India Masala

Kaminey: The director is the real star

August 13, 2009

Sometimes you get the best insights from the most unexpected sources. Like my mother for instance — she isn’t much of a movie person but asked me how “Kaminey” was.

Agyaat: You really don’t want to know

August 7, 2009

Right at the end of Ram Gopal Varma’s “Agyaat”, there comes a moment that scared me more than any scene in the film. As the credits rolled, it said “Agyaat 2, Coming Soon.”

A House for Mr Hashmi

July 31, 2009

When you are a Bollywood actor in Mumbai, doors open automatically — or at least so you would think. But as Shabana Azmi, Aamir Ali and now Emraan Hashmi have discovered, there are some doors which remain shut.

Love Aaj Kal: Not very original but it works

July 31, 2009

There’s one thing about an Imtiaz Ali film — it may not have the most original storyline or cutting-edge techniques, but it sure has the best dialogues. And that, in my opinion, is the USP of his films.

It’s the reel deal for Karisma

July 27, 2009

I remember Karisma Kapoor, wide -eyed and beautiful in the wedding scene from “Raja Hindustani” many years ago.

Luck: Don’t stretch your luck with this one

July 24, 2009

Sometime in April, I wrote an entry on this blog, lamenting the dearth of movies at the theatres during the producer-multiplex row. Fridays for me were just not the same without films.

Help! I haven’t been paid

July 17, 2009

This was going to be a blog on a totally different topic, but Facebook changed it all.

‘Short Kut’ takes the long, boring route

July 10, 2009

Somewhere in Bollywood, there has to be a movie-making machine.

All you do is insert a reel, change a few specifications (perhaps the hero’s name and occupation or the reason for a romantic obstacle with his leading lady) and wait for a “masala” movie to pop up, fresh and ready to hit unsuspecting audiences.

Kambakkht Ishq: You have to see it to believe it

July 3, 2009

A feeling of numbness and disbelief is not uncommon after a movie-watching experience. Sometimes you are awed by the sheer vision of the director or the depth of a particular performance. Sometimes, it is a thought expressed, or an expression that stays with you.

from India Insight:

Star seeks groom on TV and other soaps

July 1, 2009

A new reality show in which a bunch of suitable men vie for the hand of Bollywood starlet Rakhi Sawant is an interesting twist on the prevailing custom of Indian men choosing their brides.