• Friday, October 31, 2014

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THE FIVE GENERATIONS OF TV HEROINES

THE FIVE GENERATIONS OF TV HEROINES

There's been no stopping the country's TV actresses since BTV went on air 50 years ago. Along the way some have dropped out of the profession while others continue to cause a stir with their powerful histrionics. A round up of the stars of the small screen: Pioneering TV actress Ferdousi Majumder came into the spotlight with her debut critically acclaimed play “Ektola Dotola” . That was the defining moment in her career. Her blockbuster mega...

Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan

Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan

Ahead of the Bengal Classical Music Festival – Bangladesh 2014 set...

Hasin Rowshan

Hasin Rowshan

Popular TV actress Hasin Rowshan, who emerged in the showbiz through...

The man in the crowd

The man in the crowd

On a chilly December day in 2009, the second day of...

Rinku at DS Café

Rinku at DS Café

Rinku shot into the spotlight with talent hunt Close Up one. Since then, his fan following has spiralled dramatically. Recently, the popular folk singer dropped by at DS Café, at the monthly programme of Arts & Entertainment, as the celebrity of the month. He was flooded with calls from his fans who bombarded him...

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Nostalgia ends today on ATN News

Nostalgia ends today on ATN News

The last episode of cookery show “Nostalgia” will air on ATN News today at 9:30pm. The show's host, renowned designer Chandrashekhar Saha's mother Renuka Saha and his elder brother Shaibal Saha will be present in the episode as guests. They will share some of their favorite recipes and cherished memories. The audience will...

BotTala honours Ferdousi Majumdar

BotTala honours Ferdousi Majumdar

Theatre troupe BotTala's Rongomela is drawing to a close. The eight-day festival has seen a whopping audience gathering every evening at the National Theatre Hall to watch theatrical productions. On October 28, Theatre Art Unit staged their production “Na-Manushi Jomeen” at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Following the show, BotTala honoured thespian...

Fakir Alamgir to perform at IGCC

Fakir Alamgir to perform at IGCC

Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC) in association with Asian Paints, IRCON and Marico Bangladesh is organising a musical evening by prominent gana sangeet artiste, Fakir Alamgir at 6:30 PM on October 31, at the IGCC, Gulshan-1.          Alamgir blends traditional folk music with western instruments. He has released several popular albums with foot-tapping numbers...

Expect the unexpected from me: SRK

Expect the unexpected from me: SRK

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan wants his fans to expect the unexpected from him as he yearns to create magic with his acting. "Please expect the unexpected from me. I try my best every time and give the unexpected for the love of the people. I always try to be a little different and...

IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

Jean 'Django' Reinhardt, a Belgian-born guitarist and composer of French nationality and Romani ethnicity, is often regarded as one of the greatest guitar players of all time; he was the first important European jazz musician who made major contributions to the development of the guitar genre. After his third and fourth fingers were...

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Published Date: October 30, 2014
’One day an emotional woman hugged me at New Market in Dhaka’ … Afroza Banu

’One day an emotional woman hugged me at New Market in Dhaka’ … Afroza Banu

A versatile actress, Afroza Banu, has worked in diverse media --theatre, radio, television and cinema. She first came into the spotlight with her TV play “Sokal Sondha”, where she played the role of Shimu Bhabi. She has never looked back since. An upbeat Afroza Banu talked to The Daily Star about her buzzing professional...

