Category: Movies

Pregnancy as performance art?

Childbirth is a beautiful experience for most mothers. So beautiful, in fact, that some of them want to show it to the whole world, like actress Shwetha Menon.



You know how we complain about pesky baby pictures on our friends’ walls on Facebook because we don’t want to be subjected to every little detail about the tiny one and how he spends his day? Actor Shwetha Menon’s baby has stolen all those babies’ thunder in a big way, because her mommy gave birth to her on Thursday on camera, and that’s going to be part of a movie!

Kalimannu, a Malayalam film, being directed by Blessy, is about the relationship of the baby with her mother, before and after birth, and during the delivery. Through her pregnancy, Shwetha acted in the film. Three cameras were positioned in her labour room, and kept rolling till 45 minutes after the baby was born and Shwetha kissed her on the forehead.

If you’ve started cringing a little already, brace yourself, because we’ve just begun. Shwetha’s case isn’t the first instance of childbirth being presented as performance art, and because we’d like to educate you in ‘pregnancy performance art’, we’re going to tell you all about these camera-friendly mommies.

Read more via Pregnancy as performance art? – Times Of India.

Why these actors changed their names?

What’s in a name? Just about everything! That’s precisely why celebrities don’t mind changing their birth names. From not finding the name unique enough, to making an attempt to draw good fortune and avoiding sharing it with other popular names, the list of reasons is unending, it seems. From Jiah Khan, Katrina Kaif, Rekha to Akshay Kumar and John Abraham, all these celebrities have re-invented themselves by changing their names.

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Nafisa Khan, who committed suicide recently, changed her name to Jiah. The new name was inspired by Angelina Jolie-starrer ‘Gia’. When asked what promoted her to take the decision, the actress had said in an interview that she didn’t want to change as a person. But by being in the limelight, she couldn’t have averted the inevitable. So the new name was just an attempt to preserve her real self.

Feature celebrities portrayed in the photo feature are

  • Jiah Khan
  • Shilpa Shetty
  • Katrina Kaif
  • Akshay Kumar
  • John Abraham
  • Rekha
  • Ajay Devgn
  • Mallika Sherawat
  • Govinda
  • Rajinikanth

Read more via Here’s why Jiah Khan, Shilpa Shetty, Katrina Kaif changed their names|Movies News Photos-IBNLive.

Jiah: an extremely sensitive girl

Sometime in 2012, Rabia Khan, former starlet and aspiring documentary maker, mother of three beautiful daughters, wrote on her blog Food for Soul: The outside world’s influence will not affect us, if we can have a control of our inner world….I try this by starting my day by saying, “This is going to be a great fun, I’m going to be happy doing this, everything will start to go my way!” By doing this I have set my own terms for the day. This will allow us to control our circumstances, instead of being controlled by them.”

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According to Rabia, she wanted her daughters to write down their negative thoughts on a piece of paper and burn it. This exercise, she believed, would exercise all negative energies and help them get a grip on their lives. Months later, her 25-year-old talented daughter, Jiah, unable to cope with her circumstances, hanged herself in her bedroom. And no, she did not leave a note behind that could be destroyed with all her unhappy thoughts. A distraught Rabia told the police in her statement: “She was fed up with the struggle… she was besotted with Bollywood, but Bollywood had nothing to offer her.”

Jiah Khan will be best remembered for her debut opposite Amitabh Bachchan in Nishabd. Ram Gopal Varma, who cast her as an Indian Lolita, tweeted after news of her death became public: “She was depressed about her career and scared for her future.” The “spunkly debutante,” he added, had confessed to him that “everyone around her made her feel like a failure.”…..

Some of her closest friends say, Jiah, who was an “extremely sensitive girl,” found it hard to tackle the heartbreaks.Sooraj, who was questioned by the police for several hours yesterday, is gearing up for his Bollywood debut in a Salman Khan production.

Read more via Bollywood had nothing to offer Jiah, says mother – The Times of India.

Cinematic journey of Rituparno Ghosh

The renowned Bengali film director, known for touching hearts with his out of the box projection in films, not only won more than a dozen of National Film Awards in India but also won accolades at international film festivals. The soul of Bengali films reportedly died of a massive heart attack in Kolkata today.

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The 49-year-old was born on 31 August 1963. He started his career in advertising. After making hundreds of ads, he went behind the camera in 1994 to direct his first film “Hirer Angti”.

Chitrangada based on Rabindranath Tagore’s writing was his last release. It was honoured with National Film Awards- Special Jury Award. In his career he worked on Hindi and Bengali movies.

His film Chokher Bali, based on a famous Rabindranath Tagore story, starring Aishwarya Rai 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.

Here is a list of some of the famous films he directed, which received applause from audience and film critics:

Read more via Rituparno Ghosh’s glorious cinematic journey : Regional cinema, News – India Today.