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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
May 1, 2013

A Minute With: Anurag Kashyap on ‘Bombay Talkies’

MUMBAI (Reuters) – As India celebrates 100 years of cinema, Anurag Kashyap is one of four leading filmmakers collaborating on a Bollywood project that shows what the movies have meant to them.

“Bombay Talkies”, which opens in cinemas on Friday, also features the work of Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar and Karan Johar. It will be shown at the Cannes Film Festival this month.

May 1, 2013

A Minute With: India director Anurag Kashyap on ‘Bombay Talkies’

MUMBAI, May 1 (Reuters) – As India celebrates 100 years of
cinema, Anurag Kashyap is one of four leading filmmakers
collaborating on a Bollywood project that shows what the movies
have meant to them.

“Bombay Talkies”, which opens in cinemas on Friday, also
features the work of Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar and Karan
Johar. It will be shown at the Cannes Film Festival this month.

Apr 26, 2013
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Aashiqui 2: Tuneless tale

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Mohit Suri may have done the impossible and crammed every single romantic movie cliché in “Aashiqui 2”. There are traces of the 1973 hit “Abhimaan” along with the original “Aashiqui” (1990). Director Suri tries to inject an intense vibe in his new film, but fails miserably.

Rahul Jaykar (Aditya Roy Kapoor), a rock star who is slowly slipping away into oblivion thanks to his alcoholism, spots Aarohi (Shraddha Kapoor) singing in a Goan bar. One look and he is smitten, convinced of her talent and ready to take her to Mumbai to make her a star.

Apr 22, 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 19, 2013
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Ek Thi Daayan: It’s the witching hour

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At the end of the first half of Kannan Iyer’s “Ek Thi Daayan”, you may be forgiven for harbouring an unnatural dread of elevators or old abandoned buildings. Except for a few scenes, director Iyer keeps you on the edge of your seat with the spectre of a witch seen through the eyes of a child.

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