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Bollywood unanimous in praise for ‘Bombay Talkies’

Bollywood stars have given a resounding thumbs-up to Bombay Talkies, the collection of shorts marking 100 years of Indian cinema from directors Karan Johar, Dibakar Bannerjee, Zoya Akhtar and Anurag Kashyap. Actors Konkana Sen Sharma, Riteish Deshmukh, Aamir Khan, Rahul Khanna, Juhi Chawla, Siddharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra were among …

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‘Ek Thi Daayan’: Another example of Bollywood indecision

In addition to the usual disclaimers about ‘no animals being hurt during the making of this film’ and the endless thanks to ‘our media partners’, this Bollywood supernatural thriller adds that it ‘does not promote the stereotype of women as witches’. Bobo ‘the baffler’ (Emraan Hashmi) is a troubled magician; …

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Hariharan at Alchemy Festival 2013: “Bollywood or Bust!”

There is no doubt that Hariharan is one of India’s most versatile and talented singers: ghazal maestro, pop star (‘Colonial Cousins’) and ‘playback’ singer for films in various regional languages including Telugu, Tamil and Hindi. Most ‘fans’ would know him from his Bollywood collaboration with the ‘Mozart from Madras’ AR …

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COMMENT: Nick Clegg’s Folly and Bollywood Fried Chicken

Two weeks before the increasingly beleaguered Nick Clegg got on a stage to announce his ingenious plan to introduce “security bonds” to deter overstayers and illegal immigrants, I was contacted by a former officer of the Sri Lankan army. The officer – let’s call him Captain Daminda – had an …

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COMMENT: Nick Clegg’s Folly and Bollywood Fried Chicken

Two weeks before the increasingly beleaguered Nick Clegg got on a stage to announce his ingenious plan to introduce “security bonds” to deter overstayers and illegal immigrants, I was contacted by a former officer of the Sri Lankan army. The officer – let’s call him Captain Daminda – had an …

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Nileeka Gunawardene: Bollywood without the ‘Diva’!

The City of London, with its bonus-saddled bean counters, and Bollywood – and all that that entails – would seem, on first thought, rather strange bedfellows. With the onset of the holiday season however – stretching from Diwali to New Year’s Eve – a rather surprising phenomenon takes place as …

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Spielberg to give filmmaking tips to Bollywood’s finest in Mumbai

Steven Spielberg is to hold a filmmaking masterclass in Mumbai for some of Bollywood’s biggest directors and producers, reports say. The acclaimed director arrived in the Indian city on Monday morning to celebrate the critical and commercial success of his latest production ‘Lincoln’, produced in conjunction between Spielbergs’ Dreamworks Studio …

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10 Iconic Bollywood Female Leads

More often than not, the average female Bollywood lead is no more than a garnish, ornamental to begin with and then dissolving in patriarchal narratives.  Now and then however, comes a role that demands audiences take note of women being counted for something more than beautiful props: women of substance, …

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