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Pahlaj Nihalani: Holier Than Thou?

Pahlaj Nihalani, Chief of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), has been the talk of the town ever since he decided on cutting short a kissing scene in the recently released James Bond movie –Spectre. He was strongly condemned on both social and traditional media. Owing to the...

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6 Directors Who Took Bollywood To A New Level

For the past 100 years or so, the glittery world of Indian cinema has left us completely besotted. Ever since the silver screen lit up back in 1913, we Indians haven’t stopped raving about it! It’s been our pride and prized possession. Generation after generation, year after year,...

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Twin Peaks: 25 Years Of TV’s Cult Classic!

In 1990, came out a show that redefined prime-time television viewing in the US. With its iconic dialogue: “She’s dead. Wrapped in plastic.”, mystery-thriller Twin Peaks traced the investigation of the murder of a teenage girl in the (fictional) quiet and peaceful hilly town of Twin Peaks on the...

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Why Lyricism Isn’t Dead In Hindi Music

To be an enthusiast or even have a healthy interest in lyricists like Gulzar, Javed Akhtar and Piyush Misra is like entering a metaphysical world packed with metaphors that are unparalleled. Sampooran Singh Kalra also known as Gulzar has a knack of painting detailed and dramatic pictures with his...

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Movies And Trains: Of Landscapes, Journeys And Stories

The romance between trains and films has being going on since time immemorial. The lives of the characters are intricately weaved around trains and the railway platforms. Several lives are lived, various phases are experienced, love blossoms, hatred thrives and the train becomes an internal character itself. In...

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Drishyam: A Movie That Is Truly Deceptive

The Ajay Devgan starrer that released on Friday is the perfect example of a Bollywood movie with a movie star in the lead role aiming for big box office returns; big money in short. The trailer of the movie is well made. It excites you over a prospect of...

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Masaan: Impunity From The Shackles Of Society

Masaan, directed by Neeraj Ghaywan, stars the talented Richa Chaddha and newbies Vicky Kaushal and Shweta Tripathi in prominent roles. Premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, Masaan was awarded FIPRESCI, International Jury of Film Critics prize and Promising Future prize in the Un Certain Regard section.

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Why Bajirao Mastani’s Trailer Failed To Impress Me

After delivering movies like Devdas, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Goliyon ki Raasleela- Ramleela; Sanjay Leela Bhansali is back with another of his “great” creations- Bajirao Mastani. With larger than life characters, exquisitely royal locations, grand sets, heavy costumes, intensive fight sequences, blood and swords- it seems that...

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Don’t Underestimate The Minions- Size Doesn’t Matter To Be The Most Badass Existence!

Featuring the Gravity queen, Sandra Bullock’s voice along with other artists such as Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton and Allison Janney, Minions is a prequel spin-off to the Despicable Mefranchise. It has been released pan-India following a thunderous applause.. An American 3D computer-animated supposedly family comedy, it’s produced by NBCUniversal...

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Baahubali: A Desi Version Of 300?

S.S. Rajamouli’s Baahubali, which bears a striking resemblance to 300 in terms of special effects, has managed to leave everybody awe-struck as it hit the theaters today. With effects that manage to match up to that of Hollywood movies, Baahubali is action, romance and thrill all packed in one...

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Inside Out: A Movie For The Feels!

Directed by Pete Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen; Inside Out is an epitome of talent and recreation. The characters; Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness have been beautifully dubbed by Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling and Phyllis Smith respectively.

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Katti Batti, Yet Another Typical Chick Flick?

Kangana, yet again, plays the role of a free spirited girl (Payal) who lives life on her own terms. Doing away with the stereotype that casual sex is unacceptable, and that girls are ingenuous, pure and the epitome of honour, she gleams with unbridled passion for living life queen...

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Dil Dhadakne Do. No Really, Dil Dhadakne Do!

1 million views and countless controversies later, this movie has been the subject of everyone's debate recently. However, my side of the controversy is rather atypical of the views of general folks. A perfect depiction of a loaded, Hindu family’s social norms and associated emotions, this movie gives us...

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Please Watch Piku, As Many Times You Want!

Bhaskor is as opinionated, suspicious whimsical and yet cute, as any annoying but loving granddad would be. As usual Amitabh Bachchan’s comic timing is amazing, his inconsistent but adorable Bangla-Hindi accent crackle with drollness, and his body language is just perfect.

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The Bad Men Of Bollywood

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has been found guilty of killing a homeless man in a 2002 hit-and-run after a night out drinking. He has been convicted of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. “All charges against you have been proven,” announced Judge DW Deshpande. “You were driving the car, without a...

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‘Queen’ To Reprise The ‘Tragedy Queen’

Earlier this month, news broke out that Kangana Ranaut would indeed be playing Meena Kumari in the biopic, Meenabakamaal, being directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia. The shooting of the film, which is an adaptation of Vinod Mehta’s book – Meena Kumari: The Classic Biography, is said to begin sometime in...

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Furious 7: Watch It For Paul Walker

Turning the laws of Physics topsy-turvy, Furious 7 leaves you gasping and sighing all at once. The emotional heft that pervades throughout the movie is the fact that it is Paul Walker’s last and final appearance on the silver screen.

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NH10: Another Highway to Hell?

