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SRK, Akshay among highest paid

A combination picture of Shah Rukh Khan (L) and Akshay Kumar. REUTERS

"Iron Man" Downey fell from top spot, despite reprising his comic book hero role in "Captain America: Civil War." He ranked eighth, tied with Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan, with $33 million.  Full Article 

Movie Review: A Flying Jatt
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Movie Review: A Flying Jatt

There are many limitations in Remo D’Souza's repertoire as a director but in “A Flying Jatt”, he combines humour, a social message and out-of-this-world fight sequences to give us a film that looks like a box-office winner, even though it won't win any prizes for film-making.  Full Article 

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Movie Review: Happy Bhag Jayegi

Mudassar Aziz’s “Happy Bhag Jayegi” is a romantic comedy about a runaway bride who wants to escape an unwanted alliance, but lands in more trouble than she bargained for. The plan goes awry and she lands not in the arms of the man she loves, but in another country.  Full Article 

Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor waves to fans at the gala opening of the film 'Chillar Party' in Brampton June 24, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Cassese/Files
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I love taking risks with my work: Anil Kapoor

Not many Bollywood film stars go from the big screen to television, but the Indian actor and producer Anil Kapoor has not had a traditional career. "People say that movie stars and big movie stars don't do television because from the big screen you're in everybody's bedroom, it's small screen. So that risk was there," Kapoor told Reuters in an interview in London.   Full Article 

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UnIndian is the quintessential film for expats

Anupam Sharma’s “UnIndian” is the quintessential film for Indian expats - full of great locations, pretty houses and a thousand clichés about Indians and their ways. Set in Australia, but mostly among the Indian community there, the film is a somewhat clunky effort at a cross-cultural romance, with a predictable conflict and resolution, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Full Article 

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'Baar Baar Dekho'

Bollywood twist on time and love

It is not easy fusing a cocktail of genres including music, comedy and time travel into a movie, but the leading stars of new Bollywood film "Baar Baar Dekho" hope to convey a multi-faceted love story.  Full Article 

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Movie Review: Mohenjo Daro

Ashutosh Gowariker’s “Mohenjo Daro” is supposed to be a historical epic that recreates one of the oldest-known civilizations and one that can still give us important lessons on democracy, the environment and good governance. Unfortunately, those lessons hardly get a chance to come to the fore, hidden behind tacky sets and a singularly one-toned film that never manages to create enough drama or entertainment.  Full Article 

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'Rustom' stays true to its time

For a story that is replete with so many layers, director Tinu Desai handles the narrative with all the finesse of a bull in a china shop. His actors are loud, the set design is garish, and courtroom scenes are devoid of any drama.   Full Article 

Bollywood actor Salman Khan arrives in a car at a sessions court in Mumbai, India, May 8, 2015. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade/Files
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Salman Khan acquitted in poaching case

The Rajasthan High Court on Monday acquitted Bollywood actor Salman Khan in an 18-year-old poaching case, overturning a lower court’s order which found him guilty of killing an endangered species of gazelle.  Full Article 

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'Dishoom' has ridiculous plot elements

In Rohit Dhawan's "Dishoom", the opening credits roll to a rap song mouthed by two brawny protagonists who describe themselves as "simple" men disappointed in love who prefer home food to eating in five-star hotels. With one disclaimer: these otherwise meek men turn violent if someone doesn't stand up while India's national anthem is playing, criticizes the country or harasses a woman.  Full Article 

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'Kabali' falls short on many levels

It might be difficult to blank out all the hype surrounding Rajinikanth's "Kabali". When you have giant cutouts of the man being worshipped in front of theatres and near riots at ticket windows, it is difficult to separate the man from his films. And yet, when you do, "Kabali" emerges as a middling film, whose aim seems to be to milk the man and the phenomenon as much as possible.  Review | Photos 

in 'Madaari', Irrfan is a man who lost everything
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in 'Madaari', Irrfan is a man who lost everything

With "Madaari", Nishikant Kamat goes back to the film that first brought him in the limelight. In "Dombivali Fast", a man suffers at the hands of a corrupt administration before turning into a vigilante. In "Madaari", Kamat again explores this aspect of social justice, pitting one man against a rotting political establishment, and advocating street justice.  Full Article 

Queen Latifah (L) looks on as Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan performs at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo December 11, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett/Files
MUSICAL LEGACY

Khan unites Bollywood and Qawwali in UK

Singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, known for both Bollywood hits and Qawwali, Sufi devotional music that dates back more than 700 years, is taking the two genres to Britain in August for three concerts.  Full Article 

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Q&A: Ali Abbas Zafar on the success of 'Sultan'

Film-maker Ali Abbas Zafar has hit the jackpot with his third Bollywood film. "Sultan", a 170-minute wrestling saga starring Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma, is breaking box-office records this month and looks set to become the most successful Hindi film of all time.  Full Article 

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'Great Grand Masti' doesn’t look too different

“Great Grand Masti” could have turned the tables on the sex comedy genre, but thanks to some watered-down humour and regressive script, this is just another mediocre film that will sink into oblivion.  Full Article 

Director Shekhar Kapur smiles at the premiere of his movie "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" at the Gibson amphitheater in Universal City, California October 1, 2007. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files
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Shekhar Kapur's daughter sings to glory

The teenage daughter of one of India's best known movie directors has had her first chart hit - with a song she wrote when just 11 years old. Kaveri Kapur, now 15, hopes her voice and her songs will be what get people talking, rather than her famous parents: father Shekhar Kapur and mother Suchitra Krishnamoorthi.  Full Article 

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GRAMMAR OF TELEVISION

Q&A: Anil Kapoor on the return of ‘24’

“Slumdog Millionaire” Anil Kapoor is back with another season of “24”, the Indian remake of U.S. television thriller about a counter-terrorism agent. The 24-episode series will represent 24 hours in agent's life, following real-time format that became its trademark.  Full Article 

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Exclusive - Iraq plans to sell oil through Iran if talks with Kurds fail

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French court suspends burkini ban, controversy goes on

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