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Spyder is the first bilingual (Telugu & Tamil) film for Superstar Mahesh Babu. Unlike most bilinguals that are usually dubbed into another language, this film has been shot as a bilingual -- each scene twice in both the languages.
The movie is a remake of the 2014 Hollywood hit of the same name written, co-produced, starring and directed by Jon Favreau.
This film made its entry to Mumbai Film Festival 2016 in two categories and is selected for Indian Panorama section of International Film Festival of India 2016. Colours of Innocence won the National Film Award (Rajat Kamal) in India (2016) in the best child actor category.
One of the movie's scene was shot at the Pont de Bir-Hakeim, a bridge that crosses the Seine River in Paris where Christopher Nolan's Inception was also shot.
The movie was shot in Serbia, Slovenia and Bulgaria. Ajith put in a lot of effort din hostile environments for this movie and did majority of the stunts himself which is very credible for a 45 year old actor. A lot of firsts for this movie - first Indian film to be shot in a restricted military airbase in Serbia, first movie to have a railway tunnel closed off for shooting!
This is the first Bengali movie to be shot in Egypt. The movie also features Rabindranath Tagore's famous poem Chitto Jetha Bhayshunyo.
The film was shot in Dunkirk, France, in the same location as the World War II evacuation. It was the third major motion picture to be shown theatrically in 70mm. It's also the first major motion picture to use handheld IMAX cameras. One of the film's co-stars is Harry Styles who is of the hit boy band One Direction. This is Christopher Nolan’s shortest movie since his very first movie, Following, that premiered in 1998.
National Film Award-winning actor Rajkummar Rao was seen playing a 324-year-old man in the film.
A good adaptation of the book by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay. One of the earliest Bengali movies to have been shot in an exotic locale as far as South Africa. Part II of the movie is expected to release in 2017
This is the fourth episode in the Part 2 series of the extremely successful 'Shockers'. An eclectic bungalow in Juhu formed the backdrop of this bone-chilling drama
The filmmakers wanted to shoot in Burma, but they did not get permission. Hence they chose Arunachal Pradesh which is along the Indo-Burma border. The environs of Arunachal Pradesh looks similar to Burma. Rangoon is Bollywood's first movie to be shot extensively in Arunachal Pradesh. Almost 50% of the movie was shot here. 'Koyla' was the first Hindi movie to be shot in Arunachal Pradesh, though only one song was filmed there.
This is one of the most extensively shot Bollywood movies in Bulgaria. On the First Day Muharat Ajay Devgan held Live Periscope Telecast for fans as they were shooting the First Shot in Mussorie
Pulimurugan is appreciated for several achievements. Its box office collection, the fact that Mohanlal did almost all the stunts himself and the near-authentic man-tiger fights, with least usage of graphics. The place of shooting also suddenly came to the limelight. Several stars from other film industries were part of this movie in minor roles, since they wanted to be part of a Mohanlal film.
Raees was said to be based on criminal Abdul Latif's life. But the filmmakers deny this. Almost during the completion of the shooting, Pakistan actors were banned from India following the political unrest. This put the movie into troubled waters as most of the movie was shot with Mahira Khan, a Pakistani actress. So the songs of the movie were shot in Morocco
There were two fight scenes in the film. For realism, the actors fought without rehearsing. Although the first scene utilised music and other technical enhancements, Pothan wanted the climactic fight to look more natural: "I felt it would be better to film it without its cinematic nature. To be able to relate to the scene, it had to look natural. Fahadh and Sujith had a tough time while shooting" The scene was filmed unrehearsed in four days on muddy grounds.
Ashuthosh Gowarikar researched 3 years to get the facts about Mohenjodaro correct. He consulted 7 archaeologists, one of whom also inspected the construction of the sets of Mohenjodaro to approve its look and feel as close to the civilisation infrastructure and the objects in it.
This film was selected for Cannes 2016 in the Short-Film Category
Sairat was such a commercial success that it broke all records for the top grosser in the first week itself in Marathi cinema. Sairat becomes first marathi film to cross ₹65 crore (US$9.7 million) mark. A unique feature about the music about this film is a song where the soundtrack includes western classical pieces recorded at Sony Scoring Stage in Hollywood, California, a first for an Indian film!
Airlift is the story of 170,000 Indians stranded in Kuwait during the invasion of Saddam Hussein on Kuwait. Two people, viz Sunny Mathews and Bala, managed to help the Indian people survive the Iraqi invasion, and against all odds travelled a thousand kilometres across the border into Amman, Jordan. From Amman, 1,70,000 Indians were brought home by the largest and the most successful evacuation ever attempted by any country, in the history of the world. Over 59 days, the Indian government systematically flew over 488 Air India commercial flights into a war zone to evacuate all 1,70,000 Indians and safely bring them back home.
The movie inspired NASA to release photos showing real-life locations from the film on the Red Planet. Two landing sites for the Ares 3 and Ares 4 missions depicted in the movie can be seen in the images beamed to Earth by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft.
The screenplay of this movie has been selected for Oscar Library. This is the third collaboration between director Neeraj Pandey and actor Anupam Kher, who also starred in A Wednesday (2008) and Special 26 (2013). The desert stunt, which was performed by Akshay Kumar and Rana Daggubati, was done at a temperature of more than 43 degrees Celsius.
- I is India's costliest movie made, budgeted at 185 crores and was released across 3000 screens worldwide in 5 languages including Chinese. - Record body transformation by Vikram from 45 kgs to 110 kgs for this movie - All stunts were handled by Yuen Woo Ping of Kill Bill, KungFu Hustle, Matrix fame - All special effects and background arts were handled by Weta Workshop of Avatar, Lord of the Rings and King Kong
After this movie, Kerala Police were miffed with the makers of this movie since they felt it sent the wrong message to people, regarding police behaviour and people's response to crime.
- Chokher Bali, literally Sand of the Eye, equivalent to eyesore, is a Bengali novel written by Rabindranath Tagore in the early twentieth century. This is Tagore's most controversial novel. - Chokher Bali won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali and was nominated for the Golden Leopard (Best Film) award at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2003 - Everything posed a problem during the making of this film— from the physical setting, after a Belgachhia house was initially promised and then denied at the last moment, to furniture and the props, which had to be almost entirely brought from London and the Lagaan repository, to the foreigners and the pheriwala in the cast.
This film was shot in a minuscule budget in over 20 days only! The film was screened at the Busan International Film Festival, the Mumbai Film Festival, and the International Film Festival of KeralaThe film bagged the Best Feature Film in Hindi in the 60th National Film Awards 2012. The film was also screened at 24th Palm Springs International Film Festival, California. 23rd TROMSO International Film Festival, Norway. 36th Goteborg International Film Festival, Sweden. And 5th Jaipur International Film Festival.
