‘John Carter’ Is World’s Biggest Flop Ever!

World’s largest movie making company the Walt Disney Corporation is going to post a colossal loss of 200 million USD on its recent movie release ‘John Carter’. The experts believe that this could the world’s biggest money-losing movie ever.

Directed by Andrew Stanton, the sci-fi movie about a Civil War veteran expedition to Mars has earned only about $184 million in ticket sales worldwide so far and half of the revenues were shared with the theater owners. The estimated budget of ‘John Carter’ was 250 million and nearly $100 million spent on promotions.

‘John Carter’ could not generate much enthusiasm among cine goers after its release and even those who love sci-fi fiction did not like it much. The company had pinned its hope on ‘John Carter’s success and if that had happened it was almost ready to make sequels of the movie. Now those plans have been put on the backburner.


First Ever Charles Dickens Movie Found in Britain!

London:(Reuters) An archivist at the British Film Institute has stumbled across a 1901 movie just one minute long which turns out to be the earliest surviving film featuring a character from the works of Charles Dickens.

Bryony Dixon was researching early films of China when she noticed an entry in a catalogue referring to ‘The Death of Poor Joe’, which she realized could refer to a character in Dickens’ ‘Bleak House’.

Not expecting to find a film to match the catalogue entry – most movies this old have not survived – Dixon was ‘astonished’ to discover the film was actually in the BFI’s collection, albeit under a different title.

The discovery was announced on Friday, just over a month after the bicentenary of Dickens’ birth was celebrated around the world.

“It’s wonderful to have discovered such a rare and unique film so close to Dickens’ bicentennial,” Dixon said. “Not only does it survive but it is the world’s earliest Dickensian film! It looks beautiful and is in excellent condition.”

Dickens, the author of classics like ‘Great Expectations’, ‘Nicholas Nickleby’ and ‘Oliver Twist’, is among the most revered novelists in English literature, and he remains one of the most-adapted writers in history.

Before the BFI’s latest discovery, the earliest known Dickens film was ‘Scrooge or Marley’s Ghost’, released in November 1901. It remains the earliest direct adaptation.

‘The Death of Poor Joe’ has been identified as the work of British film pioneer GA Smith and is believed to have been filmed in Brighton some time before March 1901.

It depicts Dickens’ Jo, a poor street sweeper in Bleak House, at night against a churchyard wall freezing in the winter snow with his broom.

A watchman comes along and catches Jo just as he falls to the ground dying. The watchman tries to help but it is too late, and Jo puts his hands together in prayer, taking the lamp for heavenly light as he dies.

According to the BFI, the short film may actually have been inspired not only by Dickens but also Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Little Match Girl’ in which a child dies in the snow while fantasising about the warmth she needs.

In the film, Jo (spelled ‘Joe’ in the catalogue) is played by a woman called Laura Bayley, who was GA Smith’s wife.

The film will be screened as a special addition to the program of Dickens: pre-1914 Short Films on March 9 and 23 at the BFI in London.

The List of Indian National Film Award Winners

Feature Films

Best Feature Film: Shared by Deool (Marathi) and Byari (Byari)


Producer: Abhijeet Gholap

Director : Umesh VinayakKulkarni

Byari (Byari)

Producer: T.H. AlthafHussain

Director :Suveeran

SwarnaKamal: Rs.2,50,000/-


Indira Gandhi Award For Best Debut Film of a Director: Aaranyakandam (Tamil)


Director :Kumararaja Thiagarajan

SwarnaKamal: Rs.1,25,000/

Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment: AzhagarsamiyinKuthirai (Tamil)

Producer: P. Madan

Director :Suseentharan

SwarnaKamal: Rs.2,00,000/-

Best Children’s Film: Chillar Party(Hindi)

Producer: UTV Software Communications Ltd

Director : VikasBahl & Nitesh Tiwari

SwarnaKamal: Rs.1,50,000/-

Best Direction: GurvinderSingh for Anhe Ghorey Da Daan (Punjabi)

SwarnaKamal: Rs. 2,50,000/-

Best Actor: Girish Kulkarni for Deool (Marathi)

Rajat Kamal: Rs. 50,000/-

Best Actress: Vidya Balan for The Dirty Picture (Hindi)

Rajat Kamal: Rs. 50,000/-

Best Supporting Actor: Appu Kutty for Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai (Tamil)

Rajat Kamal: Rs. 50,000/-

Best Supporting Actress: Leishangthem Tonthoingambi Devi for Phijigee Mani(Manipuri)

Rajat Kamal: Rs.50,000/-

Best Child Artist (Shared): Partho Gupte for Stanley ka Dabba (Hindi)

Irrfan Khan, Sanath Menon, Rohan Grover, Naman Jain, Aarav Khanna, Vishesh Tiwari, ChinmaiChandranshuh, Vedant Desai, Divij Handa and Shriya Sharma for Chillar Party(Hindi)

