DNEG Magnate Namit Malhotra On Navigating Hollywood, Success Of ‘The Garfield Movie’ & Controversy Around Employee ‘Loan’ Scheme

EXCLUSIVE: You might not be familiar with Namit Malhotra’s name, but the world certainly knows his work. Malhotra founded Indian production services company Prime Focus Technologies in 1997, and is currently CEO of VFX company DNEG, which has won seven Academy Awards for films such Inception,Interstellar, Blade Runner 2049, and Dune. Hailing from a filmmaking family in India’s Mumbai, Malhotra holds immense influence in both Hollywood and Bollywood, where he is currently in production on Nitesh

‘One Day’ Star Ambika Mod On Her Crazy Year, How Comedy Has Helped Her Career & Details Of Her Upcoming ‘Playdate’

Ambika Mod is not prepared to be a footnote in 2024. After hustling through improv and a breakout turn in BBC miniseries This Is Going to Hurt, this year saw her biggest hit yet — the lead role of Emma Morley in Netflix’s adaptation of David Nicholls’ novel One Day. Paired with Leo Woodall’s Dexter Mayhew, Mod sensitively plays Emma’s loves, wins and failures over 20 years. As a twenty-something figuring out her place in the world, Mod’s own journey has overlapped with Emma’s more than once. Her

‘Kalki 2898 AD’: Inside The Prabhas-Starring Sci-Fi Epic That Is One Of India’s Most Expensive Movies Of All Time

EXCLUSIVE: “I’m not so good at this part, you know,” Indian megastar Prabhas tells Deadline on the set of upcoming mythological sci-fi movie Kalki 2898 AD.

He is referring to his inability to push his work “into the international level,” but this might all be about to change. For Deadline is speaking to Prabhas in the late evening about a movie which, at a reported budget topping 600 crore rupees ($72M), is estimated to be one of the most expensive Indian movies ever made, potentially the most.

Somali Director Mo Harawe Talks History-Making Cannes Title ‘The Village Next To Paradise’: “For 70% Of The Crew, It Was First Time On A Film Set”

Mo Harawe makes history this Cannes Film Festival with debut feature The Village Next To Paradise, which is world premiering in Un Certain Regard as the first Somalian title to make it into Official Selection across the festival’s 77 editions.

Born in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, Harawe moved to Austria to study film when he was 18 years old.

The Village Next to Paradise follows hard-hitting shorts Life on the Horn, about toxic waste landing on the Somali coast, and Will My Parents Come to

"There's Where I Find Solace" Eric Nam Interviewed | Features

Contrary to most K-pop interviews, there are no PR executives watchfully monitoring this Zoom. There is only Eric Nam, frantically trying to find a bench in the streets of New Zealand. Nam has just landed in the country after a whirlwind outing in Europe as part of his House on a Hill tour, which included shaking the rafters at a packed Eventim Apollo in London. “This is the last stop on the tour, so I’m gonna have a few days off and then I’m going to be in Korea doing a bunch of shoots, and the

‘The Goat Life’: Look No Further Than Director Blessy’s ‘Life Of Pi’-Like Epic For Proof That Indian Cinema Is So Much More Than Bollywood

Welcome to Global Breakouts, Deadline’s fortnightly strand in which we shine a spotlight on the TV shows and films making noise in their local territories. The industry is as globalized as it’s ever been, but breakout hits are appearing in pockets of the world all the time and it can be hard to keep track. So we’re going to do the hard work for you.

For this edition, we’re looking at India – but no, not Bollywood. India’s regional film industries are thriving, especially those in its Southern r

‘Monkey Man’ Star Sobhita Dhulipala On Being “Accountable” As An Actor & How Dev Patel’s Directorial Debut Changed Her Life

“I’ve felt that being called ‘niche’ is a compliment, actually,” Monkey Man star Sobhita Dhulipala tells Deadline.

It is nighttime in India when we catch up with the star, and we are discussing a recent profile that dubbed her a “niche Indian actress.”

“In India, there’s the conventional idea of a mainstream commercial film star where they love you because you entertain and give them escape, but you’re not really accountable as an actor to stand for anything,” she explains. “I guess my expecta

Disney+’s ‘Shardlake’ Star Opens Up About Disability Representation In TV

The star of Disney+‘s Shardlake has addressed having a different disability to the character he portrays in the C.J. Sansom adaptation, which launches today.

Arthur Hughes, who was the first person with a disability to portray Richard III for the Royal Shakespeare Company, stressed that Shardlake was always going to have a disabled lead – whether him or another actor – coming as debate rages over authentic representation in TV and film.

