Barfi goes to Taiwan China and Hong Kong
UTV's critically acclaimed blockbuster Barfi!'s international voyage continues. After its screening at Busan last year and its successful mainstream release in Turkey earlier this month, the movie is going to travel to Taiwan, Mainland China and Hong Kong too.
Barfi! which saw tremendous critical acclaim and phenomenal box office success in India, is now scheduled to release in Taiwan on May 24. The film has also been invited for a special screening in the out of competition section at the Shanghai International Film Festival in June. This will be the first screening of Barfi! in Mainland China. Barfi! is also scheduled to release in Hong Kong in September 2013.
"I'm elated by the fantastic response Barfi! has garnered overseas. From Busan to Marrakech to Okinawa to Turkey the film has travelled to many countries and now I'm looking forward to Barfi! travelling to Taiwan, Shanghai and Hong Kong too.", said Ranbir Kapoor, lead actor and winner of Best Actor award at Filmfare, Screen, Zee Cine, Apsara Producer's Guild awards for his role in Barfi!
"We are thrilled to see how Barfi! has appealed to a global audience much like its success in India, North America, UK and Middle East. In Asia, Barfi! has seen much success in key markets, after its screening at the prestigious Busan film festival last year, the film continues to receive accolades including the Grand Jury Award at the prestigious Okinawa Film Festival in Japan. Now Barfi! has been invited for a screening at the Shanghai International Film Festival next month. This precedes Barfi! 's theatrical release in local languages in Taiwan and Hong Kong!", said Amrita Pandey, Executive Director, International Distribution, Syndication and Disney Media Distribution, Studios, Disney UTV.
Directed by Anurag Basu, the film has award winning performances by Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D'Cruz and music composed by Pritam.
English Vinglish wins Best Visiting Artist Award
Gauri Shinde's film English Vinglish which featured Sridevi making a comeback to films was well received by the audience. Post winning numerous awards, we hear that the film has now won the award for Best Visiting Artist at the Cinema Society of San Diago.
Announcing the win, Andrew Friedenberg, Director of Cinema Society San Diego, says, "You did it! You made history! As the founder and director of the Cinema Society of San Diego, I am proud to announce that the winner of the 2012-2013 season Best Visiting Artist Award, as voted on by our members, has gone to... English Vinglish! In fact, it wasn't even close--you dominated the voting! My congratulations to all of you for your appearance, your enthusiasm, your professionalism, and your kindness at our 29th season finale."
English Vinglish produced by Hope Productions and Eros International release last year in October.
Ash to attend charity concert with Madonna Beyonce
Bollywood diva Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been invited by international singing sensations Beyonce and Madonna for a mega charity concert 'Chime for Change' in London next month, aimed at generating funds for women's rights and empowerment as well as their awareness around the globe. After a rocking appearance at Cannes 2013, Ash confirms her presence with hubbby Abhishek Bachchan on June 1st.
Madonna (who will not be performing) will join Ash, Frieda Pinto, as well as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former British Prime Minister Gordon with wife Sarah Brown, and Hollywood star Jessica Chastain as a presenter.
The concert is underwritten by international fashion brand Gucci which guarantees to fund at least 120 projects supporting girls and women globally.
Abhishek Kapoor casts Sushant in his next
Abhishek Kapoor who recently launched Sushant Singh Rajput in his film Kai Po Che is all set for his next. Interestingly though, we hear that Gattu, as he is fondly referred to, will be casting Sushant yet again in the film.
The yet untitled project which is slated to be widely shot in Kashmir is said to be a romantic film, a genre that Gattu has thus far stayed away from. Further we hear that the story of the film will be an adaptation of the Charles Dickens' classic novel 'Great Expectations', while it will most likely be produced by Ekta Kapoor.
While the film is slated to go on floor by October end, apart from Sushant the rest of the cast is yet to be finalized.
Anil Kapoor to launch seven actors in Saat Hindustani
Anil Kapoor, whose recent release Shootout At Wadala has been a rage, is busy contemplating his next. In fact the actor is looking at launching seven fresh faces in his home production titled Saat Hindustani.
Sources close to the project say that though the film's title may sound patriotic, the film is about college students based in America. Though the casting for the same is still in process, things will be finalized soon, while the film is slated to go on floor in September-October.
Interestingly, Amitabh Bachchan made his debut with a film named Saat Hindustani, however it is not yet confirmed if this will be a remake of the 1969 film.