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Aamir Khan

Taare Zameen Par is a 2007 Bollywood drama film directed by Aamir Khan (pictured), written by Amole Gupte, and produced by Aamir Khan Productions. Visual effects were created by Tata Elxsi's Visual Computing Labs, and the title animation—the first use of claymation in a Bollywood film—was created by Dhimant Vyas. Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy composed the film's score, and Prasoon Joshi wrote the lyrics for many of the songs. Principal photography took place in Mumbai and in Panchgani's New Era High School, and some of the school's students make appearances. The film explores the life and imagination of eight-year-old Ishaan (Darsheel Safary). Although he excels in art, his poor academic performance leads his parents to send him to a boarding school. Ishaan's new art teacher (Aamir Khan) suspects that he is dyslexic, and helps him to overcome his disability. The film made its theatrical debut in India on 21 December 2007, and UTV Home Entertainment released a DVD for Indian audiences in 2008. The film has received several awards, including the Filmfare Best Film Award and the National Film Award for Best Film on Family Welfare (both 2008). It was India's official entry for the 2009 Academy Awards Best Foreign Film, and the film's failure to progress to the nominations short list sparked a debate about why no Indian film has ever won an Oscar.

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Portal:Bollywood/Selected article/2 Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is a 2011 Bollywood coming-of-age film, directed by Zoya Akhtar and produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani of Excel Entertainment. The music and score is composed by Shankar Ehsaan Loy with lyrics by Javed Akhtar. The film features an ensemble cast including Hrithik Roshan as Arjun, Abhay Deol as Kabir and Farhan Akhtar as Imraan. It also stars Katrina Kaif as Laila, Kalki Koechlin as Natasha, and Ariadna Cabrol as Nuria along with Naseeruddin Shah as Imraan's father. Initially expected to hit theatres on 27 May 2011, the release of the film was pushed back to 24 June, and once again to 15 July due to technical glitches in post-production. Made on a budget of 55 crore (US$8.7 million), the film was shot in Spain, UK, India, Egypt and Morocco. The story follows three friends, Arjun, Imraan and Kabir, who have been inseparable since their childhood. They set off to Spain on a bachelor trip and meet Laila, who falls in love with Arjun and helps him overcome his problem of workaholism. Kabir and his fiancée experience significant misunderstanding. After solving the problem, the three go to different locations in Spain, where each friend chooses a sport for the group to attempt. The film had a wide release in 1800 screens and was a critical and commercial success. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara grossed 153 crore (US$24 million) worldwide and is the eleventh highest grossing Bollywood film. After its theatrical run, the film was nominated for several awards in various categories, winning many of them.

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Portal:Bollywood/Selected article/3 Mother India is a 1957 Hindi epic film, written and directed by Mehboob Khan and starring Nargis, Sunil Dutt, Rajendra Kumar and Raaj Kumar. A melodrama, Mother India is a remake of Mehboob Khan's 1940 film Aurat. It is the story of a poverty-stricken village woman named Radha who, amidst many other trials and tribulations, struggles to raise her sons and survive against an evil money-lender. Despite her hardship, she sets a goddess-like moral example of what it means to be an Indian woman, yet kills her own criminal son at the end for the greater moral good. She represents India as a nation in the aftermath of independence. The film ranks among the all-time Indian box office hits and has been described as "an all-time Indian blockbuster" and "perhaps India's most revered film". The film won the National Film Award for Third Best Feature Film in 1958. Mother India belongs to a small collection of films, including Kismet (1943), Mughal-e-Azam (1960) and Sholay (1975) which continue to be watched daily throughout India and are considered to be definitive Hindi cultural classics. The film was India's first submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1958 and was chosen as one of the five nominations for the category.

