• Sunday, November 23, 2014

Cover Story

Published Date: November 22, 2014
THE SECRET BEHIND THE SUCCESS OF "Jare Uira Ja"

THE SECRET BEHIND THE SUCCESS OF

If you've turned on the television anywhere in Bangladesh in the last few weeks, chances are you've heard and admired Grameenphone's new “Jare Uira Ja” advertisement. Star Showbiz recently conversed with the minds behind the ad, “Jare Uira Ja” – Habib Wahid, Amitabh Reza and Shaon. The trio, along with the voice of...

LIVING WITH THE STARS

Published Date: November 22, 2014
A transcendental combination

A transcendental combination

Its not every day that Star Showbiz does a story, let alone a cover story on a TVC. The story for this issue, though unconventional, represents us answering our call of duty. What duty you ask? Well, our duty as Bangladeshis, who need to appreciate our own productions instead of foreign ones. I...

INT'L FILM

Published Date: November 22, 2014
HENRI COLPI

HENRI COLPI

Henri Colpi was an accomplished editor and director whose innovative work on Alain Resnais' Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) and L'Année dernière à Marienbad (1961), contributed greatly to their dramatic impact. He was also a respected director whose most famous film, Une Aussi Longue Absence (1961), won the best film award at Cannes in 1961. The Swiss-born Colpi studied at the Institut des hautes études cinématographiques (The Institute for Advanced Cinematographic Studies), graduating in 1947. During the1950s he worked as an editor, mainly working on short films with directors such as Georges Franju and Agnès Varda. He was the sound editor on Alain Resnais' landmark Holocaust documentary, Nuit et brouillard (1955),...

CELEBRATING LIFE 2014

Published Date: November 22, 2014
TEASERS

TEASERS

2014 is coming to an end and what better way to bid it goodbye than hosting another fantastic Celebrating Life event. The journey started eight years ago when Standard Chartered Bank and The Daily Star joined forces and created Celebrating Life, a competition inviting films, photographs and lyrics entries that showcase various aspects of life in Bangladesh. Organized jointly by The Daily Star and Standard Chartered Bank, this initiative is our attempt to provide participants with a massive platform for creative expression. Since 2008, the contest has grown enormously in terms of number of participants, number of entries and it has grown far more diverse. This year, Celebrating Life is...

Published Date: November 22, 2014
TASHER DESH

TASHER DESH

Celebrating Life is proud to present the dance drama Tasher Desh, which will be produced by Shadhona. Tasher Desh is one of Tagore's most famous dance operas, a unique genre he developed that was influenced by Western opera. It is inspired by Alice in Wonderland and is a satire on the rigidity of...

Published Date: November 22, 2014
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Celebrating Life introduced the Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2010 with the objective of expressing the respect those who have made significant contributions, each in their own fields, and have enabled their medium to reach a higher level. And this year is no different. The Lifetime Achievement Awards of 2014 go to: RANI SARKER (FILM) Rani...

Published Date: November 22, 2014
HONOURABLE JUDGES

HONOURABLE JUDGES

With the three rich categories that we cater to, we need equally talented personalities to help judge the flood of entries that Celebrating Life receives every year. The following are the judges this year:      

Published Date: November 22, 2014
MOVIE REVIEW

MOVIE REVIEW

INTERSTELLAR Directors: Christopher Nolan Writer: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Timothée Chalamet, Mackenzie Foy, John Lithgow Strength: An audio visual feast, nail biting scenes Weakness: Slow progression, unnecessarily emotional Runtime: 169 minutes Rating: 3.5/5 Plot: A team of determined explorers risk everything including humanity when they travel through a wormhole in...

Published Date: November 22, 2014
GRAPE VINE

GRAPE VINE

OSBOURNES  BEING  REBOOTED Nearly a decade after it was cancelled, the four-season long Emmy award winning reality show will be resurrected on VH1. According to Sharon Osbourne the show will be back for about 8 episodes. VH1 agreed to reboot the hit show after it recently found success in the reality show arena with “Love...

WALK THE TALK

Published Date: November 22, 2014
SWEET SIXTEEN

SWEET SIXTEEN

My sweet sixteenth year was the year of bloodshed. In 1970 when I turned sixteen in the month of October, I was filled with all kinds of romantic thoughts. I thought, that year  (between October of 1970 October to 1971),I would meet prince charming and it would be an experience sweeter than honey. Some of the best romances have happened in times of war, but sadly my sweet sixteenth year  was not showered with any such romances. Those were the days when we used to sing along with the Beatles many of their songs and one of our favorites  was “When I am sixty four“. The song went thus “When I grow...

