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Movie Review: ‘Sonali Cable’

October 17, 2014

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Handout picture from the movie "Sonali Cable"Charudutt Acharya’s “Sonali Cable” telegraphs its intention in the title: it’s a communications movie, focusing on the Internet, that part of Indian urban life that has become indispensable to the growing ranks of India’s middle class. Grandparents use it to speak to their grandchildren living a continent away, bored housewives surf for erotica, and pot-bellied businessmen use it to run their businesses from home.

Movie Review: Tamanchey

October 10, 2014

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The producers of “Tamanchey” (“Guns”) are being sued by a man who claims to have directed the film but hasn’t been credited for it. This is hardly new or surprising in an industry not known for respecting writers and directors. What’s really baffling is that someone would want to take credit for this appalling gangster film.

Book Talk – Ten years on, Chetan Bhagat says better prepared to face critics

October 10, 2014

Love him or hate him, you cannot ignore him. If you’re in India, the chances are that there’s at least one of his novels on your bookshelf or one of his columns in the newspaper in front of you on the table. If you still haven’t escaped from him, there are tons of interviews lately like this one showing up in front of you.

Movie Review: Bang Bang!

October 2, 2014

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There’s a scene in Siddharth Anand’sBang Bang!” when Katrina Kaif as a woman in danger worries that Hrithik Roshan’s pistol, cradled in her worried hands, isn’t big enough to do the trick. Roshan produces a gigantic gun from just off camera and shows it to her. “In shock?” he asks. You bet. It’s just what she’s been hoping for.

Movie Review: Haider

October 2, 2014

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In retelling William Shakespeare’s tragedy “Hamlet” against the backdrop of war and sectarian strife in Indian-administered Kashmir, Vishal Bhardwaj’sHaider” starts off promisingly. It’s too bad that the promise never delivers.

And Then One Day: Naseeruddin Shah on his memoirs and life

September 26, 2014

It’s difficult to hold back your surprise when Naseeruddin Shah, one of India’s foremost art house actors, says the film industry doesn’t interest him greatly. In a career spanning almost four decades, Shah has worked with Dadasaheb Phalke Award-winning director Shyam Benegal and James Bond actor Sean Connery, won acclaim for his movie roles and continues to dabble in theatre.

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

September 26, 2014

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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.

Sketchy Details

By Deepak Gopalakrishnan
September 26, 2014

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India at the 2014 Asian Games

September 24, 2014

Gold medallist Mary Kom reacts during the medal ceremony for the women's fly (48-51kg) boxing competition at the Seonhak Gymnasium during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon October 1, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

India sent a contingent of 516 athletes to this year’s Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. India finished eighth on the medal table at the 2006 Asiad and improved to sixth in Guangzhou four years ago, bagging 65 medals – their best ever haul.

Movie Review: Daawat-e-Ishq

September 19, 2014

“Daawat-e-Ishq” is one of those infuriating films that seem to go on for ever, getting more monotonous by the minute. For a movie that is supposedly about food, there is surprisingly little of it on screen.