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Portal:Bollywood/Selected article/4 Lage Raho Munna Bhai is a 2006 Indian comedy film directed by Rajkumar Hirani and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. It is the second film in the popular Munna Bhai series of Bollywood. Sanjay Dutt stars in this film as Munna Bhai, a Mumbai-based underworld don, who begins to see the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi. Through his interactions with the image of Gandhi, Munna Bhai begins to practice what he calls Gandhigiri to help ordinary people solve their problems. His sidekick, Circuit, is portrayed by Arshad Warsi. The film has had a strong cultural impact in India, popularising Gandhism under Munna Bhai's notion of Gandhigiri. The film was generally well-received by both critics and the mass audience. It was a box office success and was elevated to a "blockbuster" rating on Box Office India after grossing over Rs. 720 million. It is the recipient of a number of awards, including four National Film Awards. Lage Raho Munna Bhai is the first Hindi film to be shown at the United Nations, and also played to a packed house of mostly French students who "clapped till the credits were finished" during the Tous Les Cinema du Monde section of the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.

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Portal:Bollywood/Selected article/5 Rang De Basanti is a 2006 Indian drama film written and directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. It features an ensemble cast comprising Aamir Khan, Soha Ali Khan, Madhavan, Kunal Kapoor, Siddharth Narayan, Sharman Joshi, Atul Kulkarni and British actress Alice Patten in the lead roles. Made on a budget of  250 million (US$5.5 million), the film was shot in and around New Delhi. The story is about a British documentary filmmaker who is determined to make a film on Indian freedom fighters based on diary entries by her grandfather, a former officer of the British Indian Army. Upon arriving in India, she asks a group of five young men to act in her film. They agree, but after they begin filming a friend of theirs is killed in a fighter aircraft crash, with government corruption appearing to be the root cause of the incident. This event radicalizes them from being carefree to passion-driven individuals who are determined to avenge his death. The film was released globally on 26 January 2006 and subsequently was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2006 BAFTA Awards. Rang De Basanti also was chosen as India's official entry for the Golden Globe Awards and the Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category. A. R. Rahman's soundtrack, which earned positive reviews, had two of its tracks considered for the Academy Award nomination.

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Portal:Bollywood/Selected article/6 Lagaan is a 2001 Bollywood sports film written and directed by Ashutosh Gowariker. Aamir Khan, who was also the film's producer, stars with Gracy Singh in the lead roles; British actors Rachel Shelley and Paul Blackthorne play the supporting roles. Made on a budget of 25 crore (US$4.0 million), the film was shot in an ancient village near Bhuj, India. The film is set in the Victorian period of the British Raj and revolves around the peasants from a barren village who are oppressed by the high taxes imposed by their rulers. They attempt to persuade the British officers to reduce the taxes because of poor agricultural produce. Instead, a wager is offered. If their village team beats a British team in a game of cricket, their taxes for three years would be cancelled. After accepting this wager, the villagers face the arduous task of learning an alien game and playing for a result that will change their village's destiny. The film received critical acclaim and awards at various international film festivals, as well as many Indian film awards. It also became the third Hindi-language film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In 2010, the film was ranked #55 in Empire magazines "The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema". In 2011, the film was listed in Time Magazine's special "The All-TIME 25 Best Sports Movies".

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Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge is a Hindi language film released on 20 October 1995. A romantic comedy, the film marked the directorial debut of Aditya Chopra, who also wrote the story. It was produced by his father Yash Chopra, and stars Shahrukh Khan (pictured) and Kajol. The film tells the story of a young couple who fall in love during a vacation in Europea, and relates how the boy tries to win over the girl's parents so that she can marry him rather than the boy her father has selected. It was filmed in India, London, and Switzerland. Earning over 106 crore (US$17 million) in India and 15 crore (US$2.4 million) overseas, the film became the biggest Bollywood hit of the year, as well as one of the biggest Bollywood hits ever. During the 1996 awards season, the film won 10 Filmfare Awards, the most ever for a single film at the time, and also won the National Award for most popular film of the year. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge was included in the Cinema India showcase, "The Changing Face of Indian Cinema", which toured the United States in July and August 2004. Indiatimes Movies ranks it among the 25 Must See Bollywood Films.

