‘A narrative is being built’: Bollywood’s battle for Indian hearts and minds

As India goes to the polls, debate rages as to whether its film industry supports Narendra Modi

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The explosive film lifting the lid on sex trafficking between India and LA

Love Sonia is the shocking tale of a young woman caught up in the global sex trade. Its director and stars, including Demi Moore and Freida Pinto, on the true stories that inspired it

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From vibrators to gay kisses, how Bollywood embraced the taboo

Once a musical wonderland out of touch with reality, India’s film industry is finally addressing contemporary issues – and telling women’s stories

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Banita Sandhu – the London undergrad moonlighting as a Bollywood star

The Welsh actor, and star of Shoojit Sircar’s new film October, is becoming big name in India. But in the meantime, she’s got an English literature degree to finish

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Sridevi Kapoor: Bollywood star who was India’s lover, friend and mum

Sridevi, who has died aged 54, had the megawattage to match Bollywood’s biggest male stars. Her death is a massive national loss

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Pad Man review – one man’s life-affirming crusade for women

The tale of one man’s mission to bring sanitary towels to millions in India gets the Bollywood treatment

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Heavy security as Bollywood epic Padmaavat opens in Indian cinemas

Rumours that film features love scene between queen and her Muslim conqueror leads to blanket security at premieres

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Padmaavat review – Indian drama that sparked riots is a fabulous tale of love and plunder

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s extravagant medieval epic, which has been the subject of controversy in its home country, makes for a gloriously stirring spectacle

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Emails have a lot to answer for

We can all learn from Priyanka Chopra, potential bridesmaid to Meghan Markle, who has confidently disregarded a quarter of a million messages

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Bollywood sexual harassment: actors speak out on Indian cinema’s open secret

Women tell the Guardian that unmasking of abusive men is overdue in industry that shames and undermines victims

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Hindu activists threaten to torch UK cinemas in Bollywood film row

Indian release of Padmavati, about 14th-century queen, postponed after protests and death threats against cast and director

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Tubelight review – Salman Khan’s stuttering charm offensive

Hoping to continue the personal rebranding begun in 2015’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan and seduce the Chinese audience at the same time, Salman Khan’s latest is a cold-eyed sentiment-wringer

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Spontaneous acting has worked in my favour: Taapsee Pannu

Spontaneous acting has worked in my favour: Taapsee Pannu Kolkata: Actress Taapsee Pannu has said that not being a traditionally

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Cashless queues and a Million Pound note (Comment: Special to IANS)

Cashless queues and a Million Pound note (Comment: Special to IANS) By Saeed Naqvi Consider this very plausible rumour I

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