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Cannes jurist Balan sees golden age for Indian cinema

As the Cannes film festival prepares to join in the celebrations for Indian cinema's 100th birthday, one of the biggest names in modern-day Bollywood says the industry is enjoying a new golden age. Vidya Balan, the star of Bollywood hits such "The Dirty Picture", will be among the jurors deciding this year's feature film award in Cannes as the traditional movie industry doffs its hat to its younger Indian cousins.

Cannes jurist Balan sees golden age for Indian cinema

As the Cannes film festival prepares to join in the celebrations for Indian cinema's 100th birthday, one of the biggest names in modern-day Bollywood says the industry is enjoying a new golden age. Vidya Balan, the star of Bollywood hits such "The Dirty Picture", will be among the jurors deciding this year's feature film award in Cannes as the traditional movie industry doffs its hat to its younger Indian cousins.

Cannes jurist Balan sees golden age for Indian cinema

As the Cannes film festival prepares to join in the celebrations for Indian cinema's 100th birthday, one of the biggest names in modern-day Bollywood says the industry is enjoying a new golden age. Vidya Balan, the star of Bollywood hits such "The Dirty Picture", will be among the jurors deciding this year's feature film award in Cannes as the traditional movie industry doffs its hat to its younger Indian cousins.

Cannes jurist Balan sees golden age for Indian cinema

As the Cannes film festival prepares to join in the celebrations for Indian cinema's 100th birthday, one of the biggest names in modern-day Bollywood says the industry is enjoying a new golden age. Vidya Balan, the star of Bollywood hits such "The Dirty Picture", will be among the jurors deciding this year's feature film award in Cannes as the traditional movie industry doffs its hat to its younger Indian cousins.

Cannes jurist Balan sees golden age for Indian cinema

As the Cannes film festival prepares to join in the celebrations for Indian cinema's 100th birthday, one of the biggest names in modern-day Bollywood says the industry is enjoying a new golden age. Vidya Balan, the star of Bollywood hits such "The Dirty Picture", will be among the jurors deciding this year's feature film award in Cannes as the traditional movie industry doffs its hat to its younger Indian cousins.

India plans to relax Bollywoody censorship

India's all-powerful censor board is planning a lighter approach to Bollywood after decades chopping tens of thousands of film scenes, from onscreen kisses to violent endings. Set up by British rulers in the 1920s to block US movies with anti-colonial sentiment, the board went on to cut Indian films as much for their supposedly racy content as for their political overtones. But as the country rapidly modernises, the government must walk the tightrope of catering to a more liberal, youthful India without angering still deeply conservative strands of society.

Bollywood marks India's century of cinema

India's movie industry toasted its 100th birthday on Friday with the release of two films celebrating its humble origins in the silent era and the influence of glamorous modern-day Bollywood. "Bombay Talkies" comprises four short stories inspired by India's love of cinema, created by some of the country's leading filmmakers. "You usually celebrate birthdays and that's what we are doing today. Indian cinema turns 100 and we are acknowledging that," said Zoya Akhtar, who directed the film along with Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap and Dibakar Banerjee.

Bollywood dynasties keep it in the family

As Indian cinema turns 100 years old, one powerful Bollywood dynasty can trace the roots of their stardom almost right back to the birth of the national film industry. "We have been there throughout. All the milestones of cinema, there has been some Kapoor or the other," says 60-year-old Rishi Kapoor, who has notched up nearly 150 Hindi film credits over a four-decade acting career.

Bollywood celebrates 100th birthday

One hundred years after the screening of a black-and-white silent film, India's brash, song-and-dance-laden Bollywood film industry celebrates its centenary later this week. The milestone will be marked with the release of "Bombay Talkies", made up of short commemorative films by four leading directors, while India will be honoured as "guest country" at next month's Cannes festival. Exhibitions in the capital New Delhi are showcasing a century of cinema, including onscreen kissing scenes that originally fell foul of the censors.

Bollywood celebrates 100th birthday

One hundred years after the screening of a black-and-white silent film, India's brash, song-and-dance-laden Bollywood film industry celebrates its centenary later this week. The milestone will be marked with the release of "Bombay Talkies", made up of short commemorative films by four leading directors, while India will be honoured as "guest country" at next month's Cannes festival. Exhibitions in the capital New Delhi are showcasing a century of cinema, including onscreen kissing scenes that originally fell foul of the censors.
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