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Special CSAFF Review: A Decent Arrangement

Written by on October 2nd, 2012

We have a special review from this year’s Chicago South Asian Film Festival. Guest Reviewer Beth Watkins gives us her thoughts on Sarovar Banka’s A Decent Arrangement, which stars Shabana Azmi and Adam Laupus. I really wanted to love this film about a rudderless (or slacker, as the director called him) Indian-American man, Ashok (Adam […]

Why Ranbir Kapoor Rocks!

Written by on September 28th, 2012

Today is Ranbir Kapoor’s 30th Birthday and we thought in celebration of all things Ranbir we would share with you why we think this young actor totally rocks! Because he doesn’t think and work in the usual filmi-commercial way. Of course he loves success but he would not sell his soul for it. He would […]

Shahrukh Khan: Twenty Years and Still Going Strong!

Written by on September 22nd, 2012

Shahrukh Khan has indeed come a long way since he made his entry into Bollywood films over twenty years ago. He is one of the most influential figures in the Indian film industry today and has a global fan following which only few actors have managed to secure. He has greatly modernised the romantic hero […]

The Kapoors: A Central Dynasty of the Bollywood Film Industry

Written by on September 12th, 2012

Anyone who is a devoted Bollywood fan knows the name Kapoor. The eminent Kapoor clan is considered to be one of the most powerful dynasties in the Bombay film industry. They are a dynasty which is full of talent and over the past eighty years, their cinematic presence has been seen by generations of audiences. […]

Scene by Scene: Deewaar (1975)

Written by on August 31st, 2012

Yash Chopra’s directorial feature Deewaar (1975) is an exhilarating and monumental film. It was both a critical and commercial success at the time of its release. It is one of the many number of films which defines the ‘action era’ in Hindi cinema and which also reinforced Amitabh Bachchan’s status as the ‘angry young man.’ […]

The Most Anticipated Soundtracks of Late 2012

Written by on August 28th, 2012

The first half of 2012 has featured some of the best soundtracks in quite some time, with music directors creating innovative songs that kept us hooked. However, even though we may love gems like Gangs of Wasseypur or From Sydney with Love, and biggies like Cocktail and Rowdy Rathore, the lineup for late 2012 looks […]

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Boman Irani: “I am very proud of the way Farah and I have gelled so beautifully together in Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi”

Written by on August 23rd, 2012

I admit, I love love stories, and from the first time that I saw the trailer of Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi, I thought that this was going to be a cute romantic comedy. However, this not your average filmi romance because instead of young love, this film tells the story of finding your […]

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10 Reasons Why ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ will be a success!

Written by on August 13th, 2012

Once again on Eid this year, is the latest of Salman Khan, and if reviews are anything to go by, it is going to be yet another super hit from the superstar! There are number of reasons why we can predict success or failure of a movie by looking at its formula, the media speculation […]

The Rest Of 2012: Movies We’re Dying To Watch!

Written by on August 7th, 2012

2012 has been a blockbuster year for Bollywood so far. Several films have done tremendous business while others have broken out of the regular mold and given audiences something fresh and new to watch. But the year is hardly over! Bollywood usually reserves its best and biggest films for the second half of the year […]

Love, Sex and the Secret in the Bollywood song

Written by on August 3rd, 2012

You may be surprised to know that it was as early as 1929 that Bollywood had its first ever lip locked kiss. Based on the Indian epic The Mahabharata and starring Seeta Devi, that film was A Throw of Dice. This kissing scene would perhaps shock some viewers even today. More than 80 years later, […]

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Director Michael Winterbottom on Creating Tess into Trishna!

Written by on July 27th, 2012

Based on the classic Thomas Hardy novel Tess of the D’Ubervilles, acclaimed director Michael Winterbottom has re-imagined this tragic story as Trishna and setting it in modern day India. Synopsis: Trishna lives with her family in a village in Rajasthan, India’s largest state. As the eldest daughter, she works in a nearby resort to help […]

Special Report: Heroine trailer launch!

Written by on July 26th, 2012

The very first trailer of the much-anticipated movie Heroine was released today in Mumbai much to the excitement of journalists in the audience and fans all over the world. The trailer was presented by UTV’s Siddharth Roy Kapur, director Madhur Bhandarkar, National Award winning actor Arjun Rampal, acrice Divya Dutta and of course the Heroine […]

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Editorial: Bollywood – creating female stereotypes, one rom-com at a time

Written by on July 22nd, 2012

I happened to watch Cocktail at an extremely crowded press plus crew plus family plus friends show. While you can read my official movie review, as I was thinking about the film some more I wanted to write about some of the other aspects that bothered me about Cocktail.  These  additional thoughts touch on some points […]

Scene by Scene: Meghna faces her skeletons in Fashion

Written by on July 21st, 2012

A stunning performance by Priyanka Chopra as the protagonist, Fashion is a gritty film that explores the ‘survival of the fittest’ in the modeling world. A determined woman with a dream to become India’s best Supermodel, Meghna (Priyanka Chopra) leaves her home town Chandigarh for glamorous Bombay. Adamant and ambitious, Meghna perseveres despite the knockbacks […]

Special Review: The Dark Knight Rises

Written by on July 21st, 2012

You know that feeling when you enter a movie hall with sky high expectations, and the film manages to live up to them? Yes, Christopher Nolan, the master craftsman, has done just that and I walked out of the theater completely happy. The Dark Knight Rises (TDKR) packs a solid punch and is a fitting […]

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A Tribute to the Original Romantic Superstar – Rajesh Khanna

Written by on July 21st, 2012

Long before Shah Rukh wiggled his eyebrows and raised his arms for a hug, and well before Salman built that body, there was the inimitable Rajesh Khanna. If the late 70s were Amitabh Bachchan’s one man industry, then the early 70s were Rajesh’s domain. Truly, the era of the first superstars in Hindi cinema has […]

Remake a South Indian Film – The Secret to Success

Written by on July 20th, 2012

The influence of South Indian cinema on Hindi over the years had gradually increased to a whole new level today. In the 90s you simply got accustomed to faces like Nagarjuna and Rajnikanth whose films without fail got dubbed in Hindi. However, come the millennium and the selling of your remake rights and the subsequent […]

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 […]

Love in Simla – A Yesteryear Gem

Written by on July 11th, 2012

Everyone loves a Cinderella story and one that has a ghastly family, a spunky heroine, and one Prince Charming who can be a bit of a dope some of the time! The film, which introduced the lovely Sadhana to the screen, is one of the most fun and charming romances of the 60s. Love in […]

Aniika – Bringing Contemporary Indian fashion to the U.S

Written by on July 7th, 2012

Aniika is the name all fashionista’s need to watch out for, because this online bazaar is set to create waves in fashion. Meaning beautiful, Aniika is an online bazaar with a bit of a twist. It provides U.S consumers with the opportunity to shop for limited-edition products directly from the best emerging Indian design talent. […]

“I thought this will be the easiest film to do and it turned out to be the most difficult film of my career.” – Abhishek talks Bol Bachchan!

Written by on July 4th, 2012

This Friday, July 6th, we will get to see Abhishek Bachchan as we have never seen him before in the action-comedy Bol Bachchan. Directed by hit maker Rohit Shetty and also starring the fabulous Ajay Devgn, the film, according to the actor was a totally new and challenging experience. Not only because he had to […]

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