Rajat Kamal: Rs.50,000/-

Best Male Playback Singer: Anand Bhate for Balgandharva(Marathi)

Rajat Kamal: Rs.50,000/-

Best Female Playback Singer: RoopaGanguly for Abosheyshey (Bengali)

Rajat Kamal: Rs. 50,000/-

Best Cinematography: Anhe Ghorey DaDaan (Punjabi)

Cameraman: Satya RaiNagpaul

Laboratory: Reliance Media Works

Rajat Kamal: Rs.50,000/-

Best Screenplay

Screenplay Writer (Original): Vikas Behl & Manish Tiwari for Chillar Party(Hindi)

Rajat Kamal: Rs.50,000/-

Screenplay Writer (Adapted): Avinash Deshpande Nigdi for Shala (Marathi)

Rajat Kamal: Rs.50,000/-

Dialogues: Girish Kulkarni for Deool (Marathi)

Rajat Kamal: Rs.50,000/-

Best Audiography

Location Sound Recordist: Baylon Fonseca for Zindagi NaMilegi Dobara (Hindi)

Rajat Kamal: Rs.50,000/-

Sound Designer: Baylon Fonseca for Game (Hindi)

Rajat Kamal: Rs.50,000/-

Re-recordist of the final mixed track: Hitendra Ghosh for Game (Hindi)

Rajat Kamal: Rs.50,000/-

Best Editing: Pravin KL for Aaranyakandam (Tamil)

Rajat Kamal: Rs. 50,000/-

Best Production Design: Indraneel Ghosh for Naukadubi (Bengali)

Rajat Kamal: Rs. 50,000/-

Best Costume Designer (Shared): Neeta Lulla for Balgandharva (Marathi)

Niharika Khan: The Dirty Picture (Hindi)

Rajat Kamal: Rs. 50,000/-

Best Make-Up Artist: VikramGayakwad for Balgandharva (Marathi) and The Dirty Picture (Hindi)

Rajat Kamal: Rs. 50,000/-

Best Music Direction

Songs: Neel Dutt for Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbo Na (Bengali)

Rajat Kamal: Rs. 50,000/-

Background Score: Mayookh Bhaumik for Laptop (Bengali)

Rajat Kamal: Rs. 50,000/-

Best Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya for ‘Agar Zindagi’ in I AM (Hindi)

Special Jury Award: Anjan Dutt for Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbo Na (Bengali)

Rajat Kamal: Rs. 50,000/-

Best Special Effects: Harry Hingorani and Keitan Yadav for Ra. One (Hindi)

Rajat Kamal: Rs. 50,000/-

Best Choreography: Bosco and Caeser for ‘Senorita’ from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (Hindi)

Rajat Kamal: Rs. 50,000/-

Best Feature Film In Each Of The Language Specified In The Schedule Viii Of The Constitution

Best Bengali Film: Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbo Na

Producer: Rana Sarkar

Director : AnjanDutt

Rajat Kamal: Rs.1,00,000/-

Best Dogri Film: Dille Ch Vasya Koi

Producer: Sanjeev Rattan

Director: Sanjeev Rattan

Rajat Kamal: Rs.1,00,000/-

Best Hindi Film: I AM

Producer: Anirban Dhar (Onir) & Sanjay Suri

Director : Onir

Rajat Kamal: Rs.1,00,000/-

Best Kannada film: Kurmavatara

Producer: Basant Kumar Patil

Director : Girish Kasaravalli

Rajat Kamal: Rs.1,00,000/-

Best Malayalam Film: Indian Rupee

Producer: August CinemaIndia Pvt. Ltd.

Director :RanjithBalakrishnan

Rajat Kamal: Rs.1,00,000/-

Best Manipuri Film: Phijigee Mani

Producer:Takhelchangbam Ongbi and Medha Sharmi

Director :Oinam GautamSingh

Rajat Kamal: Rs.1,00,000/-

Best Marathi Film: Shala

Producer: Vivek D. Wagh & NileshNavalkha

Director: Sujay SunilDahake

Rajat Kamal: Rs.1,00,000/-

Best Punjabi Film: Anhe Ghorey Da Daan

Producer: National Film Development Corporation

Director : Gurvinder Singh

Rajat Kamal: Rs.1,00,000/-

Best Tamil Film: Vaagai Sooda Va

Producer: S. Muruganandham

Director : A. Sargunam

Rajat Kamal: Rs.1,00,000/-

Special Mention

Byari (Byari): Mallika

Certificate only

Adimadhyantham( Malayalam)

Director : Sherry

Certificate only

Non-Feature Films

Best Non Feature Film: And We Play On (Hindi & English)

