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Movie Review: Padman

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The best thing about “Padman” is the person the film is based on.

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Q&A: R. Balki on 'Padman' and how to present a film with a message

Bollywood’s big release this month touches upon a subject that is taboo in most Indian homes and therefore, in the movies. “Padman”, which has Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte in the lead, is based on the true story of social entrepreneur Arunachalam Muruganantham. | Video

07 Feb 2018
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Q&A: Ranveer Singh on 'Padmaavat' and the risk of playing a bisexual

Amid violent protests and calls for a ban, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmaavat” released in Indian theatres last week to a mostly positive reception from audiences. Critics, however, saved most of their praise for Ranveer Singh’s portrayal of Alauddin Khilji, the crazed Muslim invader who is the anti-thesis to the virtuous Rajput king played by Shahid Kapur.

03 Feb 2018
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Malaysia bans Bollywood film 'Padmaavat' over negative portrayal of Muslim ruler

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia has barred controversial Bollywood film "Padmaavat" from being screened in theatres, the home ministry said on Friday, citing the movie's negative portrayal of a Muslim ruler.

02 Feb 2018
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Budget 2018: Bollywood wants tax break to boost theatre numbers

India’s film industry, battling falling theatre footfalls, is hoping that the government will encourage the proliferation of multiplexes in non-metros to meet the demand for entertainment in smaller towns and help curb rampant piracy.

01 Feb 2018
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Protesters burn tyres, attack shops as controversial film 'Padmaavat' is released

MUMBAI Protesters burnt tyres and vandalised shops on Thursday to oppose the release of Bollywood film "Padmaavat", prompting cinema owners in several states to abandon plans for screenings. | Video

World, South Asia, Top News 26 Jan 2018
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Movie Review: Padmaavat

There are three disclaimers before even a frame of “Padmaavat” is shown on screen. All kinds of adjectives and verbs are used to make sure the audience knows the film is based on Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s epic poem, “Padmavat”, and that the film does not intend to hurt anyone’s sentiment. That’s understandable given that street protests against the film have turned increasingly violent, with reports of vandalism around a number of multiplexes in Gujarat on Tuesday, and more protests planned by Hin

24 Jan 2018
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Police detain dozens protesting against controversial movie 'Padmaavat'

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI Right-wing Hindu groups in India stepped up protests on Wednesday against the release of the controversial Bollywood film "Padmaavat", as several states boosted police patrols a day after the Supreme Court refused to allow bans on the movie.

24 Jan 2018
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Supreme Court rejects bid to reinstate ban on film 'Padmaavat' as Hindu groups protest

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected bids by two states to reinstate a ban on the disputed Bollywood film "Padmaavat", saying it stood by its previous ruling clearing the way for the movie to be shown in theatres.

23 Jan 2018
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Movie Review: My Birthday Song

Samir Soni’s “My Birthday Song” is supposed to be many things - including a psychological thriller and a mid-life crisis drama - but it is mostly a repository of bad acting, the kind that makes you cringe every time someone on screen even tries to attempt an emotional scene.

19 Jan 2018

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