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Movie Review: Te3n

June 10, 2016

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Ribhu Dasgupta‘s “Te3n” has an unmistakable “Kahaani” feel to it. Handout still from "Te3n"

Handout still from “Te3n”

It certainly has a lot of elements in common with Sujoy Ghosh’s 2012 suspense thriller set in Kolkata. Vidya Balan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui are in prominent roles, and Dasgupta uses a lot of the same motifs — crumbling houses, suspicious old men and the lonely bylanes of the old city. No surprise then that Ghosh is one of the producers of the film.

Movie Review: Housefull 3

June 3, 2016

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Watching the first “Housefull” film six years ago, it would have been difficult to imagine a movie with so much inanity could spawn not one, but two sequels and be called a film franchise. Thanks to the vagaries of the Indian film market and the mystery that is the Bollywood movie watcher, we are faced with “Housefull 3“, a film that should never have been made.

Q&A with composer Amit Trivedi on ‘Udta Punjab’

June 1, 2016

In nearly a decade of composing for Hindi films, Amit Trivedi has kept his music fresh and evolving. A self-confessed fan of A. R. Rahman, Trivedi’s scores for “Kai Po Che“, “Ishaqzaade” and Dev D have found him plenty of fans in Bollywood.

Breaking the invisible door at Aligarh Muslim University

June 1, 2016
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Members of “Why Loiter? – Aligarh” movement at the Café de Laila tea shop at Aligarh Muslim University.

Movie Review: Veerappan

May 27, 2016

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Handout photo of “Veerappan”

Ram Gopal Varma, whose skill sets as a director have plummeted drastically in the last few years, falls further into the abyss by bringing together a bunch of bad actors in “Veerappan” and egging them on towards even more mediocrity.

Movie Review: Phobia

May 27, 2016

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Movie Review: Waiting

May 26, 2016

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In a particularly effective scene, the two main characters of Anu Menon‘s film “Waiting” have a heated argument in a hospital parking lot about their respective spouses. Can you take a decision about someone else’s life? How do you decide if they want to live like a vegetable or would prefer to die instead? “Stop trying to kill your husband,” Shiv (Naseeruddin Shah) tells Tara (Kalki Koechlin).

A suitable coach for the Indian cricket team

May 23, 2016

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Dry river fails to dampen Kumbh Mela spirit in Ujjain

May 20, 2016

Baburam Shakya, 73, took his fifth Simhasth Kumbh dip last month in Ujjain, a feat not many can boast of given it takes place once every 12 years.

Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Raman Raghav 2.0′ premieres at Cannes

May 16, 2016

A Bollywood film based on a real-life serial killer who preyed on victims living on the streets of Mumbai premiered at a sidebar event of the Cannes film festival on Monday.