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A hand-held camera loitering inside a Punjabi wedding house captured the revelry as well as complications of perso­nal narratives in both intimate and voyeuristic ways. Mira Nair blended Hollywood and Bollywood to make one that appealed to different time zones.

This dose of gabru jingoism tugged at the audience’s heartstrings rather forcefully. And to spectacular effect. Although, nestled within this saga of aggression is an inter-faith love story that could stand separately. Gadar worked both in single screens and multiplexes.

The script was initially rejected by Aamir Khan, but good sense prevailed and Ashutosh Gowariker’s veritable ode to the never-say-die spirit of rural India under the Raj became a landmark film. Just what the doctor ordered for an escape from the tired romantic musicals!

A coming-of-age film that redefined ‘bromance’ and signalled the arrival of a new-age audience that was not ready to carry forward the tropes of Hindi cinema. A game changer, it spawned an era of urban-centric cinema fully compatible with the emerging multiplexes.

Shot on real locations in Mumbai, the film underlined the plight of the city’s bar dancers. Madhur Bhandarkar’s peek into the darker side of the megapolis was as close to reality as possible. No wonder, it won four national awards, ­including one for a brilliant Tabu.

This one truly took Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s dreams of grandeur to the Indian household. The minutely det­ailed illusion of a temporally unbothered Gujarati haveli seemed to make for unavoidable indulgence.

For many future cinephiles, Ram Gopal Verma’s visceral magnum opus came as antidote to ’90s Bollywood’s arrow-through-the-heart mush attack. The guerilla frames of Satya announced the arrival of a genre many auteurs would craft their careers around later.

The first of Deepa Mehta’s trilogy loosely based on Ismat Chugtai’s Lihaaf kicked up a storm over the depiction of lesbian relations. It also fuelled a fierce freedom of speech debate. Beyond all the controversies, it was a nuanced film about love and longing.

By the time Raj and Simran made it through the tulip gardens of Keukenhof to the mustard fields of Kapurthala, superstardom had alr­e­ady pecked their sunkissed faces. A mandatory entry to any Bollywood list, DDLJ added the ‘king’ to the Khan 23 years ago.

Karnataka Rakshana Vedike members raise slogans against actor Sunny Leone during a protest against her role in the upcoming multilingual period film 'Veeramahadevi', in Bengaluru.

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Stills from Pariyerum Perumal

A still from the film Bimba

Mani Ratnam’s latest film Chekka Chivantha Vaanam deals with a succession war in a don’s family.

We don’t know, but maybe Salman Khan has set himself a goal—to follow in Dev Anand’s hallowed footsteps and launch actresses. The one he is promoting has A-list genes: the comely Pranutan Bahl, grand-­daughter of Nutan. No, don’t compare, just accept her as she is.

At times, actors are over­­whelmed by their just-can­ned film, and their character within it. Taapsee Pannu, who is on a fairly good run, is enveloped in the world of Anurag Kas­hyap’s Man­ma­­zriyaan and the difficult, gar­­­­ru­­lously adorable Rumi. See it to share her enthusiasm.

Sunny Leone

Vikas Bahl is the director of Queen and is making Anand Kumar’s biopic, Super 30

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Manoj Bajpayee is an acclaimed ­Bollywood actor known for ­movies like Satya, Gangs of ­Wasseypur and Aligarh

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Anurag Kashyap

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Sharmila Tagore is a veteran actress and a former chief of the censor board

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Alia Bhatt

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Actors Kamal Hassan and Pooja Kumar during a promotional event for their upcoming movie 'Vishwaroopam 2' slotted for release on Aug 10, in Kochi.

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Fans hike up Pulpit Rock where Paramount Pictures organised a special screening of "Mission: Impossible - Fallout", in Forsand, Norway. The film's last sequences were shot at this location, where the makers recreated India's Kashmir.

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(L to R) Actor Jimmy Shergill, Dir. Tigmanshu Dhulia, actress Mahie Gill, film producer Rahul Mittra, actress Chitrangda Singh, actor Sanjay Dutt during Film promotion Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3 in DLF Mall of India, Noida, Uttar Pradesh.

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(L to R) Film producer Rahul Mittra, actress Chitrangada Singh, actor Sanjay Dutt during Film promotion Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3 in DLF Mall of India, Noida, Uttar Pradesh.

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Starcast of the film 'Mulk' during a promotional event, in New Delhi.

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Actress Michelle Monaghan attends the U.S. premiere of "Mission: Impossible - Fallout" at The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington.

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Actor Tom Cruise attends the U.S. premiere of "Mission: Impossible - Fallout" at The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington.

