India Masala

New York: A film that will grow on you

June 26, 2009

Coming as it does nearly three months after a big-ticket Bollywood release — Kabir Khan’s “New York” is a relief.

‘Slumdog’ magic rubs off on India abroad

June 12, 2009

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Bollywood and Indian culture is getting plenty of attention worldwide — thanks to the “Slumdog Millionaire” effect.

Kal Kissne Dekha: Not really future perfect

June 12, 2009

The last Hindi film I watched in a theatre was Nagesh Kukunoor’s “Tasveer”, an improbable tale about a man who has ‘photographic visions’ and can revisit the past. Then Bollywood took a break and I hoped it would serve the industry well.

A film that means so much more

June 10, 2009


Deepika Padukone is one of the most charming actresses you could hope to meet.

I have spoken to her several times and she has always been extremely polite, composed and not given to overt displays of emotion.

Bollywood beckons – let’s go to the movies

June 9, 2009

Now that the dry spell is over and the movies are back on screens, a lot of us are making plans for the weekend that include a movie theatre (at least I am).

Ronnie gets Archie – love in the time of recession?

May 29, 2009

‘Archie proposes to Veronica!’

That headline sent shockwaves and started heated debates in many parts of the world this week, with most fans of one of the longest-running love triangles despairing that Archie Andrews has chosen the rich and glamorous Ronnie over the sweet and simple Betty.

More than ‘just good friends’ in Bollywood

May 26, 2009

“We are just good friends” has to be the most overused phrase in Bollywood (or even Hollywood) for that matter.

Partition: A not-so-epic love story

May 22, 2009

It’s unusual for Indian cinemas to screen a 2007 film that has already had its television premiere.

Old wine in a new bottle

May 12, 2009

One of my favourite childhood memories is watching the Sunday afternoon movie on television (on Doordarshan, of course) with friends and family.

Thank God it’s Friday

April 17, 2009

For most people, Friday is just another day to get over with before one settles down for the weekend.