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  • Om Puri's Long 'Journey'

    "Fat noses have no place in the Hindi film industry," Om Puri is fond of saying. "But it is not so in the West -- otherwise Anthony Quinn would have never been an actor." Puri certainly nose -- make that knows -- of what he speaks. When he was starting out as a film actor in the 1970s, his own mighty, bulbous proboscis seemed as sure an impediment to stardom as the pockmarked face that surrounded it, the vestige of a childhood bout of smallpox that nearly killed him (as it did six of his seven siblings). Yet that very face -- weathered and wise, a face of experience -- has gone on to become one of the most recognizable in Indian cinema and a familiar presence on movie screens around the world, too.
  • Pakistan Oscar Hope 'Zinda Bhaag' Heads to Canada, U.K., Middle East

    GOA -- Directors Meenu Gaur and Farjad Nabi's "Zinda Bhaag", Pakistan's contender for the foreign-language Academy Award race, has concluded distribution deals for the Canada, U.K. and Middle East. All Canada rights including theatrical, television and...

    Fox Star Studios Searches Out "Finding Fanny"

    HONG KONG -- Fox Star Studios has boarded as co-producer on "Finding Fanny" an ensemble comedy from the successful Illuminati Films production label. The film, which is now-in post-production, is directed by Homi Adajania, who last directed hit...

    Review: 'Zinda Bhaag's' young Pakistanis dream of opportunity abroad

     Review: 'Zinda Bhaag's' young Pakistanis dream of opportunity abroad
    Young people looking to escape their surroundings have been a thematic staple of issue-conscious filmmakers around the world since Fellini's seriocomic masterpiece "I Vitelloni." Now Pakistani writer-directors Meenu Gaur and Farjad Nabi address their...

    Pakistan to Submit 'Zinda Bhaag' for Foreign-Language Oscar

    LONDON -- Pakistan has chosen "Zinda Bhaag" as its contender for the foreign-language Academy Award race. The film is in the Urdu and Punjabi languages, produced by Mazhar Zaidi and written and directed by Meenu Gaur and Farjad Nabi. "Zinda Bhaag" is an...