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Nov 8, 2012

Bollywood’s Diwali releases pit Shah Rukh Khan vs Ajay Devgn

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Bollywood is counting on emotions, star power and the festive spirit to rake in money at the box office this Diwali, capping an already good year for the Hindi film industry.

Shah Rukh Khan’s “Jab Tak Hai Jaan” and Ajay Devgn’s “Son of Sardaar”, both big-ticket movies that open on the festival of lights next Tuesday, are expected to easily cross the billion-rupee benchmark.

Nov 2, 2012
via India Masala

Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana: A dish with heart

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The Punjabisation of  Bollywood has meant that on-screen depictions show a very polished version of Punjab. Fluttering dupattas, lush fields, glitzy weddings and lively dancing are what Punjab is all about, but Sameer Sharma’s “Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana” doesn’t stick to any of the stereotypes, which is a relief.

The streets are bumpy, the women aren’t flawlessly dressed and the men do not break out into bhangra or slap each other on the back at every given opportunity. Sharma’s film is simple and shorn of any plasticity, and even though the recipe does go haywire a couple of times, Sharma manages to salvage the dish in the end.

Oct 31, 2012
via India Insight

How to insult people, Indian politician-style

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If you were a reporter covering the Shiv Sena in 2006, the place to be was a nondescript restaurant located midway between party offices and those of Bal Thackeray’s nephew Raj, who rebelled and formed a new party after a fall-out with his uncle.

At this hole-in-the-wall eatery, party workers from both sides would let it all out — the vitriol would flow freely against Raj, the Thackerays and the Congress party. A lot of these barbs were never repeated outside those four walls, but some of that vitriol certainly seeped into the public speeches of their leaders.

Oct 31, 2012

“Life of Pi” teen star Suraj Sharma 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.

Oct 31, 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.

Oct 26, 2012

A Minute With: Ashim Ahluwalia

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Ashim Ahluwalia’s “Miss Lovely”, a quirky look at the porn industry in Mumbai, won the award for the best Indian movie at the city’s annual film festival on Thursday.

The film had been screened at Cannes and Toronto this year but its 40-year-old director was especially pleased by its reception in Mumbai.

Oct 24, 2012
via India Masala

Chakravyuh: Cliched and clunky

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I have suspected it for a while now and I’m afraid it might be true. Film-maker Prakash Jha is well on his way to becoming the Madhur Bhandarkar of political films.

I imagine Bhandarkar should keep his cupboard of clichés under lock and key because Jha is dipping into it liberally. He is also helping himself to simplistic storylines, dumbing down sensitive issues, and of course, adding a song or two in between as the police battle Maoist rebels.

Oct 22, 2012

Bollywood pays tribute to “king of romance” Yash Chopra

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Movie lovers, Bollywood stars and well-wishers paid their last respects to film-maker Yash Chopra on Monday, a day after he died of multiple organ failure.

Chopra, who turned 80 last month, was one of India’s iconic film-makers and was known as the “king of romance”. He also owned one of the industry’s biggest production houses and studios, Yash Raj Films, which recently ventured into Hollywood movie production as well.

Oct 22, 2012

Bollywood pays tribute to “king of romance”

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Movie lovers, Bollywood stars and well-wishers paid their last respects to film-maker Yash Chopra on Monday, a day after he died of multiple organ failure.

Chopra, who turned 80 last month, was one of India’s iconic film-makers and was known as the “king of romance”. He also owned one of the industry’s biggest production houses and studios, Yash Raj Films, which recently ventured into Hollywood movie production as well.

Oct 22, 2012
via India Masala

Yash Chopra, so much more than romance

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My very first Yash Chopra film was a disappointment.

I remember watching “Lamhe” as a kid, almost without blinking, on a grainy television screen on a newfangled device called the VCR and thinking to myself, what is this story about? To my young mind, it didn’t make much sense. But the memory of “Lamhe” and that lazy summer afternoon I watched it with my cousins is still vividly etched.

Of course, it took years for me to actually “get” the film and what it was trying to say. For an Indian film-maker to explore a theme as bold as that of a woman falling in love with her mother’s lover was brave, and to pull it off as he did, spoke volumes of his control over his craft.

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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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