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    Afghanistan bans Toronto-premiered Indian film


    The Government of Afganistan has banned the screening of Indian director Kabir Khan's debut feature film Kabul Express. 'The film has some sentences which were very offensive towards one of Afghanistan's ethnicities, namely the Hazara. For this reason it has been banned,' Najib Manalai, Afghanistan's minister of culture adviser, said ...

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    India's UTV signs production pacts with Hollywood


    Indian entertainment giant UTV has signed a co-productiondeal with Will Smith and his production company Overbrook Entertainment andSony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) for two films to be created and distributedworldwide.

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    India's Adlabs makes move into Hollywood production


    Ashok Amritraj's Hyde Park Entertainment and Anil Ambani's Mumbai-based Adlabs have signed a deal in Dubai to co-produce feature films in Hollywood. Adlabs will invest $30m of the $50m budget of the first co production, the David Ellis-directed Asylum, which is expected to begin shooting in the next two months. ...

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    Indian producers guild protests Da Vinci ban


    India's Film and Television Producers Guild has asked the seven Indian stateswhich have banned the The Da Vinci Codeto reconsider their decision.

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    Indian government plans Pakistani film festival


    TheIndian government is to organise a Pakistani Film Festival in Mumbai thisyear. TheIndian Minister for Culture and Tourism Ambika Soni, in a visit to Lahore forthe premiere of Indian film Taj Mahalmet with Punjab Governor Afzal Sahi and offered to screen Pakistani Punjabifilms. Earlieron 26th April, the premiere of Taj ...

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    India's independent filmmakers heading to Cannes


    A delegation of independentIndian filmmakers with international ambitions will be attending and exhibitingunder one umbrella at this year's Cannes film festival.

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    Hollywood studios plan their first Hindi films


    Hollywoodstudios are actively seeking partnerships with Indian production houses asSony, Paramount and Disney announced their plans to make their first Hindifilms. With India's filmed entertainment business valued at $1.5billion in 2005 Hollywood studios see a huge opportunity to cash in on the Bollywood (Hindi Song & Dance film industry) marketthrough ...

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    Black sweeps the board at Indian Filmfare awards


    SanjayLeela Bhansali's Black won all the majorawards at the 51st Filmfare awards held in Mumbai. Thefilm won the best film award and Bhansali was named best director. AmitabhBachchan won the best actor award for Black's sensitive portrayal of a teacher andan Alzheimer patientand Rani Mukherjee walked away with the best ...

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    Pakistani censors clear three Indian films for release


    The Central Film Censor Board of Pakistan has cleared threeHindi filmsto bereleased for the first time in forty years. Indian Cinema was banned in Pakistan following the Indo Pak War in 1965and under its rules motion pictures linked to either an "Indianartiste" or "Indian director" are strictly prohibited in thecountry.The ...

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    Iron Island walks away with Goa's Golden Peacock


    Iranian film Iron Island, directed by Mohammad Rasoulof,was awarded the Golden Peacock and a cash prize of $25,000 at the 36thInternational Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa (Nov 24 - Dec 4).

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    Goa festival faces producer boycott


    The 36th government-backed International Film Festival of India (IFFI), set to open December 1 in its new permanent home of Goa, is facing a last-minute internal wrangle with the Film Federation of India (FFI).

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    India film festival to host Merchant tribute


    This year's edition of the InternationalFilm Festival of India (IFFI), to be held in Goafrom Nov 24 - Dec 4, will pay a special tribute to Indian-born filmmaker IsmailMerchant who died in May this year.

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    India's Adlabs enters international distribution


    Adlabs-Reliance, a jointventure between India's largest film company Adlabs and Reliance Infocomm, has startedacquiring Hindi films for overseas distribution.

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    India's Mukta Arts unveils five-picture slate


    Mukta Arts chairman andfilmmaker Subhash Ghai announced five new films during the company's 27thanniversary celebrations in Mumbai this week.

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    New York comedy heads Indian music major's debut slate


    Indian music major Saregamahas unveiled a slate of seven features, headed by Karma Confession &Holy to be directed by New York-based Indian filmmaker Manish Gupta.

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    India's PVR unveils expansion plans


    Indian multiplex cinema operator PVR is looking to raiseUS$ 33 million via an IPO to finance new cinema projects and expand its filmdistribution business.

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    Indian government postpones onscreen smoking ban


    The Indian government'sproposed ban on smoking scenes in films and television programmes has beendelayed from Oct 2 to Jan 1, 2006.

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    Mukta Arts film school set to open in January


    Whistling Woods International,the film school established by Mumbai-based production company Mukta Arts, itset to open its doors to the first batch of students in January 2006.

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    Indian filmmaker challenges onscreen smoking ban


    Hindi film director andproducer Mahesh Bhatt has taken the Indian government to court over newlegislation that bans the depiction of smoking in films and TV serials.

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    India selects Paheli as Oscar entry


    Hindi feature Paheli,starring Shah Rukh Khan and directed by Amol Palekar, has been selected as India's entry in the best foreign-language film categoryof the Oscars.

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