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Dec 19, 2014
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Bollywood’s Priyanka Chopra sets sights on American TV

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Priyanka Chopra might be one of the most sought-after stars in India right now, but she has set her sights far away across the Atlantic. After cutting a single with rapper Pitbull, singing at the NFL, and being signed on by the clothing brand Guess as their top model, the 32-year-old actress is all set to star in an American television series this fall, developed around her by the ABC TV network.

The Bollywood star signed a one-year talent development deal with the network, under which the Walt Disney-owned company will develop a show for her or cast her in an existing show. Work will begin in January when the actress will leave for Los Angeles.

Dec 19, 2014
Dec 19, 2014
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Movie Review: PK

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First things first. All those guesses about who PK is were right after all. Aamir Khan’s bulging eyes, pointy ears and unblinking stares do mean that he is an alien from a planet far, far away, who lands on earth to “research” us human beings.

He appears stark naked in an arid desert, and soon discovers that earth is not a very friendly place. His only means of going back home is stolen, people keep slapping him for holding hands with them, and when he finally turns to the mysterious entity called God, who everyone seems to trust to solve their problems, he doesn’t seem to be heard at all.

Dec 18, 2014

Secret of year’s “biggest” Bollywood film is its plot

MUMBAI, Dec 18 (Reuters) – It’s the most anticipated
Bollywood film of the year and no one knows what it’s about.

“PK” opens in Indian cinemas on Friday with audiences still
in the dark about the film’s storyline or why its naive and
unworldly protagonist with pointy ears never blinks.

Dec 17, 2014
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A Minute With: Rajkumar Hirani

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Karan Johar calls him a legend and a genius, the only filmmaker in the country who is capable of achieving the perfect blend of commercial and meaningful cinema. But a laughing Rajkumar Hirani shrugs it all off. The 52-year-old, who is as big a brand as some of Bollywood’s A-list actors, is also one of the highest paid in the industry.

From dealing with the relevance of Gandhism to the state of India’s education system, Hirani has managed to turn social themes into blockbuster movies. His upcoming film “PK” is probably the most anticipated movie release this year, and features Aamir Khan in outlandish costumes, wiggling ears and a robotic walk.

Dec 5, 2014
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Movie Review: Action Jackson

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There’s a scene in the rock music mock documentary “This Is Spinal Tap” in which Christopher Guest, playing the brainless guitarist Nigel Tufnel, shows off his amps to a documentary filmmaker. One special amp, he says, is so loud that its dials don’t just go up to 10, they go to 11.

Director Prabhudheva’s new film, “Action Jackson” is the one that goes to 11, and proves that loud is not the complement of good.

Dec 5, 2014
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Movie Review: Sulemani Keeda

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“Sulemani Keeda”, a slacker comedy about two struggling writers in Bollywood, seems like an inside joke that only a few people are let in on. Produced on a shoe-string budget, it almost seems like the director is describing his own struggling days through the film. And while it might be an engaging story, most people may not be able to relate to it.

The jokes, the conversations laced with profanity, and the relentless waiting outside producers’ offices, hoping they will give your story a chance, is all too familiar to those who are struggling to enter Bollywood. But it is a story that will resonate only to this very small group of people.

Dec 2, 2014
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New venture hopes to bring dormant Indian plays to life

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A new venture hopes to document and popularise Indian plays by turning them into movies. CinePlay, the brainchild of businessman Subodh Maskara, will film contemporary and older Indian plays, and make them available for viewing online as well as in cinemas.

Maskara and his team of 15 people have filmed nine well-known Indian plays, many of which are not performed anymore, and are screening them at theatre venues such as the NCPA in Mumbai the Museum of the Moving Image in New York.

Nov 28, 2014
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Movie Review: Ungli

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 Rensil D’Silva’s “Ungli” (The Finger), about a gang of vigilantes who set out to right the wrongs in a rotting system, seems to take off from where “Rang De Basanti” (a film he co-wrote) ended. Young, angry and frustrated, four friends form a secret organisation that aims to get rid of every single pet peeve that the Indian urban middle class has – from corrupt government officials to errant rickshaw drivers and bribe-seeking traffic policemen.

Shattered by police inaction over a near-fatal assault on a friend, Goti (Neil Bhoopalam), Kalim (Angad Bedi), Maya (Kangana Ranaut) and Abhay (Randeep Hooda) decide that the best way to counter corrupt officials is to name and shame them.

Nov 27, 2014
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A Minute With: Nandita Das

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Nandita Das might be one of the few Indian actors known outside of India, but she isn’t sure that she wants to be identified as an actor. Currently on a four-month fellowship at Yale University, Das has myriad interests besides acting and directing, the latest of which is CinePlay, a new venture started by her husband, the industrialist Subodh Maskara.

CinePlay aims to film and then screen Indian theatre, both online and in cinema houses, as well as use it as an education tool for students of drama and acting. In a telephone interview from the United States, Das spoke about CinePlay, why she isn’t doing too many films, and whether or not acting is a means to an end for her.

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