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Nov 27, 2012

A Minute With: Reema Kagti on “Talaash”

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Reema Kagti’s quirky sensibility as a Bollywood director came to the fore with her debut film “Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd” in 2007.

Five years later, Kagti is back, switching from romantic comedy to suspense drama in “Talaash”, which opens in cinemas this week.

Nov 23, 2012

“Life of Pi” teen star lives out his own fairy tale

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Suraj Sharma went from being a regular teenager growing up in New Delhi to starring in Ang Lee’s big-screen adaptation of the bestselling novel “Life of Pi”.

The 17-year-old Sharma was picked from more than 3,000 hopefuls to play Pi, an Indian boy who finds himself stranded on a lifeboat for 227 days with a Bengal Tiger.

Nov 21, 2012
via India Insight

Is Kasab’s death enough closure in the Mumbai attacks?

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“If you hear the sound of a bullet, kneel, and if you have to move, then crawl, don’t run.”

Those are not the first words you want to hear when you arrive to cover an assignment — but then this wasn’t just any assignment. I was at Nariman House in Colaba to cover the attack that came to be known as 26/11.

Nov 19, 2012
via India Insight

No criticism please, we are Indians

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(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author, and not necessarily those of Thomson Reuters)

When I signed up for a Facebook account four years ago, a friend warned me it was “dangerous for your sanity” — of course, she meant it in terms of the time I would spend peeking into other people’s lives (She was right). But on Monday, for 21-year-old Shaheen Dhada, that phrase took on a whole new meaning.

Nov 18, 2012

Bal Thackeray dies at 86

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Bal Keshav Thackeray, one of India’s most polarising politicians and leader of the right-wing Hindu nationalist Shiv Sena party that has dominated politics in the country’s richest city for two decades, has died aged 86.

Thackeray died of cardio-respiratory arrest on Saturday at his home, one of his doctors, Jalil Parker, said. He had been ill for some time and was rumoured to have died earlier this week.

Nov 17, 2012
via India Insight

Mumbai a ghost town as Thackeray looms large in death

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(Tresa Sherin Morera and Henry Foy contributed to this report. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author, and not necessarily those of Thomson Reuters)

It didn’t take long. The news of Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray’s death came at 4:30 p.m. India time on a Saturday, a working day for many in Mumbai. Thirty minutes later, my neighbourhood was a ghost town.

Nov 17, 2012

Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray dies at 86

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Bal Keshav Thackeray, one of India’s most polarising politicians and leader of the influential right-wing Hindu nationalist Shiv Sena party that has dominated politics in the country’s richest city for two decades, has died aged 86.

Thackeray died of cardio-respiratory arrest on Saturday at his home, one of his doctors, Jalil Parker, said. He had been ill for some time and was rumoured to have died earlier this week.

Nov 17, 2012

Bal Thackeray, firebrand Indian Hindu-nationalist, dies at 86

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Bal Keshav Thackeray, one of India’s most polarizing politicians and leader of an influential right-wing Hindu nationalist party that has dominated politics in the country’s richest city for two decades, has died aged 86.

Thackeray died of cardio-respiratory arrest on Saturday at his home, one of his doctors, Jalil Parker, said. He had been ill for some time and was rumored to have died earlier this week.

Nov 13, 2012
via India Masala

Jab Tak Hai Jaan: Unending romance

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It is difficult to judge “Jab Tak Hai Jaan” solely as a movie. Like it or not, it is the swansong of one of the defining directors of the Indian film industry and you cannot help but think of Yash Chopra’s legacy as you watch his last film.

There are shades of “Kabhi Kabhie”, “Dil To Pagal Hai” and “Veer Zaara”, and as you watch Shah Rukh Khan kissing Katrina Kaif on a lush, green meadow, you cannot help but think that this man knew his romance.

Nov 13, 2012
via India Masala

Son of Sardaar: Calculated entertainment

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In a recent interview, a film-maker described a movie as one “made with a calculator”. He might just have been talking about Ashwni Dhir’s “Son of Sardaar”. For a film that talks of heart and emotion, this is a movie made with cold-hearted calculation.

“Son of Sardaar” is a Diwali film, made with the sole intention of making money during the festival of lights, and stuffed with what Bollywood thinks is the complete package — romance, comedy and action all in one movie. But what is it they say about being a jack of all trades?

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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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