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Apr 18, 2013

Indian ‘24′ will work like slow poison – Anil Kapoor

MUMBAI (Reuters) – He’s starred in several Bollywood blockbusters, an Oscar-winning film and played a Middle Eastern leader on the American TV series “24″.

Anil Kapoor is now wooing Indian audiences with an adaptation of the hit thriller series about a counter-terrorism agent.

Apr 18, 2013

Makers of Indian ’24′ series plot a TV show revolution

MUMBAI, April 18 (Reuters) – In a bylane next to Mumbai’s
biggest mall, in a suburb teeming with people even at midnight,
is a building that at first glance looks like an abandoned
warehouse.

The decrepit exterior hides the set of what may be one of
India’s most ambitious TV shows yet – the domestic version of
the U.S. television hit action series “24″, which its makers
hope will revolutionize Indian TV.

Apr 12, 2013

India’s ‘bad man’ Pran to get Dadasaheb Phalke award

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Bollywood’s most famous villain Pran will receive the highest award in Indian cinema, the government announced on Friday, in a rare honour for an actor whose career spanned over 300 films in the second half of the 20th century.

Pran Krishan Sikand, 93, known to moviegoing audiences just by his first name, is the 2012 recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke award, instituted in the name of the man who made India’s first feature film a century ago.

Apr 12, 2013
via India Masala

Commando: For diehard action fans

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An Indian Army officer crashes his helicopter into Chinese territory and is subjected to third degree torture. But Karanvir Dogra aka Commando doesn’t let slip any secrets.

Apr 12, 2013
Apr 12, 2013
via India Masala

Nautanki Saala: A comedy of errors

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The best scenes in Rohan Sippy‘s “Nautanki Saala” (adapted from French comedy Apres Vous) are the ones where there is no woman or romance involved. Male leads Ayushmann Khurrana and Kunaal Roy Kapoor have a good chemistry going and their humour is quirky and whacky, but funny all the same. The problem in their lives, and in the film, starts when the woman arrives on the scene.

Apr 11, 2013

Dinosaur, disaster theme park to woo Indian tourists

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Dinosaurs, rides named after Hindu gods and a dash of Bollywood put the spotlight on a new theme park on the outskirts of Mumbai that promoters say would match the lure of Disneyland and the Universal Studios theme park in Hollywood.

Adlabs Imagica, built at the cost of 11 billion rupees, opens next week and aims to woo India’s growing middle class with more spending power for tourism.

Apr 5, 2013

Bollywood launches its first zombie films to win back viewers

MUMBAI, April 5 (Reuters) – Bollywood is branching out from
its traditional song-and-dance dramas and slapstick comedies
with its first zombie films which filmmakers hope will entice
younger crowds back to Indian films from Hollywood’s living
dead.

Few horror films are made in Bollywood and those that do
make it to the big screen tend to focus on ghosts and the
after-life, which are common themes in Hindu mythology.

Apr 5, 2013
Apr 5, 2013
via India Masala

Chashme Baddoor: The remake from hell

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Himmatwala

seemed to be the clear contender for the worst film of the year so far. Who’d have imagined it would have such strong competition so soon? David Dhawan seems determined not to let Sajid Khan get away with the honour of the worst botch-up of a remake.

So he takes what was a genuinely funny and memorable film and “remakes” it into a crass, unfunny and offensive film that serves just one purpose — it speaks volumes about the sharp decline in our sense of humour in the last three decades.

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