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Bollywood and culture in an emerging India

Fukrey: Friendship and fun

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The ‘Delhi film’ has become somewhat of a trend in Bollywood. You have smart dialogue, actors speaking in a Punjabi accent and chase sequences in the bylanes of old Delhi.

Mrighdeep Singh Lamba’s “Fukrey” falls in the same mould – the story of four young men who come up with a convoluted idea to get rich, so that three of them can get into the coolest college in town, knowing all too well they can’t get through on merit.

Pulkit Samrat and Varun Sharma play Hunny and Choocha, two friends who would rather spend hours plotting how to get their hands on leaked high-school exam papers than study for it. They find a willing accomplice in Panditji (Pankaj Tripathi) who promises to get them the papers, provided they cough up the money.

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Responsibility or censorship: why Bollywood should pick

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The mother and father of the 23-year-old Delhi gang-rape victim were cremating their daughter's body around the same time I discovered Honey Singh, now lately known for his notorious song, "Ch**t," or "Cu*t." The song revolves around the singer's vision of satisfying a woman's lust, followed by beating her with a shoe and then moving on to other things.

WIFW 2010: HIGHLIGHTS – Ranna Gill

Highlights from the Ranna Gill collection at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 2010 in New Delhi. Actress Minissha Lamba walked the ramp for Gill.

WIFW 2010: INTERVIEW – Rahul Mishra

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Designer Rahul Mishra speaks to Reuters on the sidelines of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week in New Delhi.

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WIFW 2010: HIGHLIGHTS – Lecoanet Hemant

Highlights from the Lecoanet Hemant collection at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 2010 in New Delhi.

WIFW 2010: HIGHLIGHTS – Abraham and Thakore

Highlights from the Abraham & Thakore collection at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 2010 in New Delhi.

Delhi 6: Mehra’s mirror has many faces

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At the end of the first half of “Delhi 6″, a friend messaged me to ask what I thought of the film.

“I like it so far,” I told him, “but I don’t see where this is going.”

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