The song, 'Sada Haq', in which the Free Tibet flag was featured, was shot at Norbulingka monastery in McLeod Ganj, the seat of the Tibet government in exile. The Censor Board of India has demanded that visuals of the flag be eliminated or blurred out. Activists with Students for a Free Tibet India have planned rallies and demonstrations in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Calcutta to protest the grossly unfair censorship of the movie's support of Tibet. The film also marked Shammi Kapoor's last appearance in a feature film; he died on 14 August 2011.
2 States is a 2009 novel written by Chetan Bhagat. It is the story about a couple coming from two different states in India, who face hardships in convincing their parents to approve of their marriage. The novel is said to be inspired from the real life story of the author and his wife Anusha Suryanarayanan who are from Delhi and Tamil Nadu, respectively. He wrote this novel after quitting his job at an investment bank. This is his fourth book after Five Point Someone, One Night @ the Call Center and The Three Mistakes of My Life.
Merantau is an Indonesian martial arts film. It introduces a style of Pencak Silat which is the Indonesian form of martial arts. After the great success of this movie, Evans and Uwais collaborated again for the Indonesian action film 'The Raid: Redemption' (2011) and its sequel (2014).
The movie was shot as a road journey across 6 states in India.
The Uttar Pradesh government has given Rs. one crore aid to Madhuri Dixit starrer Dedh Ishqiya in a bid to attract producers to film their movies in the state.
Walter Mitty is a fictional character in James Thurber's short story "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty", first published in The New Yorker on March 18, 1939, and in book form in My World and Welcome to It in 1942. Thurber loosely based the character on his friend, Walter Mithoff. It was made into a film in 1947, with a remake directed by and starring Ben Stiller released in 2013.
Aamir and Katrina took up special preparations for their roles. Khan reportedly learnt Ballet, Aerobatics and French technique of Parkour, While Abhishak reportedly lost nine kilos of weight to prepare for his role in the film. This is the first Indian film to be released in IMAX format. Chicago's also the backdrop of a promotional smart-phone game based on the movie that was released in October.
This is the third installment of Krrish. Around 600 Krrish masks were used during the filming of the movie. Since they are made of wax, they would melt.
Madras Cafe was shot in Malaysia, Thailand, London and India. Several civil war scenes were shot in Bangkok as light machine gun fire was not permitted in India. Real AK-47s, 9mm Berettas and M60s were used, for which special permission was obtained from the local authorities. The film was also dubbed in Tamil. After the release of the trailer, Tamil political parties Naam Tamilar besides Pattali Makkal Katchi called for a ban on the film, citing that it depicts the members of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam as terrorists. The Madurai bench of Madras High Court dismissed a petition to ban the film
Shah Rukh, known for his high-on-promotion marketing spree, also entered the virtual world with a game titled ‘Chennai Express: Escape from Rameshwaram’, based on the movie. ‘Chennai Express’ is the first movie to release on the same day in Peru as India. Screens in Morocco, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France and Israel have also been locked. The movie has been released in North America across 195 screens, in Britain across 175 screens, in the Middle East 55 screens and 30 screens in Australia. ‘Chennai Express’ is said to be the first movie to be released on such a large scale in overseas market.
Mother India was India's first official entry to the Oscars and it lost by one vote! Mother India is a remake of Khan's earlier film Aurat (1940). The music by Naushad introduced Western classical music and Hollywood-style orchestra to Hindi cinema. A special screening of Mother India was held in the residence of the Indian president on 23 October 1957, two days before its release. The movie won many national and international awards. It was the biggest budget movie of its time, beaten only by Mughal-e-Azam in the 1960s. This movie was shot mainly in the villages of Gujarat and Maharashtra, which were together called the Bombay State then.
The film infuriated the censors and was denied entry into several international movie festival nominations due to the censor board objections about denigrating Gandhi, Buddha and [20th Century Dalit leader] Ayyankali. “‘Papilio Buddha’ is inspired by several events that happened in various Dalit communities in Kerala, including their struggles for land in places such as Chengara, Meppadi and Muthanga, and their effects on the Dalit population. Unlike North India, the Dalit movement in Kerala took root very late and no political party has supported it.” - Director Cherian. Papilio Buddha is a species of butterfly, also known as Malabar Banded Peacock, an endangered species found in the Western Ghats.
The Wolverine is a 2013 American-Australian superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Wolverine. It is the sixth installment in the X-Men film series and follows the events of X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).
The story is adapted from a real-life incident in 2008 where three immigrant workers from India, working for ONGC were kidnapped in Sudan. Sudan is the largest oil producing country in Africa and a civil war was going on there. They were captured by some child soldiers, who demanded a ransom. They were held in captivity for 21 days, until they escaped.
Milkha Singh overcame the massacre of his family, civil war during the India-Pakistan partition, and homelessness to become one of India's most iconic athletes. Milkha Singh charged Re. 1 to give rights to Rakeysh OmPrakash Mehra to make a movie on his life (http://goo.gl/8RUFI) Farhan Akhtar, the onscreen Milkha Singh, opted for rigorous training sessions lasting 18 months to get a chiseled body (http://goo.gl/deQnh)
Lootera is a 2013 Bollywood period romance drama film set in the era of the 1950s where the zamindari system was seeing its last days. The movie is partly based on author O. Henry's book 'The Last Leaf'.
Dhanush, a national award winner for his work in Tamil cinema, overnight became a global sensation due to his song "Kolaveri Di". Written and sung by Dhanush for the 2012 Tamil psychological thriller film, "3". The song was officially released on 16 November 2011 and instantly became viral on social networking sites for its quirky "Tanglish" (combination of Tamil and English) lyrics. Soon, the song became the most searched YouTube video in India and an internet phenomenon across Asia. Within a few weeks, YouTube honoured the video with a '"Recently Most Popular" Gold Medal award and "Trending" silver medal award for receiving a large number of hits in a short time. This is the Hindi remake of the Tamil movie "Ambikapathy"
The three important things in this movie: 1. Puneeth Rajkumar's six-pack abs 2. Anna Bond's bike, which is a stunning amalgamation of a silver skeleton on a heavy-duty bike 3. The song "Kaanadanthe Mayavadhanu" is a song which was sung by Puneeth Rajkumar 30 years ago in his father, Dr. Rajkumar's movie 'Chelisuva Modagalu". The same song is sung by Puneeth again in a remixed version in this movie.
The movie is still remembered for its brilliant story and its technical superiority. It is said to be the first Indian movie to be shot underwater. This film is also notable for the underwater fighting scene between Dr.Rajkumar and an octopus. For Ondu Muttina Kathe, Shankar Nag went to Canada for camera, used German cameraman, got Octopus from London & shot underwater in Maldives!
