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Movie Review: Dishoom

Movie Review: Dishoom

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.  By Shilpa Jamkhandikar 

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Movie Review

'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
MOVIE REVIEW

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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DIRECTOR'S CUT

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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Movie Review

'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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New season of ‘24’ to see the light of day

When television thriller “24” returns to Indian screens this month, there will be lots of sunlight. The second season of the Indian remake of the U.S. series will launch into its real-time narrative during the day, ensuring that Indian audiences aren’t put off by the darkness on screen.  Full Article 

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Movie review

'Sultan' makes for a satisfying Bollywood film

The distinguishing feature in Salman Khan’s last two Eid releases - “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” and “Sultan” - is that there are no bad guys. The conflict in both these films does not come from quintessential Bollywood villain but from existential issues.  Full Article 

Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt
Hollywood Calling

Alia Bhatt has her eyes set on Hollywood

23-year-old Indian film star Alia Bhatt wants to broaden her four-year Bollywood experience by acting in Hollywood and web series. "Definitely Hollywood is something, a destination that you really reach after, maybe a couple of years after kind of finding your feet in Indian cinema, in Bollywood," Bhatt told Reuters in an interview.  Full Article | Video 

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Fireflies in the Abyss

Children working in mines a 'complete shock'

When Chandrasekhar Reddy travelled to northeastern India in 2011, the director was looking for material for a film on forests in the region famed for its misty hills and waterfalls. Instead, he found children as young as five working in coal mines.  Full Article 

A man rides his bicycle past a poster of the movie "Udta Punjab" in Mumbai, India, June 13, 2016. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade
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Film exposes plight of women in drug trade

A new Bollywood film gives a rare glimpse into the exploitation and enslavement of women in India's drug trade, highlighting how the stigma surrounding women drug users leaves them vulnerable to abuse. 'Udta Punjab' (Flying Punjab), directed by Abhishek Chaubey and released last week, shows how one of India's most prosperous states has been blighted by drug use.  Full Article 

Q&A with composer Amit Trivedi on ‘Udta Punjab’
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Q&A with Amit Trivedi on ‘Udta Punjab’

In nearly a decade of composing for Hindi films, Amit Trivedi has kept his music fresh and evolving. A self-confessed fan of A. R. Rahman, Trivedi’s scores for “Kai Po Che“, “Ishaqzaade” and Dev D have found him plenty of fans in Bollywood. But when it came to composing for Abhishek Chaubey‘s “Udta Punjab”, a film about a rock singer addicted to narcotics, Trivedi said he had to be extra cautious.  Q&A 

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Maneesh Sharma on ‘Fan’ and SRK

Maneesh Sharma counts himself as a Shah Rukh Khan fan. He met the Bollywood superstar when he was a struggling screenwriter and dreamed of making a film about a fan obsessed with an actor. Nearly a decade later, Sharma’s film starring Khan in a double role as an actor and his lookalike fan opened in Indian cinemas.  Read | Review 

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Opener Murali Vijay misses Kingston test with injury, Rahul to open

Indian opener Murali Vijay will miss the second test against West Indies due to a thumb injury and will be replaced by Lokesh Rahul, skipper Virat Kohli said ahead of the match that begins at Kingston's Sabina Park later on Saturday.

Belgium arrests two men suspected of planning attack

BRUSSELS Police arrested two men suspected of planning an attack in Belgium after house searches on Friday evening, federal prosecutors said on Saturday.

Indonesia detains 7 after attacks on Buddhist temples

(Corrects 2nd paragraph to read those detained were part of a mob, not leading it)

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Exclusive: Clinton campaign also hacked in attacks on Democrats

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO A computer network used by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign was hacked as part of a broad cyber attack on Democratic political organizations, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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UK and China regulators discuss framework for financial projects

HONG KONG British and Chinese securities watchdogs are discussing an agreement that will pave the way for landmark financial services projects between the countries, sources said, easing fears that Britain could be a less attractive partner for such deals after last month's vote to leave the European Union.

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U.S. sailor lends hand to clean Rio's bay before Games

RIO DE JANEIRO Bobbing on Rio de Janeiro's Guanabara Bay in a blue and white fishing boat, American sailor Brad Funk uses a plastic bin to scoop rubbish from the waters where Olympic sailing races will take place next month.

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U.S. authorities subpoena Goldman in 1MDB probe - WSJ

U.S. authorities have issued subpoenas to Goldman Sachs Group Inc for documents related to the bank's dealings with scandal-hit Malaysian state fund 1MDB, the Wall Street Journal reported late on Friday.

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