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Aug 30, 2013
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Satyagraha: This revolution does not awaken anyone

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In “Satyagraha“, director Prakash Jha attempts to show a divided society and the chasm between the people and their leaders.

But Jha seems to give in to the same kind of consumerism and greed that his film’s holier-than-thou characters look down on.

Aug 23, 2013
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Madras Cafe: An intelligence failure

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After last year’s clever and heart-warming comedy “Vicky Donor”, filmmaker Shoojit Sircar switches genres with “Madras Cafe”, a thriller about the Sri Lankan conflict, India’s role in the civil war, and the repercussions of that war on India’s politics and history.

To try and deal with such a controversial subject is commendable and Sircar and co-writer Juhi Chaturvedi should be complimented. Unfortunately, intentions aside, “Madras Cafe” doesn’t deserve too many compliments.

Aug 23, 2013
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Not so safe in Mumbai any more

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When the Delhi gang rape made headlines last December, most Mumbai residents thought such a thing could never happen in their city.

A girl raped during daylight hours in a public place in a posh area? Nah! Not possible in Mumbai. This is a city where women can walk the streets alone at night and not feel threatened.

Aug 22, 2013
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Bachchan upset over fake video that shows him praising Modi

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Amitabh Bachchan has threatened legal action over a YouTube video that apparently shows the Bollywood actor championing Narendra Modi as India’s next prime minister.

Bachchan described the online video as “fake” on Wednesday and expressed outrage on his Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Aug 21, 2013

A Minute With: Arjun Rampal on ‘Satyagraha’

MUMBAI (Reuters) – With his chiselled features, model-turned-actor Arjun Rampal could have had his pick of Bollywood romances but the 40-year-old has opted for offbeat roles in recent years.

Rampal played a variety of characters after winning a National Award for the 2008 hit “Rock On”, ranging from a man accused of workplace harassment to the scion of a political family. In his latest film, he plays a man who is part of a social revolution in India.

Aug 15, 2013
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Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara: All talk, no action

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Milan Luthria’s tongue-twister of a movie “Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara!” is a hark back to the gangster films of the 1980s, the ones with mafia dons, their tempestuous love lives and all the complications that came with it.

But director Luthria and writer Rajat Arora are apparently convinced that they’ve come up with something original and clever. Their smugness shows on screen and gets on your nerves. For a gangster film, “Mumbai Dobaara” has just about three action scenes and even in the most crucial action sequence, the characters are busy delivering long-drawn-out homilies on loyalty and friendship. That is what this film is, really – all talk and no action.

Aug 9, 2013
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Chennai Express – Doesn’t reach its destination

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To get a sense of Rohit Shetty’s “Chennai Express,” wait for the closing credits to roll.

The film contains all the stereotypes that exist about those who live south of the Vindhyas, but narrated by someone who doesn’t live there. A South Indian film for those not living in the South, so to speak.

Aug 8, 2013

Shoojit Sircar’s “Madras Cafe” recreates Sri Lanka war

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Filmmaker Shoojit Sircar wowed Bollywood moviegoers in 2012 with a light-hearted take on infertility and sperm donation. This year, he hopes to repeat the success of “Vicky Donor” with an espionage thriller set in Sri Lanka.

“Madras Cafe” stars John Abraham and Nargis Fakhri in a film that has attracted some controversy over its alleged portrayal of Tamil Tiger separatists during the civil war in Sri Lanka.

Aug 8, 2013
Aug 7, 2013

Imtiaz Ali and the art of last-minute filmmaking

MUMBAI (Reuters) – When Imtiaz Ali began filming his new movie “Highway”, the Bollywood filmmaker had little more than a one-line script for a story he came up with years before his industry debut as a director.

Ali, 42, shot the film sequentially and often improvised dialogue on set, relying on the ambience to decide what his characters would do in a particular scene.

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