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Sep 25, 2015
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Movie Review: Calendar Girls

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Director Madhur Bhandarkar’s entire career has been built on what he claims to be a range of ‘women-centric’ films, with similar stories written under different titles.

Sep 25, 2015
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Movie Review: Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon

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The success of Kapil Sharma is a bizarre phenomenon in the already strange world of Indian television. The comedian, whose forte seems to be misogynistic jokes that mostly involve evil wives and their cowering husbands, has found unprecedented popularity with Indian audiences. His late-night comedy show has enjoyed top ratings, and boasts of top Bollywood stars and cricketers as its regular guests.

Sep 23, 2015
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Courtroom drama, and a resignation, in India’s Oscar fight

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Chaitanya Tamhane‘s “Court“, a multi-lingual film about India’s creaking judicial system, has been chosen as the country’s entry to the 2016 Oscars in the best foreign-language film category. But Wednesday’s announcement was marred by a jury member resigning minutes before the final vote and accusing committee chairman Amol Palekar of corruption.

A 16-member committee had been set up by the Film Federation of India (FFI) to pick India’s official Oscar entry, but filmmaker Rahul Rawail resigned before the jury decision was made public at a news conference in Hyderabad.

Sep 18, 2015
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Movie Review: Katti Batti

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Nikhil Advani’s second release in two weeks, “Katti Batti” (loosely translated to ‘fight and make up’), is vastly different from last week’s “Hero.” In this modern-day romance, the lead pair are not coy, don’t wait for their family to sanction their relationship, and certainly don’t have to fight for the right to be with each other. The complications are all inside their head.

Sep 18, 2015
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Movie Review: Meeruthiya Gangsters

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Zeishan Quadri co-wrote the script for Anurag Kashyap’s two-part “Gangs of Wasseypur”, but when it comes to directing a film, Quadri is unable to create the wit or sharpness Kashyap brought to his projects.

Sep 17, 2015
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In search of good roles, not stardom – Imran Khan

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Seven years ago, Imran Khan was an up-and-coming star and touted as the next big thing in Bollywood. But his last three movies were box-office bombs and he dropped off the radar for several film-makers, losing projects he had already signed.

This Friday, the 32-year-old actor returns to movie screens with the Bollywood romance “Katti Batti”, a film that pairs him with Kangana Ranaut.

Sep 16, 2015
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Bollywood’s ‘Talvar’ does a ‘Rashomon’ on Aarushi murder case

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One of India’s most sensational murder cases is at the centre of a new Bollywood film that attempts to deconstruct a crime that transfixed the country and dominated headlines for weeks.

Talvar,” based on the double murder of teenager Aarushi Talwar and manservant Hemraj Banjade, is premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival and will open in Indian cinemas on Oct. 2.

Sep 11, 2015
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Movie Review: Hero

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When Sajid Khan remade “Himmatwala” in 2013, actor Naseeruddin Shah said films that shouldn’t have been made in the first place are being remade. Subhash Ghai‘s “Hero” (1983) fits that mould. A one-toned and regressive film that looks good only through the rose-tinted glasses of nostalgia, Nikhil Advani‘s remake does not even attempt to iron out flaws in the narrative.

Instead, director Advani chooses to fashion his film in the unimaginative format of the Bollywood launch vehicle – a film made for the sole purpose of introducing the two main actors. So the first shot of Advani’s hero (Sooraj Pancholi) shows his bulging biceps and the first scene is a fight sequence in which he single-handedly annihilates the opposition.

Sep 4, 2015
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Movie Review: Welcome Back

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Anees Bazmee’s 2007 “Welcome” was one of those ‘guilty pleasure’ films, salvaged in great part by a talented cast and some clever dialogue. Eight years later, Bazmee tries to recreate the same formula and comes up with a watered-down version of the original fun caper.

Aug 28, 2015
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Movie Review: Phantom

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Even before the first scene in Kabir Khan’sPhantom”, there is a long, hastily narrated disclaimer using all sorts of legalese about how the film does not allude to any person, dead or alive. But once the movie gets underway, you realise that the disclaimer was just that – legalese.

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