DOWN MEMORY BY LANES…

Published Date: November 22, 2014
SONGS THAT TELL OF SADDEST THOUGHTS

SONGS THAT TELL OF SADDEST THOUGHTS

When PB Shelley said, 'Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought,' he epitomized in those words a profound human experience that is true for all ages and time. Sad songs overwhelm our state of mind. Sad songs make us sad. And yet, sad songs in a strange way entertain us....

FILMY BAHAS

Published Date: November 22, 2014
WHAT'S SO SPECIAL?

WHAT'S SO SPECIAL?

Before we go any further, let's remind ourselves of what Filmy Bahas is. Filmy Bahas, is a rendezvous for filmy dialogue, discussion and debate. Created in fond memory of acclaimed Bangladeshi filmmaker Tareque Masud (1955-2011), it's a platform to bring parallel school of thoughts in contrast to the stereotyped formula films. Through their efforts...

Published Date: November 22, 2014
TRIVIA & QUIZ

TRIVIA & QUIZ

 

Cover Story

Published Date: November 15, 2014
NADIA NEW KID ON THE BLOCK

NADIA NEW KID ON THE BLOCK

This was the night that everyone was waiting for. How do I know? Simple. I was there and I saw everything with my own eyes. Starting from the amount of security to the amount of people turning up to see it live from the venue, not to mention all the television channels sending...

Living with the stars

Published Date: November 15, 2014
Thinking beyond borders

Thinking beyond borders

Probably one of the largest events of the year in the media, if not the largest, is the Lux Channel i Superstar program. And I've written about this before. The Superstar program in Bangladesh was first started by Shahadat Chowdhury, Editor of Anondodhara, who was one of few truly visionary people I have...

INT'L FILM

Published Date: November 15, 2014
Federico Fellini

Federico Fellini

Federico Fellini was an Italian film director and scriptwriter, known for his distinct style that blends fantasy and baroque images with earthiness. He is considered one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers of the 20th century. In his fifty-year career, he has managed to win five Academy Awards including the most Oscars...

DOWN MEMORY BY LANES…

Published Date: November 15, 2014
MORE OF THOSE HAUNTING MELODIES

MORE OF THOSE HAUNTING MELODIES

The treasure trove of romantic Bangla songs of the three decades is like a bottomless cauldron so it is difficult to mention a few and leave out others. Those days the young and old alike used to listen to these very high standard songs, and good singers among them sang them in school, college and university functions. Puja hits used to be played over the loudspeakers in every mahalla of Dhaka and other district towns as well. Before the shows, cinema halls used to play these popular numbers quite loudly over loudspeakers to attract crowds. Songs that were especially liked by the young generation had wonderful romantic lyrics and very...

Published Date: November 15, 2014
MAKE IT A HABIT

MAKE IT A HABIT

At most times we want change. Change for the better. It would be so much better if I could lose 10 pounds, it would be so much better if I found time to read , it would be so much better if I could hang out with friends and laugh. I mean really...

Published Date: November 15, 2014
MIDDLE-EARTH GOES TO WAR!

MIDDLE-EARTH GOES TO WAR!

By now it's been well established that Peter Jackson's The Hobbit movie trilogy is part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's source novel, part Lord of the Rings trilogy prequel. Next month's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will be the final link in the chain that connects Jackson's Middle-earth movie trilogies –...

JUKEBOX HERO

Published Date: November 15, 2014
INDALO

INDALO

A few promising musicians from diverse acts came together in 2012 and started off Indalo by doing several regular shows. Aside from their regular musical projects, Jon, Zubair, Titu and Dio started practicing music together, and Indalo was formed. Jon puts his best to create a good sound as well as the lyrics....

Published Date: November 15, 2014
THE MINIONS ARE COMING TO THE SILVER SCREEN IN A MOVIE OF THEIR OWN!

THE MINIONS ARE COMING TO THE SILVER SCREEN IN A MOVIE OF THEIR OWN!

Minions are small, yellow humanoids who have existed since the beginning of time, evolving from yellow single-celled organisms into beings who have only one purpose: to serve history's most ambitious villains. Fans of Despicable Me's adorably malevolent Minions have a new trailer to enjoy. The Despicable Me spinoff will apparently act as prequel...