It is the twelfth installment in the Star Trek franchise and the sequel to 2009's Star Trek.
After local cops gunned down feared gansgter Manya Surve, the term 'encounter' entered the police lexicon for the first time. The film’s story is inspired by S. Hussain Zaidi’s book From "Dongri to Dubai", about Mumbai’s underworld.
In 1952, Harrer returned to Austria where he documented his experiences in the books Seven Years in Tibet (1952) and Lost Lhasa (1953). Seven Years in Tibet was translated into 53 languages, and was a bestseller in the United States in 1954, selling three million copies. The book was the basis of two films of the same title, the first in 1956 and the second in 1997, starring Brad Pitt in the role of Harrer. The Chinese government wasn’t terribly happy with the film and banned director Jean-Jacques Annaud, Brad Pitt, and David Thewlis from China. Only 20 minutes of the final film were shot in Tibet, and that filming was done in secret because they had no authorization to do so.
The film is inspired by the principal characters of Guru Dutt's 1962 film "Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam" and is a contemporary version on how the characters would behave in this era. This is a sequel of the 2011 movie "Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster"
Remade in Telugu and Bengali. Hindi version underway. Excellent songs (plus excellent lyrics), rendered by the truly talented California based Mano Murthy with non-Kannada singers delivering nothing but the best, have helped this movie achieve such popularity and box office success. Director Yograj Bhatt wanted to shoot in Karnataka as he believed it has unexplored potential. The movie embodies that principle. The film was a success, exceeding expectations. The film is believed to have shaped and strengthened the careers of Pooja Gandhi, Ganesh (a TV star), Yogaraj Bhat and Jayant Kaikini. Up to 80% of the scenes in the film were shot in the rain.
Murder 3 is the official adaptation of the Spanish thriller The Hidden Face (La Cara Oculta).
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow who was the first woman to win an Oscar for directing Hurt Locker. The movie ran into many controversies over its CIA torture depictions, dramatization of the events leading to Osama's capture, angering the Polish government and the Indian locals.
Magadheera was the highest budgeted Telugu film ever taken with a budget of INR 450,000,000 at its time. The film was dubbed and released in Malayalam as Dheera— The Warrior and in Tamil as Maveeran. Majority of the shots in the film were shot against blue mattes and composited using computer generated background layers. ‘Magadheera’ has over 890 VFX shots that took nearly one year and 10000 man days to complete. The scope of work included animation, 3D tracking, digital matt backgrounds, complicated rope removals and compositing. The arena sequence is a must see, involving some of the most complicated amalgamation of stunts and graphics.
Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham was the first Indian movie to be shot at the famous Blenheim Palace in the UK
An altered version with the same title David featuring a slightly different cast was simultaneously shot in Tamil
Second movie in the series of the very popular soap "Sex and the City". The filmakers did not get permission to film in Abu Dhabi, hence Morocco was the next stop
Naan Kadavul (I am God) is an Indian Tamil cult film co-written and directed by Bala, based on the Tamil novel 'Yezhaam Ulagam' by Jayamohan who also penned the dialogues for the film. The movie took 3 years in the making. After its release it won critical acclaim but was not a box office success. It went on to win multiple state and national awards
The film is a cinematic adaptation of the Marathi novel named Natarang by Anand Yadav. This movie was termed as a resurrection of Marathi cinema. The movie was given a grand premiere which was a first for a Marathi movie as it swept a lot of national and international awards. Notable is Atul's performance. He has described the role as physically as well as emotionally challenging. Kulkarni had to first build up his physique for the role of a labourer, and lose it to portray a panzy.
Rocky IV - the 4th installment of the Rocky series is perhaps the most popular of them all. The movie Rocky IV as released during the Cold War era between the USA and USSR. Several movies filmed during that time did have a hint of the current political situation. However the end of the movie talks peace. The Rocky series of movies have been proclaimed the best boxing movies ever, to be challenged only by the 'Raging Bull'
Life of Pi is a biographical adventure novel by Yann Martel published in 2001 that director Ang Lee made into this film. Life of Pi, which won Canadian writer Yann Martel the Man Booker Prize in 2002, has sold nine million copies worldwide, even before it was adapted for a film. Most of the film is shot in Taiwan which is Director Ang Lee's birthplace. ‘Life of Pi’ to receive tourism awards in India for showcasing Pondicherry and Munnar - cities of India
This movie was Yash Chopra's last movie. He died before the movie was completed.
DeMille always considered the star of this film to be God and the extraordinary journey of one man to free the chosen people of God. This 1956 film, lauded as the 10th Greatest Epic of all time as ranked by 1500 members of the ‘creative community’ in AFI’s 2008 rankings of the ten best films in ten distinct genres, is a partial remake of DeMille’s own 1923 silent film. Many cast and crew from that first piece joined DeMille again on this much grander – and successful – retelling. The Ten Commandments was a monstrous success at the box office, grossing an enormous $65MM from a not small $15MM budget (that’s over $977MM adjusted for inflation). It would garner seven academy award nominations, winning for Visual Effects, and become a mainstay of Passover family entertainment on television after a long theatrical run and theatrical re-runs. It was considered good old-fashioned traditional filmmaking even in 1956, and was the antithesis of noir filmmaking. It remains today a mesmerizing accomplishment of vision and Cecile B. DeMille’s most remarkable accomplishment.
Kumki elephants are trained Indian elephants which are used to guide wild elephants back to the forest to minimize the destruction of properties and fields of nearby villages. Kumki is based on several real-life incidents in which elephants create havoc by killing people or ruining the lands. For the climax portions of this film a two-acre agricultural land was purchased by the producer. Since the elephants will be shown destroying the agricultural lands, it was decided to acquire the land for shooting this scene.
'Skyfall' is the 23rd installment of the Bond Series and is made in commemoration of his 50 years onscreen.
The city of Tehran was recreated in Los Angeles, USA. About 800 people, many of them Iranian Americans, were brought in from Beverly Hills and other locations to perform as extras. An unused portion of the terminal of the Ontario Internal Airport was dressed with Farsi signage as well as giant posters of then-leader Ayatollah Khomeini. Computer graphics filled in the mountains in the backdrop of the Tehran airport and created a digital 747.
A remake of the hugely successful 1990 movie of the same name with Amitabh Bachchan in the lead. Agneepath of Amitabh fame had acquired cult-status, wherein this 2012 remake also made decent business.
Had a Telugu release titled 'Brothers'
The Murphy company sent a legal notice to the Barfi makers for using their trademark without their permission
Ek Tha Tiger was banned in Pakistan because it showed ISI agents in bad light.
