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Hindu Sena activists stage a protest against the film 'Kedarnath' at south avenue mall, in Jabalpur

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Actress Sara Ali Khan at an event in Gurugram

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State BJP leaders complained about the hero criticising high GST on medicines, and even took pot shots at (Joseph) Vijay’s religion. With the media latching onto this att­ack, the film bec­ame a hit. But the GST reference was dropped in the Telugu dub.

This film, in which Vijay succeeds his fat­her, a don, was promoted with the tag line Born to Lead. CM Jayalalitha didn’t relish the loaded line, and Thalaivaa was released only after the line was rem­oved from all publicity mat­erial and the ­on-screen title.

A 2012 hit, remade in Hindi with Akshay Kumar as Holiday, this film drew objections from Islamic groups in Tamil Nadu for portraying Muslims as ­terrorist sleeper cells. Vijay and his father had to mute a few dialogues to placate them.

Ahead of the release, Vijay tried to join the Youth Congress (but was overage) and tried to share a platform with Rahul Gandhi, but the ruling DMK kept him away. They also blocked the release until Vijay’s fat­her met Karunanidhi and waved the white flag.

As if to emphasise the shape that’s inevitably summoned up by the mere mention of his next film’s name, Shahrukh tucked in golgappas in Mumbai on his birthday. But Zero—about a vertically challenged man—has now fallen afoul of some Sikhs, who think the film disrespects the kirpan. We hope they would forgive old SRK.

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Namaste England, the film was to be called, and its (possibly) oafish director thought a corny desi name gave him the lic­ence to misbehave with a beautiful ingenue by promising her a lead role in it. Iranian actor Elnaaz Norouzi’s pained allegations scorched the front pages of a tabloid in shame. Till the charges are acted upon, we stand by the petite Sacred Games star.

Oscar winner A R Rahman, Oscar winner Resul pookutty at the trailer launch of "2.0" in Chennai.

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Amit Masurkar’s movie about a young, upright government employee ent­ru­sted with the task of holding polls in a Maoist-infested district met with critical and commercial successes. It was also the official Indian entry in the best foreign film category for the Oscars.

Its positive nationalism went much bey­ond the nation in terms of ­influence, creating huge collections in China. Towering over the film, actor-producer Aamir pushed Bollywood boundaries in terms of scope and content, à la Raj Kapoor.

A testament to the technological prowess of Telugu cinema, Baahubali (1 & 2) moved much farther than being a regional film.Filmmaker S.S. Rajamaouli has raised the bar in fantasy cinema so high that Bollywood isn’t even trying in that direction.

Salman Khan’s movies have all been about himself in recent times, but it was this tale of a simple soul who risks his life to reu­nite a little girl with her family in Pakistan that will stay in public memory. This rare one from the Bandra boy goes beyond muscle-flexing.

An indie movie at its best, it had everything—a gripping plot, riveting performances and superb direction. A drama exposing caste and gender inequalities, Masaan enga­ged with small town reality in a sensitive manner, making it a modern classic.

A cracker of a film which underlined woman power in Indian cinema like never before. In the maverick Kangana Ranaut, Bollywood fin­ally discovered an actress who was capable of delivering Rs 100-crore hits without the prop of any male superstar by her side.

Few Indian movies in recent years have created as much buzz at the international festival circuit as Ritesh Batra’s love story of an ageing widower and a young housewife who are connected because of an innocuous delivery of a lunch box to a wrong address.

Set in a godforsaken place in erstwhile Bihar, the two-part film did not open with ticket windows on fire, but quickly attained cult status. Revolving around the coal mafia, it is arguably Bollywood’s best gang war movie.

LSD unf­olded before three eyes: CCTV, handycam, spy cam, and exp­osed what was about to be laid bare anyway very soon—breakdown of the personal, acceptable and the ethical, behind a ubiquitous lens. Salute.

Until Anurag Kashyap’s breakthrough, Sharat babu’s Devdas was wallowing weightily in the 21st century, the Bhansali version having only added opulence to a cliché. Dev D exhumed him from film city and brought him to the raw and real city with stupendous style.

Rajkumar Hirani underscored his credentials with his Munna Bhai movies but 3 Idiots catapulted him into a league of his own. Based on a Chetan Bhagat bestseller, the film consolidated Aamir Khan’s reputation as a superstar who could do no wrong.

Shahrukh had by now begun to be known as only the hero of feel-good musicals. But this movie, where he played a hockey team coach who grooms a bunch of gutsy girls to fight for the country’s glory, gave glimpses of an actor trapped in a star image.

An Othello from western UP! Vishal Bhardwaj took Shakespeare to the dusty badlands of the Hindi heartland and conjured a powerful film. The surprise of surprises was Langda Tyagi, played to perfection by an otherwise metro-centric Saif Ali Khan.

Unspoken fear of the censor board (or the ruling regime) had always dissuaded directors from tackling anything related to the Emergency until Sudhir Mishra pulled off a fascinating film.

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.

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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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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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(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.

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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!

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