Bollywood Star Anupam Kher Has Pulled Out Of A Literary Event In Pakistan After Officials Denied Him A Visa For The Second Time In A Year.
The Indian actor was due to attend the Karachi Literature Festival as one of its star guests, but he announced on Tuesday (02Feb16) that staff at Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) have refused him permission to enter the country.
Kher, who has won two of India's prestigious National Film Awards during his career, alleges he has not been given a reason for the decision. In May last year (15), he was denied a Pakistan entry visa, with reports suggesting the decision was on security grounds.
The actor told a news conference on Tuesday, "I am not angry at anyone, I am hurt and saddened... I did not personally ask for a visa, the organisers of the Karachi Literature Festival did.
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When the body of Mahesh Jadhav, the chief constable of the Mumbai Police, is found alongside 100 million rupees, the citizens of the city are immediately suspicious. It's clear that there's been some corrupt operation occuring within the higher authorities, but who can they turn to for help to solve the matter? Well, there is one man. Bajirao Singham is a Maratha willing to save the city from spiralling into a world of crime and violence. Well built and with formidable fighting skills, Singham will stop at nothing to bring justice to the city and uncover the truth behind Mumbai's police. It would seem Jadhav's partner Guruji is unbeknownst as to the alleged goings on in his force - but the city people aren't so sure. Singham, however, needs to work out who he can trust for himself.
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Asha is a young Indian woman living in London, whose family are deeply proud of their Punjabi culture. She has a handsome boyfriend named Aman who is desperate to marry her, but first he must meet her family and earn their respect before he has any hope of receiving their blessing. Initially getting gently teased by Asha's mother for not being from the Punjab region of India, the playful banter soon turns to abuse when Asha admits that Aman is actually from Pakistan. He wants to leave a good impression on the family (who have their own hidden problems), but with such aggressively prejudice attitudes from his would-be in-laws, will he manage to cope with the difficult situation and earn their trust? Or will his marriage proposal to Asha be ultimately refused?
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The veteran actor passed away at the age of 65 on Friday (27Dec13) after suffering a heart attack while on vacation in Dubai with his family.
His body was flown into Mumbai Airport on Monday afternoon before family members and celebrities congregated for Sheikh's funeral in the evening.
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Anupam Kher - Montblanc and UNICEF celebrate the launch of their new 'Signature For Good 2013 Initiative' at a pre-Oscars charity brunch, with special guest Hilary Swank, held at Hotel Bel-Air - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 23rd February 2013
Writer-director David O. Russell's out-of-control filmmaking style is perfectly suited to a romantic-comedy involving mental illness, and he infuses the film with a sparky unpredictability that's echoed in the perfectly graded performances of the entire cast. Cleverly, even though most of the characters are clinically unhinged, they're all likeable and easy to identify with.
Cooper stars as Pat, who has spent eight months in a mental hospital before his mother (Weaver) comes to take him home early. His dad (De Niro) isn't so sure it's a good idea, but everyone's happy to have him home. And since he finally accepts that he's bipolar, Pat is ready to get on with life. But it's not so easy. He's prevented from reuniting with his wife because of a restraining order, so he visits mutual friends (Stiles and Ortiz) instead. And they set him up with Tiffany (Lawrence), who's psychologically damaged in her own way. Recognising similar needs, they agree to help each other.
Yes, the film has a clear rom-com premise, but the characters are so unpredictable that we are never quite sure what they'll say or do next. And it's not like Pat and Tiffany are the only unstable people here: they're just the only ones with official diagnoses. All of which gives the actors almost too much colourful material to work with. Cooper is a likeable, charming presence at the centre, eliciting our sympathy even when he does something stupid. And Lawrence delivers a full-on performance that often takes our breath away with its clever layering.
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Pat Solitano has just come out of a mental institution where he was sent after a violent altercation with his wife's secret lover. Now he has lost his house, his job as a teacher, and his marriage is unsalvageable. He moves back in with his parents in order to build himself a life and make things up with his wife, but putting the past behind him isn't as easy as he'd hoped. He meets a woman called Tiffany who happens to be in a similar situation; she has also lost her job and her husband has passed away. The pair begin to get close as Tiffany promises to help him get back with his wife in return for him doing her a big favour. Both are still determinedly attached to their former spouses but their feelings betray them as their bond grows closer.
'Silver Linings Playbook' has been adapted from the comedy drama novel of the same name by Matthew Quick and directed and written by David O. Russell ('Three Kings', 'I Heart Huckabees', 'The Fighter'). It's a wonderful story of how the brightest things can come out of the darkest situations and will hit the UK on November 21st 2012.
Director: David O. Russell
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After years of marriage, Alfie and Helena are getting divorced, this is mainly due to Alfie's midlife crisis and lust for a much younger woman called Charmaine. Whilst Helena seeks guidance from a fortune teller her daughter is also facing troubles of her own. Sally works in an art gallery work whilst her husband stays at home hoping to write a novel that repeats the success of his first.
The first UK Bollywood acting school is to be set up in London later this year, organisers have said.
The acting school will be based in Ealing, west London, and will act as a spin-off from the Actor Prepares academy in Mumbai, India, set up by Bollywood actor Anupam Kher.
Kher is a veteran of Bollywood cinema, appearing in some 400 films, as well as staring in the UK film Bend It Like Beckham.
"During the filming of Bend it Like Beckham it became obvious to me that there was enormous potential to build much stronger links between UK and Indian cinema," Kher said today in announcing the plans for the school.
"The huge success of the movie shows what happens when you combine UK and Indian artistic talent. This is a natural synergy which creates something special."
The 2002 film follows a young Sikh girl who rebels against her parents to follow her dream of playing football like her hero, David Beckham.
Plans are now in place to open the acting school in September and Kher claims there are plans to open more internationally.
"I would like to see this UK and Europe school become the springboard to launch similar schools around the world," the actor said.
Initial plans for the London school will see three three-month courses being run through the year, with up to 60 students being taught.
Kher hope the academy will improve performances in Bollywood films: "The standard of acting in Indian films was mediocre generally but in the last few years audiences have become much more educated towards cinema because of the onslaught of satellite channels.
"I am trying to kill off a certain style of clichéd Bollywood acting. It's already dying, so it is the right time to do this international school," the actor told the Times newspaper.
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The premise is similar to Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Here the setting is moved to India, where the not-so-wealthy (but still rich enough to hire servants) Bakshi family resides in a less-than-touristy district. Mrs. Bakshi (Nadira Babbar) is desperate to marry off her daughters. They include Jaya (Namrata Shirodkar), who has eyes for lawyer Balraj (Lost's Naveen Andrews), and Lalita (Aishwarya Rai) who is interested in Balraj's American friend Will Darcy (Martin Henderson), until she actually bothers to talk to him.
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If nothing else, "Bride and Prejudice" proves that the silly, ingenuous charm of Bollywood musicals becomes tedious andeven downright dumb in English.
A cross-cultural adaptation of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" set in modern-day Bombay, London and Los Angeles, thisis a trite, flimsy, groundless romance of shallow character stereotypes, ethnic hypocrisy, and horrible songs. But it does have one saving gracein talented, stunningly beautiful Indian superstar Aishwarya Rai.
As Lalita, the most independent and worldly of five sisterswhose largely traditional parents have begun trying to marry them off,Rai has a radiant screen presence as she stands in for Austen's heroineElizabeth Bennet. But she doesn't have much to work with except personalitycontradictions that betray a one-dimensional script -- and a suitor whois nothing short of insufferable, played by an actor without the chopsto reveal his unsuspected depth.
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