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Nov 28, 2014
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Movie Review: Zed Plus

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One of the reasons why Adil Hussain took the lead role in Director Chandra Prakash Dwivedi‘s “Zed Plus” (a play on ‘Z-plus security’, the highest level of security provided by the government to VIPs barring the prime minister) was that he felt it was a rare and sensible Bollywood script.

A satirical look at contemporary India and its problems such as class divide, poverty and unwieldy coalition politics, the film is built upon a promising idea, but its lack of depth and artistic finesse leaves it light years behind other movies in the genre such as “Peepli Live”, “Welcome to Sajjanpur” and even “Phas Gaye Re Obama”.

Sep 26, 2014
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Movie Review: “Chaarfutiya Chhokare” is dull, incoherent melodrama

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In “Chaarfutiya Chhokare“, the principal of a countryside school is shown taking a bath on the school premises while classes are in session. Later, he says that the Taj Mahal was built by Mughal emperor Akbar. He is not one to spare the rod either, resorting to corporal punishment for disobedience.

Those familiar with rural Bihar, the setting of Manish Harishankar’s directorial debut, would know scenes such as these are increasingly rare in real life but not as bizarre as they may seem. Village schools often have a very informal set-up, and the instruction imparted there may be inadequate, out of date or even factually incorrect.

Aug 21, 2014
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Movie review: ‘Katiyabaaz’ transforms banal reality into gripping tale

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In one of the many tragicomic moments in “Katiyabaaz” (Powerless), a woman earnestly remembers her gods in the darkness, mumbling something that roughly translates to “Dear Almighty, please bring back the light”. ‘Light’ here means electricity.

Her prayer sounds absurd but her misery is real. As a resident of Kanpur, the invocation is probably made after several hours without electricity or even clean water in the sweltering and often lethal heat of a north Indian summer.

Aug 15, 2014
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Movie review: Supercop ‘Singham Returns’ with a roar

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He can punch legions of hired hoodlums into submission. Troublemakers on speeding bikes can’t get past him, for he grabs them by their collars without suffering so much as a sprain. His stunts are out of this world, because gravity bends to his will and friction doesn’t slow him down.

Meet Bajirao Singham, the one-man army in director Rohit Shetty’s ‘Singham Returns’, a black-and-white world of sententious dialogue, over-the-top action, loud background music and mildly entertaining humour.

Aug 2, 2014
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Schools, NGOs fight the odds to keep India’s children safe

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The red, blue and yellow walls of Gunjan Play School in Noida, a suburb east of India’s capital, are conspicuous in the afternoon sun. Many of the students have left, but the chatter of children fills the air and occasional peals of laughter still ring out from the classrooms.

Urvashi Chakravarty has just stepped out after spending several hours teaching and looking after as many as 40 children. Clad in a crisp purple sari, she is still on duty, waiting for parents to come and get their little ones before she can sign off for the day.

Jul 18, 2014
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Movie Review: This ‘Pizza’ is half-baked

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If the rule of thumb to gauge the worth of a horror movie is how badly it scares you, then Akshay Akkineni’s supernatural thriller ‘Pizza’ is successful only in parts. That’s tragic, considering the plot held promise and would’ve worked had it been treated more intelligently and with attention to finer detail.

Kunal (Akshay Oberoi) and Nikita (Parvathy Omanakuttan) are a married couple. Kunal is a pizza delivery man while Nikita writes horror novels. Money is scarce and they struggle to make ends meet. One night Kunal delivers a pizza to a woman (Dipannita Sharma) at her bungalow.

Jul 15, 2014
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Hope floats for Delhi’s e-rickshaws after minister’s backing

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The office of the New Arcana India e-rickshaw company is not easy to find. It is in a nondescript building nestled among other nondescript buildings in West Subhash Nagar, a middle-class neighbourhood of New Delhi.

If enthusiasm showed up on a map, it would be hard to miss the place. Inside on a recent Thursday, a meeting of Delhi’s Battery Rickshaw Welfare Association was in session. Steaming cups of tea were being handed out to members, mostly manufacturers of battery-operated rickshaws.

Jul 4, 2014
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Movie Review: ‘Lekar Hum Deewana Dil’ is an insipid disaster

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Director Arif Ali’sLekar Hum Deewana Dil” will try your patience from the word go, so here’s a game you can play to make the experience more tolerable. It’s called ‘Spot the Movie’ and its rules are simple: name the films that this particular snorefest reminds you of. I promise you, there’ll be many.

In “Lekar Hum Deewana Dil”, Karishma Shetty (Deeksha Seth) and Dinesh ‘Dino’ Nigam (Armaan Jain) are college classmates in Mumbai who get along like a house on fire. Everyone else is convinced they are in love but the lead pair says they are just good friends. Such good friends that Karishma begs Dino to marry her to avoid the arranged marriage her rich, tyrannical father has planned for her. They elope when neither family consents to the match.

Jun 20, 2014
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Movie Review: ‘Humshakals’ is best avoided

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In the opening scene of director Sajid Khan’s “Humshakals” (lookalikes), Ashok Singhania (Saif Ali Khan) rattles off a series of unfunny jokes at a club as unamused guests flee. In a way, the scene is a sign of things to come, portending a long-winded tale with dull, contrived and ineffective humour.

With “Humshakals”, Sajid Khan returns with his particular brand of slapstick comedy (remember “Housefull?). The plot is predictably threadbare. Ashok is taking care of his comatose father’s business empire; he’s an amateur comedian, a devoted son and a caring lover. Kumar (Riteish Deshmukh) is his best friend. Then there is Kunwar Amar Singh (Ram Kapoor), Ashok’s scheming maternal uncle who wants to seize his property by proving he is mentally unstable.

Feb 27, 2014
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Comic books try new ways to keep Indian readers hooked

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For 11-year-old Jahanabi Prasad, it’s a busier month than usual. After eight hours at school, she returns home for a quick lunch before attending classes for her annual exams a few weeks away. Still, she always finds time to read her favourite comic book series.

“I like Tinkle … Its characters are funny. And the stories are nice. Unlike regular books, it is colourful too, easy to understand,” said Prasad, a resident of Noida, a suburb east of Delhi.

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      "Anupriya Kumar is an Online Producer with Reuters India in New Delhi. She has earlier worked with Bloomberg UTV as a features reporter, covering real estate, before switching to online media. She did her postgraduation in Radio & TV journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi."
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