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Teen Patti (2010) Hindi Movi Brazilian star Maria Gomez shakes Bollywood with Teri neeyat kharab hai

Teen Patti Hindi Movie PosterFeb 16, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Brazil’s Maria Gomez mesmerizes Bollywood with "Teri neeyat kharab hai".

Brazilian model Maria Gomez is said to have created frenzy in Bollywood circles after her debut appearance in Leena Yadav's “Teen Patti” (BUY DVD) and many filmmakers are reportedly trying to reach her after she left for Brazil.

Listen to free previews and download the audio songs of Teen Patti sountrack OST in MP3 format here >

Maria's talent has been reportedly compared with Oscar nominated Salma Hayek (Frida) after she made a mark with this song, following selection among about 50 girls in an audition. She reportedly wants to do interesting acting roles in Bollywood in the future.

Watch the full Neeyat song free online promo via Eros Entertainment here.

I am Afia - a short film directed by Onir on Sperm Donation Mafia shot in Kolkata

I AM AFIA - A Short Film By OnirAFIA, also referred to as I AM AFIA, is a short film by ONIR.  Shot in Kolkata (Calcutta), the film's star cast has Nandita Das and Purab Kohli in lead roles. Screenplay is by Urmi Juvekar. Afia is produced by Sanjay Suri and Onir.

Synopsis from the official facebook page:

The desire to have a child is normal, even mandatory but when a single woman wants a child, debates rage; the very social fabric is threatened.

Afia's story is of one such woman who wants to experience motherhood. Afraid of the ticking clock and unable to trust or even wait for a man; Afia decides to find that perfect donor who can give her the perfect child. Her search to have that child takes her through the underbelly of desire- desperation.

Along the way, what is deeply intimate and personal is questioned and challenged; borders between personal freedom and confirming with the stereotype are blurred. Nothing seems human any more under the high tech electronic microscopes.

Onir is a critically acclaimed director, and has delivered thoughtful movies, including My Brother Nikhil (2005) [Buy DVD Online] starring Juhi Chawla, Sanjay Suri, Victor Banerjee, Lillete Dubey, Dipannita Sharma, Gautam Kapoor, Shweta Kwatra, Shayan Munshi, Peeya Rai Chowdhary and Purab Kohli; and Sorry Bhai (2008) [Buy DVD] starring Sanjay Suri, Sharman Joshi, Chitrangada Singh, Boman Irani and Shabana Azmi.

Watch an online video interview of film-maker Onir in a candid and intimate chat via Eros Entertainment.

Memories (2010) - A new experimental Bengali short film by Abhishek Bhattacharyya released

Young filmmaker Abhishek Bhattacharyya has released his first short film "Memories" (Bengali, 2010). You can view the film in full in three parts on You Tube.

The film starts off with a biographical and rather nostalgic account of grandparents of the narrator, who is assumedly the film-maker himself. The narrator remembers his grandmother who passed away recently, and his grandfather who passed away many years before that, centered around their room in their house, in a way many Bengalis will relate to.

Memories then moves on to a old beat-up cricket bat presented to the narrator when he was very young by his father, who dreamt of his son to be a cricketer. The narrator remembers his father's prophetic vision, wisdom, love for red meat and red wine, and his death.

The film moves on to memories of the narrator's mother, and how her strong religious beliefs and practices carried over into the narrator as well ... and to his best friend.

By the time you reach the end of the first part at You Tube, you will have this strange urge to go on to part-2 and part-3. Therein lies the appeal of this wonderful effort of this promising young film-make. We wish Abhishek a spectacular career ahead.

Watch the film Memories by Abhishek Bhattacharya in full in three parts uploaded to You Tube by the film-maker himself:

033 Kolkata Bengali Movie New Trailer Released

Poster - 033 Bengali MovieA great new 20-second promo-preview trailer has been released for the much anticipated 2010 Kolkata Bangla film 033 online.

033 has a release date of March 5, 2010. Watch the theatrical trailer of latest Calcutta Bengali movie 033 free online via You Tube.

Indo-Australian peace initiative - Baz Luhrmann on Personal Peace Mission to India

Baz Luhrmann describes his recent India trip as “Indo-Australian peace initiative”

Oscar nominated Australian film director-actor-producer-writer Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge!) describes his recent India trip as ''Indo-Australian peace initiative'', according to reports.
Luhrmann and Archibald Prize winner Melbourne (Australia) based portrait painter Vincent Fantauzzo, during this 10-day trip, took a motorcycle journey through Rajasthan, painted art pieces with local children, created portraits of musician-actor Elvis Presley and dancer-actor Gene Kelly in a mural in Mumbai, besides Luhrmann meeting Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan (Black). 

It was said to be Luhrmann’s “personal peace mission to India” after a spate of attacks on Indian students in Australia.