August 11, 2007 |
It's hard to miss Sanjay Dutt's famously grizzled face on the Indian landscape. One of the country's most popular movie stars, Dutt's hound-dog looks adorn billboards and the backs of city buses, plugging products from steel beams to underwear. At 48, he has made more than 100 movies, with another on the way next month, and his evolution from Bollywood wayward son to lovable middle-aged rogue has made him a staple of India's celebrity-obsessed newspapers and TV shows.
August 23, 2007 |
Indian actor Sanjay Dutt walked out of prison on bail early today after 22 days behind bars, a prison official said. Dutt was released early to avoid crowds gathered since Monday, when India's Supreme Court ordered his temporary release on a technicality. The actor was sentenced to six years July 31 for illegal possession of weapons supplied by men convicted of involvement in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts that killed 257 people.
August 21, 2007 |
India's Supreme Court released Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt on bail, citing a technicality weeks after he was convicted of illegally possessing guns linked to 1993 bombings in Mumbai, Dutt's lawyer said. Dutt received bail because the Mumbai court that convicted him had not yet provided him with a copy of his sentence, said his lawyer, Surender Singh. Five other people convicted in the same case also were granted bail on the same technicality.
December 20, 2002 |
Ready for a singing and dancing "Reservoir Dogs"? That's what the makers of "Kaante" are hoping India's mass audience is eager to see, and while the Hindi-speaking film industry is looking to the much-delayed movie to give it a boost, it shouldn't count on any crossover appeal. On home ground, however, "Kaante," which translates as "thorn," as in "a thorn in the side," could conceivably connect with its roster of top male stars and mix of violence, schmaltz, fervid songs and flashy imitation of Hollywood crime melodramas.
February 16, 2007 |
Maybe it's the trains. Maybe it's the camels. Maybe it's the intermission. No matter: Something about "Eklavya: The Royal Guard" suggests a lost film by David Lean. With some muted echoes of "Hamlet." And a whiff of "Rigoletto." Like so many Indian movies that make their way to Los Angeles, "Eklavya" -- based on the low-caste warrior hero of "The Mahabharata" -- is a movie masala.
April 16, 2009 |
Voting in the world's most populous democracy kicks off today, featuring hundreds of political parties, aging leaders and a colorful cast of Bollywood and cricket stars offering themselves up for the yea or nay of the masses. An estimated 714 million people -- more than twice the population of the United States -- are eligible to vote in India's monthlong, rolling election.