Bollywood Features

We Love-Hate Luv Storys

Written by on July 4th, 2010

We love them. We hate them. We love them. We hate them. The problem with Bollywood when it comes to love is simple: it has given women like us, unrealistic romantic ideals about Indian men. Not to burst anyone’s bubble but no ladies, he will not sing and dance in the rain with you. Nor […]

BollySpice Mid-Year Achievements Round Up

Written by on June 28th, 2010

Well, loyal Bollywood fanatics, we’re halfway through yet another year and have a few gems and a whole lotta trash to show for it. That’s 26 Fridays and approximately 64 releases. Unfortunately, the past six months have been some of Bollywood’s dullest, but thankfully the few critical and commercial winners have been special enough to […]

Old is Gold: 1994 Krantiveer Movie Review

Written by on June 24th, 2010

With Krantiveer: The Revolution on the brink of release, we at BollySpice believe it is inherently importantly to look back at the initial film, which bought not only Mehul Kumar, but also Nana Patekar and Dimple Kapadia to the spotlight. The film bought about a revolution of its own and highlighted the talented Nana Patekar, […]

Raavan vs Raavanan

Written by on June 24th, 2010

Raavan and Raavanan, like many other Mani Ratnam films, will be forever entrenched in the history of Indian cinema. It marks new heights for all those involved and raises the bar of expectations from Indian cinema by audiences worldwide. The bilingual saga has finally reached verdict day. The good, bad and the ugly has all […]

Raavanan: The Making of a Mad Man

Written by on June 19th, 2010

Director Mani Ratnam’s Raavanan, the Tamil language counterpart to Raavan, is a misty, murky take on the classic story of the kidnapping Ram’s wife Sita by the ten-headed demon Raavan. In this modern re-telling, Raavan becomes Veeeru (Chaiyyan Vikram) the ‘king’ of a small patch of jungle and all the villagers within it and for […]

“Raavan is definitely worth a watch, even if it’s not the epic it was touted to be.”

Written by on June 19th, 2010

After years of hype about Raavan being ace director Mani Ratnam’s most grand film yet, the verdict is finally out, and it’s definitely a mixed bag. Some love it and some hate it. Noted critic Rajeev Masand calls it “a crushing bore of a film” while Rediff’s Aseem Chhabra says Ratnam “is in top form.” […]

10 Best Mani Ratnam Moments

Written by on June 18th, 2010

When it comes to ace director Mani Ratnam, ‘Will he be able to do it again?’ is never the question. Talking to a friend recently, he brought to my attention that Mani Ratnam weaves his movies of the moments he creates, and while I was compiling this feature I realized how true he was. Mani […]

Spotlight: Mani Ratnam

Written by on June 17th, 2010

In one of his interviews, when Mani Ratnam was asked which his favorite among all his movies was, he replied, “None, probably the next one”. MANI RATNAM. One name, so much associated with it. I’m not sure where to begin. A thousand thoughts swarm my mind. The man needs no introduction but undoubtedly, his cinematic […]

A Trip Down Abhi-Ash Lane

Written by on June 16th, 2010

When they were came together on-screen for the first time, no one ever assumed that Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai would land up in holy matrimony. Why would they? The duo were deemed as a couple that lacked chemistry. It took time for audiences to finally accept the couple as an on-screen couple. And when […]

Top 5 Upcoming South Remakes in Bollywood

Written by on June 16th, 2010

Bollywood is not new to remaking movies but the good thing is that instead of getting ‘inspired’, it is now following the legitimate route of remaking after acquiring the rights from the original makers. Quite a few such projects are in the pipeline, but here we give you the top 5 eagerly awaited remakes. Ready […]

10 Best Dances of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Written by on June 16th, 2010

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s beauty was celebrated worldwide when she took the title of Miss World in 1994. Since that point, it seems, her entry into Bollywood was somewhat inevitable. Although throughout her career, the model-turned-actress has received much criticism to match the love and praise, her graceful dancing has always won the audience’s hearts. As […]

Friday Night Drinks with Akshay Kumar

Written by on June 13th, 2010

What is the perfect end to a balmy Friday evening in June? To wind down, drink in hand, with Akshay Kumar at a hotel in London and be one of the few people with the opportunity to get an exclusive glimpse of his upcoming film Khatta Meetha – all courtesy of Sterling Communication. I had […]

Scene by Scene: “We Care about Ishaan” in Taare Zameen Par

Written by on June 12th, 2010

Picking out a favorite movie scene is like selecting your favorite song: there are so many and you don’t know which one to choose because the choices always vary with time. So zeroing down on just one scene was a difficult task, but this particular scene from Taare Zameen Par (TZP) will always remain one […]

Top 10 Introduction Songs in Bollywood

Written by on June 12th, 2010

Not without reasons do they say that first impressions are the most important. This is why introduction of characters- whether books or movies or soaps- is done with a lot of care. With respect to movies, the safest way to introduce a character is through a song which is why it is often used in […]

On the Sets of Patiala House – a BollySpice exclusive!

Written by on June 8th, 2010

It is a perfect day for cricket at Trent Bridge, the home of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club. Blue skies abound and the stadium is filled with exuberant fans. But wait a minute, this is no ordinary cricket game, we are in fact on the sets of Patiala House the big Diwali release of 2010. The […]

Scream and Shout: Why Kites Should Go Fly its Own Kite

Written by on June 6th, 2010

Warning and Disclaimer: This article, though unintended, may contain a few spoilers of the film. Do not read on if you don’t wish to encounter them. Keep in mind, the editors of BollySpice Magazine do not endorse the views of any of our ‘Scream and Shout’ articles; they are merely a platform for our writers […]

Obsessed with Bollywood – Part Deux

Written by on June 6th, 2010

Artwork Courtesy of James Mayall for Madame Tussauds Last time we gave you a list to see if you fall into the obsessed with Bollywood group and many, many, many of you did fit in. We have to admit that all of our writers did say yes to each one on that list and firmly […]

The performances make Brick Lane a film worth a look – Subhash K Jha

Written by on May 29th, 2010

Arranged marriages are almost always compromised arrangements. They require tremendous compromises and determination on the part of the less disgruntled partner in a marriage. We saw two empathetic male spouses played by Ajay Devgn and Shah Rukh Khan in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, respectively. In Brick Lane Satish […]

Bollywood’s Upcoming Releases

Written by on May 28th, 2010

Hello, my lovelies. We are a half of the way through the year and it is time to cast a look at what the year has to offer in film releases so you can all mark up your diaries with release dates. So here is a snapshot of what the rest of 2010 has to […]

Sex and the City Comes to Bollywood

Written by on May 28th, 2010

Many publications have gone ahead to recast Sex and the City with some of our favorite Bollywood stars and so how could we be left behind? As the film’s second installment is on the brink of release, we decided to give our readers, our take on the cast if SATC were to be made in […]

Kites Reprise

Written by on May 27th, 2010

So it’s the week after the big release of Kites and the star-studded European premiere of the movie in London’s Leicester Square… our writers Rima Bhatia and Amrita Tanna who attended the event as well as the screening, discuss their thoughts about the movie, their likes and their dislikes and of course give their final […]

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