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Please release me: Bollywood blockbuster pileup could cost millions

December 17, 2015
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Handout photo of “Dilwale”.Two of the year’s biggest Bollywood releases debut in cinemas this weekend, setting up a clash over ticket sales that could hurt both films’ chances of success.

Court acquits Salman Khan in hit-and-run case

December 10, 2015
Bollywood actor Salman Khan sits in a car as he leaves a court in Mumbai, India, May 6, 2015. An Indian court sentenced Bollywood film star Khan on Wednesday to five years in prison for killing a man in a hit-and-run accident, the latest twist in the tumultuous career of one of the country's biggest box-office draws. Khan later secured two days of interim bail from Mumbai's high court and will return to court on Friday for a hearing on having the bail extended. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade  - RTX1BTC3

Bollywood actor Salman Khan sits in a car as he leaves a court in Mumbai, May 6, 2015. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade/Files

Movie Review: Angry Indian Goddesses

December 4, 2015

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Movie Review: Tamasha

November 27, 2015

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If there is one thing to be said for Imtiaz Ali’s films, they are intensely personal statements. Whether you identify with his films or not mostly depends on whether your life experiences match those of his characters. If you’ve been slighted in love or had a long-distance relationship or missed a train, you are likely to show empathy. If not, he can be difficult to decipher – at least if his recent films are anything to go by.

Movie Review: Prem Ratan Dhan Payo

November 12, 2015

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In the 10 years or so since we last saw a Sooraj Barjatya film, the world according to Rajshri (his production house) seems to have changed, albeit superficially. The women are still coy and chaste, but dress up in western wear and have a semblance of a career. The men are still virtuous and patronising, but cloak the attitude in jokes about virginity and skinny-dipping.

Bollywood finds political voice in intolerance debate

November 6, 2015

The Indian film industry finds itself unexpectedly swept up in a debate over growing religious intolerance that critics say Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration has failed to contain.

Movie Review: Main Aur Charles

October 30, 2015

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Movie Review: Titli

October 30, 2015

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Movie Review: Shaandaar

October 22, 2015

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Movie Review: Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2

October 16, 2015

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Luv Ranjan
‘s “Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2” is a glossier version of the 2011 Bollywood film. It is, in effect, a “Sex and the City” – for men. This is a world where men are perfectly turned out, live in luxurious apartments, and are preoccupied with the women in their lives. It is also a world where women are the enemy – you might sleep with the enemy, but in the end, it’s the brotherhood that is your true comfort and solace.