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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
via India Insight

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
via India Insight

Movie Review: Action Jackson

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

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
via India Insight

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
via India Insight

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
via India Insight

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
via India Insight

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.

Nov 22, 2014
via India Insight

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
via India Insight

Movie Review: Happy Ending

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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
via India Insight

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.

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