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Mar 13, 2015
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Movie Review: NH10

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Navdeep Singh’s “NH10” is a brutal, often uncomfortable film that makes no attempt to sugarcoat its reality, or to ease its audience into the narrative. As in his earlier film, “Manorama Six Feet Under”, Singh examines the realities of living in an India that is far away from the lives that wealthy, urban Indians lead. Between the city and anarchy lies little more than a tollbooth.

Singh’s film, modeled on the 2008 film “Eden Lake” with Michael Fassbender, seems made for these urban audiences, who could be forgiven for rethinking their plans to drive down scenic country highways to exotic holiday destinations. The film devotes its nearly two-hour running time to making sure that they do.

Mar 13, 2015
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Comedius Interruptus: Seinfeld organizer cancels show

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Jerry Seinfeld will not perform in Mumbai. The organizer behind the stand-up comedian and television sitcom star’s live shows in Mumbai, scheduled for March 14 and 15, cancelled the events after the Mumbai police department expressed concern over the amount of parking spaces that organizers scheduled for the show, according to the group’s chief executive.

Seinfeld, whose hit U.S. show of the same name ran from 1989 to 1998, was scheduled to arrive in Mumbai on Friday night. On Wednesday, the Mumbai Mirror reported that the organizers were running into trouble because the police said that the event could cause traffic snarls and parking hassles because of the expected large turnout for his show.

Mar 12, 2015

Rifts within censor board spill into the open

MUMBAI (Reuters) – A prominent member of the government censors took to social media on Thursday to rail against its chairman, exposing rifts within a censorship panel that has thwarted the theatrical release of films such as Hollywood hit “Fifty Shades of Grey”.

Ashoke Pandit, a Bollywood film-maker, accused censor chief Pahlaj Nihalani of treating the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) like his personal fiefdom.

Mar 12, 2015

Rifts within India’s movie censor panel spill into the open

MUMBAI, March 12 (Reuters) – A prominent member of India’s
government censors took to social media on Thursday to rail
against its chairman, exposing rifts within a censorship panel
that has thwarted the theatrical release of films such as
Hollywood hit “Fifty Shades of Grey”.

Ashoke Pandit, a Bollywood film-maker, accused censor chief
Pahlaj Nihalani of treating India’s Central Board of Film
Certification (CBFC) like his personal fiefdom.

Mar 12, 2015
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A Minute With: Anushka Sharma

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Anushka Sharma might have spent less than a decade as a Bollywood high roller, but she’s become an adept juggler. Her relationship with cricketer Virat Kohli and her cosmetic surgery woes have kept her on the gossip pages. Meanwhile, she has been busy producing her first film.

NH10,” which chronicles what happens to a city couple on a road trip gone wrong, is a brutal depiction of what Sharma says happens when “two Indias” – the heartland, and the city – meet.

Mar 4, 2015

India’s censor blocks ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ from cinemas

MUMBAI (Reuters) – India’s government censors have said they will not allow the big-screen adaptation of erotic novel “Fifty Shades of Grey” to be shown in Indian cinemas, a decision most had anticipated in the largely conservative country.

The chief executive of the Central Board of Film Certification, Shravan Kumar, declined to say why the panel refused to approve the film adaptation, but said Universal Pictures, the Comcast Corp unit that released the film, could appeal the decision.

Mar 4, 2015
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Fifty Shades of Grey’s future gets greyer in India

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Indian audiences might not be able to watch the erotic drama “Fifty Shades of Grey”, even though its producer, Universal Pictures, cut all nudity and several sexually explicit scenes in the film before submitting it to the country’s censor board for review.

An examining committee of the censor board objected to some of the language in the film after the studio made the voluntary cuts, according to a Universal source who is familiar with the film’s review process in India.

Mar 4, 2015
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Franchise Man swoops in to save Bollywood

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Bollywood is looking for its next superhero, one that can swoop in and provide entertainment to a business bereft of new ideas. Its name might be Franchise Man.

At least two studios are focusing on franchises, writing scripts and developing stories that will span at least three films.

Feb 27, 2015
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Movie Review: Dum Laga Ke Haisha

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Sharat Katariya’s “Dum Laga Ke Haisha” (which roughly translates to “give it all you’ve got”) is one of those films that you have to pay close attention to if you want to enjoy it to the full. There is so much to like here – the attention to detail, the quirky characters; and you are likely to miss it if your attention wavers to your phone or your popcorn.

Katariya’s tale is one of old-world romance, punctuated by over-the-top 90s songs, stolen looks and passive-aggressive fights. It is also a tale of the dysfunctionality that is present in every family, often obscured by the cheery tone and the general good-natured ribbing that goes on when extended relatives gather.

Feb 27, 2015
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Movie Review: Ab Tak Chhappan 2

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Shimit Amin’s “Ab Tak Chhappan” (“56 So Far”, which refers to the number of gangsters the protagonist has killed) was a slick film about an encounter cop with a heart of gold. Aejaz Gulab’s sequel to the 2004 police drama takes away all the good qualities but retains the film-making style of the original film’s producer Ram Gopal Varma – streaky shots, contorted camera angles, and ear-shattering background music.

Ab Tak Chhappan 2” picks up where the earlier one left off. Encounter specialist Sadhu Agashe (Nana Patekar) is wooed back by the same people who ousted him unceremoniously from the police force. Called upon to clear the “shishteem” (which is how everyone in this film pronounces “system”), Agashe hits the ground running, killing and shooting assorted “underworld” gangsters within days of rejoining the force.

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