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Remembering Alan Rickman’s Snape, the one who made all the sacrifices
Wed, Feb 21, 2018

On Alan Rickman's birth anniversary, here's remembering Severus Snape, the one who made all the sacrifices just so he could take care of Harry Potter.

How Black Panther and Erik Killmonger are two sides of the same coin
Sat, Feb 17, 2018

Black Panther aka T'Challa is the rightful King but Erik Killmonger gives us enough reason to view his side of the argument in a rational way.

Black Panther movie review: This Chadwick Boseman starrer is a near-perfect superhero film
Fri, Feb 16, 2018

Black Panther is getting all the applause for celebrating an all African-American cast and while that garners a huge kudos for Marvel, the film is worth praising regardless of the colour of the people it features.

I am constantly surrounded by strong women: Chadwick Boseman has a lot in common with Black Panther
Thu, Feb 15, 2018

Chadwick Boseman spoke about the film Black Panther and his character at the Asia Premiere of Black Panther in Seoul.

Horror films that really scared us have become a thing of the past. Is Pari going to change the landscape?
Thu, Feb 15, 2018

Horror genre in Hindi cinema has sadly turned comic. With the release of Pari's trailer starring Anushka Sharma, we're hoping that the genre will witness another lease of life.

Black Panther’s supporting cast you have to watch out for when you go for the film
Thu, Feb 15, 2018

Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan and Lupita Nyong'o star in the lead roles here but the supporting cast of this film also promises some stellar performances.

The women in Wakanda show that at least in a fictional country, there’s hope for gender equality
Thu, Feb 15, 2018

The Wakandan society of Black Panther might be fictional but the way they present their gender relations is quite aspirational.

Black Panther: Everything you need to know about the Chadwick Boseman film
Thu, Feb 15, 2018

We were introduced to Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War. With the film releasing on February 16, here's everything you need to know before you head for the film.

The issue on the table here is not sexism: Lupita Nyong’o talks about the ideal gender relations in Black Panther
Tue, Feb 13, 2018

In an interview at the Asia Premiere of Black Panther in Seoul, Lupita Nyong'o spoke about the progressive society of Wakanda.

Here’s why Black Panther could become the biggest asset for the Avengers
Tue, Feb 13, 2018

In the MCU, Black Panther has the resources, the technology, the leadership and also the army that can prove to be the biggest asset in the army of Avengers.

Black Panther director Ryan Coogler shares his experience of working with Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman
Mon, Feb 12, 2018

In Seoul, where the team of Black Panther was present for the Asia Premiere of the film, Ryan Coogler expressed how much he loved shooting for the film.

Black Panther can exist without the Avengers if he chooses to: Chadwick Boseman
Mon, Feb 12, 2018

The audience first saw Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther in the 2016 film where Captain America and Iron Man were at opposite ends but it was Black Panther who sought revenge for his father's death.

With PadMan releasing, here’s looking at how R Balki brings in a fresh take to every story he narrates
Fri, Feb 09, 2018

PadMan deals with the unnecessary taboo around a very regular periodic bodily function. Granted that this can be seen as a risky move on R Balki's part, but this isn't the first time that he has tried to introduce a fresh take on a story that needed to be told.

Akshay Kumar’s choice of films is increasingly hinting that the actor will soon turn into a politician. Here’s why
Thu, Feb 08, 2018

Ours is a country where stars are treated as demi-gods so if one day Akshay Kumar decides to become a politician, the aam junta would happily chant his patriotic dialogues with him in chorus and cheer him on as he donates money to jawans stationed at the border.

T’Challa is relatable but Black Panther is aspirational: Chadwick Boseman
Fri, Feb 09, 2018

Starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman, Black Panther releases in India on February 16.

It’s not your average sweetheart story: Lupita Nyong’o on her character’s relationship with Black Panther
Fri, Feb 09, 2018

Black Panther actor Lupita Nyong'o spoke about her character and said, "I think what makes her unique is she has a very quiet sense of power."

It was premonition: Chadwick Boseman on how he got the Black Panther role
Mon, Feb 05, 2018

Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman remembered that he was in Zurich, Switzerland and there was certainly some magic in the air that led him to receiving that call on that lucky day.

Jim Sarbh is the unsung hero of the larger than life Rajput fantasy Padmaavat
Sun, Jan 28, 2018

Jim Sarbh's Malik Kafur kills at the command of his master, laughs when Khilji's happy and is even hit across the face when Khilji doesn't like what he says, but all through this, his motive is just to please Ranveer's Alauddin.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Salman Khan aren’t all that different
Sat, Jan 27, 2018

Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Salman Khan are major pillars of the Hindi film industry and while they seemingly make different films, there isn't much difference between the two.

