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ENTERTAINMENT
May 7, 2012 | By Mark Olsen, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"Jannat 2" is stuffed with the buffet-style storytelling that makes commercial Indian cinema seem gluttonously overwhelming by the standards of most Hollywood output. Would a moody Michael Mann crime drama be improved by a musical number? Could a Nancy Meyers crossed-wires romance benefit from a dense, intense thriller subplot? The film shares its director, lead actor and a few behind-the-scenes names with the 2008 Indian film "Jannat," but this sequel otherwise is a stand-alone affair, with new characters and a self-sustaining story line.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2012 | By Robert Abele, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In the airy Bollywood romance "London Paris New York," the thrill of spending a long day in a faraway city with someone you're growing smitten with is taken to a bubble-like extreme: Maybe only a handful of lines go to anybody else besides attractive leads Ali Zafar and Aditi Rao Hydari. Pakistani pop singer Zafar plays a wealthy Bollywood scion and aspiring filmmaker named Nikhil, who at a London airport meets Lalitha (Hydari), a politically minded college student on her way to university in New York.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2011 | By Robert Abele
Three women lose quite a bit of money (and pride) to a dashing chameleon con artist in the Bollywood confection "Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl," a colorfully busy splash of romantic comedy nonsense that won't fool any seasoned moviegoer with its bad-boy-taming schematics. The title is something of a head-scratcher, because we don't learn hunky star Ranveer Singh's character's real name until the last moments, after he's played a variety of swindling smooth talkers under various names, opposite a wealthy party girl (Parineeti Chopra)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2011
Dev Anand Star of Bollywood films, producer, director Bollywood star Dev Anand, 88, a charismatic and flamboyant fixture of Indian films for more than half a century, died Saturday of a heart attack in a London hotel, his family said. Within a few years of his 1946 screen debut in the Hindi-language film "Hum Ek Hain," the actor was considered a superstar. With his movie-star looks and a melodious voice, he experienced great success as a romantic lead. As the star of "Baazi," he helped introduce noir-style crime movies to India in 1951.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2011 | By Robert Abele, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Terribly earnest and earnestly terrible, the heavy-handed Bollywood political screed "I Am Singh," from veteran actor-director Puneet Issar, begins as a passably melodramatic outpouring of post-9/11 grief. Proud Sikh Ranveer (Gulzar Chahal) flies from India to Los Angeles in the wake of the World Trade Center attacks to investigate the killing of his brother by anti-Muslim skinheads. While there he teams up with former Sikh LAPD officer Fateh (Issar), fired for wearing his turban, and a Pakistani American (Rizwan Haider)
WORLD
October 28, 2011 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
Sushil Kumar's job entering data into a computer earns him $120 a month. His 50-year-old home is in serious need of repair. His family owes $8,500. But his life, so similar to the hardscrabble existence of fellow Indians, has taken a decidedly Bollywood turn for the better. The rags-to-riches story that unfolded in the 2008 Oscar-winning film "Slumdog Millionaire" came to life this week when the struggling government clerk from eastern India won $1 million on a TV game show.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2011 | By Anupama Chopra, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Early in the Bollywood film "Bodyguard," leading man Salman Khan performs what is arguably the world's first muscle dance. That is, wearing a sleeveless denim jacket, he glares into the camera and flexes his biceps to the beat of the song. In case you miss the point of the pulsating brawn, the lyrics of the song noisily declare that the Bodyguard is the hottest and toughest man in town. After which, the story of his extremely convoluted love affair with the lady he is guarding proceeds.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2011 | By Kevin Thomas, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"My Brother's Bride," a bouncy and good-humored romantic musical comedy, telegraphs its plot within its first 10 minutes — leaving a mere 135 minutes to go. Yet debuting director Ali Abbas Zafar strings together such a constant rush of twists and turns, amid a plethora of pleasing musical numbers, that he makes the getting to the inevitable happy ending lots of fun. It's a stylish Bollywood crowd-pleaser with a provocative subtext revealing the...
BUSINESS
July 27, 2011 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Walt Disney Co. has made a $454-million offer to acquire Mumbai media company UTV Software Communications Ltd. as it seeks to capitalize on the rapidly growing yet fiercely competitive Indian market. Disney offered about $22.68 (1,000 rupees) a share to buy the remaining 49.6% stake it does not already own in UTV, a firm that started out in television production but has expanded into movies, games and other forms of interactive content. Among its claims to fame, UTV says it launched India's first daily soap opera, "Shanti," in 1995.
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