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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

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

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...

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

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...

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...

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

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?

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...

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