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Feb 15, 2013
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Murder 3: Doesn’t go in for the kill


The latest addition to the “Murder” franchise is a lot of things, but one thing it isn’t is true to its name. Don’t expect a lot of shooting and slashing.

“Murder 3” is a Bhatt franchise, so the title hardly matters. All movies associated with them have pretty much the same structure and tone, a little bit of skin show, some nasal, high-pitch songs and the mystery element that forms the major chunk of the film.

Feb 14, 2013

A Minute With: Sajid Khan on ‘Himmatwala’

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Sajid Khan’s films rarely get good reviews but the Bollywood film-maker doesn’t mind. Most critics have panned his movies but audiences ensured his slapstick comedies made a killing at the box office.

Khan is breaking out of his usual genre to attempt an action comedy with “Himmatwala”, his new film that opens in cinemas in March.

Jan 30, 2013

A Minute With: Director Deepa Mehta on “Midnight’s Children”

MUMBAI, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Film director Deepa Mehta is no
stranger to controversy. Two of her movies – “Fire” and “Water”
- were hit by protests from right-wing groups in India, and
there were fears her latest cinematic offering would meet a
similar fate.

“Midnight’s Children”, Mehta’s adaptation of the Booker
Prize-winning novel by Salman Rushdie, opens in Indian cinemas
on Friday. The film, which chronicles the story of an Indian
family living through the tumultuous events of India’s recent
past, features a voice over by Rushdie.

Jan 25, 2013
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Race 2: Slow and unsteady doesn’t win this race


In the world created by Abbas-Mustan, if you are a multi-billionaire who wants to build a casino and are refused permission by the government, you invite the official responsible out for drinks, dance with him and then shoot him in the middle of a crowded discotheque and walk out without batting an eyelid.

In this world of “Race 2”, you can get away with stealing the Shroud of Turin with something as simple as a decoy bomb and people use “sensor technology” to play card games and spy on their loved ones. It may have looked cool 20 years ago, but now it’s just a tad ridiculous.

Jan 25, 2013
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Short skirts, bad stars and chow mein: why India’s women get raped


If you thought the Delhi gang rape would cause a serious debate on women’s rights in India, you’d be half right. Let’s look at the other half: last December’s brutal incident seems to have put a spell on India’s politicians, holy men and otherwise educated people.

From suggesting that the rape victim should have called her rapists “brother” to blaming her stars, plenty of reasons cited for the crime lay the blame on the women whom men brutalise, or portray women in ways that reveal our skewed attitude toward women and their place in our society. When given an opportunity to figure out ways to improve the  education and behaviour of men, and thus try to reduce the  number of rapes that occur in India, many people revert to the  more traditional method: limit the rights of women.

Jan 24, 2013

A Minute With: Abhishek Kapoor on ‘Kai Po Che’

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Director Abhishek Kapoor is ready with his new film “Kai Po Che”, nearly five years after he burst on to the Bollywood scene with the unexpected success of “Rock On”.

“Kai Po Che” is the only Indian film among 31 features to be screened in the Panorama segment at next month’s Berlin Film Festival.

Jan 20, 2013
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It’s all in the family: India’s love for dynasties


Rahul Gandhi is now vice president of the Congress party. Anyone who has been following Indian politics will know that this was inevitable. Despite royal titles having been abolished, Indians can’t seem to give up on the idea of dynastic rule.

Whether it’s politics, business, or even Bollywood, Indians seem to have trust issues with anyone who is not their offspring, preferring to hand over the reins to their sons and daughters, irrespective of whether they might be deserving or not. The desire to make it merely on the basis of family name is reflected in a commonly heard boast at parties or dinner conversation: “Do you know who my father is?”

Jan 16, 2013
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Inkaar: Just say no to this one


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Sexual harassment at the workplace, office politics and the question of whether women can make it to senior management in misogynistic companies plague many professionals in India.

Jan 15, 2013
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Bollywood and sex education


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A couple of weeks ago, I watched a Marathi film called “Balak Palak” (Children and Parents). A new crop of film-makers is portraying the burgeoning Indian middle class with its own set of problems and “Balak Palak” is no different.

Jan 11, 2013
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Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola: Done in by half measures


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You know it’s a bad omen when a scene in a Vishal Bhardwaj movie reminds you of one in Shirish Kunder’s last film. I felt the dread creep up on me as I watched a scene where a breathless reporter reports a UFO sighting in an Indian village — reminding me of a similar scene in “Joker”, a film that ranked as one of the worst of 2012.

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