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Oscars 2022: Jessica Chastain's victory over Penelope Cruz, Olivia Colman shows biopics are awards bait
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Oscars 2022: Jessica Chastain's victory over Penelope Cruz, Olivia Colman shows biopics are awards bait

Jessica Chastain no doubt disappears into her role of Tammy Faye, embodying her charm, capturing her mannerisms, and giving her a strong voice. But all the gestural intensity can't make up for the character’s lack of interiority.

Shyam Benegal ready with his biopic on Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
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Shyam Benegal ready with his biopic on Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

‘Mujib – The Making of a Nation’, a biopic on Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the father of the nation of Bangladesh is a co-production agreement between India and Bangladesh.

A to Z of entertainment and pop culture in 2022: Alt Bollywood, superheroes, K-frenzy, OTT craze, Pan-India pitches
Entertainment

A to Z of entertainment and pop culture in 2022: Alt Bollywood, superheroes, K-frenzy, OTT craze, Pan-India pitches

A glossary for the year ahead, of all that should shine in the world of showbiz and entertainment.

How patriotism on screen continued in 2021, with period films like Sardar Udham and sports movies like 83
Entertainment

How patriotism on screen continued in 2021, with period films like Sardar Udham and sports movies like 83

There is a certain narrative arc a sports movie or a period drama can adhere to. And yet, their limitations of late have been compensated for with their capacity to generate a feeling of nationalism.

Shakuntala Devi to The Dirty Picture, Vidya Balan destigmatises women who lived on their own terms
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Shakuntala Devi to The Dirty Picture, Vidya Balan destigmatises women who lived on their own terms

Vidya Balan may have rejected many-a-biopics but she has always chosen to play women who share her feisty spirit, like Shakuntala Devi and Silk Smitha.

As Kalpana Chawla documentary releases, father Banarasi Lal Chawla recollects her perseverance, passion for education
Life

As Kalpana Chawla documentary releases, father Banarasi Lal Chawla recollects her perseverance, passion for education

Before becoming the first woman of Indian origin to go to space, Kalpana Chawla was the sole woman in her Bachelor's in Aeronautical Engineering class at the Punjab Engineering College. Her father Banarasi Lal Chawla spoke with Firstpost in the run-up to the 8 March, International Women's Day premiere of a documentary based on Kalpana's life.

By stalling release of Narendra Modi biopic, EC is holding creative process to ransom for political considerations
India

By stalling release of Narendra Modi biopic, EC is holding creative process to ransom for political considerations

This sort of decision not only denigrates voters, but has a certain elitist attitude that the “EC knows what is best for the ignorant and the illiterate” masses.

Narendra Modi biopic won't release during LS polls, says EC, dubs such films 'surrogate publicity'; order applicable to NaMo TV as well, claim reports
Politics

Narendra Modi biopic won't release during LS polls, says EC, dubs such films 'surrogate publicity'; order applicable to NaMo TV as well, claim reports

The Election Commission has stalled the release of PM Narendra Modi, a day before its release. The polling watchdog has held that biopics are 'surrogate publicity' and 'threaten level playing field".

#MeToo, weakening of star power, biopics: Five trends that shaped the Hindi film industry in 2018
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#MeToo, weakening of star power, biopics: Five trends that shaped the Hindi film industry in 2018

The Hindi film industry has witnessed several changes in the year that has gone by, from a more open dialogue about sexual harassment to a growing preference for biopics

Mad To Be Normal movie review: Beyond its superb cast, this RD Laing biopic struggles to hold its ground
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Mad To Be Normal movie review: Beyond its superb cast, this RD Laing biopic struggles to hold its ground

One can only recommend Mad To Be Normal as a gateway film to RD Laing’s astonishing range of ideas about society, parenthood, psychiatry and life itself

Quincy movie review: Netflix's biopic-documentary fails to make us intimate with a ridiculously talented man
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Quincy movie review: Netflix's biopic-documentary fails to make us intimate with a ridiculously talented man

While Quincy can be illuminating to audiences not entirely familiar with a legendary record producer’s innumerable facets, it doesn’t present anything truly engaging for a music lover

Mammootty plays YS Rajasekhara Reddy in upcoming Telugu biopic Yatra, directed by Mahi Raghav
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Mammootty plays YS Rajasekhara Reddy in upcoming Telugu biopic Yatra, directed by Mahi Raghav

Yatra is the second time Mammootty is playing a real-life character in a non-Malayalam project, having essayed the character of BR Ambedkar in Jabbar Patel's movie for which he won the National award for best actor in 1999.

With the ultra-success of Rajkumar Hirani's Sanju, a look at biopics that were off the mainstream
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With the ultra-success of Rajkumar Hirani's Sanju, a look at biopics that were off the mainstream

Every frame of Sanju, I was comparing the on-screen story to what I know from off-screen reports.

Padman and the predicament with biopics: Is the priority to be authentic to subject matter or fictionalise drama?
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Padman and the predicament with biopics: Is the priority to be authentic to subject matter or fictionalise drama?

The biopics that Bollywood has culled out in the past few years gives us reasons to believe that the promises made by makers of Pad Man during the promotional phase of film are to be taken with a pinch of salt.

After biopics on NTR and Savitri, one on YSR is in the offing; Mahi Raghav will direct the film
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After biopics on NTR and Savitri, one on YSR is in the offing; Mahi Raghav will direct the film

Reacting to rumours that Nagarjuna or Malayalam superstar Mammootty could play the titular role of former AP Chief Minister YSR, the director said: “People have been speculating. We really haven’t approached any actor yet."

From Savitri's story to life of NN Pillai, here's why south cinema is warming up to biopics
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From Savitri's story to life of NN Pillai, here's why south cinema is warming up to biopics

After Bollywood is raking in lots of money thanks to biopics, the south Indian film industries are also warming up to the genre.

Daddy, Sanjay Dutt biopic, Dangal: In a biographical film, do we judge the subject or the filmmaker?
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Daddy, Sanjay Dutt biopic, Dangal: In a biographical film, do we judge the subject or the filmmaker?

It won’t be wrong to say that biopics are not just challenging to make but are very complex in nature too.

'Makers of The Accidental Prime Minister have to get NOC from Manmohan Singh': Pahlaj Nihalani
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'Makers of The Accidental Prime Minister have to get NOC from Manmohan Singh': Pahlaj Nihalani

CBFC chairperson Pahlaj Nihalani says the makers of The Accidental Prime Minister will have to get an NOC from Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi.

Irrfan Khan: 'In our industry English is given much importance but dialogues are in Hindi'
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Irrfan Khan: 'In our industry English is given much importance but dialogues are in Hindi'

In a freewheeling chat with Firstpost, Irrfan tells us how important it is to know English in the film industry, working with Pakistani actress Saba Qamar in Hindi Medium, his favourite actress Deepika Padukone, and the recent Sonu Nigam-azaan row.

Why Madonna disapproves of her biopic: 'Nobody knows what I know, what I have seen'
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Why Madonna disapproves of her biopic: 'Nobody knows what I know, what I have seen'

Madonna thinks the script of her impending biopic has many inaccuracies.