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Satyagraha: This revolution does not awaken anyone

August 30, 2013

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In “Satyagraha“, director Prakash Jha attempts to show a divided society and the chasm between the people and their leaders.

Bachchan upset over fake video that shows him praising Modi

August 22, 2013

Amitabh Bachchan has threatened legal action over a YouTube video that apparently shows the Bollywood actor championing Narendra Modi as India’s next prime minister.

The phenomenon called Amitabh Bachchan

October 11, 2012

Twitter is abuzz with the spirit of festivity, and here’s why: It is Amitabh Bachchan’s 70th birthday.

Department: Mr Varma, please spare us the trauma

May 18, 2012

In my head, I always imagine Ram Gopal Varma, sitting in his office, legs up on the table, going through a checklist on the last day of a film shoot. Hyperactive camera angle – check. Lots of fake blood – check. Added some element of “Satya”, “Company” or “Sarkar” to the film – check. Leading ladies showing off cleavage – check.

Agneepath: 20 years later?

August 29, 2011

More than 20 years after he first mesmerised an entire generation with his baritone and signature dialogue, Vijay Dinanath Chauhan is going to be back on celluloid, but this time in a different avatar.

Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap: Sometimes old is not gold

July 1, 2011

Anyone who has grown up watching Amitabh Bachchan during the 70s and 80s will either go all nostalgic on watching Puri Jagannadh’s “Bbuddhah Hoga Terra Baap”, or will cringe at the way your memories have been distorted with this new, technicolour version of the angry young man. In my case, it was the latter.

Teen Patti: The game is over

February 26, 2010

teenpattiIf you’ve played cards or for that matter, any kind of game, you will know a good start is only half the battle won.

Paa: Flawed but gives us a whole new Bachchan

December 4, 2009

paa1First things first. “Paa” belongs to Amitabh Bachchan. And Vidya Balan. Or actually it belongs to Auro and his mother. Because that’s who you really see on screen and that is the hallmark of a great performance.

Who will be Bigg Boss?

October 5, 2009

Last night, between 9 pm and 11 30 pm, my phone was working over time. Calls were going back and forth, messages were being exchanged and opinions voiced – all of them discussing only one thing – the inmates of Bigg Boss, Tritiya (as host Amitabh Bachchan calls it.)

Jana Gana Mana ‘Rann': new-age anthem?

May 15, 2009

Nearly 60 years after Rabindranath Tagore’s composition was adopted as India’s national anthem, filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma’s interpretation of it is raising conservative eyebrows.