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Nov 22, 2014
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Bollywood finally wants to pay the price for remakes

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It’s hard to watch some Bollywood films without thinking “I’ve seen this somewhere before.” Certain scenes, certain plots seem awfully familiar. That’s because they came from other movies. The generous among us might say that the filmmakers are “inspired” or perhaps they’re making an “homage.” Others call it “lifting.”

This might be changing. Twenty-one films including iconic Hindi movies like Kundan Shah’s “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron” and Satyajit Ray’s “Agantuk” will offer remake rights in a first-of-its-kind initiative during this year’s International Film Festival of India (IFFI), taking place in Goa through Nov. 30.

Nov 21, 2014
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Movie Review: Happy Ending

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(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters)

Filmmakers Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K. have delivered some quirky, fun films in the past. Last year’s zombie comedy “Go Goa Gone” and the smart “Shor in the City” brought freshness to the screen and made even actors like Tusshar Kapoor look good.

Happy Ending seems to have brought an end to their good run. A film that starts off as a spoof on romantic comedies ends up living up to every single cliché in the genre.

Nov 20, 2014
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India dashes Kardashian’s Bigg Boss plan

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UPDATE: It’s not just gold imports that India is trying to curb. It looks like Kim Kardashian’s visit to India and her guest spot on the TV show “Bigg Boss” won’t happen after all. Reuters confirmed through two sources — who predictably enough didn’t want to be quoted — that the appearance on the Colors TV network programme has been cancelled because of a “visa issue”. We and other news sources don’t know what the problem was, but solving it became too hard because of her busy schedule, according to one of our sources. Kardashian’s tour to promote her new perfume, “Fleur Fatale,” or “Fatal Flower,” continues. The original post on her visit remains below.

Here’s an attempt at a ratings boost: Kim Kardashian, the U.S. reality television star whose nude photo shoot a few days ago in Paper magazine prompted a more than generous round of attention on the Internet, will be a guest on Indian reality TV show “Bigg Boss,” the channel which airs the show said on Sunday.

Nov 15, 2014
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Movie Review: Kill Dil

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Whoever sanctioned the script of “Kill Dil” at Yashraj Films obviously forgot about a little film called “Gunday” which the studio produced earlier this year. The two have the same leading man and an almost similar story. More importantly, it is a story that has been done to death.

Ranveer Singh plays Dev, the good-at-heart gangster who falls in love and wants to give up his life of crime, but is prevented from doing so by mob boss Bhaiyyaji (Govinda), who seems to think romance hinders productivity. Thus, when Dev gets smitten by Disha (Parineeti Chopra), his boss goes ballistic and orders the killing of Dev for daring to stray from his chosen path. Ali Zafar plays the faithful brother Tutu who always watches Dev’s back.

Nov 13, 2014
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Bollywood makes up for years of bias against women

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Charu Khurana remembers watching Hollywood films like “Star Wars” and “King Kong” as a child. Their special effects, prosthetics and makeup sparked her interest in the craft. She studied makeup in Los Angeles and returned to India to work in the film industry, only to discover that a 59-year-old rule barred women from becoming makeup artists in movies.

Thirty-two-year-old Khurana, who lives in New Delhi, said women artists had to abandon the profession or work illegally, often giving credit for their work to male colleagues so that the union of makeup artists wouldn’t find out.

Nov 7, 2014
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Movie Review: The Shaukeens

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In Abhishek Sharma’s version of Basu Chatterjee’s 1982 comedy “Shaukeen”, three old men looking for a weekend of fun with a young woman turn it into a sleaze-fest by leering at every female on the street and drooling over sexy female bodies.

(For people who don’t understand Hindi, a shaukeen is someone who likes the good things in life, but is not “cultured.” A Shaukeen enjoys a good time, but not necessarily with any abiding passion or refinement.)

Nov 6, 2014
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A Minute With: Parineeti Chopra

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For someone who stumbled into acting by chance, Parineeti Chopra has done rather well for herself. The 26-year-old caught people’s attention in her debut film “Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl”, and was hailed by several critics as the next big thing. But things have fizzled out since then, and after her last film “Daawat-e-Ishq” failed to make a mark at the box office, Chopra was panned for repeating herself. Her latest film is Shaad Ali’s Kill Dil, an action film in which she stars alongside Ranveer Singh and Govinda.

Chopra, who started out as a film publicist for Yashraj Studios, spoke to Reuters about the criticism she faced, and why she is OK with laughing at herself.

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.

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