Monthly Archives: July 2009

Disabled characters, popular cinema attract audience

From the early 70s till today, films around differently-abled characters always seem to evoke interest and most of the times critical acclaim. Be it Sanjeev Kumar and Jaya Bhaduri playing deaf and dumb in 1972′s Koshish or Nana Patekar and Seema Biswas repeating the act in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Khamoshi. Hrithik Roshan in Koi Mil

Jaipur royal Gayatri Devi passes away

LINK Charismatic Jaipur royal Rajmata Gayatri Devi, a three-time MP and who was once named as ‘World’s Ten Most Beautiful Women’ by ‘Vogue’ magazine, died here on Wednesday following a prolonged illness. She was 90. Gayatri, who became an extremely successful politician, breathed her last at Satokben Durlabh Memorial Hospital where she was readmitted on

Thoughts on Gwoemul (Korean, Joon-ho Bong)

LINK Gwoemul (The Host) is an incredible genre shifter. It starts as a creature-fest, gets into some amazingly goofball comedy and even attempts to make a political statement amidst all that. But the point is – which goes missing even in most mainstream Hollywood monster films – that this one doesn’t let go of its

Leela Naidu put India on the beauty map

LINK NEW DELHI: She will always be a benchmark for Bollywood beauty. No Hindi film heroine, with the possible exception of Madhubala and Suchitra Sen, was as enchanting or entrancing as Leela Naidu, who passed away after a prolonged bout of influenza in Mumbai. She was 69. Crowned Miss India in 1954 and named one

Why bother with crossing legs?

How indulgent and consenting adults have made the Hindi film industry what it is Bollywood really doesn’t have much sex. Sure, raunchy webcam pictures appear in part in ‘radical’ cinema like Dev D, but it’s been barely a decade since we mustered up enough courage to show actors regularly kissing on screen. An actress donning

My take on THE HOST (Korean, 2006)

Link THE HOST is a film that people have been talking about a lot during its production and the teasers and posters I’d seen to date had gotten me pretty interested…and three years later I was lucky enough to find it in my local video store.

My take on NEW YORK (Hindi, 2009)

Link I had hopes for NEW YORK as it was made by the same Kabir Khan who directed the highly compelling and thoroughly researched KABUL EXPRESS in 2006. KABUL EXPRESS gave viewers superb insights in to war torn Afghanistan after 9/11 and the aftermath of the War on Terror. The film’s ability to remain objective

Don’t take this chance – Luck review

Starring: Imran Khan, Shruti Haasan, Sanjay Dutt, Mithun Chakraborty, Danny Denzongpa, Ravi Kissen, Chitrashi Directed by: Soham Shah Stars: 1 ½ Knowing that the director of Luck is the same guy who directed the god awful Kaal, one was always going to tread with some caution. And yet, this film from the Shree Ashtavinayak (the

Who do they makes films for?

LINK The Bollywood machinery loudly proclaims ownership of its exclusive filmic property or design – that of the masala, and justifies the existence of all its inanities by using an assumed ‘poor and hungry’ audience who they have to provide weekly escape routes from their lives. Do they even have an idea about their audiences

I was the Salman Khan of my days: Dharmendra

With a physique his contemporaries could only dream of, Bollywood’s original action hero Dharmendra says he was almost like Salman Khan in his early days when it came to leading life on his own terms.     “Salman reminds me of myself. I was almost like him in my early days. I like his attitude

Ashu’s sister sings for Priyanka!

LINK Filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker has roped in his sister to croon a song that will be picturised on Priyanka Chopra in his forthcoming movie What’s Your Raashee? He hopes audiences appreciate her voice. “My sister Aslesha sang the song Aa le chal for my film. I could’ve brought her vocals out earlier, but there’s a

JK Chief Minister Omar Abdullah resigns

JK Chief Minister Omar Abdullah resigns LINK (Lo bhaiyya self respecting banda gaya, chichori ke chakkar mein. Koi fayeda nahi Omar bhai. Mehbooba is frustrated after she removed support but could not get back in power. The whole nation saw her sophistication in the assembly as she threw the mike) Srinagar, July 28 (PTI) On