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Starring Major Poppins
25th Jan 2014
Starring Major Poppins

Salman Khan plays a philanthropist with a dangerous streak — as usual. In a meta gesture, his first kindness is in pulling together a selection of his party guests, forgotten by Bollywood, into what

Homage to Mandela
25th Jan 2014
Homage to Mandela

From reading Mandela's autobiography 11 years ago, I still remember one incident as having changed the dapper lawyer's life. He witnessed a friend being assaulted by the police for no crime other than

Just short of perfect
18th Jan 2014
Just short of perfect

I watched Miss Lovely at the Cannes Festival 2012, 18 months before it made its way to Indian screens, with four cuts that are more crucial than they may seem. The censors' scissors take away from the

Smooth Operators
18th Jan 2014
Smooth Operators

How delightful it is when a period film about an FBI sting operation becomes an ensemble comedy! With the fluid camera work that reminds one of Martin Scorsese, and a soundtrack comprising jazz, swing

Craftsmanship in comedy
11th Jan 2014
Craftsmanship in comedy

What a relief it is to sit back half an hour into a film, and simply know that this is one trip to the cinema one will not regret. After the abundance of mindless, lifeless, plotless Bollywood produce

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