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May 24, 2013
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Ishkq in Paris: Love gone wrong

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Preity Zinta’s comeback Bollywood film features the characteristic Zinta elements her fans have loved over the years. Effervescence and her famous dimples. Both are present in “Ishkq in Paris”, albeit in heightened form. Zinta is a little too bubbly, too jumpy and flashes her dimples far too often for them to be endearing. It’s like enthusiasm on steroids.

To counter her obvious efforts, co-star Rhehan Malliek narrows his eyes each time he is expected to show some emotion.

May 16, 2013

Arjun Kapoor doing double duty in ‘Aurangzeb’

MUMBAI, May 16 (Reuters) – It’s been just over a year since Arjun Kapoor made his acting debut in Bollywood and the star kid who impressed critics in “Ishaqzaade” is working doubly hard in his new film.

The 27-year-old actor, nephew of Bollywood star Anil Kapoor, plays a double role in “Aurangzeb” – a crime thriller that opens in cinemas on Friday.

May 12, 2013

‘Gippi’ marks rare coming-of-age tale for Bollywood

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Bollywood films have played on teenage angst before but Indian cinema has rarely shone the spotlight on a girl who stumbles through life dealing with the typical crises of adolescence.

“Gippi”, written and directed by Sonam Nair, does just that.

The film, which opened in Indian cinemas this week, is the coming-of-age tale of a teenager grappling with her weight, her first period, boys and life in general.

May 10, 2013
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Gippi: The pains of growing up

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Sonam Nair’s “Gippi” is the coming-of-age tale of a teenage girl who stumbles through life dealing with the typical crises of adolescence. Boys, parents, body image, acne and Shammi Kapoor come together to form the crux of this story, one that was probably written with the help of a handbook on how to script a teen movie.

May 10, 2013
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Go Goa Gone: Die laughing

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To enjoy Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK‘s “Go Goa Gone“, you have to ignore the tacky effects and the bad make-up and concentrate on the wisecracks and repartee between the main characters. Once you’ve done that successfully, get ready to buckle in for what is an unexpectedly fun ride.

May 3, 2013
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Bombay Talkies: The magic of celluloid

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A five-minute scene, sans dialogue, just before the interval. A shot of a man elated, reliving his magical day as the rest of the world goes about its own business – these five minutes alone make “Bombay Talkies” worth a watch.

May 2, 2013

Seeds of Indian cinema grew from one photographer’s obsession

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Male actors dressed as women and scenes were projected on a white sheet for a gamble that almost bankrupted one Indian photographer, whose obsession with creating a “moving picture” sowed the seeds for the world’s largest film industry.

On Friday, Indian cinema marks 100 years since Dhundiraj Govind Phalke’s black-and-white silent film “Raja Harishchandra” (King Harishchandra) held audiences spellbound at its first public screening on May 3, 1913, in Mumbai.

May 2, 2013

A Minute With:India director Dibakar Banerjee on ‘Bombay Talkies’

MUMBAI, May 2 (Reuters) – Indian director Dibakar Banerjee
has marked 100 years of Indian cinema with a short film inspired
by a story written by Oscar-winning filmmaker Satyajit Ray.

Banerjee has adapted the story “Patol Babu, Film Star”,
about a middle-aged man getting his moment of fame playing a bit
role in a movie, as part of a Bollywood project by four Indian
directors to show what the movies have meant to them.

May 2, 2013

Phalke’s legacy lives on with 100 years of Indian cinema

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Male actors cross-dressed as women and scenes were projected on a white sheet for a gamble that almost bankrupted Dhundiraj Govind Phalke. But this Indian photographer’s obsession with creating a “moving picture” sowed the seeds for what is today the world’s largest film industry.

On Friday, Indian cinema marks 100 years since Phalke’s black-and-white silent film “Raja Harishchandra” (King Harishchandra) held audiences spellbound at its first public screening on May 3, 1913.

May 1, 2013
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