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Apr 4, 2013

Krrish gets animated makeover ahead of third movie

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Rakesh Roshan is gearing up for the release of “Krrish 3″ this year with four animated movies based on the Bollywood superhero.

The film-maker is collaborating with Cartoon Network and Toonz Animation to develop a spin-off series based on the character introduced in the 2006 blockbuster “Krrish”.

Apr 4, 2013
via India Insight

People say we should’ve priced our coffee higher – Tata Starbucks CEO


At first glance, Avani Davda looks like any other young person standing outside Starbucks waiting for a cup of coffee. Davda, 33, is not your typical customer. In fact, she is head of the Starbucks-Tata joint venture that brought the U.S. coffee chain to a country that traditionally wakes up to tea.

Davda is getting used to coffee, but as a vegetarian, she has not tried most of the non-vegetarian items on Starbucks’s menu.

Mar 29, 2013
via India Masala

Himmatwala: Do not step into this time warp


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

At the end of a long monologue in “Himmatwala”, where Ajay Devgn rattles off the same sentence in five different languages, he turns to the camera and asks “mazaa nahi aaya na?” (That wasn’t fun, was it?) It’s almost as if director Sajid Khan knew what a bad film he was making, but went ahead and made it anyway.

What they say about the past being viewed through rose-tinted glasses must be true, because if this is what our films were 30 years ago, we should all be glad we’ve moved on. But not Khan. He wants to take us back to corny dialogue, garish sets and the lack of absolutely any logic in the story whatsoever.

Mar 22, 2013

A Minute With: Mira Nair on Salaam Bombay

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”.

Mar 22, 2013
via India Masala

Aatma: No soul in this horror flick


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The real test of a good horror movie, at least in my book, is when you can’t stop thinking about it and feel a shiver down your spine at night. All the great horror movies do that to you.

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.

Mar 21, 2013
via India Masala

Does Sanjay Dutt deserve sympathy?


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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.

Mar 15, 2013

Indian TV’s romantic hero makes a play for films

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.

Mar 14, 2013
via India Masala

Jolly LLB: Little justice in this legal tale


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.

Mar 8, 2013
via India Masala

Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns: Rerun of the quirky and violent


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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.

Mar 7, 2013

A Minute With: Subhash Kapoor on ‘Jolly LLB’ and ‘Munnabhai’

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.

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