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  • Memorial Programme on Kalim Sarafi

    Organiser: Sangeet Bhaban
    Venue: Music & Dance Auditorium, Shilpakala Academy
    Date: Oct 31
    Time: 6pm

  • Michael-Rabindranath-Nazrul Fest

    Organiser: Jatiya Kabita Parishad
    Venue: Poet Sufia Kamal Auditorium, National Museum, Shahbagh
    Date: Oct 31; Time: 4pm

  • Discussion

    Title: Adhunik Projukti O Bangla Bhasha
    Organiser: Kali O Kalam
    Venue: Bengal Shilpalaya, Dhanmondi
    Date: Oct 31;  Time: 5:30pm

  • Group Art Exhibition

    The Dhaka Print Club Show
    Venue: Bengal Art Lounge, Gulshan Avenue
    Date: October 25- November 8
    Time: 12pm-8pm

  • 4th Death Anniversary of Kalim Sarafi

    Organiser: Bangladesh Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Sangstha
    Venue: Shawkat Osman Auditorium, Public Library, Shahbagh
    Date: Nov 1; Time: 6pm

  • Art Exhibition

    Title: Searching Myself
    Artist: Monjur Rashid
    Venue: Alliance Francaise de Dhaka
    Date: Oct 21-Nov 3
    Time: 12-8pm

  • Solo Art Exhibition

    Artist: Syed Hasan Mahmud
    Venue: Bengal Shilpalaya, Dhanmondi
    Date: Oct 24-Nov 15
    Time: 12-8pm

  • Theatre Festival

    Title: BotTala Rongomela
    Organiser: BotTala
    Venue: National Theatre Hall, Shilpakala Academy
    Date: Oct 24-31
    Time: 6:30pm

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Published Date: October 30, 2014
Manipuri classics at Chhayanaut

Manipuri classics at Chhayanaut

Reputed dance school Shadhona arranged its monthly dance show Nupur Beje Jaye at Chhayanaut on October 28. The presentation began with a 9th-century dance from Kashmir by eminent dance exponent Lubna Marium. This was followed by a performance by Manipuri students of Shadhona's project Dhrumel in Komolganj, Srimongal, incorporating pung (hand-drums) and mandira...

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Shabnur back on silver screen

Shabnur back on silver screen

Shabnur was once the most popular heroines during the 1990s. The winner of multiple National Film Awards and the highest number of Meril-Prothom Alo Awards by any film actress – has been on a long hiatus. Good news for her fans: Shabnur is coming back to cinema. The actress will be seen as Anguri in “Jonom Jonome” – a film by Salauddin Lavlu. Masum Reza has written the script, while Mahfuzur Rahman Khan is the cinematographer. Riaz will play the lead role against Shabnur, while other casts include Nipun and Fazlur Rahman Babu. Shooting of the film, based in a rural setting, will begin on December in Pubail, Manikganj and Bhairab.

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Tabu in Meghna Gulzar's next?

Tabu in Meghna Gulzar's next?

Filmmaker Meghna Gulzar, who is directing a film based on Aarushi Murder case, has reportedly teamed up with Tabu again for the film. When asked to confirm the news, Meghna didn't deny the news, but said: “I am unable to comment on that right now.” Sources close to the project, which is scripted by...

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Art installation exhibition in Chittagong

Art installation exhibition in Chittagong

Themed “People's Perception on Safe Cities for Women”, a  daylong installation exhibition was organised at Zilla Shilpakala Academy, Chittagong on Tuesday. Installations in different media including  audio-effect, painting, slide-show and sculpture, homing in on the sexual harassment of women,  stood on display at an exhibition organised by Bangladesh Institute of Theatre Arts (Bita) and...

TV WATCH

Published Date: October 30, 2014
'Sompurok Golpo' on Maasranga

'Sompurok Golpo' on Maasranga

Tele-film “Sompurok Golpo” will air tonight at 7:40pm on Maasranga Television. Written by Al Masum and directed by Din Mohammad Montu, the tele-film encircles the story of three friends. Nadim, Saba and Koli are good friends but Nadim and Koli's relationship crosses the level of friendship and turns into a love affair. Meanwhile,...

