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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.

Apr 4, 2013

Krrish gets animated makeover ahead of third movie

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Rakesh Roshan is gearing up for the release of “Krrish 3″ this year with four animated movies based on the Bollywood superhero.

The film-maker is collaborating with Cartoon Network and Toonz Animation to develop a spin-off series based on the character introduced in the 2006 blockbuster “Krrish”.

Apr 4, 2013
via India Insight

People say we should’ve priced our coffee higher – Tata Starbucks CEO

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At first glance, Avani Davda looks like any other young person standing outside Starbucks waiting for a cup of coffee. Davda, 33, is not your typical customer. In fact, she is head of the Starbucks-Tata joint venture that brought the U.S. coffee chain to a country that traditionally wakes up to tea.

Davda is getting used to coffee, but as a vegetarian, she has not tried most of the non-vegetarian items on Starbucks’s menu.

Mar 29, 2013
via India Masala

Himmatwala: Do not step into this time warp

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At the end of a long monologue in “Himmatwala”, where Ajay Devgn rattles off the same sentence in five different languages, he turns to the camera and asks “mazaa nahi aaya na?” (That wasn’t fun, was it?) It’s almost as if director Sajid Khan knew what a bad film he was making, but went ahead and made it anyway.

What they say about the past being viewed through rose-tinted glasses must be true, because if this is what our films were 30 years ago, we should all be glad we’ve moved on. But not Khan. He wants to take us back to corny dialogue, garish sets and the lack of absolutely any logic in the story whatsoever.

Mar 22, 2013

A Minute With: Mira Nair on Salaam Bombay

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Twenty-five years after “Salaam Bombay” catapulted her to global stardom, film-maker Mira Nair’s debut feature is re-releasing in Indian cinemas on Friday.

The 1988 film put the spotlight on the street children of Mumbai years before Danny Boyle’s Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire”.

Mar 22, 2013
via India Masala

Aatma: No soul in this horror flick

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The real test of a good horror movie, at least in my book, is when you can’t stop thinking about it and feel a shiver down your spine at night. All the great horror movies do that to you.

Suparn Varma’s “Aatma”, about a violent man who abuses his wife in life and in death, is one film that doesn’t scare you most of the time. Instead, there is much twiddling of thumbs as you wait for the next predictable twist and yet another person to die on the way to the climax.

Mar 21, 2013
via India Masala

Does Sanjay Dutt deserve sympathy?

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First, the facts — the 1993 Mumbai blasts killed 257 people, more than 100 people were convicted, and it took more than 20 years to deliver justice in a case that has all but faded from the nation’s collective memory.

And yet, if you looked at the headlines on Thursday, you would be forgiven for thinking the Supreme Court ruling was only about actor Sanjay Dutt. And the only tragedy was the one that had befallen Dutt and his family members.

Mar 15, 2013

Indian TV’s romantic hero makes a play for films

MUMBAI (Reuters) – On his official fansite, Ram Kapoor is described as one of Indian television’s most “scrumptious leading men”. He’s the much-loved star of a daily soap, playing a tycoon who finds love.

Kapoor is turning 40, is portly and hardly fits the stereotype of a romantic icon, but his admirers disagree. On social networking site Twitter, starry-eyed fans beg for retweets and meetings while on Facebook, women confess to dating men who are just like him.

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