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

One striking thing about the tributes pouring in for Sridevi is how genuinely heartfelt they all are, and not the usual platitudinous declarations of greatness. Along with Kamalahaasan and Rajnikanth, the one huge star who was deeply aff­ected by the untimely death was Amitabh Bachchan, her co-star in Inquilaab, Aakhree Raasta and Khuda Gawah. As she was being flown back on Feb 28, Amitabh tweeted in ang­uish: “Get back..just get back...to love”

Sridevi in Mom

Hichki, Rani Mukherjee’s comeback movie, shows the trials and triumph of a teacher suffering from Tourette Syndrome. A song, Oye Hichki, was released recently, along with a stunt: Rani launched it at her old school in Mumbai. Is it okay that a Bollywood actress is making a commercial show of sorts in school? Dunno. Either things have loosened up, or some schools are like that.

Bollywood actors Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani during the promotion of their upcoming action Hindi film Baaghi 2 at Race Course in Mumbai.

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Mari Copeny, third from left, watches a free screening of the film "Black Panther" with more than 150 children, after she raised $16,000 to provide free tickets in an entire theater in Flint Township, Mich. As "Black Panther" debuts in theaters across the U.S., educators, philanthropist, celebrities and business owners are pulling together their resources to bring children of color to see the film that features a black superhero in a fictional, un-colonized African nation.

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Actor-producer Aamir Khan has a nose for script

Activists of Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena holding banners and raising slogans during a protest against the release of the film "Padmaavat" in Coimbatore.

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A burqa-clad woman walks past the security personnel guarding outside a cinema house, after release of the film Padmaavat in the walled city of Delhi.

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Police personnel stand guard outside a cinema hall after the film 'Padmaavat' was released in Mumbai.

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A policeman stands guard at a movie theatre screening Bollywood film "Padmaavat" in Mumbai.

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A group of youth pose for cameras by displaying tickets for Bollywood film "Padmaavat" in Mumbai.

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People line up to watch Bollywood film "Padmaavat" in Mumbai. The film, based on a 16th century Sufi epic poem, has sparked protests and anger due to allegations of distorting history.

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Policemen guard as people arrive to watch Bollywood film "Padmaavat" outside a movie theatre in Hyderabad. The film, based on a 16th century Sufi epic poem, has sparked protests and anger due to allegations of distorting history.

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Rajput community people protest outside a cinema hall against the release of Bhansali's flim 'Padmaavat' in Mathura.

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Director Derek Doneen, Kailash Satyarthi and producer Sarah Anthony, from left, pose for a portrait to promote the film "Kailash," at the Music Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah.


Radhika Apte

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Karni Sena activists protest over the clearance of film 'Padmavati' by the CBFC, in Mumbai.

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Muruganantham sounds the clapper-board for PadMan

American actor Dwayne Johnson, left, and British actress Karen Gillan laugh during a press conference for the movie 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' in Beijing. The hit movie opens in China on Jan. 12.


Nayanthara plays a district collector in her latest film

Jedi Stormtroopers invade TCL Chinese Theaters to deliver Red Robin Gourmet Burger Bars to fans waiting in line for the highly anticipated movie premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, in Hollywood, California.

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, left, and Prince Harry meet a BB8 Droid Sphero on the red carpet as they attend the European premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, at the Royal Albert Hall, in central London. The premiere is hosted in aid of The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

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With Leela Naidu, as the affable Prem Sagar in James Ivory’s The Householder

Shashi Kapoor (1938-2017)

Black Friday maker Anurag Kashyap

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A scene from Black Friday

Priyanka films for Quantico in Harlem, New York

Manoj Bajpayee as Bhiku Mhatre in Satya

The deft Irrfan Khan in The Lunchbox

Deepika with Vin Diesel in xXx: Return of Xander Cage

A woman signs a banner during a signature campaign as part of a protest, organised by members of Bharat Kshatriya Samaj, against the release of Bollywood movie "Padmavati" in Kolkata.

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Shri Rajput Karni Sena Chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi addressing the press conference against Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film Padmavati in New Delhi.

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Film buffs queue up to collect passes for the opening film of the Indian Panorama during the International Film Festival of India in Panaji.

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Members of Rajput community shout slogans as they protest against the release of Bollywood film "Padmavati" in Mumbai.

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Members of Rajput community hold placards as they protest against the release of Bollywood film "Padmavati" in Mumbai.

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Veiled members of India's Rajput community listen to a speech by their leader as they gather to protest against the release of Bollywood film "Padmavati" in Mumbai.

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Founder of Karni Sena Lokendra Singh Kalvi addressing the media in Gurugram. He has given the call for Bharat Bandh (shut down) on December 1st against the release of upcoming Bollywood movie 'Padmavati'.

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Members of Rajput community raise slogans and hold placards during the protest against upcoming Bollywood movie 'Padmavati' at Faridabad, in Haryana.

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The members of Sarva Samaj Samithi closed down the historic gate of Chittorgarh fort, denying tourists entry in the complex. The protestors are demanding a ban on the upcoming movie 'Padmavati'.

