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Jul 4, 2013

Bollywood adapts O. Henry’s ‘Last Leaf’ for ‘Lootera’

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Vikramaditya Motwane first caught the attention of Bollywood in 2010 when his debut film made it to the Cannes film festival, competing in the “Un Certain Regard” category for emerging directors.

“Udaan” was a small-budget film about teenage angst and three years later, Motwane is wooing audiences with a big-ticket period romance inspired by “The Last Leaf”, a short story by American writer O.Henry published in 1907.

Jul 1, 2013

Suraj Pancholi given bail in Jiha Khan suicide case

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Aspiring Bollywood actor Suraj Pancholi left prison on bail on Monday three weeks after being arrested over a possible role in the suicide of his actress girlfriend Jiah Khan.

Pancholi, 22, the son of Bollywood acting couple Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab, was released after a Mumbai court set bail at 50,000 rupees (around $845).

Jul 1, 2013

Bollywood actor Pancholi given bail in girlfriend’s suicide case

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Aspiring Bollywood actor Suraj Pancholi left prison on bail on Monday three weeks after being arrested over a possible role in the suicide of his actress girlfriend Jiah Khan.

Pancholi, 22, the son of Bollywood acting couple Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab, was released after a Mumbai court set bail at 50,000 rupees (around $845).

Jun 28, 2013
via India Masala

Ghanchakkar: Not crazy enough

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There is nothing ostensibly wrong with Rajkumar Gupta’s “Ghanchakkar”. The filmmaker builds a story about a bank robber who loses his memory and cannot remember where he stashed the booty from a heist three months ago.

Emraan Hashmi plays Sanjay Atre, a seemingly mild man who is an expert at cracking bank vaults and lives with his garrulous and gaudily dressed wife Neetu (Vidya Balan). In what he decides will be his last crime, he pulls off a 350 million rupee heist with Pandit (Rakesh Sharma) and Idris (Namit Das).

Jun 27, 2013

A Minute With: Rajkumar Gupta on his new film ‘Ghanchakkar’

Mumbai (Reuters) – Rajkumar Gupta’s first two films – thrillers “Aamir” and “No One Killed Jessica” – made critics stand up and take notice. For his third film, Gupta decided to switch genres and make a comedy.

“Ghanchakkar”, starring Vidya Balan and Emraan Hashmi, is a “quirky” comedy involving a bank heist, memory loss and a loud Punjabi housewife. Gupta spoke to Reuters about the film, which releases this weekend, and his reasons for making it.

Jun 24, 2013

Salman Khan could face culpable homicide charges for 2002 hit-and-run

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Bollywood actor Salman Khan faces the possibility of being tried for culpable homicide in a decade-old hit-and-run, a legal source with direct knowledge of the case said on Monday.

A local Mumbai court ruled on Monday that the hit-and-run case would be tried in the sessions court and not the magistrate court where it was being heard earlier.

Jun 21, 2013

Kiran Rao doing her bit for indie film ‘Ship of Theseus’

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Motherhood kept Kiran Rao busy for more than a year but the 39-year-old filmmaker is now actively promoting an indie film that she says is one of the best she’s ever seen.

Rao, the wife of Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan, is presenting filmmaker Anand Gandhi’s debut project “Ship of Theseus” that opens in Indian cinemas in July.

Jun 21, 2013
via India Masala

Raanjhanaa: Not the perfect love story

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Director Aanand L Rai is a smart man. He plays his trump card right in the beginning and hooks you to his film. He introduces his charming hero with A R Rahman’s “Tum Tak”, a lilting number that plays out in the first few minutes of “Raanjhanaa”. What choice do you have but to hum along in the narrow lanes of Benares, where schoolboy Kundan (Dhanush) falls irrevocably in love with Zoya (Sonam Kapoor).

He pursues her brazenly and when her parents send her elsewhere for higher studies, he promises to wait till she returns. When Zoya returns eight years later, she has forgotten their adolescent romance but he is still pining for her and is ready to do whatever she asks, just to get her to smile.

Jun 14, 2013

Risk-taker Vidya Balan boosts Bollywood’s girl power

MUMBAI (Reuters) – It’s a good time to be Vidya Balan. Indian cinema turned 100 this year and the versatile actress has emerged as the face of Bollywood, earning a spot in an elite nine-member Cannes festival jury headed by filmmaker Steven Spielberg.

The 35-year-old actress has picked her way through a minefield of movie roles in recent years, zooming in on strong and diverse female leads that have straddled box-office success and critical acclaim.

Jun 14, 2013

Bollywood actor held in custody over girlfriend’s suicide

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Bollywood actor Suraj Pancholi who was arrested after the suicide of his actress girlfriend Jiah Khan will spend at least another week in jail after a Mumbai court on Friday adjourned his bail hearing until June 21.

Pancholi, 22, the son of Bollywood acting couple Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab, was arrested on June 10 and is being questioned by police over any possible role in Khan’s suicide.

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