Four teachers from India and two from Pakistan have made the shortlist for the $1 million Global Teacher Prize 2016. Now in its second year, the Global Teacher Prize is often referred to as the ‘Nobel Prize for Teaching’ and recognizes one exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution …Read More »
It’s set to be another extraordinary year for South Asian cinema and films inspired by the region and its people at the London Film Festival 2015.
Here are some of the highlights.
Acclaimed director Deepa Mehta kicks down new doors with this energetic gangster movie that also explores South Asian family values. Set in Vancouver’s Sikh immigrant badlands, it finds young kingpin Jeet Johar (Randeep Hooda) and his sharp-suited gang the Beeba Boys on the rise. So far, they’ve left a trail of blood in their attempt to take over the local drugs market. However, when Jeet isn’t managing his cadre of dapper toughs, he’s doing his best to be a respectful son to his mother, to follow his religion with as much diligence as his profession will allow, and to hold his crumbling family together.Read More »
It’s competition time once again and we have a bunch of goodies to give away courtesy of Dharma Productions.
The company’s latest production ‘Brothers’ hits cinemas this week and the excitement is palpable and much-warranted.
The film stars Akshay Kumar, Sidharth Malhotra, Jacqueline Fernandez, Jackie Shroff and Shefali Shah.
Directed by Karan Malhotra, ‘Brothers’ tells the story of two warring brothers David and Monty Fernandez (Kumar and Mahotra, respectively) – both skilled Mixed Martial Arts fighters - and their struggle to reconcile a troubled family’s past.
The powerful drama boasts exceptional performances by the two leads and the ever-reliable veteran Jackie Shroff, in the role of the boys’ father, Gary.
The film is already being hailed for its authenticity, particularly the bloody fight scenes between the two main characters.
To have a chance of winning an amazing goodie pack, including ‘Brothers’ branded merchandise and the film’s soundtrack – penned by the talented duo of Ajay Atul – answer the following question:
‘Brothers’ is a re-make of a Hollywood classic starring Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton.
Name the movie.
Email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org and be in with a chance to win!Read More »
Akshay Kumar is well-known for his action roles, his love of fitness and adventure.
His latest film however, stretches that reputation to the absolute limit.
‘Brothers’ is the official re-make of the 2011 Hollywood classic ‘Warrior’ and is a hard-hitting action drama which tells the tale of warring brothers – played by Kumar and hot young star Sidharth Malhotra - from a broken family.
The Hollywood original was acclaimed for its hyper-realistic fight scenes between stars Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton.
‘Brothers’ director Karan Malhotra and his action star Kumar – along with the young protégé Malhotra - protégé Malhotra were determined to reproduce that authenticity.
Here’s a look at Akshay preparing for the tough training sequences in Brothers by, what else, recreating his home gym on set. And can we just say, that’s a gym and a half!Read More »
Ensemble films are dime a dozen in Bollywood but good ones are a bit rarer.
This summer sees the release of a film featuring one of the finest collections of Bollywood talent in recent memory.
‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ is packed to the poop deck – literally – with exciting talent from across several Bollywood eras: from Anil Kapoor, rocking a salt and pepper look, to Farhan Akhtar, Anushka Sharma, Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, Rahul Bose and Zarina Wahab.
The behind the scenes talent is as impressive as those in front: the film is directed by the quietly talented Zoya Akhtar who has written the film alongside brother Farhan and the brilliant Reema Kagti, the woman responsible for the unforgettable ‘Talaash’.
The Akhtars - along with Kagti, Zoya's rumoured lover - are known for their films 'celebrating' the dysfunctionality inherent in all manner of relationships: from 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' to 'Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd'.
‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ appears created from the same mould and follows the travails of a dysfunctional Punjab family – the Mehras.
At the helm of the family is Kamal Mehra (Anil Kapoor, rocking a fantastic salt-and-pepper look) and his wife Neelam (Shah). The couple are the toast of Delhi society – rich, well-connected, blessed with all the trappings of society’s most fortuitous, not to mention a 30-year marriage.
To celebrate, the couple decide to take a cruise through Europe with close family and friends. As happens with most things picture-perfect, their lives begin to unravel as financial travails, fading romances, new love and a myriad other conflicts rise to the boil – all inside the suffocating confines of a cruise ship.
Here’s a look at the trailer:Read More »
Phone giant Samsung has finally revealed its new flagship mobile device - the Galaxy S6.
Launched alongside a smaller version with a curved edge screen, the S6 Edge, the new Samsung S6 has some big shoes to fill - both the s$ and S5 were fine handsets with great functionality and design features.
Initial impressions are that the new phone is first rate as well.
The regulation S6 is clad in a metal uni-body that looks and feels expensive, especially due the use of Gorilla Glass instead of plastic for the outer cover. Gorilla Glass is a specialized toughened glass and is engineered to be thin, light and damage resistant.
The S6 features the material both front and back and measures a barely believable 6.8 mm in thickness.
The S6 also continues with Samsung's reputation for excellent screens and features Quad HD resolution and a 5.1-inch display with Super AMOLED.
It's crystal clear and sharp and a huge step up from the S5's screen which was already exceptional.
The phone features Android's Lollipop operating system with a excellently refined version of Samsung's TouchWiz touch user interface which is even more intuitive than before.
The S6 gets a 64-bit octacore processor, 3GB of RAM and storage that can be extended up to a staggering 128 GB. However, the S6 range does away with a microSD card which means you will have to pay extra to upgrade storage space. Incidentally, that super-thin body means there is also no removable battery. The integrated battery is slightly less-powered which means less battery life which is a shame given that the screen and TouchWIZ do drain the battery.
The cameras are brought over from the S6 - 16 Megapixel on the rear and 5MP on the front but both have been upgraded to shoot better in low light. There is also an Auto HDR capability.
The Galaxy S6 Edge features a "dual curve" screen that bends down at the edges of the phone which offers the option of locating different icons on the side for ease of access.
Apart from the design both phones are largely identical; the S6 Edge comes in slightly thicker at 7mm – compared to 6.8mm on the S6 – and the curvier phone has a larger battery (2600mAh compared to 2550mAh).
Samsung has said the Galaxy S6 release date is April 10th.
Expect to pay something close to the iPhone 6 levels for the phone and more for the S6 Edge.Read More »
Two Indian favourites at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and an acclaimed Pakistani film are set to be the focus of the 2013 London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) which gets underway on Thursday, July 18. Amit Kumar’s critically acclaimed film noir thriller ‘Monsoon Shootout’ and ‘Bombay Talkies’, the four-film tribute …Read More »
A thrilled Raghu Dixit declared he had “kicked some serious ass” following his historic performance at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert at Windsor Castle on Sunday night. The Hey Bhagwan singer was joined on stage by a dozen dancers performing a routine created by Raghu’s wife Mayuri Upadhya: the contemporary …Read More »