One of India’s most sensational murder cases is at the centre of a new Bollywood film that attempts to deconstruct a crime that transfixed the country and dominated headlines for weeks.
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When Sajid Khan remade “Himmatwala” in 2013, actor Naseeruddin Shah said films that shouldn’t have been made in the first place are being remade. Subhash Ghai‘s “Hero” (1983) fits that mould. A one-toned and regressive film that looks good only through the rose-tinted glasses of nostalgia, Nikhil Advani‘s remake does not even attempt to iron out flaws in the narrative.
Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan did not have a good year in 2014. Three of his films, “Humshakals”, “Bullet Raja” and “Happy Ending”, crashed at the box office. More than 10 months after “Happy Ending” came out, Khan is back with “Phantom”, a thriller based on a fictional plot to bring back the mastermind of the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai.
Katrina Kaif routinely finds a place in lists ranking India’s most Googled celebrities. She says her looks got all the attention in her first few Bollywood films.
Interviewing movie stars is usually a cut-and-dried affair. When a new film is about to open in cinemas, entertainment reporters get a call from the publicity agency. A couple of days later, you are ushered into a room with a dozen waiting journalists, and after an hour or so, you are taken to the celebrity for the promised interview. With the warning: 15 minutes only.
A dubbed fantasy epic that charmed millions of Hindi-speaking moviegoers this month has startled the Indian film industry, with box-office analysts viewing the movie’s record-breaking run as a wake-up call for Bollywood.