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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.

Jun 14, 2013

Suraj Pancholi bail hearing adjourned in Jiah Khan suicide case

MUMBAI (Reuters) – The man arrested in connection with Bollywood starlet Jiah Khan’s suicide will spend at least another week in prison after a Mumbai court on Friday adjourned his bail hearing until June 21.

Suraj Pancholi, the 22-year-old son of Bollywood acting couple Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab, is being questioned by police after Khan’s mother made public a six-page letter apparently written by the young actress before she hanged herself on June 3. Her last phone call was to Pancholi.

Jun 13, 2013
via India Masala

Fukrey: Friendship and fun

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The ‘Delhi film’ has become somewhat of a trend in Bollywood. You have smart dialogue, actors speaking in a Punjabi accent and chase sequences in the bylanes of old Delhi.

Jun 12, 2013

Families take sides in wake of Bollywood actress Jiah Khan’s suicide

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Two Bollywood families have broken their silence over the suicide of starlet Jiah Khan after police arrested actor Suraj Pancholi in connection with his girlfriend’s death last week.

Pancholi was arrested on Monday after Khan’s mother, the 1980s actress Rabia Khan, made public a six-page letter apparently written by the 25-year-old actress before she hanged herself on June 3. Her last phone call was to Pancholi.

Jun 12, 2013

Families take sides in wake of Bollywood actress’s suicide

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Two Bollywood families have broken their silences over the suicide of starlet Jiah Khan after police arrested actor Suraj Pancholi in connection with his girlfriend’s death last week.

Pancholi was arrested on Monday after Khan’s mother, the 1980s actress Rabia Khan, made public a six-page letter apparently written by the 25-year-old actress before she hanged herself on June 3. Her last phone call was to Pancholi.

Jun 12, 2013

Deepika Padukone breaks free of Brad Pitt syndrome

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Nearly six years after her model-to-actress career move, Deepika Padukone says she is finally being praised for her acting in films and not just for her good looks.

Ayan Mukerji’s “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani”, which stars Padukone in the lead with Ranbir Kapoor, got her box-office success and critical appreciation this month. Some reviews said she overshadowed her co-star.

Jun 10, 2013
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