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'Newton' is India's entry to the Oscars

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MUMBAI Amit Masurkar’s “Newton”, a political satire about an election in the remote jungles of India, is the country’s official entry in the best foreign film category at the Academy Awards next year.

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Movie Review: Newton

In a scene in Amit Masurkar’s “Newton”, the eponymous protagonist is at his desk with a neck brace, thanks to an injury. It might be a brace, but in the way it prevents Newton from turning his head and hampers his movements, it might as well be a pair of blinkers.

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Movie Review: Bhoomi

This is the year of the rape-revenge drama. After Raveena Tandon’s “Maatr” and Sridevi’s “Mom”, it is now the turn of the father to exact vengeance. In his first film after spending four years in jail for firearms offences, Sanjay Dutt takes the law into his own hands in “Bhoomi” to punish the men who raped his daughter.

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Movie Review: Haseena Parkar

Apoorva Lakhia’s “Haseena Parkar” is a film that is more concerned with making money than it is about telling the true story of that rare woman who made it to the top in the underworld. Why else would you see Haseena as a young bride in 1976, watching a movie and sipping on a brand of bottled water that definitely did not exist during the period? There is a time and place for brand promotions, but this is not it.

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Q&A: Advait Chandan on 'Secret Superstar' and the 21st century zeitgeist

Advait Chandan has spent the last seven years managing Aamir Khan. And watching one of Bollywood’s biggest stars at such close quarters, he says, gave him an invaluable insight into the art of film-making.

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Q&A: Pankaj Tripathi on surviving in frog-in-the-well Bollywood

Pankaj Tripathi went from being a murderous butcher in Anurag Kashyap's "Gangs of Wasseypur" to a docile father in "Bareilly ki Barfi" - and won acclaim for both roles. The National School of Drama alumnus has been acting in Bollywood for 12 years, but says it's only now that he's being noticed and credited.

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Movie Review: Lucknow Central

Less than a month after “Qaidi Band”, another set of prisoners form a music band in jail - picking up life lessons and making friends in the process.

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Movie Review: Simran

Emerging out of the theatre after watching “Simran”, one wishes this film wasn’t swirling around in as much controversy as it is. This is a film with merit, and with a central performance strong enough to iron out faults and shortcomings in other departments.

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Movie Review: Poster Boys

The 2014 Marathi film “Poshter Boyz” was a mostly loud, but bearable comedy about three men who find themselves on a government poster advertising voluntary vasectomies. The ad causes an upheaval in their lives, living as they do in a village that apparently hasn’t moved on from the last century.

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Q&A: 'Waterman' Rajendra Singh loses hope as India runs out of groundwater

India's monsoon rains are crucial for its crops and help replenish groundwater for people to access drinking water. The amount of rainfall this year has been in line with what the India Meteorological Department expected, but many regions are still battling drought conditions - especially southern India.

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India clinch series with hat-trick of wins against Australia

INDORE, India All-rounder Hardik Pandya celebrated his promotion in the batting order with a breezy 78 to help secure India's series-clinching five-wicket victory in the third one-day international against Australia on Sunday.