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Chance Pe Dance

Written by on December 17th, 2009

Directed by Ken Ghosh, Chance Pe Dance is a rags to riches story of a dancer who is struggling to make it to the top of his career. Genelia D’Souza plays his love interest, a choreographer. The Chance Pe Dance soundtrack delivers a variety of songs that line up exactly with what I would expect […]

Reviewing Paa Reviews

Written by on December 9th, 2009

American news outlets have begun reviewing Bollywood films. I’m not sure whether this is a reaction to growing NRI communities across the country or a response to the unexpected popularity of Slumdog Millionaire, but either way the tone of the coverage has shown a distinct lack of respect for Bollywood films as films. I have […]

Newsweek Rebuttal

Written by on November 30th, 2009

Once again, I find myself stepping up to defend Bollywood from the stereotypes thrown around by the Western media. This time, the culprit is Newsweek magazine with this article called “Bollywood Gets Real” by Jason Overdorf. The crux of his argument is that Bollywood is ditching the candy-floss mass entertainers for grittier fare and he […]

Bipasha and Vidya’s Warming Relationship

Written by on November 17th, 2009

One never knows how much truth there is in the behind-the-scenes rumors that get leaked in Bollywood but link-ups and feuds are two of the standby stories for any gossip writers worth their salt. An enduring rumor these past couple of years is the cold war between Vidya Balan and Bipasha Basu, who were recently […]

Vivek’s Importance in Kurbaan Explained by Rensil

Written by on November 14th, 2009

Keen observers have noticed that Bollywood hunk Vivek Oberoi has been missing from the promotions for Kurbaan, which have mostly focused on the sizzling chemistry between real-life and reel-life couple Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor. Speculation has run rampant as to why Vivek has not been featured, with some theorizing that Saif and Kareena […]

3 Idiots

Written by on November 12th, 2009

A new Aamir Khan film is always highly anticipated. Whatever genre or style he picks, just the presence of Aamir is enough for the audience to know that they are in for a quality film. 3 Idiots, directed by Rajkumar Hirani and also starring Sharman Joshi, Boman Irani, R. Madhavan, and Kareena Kapoor, is a […]

Once Upon A Time In Mumbai facing problems

Written by on November 11th, 2009

Suniel Shetty’s Once Upon A Time In Mumbai, in which Ajay Devgn plays a gangster based on the infamous Haji Mastan, has hit yet another snag. Despite assurances from director Milan Luthria as recently as October that the film was not being shelved, the latest schedule of shootings have been canceled. Set in the Mumbai […]

De Dana Dan

Written by on November 7th, 2009

Who else but Pritam would you ask to write the songs for the film that reunites the comedy team of Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, Paresh Rawal, and director Priyadarshan? De Dana Dan is a light-hearted comedy about a couple of zeros – Akshay and Suniel – who need to earn big bank in order to […]

Kurbaan

Written by on October 26th, 2009

The upcoming film Kurbaan has been getting more press for the steamy scenes between Saif Ali Khan and real-life girlfriend Kareena Kapoor than for anything else. Directed by Rensil D’Silva and produced by Karan Johar, with Vivek Oberoi also appearing in a starring role, expectations are running high. The story runs something like boy meets […]

All the Best: Fun Begins

Written by on October 18th, 2009

If you enjoy Rohit Shetty films, then you will enjoy All the Best: Fun Begins. It’s a leisurely paced comedy with no big laugh-out-loud moments but there are no dull patches, either. All the Best is a comedy of mild amusement with a couple of really fun song picturizations thrown in for good measure. Packed […]

Blue

Written by on October 17th, 2009

If you walk into Blue expecting anything more than a slick action film, you will be sorely disappointed. However, if your movie tastes run more towards Dhoom than Deewar, then Blue has much to recommend. Beautifully directed by newcomer Anthony D’Souza and starring the Khiladi himself, Akshay Kumar, Blue is a fast-paced thrill ride. The […]

Sharmila Tagore Refutes Roberts Rumors

Written by on October 4th, 2009

The grand dame of Bollywood Sharmila Tagore refuted reports that she had been hobnobbing with Hollywood actress Julia Roberts. Sharmila told the PTI, “Nobody from our family went to the Pataudi Palace and we haven’t met her at all. We have leased out that palace to a private company and they rent it out to […]

Wake Up Mumbai?

Written by on October 4th, 2009

Although coming-of-age film Wake Up Sid was aimed squarely at the multiplex audiences, it doesn’t mean that it escaped the notice of Mumbai’s masses. Early screenings on Friday were interrupted by protesters from the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) who disagreed with the use of “Bombay” to describe Mumbai. Karan Johar, whose Dharma Productions produced Wake […]

The Nightingale of Bollywood turns 80!

Written by on September 28th, 2009

Lata Mangeshkar has outlasted generations of heroines. As Madhubala gave way to Hema and Hema to Madhuri to Preity Zinta – the voice behind them has remained the same. Lata’s pure, dulcet voice has given life to thousands of songs and emotion to thousands of films and today we celebrate her 80th birthday! Although she […]

Ek Niranjan

Written by on September 27th, 2009

Kangana Ranaut is making her Telugu film debut opposite Young Rebel Star Prabhas in Ek Niranjan. In a departure from her wild and crazy Bollywood characters, Kangana will be playing a sweet, young guitar teacher and Prabhas is the emotionally distant loner who wins her heart. Directed by Puri Jagannadh, who also directed Prabhas in […]

A Rebuttal to The Wall Street Journal’s Bollywood Coverage

Written by on September 24th, 2009

In the wake of the success of Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, the American movie industry, also known as Hollywood, has begun to really wake up to the large movie watching public in India. Not only has 20th Century Fox won a copyright infringement lawsuit against BR Film’s Govinda-starrer Banda Yeh Bindas Hai, which was allegedly […]

Alice in Bollywoodland?

Written by on September 24th, 2009

Classic English literature has proven to be a good fit with popular Indian filmmaking. Vishal Bhardwaj’s Maqbool and Omkara were both based on Shakespeare plays. Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility was successfully adapted in a Tamil film Kandukondain Kandukondain and her Emma is being remade as Aisha, starring Sonam Kapoor. One segment of the genre […]

Master Print of What’s Your Raashee? Stolen

Written by on September 22nd, 2009

How often do you find yourself wanting to see a film before the release date? Would you pay for a pirated copy of a movie that hasn’t been released? Well, it’s men like Durgadas Bhakta, Business Development Manager at Adlabs Processing at Film City, who try to make it possible. Bhakta had stolen the master […]

London Dreams

Written by on September 20th, 2009

For all the buzz and hype surrounding the cast of Vipul Shah’s London Dreams, perhaps inevitable for any big budget film, what seems to have been lost is the idea the film is actually going to be a “musical” in the Western sense rather than a typical Bollywood film. London Dreams, the story of two […]

All The Best

Written by on September 14th, 2009

Ajay Devgan is one of the most unique and unconventional actors in Bollywood today. He is one of the few actors who can switch from masala hero to masala villain, from art house tragedian to mass-market comedian. It is the latter role that we will see Ajay Devgan performing in the Rohit Shetty directed All […]

Kangana Breaks the Mold with Upcoming Films!

Written by on September 13th, 2009

She may have one of the biggest hits of 2009 to her name in Razz: The Mystery Continues – not to mention a couple of well deserved Filmfare Awards – but that doesn’t mean Kangana Ranaut will be taking refuge in the wild-eyed and troubled women characters she has perfected in such films as Woh […]

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