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When Gauri said, ‘I respect Shah Rukh’s religion, but that doesn't mean…'

Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan tied the knot on October 25, 1991. They are parents to three children – Aryan Khan, Suhana Khan and AbRam Khan.

Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan dated for many years before getting married.
Published on May 28, 2024 02:20 PM IST

Indian cinema had a watershed moment at Cannes 2024. Is the industry watching?

With All We Imagine As Light winning the Grand Prix at Cannes, it is time to celebrate, but also to reflect on the precise contributions to this honour.

opinion Payal Kapadia with her cast Chhaya Kadam, Divya Prabha and Kani Kusruti after she was awarded with the Grand Prix for the film All We Imagine as Light by Viola Davis during the Closing Ceremony at the 77th edition of the Cannes Film Festival.(AFP)
Updated on May 26, 2024 04:57 PM IST

Cannes Film Festival: All We Imagine As Light wins Grand Prix

All We Imagine As Light is the first film in three decades to enter the Main Competition section at the Cannes Film Festival.

A still from All We Imagine As Light, directed by Payal Kapadia.
Published on May 25, 2024 11:15 PM IST

Furiosa A Mad Max Saga review: Anya Taylor-Joy leads this episodic origin story

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga finds writer-director George Miller weaving Furiosa's backstory split into five chapters, spanning over two decades.

Anya Taylor-Joy in a still from Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga.
Published on May 23, 2024 08:34 PM IST

After Srikanth, watch Ship of Theseus: A complex portrayal of disability

Weekend Ticket: Ship of Theseus opens with the story of a blind photographer coming to terms with her skills as an artist when her eyesight is restored.

opinion Aida El-Kashef in a still from Ship of Theseus
Published on May 19, 2024 01:23 PM IST

10 films premiering at Cannes Film Festival 2024 that we cannot wait to watch

New films from Francis Ford Coppola, Yorgos Lanthimos and an Indian feature in Competition after decades-long absence has us excited for this year's edition.

Cannes Film Festival runs from May 14- 25.
Published on May 18, 2024 04:04 PM IST

Bridgerton Season 3 review: The wallflower finally gets to shine

Bridgerton Season 3, Part 1, with the first four episodes, finds the most fascinating heroine in the form of Penelope Featherington.

Nicola Coughlan and Luke Newton in a still from Bridgerton Season 3.
Published on May 17, 2024 06:12 AM IST

Aavesham has a lot to say about Fahadh Faasil's Ranga, but not much on bullying

The Fault in Our Films: Aavesham packs a punch with Fahadh Faasil's superb turn, except for its indifference to the reality of ragging in academic institutions.

opinion A still from Aavesham, which stars Fahadh Faasil as the gangster Ranga.
Updated on May 13, 2024 11:29 AM IST

After The Idea of You, watch May December: A sordid film on age-gap relationship

Weekend Ticket: In Todd Haynes' May December, a Television actress heads to study the life of a woman infamous for her romance with a much younger man.

opinion Julianne Moore and Charles Melton in a still from May December.
Published on May 12, 2024 01:47 PM IST

In Anu, a woman is forced to come to terms with her grief in isolation

Pulkit Arora's Anu, now available on MUBI, is a short film that revolves around how a middle-aged woman deals with loneliness during the covid-19 pandemic.

opinion Prabha Ravi in a still from Anu.
Published on May 11, 2024 03:06 PM IST

Manjummel Boys barely survives in its search of a great tale on friendship

Manjummel Boys, directed by Chidambaram, observes a group of friends fight against the odds to save their friend from a difficult situation. (Spoiler Alert)

opinion A still from Manjummel Boys.
Published on May 07, 2024 11:48 AM IST

After Heeramandi, watch Rajkahini: A grittier film on freedom-fighting women

The Bengali film, which released in 2015, revolved around a group of women living in a brothel headed by Begum Jaan. They must resist a larger crisis at hand.

opinion Rituparna Sengupta in a still from Rajkahini.
Published on May 05, 2024 05:24 PM IST

In Heeramandi, Richa Chadha shines the brightest as the doomed Lajjo

Richa Chadha is in career-best form as Lajvanti- or Lajjo- in Heeramandi. Her stunning kathak dance performance is one for the ages. (Spoilers ahead)

opinion Richa Chadha in a still from Heeramandi.
Published on May 03, 2024 06:19 AM IST

Sonakshi Sinha interview: ‘Glad I’ve had 2 big shows with Dahaad, Heeramandi'

In this exclusive chat with Hindustan Times, Sonakshi Sinha shares her experience about playing the vengeful Fareedan in Heeramandi.

interview Sonakshi Sinha in a still from Heeramandi.
Updated on Apr 30, 2024 10:41 AM IST

Richa Chadha exclusive interview: On playing Lajjo in Heeramandi

In an exclusive chat with Hindustan Times, Richa Chadha talked about working with Sanjay Leela Bhansali in Heeramandi and Rekha's viral reaction.

interview Richa Chadha plays Lajjo in Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar.
Updated on Apr 29, 2024 08:12 AM IST

The Veil review: Elizabeth Moss headlines glossy spy thriller

The Veil, written by Steven Knight, stars Elizabeth Moss as a spy who finds herself caught up in a web of secrets. It releases on Disney+ Hotstar on April 30.

