Sabbir Khan’s third film could have been easily called the Tiger Shroff showreel. Every second scene of “Baaghi” is a chance for Shroff to show off his rippling muscles and an incredibly flexible body that he manages to contort into all sorts of positions while fighting the bad guys. Review
“Nil Battey Sannata” (a slang for incompetent) is a charming little film that shines a light on people we tend to overlook in movies and in our daily lives – domestic helps. The screenplay can’t escape a few bumps, and some scenes come across as gimmicky. But these are small hiccups in what is otherwise a film that is bound to bring a smile to your face, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar. Review
Syed Ahmad Afzal’s “Laal Rang” is supposed to be inspired by true incidents surrounding illegal blood trade in India. The narrative is thin and repetitive, and the film relies mostly on the charms of its two leading men to carry the burden of a middling screenplay. The dialogue lacks spark and the director takes his own sweet time getting to the conclusion, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar Review
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
R.Balki fills "Ki and Ka" with more stereotypes than you can count. In the guise of a film about a progressive man who stays home while his wife lives the corporate dream, we get a movie that makes sweeping generalizations about both genders. Why make a real film about real people when you can stereotype, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar Read
A fantasy epic billed as India’s most expensive movie was named the best film of 2015 at the National Awards, while Bollywood swept the acting and directing honours in a rare triumph for the Hindi film industry. “Baahubali“ captured the imagination of audiences across India with its top-notch special effects and grossed nearly $90 million at the global box office. Full Article
A remake of the Korean film “The Man From Nowhere”, Nishikant Kamat’s “Rocky Handsome” stars John Abraham as a hulking man-robot who seems capable of the most complicated stunts and ruthless killings, but is unable to muster up basic emotions. The movie is solid proof that Bollywood can ruin even the most straightforward of remakes. Full Article
Shakun Batra‘s “Kapoor and Sons” is a beautifully shot, perfectly airbrushed family drama set in the hill station of Coonoor in southern India. The word ‘dysfunctional’ has made its way to the publicity material for the film, but film-maker Batra’s version of dysfunctional is superficial at best, almost as if he is afraid of getting his hands too dirty and sullying the near perfect visage of his film. Read | Interview
If the publicity material of Prakash Jha’s “Jai Gangaajal” is to be believed, this is the story of a woman police officer trying to take on and win against the system, but the biggest twist in this tale is that it’s not. Priyanka Chopra’s face adorns every poster of the film, but the real hero and the one who gets the most screen time is Jha, playing Chopra’s subordinate, a crooked police officer. Review
Director Mozez Singh chooses to fuse two rather diverse narratives into a two-hour film and ends up doing justice to neither. Despite the markedly unoriginal scenes and predictable story, “Zubaan” might have been a coherent film if the director wasn’t so confused. As it stands though, this is a film that cannot overcome its split-personality disorder, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar. Read
The 2-hour runtime of “Aligarh” is not long by Bollywood standards, but there is a meditative quality to it that seems to stretch time. The film will take some time to sink into; but once you do, it becomes an immersive experience, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar. Read | Review
Indian film-makers love Barack Obama. He appears in “My Name is Khan”, played by someone who looks almost nothing like him, and “Phas Gaye Re Obama” (“Obama, We Are Trapped”). But no Hindi film can come close to portraying the most powerful man in the world like Abhishek Sharma’s “Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive”. The film is a singularly unfunny farce, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar. Review
Sanjay Dutt, one of Bollywood’s biggest stars, walked out of prison on Thursday morning after serving the remainder of a five-year sentence for acquiring illegal guns from the men convicted for the 1993 Mumbai bombings. Dutt, clutching a file and a duffel bag, turned and raised his arm in a salute before walking through the gate of Yerwada prison near Pune. Full Article
For a film supposedly based on Charles Dickens‘ “Great Expectations“, director Abhishek Kapoor seems to have started reading the book before abandoning it halfway. Kapoor’s adaptation begins with the story of Pip, Estella and Miss Havisham, but tapers into a narrative about unrequited love, complete with a Bollywood ending. By Shilpa Jamkhandikar
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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
LONDON Two groups signalled their interest in buying the British assets of Tata Steel on Tuesday, offering hope that thousands of jobs could be saved after weeks of uncertainty.
SYDNEY Asian shares slipped on Wednesday as worries about global growth and creeping deflation resurfaced, undermining commodities and boosting demand for safe-haven sovereign debt.
NEW DELHI Indian billionaire Sajjan Jindal's JSW Energy Ltd has all but agreed to buy a 1,000 megawatt power plant from his brother's heavily indebted Jindal Steel and Power Ltd in a deal valued at over $900 million, two sources told Reuters.
LONDON An expected slowdown in Indian sugar exports as domestic prices surge, will boost the market share of Thai and Brazilian sugar in Asian markets, traders said on Tuesday.
DETROIT/WASHINGTON Alphabet Inc's Google unit and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV have agreed to work together to build a fleet of 100 self-driving minivans in the most advanced collaboration to date between Silicon Valley and a traditional carmaker, the companies said Tuesday.
BEIRUT/MOSCOW Rebel fighters launched an assault in Syria's divided northern city of Aleppo on Tuesday and fired rockets on a hospital in the latest violence to hit civilians as diplomats struggled to restore an unravelling ceasefire and resurrect peace talks. | Video
NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Economies across large swathes of the globe could shrink dramatically by mid-century as fresh water grows scarce due to climate change, the World Bank reported on Tuesday.