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Udta Punjab faces Censor Board hurdle
Fri, May 27, 2016

A member of Udta Punjab's production house said that CBFC had not yet given a certificate to the movie and was demanding that most of the cuss words be edited out.

As a woman, it is easier to be an outsider: Richa Chadha
Sun, May 15, 2016

Richa Chadha speaks about shifting gears, studying in St Stephen’s College, Delhi, and dealing with questions about why she does not dance around trees (Ans: are there any trees left?)

Literature of Languages
Fri, May 13, 2016

Katha Kathan, an initiative to protect Indian languages, is organising dramatised readings of short stories by literary legends Rabindranath Tagore and Saadat Hasan Manto to mark their birth anniversaries

Director Shlok Sharma’s next project to be shot entirely with an iPhone
Thu, May 12, 2016

Critically-acclaimed director Shlok Sharma’s next project is possibly the first feature film to be shot entirely with an iPhone

Down the Road
Thu, Apr 28, 2016

Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya’s documentary, The Cinema Travelers, which captures the changes in the tradition of travelling cinema, will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival next month.

SRK in Fan: Simpleton, anti-hero, lover, superstar, all in one
Fri, Apr 15, 2016

Fan promo made everyone curious about how distinctly Shah Rukh Khan would essay both roles.

I don’t have the luxury of a writer’s whim: National Award-winning scriptwriter Juhi Chaturvedi
Mon, Apr 11, 2016

National Award-winning scriptwriter Juhi Chaturvedi on how she came into the film industry, coming up with strong women characters and how the chaos of her domestic life makes her the writer that she is.

Bollywood affairs: What was once an open secret, is now out in the open
Fri, Apr 08, 2016

Case in point being the recent mudslinging match between Kangana Ranaut and Hrithik Roshan, who were allegedly in a relationship.

I am not here to sort out society’s problems with this film: Ki and Ka director R Balki
Sun, Mar 20, 2016

R Balki on breaking stereotypes in his latest film Ki & Ka, how Amitabh Bachchan is not his muse and why he wears only black.

Urdu writers asked to declare: My book not against the govt, nation
Sat, Mar 19, 2016

The form, received by several Urdu writers and editors over the past few months, also asks authors to provide signatures of two witnesses.

If I don’t move with the times, I will lose the connection I share with my son: Rishi Kapoor
Sun, Mar 13, 2016

Actor Rishi Kapoor, 63, on the need to keep up with changing times, his next film and why he’s only just begun acting.

An attempt to trace Omar, the amour of ‘Aligarh’
Sun, Mar 06, 2016

While the film Aligarh shines a light on the loneliness and persecution of a gay professor, his supposed partner still lives in the shadow of half-truths and fear.

Anybody can dance: The story of dancers, their dreams and disappointments
Sun, Feb 21, 2016

That’s the faith that keeps driving thousands of aspirants to dance academies across India and to auditions in cities from where most go back disappointed.

The Star and Her Stripes
Wed, Feb 03, 2016

Not depending on cameos or selfies with Hollywood stars, Priyanka Chopra is counting on her talent to establish herself in the international scene.

Priyanka Chopra at the Oscars: Talent, hard work and not selfies got her there
Wed, Feb 03, 2016

Priyanka Chopra, who is one of the presenters at this year's Oscars, is counting on her talent to establish herself in the international scene.

I needed a star for Airlift because the character needed to be larger-than-life: Raja Krishna Menon
Mon, Feb 01, 2016

Airlift director Raja Krishna Menon says: "I knew I needed a star for this film. Firstly, for it's a big-budget film, secondly because I wanted it to be watched by many people."

Write back in anger
Sun, Jan 31, 2016

As the “Chalo HCU” march begins, he stands in a corner that allows him a good view of the protesters demanding justice for Rohith Vemula, the Dalit student who committed suicide on campus on January 17.

Fight for what’s left: The story of Jiten Marandi, the Jharkhand activist
Sun, Jan 10, 2016

Jiten Marandi, the Jharkhand activist whose arrest and trial inspired Chaitanya Tamhane’s award-winning film Court, now helps other prisoners seek justice.

