In Rohit Dhawan's "Dishoom",Â the opening credits roll to a rap song mouthed by two brawny protagonists who describe themselves as "simple" men disappointed in love who prefer home food to eating in five-star hotels. With one disclaimer: these otherwise meek men turn violent if someone doesn't stand up while India's national anthem is playing, criticizes the country or harasses a woman. By Shilpa Jamkhandikar
It might be difficult to blank out all the hype surrounding Rajinikanth's "Kabali". When you have giant cutouts of the man being worshipped in front of theatres and near riots at ticket windows, it is difficult to separate the man from his films. And yet, when you do, "Kabali" emerges as a middling film, whose aim seems to be to milk the man and the phenomenon as much as possible. Review | Photos
With "Madaari", Nishikant Kamat goes back to the film that first brought him in the limelight. In "Dombivali Fast", a man suffers at the hands of a corrupt administration before turning into a vigilante. In "Madaari", Kamat again explores this aspect of social justice, pitting one man against a rotting political establishment, and advocating street justice. Full Article
Film-maker Ali Abbas Zafar has hit the jackpot with his third Bollywood film. "Sultan", a 170-minute wrestling saga starring Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma, is breaking box-office records this month and looks set to become the most successful Hindi film of all time. Full Article
The teenage daughter of one of India's best known movie directors has had her first chart hit - with a song she wrote when just 11 years old. Kaveri Kapur, now 15, hopes her voice and her songs will be what get people talking, rather than her famous parents: father Shekhar Kapur and mother Suchitra Krishnamoorthi. Full Article
“Slumdog Millionaire” Anil Kapoor is back with another season of “24”, the Indian remake of U.S. television thriller about a counter-terrorism agent. The 24-episode series will represent 24 hours in agent's life, following real-time format that became its trademark. Full Article
When television thriller “24” returns to Indian screens this month, there will be lots of sunlight. The second season of the Indian remake of the U.S. series will launch into its real-time narrative during the day, ensuring that Indian audiences aren’t put off by the darkness on screen. Full Article
The distinguishing feature in Salman Khan’s last two Eid releases - “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” and “Sultan” - is that there are no bad guys. The conflict in both these films does not come from quintessential Bollywood villain but from existential issues. Full Article
23-year-old Indian film star Alia Bhatt wants to broaden her four-year Bollywood experience by acting in Hollywood and web series. "Definitely Hollywood is something, a destination that you really reach after, maybe a couple of years after kind of finding your feet in Indian cinema, in Bollywood," Bhatt told Reuters in an interview. Full Article | Video
When Chandrasekhar Reddy travelled to northeastern India in 2011, the director was looking for material for a film on forests in the region famed for its misty hills and waterfalls. Instead, he found children as young as five working in coal mines. Full Article
A new Bollywood film gives a rare glimpse into the exploitation and enslavement of women in India's drug trade, highlighting how the stigma surrounding women drug users leaves them vulnerable to abuse. 'Udta Punjab' (Flying Punjab), directed by Abhishek Chaubey and released last week, shows how one of India's most prosperous states has been blighted by drug use. Full Article
In nearly a decade of composing for Hindi films, Amit Trivedi has kept his music fresh and evolving. A self-confessed fan of A. R. Rahman, Trivedi’s scores for “Kai Po Che“, “Ishaqzaade” and Dev D have found him plenty of fans in Bollywood. But when it came to composing for Abhishek Chaubey‘s “Udta Punjab”, a film about a rock singer addicted to narcotics, Trivedi said he had to be extra cautious. Q&A
Maneesh Sharma counts himself as a Shah Rukh Khan fan. He met the Bollywood superstar when he was a struggling screenwriter and dreamed of making a film about a fan obsessed with an actor. Nearly a decade later, Sharma’s film starring Khan in a double role as an actor and his lookalike fan opened in Indian cinemas. Read | Review
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With smartphone sales booming and India preparing for nationwide 4G Internet access, India's film and TV industry hopes the ease of tapping your phone for the latest release will generate profits at last, overcoming the problems of woefully few cinemas and rampant piracy. Full Article
The Indian film industry is changing and films no longer have to have a song and dance sequence to be successful, superstar Shah Rukh Khan said. "The younger filmmakers and everyone, they know that, you know, we don’t need to just shove in a song anymore," he said. Full Article | Video
Indian opener Murali Vijay will miss the second test against West Indies due to a thumb injury and will be replaced by Lokesh Rahul, skipper Virat Kohli said ahead of the match that begins at Kingston's Sabina Park later on Saturday.
BRUSSELS Police arrested two men suspected of planning an attack in Belgium after house searches on Friday evening, federal prosecutors said on Saturday.
(Corrects 2nd paragraph to read those detained were part of a mob, not leading it)
WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO A computer network used by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign was hacked as part of a broad cyber attack on Democratic political organizations, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.
HONG KONG British and Chinese securities watchdogs are discussing an agreement that will pave the way for landmark financial services projects between the countries, sources said, easing fears that Britain could be a less attractive partner for such deals after last month's vote to leave the European Union.
RIO DE JANEIRO Bobbing on Rio de Janeiro's Guanabara Bay in a blue and white fishing boat, American sailor Brad Funk uses a plastic bin to scoop rubbish from the waters where Olympic sailing races will take place next month.
U.S. authorities have issued subpoenas to Goldman Sachs Group Inc for documents related to the bank's dealings with scandal-hit Malaysian state fund 1MDB, the Wall Street Journal reported late on Friday.