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Cover Story

Published Date: August 30, 2014
WATCH OUT FOR ZAKIA BARI MAMO

WATCH OUT FOR ZAKIA BARI MAMO

Zakia Bari Mamo, a Bangladeshi model turned actress, won the Lux Channel i Superstar in 2006. As a result she was cast as a lead role in the film “Daruchini Dwip” in 2006, for which she won the National Film Award for Best Actress in 2007. She has recently resumed appearing in movies after quite a long break. Her second mainstream FDC film in which she co-starred with Anisur Rahman Milon and Zayed Khan, is “Prem Korbo Tomar Shathe”, directed by Raqibul Alam Raqib. The film will be released right after Eid al-Adha this year. Immediately after completing the film she was offered to be cast in her upcoming...

LIVING WITH THE STARS

Published Date: August 30, 2014
Mamo's Comeback to the Silver Screen

Mamo's Comeback to the Silver Screen

Zakia Bari Mamo was discovered by Lux in 2006 through their famed beauty contest. There are many media personalities in Bangladesh who were discovered by Lux, and I must say they are doing well. But, not every one of Lux's superstars is memorable, or they couldn't continue on the path of stardom which Lux launched them onto. This is surprising to me, because the grandeur and scale with which Lux promotes their superstars is really something else. But, even then, some of them were not as successful. Perhaps the selection process is not as rigorous or challenging as it should be to ensure that the brightest and most highly...

CLOUDS AND MIST

Published Date: August 30, 2014
Romance in Nazrul

Romance in Nazrul

The Rebel Poet died in this month of August close to thirty years ago. If you remember, an equal number of years in his life were lost to the malady that affected his health. There is, therefore, little question of the vast region of literature and music he would have covered if his...

  

INT'L FILM

Published Date: August 30, 2014
XAVIER DOLAN

XAVIER DOLAN

There is a good chance that you may not have heard of Xavier Dolan, probably because most people are concerned with Hollywood filmmakers such as James Cameron and John Woo. But, there are hoards of critically acclaimed directors who are not a part of Hollywood, and Xavier stands out amongst them. Through his...

COSMOS

Published Date: August 30, 2014
A SPACETIME ODYSSEY

A SPACETIME ODYSSEY

Every child has faced one relentless question about their future, “What do you want to do when you grow up?” Those of that looked up and could think of nothing more extraordinary than exploring the little balls that light up the infinite darkness of the sky, said “When I grow up, I'm going...

DID YOU KNOW?

Published Date: August 30, 2014
HUGH JACKMAN

HUGH JACKMAN

Before he became the shredded, jacked up star of stage and screen you know today, Hugh Jackman was a gym teacher trying to get young boys at England's Uppingham School to climb that damn rope and quit flicking their towels at each other in the locker room. As fate would have it, one...

THROUGH THE EYES OF

Published Date: August 30, 2014
SHARMILA BANERJEE

SHARMILA BANERJEE

After graduating from Management Studies from the University of Dhaka, Sharmila Banerjee won a scholarship on Dance at Shantiniketon back in 1978. Banerjee was very passionate about dance and her first duet was at the age of four. Her ability to sing was an added quality, not one she chose to do professionally....

Published Date: August 30, 2014
GRAPE VINE

GRAPE VINE

AGENTS OF SHIELD Enlists Adrianne Palicki G.I.Joe star Adrianne Palicki has been tapped to guest-star as Marvel superspy Bobbi Morse. Best known to comic book fans as Mockingbird, Palicki's character will appear in the fifth episode of the Marvel procedural with the potential to return; the episode will find her popping in perhaps not as an ally to Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team. Palicki joins a rapidly growing roster of guest stars heading to Agents of SHIELD's second run. She joins Kyle MacLachlan as Skye's (Chloe Bennet) father; Lucy Lawless as SHIELD veteran Isabelle Hartly; Reed Diamond as Hydra villain Daniel Whitehall (aka Kraken); Nick Blood as a mercenary...

Published Date: August 30, 2014
MOVIE REVIEW

MOVIE REVIEW

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Director: Matt Reeves Writers:  Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver Stars: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Toby Kebbell, Keri Russell Runtime: 130 minutes Strength: Story, screenplay, acting, special effects and cinematography Weakness: Minor difficulty in understanding some of the ape's speech Rating: 4/5 Plot: A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species. Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the...

