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    Chopra’s Oscar pajama party
    Producer-director Vidhu Vinod Chopra is that rare Bollywood filmmaker who is in no hurry to direct films. He’s been just as happy producing blockbusters like Munnabhai, 3 Idiots and P.K., which is why it has been eight years since his last release, Eklavya. Broken Horses, releasing today, is his first English language Hollywood film – it’s shot in USA, stars American actors and has an all-American crew. Set in the shadows of US-Mexico border gang wars, it is about brotherhood, loyalty and takes off from Chopra’s own film, Parinda. Chopra’s student film, An Encounter With Faces was nominated for a documentary short subject Oscar in 1978. The filmmaker recalls how that occasion set him on a path where making a Hollywood film became a life-long ambition, which he has realized at the age of 60. “Going to the Academy at such a young age left a big impression,” he said. Interestingly, he chose to wear national dress to the Oscar awards. “I didn’t have money for a tux or suit so I wore my night-suit! It was a kurta-pajama, which I usually wore at night,” he said.

    Hollywood weds Bollywood
    Last week I wrote about Konkona Sen Sharma attending the wedding of fellow actor Tillotama Shome in Goa. The Page 3 actor hardly had time to touchdown in Mumbai and she was swept into another filmy wedding party. This time it was Hollywood-meets-Bollywood as Los Angeles-based line
    producer Tabrez Noorani, whose credits include Slumdog Millionaire, Million Dollar Arm and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, married his American actor girlfriend. Besides the traditional ceremonies, guests could not stop gushing about the spectacular party held at an old Mumbai cinema, which recreated the glamour and wonder of the movies of the 50s and 60s. Seen enjoying the heady party were Konkona and mother Aparna Sen, Poonam Dhillon, Zeenat Aman, Padmini Kolhapure, Anil Kapoor, Neha Dhupia, Resul Pookutty, Sharmila Tagore and Anupam Kher, among others.

    Sunny days in the sand dunes
    Sunny Leone as a Rajasthani village belle – that image alone is eyebrow raising enough for me to want to watch Ek Paheli Leela. Director Bobby Khan’s film starts in London and moves to Rajasthan. It also stars Jay Bhanushali, Rajneish Duggal, Mohit Ahlawat and Jas Arora – in case anyone really cares about the rest of the cast! Fans of the former adult movie star will be happy to note that her next release is the sex comedy, Kuch Kuch Locha Hai with the unlikely corpulent co-star Ram Kapoor.

    Sunny days in the sand dunes
    Sunny Leone as a Rajasthani village belle – that image alone is eyebrow raising enough for me to want to watch Ek Paheli Leela. Director Bobby Khan’s film starts in London and moves to Rajasthan. It also stars Jay Bhanushali, Rajneish Duggal, Mohit Ahlawat and Jas Arora – in case anyone really cares about the rest of the cast! Fans of the former adult movie star will be happy to note that her next release is the sex comedy, Kuch Kuch Locha Hai with the unlikely corpulent 1004FilmSnip3co-star Ram Kapoor.

    Now Running:

    Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!
    Director: Dibakar Banerjee
    Cast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Anand
    Tiwari, Divya Menon
    The story begins in an old-school Kolkata, portraying life in 1942. Ajit (Tiwari) hires Byomkesh Bakshy (Rajput) to find his father who has been missing for more than two months. After some investigation, Byomkesh finds that Ajit’s father has been killed. The plot revolves around how he solves the murder mystery. The film is a cocktail of fantastic cinematography and great performances from the leads. If that is not enough, maybe the fine  screenplay
    will get you interested.
    —Team Indulge

    Fast and the Furious 7
    Director: James Wan | Cast: Jason Statham, Paul Walker, Vin Diesel1004FilmSnip2
    After defeating Owen Shaw, Dominic (Diesel), Brian (Walker), and the gang are able to return to the United States. However, Deckard Shaw (Statham) seeks revenge against Dom and his family for his comatose brother. Although a bit too scattered in terms of the plot, the film is two hours of power-packed action fueled by dedication and passion. A fitting tribute to the late Paul Walker, the last several minutes will bring on the emotion—with his brothers filling in for him as Brian. —T I

    Run All Night
    Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
    Cast: Liam Neeson,
    Ed Harris, Joel Kinnaman
    This film tells the story of a mobster and hit man Jimmy Conlon (Neeson) who has one night to figure out where his loyalties lie. To save his son Michael (Kinnaman) from the mob and reconnect with his son’s family, he and Michael must avoid the thugs, the corrupt cops and the contract killers to
    survive. A definite action and thriller, this movie is a must watch for those who like to sit at the edge of their seats throughout.
    —Team Indulge

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