Hollywood films that wowed Indian audiences

Hollywood films that wowed Indian audiences

"Rush": You don't have to know about Formula One racing to watch Ron Howard's "Rush", which captures the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda with an adrenaline pumping narrative. Greed, ambition, focus and attitude are explored in detail in the film, which was powered by the performances of Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl and Hans Zimmer's electrifying score. "Gravity": Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" is a visually stunning film that literally makes you float as you leave the cinema hall. It is the most successful Hollywood flick of the year in India, making a whopping Rs.40 crore and successfully completing 50-day runs in several cities. The film is about a space shuttle that is destroyed and its medical engineer and a veteran astronaut who are stranded in space.

Off beat films of 2013

Off beat films of 2013

Films with unconventional themes charmed: "Madras Cafe", "Shorts", "Bombay Talkies", "ABCD - AnyBody Can Dance", and "Ship of Theseus", won the audiences' hearts despite being out-of-the-box.

International forays : Bollywood artists in Hollywood

International forays : Bollywood artists in Hollywood

International forays: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, in his over four-decade-old acting career, featured in a Hollywood film - "The Great Gatsby" - for the first time while our 'desi girl' Priyanka Chopra lent her voice for an Asian character in animation film, "Planes". The actress-singer's second international single "Exotic" was also launched earlier this year. Yet another Indian face who made a mark abroad was veteran actor Anupam Kher, who has featured in international films, in the Oscar-winning "Silver Linings Playbook".

Chennai express and Dhoom 3 set new Box office records

Chennai express and Dhoom 3 set new Box office records

 Fastest Rs.100 crore collection: Aamir Khan came in with "Dhoom 3" in December and zoomed ahead of "Chennai Express" with a whopping Rs.107.61 crore in its first three days. It was a year when as many as six films - "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani", "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag", "Krrish 3", "Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela", as well as "Chennai Express" and "Dhoom 3" minted over Rs.100 crore. New box office record: Around mid-2013, Shah Rukh Khan proved he is indeed the 'badshah' of Hindi films as his "Chennai Express" became the biggest grosser at Rs.216 crore.

Milkha Singh took one rupee for biopic!

Milkha Singh took one rupee for biopic!

Flying Sikh Milkha Singh charged only one rupee from Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra so that a film on his life can be made but the unique aspect of the currency note is that it was printed in 1958, when the athlete won the first gold medal for independent India in the Commonwealth Games. The biopic titled "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag" has actor Farhan Akhtar in the lead role and is scheduled for a July release. As money was not Milkha's priority so something special was thought for him. The legendary athlete wants "it should be made in such a way that it inspires more youngsters to earn medals in athletics". The rupee one note was like a souvenir for Milkha Singh.

'Barfi', 'Kahaani' got several awards at Filmfare

Barfi was also nominated as India's entry at the Oscars in Foreign Language Film. Sujoy Ghosh's "Kahaani" and Anurag Basu's "Barfi" made it big at the Filmfare Awards this year. "Barfi" won the best film award and Ranbir Kapoor the 'best actor (male)' award while Vidya Balan bagged the 'best actor (female)' title for "Kahaani" that also won Sujoy Ghosh the best director prize.The lifetime achievement award went to late director Yash Chopra, Anushka Sharma got the 'best actor in a supporting role (female)' award for her role in "Jab Tak Hai Jaan", while lyricist Gulzar was adjudged the award for 'best lyrics' for the song "Challa" from the film. The 'best debut director' award was went to Gauri Shinde for her film "English Vinglish".

'Life of Pi' wins best original score Golden Globe

Composer Mychael Danna received the best original score motion picture award for "Life of Pi" at the 70th edition of the prestigious annual Golden Globe awards at Los Angeles. Danna edged past Alexandre Desplat ("Argo"), Dario Marianelli ("Anna Karenina"), Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil ("Cloud Atlas") and John Williams ("Lincoln") to get the prestigious trophy. The movie "Life of Pi" directed by Ang Lee,is based on Canadian author Yann Martel's Man Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name. It conveys the journey of an Indian boy who survives a storm and is isolated on a life-boat with a tiger.

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Vivid manifestations of Hindutva thought were seen in 2013: Bhaiyyaji Joshi

Abhijit Mulye
Nashik, December 30 : 


undefinedThe passing year put before us vivid manifestations and acceptability of the Hindutva thought amongst the intelligentsia of our society, SarKaryavah (General Secretary) of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha (RSS) Shri. Suresh (Bhaiyaji) Joshi told NewsBharati here today.  

Vivekananda 150th birth anniversary:growing acceptance of Hindutva  

Vivekananda Saardhashati (150th birth anniversary) celebrations started on 12th January 2013 got overwhelming response from all cross sections of the society. Through various symposia, lectures, seminars and other similar kind of events, efforts were made to reach out to the thought leaders of the society. These efforts were received very well and we could see a broader, brighter manifestation of the Hindutva thought through such interactions. We realized that the thought leaders of the society have a much more acceptance to Hindutva than what was perceived earlier, Joshi elaborated.

Rise of AAP is a clear signal to all political parties

In a special interview for the ‘Recap 2013’ section of NewsBharati, Shri. Joshi elaborated on various topics that made news in 2013. When asked about the much talked of success of Aam Aadami Party in Delhi assembly elections and the discussions regarding the new political culture that followed it, Joshi said that this is a clear signal for all the political parties that they should be more careful in choosing candidates.

Dignity of women: Not by law alone: it is a social responsibility

While speaking about the crime against women in our society, Joshi said that, these crimes are an outcome of ill, degraded minds. We, as a society, need to look into the ‘Samsakara’ factor or the values that are inculcated through our societal institutions like family, educational institutions, and media. We will have to ensure that right values are inculcated into the society and this won’t be possible merely by passing some legislation. He said, “Legislation is not an alternative to value system.” Joshi also expressed concern over the demands to nullify recent Supreme Court verdict regarding article 377. He said, homosexuality does not have social sanction in India and does not have any standing in Indian culture. Hence, any attempts to get legal status for that “would not be acceptable”.

Safety and security of Hindus all over the world is responsibility of Bharat 

When asked about the attacks on Hindus in Bangladesh and Pakistan, Joshi said that, it has always been our demand that Indian government should ensure safety and security of Hindus world over. Indian government should convey its concern over such cases to the respective country.

Weak and meek foreign policy towards neighbors

While speaking about the Chinese and Pakistani aggression on the borders along India during the year, Joshi said, such incidences are not new to us, in the sense that they are obvious side effects of the weak external affairs policy which our government has adopted. If we feel that such incidences should not repeat in future, we will have to have our foreign policy corrected. “Any lapse in internal or external security is always a danger. India should take all such actions by Pakistan and China very seriously. India should not bow to any kind of pressure from any international forces or groups. And our external policy needs to have correction in this regard”, he said.Joshi appreciated Indian government’s tough stand in the Devyani Khobragade case and said, this might be an effort to weaken and demoralize India. Government should ensure that nobody dares any such attempt in future.

Government machinery should be more trained to handle natural disasters

Joshi expressed deep condolences towards the lives lost in the natural calamity that hit the state of Uttarakhand earlier this year and said, “We need to ensure that the development plans are made after a due consideration to the geological and geographical factors and are implemented flawlessly”. He praised Indian military forces for their efforts during the calamity and also commended the way in which the voluntary organizations across the nation started relief and rehabilitation operations in the region. He expressed displeasure over the response of the government machinery and said government machinery should ensure proper and complete training in disaster management.