The film won the Silver Lotus Award at the 59th National Film Awards in the Best Feature Film in Marathi category. Premiered at MIFTA LONDON 2011, Leicester Square, Prince Charles Theatre. While Marathi cinema has already come of age in terms of strong content, it is now at par with world cinema in terms of technology too by roping in the international talent of Christopher Robleto-Harvey from El Paso, Texas USA and Diego Romero of Spain to work with them on sound recording and cinematography respectively.
- With Enter The Dragon, Bruce Lee achieved the sort of cross over success he had longed for. Produced cooperatively by Hong Kong and Hollywood interests, this was Lee arriving at the peak, hailed by both the US and Hong Kong as a legitimate star on his own terms. - The movie was eventually released in August of 1973 and shot Bruce Lee to international stardom, though he had actually already died in July 1973. - This movie was the last of the 4 Bruce Lee movies - Despite huge success, the film production was beset with problems, including Lee's initial stage fright, accidents involving glass bottles, de-poisoned snakes, rivalry and fights between extras on the sets. Production ended with a bigger disaster - Bruce Lee's death just a few days before the film's release. He was 32. - Among the numerous anonymous goons Bruce Lee beats up is a young stuntman we would come to know as Jackie Chan.
According to history, Bodhidharma was one of the 8 people sent from Tamil Nadu to China. Several controversies surrounded the making of this movie with historians rubbishing all the facts. Surya trained to get a six pack abs for a Kung Fu sequence within 16 days. Vietnamese actor and martial artist Johnny Tri Nguyen plays the antagonist with style. The soundtrack has a Chinese track, sung by Chinese singer Hau.
- Jackie Chan was supposed to be Asia's answer to an Indiana Jones kind of adventurer. He is called the Asian Hawk in this movie. - In a simple stunt in this movie, Jackie was injured badly. While in Yugoslavia filming Armour of God, Jackie fell while jumping to a tree branch. Unfortunately, he fell head first onto rocks and fractured his skull. A piece of his skull cracked and shot up into his brain, and blood poured from his ears. He was taken to the hospital and was operated on. He made a full recovery, but he lost some of the hearing in his right ear. - The movie has one of the most memorable and unexpected fight scenes where Jackie fights with four Amazonian women.
Dirty Picture is loosely based on the life of “sex bomb” Silk Smitha, the South Indian sexy vixen of the 1980s who was famous for her one-song item numbers in many Tamil and Telugu movies. Smitha was found dead in her Chennai apartment in 1996, soon after suffering massive losses producing her own movie. She was just 35. In 17 years, she had appeared in 450 films in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi. It is said that some of her movies did well because of her item songs. Silk Smitha’s family has also filed a suit, as the movie was made without their permission. But the Andhra High Court ruled against it.
This was the last time that Mohammed Rafi's voice was picturized on Shammi Kapoor. This movie was apparently the first Indo-US coproduction, and it has not one, but three versions - Hindi, English, and 3-D! The English version was called - 'Raiders of the Sacred Stone'
The movie was a remake of the English movie "The Rock". The Alcatraz Island in San Francisco in the Rock and the Fortim de Mor in Diu in Qayamat were similar in that both of them are island fortresses which were once prisons.
Following the success of the film version of Evita, in 1996, the government of Argentina released its own film biography of Peron, titled Eva Perón: The True Story, asserting that it corrected distortions in the Lloyd Webber account. There were several productions of Evita, theatre, film and touring productions with multiple shows. Its music won several awards.
1. This movie is Saif Ali Khan's first movie as a producer. 2. Saif Ali Khan's penchant for comics has resulted Agent Vinod's foray into the graphic novel realm - The Jungfrau Encounter. There's been a predecessor to this, remember Hum Tum (http://www.filmapia.com/published/movies/h/hum-tum)?
Paan Singh Tomar was an exceptional athlete, who ruled the steeplechase event (a 3,000 metre obstacle race that includes a water jump) at the National Games seven years in a row (his record stood unbeaten for ten years) in the 1950s and 1960s, and represented India at international competitions. He was a Subedar in the Indian army when he took premature retirement to go back to his village near Morena in Madhya Pradesh. There he became entangled in a dispute over land. He approached the police and the panchayat, but got no help, even though he showed them his gold medals and newspaper cuttings and photographs of his exploits. And so he decided to take the law into his hands and eventually became a dacoit. He died in a gunbattle with the police in 1981, at the age of 50. The real Paan Singh's wife Indra still lives in Bhind, Paan Singh's village in Chambal. The movie team screened the film for her and other villagers on the day of the release.
Shooting for the ending Durga Puja sequence was shot at the Ballygunge Cultural Club pandal on Dussehra.
Considered to be one of the best films ever made in Telugu. This movie got 4 national awards and 1 Filmfare award.
Dev Anand takes the viewers to a tour all across Europe..one of the firsts in the 70s.
Because of its particular landscape Matera has been the perfect backdrop for many movies from the 50’s to nowadays. The dry and rocky sweeps of the city has always been the perfect setting to Biblical movies: Matera and its glimpses has become the place where Jesus Christ was born and lived. One of the first director who noticed the potential of this territory was Pier Paolo Pasolini, he made his movie “Vangelo secondo Matteo” (1964 – The gospel according to saint Matthew) in Matera, in particular in the Sassi area and in Gravine. Bruce Beresford too made his King David (1985) here, up to Mel Gibson’s “Passion of the Christ” (2004). Gibson said that he had never seen Pasolini’s movie, but he returned on the same places where the Italian director set his movie (Porta Pistola, Murgia and Gravina). The fame of Matera as an ideal place to transpose the facts of 2000 years ago which had happened in Jerusalem in Israel, has given a strong impulse to the tourism too. Every year numerous tourist go visit the open set of art film.
This is the first Bollywood film that has been released on a Blu Ray Disc in HD quality. Heyy Babyy promotional video was shot in Australia and featured the famous girl band "Australian Divas"
The American title for this film was kept as "The Karate Kid", to maintain the connection to the earlier films it is loosely based on, even though this movie takes place in China and the martial arts used are forms of Kung Fu.
The media often compared hockey player Mir Ranjan Negi (who faced accusations of throwing the match against Pakistan during the 1982 Asian Games) with the character of Kabir Khan in the media. In response Negi commented that, "this movie is not a documentary of Mir Ranjan Negi's life". Negi joined the production team after his name was suggested by the national coach of the women's team Maharaj Krishan Kaushik, who was with the team when it won the Commonwealth Games' gold in 2002. The title song "Chak De! India" has become an unofficial sports anthem for India. Salim-Sulaiman composed the song with this intention. Chak De! India was screened on 30 May 2009 at the opening of the SPAR Cup in Durban, South Africa in order to welcome the Indian Women's National Field Hockey Team.
The film ‘Dweepa’ by based on the novel with the same title by Norbert D’Souza.
