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Mar 14, 2013
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Jolly LLB: Little justice in this legal tale

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Subhash Kapoor’s “Jolly LLB”, about a small-town lawyer who dreams of fame and wealth but develops a conscience along the way, is the film version of the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”

From the cover (or in this case, the trailer), “Jolly LLB” seemed like a smart, snappy film about the David who takes on Goliath and comes away a hero. The musty, crowded corridors of the lower courts and the machinations that take place there are characteristic of the Indian judicial system and all its pitfalls are an ideal backdrop to this battle.

Mar 8, 2013
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Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns: Rerun of the quirky and violent

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A politician learning to video chat, a man trying to draw blood with a rusty knife and a newbie MLA who doesn’t know what a police FIR is - moments that make Tigmanshu Dhulia’s “Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns” a film that successfully marries the quirky with the violent.

Mar 7, 2013

A Minute With: Subhash Kapoor on ‘Jolly LLB’ and ‘Munnabhai’

MUMBAI (Reuters) – From a struggling director with Bollywood dreams to the man at the helm of the third “Munnabhai” film, it’s taken Subhash Kapoor less than three years.

The former TV journalist hit pay dirt with his second attempt “Phas Gaye Re Obama”, a 2010 film set against the backdrop of global recession, about a bankrupt businessman who is kidnapped by a motley group of gangsters down on their luck.

Mar 7, 2013
Mar 6, 2013

‘Chashme Buddoor’ goes head to head with remake on April 5

MUMBAI (Reuters) – More than three decades after it was first released, Sai Paranjpe’s cult classic “Chashme Buddoor” will woo Indian audiences again on April 5, the same day its modern-day remake opens in cinemas.

Part of Indian pop culture since 1981, director Paranjpe’s brand of satirical comedy in the film has found many fans over the years.

Mar 1, 2013

A Minute With: Madhuri Dixit

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Madhuri Dixit’s smile may have launched a hundred brands but it set many more hearts aflutter.

The actress returns to the big screen this year with her first Bollywood releases since “Aaja Nachle” in 2007.

Mar 1, 2013
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I, Me aur Main: Let down by inconsistencies

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I have to confess I didn’t go into Kapil Sharma’s “I, Me aur Main” with too many expectations. The posters certainly did nothing to pique my excitement. But 30 minutes into the film, I was intrigued. This wasn’t a run-of-the-mill story; the protagonist was someone you would want to hit on the head within the first half-hour.

Mar 1, 2013

Bollywood film recreates Mumbai attacks of 2008

MUMBAI, March 1 (Reuters) – A dramatised Bollywood account
of the Mumbai attacks of 2008, when 166 people died in a
three-day rampage, opened in Indian cinemas on Friday to present
an unusually emotive tale told from the perspective of a police
officer.

“The Attacks of 26/11″ chronicles the events that began on
Nov. 26 2008, when 10 gunmen went on a killing spree throughout
the coastal city, attacking two luxury hotels, a train station
and a Jewish centre, among other places.

Mar 1, 2013
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The Attacks of 26/11: Revisiting the ghosts of Mumbai

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Just before the intermission in Ram Gopal Varma’s “The Attacks of 26/11“, a police constable stumbles around with a rifle, searching for the two gunmen who had just wreaked havoc at Mumbai’s busiest train station. He slumps to his feet on the blood-stained floor and lets out a cry of anguish.

There are prolonged shots of a dead dog, fake blood squirting out of people, and much gore on screen as Varma recreates the horrifying events of Nov. 26, 2008. If the aim of the film is to chronicle these for posterity, this is certainly not how the story should be told.

Feb 24, 2013

A Minute With: Soha Ali Khan on ‘Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns’

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Soha Ali Khan was born to be a celebrity. Her father was one of India’s finest cricket captains; her mother, an award-winning actress; and her brother Saif, one of Bollywood’s leading actors.

But Soha, who gave up her job as a banker to act in films, says fame and money aren’t everything.

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