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Jagga Jasoos brings back the magical team of Disney India, Anurag Basu, Ranbir Kapoor, Pritam and Ravi Varman – that made 2012’s heartwarming Barfi!. And if that was not enough, the gorgeous Katrina Kaif joins them on this adventurous outing this week!
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Sunil Subramani, who will make his directorial debut with the upcoming movie "Fuddu", says working with "Barfi!" director Anurag Basu for almost two decades was spectacular.

Subramani, who worked with Basu as an assistant director, is all praise for the "Gangster" director.

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Radhika Apte, who was in the Himalayas, cut short her trip to attend a special screening of "Chokher Bali", an episode of the TV series "Stories By Rabindranath Tagore", helmed by Anurag Basu.

Radhika is seen in a very different light in the show as she plays a Bengali character, and it was important to her to get feedback from people. So, she made time for the screening on Thursday and just returned from her trip.

"'Barfi' is one of my favourite films and I would have played any character for Anurag Basu. He is one of my favourite directors," Radhika said.

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Filmmaker Anurag Basu is said to have been approached by the makers of dance-based reality show "Nach Baliye" to join the judges panel for the next season.

If the deal is sealed, Basu will be replacing filmmaker Sajid Khan on the show.

According to a source, the makers are approaching big names from the film fraternity to widen the frame of the show.

"Sajid Khan as a judge will be replaced this season and the makers have approached Anurag Basu to judge the show," the source said.

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Filmmaker Anurag Basu fell in love with South Korea when he shot "Gangster" there in 2004. He will return to the country next year to write a script.

During a session on "How to shoot a film in Korea" at the Film Bazaar, which aims to bridge the gap between the international and South Asian film fraternity, Basu said he has a story for which South Korea serves as an ideal shoot location.

"I have a story. It has to be based on an Asian country. So why not Korea?" he said here Friday.

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Actor Kay Kay Menon supports Anurag Kashyap's decision to release "Bombay Velvet" next year and says that the director shows his work only when he is a hundred percent satisfied.

"Bombay Velvet" was initially slated to come out Nov 28, but now it will hit the screens in May 2015. With a lot of pending VFX work, the film cannot be readied for a November release.

Kay Kay, who plays an investigative officer in the film, "doesn't regret the delay".

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"Decoding Bollywood", a new book by author Sonia Golani, takes readers through the unusual lives of 15 Hindi movie makers, including Mahesh Bhatt, R. Balakrishnan and Anurag Basu, who have created benchmarks in their respective genres.

The book is due to be launched here Thursday in the presence of Farah Khan and Kunal Kohli, whose lives have also been 'decoded' for the literary offering.

Among the 15 names are also Ashutosh Gowariker, Kabir Khan, Nagesh Kukunoor, Nandita Das, Prakash Jha, Rohit Shetty, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Sudhir Mishra, Vipul Shah and Zoya Akhtar.

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The news that Anurag Basu has signed Ranbir Kapoor for his next film to begin in 2015, spread like wildfire via Facebook. But the filmmaker has reached out to his fans on Twitter to deny the news saying it's a fake account.

"There is news article abt me signing RK for my next in 2015 - this came out of a post in my FAKE FACEBOOK ACCOUNT," Basu tweeted Friday.

The Facebook post Wednesday read: "Again signed Ranbir Kapoor for next project shooting to start in February 2015. Lead actress not confirmed."

For now, Basu is working with Ranbir in "Jagga Jasoos".

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Anurag Basu, whose last film, the highly acclaimed and successful "Barfi!" came two years ago, won't have any release this year. His "Jagga Jasoos" is being shot at a slackened pace, while his other projects are on hold till this one project finishes.

Said Basu: "'Jagga Jasoos' was planned as a quickie. But Ranbir Kapoor (who is the film's co-producer) has been shooting simultaneously for Anurag Kashyap's 'Bombay Velvet'.

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Anurag Basu, whose "Barfi!" did exceedingly well at the box office, says he was initially confused about his lead actress for the film.

While Ranbir Kapoor played the title role, Priyanka Chopra was seen as autistic Jhilmil Chatterjee and her performance won her many awards. Illeana D'Cruz also featured in the romantic-comedy.

