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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
via India Masala

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.

Feb 20, 2013
via India Masala

Kai Po Che: Boy bonding at its best

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I have to confess I haven’t read Chetan Bhagat‘s “The 3 Mistakes of my Life“, the novel on which Abhishek Kapoor‘s film “Kai Po Che” is based. Opinion is divided on the novel, but if it had the material to make a film such as this one, it can’t be bad.

Friendship, politics and sports come together in this two-hour film, and despite the assured acting, the sparkling cinematography (Anay Goswami) and Amit Trivedi‘s lilting music score, it is Kapoor and his control over this film and the obvious affection he has for these characters that shines through.

Feb 15, 2013
via India Masala

Murder 3: Doesn’t go in for the kill

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The latest addition to the “Murder” franchise is a lot of things, but one thing it isn’t is true to its name. Don’t expect a lot of shooting and slashing.

“Murder 3” is a Bhatt franchise, so the title hardly matters. All movies associated with them have pretty much the same structure and tone, a little bit of skin show, some nasal, high-pitch songs and the mystery element that forms the major chunk of the film.

Feb 14, 2013

A Minute With: Sajid Khan on ‘Himmatwala’

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Sajid Khan’s films rarely get good reviews but the Bollywood film-maker doesn’t mind. Most critics have panned his movies but audiences ensured his slapstick comedies made a killing at the box office.

Khan is breaking out of his usual genre to attempt an action comedy with “Himmatwala”, his new film that opens in cinemas in March.

Jan 30, 2013

A Minute With: Director Deepa Mehta on “Midnight’s Children”

MUMBAI, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Film director Deepa Mehta is no
stranger to controversy. Two of her movies – “Fire” and “Water”
- were hit by protests from right-wing groups in India, and
there were fears her latest cinematic offering would meet a
similar fate.

“Midnight’s Children”, Mehta’s adaptation of the Booker
Prize-winning novel by Salman Rushdie, opens in Indian cinemas
on Friday. The film, which chronicles the story of an Indian
family living through the tumultuous events of India’s recent
past, features a voice over by Rushdie.

Jan 25, 2013
via India Masala

Race 2: Slow and unsteady doesn’t win this race

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In the world created by Abbas-Mustan, if you are a multi-billionaire who wants to build a casino and are refused permission by the government, you invite the official responsible out for drinks, dance with him and then shoot him in the middle of a crowded discotheque and walk out without batting an eyelid.

In this world of “Race 2”, you can get away with stealing the Shroud of Turin with something as simple as a decoy bomb and people use “sensor technology” to play card games and spy on their loved ones. It may have looked cool 20 years ago, but now it’s just a tad ridiculous.

Jan 25, 2013
via India Insight

Short skirts, bad stars and chow mein: why India’s women get raped

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If you thought the Delhi gang rape would cause a serious debate on women’s rights in India, you’d be half right. Let’s look at the other half: last December’s brutal incident seems to have put a spell on India’s politicians, holy men and otherwise educated people.

From suggesting that the rape victim should have called her rapists “brother” to blaming her stars, plenty of reasons cited for the crime lay the blame on the women whom men brutalise, or portray women in ways that reveal our skewed attitude toward women and their place in our society. When given an opportunity to figure out ways to improve the  education and behaviour of men, and thus try to reduce the  number of rapes that occur in India, many people revert to the  more traditional method: limit the rights of women.

Jan 24, 2013

A Minute With: Abhishek Kapoor on ‘Kai Po Che’

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Director Abhishek Kapoor is ready with his new film “Kai Po Che”, nearly five years after he burst on to the Bollywood scene with the unexpected success of “Rock On”.

“Kai Po Che” is the only Indian film among 31 features to be screened in the Panorama segment at next month’s Berlin Film Festival.

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      "Shilpa covers Bollywood and entertainment for Reuters India since 2008. She has previously worked with DNA and the Press Trust of India, covering train blasts in Mumbai, a constitutional crisis in Goa and protests in New Delhi. On Twitter, she's @shilpajay."
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