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Jul 30, 2015
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Movie Review: Drishyam

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Since the release of Jeethu Joseph’s Malayalam film “Drishyam” (Visual) in 2013, it has been remade in four different languages. The latest is Nishikant Kamat’s Hindi adaptation. In each remake, whether it is the Kannada, Telugu or the Tamil version, the story doesn’t change, right from the opening shot to the way it ends, except the actors.

Jul 29, 2015
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What not to ask Tabu

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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.

The questions follow a set pattern – the film, the star’s other projects and perhaps their career. But one interview with Tabu is enough to shatter this template.

Jul 28, 2015
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Alarm bells in Bollywood as ‘Bahubali’, Hollywood films reap box-office gold

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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.

Bahubali,” a Telugu-language film featuring actors unknown outside of south India, grossed 850 million rupees ($13.2 million) in Bollywood’s traditional stronghold within a fortnight of its release. It continues to pull in viewers despite being overtaken by “Bajrangi Bhaijaan,” a new Hindi film starring popular actor Salman Khan.

Jul 24, 2015
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Movie Review: Masaan

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In his debut film “Masaan” (Crematorium), director Neeraj Ghaywan chooses to tell the story of three characters. Two are human, and the third is the ghats of Banaras – riverfront steps leading to the holy Ganges that double up as cremation grounds for Hindus.

Jul 17, 2015
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Movie Review: Bajrangi Bhaijaan

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Bollywood always talks about the perfect “formula” film, the elusive elixir that guarantees instant success and fame. Director Kabir Khan might just have cracked it and, what’s more, he’s milked it for all it’s worth in just one film.

Jul 13, 2015

Hindu nationalist pick for India film school alarms students, industry

PUNE, India, July 14 (Reuters) – “Don’t install your dummies
here,” reads a poster at the prestigious Film and Television
Institute of India, where the appointment of a Hindu nationalist
activist as chairman triggered a month of strikes by students.

In the world’s largest film industry, some people fear the
choice signals a push by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu
nationalist party for control of India’s most powerful medium.

Jul 10, 2015
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Movie Review: Bahubali

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The world of S S Rajamouli’s “Bahubali” is decidedly strange – there are arid plains alongside cascading waterfalls, and tropical gardens magically emerge from snow-clad mountains. But the Telugu director’s imaginary world in the first film of a two-part epic fantasy fits in so well with the story that such discrepancies don’t matter.

Jul 8, 2015
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Telugu cinema’s “hit-machine” Rajamouli comes to Bollywood

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The hero of S.S. Rajamouli’s most recent film was a fly – a garish, computer generated pink fly which caused traffic accidents and blew up houses. “Eega” (Fly), which initially released in Telugu and later dubbed as “Makkhi” in Hindi, was one of the most successful films of 2013, breaking all records in the Telugu film industry and gathering quite a decent amount for the Hindi version as well.

The story of a man being reborn as a fly and taking revenge on those who killed him might seem outlandish to many, but for Rajamouli, it was compelling enough to turn into a movie.

Jul 6, 2015
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Why Kiran Rao wants to focus on Indian cinema rather than international films at Mumbai festival

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For an event that once made little impact on the international circuit, the Mumbai Film Festival has come a long way. Last year, after the main sponsor Reliance Entertainment pulled out, the festival relied on contributions from individuals. This year, after a revamp and the addition of a new sponsor (the other Reliance, Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries), the festival seems to be on firmer footing. Re-christened Jio MAMI (after the Reliance brand which is the main sponsor), the festival has a new committee and a new chairperson – film-maker Kiran Rao.

Rao, 41, a long-time champion of indie cinema in India, spoke to Reuters about her plans for the festival, why she wants to focus on Indian cinema rather than international films, and what went wrong with her earlier pet project, Filmbay.

Jul 3, 2015
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Movie Review: Guddu Rangeela

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Subhash Kapoor’s “Guddu Rangeela” is one of those films that are middling, unremarkable, and trivialize a serious matter.

The story starts with Bollywood’s oldest cliche: two scruffy, kind-hearted conmen who rob people to fund their Good Samaritan schemes. But the director’s indecision about whether this should be a film about the larger social evil of honour killings, or just about these two men and their adventures shows in the half-hearted and haphazard manner in which the film comes together.

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