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.
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.
Jan 14 Renowned Bollywood director Rajkumar
Hirani has denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a
subordinate over a period of six months in 2018.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(The Dec. 14 story corrects description of company to say engineering firm and clarifies the nature of its involvement in project in ninth paragraph)
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.