NEWS bytes

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Ouija spooks North American box office

Ouija spooks North American box office

A horror film about young people who use an Ouija board to contact the spirit world has topped the North American box office in the run-up to Halloween. The low-budget “Ouija”, starring Bates Motel actress Olivia Cooke, made $20m between Friday and Sunday, according to studio estimates. That put it ahead of “John Wick”, Keanu Reeves' latest thriller, which made $14.2m over the same period. Last week's top film, Brad Pitt's World War II tank drama “Fury”, fell to three. Made for just $5m, the success of “Ouija” is testament to US moviegoers' appetite for modestly-budgeted supernatural fare without big-name stars. Meanwhile, “John Wick”, in which Reeves plays a retired assassin out for...

Published Date: October 30, 2014
IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

Israeli actress-model Gal Gadot served for two years as a soldier in the Israel Defense Forces, right after winning Miss Israel at t5he age of 19. She then went off to study law, until she was called to audition for the part of Bond girl Camille Montes in the film “Quantum of Solace”,...

Published Date: October 29, 2014
Photographs to knock your breath off

Photographs to knock your breath off

“Out of the Box”, organised by “Through the Lens”: Bangladesh, is an online group of amateur and seasoned photographers. It brings together people who have a passion for the camera. By arranging photo walks, discussions, informative threads and safari tours it has opened a world of opportunities for 5,000 members. In the recent three-day...

Published Date: October 29, 2014
KUSHUM On broad canvas

KUSHUM On broad canvas

A versatile Kushum Shikdar entered the media circuit after she stole the show at the Lux Anandodhara Beauty Contest. She debuted in television play “Biyer Angti” almost a decade ago. Kushum is also a singer and before making it on television she released a music album “Tumi Aaj Koto Durey”. Kushum, however, has taken to acting as her first love. She has appeared in numerous single-episode plays, telefilms and two films. The audience will now see Kushum in the drama serial “Keya”. Written and directed by Zahedul Karim, "Keya" focuses on a family thrown in a crisis. Keya is the central character in the drama serial. Kushum said, “Drama serials offer a...

Published Date: October 29, 2014
'Pipra Bidya' nominated for Silver Screen Award

'Pipra Bidya' nominated for Silver Screen Award

“Pipra Bidya”--the latest film by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki has been nominated for Silver Screen Award. Every year, approximately 10 best Asian movies get nomination for the award at the Singapore International Film Festival. This year 11 movies have been selected from Korea, Japan, India, Taiwan, Philippine, Russia, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Bangladesh. The award giving function is scheduled to be held on December 13 at the closing ceremony of the festival. Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, Noor Imran Mithu and Faridur Reza Sagor will be participating at the award giving ceremony on December 11.

Published Date: October 29, 2014
'Sufi Night' in Belgium

'Sufi Night' in Belgium

Noted Lalon singer Farida Parveen and Baul Fakir Tuntun Shah captivated the audience at the “Sufi Night” on October 25 that was jointly organised by the Embassy of Bangladesh, Brussels and the Centre for Fine Arts, Belgium– BOZAR. The ensemble comprised flutist Gazi Abdul Hakim, Debendra Nath Chatterjee (tabla), Delwar Hossain (dotara) and ASM...

Published Date: October 29, 2014
Priyanka Chopra's cousin to debut in Bollywood

Priyanka Chopra's cousin to debut in Bollywood

Priyanka Chopra's cousin, Mannara Chopra is set to make her Bollywood debut with Zid. Mannara, fondly known as Barbie Handa is entering the mainstream industry with the erotic psychological thriller that promises to spook the socks off audiences. Producer Anubhav Sinha said, "While casting for the film we needed a fresh face who had a great screen presence yet someone who could pull off this complex role and Mannara fit the bill perfectly." The film directed by Vivek Agnihotri also casts Karanvir Sharma and will hit theatres on November 28. Source: TOI

Published Date: October 29, 2014
Benedict Cumberbatch to Star in Marvel's 'Doctor Strange'

Benedict Cumberbatch to Star in Marvel's 'Doctor Strange'

Benedict Cumberbatch is in talks to play the doctor-turned-sorcerer-supreme in the newest superhero film from Marvel that Scott Derrickson will direct. The film has not yet been officially dated, but Marvel is said to be eyeing a 2016 release. Cumberbatch's role could be made official at a Marvel Studios presentation to media and fans...

