MUMBAI (Reuters) – When Imtiaz Ali began filming his new movie “Highway”, the Bollywood filmmaker had little more than a one-line script for a story he came up with years before his industry debut as a director.
Ali, 42, shot the film sequentially and often improvised dialogue on set, relying on the ambience to decide what his characters would do in a particular scene.
What director Manish Tiwary was trying to achieve in “Issaq”, his version of Romeo and Juliet, only he can say. If you didn’t know you were watching a modern-day retelling of Shakespeare’s classic, you’d be forgiven for walking out halfway through the film.
The movie starts with a bizarre killing on a deserted bridge and then moves on to more bizarreness. “Issaq” is a disjointed effort, one that ceases to make any sense after the first few minutes.
Ravi Kishan plays evil businessman Sabharwal, who owns everything from schools to dairy farms and treats his staff like dirt.
MUMBAI (Reuters) – A new Hollywood film starring Dev Patel as Srinivasa Ramanujan will put the spotlight on the Indian math genius best known for his work on the theory of prime numbers.
Ramanujan, who died in 1920, was considered one of the brightest minds in mathematics, despite his lack of a formal education.
During an interview about his 2012 film “Shanghai”, director Dibakar Banerjee spoke about the difficulty of asking existential questions and portraying them coherently on the big screen.
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The search for India’s most wanted criminal and a fictitious operation to capture him in Pakistan is a great idea for a Bollywood movie. Filmmaker Nikhil Advani uses this premise in “D-Day” and exploits it to maximum effect.
Advani builds a gripping tale that chronicles a covert operation to bring back Goldman, a fictional mafia don undoubtedly based on Dawood Ibrahim. He lives in Pakistan, masterminds terrorist attacks in India, is protected by the government of the country and speaks to his henchmen in Marathi (The real-life Dawood Ibrahim is from Ratnagiri district in Maharashtra).
MUMBAI (Reuters) – A new Bollywood film brings to life the story of one of India’s greatest track athletes in a rare sports movie from a country obsessed with cricket.
“Bhaag Milkha Bhaag” (Run Milkha Run) is a three-hour biopic on Milkha Singh, known as the Flying Sikh, who finished fourth in the 400 metres at the 1960 Rome Olympics, missing the bronze medal by a hair’s-breadth.
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra‘s biopic of Milkha Singh is one of the few sports movies to come out of the Indian film industry. It is also a perfect example of how not to make a sports biopic, and a telling comment on the compulsion of most filmmakers to “Bollywoodise” what starts off as an unusual subject and premise.
It seems Mehra and writer Prasoon Joshi started off with the noble intention of making a gritty film on India’s most successful athlete, but fell back to their Bollywood ways. They added a bit of romance here, a song there, topped off with over-the-top melodrama, and convinced themselves that this was the heart-wrenching story of a man who fought against all odds to succeed at the international level.
MUMBAI (Reuters) – Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan announced on Tuesday that he and wife Gauri were parents of a baby boy born with a surrogate, putting to rest rumours swirling around the latest addition to the actor’s family.
“Amidst all the noise that has been going around, the sweetest is the one made by our new-born baby, AbRam,” Khan said in a statement.
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.