkhat. Nautanki saala!

4. John Abraham-Kangana Ranaut in "Shootout At Wadala": John played a gangster. Kangana played his girl. They obviously didn't meet to discuss the weather. John and Kangana scorched up the screen with a kiss that made the censor board blush. This couple definitely knows how to kiss.

5. Ranbir Kapoor-Deepika Padukone "In Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani": It was a very soft kiss, done at a crucial juncture in the plot. But no passion. Just a shy brush of the lips suggesting less passion more affection. This is how friends greet each other when they stop being lovers. Awwww!

6. Ranveer Singh-Deepika Padukone in "Ram-leela": Deepika's kissed with far more passion with Ranveer. This was Sanjay Leela Bhansali's first tryst with the liplock. And what a smooch-o-thon this lead pair whipped up.

7. Sushant Singh Rajput-Parineeti Chopra in "Shuddh Desi Romance": These two played horny live-in lovers. Nothing 'shuddh' (pure), nothing 'desi', and no romance... just plain horniness expressed in feverish fits of lip-to-lip interaction. How Sushant's possessive girlfriend responded to this 'ardour'-worldly connect is not known.

8. Emraan Hashmi-Vidya Balan in "Ghanchakkar": With so many new smooching couples on the screen this year, serial kisser Emraan was almost left behind. He made up for 'lust' time with Vidya Balan, who wanted to prove she was not inhibited by marriage. Unimpressive, clumsy and embarrassing kissing on evidence here. Let it be.

9. Aamir Khan-Katrina Kaif in "Dhoom: 3": This is her annual Yash Raj (Yash Raj Films) liplock. Last year she seduced the 'no-kiss-clause' Shah Rukh Khan to break his vow for a bit of wow in "Jab Tak Hai Jaan". Now Aamir, who has kissed many a heroine in the past, manages to plant a furtive kiss on Katrina's trembling lips in "Dhoom 3". If only Salman would make an exception and kiss his former ladylove, Katrina would have the slurpy distinction of smooching all the three Khan superstars.

10. Randeep Hooda-Saqib Saleem in "Bombay Talkies": Mainstream Hindi cinema's first gay kiss was understandably brutal and brief. Ouch. Hats off to the two actors for flirting with the forbidden. Honth and happening

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Director's favourite films: 'Ship Of Theseus', 'Lunchbox' get max votes http://hindi.way2movies.com//exclusivesingle_hindi/Directors-favourite-films:-Ship-Of-Theseus,-Lunchbox-get-max-votes-175-290631.html http://hindi.way2movies.com//exclusivesingle_hindi/Directors-favourite-films:-Ship-Of-Theseus,-Lunchbox-get-max-votes-175-290631.html#comments 2013-12-31 10:11:05 aditya http://hindi.way2movies.com//exclusivesingle_hindi/Directors-favourite-films:-Ship-Of-Theseus,-Lunchbox-get-max-votes-175-290631.html The year 2013 was one of Bollywood blockbusters. It began with hit "Race 2" in January and the "Dhoom 3" December release capped it on a high note. If viewers picked and chose their favourite films, directors too have a favourite list.

As expected, the numbers and the critical appreciation did not tally. A film like "Ship Of Theseus", which emerges as a clear favourite among the directors, had abysmal box office collections. On the other hand adult comedy like "Grand Masti", which was panned by all, had the cash counters roaring in orgasmic ecstasy.

Significantly, filmmakers below show a healthy respect for box office winners. Rohit Shetty's "Chennai Express" and Ayan Mukerjee's "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani" feature in several directors list of favourites. And some precious favourites of the year like "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag" and "Kai Po Che" had both the box office and the critics cheering in approval.

Here is the list of director's favourite film of 2013:

Sujoy Ghosh: "Chennai Express", Nikhil Advani's "D Day", Abhishek Kapoor's "Kai Po Che", Maneesh Sharma's "Shudh Desi Romance", and Ritesh Batra's "The Lunchbox".

Aanand Rai: Loved the way the director handled the subject and characters in "Kai Po Che". Rakeysh Mehra and Farhan Akhtar displayed a superb team spirit in "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag" and enjoyed Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Ram-leela" purely and entirely for Deepika Padukone.

Vijay Krishna Acharya: Asghar Farhadi's "A Separation". This was the only film I saw in 2013 as I was busy with "Dhoom 3".

Abhishek Choubey: Anand Gandhi's "Ship Of Theseus", Ritesh Batra's "The Lunchbox", Vikramaditya Motwane's "Lootera". These were original in thought, well-crafted and made with love.

Prabhudheva: "Ramaiya Vastavaiya", "R...Rajkumar", "Chennai Express". The first two because they were mine and the third because it's Shah Rukh Khan.

Ajay Bahl: "Ship Of Theseus" for its brilliant cinematography, riveting performances and the simplicity with which it put forward its argument. Hansal Mehta's "Shahid" for that awesome performance by Rajkumar Rao, "Lootera" for Mahendra Shetty's astounding cinematography and Vikramaditya Motwane's masterly craft.

Ritesh Batra: "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani" was fun to watch. Hansal Mehta's "Shahid" because of the honesty and Rajkumar Gupta's "Ghanchakkar" because Vidya Balan is always fun to watch.

Subhash Ghai: "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag", "The Lunchbox", and "Lootera". I took something home from each of these films.

Tigmanshu Dhulia: "Raanjhanaa" for Dhanush, who was so fresh and endearing, "Kai Po Che" cast was fresh and their bonding was fantastic and "D Day" for its excellent pace and for being taut thriller.

Subhash Kapoor: "Kai Po Che" for its simple but powerful narrative style, "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag" for Farhan's dedication to the role, and Shahid for raising a disturbing and relevant issue.

Gauri Shinde: Raj Nidomoru & Krishna DK's "Go Goa Gone", "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani" and "Chennai Express".

Mrigdeep Lamba: "Ship Of Theseus" for fresh story. It's moving, philosophical as well as cinematic. "Lootera" for classic storytelling, and excellent craft, and new-age bio-pic "Shahid" for dramatic storytelling and above all, honest portrayal of a harsh reality.

Gyan Correa: "Ship Of Theseus", "The Lunchbox" and "The Good Road". They were fresh films offering new cinematic expressions. They were honest labours of love.

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