Finally, someone in a Bollywood film lives in Virar. This far-flung and much reviled Mumbai suburb and its people have been wholly ignored by India’s popular cinema, whose scope usually doesn’t extend beyond the tried-and-tested urban milieu.
Rohit Shetty's record in Bollywood was impeccable - he made mass entertainers and was good at them. Whether it was an action film like "Singham" or the "Golmaal" comedy franchise, Shetty's films routinely exasperated critics and delighted audiences.
In “Qarib Qarib Singlle’ (Almost single), Irrfan Khan plays a smart-talking, glib man who goes on a road trip across India. But unlike 2015’s “Piku”, this trip doesn’t seem to be as much fun.
Appearances are deceptive in “Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana” (Please Come to the Wedding). In the beginning, our hero appears to be a likeable, if excitable, young man, consumed by the thought of marital bliss. But as the story progresses, he goes berserk. So does the film.
The best thing about "Ittefaq" is its runtime of 107 minutes. Director Abhay Chopra seems to have realised what many in Bollywood haven't - when it comes to thrillers and mysteries, it is best to keep it short. Bereft of item songs and irrelevant sub-plots, the film sticks to its main theme and comes out looking good.
It's probably no coincidence that the makers of Bollywood film "Ittefaq" (Coincidence) are taking the path less trodden for the movie's promotions.
Rakhee Sandilya’s “Ribbon” gives us a peek into the life of a young urban couple as they navigate professional and personal hurdles. Yuppie couple Sahana (Kalki Koechlin) and Karan (Sumeet Vyas) live a seemingly perfect life in Mumbai. They party hard and work harder, until she gets pregnant and realises they aren’t ready for parenthood.
Life is everywhere in the cremation grounds of Varanasi. On a recent Saturday, people chanted sacred hymns as family members' bodies burned on pyres of wood. Goats and cows chewed on garlands of marigold flowers left behind from funeral rites, and beggars and sages hung around looking for alms. Nearby, tourists sought a better view of the whole thing.
The title of Rohit Shetty’s latest film is prescient. He’s made so many “Golmaal” films that it is impossible to tell them apart. So you stop bothering with numbers, because you know it is going to run with the same formula all over again and engineered towards making that elusive thing Bollywood likes to call a “commercial blockbuster”.
Former journalist Devashish Makhija makes short films, writes children's books and has written the script for several movies. His latest full-length feature, "Ajji" (Grandmother), is the dark tale of an old woman who sets out to avenge the rape of her granddaughter.
LAHORE/ISLAMABAD Newly freed Pakistani Islamist Hafiz Saeed, accused of masterminding a bloody 2008 assault in Mumbai, called ousted former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif a "traitor" on Friday for seeking peace with neighbour and arch-foe India.