Bollywood

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Chhorii review – Hindi horror remake falls prey to its own failings
Over-reliance on a spooky score and clunky pacing mean that Vishal Furia’s remake of his own film simply reiterates the original’s dubious talking points

Phuong Le

25, Nov, 2021 @6:30 PM

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Sardar Udham review – a blockbuster take on a political martyr and assassin
Shoojit Sircar’s flawed biopic tells the life of a young man shellshocked by the horrors of colonialism in Punjab

Phuong Le

15, Oct, 2021 @6:30 PM

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Kareena Kapoor Khan on breaking pregnancy taboos: ‘No one wants to talk about belching and swollen feet!’
One of Bollywood’s most bankable actors has written a revolutionary pregnancy book that lifts the lid on libido, caesareans and more. She discusses power, pay and the reality behind the glamour

Hannah Ellis-Petersen

08, Sep, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Thalaivii review – if Margaret Thatcher went to the Rank charm school
Rackety biopic of Tamil film actor turned politician stars controversy-ridden Kangana Ranaut and seems to reveal more about the latter

Mike McCahill

06, Sep, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Helmet review – flaccid condom comedy tries to get people talking
Grown adults behave like horny kids in this ill-judged comedy, meant to start discussion about contraception in India

Mike McCahill

03, Sep, 2021 @6:30 AM

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BellBottom review – Akshay Kumar has flare as a Bollywood Bond
A look at Indian politics elevates this crowd-pleasing blockbuster, in which movie god Kumar lives out his super-spy fantasy

Mike McCahill

20, Aug, 2021 @11:22 AM

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Bollywood’s Kareena Kapoor subject to online abuse over baby’s name
Supporters say attacks over choice of name similar to 17th-century Muslim Mughal emperor rooted in prejudice against inter-faith marriage

Amrit Dhillon in New Delhi

14, Aug, 2021 @6:01 AM

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Shershaah review – Sidharth Malhotra stars in nuance-free military biopic
Karan Johar-produced film about Vikram Batra, who died in the 1999 India-Pakistan conflict, promotes him as a model citizen – with model looks to boot

Mike McCahill

12, Aug, 2021 @2:30 AM

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How India’s armed forces have become Bollywood’s new poster boys
A series of big films this year will focus on Indian military conflicts with Pakistan, reflecting an escalation of political belligerence

Nirpal Dhaliwal

10, Aug, 2021 @12:17 PM

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Toofaan review – Mumbai boxing drama is more Rocky than Raging Bull
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s film has high ambition but dodges complexity in favour of overheated melodrama

Phil Hoad

15, Jul, 2021 @6:30 PM

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Dilip Kumar was a Bollywood great who epitomised India’s emotional struggles
The actor, who has died at 98, gave expression to the intense cultural complexities raised as independence met modernity – with respect, depth and subtlety

Nirpal Dhaliwal

07, Jul, 2021 @2:30 PM

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Dilip Kumar obituary
Star of Indian cinema who pioneered method acting in Bollywood

Shahnaz Habib

07, Jul, 2021 @1:41 PM

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