"When I went to cast Priyanka Chopra, I realised that I could not see her as my character. I told her that I was not sure and that we should have a three-day workshop," said Basu.

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Bollywood director Anurag Basu, who teams up with Ranbir Kapoor for "Jagga Jasoos" again after "Barfi!", will also be co-producing the film with the star and said their "business partnership" will bring "new dynamics" to their equation.

"The status is that the script is ready. There will be new dynamics this time as Ranbir and I will be partnering in business - we both are producing it. Everyone wants to work with him...so he will have to finish those two films and come to me," Basu told IANS.

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After mesmerising audiences with his performance as mute Barfi in Anurag Basu's film with the same name, the actor is all set to play a detective in the director's next "Jagga Jasoos".

The 30-year-old, who was present at the special screening of his film "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani" here Thursday, confirmed the news.

Letting out that he is playing a detective in "Jagga Jasoos", Ranbir said: "Yes, this is our second film together. It's a detective film."

The film is set to go on the floors next year. Basu has also written the film.

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Filmmaker Anurag Basu, who started his direction career with 1996 hit daily soap "Tara", says films should not be considered superior to television and adds that filmmaking is easier.

He also directed TV shows "Star Bestsellers" and "Koshish... Ek Aashaa" before making his big screen debut with 2003 movie "Saaya" starring John Abraham and Tara Sharma.

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Anurag Basu, who gave the small screen hit shows like "Tara" and "Koshish ...Ek Aashaa", returns to television with Zee TV's "India's Best Dramebaaz". Basu, who will judge it, says it's a difficult job.

"It's very difficult because sometimes we can see the real talent, clearly... but sometimes there is hidden talent also. May be he has not performed so well, but there is some 'acting ka keeda' inside him and there is a potential. So that's what it is," said Basu.

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If Anurag Basu's daughter had her way, Karan Johar's "Student Of The Year" (SOTY) would have won the best film trophy at the 58th Idea Filmfare Awards, instead of her father's "Barfi!".

Basu took to Twitter to inform Johar about his daughter's choice.

"I asked my daughter - 'Guess who won the best film at the Filmfare?' She said, 'It has to be SOTY'! Cinema is always subjective," Basu posted on Johar's wall.

To that, Johar replied: "True! And please give your daughter the tightest hug! My favourite film of the year won tonight! 'Barfi!'"

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He is ready to make his debut as a reality show judge with "India's Best Dramebaaz" but fiction on the small screen, says filmmaker Anurag Basu, is is still where he had left it almost a decade ago.

Before making a shift to the big screen, Basu created iconic TV shows such as "Tara", "Saturday Suspense" and "Koshish ...Ek Aashaa".

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Even with his latest movie "Barfi!" out of the Oscar race, Anurag Basu is not disappointed. He feels better films have made it to the top nine.

"It's okay. I am not disappointed. All the other films are so good, so I have no complains," Basu said on the sidelines of an event at the Tata Memorial Hospital here Tuesday.

"Barfi!" was India's official entry for the best foreign language film category at the 85th Academy Awards this year.

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Filmmaker Anurag Basu, a cancer survivor, Tuesday broke down here at an event organised for children battling the disease.

"This (Tata Memorial) hospital is like a temple to me. I get choked when I come here and talk," he said.

Basu, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2004, was treated at the hospital. The "Barfi!" director went through everything with a smile, said a doctor.

"This is like my second life and I will make meaningful films now," Basu said.

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Filmmaker Anurag Basu says the script of his film on late singer-actor Kishore Kumar is complete and an announcement will be made soon.

Basu's film on Kishore Kumar will feature Ranbir Kapoor in the lead role. The actor worked with the director in "Barfi!" this year.

"We (Anurag and Ranbir) both are committed and very soon you will hear the announcement from us, when we are going to start that film," Basu said here Sunday at the Big Star Entertainment Awards.

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Actress Priyanka Chopra, who has been approached by various non-orofit organisations to celebrate World Autism Day Dec 3, has requested them to come together and organise a combined event.

The offers came her way after the 30-year-old won accolades for playing an autistic girl Jhilmil in Anurag Basu's "Barfi!".

A source close to Priyanka confirmed the news. "Yes, it's true that she has been contacted by various NGO groups for the cause."