10 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT

Published Date: November 15, 2014
MAZNUN MEZAN

MAZNUN MEZAN

    Recently Star Showbiz caught up with Maznun Mezan, someone we've all seen on both the big and small screen several times over the past decade. We tried to find out what it's like to be a full-time professional actor and a concerned member of the society at the same time. 1. What inspired you...

Published Date: November 15, 2014
GRAPE VINE

GRAPE VINE

MY PARTNER MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE TO LOSE WEIGHT: DREW BARRYMORE Actress Drew Barrymore says her husband Will Kopelman makes it impossible for her to lose baby weight, as the two are foodies. The 39-year-old star, who married Kopelman in 2012, is running a make-up and cosmetics company named Flower Beauty and branching out into signature fragrances, reports eonline.com. She is also raising two daughters -- six-and-a-half months old Frankie and two-year-old Olive. Joking about her husband at the launch of her three new fragrances, Barrymore said: "My partner makes it impossible to lose my baby weight because he's such an eater and I love food too, so this baby weight is...

Published Date: November 15, 2014
MOVIE REVIEW

MOVIE REVIEW

ROAR Director: Kamal Sadanah Writer:  Aanand Goradiya Stars: Aadil Chahal, Aaran Chaudhary, Pranay Dixit Strength: Beautiful cinematography Weakness: Incoherent plot, poor screenplay, lack of character development Runtime: 123 minutes Rating: 2.5/5 Plot: After his photojournalist brother gets killed by a white tigress in the jungles of the Sundarbans, Pandit and his team of commandos enter the prohibited core area of the...

TV SHOW REVIEW

Published Date: November 15, 2014
SATISFACTION

SATISFACTION

Satisfaction, starring Matt Passmore, Stephanie Stoszak and Michelle DeShon, sounds like a morally depraved and awful show when you read its description: a man finds out that his wife is cheating on him, so he starts cheating on her! But the show, admittedly messy and an emotional rollercoaster ride, is actually one of...

FEATURE

Published Date: November 15, 2014
Ten best stories from 'Golpo Chalao, Film Banao' in the 'Stop Not Film Festival'

Ten best stories from 'Golpo Chalao, Film Banao' in the 'Stop Not Film Festival'

'Golpo Chalao, Film Banao', the campus-centric story-telling and film-making competition organized by 'Stop Not', popular snack brand from the house of Perfetti Van Melle, in order to create a paltoform to encourage the creative and talented youngsters of the country to showcase their talent of story-telling and film-making, has created quite a stir...

Published Date: November 15, 2014
TRIVIA & QUIZ

TRIVIA & QUIZ

 

Cover Story

Published Date: November 8, 2014
BEHIND THE SCENES of PIPRA BIDDA

BEHIND THE SCENES of PIPRA BIDDA

Pipra Bidda seems to be all that's anyone talking about in the world of showbiz lately. And for a good reason too. First and foremost, it's by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki. That alone guarantees that the movie will be worth something. It's nothing like its predecessor film “Television”. Farooki has managed to weave a...

  

LIVING WITH THE STARS

Published Date: November 8, 2014
The Man behind the Movie

The Man behind the Movie

We Bangladeshis may openly ask for criticism, but the truth of the matter is that we can't really handle it when people judge us. And this issue exists in all sectors; not just arts. This becomes even more difficult if the person you have to criticize is someone close to you.  Mostofa Sarwar...

INT'L FILM

Published Date: November 8, 2014
Luis Buñuel

Luis Buñuel

Luis Buñuel Portolés was a Spanish filmmaker active from the 1920s through the 1970s, having worked in Spain, Mexico and France. His first short “Un Chien Andalou”, made in the silent era, was often viewed as one of the best short films, and his last film “That Obscure Object of Desire” won him...

DOWN MEMORY BY LANES…

Published Date: November 8, 2014
SONGS OF THE ROMANTIC ERA

SONGS OF THE ROMANTIC ERA

How everlasting songs are! Singers are no more. Lyricists are no more. Composers are no more. But songs live on… transcending time, generations and man-made boundaries...to dwell in our hearts forever. In our pensive moments we hum the tunes and try to relive the days gone by. Many of us may not remember...

