Bollywood Stars

Spectacular Bollywood Weddings

Written by on June 12th, 2009

The news that Rakhi Sawant is in the process of choosing a husband with a TV version of the traditional swayamvara as most prominently depicted in the Ramayana brings to mind some of the most famous of Bollywood weddings. In the Ramayana, when Sita comes of marriageable age, her father the king organises a contest […]

“Our country needs much more training in music” – Aditi Singh Sharma

Written by on June 1st, 2009

She belongs to the new era of women. She’s talented, she’s optimistic and most importantly she’s empowered. Perhaps that is why there was no person better than her to be the voice in a song for Anurag Kashap’s modern day Chandramukhi in Dev D. Aditi Singh Sharma is slowly and steadily making her mark in […]

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 […]

“My fans are the ones who have made me into a good singer.” – Sukhwinder Singh

Written by on May 12th, 2009

His voice has been heard the world over in the Oscar winning song ‘Jai Ho’ from the Oscar Best Film winner Slumdog Millionaire. However, even before what Sukhwinder Singh calls the success of this “blessed song” he was and is one of the Hindi film industry’s best playback singers. Since his debut song ‘Chaiyaan Chaiyaan’ […]

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 […]

“The most supernatural thing that has ever happened to me was becoming a Bollywood hero” – Akshay Kumar

Written by on May 4th, 2009

Akshay Kumar is one of the biggest stars in Bollywood and is known for not only his amazing stunts but also for his acting ability and his desire to make good films. With each new film he explores different characters and genres of film. That was seen most recently in his performance in the psychological […]

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 […]

“I’m basically a show off and like attention!” – Hazel

Written by on May 4th, 2009

She’s perhaps one of the most unconventional debutantes Bollywood has seen in recent years. Hailing from Britian, it was her love for the music, dance, glamour and glitz of Bollywood that brought her here across the seven seas. Hazel Crowney worked her charm in Robby Grewal’s youthful love story Mera Pehla Pehla Pyaar and now […]

“It was pure pleasure working with Aamir Khan” – A R Murugadoss

Written by on April 10th, 2009

He is without a doubt the director of the moment. After delivering several blockbusters in Tamil cinema last year A R Murugadoss traveled up North to give Indian cinema one of its biggest blockbusters for the year 2008, Ghajini. From the moment the announcement of the film was made expectations the size of Mt Everest […]

“I don’t provide masala!” – Diana Hayden

Written by on April 10th, 2009

Diana Hayden has been named fittingly. Much like Princess Di, who was poised, elegant and intellectual, Hayden also shares similar characteristic traits with the late princess. Diana has pretty much done it all: managed pop stars, earned the Miss India title, walked the ramp and starred in a Bollywood film. It is rare to find […]

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 […]

“I jump off nine floors in Aa Dekhen Zara!” – Neil Nitin Mukesh

Written by on March 24th, 2009

He entered the industry as Johnny…That’s Johnny Gaddaar on celluloid and Neil Nitin Mukesh to the world. His unconventional debut was one that was unexpected and in many ways illogical. Avoiding clich

“I can only let go in front of a camera.” – Tisca Chopra

Written by on March 23rd, 2009

Last year, audiences became familiar with the extremely talented Tisca Chopra, who played Ishaan Awasthi’s mother in the critically and commercially acclaimed Taare Zameen Par. In addition to leaving a deep impression with viewers, Tisca bagged several nominations for her excellent work in the film. In an exclusive t

“Firaaq was born out of my own helplessness and despair” – Nandita Das

Written by on March 20th, 2009

Nandita Das is one of those remarkable individuals who doesn’t play by the rules of the game and yet seems effortlessly able to win the match. This is entirely a misnomer of course. Her success as a social activist, an actor and most recently as a director does not stem from a dilettante approach to […]

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 […]

“My dignity remains very important to me” – Neetu Chandra

Written by on March 5th, 2009

She’s back and raring to take you by a surprise 13B. Neetu Chandra will be gracing screens all over this Friday in what’s expected to be the supernatural thriller of the year! I caught up with the hot and happening actress to speak about the film, her experience and much more. Firstly and fore mostly […]

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. […]

“The character I play contains a level of sexuality and glamour” – Kalki Koechlin

Written by on February 2nd, 2009

At the first look you notice her unconventional looks. At the second look you notice her striking beauty. At the third look you notice that incredibly intelligent and dedicated artist behind the face. That is Kalki Koechlin for you. She hails from the world of theatre and is debuting in Anurag Kashyap’s modern day version […]

“Men visualize women in a very pornographic way, but women are different” – Randeep Hooda

Written by on February 2nd, 2009

Randeep Hooda has had a few releases in his filmi career but managed to create an interesting niche for himself. While we haven’t seen him in a typical song and dance movie, he has played a gangster in D, a cop in Risk and his last release Ru Ba Ru saw him in a lead […]

Why I Love Anil Kapoor

Written by on January 31st, 2009

My memories of Hindi movies and my admiration for Anil Kapoor pretty much run simultaneously. When I think back to my childhood, one of the most prominent memories is sitting on my living room floor, crossed legged, watching Ram Lakhan and being mesmerized by ‘One-Two-Ka Four’ – and yes, I did remember pretty much all […]

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