Bollywood

Jaane Kaha Se Aayi Hai

Written by on April 2nd, 2010

Although it’s the darker films that win praise from critics, audiences always appreciate a light-hearted entertainer like Jaane Kaha Se Aayi Hai! The out-of-this-world romantic comedy stars Riteish Deshmukh as an ordinary Earth boy and Jacqueline Fernandez as the alien girl who loves him. Music directors Sajid-Wajid’s last major release was the epic period piece […]

Arshad Warsi’s 10 Best Roles

Written by on March 25th, 2010

Although Arshad Warsi has been in the Bollywood for almost 15 years, he has yet to be fully appreciated as a solo hero. Most people know him as either Munnabhai’s comic sidekick Circuit or perhaps as one of the crazy crew from the seemingly endless (but always hilarious) low brow comedies with the catchy names: […]

Well Done Abba

Written by on March 23rd, 2010

Director Shyam Bengal’s latest film Well Done Abba is the humorous story of Armaan Ali, a driver for a big shot in the city. Armaan takes off work for a trip to his home village to find a husband for his daughter but when he comes back, he finds that his boss is not willing […]

Housefull

Written by on March 22nd, 2010

When Akshay Kumar and Sajid Khan get together to make a movie, you expect two things: a good time and a good soundtrack. Heyy Babyy certainly delivered both, with ‘Mast Kalandar’ becoming one of the smash hits of 2007. Housefull, about a man with three wives – Deepika Padukone, Lara Dutta, and Jiah Khan – […]

Atif Aslam and Shreya Ghoshal impact Washington!

Written by on March 17th, 2010

This past weekend I saw Atif Aslam and Shreya Ghoshal impact DAR Constitution Hall in Impact 2010. The event was put on with aplomb by Sachin Rajgire and Lavika Bhagat Singh. The event started right on Indian Standard Time (which is to say, one hour late). Our Emcee for the evening was a poetically minded […]

“Love Times Seven” is a love story dedicated to Bollywood” – Arpita Mukherjee

Written by on March 17th, 2010

Bollywood films have deep stylistic roots in the theater world. The combination of comedy, drama, romance, moral values, music, and religious themes unique to Bollywood films was born in a soupy mix of regional theater, traditional Sanskrit dramas, Sufi musical performance styles, and Parsi theater. While trends in Bollywood have ebbed and flowed, a certain […]

Prince

Written by on February 22nd, 2010

After a winter of films that seemed to mistake the box office for the bully pulpit, fans of action, adventure, and excitement finally have something to look forward to in Prince: It’s Showtime, formerly known as Prince. Vivek Oberoi takes center stage as the titular “Prince,” a thief who needs to uncover his past. Directed […]

Teen Patti

Written by on February 10th, 2010

Leena Yadav’s sophomore effort Teen Patti tackles the dark and dirty world of gambling—and mathematics. Starring a cast of top-notch talent, including Ben Kingsley and Amitabh Bachchan, the film releases on February 26th. Salim-Sulaiman, contributing to the new trend of films without picturizations, have crafted a mixed bag of atmospheric songs that don’t stand well […]

My Name is Khan press conference in New York

Written by on February 2nd, 2010

Karan Johar’s latest film My Name is Khan seems set to be the next big Bollywood blockbuster. Reuniting the classic filmi jodi of Shahrukh Khan and Kajol, the film was shot on a grand scale all across the United States, as well as in Mumbai and Shahrukh will be tackling one of the most challenging […]

Hide & Seek

Written by on January 24th, 2010

The past comes back to haunt six friends in upcoming thriller Hide & Seek, as youthful Christmas hijinks catch up with them twelve years later–with chilling consequences. Directed by Sean Arranha, the film stars Purab Kohli (Rock On!!) and Arjan Bajwa (Fashion) among others and music directors Chirantan Bhatt and Gourov Dasgupta have put together […]