Producer: PramodPuRs.wane

Director: Pramod PuRs.wane

Swarna Kamal: Rs.1,50,000/- each

Best Debut Film Of A Director: The Silent Poet (Manipuri)

Producer: BorunThokchom

Director: Borun Thokchom

Rajat Kamal: Rs.75,000/- each

Best Anthropological/ Ethnographic Film: Bom (Hindi & English)

Producer: Anirban Datta

Director: Amlan Datta

Rajat Kamal: Rs.50,000/- each

Best Biographical/ Historical Reconstruction: Vishnupant Damle: BolpatanchaMook Nayak (Marathi)

Producer: Anil Anant Damle

Director :Virendra Valsangkar

Rajat Kamal: Rs.50,000/- each

Best Arts /Cultural Film (Jointly Being given to two Films): Fried Fish, Chicken Soup and a Premiere Show (Manipuri & English)

Producer: Madhusree Dutta

Director: Mamta Murthy

Lasya Kavvya – the World ofAlarmel Valli (English)

Producer: Sankalp Meshram

Director: SankalpMeshram

Rajat Kamal: Rs.25,000/- each

Best Promotional Film: The Dream Fulfilled – Memories of the Engineering Challenges (English)

Producer: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation

Director: Satish Pande

Rajat Kamal: Rs.50,000/- each

Best Environment Film: Tiger Dynasty (English)

Producer: S.Nallamuthu

Director: S. Nallamuthu

Rajat Kamal: Rs.50,000/- each

Best Film On Social Issues (Jointly Being given to two Films):

Mindscapes… of Love and Longing (Hindi & English)

Producer: Public Service Broadcasting Trust

Director: Arun Chadha

Inshallah, Football (Kashmiri, Urdu & English)

Producer: Ashvin Kumar

Director: Ashvin Kuma

Rajat Kamal: Rs.25,000/- each

Best Educational Film: A Drop of Sunshine (English)

Producer: Public Service Broadcasting Trust

Director: Aparna Sanyal

Rajat Kamal: Rs.50,000/- each

Best Exploration/ Adventure Film (Including sports): The Finish Line (English)

Producer: Syed Sultan Ahmed & Tabassum Modi

Director: Akshay Roy

Rajat Kamal: Rs.50,000/- each

Best Investigative Film: Cotton for My Shroud (English)

Producer: Kavita Bahl

Director: Nandan Saxena and Kavita Bahl

Rajat Kamal: Rs.50,000/- each

Special Jury Award: Anand Patwardhan for Jai BhimComrade (Marathi)

Rajat Kamal: Rs. 1,00,000/-

Best Film Critic: Manoj Barpujari (Assamese and English)

Best Book on Cinema: R.D. Burman The Man, The Music (English)

Publisher: Harper Collins India

Author: Anirudha Bhattacharjee and Balaji Vittal

Swarna Kamal: Rs. 75,000

Vidya Balan Bags National Awards For ‘Dirty Picture’

Marathi film Deool and Byari, both dealing with man’s engagement with religion, shared the best feature film award while Vidya Balan was named the best actress at the 59th National Awards announced here today. Deool won its lead star Girish Kulkarni the National award for best actor at the awards where except for Balan, the awards in key categories went to regional films.

Directed by Umesh Kulkarni, Deool is a wonderfully authentic depiction of village life and a penetrating account of commercialisation of religion.”It is a great moment for us as we worked hard on the film for two years. It was a closely knit team. It is very encouraging for us who want to make movies without compromising on content. I am really happy for Girish. He is a very versatile and genuine actor,” Umesh told PTI.

Byari, the first feature film in the Byari language, conveys the trauma of a woman who has to deal with unjust religious strictures. Gurvinder Singh from Punjab won the best direction award for his film Anhe Ghorey Da Daan.

Tamil film Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai was named the best popular film while its lead Appu Kutty won the best supporting actor award. Leishangthem Tonthoingambi Devi was named the best supporting actress for her role in Manipuri film Phijigee Mani.

Onir’s I Am, a compilation four different stories about identity, was named the best Hindi film. The film also won in the best lyrics category for Amitabh Bhattacharya-written Agar Zindagi.”I am numb right now, this is so unexpected! It gives me so much strength to continue with such work. This award comes at a time when I was disheartened that I Am didn’t get due recognition. And now it has been noticed by the most prestigious award of our country,” said Onir.

The film’s star Sanjay Suri said, “The award is a double achievement for me as an actor and a producer. These awards are so out of reach and being acknowledged by them is a proud moment.” Bollywood films won in children’s film categories with Salman Khan’s Chillar Party bagging the best children film award while 10 kid stars from the film shared the best child artist award with Partho Gupte from Stanley Ka Dabba.

Vikas Behl and Manish Tiwari won the original screenplay award for Chillar Party, while the adapted screenplay award went to Avinash Deshpande Nigdi for Marathi film Shala.

