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“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 […]

Pehla Nasha Pehla Pyaar

Written by on May 22nd, 2013

Memory lane has a special place for our firsts. Each of them represents an age, an era and an experience. From my first tooth to my first bruise, my first day at school to my first belly flop into the pool, they are all there. Some are protected by a forgetful mind but they are […]

FRAMING MOVIES Take Seven: Dil Chahta Hai (2001)

Written by on May 20th, 2013

The year was 2001 and we were treated to not one but two amazing Aamir Khan starrers. Both of them were at opposite ends of the creative spectrum, yet they were both absolute masterpieces! One was period drama Lagaan (2001), whilst the other was the ultra-modern, cool and stylish Dil Chahta Hai (2001). For Indian […]

FRAMING MOVIES Take Six: Mughal-E-Azam (1960)

Written by on May 16th, 2013

It would be wrong of us to celebrate one hundred years of Indian Cinema if we did not acknowledge one of the greatest epics to have ever been made. Directed by K. Asif, Mughal-E-Azam (1960) is a film oozing with grandeur, romance and drama. Starring Dilip Kumar, Prithviraj Kapoor and Madhubala in central roles, it […]

Mere Paas Ma Hai

Written by on May 12th, 2013

Out of all the characters that you will come across in an Indian film, one that you will rarely see go astray is a mother. That too, the hero’s mother. She is an entity that restrains him with no physical bounds, gives him strength like no other energy drink, drives him to lengths beyond imagination […]

FRAMING MOVIES Take Five: Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)

Written by on May 12th, 2013

The next film we shine the spotlight on in our Framing Movies series is a film that many, many, many fans list as their favorite film of all time. It also has the distinction of being the longest running Bollywood film ever, and is one of the most iconic films in Hindi cinema. Have you […]

FRAMING MOVIES Take Four: Mr and Mrs 55 (1955)

Written by on May 5th, 2013

Guru Dutt is largely famous for making films that are of a melancholic nature. However, one of his greatest works that falls under the romantic comedy genre is Mr and Mrs 55 (1955). Guru Dutt not only directed this film, but he also played the male lead opposite the beautiful and talented Madhubala. The story […]

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Mira Nair gives us a glimpse behind the scenes of The Reluctant Fundamentalist!

Written by on May 3rd, 2013

Oscar-nominated director Mira Nair’s latest film The Reluctant Fundamentalist is already a box office hit in New York and Los Angeles and will now release in several other major U.S. cities today, Friday, May 3, including the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, Washington D.C., Dallas, Houston, Boston, Philadelphia, and Seattle. It is also all set […]

Subhash K Jha: “Aashiqui 2 is a film with its heart in the right place.”

Written by on May 1st, 2013

Aashiqui 2 Starring Aditya Roy Kapoor, Shradha Kapoor Directed by Mohit Suri Rating: *** ½ It’s no coincidence that this surprisingly moving film is inspired by Frank Pierson’s 1976 drama A Star Is Born. And I deliberately mention the funky psychedelic 1976 version and not the older 1954 version of the same story. In spirit […]

FRAMING MOVIES Take Three: Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)

Written by on April 30th, 2013

Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam begins as a love story between Sameer (Salman Khan) and Nandini (Aishwariya Rai Bachan). Sameer is an Indo-Italian with a passion to learn Indian Classical Music. Nandini’s father Pandit Darbar (Vikram Gokhale) is a renowned Indian Classical singer who agrees to teach Sameer. Sameer joins the family at their manor […]

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BollySpice Exclusive: Shreya Ghoshal honoured at the House of Commons

Written by on April 26th, 2013

Shreya Ghosal was bestowed one of the highest honours today in London, by elected Members of Parliament (MP) in the House of Commons, the home of UK politics and centuries of democratic tradition. Shreya’s supreme talent, singing ability and services to Indian music were praised, in the presence of a select audience. Bollyspice was there […]

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FRAMING MOVIES Take Two: Maine Pyar Kiya (1989)

Written by on April 26th, 2013

We continue our series paying tribute to the 100 years of the magical Hindi film industry. In take two of Framing Movies we shine the light on Salman Khan’s Maine Pyar Kiya. Maine Pyar Kiya revolves around two old friends, Karan (Alok Nath) who is a poor mechanic and Kishan (Rajeev Verma) who is a […]

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