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Has Bollywood lost its love appeal?

Written by on November 12th, 2012

Bollywood has shifted comfortably to the forefront of the industry and become the largest film producer in India as well as one of the largest centres of film production in the world. “By routinely rustling up dream situations, resorting to fairy-tale solutions, by creating candy-floss backdrops and, more often than not, contriving happy endings, commercial […]

“To this day Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron remains a crazy film” – Subhash K Jha reviews this 1983 release

Written by on November 3rd, 2012

Starring: Naseerudin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Bhakti Bharve, Pankaj Kapoor, Satish Shah Directed by Kundan Shah It was the year before Mrs India Gandhi was assassinated. The nation was not in the best of moods. There were raised voices and frayed tempers prevalent across the nation as corruption and intolerance reached an all-time high. Given the […]

“Jha enters the dark largely-unexposed world of the Naxalites fighting for their land and dignity” – Subhash K Jha about Chakravyuh

Written by on October 27th, 2012

Starring Arjun Rampal, Abhay Deol, Anjali Patil, Esha Gupta, Om Puri, Manoj Bajpai Directed by Prakash Jha Becket beckons Bollywood once again.  The immortal French play by Jean Anouilh was furnished a sensitive renewability by Hrishikesh Mukherjee in Namak Haraam 38 years ago and then again much later by Govind Nihalani in Dev. Now the stories of two friends separated […]

Remembering Yash Chopra: A Lover of Indian Cinema

Written by on October 24th, 2012

“I always believe that my films should give some hope to the man who comes to watch them for those three hours. If he goes home on an optimistic note, I would feel satisfied at having done my duty.” – Yash Chopra It was indeed a sad day when news spread that one of India’s […]

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Chakravyuh at the 56th London Film Festival

Written by on October 23rd, 2012

The team of Chakravuyh were in London to promote their film at the 56th London Film Festival. Chakravyuh featured as part of the Thrill Gala section at the festival – ‘Nerve-shredders that’ll get your adrenalin pumping and keep you on the edge of your seat’. The stars of Chakravyuh attended the gala premiere of the […]

Chakravuyh team meets London Media

Written by on October 23rd, 2012

BollySpice were invited to sneak a preview of Prakash Jha’s upcoming Chakravyuh – A war you cannot escape, with director Prakash Jha and actors Arjun Rampal and Abhay Deol, neither of whom had seen the film yet. Like with all Prakash Jha’s films, Chakravyuh also has a strong social message and covers an important social […]

“I like the struggle; paving my own path, my own identity.” – Varun Dhawan

Written by on October 18th, 2012

The first thing you notice about Varun Dhawan is his friendly banter. As he meets, greets, and casually acknowledges his gathered audience of press, fans and well-wishers, you can’t ignore the strong resemblance in conduct that he’s inherited from father David Dhawan. Chip off the old block? I wonder. Varun is nonchalant about tags, as […]

“Everything just fell in its place beautifully and I couldn’t have asked for more” – Sidharth Malhotra

Written by on October 18th, 2012

The reverse countdown has begun at Dharma Productions as the team gets set for Karan Johar’s directorial Student of the Year to hit the screens worldwide on 19th October. In between interviews, magazine cover shoots, promotional events, brand associations, product launches, the team is making sure they’re playing every trick available in cinema textbooks to […]

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IN PHOTOS: Amitabh Bachchan Birthday Party

Written by on October 12th, 2012

Mr. Amitabh Bachchan celebrated his 70th Birthday on Wednesday with a party surrounded by his family and just a few friends. Okay, many more than a few because almost everyone from the Hindi Film industry as well as television stars, industrialists and politicians attended the grand affair. In fact we would say this fancy bash […]

Who’s Hot Who’s Not – English Vinglish Premiere

Written by on October 12th, 2012

Sridevi’s comeback into films after 15 years is no ordinary affair and the extended list of attendees at the Mumbai premiere goes to show just that. From the rare gems like Tabu and Konkona Sen Sharma whom we seldom see, to young ones like Sonakshi and Kangana, it was indeed a star studded affair to […]

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Top 10 Amitabh Bachchan Films You MUST watch!

Written by on October 11th, 2012

To celebrate the 70th birthday of Mr. Amitabh Bachchan and also to pay tribute to his contributions as an actor, we have compiled a list of the ten greatest films which this Bollywood legend has starred in. We hope this will entice you to watch some, if not all these films if you have never […]

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Subhash K Jha reviews Chittagong: “Long live the upsurge of acting talent that has taken over Bollywood.”

Written by on October 11th, 2012

Starring Manoj Bajpai, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Rajumar Yadav, Jaideep Ahlawat & Delzad  Hiwale Directed by Bedabrata Pain Right away, Chittagong, taking its title from that scenic lush-green spot in Bangladesh where a band of brave boys took on the British Raj and gave it a run for its money, must be praised for taking a slice of relatively-unknown […]

Special CSAFF Reviews: The Best and the Worst

Written by on October 9th, 2012

Once again guest reviewer Beth Watkins takes keyboard to hand to give usher thoughts on the films at the most recnet Chicago Asian Film Festival This time she give us her choices for worst and the best of the feature films, both of which had their world premieres at this festival. Best: Listen Amaya (2012, […]

Sridevi: A Brief Retrospective

Written by on October 5th, 2012

To celebrate the release of English Vinglish, we here at Bollyspice felt it was only appropriate to provide you guys with a brief career retrospective of the film’s leading star. It is none other than the beautiful and delightful Sridevi, who officially makes her comeback with with this film. Having been absent from the Indian […]

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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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