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Kiran Rao wants to focus on Indian cinema at Mumbai film festival

Handout photograph of filmmaker Kiran Rao

Filmmaker Kiran Rao is the new chairperson of the Mumbai film festival, which has been revamped this year and re-christened Jio MAMI. Rao, 41, a long-time champion of indie cinema in India, spoke to Reuters about her plans for the festival, why she wants to focus on Indian cinema rather than international films, and what went wrong with her earlier pet project, Filmbay.   Full Article 

Handout photo of the film "Guddu Rangeela"
Movie Review

“Guddu Rangeela” is an unremarkable film

“Guddu Rangeela” is one of those films that are middling, unremarkable, and trivialize a serious matter. The story starts with Bollywood’s oldest cliche: two kind-hearted conmen who rob people to fund their Good Samaritan schemes. The director, however, fails to decide on where to focus - the larger social evil of honour killings or just on these two men, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Full Article 

Still from "ABCD 2" taken from the film's Facebook page.
Movie Review

Choreography aside, "ABCD 2" disappoints

The underdog story is a guaranteed trope in movies, in which characters overcome adverse circumstances and make it big. But in Remo D’Souza’s sequel to “ABCD – Any Body Can Dance”, you’d have to look really hard to find that story, hidden as it is under layers and layers of gauze, outlandish costumes and an assembly line of flashy dance routines, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Full Article 

Actress Vidya Balan poses on the red carpet during the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 19, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/Files
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Vidya Balan on why she isn’t on social media

Two years ago, Vidya Balan was hailed as the new heroine that Bollywood needed. Since then, three of her films have flopped. She spoke to Reuters about coming off a great run at the box office, why she isn’t on social media, and her latest film “Hamari Adhuri Kahani".  Full Article | Movie Review: Hamari Adhuri Kahani 

"Welcome 2 Karachi" could have been better
MOVIE REVIEW

"Welcome 2 Karachi" could have been better

“Welcome 2 Karachi” might have been a slightly better film if the director hadn’t decided to keep adding to the gags, introduce songs that have no place in the narrative, and add a last-minute hijacking for added drama. In short, he should have kept it short, and relied on Arshad Warsi’s comic timing to tide the film over, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Full Article 

Handout photo from the movie "Tanu Weds Manu Returns"

"Tanu Weds Manu Returns" is half-baked

With both “Tanu Weds Manu” and its sequel, director A L 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. The film falls flat because Rai does not take it to its logical ending, 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 

Handout photo from the film "Bombay Velvet"
Box Office

'Bombay Velvet' flops big time

The film, made on a stated budget of 800 million rupees ($12.5 million), made around 160 million rupees ($2.5 million) in its opening weekend, a dismal figure for a film that had A-list stars like Ranbir Kapoor, Karan Johar and Anushka Sharma in lead roles and a huge publicity campaign behind it.  Full Article 

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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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