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"Barfi!", India's official entry for the foreign film entry at the Oscars, won hearts at the Busan International Film Festival, evoking a standing ovation from an audience of 4,000 people. The actors - Priyanka Chopra and Ranbir Kapoor - are thrilled.

"Barfi!", directed by Anurag Basu, was screened at the festival in South Korea Thursday evening. It was a sold-out show.

Ranbir, who played a deaf and mute man named Murphy in the movie, says the team is "thrilled by the amazing reception".

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Indian filmmaker Anurag Basu's "Barfi!" is among a record 71 films vying for a nomination in the best foreign language film category for the 85th Academy Awards.

"Barfi!", featuring Ranbir Kapoor as a deaf and mute boy, Priyanka Chopra as an autistic girl and Ileana D'Cruz as a compassionate Bengali girl, won hearts across India and among people overseas, with its heartwarming narrative.

The movie is competing among films from countries like Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Germany, Israel, Russia, Singapore and Vietnam.

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After being selected as India's official entry to the Oscars in the foreign language film category this year, Anurag Basu's "Barfi!" has added another feather in its cap - the film joins the Rs.100 crore club of Bollywood.

The total cost of the movie has reportedly been Rs.30 crore and since its release Sep 14, the unique love triangle featuring Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D'Cruz has appealed so much to the moviegoers that it has raked in Rs.100 crore at the box office.

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After making it big in Bollywoood, "Barfi!" is likely to be remade in Tamil and a top notch southern star has reportedly shown interest in the project.

Dhananjayan of Disney UTV told IANS: "It is too early to talk about the remake of 'Barfi!'. Although one of the leading heroes has expressed his interest to do the film and a good director has also agreed to make the film."

"If confirmed, it will go on floors in Feburuary-March 2013," he added.

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Anurag Basu, who has no plans to make a sequel to "Barfi!", India's official entry for the Oscars this year, reveals that the film's team may take Aamir Khan's help in campaigning for the film in the US.

Basu, who is leaving the entire Oscar strategy to UTV, his producers, said: "They've more experience in the matter. This is my first film that's going to the Oscars, so I am clueless how one goes about it."

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After "Barfi!", Anurag Basu's next two films are biopics on Bihar's globally celebrated mathematician Anand Kumar and legendary playback singer Kishore Kumar. The director says "a legal letter of consent" from the respective families is a must before starting the projects.

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Ever since the news of "Barfi!" being selected as India's official entry for the Oscars has come out, director Anurag Basu has been inundated with congratulatory messages, but he says that the film still has a long way to go.

"Thank you (very) much!!! 'Lekin abhi Delhi door hai!!' Pray for us!!" Basu tweeted.

The Film Federation of India (FFI) announced Saturday that Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D'Cruz starrer will be India's official entry for the Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

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Bollywood film "Barfi" has got an official entry to the Oscars, and actor Ranbir Kapoor said he has high hopes from the film even though at the moment it has not reached the nomination stage.

"We are not nominated yet. Once we do, the feeling will come. We have a lot of faith and hope from the film," Ranbir told IANS.

The Film Federation of India (FFI) shortlisted some critically acclaimed films, including "Paan Singh Tomar" and "Kahaani", but "Barfi" was selected to represent India in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

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The magic of Anurag Basu's "Barfi!" has worked. The heartwarming movie, about love between a deaf and mute boy and an autistic girl, has been chosen as India's official entry for the Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

The decision was taken at a Film Federation of India (FFI) meeting in Hyderabad Saturday night.

"'Barfi!' has indeed been chosen as the country's official entry this year," FFI secretary general Suparn Sen told IANS.

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To many, it is surprising that Anurag Basu is the same man who helmed "Kites" and "Barfi!". The director, who believes touching a hundred hearts is more important than Rs.100 crore box-office takings, says versatility often turns out to be a disadvantage in the film industry.

"I personally feel it is a disadvantage to be a versatile director. Producers don't know where to place you because they don't know what next you will come up with," Basu told IANS.

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After registering a powerful box office collection in its opening weekend, Anurag Basu's "Barfi!" has continued a successful run in the country. The Ranbir Kapoor-starrer has managed to earn Rs.58.6 crore in its first week.

