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Bollywood plays starring role in Modi's re-election bid

Apr 10 2019

MUMBAI/BENGALURU Early this year, a dozen of Bollywood's biggest names took a private jet from India's film capital of Mumbai to New Delhi for a private audience with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

UPDATE 1-India's Bollywood plays starring role in Modi's re-election bid

Apr 10 2019

MUMBAI/BENGALURU, April 10 Early this year, a dozen of Bollywood's biggest names took a private jet from India's film capital of Mumbai to New Delhi for a private audience with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Movie Review: Romeo Akbar Walter

Apr 05 2019

“It’s all a little too obvious”, a character in Robbie Grewal’s “Romeo Akbar Walter” quips while discussing an espionage operation. He might as well be talking about the film.

Movie Review: Junglee

Mar 29 2019

In "Junglee" (Wild), elephants share equal screen space with the all-conquering hero in a tale about preserving forests.

Movie Review: Notebook

Mar 29 2019

In Nitin Kakkar’s “Notebook”, the stunning landscapes of Kashmir prove the perfect backdrop for a less-than-perfect romance story.

Movie Review: Kesari

Mar 21 2019

If Anurag Singh had cut down the number of slow-motion shots in his film by even half, “Kesari” (Saffron) would have been at a bearable length. But much like the battle in this period war drama, Singh stretches proceedings interminably.

Movie Review: Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota

Mar 20 2019

Nostalgia and a love of movies shine through in every scene of Vasan Bala's "Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota" (The Man Who Feels No Pain), a wonderfully whimsical, Wes Anderson-style homage to superhero films.

Movie Review: Photograph

Mar 15 2019

Ritesh Batra’s “Photograph” is based on the present but yearns for the past. In the age of mobile phones, social media and fast-paced romances, Batra’s film harks back to Bollywood of the 70s, quaint romances and a Mumbai that is still stuck in time.

Movie Review: Mere Pyare Prime Minister

Mar 15 2019

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s “Mere Pyare Prime Minister" (My Dear Prime Minister) is another one in a long line of Hindi films with the urge to highlight India’s open defecation problem. From Akshay Kumar “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha” to Nila Madhab Pandya’s “Halkaa”, Bollywood seems to have discovered that toilets and the lack of them make for a compelling narrative.

Movie Review: Hamid

Mar 15 2019

Aijaz Khan’s “Hamid” is about the unusual connection between a precocious boy and a soldier in conflict-ridden Kashmir. It is a heartfelt - if a little naive - attempt at depicting the futility of war and the consequences of militancy, one that is uplifted considerably because it is narrated from the perspective of a child.

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