The movie Mausam is loosely based on the story “Weather”, from the novel, The Judas Tree by A.J Cronin.
The movie Mackenna's Gold is loosely based on the Adams legend that the southwestern deserts of the USA, contain a hidden canyon guarded by the Apache gods and rich with gold. Three hundred years later, the Americans came. They heard about the legend but called it, "The Lost Adams". That was because a man named Adams saw it once or so he said. But whether he did or not, he never saw anything again because the Apache's burned out his eyes. Numerous books about, or based on the diggings, have been written. The amount of mail being sent to western New Mexico during the 1930s prompted the government to create a new post office in the area affectionately named, "Lost Adams Diggings, NM". The site, minus the post office, which later shut down, bear witness to the lust for gold that will never diminish among those who catch the fever
The Kite Runner is a 2007 drama film directed by Marc Forster based on the novel of the same name by Khaled Hosseini. The majority of the film's dialogue is in Dari, with the remainder spoken in English. The child actors are native speakers, but several adult actors had to learn Dari. The Afghan government has banned the film from movie theaters and DVD stores because of the rape scene and the ethnic tensions and class struggles that the film highlights.
127 Hours is the true story of 27-year old, mountaineer Aron Ralston, who, in 2003, worked tirelessly to free himself from an 800lb. boulder that pinned his arm against the wall of a narrow slot canyon in Blue John Canyon in southeastern Utah. His amazing escape eventually led to cutting off his arm after 5 days, squeezing through a tight slot canyon, rappelling down a 70 foot cliff, and continuing on for 6 miles through the canyon where he eventually found help. Even after the incident, Aron continues to be a climber and canyoneer and now runs the 'Aron Ralston Mountain Services' company. Ralston had climbed alone before plenty of times. He had scaled all 59 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks, 45 of them solo in winter, and this outing was a warm-up for an ascent of North America's highest mountain, 20,320-foot tall Mount McKinley.
Harsh Mayar is a Delhi slum child. He won a National Award for his performance as Kalam. A special screening was held for Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam at his Delhi residence before the release of the movie, to seek his blessings. This critically-acclaimed movie won many national and international awards and was screened at various international festivals, even before its official release in India, due to it's social message on children's education.
The movie is based on Alistair MacLean's novel of the same name in 1957. The movie won the Oscar Award for 'Best Effects'. In 1978 the sequel, 'Force 10 from Navarone' was released. Anthony Quinn was so taken with the Greek island of Rhodes, where the movie was shot, that he bought land there in an area still called Anthony Quinn Bay.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is the first foreign film that is supported financially by Turespaña, (an agency that promotes tourism) along with the producers of the film. In the run-up to the film's release, Turespana spent more than $660,000 on marketing, including airing two 30-second ads from its global agency, McCann Erickson, that were clips from the film and ended with the Turespana logo. The tourism board didn't finance the $11 million film, but contributed on-the-ground support and other subsidies worth another $660,000.
As has been largely publicized, the war between the ruling party and the Mujahedeen stopped because of this film’s shoot. As such, the circumstances in which Khuda Gawah was shot are truly historical. The President of Afghanistan gave security to the entire production team throughout the shooting of the movie. Khuda Gawah was the most watched Hindi movie in Afghanistan
This movie is based on a true story. Alcatraz was closed shortly after the true events on which the film was based. It is not known whether the three escapees survived, as their bodies have never been found. After this movie, the place became famous and now hosts the 'Alcatraz Tour' which boosted San Francisco tourism. The movie has a crisp script and is famous for its memorable quotes.
The film depicts the growth of the Mumbai underworld, from crime and smuggling in its early stages to its connection with international terrorism in recent times. It is believed to be loosely based on the lives of the real gangsters Haji Mastan and Dawood Ibrahim, as the characters Sultan and Shoaib respectively. The entire movie is shot in the retro-chic mode to depict the 70s era.
The film features a cast of Mexicans, Mayas, and some other Native Americans. Mel Gibson chose a cast of actors who were from Mexico City and the Yucatán, or who were descendants of indigenous people of Canada and the United States. In Apocalypto, the dialogue is entirely in the Yucatec Maya language. In April 2005, Gibson visited El Mirador in Guatemala, possibly the largest Mayan site yet discovered and donated $500,000 towards its study project. Mel Gibson wanted Apocalypto to feature sets with actual buildings rather than relying on computer-generated images. Most of the step pyramids seen at the Maya city were models designed by Thomas E. Sanders. Apocalypto is a Greek word for an unveiling or new beginning.
The music is Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43, Variation 18 — if you remember the ads for “The Most Romantic Music Ever”-type albums from the ’80s (available as 6 LPs or 4 cassettes) you’ve probably heard it before. This movie is one of the cult classics of all time romantic movies ever made. Even 30 years after its making, it has such a huge fan following that perhaps no other movie commands.
After Shahrukh Khan (who owns the Kolkata Knight Riders cricket team) criticised the fact that members of the Pakistani Cricket Team were not bought by the clubs competing in the 2010 Indian Premier League (IPL), he was condemned by Shiv Sena, a Hindu nationalist political party. A lot of controversy involving the police, Shiv Sena and the producers of the movie simmered in the end, while the movie opened to packed houses upon its release.
Based on an autobiographical novel by the same name by Elizabeth Gilbert.
Lamhaa was banned in GCC countries i.e. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE and Oman. UAE National Media Council Censorship Board felt that the content of the movie is highly objectionable and controversial. Bipasha Basu abruptly left the shooting of the film in Srinagar as she was afraid of the tense atmosphere in Kashmir and since the crowd gathering had become uncontrollable. She returned only after being given an ultimatum that they would replace her.
First Tamil movie to be shot in Norway.
It took Christopher Nolan 9 years to bring this movie from thought to action. Inception was being made under a fake working title called "Oliver's Arrow" until very close to the movie's release.
The film is loosely based on 2002 Spanish movie 'Intacto'.
Remade in Tamil as "Evano Oruvan" starring Madhavan in title role, directed by Nishikant Kamat himself.
This unusual story of adoption in the backdrop of civil war and terrorism won Mani Ratnam 6 National Awards. This movie is also the last Tamil movie to be shot in Sri Lanka.
Kamal's classical dancing hits the roof in this movie, outshining even the grace of Jayapradha and SP Sailaja with measured strength and pronounciation in his movements. The movie was remade in Tamil and Malayalam. In the song "Thakita thadimi" where a drunk Balu dances on a well, he
The movie was filmed in Cairo, Rome, Venice, Lisbon, Amsterdam & Goa. In the 70s, that was quite an achievement!
The film broke many records at the box office within the first week of its release. It went on to become the highest opening day grosser as well as the highest weekend grossing Bollywood film of all time, breaking the records earlier held by 3 Idiots.
