French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius is in India these days and thus took the opportunity to bestow one of its biggest stars with his France’s highest civilian honor. Continue reading
If the answer is yes you may not want to miss two cinema-related events at this year’s Nuit Blanche celebration. At the Gare De Lyon (in the 12th arrondissement), Indian filmmaker Shaad Ali (Bunty Aur Babli) will demonstrate the filming of a Bollywood song and dance sequence, while Hong Kong action maestro Johnnie To (Fulltime Killer) will present a martial arts showcase coupled with an original montage of clips from classic Japanese samurai flicks and American westerns in front of the Comédie Française (in the 1st arrondissement).
Events start at 11 PM and will repeat till 5 or 6 AM local time. For more information visit the official site (mostly in French)
Directed by Rituparno Ghosh (Chokher Bali), The Last Lear is an English-language Indian movie based on a play by Utpal Dutt.
Amitabh Bachchan, a screen legend in India who’s acted in nearly 200 films, stars as aging Shakespearean actor Harish Mishra who agrees to star in a film, with disastrous consequences to his health. The story is told through flashbacks, while Harish is in a coma. Co-starring with Bachchan are Arjun Rampal (Om Shanti Om) as Siddarth, the movie’s director, and the cute erstwhile Bollywood superstar Preity Zinta (Jhoom Barabar Jhoom) as Shabnam, a bad actress whom Harish mentors.
The Last Lear premiered at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival to wide acclaim and is set for worldwide release on September 12th 2008. From the looks of this trailer, I know I’ll be there.