India Masala

Luck By Chance: An insider’s look at Bollywood

January 31, 2009

My favourite scenes in Zoya Akhtar’s “Luck By Chance” are when Rishi Kapoor is on screen as the over the top, aging Bollywood producer Romy Rolly.

Chandni Chowk to China: Sticking to the formula

January 17, 2009


If you are looking for intellectual stimulation at the movies, watch Clint Eastwood’s “Changeling” or wait for “Slumdog Millionaire” — “Chandni Chowk to China” is definitely not what you are looking for.

Is an Oscar next, Mr Rahman?

January 12, 2009

His voice is soft over the phone, almost inaudible. He has just done a lot of interviews, and the tiredness in his voice is clear.

A not-so-good year for Bollywood

December 29, 2008

If you are looking for a word to describe Bollywood’s output in 2008, “ordinary” would be high up on the list. The world’s most prolific film industry churned out over 200 films this year and trade analysts say a staggering 90 per cent of these ventures didn’t make any money.

Ghajini: Aamir’s most commercial film yet

December 25, 2008

This is a first. Aamir Khan has gone the Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar way — the actor in him has given way to the star. He’s finally starred in a film that totally rides on his star power and as you discover once you’ve watched “Ghajini”, it’s not such a bad thing after all.

Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi: Average, disappointing fare

December 12, 2008

He’s a face in the crowd — an ordinary government clerk. She’s a young, bubbly girl. They get married because of a twist of fate. The girl says she can never love him. But, he’s madly in love with her and sets out on a mission to woo her. That, in a nutshell, is the story of Aditya Chopra’s “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi”.

Meerabai Not Out: You’ll love it if you like cricket

December 5, 2008

To be honest, I didn’t watch “Meerabai Not Out” with a lot of expectations. Maybe that’s why I enjoyed the film so much at the end of two-and-a-half hours.

Yuvvraaj: A brilliant score let down by a lacklustre script

November 21, 2008

Setting out to create a Bollywood blockbuster? Just make sure you have all the right ingredients — big budget, famous actors, foreign locales, fabulous music.

Dostana: A spectacular first half but nothing great overall

November 15, 2008

‘Dostana’ is a path-breaking Bollywood film alright. Maybe not for gay rights but certainly the number of times the word ‘gay’ has been used in a single film.

Dasvidaniya: A bittersweet slice of middle-class life

November 14, 2008

If you were expecting Vinay Pathak’s latest film to be a comic caper, you are in for a surprise.