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Dissolving hatred of homosexuals

Actress Kalki Koechlin and directors Shonali Bose and Nilesh Maniyar attend the special screening of their movie "Margarita, with a Straw" at the London Film Festival. Picture taken from the official Facebook page for the movie https://www.facebook.com/MargaritaWithAStraw

Modern India is walking slowly towards a general acceptance of homosexuals and lesbians. Shonali Bose in her new film, “Margarita, With a Straw,” tries to pick up the pace. The film is about a teenager with cerebral palsy who is unabashed about her sexuality, much to the horror of her middle-class, conservative mother.  Full Article | Kalki Koechlin on her role as a disabled girl in “Margarita, With a Straw” 

Happy New Year
Movie Review

Happy New Year: Farah's ode to Shah Rukh

Farah Khan brings back Shah Rukh Khan, self-deprecating jokes, six-pack abs and lots of bling. Borrowing liberally from Hollywood heist films, most notably Steven Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s Eleven,” Khan doesn’t seem too concerned with the business of making a good film – she just wants to make sure her lead hero and his rippling muscles get as much screen time as possible.  Full Article 

Movie Review: Tamanchey
Movie Review

“Tamanchey” is a DOA film

The producers of “Tamanchey” (“Guns”) are being sued by a man who claims to have directed the film but hasn’t been credited for it. This is hardly new or surprising in an industry not known for respecting writers and directors. What’s really baffling is that someone would want to take credit for this appalling gangster film, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar  Full Article 

"Bang Bang!": It's all about Hirtihik Roshan
Movie Review

"Bang Bang!": It's all about Hirtihik Roshan

Siddharth Anand’s “Bang Bang!” is a remake of Tom Cruise's “Knight and Day”, a fun caper about an unlikely couple on the run from the U.S. Secret Service. In the Bollywood version of the movie, the single-line plot gets expanded to include all the trimmings that India’s mainstream cinema seems to love so much, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar.   Review 

"Haider" tries to pack in too many elements
Movie Review

"Haider" tries to pack in too many elements

In retelling William Shakespeare’s tragedy “Hamlet” against the backdrop of war and sectarian strife in Indian-administered Kashmir, Vishal Bhardwaj’s “Haider” starts off promisingly. It’s too bad that the promise never delivers. The film is beautifully shot, wonderfully acted, but it tries to pack in too many elements, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Full Article 

Naseeruddin Shah on his memoirs and life
India Insight

Naseeruddin Shah on his memoirs and life

Actor Naseeruddin Shah began writing his memoir “And Then One Day” because he “had nothing else to do” and continued as he found he enjoyed it though he is “still frightened of the computer.” He discussed his autobiography and his life in an interview with India Insight.  Video | Text of interview with actor Naseeruddin Shah 

Khoobsurat not a modern version of 80's classic
Movie Review

Khoobsurat not a modern version of 80's classic

If you are looking for a modern version of Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s much-loved film of the same name, then Shashanka Ghosh’s “Khoobsurat” may disappoint you. It is a harmless film, one that doesn’t say much and doesn’t have much to offer in terms of a cinematic experience, but doesn’t scar you for life either, writes our Bollywood correspondent Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Full Article 

A still from the film "Daawat-e-Ishq" from its Facebook page.
Review

"Daawat-e-Ishq" unpalatable like stale biryani

“Daawat-e-Ishq” is one of those infuriating films that seem to go on for ever, getting more monotonous by the minute. There is nothing that can be salvaged in this project. It doesn’t work as a love story or a crime caper, and is as unpalatable as five-day-old biryani, writes our Bollywood correspondent Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Full Article 

A handout still from "Finding Fanny"
Movie Review

"Finding Fanny": A film with a flimsy premise

In Homi Adajania’s version of Goa, there are winding pathways, crumbling mansions, and the sleepy village of Pocolim where “life doesn’t pass you by, it passes you by at the pace you want it to.” The setting is perfect for a road movie with quirky characters, but "Finding Fanny" falters for want of a strong premise.  Full Article 

Director Danis Tanovic gestures during a news conference to promote the movie Epizoda u Zivotu Beraca Zeljeza (An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker) at the 63rd Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin February 13, 2013.   REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz/Files
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Hashmi’s “serial kisser” tag didn’t matter

When Danis Tanovic chose Bollywood star Emraan Hashmi to play a Pakistani whistle-blower in his new project, the Oscar-winning Bosnian film-maker wasn’t aware of the actor’s notoriety as Indian cinema’s “serial kisser”. "It’s funny how the image that you got [of] him in your head and the image that he has are totally different things," he said.  Full Article 

Mary Kom” neglects the sport, resorts to cheap tricks

"Mary Kom" is a travesty of a movie

Director Omung Kumar takes cinematic liberties galore, but even those do not increase your interest. “Mary Kom” neglects the sport at the centre of the story and resorts to cheap tricks. Mary Kom is a travesty of a movie because it dumbs it down to such an extent that every nuance, context and truth is obliterated, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Full Article | Priyanka Chopra on playing Mary Kom 

Priyanka Chopra in an interview with Reuters
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Priyanka Chopra on playing Mary Kom

The decision to cast Chopra in the role of boxer Kom has led to accusations that the film’s producers preferred to go with a bankable star rather than another actor from Manipur or elsewhere in the northeast. Chopra discussed this and other aspects of playing Kom in our interview.  Full Article 

Actor Darshan Kumar in an interview with Reuters
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Darshan says he is the hero of ‘Mary Kom’

Even though he is not playing the lead in “Mary Kom“, debutant actor Darshan Kumar calls himself the hero of the film. Kumar plays Onler Kom, the on-screen husband of India’s best known female Olympic medallist – portrayed by Priyanka Chopra – and is on the lookout for “meaty” roles.  Full Article 

Actor Emraan Hashmi is seen in a handout from the film "Raja Natwarlal"
MOVIE REVIEW

Raja Natwarlal” is flimsily written, half-hearted

“Raja Natwarlal” is a flimsily written and half-heartedly directed film, which falls short of its lofty ambitions because no one associated with it seems to have any concern for detailing or authenticity on celluloid. Emraan Hashmi seems to have got the role down pat, and doesn’t feel the need to do anything extra. The script holds Paresh Rawal and Kay Kay Menon down, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Full Article 

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‘Singham Returns’

‘Singham Returns’

Movie review: It is exactly what you would expect a Rohit Shetty movie to be.  Full Article 

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'Pizza' Review

This “Pizza” may have the right ingredients but it’s sadly served half-baked.  Full Article 

Movie Review

Movie Review

‘Lekar Hum Deewana Dil’ is an insipid disaster  Full Article 

‘Humshakals’ Review

‘Humshakals’ Review

What he lacks in terms of an actual script, Sajid Khan tries to make up for by exploiting every possible Bollywood stereotype.  Full Article 

Interview: Vijender Singh

Interview: V. Singh

Vijender Singh enters the Bollywood ring with ‘Fugly’  Full Article 

Guns and Gowns

Guns and Gowns

Documentary shows two faces of the Indian woman  Full Article 

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