Bhansali’s Devdas Completes Twelve Years

The film adaptation by Bhansali marked a new era for adaptation of classic narratives in the Hindi film industry. Many compared its avant-garde components of filmmaking to legendary films like Mughal-e-Azam and Umrao Jaan. From the costumes and set designs, which included recreating a twentieth century Calcutta in Dharavi,...

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Potter Mania Is Back

The story features an almost thirty-four year old Harry, with a few greys among his natural black but is still rocking his distinct round-framed glasses. Ron’s ginger hair is slightly thinning. The story shines a light of a lot of new and exciting features in Harry’s world now. The...

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Rajni Back With A Double Bang

Interestingly, the title of the movie is named after Rajni’s grandson, Linga. Rajnikanth fans however, seem to be getting restless in a wait for the release of this movie. At the same time Bollywood lovers are also awaiting Lingaa’s release as Sonakshi Sinha will be seen in the Kollywood...

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Ek Villain: A Watchable Film

Very different from the typical boy meets girl love story, Ek Villain's plot is rather complicated. By complicated we mean its beyond any normal human being's understanding. Yes we have all been through the phases of live that the characters in the film experience, but that doesnt necessarily mean...

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Fugly: An Erroneous Mess

Kabir Sadanand’s Fugly is the story of four friends who live by the motto of all for one and one for all. But one wrong move by them changes everything. What really happens and how a cop makes their lives a living hell is for you to find...

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Holiday: Worth A 100 Crore Collection?

He might be known for his dare-devil stunts, but that’s not what Akshay Kumar’s latest film Holiday is about. “Holiday is an amazing film on what terrorism is all about and how the army tries to capture the sleeper cells,” Akshay Kumar said in an interview.

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Humshakals: A Hit Despite Negative Reviews

Filmmaker Sajid Khan is known for making—for the lack of a better word—weird films, be it Housefull or Housefull 2. However, he just doesn’t seem to learn a lesson from his past experiences. Humshakals as is being described by everyone is nothing but terrible, to the extent that it...

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Its Raining Superheroes

Superhero Movies And Television Series To Watch In 2014  Every year has its share of movies that one eagerly waits for, in the superhero category, that waiting is triple fold. With almost all our favourite comic heroes coming to life on the big and small screens, it’s impossible not...

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No More Nonsense

There are two things that twenty first century Bollywood filmmakers are obsessed with—remakes and sequels. While most of the remakes turn out to be a flop show, as they fail to capture the original plot—Agneepath, Zanjeer and Sholay—the same can be said about a few sequels—Dhoom, Race, Housefull and...

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Zanjeer: A Review

Exhausted from my weeklong trip and before starting the workweek on Monday, I decided to sit back and relax this weekend. So, with my entire family out for a few hours, I settled down in front of the idiot box with a bowl of popcorn and a soda. Unfortunately,...

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Vaayai Moodi Pesavum: A Review

The good thing about watching a newcomer’s film—be it a director or an actor—is that there aren’t many expectations attached to it, and you get to treat the film at its face value. Director Balaji Mohan may be two films old—first being Kaadhalil Sodhapuvadhu Epdi, but one needs to...

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2: A Review

Welcome to the golden age of superhero movies. After years of experimentation which resulted in quite a few hiccups (read Batman and Robin) Hollywood has finally managed to unravel the secret to great movie-making (and great profits) while doing justice to these fabled characters. Each new film of...

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2 States: A Review

There are two ways to look at Bollywood’s latest release 2 States—one, with its concept it is much better than most of Chetan Bhagat movies, and two, (the more accurate one) the film is worse than most of Bhagat’s flicks as it is unable to develop the concept...

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Bollywood At Its Worst

India is a country that is obsessed with films, which is why the moment a film’s promo is launched on YouTube, a buzz is created on social media. People start tweeting and sharing the promo with a detailed analysis of the cast and even snippets of some of the...

