Bollywood Features

Review: Asha Bhosle in Concert!

Written by on April 18th, 2010

Asha Bhosle in concert is a transcendental experience; she captures not just the sound of Bollywood but its very soul. Asha Bhosle is still a firecracker at 76 and she and Sudesh Bhosle performed for a good three hours last night at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC backed by the R.D. Burman band. I […]

Subhash K Jha: The Dimple-Nana relationship is endearing in Tum Milo Toh Sahi

Written by on April 4th, 2010

Just for the pleasure of watching Nana Patekar and Dimple Kapadia together, this quaint and sincere look at love across three generations is well worth a dekko. Dimple Kapadia, exuding a warmth that pervades the screen plays a feisty Parsi woman who isn’t deterred let alone defeated by attempts to dismantle her dream, namely a […]

Subhash K Jha: They don’t make screen-moms like Rekha and Hema any more!

Written by on April 4th, 2010

It is deliciously ironical that during the week that our tennis queen Sania Mirza announced she would marry in Pakistan, comes this film where the young desi pair threatens to get married and move to Pakistan. Life often imitates art. And art is often a close companion of kitsch and melodrama. Kitschy melodrama is attacked […]

Hooked On Hindi Films via Bride & Prejudice!

Written by on March 25th, 2010

Most desis who like Bollywood can attribute the beginning of their fandom to a family member, a friend, or nostalgia for their childhoods. In the Western world, however, non-desis who know more than, “they’re all musicals, right?” about Hindi films are few and far between (though always adding to their number). Ask one of these […]

Arshad Warsi’s 10 Best Roles

Written by on March 25th, 2010

Although Arshad Warsi has been in the Bollywood for almost 15 years, he has yet to be fully appreciated as a solo hero. Most people know him as either Munnabhai’s comic sidekick Circuit or perhaps as one of the crazy crew from the seemingly endless (but always hilarious) low brow comedies with the catchy names: […]

Subhash K Jha: Shaapit has a certain coherence and clarity generally denied to the horror genre

Written by on March 22nd, 2010

There are good spirits and bad spirits waltzing all over the place. All we have to do is reach into the past and pull out the relevant ghoul and voila, we are into the realm of the spooky-cool. Vikram Bhatt’s Shaapit has a certain coherence and clarity generally denied to the horror genre. Bhatt, a […]

Subhash K Jha: Love Sex Aur Dhokha gets as rough and jolting as any film can

Written by on March 22nd, 2010

There is no love in any quickly-digestible packages, little on-screen sex, and a whole lot of dhokha in Dibakar Banerjee third and most tricky film. Tricky, because the characters are constantly talking and living their lives on camera. We see them as they are, stripped of all vanity, ridiculously self-serving but still capable of bouts […]

Miss Malini, Rahul Bose and The Japanese Wife

Written by on March 17th, 2010

Our guest columnist Miss Malini got the fabulous opportunity to interview Rahul Bose, one of the stars of The Japanese Wife directed by Aparna Sen and she shares it with BollySpice.com. Along with Rahul Bose the film also stars Raima Sen and Chigusa Takaku. I got the chance to interview Rahul Bose today about his […]

Lucky Aamir

Written by on March 15th, 2010

Aamir Khan was born on 14/03/1965. 14=1+4=5, he is number 5 ruled by planet mercury, his destiny number is 14+03+1965=29=2+9=11=1+1=2, everything in life happens in connection with destiny. Why I call him lucky is because his 1st movie Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak comes to number 41=4+1=5. It’s pure luck that the title of the movie […]

“Right Ya Wrong is the surprise shocker of the year” – Subhash K Jha

Written by on March 15th, 2010

Don’t breathe. Don’t dare even blink. And please forget that visit to the loo. Damn, even the bag of popcorn will be forgotten on your clenched lap. Right Ya Wrong is the surprise shocker of the year. If you’ve forgotten that jump-out-of-the-seat feeling then it’s time to nudge it awake again. Debutant director Neerraj Pathak […]