Toh Baat Pakki

Written by on January 20th, 2010

It’s been more than two years since Tabu’s last Hindi film (2007′s Cheeni Kum), so expectations are high for Toh Baat Pakki, which releases on February 19th. Directed by Kedarh Shinde the film finds her taking the role of a matchmaking elder sister who wishes to set her younger sister (Uvika Chaudhary) up in a […]

Meet the Curry Smugglers

Written by on January 16th, 2010

Have you ever wanted to start listening to music podcasts but found that it was too difficult to pick through all the boring and irrelevant ones to find what you want? Well, look no further because Paresh and Sachin aka The Curry Smugglers are here to help! The two men run a desi music podcast […]

Chetan Bhagat is no ‘Idiot’ when it comes to ‘Three Mistakes of My Life’!

Written by on January 11th, 2010

Novelist Chetan Bhagat recently caused as stir in the press when he publicly denounced Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Aamir Khan, and Rajukumar Hirani for not properly crediting him as the author of the story behind super-hit 3 Idiots. The 3 Idiots team hit back, explaining that they had bought the rights to adapt Chetan’s novel “5 […]

Rann

Written by on January 11th, 2010

In Rann, director Ram Gopal Varma tackles the subject of India’s media and he has roped in talented actors from Amitabh Bachchan to Riteish Deshmukh for this hard-hitting film. For the album, five composers have crafted eight songs that play more like a Hollywood film score than a typical Bollywood soundtrack. The album opens with […]

Aamir & John in Anurag Kashyap’s Next

Written by on January 8th, 2010

After Anurag Kashyap’s breakout film Dev.D wowed both critics and audiences last year speculation has run rampant for his next big project, Bombay Velvet. At one point rumors were flying fast and furious that Shahrukh Khan and Aamir Khan would finally come together onscreen to be a part of the period drama. Well, King Khan […]

Top Scandals of 2009

Written by on January 4th, 2010

No other film industry does scandal quite like Bollywood. Whether it’s terrorism charges, misguided publicity stunts, or just family drama, Bollywood does scandal the way it does everything else – oversized and melodramatic. 2009 saw some of the usual suspects up to their old tricks (Salman and Sanjay never have a dull moment) and the […]

Best Tweets of 2009

Written by on January 4th, 2010

Twitter was everywhere this year! The social networking site is part message board and part blog, where you can “tweet” your thoughts, links, or pictures in 140 characters or less. What is so cool about Twitter is that it is democratic – anybody and everybody can use it! Bollywood celebrities love the Internet just as […]

Author Chetan Bhagat upset with Vidhu Vinod Chopra

Written by on December 31st, 2009

After a mediocre year at the box office, Bollywood has finally begun to breathe a sigh of relief with the smash success of 3 Idiots, which is seems set to be one of the biggest releases of all time, but not everyone is cheering the film. Author Chetan Bhagat is upset with filmmaker Vidhu Vinod […]

Heroes star Sendhil Ramamurthy signs a Bollywood film!

Written by on December 29th, 2009

Ekta Kapoor has confirmed that American actor Sendhil Ramamurthy, who currently stars on the television show “Heroes,” has signed on to do a film for Balaji Studios. The film is to be called Shor and is going to be directed by the team of Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK, whose last project was the cult […]

Veer

Written by on December 23rd, 2009

Everything about Veer is epic – from the price tag to the costumes and set design to the amount of time and effort sunk into it by superstar Salman Khan, hot off of his success in Wanted. Directed by Anil Sharma, the period piece is set in the late 1800s and stars the oiled and […]

Dulha Mil Gaya

Written by on December 19th, 2009

Mudassar Aziz’s Dulha Mil Gaya has been long in the making. Dogged by shooting delays and rumors, it seemed as if the film would never make it to theatres. Thankfully for all involved, the film, which stars Sushmita Sen, Fardeen Khan, and Shah Rukh Khan, is releasing in January 2010. Music director Lalit Pandit (formerly […]

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