Director-composer Sanjay Leela Bhansali has overcome intimidation by Indian religious fundamentalists to bring his stunning historical epic to the big screen in Imax 3D, the first Indian film to be released in the format. Deepika Padukone (xXx: Return of Xander Cage), Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh bring welcome grandeur — and irresistible sensual appeal — to the film, setting the stage for a robust showing at the box office.
The director’s stage musical based on her bittersweet 2001 screen comedy has been a long time coming — but its new iteration feels right at home in 2017. "We have embraced full-on the complexity of today's world," continues the director of the 2001 arthouse hit Monsoon Wedding. "When the film came out, it was almost the first portrait of globalization that people outside India had seen.
Aamir Khan stars in Nitesh Tiwari's film based on the true story of a former Indian national wrestling champ who battles the status quo to train his two young daughters to be world-class contenders. Director Nitesh Tiwari wisely waits until the final moments of Dangal to bring out the big guns. The film’s emotional resonance, technical artistry and compelling performances are likely to drive impressive word of mouth and healthy box office, and with any luck, a well deserved large international audience.
The Berkeley City Council approved revisions to its contentious minimum wage ordinance late in the evening of Nov. 10 after a rancorous special meeting at Longfellow Middle School. “Si se puede! Stand up! Fight back!”. shouted around two dozen protesters demanding a higher minimum wage. Many of the protesters were organized by the Service Employees International Union Local 1021, and had marched for higher wages in Sacramento earlier in the day and rallied in Oakland in the afternoon.
Bollywood action-comedy superstar Akshay Kumar reprises his role of a country bumpkin in this sequel to "Singh Is Kinng." Ace dancer and choreographer-turned-director Prabhudheva is known for dancing his way into cameos in his films. His random appearances are always a welcome treat, and his footwork is consistently fabulous.
On a fellowship from the South Asian Journalists Association, I traveled to India to explore the process of Indian Americans adopting children from India. The series was honored by the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club.
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