Watch NH10. It is a movie that will have you widen your eyes in incredulity. The thrill, horror and that dangerous streak of revenge engulf you as the movie lunches forward, however, beware! You might just bite your nails too hard!

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Top 5 Highlights From The Oscars 2015

The Academy Awards Ceremony has always been special. Be it the red carpet, the beautiful couples, their designer clothes or the Oscar trophies; the ceremonial evening is one that is dedicated to celebrations. Oscar 2015 was no different, and yet it was exceptional in its own way! Last night,...

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And The Oscar Goes To…

2014 has, certainly, been an awesome year for movies, where all you movie-buffs got a chance to feast on flicks like Birdman and Interstellar. Needless to say, you have spent a substantial amount of time, discussing, the movies and the probability of their winning the Oscar. Well, the announcements...

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Why Badlapur is a Must Watch

What Sriram Raghavan ensures is justice – to all characters by actors of good faith and choice. Varun Dhawan has acted par excellence and broken the young boy next door stereotype from the trajectory of his acting career. How one would see the posters and feel, is this Haider...

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The Hidden Gems Of Indian Cinema

Off late, Bollywood hasn’t really been churning out high-quality movies on a regular basis. Yes, the box office numbers are at an all time high, but innovation, on the other hand, is at an all time low in the industry. The same old tested formulas of script writing have...

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Celebrities who were the highlight of 2014!

Anushka Sharma’s lip job. Anushka Sharma and her lips grabbed all the limelight after her appearance on Koffee with Karan in 2014. There were speculations of Anushka having gotten a lip job done but the actress vehemently denied it. Her lips became a rage on various social networking sites...

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Hawaaizada: Tale Of An Unsung Indian Genius

Hawaaizada, is a story of an Indian scientist Shivkar Bapuji Talpade who was supposed to have constructed aeroplane 8 years before Wright brothers did. The film also elucidates the strategies that British Government used to suppress Indian talent and intellect. Hawaaizada talks about the hurdles and challenges that...

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Hindi Music: A Trip Down Memory Lane

Lately, we’ve read about a lot of people trashing Hindi music for its crass lyrics and production. But few realize that there are numerous diamonds in this rough. It definitely is a surreal experience listening to a track with impeccable wordplay and lyrics. We give you a lowdown...

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Roy Trailer: Mystifying And Intriguing

After having kept the audience waiting for almost a year, the producers of Roy are finally out with the film’s trailer. Roy features a strikingly hot Jacqueline Fernandez, bold Ranbilr Kapoor and a mysterious Arjun Rampal. The steamy couple Jacqueline and Rampal’s story unwinds in their relation as a...

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How DDLJ Changed Love In Bollywood

Directed by Aditya Chopra and starring the dream couple, Shahrukh Khan and Kajol, the film was greeted as a refreshing change by the Indian audience. With its decked up stars, beautiful foreign locales and expensive sets, DDLJ shifted the cinema’s attention to celebration of love instead of the wrath...

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Badlapur Teaser: Varun Dhawan Steals The Screen

The much-awaited Badlapur teaser is finally out and the trailer showcases a promising trailer. Starring Varun Dhawan , Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Yami Gautam and Huma Qureshi, Badlupur is a thriller film set in Badlapur district in Thane, Maharashtra. The film is directed by Sriram Raghuvan who has risen to fame...

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Tevar: Raw And Rustic Attitude

Set in a small town somewhere in Uttar Pradesh, the trailer opens with the antagonist claiming that his “dulhan” (bride) has been abducted. After which we see what really happened. Sonakshi Sinha as Radhika is a sweet and sexy small town girl, gorgeous enough to impress the don of...

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Why “Happy New Year” Is Making Me Unhappy

And so, this Diwali saw the release of yet another Goliath of a movie, Happy New Year. The “muhoorat” (timing) couldn’t have been any better. It was the ultimate festive season. People in India never shy away from spending a few extra bucks on Diwali. Hell, most of us...

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Haider Is Not Anti-National

Do people really believe that Army did nothing wrong in Kashmir? That only militants were captured and tortured? That there were no instances of disappearances and the issue of half widows is a ruse? Well, it has happened in Kashmir. I don’t wish to take a political stand here....

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Ungli: They Have shown The Finger

The film stars Emraan Hashmi, Randeep Hooda, Neil Bhoopalam, Kangana Ranaut, and Angad Bedi as the members of the gang “Ungli” (finger) with the motto “it’s time to show them the finger”, who decide to fight corruption, while Sanjay Dutt plays the cop in-charge of putting an end to...

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Evergreen Bollywood Classics

Over the years Bollywood music has evolved magnificently. With the country’s zeal for music, driving it forward, Bollywood has brought to us a song for every occasion. From intense Urdu couplets that sing our tongue with the melody of the beautiful language, to woeful ballads; from patriotic songs that...

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Finding Fanny: A Review

From the makers of Being Cyrus and Cocktail, comes to you a story of five unfinished love in Finding Fanny. If you have heard Ernst Hemingway’s “It’s good to have an end to journey toward, but it’s the journey that matters in the end,” then this is a movie...

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Mary Kom: A Movie Review

What a woman! That was the thought I carried home after watching Mary Kom. Mc Mary Kom has created her own destiny in real life, and Bollywood’s talented actor Priyanka Chopra has captured that story skilfully and, more so, passionately for us, bringing it to the silver screen. These...

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