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Movie Review: Nanu Ki Jaanu

REUTERS - 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.

Actress Sridevi gets posthumous national award

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.

Movie review: October

REUTERS - 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.

Q&A: Ishaan Khatter on his debut film 'Beyond The Clouds'

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.

Q&A: Rajkummar Rao on ‘Omerta’ and the fun of playing a villain

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.

Movie Review: Missing

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.

Movie Review: Blackmail

REUTERS - 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.

Q&A: Shoojit Sircar on ‘October’ and why he is a control freak

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.

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Trump's travel ban faces U.S. Supreme Court showdown

WASHINGTON The first big showdown at the U.S. Supreme Court over President Donald Trump's immigration policies is set for Wednesday when the justices hear a challenge to the lawfulness of his travel ban targeting people from several Muslim-majority countries.