At one point in Faraz Haider’s “Nanu Ki Jaanu”, a group of men are sitting around a table and having a serious discussion, when one of them starts sobbing for no obvious reason. The absurd moment is one that fits with the general tone of the film, where things happen without any rationale and no one has a clue about what is going on.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MUMBAI Bollywood star Salman Khan, jailed on Thursday for five years for poaching, was granted bail by a court on Saturday in a case being followed by tens of millions of fans and a movie industry that banks heavily on his popularity. | Video
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.
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.”
Radiant Life Care Private Ltd revised its offer for India's Fortis Healthcare Ltd on Tuesday, proposing to buy one of its hospitals in Mumbai immediately, as a five-way takeover battle for the hospital chain intensifies.
NEW DELHI Microsoft Corp is not auditing how its partner KPMG cracks down on illegal use of Microsoft software in India, the companies said in a joint statement on Tuesday.
MUMBAI, India The number of Maoist militants killed in an ambush by security forces has risen to 37 after more bodies were pulled out of a river on Tuesday, authorities said.
QUETTA, Pakistan Three suicide bombers attacked Pakistani police and paramilitary soldiers in the southwestern city of Quetta on Tuesday, killing six police and wounding 15 members of the security forces, officials said.
BEIJING China failed to get India's support for its ambitious Belt and Road infrastructure project at the end of a foreign ministers' meeting of a major security bloc on Tuesday, ahead of an ice-breaking trip to China this week by India's prime minister.
NEW DELHI U.S. sanctions on Russian military exports have put the brakes on a $6 billion deal with India and may derail the arms purchases of other U.S. allies around Asia, experts say.
NEW DELHI Gains by India's ruling party in the Karnataka assembly election next month will fall short of a majority, an opinion poll showed, potentially forcing it to seek an alliance to end the rule of the main opposition Congress party in its last big state.