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5 really 'different' films that made Bollywood proud in 2014

Being different is a taboo in the Hindi film industry. But, every year new filmmakers come to the forefront with pathbreaking concepts. Here is a list of five such films which made Bollywood proud in 2014.

Tears, memorials, battered memories: Asia marks 10 years since tsunami

Crying onlookers took part in beachside memorials and religious services across Asia on Friday to mark the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami that left more than a quarter million people dead in one of modern history's worst natural disasters. Asian tsunami

2014: 5 remarkable turning points for Bollywood this year

It takes a lot for Bollywood to veer away from tried and tested formulas. This year was no different, except a few aberrations that sort of smacked of the changing mindsets within the industry. We prefer to call it turning points. Here are five of them.

I’m glad that I found a companion, says Kangana Ranaut

Actor Kangana Ranaut, who is happy in her current relationship, does acknowledge the challenges that come with being in one. Freedom of being alone is intoxicating, she says, relationships can be very traumatic.

Ugly review: This one is a grim, gripping and shocking movie

Watch the movie for the its cinematic brilliance, for the simple, touching and mind-blowing message. Watch it for Ronit Roy, Rahul Bhatt and Vineet Kumar Singh. Skip the movie if blood and shootouts is all you want to see in an Anurag Kashyap venture.

Video: Monkey gives first aid to electrocuted friend, brings him back to life

Onlookers at a train station in Kanpur watched in awe as a monkey came to the rescue of an injured friend - resuscitating another monkey that had been electrocuted and knocked unconscious.

If you want to enter paradise, be a suicide bomber: Boko Haram to 13-year-old girl

A 13-year-old Nigerian girl says her parents gave her to the Islamic terror outfit Boko Haram to take part in a suicide bomb attack in Kano. Nigeria has suffered numerous suicide bombings in recent months carried out by girls and young women.

Bigg Boss 8: Sonali ditches Upen and rewards Dimpy

In Thursday's episode of Bigg Boss 8, it is time for Judgement Day and captain Sonali is asked to choose a good contestant. Sonali names Dimpy for the reward and Dimpy in turn gets to name the person who needs to be punished.

Sanjay Dutt returns home, shows off his eight-pack abs

Released on a two weeks' furlough by the Yerwada Central Jail, Sanjay Dutt said he had lost oodles of weight while in jail. He also obliged the shutterbugs by posing for pictures, eight packs and all.  

'The Interview' is online and in theatres

Americans went to war on Christmas against a distant dictator from the cozy comfort of a darkened cinema theatre for the more adventurous and just their laptop at home for the rest.

Malaviya too favoured ‘reconversion’ of Muslims, Christians

A Congressman who also stayed active in the Hindu Mahasabha, Madan Mohan Malaviya shared many Hindutva concerns, including his support to 'reconversions', an issue that is breathing fire yet again.

MTNL launches app for complaint, bill payment

State-run telecom firm MTNL launched a mobile application for Android smartphones using which customers can lodge service complaints, pay bills and book new connection.

Ho ho ho! US military hones on Santa's flight path

Santa Claus has embarked on his annual Christmas Eve mission to deliver presents to millions of children after a smooth take-off from his North Pole base, at least according to US military officials who track his reindeer-powered sleigh.

Put part of retirement fund in safe products instead of relying on PFs

The current market volatility may discourage small investors, but building an equity component into one’s investment portfolio is vital as it would accrue higher benefits when salaried people retire and start dipping into their savings.

Now, scientists create artificial sperms, eggs

For the first time, scientists have created primordial germ cells — cells that will go on to become egg and sperms — using human embryonic stem cells.
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