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”.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Andheri is where traffic and traffic rules go to die.
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.
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.