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It is that time of the year for me to do a round-up of the top 10 films offered up by Bollywood in the past 12 months. I have taken various criteria into consideration before closing in on these 10 fi...
She took the extreme step out of total helplessness as her four children had not eaten anything for three days.
This year has been brilliant for Hindi films as well as for actors. Now that we are halfway through 2016, it's a good time to document the best performances and films this year, so far at least. Here are some of my favourites.
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The biggest challenge was to remain true to the story--to maintain the character's dignity in the film and not reduce him to a caricature. I wanted to show the human side of Professor Siras, and to do that, the biggest challenge was conveying his loneliness and isolation. It's easy to write about isolation and loneliness, but cinematically it's not so easy to show on screen.
NEW DELHI -- Hansal Mehta's latest controversial feature Aligarh is all set to be screened at JNU today which what is at present caught in a row over an event commemorating Afzal Guru's death annivers...
The rickshaw-puller who was caught having sex with deceased Aligarh Muslim University professor Shrinivas Ramachandra Siras is now scared for his life after the release of Hansal Mehta's Aligarh, acco...
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"Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code criminalizes 'unnatural' sex acts. This includes homosexuality," a message on the screen reminds you, before the movie even begins. On the surface, it seems like an obvious reminder--something nearly everyone knows by now--but once you're there, sitting in the darkness with only the above words blinking at you and then watch Professor Siras's story slowly unfold before you, you realise how real this reminder is, and how utterly terrifying.
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Aligarh--part character study, part courtroom drama laced with powerful social commentary--features a deeply nuanced performance from Manoj Bajpayee. Playing the challenging part of Prof. Siras, Bajpayee succeeds in capturing the complexities of a wounded man ostracized by a hypocritical, self-righteous society which is guilty of embracing dogmas in the name of morality while rejecting humanistic values such as love and compassion.