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With the former Miss World appearing on the magazine's cover, the weekly in its latest issue focuses on the young generation describing Aamir Khan as ``India's most respected and versatile young actor'' and praising Director Ram Gopal Varma for ``ditching song-and-dance fantasies for urban grittiness''.
The magazine describes Rai as ``India's standard bearer'' and says, ``she may position herself as New Bollywood in terms of roles, but in person, Rai embodies the Indian middle class and very old Bollywood ideal: a modern girl with traditional values. ``For someone emerging as a 21st century film star, there are few people less likely to turn into a Western style sex kitten.''
The magazine points out that the Indian film industry released an average 1,000 films compared to Hollywood's 740 and attracted a world audience, from Kuala Lumpur to Cape Town, of 3.6 billion, compared to Hollywood's 2.6 billion.
It lists Awara, Mother India, Sholay, Ankur, Bombay and Devdas among the ``10 Indian films to treasure''.
The story, including interviews with legendary Amitabh Bachchan and Mira Nair, however, has little to say about the film industry in Chennai and Kolkata.
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