Category archives: Artist

Tamil filmmaker K Balachander: The man who introduced us to Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth

Legendary Tamil movie and theatre director, screen writer and producer K Balachander passed away on Tuesday. He was 84.  Everyone from Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan to Mani Ratnam and Khushbu had paid him a visit at the hospital. At 84, “KB sir”, as he is fondly called by one and all in the industry, has seen Tamil cinema evolve and is a guru and mentor to many people across many […]

Walking with the animals: Body artist transforms her models into beasts from zebra to seahorse in mind-bending optical tricks

Emma Fay, 27, from Leicester, began performing her elaborate trick after running a hair and beauty salon She spends up to six hours working up each creation with water-based paint and two very patient contortionists The art painted on the women’s white leotards include a zebra, mandrill, seahorse, giraffe, dragonfly and spider There’s a graceful giraffe, a brightly coloured dragonfly and a spider that’s far from itsy bitsy. At first […]

Thriller: Michael Jackson remains top-earning dead celebrity with $140 mn earnings

New York: Five years after his death, singer Michael Jackson is generating a fortune and is the top-earning dead celebrity, raking in an estimated $140 million in the past year for his estate, Forbes said on Wednesday. He earned more than twice as much as singer Elvis Presley, who died in 1977 and came in second with $55 million, and three times more than cartoonist and Peanuts comic strip creator […]

Celebrating 50 years in Bollywood: Lyricist Akhtar says his friends made him what he is

Noted lyricist and screenwriter Javed Akhtar has completed 50 years in the film industry. Recalling his long association with Bollywood, he said: “It was on October 4, 1964, that I stepped down at the railway station in Mumbai. Over the years I’ve realised that all that has happened to me is not because I’m good, but because people have been good to me. “If I had to describe my journey […]

A PaperSmith and his crazy world of PAPER MODELS

Sitting here and looking back, my entire life has been inspired by things that fly, things that are fast, things that move, things that can be understood and things that can be created. I was a curious kid and always used to wonder how stuff works, how wings generate lift, how steam engine operates etc. This curiousity gifted me with a passion to observe things, a passion to imagine things […]

Amitabh Bachchan: Bollywood star's 10 million Twitter followers

Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has crossed over 10 million followers on Twitter. The actor is prolific on the microblogging site and is the most followed user on Twitter in India. The 71-year-old star, who has acted in more than 180 films, recently made his Hollywood debut in a new adaptation of The Great Gatsby. He also hosts the hugely popular Kaun Banega Crorepati, the Indian version of Who Wants to […]

Tributes paid to film director Richard Attenborough

The Oscar-winning actor and director died on Sunday at the age of 90. Steven Spielberg said he was “in an endless line of those who completely adored him”. David Puttnam called him “completely irreplaceable”. Prime Minister David Cameron said he was “one of the greats of cinema”, while Ed Miliband called it “a sad day” for film “and the Labour movement”. Lord Attenborough was a member of the Labour party […]

Robin Williams dead; family, friends and fans are 'totally devastated'

Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams apparently took his own life at his Northern California home Monday, law enforcement officials said. Williams was 63. “He has been battling severe depression of late,” his media representative Mara Buxbaum told CNN. “This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.” Coroner investigators suspect “the death to be a suicide […]

'Failure made me stronger': Singer Asha tells women to follow their dreams

Asha Bhosle might hold a Guinness Record for recording the maximum number of songs, but there were days when she, along with fellow music legend Kishore Kumar, was turned away from recording studios. “But such incidents merely strengthened my resolve to come out of the shadow of established singers like Lata Mangeshkar, Geeta Dutt, Shamshad Begum or Noor Jehan,” said the singing sensation at an event organised by the Young […]

RIP Zohra Sehgal, 1912-2014: A friend and lifelong fan pays tribute to 'the begum of peerless chutzpah'

Actress Zohra Sehgal has passed away at the age of 102 Born as Sahibzadi Zohra Begum Mumtazullah Khan, she started out as an actor with Chetan Anand’s Neecha Nagar. She played Shah Rukh Khan’s grandmother in Dil Se, and Amitabh Bachchan’s mother in Cheeni Kum. I have always referred to Zohraji as ammi, because she pampered me while I visited the sets where she would shoot for my father’s films. […]