Published Date: August 30, 2014
TRIVIA AND QUIZ

TRIVIA AND QUIZ

 

Published Date: August 30, 2014
MOVIES AT THE BOX OFFICE

MOVIES AT THE BOX OFFICE

 

Cover Story

Published Date: August 23, 2014
BIJORI STILL FRESH ON TV

BIJORI STILL FRESH ON TV

Bijori Barkatullah has been an actress, singer, dancer and model of Bangladeshi media for over two decades. She started acting with the drama, “Shukher Chharpotro”, directed by her father Mohammad Barkatullah in 1988. Star Showbiz recently caught up with her for an interview. How long have you been acting and what experiences have you gained on the road? It's been pretty long. I've been acting seriously since 1993, almost 21 years now, and basically I am a dancer. It has really been a long journey I must say. I have been dancing, singing and acting since my school and college days, and then in 1993 I did a drama on BTV....

  

LIVING WITH THE STARS

Published Date: August 23, 2014
THE BEST of BIJORI

THE BEST of BIJORI

Bijori came to the limelight and caught people's attention through Humayun Ahmed's drama series 'Kothao Keo Nei'. For a new actor to enter a cast of established performers such as Subarna Mustafa, Khairul Alam Shobuj and others, and to play a role that affects every other character and causes a major plot twist,...

CLOUDS AND MIST

Published Date: August 23, 2014
Our movies, our stars

Our movies, our stars

The actor Manna died some years ago. He was not an artiste in the mould of Razzaque or Azim or Rahman or Bulbul Ahmed or Farook. But popularity was nevertheless his, a particular reason being his determined opposition to obscenity or everything that militated against morality in movies. There was decency in his...

TELEVISION OF A LIFETIME

Published Date: August 23, 2014
Maati O Manush

Maati O Manush

Continued from vol 02, issue 02 Since the beginning of Bangladesh television, there have been many attempts at creating developing program for the masses, with the singular objective of pleasing the viewers. However, the sad truth is that despite the effort, the general masses aren't really that interested in developing programs. The one program...

TEN THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT

Published Date: August 23, 2014
GAUSUL ALAM SHAON

GAUSUL ALAM SHAON

After studying Economics, Gausul Alam Shaon studied Branding and Promotion as his post-graduation degree in Delhi. He came back to Dhaka and started producing television commercials (TVC). Shaon's strategy is to study the 'collective unconscious of people in order to understand the hidden truths of people's desires'. Star Showbiz recently caught up with...

DID YOU KNOW?

Published Date: August 23, 2014
In high school, Robin Williams was voted by his classmates as the "Least Likely to Succeed"

In high school, Robin Williams was voted by his classmates as the

Robin Williams (1951 – 2014) attended Redwood High School in California where, during his senior year, he was voted both "the funniest and least likely to succeed." Williams not only became one of the most successful comedians of all times and a successful movie star, he went on to win an Academy Award...

Published Date: August 23, 2014
GRIMM

GRIMM

“Grimm” is a drama series that revolves around Homicide Detective Nick Burkhardt, who discovers that he is a descendant of an elite line of criminal profilers known as “Grimms” who can identify the true nature of supernatural and frightening creatures (referred to as “Wesen”) that exist among humans. Nick's new responsibilities as a...

Published Date: August 23, 2014
GRAPE VINE

GRAPE VINE

THE ROCK TO RETURN FOR 'JOURNEY 3′ AND 'JOURNEY 4′ The Rock has been attached to Journey 3 for some two years now, but this is the first we've heard of Journey 4 also being in the works. The plan, schedule-permitting, is to shoot the third and fourth Journey movie installments back to back,...

Published Date: August 23, 2014
ROBIN WILLIAMS Cast Mates Share Their Thoughts on Twitter After His Passing

ROBIN WILLIAMS Cast Mates Share Their Thoughts on Twitter After His Passing

SALLY FIELD “I'm sad for the world of comedy. And so very sad for his family. And I'm sad for Robin. He always lit up when he was able to make people laugh, and he made them laugh his whole life long.... tirelessly.” - Sally Field (Sally Field played his ex-wife in the 1993 movie...

  

Published Date: August 23, 2014
MOVIE REVIEW

MOVIE REVIEW

SINGHAM RETURNS Director: Rohit Shetty Writer: Farhad, Yunus Sajawal Stars: Ajay Devgn, Kareena Kapoor, Amole Gupte, Anupam Kher Runtime: 142 minutes Strength: Action, stunts and songs Weakness: A bit too long Showbiz Rating: 3/5 Plot: Owing to the wrongdoings affiliated with evils similar to black money, an honest but ferocious police officer returns as the Deputy Commissioner of Police with the...

