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Guns and Gowns: Documentary shows two faces of the Indian woman

Guns and Gowns: Documentary shows two faces of the Indian woman

Nisha Pahuja‘s film “The World Before Her” juxtaposes two training camps - one for the Durga Vahini (army of Durga), the women’s unit of the right-wing Vishva Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council), and the other for the Miss India beauty pageant. Pahuja wanted to make a film that would explore a common theme in two worlds that at first look like they are opposites.  Full Article 

A Minute With: Alia Bhatt
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A Minute With: Alia Bhatt

Alia, the daughter of Bollywood film-maker Mahesh Bhatt, spoke to Reuters about her role in “2 States”, what the film “Highway” did for her acting career, and why she considers herself “mediocre”. Here are excerpts from the interview.  Full Article | Review: 2 States 

Movie Review: Bhoothnath Returns
Bachchan as 'bhooth'

Movie Review: Bhoothnath Returns

The one thing to be said for Nitesh Tiwari’s “Bhoothnath Returns” is that it has impeccable timing. At a time when India is caught up in election fever, and every TV news channel is celebrating “the dance of democracy”, the film delivers the same message, albeit with a higher budget and a stronger medium than public service advertisements, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Full Article 

Post-release marketing helps 'Queen' rule
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Post-release marketing helps 'Queen' rule

Vikas Bahl’s film wasn’t supposed to make so much money. “Queen,” made on a meagre budget of 170 million rupees ($2.8 million) without the trappings of a big-ticket Bollywood movie, was initially slotted as a niche film that would hardly threaten Indian box-office records. Yet it broke a Bollywood record, and its lead actress, Kangana Ranaut, is being hailed as the next big thing.  Full Article | Movie Review 

(L-R) Directors of the film "Bombay Talkies", Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar and Karan Joharat pose as they arrive at the evening's gala of the film "Bombay Talkies", celebrating a hundred years of Indian cinema, during the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 19, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/Files
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U.S. festival spotlights independent Indian films

Bollywood films often capture the colour and beauty of Indian culture through high-profile stars and big-budget blockbusters, but a group of filmmakers is attempting to show a different side of India's people through smaller, independent fare. The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles is bringing the movies made outside of the Bollywood studio system to Hollywood.   Full Article 

Handout still from "Main Tera Hero"

Movie Review: Main Tera Hero

When you think about it, David Dhawan’s latest comedy is more tragic than comic. In almost every frame of “Main Tera Hero”, you see glimpses of a film-maker desperately trying to restore his former glory, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Full Article 

A Minute With: Rajat Kapoor on 'Ankhon Dekhi'
A Minute With

Rajat Kapoor on 'Ankhon Dekhi'

Over the past decade, film-maker Rajat Kapoor has found a niche for himself in Bollywood, writing and directing movies that rely more on unusual plots than glamorous movie stars. His latest film, “Ankhon Dekhi”, has actor Sanjay Mishra playing a man who refuses to believe anything that he hasn’t experienced himself.  Full Article | Movie Review 

Movie Review: Bewakoofiyaan
Movie Review

Bewakoofiyaan fizzles out like insipid romance

Nupur Asthana’s “Bewakoofiyaan” deals with money, its effects on modern-day relationships, and how couples deal with societal pressures. But the treatment of the film is quite outdated. There are autocratic fathers who don’t trust their daughters, and grown men who are out of a job but splurge on vacations. The film turns out to be an insipid romance that neither engages nor entertains  Full Article 

Handout still from the movie "Mastram"
Making of Mastram

Bollywood re-creates life of erotica writer

A new Bollywood film traces the fictional journey of a real-life writer of erotica whose racy low-cost works in Hindi spurred sales at bookstalls and pavement shops across India in the 1980’s and 90’s. The identity of the author, who used the pseudonym Mastram, was never revealed, but the film’s director Akhilesh Jaiswal said he remembers sneaking the books in as a teenager.   Full Article 

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Lakshmi

Lakshmi

World of human trafficking and prostitution.  Full Article 

Highway

Highway

Unusual method of filmmaking yields unexpected results.  Full Article 

Hasee Toh Phasee

Hasee Toh Phasee

A fun ride, despite a few bumps along the way.  Full Article 

One by Two

One by Two

The kind of film that best describes the word “wannabe”.  Full Article 

Jai Ho

Jai Ho

Vigilante film doesn't solve problems  Full Article 

Dedh Ishqiya

Dedh Ishqiya

A rollicking, irreverent and well-executed film, Chaubey’s film has sparkling dialogue and wit.  Full Article 

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Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage 

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