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Much ado about masala

New Delhi, March 23 -- What does Shakespeare have to do with an item number called Jhalla Wallah? Is the Bard more alive in the films of Vishal Bhardwaj and Sanjay Leela Bhansali than on the stages of... Read More


Strange days: 'Achhe Din Blues'

New Delhi, March 22 -- On 14 March, a 29-year-old actor named Aamir Aziz uploaded a track he'd written and performed to his YouTube channel. A week later, Achhe Din Blues had over 80,000 views-not an ... Read More


Film review: 'Kesari' has little to offer besides numbing violence

New Delhi, March 22 -- Midway through Kesari, there's a scene where an army comes into view over the crest of a hill, a long line of drummers in front. Watching this from the vantage point of Saragarh... Read More


Movie review: 'Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota' is a loving pastiche

New Delhi, March 20 -- Genre tributes are a tricky balancing act. Tip one way and you end up parodying the thing you love. Tip to the other side and you have something that's all flash and no heart. W... Read More


Some shows from India can be Amazon's next big global hits: Jennifer Salke

Mumbai, March 16 -- When Jennifer Salke took over as head of Amazon Studios in February last year, after her predecessor Roy Price quit over sexual harassment claims, she inherited a number of challen... Read More


Movie Review | 'Photograph' is sensitively rendered but staid

New Delhi, March 15 -- Six years after The Lunchbox, Ritesh Batra returns with another film about two lonely souls. It deals, as his first feature did, with that quintessentially Mumbai feeling of bei... Read More


Film review: 'Captain Marvel' offers familiar thrills

New Delhi, March 8 -- Sparring with her mentor, Yon-Rogg (Jude Law), Kree soldier Vers (Brie Larson) is told, "Humour is a distraction." The MCU tone is by now well-enough established that this can be... Read More


'Soni': Serve, protect, support

New Delhi, March 8 -- Soni opens with a man following a woman on a bicycle at night, calling after her-a long, unbroken take, as all the film's scenes are. She stops and confronts him; suddenly, he's ... Read More


The kindest cut

New Delhi, March 2 -- In July 2017, a no-budget B-movie opened in two cinema halls in Tokyo. It was called Kamera O Tomeru Na!-which, translated, means "Don't stop the camera!". The director, Shin'ich... Read More


Film review: 'Sonchiriya' cuts to the bone

New Delhi, March 1 -- Sonchiriya opens with a shin-kick of an image: a close-up of a shiny dead snake head crawling with flies. It's lying in the path of a band of approaching dacoits, led by Man Sing... Read More