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    Padmaavat protests: 18 arrested for attack on school bus in India

    Indian Police Thursday arrested 18 persons in connection with yesterday’s attack on a school bus in Gurugram locality . The men were part of the mob that attacked the bus with stones and sticks

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    Hindu Groups Call for All-India Protest Ahead of Controversial Movie Release

    Indian right wing Hindu groups intensified protests against the release of a controversial Bollywood film "Padmaavat" amid heightened police presence in various states on Wednesday.

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    Nawazuddin Siddiqui to play Hindu extremist Bal Thackeray in biopic

    Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray and Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut attended the glittering launch function on Thursday evening.

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    Saudi lifts decades-long ban on cinemas

    Saudi Arabia on Monday lifted a decades-long ban on cinemas, part of a series of social reforms by the powerful crown prince that are shaking up the ultra-conservative kingdom.

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    Bollywood: 'Hera Pheri 3' on hold as director in coma since 10 months

    Bollywood filmmaker Neeraj Vora, known for writing the comedy classic Hera Pheri and directing its subsequent installments, has been in a coma for the past 10 months, according to Indian media reports.

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    Raj all the rage as India marks 70 years of independence

    As India marks the 70th anniversary of its independence this year, a slew of movies tackling its colonial history are hitting cinema screens, including a controversial account of Partition by the director.

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    Pak lifts ban on airing Indian TV serials

    A Pakistani court on Tuesday lifted a ban on the airing of Indian television serials in the country saying "the world has become a global village" and asking how long "unreasonable restrictions" can be imposed, reported.

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    Indian censors want 'cow', 'Hindu' beeped in film

    Indian censors have refused to certify a documentary film featuring Nobel prize-winning economist Amartya Sen unless words like “cow” and “Hindu India” are beeped out, the director said on Wednesday.

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    Ishaan Khatter's Majid Majidi film Beyond The Clouds a trilingual with a twist

    International auteur Majid Majidi's film ‘Beyond The Clouds’ is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated films of the year. Starring Shahid Kapoor's brother Ishaan Khatter and Malavika Mohanan.

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    Fajr Film Festival 2017 roundup: A Panorama of World Cinema

    Cosmopolitan Tehran was once again the center of attention from cinematic trends all across the world. 140 films from 58 countries and well over 350 foreign guests and hundreds of cinemagoers.

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    Film on extremism wins at Saudi festival

    A short film that tackles extremism has won the top prize at the Saudi Film Festival, organisers said on Sunday, in an ultra-conservative kingdom that continues to ban public cinemas.

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    Can Ghosts Change Hollywood Stereotypes about Muslims?

    The jury may be out for a while on the newly anticipated release of the very talked about movie Jinn.  The central focus of the movie is about a young man whose family has been cursed by evil spirits.

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    Indian director Karan Johar becomes father of twins through surrogacy

    Karan Johar has become a single father of twins - a baby boy and girl - who were born through surrogacy and the filmmaker says he is "enormously blessed" to be a parent.

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    Bollywood movie 'Raees' banned in Pakistan

    Within days of lifting a self-imposed ban on Indian films, Pakistani exhibitors were informed on Monday that Shah Rukh Khan’s much-awaited Raees will not be released in the country as it depicts Islam in a “negative.

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    Pakistan ends ban on Indian films 

    On January 26, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif gave his go ahead. That was followed some days later by notification from the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage.

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    Iran actress to boycott Oscars over 'racist' Trump visa ban

    The Iranian star of Oscar-nominated film "The Salesman" said Thursday she would boycott the awards in protest at President Donald Trump's "racist" ban on Muslim immigrants.

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    Majidi to shoot 'Floating Garden' in India

    Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi, who is in India for a location recce for his new movie, decided to travel in a suburban train to connect better with the pulse of the city's people.

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    Uzbekistan churns Out new anti-Terrorism Melodrama

    Speaking at a preview of his movie, “Dadam Betob" (“Dad is Sick”) director and screenwriter Zulfikar Musakov told reporters he had presented the idea to state-run film company Uzbekfilm five years ago.

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    Bollywood star Salman Khan cleared in illegal arms case

    An Indian court on Wednesday acquitted Bollywood superstar Salman Khan of using unlicensed firearms to kill protected wildlife almost two decades ago, a lawyer said.

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    'Dangal' shatters Bollywood box office record

    Aamir Khan's latest film "Dangal" is now Bollywood's highest grossing movie of all time, breaking the record set by his previous release "PK" in 2014.

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    US man jailed for 22 years for stealing TV remote

    Eric Bramwell, 35, was found guilty in November and sentenced in January to 22 years imprisonment. He stole the remote in August 2015 from the common area of an apartment complex in Wheaton, Illinois.

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    Bollywood veteran actor Om Puri dies of heart attack

    Veteran actor Om Puri, who gave countless memorable performances in movies of diverse genres, died at his residence here on Friday morning after a massive heart attack.

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    Iran picks 'The Salesman' for 2017 Oscars

    After comprehensive deliberations and further discussions on the five shortlisted films, a strong majority of the board chose The Salesman to compete in Best Foreign Language film in 2017.

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    Why is Aamir Khan not called a 'superstar', but SRK and Salman are?

    Why has Aamir been the most under-rated of the three Khans? There is no doubt that in terms of press coverage, paparazzi and scrutiny, both Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan beat Aamir hands down.

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