As far as establishing the backdrop of “Rangoon” goes, Vishal Bhardwaj’s new war drama hits the ground running. The film opens with images of guerilla soldiers of the British Indian Army, including Nawab Malik (Shahid Kapoor), in a face-to-face combat with the Japanese as bombs explode all around them. Hollywood does such sequences regularly, but a well-executed battle scene in a Hindi film whets your appetite for more.
Nagraj Manjule’s searing film from last year explored the repercussions of young love that flowers in the middle of a caste cauldron, earning more accolades than any Marathi movie in recent times. In contrast, Roy’s film trivialises the issues of caste, honour killings and barriers to love marriage in a largely conservative society. Worst, he doesn’t even manage to make it light-hearted and funny enough to elicit a few stray giggles.
Ten years ago, India witnessed one of the most horrific serial killings in recent times, where 19 children and young women were murdered in a suburb near the capital. The country was riveted for months after body parts were found buried in the backyard and drains around wealthy businessman Moninder Singh Pandher’s home, where he lived with his servant Surinder Koli.
In an early scene in war movie “The Ghazi Attack”, a character explains how a submarine works – with the help of an egg. To demonstrate what water pressure can do to the vessel deep in the ocean, he smashes the egg with his hand, splattering yellow and white everywhere. The scene is important in explaining situations later on in the story, but is also the perfect metaphor for a film that cracks under the weight of a thousand cliches.
Kay Kay Menon’s performances in films like “Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (A Thousand Desires) and Gulaal (Red) are something Indian movie fans won’t forget easily. He has established himself as an actor of much versatility, but has also confounded his fans by acting in typical Bollywood fare, often essaying caricaturish villains.
Subhash Kapoor’s “Jolly LLB” from 2013 was a middling film saved by the comic timing of leading man Arshad Warsi and Saurabh Shukla, who played the amiable but eccentric judge. In “Jolly LLB 2”, Kapoor makes some cosmetic changes to the script and replaces his leading man, but thankfully keeps Shukla.
ISLAMABAD Pakistan has banned cinemas nationwide from screening an Indian blockbuster movie "Raees" starring famous Pakistani actress Mahira Khan, a censor official said on Tuesday, the latest media clampdown after last year's spike in tension between the nuclear-armed neighbours.
There is a recurring line in Rahul Dholakia’s “Raees” that is meant to exemplify the eponymous protagonist. We are told he has “Baniye ka dimaag aur Miyaanbhai ki daring”, roughly translated as “the cunning of a merchant and the audacity of a Muslim man”.
Shah Rukh Khan may be the king of modern Bollywood, but don't ask the superstar to rule on whether Pakistani actors should be allowed to work in Indian cinema.
MUMBAI 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.
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
PUNE, India Left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe took 12 wickets in the match to help Australia beat India by 333 runs on Saturday as the tourists took a 1-0 lead in the four-test series between the world's top-ranked sides.
KANSAS CITY/NEW DELHI A white U.S. Navy veteran has been charged with killing an engineer from India and wounding two other men when he opened fire in a Kansas bar in what federal authorities were investigating on Friday as a possible hate crime that shocked the victim's home country. | Video
NEW DELHI A unit of engineering conglomerate Larsen & Toubro has won an onshore engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract from Indian Oil Corp Ltd, the country's largest refiner, worth 11 billion rupees ($165 million), it said in a statement on Saturday.
A fifth straight week of gains resulted in the Nifty crossing the crucial 8,900 mark, with Reliance Industries providing direction for markets. The company’s stock hit a 52-week high after Chairman Mukesh Ambani said its telecom unit Jio will end free data plans for customers starting April 1. The stock had been underperforming for some time due to concerns related to its telecom venture and the huge capex it is undertaking.
MONTREAL The real estate arm of Canada's second-largest pension fund manager is looking at India's logistics sector following the announcement this week of its first investment in the country for more than six years, President Daniel Fournier said on Friday.
WASHINGTON The White House excluded several major U.S. news organizations, including some it has criticized, from an off-camera briefing held by the White House press secretary on Friday.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md./WASHINGTON President Donald Trump said he would make a massive budget request for one of the "greatest military buildups in American history" on Friday in a feisty, campaign-style speech extolling robust nationalism to eager conservative activists. | Video