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Former Indian cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi and Indian para-athlete Deepa Malik during a special screening of film 'Soorma' at a cinema hall in New Delhi.

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Hong Kong singer-actress Karen Mok, center, and Chief Operating Officer Sony Music Entertainment Kevin Kelleher, second from left, prepare to pour onto a champagne tower to celebrate their new co-created music label during a ceremony in Beijing, China.

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Paromita Vohra is a filmmaker and writer associated with the much-acclaimed Khamosh Pani

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Qaushiq Mukherjee

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(From left) Anurag Kashyap, Mazhar Kamran and Ramu planning the ‘Mumbai Ka King Kaun?’ scene

Manoj Bajpayee and Chakravarthy in the bridge scene

Bollywood actors (L-R) Manoj Bajpayee, Amruta Khanvilkar, Aisha Sharma and John Abraham pose for a photograph during the trailer launch of their upcoming action thriller Hindi film 'Satyameva Jayate' in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Manisha Koirala poses for a photo during a media interaction ahead of her film release, 'Sanju', in Mumbai.

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Anna Camp, left, and Skylar Astin arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "Sharp Objects" at the Cinerama Dome.

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Amy Adams arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Sharp Objects" at the Cinerama Dome.

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David Hasselhoff, right, and Hayley Roberts arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "Ant-Man and the Wasp" at El Capitan Theatre.

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No fault of their own really, if Karan Johar decided to take the nuanced and powerful Marathi film Sairat and throw in the obligatory glitz and glam of Bolllywood for a remake. The launch vehicle of Sridevi’s daughter Janhvi Kapoor, already a social media celeb, and Ishaan Khattar will be called Dhadak. Sairat brought into the national spotlight two unknown young ­actors, here’s hoping Dhadak doesn’t dim the light over these two young’uns.

Ranbir Kapoor

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Bollywood actor Kajol poses for a photo during a special screening of 'Incredibles 2', in Mumbai.

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Actress Chloe Grace Moretz, left, and director Desiree Akhavan pose during a photocall for the screening of "Come as You Are" as part of the Champs Elysees Film Festival in Paris, France.

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Kelly Preston and John Travolta attend the premiere of "Gotti" at the SVA Theatre in New York.

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Chris Pratt arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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Bryce Dallas Howard arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor greets niece Khushi Kapoor at the trailer launch of film 'Dhadak', in Mumbai

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Bollywood actors Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khattar at the trailer launch of their film 'Dhadak', in Mumbai

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Bollywood actress Kajol Devgn during the trailer launch of Disney’s action-adventure animation Hindi version film ‘Incredible 2’, in Mumbai.

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Rajnikanth fans celebrate the release of his film 'Kaala', in Mumbai.

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Cate Blanchett, from left, Awkwafina, Sarah Paulson, Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter, and Rihanna attend the world premiere of "Ocean's 8" at Alice Tully Hall, in New York.

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Sarah Paulson, left, and Sandra Bullock attend the world premiere of "Ocean's 8" at Alice Tully Hall in New York.

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Bollywood actors Manisha Koirala and Dia Mirza during the trailer launch of their upcoming Hindi film 'Sanju', in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actors Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhaskar and Shikha Talsania during the music launch of their upcoming film 'Veere Di Wedding', in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actors Madhuri Dixit flanked by Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt, during a special screening of her debut Marathi film 'Bucket List', in Mumbai.

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Shailene Woodley arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Adrift" at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live.

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Director/producer Baltasar Kormakur arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Adrift" at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live.

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It’s the age of quasi-mythical, heroic mumbo jumbo dressed up in the garb of ancient Indian glory. The latest off the assembly line is the Telugu/Tamil Veeramadevi, the tale of a vengeful queen, played by Sunny Leone, at the head of an army. Do you think she would have a passionate love life? Place your bets on it.

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Bollywood has finally chanced upon the idea of the female equivalent of a ‘buddy movie’. The sorority in Veere Di Wedding, seen here posing showily on the beach in swimwear, comprises Shikha Talsania, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhasker and Kareena Kapoor, who preens as if she’s facing a camera on a fashion ramp. Some people can only act the diva.

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Thirty years ago, we schoolboys danced for months to Papa Kehte Hain (and the songs these days...). At a commemorative premiere of QSQT, the mustachioed Aamir fidd­led around with a guitar. He must have rec­a­lled Reena, who was an extra in the song, and who he secretly married. Memories are made of this.

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Bollywood actors Daisy Shah and Jacqueline Fernandez at film 'Race 3' trailer launch, in Mumbai.