INTL FILM

Published Date: August 23, 2014
NURI BILGE CEYLAN

NURI BILGE CEYLAN

Nuri Bilge Ceylan is a Turkish photographer, screenwriter, actor, and film director who has been a part of the international media since 1995. In 2014, he received the Palme d'Or, which is the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival. He is married to photographer, filmmaker and actress Ebru Ceylan. Nuri graduated from university with a degree of Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering. Born in Istanbul, Turkey on 26 January 1959, he found his interest in photography materializing from the age of 15. He joined the army in Ankara, Turkey, where he discovered that cinema would give shape to his life. Ceylan's films deal with the estrangement of...

Published Date: August 23, 2014
TRIVIA & QUIZ

TRIVIA & QUIZ

 

Published Date: August 20, 2014
Power couple Brad-Angelina together on screen again

Power couple Brad-Angelina together on screen again

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will reunite on screen again in new movie after the duos 2005 movie Mr and Mrs Smith. The movie By The Sea “written and directed by Jolie will be a intimate and character driven drama” announced Universal Pictures. People Magazine confirmed the power couple would shoot a movie in...

Published Date: August 20, 2014
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe criticizes his own acting

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe criticizes his own acting

Lead actor of one of the world’s most recognised franchises, Harry Potter, has recently said in an interview with The Daily Mail that he’s embarrassed by some of his performances and that “It’s hard to watch a film like Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince because I’m just not very good in it," he...

Published Date: August 20, 2014
Robin Williams’ suicide was not planned

Robin Williams’ suicide was not planned

Sources close to Williams say that he’s suicide was not premeditated; in fact he had been making plans for the future. A source close to Williams spoke to the late comedian over the phone the day before his body was found.  They had a fairly lengthy discussion about several deals in the works and...

Published Date: August 20, 2014
Robin Williams’ wife reveals that the actor had Parkinson’s Disease

Robin Williams’ wife reveals that the actor had Parkinson’s Disease

"Robin’s sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly," wrote Williams wife, Susan Schneider who also emphasized to "seek the care and support they need to treat...

Published Date: August 20, 2014
Justin Timberlake makes a 8year old boy with autism dreams come true

Justin Timberlake makes a 8year old boy with autism dreams come true

International singer, Justin Timberlake stopped his concert in San Jose, California to sing “Happy Birthday” to a 8year old boy, Julian who was diagnosed with autism. Justin and the thousands of fans in the stadium sang “Happy Birthday” to the little boy when fans got Justin’s attention to the little boy. Julian’s mother...

Published Date: August 19, 2014
Nancy returns home

Nancy returns home

Popular Bangladeshi singer Nancy was discharged from hospital today, 19th August  after being hospitalised for a failed suicide attempt. Nancy and her family reached their Moghbazar flat by 1:00pm. The decision for her discharge was fixed last night by Dr. Forhad. This was confirmed by hospital coordinator Dr. Ali Abrar. He also went on to...

Published Date: August 18, 2014
Nancy’s condition improves, moved from ICU to cabin

Nancy’s condition improves, moved from ICU to cabin

Nancy’s condition has improved quite well after the third day of admittance. Her condition was stable enough that she was moved from ICU to a cabin at 11am this morning. Hospital coordinator Dr. Aari Abrarr says that he is hopeful on her condition based on this morning.   “This was not the case yesterday. Honestly, when Nancy was admitted here, her condition was quite critical. However, her vitals are very stable today and there isn’t much to worry about.”  Dr. Abrar also said that Nancy is now capable of eating and speaking normally. However, her body is still a little weak. Hopefully this will also pass within a day or two. Currently her...

Cover Story

Published Date: August 16, 2014
ANANTA JALIL BACK WITH MOST WELCOME 2

ANANTA JALIL BACK WITH MOST WELCOME 2

If there is one superstar of Bangladeshi films who has been able to do which no one else in the industry has done, that would be Ananta Jalil. Before action superstar AJ hit the screen with his stunts and digitally animated action scenes, there wasn't much being talked about or anticipated from the...

LIVING WITH THE STARS

Published Date: August 16, 2014
Reviving the Bangladeshi film industry

Reviving the Bangladeshi film industry

Release of mainstream movies all over the world is linked to major festivals, such as Eid in Bangladesh and other Muslim countries and Christmas in the West. Ananta Jalil, a.k.a 'the Bangla Bond', is following suit and releasing his films every year on Eid. In 2014, six movies were released around Eid, three of these were successful, Most Welcome 2, Hero and Honeymoon. And by far the most successful of these has been Most Welcome 2. Ananta has invested a lot of money in his films, and he has gone beyond the threshold of what is considered commercially viable. Because he invested too much money into making his films...