Published Date: October 29, 2014
Amir Khan had to eat over 1000 paans for PK

Amir Khan had to eat over 1000 paans for PK

Aamir Khan will be seen in nine different avatars and during the course of the film, the actor had to eat over 1000 paans. "In real life paan is not a habit, I have it once in a while but for this film I chew paan for every scene. I would at times eat about 100 paans in a day. We had a paanwala on the sets," said Aamir Khan in a TOI report. Apparently, for every take, Aamir had to eat a fresh paan to fill his mouth, also before beginning the shoot Aamir would eat at least 10-15 paans to get the right colour inside his mouth...

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Published Date: October 29, 2014
Mark Rylance to play BFG in Spielberg's film

Mark Rylance to play BFG in Spielberg's film

Mark Rylance will play the title role in The BFG, Steven Spielberg's film of Roald Dahl's much-loved children's book about a "Big Friendly Giant". The director said he was "excited and thrilled" that the "transformational actor will be making this journey with us to Giant Country". The Jurassic Park film-maker is currently working with...

Published Date: October 29, 2014
IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

It is a little known fact that artist, Quamrul Hassan was also extremely adept at the performing arts. Brotochari Nrittya was not a typical dance form depicting joy, sorrow, or festive moods but rather a dance that carried a message for society. During colonial rule, young Quamrul, enlightened by the ideas of Guru Sodoy...

Published Date: October 28, 2014
New Perspectives by Syed Iqbal

New Perspectives by Syed Iqbal

Syed Iqbal neatly fits the bill as an artist of sizeable merit. His latest exhibition, that ran from October 17-27 at the Promenade Gallery in Mississauga, Canada, is his 16th solo and it once again displays the quintessential flavour Iqbal cultivates for abstractions of bigger thoughts; of human relationships with nature and the...

Published Date: October 28, 2014
Bindu hangs up her costumes

Bindu hangs up her costumes

“I officially announce my retirement from the media. It's a well thought-out decision. I'm going to concentrate on starting a family,” Bindu solemnly told The Daily Star, days after her marriage was solemnized in a private ceremony. Rather unconventionally for a TV and film star of her success and glamour quotient, Bindu met her other half through a match-maker. She wed Asif Salahuddin Malik, an entrepreneur, at the Water Garden of Radisson Hotel in presence of close ones, on October 24. “Everything happened in such a rush, but by the grace of the Almighty, all has been well. We haven't yet got time to even plan a honeymoon, but for now...

Published Date: October 28, 2014
'Tin Goyenda' on small screen

'Tin Goyenda' on small screen

A drama-thriller based on the Rakib Hasan's cult teenage detective series “Tin Goyenda” will begin on Maasranga Television from tonight at 8pm. Mazharul Haque Pitu has adapted the drama serial while Abul Hasan Khokon has directed it. The story encircles three teenage detectives Musa, Robin and Kishor. Known for their ability to crack mysterious...

Published Date: October 28, 2014
'Behind the scenes' begins at Rajshahi

'Behind the scenes' begins at Rajshahi

A12-day long photography exhibition titled 'Behind the scenes' began at Rajshahi on Sunday. Varendra Gallery of Arts has organised the event. The exhibition showcases 64 photographs by as many photographers. The focus is on nature, life style, conceptual works, landscapes and traditional culture. Prof Hasan Azizul Haque, eminent writer of the country, inaugurated the art exhibition....

Published Date: October 28, 2014
Haider conquers Rome

Haider conquers Rome

Vishal Bhardwaj's “Haider” - a modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare's classic “Hamlet” – has won the People's Choice Award in the Mondo Genere (world genre) at the ninth edition of Rome Film Festival. Set against the tumultuous backdrop of Kashmir, the crime drama stars Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor was honoured at the fest. Following...

