• Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Freedom in the air

Cover Story

Published Date: December 20, 2014
I want to die on stage ALY ZAKER

I want to die on stage ALY ZAKER

In terms of acting, creativity, a leading figure in the corporate world and a freedom fighter, Aly Zaker is a hugely successful self-made man. However, as a man, he is more than all these things. He is an outstanding husband, father, boss, actor, and friend in both family and social circles. He recently turned 70, and Star Showbiz is proud to present him on the cover of today's issue. We decided to paint a picture of the man in words. Who better to be a part of this than Syed Shamsul Haque, a friend and a brother to Aly Zaker for the past 40 years! Rafi Hossain sat down...

LIVING WITH THE STARS

Published Date: December 20, 2014
Septuagenarian

Septuagenarian

This rather large man's nickname is 'Chotlu', and that is not the only contrast about Aly Zaker. Just as one would never expect his nickname to be 'Chotlu', looking at him, they would also not be able to estimate how diversified his talents and accomplishments are. According to Syed Shamsul Haque, Aly Zaker's...

Published Date: December 20, 2014
“My father is like a big banyan tree” - Sriya Sharbojoya

“My father is like a big banyan tree” - Sriya Sharbojoya

To me, my father is like a big banyan tree, in terms of family or business. As a business leader, he has accomplished so much, it shadows others. He has always been a leader. I remember Iresh writing about baba's childlike attitude, something he shares with me. When I say childlike, I mean he has childlike characteristics, in terms of food, in terms of loving, in terms of pretty much everything, even his relationship with us. If I remember correctly, I was always after my father when he would do something wrong, this was probably because he never yelled at me. The worst thing he did was get mad...

Published Date: December 20, 2014
COOKING WITH Aly Zaker

COOKING WITH Aly Zaker

First there were food carts, and then came in a facebook group called 'foodbank' which somehow turned almost every person who ate out into a foodie. But before all that began, there was Aly Zaker who was a foodie before it started trending. The man doesn't cook much, but does have a few favorites. Aly Zaker likes to cook what he can which is Shahi Tukra and Palong Paneer. Since, he isn't able to eat spinach, he uses kolmi as a substitute, and in turn inventing an entirely new dish called kolmi paneer! So Star Showbiz decided to find out how Aly Zaker prepares his favorite dishes. Kolmi Paneer – Wash...

Published Date: December 20, 2014
“I'm proud to be the mother of Aly's children” – Sara Zaker

“I'm proud to be the mother of Aly's children” – Sara Zaker

We've been married for 40 years; we were married in 1975. But sadly I can't throw myself in the category of an ideal couple, like Shaheen and Mahfuz Anam, and Kamal and Hamida Hussain, by this I mean they still maintain the same love they had when they just met, the same bonding, that kind of thing. He's a very “I told you so” kind of person when it comes to decorating our home, take for example, he said I'm getting a maroon colored bedcover made. I told him, “it'll look strange, don't have it made”, he said ok. The next day, I saw it on the bed and...

Published Date: December 20, 2014
MOVIE REVIEW

MOVIE REVIEW

Pather Panchali Producer: Government of West Bengal Screenplay & Direction: Satyajit Ray, based on the novel "Pather Panchali" by Bibhutibhushan Banerjee. Cinematography: Subrata Mitra Editing: Dulal Dutta Art Direction: Bansi Chandragupta Music: Pandit Ravi Shankar Casts: Kanu Banerjee, Karuna Banerjee, Subir Banerjee, Uma Das Gupta, Chunibala Devi PLOT: The time is early twentieth century, a remote village in Bengal.The film deals...

Published Date: December 20, 2014
“My father always instilled a sense of independence” --Iresh Zaker

“My father always instilled a sense of independence” --Iresh Zaker

I think it was during the launch of “Mohobrihi” in 1988, I was 12 then but it was during that time I realized how big a star my father was. Of course in the theatre and stages he had his own presence and admiration and he would take me to his shows since...

