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FRAMING MOVIES Take Eighteen: Henna (1991)

Written by on July 14th, 2013

Before Yash Chopra’s Veer-Zaara (2004), there was Raj Kapoor’s Henna (1991). Perhaps today still the most beautiful and genre defining film on Indo-Pak cross border relations, with its aspirations for peaceful co-existence. Henna released in the summer of 1991. It was the last film India’s showman Raj Kapoor was working on before he passed away […]

FRAMING MOVIES Take Seventeen: Talaash (2012)

Written by on July 8th, 2013

Running time: 139 minutes. Directed by: Reema Kagti Produced by: Ritesh Sidhwani, Aamir Khan, Farhan Akhtar(Studio Excel Entertainment and Aamir Khan Productions) Written by: Farhan Akhtar (dialogues), Anurag Kashyap (additional dialogues). Screenplay: Reema Kagti, Zoya Akhtar Story by: Reema Kagti, Zoya Akhtar. Starring: Aamir Khan, Rani Mukerji, Kareena Kapoor, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Shernaz Patel, Raj Kumar […]

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Who’s Hot Who’s Not: IIFA Awards 2013

Written by on July 7th, 2013

Fashion at IIFA Rocks 2013 was a real disappointment as far as fashion on the red carpet was concerned so do our stars redeem themselves at IIFA Awards 2013? Read on to find out! It’s high time Amrita got out and about and more importantly, it’s high time she impressed us with a look. Finally […]

Subhash K Jha: “Policegiri is all loud, rumbustious, over-the-top fun to watch – especially if you are a Sanjay Dutt fan”

Written by on July 6th, 2013

Starring: Sanjay Dutt, Prakash Raj, Prachi Desai Directed by K Ravi Kumar Look. Indian cinema is like a massive bouquet of wildflowers of different colours and smells. You really can’t judge Policegiri, Sanjay Dutt’s hefty homage to hero-giri completed before his 3-year prison terms, against the soft gently-undulating movements of the week’s other release Lootera. […]

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Who’s Hot Who’s Not: IIFA Rocks 2013

Written by on July 6th, 2013

The much-awaited weekend of the year is finally here! IIFA 2013 has kick started and as tradition dictates day 2 saw the celebration of the finest minds in Indian music and fashion at the IIFA Rocks. Personally I think it commendable that IIFA opts to ditch the traditional red carpet and rolls out its green […]

FRAMING MOVIES Take Sixteen: Kagaz Ke Phool (1959)

Written by on July 5th, 2013

Some films offer one an instant cheer-up and others speak to that gloom that we feel at certain ages and times. If I watch Pyaasa every afternoon, then Kagaz Ke Phool would be for each weekend since it envelopes this viewer into a sighing and sniveling wreck. The film is one of the rare cases […]

“Gupta’s third film is wacky whimsical dark scrumptious and wonderfully innovative” – Subhash K Jha reviews Ghanchakkar

Written by on June 30th, 2013

Starring Emraan Hashmi, Vidya Balan, Rajesh Verma, Namit Das Directed by Rajkumar Gupta He is a lazy lazy lad. And she is one helluva crazy Punjaban whose kookie cooking drives her sullen husband up the nearest wall. Disgust on the dining-table camouflaged in  tons of  table-salt, Sanju(Emraan Hashmi, pitch-perfect in his spousal indolence) would probably have gone […]

“Raanjhanaa is an opulent epic seductive, raging and rippling ode to love” – A Review by Subhash K Jha

Written by on June 23rd, 2013

Starring Dhanush, Sonam Kapoor, Abhay Deol, Swara Bhaskara, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub Directed by Aanand L. Rai This enormously-enriching film about the pain of love has four heroes: Dhanush, Sonam Kapoor, A R Rahman’s music and the city of Varanasi. Not necessarily in that order. But then ‘orderly conduct’ is hardly a given in a film about […]

FRAMING MOVIES Take Fifteen: My Name Is Khan (2010)

Written by on June 23rd, 2013

Earthquakes, terror-attacks, tsunami’s…these last few years we have seen so much happening in the world. A lot people became afraid to live in their own country and want to leave because that’s how the saying goes: the grass is always greener on the other side. But when people leave a country to start their lives […]

More on the music of Enemmy from the team!

