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Jan 19, 2015
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Film producer Pahlaj Nihalani is new censor board chief

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Film producer Pahlaj Nihalani was on Monday appointed as head of the country’s censor panel, days after his predecessor Leela Samson quit after accusing the government of interference.

Nihalani, whose last film production was in 2008 titled “Khushboo: The Fragrance of Love”, is seen as being close to the ruling BJP party. He made this music video during campaigning for last year’s general election.

Jan 16, 2015
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‘I am very disillusioned.’ India’s film censor quits over ‘MSG’

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India’s film censor board chief Leela Samson quit her post on Friday after a government tribunal reversed the board’s decision to prevent the release of a film about a Sikh religious leader for portraying him as a god, which they fear could offend other Sikhs.

Samson accused the government of coercion and interference in the censor board’s affairs in interviews with several publications and with Reuters. Rajyavardhan Rathore, minister of state for information and broadcasting, denied this charge, which came to a head over the film “MSG: Messenger of God.” Other members of the board are expected to quit.

Jan 15, 2015
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A Minute With: Bipasha Basu

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In an industry that typically sidelines actresses as they age, Bipasha Basu has reinvented herself, going from sex symbol to the queen of Bollywood horror movies, a genre that most mainstream stars avoid. Basu, 36, has found success in several horror films in recent years. Basu’s latest is a remake of the Thai film “Alone,” about a woman whose dead twin comes back to haunt her and her husband. She spoke to Reuters about the film, why she does horror, and her worst fear in real life.

Q: Can you talk about your role in “Alone”?

A: “Alone is a triangular love story. It is a little unique and different from other films because, owing to the horror genre, the third element is a dead person. There is a husband, wife and a dead girl. The dead girl is the wife’s sister and both of them love the same guy. It’s interesting for me to play conjoined twins. As it is, twins are difficult to play because make-up, styling, body language, everything needs to be different. But conjoined twins was even tougher because you are attached to a body double. In my case it was an action double who was attached to me, and she wasn’t even an actress, so she couldn’t even give me my cues. It was a tedious process to do the scenes where I had to play the conjoined twin. They are two different girls, one who is going through a crisis in her marriage, and the other who is a little crazily in love. She happens to be the dead one.

Dec 25, 2014
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Movie Review: Ugly

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

Anurag Kashyap’s “Ugly” is a dark thriller about the aftermath of a child’s kidnapping. The characters in the film are dysfunctional and messed up in many ways. Yet, they don’t invoke the audience’s sympathy.

The film is about people who are ugly on the inside. They are shallow, self-centred and completely oblivious to anything that doesn’t serve their own interests, even when a missing child is concerned. As a result, it is not a pleasant watch.

Dec 24, 2014
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Bollywood fails to find movie magic in 2014

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The year can’t finish soon enough, as far as Bollywood is concerned. The world’s biggest film industry by output struggled to churn out hits, with only a handful of films managing to make money at the box office due to an increasingly picky audience.

Revenue from domestic ticket sales was down by almost 1.5 billion rupees ($23.6 million) from last year, a result of high ticket prices and lackluster content that kept people away from theatres.

Dec 19, 2014
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Bollywood’s Priyanka Chopra sets sights on American TV

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Priyanka Chopra might be one of the most sought-after stars in India right now, but she has set her sights far away across the Atlantic. After cutting a single with rapper Pitbull, singing at the NFL, and being signed on by the clothing brand Guess as their top model, the 32-year-old actress is all set to star in an American television series this fall, developed around her by the ABC TV network.

The Bollywood star signed a one-year talent development deal with the network, under which the Walt Disney-owned company will develop a show for her or cast her in an existing show. Work will begin in January when the actress will leave for Los Angeles.

Dec 19, 2014
Dec 18, 2014

Secret of year’s “biggest” Bollywood film is its plot

MUMBAI, Dec 18 (Reuters) – It’s the most anticipated
Bollywood film of the year and no one knows what it’s about.

“PK” opens in Indian cinemas on Friday with audiences still
in the dark about the film’s storyline or why its naive and
unworldly protagonist with pointy ears never blinks.

Dec 17, 2014
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A Minute With: Rajkumar Hirani

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Karan Johar calls him a legend and a genius, the only filmmaker in the country who is capable of achieving the perfect blend of commercial and meaningful cinema. But a laughing Rajkumar Hirani shrugs it all off. The 52-year-old, who is as big a brand as some of Bollywood’s A-list actors, is also one of the highest paid in the industry.

From dealing with the relevance of Gandhism to the state of India’s education system, Hirani has managed to turn social themes into blockbuster movies. His upcoming film “PK” is probably the most anticipated movie release this year, and features Aamir Khan in outlandish costumes, wiggling ears and a robotic walk.

Dec 5, 2014
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Movie Review: Action Jackson

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There’s a scene in the rock music mock documentary “This Is Spinal Tap” in which Christopher Guest, playing the brainless guitarist Nigel Tufnel, shows off his amps to a documentary filmmaker. One special amp, he says, is so loud that its dials don’t just go up to 10, they go to 11.

Director Prabhudheva’s new film, “Action Jackson” is the one that goes to 11, and proves that loud is not the complement of good.

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