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Oct 31, 2014
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Movie Review: Super Nani

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Indra Kumar must have a time machine. How else do you explain him making a movie that takes us all back to the dark ages?

It’s almost as if “Super Nani” takes every single embarrassing, regressive, and singularly stupid trope from the worst of Bollywood, grinds them in a blender, and then decides to charge you for consuming it.

Oct 31, 2014

A Minute With: Bollywood’s Kalki Koechlin on playing disabled teen

MUMBAI, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Kalki Koechlin is one of the few
Bollywood actresses in recent years to build her star power
while proving her talent in indie and mainstream Indian cinema.

In 2013, she played what many would consider a side role in
one of Bollywood’s biggest romantic movies, “Yeh Jawaani Hai
Deewani” (This Youth Is Crazy), decked in slinky designer
outfits and dancing to peppy dance numbers.

Oct 30, 2014

Film-maker Shonali Bose hopes to take gay issues out of the closet

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Director Shonali Bose is hoping her new film will throw a spotlight on gay rights in a country where homosexuality remains taboo and little progress has been made on repealing a colonial-era law banning gay sex.

“Margarita, With a Straw”, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September, tells the story of a teenager with cerebral palsy who is unabashed about her sexuality, much to the horror of her middle-class, conservative mother.

Oct 30, 2014

Indian film-maker hopes to take gay issues out of the closet

MUMBAI, Oct 30 (Reuters) – An Indian director is hoping her
new film will throw a spotlight on gay rights in a country where
homosexuality remains taboo and little progress has been made on
repealing a colonial-era law banning gay sex.

“Margarita, With a Straw”, which premiered at the Toronto
Film Festival in September, tells the story of a teenager with
cerebral palsy who is unabashed about her sexuality, much to the
horror of her middle-class, conservative mother.

Oct 24, 2014
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Movie Review: Happy New Year

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If there is one person who loves Shah Rukh Khan more than Shah Rukh Khan, it has to be Farah Khan. Right from her first film, the director has been enamoured with the Bollywood star – at least on screen. It isn’t a surprise that the biggest dud in her career was a film that didn’t include the actor (Tees Maar Khan).

In Happy New Year, she brings back SRK, self-deprecating jokes, six-pack abs and lots of bling. Borrowing liberally from Hollywood heist films, most notably Steven Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s Eleven,” Khan doesn’t seem too concerned with the business of making a good film – she just wants to make sure her lead hero and his rippling muscles get as much screen time as possible.

Oct 24, 2014
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“Margarita, with a Straw”: dissolving hatred of homosexuals in India

Modern India is walking slowly towards a general acceptance of homosexuals and lesbians. Shonali Bose in her new film, “Margarita, With a Straw,” tries to pick up the pace. The film, which premiered and won the NETPAC award at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this year, is about a teenager with cerebral palsy who is unabashed about her sexuality, much to the horror of her middle-class, conservative mother.

Bose, who identifies herself as a bisexual, says the film comes from two personal experiences – that of exploring her own sexuality and the experiences of her cousin, who suffered from cerebral palsy. Bose said she hopes that the film contributes towards the debate over Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which forbids homosexual sex, and eventually sexual legitimacy for homosexuals, bisexuals and lesbians.

Oct 24, 2014
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Kalki Koechlin on her role as a disabled girl in “Margarita, With a Straw”

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Kalki Koechlin is one of the few actresses in recent years to build her star power while proving her talent in indie and mainstream Indian cinema. Last year, she played what many would consider a side role in one of Bollywood’s biggest romantic movies, “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani”, decked in designer, slinky outfits and danced to peppy dance numbers.

She also has done star turns in “Dev.D,” “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara” and “Shanghai”. This year, she plays Laila, a teenager who is afflicted with cerebral palsy, but is also discovering her own sexuality, much to her conservative mother’s horror, in Shonali Bose’s “Margarita, With a Straw”.

Oct 17, 2014
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Movie Review: ‘Sonali Cable’

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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.

The growing need for Internet service is one well met by our baudy hero Sonali (Rhea Chakraborty), owner of a small cable service business. She is super-charged like the Energizer Bunny, jumping between buildings, flinging cable wires as enthusiastically as her dialogue, and zooming in and out of the screen with a perpetual grin plastered across her face. She’s a whiz with wires and definitely not the cable guy that the company usually sends out to hook up your service.

Oct 15, 2014

State elections could unlock Modi reform push

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Voters from Maharashtra and Haryana headed to the polls on Wednesday for the first major elections since Prime Minister Narendra Modi stormed to power five months ago, in a test of support that could unlock a round of delayed economic reform.

Opinion polls showed Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was likely to win in both states, unseating unpopular incumbents, but fall short of a majority in each.

Oct 15, 2014

India state elections could unlock Modi reform push

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Indian voters from two states headed to the polls on Wednesday for the first major elections since Prime Minister Narendra Modi stormed to power five months ago, in a test of support that could unlock a round of delayed economic reform.

Opinion polls showed Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was likely to win in Haryana and Maharashtra, unseating unpopular incumbents, but fall short of a majority in each.

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