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Jul 27, 2012
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Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum: Double trouble

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Adult comedies aren’t too common in mainstream Bollywood. Most comedy films will try to throw in a couple of raunchy jokes to get a few laughs from the audience, but to make an out-and-out risqué film isn’t very common.

Sachin Yardi’s sequel to the 2005 “Kya Kool Hain Hum” certainly tries to fill in that gap. There is double entendre, skin show, crude gestures and lots of old e-mail forwards converted into one-liners.

Jul 19, 2012
Jul 19, 2012

Thousands pay tribute to Rajesh Khanna

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Thousands of mourners, including Bollywood stars, gathered on Thursday for the funeral of actor Rajesh Khanna, braving heavy rains and traffic jams in Mumbai.

Known for his shy smile and flamboyant looks, Khanna was often referred to as Bollywood’s first real superstar, someone who had a fanatical fan base among women, thanks to the many romantic hits in which he starred during the 1970s.

Jul 18, 2012

Bollywood’s first heart-throb Rajesh Khanna dies at 69

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Rajesh Khanna, one of the Indian film industry’s first home-grown screen idols, died on Wednesday morning, his family said.

Khanna, 69, had been in and out of hospital over the past month as a result of an undisclosed illness. He died at his residence in suburban Mumbai, his son-in-law and actor Akshay Kumar told reporters.

Jul 18, 2012

Original Bollywood heartthrob Rajesh Khanna dies

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Rajesh Khanna, one of the Indian film industry’s first home-grown screen idols, died on Wednesday morning, his family said.

Khanna, 69, had been in and out of hospital over the past month as a result of an undisclosed illness. He died at his residence in suburban Mumbai, his son-in-law and actor Akshay Kumar told reporters.

Jul 18, 2012
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Which is your favourite Rajesh Khanna moment?

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The image that came to mind when one heard of Rajesh Khanna’s death was, of course, the pivotal scene in Hrishikesh Mukherjee‘s “Anand” where the words “babu moshai” ring out.

Fans of Khanna will feel the same kind of emotion — that he might be gone, but that his voice, his shy smile and the “flying a kite” hand movement that was so much a part of his personality will be with us, reverberating much after he has passed on.

Jul 13, 2012
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Cocktail: The mix isn’t right

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You know that time when you chance upon this new product at the supermarket? Maybe it’s a new drink or a bottle of jam — it comes in a really nice looking bottle and looks so enticing that you have to pick it up and bring it home. And then you open it and realise it only looks good on the outside. The product is past expiry, the fizz has gone out of the drink and all you are left with is a nice looking bottle. Yes, that.

Homi Adajania’s “Cocktail” is definitely one of those films you shouldn’t judge by its cover (or poster). This is supposed to be a light-hearted attempt at tackling the oldest trick in the romantic comedy book — the love triangle, but Adajania forgets to infuse any freshness into the story.

Jul 12, 2012

Imtiaz Ali on Dara Singh

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Actor Dara Singh endeared himself to audiences playing the authoritarian grandfather in “Jab We Met”, which was to be his last appearance in a Bollywood film.

Film-maker Imtiaz Ali, who directed the 2007 hit, spoke to Reuters about working with the wrestler-turned-actor, who died in Mumbai on Thursday.

Jul 10, 2012
Jul 6, 2012
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Bol Bachchan: All talk, no substance

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A one-line review saying “this is a Rohit Shetty” film would suffice for most movies this director churns out with billion-rupee regularity, but “Bol Bachchan” is different. This time, Shetty has attempted to remake one of Hindi cinema’s most iconic comedies, one which shares its name with the series of films that gave Shetty his first hits in the industry.

In re-imagining “Gol Maal“, Shetty is taking up a gauntlet that he should have left well alone. Hrishikesh Mukherjee‘s brand of comedy couldn’t be more different than Shetty’s and in trying to combine the two,  the film ends up going nowhere.

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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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