TELEVISION OF A LIFETIME

Published Date: November 8, 2014
Bangladesh Television in the 70s

Bangladesh Television in the 70s

On 1971, 23rd March, it was officially declared that Bangladesh is free. The flag of Pakistan was not seen other than in the cantonment areas. The red sun is in the middle of the green flag on the map of Bangladesh. At that time, when any event was telecasted, the national flag was...

Published Date: November 8, 2014
SCARLETT JOHANSSON TO STAR IN GHOST IN THE SHELL?

SCARLETT JOHANSSON TO STAR IN GHOST IN THE SHELL?

Not only is Ghost in the Shell's upcoming Hollywood adaptation edging ever closer to becoming a reality - but it might just have picked up a major star to take the lead role. Better yet, it's the toughest and most ass-kicking action heroine working today: Scarlet Johansson herself. The actress has, according to...

BEHIND THE SCENE

Published Date: November 8, 2014
A CHAT WITH MIR RABBY

A CHAT WITH MIR RABBY

Mir Fazle Rabby or simply, Mir Rabby as he is known by all, is the current station-in charge of Radio Shadhin of the Asiatic Group. He has been involved with radio for quite a while now and he was present in Radio Shadhin right from its inception. We, at Star Showbiz, recently caught...

Published Date: November 8, 2014
AMERICAN FILMMAKERS VISIT BANGLADESH

AMERICAN FILMMAKERS VISIT BANGLADESH

The American Center recently brought Dawn Porter and Tim Skousen, two American filmmakers to Bangladesh. For the duration of their stay, they conducted some workshops at the EMK Center and Pathshala for young filmmakers and social workers. Star Showbiz had the opportunity to catch up with the filmmakers to find out more about...

Published Date: November 8, 2014
GRAPE VINE

GRAPE VINE

JULIA STILES, RAY LIOTTA JOIN CAST OF 'GO WITH ME' Actors Julia Stiles and Ray Liotta have been added to the cast of Anthony Hopkins' upcoming film 'Go With Me'. The action-drama, which will begin shooting in mid-November, is the story of a young woman who returns to her home town and becomes the...

Published Date: November 8, 2014
MOVIE REVIEW

MOVIE REVIEW

JOHN WICK   Directors: David Leitch, Chad Stahelski Writer:  Derek Kolstad Stars: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen Strength: Action sequences, screenplay and production values Weakness: The story is a bit too simple and predictable Runtime: 101 minutes Rating: 3.5/5 Plot: An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. Review: John Wick has been...

DID YOU KNOW?

Published Date: November 8, 2014
TEN SURPRISING FACTS ABOUT CHRISTOPHER NOLAN!

TEN SURPRISING FACTS ABOUT CHRISTOPHER NOLAN!

Christopher Nolan's latest sci-fi epic, Interstellar, is set to make its theatrical debut this month and is already generating mostly positive responses from those who have seen it at pre-viewings. However, the director rose to the limelight nearly ten years ago when he rebooted the Batman film franchise with Batman Begins. Spawning $2...

Music Review

Published Date: November 8, 2014
BRYAN ADAMS: TRACKS OF MY YEARS

BRYAN ADAMS: TRACKS OF MY YEARS

Bryan Adams is the man behind classic songs like "Summer of '69" and "Heaven," and on his next album - exclusively premiering on Billboard - he's taking other artists' classics and making them his own. Bryan Adams went back — way back — when looking for material for his new album Tracks of...

Published Date: November 8, 2014
TRIVIA & QUIZ

TRIVIA & QUIZ

 

COVER STORY

Published Date: November 1, 2014
SUPERSTARS of 2014

SUPERSTARS of 2014

The Lux-Channel i Superstar program is like a time machine. It catapults new talent into the heart of the media, straight into the limelight. Without this program, aspirants would have to work for years and slowly climb the ladder of popularity before being considered for acting roles. For young women of Bangladesh who dream about a career in the media, the Superstar program is a godsend. It's not just a talent hunt program or a beauty pageant, but also a reality show in Bangladesh and a showcase of creative entertainment centered on beauty and elegance. It's for women who believe in themselves and are ready to face a three-month...

LIVING WITH THE STARS

Published Date: November 1, 2014
New Faces in the Showbiz Limelight!

New Faces in the Showbiz Limelight!

