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Vinayak Chakravorty

Vinayak Chakravorty

Entertainment editor, Mail Todayvinayak.chakravorty@gmail.com
Film critic, Mail Today

By Vinayak Chakravorty

How Race 3 reveals Salman Khan's hit formula

At a time when all other superstars are experimenting, the ploy has become his freak USP.

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Rajinikanth revealed his anti-saffron colours with Kaala

What sets apart 'Kaala' from formulaic Rajini films of the past is the way the movie openly pushes his anti-right wing slant.

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Majid Majidi's Beyond The Clouds is his most unusual film yet, in an unintended manner

The Iranian filmmaker tries whipping up Bollywood masala.

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Why Pad Man is another excuse of a crowd-pleaser by Akshay Kumar

The movie is a plucky decision for a commercial superstar, but the film seems more about letting the actor score acting points than drive home an honest message.

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Padmaavat could have been a great film

Sanjay Leela Bhansali adds to the myth of Padmavati spectacularly.

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Bollywood in 2018: An A to Z guide

The concise B-Town dictionary of all that should make news in the year ahead.

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Goodbye Shashi Kapoor, you changed Indian cinema for us

The actor struck a balance between Indian mainstream's relish for the larger than life with finer aesthetics of world cinema.

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Why Salman Khan and 'Tiger Zinda Hai' lot will secretly be happy at Padmavati's plight

Postponing the release date of Padmavati will not be a good idea in this age of piracy.

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How getting trolled actually helps Priyanka Chopra

The double dose within weeks can only benefit the actor in a year when she has no Bollywood releases.

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Lipstick Under My Burkha talks about women the way Bollywood never has

Alankrita Shrivastava’s new film takes feminism on the Hindi screen to a new high.

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10 things Bollywood learnt in the first half of 2017

While superstars continue to lust after 100-crore stats, few dedicated actors and filmmakers continue to reinvent cinema.

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Why hardcore fans seem disappointed with Salman Khan's Tubelight

The trouble with the movie is that the hardcore fan base cannot quite figure out what the actor is up to this time.

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Not even Priyanka Chopra can save Baywatch from sinking

The Indian censors have apparently massacred the original conten.

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Reema Lagoo - mother of all superstars

For all her fame as mother to new-age actors, Lagoo was only 59, when she breathed her last.

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If Sarkar 3 is about anything, it's Amitabh Bachchan

He will find a way to stand out amid a packed superstar cast, as he did with aplomb in the '70s.

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Why Begum Jaan is a disaster

The Vidya Balan-starrer is all sound, no fury.

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It may be a great time for Bollywood heroines, but they still don't get paid like heroes

The truth is Bollywood’s brutal money-is-all mantra does not recognise political correctness.

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Trapped reimagines the Bollywood thriller

It underlines the fact that superheroic deeds are often acts of human desperation and not much else.

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Why Oscars 2017 was symbolic of the anti-Trump America

He may be president now but Hollywood is not in the mood to pay obeisance.

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Jackie Chan deserves our respect

He transformed the comedian into a full-fledged hero, with his trademark goofy do-gooder who incidentally was an expert in karate.

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Raees shows SRK has kept the anti-hero relevant with the times

It is also a reminder that at 51 Shah Rukh Khan is serious about moving away from his comfort zone.

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Even a Salman Khan has no say in front of Bollywood

The 'Sultan' star is not powerful enough to challenge the industry’s brutally commercial diktats.

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Think Pink, but it's a while before Bollywood's heroine gets to live free

We are still some way from watching women on screen who dare to defy societal or sexual norms, as it is happens in films all around the globe.

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Bollywood feels so cool hanging out with has-been Hollywood stars

Be Indian, flaunt imported. That's what Akshay Kumar had in mind, while hanging out with Will Smith.

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Mohenjo Daro is another grim reminder of how Bollywood skewers history

Ashutosh Gowariker’s obsession with making long films has backfired this time because he had no story to tell.

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Akshay Kumar is redefining the Bollywood macho man

Forever a mass superstar, the Khiladi seems to have grasped the fact that he now needs to extend his fan base to the urban crowd.

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Kabali is proof Rajinikanth is beyond human

Clearly, it is more than idol worship. Thalaivar’s fans also know him as a star who knows the meaning of being humble.

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Why Salman, SRK, Aamir shouldn't stoop to Rakhi, KRK level

Is any publicity good publicity?

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How to joke about rape like Salman Khan and get away

He has come to be a mascot of sorts for those driven by twisted notions of machismo that deem such comments cool.

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Udta Punjab: Indian film censorship has hit an all-time low

Time to rename CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) as PBFC: Pahlaj Board of Filmy Cuts.

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