CLOUDS AND MIST

Published Date: August 16, 2014
We do not forget them . . .

We do not forget them . . .

The comedy star Robin Williams is dead. Good actors are like good politicians. You feel a deep sense of loss when they die. Back in the early 1980s, when Uttam Kumar died suddenly, a sense of disbelief descended on all of us. It was much the same when, a few years later, Richard Burton passed away. There was a powerful actor in the Welshman. And his pronunciation, with every syllable coming out clearly, remains unmatched. And then there was Gregory Peck, with that tall figure and deep, resonant voice you wished you possessed. His death was a deep loss. Then again, when great thespians die, it is their personality, their...

  

TELEVISION OF A LIFETIME

Published Date: August 16, 2014
Meghdut, the cloud messenger

Meghdut, the cloud messenger

Continued from vol 01, issue 48 It is surprising that Dr. Anisuzzaman doesn't take part in any TV shows when we have so many of them. In the early days of Dhaka television he was involved in many programs, some of which were not even literature programs. “Kaaler Shonchoy”, one of his programs was...

Published Date: August 16, 2014
Remembering ROBIN

Remembering ROBIN

Beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams passed away this week on Aug 11 at the age of 63 in a suspected suicide after a long battle with depression. The legendary actor leaves behind a legacy of unforgettable films. As the world mourns the loss of a comedic voice that spanned decades, we take...

Published Date: August 16, 2014
MUST WATCH ROLES OF ROBIN WILLIAMS

MUST WATCH ROLES OF ROBIN WILLIAMS

Robin Williams has been an entertainer for a lifetime, and his unforgettable charisma and onscreen warmth has made the lives of millions of people around the world brighter and merrier, even if it so for the length of one movie at a time. The world has lost one of its best actors. To...

TEN THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT

Published Date: August 16, 2014
AFSANA MIMI

AFSANA MIMI

Afsana Mimi's career took off when she appeared in the drama 'Kothao Keu Nei' on BTV during the nineties. Between then and now, Mimi has appeared in hundreds of episodes of television shows and even movies. She has also directed a few dramas and fiction works. Her character is marked by her lively...

Published Date: August 16, 2014
GRAPE VINE

GRAPE VINE

I'll never work with Sajid Khan again: Bipasha Basu Bipasha Basu, who decided to refrain from promoting 'Humshakals' prior to its release, says she won`t work with Sajid Khan, the film`s director, ever again. Bipasha, who was seen as one of the six key characters in the comic film which wasn`t received well, has nothing against the film`s co-producers Vashu Bhagnani and Fox Star Studios. But she is glad she took a stand against promoting 'Humshakals' when it was required. She had said she was "extremely disturbed by the end result" of the film and "didn`t know how to promote the film with all honesty". "I was six minutes into...

Published Date: August 16, 2014
MOVIE REVIEW

MOVIE REVIEW

HUMSHAKALS Director: Sajid Khan Writer: Sajid Khan Stars: Saif Ali Khan, Ritesh Deshmukh, Ram Kapoor, Bipasha Basu, Tamannaah Bhatia, Esha Gupta Runtime: 158 minutes Strength: Ritesh's comic timing, mindless comedy Weakness: Stretches extensively, overacting Showbiz Rating: 1/5 Plot: The story revolves around three sets of identical people who all come together in the same mental asylum! The madness intensifies as their...

INTL FILM

Published Date: August 16, 2014
BONG JOON-HO

BONG JOON-HO

Bong Joon-ho is a South Korean film director and screenwriter. His films include South Korean hits Memories of Murder (2003), based on a true-life serial murder case, monster movie The Host (2006), and his first English-language film, science fiction adventure Snowpiercer (2013). Though he displays a fascination for strong subject matter, his films are filled with (often black) humor and sudden mood shifts. In 2000, Bong began shooting his first feature Barking Dogs Never Bite. Although now remembered fondly, at the time of its release in February 2000 it did not stir up much interest among audiences. Response from critics was positive but slightly muted. Nonetheless, the film was invited...

DID YOU KNOW?

Published Date: August 16, 2014
Jason Statham

Jason Statham

  Jason Statham narrowly avoided death on the set of The Expendables 3. In 2013, the actor was forced to leap from a truck he was driving before it plunged 60ft into the sea after a stunt went horribly wrong. According to co-star Sylvester Stallone, Statham owed is life to his strong swimming skills, after the brakes on the coach broke. "He faced death. He was test-driving a three-ton truck and the brakes run out,” said Stallone, 68, at the film premiere in London last week. "It went down 60ft into the Black Sea and became impaled. Luckily we had taken the doors off before. If anyone else had been...