The climax of the movie had the journalist killing the politician in his own courtyard. The movie was about to be released after the Censor Board cleared it. However on the same day, Indira Gandhi was assassinated. In the wake of this situation, the movie's climax which was a dangerous co-incidence with the assassination, had to be changed. This movie was one of Shankar Nag's fantastic movies as a director.
US-based desi hip-hop and rap star, Bohemia, has lent his voice for the title song of this film which was picturised on Akshay.
This is India's first stereoscopic 3D horror movie. When Bhatt was directing his 3D flick, ‘Haunted’, he wanted a girl who plays piano well. Suddenly, his daughter who was assisting him came to his mind and he asked Krishna Bhatt to enact the role. Vikram feels his daughter was a perfect choice for the role.
This movie is an Indian adaption of the cult classic "The Godfather". This was the first Indian movie to be shot in Afghanistan. This is Afghanistan bfore its major upheaval in 1978. An unspoilt, beautiful Afghanistan can be seen in this movie. This was Feroz Khan's first movie too!
The film is immortal in the Kannada film history for its music by Illairaja, the maestro.
You would get the glimpse of the best of Tamil cinema with THE best technicians of there Kamal Haasan, Ilayaraja, at their finest! The cave where Guna hides Roshini aka Abirami is situated in between three naturally arranged imposing boulders. This cave has permanently been rechristened 'Guna Cave' in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India
It took the director Vikramaditya Motwane seven years to arrange the funding for this movie because no producer wanted to back the film.
The soundtrack to Mira Nair's 1992 social drama set against the aftermath of the Ugandan Asian exodus is noteworthy for its original score by the Southern Indian classical violinist Dr. L. Subramaniam and its non-Indian tracks.
When Rajesh Khanna was shooting in Nainital in 1970, the boots around Naini Lake were moored for 3 days. There were thousands of people thronging the shooting that even the police had a tough time controlling them. Kati Patang was amongst one of the first movies to be shot in Nainital and the film's popularity put the hill station on the tourist map. When Rajesh Khanna returned to Nainital after 33 years to shoot for 'Jaana', old women and collegians alike thronged him again and he was floored by the reception he got.
The movie has grossed over $2 billion worldwide, the first movie to ever do so. On January 25, 2010, Avatar surpassed Titanic as the highest grossing film of all time, worldwide. Avatar is being touted as a breakthrough in terms of filmmaking technology, for its development of 3D viewing and stereoscopic filmmaking with cameras that were specially designed for the film's production. Avatar was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. It won the awards for Art Direction, Cinematography and Visual Effects.
The movie is Rajinikanth's 100th Tamil movie and has opened to tremendous box-office reception across the globe Box-office Amol Palekar believes that Sivaji had "the biggest opening so far in history of Indian cinema" with the producers claiming collections of Rs. 2.5 crores in advance booking in India. The movie is estimated to have been released in approximately 850 - 1000 screens worldwide and opened to near 100% opening worldwide. Until 2007, Sivaji was the costliest Indian movie made, at 85 crore. However, the box office collections in the first 3 weeks crossed 95 crore!
One of the features of the film that became widely used later on in Bollywood is the use of foreign locales for on-location shooting, such as Venice, Paris, and Switzerland for the film’s honeymoon sequence. This started the Bollywood trend of shooting songs sequences abroad (primarily in Switzerland), against the background of "exotic" landscapes. The speciality of the film was two intermissions.
In 2001, DDLJ broke the previous continuous exhibition record of Sholay (5 years between 1975 and 1980) at Minerva in Mumbai. The film completed a record of 600 weeks in April 2007 and is still being shown at Maratha Mandir in Mumbai. Aditya Chopra was 23 when the film was released. This movie marked his directorial debut. It also marked the 25th anniversary of Yash Raj Films banner.
The movie was made from Rudyard Kipling's famous novel "Jungle Book". "Jungle Book" was later made into a movie with the same name by Walt Disney Productions. It is one of the oldest cartoon series that would be famous even amongst elders. From the Jungle Book books to the Jungle Book comics, from The Jungle Book films to the Jungle Book cartoon series, The Jungle Book is all over.
Khuda Kay Liye was theatrically released in Pakistan on July 20, 2007, and grossed over $10 million worldwide. Critical response of the film was generally positive, with some religious conservatives criticizing the film and called for a ban in Pakistan. The first Pakistani film to be released in India and that too with Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah in a pivotal role. Khuda Kay Liye is the second highest grossing film of Pakistan of all time.
Anurag Kashyap has reinvented Indian cinema history with his recent release of Dev.D, a movie that has adapted the infamous love story of Devdas and Paro to a 21st century setting.
Girish Kasaravalli has made 13 films. These 13 films have fetched him 18 International awards, 26 National awards and 32 state awards. He has won the Presidents Award 10 times (4 Golden Lotus Awards and 6 Silver Lotus Awards).
Based on the 6th century A.D. Sanskrit play "The Golden Toy Chariot" by the famous Indian playwright Bhasa.
The first Indian movie to shoot in the interior regions of the Kaokoland in Namibia, Africa
It is one of the most enduringly popular Bengali films and is still shown very regularly by various TV channels. The film is best known for Santosh Dutta's performance as the childishly innocent but supremely confident thriller writer Jatayu. His interpretation of the character in this and the other Feluda film Joi Baba Felunath were so powerful that Ray modeled the character of Jatayu in later books on him. After Santosh Dutta died, Ray remarked that it was impossible to ever make a Feluda film again without Dutta. The movie won 4 national awards and 1 international award.
The movie was remade into Telugu as Gharshana with Venkatesh playing the main role. It is also being remade into Hindi starring John Abraham
For Kannadigas this movie presents once in a life time opportunity of seeing 2 of the greatest Super stars of Kannada movie , Dr.Rajkumar(Kumar) and Dr.Vishnuvardhan (Anand)sharing the screen.
Director Prabhu Deva was also the director of the previous Tamil remake, Pokkiri.
This movie was the launch pad of Hrithik Roshan, Rakesh Roshan's son. Also it was Amisha Patel's debut into Hindi cinema. Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai will be added to the Guiness Book of World Records 2002 edition for winning the most number of awards for a movie. Kaho Naa Pyar Hai won a total of 92 awards. Did you know that the car scene between Amisha and Hritik the first time they meet in the film was based on Hritik and Suzanne's real-life incident?
This film marked the Hindi film debut of the late actress Divya Bharti.
Remake of the Telugu movie, Anthahpuram (1998)
This is not just the first Indian film to be shot in Alaska, there are very few Hollywood films which have been shot there. Lata Mangeshkar appeared on screen after 41 years in this movie.