Hughes has radial dysplasia in his right arm, while the t

‘Bridgerton’ Star Charithra Chandran Calls Out Entertainment Industry Mentality That Pits People Of Color Against Each Other

EXCLUSIVE: Charithra Chandran, who broke out playing Edwina Sharma in Netflix’s smash regal series Bridgerton, has spoken out against an entertainment industry mentality that she feels pits people of color against each other.

Chandran, who was speaking to Deadline in the days before her debut West End play wraps, said she has “never pictured myself as a role model” but “a lot of young girls follow me on social media, so I do feel a sense of responsibility.”

Actors including Slumdog Millionaire

Sid Sriram, The First South Indian Artist To Perform At Coachella, Discusses The “Beautiful Blur” Of Playing The Fest & Being Discovered By A. R. Rahman

EXCLUSIVE: Thirteen years ago, a young Sidharth Sriram promised himself that the first time he would attend Coachella would be the first time he performed.

Last weekend, that dream came true. Sriram, who has sung more than 250 songs on Indian productions, is now 33 and has in the past few days become the first South Indian artist to perform at the world-renowned festival, which takes place across two weekends in the Colorado Desert. He played his second set yesterday and is featuring on a bill

UK Asian Film Festival Unveils Lineup With Shabana Azmi & Karisma Kapoor Set To Be Feted

EXCLUSIVE: The world premiere of Rumana Molla’s Indo-Belgian film Minimum and the UK premiere of Indian actor Anshuman Jha’s directorial debut Lord Curzon Ki Haveli will be on show at this year’s UK Asian Film Festival (UKAFF).

Prominent figures including actors Shabana Azmi and Karisma Kapoor will be feted for their roles in Indian cinema at the annual event.

UKAFF, which says it is the longest running South Asian film festival in the world, will run its 26th edition from May 2 to 12 in venue

‘Defiance’ Director Talks Generational Differences, Today’s Politicians & How “Brave People Had To Literally Fight Fascists In The Street”

EXCLUSIVE: The director of Riz Ahmed and Rogan Productions’ Channel 4 series Defiance: Fighting the Far Right has opened up about how the show spotlights generational differences within the British Asian community.

Defiance, which launched earlier this week to positive reviews, shines a stark light on the violent struggles of the British Asian community in the late ‘70s and ‘80s, and is told over three hours of interviews and archival footage.

Satiyesh Manoharajah tells Deadline that the show

Canadian-British Kids Series ‘Gangnam Project’ Explores Universal Themes Of Cultural Belonging Via The Phenomenon That Is K-Pop

Welcome to Global Breakouts, Deadline’s fortnightly strand in which we shine a spotlight on the TV shows and films making noise in their local territories. The industry is as globalized as it’s ever been, but breakout hits are appearing in pockets of the world all the time and it can be hard to keep track. So we’re going to do the hard work for you.

Today’s pick, Gangnam Project, comes to you from Canada and the UK, where it airs on CBC and the BBC. Gangnam Project taps into universal themes of

UK Freelancer Body Coalition For Change Unveils Trio Of Committee Members

Pan-industry group Coalition for Change, which fights for better working conditions for the UK TV freelance community, has unveiled a trio of committee members.

Alongside chair and founder Adeel Amini, executive producer Michelle Woods, series producer/series editor Dominic Pisani and development executive Chiara Bellati will work towards executing the Coalition’s overall aims, while relaunching and embedding its Freelance Charter. The members will also serve on the committee of Amini’s freelan

CCH Pounder & ‘Selma’ Producer Paul Garnes To Attend First Cross Continental International Co-production Forum In Barbados

Avatar actress CCH Pounder and Academy Award-nominated producer Paul Garnes will attend the inaugural Cross Continental International Co-production Forum (CCF) in Barbados.

They’ll join media executives and high level producers from Canada, the UK, South Africa and several Caribbean countries at the event, which aims to encourage collaboration, business development, and co-productions.

