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Barfi! wins top honours at The Times of India Film Awards

Plus: Madonna on Manish Malhotra's client wish list; Tamil star Ajith Kumar shoots new film; Telugu screenwriter Rao says Indian theatre is in jeopardy.

Priyanka Chopra won Best Actress for her role in Barfi! at The Times of India Film Awards. Reuters
Priyanka Chopra won Best Actress for her role in Barfi! at The Times of India Film Awards. Reuters

Barfi!, the story of a deaf and mute boy, was the top winner at the maiden edition of The Times of India Film Awards, bagging the Best Film, Best Director (Anurag Basu), Best Actor (Ranbir Kapoor), Best Actress (Priyanka Chopra) and Best Debut Female (Ileana D’Cruz) trophies. The award for the Best Debut Male went to Ayushmann Khurrana for Vicky Donor, which also won the Best Supporting Actor award for Annu Kapoor and the Best Supporting Actress trophy for Dolly Ahluwalia. Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur got the Critics’ Choice award for Best Film. Abhishek Bachchan, who won the Best Actor in a Comic Role award for Bol Bachchan, dedicated the honour to his wife Aishwarya. “I really owe this to Aishwarya and the love and support she has given me,” said the actor. – IANS

Ajith Kumar shoots new film in Hyderabad

The Tamil actor Ajith Kumar has begun shooting his yet untitled new project, directed by Siruthai Siva. “Shooting started on Friday in Hyderabad. The first schedule of shooting will wrap up by April 20,” said a statement from Vijaya Productions. The romantic comedy features the actors Ramesh Khanna and Appu Kutty, with music by Devi Sri Prasad. Kumar will next be seen in the thriller Valai. – IANS

Madonna on Manish Malhotra’s client wish list

From Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra to Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma, he has styled most of Bollywood’s leading ladies. But the designer Manish Malhotra says he hopes to one day be able to dress Madonna, Meryl Streep and Kate Middleton. “I would love to design for Madonna. I saw her performance in Abu Dhabi and she has always fascinated me – not just with her music but the way she looks,” he told reporters. “I’m also a huge fan of Meryl Streep and Kate Middleton.” Last week, Malhotra held a fashion show celebrating Indian cinema’s centenary. The Bollywood stars Urmila Matondkar, Raveena Tandon, Neha Dhupia, Nargis Fakhri and Sonal Chauhan walked the ramp in his creations. “The theme is 100 years of Indian cinema, so I have used a lot of Indian textures and Kashmiri embroidery.” – IANS

Telugu screenwriter Rao says theatre in jeopardy

Indian theatre is in dire need of help, says the Telugu screenwriter Paruchuri Venkateswara Rao, who has worked in more than 300 films. “Theatre is the most ancient art form in our country and seems to be hardly getting any attention nowadays. It needs help and it is our responsibility to ensure it doesn’t lose its prominence,” Rao said in an interview. “We need to start giving theatre its due respect because it hones the skills of an actor and can groom the next generation of artists.” Along with his brother, Rao has been organising a theatre festival, in memory of their father Paruchuri Raghubabu, for the past 22 years. “We have seen several actors emerge from it and go on to be successful,” he said. “This year we have shortlisted six plays and 10 playwrights. We are hoping to add a few more if time permits.” The 23rd All-India Theatre Festival will be held in Pallekona, Andhra Pradesh, from April 27 to May 5. – IANS

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