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A Minute With: Kareena Kapoor Khan

June 24, 2015

Kareena Kapoor belongs to Bollywood royalty. The Kapoor family tree has produced some of India’s biggest actors and stars, but the actress and her sister Karisma were the first women from the family to act. In her 16 years in the business, Kapoor has shown natural talent that few of her peers can claim. Often, she doesn’t showcase that talent, and instead appears in films that have big-ticket male stars and where leading ladies are reduced to damsels in distress.

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A Minute With: Vidya Balan

June 9, 2015

Jury Member actress Vidya Balan arrives for the screening of the film "Inside Llewyn Davis" in competition during the 66th Cannes Film Festival

For all her success in Bollywood, Vidya Balan stands on the periphery of the world of cinema. The 37-year-old actress says she doesn’t have any friends in the industry, nor does she go to work hoping to make some.

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A Minute With: Zoya Akhtar

June 3, 2015

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Zoya Akhtar believes in looking good – at least when it comes to her films. Two films old, with a third on the way, Akhtar's style of making films about places and people she is familiar with has earned her acclaim from critics and cinema-lovers.

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Movie Review: Tanu Weds Manu Returns

May 22, 2015

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Director Aanand L Rai seems to believe in the adage "Well begun is half done." With both "Tanu Weds Manu" (2011) and its sequel, Rai starts with a great idea, some sparkling dialogue and interesting characters. But what you get in "Tanu Weds Manu Returns" is the cinematic equivalent of a car wreck.

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‘Bombay Velvet’ debacle adds to Bollywood woes

May 22, 2015

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It’s being called the biggest debacle in recent Bollywood history. Anurag Kashyap’s “Bombay Velvet” could not have come at a worse time for an industry that has been struggling to find some magic at the cinemas for more than a year.

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Movie Review: Piku

May 8, 2015

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In Shoojit Sircar’s “Piku”, after a particularly graphic conversation about constipation and bowel movements, Rana (Irrfan Khan) asks the film’s protagonist (Deepika Padukone), “Is this all you’ll talk about?” Yes, she says.

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Bollywood holds breath as Salman Khan faces jail

May 5, 2015

(UPDATE: Salman Khan sentenced to five years in prison in hit-and-run case)

A guilty verdict for Salman Khan on Wednesday in a 13-year-old hit-and-run could derail some of Bollywood’s most prized projects if India's most bankable actor is put behind bars.

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Movie Review: Gabbar is Back

May 1, 2015

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A Minute With: Radhika Apte

April 20, 2015

Ekta Kapoor once asked sardonically, “Who is Radhika Apte?” This year, Indian audiences found out.

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Movie Review: Mr X (3D)

April 17, 2015

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Twenty-eight years ago, there was "Mr India" - a film about an invisible man who helped bring down the bad guys. It is now 2015, and we have Vikram Bhatt's "Mr X", which again is a film about an invisible man who fights crime. You would think, given how much Bollywood has progressed in the intervening years, that the 2015 film would beat the 1987 one at least on the technical aspects,  if not the creative ones.