India Masala

Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu: A rom-com that “gets” it

February 10, 2012

Through the first half, Shakun Batra’s romantic comedy “Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu” follows an entirely predictable path — boy and girl meet, get drunk, get married and realise they don’t want to stay married. Circumstances dictate they must spend time together while waiting for their marriage to get annulled. At the interval, one of them even has the “I’m in love” epiphany.

Gali Gali Chor Hai: Well intentioned, badly made

February 3, 2012

Given that director Rumy Jaffry’s film “Gali Gali Chor Hai” deals with the burning issue of corruption, one would assume there would be no lack of material. Jaffry concentrates on corruption at the lower level and the everyday struggle of the common man who has to deal with this malaise as he tries to get on with life.

Agneepath: Revenge re-packaged

January 26, 2012

While watching Katrina Kaif gyrating to “Chikni Chameli”, more than halfway through Karan Malhotra’s “Agneepath”, I couldn’t help but wonder about the similarities between the song and the film. Both are adaptations of an original product (“Chikni Chameli” has been adapted from a popular Marathi song), both have ample production value and some great moves, but they are also ample proof that remaking an original may not always work.

from India Insight:

Indians furious at Jay Leno joke on Sikhism’s holiest shrine

By Reuters Staff
January 24, 2012

By Ariana Wardak

American host Jay Leno has sparked anger among Sikhs with a joke about their holiest shrine and the Indian government is making its displeasure known.

Good Night Good Morning: Talk isn’t cheap

January 20, 2012

It’s not easy to sustain interest in a film that is about two people talking on the phone all night long. The characters have to be interesting enough, the dialogue has to sparkle and the length has to be just right.

Chaalis Chauraasi: Stellar cast, not-so-stellar film

January 13, 2012

The one thing director Hriday Shetty’s film “Chaalis Chauraasi” can boast of is a stellar cast. With actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Atul Kulkarni and Kay Kay Menon as his leads, and a story idea with lots of great possibilities, it’s safe to say this film sounds great on paper.

Players: Good action, bad acting

January 6, 2012

You cannot help but compare the last film of 2011 with the first film of 2012. Both have a lot in common — “Don 2″ and “Players” are both heist films, both borrow heavily from Hollywood movies and have their share of over-the-top cheesy moments. There is just one thing that sets “Players” apart — there’s a lot more action in this one.

Wishlist 2012: What would you like to see at the movies?

January 5, 2012

It’s the time for new beginnings and new resolutions, and for someone who covers the entertainment industry, it’s time for yet another year at the movies. Here’s a list of wishes I have for 2012. They may not all be possible, but hey, that’s why they’re called wishes right?

Don 2: Don’t expect too much

December 23, 2011

It’s been a while since Bollywood dished out a slick, fast-paced action film. Wait, who am I kidding? Bollywood doesn’t do fast-paced action films any more, we just turn to Hollywood to get our share of those. So kudos to Farhan Akhtar that he thought of attempting it — not once but twice.

Happy Birthday Rajnikanth

December 12, 2011

Blame it on “Robot“. Last year, when Rajnikanth’s film opened in cinemas, not only did it become a huge hit, it also unleashed another pop culture phenomenon on the rest of India — Rajnikanth jokes.