This was Shankar Nag's first movie and also won him a National award. It gained the cult classic status among the Kannada audience. This movie is loosely based on Akira Kurosawa's 'Seven Samurai'. After Shankar Nag's death at 36, his wife Arundathi Nag has built a huge theatre for plays called 'Ranga Shankara' in Bangalore in his memory. It is one of Bangalore's most prized possessions.
All the songs of the movie have a timeless appeal and are superbly composed by C. Ashwath. The story of the legendary Kaka was written in the form of a play by the "Jnanapeetha" award winner "Masti Venkatesha Iyengar"
Dhoom 2 was the first Indian movie to be shot in South America.
The movie is popular for the song where Aishwarya (hailed as the 8th wonder of the world) is filmed at all the 7 wonders of the world. In 1996, the filming of Jeans, broke the record for the number of different foreign locations featured in an Indian film.
The best of Illayaraja's music!
Made at a budget of around Rs 160 crore, the movie is a VFX fest of a scale and grandeur unseen in Indian cinema. For the first time 1500 graphical shots used for an Indian movie.
Remake of the hugely successful Tamil film Ghajini
This is the first Hindi movie to be shot entirely in St. Petersburg, Russia. This movie was released in English, Hindi and Russian.
In 2004, the project was revived with film-maker Kavitha Lankesh replacing the late Shankar Nag as director. The new series was telecast from April 26, 2006 on Doordarshan. The television series is now also available as a book called "Malgudi Days"
Many people in Ladakh believe that the character of Rancchoddas Shyamaldas Chanchad, later Phungsuk Wangdoo, in the film 3 Idiots was loosely based on Sonam Wangchuk, a founding member of the Students Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (Secmol).
Director’s Abbas-Mastan and writer Shyam Goel did not reveal the murderer’s identity in the film to any of the actors, until the actual shoot of the scene. Right from the narration of the film, to the shooting of the scene, nobody, including the actor who played the murderer, was aware of exactly what would happen in the climax. Remake of the movie "Once upon a crime"
First Indian movie to be shot in China. Before becoming a Bollywood actor, Kumar lived in Bangkok and worked as waiter at a guesthouse in Pahurat, where he also learned Muay Thai.
Dhawan's remake of Gene Saks' 1960s comedy "Cactus Flower". The sequence in the aircraft at the end where Arbaaz Khan - making a fleeting brotherly appearance - persuades all the passengers to disembark is ripped off from an episode of the American TV serial "Friends".
Mani Ratnam's milestone adaptation of the ancient Sanskrit epic, The Ramayana, is equally relevant to contemporary society.
The movie was shot in Afghanistan despite death threats from the Taliban against John Abraham. Kabul Express movie is a joint Afghan/Bollywood 2006 production. Afghanistan had banned Indian-made film "Kabul Express" after an outcry from the ethnic Hazara minority. abul Express was the first movie to be shot entirely in Kabul so the hard core realities in the movie are really live. http://www.sify.com/movies/the-seed-of-the-idea-of-kabul-express-news-bollywood-kkfvhhjhijc.html
A love story inspired by underworld don Abu Salem and Bollywood starlet Monica Bedi.
Don: The Chase Begins Again, directed by Farhan Akhtar, is a remake of the blockbuster 1978 film, Don.
Till date this is the only movie shot at Edakkal Caves.
This film won the national award for best film in regional language.
This is Vishnuvardhan's debut movie.
The movie is based on a Kannada novel written by Usha Navaratnanram.
It can be said the movie was the first joint production between India and Pakistan. Remake of the English movie 'A Bittersweet Life'
Loosely inspired by the Life of Dhirubhai Ambani.
The story, adapted from a famous stageplay, has been successfully filmed as Anarkali before, made famously with Bina Rai in 1953. Mughal-e-Azam was Madhubala's crowning glory but sadly, she could not sign any films thereafter because of her heart problem.This movie took almost a decade to complete. It was one of the most expensive films made those days. As Prince Salim enters Akbar's Palace after the battle, real pearls were thrown in his welcome.
A remake of the Tamil version "Ayitha Ezhuthu"
This is a remake of the hugely popular Telugu movie, 'Maro Charitram'. A lot of couples who could not marry, committed suicide inspired by this movie!
The movie was screened in the prestigious Puskin Theatre in Budapest in February 2000 in the presence of the then President of Hungary – Arpad Goncz.
Lagaan was in the final two for the Oscar awards. Aamir Khan had been issued a show-cause notice by authorities in Gujarat for allegedly violating the act by filming the antelopes in Kachchh district without permission. A cricket team in Bhuj "Lagaan XI" was formed. In SurMandir talkies in Bhuj, Aamir had arranged the first show for villagers and local crew. After the Bhuj earthquake, Aamir had decided to adopt a village, Kotai and rehabilitate it.
Zeba Bakhtiar was a Pakistani actress who was brought to India by Randhir Kapoor to star in the movie.
This movie was Mandakini's debut. She shot to success largely due to her wet-saree-under-the-waterfall act.
The entire movie is shot in black and white.
Sunil Dutt's son, Sanjay Dutt who was 12 years at the time appears briefly as a qawali singer in his first film appearance.
Koyla is the first Hindi movie to be shot in Arunachal Pradesh.
The film's premise does seem to have a slight resemblance to the famous case of a Delhi University professor arrested for his links to terrorists in the aftermath of the attack on Parliament.
The film was actually set in a tobacco factory. In Saurashtra, one can see miles and miles of chillies spread across the ground. It is said that in the tribal areas, the tribal women keep these pouches of chilli with them to protect them from any kind of attack.
A few years after Paramjit's marriage in 1964 to Kashmir Singh, a soldier with the Indian Army’s Military Intelligence, he was arrested in Pakistan. He is in the Mianwali Central Jail in that country for over 35 years now. Their story is being linked to the Veer Zaara story. The family which hails from Nangal Choran village near Hoshiarpur. Meeting at Wagah border. Paramjit now 60 years old.
During filming, Jaya was five months pregnant with their first child
Amitabh Bachchan was admitted to St Philomena's Hospital, Bangalore, when he was seriously injured during the shooting of the film, Coolie. Amitabh Bachchan had donated generously towards the improvement of the hospital and now it is one of the most sought-after hospitals in Bangalore. Years later, Julie, his nurse, was hospitalised and had no one to care for her after her husband died. The old age home, Humanitarian Hands,wrote a report on her. On reading the report, the superstar immediately sent a cheque of Rs 2 lakh for her treatment and invited her to visit him.
The director insists that Mt. Kanchenjunga is not just another exotic locale in his movie, but plays a character itself. Anirudha explains that nature like humans have distinct characters – and it influences the characters in his movie with its mystic charm. Under the suns ray as she changes her hues the other characters resonate with her.