Bosco-Caeser won the best choreography award for the song Senorita from Bollywood film Zindagi Naa Milegi Dobara while Shah Rukh Khan starrer Ra.One was given the award for best special effects. Milan Luthria-directed The Dirty Picture shared best costume and make-up award with Marathi film Balgandharva.

The Indira Gandhi award for the best debut film of a director went to Tamil filmmaker Kumararaja Thiagarajan for his movie Aaranyakandam. Anjan Dutt won a special mention by the jury for his versatility while his film Ronjona Ami Aar Ashbona bagged the best Bengali film award. The Best music direction (songs) went to Neel Dutt for the same film while Mayookh Bhowmick won the best background score award for Bengali film Laptop.

“I am happy and overwhelmed, more so for my cast and everybody behind the film,” said Anjan. Award for best male playback singer went to Anand Bhate for Balgandharva, while Roopa Ganguly won the best female playback singer for the film Abosheyshey.

Abhishek Bachchan starrer Game, which tanked at the box office, won two technical awards – sound design (Baylon Fonseca) and re-recording (Hitendra Ghosh). Fonseca also won the national award for location sound recording in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. Award for best editing went to Tamil film Aranyakandam (Pravin K L), while Bengali film Naukadubi won the best production design award.

The feature film jury was headed by actress Rohini Hattangady, while the chairperson for non-feature films jury was Ramesh Sharma. Vijaya Mulay headed the writing in cinema jury.

The number of entries have increased this year to 186 films across 19 languages in feature film category. The best feature film and best direction awards carry a Swarna Kamal and cash prize of Rs2,50,000 each. The best actor and actress get a Rajat Kamal and Rs50,000 each.

Best Kannada film award went to Kurmavatara, best Malayam film to Indian Rupee, best Dogri film award to Dille Ch Vasya Koi.  Phijigee Mani won best Manipuri film, Shala was named the best Marathi film, the best Punjabi film award was won by Anhe Ghorey Da Daan, Vaagai Sooda Va.  Byari star Mallika was given a special mention, as was Sherry for directing Malayalam film Adimadhyantham.

In the non-feature category, best film went to And We Play On (Hindi and English), produced and directed by Pramod Puwane. Manipuri film The Silent Poet won the best debut film of a director. The best book on cinema award went to RD Burman The Man, The Music while Manoj Barpujari won the Best film critic award.

British Spies Fail To Reveal ‘Charlie Chaplin Mystery’

Legendary actor from the silent-movies era Charile Chaplin has always been a mysterious bloke for many years specially in Europe and America. The British MI5 agents were asked in 1952 to conduct a probe into the history of Charlie Chaplin and find out his real name and birthplace. The American spy agencies had believed that his real name was Israel Thornstein who had sympathy for left wing ideology.

The British spy agency was assigned the task to verify these American claims. But surprisingly even after years of hard work MI5 found no record of his birth anywhere. A news report filed by Reuters has quoted Professor Christopher Andrew, the official historian of MI5, “It’s very unusual, particularly after investigation by MI5, for the date and place of birth for such a well-known celebrity as Charlie Chaplin to remain so mysterious.”

The documents revealed by the British agency shows no one called Charles or Israel was born on April 16, and further inquiries into suggestions Chaplin had been born in France near Fontainebleau also proved fruitless.

In its letter to the American Embassy MI5 said, “We can find no evidence that Chaplin’s name is or ever has been Israel Thornstein, nor can we find any evidence of the existence of such a person. We have, however, been unable to discover any other name by which he has been known.”

Latest theory about Charlie Chaplin’s birth which emerged after this probe suggested that Chaplin was born in a caravan belonging to a woman known as “the Gypsy Queen” in central England and his mother was a member of what is now referred to as “the travelling community.”



Comedy on Nazi Germany ‘Iron Sky’ Creates Buzz At Berlin Film Fest

Berlin Film Festival is one of the most prestigious film festivals on the globe. Filmmakers from different countries dream to get their movies featured at the fest. This year ‘Iron Sky’, a Finnish sci-fi comedy about Nazis invading Earth, has generated huge interest among the critics and cine goers.

The story depicts a group Nazis escape to moon after the Second World War.  During 70 years of utter secrecy, the Nazis construct a gigantic space fortress and hope to launch a counter attack on Americans someday.

‘Iron Sky’ has characters with striking resemblance with real life politicos. The movie features a fictional US president who looks very much like the Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. The movie is set future 2018 to be precise, when a Nazis comes face to face with a group of American Astronauts.

German actor Udo Kier is the best-known face of the ‘Iron Sky’ team. The film is funded mostly through online donations from cine goers and fans.

‘Iron Sky’ will be released in theaters in April 2012. India release is expected to follow soon after the opening in Europe. The primary language of the film is English.