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Dec 7, 2012
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Khiladi 786: The other ‘Son of Sardaar’

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If it wasn’t for the chorus of “Khiladi Bhaiyya” that accompanies Akshay Kumar each time he makes an entrance on screen, I would’ve forgotten I was watching Ashish Mohan’s “Khiladi 786″. I might as well have been watching “Singham” or “Golmaal” or any of the comedies earning a box-office billion that dot our cinematic landscape these days.

Nov 30, 2012
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Talaash: Searching for the perfect whodunit

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The worst thing to happen while watching a murder mystery is someone telling you the twist in the tale even before the movie began. The second-worst thing is when you figure out the twist yourself, halfway through the film.

Nov 29, 2012

A Minute With: Rani Mukerji

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Rani Mukerji, the pretty girl in the “Khandala” song, has played a firebrand reporter, an angel, a deaf-mute, con artist and even a cricket-obsessed woman disguised as a man — since her Bollywood debut in 1997.

Her last film “Aiyyaa” didn’t quite set the box office on fire but Mukerji is back this Friday in Reema Kagti’s suspense drama “Talaash”.

Nov 28, 2012
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Shiv Sena, shutdowns and double standards

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Shutting down cities seems to be the Shiv Sena’s new pastime. A week after forcing a shutdown in Mumbai to mourn the death of its leader Bal Thackeray, the right-wing party set its sights on Palghar, a sleepy town 90 kilometres north of Mumbai that finds itself at the centre of a debate on freedom of speech.

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
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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
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No criticism please, we are Indians

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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
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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.

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