POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Jul 22, 2015 AT 03:56 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 22, 2015 03:56 IST

According to Hindu mythology, Ahalya, created by Lord Brahma as the most beautiful woman was the wife of Gautama Maharishi who was much older than her. Enamoured by her beauty, Lord Indra decided to seduce her and disguised himself as her husband. Some sources believe that she saw through the disguise but accepted his advances while others claim Indra raped her. Either way, she was cursed by her husband for her infidelity and according to certain traditions turned to stone. Eventually, she was liberated by Lord Ram.

Director Sujoy Ghosh plays with this story to create his recent thriller, a gripping, suspense-filled 14-minute-long Bengali short film called Ahalya.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Jul 22, 2015 AT 03:56 IST, Edited At: Jul 22, 2015 03:56 IST
POSTED BY Palini R. Swamy ON Jul 13, 2015 AT 22:37 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 13, 2015 22:37 IST

When the Guardian, London, gives four stars out of five to a Telugu film for which even the ever-magnanimous Times of India gave a measly 3.5, you have to start wondering: did they review Ben Hur by mistake?

Make no mistake, S.S. Rajamouli's film is huge in size and scale, but that you would expect from the Telugus, who are generally speaking the Punjabis of the South.

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POSTED BY Palini R. Swamy ON Jul 13, 2015 AT 22:37 IST, Edited At: Jul 13, 2015 22:37 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Apr 25, 2015 AT 00:26 IST ,  Edited At: Apr 25, 2015 00:26 IST

Turns out German Ambassador to India Michael Steiner is quite the Bolly buff.

In a tribute to the Hindi Film Industry the ambassador has made his acting debut in a remake of a music video from the Shah Rukh Khan-Preity Zinta-Saif Ali Khan starrer Kal Ho Na Ho

Steiner loved the title song of the Karan Johar-directed movie which was penned by Javed Akhtar and sung by Sonu Nigam and which talks about seizing the day.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Apr 25, 2015 AT 00:26 IST, Edited At: Apr 25, 2015 00:26 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Feb 16, 2015 AT 20:05 IST ,  Edited At: Feb 16, 2015 20:05 IST

In its 40th year, Ramesh Sippy's 1975 classic, Sholay, is finally getting a release in Pakistan. But strangely, the version that our neighbours will get to see, "while being the same as the one seen by millions in India, is still not going to be the version that was intended by Sippy".

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Feb 16, 2015 AT 20:05 IST, Edited At: Feb 16, 2015 20:05 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Feb 13, 2015 AT 19:41 IST ,  Edited At: Feb 13, 2015 19:41 IST

The Central Board for film certification in India has released a list of Hindi and English words that it does not want used in any certification category. 

The list has all the usual suspects; commonly used English cuss words and their Hindi counterparts. The list also includes an ambiguous ban on verbs that may have sexual connotations, violence against women, blooshed and anything that has double meanings. 

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Feb 13, 2015 AT 19:41 IST, Edited At: Feb 13, 2015 19:41 IST
     
 
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