India Masala

“Mere paas dialogue hai…”

March 4, 2009

The last thing I expected A.R. Rahman to do during his Oscar speech is invoke Salim-Javed. After all, you don’t expect to hear one of Bollywood’s most famous dialogues on Hollywood’s biggest night. But in hindsight, I am so glad he said “mere paas maa hain.”

Tracking the Big B through thick and thin

October 13, 2008

A perfect Saturday afternoon beckoned me. An early lunch was had, the house was quiet and the prospect of dropping off into an uninterrupted sleep was enough to make me smile.

The Last Lear: Not Bachchan’s best but watch it for the performances

September 12, 2008

There has been so much controversy about the release of “The Last Lear” that it’s easy to overlook this is a film that has been well received in the international festival circuit, has some of India’s best known actors and has even been touted as Amitabh Bachchan’s finest work yet.

God Tussi Great Ho: Just watch Bruce Almighty instead

August 16, 2008

Bollywood hasn’t always had the most original of ideas, but “God Tussi Great Ho” takes the cake.

Getting real in Bollywood

May 8, 2008

I am a bit wary when filmmakers announce Bollywood projects based on real life people. After all, the word Bollywood evokes images of glitzy song-and-dance routines in exotic locales. And that’s largely true even though the Mumbai film industry is showing signs of opening up to bolder, more realistic themes.

Big B turns blogger

May 2, 2008

Amitabh Bachchan started a blog on April 17. And has posted almost daily since, generating hundreds of comments from fans around the world.