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In Theatres Near You

In today’s time, there is nothing more sacred than the weekend. From a school student, an office goer to a housewife weekend means a break from their daily schedule. While the housewives take a break from kitchen and force the husbands to take the family out for dinner and...

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Horrible Bosses: A Review

Friday was one of those days when I was in a really weird mood. No smiles and just irritated. I was pissed at my phone for buzzing so much, pissed at the friend on the other side of the phone, pissed at my parents for talking so loud, and...

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Wanderlust: A Review

After working throughout the week, Saturday nights are when I relax and sit down to watch a film. While most of the films end up being a waste of three hours, the pleasure of switching on my laptop to watch a film and not do office work is what...

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Hasee Toh Phasee: A Review

When I first saw the trailer of Hasee To Phasee, it seemed so generic. Knowing that it was a Karan Johar film didn’t do much for my low expectations either. However, it was not until recently that I got a chance to watch the film—thanks to the slow internet...

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The Unlikely Hero

Someone has rightly said that at times you need a friend who can see through your soul and figure out what is wrong. And I am blessed to have at least one such friend, who sensing my down in the dump kind of mood persuaded me to watch...

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Yaariyan: A Review

Have you ever found yourself humming a song without even realizing which movie its from? I have. Every time I would hear the song “Blue hai panni panni…” I would find myself singing along and soon after dancing uncontrollably. Call me ignorant or uninformed, but it was not until...

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Queen: A Review

“Mera sense of humour bahut accha hai. Dheere dheere aapko pata chalega.” (“My sense of humour is really good. Slowly you’ll realise it for yourself.”) And indeed it was. The perfect way to celebrate the spirit of International Women’s Day, my girlfriends and I decided to watch the much...

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Movies To Watch Out For In March

With the release of movies like Highway, Hasee Toh Phasee, Shaadi Ke Side Effects and Gunday, the shortest month, February, proved to be quite an entertaining week for cine buffs. While Highway, an unusual Bollywood flick was a pleasant surprise, Gunday and Shaadi Ke Side Effects, the typical...

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Highway: The Road Less Travelled

The Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda starrer Highway with a story based on the concept of Stockholm Syndrome made headlines from the first day of shooting. Movie goers were curious to see Alia in this new, challenging, avatar and her flawless performance definitely deserves a huge round of applause.

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Shaadi Ke Side Effects: A Review

Wanting to catch up with my best friend and still high on Highway, I decided to watch Farhan Akhtar and Vidya Balan starrer Shaadi Ke Side Effects on a highly expensive weekend. And since I had tugged my purse’s strings harder,my expectations from the movie were also heightened. But...

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Highway: A Review

A few days ago I told you about my love for Imtiaz Ali and his movies, and gave you my reasons for desperately wanting to watch Highway. Well, now that I have watched the movie, I can say for sure that Imtiaz Ali has lived up to my expectations...

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Highway: A Review

With the release of Dedh Ishqiya in January and Highway in February, 2014 is indeed shaping out to be a good year for Bollywood. While the former was an almost perfect combination of basic story line and style, class and grace, Imitiaz Ali’s Highway leaves a lasting impact on...

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Jai Ho: A Review

I’ve never been a Salman Khan fan and that’s probably why I’ve always avoided watching his films. But with some time to kill on my hands, I decided to watch Jai Ho and figure out for myself what was so common-man like about his character. Needless to say, it...

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Why Is Highway Different?

I know you are probably rolling your eyes at me in disdain because it has almost been a week since Highway was released, and by now I should have been writing a review of it. But the irony of an adult’s life is that sometimes you get so caught...

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Who Was Philip Hoffman?

Monday morning brought with it the sad news of Hollywood’s award winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death. While no official cause of death has been announced by the doctors, the New York police department said that his death was likely caused by a drug overdose.

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My Bollywood Picks For February

We all know that time flies. But sometimes it seems that it flies really fast. It was only yesterday that we were reveling in the New Year spirit with the much talked about Aamir Khan starrer (well, Katrina, Abhishek and Uday were also there) Dhoom 3, when we were...