Published Date: August 16, 2014
Trivia & Quiz

Trivia & Quiz

 

Published Date: August 14, 2014
Cohen is coming back again

Cohen is coming back again

The legendary singer-songwriter, poet and novelist Leonard Cohen, who is considered a renaissance man by his fans, will be celebrating his 80th birthday next month with a new album 'Popular Problems'. Although Cohen's representative has not confirmed the release, word slipped last week at the officially sanctioned fan convention Leonard Cohen Event 2014 in...

Published Date: August 14, 2014
Kareena heading to Bengali films

Kareena heading to Bengali films

Bollywood sensation and UNICEF celebrity advocate Kareena Kapoor is currently considering acting in Bengali films, in following the footsteps of her mother-in-law and actress Sharmila Tagore. Kareena says “I have been offered a Bengali film and I am thinking about it. I love the way Bengali directors project their heroines beautifully and aesthetically.” She also...

Cover Story

Published Date: August 9, 2014
FAHMIDA NABI'S
BOND WITH MUSIC

FAHMIDA NABI'S <br>BOND WITH MUSIC

Fahmida Nabi, born January 4, is the daughter of late singer Mahmud Un Nabi and the elder sister of singer Samina Chowdhury. Nabi's solo career started in 1979 and it has spanned over three decades now. Primarily, she sings classical and modern Bengali songs. She also sings Rabindra Sangeet and Nazrul Sangeet. On 15 January 1989, she released a solo album titled Tumi Tulona Hina, which featured 10 songs tuned by Naquib Khan. Starting from that, she has 12 solo albums so far. Her first duet album entitled Ek Mutho Gaan-1 was released in 2006 with Bappa Mazumder. Nabi and Mazumder's second studio album Ek Mutho Gaan-2 was released...

LIVING WITH THE STARS

Published Date: August 9, 2014
He bondhu, he shokha amar

He bondhu, he shokha amar

Fahmida's career in music began in the 80s, and because she grew up in a family of artists and was under the tutelage of her father, Mahmudunnabi, she picked up the basics easily. Her father was a celebrity singer, and this gave both her and her sister access to mainstream singing. Samina, her...

CLOUDS AND MIST

Published Date: August 9, 2014
Monsoon sensuality . . .

Monsoon sensuality . . .

What are the songs that you recall in the months of Asharh and Sravana? There is that certain effect that the rains have on the mind, which is when you remember Talat Mahmood and Lata Mangeshkar singing aaha rimjhim ke ye pyare pyare geet liye / aayi raat suhani dekho preet liye.  You can't deny that the passions of the heart get a trifle more fiery when it pours in the monsoon. And that is a truth which Runa Laila gives you through her very soothing onek brishti jhore tumi ele. The waiting has been long, the yearning of the soul has been on a level of impatience. And now...

  

TELEVISION OF A LIFETIME

Published Date: August 9, 2014
A CAMERA AND A DOVE

A CAMERA AND A DOVE

Continued from vol 01, issue 48 There was only one studio in DIT Bhaban TV office. It was only 20 x 40 feet in size. I have doubts whether any other TV station started with such small space. Among equipment, there were two four-and-half-inches image Orthicon camera. Such camera was also the first to be used in a studio. One of the camera had a zoom lens and the other had a torrent lens. Torrent lens had to be manually rotated for taking different shots. Since the studio was a large renovated hall-room, lights were not installed properly. There was only one audio tape recorder, a turn table, a Vidicon...

  

Published Date: August 9, 2014
TEN THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT
GOLAM HAIDER KISLOO

TEN THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT <br>GOLAM HAIDER KISLOO

Golam Haider Kisloo is a popular advertisement maker who is planning to make movies sometime in the recent future. He thinks his life would be incomplete if he does not get into movie-making. Star Showbiz caught up with him recently to learn about his life in the media. 1. Why did you chose ad-making...

Published Date: August 9, 2014
WHY WE CAN'T GET OVER
F.R.I.E.N.D.S!

WHY WE CAN'T GET OVER <br>F.R.I.E.N.D.S!

F.R.I.E.N.D.S , one of the most loved TV shows of all time set a new standard for television comedy after being on air for a decade, ending in 2004. Two decades since the first episode of FRIENDS, we still can't get over them. There are new sitcoms trying to reach the F.R.I.E.N.D.S mark....