The movie, released Sep 14, was made at a budget of Rs.30 crore.

It minted Rs.34.6 crore during the weekend, and amassed a total of Rs.58.6 crore over the week - Sep 14 (Rs.9.2 crore), Sep 15 (Rs.11.5 crore), Sep 16 (Rs.13.9 crore), Sep 17 (Rs.6.5 crore), Sep 18 (Rs.6 crore), Sep 19 (Rs.7.25 crore) and Sep 20 (Rs.4.25 crore).

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Filmmaker Anurag Basu, who is basking in the success of his latest offering "Barfi!", says his Ranbir Kapoor-starrer biopic on Kishore Kumar is in its scripting stage, and will go on floors in the winter season of 2013.

"It's a true film. I am very much connected to the subject and the idea of the script. I have not yet started working on the film yet. But we are happy that we have got a nod from Kishore Kumar's family to make this film," Basu told IANS.

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After treating Hindi-viewing audiences to "Barfi!", director Anurag Basu plans to cook up an English version of the movie for non-Hindi audiences. He says "Barfi!" is his most personal film ever, and is confident that a movie with only a few dialogues could strike a chord with the viewers all across.

"I've to confess we're toying with the idea of putting out an English version of the film," said Basu in an interview.

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Basking in the glory of Ranbir Kapoor-starrer "Barfi!", based on a strong narrative, Bollywood director Anurag Basu is now said to be set to helm an issue-based film on Bihar's innovative educational coaching institute 'Super 30', and its founder Anand Kumar.

For the last 10 years, Kumar has been grooming talented students from underprivileged families for the highly competitive Indian Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE).

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Megastar Amitabh Bachchan says Anurag Basu's "Barfi!", which tackles a sensitive love story of a deaf and mute boy and an autistic girl, says the movie is a beacon of change in Indian cinema.

"Indian Cinema, its films, directors, actors, technicians going through a magical phase of a change over ... such exciting times," tweeted the 69-year-old veteran.

"Barfi!" has Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra in lead roles, with southern actress Ileana D'Cruz making her Bollywood debut in a key part.

Big B can't stop praising the entire cast.

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Filmmaker Karan Johar feels "talentless" after watching Anurag Basu's "Barfi!" and says it would be an "honour" to work with actor Ranbir Kapoor who has excelled as a deaf and mute boy in the movie.

"I just saw 'Barfi!'...I have never felt more limited, inferior and talentless. Anurag Basu is the god of all filmmakers... his genius is 'Barfi!'," Johar tweeted.

"Ranbir Kapoor has given the most outstanding performance... he deserves a running ovation! It will be an honour to work with him," he further tweeted.

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It is not a conventional subject, it is without the typical box- office success formula and the protagonist has no dialogues -- still Ranbir Kapoor as happy-go-lucky deaf and mute guy "Barfi!" has touched the heartstrings of the viewers and they are thronging the cinema halls giving it an overwhelming opening.

Rakesh Sippy of Raksha Entertainment Pvt Ltd told IANS that "Barfi!" has "opened pretty well in multiplexes and in other cities".

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After a successful innings in the southern film industry, Ileana D'Cruz wants to make it big in Bollywood. With plans to settle here, she is looking for a perfect pad for herself in the city of dreams.

Her first Bollywood release is "Barfi!", which is coming out Sep 14. In the Anurag Basu directed movie Ileana will be seen sharing screen space with Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra.

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Director Anurag Basu is on cloud nine after receiving his first 'U' certificate from Censor Board for "Barfi!".

"Just got the censor certificate, 'Barfi!'is my first U certificate film," tweeted Basu who previously directed "Murder", "Gangster - A Love Story", "Life in a... Metro" that were released with an A-certificate, while "Kites" was awarded U-A certificate.

Co-produced by Ronnie Screwvala and Siddharth Roy Kapoor, "Barfi!" revolves around a fun loving deaf-mute boy (Ranbir Kapoor) and an autistic girl, played by Priyanka Chopra.

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BARFI!’s art director, Rajat Podar, badly needed a train for the shoot. They had already used plywood and cooking tumblers as the headlights of the train however, the engine was missing. So, Basu found a way out of it and asked the art director to use his car as the engine of the train.

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