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Just About The Big Bucks?

Only three things sell in India—politics, cricket and Bollywood. While politics is all abuzz about Kejriwal and the Aam Aadmi Party and cricket about Virat Kohli and the upcoming Indian Premiere League, Bollywood, as always, seems to be talking about box office collections.

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Bengali Beauty Suchitra Sen

Frankly I haven’t seen any of her Bengali films, but from whatever I have seen of her in Bollywood, I can definitely say one thing—she was one of the finest actors of Bollywood. This female actor Suchitra Sen who is known for her power packed performances both in Bengali...

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Dedh Ishqiya: A Review

Set in the small town of Mahmuhdabad in UttarPradesh, Dedh Ishqiya is all set to break the records and steal the hearts right from the first scene. There is no moment in the movie that fails to grab the attention of the audiences, making it a much better film...

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Please Miss It

We all start our week by planning our next weekend. And the first thing we do is open the newspaper or log on to Book My Show to see what film is releasing on Friday. But let’s be practical, movie tickets are not that cheap anymore, and spending 300...

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Movies To Watch Out For

With films like The Lunchbox and Shahid, Bollywood and its actors underwent a lot of overhaul. The boundaries between commercial, offbeat and typical Bollywood masala films were broken. But that wasn’t the end of it because with the New Year comes Bollywood’s new offerings.

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Farooq Shaikh: Young At Heart

We have been witness to various surprises and shocks in the year 2013 but the last shock of the year—Bollywood actor Farooq Shaikh’s death—is something nobody was prepared for. Shaikh might have been 65 but he never seemed old, especially with his mischievous smile and twinkling eyes. No friend...

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Top 10 Bollywood Hits of 2013

2013, the year that wasn’t or maybe was. It was the year of scams and scandals , including the helicopter scam, the year when asteroid passed the earth, the launching year of MOM(Mars Orbiter Mission) into Earth’s orbit by the ISRO, the year of Modi, the year of...

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The Good Road Comes To An End

Gyan Correa’s Gujarati movie, The Good Road first created ripples when amidst much controversy it was selected as India’s official entry for the Best Foreign Film category at the 86th Academy Awards. However, this time around India’s dark horse is in news because it has failed to impress the...

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Dhoom 3: A Review

The Dhoom series is perhaps the most successful action-adventure franchise of Bollywood. It all started in the year 2004 when the first film in the series, starring John Abraham, Abhishek Bachchan, Uday Chopra and Easha Deol hit the screens. What intrigued the people then were the bikes in the...

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Frozen: A Review

Outstanding songs, good jokes, soaring hearts, snowy castles and a delightfully revamped traditional happy ending—what else do you need for Christmas? Disney’s Frozen gives you all this and more!

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Reading Between The Lyrics

Even after a month of its release, the latest single “Blue Eyes”by the ignominious singer YoYo Honey Singh continues to be a rage among people. Sadly the unimaginative song has over 10 million hits on YouTube. However, what surprises me is the singer’s popularity. I mean what is wrong...

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Koffee With Karan Season 4

There are only a few more days to go before this year comes to an end. Any ordinary actor who had no releases this year is most likely to be out of the spotlight but the actor we are talking about is by no means an ordinary one. He...

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Catching Fire: A Review

Catching Fire in my opinion is perhaps the best movie adaptation of a book that I have ever seen. Yes, better than its predecessor The Hunger Games too. But maybe I’m biased—I’ve been the hugest fan of the Hunger Games series ever since I first read it early last...

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The Bard In Bollywood

From Gulzar’s Angoor in 1982 to Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram Leela in 2013, the Bard of Avon continues to influence Bollywood filmmakers. Although Shakespeare had Queen Elizabeth and later King James as his patron, his plays were for the masses. They appealed to the masses and...

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Accident or Hoax?

If you look around and see what’s happening in the world, you must have definitely come across the news about the sudden death of Hollywood actor, Paul Walker, who died in a car crash. The actor, more known for his The Fast and the Furious series than anything else,...

