Jio MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival hosts the ‘Women In Film’ panel discussion with eminent women from the world of cinema


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On Tuesday, November 3rd, Jio MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival with Star India brought together distinguished women from Indian and international cinema.  Shabana Azmi, Vidya Balan, Kangana Ranaut, Kiran Rao, Anupama Chopra and American filmmaker Ava DuVernay took part in a conversation on Women in Film that was powered by Lifebuoy and their initiative ‘Help a Child Reach 5’  that examined the position of women in film today.

The session commenced with the screening of a moving film about Lifebuoy’s ‘Help a Child Reach 5’ initiative. Made by acclaimed director Anand Gandhi, the film which deals with the issue of infant mortality left the audience visibly touched. The discussion was then kicked off by Anuvab Pal who moderated the conversation and touched upon important topics ranging from the relation between gender and characters to the wage disparity that still remains prevalent across many industries.

In response to a question, Kangana Ranaut expressed, “I feel it’s not about female or male centric characters, it is about a character that has lived and been loved.”

Vidya Balan shares her views stating that, “I have seen growth and I am happy with it. You have to look at the journey and not the destination.”

Talking about the portrayal of women in films, actor Shabana Azmi said, “It has been left to parallel cinema to portray women with any kind of complexity”.

Ava DuVernay spoke about the issues women face in Hollywood and said, “There is a definite kind of film a woman is allowed to make”. She then added, “because of economics women are not given the budget or trust to make films apart from romantic comedy.”

Kiran Rao also expressed that “women must stand up and know their worth and their value”

The panel was preceded by a brunch that celebrated women in film. Attended by women at the top of their game in media and film, the occasion was made even more special by Sula Vineyards which did a tasting of their new sparkling wine- Brut Tropicale.


The stage was set, the emotions tense and there was palpable excitement in the air as BIG CBS LOVE announced the winner to the first season of India’s Glam Diva…none other than Bollywood siren – Priyanka Chopra!

India’s Glam Diva saw the coming together of exceptional women Diva’s from across the Indian entertainment industry who have created a mark for themselves across the fields of Bollywood, Television, Sports, Corporate and more. The show, which saw inputs from eminent guru’s from the industry – Shiamak Davar, Shaina NC and Rajeev Masand, selected India’s Glam Diva purely through audience votes making it truly INDIA’S GLAM DIVA –selected by the people, of the people and for the people of India. In keeping with the selection procedure, Priyanka Chopra was crowned by none other than her biggest fan and an avid viewer of BIG CBS Love – Siddhi Singh a Mumbai girl, working, competitive, independent and loves her kind of entertainment on TV!

Competition was stiff and fans from across the metros voted in high numbers ensuring their favorite Diva stayed above the rest! With the Glam Diva’s making for the who’s who from the industry, the likes of Kareena Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Vidya Balan, Aishwariya Rai Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, Sonam Kapoor, Sunidhi Chauhan, Bipasha Basu, Ekta Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Sania Mirza, Freida Pinto and Shruti Hassan, no one could predict the winner! The criteria of judging the contenders on the basis of mind, body and soul is what makes the show stand out from the rest!

Priyanka Chopra will be seen at her best during the finale-episode where she will share her ambitions and desires as an actress and woman! The feedback from the guru’s and the stupendous support of her fans, ensured Priyanka was ahead of all competitors.

The winners of Balaji’s GIFTH 2011-2012 film awards.

Balaji hosted its second GIFTH 2011-2012, a dream come true for millions of Colors’ viewers who can now witness their favorite film and television stars entertaining and being felicitated on the same platform.

The night glittered at Filmcity as the stalwarts in film and television sashayed down the red carpet for one of the biggest nights of the year.

The 15th March 2012 saw Balaji Telefilms Ltd., India’s leading creator of content in films, television and new media, host its second Global Indian Film & Television Honours (GIFTH)– the nation’s first joint film and television awards event.

Apart from the biggest names from the Balaji camp also making their presence felt were Bollywood stars Ranbir Kapoor,Saif Ali Khan,Vidya Balan,veterans Rishi Kapoor and Anil Kapoor,Kangana Ranaut,Bipasha Basu,Priyanka Chopra and Zareen Khan.

Anchored by effervescent director/producer Karan Johar , who had audiences in splits, the star studded night saw stupendous performances by Priyanka Chopra who grooved to Usha Uthap’s beats,Saif Ali Khan who performed to “Pyaar Ki Pungi” from his forthcoming release Agent Vinod,television’s favorite Ram Kapoor and Sakshi Tanwar,Shweta Tiwari and Muoni Roy and a special act by Akshay Kumar.

The GIFTH 2011-1012 honored 6 main categories namely Popular, Technical, Programming, Achievement, Special Honours and Voters’ Choice and 30 sub categories. The best of 2011 was decided entirely through a combination of jury and public voting.

It was a huge night for the production‘s in house film The Dirty Picture which bagged a whopping 9 awards including those for Best Film (Jury),Best Director (Jury),Best Dialogues, Best Playback Singing, Best Choreography ,Best Costume while lead and National Award winner Vidya Balan  walked away with the award for Best Actress ( Popular category) and the special honor of “Box Office Icon of the Year”.


Others to have graced the stage included Ranbir Kapoor who won the award for Best Actor (Popular Category) ,Hrithik Roshan Best Actor (Jury),Farhan Akhtar Best Supporting Actor ,Bipasha Basu and Akshay Kumar who won the Gitanjali Style Icon honors and Amitabh Bachchan for his Lifetime Achievement in films to name a few.


GIFTH 2011-2012 will be televised on Colors, India’s No.1 GEC on 15th April, 2012 with a special curtain raiser telecast on the 1st April.

