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"Court": Do not miss this one

"Court": Do not miss this one

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, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Full Article 

Movie Review: Mr X (3D)
Cinema

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.
Cinema Awards

"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" 

Handout still from the film “Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!”

Sushant Singh Rajput on Byomkesh Bakshy

For his new film “Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!” Sushant Singh Rajput dons a voluminous dhoti (a traditional Indian costume), oils his hair, and plays the role of Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay’s famed fictional sleuth. The 29-year-old actor spoke to Reuters about his “process”, the unglamorous look he sports in the film, and why he said yes to Rajkumar Hirani’s 2014 film “PK”.  Read the interview 

Picture taken from film's Facebook page.
Movie Review

Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! misses the meat

The attention to detail never translates into atmosphere – that elusive element that makes for a successful whodunit film. The intrigue that is suggested through dialogue never turns into an edge-of-the-seat mystery, thanks to a shallow plot. The trimmings on this one are plenty, but it’s the meat that is missing.  Full Article 

Shashi Kapoor's picture, taken from Prithvi Theatre's Facebook page.
Highest Honour

Shashi Kapoor to get Dadasaheb Phalke Award

Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor will receive the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2014, the government announced on Monday, becoming the third in his family to receive the country’s highest honour in Indian cinema. Kapoor’s easy charm and intense demeanour made him an instant hit with audiences in the 60s and 70s.  Full Article 

Cinema goers inside Maratha Mandir theatre in Mumbai December 11, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files
Film Censorship

Rifts within censor board spill into the open

A prominent member of the government censors took to social media on Thursday to rail against its chairman, exposing rifts within a censorship panel that has thwarted the theatrical release of films such as Hollywood hit "Fifty Shades of Grey". Ashoke Pandit, a Bollywood film-maker, accused censor chief Pahlaj Nihalani of treating the Central Board of Film Certification like his personal fiefdom.  Read 

“Hunterrr”: Surprisingly banal for a sex comedy
Movie Review

“Hunterrr” feels repetitive after a point

The protagonist in Harshavardhan Kulkarni’s “Hunterrr” is instantly recognizable. Mandar Ponkshe is someone we’ve all met, or been, at some point in life. He’s the guy who ogles at every passing woman, the man who brushes against a woman’s posterior in a crowded market, or stares at a nurse who is treating his sick friend. Reuters' Shilpa Jamkhandikar reviews the movie.  Full Article 

Thinking Long-Term

A Minute With

 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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