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    Pakistani filmmakers have the chutzpah to go global

    The last three decades of the twentieth century saw hundreds of cinema houses being pulled down across Pakistan and turned into commercial theatres, plazas, marriage halls and petrol pumps due.

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    Biopic of tennis star Sania Mirza gets under way

    Tennis star Sania Mirza on Friday announced that a biopic on her will be made by Bollywood producer Ronnie Screwvala.Sania said she has signed a contract for the biopic and the initial work has already begun.

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    This Film on Kashmir Sought CBFC Clearance 6 Months Ago – and Is Still Waiting

    Ashvin Kumar’s 16-year-old filmography has been marked by an unlikely intersection: censorship troubles, movies on Kashmir and National Film Awards.

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    Visual Politics of Iranian Cinema: Social Class in Asghar Farhadi’s ‘A Separation’

    Iranian movies receive widespread critical acclaim and popularity in the global space for its creative richness, honesty and the striking blend with reality. These movies are regarded as some of the finest.

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    Thugs of Hindostan: A British myth or Indian reality?

    On October 3, 1830, the Calcutta Literary Gazette published an anonymous letter that spoke at length on the activities of a group of worshippers of Goddess Kali, who expressed their devotion.

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    Ram Gopal Varma says he's making an 'honest' film on Sanjay Dutt's life

    After Rajkumar Hirani delivered a box office hit with the Bollywood actor's biopic Sanju, filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma announced that he too will be making a film on Sanjay.

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    India to help Bangladesh produce films on PM Hasina before polls there

     India has decided to join hands with the Bangladeshi government to produce a documentary on the country’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, months before she and her Awami League Party head to the polls.

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    ABC apologises over Quantico Hindu terror plot post backlash

    US television studio ABC has issued an apology to Indian fans of its crime drama Quantico after an episode featuring Indian nationalists trying to frame Pakistan in a terrorist plot.

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    ‘Beyond the Clouds’ and Beyond the Boundaries

    Maryam Papi – Eminent Iranian director, Majid Majidi, revisited India to redeem the failure of his 50 milion USD ‘ filmMuhammad: The Messenger of God , known as the most expensive film.

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    Cannes 2018: The year Middle Eastern cinema made its mark

    The selection of films at the 71st Cannes Film Festival, running from 8-19 May, is the talk of the town. The word in film industry circles is that Middle Eastern cinema has finally arrived.

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    ‘Local story, global appeal’: Netflix’s strategy in India with ‘Sacred Games’ and other projects

    Netflix is a pop culture phenomenon in India without the numbers to support it. It is not known exactly how many Indians watch the series, films and documentaries available on the streaming.

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    Saudi Arabia unveils first new cinema in 35 years

    Saudi Arabia on Wednesday unveiled its first cinema in over 35 years with a private screening of the blockbuster "Black Panther", the first in a series of trial runs before movie.

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    Palestinian artists boycott Istanbul film festival over Israeli sponsor

    The producer of 2017 film Wajib, a Palestinian co-production, said the film team had pulled their film from the festival after organisers refused to end Israeli collaboration.

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    Bollywood actor Salman Khan gets five years jail in blackbuck poaching case

    A Jodhpur court on Thursday pronounce its verdict in the 1998 black buck poaching case, in which Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam.

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    Don't try to pollute film industry with communal bias: Indian veteran screenwriter

    Veteran Indian screenwriter Javed Akhtar on Thursday warned "bigots" to be wary of communalising the Indian film industry, which he termed as "the citadel of secularism".

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    Oscars 2018: ‘Shape of Water’ Wins Best Picture award

    The Fox Searchlight movie’s Mexican filmmaker, Guillermo del Toro, took home the best director Oscar, dashing the hopes of a rare win by a woman or a black filmmaker.

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    Pak-China agreement to collaborate in film production

    The agreement between Pakistan and China to co-produce films was discussed by the minister of state for information, broadcasting, national and literary Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb and her

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    India’s sanitary towel hero Pad Man bound for Bollywood glory

    Menstruation isn’t the most obvious topic for a blockbuster, but the story of how a lower-caste man from a village in India dropped out of school at 14 and became the unlikely champion.

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    'Padmaavat' barred in Malaysia over 'sensitivities of Islam'

    Controversial Bollywood movie Padmaavat, which has released in India after a struggle, is now barred from opening in cinemas in Malaysia over concerns regarding “sensitivities of Islam”.

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    Padmavat Collections Crosses 50 Cr, in 2 days

    Bollywood magnum opus movie ‘Padmavat’ finally released on January 25th after so many hurdles and controversies on the film. Karni Sena, Kshtriya Mahasabha and some other organisations protest.

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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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    Lebanon bans Spielberg's 'The Post'

    The pan-Arab body maintains a regional boycott of Israel, and blacklisted Spielberg after he donated $1m to Israel during its destructive 2006 war with Lebanon.

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    Actor Tom Alter dies of skin cancer at 67

    Veteran film, television and theatre actor and Padma Shri Tom Alter has died aged 67. The renowned actor and one-time sports writer and author had been battling stage four skin cancer.

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