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The usual father-son generation gap story, but the drama here is mediated by the ubiquitous cellphone. That’s Rajma Cha­wal, directed by Leena Yadav (Par­ched), with Rishi Kapoor and Anirudh Tanwar (above) playing the clashing duo, with Amyra Dastur (wow, also above) pla­ying peacemaker. You think she can do it?

Theatre actor Vidyapati Chakravarty during the shooting of multilingual film 'Vivekananda' aimed at spreading the irrefutable message of Swami Vivekananda and exploring his effort to ameliorate the human race, in Kolkata.

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Bajrang Dal activists protesting against filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming film "Padmavati" in Nagpur, Maharashtra.

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A still from Golmaal Again

A still from Ankhon Dekhi

A still from Kadwi Hawa

Members of Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena during a protest demanding for a total ban on Sanjay Leela Bhansali's movie "Padmavati' at Freedom Park in Bengaluru.

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Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and Bollywood actress Vidya Balan ar the special screening of comedy-drama 'Tumhari Sulu' in Mumbai.

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Members of Sri Rajput Karni Sena during a massive protest rally against Sanjay Leela Bhansali's movie Padmavati, in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

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Akhand Rajputana Sevasangh activists protest against filmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming movie 'Padmavati' at Juhu in Mumbai.

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Bengali film actress Ruma Chakraborty while shooting of her upcoming movie 'Baghini' (tigress) based on the life history of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, in Kolkata.

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Rajasthan Rajput Parishad activists protest against filmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming movie 'Padmavati' in Thane.

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A man takes pictures on a mobile phone as equipment is airlifted by helicopters to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) in Lysefjorden near Stavanger, Norway in preparation for filming of a new Mission Impossible movie. The Pulpit rock rises 600 meters above the fjord and is a major tourist attraction, and the next Mission Impossible film is slated for release in 2018.


Playing one of the great heroines of Indian history is no easy task, and Kangana has a sword cut on her forehead to show for it. Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi is being shot at Amber fort and, as can be seen, the petite act­ress, turbaned, armed and bejewelled, has put on an exp­ression of noble calm. No joke this, having the mien of a queen!

Avinash Das’s (left) Anaarkali of Aarah

Rakhee Sandilya’s (left) Ribbon

Mukti Bhawan, directed by the debutant Shubhashish Bhutiani (Right)

Secret Superstar, directed by Advait Chandan (Right)

Star Vijay in his latest film Mersal

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The drama of Great Exp­ectations proved irresistible to Messrs Vignola and West a hundred years back. How was Jack Pickford, brother of silent-era bea­uty Mary Pickford, as Pip? We might never find out.

Before he took dictators and world events by the scruff of the neck, Charlie Chaplin cemented his turn as the tramp. In The Adven­t­­urer (1917), he plays a runaway convict and cha­rms all with exquisite pantomime.

Phileas Fogg did it in 80 days, but did he survive on $8? That is what the indefatigable Raj Kapoor achieved in Around The World—India’s first 70 mm film, which was shot around the world. Our int­r­e­pid traveller gets stuck in Tokyo, from where it’s a mad adventure.

Strauss’s Salome might have been an inspiration, but a century back, Theda Bara’s sex app­eal in Cleopatra carried the day, making it the year’s highest grossing movie. Drawing from Rider Haggard and Shakespeare, it used thousands of extras, lavish costumes and sets, not to mention Theda’s inexhaustible oomph. Sadly, only fragments survive.

Arthur Penn’s Bonnie and Clyde (1967), starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dun­away as the eponymous sweetheart criminals, broke old shackles, set standards in presenting sex and violence and influenced generations (watch Rob­ert Alt­man’s Thieves Like Us, 1974). But the film’s power lies in how its gun-cra­­­zed bloodiness is mitigated by the vul­­nerability around the deadly duo.

Ganga Jamuna (1961), one of the early films in which the angry young man looms large

Aishwarya Rai and Martin Henderson in Gurinder Chadha’s Bride and Prejudice (2004)

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Keira Knighley and Matthew Macfadyen in a 2005 version

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Greer Garson, Laurence Olivier in the classic 1940 version of P&P

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(from left) Mehboob Khan, Sunil Dutt, Rajendra Kumar and Nargis on the set of Mother India

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Nirupa Roy, ano­ther iconic mother, in Deewar

Nargis wields her son’s ­firearm in Mother India

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As long as there’re movies made in Bollywood, they’ll not tire of the charms of Lucknow. Rajkummar Rao (Newton) and Kriti Kharbanda star in Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana, a tale of love found at a family marriage, then lost cruelly, and ave­nged upon thereafter. The actors were preening about at the launch of the trailer; this scene seems to be from the rosy opening half.

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as the ageing election officer Loknath in Newton

As Budhia the farmer in Peepli Live

As the eunuch pimp Gulabi in Deepa Mehta’s Water

One of the playing eleven in Lagaan

As Madho the dacoit in Bandit Queen