Published Date: December 20, 2014
“Zaker bhai is a man everybody looks up to, one with a huge heart”

“Zaker bhai is a man everybody looks up to, one with a huge heart”

I met Zaker bhai when I joined Asiatic 3sixty in 1998. I had a friend send in my CV and was later called for an interview. During the interview, Zaker bhai, Sara bhabi, Noor bhai and Director Wajed Sattar were present. After a few questions on academics (since I had no work experience),...

Published Date: December 20, 2014
GRAPE VINE

GRAPE VINE

Freida Pinto, Dev Patel split after six years of dating Hollywood-based Indian actress Freida Pinto and her longtime boyfriend Dev Patel are reportedly no longer together. The pair, who played on-screen couple in 'Slumdog Millionaire' have ended their real-life romance after dating for about six years, reported Us magazine. "Dev and Freida have broken up. They have been done for a while," a source said. The brunette beauty celebrated her 30th birthday without Patel, 24, this past October. The 'Immortals' actress was, instead, spotted hanging out with aspiring actor and son of Indian businessman Vijay Mallya, Siddharth. "Freida is single and happy. Friends are setting her up," the source added....

DID YOU KNOW?

Published Date: December 20, 2014
Will 2015 Be The Best Movie Year Ever?

Will 2015 Be The Best Movie Year Ever?

ANT-MAN (July 17) A new player in Summer 2015 (now that it has moved up from November), the movie continues Marvel's Cinematic Universe, even as it begins shifting timelines and origins from what we knew in the past. For example, the lead character – Hank Pym – created Ultron… and yet, we're getting Ant-Man...

Published Date: December 20, 2014
TRIVIA & QUIZ

TRIVIA & QUIZ

 

Cover Story

Published Date: December 13, 2014
Hasin More than meets the eye

Hasin More than meets the eye

Hasin Roushan Jahan first came to the limelight in 2011 through the Veet-Channel i Top Model contest. Immediately after becoming a model, and appearing in TVCs, she segued into acting in television dramas. Her first drama was “Amader Choto Nodi”, alongside Nobel. She got married in July 2012, and was also the brand ambassador of Duronto Rajshahi the same year. How did you start your journey into the world of glamour? Well it was six years back, during my 2nd year at Dhaka University where I was studying history. My friends at university encouraged me to try doing a photo shoot for a magazine, since I always took an interest in...

LIVING WITH THE STARS

Published Date: December 13, 2014
Swimming against the tide

Swimming against the tide

When I approached Hasin and requested to cover her on Star Showbiz, her first reaction was full of gratefulness. She said that the fact that the Daily Star wanted to interview her for a cover story speaks volumes about her journey as a media personality so far. In her words, “I feel Star Showbiz only covers those who have reached a certain level.” Since there were no personal acquaintances connecting me to her, she couldn't approach me either and she wasn't sure whether she should or not. She believes that today's issue, this cover story, is a big achievement for her, one that will not only motivate her to...

TV REVIEW

Published Date: December 13, 2014
Almost Human

Almost Human

Almost Human paints the picture of a very likely future, and was one of the better science fiction television shows produced in recent times. Set in 2048, it depicts the uncontrollable evolution of science and technology has caused crime rates to rise uncontrollably. To combat this, the overwhelmed police force has implemented a...

Special Feature

Published Date: December 13, 2014
The joy of motherhood

The joy of motherhood

Mithila, an accomplished model, singer and wife of famous artiste Tahsan has recently entered motherhood with the birth of their daughter last year. She sits with Star Showbiz today and talks about her sensation and responsibilities of being a new mom. Feelings of motherhood I feel amazing, but to be really honest, I do have some mixed responses. For example, I didn't have any clue as to the amount of responsibilities that a mother needs to have. Sure its incredible to have a baby who would call you mother. I was so impatient before the birth, constantly thinking when will I see my baby and whatnot. However I had no...

Published Date: December 13, 2014
GRAPE VINE

GRAPE VINE

KAREENA to endorse campaignfor children's benefit Kareena Kapoor has been roped in to support Child-Friendly Schools and Systems (CFSS) campaign. It is a joint initiative by DTH provider Tata Sky and Unicef, and Kareena, also the Unicef India celebrity advocate, will support the communication campaign for the initiative including promotional films, trailers and social media. "I recently visited quite a few schools with UNICEF to see child-friendly schools and to meet some of the girls and boys who are benefiting from these programmes. I was inspired to see spaces which are child-friendly," she said. Supporting the Unicef cause, Tata Sky will offer its platform to raise funds from subscribers facilitating...

