India Masala

De Dana Dan: Entertainment of the lowest level

November 27, 2009

Watching a movie like “De Dana Dan” in a single screen theatre where people are hooting and clapping at crass humour on screen may give you an insight into Indian audiences.

Can festivals escape popular cinema?

November 24, 2009

When Goa first hosted the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in 2004, it seemed there was no escaping Bollywood and its glamour.

Kurbaan: Old wine, better packaged

November 20, 2009

If you watched Kabir Khan’s “New York” this summer, you won’t find much novelty in Rensil D’Silva’s “Kurbaan”. The storyline is pretty much the same, except for a few cosmetic differences.

Tum Mile: Be prepared to drown in boredom

November 13, 2009

Cyclone Phyan may have scared the wits out of Mumbaikars but it certainly provided a good enough platform to director Kunal Deshmukh for his film “Tum Mile”.

Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani: Ranbir saving grace

November 6, 2009

You hear the words Rajkumar Santoshi and comedy in one sentence and you immediately think — “Andaz Apna Apna”.

Jail: Avoid this three-hour sentence

November 6, 2009

Fortunately or unfortunately, I rented a DVD of Frank Darabont’s “The Shawshank Redemption” last weekend, watching this landmark film for the umpteenth time. So when I went in to watch “Jail”, expectations were high.

Aladin: The magic fades away

October 30, 2009

Sujoy Ghosh’s ‘Aladin’, a film that attempts to give a twist to the classic fairy tale, starts off well enough.

London Dreams: Falls short of promise

October 29, 2009

One of my favourite films from 2008 was Abhishek Kapoor’s ‘Rock On’, the story of four rock band members who have a bitter fall out only to regroup years later.

Main Aur Mrs Khanna: A mindless romance

October 16, 2009

The other day a colleague asked me why I never seemed to like any film these days. I thought about it and wondered the same myself. Don’t they make good films any more?