Elizabeth Moss in a still from The Veil.
Published on Apr 24, 2024 09:42 PM IST

Dibakar Banerjee exclusive interview: ‘LSD2 is about us living for the camera’

In this interview, Dibakar Banerjee and the cast of Love Sex Aur Dhokha 2 talk about the creating a film for the social media-obsessed generation.

interview Dibakar Banerjee reveals how both the LSD films are different from each other.
Published on Apr 15, 2024 06:10 AM IST

Hansal Mehta exclusive interview: ‘We often limit ourselves by the way we think’

Hansal Mehta and Jai Mehta speak to Hindustan Times about collaborating on their new show Lootere, which released on Disney+ Hotstar.

interview Jai Mehta and Hansal Mehta on the set of Lootere.
Published on Apr 08, 2024 06:28 AM IST

The Lost Notebook review: A man's cinema visits become a medium of escape

The Lost Notebook revolves around a Hungarian man's meticulous records of cinema visits, which forges a connection to his family in the present.

The Lost Notebook premiered at CPH: DOCX.
Published on Apr 05, 2024 06:08 AM IST

Renegade Nell review: A fantastic Louisa Harland makes for a wild adventure ride

Renegade Nell revolves around the titular woman on the run, who unknowingly becomes an outlaw as well as the possessor of magical powers.

Louisa Harland in a still from Renegade Nell.
Published on Mar 27, 2024 05:40 PM IST

Marching in the Dark review: Compelling doc sheds light on Indian farmer widows

Marching in the Dark, directed by Kinshuk Surjan, turns its attention to the widows of farmers, who are pushed into huge debts and poverty.

Marching in the Dark premiered at Cph: Docx.
Published on Mar 24, 2024 01:40 PM IST

Favoriten movie review: Excellent doc observes a primary classroom in Vienna

In Favoriten, director Ruth Beckermann films a classroom in Vienna for around three years to see how the students respond to their teacher.

Favoriten premiered at Cph: Docx.
Published on Mar 23, 2024 01:30 PM IST

Sting Like a Bee review: A fascinating film-within-a-film study of Italian youth

Sting Like a Bee review: Reality merges with fiction in this experimental, intriguing documentary on the dreams and voices of Italian youth.

Sting Like a Bee premiered at CPH: Docx.
Published on Mar 22, 2024 02:56 PM IST

Road House movie review: Jake Gyllenhaal pulls all the punches

Road House movie review: Jake Gyllenhaal smartly plays an ex-UFC fighter-turned-bouncer at a Florida Keys roadhouse in this witty remake of the 1989 original.

Jake Gyllenhaal in a still from Road House, now streaming in Prime Video.
Published on Mar 22, 2024 02:01 PM IST

Motherboard review: Portrait of single parent's decades-long journey is a gem

Motherboard review: Victoria Mapplebeck becomes pregnant at 38, and decides to film her journey as a single mother. It results in a video diary of 20 years.

Victoria Mapplebeck's Motherboard premiered at Cph:Docx.
Published on Mar 21, 2024 12:55 PM IST

The Many Lives of Édouard Louis review: An immersive perspective from a writer

The Many Lives of Édouard Louis revolves around 31-year-old French author Édouard Louis as he talks about his work and a personal transformation.

The Many Lives of Édouard Louis premiered at CPH:DOCX.
Updated on Mar 20, 2024 08:56 PM IST

The Labour of Pain and Joy review: A revelatory look at childbirth practices

The Labour of Pain and Joy follows two Finnish birth attendants, who strive to provide better and safe conditions for women in labour.

The Labour of Pain and Joy premiered at Cph:Docx.
Published on Mar 20, 2024 01:38 PM IST

Life and Other Problems review: A strangely moving doc on age-old questions

Life and Other Problems review: Death of a giraffe sets forth a dizzying set of questions on the meaning of life and existence in this uneven documentary.

Life and Other Problems opened CPH: Docx.
Published on Mar 19, 2024 04:34 PM IST

A New Kind of Wilderness review: Intimate documentary of family seeking change

A New Kind of Wilderness, playing at Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, is a quietly affecting story of a Norwegian family dealing with loss.

A still from A New Kind of Wilderness.
Published on Mar 15, 2024 01:27 PM IST

Oscars 2024: Best moments of the awards ceremony

The 96th Academy Awards ceremony promised a number of surprising and endearing moments. Let us take a look!

From Ryan Gosling's kenergy to Anatomy of a Fall's Snoop, the Oscars put up a terrific evening.
Published on Mar 11, 2024 01:19 PM IST
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