15, Park Avenue is the first Indian movie to be shot in Bhutan.
The film's first song, "Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya", is also the opening song of the Hollywood movie Inside Man (2006). Some of the parade scenes of the movie were filmed during the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of India`s independence.
A song in Fanaa "Des Rangila" was shot in Rashtrapathi Bhavan, Delhi. Thus Fanaa is the first movie to be shot inside Rashtrapathi Bhavan.
Based on "Black Friday - The True Story of the Bombay Bomb Blasts", a book by S. Hussain Zaidi,
The film brings together real life mother and son, Sharmila Tagore and Saif Ali Khan. They share screen space for the first time.
The first half of the film is an adaptation of Helen Keller's autobiography The Story of My Life.The movie is based on the 1962 movie The Miracle Worker, which focuses on Anne Sullivan's struggle to educate Helen Keller.
A remake of Umrao Jaan was released on November 3, 2006. It is directed by J.P. Dutta and stars Aishwarya Rai as Umrao Jaan, Sunil Shetty as Faiz Ali, Puru Raaj Kumar as Gauhar Mirza and Abhishek Bachchan as Nawab Sultan. Shabana Azmi portrays Madam Khanum Jaan (notably, Azmi's own mother, Shaukat Kaifi, portrayed Madam Khanum Jaan in the original version of the film).
Darsheel Safary was sourced from Shiamak Davar's fun workshops.
It is based upon the real-life gunbattle between gangsters and Mumbai Police. Additional Commissioner of Police (ACP) Aftab Ahmed Khan Head of the ATS attacked the Lokhandwala Complex on November 16, 1991 , with a force of around 100,000 armed Policemen. Dreaded gangster Maya Dolas was hiding in the complex. The leading protagonists in the film have slightly different names than their real-life counterparts and the film caption is "based on true rumours."
Remake of Chattakkari (1974) in Malayalam.
Concerned about the rising number of depression and suicide cases among school-going children, Delhi State Education Board(DSEB)has decided to take a cue from Sanjay Dutt- starrer ‘Munnabhai MBBS’ and making ‘jhappi’ (hug) mandatory for all students in the schools run by it.
Based on R K Narayan's novel. Forty-two years later it was screened at the Cannes film festival when Dev Anand was 84 years old.
Malayalam original - Perumazhakalam
A cinematic adaptation of Shakespear's "Othello"
Most of the young actors who appeared in Salaam Bombay! were actual street children. They received dramatic training at a special workshop in Bombay before they appeared in the film. 9 international awards.
This movie is a definitive statement on the style that Amitabh introduced -- the angry, quiet anti-hero. What started with Zanjeer in 1973 touched its zenith with Deewar in 1975 and confirmed Amitabh's status as the real superstar of his day. This movie is inspired by the life of Haji Mastan.
A copy of Body Heat, the scorching film noire which catapulted Kathleen Turner and William Hurt to fame and brought Lawrence Kasdan, its director to the fore. Also inspired by European film, DOUBLE INDEMNITY
Based on Ruskin Bond's novel of the same name.
It is based on the life of a real-life Bombay underworld don - Varada or Varadarajan Mudaliar, and sympathetically depicts the struggle of South Indians living in Bombay. Nayagan has been called "The Godfather" of Tamil cinema. In 2005, Time Magazine included Nayagan in its "All-Time 100 Best Films" list.
Won 8 Oscars. Another 90 wins & 39 nominations
The first Bollywood film to premiere at the Kara Film Festival in Karachi, Pakistan.
This is a remake of the hugely successful Tamil movie of the same star cast "Moondram Pirai". Sridevi was nominated for best actress for Filmfare and other State & National awards. Kamal Hassan in fact won the National award for Best Actor in the original Tamil movie.
The tigers in the movie were the tigers that were used in the English movie "Gladiator"
The film ran for 206 minutes and had 14 songs!
The track Antakshri was a medley of various Bollywood songs based on the Antakshari game, which was popularized with this film's release.
Story was written by Kamal Hasan and was originally done in Tamil with Kamal Hasan in the lead - titled "Thevar Magan"
A remake of the hugely successful Malayalam film Kadha Parayumbol
Tiger Ranch is the private cottage where the unit of the movie stayed for almost a month.
This movie was originally made in Tamil. The film was subsequently dubbed in Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi and Telugu.
This movie was unofficially remade in Hindi "Yaad Rakhegi Duniya" starring Aditya Pancholi, Rukhsar & Vikram Gokhale.
The film may have been loosely inspired by the 1979 Hollywood film "Breaking Away".
The film was loosely based on the Bhagalpur blindings. These refer to incidents in 1979 and 1980 in Bhagalpur in Bihar when police blinded 31 undertrials, by pouring acid into their eyes and poking needles in their eyes. The incident was widely debated and discussed by several human rights organisations.
The film was loosely based on the Bhagalpur blindings. These refer to incidents in 1979 and 1980 in Bhagalpur in Bihar when police blinded 31 undertrials, by pouring acid into their eyes and poking needles in their eyes. The incident was widely debated and discussed by several human rights organisations.
The film was loosely based on the Bhagalpur blindings. These refer to incidents in 1979 and 1980 in Bhagalpur in Bihar when police blinded 31 undertrials, by pouring acid into their eyes and poking needles in their eyes. The incident was widely debated and discussed by several human rights organisations.
Swades is inspired by the story of Aravinda Pillalamarri and Ravi Kuchimanchi the NRI couple who returned to India and developed the pedal power generator to light remote village schools. Shahrukh works on a rainfall monitoring satellite known as the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) in the film, which is an actual NASA mission. Swades was the first Indian movie to be shot at NASA.
This is James Bond's 13th movie. The Fabergé egg in the film is real, it was stolen in 1897 and is called the Coronation Egg. The car that Bond used, a Rolls Royce called Phantom II, is still in the car collection of the Maharaja.
Jiah Khan is daughter of yesteryears actress Rubiya
The movie is silent, with no dialogue whatsoever, yet it deals with a complex and realistic plot.The film is notable for its inventive recasting of the silent film form. Though shot in color and featuring incidental noise, the film does not have any dialogues.
Faisal Khan (Aamir Khan's brother) is one of the 4 goons in Baba's gang who try to molest Juhi.
Pakeezah took nearly 14 years to shoot because of a change in relationship between Meena Kumari and Kamal Amrohi the director from warm to worse and then back to a compromise. Meena Kumari and Kamal Amrohi were married when Pakeezah was first conceived.
To get the right donkey for the movie, the director travelled to Sirham, a village on top of the mountains, since Kashmir had only mules and no donkeys.
The famous singer Sonu Nigam appears in the film as the young Sunny
The film received huge success mainly due to its music.