Published Date: December 13, 2014
MOVIE REVIEW

MOVIE REVIEW

Only Lovers Left Alive Director: Jim Jarmusch Writers:  Jim Jarmusch Stars: Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Jeffrey Wright Strength: Not an average vampire movie, beautiful atmosphere Weakness: Slightly long playtime for a romantic movie Runtime: 123 minutes Rating: 4/5 Plot: A depressed musician reunites with his lover, though their romance - which has already endured several centuries -...

WALK THE TALK

Published Date: December 13, 2014
The Art of Selfie

The Art of Selfie

Okay, I admit it is just the other day I learnt the term "Selfie".But before I learnt the term, many Selfies were clicked.  I did not realize that taking selfies was a serious business. By and by I learnt about the rules. Some I have applied and some not. Rule number 1. When you are taking your own picture on your cell phone there is a tendency to look seriously at the screen. And in the selfie one does not want to look like a serious person, even if it is a serious business. Once a cousin of mine commented "Apa you can smile you don't have to be so serious!!” Rule number...

INTL FILM

Published Date: December 13, 2014
Ermanno Olmi

Ermanno Olmi

Born on the 24th of July 1932 in Treviglio, Lombardy, Italy, Ermanno Olmi was the brains behind The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978), Il Posto (1961) and The Profession of Arms (2001). Olmi's former work focused on life in the business world while his later films deal with religious and social themes. Coming...

DID YOU KNOW?

Published Date: December 13, 2014
Will 2015 Be The Best Movie Year Ever?

Will 2015 Be The Best Movie Year Ever?

Jurassic World (June 12) By declaring its new release date, Colin Trevorrow's planned Jurassic Park sequel also gave itself an expansive title, suggesting that the dinosaur action will leave the islands of the previous films and take over… well, the world. Now, Steven Spielberg gets credit for first moving his CGI creatures to San...

Published Date: December 13, 2014
TRIVIA & QUIZ

TRIVIA & QUIZ

 

Cover Story

Published Date: December 6, 2014
Konal's Quest for Musical Healing

Konal's Quest for Musical Healing

Star Showbiz recently caught up with popular female singer Somnur Monir Konal, who came to the limelight in 2009 after winning the 'Channel i Shera Kontho' Competition. Her first album 'Konaler Jadu', which she dedicated to her teacher Sri Moti Keka Mukharjee, has been well received by the audience. She also shares a passion for acting, and appeared in a cameo in the film 'Lal tip'. The young artiste is well known in the contemporary Bangladeshi music circuit and has already completed a few songs for her next album, which is targeted for release in 2015. How did you get to become a singer? I was born with a microphone...

LIVING WITH THE STARS

Published Date: December 6, 2014
Classical Roots

Classical Roots

In Bangladesh, the music-based reality show culture started in 2005.We took inspiration from western shows and decided to make one of our own. Close-up Tomakei Khujche Bangladesh started, this popular and successful initiative brought a steady stream of new singers to the limelight. Unfortunately the ones that came into the spotlight, didn't stay...

Published Date: December 6, 2014
MALAIKA ARORA KHAN at “Pond's presents The Lustrous Runway”

MALAIKA ARORA KHAN at “Pond's presents The Lustrous Runway”

The fashion industry has always been a strong contender in Bangladeshi culture and with recent participation of fresh new fashion geniuses, the industry has quite literally leapt forwards. So its not suprprising that we hold a lot of wonderful fashion shows here. The best and most awaited of them all though, is “Ponds...

Published Date: December 6, 2014
GRAPE VINE

GRAPE VINE

It's satisfying to be part of a film like 'Zed Plus': Mona Singh Actress Mona Singh, who features in the recently released "Zed Plus", says it's satisfying for an actor to be part of a movie like the political satire as it requires one to portray a range of emotions. "It is very satisfying...

