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Review: Tanu Weds Manu Returns

Review: Tanu Weds Manu Returns

Director Aanand L Rai seems to believe in the adage “Well begun is half done.” With both “Tanu Weds Manu” (2011) and its sequel, Rai starts with a great idea, some sparkling dialogue and interesting characters. But what you get in “Tanu Weds Manu Returns” is the cinematic equivalent of a car wreck, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Full Article 

Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan poses during a photocall for the film "Jazbaa" at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, May 19, 2015. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Aishwarya Returns

Aishwarya Rai returns to cinema with 'Jazbaa'

After a five-year hiatus to embrace motherhood, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan marked her return to the big screen by taking on one of her most demanding roles, playing a mother whose child is kidnapped in thriller "Jazbaa." A former Miss World and one of the most successful actresses in Bollywood, Rai Bachchan said the film stretched her as an actress, with each day posing new challenges to overcome.  Read 

Film Review: Bombay Velvet
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Anurag Kashyap's "Bombay Velvet"

At one point in “Bombay Velvet”, Rosie (Anushka Sharma) implores Balraj (Ranbir Kapoor) to take her away from the city. Balraj scoffs, saying what lies outside Bombay is “India”, and India is where starvation is. The film is a partially successful attempt to bring out this difference - Bombay is more vibrant, but also more treacherous than the rest of India even more than 50 years ago.  Full Article 

Shoojit Sircar’s "Piku" tells a compelling story
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Shoojit Sircar’s "Piku" tells a compelling story

One of the film’s strengths is its portrayal of a dysfunctional family. It also depicts the difficulties that come with looking after elderly parents. Deepika Padukone is a revelation as she stands up to seasoned actors like Amitabh Bachchan and Irrfan Khan, and comes out on top. “Piku” is a lovely film, which tells a compelling story created out of everyday lives.  Full Article 

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'Gabbar is Back' is a regressive and asinine film

If you need proof that Bollywood is stuck in a time warp, then "Gabbar is Back" is it. It tells you just how regressive and asinine our films can be, even when the subject is a noble one. The film is dated in look and feel, and the cast seems to know it too. They all ham it up like the actors of the 1980s. Akshay Kumar throws in a few punches but doesn't put in much effort, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Full Article 

Radhika Apte
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Radhika Apte will be picky in choosing roles

Actress Radhika Apte came under the spotlight after playing a scared but protective wife in “Badlapur” and a liberal city girl in “Hunterrr”. She speaks to Reuters about her films, Ekta Kapoor, and why she doesn’t mind vegetating without work once in a while.  Interview 

Do not miss Chaitanya Tamhane's "Court"
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Do not miss Chaitanya Tamhane's "Court"

Chaitanya Tamhane‘s “Court” is a chronicle of the mundane – a housewife cooks dinner, a lawyer reads something in a monotone, another character shops for groceries. Yet, it is through the mundane that Tamhane weaves magic. “Court” is a rare film that creates drama out of the humdrum lives of ordinary people, whose limited world view affect the lives of others in more ways than they can imagine.  Article 

Movie Review: Mr X (3D)
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Movie Review: Mr X (3D)

Vikram Bhatt’s film makes the special effects of the 1980′s look good with tacky 3D and amateurish special effects. The plot isn’t much better either. Like his character, Hashmi’s charm is beginning to flicker and disappear, and playing the same character over and over again is only making it worse.  Full Article 

"Margarita, With a Straw" is Kalki's film

"Margarita, With a Straw" is Kalki's film

The film strikes many a false note, but Kalki Koechlin salvages it with her understated and sensitive portrayal of a girl who is unabashed about her sexuality and unafraid to explore it. She embodies Laila, and therefore makes her story believable, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Full Article | A Minute With: Kalki Koechlin 

Handout still from "Dharam Sankat Mein"

"Dharam Sankat Mein" works in parts

If Fuwad Khan’s “Dharam Sankat Mein” is any indication, Bollywood is in the midst of a theological crossroads. It certainly is debating the idea of God with more fervour than before. If the film does work in parts, it is because of Rawal’s wry humour and the comic timing with which he delivers his lines, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Full Article 

A still from the film "Queen", taken from its Facebook page.
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"Haider", "Queen" win big at National Awards

A modern-day Bollywood adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet set in Kashmir won five prizes at National Film Awards, but was snubbed in the most prestigious categories.  Read | Top prize to "Court" 

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 Anushka Sharma

Anushka Sharma

On censorship and the making of NH10  Full Article 

Varun Dhawan

Varun Dhawan

On why he said yes to “Badlapur  Full Article 

Sriram Raghavan

Sriram Raghavan

On his love of the crime genre   Full Article 

Nandita Das

Nandita Das

On why she isn’t doing too many films  Full Article 

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