Bollywood Features

Character Decoding 101: The Father

Written by on May 28th, 2009

Fathers in Hindi cinema are perhaps the most complex and intricate of all the characters in films. They can be loving, fun, friendly and then can be strict, protective and scary. If you thought mothers in Hindi cinema were elaborate, it’s the fathers who take the cake in being difficult to understand. All Bollywood-Buffs have […]

Greatest Bollywood Soundtracks – Part II

Written by on May 25th, 2009

Well, we here at BollySpice stay true to our promises and as we promised we return with the second part of our musical journey that pays tribute to those albums that stole our hearts in the 80s, 90s and the millennium! 1980s 1. Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) Better known as the movie that shot […]

Why we love Bollywood

Written by on May 25th, 2009

There is more than one reason to love Bollywood. If one Bollywood fan or writer attempted to pen down all those possible reasons, they could go on for pages. If the dances and music rock, then so do the controversies and gossip that come with it. Hindi cinema is more than exciting. The BollySpice team […]

Subhash K Jha: 99 is an original piece of work.

Written by on May 18th, 2009

After two months of aridity at the theatres one is happy to straightaway take the plunge into the never-ending wonders of la-la land, also known as the silver screen. 99 is not quite the big bad blockbuster you’d have liked to see after such a longish period of deprivation. Where you’d want a big burp-inducing […]

Greatest Bollywood Soundtracks – Part I

Written by on May 12th, 2009

Since the beginning of time music has been a crucial element of Indian Cinema. Bollywood without music is akin to fish out of water, day without light and body without soul. From heart-warming love duets to tear jerking melancholy tunes, from foot-tapping dance tracks to sexy item numbers, the Indian Music Industry runs parallel to […]

Character Decoding 101: The Aunt

Written by on May 7th, 2009

They have many names: Mami, Chachi, Bua, Tai, Kaki, Maasi, Phoi, Faiba, Phupphi, Khala and so on. Whichever name you choose, and however the relation, aunts in Hindi cinema can be fun and friendly or alternatively, conniving and crude. The character of the aunt unfortunately never forms the central protagonist of any film; she indubitably […]

The Making of the Ultimate Chick Flick: Rules, Pyaar Ka Superhit Formula

Written by on May 7th, 2009

She’s without a doubt one of the most talented filmmakers the industry has seen in recent years. Her debut film, 2003′s Rules Pyaar Ka Superhit Formula, was a fresh take on the romantic comedy genre that was ahead of its time. I had the honour of catching up with the woman behind the camera of […]

Blog: The Ultimate Bollywood Chick Flick

Written by on May 4th, 2009

The title of this piece may come to you as a surprise since Bollywood is all about chick flicks. It is a cinema dedicated to chick flicks you may say. I beg to defer. What Indian cinema makes are not chick flicks but over dramatised and glamorised versions of chick flicks with barely any ounce […]

Character Decoding 101: The Mother

Written by on March 28th, 2009

The stature of the mother is perhaps the highest of all in Indian cinema and otherwise. She is ever sacrificing, the eternal blackmailer, the loving mother and the nagging mother-in-law. In all her avatars, she is a character who forms the backbone of her family in reel and real life. However, while on-screen mothers in […]

Subhash K Jha: Firaaq deserves the highest praise

Written by on March 20th, 2009

Nearly flawless, almost pitched perfectly to show the trauma of those who lose limbs, lives, loves and faith in a communal carnage. Nandita Das’s directorial debut leaves you speechless. This is what cinema was always meant be. But somewhere in its chequered course from information to entertainment our movies began to feel like vaudeville entertainment […]

Creating a Superstar

Written by on March 20th, 2009

There is that one moment in every actor or actresses career that gives birth the superstar inside them. A role of a lifetime that puts them on the map. A character that launches them into the hearts of the audiences across the globe. After this role there is no looking back, for most of them […]

Subhash K Jha: Delhi 6 belongs to Abhishek Bachchan

Written by on February 22nd, 2009

So simple from above and yet so lusciously layered beneath, Delhi 6 does what its director’s last work Rang De Basanti did so spectacularly. It pushes the boundaries of cinematic entertainment almost beyond the brink. But catches its breath just in time in an exhilarating exhalation of enchanting thoughts, images and characters that seem to […]

Why We Love Slumdog Millionaire

Written by on February 20th, 2009

I have a confession to make. I’d never heard of Slumdog Millionaire until it was shown to rapturous applause at the Toronto International Film Festival – where it won the People’s Choice Award. I was very curious. What was radical off-the-wall British director Danny Boyle doing making a movie in India – more importantly, what […]

Subhash K Jha: Billu Barber is not the film that you wanted it to be

Written by on February 14th, 2009

Let’s be clear on one thing. Billu Barber is not the film that you wanted it to be. A bitter-sweet portrait of the chequered and troubled star-fan relationship, it falls short of expectations mainly because the prolific Priyadarshan fills up the spaces occupying the star Shah Rukh and the commoner Irrfan Khan‘s tale with a […]

Quickies – Bollywood Ishtyle

Written by on February 14th, 2009

Hollywood is more open about getting down and dirty in the most oddest of spots possible. So, is it possible that Bollywood is far behind? Absolutely not! Good ol’ Bwood is all about modern ways of doing the deed anyhow, anywhere. We understand that sometimes, there is no time to create a romantic ambience, any […]

Most Romantic Scenes

Written by on February 14th, 2009

Roses are red,Violets are blue, BollySpice brings you romantic scenes, So you can feel Ishq so true! Yes readers, the day for lovers and friends to do a quick Salaam-e-Ishq is here: Valentine’s Day! Itn the world of Bollywood, wonderful writers step into the shoes of the God of love, Cupid, to give us some […]

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Bollywood Enthusiasts

Written by on February 9th, 2009

Ishq Mohabhat Pyar! Yes, it is that time of year again readers; the time where red roses are expensive and chocolates are still fattening: Valentine’s Day! Once again you are back to square one scratching your head over possible presents to give your precious significant other. To help speed up the process, BollySpice has put […]

Subhash K Jha: Anurag Kashyap at last sheds his obstinate inaccessibility as a filmmaker

Written by on February 7th, 2009

Fiery unforgettably unstoppable in her self-worth… Paro, now transposed to Punjab (gawd, yeh ladki kahan-kahan jayegi?!) knows her Devdas just back from England wants some quality sex. As determined as ever, she cycles to the nearest sugarcane fields with a bulky bedroll tied to the carrier, spreads it, and herself, out for her foreign-returned lover-boy… […]

MIA Bollywood Stars

Written by on February 6th, 2009

More than often we see or hear about most of the celebrities around Bollywood. Be it for their upcoming movies, starry tantrums or even at publicity events. However, once in a while, some of the stars disappear into hibernation. We don’t see them on the big screen nor are they seen painting the town red. […]

Scene by Scene: ‘Mera Jahan’ – song from Taare Zameen Par

Written by on February 6th, 2009

When watching Aamir Khan act, you know you can’t expect anything but the best. Last year, we all learned that the same goes for Aamir Khan the director. From the very beginning, Taare Zameen Par touches your soul, brings back unexpected memories and makes you shed tears you had promised yourself you would never spill […]

Blog: Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire makes Mumbai look like a sewer!

Written by on January 31st, 2009

Anil Kapoor stood up and cheered lustily into the camera when Danny Boyle won the Golden Golden Globe last weekend. I wish I could share his enthusiasm for Danny’s phenomenal flight into frenzy. After all the accolades and awards Slumdog Millionaire(SM) proves to be a deafening blow to the year that saw Mumbai go numb […]

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