Published Date: December 6, 2014
MOVIE REVIEW

MOVIE REVIEW

M.A.D: MAD ABOUT DANCE Director: Saahil Prem Writer: Saahil Prem Stars: Saahil Prem, Amrit Maghera, Salah Benlemqawanssa Runtime: 125 minutes Strength: Genuine funny moments, great family drama Rating: 2.5/5 Plot: A story about a romantic journey of a culturally opposite couple. Review: 'Dance' and 'Bollywood' are words that are often associated with each other. The way Bollywood is incomplete without dance, even dance is incomplete without Bollywood. MAD ABOUT DANCE is one of these films regarding three Asian boys, who leave their home and country to study abroad and dabble with their struggles, heartbreaks, trials and triumphs. The film is about Aarav (Saahil Prem) and his undying passion for the art of dance. The film starts with...

INT'L FILM

Published Date: December 6, 2014
Marcel Camus

Marcel Camus

Born in Chappes, Ardennes, France, Camus was one of the best known directors of French Cinema. Camus was on his way to becoming an art teacher when World War II broke out and spent most of it in a prisoner-of-war camp. Soon after he entered the film industry as an assistant and technical adviser to directors Jacques Feyder, Luis Buñuel and Jacques Becker and made his first film, a short documentary called Renaissance Du Havre in 1950. Camus's work is characterized by a lyricism which, although central to his fine films of the 1950s and 60s - Fugitive in Saigon (1957), Black Orpheus (1959) and Love in the Night (1968)...

DOWN MEMORY BY LANES…

Published Date: December 6, 2014
Songs of a different feel

Songs of a different feel

Kolkata offered some extremely popular songs in the 50s and 60s though they were neither romantic nor sad. Those songs talked about flowers, cuckoos, river, lazy noon, shining moon, six seasons, life, human suffering, discrimination, poverty, hunger, nature in turmoil and so on. Take for example, “Kono ek gayer bodhur kotha tomai shonai shono rupakatha noishe noi…” or “Runner chhutechhe khoborer bojha haatey….” , two songs having the character of a ballad as they impart some tales. Or think of,  “Duronto ghurnir, ei legechhe paak, ei duniya ghurey bon, bon, bon, bon ….”....

TELEVISION OF A LIFETIME

Published Date: December 6, 2014
The five jewels

The five jewels

Continued from vol 02, issue 02 Ahsan Ali once acted as a character of Afzal Hossain's friend. It has to be mentioned that Zitu Ahsan, son of Syed Ahsan Ali is now acting in several television dramas with prowess. The biggest difference between stage acting, television and film acting was during the play in stage or television the script has to be memorized. It was a great panic for the film artists. Many artists did not want to come in television due to being afraid of memorizing script. Though the audiences used to see three jewels in the “Triratna” drama but beside them there were two more jewels in the television. The...

ALBUM REVIEW

Published Date: December 6, 2014
Everything Will Be Alright In The End, Weezer

Everything Will Be Alright In The End, Weezer

From all the 90s' rockstars to appear, Rivers Cuomo's hardly looks like a rock rebel. He rose to fame with the band's first album “The Blue Album” followed by the 1996's Pinkerton. And 2005's video ''Beverly Hills,'' filmed at the Playboy Mansion. Cuomo was even rocking a Wyatt Earp mustache back in 2008 This...

Published Date: December 6, 2014
TRIVIA & QUIZ

TRIVIA & QUIZ

 

DID YOU KNOW?

Published Date: December 6, 2014
R. I. P TV SHOWS OF THE SEASON

R. I. P TV SHOWS OF THE SEASON

1. Parks and Recreation Parks and Recreation is an American comedy on the NBC television network, starring Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, a perky, mid-level bureaucrat in the parks department of Pawnee, a fictional town in Indiana. Conceived by Greg Daniels and Michael Schur, the series debuted in 2009 and has been confirmed for...