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Portal:Bollywood/Selected article/8 Dabangg is a 2010 Indian action film, directed by Abhinav Kashyap and produced by Arbaaz Khan under Arbaaz Khan Productions. The lead actors in the film include Arbaaz's elder brother, Salman Khan, and Sonakshi Sinha. The film marks the debuts of Sonakshi as an actor, Arbaaz as a producer and Kashyap as a director. The film is set in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh and revolves around a police officer named Chulbul Pandey. Made with a budget of 30 crore and marketed at 12 crore, the film was shot primarily in the town of Wai, Maharashtra, while other major scenes were shot in the UAE. Dabangg was released on Eid, 10 September 2010 in nearly 1800 screens worldwide. The film opened to generally positive reviews and broke several box-office records upon release. The film went on to gross 215 crore worldwide and Box office India declared it an all-time blockbuster in the second week of its release. It is the highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2010 and, as of 2012, the third highest–grossing Bollywood film of all time. Dabangg went on to win several awards, including six Filmfare Awards, seven Star Screen Awards and nine Zee Cine Awards. It also won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.

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Hrithik Roshan

Agneepath is a 2012 Indian action drama film produced by Hiroo Yash Johar and Karan Johar under the banner of Dharma Productions. It is a retelling of the 1990 film of the same name and was directed by Johar's former assistant Karan Malhotra. Hrithik Roshan (pictured) plays the lead role of Vijay Deenanath Chauhan and Sanjay Dutt plays the role of the antagonist Kancha Cheena, originally played by Amitabh Bachchan and Danny Denzongpa respectively; Rishi Kapoor portrays the newly introduced character of Rauf Lala. The supporting cast include Om Puri as Commissioner Gaitonde, Priyanka Chopra as Kaali Gawde and Zarina Wahab as Suhasini Chauhan, with Katrina Kaif featuring in an item number. The film follows the struggle of a common man, Vijay Chauhan, as he seeks revenge from Kancha Cheena for wrongly framing and murdering his father in the island village of Mandwa. In the process he befriends an underworld drug lord Rauf Lala and falls in love with a loquacious girl, Kaali Gawde. Agneepath was released on 26 January 2012 in 2650 screens worldwide, coinciding with the Republic Day celebrations. Made on a budget of 60 crore (US$9.5 million), the film broke the highest opening day collections record in India and became a major critical and commercial success, with a worldwide gross of 193 crore (US$31 million). Box Office India declared the film as a "super hit". Agneepath has since emerged as one of the highest grossing films of all time from Bollywood.

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Parineeta is a Bollywood musical film adaptation of the 1914 Bengali novella, Parineeta by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. Directed by debutant Pradeep Sarkar, the film was based upon a screenplay by the film's producer, Vidhu Vinod Chopra. The film featured Vidya Balan (pictured), Saif Ali Khan and Sanjay Dutt in the lead roles. The film primarily revolves around the lead characters, Lalita and Shekhar. Since childhood, Shekhar and Lalita have been friends and slowly this friendship blossoms into love. A series of misunderstandings surface and both of them are separated with the conniving schemes of Shekhar's father. The plot deepens with the arrival of Girish who supports Lalita's family. Eventually, Shekhar's love defies his father's greed and he seeks Lalita. The film has several notable allusions to the Indian literature and cinema. Despite the pre-release inhibitions, it received critical acclaim and. It won the Filmfare Awards apart from several prominent awards. The director went on to win the National Award for Best First Film. The film was also showcased at prominent International film festivals.

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Dharmendra at IIFA Press Conference

Sholay is an Indian action-adventure film produced by G. P. Sippy and directed by his son Ramesh Sippy. It is considered by the Encyclopaedia of Hindi cinema to be among the greatest films in Indian cinema. Released on 15 August 1975, it stars Dharmendra (pictured), Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhaduri and Amjad Khan. The film, shot in the rocky terrain of Ramanagara, Karnataka, follows two criminals who are hired to capture a ruthless dacoit named Gabbar Singh. The film drew its plot heavily from the conventions of Westerns. When first released, Sholay opened to a tepid response, but owing to word of mouth promotion it soon became a box office phenomenon. It ran for 286 weeks straight (more than five years) in a theatre in Mumbai and achieved a still-standing record of 60 golden jubilees (50 consecutive weeks) across India. It is the first film in the history of Indian cinema to celebrate a silver jubilee (25 weeks) in over a hundred theaters across India. The Indian Central Board of Film Certification initially mandated cuts of several scenes involving violence and death. As such, Sholay was released with a length of 188 minutes. After 15 years, the original director's cut of 204 minutes was made available.

