Subhash K Jha remembers the flamboyant star, 12 years after he passed away. IMAGE: The dashing Feroz Khan in Qurbani . I have to agree with my friend, Fardeen, when he says his father was one of a kind. There will never be another Feroz Khan. He was by far the coolest actor of India. In fact the word ‘cool’, so abused in recent times, seems to have been invented to describe Feroz, or FK as his friends called him. IMAGE: A very young Feroz Khan in Ghar Ki Laj ; he was just 21 years old. Feroz started his career with a bit role in Hum Sab Chor Hai. His first lead was in a film titled Ghar Ki Laj . Feroz spent most of the 1960s playing the guy who loses the heroine to another guy, mostly played by actors who didn’t have half of Feroz’s charm. One can understand Feroz losing Saira Banu to Dharmendra in Aadmi Aur Insaan (though, admittedly, he had the gorgeous Mumtaz’s shoulder to cry on) and to Rajesh Khanna in Safar . But how could he lose Mumtaz to … [Read more...] about Was Feroz Khan India’s coolest actor ever?
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MORTAL Kombat's Cole Young has teased a blood-drenched sequel and has revealed dark secret behind his powers. MMA fighter Cole Young, played by Tan, seeks out Earth's greatest champions in order to "stand against the enemies of Outworld in a high stakes battle for the universe." The movie franchise, inspired by the iconic video game, is getting a reboot and will reach cinemas later this year. Fans will see Cole escaping Sub-Zero's icy embrace, figuring out his heritage and running into plenty of classic characters along the way. The actor opened up about the graphic violence scenes and the various techniques and weapons used when challenging his opponents. In one scene, Cole shreds Goro to pieces during their battle, he told CNET : "I think that his fatalities could grow a lot from there. "When he's sliding around the body, he's using everything -- wing chun, judo, jiu-jitsu, wrestling and the tonfa weapons. So he can block, slice, trap the arms, pull and cut. … [Read more...] about Mortal Kombat’s Cole Young star teases blood-drenched sequel and reveals dark secret behind his powers
In 2019, Bharath Sankar was on a tour to Madagascar, off East Africa, when he became acquainted with a family of musicians. They performed to Tamil songs and Bharath returned the favour by performing to their songs, markedly signalling a collaboration. He somehow wanted to loop them in but had difficulties contacting them, for it would take a while for his message to reach. Also Read | Get ‘First Day First Show’, our weekly newsletter from the world of cinema, in your inbox . You can subscribe for free here Bharath says he created a library of soundtracks imagining himself sitting in and sent across a track to Tsanta Randri, the only person who spoke English in the family. The brief given to Tsanta was ‘forgetting the past’ and ‘living in the moment’, and he was asked to write the lyrics, which eventually became ‘Iaino — To Live’, one of the songs in Mandela , directed by another débutante, Madonne Ashwin. Tsanta’s father Mamiliva Randriamihajasoa, also a musician, wrote the … [Read more...] about I wanted ‘Mandela’ to have an African flavour: Composer Bharath Sankar
Errol Morris. Photo: D Dipasupil/FilmMagic This week sees the release of wonderful new Criterion editions of three of the greatest documentaries of all time: Errol Morris’s first three films, Gates of Heaven , Vernon, Florida , and The Thin Blue Line . Re-watching these films, it’s at times odd to think that the same man made them: Gates of Heaven is the deadpan, deliberate tale of pet cemeteries in California; Vernon, Florida is a weirdly meditative, austere portrait of the offbeat personalities in a rural southern town. And The Thin Blue Line , one of the most influential documentaries of all time, is a gripping investigation into a cop killing in Texas — complete with an evocatively tense Philip Glass score, stylized cinematography, and detailed, cinematic slow-motion reenactments. (The film was famously instrumental in the eventual release of Randall Dale Adams, who had been wrongfully convicted of the murder and condemned to die in the electric chair.) But … [Read more...] about Errol Morris on His Early Films, and What He Thinks of
Germany appears to have "broken" its third wave of coronavirus infections, Health Minister Jens Spahn said Friday, before warning against a premature easing of restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19. "The third wave appears to have broken," Spahn told a news conference in Berlin. "The infection figures are dropping again, but we are still at a high level. They are not yet falling everywhere at the same rate, but they are falling," he said. Germany's Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases reported 18,485 new coronavirus infections on Friday, a drop of almost 10,000 cases when compared with the health agency's figure from two weeks ago. The incidence rate in Germany is also gradually decreasing. The number of new infections per 100,000 people over the past seven days now stands at 125.7, and it dropped back below the 100-mark where restrictions can be eased in the capital Berlin. Spahn guards against easing lockdown But Spahn warned that a hasty … [Read more...] about Jens Spahn: Germany’s third COVID wave appears to be ‘broken’