Eight films to wait for in 2016: From Raees to Jagga Jasoos
Tue, Jan 05, 2016

Different states, vastly different tales, but largely borrowed from real life — Raees, Jagga Jasoos - eight films that promise to light up the big screen this year.

Maharashtra: City restauranteurs share their tips and tricks to make buff taste like beef
Thu, Dec 31, 2015

Until March this year, when Maharashtra extended the ban on cattle slaughter to include bulls and bullocks along with cows, Madina, known for its beef chilly fry, would consume close to 3 kg beef every day.

2015: Apolitical film industry takes a political stand
Wed, Dec 30, 2015

Until now, film professionals have expressed their political stand only through their work, remaining largely diplomatic in public. This changed in 2015, when the mainstream spoke up against clampdown on freedom and rising intolerance in the country

Moving 2016: Hope
Sun, Dec 27, 2015

2015 was the year of migrants. To mark 2016, The Sunday Express tracks 16 people who moved home in 2015, some of them in public glare, some just a footnote in India’s internal migrants story, to begin new lives.

‘A friend told me about Al Pacino, his struggle’
Sun, Dec 27, 2015

Kunal Sharma can be counted among the lucky ones. An MBA and a former corporate employee from Delhi who shelved his Army dreams after an accident, he arrived in Mumbai in February to try his luck in acting.

A Dash of Nostalgia
Thu, Dec 24, 2015

Chefs have reinterpreted flavours, ingredients and colours of Christmas staples to design their new menu this festive season

Simply put: How does the Censor Board work; why is it controversial?
Mon, Dec 07, 2015

There’s a row about CBFC and its chief Pahlaj Nihalani virtually every month. Nihalani says that he is only following guidelines.

Angry Indian Goddesses: CBFC wanted images of Kali and Lakshmi blurred
Fri, Dec 04, 2015

CBFC chairperson Pahlaj Nihalani said the changes were not random. “They were made in context of the film. Once people watch the film, they will understand,” he said.

Boys don’t cry (but they do)
Sun, Nov 22, 2015

Actor Amit Sial on finding his calling in acting and portraying the aggression of small town India’s daily life on screen.

Our many Ramayanas: Feminist writer Sarah Joseph and her son Vinaykumar KJ retell the epic
Tue, Nov 10, 2015

While Joseph looks at the Ramayana from a subaltern perspective, her son’s retellings are an “internal exploration”.

Saeed Mirza in new set of 24 artists to return national awards over FTII row, intolerance
Fri, Nov 06, 2015

But the government hit back saying it is an agenda against them

Shah Rukh Khan — For 20 years, his middle name spells Romance
Tue, Nov 03, 2015

A decade away from being a senior citizen, Shah Rukh Khan has kept the myth of romance alive.

Living on Hope: Bar dancers remember their glory days and the struggle that followed after ban
Sun, Nov 01, 2015

They found employment and independence in the many ancillary businesses that sprung up around the flourishing dance bars in Mumbai. Ahead of the Supreme Court’s final hearing on November 5, those who lost their livelihood a decade ago due to the government’s ban on dance bars, remember their golden time.

Beef documentary to be screened independently, first show at JNU
Fri, Dec 25, 2015

Of the 35 entries sent to the Ministry, Caste on the Menu Card was the only film which was not exempted from certification.

When the budget is small, idea should be bigger than the scale: Apurva Asrani
Fri, Dec 25, 2015

Editor of Satya and Shahid, Apurva Asrani makes his debut as a screenwriter with Aligarh, the opening film at the 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival.

FTII row: 12 filmmakers return national awards to join agitation against ‘intolerance’
Fri, Dec 25, 2015

FTII protests: The decision by Dibakar Banerjee came hours after the agitating students FTII called off their 139-day strike against the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the chairman of the institute.

Back to Square One: Handmade heritage tiles get a new lease of life in Mumbai
Sun, Oct 25, 2015

Tiles with geometric and floral patterns in bright matte colours are a common feature in heritage buildings in south Mumbai’s older neighbourhoods of Colaba and Fort.

Protests against play Agnes of God in Mumbai: what else is new?
Mon, Oct 05, 2015

While the show will take place, the minister has promised Dias and the Catholic community that its content will be looked into. As of now, whether or not Agnes of God will be staged again, is uncertain.