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Singh Saab The Great : A Review

Director Anil Sharma and actor Sunny Deol come together for a fourth time in the movie Singh Saab The Great. While their first venture, Gadar - Ek Prem Katha (2001), was one of the biggest hits of its time, their second film, The Hero - Love Story of A...

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Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela: A Review

Much has been said about Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet—from being termed his best to being banned in Uttar Pradesh. It has also been referred to as another “fiasco delivery” by the not so appraised director. Nevertheless, with this movie, Bhansali is here to entertain,...

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It Happens Only In India!

A lot, especially if you’re in India. Ironically, this question appears in one of Shakespeare’s most iconic play Romeo and Juliet from which Ram-Leela, an upcoming Hindi film is inspired and has been courting controversy because of its name or rather because of the name of a Hindu god...

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That Day After Everyday: A Review

The problem of women security has attracted a lot of attention off late, but unfortunately no concrete solution has been found to put a stop to the heinous crimes against women. However the recent cases of rapes, especially the Delhi gang rape, has forced people to openly talk about...

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Gravity: A Review

Every time I think of Alfonso Cuarón’s film Gravity, I can feel the goose bumps on my skin. No words can describe how overwhelmed I was after seeing this movie. Adding to my excitement was Sandra Bullock (Ryan Stone) and George Clooney’s (Matt Kowalski) performance who played the characters...

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Krrish 3: A Review

Expect for performances, everything else in Krissh 3 is a big letdown. Krrish 3 is a bad amalgamation of many Hollywood superhero movies and you can’t help but notice that many scenes from the film are ripped off from other superhero films. You literally find yourself playing a game...

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At Cinemas This November

Its November folks! And this festive month, spread over four Fridays brings with it a plethora of big ticket Hollywood and Bollywood releases. The film fraternity has always favoured the month of November to unleash their best.

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It’s a Flop History

We have all grown up loving sci-fi and super hero films. It would not be wrong to say that Iron Man, Superman and Batman have always been our favorite. But what about Bollywood? Has Bollywood lived up to the Hollywood standards of sci-fi?

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Ram Leela: Music Review

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movies and music personify folksy grandeur and while the treatment of films like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Devdas was flamboyant, films like Khamoshi, Saawariya and Guzarish were subtle.

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Manna Dey: An Evergreen Singer

Known for his songs like “Puccho na kaise”, “Aye meri zoharazabeen” and “Laga chunari mein daag”, Manna Dey symbolized the golden period of Hindi cinema. He was the last member of the famous quartet that included Mohammad Rafi, Kishore Kumar and Mukesh Mathur, and together they ruled the Hindi...

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DDLJ: 18 years And Counting

Hindi movies have played an eminent role for the life of every child while growing up. I too was hooked to them during my teenage years. But, there was one movie that possibly had an effect on every individual in this country; it was Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayeinge (DDLJ).

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From The Rhythmic To The Raunchy

Recently, I came across a song on the radio with extremely ridiculous, wacky and silly lyrics. I was confused whether to laugh or bawl about the quality of songs in our films these days. Here are some new songs that come to my mind when I think about witless...

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Smoking Is Injurious To Films?

Okay so how many of you get creeped out by the anti-smoking and anti-tobacco advertisements that they run right before the movie starts? I definitely do. And that’s not all, after being subjected to these horrendous advertisements, we see a “Smoking is injurious to health” disclaimer every time...

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Grand Masti: A Review

First thing first, Grand Masti welcomes its viewers with a bizarrely long list of credits, which keep on rolling for more than fifteen minutes. Believe you me, you could definitely clean your entire wardrobe, by the time the movie actually began.

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Besharam: A Review

Why o’ why would Ranbir Kapoor do this to his fans? I am sure he is aware of the fact that his name is now synonymous with good cinema, and whether he likes it or not, his viewers and fans expect a lot from his films. But frankly I...