Pounder and Garnes will add some heavyweight fire power to proceedings. Known for roles in the likes of ER, N

Chris McCausland & Lee Mack Set For Sky Festive Special; Mediapro Studio Gets ‘Quiet’ In Cannes; Banijay Ups Comms Chief; Mario Van Peebles Docuseries ‘The Beat Goes On’ Anchors “Impact” Campaign; Hen

British comedians Chris McCausland and Lee Mack will front Sky festive special Bad Tidings, about two perpetually feuding neighbors in Northern England who become unlikely heroes after saving their street from notorious burglars with wacky booby traps and British banter. Laurence Rickard & Martha Howe-Douglas (Ghosts, Horrible Histories) are writing, with production commencing this month at Sky Studios Elstree. Also cast are Rebekah Staton, Sarah Alexander, Ben Crompton, Emily Coates, Josiah Elo

On 'Killin' It,' K-Pop's P1Harmony Prove They're The Heroes We've Been Waiting For | GRAMMY.com

K-pop group P1Harmony did not start with the odds in their favor. They debuted months into a global pandemic, without the resources of a huge company, at a time when live performances were nil. But the scrappy sextet persevered, and have now released six EPs, embarked on two tours, and headlined venues in five continents. Formed in 2020, the group's name is an amalgamation of "plus," "one," and "harmony," meaning members Keeho, Jiung, Intak, Theo, Jongseob and Soul can achieve endless harmonious

‘I saw fan-made compilations. It blew my mind’: the music producer who found accidental K-pop fame

The Middle-Eastern guitar melody in Blackpink’s How You Like That. The whistle at the very beginning of S-Class by Stray Kids. The sax melodies in Money and Lalisa by Lisa. The crowd chants at the beginning of Seventeen’s Super. Each of these sounds, instantly familiar to fans of K-pop, came not from the Korean genre’s raft of super-producers but from one man, thousands of miles away.

Very few people associate Niles Hollowell-Dhar with K-pop. Currently working under the mononym Kshmr, he first

MS Swaminathan, ‘visionary’ father of India’s green revolution, dies at 98

The year was 2005. There had been a wave of farmer suicides in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The mainstream press paid scant attention, but MS Swaminathan rushed to the scene with a team of officials. “He was in tears listening to the families of those who had ended their own lives,” says journalist P Sainath in a tribute.

This image of the renowned scientist – well into his golden years – championing distressed farmers is one that epitomises MS Swaminathan’s life’s work.

Swaminathan, who h
a shirtless man jumps over a wooden platform, performs parkour

The Quiet Rebranding of Parkour in the UK

In front of the Goldsmiths library at New Cross, a familiar scene is brewing. A stocky young man revs up in front of the low wall. His comrades flank him from a distance, poised to shoot with a GoPro and an iPhone for backup. ‘Let’s go, Verky!’ yells one. In response, the young man starts running. He vaults over the wall with ease, circles around a neighbouring tree, ricochets off the bus stop, does a somersault in the air and sticks a graceful landing. Two passersby watch in mild fascination, n

How India's moon landing has boosted its self image | Hannah Abraham

“I let out an involuntary whoop when it landed,” my friend Shivansh told me. He was travelling on London Underground at the time. “Everyone on the tube was staring at me.”

Shivansh is just one of millions of Indians all over the world who are celebrating the successful landing of the Chandrayaan-3 lunar exploration mission. Indians even broke YouTube’s record for livestreams, with more than 8 million people staying glued to their screens last Wednesday, as the spacecraft edged close to the luna

P1Harmony on new music and self-love: “We’ve achieved perfect harmony”

It’s been a truly happening month for P1Harmony. Barely three years into the game, the group just released their sixth mini-album, titled ‘Harmony: All In’, which saw the boyband break their personal sales record and chart on the Billboard 200 for the first time. They also just signed with the prestigious Creative Artists Agency (home to the entire roster of SM Entertainment artists and soloists like Mark Tuan) to expand their global presence. On top of all that, the sextet have added Asia, Aust

Jacob Collier at Bristol Sounds review | Something magical for everyone

Musical prodigy Jacob Collier had the crowd in the palm of his multi-instrumental hands at Canons Marsh Amphitheatre, as part of the Bristol Sounds series of open-air concerts.

We are into the second hour of waiting for Jacob Collier at Canons Marsh, Bristol, and the person behind me sounds apologetic. The crowd – a fairly proportionate mix of young and old – seems fairly calm, responding to DJ Louis Cole with at least twice the energy he gives off during his set. I count at least twelve differ

When Chai Met Toast: ‘We try not to pick our favourite shows, but London was unreal’

“Please don’t ask us what our band name means,” they plead jokingly, just ahead of their performance at Birmingham’s O2 Academy3 when we speak.

I don’t need to ask. The four-member group – comprising vocalist Ashwin Gopakumar, vocalist-guitarist Achyuth Jaigopal, keyboardist Palee Francis, and drummer Pai Sailesh – has mentioned countless times that they came up with the name right before taking the stage for their first show. “Wow, we started seven years ago,” reminisces Ashwin. “We’re growing
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