Saba Imtiaz’s novel, “Karachi, You’re Killing Me!” is a breezy if superficial read - a Pakistani “Bridget Jones’s Diary” of sort that captures the misadventures of a blundering young journalist and her struggle to land the big story and the right man. “Noor”, the official movie adaptation, certainly imbibes the bumbling character of the protagonist, but the breeziness and humour are sorely missing.
Ashtar Sayed’s “Maatr” (Mother) is a regulation revenge thriller in which a school teacher sets out to avenge the rape and death of her teenage daughter.
When “The Fate of the Furious” opened in India this month, the eighth installment of the blockbuster Hollywood franchise romped past the lone homegrown offering at the Easter weekend box office.
Srijit Mukherji’s “Begum Jaan” is a Hindi remake of his earlier Bengali film “Rajkahini”, about a stubborn brothel keeper caught in the tumultuous aftermath of the partition of India in 1947. Vidya Balan plays the eponymous protagonist with a Frida Kahlo-esque unibrow and a volatile personality to match.
Ask anyone associated with the “Baahubali” franchise why they chose to work on the film, and their answer is likely to be “because of S. S. Rajamouli.”
Mumbai A film about a young man suffering from depression and the good Samaritans who help him won the top honour at India’s National Film Awards on Friday.
In Shubhashish Bhutiani’s “Mukti Bhawan” (titled "Hotel Salvation" in English), death is a “prakriya” (process) that must be carried out like a transaction. Most of the characters in the film wait for the end - their own or their loved ones - and Bhutiani handles it with a touch of humour, a welcome change from the breast-beating treatment that Bollywood has long given death.
If Shivam Nair's "Naam Shabana" is to be believed, India's top intelligence agency is more diligent about its recruitment process than it is about actually catching enemies of the state. Shabana (Taapsee Pannu) is tracked by "The Agency" from the time she is a teenager with a murky past and eventually recruited as a spy.
Of the many things Varanasi is known for, so-called salvation homes that cater to the terminally ill best exemplify Hinduism’s holiest city. Drawing from the belief that people who die there allow their soul to escape a cycle of death and rebirth, many who seek ‘mukti’ check into these accommodations to wait for death.
Anshai Lal's "Phillauri" could have been two films, except for the ghost that glides in and out of the two stories. Tree-dwelling spirit Shashi (Anushka Sharma) -- dead for nearly 100 years -- finds herself in the middle of a big, fat Indian wedding.
MUMBAI India's oil-to-telecoms conglomerate Reliance Industries Ltd on Monday posted a 12.8 percent rise in its fourth-quarter net profit and topped analysts' estimates, helped by higher margins in its core business.