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Rajkumar Hirani

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Actress Lilly Singh attends the premiere of HBO Films' "Fahrenheit 451" at the NYU Skirball Center in New York.

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Actors Sumeet Raghavan, Pradeep Velankar, Durga Khote, Madhuri Dixit and Vandana Gupte take a selfie at a pre-release press conference for Marathi film 'Bucket List' in Mumbai.

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President Ram Nath Kovind with the recipients of National Film Awards at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi.

Actors Pankaj Tripathi and Divya Dutta with choreographer Ganesh Acharya during the 65th National Film Awards function at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi.

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I&B minister Smriti Irani confers Best Film Critic award to Giridhar Jha during the 65th National Film Awards function at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi.

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President Ram Nath Kovind honours director-producer Rima Das with Best Feature Film Award for her film "Village Rockstars" during the 65th National Film Awards function at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi.

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President Ram Nath Kovind confers Best Music Direction Award on AR Rahman during the 65th National Film Awards function at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi.

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Rishi Kapoor and Amitabh in 102 Not Out

Bollywood actors Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor during Trailer and Song launch of their film of '102 Not Out' in Mumbai.

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Visitors attend a cinema theatre during an invitation-only screening, at the King Abdullah Financial District Theater, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia held a private screening of the Hollywood blockbuster "Black Panther" to herald the launch of movie theaters in the kingdom.

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Rumours of their romantic goi­ngs-on lie yellowing in old gossip pages. But old tales never die, so both Madhuri and Sanjay Dutt were tarrying, in typically weird Bol­ly­­wood style, to admit that they’re co-actors in a period drama called Kalank. Great. Big deal!

A visitor takes pictures of posters of Hollywood movie stars during an invitation-only screening at the King Abdullah Financial District Theater, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia held a private screening of the Hollywood blockbuster "Black Panther" to herald the launch of movie theaters that are set to open to the public next month.

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Salman Khan cackles a machine gun in Tiger Zinda Hai

Tiger in a still from the superhit Baaghi 2

The incomparable Irrfan

Abhinay Deo

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Raazi co-stars Vicky Kaushal and Alia Bhatt

Sumeet Vyas and Kareena Kapoor shoot for Veere Di Wedding

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As a tram trundles along the Maidan on its goat-nibbled tra­cks, the eye is caught by the ple­asant vista of the bulk of Cal­cutta on one side, framed by ‘the Vict­oria’, and Fort William on the other, with the race course a near shimmer. On such a tram during the shoot of Dhadak, Janhvi Kapoor seems to have been lost in a reverie that the expanse usually triggers.

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Bollywood actress Janhvi Kapoor during a shoot for her upcoming film 'Dhadak', in Kolkata

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Rajnikanth’s next

Since March 1, Tamil movies are not being released

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Ah...Ek do teen—the jangling freshness of its tinny tune swung at a time when flash was to become flashier, helped along by the raw vim of an ingenue breaking out into stardom. Classics are traduced by Bolly­wood, buoyed by the vain hope that a version can ride on old magic. That’s all malarkey, shouts Saroj Khan, the original choreographer, when she saw Ek do teen from Baaghi 2, as Jacqueline writhed in lantern light.

When the Telugu film Chirutha didn’t revive her deflated movie career, Neha Sharma promptly turned to photoshoots in glossies; advance notices of which were given to fans through Instagram. Demure was out, decolletage was in and LBDs were flung around like so many hapless suitors.

Bella Thorne, a cast member in "Midnight Sun," poses at the premiere of the film at the ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles.

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Fahad Fazil in Maheshinte Prathikaram (2016)

Bollywood actor Aamir Khan leaves from Jodhpur Airport after shooting his upcoming movie Thugs of Hindostan, in Jodhpur.

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Director Ava DuVernay, from left, actresses Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling and Reese Witherspoon pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'A Wrinkle In Time' in London.

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Alicia Vikander arrives at the U.S. premiere of "Tomb Raider" at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles.

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If anyone needs to cast a mermaid, we hope their choice would be Aisha Sharma—with her hair windswept on a moist, shady day, wrapt in an interesting suit, she is entirely seaworthy. Now, she’s to act opposite John Abraham in the thriller SMJ. Hope they let her swim along.

Rahul Bhat as Daas Dev

Guillermo del Toro and the cast and crew of "The Shape of Water" accept the award for best picture at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan arrives for the shoot of his film 'Thugs of Hindostan' in Jodhpur.

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With Rishi Kapoor, as the eponymous Chandni; Mr. India’s ­delightful Hawa-hawai; as the demure Shashi in English Vinglish; as Devki in Mom

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