Written by on June 20th, 2013

One of the things we like to do here at BollySpice is shine the light on some people who work hard at the movies but never really get the focus on them: people like producers, singers, composers, music directors, costumers and more. Today we have a unique treat just for you. We recently interviewed Gourov […]

FRAMING MOVIES Take Fourteen: Chandni (1989)

Written by on June 19th, 2013

Chandni was a 1989 romantic blockbuster starring Sridevi, Rishi Kapoor and Vinod Khanna. The film was directed and produced by the late and legendary Yash Chopra and is often revered as one of the most successful Bollywood films of all time, as well as the film which ended the violent era in Hindi Cinema. The […]

“The performances make you thankful and relieved” – Subhash K Jha reviews Fukrey

Written by on June 16th, 2013

Starring Pulkit Samrat, Richa Chadha, Manjot Singh, Ali Fazal, Varun Sharma,Vishakha Singh,Priya Anand, Pankaj Tripathi Directed by Mrigdeep Singh Lamba There is something about the theatre of the absurd that brings on a volley of unwarranted nonsense in the filmmakers of this country. Not this time. Fukrey is about an eclectic bunch of no-good students poised between […]

FRAMING MOVIES Take Thirteen: Devdas (2002)

Written by on June 15th, 2013

Devdas, released in 2002, was based on a 1917 Bengali romance novel by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. As this was the third Hindi film adaptation of the famous story, director Sanjay Leela Bhansali had large shoes to fill – the 1955 film directed by Bimal Roy and starring Dilip Kumar, Suchitra Sen and Vyjayanthimala is often […]

Producer Farhan Akhtar Talks Fukrey: “Fans can expect 2 hours of laughter and entertainment”

Written by on June 12th, 2013

As an award-winning actor, producer, singer, writer and director, Farhan Akhtar is truly a superman in Bollywood. The acclaimed filmmaker has his producer hat on and is excited to bring global audiences his latest creation – the outrageous bro-mance comedy FUKREY which releases in theaters this Friday, June 14. His past films like Dil Chahta […]

FRAMING MOVIES Take Twelve: Pakeezah (1972)

Written by on June 12th, 2013

Directed by notable filmmaker Kamal Amrohi, Pakeezah (1972) contains everything one would envisage in a typical Bollywood film. This includes drama, romance, suspense, astounding cinematography, as well as exquisite song and dance sequences. It is a film which surely anyone infatuated with Indian cinema will love. It is also remembered for being one of the […]

FRAMING MOVIES Take Eleven: Swades (2004)

Written by on June 5th, 2013

Set in modern India, Swades (Our country) is a film that tackles the issues facing the citizens of this nation on a grass roots level. A country that is grappling with problems that development throws up, the India depicted in Swades is colorful, heterogeneous and complex, with people of diverse cultures and attitudes. Mohan Bhargava […]

FRAMING MOVIES Take Ten: Mother India (1957)

Written by on June 3rd, 2013

Who would have known that forty-four years after Raja Harishchandra (1913), India would be subjected to one of the most powerful and touching epics to have ever released from their film industry. This film was of course Mehboob Khan’s magnum opus Mother India (1957). A remake of Khan’s previous film Aurat (1940), Mother India has […]

Deepika Padukone On YJHD, Chennai Express, and Kochadaiyaan!

Written by on June 2nd, 2013

Not only does Deepika Padukone have a hit on her hands with Yeh Jaawani Hai Deewani, the actress has several other high profile films coming up including Chennai Express with Shah Rukh Khan, Ram Leela with Ranveer Singh and Kochadaiyaan with Rajnikanth. Deepika recently chatted about those films and more with Cineworld Cinemas Bollywood Editor, […]

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Ranbir Kapoor In the Zone!

Written by on May 31st, 2013

Earlier this week we brought you Ranbir Kapoor talking all things Yeh Jaawani Hai Deewani at his quick stop over promotional tour in London. Now, thanks to our media partners Indybrown.TV, Omkari and Ashanti Omkar we have a bonus interview just for BollySpice readers! Check out what Ranbir told Ashanti in this special episode of […]

FRAMING MOVIES Take Nine: Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (2001)

Written by on May 30th, 2013

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham is a film about loving your parents. Yashvardhan Raichand (Amitabh Bachchan) is a wealthy businessman who lives with his wife Nandini (Jaya Bachchan) and his adopted son Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan) and actual son Rohan (Hrithik Roshan). Although Rahul is adopted, they treat him as their own. Being the head of […]

FRAMING MOVIES Take Eight: Pyaasa (1957)

Written by on May 27th, 2013

There was a time when I was a teenager that I would watch Guru Dutt’s masterpiece Pyaasa every afternoon. Each time, something new was found in the narrative that was rich with detail and poetry that is right up there with my favourite film ever made, Citizen Kane. The similarities between Orson Welles and Guru […]

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