Assamese-language drama “Village Rockstars” was named the best film of 2017 at India’s National Film Awards on Friday while Bollywood actress Sridevi got the best actress award two months after her death.
What can you do for someone who is in a coma? Someone who is lying in a bed for months and unable to move? If you are Dan, the protagonist in Shoojit Sircar’s “October”, you get the patient’s eyebrows threaded. Bushy eyebrows do no one any good, even if you are unconscious.
Ishaan Khatter has had what some would call a promising start to his film career. “Beyond The Clouds,” his debut film by Iranian director Majid Majidi, earned the 22-year-old a lot of praise when it released internationally last year despite the movie getting tepid reviews. Back in India, Khatter plays the lead in the upcoming “Dhadak”, a Bollywood remake of Marathi blockbuster, “Sairat”, about star-crossed lovers who have to contend with toxic caste and class divides in rural India.
2017 was Rajkummar Rao’s year. The 33-year-old actor won accolades for his performances in “Trapped”, “Newton” and “Bareilly Ki Barfi”. With his star rising in Bollywood, Rao says budgets have increased for his films and adulation on social media has gone up, but added that his focus is not on how much money his films make, but how well a day on set goes.
Nearly seven years after he made “Delhi Belly”, director Abhinay Deo returns to the black comedy genre with “Blackmail”. By the end of the film, you wonder why it took him so long.
Deception and mystery are ironically the biggest missing elements in Mukul Abhyankar’s mystery drama “Missing”, which is set in a scenic resort in the Maldives. The film might have started off on paper as an Alfred Hitchcock-meets-Agatha Christie caper, but the “twist” is obvious from the first five minutes to anyone who’s watched anything in this genre.
MUMBAI/NEW DELHI A Rajasthan court jailed Bollywood star Salman Khan for five years for poaching on Thursday, lawyers said, a sentence likely to derail the career of one of the country's most popular actors. | Video
Shoojit Sircar is one of the few directors in Bollywood with an almost impeccable record. The former ad man who debuted with “Vicky Donor” in 2012 has since gone on to make “Madras Café” and “Piku”, both applauded for their unusual treatment and resonant themes. Sircar also produced and was the creative director of “Pink” in 2016. His latest film is the romantic drama “October”, which stars Varun Dhawan and Welsh actress Banita Sandhu.
In one of the first sequences in Ahmed Khan’s “Baaghi 2”, an army officer posted in Kashmir ties a man to the front of a jeep and parades him through the streets. When questioned by superiors, the hero justifies his action by saying: “I didn’t mind the stone-pelting but when they burned the tricolour, I couldn’t take it.”
In Siddharth Malhotra’s “Hichki”, Rani Mukerji plays a teacher with a tic and a classroom full of students who desperately need a good Samaritan to transform their lives.
NEW DELHI The Supreme Court dismissed on Thursday petitions calling for an investigation into the death of a lower court judge in 2014 when he was presiding over a case against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's top political aide Amit Shah.