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"Lekar Hum" is an insipid disaster

A still from "Lekar Hum Deewana Dil" taken from the film's official Facebook page.

Director Arif Ali’s “Lekar Hum Deewana Dil” will try your patience from the word go, so here’s a game you can play to make the experience more tolerable. It’s called ‘Spot the Movie’ and its rules are simple: name the films that this particular snorefest reminds you of. There’ll be many. Go for the movie if cliched plots, bad acting and occasional bursts of actual fun do the trick for you, writes Anupriya Kumar.  Full Article 

A still from "Humshakals" taken from the film's official Facebook page
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Sajid Khan's "Humshakals" is best avoided

With “Humshakals”, Sajid Khan returns with his particular brand of slapstick comedy (remember “Housefull”?). In the opening credits, Sajid Khan pays tribute to Kishore Kumar, Jim Carrey and Peter Sellers. It takes barely a few minutes of “Humshakals” to find this claim to greatness by association both arrogant and audacious. The movie is best avoided, writes Anupriya Kumar.  Full Article 

Picture taken from Vijender Singh's official Facebook page
Interview

Vijender enters the Bollywood ring

Vijender Singh, the pin-up boy of Indian boxing, made his Bollywood debut in the movie "Fugly", starring in a thriller about four youngsters who get into trouble with the police. In an interview, he says that he was up for new challenges and making a movie was just one of them. Read excerpts from the interview.  Full Article 

Documentary shows two faces of Indian women
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Documentary shows two faces of Indian women

Nisha Pahuja‘s film "The World Before Her" juxtaposes two training camps - one for the Durga Vahini (army of Durga), the women’s unit of the right-wing Vishva Hindu Parishad, and the other for the Miss India beauty pageant. Pahuja wanted to make a film that would explore a common theme in two worlds that at first look like they are opposites.  Full Article 

A Minute With: Alia Bhatt
Interview

A Minute With: Alia Bhatt

Alia, the daughter of Bollywood film-maker Mahesh Bhatt, spoke to Reuters about her role in “2 States”, what the film “Highway” did for her acting career, and why she considers herself “mediocre”. Here are excerpts from the interview.  Full Article | Review: 2 States 

Post-release marketing helps 'Queen' rule
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Post-release marketing helps 'Queen' rule

Vikas Bahl’s film wasn’t supposed to make so much money. “Queen,” made on a meagre budget of 170 million rupees ($2.8 million) without the trappings of a big-ticket Bollywood movie, was initially slotted as a niche film that would hardly threaten Indian box-office records. Yet it broke a Bollywood record, and its lead actress, Kangana Ranaut, is being hailed as the next big thing.  Full Article | Movie Review 

(L-R) Directors of the film "Bombay Talkies", Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar and Karan Joharat pose as they arrive at the evening's gala of the film "Bombay Talkies", celebrating a hundred years of Indian cinema, during the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 19, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/Files
Beyond Bollywood

U.S. festival spotlights independent Indian films

Bollywood films often capture the colour and beauty of Indian culture through high-profile stars and big-budget blockbusters, but a group of filmmakers is attempting to show a different side of India's people through smaller, independent fare. The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles is bringing the movies made outside of the Bollywood studio system to Hollywood.   Full Article 

A Minute With: Rajat Kapoor on 'Ankhon Dekhi'
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Rajat Kapoor on 'Ankhon Dekhi'

Over the past decade, film-maker Rajat Kapoor has found a niche for himself in Bollywood, writing and directing movies that rely more on unusual plots than glamorous movie stars. His latest film, “Ankhon Dekhi”, has actor Sanjay Mishra playing a man who refuses to believe anything that he hasn’t experienced himself.  Full Article | Movie Review 

India at Cannes

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Bhoothnath Returns

Bhoothnath Returns

Film has some noticeable flaws, but it does inject enough faith for viewers to cheer it on  Full Article 

2 States

2 States

Example of a movie subject that would appeal to a new, younger Indian audience  Full Article 

Main Tera Hero

Main Tera Hero

When you think about it, David Dhawan’s latest comedy is more tragic than comic  Full Article 

Lakshmi

Lakshmi

World of human trafficking and prostitution.  Full Article 

Highway

Highway

Unusual method of filmmaking yields unexpected results.  Full Article 

Hasee Toh Phasee

Hasee Toh Phasee

A fun ride, despite a few bumps along the way.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage 

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