India Masala

Blue: No colour this Diwali

October 16, 2009

When a film is pitched as a big-budget, big-ticket film and is a Diwali release to boot, expectations do shoot up.

Acid Factory: Heartburn best avoided

October 9, 2009

Most films have one distinguishing characteristic — maybe the music, the animation, perhaps the running time or a huge budget.

Wake Up Sid: A whole new formula film

October 2, 2009

Bollywood has always survived on the formula — the elusive secret to making a successful film that combines elaborate sets, melodrama and of course, dancing around trees. Then multiplexes arrived and we were told it was the era of niche films, ones that didn’t go by the formula.

What’s Your Raashee: Celestial Disaster

September 25, 2009

Ashutosh Gowariker’s “What’s Your Raashee” is supposed to be a light, romantic comedy about the search for a perfect bride.

Dil Bole Hadippa: Clichéd, average fare

September 18, 2009

When director Anurag Singh set out to make “Dil Bole Hadippa”, he must have stumbled upon a book called ‘The Big Punjabi Book of Bollywood Clichés’ and decided to put in each one in this film.

Anand Jon: Lessons to be learnt

September 1, 2009

On Monday, Indian American designer Anand Jon was sentenced to 59 years in prison for sexually assaulting aspiring models as young as 14, throwing the limelight on sexual harassment in the fashion and entertainment industry.

Festivities on celluloid

September 1, 2009

It is difficult to live in Mumbai and not get a whiff of the Ganesha celebrations on in the city.

Quick Gun Murugan: Mind it!

August 28, 2009

Be warned. “Quick Gun Murugan” is unlike any other Hindi film you have seen in a long time. 

from MediaFile:

Bollywood to plagiarism: Bye bye?

August 26, 2009

Filmmakers in Bollywood, India's movie industry, are notorious for borrowing liberally from foreign films far and wide, especially Hollywood.

Sikander: Good idea but not so good execution

August 21, 2009

Films on Kashmir and its insurgency are few and far between in Indian cinema.

The last such film I watched was Santosh Sivan’s “Tahaan”, a movie that tried to tell the story of this troubled paradise through the eyes of a child.