A court in Jodhpur on Wednesday acquitted Bollywood movie star Salman Khan of possessing an unlicensed weapon nearly two decades ago, ending a case that threatened to derail the career of one of the country's biggest actors. Khan, 51, had been charged with possessing and using an unlicensed weapon to kill an endangered gazelle in 1998 on a hunting trip in Rajasthan. Full Article
Nawazuddin Siddiqui has made a career out of playing the evil man, so he gets into his role in “Haraamkhor” with ease, bringing the right kind of sliminess to Shyam’s character that will make you despise him. Shweta Tripathi as Sandhya is wonderful too, but it is Irfan Khan and Mohd Samad, the two boys who play Kamal and Mintu, who are the two standout performers in the film. Full Article
There is something to be said for a film that takes a tired romantic trope and turns it into a tale that will bring a smile to your face. But any credit must go to Mani Ratnam and his 2015 hit “O Kadhal Kanmani”. “OK Jaanu” director Shaad Ali and his cast are merely transcribers here, wirtes Shilpa Jamkhandikar. Full Article
Sequels, biopics, history lessons, fantasies and a prequel - that is what Bollywood has lined up for movie buffs in 2017, a year in which the Indian film industry will hope to produce better content and stand up to the increasing presence of Hollywood blockbusters in the country’s movie calendar. Full Article
Aamir Khan's latest film "Dangal" is now Bollywood's highest grossing movie of all time, breaking the record set by his previous release "PK" in 2014. "Dangal" pulled in around 3.45 billion rupees ($50 million) in net domestic revenue by Sunday, trade sources said. Full Article | Q&A: Nitesh Tiwari on 'Dangal'
On the day his first full-length feature film released in 2013, Ritesh Batra had no idea of the avalanche that was about to hit his professional life. “The Lunchbox”, a bittersweet love story between a bored housewife and a crabby accountant, struck a chord with audiences in India and the West. Batra spoke to Reuters about his movies, and how things have changed since “The Lunchbox”. Read
This was the year Bollywood slowed down and, in some cases, slammed the brakes. For the third straight year, the Indian film industry did not grow. As some studios shut up shop, Hollywood films such as “The Jungle Book” trumped most Hindi films at the box office. Big-ticket movies didn’t strike a chord with audiences and the industry finds itself scrambling for a long-term solution. Full Article
Amazon.com is banking on top Bollywood directors to do something they have never done before - create television shows. The online retail giant said it had signed on some of the biggest names in the Indian film industry - Zoya Akhtar, Vikramaditya Motwane and Ram Madhvani - to come up with original series for Amazon's video-streaming service Prime Video. Full Article
It is difficult to imagine Aditya Chopra directing a more successful film than his debut blockbuster Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, a saccharine love story which remains an important part of pop culture 21 years after it turned Shah Rukh Khan into a Bollywood superstar. But in a recent note, Chopra said he wouldn’t make a Raj-Simran love story if he were to release his first film today. Full Article
The only connections between Sujoy Ghosh’s 2012 film “Kahaani” and his latest project “Kahaani 2 – Durga Rani Singh” are the indomitable heroine, her secret past and the murky colour palette in both movies that makes everything seem gloomier and darker. Full Article
The highlight of the film is Alia Bhatt, who pulls off her second brilliant performance of the year after “Udta Punjab”. The focus is entirely on her and she doesn’t shy away, facing even tough scenes with a natural confidence and maturity that belies her age. “Dear Zindagi” might not be a love letter to life it was intended to be, but Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan make this one worth watching. Full Article
Alia Bhatt’s two earlier releases in 2016 clicked at the box office and won her accolades for her performance. In her upcoming film “Dear Zindagi”, she plays a young woman who forms a bond with her therapist, played by superstar Shah Rukh Khan. The actress spoke to Reuters about her latest release, why she trusts her instinct in choosing films and why she doesn’t worry about burnout. Full Article
Actress Vaani Kapoor said Bollywood has become more liberal about intimacy on screen ahead of the release of her new film 'Befikre', a contemporary romantic comedy with passionate kissing scenes. "There's a change in society," Kapoor said during a promotional event in London on Monday for the film. Full Article
The storyline of “Tum Bin 2”, that of a person forced to choose between a past lover and another from the present, offers nothing new for the most part. While such formulaic, done-to-death plots are hardly a challenge for viewers used to Bollywood love triangles, there are other damning factors that make the movie difficult to sit through. Full Article
Even at its best, 2016 was a middling year for the Indian film industry. There were a few high points but no movie really scaled the zenith of filmmaking. Even the “good” films suffered from a few niggles, which we will ignore in our list below. And as is the case every year, when the nadir was reached, Bollywood seemed to find newer ways to scrape the bottom of the barrel. Full Article
A women's rights organization is asking movie-mad Indians to rewrite sexist Bollywood songs, the latest attempt in drawing attention to gender stereotyping and misogyny portrayed by the influential country's film industry. Akshara Centre's 'Gaana Rewrite' competition, launched earlier this month, invites people to change the lyrics to any Bollywood film song they find sexist. Full Article
SEOUL Samsung Electronics Co Ltd indicated on Monday that its latest flagship Galaxy S smartphone could be delayed as it pledged to enhance product safety following an investigation into the cause of fires in its premium Note 7 devices.
TOKYO The dollar slipped broadly on Monday after U.S. President Donald Trump struck a protectionist tone in his inauguration speech, offsetting optimism that he will follow through on promises of tax cuts and other stimulus.
SINGAPORE Oil edged up on Monday on statements over the weekend from OPEC and other producers that they have been successfully implementing output cuts, but gains were limited by a surge in U.S. drilling.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating a previously disclosed data breach at Yahoo Inc, the company said in a filing.
LONDON Britain will on Monday outline a new, interventionist approach to balancing its heavily services-based economy for the post-Brexit era, seeking to reinvigorate industrial production and stimulate investment in technology and R&D.
TOKYO Nearly two-thirds of Japanese companies do not plan to hike their workers' wages this year, a Reuters poll showed, a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's campaign for higher pay to spur a recovery and a way to end two decades of deflation.
Gold prices rose on Monday to the highest in two months as investors sought safer assets amid uncertainty around the economic policies of new U.S. President Donald Trump and as the dollar declined against other major currencies.