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May 17, 2012

Shah Rukh Khan, MCA officials trade charges over Wankhede spat

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan and cricket officials in Mumbai were engaged in a war of words on Thursday hours after the actor’s altercation with security guards and officials at the city’s Wankhede stadium following an Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket match.

Officials of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) filed a police complaint against Khan, accusing him of manhandling and abusing security personnel at the stadium.

May 16, 2012
via India Masala

Bollywood drama – off screen and in parliament

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You cannot escape Bollywood and the drama that comes with it, not even in the hallowed environs of the Rajya Sabha.

On Monday, as actress Rekha, the newest member of the upper house of India’s parliament took oath, the focus — at least that of the cameras, was on another, older member. Rekha’s short swearing-in ceremony was interspersed with several shots of a very grim-looking Jaya Bachchan.

May 16, 2012

Project to give Mumbai a Bollywood mural makeover

MUMBAI (Reuters) – The raven-tressed heroine stares adoringly at the handsome Mughal prince, who gazes lovingly back at her – from where they are painted on a Mumbai wall.

The mural of the classic Bollywood film “Anarkali” is the brainchild of a pair of movie buffs, who hope to give Mumbai a distinct Bollywood identity through a series of murals, aiming for the iconic appeal of the “Hollywood” sign in California.

May 15, 2012
May 11, 2012
via India Masala

Ishaqzaade: A rugged love story

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At first glance, Habib Faisal’s “Ishaqzaade” has a lot going for it — there’s some great casting, good direction and performances. The milieu is different — arid, rugged, rural India and this is about feisty, gutsy lovers who are smart enough not to view the world through rose-tinted glasses.

At the halfway mark, Faisal sets up the film so tantalisingly, you can only wonder what surprises he plans on throwing at you. But the second half is somewhat of a let-down. The story goes haywire, characters act out of character, and the whole film sort of ends in a whimper, when it should have ended with a bang — which is how it starts.

May 11, 2012
May 10, 2012
via India Masala

Dangerous Ishhq: Death is not the end

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“What is my soul trying to tell me?” Karisma Kapoor asks a character in ‘Dangerous Ishhq’. It’s a serious moment in the film, one that is expected to lead to a major plot point, but all you can do is try hard not to burst out laughing.

All the characters in Vikram Bhatt’s latest 3D project are trying so hard to “act” in a film that has inane dialogue, a ridiculous storyline and absolutely no honesty at heart — that their acting rings hollow.

May 10, 2012

Oscar nod no boost in India: Ashvin Kumar

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Winning accolades at international film festivals and being nominated at the Oscars didn’t make it any easier for Ashvin Kumar to release his film in India.

The 39-year-old film-maker waited for six years to release his debut feature “The Forest”, and says being nominated for an Oscar (for his 2004 short film “Little Terrorist”) didn’t help.

May 7, 2012
via India Masala

India not shining — on prime-time TV

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Film-maker Madhur Bhandarkar said during an interview that “Indian audiences don’t like to see reality on screen, they see enough of that in life”. Bhandarkar is known for making “real” films, but he might have hit the nail on the head. Perhaps that is why Indian TV doesn’t normally depict “reality” on screen — preferring instead to hide behind yards of brocade sarees and scheming mothers-in-law and coy brides.

On Sunday though, Bollywood actor Aamir Khan chose to tell the story of a different kind of Indian woman — one that doesn’t get to live. On the first episode of his new talk show “Satyamev Jayate”, Khan chose to talk about female foeticide, a rampant issue in India, where the sex ratio is currently at its lowest since independence.

May 5, 2012
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