Ashoke Pandit: News

Actor, director, producer...there aren’t many things Ashoke Pandit hasn’t done in the industry. Add to that, his persona as a social activist which often flows through his art puts him in a category of filmmakers who swim against the flow. Born on May 11, 1957, in Mumbai, Pandit was a regular in the theater scene during his time at the Narsee Monjee College. After college, he made plays for the Indian People’s Theatre Association. His career in the film/TV industry began as an associate director. He worked in hit shows like ‘Naya Nukkad,’ ‘Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi,’ etc. Pandit rose to prominence with the superhit show ‘Filmi Chakkar,’ of which he was the director. He then went on to make many TV shows which tackle social issues, including the 13-part short-film series ‘Heroine - Zindagi Ke Panno Se.’ Pandit has also made a mark with his documentaries. His documentary about the plight of Kashmiri Pandits - ‘Sharnarthi Apne Hi Desh Mei,’ won the RAPA Award for Best Picture. He made his Bollywood debut with the film ‘Sheen’ in 2004. He is the President of the Indian Film & Television Director’ Association.

10 Jul 2021

Rohit Shetty

Shagufta Ali: Rohit Shetty, 'Dance Deewane' team offer help

Veteran television and film star Shagufta Ali has received help from various industry insiders after speaking of her financial crunch in an interview recently.

07 Jul 2021


Film being made on Pinki Pramanik, thanks to Ashoke Pandit

Director/producer Ashoke Pandit announced that he has bagged the rights of Asian Games gold medalist Pinki Pramanik's story.

24 Nov 2020


'Sasural Simar Ka' actor Ashiesh Roy passes away

TV actor Ashiesh Roy passed away on Tuesday at the age of 55.

10 Sep 2020


Paresh Rawal appointed new chairperson of National School of Drama

National Award-winning veteran actor Paresh Rawal (65) has been appointed by President Ram Nath Kovind as the new chairperson of the renowned New Delhi-based theater institute National School of Drama (or the NSD).

04 Jun 2020

Narendra Modi

Legendary filmmaker Basu Chatterjee passes away at 90

Legendary film director and screenwriter Basu Chatterjee, known for his realistic and groundbreaking movies such as Rajnigandha, Chitchor, Baton Baton Mein, and Ek Ruka Hua Faisla, passed away on Thursday in Mumbai, due to age-related ailments. He was 90 years old.

20 May 2020


Film body seeks permission to resume post-production work

As movie theaters remain shuttered and film shoots stalled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the predicament for producers continues.

16 Mar 2020

Karan Johar

Coronavirus: Shoots stalled, Bollywood could lose Rs. 800cr

The coronavirus outbreak has brought businesses across the globe to a standstill. And, needless to say, showbiz is part of the game too.

22 Aug 2019

Pakistan News

Mika fights with journalist when questioned over his Pakistan performance

On Wednesday, singer Mika Singh got engaged in a verbal duel with a journalist who raised questions on his performance in Pakistan, earlier this month.

05 Aug 2019


Bollywood divided over scrapping of Article 370: Who said what?

In a historic move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Central government scrapped Article 370 of Indian Constitution today, thereby repealing the special status given to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

01 Jul 2019


Zaira Wasim's retirement: Pressure or choice?

Bollywood actor Zaira Wasim announced her retirement from the field of acting on Sunday, citing religious reasons.

08 Jun 2019


Sonam Kapoor and filmmaker Ashoke Pandit argue over Aligarh murder-case

When a two-and-a-half-year-old girl was brutally murdered in Aligarh over a petty sum of Rs. 10,000, the entire country wept.

24 May 2019


Kashyap claims PM's follower threatened daughter, shares screenshot

Ace filmmaker Anurag Kashyap is worried for his daughter after she received rape threats from someone who claimed to be Prime Minister Narendra Modi's follower.

13 Oct 2018


#MeTooBollywood: Is Kailash Kher intimidating victims with a legal notice?

Each day brings with it a new turn in Bollywood's #MeToo movement. Among the sexual predators named and shamed by women, singer Kailash Kher's name has also cropped up.

26 May 2018


Pakeezah actress Geeta Kapoor, whose kids abandoned her, dies

Abandoned by her kids, veteran actress Geeta Kapoor passed away on Saturday morning at an old age home in Mumbai.

05 Feb 2018


Mumbai: Woman, tortured by husband, posts video on Twitter

In a gut wrenching video, a woman alleged 'physical and mental' torture by her husband and sought help from Mumbai Police. The video has gone viral, after the filmmaker Ashoke Pandit shared it on Twitter.

25 Nov 2017


"We stand for Padmavati": Film industry plans 15-minute 'blackout'

To show support for Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati, the Indian Films and TV Directors' Association (IFTDA) and 20 other film and television industry bodies are organizing a 15-minute blackout protest "Main Azaad Hoon".

16 Oct 2017


'Amrapali' director and actor Lekh Tandon dies, at 88

Veteran filmmaker and actor Lekh Tandon, who directed iconic movies like 'Amrapali' (1966) and was seen in others like 'Swades' and 'Rang De Basanti', passed away yesterday. He was 88.

01 Feb 2017


Pakistan theatres will resume screening Bollywood movies

Months after banning Bollywood movies from their theatres, the Ministry of Information issued a notification that said, "Federal government is pleased to continue the existing open policy to display all international movies (including Indian movies) in Pakistani cinemas."

18 Jan 2017


Pakistan lifts ban on Bollywood after 4 months

After the Uri attack, Pakistani artists were reportedly banned in Bollywood. In a tit-for-tat response, Pakistan had blocked the screening of Indian-movies.

20 Oct 2016


Pakistan to ban Indian TV shows, radio

Pakistan's Electronic Media Regulatory Authority has decided to ban the broadcast of Indian TV shows and radio content from 3PM on Friday, 21 October.

10 Oct 2016


Pakistani actress to be replaced in Shahrukh Khan's movie

The escalating tensions between India and Pakistan has resulted in Pakistani-actress Mahira Khan being replaced in Shahrukh Khan's movie Raees.