Bitti Sharma is a conundrum. She lives in a small town, works in a dingy government office and her only dream seems to be to get married. She also smokes cigarettes, watches pirated English films and break-dances. The heroine of Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s “Bareilly Ki Barfi” seems interesting at first. She ruins it all by reading a book.
The Indian government dismissed the controversial chief of its movie censorship panel on Friday, following months of criticism from Bollywood film-makers and fellow panelists angered by attempts to sanitise art and popular culture.
T.N. Seshan, the former chief election commissioner credited with helping clean up elections in India, famously compared government committees to a visit to the toilet, saying people sit for long periods without getting anything done. Shree Narayan Singh's "Toilet - Ek Prem Katha" is about as interesting as a government committee.
Sidharth Malhotra made his debut with Karan Johar’s “Student Of The Year” in 2012 and has never quite managed to shake off the tag of being Johar’s protégé with a boy-next-door image. But the actor says he is trying to become his own man by trying different roles and discovering his style and craft.
If there’s one quality that defines Anushka Sharma, it’s clarity. The actress says she uses her instinct to choose her roles and has no doubts about what she wants and doesn’t want – from modeling to acting and producing.
In his seventh film, Imtiaz Ali puts a literal spin on his running theme of travel and self-discovery. He makes his leading man a travel guide and his leading lady a tourist, thus giving them ample justification for traipsing through Europe. A picturesque backdrop provides the ideal setting for them fall in love.
Shanker Raman’s “Gurgaon” is meant to be a dark, dystopian thriller about greed, jealousy and gender dynamics. The trouble is it makes sure you know this from the very first frame. The characters speak chaste Haryanvi, have no regard for the law, the frames are darkly lit and the background music is ominous.
In an early scene in Anees Bazmee’s “Mubarakan” (meaning congratulations in Punjabi), an Indian family’s boisterous reunion in London is interrupted by their neighbours, who ask them to pipe down. “My brother is here from India. We won’t keep quiet for the next three days,” the Indian matriarch announces haughtily. This, in essence, exemplifies the film. It has no mercy for our ear drums or sensibilities, and is more than happy to ignore logic as long as it can carry on with its loud c
For the first time in a long time, Madhur Bhandarkar seems to have rediscovered two-letter movie titles, a semblance of nuance and a leading lady who doesn’t ham her way through her scenes. “Indu Sarkar” is not the most searing depiction of a dark period in India’s post-independence history, but it manages to make its limited point.
If there is one thing you have to credit Alankrita Shrivastava’s latest film with, it is that it throws open the lives of women in a way that we rarely see on Indian celluloid.
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
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
NEW DELHI/MUMBAI India approved a proposal on Wednesday to set up a ministerial panel to speed up consolidation of state-run banks as part of its efforts to revive credit and economic growth.
MUMBAI India's plan to bring in marketing rules to curb unethical promotional practices in the country's drug industry faces an indefinite delay after it hit a legal roadblock, marking a setback for public health groups.
NEW DELHI A passenger express train derailed after hitting a truck in northern India on Wednesday, injuring 42 people, some critically, in the country's fifth major rail accident in the past year.
KARACHI, Pakistan Pakistan has rejected U.S. criticism of its efforts to fight terrorism, saying it should not be made a scapegoat for the failure of the U.S. military to win the war in Afghanistan.
MUMBAI India's rainfall deficit for the June-September monsoon season has widened to 6 percent as of Wednesday, the highest since the season's start on June 1, data compiled by India Meteorological Department (IMD) showed.
SEOUL North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered more solid-fuel rocket engines, state media reported on Wednesday, as he pursues nuclear and missile programmes amid a standoff with Washington, but there were signs of tension easing.
LONDON Britain on Wednesday outlined several escape routes from the "direct jurisdiction" of the European Court of Justice after Brexit, one of Prime Minister Theresa May's key aims in talks to unstitch 40 years of EU membership.