Cover Story

Published Date: November 29, 2014
PAOLI DAM IN SWATTA

PAOLI DAM IN SWATTA

Popular Indian actress Paoli Dam, began her career in 2004 with the Bengali television serial Jibon Niye Khela. Since then, she worked in several television serials and made her debut in the Bengali film industry with Teen Yaari Katha. However, her first official release was Agnipariksa in 2006. She received international recognition for her part in Chatrak, a Bengali film which was screened at Cannes and other film festivals in Toronto and U.K. Paoli made her Bollywood debut when she starred in Hate Story. She also appeared in Vikram Bhatt's Ankur Arora Murder Case, and several other Benglai films. Now Paoli's been signed under Hasibur Reza Kallol's upcoming project...

LIVING WITH THE STARS

Published Date: November 29, 2014
SEVEN YEARS OF CELEBRATING LIFE

SEVEN YEARS OF CELEBRATING LIFE

When Celebrating Life was started, I had no idea time would fly by so quickly, I find it hard to believe that Celebrating Life is in its 7th year. When I look back, I still feel like it started last year. It still baffles me as to how we organized a festival/contest of...

WALK THE TALK

Published Date: November 29, 2014
JOCASTA

JOCASTA

The Oedipus tragedy is known to all. Oedipus was a club footed prince, later to become the king. When Oedipus was born, the soothsayer proclaimed that Oedipus was destined to kill his father. To avoid this tragic turn of events, Oedipus was sent off to the woods and was ordered to be killed...

Published Date: November 29, 2014
CELEBRATING LIFE CELEBRATED!

CELEBRATING LIFE CELEBRATED!

For the better half of a decade, Celebrating Life has been acting as a massive platform for creative expression across the country. With each passing year, this event keeps getting bigger and more diverse in terms of magnitude, themes and regional concerts/ exhibitions. This year's theme was “Living In Harmony” on which all...

WINNERS OF THIS YEAR'S CELEBRATING LIFE

Published Date: November 29, 2014
LIVING IN HARMONY

LIVING IN HARMONY

PHOTOGRAPHY 1ST PLACE: PANKAJ SIKDER I have been taking pictures since I was very little, but you can't really take those seriously. They were amateur. However I professionally started in 1989. I have many national and international awards. The most recent one I can think of is 2nd prize at the BPS National. In 1997...

Published Date: November 29, 2014
GRAPE VINE

GRAPE VINE

SPLINTER CELL MOVIE TO BEGIN PRODUCTION EARLY NEXT YEAR The film has been in the works for quite some time now, and stars Tom Hardy in the lead role of badass Navy Seal operative Sam Fisher. The project may also involve Doug Liman, director of Edge of Tomorrow. The film currently lacks a release date, but Basil Ilwanyk, producer for movies like The Expendables, gave a brief production update that points toward a production start date early next year.  From Ubisoft and 20th Century Fox, Splinter Cell was written by Sheldon Turner (X-Men: First Class, Up in the Air). If production does start early next year, than we should expect...

Published Date: November 29, 2014
MOVIE REVIEW

MOVIE REVIEW

UNDER  TH E SKIN Director: Jonathan Glazer Writers:  Walter Campbell, Michel Faber Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy McWilliams, Lynsey Taylor Mackay Strength: Fantastic Cinematic shots, a compelling premise Weakness: Too long for a movie with very little dialogue Runtime: 108 minutes Rating: 2.5/5 Plot: A mysterious woman seduces lonely men in the evening hours in Scotland. Events lead her to begin a...

INT'L FILM

Published Date: November 29, 2014
WIM WENDERS

WIM WENDERS

One of the best known directors of the New German Cinema, Wenders is often characterized as the "existentialist" of the movement. Stylistically, his films blend Hollywood forms and genres with elements of counter-cinema. "All my films," Wenders claims, "have as their underlying current the Americanization of Germany." No other German filmmaker has dealt...

DID YOU KNOW?

Published Date: November 29, 2014
Will 2015 Be The Best Movie Year Ever?

Will 2015 Be The Best Movie Year Ever?

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY (February 13) Based on E.L. James' erotic best-seller, Fifty Shades of Grey follows Anastasia "Ana" Steele, a 21 year old college senior. In place of her friend Kate, Ana interviews 27-year-old Christian Grey, a successful and wealthy young entrepreneur. From this meeting on, Christian engages with Ana in a new...

Published Date: November 29, 2014
TRIVIA $ QUIZ

TRIVIA $ QUIZ

 

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...

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