TV WATCH

Published Date: October 28, 2014
Zero Hour on ATN Bangla

Zero Hour on ATN Bangla

Drama serial “Zero Hour” will air tonight at 9:20pm on ATN Bangla. Jointly written by Shafikur Rahman Shantonu and Sohan Khan, the play is directed by Sokal Ahmed. Orpa, an industrialist's daughter, is in love with Sajib, a rowdy character from Old Dhaka. However, Orpa's father doesn't like Sajib and forces his daughter to...

NEWS bytes

Published Date: October 28, 2014
Sting musical opens on Broadway

Sting musical opens on Broadway

“The Last Ship”, Sting's musical about shipbuilding in north-east England, has opened on Broadway to respectable, if qualified reviews. The New York Times described it as “ambitious, earnest... and seductive” while identifying some “nagging flaws”. Sting, former frontman with The Police, described watching Sunday's opening night as “an out-of-body experience”. “You relinquish a lot of control,”...

Published Date: October 28, 2014
IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

Demi Moore jointly holds the highest number of “Razzie” nominations -- The Golden Raspberry Awards for the Worst Actress. The nominations came for “The Butcher's Wife” and “Nothing But Trouble” (1991), “Indecent Proposal” (1993), “The Scarlet Letter” (1995), “The Juror” and “Striptease” (1996), G.I. Jane (1997) and “Passion of Mind” (2000), of which...

Published Date: October 27, 2014
BHONGOBONGO: Life along the barbed wires

BHONGOBONGO: Life along the barbed wires

The vibrant and festive BotTala Rongomela 2014, being held at the National Theatre Hall of the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, saw audience turn up in very encouraging numbers on the second day (October 25), as Aranyak staged their new play “Bhongobongo”, following a puppet show at the hall premises by Puppetiana. Written by Mamunur Rashid...

Published Date: October 27, 2014
Aggravation of war heroes under spotlight

Aggravation of war heroes under spotlight

Shabdabali Group Theatre staged its latest production Phona on October 24 at Experimental Theater Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Promising playwright Shahman Moishan has written the play while accomplished director Sudip Chakraborty has directed it. The play deals with a universal message: disappointment of the war heroes after winning a war. Phona features the...

Published Date: October 27, 2014
Happy New Year breaks records

Happy New Year breaks records

The release of a Shah Rukh Khan movie during Diwali came as no surprise. The fact that the film, titled Happy New Year, went on to break box office records also wasn't a shock. However, the critic's reaction to the movie and its subsequent success is what makes Happy New Year's tale so...

Published Date: October 27, 2014
MTV Bangladesh Campus Soundbox and VJ Search underway

MTV Bangladesh Campus Soundbox and VJ Search underway

Creinse Limited, the official Program Syndication Partner of MTV/Viacom in Bangladesh, is organisng a talent hunt called “Campus Soundbox,” presented by Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 and powered by UCash. The team of Campus Soundbox are visiting six different universities looking for previously unheard of singers, and spend two months hunting for talent in each...

Published Date: October 27, 2014
'Noashal' set to air 100th episode tonight

'Noashal' set to air 100th episode tonight

The 100th episode of popular drama serial “Noashal”, directed by actor Mir Sabbir, will air tonight on Rtv. ATM Samshuzzaman, Khairul Alam Sabuj, Doly Zahur, Chitralekha Guhu, Rawnak Hasan and Faruq Ahmed play major roles in the play that also features Azizul Hakim, Dr Ejaz, Tazin Ahmed, Ishana and Sayeed Babu. The director also plays...

TV WATCH

Published Date: October 27, 2014
Super Chef: The Final Push

Tonight, the final six participants of the Rupchanda-Star Lifestyle Super Chef will enter the last round before the Grand finale. Of the six, only three will advance to the Grand Finale, which means the three that progress will have a guaranteed prize of at least 3 lakh. But it is not going to be easy. This round will see the participant being presented with a mystery box. The mystery box will contain ingredients which must be used to create a...