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Kareena Kapoor

Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu is a 2012 Indian romantic comedy film written and directed by debutant Shakun Batra. The film was produced by Karan Johar and Hiroo Yash Johar under the banner of Dharma Productions, alongside Ronnie Screwvala of UTV Motion Pictures. The film features Imran Khan and Kareena Kapoor (pictured) in lead roles, with Ratna Pathak Shah, Boman Irani and Ram Kapoor in supporting roles. It centers around an uptight architect named Rahul Kapoor, living in Las Vegas, who loses his job and, following a night of debauchery, accidentally marries a free-spirited hairstylist named Riana Braganza. After mutually deciding to annul the marriage, Rahul begins a one-sided attraction for Riana, which threatens to ruin their newly found friendship. Development of the film began in 2010, when Johar signed Batra and Khan for a film to be made under his banner. Inspired by the Woody Allen style of film-making, Ayesha Devitre and Batra worked on the script, with principal photography taking place in Vegas, Los Angeles, Pataudi and Mumbai. The music of the film was composed by Amit Trivedi with lyrics written by Amitabh Bhattacharya. Originally slated to release during the fall of 2011, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu eventually released on February 10, 2012, to positive critical notice, with major praise directed to Khan and Kapoor's performance. Made on a budget of 36 crore (US$5.7 million), the film earned a domestic total of 39.75 crore (US$6.3 million), thereby emerging as a moderate box-office success.

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Portal:Bollywood/Selected article/13 Mr. and Mrs. Iyer is a 2002 Indian drama film written and directed by Aparna Sen and produced by N. Venkatesan. The film features Aparna Sen's daughter Konkona Sen Sharma as Meenakshi Iyer, a Tamil Iyer Brahmin who is Hindu. Rahul Bose portrays the character of Raja Chowdhury, a Bengali Muslim wildlife photographer. The story revolves around these two lead characters during a fateful bus journey amidst the carnage of communal strife in India. Zakir Hussain, an Indian tabla maestro, composed the background score and music for the film; Goutam Ghose, a film director himself, was the cinematographer. Mr. and Mrs. Iyer premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland and was showcased at other prominent film festivals. The film opened to Indian audiences on 19 July 2002. It was met with critical acclaim upon release, and won several national and international awards, including the Golden Maile award at the Hawaii International Film Festival and the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration in India. The film, which was also released on DVD, used English as its predominant language, with sporadic Hindi, Tamil, and Bengali.

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Indian composer A.R. Rahman

"Jai Ho" is a song composed by Indian composer A. R. Rahman (pictured) for the soundtrack to Subhash Ghai's 2008 film Yuvvraaj. Ghai, who suggested Rahman use the words "jai ho" in a song, thought it was "too subtle and soft" for inclusion in the film. Rahman and Gulzar, who co-wrote the lyrics to the song, felt that the song had "immense potential", so when Danny Boyle, the director of the 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire, approached Rahman to compose its soundtrack, Rahman used the song for it. "Jai Ho" accompanies a choreographed dance sequence at the end credits of Slumdog Millionaire. The song features vocals from Sukhvinder Singh, Mahalaxmi Iyer and Vijay Prakash in three Indian languages. Videos were posted on YouTube of people covering and remixing the song, as well as doing the "Jai Ho" dance featured in the film. "Jai Ho" received universally favorable reviews from music critics. The song won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Grammy Award. American girl group The Pussycat Dolls recorded an English interpretation of "Jai Ho". Entitled "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)", and credited to "A. R. Rahman and the Pussycat Dolls featuring Nicole Scherzinger", the song appeared on the re-release of the group's second studio album Doll Domination (2008).

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Portal:Bollywood/Selected article/15 Dhoom 2 is a 2006 Bollywood action film directed by Sanjay Gadhvi and produced by Aditya Chopra and Yash Chopra at an estimated budget of 35 crore (US$5.6 million). It is the second film in the Dhoom series. Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra star in the film as buddy cops Jai Dixit and Ali, respectively. The duo attempt to capture Mr. A (Hrithik Roshan), a professional thief whose passion is to steal rare and valuable collectibles using high-technology gadgets. The film was shot primarily in India, Durban, and Rio de Janeiro, becoming the first major Hindi film to be shot in Brazil. The film premiered on 24 November 2006 in India, where it received the widest release in Indian cinema history, with over 1800 prints. Dhoom 2 was generally well received by both critics and audiences. It became the highest-grossing Indian film of 2006, and was the highest-grossing film of all time. It is the seventh highest-grossing Bollywood film in overseas markets. After grossing over 150 crore (US$24 million), the film was elevated to a "blockbuster" rating on Box Office India. It received an 80% approval rating among critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics praised Dhoom 2 for its exotic locales and elaborate action sequences.