We've written quite a few times about Lux's talent hunt and grooming efforts. For the last two years, Emami, another FMCG brand which specializes in cosmetics, has been organizing a male talent hunt program. Although it is too soon to tell about the impact of Emami's efforts on the showbiz world, since they've been around for only two years, but we hope that “The Ultimate Man” contest will make a major contribution to encouraging bright and handsome youngsters to join the Bangladesh media, which is currently suffering from a lack of new male lead actors. This issue is a very special one, since we are not only presenting the...

INT'L FILM

Published Date: November 1, 2014
MIKHAIL KALATOZOV

MIKHAIL KALATOZOV

Mikhail wasn't just another eastern European cinematographer and director but a much loved Soviet and Georgian people's artiste. He directed several documentaries along with highly political films, one of which was banned by the Stalinist censor board. Mikhail was born in 1903 in Tiflis (now Tbilisi) of the Russian Empire as Mikheil Kalatozishvili, and passed away on in 1973 in Moscow. At the age of 14, he started working as a driver and three years later he decided to study Economics, which didn't last very long, since his yearning to become a filmmaker/director overcame his education. In 1923, at the age of 20, he began his career in Georgian filmmaking....

DOWN MEMORY BY LANES…

Published Date: November 1, 2014
THE DAYS OF THE GRAMOPHONE…

THE DAYS OF THE GRAMOPHONE…

In the mid 50s, electricity hadn't reached every corner of Dhaka, so gramophones were the only instruments on which people could play their favourite records. One or two shops in Islampur and Nawabpur used to import the latest Bangla records of great singers like KL Saigal, Pankaj Mullick, Kanon Devi, Juthika Roy, Shatinath...

TELEVISION OF A LIFETIME

Published Date: November 1, 2014
VENTURING INTO THE WORLD OF TVCS

VENTURING INTO THE WORLD OF TVCS

While working at Impress Telefilm, Humayun Ahmed produced many kinds of television programs. He also produced television commercials of unique characteristics starring many of his drama characters. The house Humayun Ahmed rented at Gazipur to shoot 'Shabuj Sathi' was for fifteen days only but rain delayed the shooting. The house owner insisted that the shooting is complete in the stipulated time. Humayun Ahmed realized that he needs a house at Gazipur. Following this, he started building his own house Nuhash Palli, which is at present the largest shooting place in the country. The audience has seen Nuhash Palli in many of his dramas later on. Humayun Ahmed worked with many...

  

10 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT

Published Date: November 1, 2014
BARAKAT HOSSAIN POLASH

BARAKAT HOSSAIN POLASH

Barakat Hossain Polash, an Economics graduate of Dhaka University, was interested in cameras from an early age; he joined the BBC to work with Rashed Zaman as an Assistant Camera Operator. Polash worked and learned all he could from Rashed over the span of two years while carrying out several projects of his...

Published Date: November 1, 2014
INTRODUCING THIS YEAR'S ULTIMATE MAN

INTRODUCING THIS YEAR'S ULTIMATE MAN

Thanks to initiatives like Lux Channel I Superstar and other such pageants, very talented women are brought into the world of media; complete with proper training to survive the new world they will venture in. Unfortunately this kind of a platform didn't exist for men for quite a while now. Things changed with...

Published Date: November 1, 2014
GRAPE VINE

GRAPE VINE

ANTI-DRINKING WARNING IN FILMS NOT CORRECT WAY: AAMIR KHAN After putting statutory warnings over smoking scenes, the Censor Board has now introduced anti-drinking warnings in scenes where actors are depicted consuming alcohol. However, actor Aamir Khan says there are other ways of conveying this message. "I feel the creativity of the film should not...

Published Date: November 1, 2014
MOVIE REVIEW

MOVIE REVIEW

KICK Directors: Sajid Nadiadwala Writers: Vakkantham Vamsi, Rajat Arora Stars: Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Nawazuddin Siddiqui Runtime: 146 minutes Strength: Action sequences, Salman Khan's acting Rating: 2.5/5 Plot: An adrenaline junkie walks away from a whirlwind romance and embraces a new life as a thief. Review: The first thing you should know about Kick is that it is an outrageously silly...

TV REVIEW

Published Date: November 1, 2014
THE LAST SHIP

THE LAST SHIP

Among the mediocre range of the new shows that have been launched in 2014, The Last Ship brings the talented Rhona Mitra to a big role for the very first time. The show revolves around the crew of a naval destroyer who are forced to confront the reality of a new existence when,...