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Jun 12, 2012
via India Insight

Is Raj Rajaratnam the new Nigerian email?

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Just before I clicked on the ‘delete’ button at the top of my spam folder in Gmail, I spotted the name. Asha Rajaratnam, it said, and the mail was titled ‘Namaste’ (a traditional Indian greeting).

“My name is Asha Rajaratnam, I am the wife of Raj Rajaratnam founder of the Galleon Group, New York. I do have a proposal for you, which would be of financial benefits to you and myself,” it said.

Jun 7, 2012
via India Masala

Shanghai: The story of India

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There are some films that you watch, not because you want (as Vidya Balan claims in ‘The Dirty Picture’) “entertainment, entertainment, entertainment”, but because they are a reflection of the times we live in, and if these movies didn’t get made, these chaotic times wouldn’t be chronicled for eternity.

Dibakar Banerjee certainly seems determined to be that chronicler for India. In his fourth film “Shanghai”, Banerjee keeps the grittiness of “Love, Sex Aur Dhokha” or “Khosla Ka Ghosla“, but gets more ambitious, with his canvas, dealing with murkier issues like urbanisation, development and the politics of today’s India.

Jun 7, 2012

Emraan Hashmi’s star rises in Bollywood

MUMBAI (Reuters) – If you watched the crime thriller “Footpath” nearly a decade ago, and noticed the lean actor playing Raghu on screen, you would be forgiven for not recognising Bollywood’s rising star.

When he made his debut in 2003, Emraan Hashmi was hardly considered leading man material, and the film industry was happy to label him as part of the “Bhatt camp” — where he worked in films made by his uncles Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt.

Jun 5, 2012
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Jun 4, 2012

Corrected: Indian TV fights a bleeping battle with censors

MUMBAI (Reuters) – When Bollywood film-maker Kunal Deshmukh set out to make “Jannat 2″ (Heaven 2), a raunchy tale about arms dealing with plenty of swearing and bare skin, he ended up shooting two versions – one for cinema audiences, and the other for television.

Deshmukh was not being extravagant. Like many Indian movie producers and TV broadcasters, he walked a tightrope of catering to the tastes of a rapidly modernizing but largely conservative country, whose censors have scant tolerance for adult content.

Jun 1, 2012
via India Masala

Rowdy Rathore: South Indian remix

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When Akshay Kumar fashions himself a sudarshan chakra (the ultimate weapon of destructive in Indian mythology) from a broken bamboo stick and some construction equipment and uses it to slay 20 men with axes and knives, you know “Rowdy Rathore” isn’t aiming for realistic cinema.

Once you reconcile yourself to that and realise that director Prabhu Deva is channeling his inner Rajnikanth, you can sit back and enjoy the Ray-Bans, nubile dancers and a pretty liberal use of cinematic liberties.

May 30, 2012

TV fights a bleeping battle with censors in India

MUMBAI (Reuters) – When Bollywood film-maker Kunal Deshmukh set out to make “Jannat 2″, a raunchy tale about arms dealing with plenty of swearing and bare skin, he ended up shooting two versions – one for cinema audiences, and the other for television.

Deshmukh was not being extravagant. Like many Indian movie producers and TV broadcasters, he walked a tightrope of catering to the tastes of a rapidly modernising but largely conservative country, whose censors have scant tolerance for adult content.

May 30, 2012

Indian TV fights a bleeping battle with censors

MUMBAI, May 30 (Reuters) – When Bollywood film-maker Kunal
Deshmukh set out to make “Jannat 2″ (Heaven 2), a raunchy tale
about arms dealing with plenty of swearing and bare skin, he
ended up shooting two versions – one for cinema audiences, and
the other for television.

Deshmukh was not being extravagant. Like many Indian movie
producers and TV broadcasters, he walked a tightrope of catering
to the tastes of a rapidly modernising but largely conservative
country, whose censors have scant tolerance for adult content.

May 24, 2012
via India Masala

Arjun – The Warrior Prince: Hit-and-miss

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No other tale is as familiar to me as the Mahabharat. Whether it was stories heard in my childhood, animated books that were gifted, or watching B. R. Chopra’s television series over Sunday breakfast, this epic is ingrained in the psyche.

Which is why, when a movie about Arjun comes along, one looks forward to the opportunity to relive some of those stories. Directed by Arnab Chaudhuri, “Arjun – The Warrior Prince” tells the story of the Mahabharat from the point of view of Arjun, the third of the Pandava brothers.

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