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Q&A: ‘Thackeray’ actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui on why he doesn’t have an ideology

7:55am GMT

From playing a gangster in Netflix’s “Sacred Games” to portraying the Pakistani poet Saadat Hasan Manto on the big screen, actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui has received acclaim for most of his roles in an almost 20-year career. His latest film sees him playing one of his more challenging and controversial roles – that of the late Bal Thackeray, one of India’s most polarising politicians.

Movie Review: Why Cheat India

18 Jan 2019

Soumik Sen’s drama starring Emraan Hashmi is a rough-at-the-edges but surprisingly perceptive look at the dysfunctional education system in India and the losing battle that millions of students fight to get on the right side of it. Through his unscrupulous, but resourceful protagonist, Sen gives us an insight into the middle class’s obsession with competitive exams as a means for a better life.

Top Bollywood director Hirani denies sexual assault allegations

14 Jan 2019

Jan 14 Renowned Bollywood director Rajkumar Hirani has denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a subordinate over a period of six months in 2018.

Movie Review: The Accidental Prime Minister

11 Jan 2019

At one point in Vijay Gutte’s “The Accidental Prime Minister”, the usually reticent and socially awkward Manmohan Singh tells his outgoing media adviser Sanjaya Baru “ek jhappi toh paa le” (give me a hug) and stands up to give him a rather effusive embrace. It’s difficult to imagine Singh saying those words, but then so much about this film seems staged that you wouldn’t know the real from the reel.

Movie Review - Uri: The Surgical Strike

11 Jan 2019

Opposition politicians in India might have been skeptical of the army's much-touted “surgical strike” across the border in 2016, but director Aditya Dhar has no such doubts. Thankfully, he has the directing skills to match his belief.

Q&A: Aditya Dhar on ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’

11 Jan 2019

In 2016, Aditya Dhar was busy prepping for his directorial debut which was to star Pakistani actor Fawad Khan when militants stormed an Indian army base in Kashmir. With New Delhi blaming its neighbour for the attack which killed 17 soldiers, many Bollywood producers declared that they will no longer work with Pakistani actors, which led to the shelving of Dhar’s project.

Bollywood film on former PM stirs controversy before Indian election

09 Jan 2019

MUMBAI A film that casts opposition leader Rahul Gandhi and his family in an unflattering light ahead of a national election later this year has kicked up a controversy ahead of its release on Friday.

Bollywood film on former PM stirs controversy before Indian election

09 Jan 2019

MUMBAI, Jan 9 A film that casts opposition leader Rahul Gandhi and his family in an unflattering light ahead of a national election later this year has kicked up a controversy ahead of its release on Friday. Commentators on social media and television news programmes have taken swipes at the makers of "The Accidental Prime Minister" for pursuing a political agenda, while a spokesman for the Gandhi's Congress Party has derided it as "propaganda". Based on a 2014 book of the same name, the Bollywood movie is billed as a chronicle of Manmohan Singh's ten-year premiership, as narrated by his former media advisor Sanjaya Baru.

Sweeping ocean view, lawns and pool - Ambani-Piramal residence dazzles India

23 Dec 2018

(The Dec. 14 story corrects description of company to say engineering firm and clarifies the nature of its involvement in project in ninth paragraph)

Movie Review: Zero

21 Dec 2018

In a pivotal scene in Aanand L. Rai’s “Zero”, protagonist Bauua Singh is trying to pull off his most famous magic trick - making a star fall from the sky - in front of an eager crowd. It’s a trick he knows well and has performed hundreds of times, but this time, it doesn’t work.

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