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The Dubai Film Festival Diaries: The Groundbreaking Dolphins, Paul Bettany's Shelter and Asha Bhosle

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.13.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Ultimately, each time we go to the movies, we, the audience, make a choice for better or worse cinema. We make a decision that influences what gets made, what gets produced, what is distributed and shown.

Bollywood, Respectability and Flat Female Leads

Sharanya Haridas | Posted 11.22.2014 | Media
Sharanya Haridas

Beyond the realm of body parts, clothing choices, and sexuality, it is questionable as to whether Bollywood actresses, including Deepika Padukone, have done much to empower women with their body of on-screen work.

The Titli Interviews: Yash Raj Films' Avtar Panesar in Cannes

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.28.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

When you put together two Indian cinema heavyweights like Dibakar Banerjee Productions and Yash Raj Films, you can't help but have a winning film.

The Titli Interviews: Filmmaker Kanu Behl in Cannes

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.25.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

For me, there is always a film within a festival that defies all expectations. Of course, to even choose a film from a catalogue of hundreds, it has to be on my radar for a few reasons (some truly mundane) which include favorite actor or actress, filmmaker, writer or producer.

'The Titli Interviews': Actor Ranvir Shorey in Cannes

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.23.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

As charismatic as his characters have been on-screen, that is Ranvir Shorey in person. But the man I interviewed, coming straight off his premiere, and the standing ovation the film got in the Salle Debussy, and dressed in tailored Indian fineries, was also insightful, kind, funny, intelligent and humble.

The Cannes Diaries: Star Wars in Abu Dhabi, Adrien Brody as an Emperor and Ranvir Shorey

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.21.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Here's to hoping that one day, soon, cinema may bring cultures together, and great actors, world directors and multi-lingual writers may work alongside each other to create masterpieces that can transcend borders and labels.

Anurag Kashyap Talks Ugly and Bombay Talkies in Cannes

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.31.2013 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Apart from his own chapter in the lusciously told omnibus film Bombay Talkies, Kashyap's latest feature Ugly was featured in the Directors' Fortnight program at Cannes this year.

Raja Harischandra: Celebrating the Centenary of India's First Feature Film

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 07.05.2013 | Entertainment
Vamsee Juluri

If "Bollywood" could be given a birthday, it might well be May 3, 1913. It was on this day, one hundred years ago, that D.G. "Dadasaheb" Phalke presented before an audience at the Coronation Theater in Bombay his movie Raja Harischandra.

Krishna In The Media Era

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 10.09.2012 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

For nearly 100 years, Indian cinema has been doing something remarkable when it comes to mythology. There is an intriguing question that remains at the heart of the genre: What do the gods mean in the age of mass media?

That Girl In Yellow Boots Breaks Ground For Indian Cinema at TIFF

Marissa Bronfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marissa Bronfman

Director Anurag Kashyap has made an Indian film that doesn't rely on a sexy star and a popular soundtrack, but instead instead seeks to share stories with audiences that are real, difficult and at often times uncomfortable.

Bollywood Star Aamir Khan Premieres His New Film Dhobi Ghat at TIFF

Marissa Bronfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marissa Bronfman

There were no choreographed dance sequences, no lip-synched songs, so while Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries) may not have been a typical Bollywood blockbuster, it is paving the way for a new era in Indian cinema.

Hilter, Eva Braun To Get Bollywood Musical Treatment In Biopic

Times Online | Rhys Blakely | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Never in Indian cinema has the course of true love run smooth. But now Bollywood, famous for its sentimental musicals, is hoping to woo audiences with...