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Not here to solve problems: Shah Rukh

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan speaks during an interview with Reuters in Mumbai, India, January 18, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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.  Full Article | Q&A with Shah Rukh Khan 

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

Salman Khan acquitted in weapons case

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. Khan, 51, had been charged with possessing and using an unlicensed weapon to kill an endangered gazelle in 1998 on a hunting trip in Rajasthan.  Full Article 

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Movie Review

'Haraamkhor' entertains, but towards the end

Nawazuddin Siddiqui has made a career out of playing the evil man, so he gets into his role in “Haraamkhor” with ease, bringing the right kind of sliminess to Shyam’s character that will make you despise him. Shweta Tripathi as Sandhya is wonderful too, but it is Irfan Khan and Mohd Samad, the two boys who play Kamal and Mintu, who are the two standout performers in the film.   Full Article 

'OK Jaanu' will bring a smile to your face

'OK Jaanu' will bring a smile to your face

There is something to be said for a film that takes a tired romantic trope and turns it into a tale that will bring a smile to your face. But any credit must go to Mani Ratnam and his 2015 hit “O Kadhal Kanmani”. “OK Jaanu” director Shaad Ali and his cast are merely transcribers here, wirtes Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Full Article 

Cinema goers watch Bollywood movie "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge" (The Big Hearted Will Take the Bride), starring actor Shah Rukh Khan, inside Maratha Mandir theatre in Mumbai December 12, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files
The Year Ahead

Bollywood films to watch out for in 2017

Sequels, biopics, history lessons, fantasies and a prequel - that is what Bollywood has lined up for movie buffs in 2017, a year in which the Indian film industry will hope to produce better content and stand up to the increasing presence of Hollywood blockbusters in the country’s movie calendar.  Full Article 

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Box Office

'Dangal' shatters Bollywood box office record

Aamir Khan's latest film "Dangal" is now Bollywood's highest grossing movie of all time, breaking the record set by his previous release "PK" in 2014. "Dangal" pulled in around 3.45 billion rupees ($50 million) in net domestic revenue by Sunday, trade sources said.  Full Article |  Q&A: Nitesh Tiwari on 'Dangal'  

Director Ritesh Batra arrive for the screening of the film "Dabba (The Lunchbox)" at the 38th Toronto International Film Festival September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Mark Blinch
Interview

Ritesh Batra on film-making

On the day his first full-length feature film released in 2013, Ritesh Batra had no idea of the avalanche that was about to hit his professional life. “The Lunchbox”, a bittersweet love story between a bored housewife and a crabby accountant, struck a chord with audiences in India and the West. Batra spoke to Reuters about his movies, and how things have changed since “The Lunchbox”.   Read 

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Looking Back

As 2016 ends, Bollywood at the edge of a cliff

This was the year Bollywood slowed down and, in some cases, slammed the brakes. For the third straight year, the Indian film industry did not grow. As some studios shut up shop, Hollywood films such as “The Jungle Book” trumped most Hindi films at the box office. Big-ticket movies didn’t strike a chord with audiences and the industry finds itself scrambling for a long-term solution.  Full Article 

Amazon taps Bollywood directors
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Amazon taps Bollywood directors

Amazon.com is banking on top Bollywood directors to do something they have never done before - create television shows. The online retail giant said it had signed on some of the biggest names in the Indian film industry - Zoya Akhtar, Vikramaditya Motwane and Ram Madhvani - to come up with original series for Amazon's video-streaming service Prime Video.  Full Article 

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Bollywood

Movie Review: Befikre

It is difficult to imagine Aditya Chopra directing a more successful film than his debut blockbuster Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, a saccharine love story which remains an important part of pop culture 21 years after it turned Shah Rukh Khan into a Bollywood superstar. But in a recent note, Chopra said he wouldn’t make a Raj-Simran love story if he were to release his first film today.  Full Article 

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Movie Review

'Kahaani 2' fails to finish off in style

The only connections between Sujoy Ghosh’s 2012 film “Kahaani” and his latest project “Kahaani 2 – Durga Rani Singh” are the indomitable heroine, her secret past and the murky colour palette in both movies that makes everything seem gloomier and darker.  Full Article 

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Movie Review

Bhatt, Khan make 'Dear Zindagi' worth watching

The highlight of the film is Alia Bhatt, who pulls off her second brilliant performance of the year after “Udta Punjab”. The focus is entirely on her and she doesn’t shy away, facing even tough scenes with a natural confidence and maturity that belies her age. “Dear Zindagi” might not be a love letter to life it was intended to be, but Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan make this one worth watching.  Full Article 

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INTERVIEW

Alia on why she uses gut feeling to choose films

Alia Bhatt’s two earlier releases in 2016 clicked at the box office and won her accolades for her performance. In her upcoming film “Dear Zindagi”, she plays a young woman who forms a bond with her therapist, played by superstar Shah Rukh Khan. The actress spoke to Reuters about her latest release, why she trusts her instinct in choosing films and why she doesn’t worry about burnout.   Full Article 

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UPCOMING FILM

'Bollywood modernising feelings on intimacy'

Actress Vaani Kapoor said Bollywood has become more liberal about intimacy on screen ahead of the release of her new film 'Befikre', a contemporary romantic comedy with passionate kissing scenes. "There's a change in society," Kapoor said during a promotional event in London on Monday for the film.  Full Article 

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Movie Review

'Tum Bin 2' offers nothing new

The storyline of “Tum Bin 2”, that of a person forced to choose between a past lover and another from the present, offers nothing new for the most part. While such formulaic, done-to-death plots are hardly a challenge for viewers used to Bollywood love triangles, there are other damning factors that make the movie difficult to sit through.  Full Article 

Kaleidoscope

Cinema goers watch Bollywood movie "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge" (The Big Hearted Will Take the Bride), starring actor Shah Rukh Khan, inside Maratha Mandir theatre in Mumbai December 12, 2014.REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

The best and worst of Bollywood in 2016

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 

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FILE PHOTO: Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit (C) performs at the 14th annual International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards show in Macau July 6, 2013. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Movie-mad Indians challenged to rewrite sexist Bollywood songs

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 

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