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May 31, 2013

Producers pin hopes on jailed Bollywood actor Dutt’s new film

MUMBAI (Reuters) – The makers of actor Sanjay Dutt’s last completed screen role before going to prison are preparing for the release of “Policegiri” in July, hoping fans of the beefy Bollywood hero will boost ticket sales.

Dutt, 53, went back to jail on May 16 to serve the remainder of a five-year sentence for firearms offences during the Mumbai bombings 20 years ago. The actor wrapped up work on pending Bollywood projects in the weeks before he reported to prison.

May 31, 2013

Producers pin hopes on jailed Sanjay Dutt’s film “Policegiri”

MUMBAI (Reuters) – The makers of actor Sanjay Dutt’s last completed screen role before going to prison are preparing for the release of “Policegiri” in July, hoping fans of the beefy Bollywood hero will boost ticket sales.

Dutt, 53, went back to jail on May 16 to serve the remainder of a five-year sentence for firearms offences during the Mumbai bombings 20 years ago. The actor wrapped up work on pending Bollywood projects in the weeks before he reported to prison.

May 31, 2013
via India Masala

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani: A fun, breezy film

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Deepika Padukone has obviously never gone on a trek before. Why else would she be wearing a mini-skirt and fur boots on the Himalayas? She’s also got perfectly set, blow-dried hair during these treks, and even after a day of playing Holi during the festival of colours, which would render most of us looking like something the cat dragged in, Padukone looks radiant. But that is the world she and other characters in Ayan Mukerji’s “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani” inhabit.

These are pretty people falling in love, travelling to picturesque locations, having epiphanies while attending expensive destination weddings and following all the clichés Bollywood loves to propagate. And yet, you cannot help smiling as you leave the cinema hall.

May 31, 2013
May 30, 2013

Indian filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh dead at 49

KOLKATA/MUMBAI, May 30 (Reuters) – Indian filmmaker
Rituparno Ghosh, known for his sensitive portrayal of
interpersonal relationships, died in Kolkata on Thursday of a
heart attack. He was 49.

Ghosh first caught the attention of cinema lovers in the
1990s with a clutch of films made in his native Bengali
language.

May 30, 2013

Filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh dead at 49

KOLKATA/MUMBAI (Reuters) – Filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh, known for his sensitive portrayal of interpersonal relationships, died in Kolkata on Thursday of a heart attack. He was 49.

Ghosh first caught the attention of cinema lovers in the 1990s with a clutch of films made in his native Bengali language.

May 28, 2013
via India Insight

Indian television getting too hot to handle

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

Comedy Central was back on Indian television screens on Tuesday, getting what appeared to be a court-ordered reprieve four days after the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting banned the network for 10 days for showing content deemed unsuitable for Indian audiences.

May 27, 2013
May 24, 2013
via India Masala

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.

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