Poonam Pandey gets dirtier than THE DIRTY PICTURE

Vidya Balan might be sizzling on the silver screen with oodles of oomph but our very own leggy lass Poonam Pandey is not ready to take things lying down. And, seeing Vidya grab all the eyeballs, Poonam is again set to take the netizens by storm yet again. After posting some sizzling trailers on her website, the bomb-shell has gone one step ahead and posted a hot new picture of hers.

“Do I consider myself sexy? It all depends on the way I’m feeling. When I’m happy inside, that’s when I feel most sexy”, wrote the model on the micro-blogging site Twitter. Clad in a black bikini, Pandey gives a side profile view into her twin assets.

She further tweeted, “Dirty Picture” Tweethearts!! do u think ne one in India has a hot body like this”.

So, is Poonam trying to give a tough competition to Vidya Balan? Well, lets wait and watch.



Not many know that as a kid Ekta Kapoor had always wanted to be a film journalist. She had also done a couple of stories as a cub reporter (with the assistance of a staffer) for gossip magazine Stardust. Much to the chagrin of her dad, he was quite sure that his daughter was capable of more than just unearthing scoops about his Bollywood clan.

Today, the business Czarina that she is, Ekta has a strong nose for spice and knows exactly what sells. Be it her stint with television where she changed the face of the small screen, made her millions, Ekta has also proved that a low-budget-high-on-content film can work wonders at the box-office. “LSD” and “Ragini MMS” are two such low budget films which have been commercially viable hits for her non-commercial film banner.

THE DIRTY PICTURE has already evoked enough curiosity coz of the story line which is allegedly inspired by South sex siren Silk Smitha. How much of Silk is there in this film, one can rest assured that it has the right dose to grab not just the eye-balls but tickle the funny bones of the front benchers.

One such exclusive sneak-peek on the film which is still a close guarded secret hit our hands. Since the storyline borders on the South film industry and the era when double-meaning dialogues were rampant, read on to slurp the flavour of the film.


Naseeruddin Shah’s wife, along with their 6 month old baby, visits the location where Vidya is shooting. Getting into a brief discussion, Vidya asks to hold the baby.

The baby’s hand goes on Vidya’s much evident bosom (through her low cut blouse) where she has a mole (kaala til). To this Vidya retorts, ‘Bilkul apne baap peh gaya hain’.

Quite shocked at the comment coming from the heroine of her husband’s film, the wife does manage to read between the lines on what Vidya is hinting at. She retorts, ‘Tumhare paas toh til hain, lekin woh mere dil main bethaa hain’.

Vidya gives a cynical almost sadistic smile, looks at Naseer’s wife and comments, ‘Woh toh tumhare dil mein bethtaa hoga, lekin mein toh uske til beh beththi hoon’

Impulsively without thinking twice, the wife retorts, ‘tumhe kaise pataa uske paas wahan til hain’.

Vidya doesn’t comment and roll her eyes with an impish glee of knowing where Naseeruddin has a ‘til’.

Knowing Ekta and her penchant for spice, gossip and controversy, one can wait and watch to see how this scene gets past the Censor’s eagle eyes when one can easily decipher what and where the ‘til’ is which is being spoken about in this scene.

Watch this space for more spicy unread gossip about Bollywood.


The actress’ brother Vadlapatla Naga Vara Prasad had filed a petition in the Andhra Pradesh High Court, on Tuesday, to withhold the release of the film.

He claimed that the film was based on tampered facts of her life and portrays his sister in an obscene manner. In response, to pre-empt any further roadblocks to the project, the filmmakers have filed caveat petitions in nearly 20 cities across the country to request that no petition against release of the film should be entertained without their knowledge.

Vara Prasad, who lives in Smitha’s native Kovvali village in West Godavari district, created a sensation a few days ago by slapping legal notices on the Kapoors.

However, the petition was not admitted. Speaking to Mumbai Mirror over the phone Smitha’s brother claimed that Kapoors had filed caveat petitions in about 20 courts across the country. “I received intimation from courts in various cities including Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Vijayawada and Eluru (hometown)”, he said. Defending his decision to drag the makers of the film to court, he said, he said, he did so after Balaji refused to respond to him.

“Going by the news reports appearing in newspapers and telecast by the TV channels, the the movie is based on my sister’s life. Her character has been portrayed in the most obscene manner. Such scenes must be removed before its release”, he petitioned the court, accusing the filmmakers of making the movie without the family’s consent or knowledge.

Silk Smitha’s kin sues THE DIRTY PICTURE

With reference to the legal notice received and the ongoing speculation about the film, Balaji wishes to clarify that “The Dirty Picture” is the romantic journey of a fiercely ambitious starlet who dreams of making it big on the silver screen.

It draws inspiration from the strugglers in the 80s whose indomitable spirit made them emerge triumphant and create a unique space for themselves in a male-dominated film industry.

The film is not a formal biopic or biography, as is being speculated. It is a work of fiction, and any characters resemblance to real persons,  living or dead, is coincidental.

“The Dirty Picture”, a spectacular musical entertainer, is in essence, a love story, and a celebration of the never-say-die spirit of every industry newcomer.

Second Poster of Balaji’s The Dirty Picture unveiled

Leaving little to the imagination, an evolved Vidya Balan paints ‘The Dirty Picture’ red with her killer pout, deep cleavage and bold stance.


Paying tribute to the controversial sex figure , The Dirty Picture directed by Milan Luthria archives the journey of the erstwhile sensation, Silk Smitha, played by Vidya Balan- her rise to stardom and her subsequent fall –


Also starring Nasseruddin Shah, Emraan Hashmi and Tusshar Kapoor ,Balaji’s Dirty Picture  comes to a theatre near you December 2nd 2011.