After 8 years, Padmaavat actor Ranveer Singh seems to have found his sweet spot in Bollywood
Fri, Jan 26, 2018

With only 10 films in his filmography so far, Ranveer Singh has often experimented with his roles. He might come across as quirky but that quirkiness is completely forgotten when it comes to his movies.

Before Padmaavat, these 15 Bollywood period dramas transported us to another era
Thu, Jan 25, 2018

Padmaavat, the period drama by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, releases today but much before this film, Hindi cinema has made various other period films as well.

What really is the point of Ram Gopal Varma’s God, Sex and Truth?
Thu, Jan 25, 2018

At this point, Ram Gopal Varma has turned into a guy desperate for right swipes that he will write just about anything on his Tinder bio and would surely lead it with sapiosexual.

From Karz to Taal, Subhash Ghai has always had an ear for melodies and that makes his legacy unforgettable
Wed, Jan 24, 2018

Happy birthday Subhash Ghai: On the acclaimed director's 73rd birthday, here's looking back at all the times when Ghai's films aced in the music department.

Lessons Sanjay Leela Bhansali learnt after the tumultuous journey of Padmaavat
Wed, Jan 24, 2018

After a tiring ride that resulted in Padmavati changing To Padmaavat, here's hoping that filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali must have learnt a few lessons.

When family drama wasn’t a bad word on television, Ramesh Sippy’s Buniyaad brought families together
Tue, Jan 23, 2018

Ramesh Sippy's Buniyaad started in 1986 on Doordarshan and told the story of a family that was enriched with colourful characters.

The Assassination of Gianni Versace first impression: After People v OJ, this show is another feather in Ryan Murphy’s hat
Sat, Jan 20, 2018

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story started with a promising premiere episode. With strong performances in the first episode and an engaging plot, this will leave you hooked.

While the West offers Lady Bird, here’s looking at how our coming-of age genre lost the path
Sat, Jan 13, 2018

The coming of age genre has been explored in Hindi cinema but here, the stories are mostly about the urban millennials. Are we still trying to helm our Lady Bird?

Flames first impression: The 90s nostalgia sets the romantic tone for this teenage show but are we going to get more?
Fri, Jan 12, 2018

Flames: This new show by The Timeliners taps into the audience's love for 90s nostalgia. Ritvik Sahore, the lead actor here, delivers as always.

Aanand L Rai is the visionary that Bollywood needs and Mukkabaaz reinstates our faith in him
Fri, Jan 12, 2018

Aanand L Rai is the visionary that Hindi cinema desperately needs right now. With multiple avenues that can entertain the audience, it's only makers like him who can bring us back to the movie theaters.

The Tashkent Files: Can Bollywood filmmakers narrate a conspiracy theory without running into any trouble?
Thu, Jan 11, 2018

The Tashkent Files: Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri announced his upcoming project that aims to answer the questions around Lal Bahadur Shastri's mysterious death.

Farah Khan and the era when hook steps for Bollywood dance numbers were mandatory
Tue, Jan 09, 2018

On Farah Khan's 53rd birthday, here's looking back at her career as an ace choreographer during the 1990s-2000s.

Insidious The Last Key review: Horror films that make you laugh deserve a genre of their own
Sun, Jan 07, 2018

Insidious: The Last Key, directed by Adam Robitel, is the stuff you watch on a sleepover with friends where you just want to make fun of the so-called horror moments.

Irrfan Khan’s choice of films prove that the cliche of a starving artist is vastly overrated
Sun, Jan 07, 2018

On Irrfan Khan's 51st birthday, here's looking at how the actor mastered the fine art of pleasing the crowd along with satiating his artistic craving.

For 90s kids, Nana Patekar will always be the baritone behind Mowgli’s arch-nemesis Sher Khan
Mon, Jan 01, 2018

On Nana Patekar's 66th birthday, here's looking back at the time when he voiced the iconic character of Sher Khan in The Jungle Book. He reprised the role for the 2016 film by Jon Favreau as well.

28 years of Maine Pyar Kiya: Eight lesser-known facts about the Salman Khan starrer
Fri, Dec 29, 2017

28 years of Maine Pyar Kiya: This Salman Khan-Bhagyashree starrer was the first directorial venture of Sooraj Barjatya.

On Rajesh Khanna’s 75th birth anniversary, remembering the actor who struck a fine balance between the masses and classes
Fri, Dec 29, 2017

Remembering Rajesh Khanna on his 75th birth anniversary: The classics by the actor that have found a place in Indian cinema's archives.