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Rani Mukerji on her “Mardaani” roles

Rani Mukerji, clicked by Abhay Singh. HANDOUT

Rushing from one TV studio to the other to promote “Mardaani,” Mukerji told India Insight in a telephone interview how she hopes audiences will appreciate that a female police officer does exactly what her male counterparts are expected to do, and how she learnt gangsters are caught.  Read interview 

Actor Emraan Hashmi is seen in a handout from the film "Raja Natwarlal"
MOVIE REVIEW

Raja Natwarlal” is flimsily written, half-hearted

“Raja Natwarlal” is a flimsily written and half-heartedly directed film, which falls short of its lofty ambitions because no one associated with it seems to have any concern for detailing or authenticity on celluloid. Emraan Hashmi seems to have got the role down pat, and doesn’t feel the need to do anything extra. The script holds Paresh Rawal and Kay Kay Menon down, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Full Article 

Picture taken from the official Facebook page of "Lekar Hum Deewana Dil".
Movie Review

Lekar Hum Deewana Dil: an insipid disaster

Director Arif Ali’s “Lekar Hum Deewana Dil” will try your patience from the word go, so here’s a game you can play to make the experience more tolerable. It’s called ‘Spot the Movie’ and its rules are simple: name the films that this particular snorefest reminds you of. There’ll be many. Go for the movie if cliched plots, bad acting and occasional bursts of actual fun do the trick for you, writes Anupriya Kumar.  Article 

Photo taken from the official Twitter account of ‘Singham Returns’
Movie Review

Supercop ‘Singham Returns’ with a roar

Despite its many obvious failings, “Singham Returns” is likely to strike a chord with the audience because it makes an effort to raise some important social issues. The portrayal of the nexus between politicians and men of religion, illicit funds and the yawning gap between the rich and the poor is often simplistic and ham-fisted, but suggests director Shetty might have his heart in the right place.  Full Article 

A still from "Humshakals" taken from the film's official Facebook page
Movie Review

Sajid Khan's "Humshakals" is best avoided

With “Humshakals”, Sajid Khan returns with his particular brand of slapstick comedy (remember “Housefull”?). In the opening credits, Sajid Khan pays tribute to Kishore Kumar, Jim Carrey and Peter Sellers. It takes barely a few minutes of “Humshakals” to find this claim to greatness by association both arrogant and audacious. The movie is best avoided, writes Anupriya Kumar.  Full Article 

Documentary shows two faces of Indian women
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Documentary shows two faces of Indian women

Nisha Pahuja‘s film "The World Before Her" juxtaposes two training camps - one for the Durga Vahini (army of Durga), the women’s unit of the right-wing Vishva Hindu Parishad, and the other for the Miss India beauty pageant. Pahuja wanted to make a film that would explore a common theme in two worlds that at first look like they are opposites.  Full Article 

A Minute With: Alia Bhatt
Interview

A Minute With: Alia Bhatt

Alia, the daughter of Bollywood film-maker Mahesh Bhatt, spoke to Reuters about her role in “2 States”, what the film “Highway” did for her acting career, and why she considers herself “mediocre”. Here are excerpts from the interview.  Full Article | Review: 2 States 

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Bhoothnath Returns

Bhoothnath Returns

Film has some noticeable flaws, but it does inject enough faith for viewers to cheer it on  Full Article 

2 States

2 States

Example of a movie subject that would appeal to a new, younger Indian audience  Full Article 

Main Tera Hero

Main Tera Hero

When you think about it, David Dhawan’s latest comedy is more tragic than comic  Full Article 

Lakshmi

Lakshmi

World of human trafficking and prostitution.  Full Article 

Highway

Highway

Unusual method of filmmaking yields unexpected results.  Full Article 

Hasee Toh Phasee

Hasee Toh Phasee

A fun ride, despite a few bumps along the way.  Full Article 

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Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage 

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