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Published Date: October 27, 2014
1D members earned £6m each in 2013

1D members earned £6m each in 2013

One Direction earned more than £49m last year, according to their latest accounts. The papers reveal the pop group's turnover in the UK amounted to a wage of £134,000 a day during 2013. The documents also show Harry Styles, 20, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Zayn Malik -- all 21, and 22-year-old Louis Tomlinson...

Published Date: October 27, 2014
Book fair on Bangabandhu in London

A three-day book fair, titled Bangabandhu Boi Mela, began on October 25 at the London College of Advanced Studies, London. The event is being jointly organised by the Bangabandhu Centre London and European College of Law & Centre for Bangladesh Studies, UK, according to a press release. The fair aims to shed light on the illustrious life and works of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, through showcasing hundreds of books written on the great leader. Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor inaugurated the...

Published Date: October 27, 2014
Fazlul Haque Memorial Award conferred

Noted film director Syed Salahuddin Zaki and cine-journalist Arefin Badal were honoured with the 11th Fazlul Haque Memorial Award '14. The award giving ceremony was held at Westin Hotel yesterday. Fazlul Haque Smrity Committee conferred the awards on the duo for their contribution to Bangladeshi cinema and cine-journalism respectively. Noted Litterateur Syed Shamsul Haq handed over the awards as chief guest while novelist Rabeya Khatun presided over the event. Fazlul Haque was born in 1930 in Bogra. He is the father of...

Published Date: October 27, 2014
IT'S TRUE!

IT'S TRUE!

French footballer Eric Cantona is known best as a legendary no.7 at English club Manchester United, but following his retirement from football in 1997, he took up a career in cinema and had a role in the 1998 film “Elizabeth”, starring Cate Blanchett, and later in “French Film” and “Looking for Eric”, among...

Published Date: October 26, 2014
A celebration of theatre

A celebration of theatre

A grand celebration of theatre began on Friday evening at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA). Theatre troupe BotTala arranged an eight-day drama festival titled “BotTala Rongomela-2014” marking the troupe's sixth anniversary. The fest features seven new plays by seven local troupes and one solo performance by US director Kaiulani...

Published Date: October 26, 2014
Jibanananda remembered in Barisal

Jibanananda remembered in Barisal

A memorial programme to observe the  60th death anniversary of one of the greatest Bengali poets Jibanananda Das (February 17, 1899 – October 22, 1954) was held at Aswani Kumar Hall in Barisal recently. District Shilpakala Academy, Barisal organised the programme. The programme included placing flower wreaths at the portrait of the poet, recitation...

Published Date: October 26, 2014
“Jemon Kormo Temon Phol” premiered

“Jemon Kormo Temon Phol” premiered

Mime Art, the only active mime troupe of the capital, brought a new production to stage yesterday. Their comedy “Jemon Kormo Temon Phol” premiered yesterday at the Studio Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. The 14-part production, spanning an hour and a quarter, is written and directed by Nithor Mahboob, and brings forward...

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Published Date: October 26, 2014
Matt Lucas to hostInt'l Emmys

Matt Lucas to hostInt'l Emmys

British comedian-actor Matt Lucas is set to host this year's International Emmy Awards ceremony in New York. International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences president Bruce Paisner called the Little Britain star “one of the most talented comedic performers and writers of his generation.” The International Emmys celebrate TV production outside the US. Lucas is best...

Published Date: October 26, 2014
It's True!

It's True!

A derelict house in Margate, UK, was transformed into a work of art by 28-year-old London artist Alex Chinneck. Titled “From the Knees of my Nose to the Belly of my Toes”, the piece uses curving bricks, windows and a door, to create the illusion that the front of the house is sliding off into the street. It had been empty for 11 years before being turned into the year-long public art exhibition. The artist said he wanted to create something that captured humour, illusion and would be accessible to people from all types of different backgrounds.