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The Bling Ring: A Review

From the time it was announced, Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring had everyone’s attention, for two obvious reasons- Coppola as the director, and Emma Watson in short-shorts and a tramp stamp. Sofia Coppola, whose bio includes the critically acclaimed Lost in Translation, The Virgin Suicides and not-so-much Marie Antoinette,...

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The Lunchbox: A Review

A simple yet effective line from the film, that sums up the essence of the film. The Irrfan Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer The Lunchbox enjoyed rave reviews from critics across the country even before it was released. I watched the film purely because of the overwhelmingly positive reviews...

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Satyagraha: A Review

I know I’m late in reviewing this movie but better late than never right? So here it goes. We had all been watching the thrilling trailers of Prakash Jha’s Satyagraha, and when I read that the movie got a rating of 4.5 stars, my curiosity increased .

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Shuddh Desi Romance: A Review

All I wanted to do this weekend was watch a nice light hearted movie after a tiring week. But ten minutes into Shudh Desi Romance and I realised that I had made biggest huge mistake. While popular film critics like Rajiv Masand and Anupama Chopra are all praises for...

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Creativity: A Licence Killer In India

Over the last two decades, India has blossomed into a country whose economy is talked about the most in Asia. Besides that it has also become a nation where the women aren’t considered to be safe anymore. However, one thing that hasn’t changed its course over the years is...

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A Tribute To Harry Potter Series

“It’s the end of an era.” These were the first words that popped into my head after watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, two years back. The movie picks up from where Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 left off.

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Bhaag Milkha Bhaag: A Review

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is a story about determined and strong willed sports legend, Milkha Singh. It portrays his journey from being a pampered son of a loving family to being named “Flying Sikh” by General Ayub Khan of Pakistan.

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Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani: A Review

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is director Ayan Mukerji’s second film after the effortless and superb Wake Up Sid! The direction is simplistic to say the least. Barring the music numbers the story is predictable and echoes of many romantic films from the past couple of decades. It’s after all...

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Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani: A Review

YehJawaniHaiDeewani is an Indian coming of age Bollywood love story which revolves around four friends KabirThapar aka Bunny ; as he would like to call himself , NainaTalwar, Aditi and Avi played by RanbirKapoor, DeepikaPadukone, KalkiKoechlin and Aditya Roy Kapur respectively. This romantic comedy is Ayan Mukherjee’s second directorial...

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Jiah Khan’s Suicide Mystery

25-year-old actress Jiah Khan—also known as Nafisa—committed suicide at her Juhu residence last Monday. According to reports, she hung herself at around 11 p.m. The 25-year-old had worked with Amitabh Bachchan in Ram Gopal Varma’s Nishabd, which was inspired by the Hollywood film American Beauty.

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An Unfortunate Exit: Jiah Khan

25-year-old Jiah Khan allegedly committed suicide late on June 3 by hanging herself at her residence. While no suicide note has been found, it is believed that an unsuccessful career and a strained relationship led her to take this drastic step.

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Go Goa Gone: A Review

We have three heroes; Luv (Vir Das), Hardik (Kunal Khemu) and Bunny (Anand Tiwari), all with their own USPs. Luv, as his name suggests is the love-sick lost cause that your heart goes out to; Hardik is a ladies man, yes the kind that can be aptly described with...

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National Film Awards 2013

The prestigious 60th National Film Awards were hosted by the Directorate of Film Festivals at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi yesterday. The awards in various categories were presented by President Pranab Mukherjee along with Kapil Sibal, minister of communications and information technology. On the occasion, President Pranab Mukherjee spoke...

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Ek Thi Daayan: A Review

I’m not going to lie, it was the cast and crew of Ek Thi Daayan that tempted me to watch the film. Emraan Hashmi who has proved in the recent past that he is not just the kissing king, Konkana Sen Sharma who came back after a long...

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Iron Man 3: A Review

Before I talk about the movie, I have a confession to make; I am not a fan of superhero movies. And the only reason I ended up watching Iron Man 3 was because of my brother. He needed the company and I needed to get out of the house....

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