India’s Emraan Hashmi to Head Netflix Series ‘Bard of Blood’

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Popular Indian actor Emraan Hashmi has been set as the lead of “Bard of Blood,” a political thriller backed by global streaming giant Netflix. Production is by Red Chillies Entertainment, the production label of Indian superstar Shah Rukh Khan. A multi…

Netflix, Shah Rukh Khan Partner on Indian Original ‘Bard of Blood’

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KOLKATA – Streaming giant Netflix is teaming up with Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment to produce eight-episode political espionage series “Bard of Blood.” Based on the bestselling 2015 book of the same name by Bilal Siddiqi, the multilingual series, in Urdu, English, Hindi and other languages, is set in the Indian subcontinent. […]

Kolkata Festival Makes a Bright Bollywood Start

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Bollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and musician Kumar Sanu shone bright at the grand opening ceremony of the 23rd Kolkata international film festival on Friday. The event was lent further gravitas by the presence of legendary South Indian multi-hyphenate Kamal Haasan who is increasingly visible these days because of […]

Shah Rukh Khan Headlines TED Talks Launch in India (EXCLUSIVE)

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TED, the company renowned for its talks and conferences, is the latest U.S. player bidding to attract Indian eyeballs. In February, the company greenlit “TED Talks India: Nayi Soch” in association with 21st Century Fox’s Star India and the FremantleMedia Group, a show hosted by Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan.  The Hindi-language show, TED’s first […]

NFDC Takes Management Control at Film Festival of India

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India’s Information and Broadcasting ministry has transferred operational responsibilities for the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) to the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC). IFFI was previously the responsibility of the Directorate of Film Festivals. The NFDC also runs Film Bazaar, South Asia’s largest film project market which runs concurrently with the first few days… Read more »

San Francisco Film Fest to Honor Shah Rukh Khan

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Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan will be honored at the 60th San Francisco Intl. Film Festival on April 14 at the Castro Theater. “King” Khan as he is known to his millions of fans will participate in a conversation onstage with Brett Ratner following a screening of his 2010 hit “My Name Is Khan.” “It… Read more »

‘Broadchurch’s’ Sarah Parish Cast In ‘Bancroft’; Federation Ent. Sets COO; Britannia Awards Sets 2017 Date; WBITD Promotes Veteran Exec — Global Briefs

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ITV Encore has set the cast for its four-part thriller, Bancroft. Sarah Parish (Broadchurch) will star as the eponymous tortured detective with dark secrets in her past. Created and written by Kate Brooke (Mr Selfridge), Bancroft is the first commission from the ITVS drama label, Tall Story Pictures, founded by producers Francis Hopkinson and Catherine Oldfield. Also joining the cast are Faye Marsay (Game Of Thrones) and Linus Roache (Vikings). Hopkinson and Brooke are…

Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Raees’ Eyes Pakistan Release As Ban On Indian Films Lifts

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Pakistan has lifted a so-called ban on the import and screening of films from India which stemmed from political and military tensions between the neighboring countries. Bollywood titles and stars are very popular in Pakistan and a clarification of rules by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry means that there’s likely to be a rush of pics entering the market. Chief among them is Shah Rukh Khan‘s latest Raees which has grossed $16.4M in its first week at home and…

Pakistan Ends Ban On Indian Films  

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Pakistan has finally lifted a ban on Indian films screening in the country. On January 26, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif gave his go ahead. That was followed some days later by notification from the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage. “The Federal Government is pleased to continue the existing open policy to display… Read more »

India’s Eros Sets 50-Film Production Slate to Feed Digital Platform

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Eros International Media Limited, the Indian subsidiary of Bollywood distributor and financier Eros International, has unveiled a slate of 50 movies for production in 2017-18. The expansion of its production and finance operations is a move in a direction opposite to that taken by Disney-UTV and by Balaji, which last year both slashed Indian film… Read more »

Netflix Teams With Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies To Stream Bollywood Icon’s Pics

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In a first-of-its kind deal, Netflix is teaming with Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment to bring the Bollywood titan’s films to the streaming service. The deal gives Netflix subscribers worldwide access to dozens of Red Chillies movies as well as new films which will hit Indian theaters in the next three years.
The first title that will be available is the Karan Johar-produced Dear Zindagi which was released theatrically on November 25. Directed by Gauri Shinde…

Netflix Signs Content Deal With Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies

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Global streaming giant, Netflix has struck a long-term relationship with Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan’s production house Red Chillies Entertainment. Netflix subscribers will have access to more than 30 Red Chillies library titles and any new film produced by the company in the next three years. First up will be “Dear Zindagi”, starring Khan and… Read more »

‘Lion’ For Thanksgiving? Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman & Rooney Mara Star In Awards Hopeful – Specialty B.O. Preview

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The Weinstein Company is looking to Thanksgiving weekend for the initial release of Garth Davis’ Toronto and Hamptons feature Lion. Starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara, the pic is adapted from a memoir by its subject. The weekend’s widest specialty rollout will be Reliance Entertainment’s Hindi-language Dear Zindagi starring Indian superstar Shah Rukh Khan. IFC Films, meanwhile, is opening French filmmaker Lucile Hadžihalilović’s mystery-thriller Évolution

Amitabh Bachchan Wants More Women in Indian Film Industry

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KOLKATA — It was standing room only at the Netaji Indoor Stadium as 20,000 people thronged the 12,000 seat venue to catch a glimpse of their favorite Bollywood and Bengali stars at the opening ceremony of the 22nd Kolkata international film festival on Friday. The raucous crowd cheered on a bevy of Bollywood stars including icon… Read more »

Bollywood’s Karan Johar Appeals For Peaceful ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ Release Amid Growing India-Pakistan Tensions

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As tensions mount between Pakistan and India, Bollywood director and producer Karan Johar has broken his silence over jabs that he has been anti-national by employing a Pakistani actor in his upcoming film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. Scheduled for release next Friday in India, the U.S., Australia and elsewhere to coincide with the Diwali holiday, the romance film stars Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Fawad Khan (with a cameo by Shah Rukh Khan). Fawad…