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Toronto International Film Festival 2012: Opening Press Conference – Galas and Special Presentations

Written by on July 24th, 2012

Today the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) began unveiling the films that will feature as part of this year’s festival line-up.  Piers Handling, CEO and Director of TIFF, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the festival revealed the films that will be screened as Galas and Special Presentations at the 37th Toronto International Film Festival. […]

Special Review: Trishna

Written by on July 13th, 2012

This is the truth. The truth love has taught me. My love, you showed me how the world really is. (from one of Amit Trivedi’s very fine original songs from Trishna) Michael Winterbottom’s latest film, Trishna, is an adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles. Winterbottom, of course, is no stranger to Hardy’s […]

TIFF & IIFA give tribute to the greatest showman of Bollywood, Raj Kapoor

Written by on June 30th, 2011

A retrospective of the films of the legendary Raj Kapoor – the first in nearly three decades – has been organized by the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and to launch the event, TIFF, in collaboration with IIFA, held a tribute event in honour of the great showman last Sunday.  Raj Kapoor and the Golden […]

The Narrative Function of Song and Dance: Jab We Met

Written by on June 21st, 2011

“Audiences who are unfamiliar with the codes and convention of Hindi cinema often find it difficult to make sense of song and dance sequences that, they believe, are inserted rather arbitrarily into a film’s narrative. Even among audiences who are avid fans of the so-called Bollywood style of filmmaking, there is a great debate on […]

Bollywood Showcards on Display at Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum

Written by on June 19th, 2011

The arrival of the IIFA Awards in Toronto has afforded some wonderful entertainment opportunities for Bollywood fans – from movie nights to dance competitions to an exceptionally fine exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM): “Bollywood Cinema Showcards: Indian Film Art from the 1950s to the 1980s”. The show highlights examples of this unique art […]

TIFF Special: That Girl in Yellow Boots

Written by on September 22nd, 2010

Anurag Kashyap’s latest film, That Girl in Yellow Boots, is a stylish, provocative thriller that has been well received by audiences at both the Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals. It’s the story of “England Girl” Ruth (Kalki Koechlin) who has come to India, like so many Westerners before her, on a quest. But where […]

The Essential Abhay Deol

Written by on August 7th, 2010

The upcoming release of Rajshree Ojha’s Aisha — based on Jane Austen’s Emma and starring Sonam Kapoor – will also bring Abhay Deol back to the screen in his first conventionally commercial venture since his debut film, Socha Na Tha. Although the focus of the film’s publicity has clearly been on its title character, it […]

Ishqiya

Written by on January 31st, 2010

The game of pinball, with its flashing lights and flippers, has much in common with Ishqiya, the directorial debut from Abhishek Chaubey. In pinball, a ball is launched by the player through the use of a plunger. The point of the game is to keep the ball in motion all the time, and a skilled […]

Best Comedians of 2009

Written by on January 13th, 2010

“I am thankful for laughter,” said veteran director, writer and comedian Woody Allen, “except when milk comes out of my nose.” And if he compared drama to a meal, Allen also said that comedy was the dessert — a meringue, all frothy and light as air. 2009 was a difficult year for those of us […]

India-wide release of “Harishchandrachi Factory”; slated for January 22, 2010

Written by on December 22nd, 2009

The 2009 Marathi film Harishchandrachi Factory, the debut film from veteran theatre director Paresh Mokashi ( and for which he has won a number of awards) was selected in September 2009 as India’s entry in the Foreign Language Film category for the 82nd Academy Awards. The film is slated for an India-wide release on January […]

Bollywood to collaborate with the Italian Film Industry

Written by on December 16th, 2009

First it was a visit by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, presenting an Olympic Torch to Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar. Then it was a visit by Ontario, Canada’s Premier Dalton McGuinty and news that the 2011 IIFAs would be held in Toronto. Next up? A little filmi news Italian Style — and this time, that […]

Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani

Written by on November 7th, 2009

Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (APKGK) is the latest film and the second comedy from director Rajkumar Santoshi. Santoshi is probably most well known for his realistic message-driven films (such as Damini and Lajja), but his 1994 comedy Andaz Apna Apna is considered by some to be a bit of a cult classic. Billed as […]

Aladin

Written by on October 31st, 2009

The story of Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp is, to quote the lyrics from a song from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, a “tale as old as time”. It is, perhaps, the most famous of all the stories from The Book of One Thousand and One Nights, a Middle-Eastern medieval folk tale that has persisted […]

(Un)wanted Posters: Upcoming Releases Unleash Social Media Backlash

Written by on October 27th, 2009

It would seem that some of the upcoming releases are creating waves in ways they might not have intended or expected. Posters for the films ended up pasted over the paintings of the most recent incarnation of The Wall Project in Mumbai. The Wall Project is an experiment in public art — its mission is […]

Govinda shows Hong Kong his Jalwa

Written by on October 21st, 2009

Hong Kongers, it would seem, are not immune to the Bollywood dance bug. Dance nights are organized in ex-pat forums, where information about classes and teachers is also shared. Local dance studios offer classes in which attendees will learn to “twist, twist, twist” to the choreography of the famous song, ‘Twist’. But it’s not only […]

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