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Ranbir Kapoor at the launch of Barfi! promo

Rockstar is 2011 Bollywood musical romantic drama film directed by Imtiaz Ali, starring Ranbir Kapoor (pictured) and debutant Nargis Fakhri, with music composed by A. R. Rahman. The film also stars Shammi Kapoor, Moufid Aziz, Aditi Rao Hydari, Piyush Mishra, Shernaz Patel and Kumud Mishra, with the former making his last film appearance. Rockstar was produced by Eros International Ltd. along with Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd. It follows Janardhan Jakhar, who dreams of becoming a big rockstar. He undergoes an emotional change to do so and, during the process, he goes to Prague to follow a girl named Heer. Development of Rockstar commenced in May 2010. Nargis Fakhri was cast as the female lead, after plans to give the role to Kareena Kapoor were shelved. Filming in India took place at Delhi, Kashmir, Mumbai and Dharamsala, while the foreign sequences were shot in Prague. Rockstar was released on 11 November 2011. Upon release, the film received positive to mixed reviews. Film critics highlighted Ranbir and Rahman as the stars of the film, but panned the plot. Rockstar performed well at the box office, appealing to youngsters in the cities. Ranbir's character brought him awards for best actor from Filmfare and Star Screen.

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Shabana Azmi at the World Economic Forum in 2006

The National Film Award for Best Actress is an honour presented annually at the National Film Awards of India since 1968 to an actress for the best performance in a leading role within the Indian film industry. The National Film Awards were called the "State Awards for Films" when established in 1954. The State Awards instituted the "Best Actress" category in 1968 as the "Urvashi Award for the Best Actress"; in 1975, the "Urvashi Award" was renamed as the "Rajat Kamal Award for the Best Actress". Throughout the years, accounting for ties and repeat winners, the Indian Government has presented a total of 48 Best Actress awards to 38 different actresses. Until 1974, winners of the National Film Award received a figurine and certificate; since 1975, they have been awarded with a "Rajat Kamal" (silver lotus), certificate and a cash prize that amounted to 50,000 (US$790) in 2012. Although the Indian film industry produces films in more than 20 languages and dialects, the actresses whose performances have won awards have worked in ten major languages: Assamese, Bengali, English, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. The first recipient was Nargis Dutt from Bollywood, who was honoured at the 15th National Film Award (1968) for her performance in Raat Aur Din. The actress who won the most number of Rajat Kamal awards is Shabana Azmi (pictured) with five wins, followed by Sharada with three.

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Aditya Roy Kapoor

Aashiqui 2 is a 2013 Bollywood romantic musical drama film directed by Mohit Suri. Starring Aditya Roy Kapoor (pictured) and Shraddha Kapoor in the lead roles, it was produced by Bhushan Kumar and Mukesh Bhatt under the T-Series and Vishesh Films banners. Set in the early 2010s, Aashiqui 2 is a love story centering around the turbulent relationship between musicians Rahul and Arohi, a relationship which is affected by Rahul's issues with alcohol abuse and temperament. The film is the sequel to the 1990 musical blockbuster Aashiqui, and initially caused concern in the Indian media that the film could live up to the high standards and success of the original. Production of Aashiqui 2 began in 2011, with the principal photography taking place in Cape Town, Goa and Mumbai on a budget of 90 million (US$1.4 million). The film which premiered on 26 April 2013 received a positive to mixed critical reception and became a major commercial success at the box-office despite featuring newcomers, earning 1 billion (US$16 million) worldwide within the first four weeks. It was declared as a blockbuster by Box Office India after its three-week box office run. The soundtrack to the film became very popular after its release; the songs "Tum Hi Ho" and "Sun Raha Hai" topped the charts across various platforms in India.

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