“Hide & Seek packs a punch” – Subhash K Jha

Written by on March 15th, 2010

So whodunit? Put a bunch of assorted dysfunctional men and women into a shopping mall not to shop, but to get bumped off. And voila, the whodunit takes the characters to shop until they drop , one by one. There’s a Santa Claus with a hatchet in hand running around the deathly-still sparkling-clean spotless and […]

Subhash K Jha: Thanks Maa is a journey into lives that were born into despair

Written by on March 15th, 2010

He’s 12 and homeless. And he refuses to adopt the swaggering amorality of his friends on the street. They call him Municipal Ghatkopar because that’s the address where he was dumped as a child. But he prefers to be known as Salman Khan. Salman, you fear may appear in this uplifting tale of street children […]

Sonu Niigaam in Concert!

Written by on March 10th, 2010

What Shah Rukh Khan means for Bollywood Entertainment, Sonu Niigaam means the same for the music industry and film music. Both are fantastic performers and know how to keep an audience entertained. And on the 27th of February, after a five-year wait, the fabulous Sonu Niigaam was finally back on stage in Holland. There was […]

Abhishek Bachchan: Karan Johar is a terrible actor!

Written by on March 10th, 2010

In a first for Abhishek Bachchan, the star turned guru to give an Actor’s Masterclass as part of the Tongues on Fire 12th Asian Film festival. At a central London cinema, BollySpice was in the audience to get the gyaan from Junior B. To a packed audience of film fans and industry professionals, Bachchan opened […]

Sonu Niigaam: “Dutch audience has admirable taste of music”

Written by on March 8th, 2010

He is known and recognized the world over as one of Bollywood’s greatest singers! You can hear his outstanding performances on the soundtracks of some of your favourite movies. Not only does he shine on soundtracks, when he performs his live shows he makes fabulous music. I got the chance to speak with the one […]

First Family

Written by on March 8th, 2010

What a whirlwind of week have we had – its been hectic shectic yaars! A big Raj&Pablo thanks for all your words of support – you all rock! Well, London is awash with Bollytastic fabolousness – The Tongues On Fire – The 12th London Asian Film Festival launched in complete fanfare and honoured two members […]

“It is not only a money issue, it is more about what is right and what is wrong” Sonu Niigaam

Written by on March 3rd, 2010

BollySpice journalist Charla Manohar got together with musical sensation Sonu Niigaam before his concert in Rotterdam. In the first part of the interview, the singer talked about the copyright issues that have recently been raised in Bollywood. Writers, composers and lyricists want to make amendments to the current copyright act of 1957. According to this […]

MissMalini on the 55th Idea Filmfare Awards 2009- Good, Bad & Ugly!

Written by on March 3rd, 2010

Guest writer MissMalini gives up her take and inside scoop on the 2009 Filmfare awards! Saturday night’s star-studded ceremony featured some of Bollywood’s biggest acts with of course a shimmering parade down the red carpet first! Shah Rukh Khan and Saif Ali Khan returned as the masters of ceremony along with Karan Johar (clearly the […]

Rant and Rave: Striker

Written by on March 3rd, 2010

The latest Siddharth Hindi film, Striker, struck a chord with YouTube audiences with its worldwide online release, generating a good deal of revenue even with only U.S. audiences paying for viewing. One unexpected side-effect of Studio 18’s cutting-edge release strategy was the newfound ability of Western audiences to respond to the movie in real-time. (If […]

Subhash K Jha: Teen Patti re-defines the male-adventure genre

Written by on March 3rd, 2010

If you can get over the ludicrousness of a distinguished mathematician whose God is Albert Einstein and who at the end of the film gets the ‘Isaac Newton Award’ for excellence in his field, masquerading as a seedy gambler (in a lungi, if you please!) then Teen Patti is a surprisingly skillful and audaciously complex […]

Raj&Pablo’s Bollytastic World on KCK and Teen Patti!

Written by on March 3rd, 2010

In a new addition to their bollyfabulous column, Raj&Pablo , in an exclusive video, tell BollySpice readers all the gossip and the news from Bollywood this week. Episode one also features a couple of mini reviews of this week’s newest film releases. The talk includes Teen Patti, Karthik Calling Karthik and even a bit about […]

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