India Masala

Bollywood and culture in an emerging India

EMI : A relevant message in a not-so-good film


I am about to take the first loan of my life next month. What with the

credit crisis and uncertainty all around, I am having second thoughts.

On the other hand, a newly married acquaintance celebrated Diwali by
buying her a pair of diamond earrings — bought on credit she
tells me, proudly showing off the studs.

I felt a bit old-fashioned. Here I was fretting about taking a loan and
this young girl is so much at ease buying a luxury item on credit.

That is why while watching “EMI”, I could ignore the bad script, even worse acting and rudderless direction to reach the crucial message the film is trying to project — the dangers of living life on credit.


Director Saurabh Kabra makes his debut with the stories of four characters — a housewife (Urmila Matondkar) seeking insurance, a father (Kulbhushan Kharbanda) taking a loan for his son’s education, a DJ (Arjun Rampal) who lives off credit cards and a young couple (Ashish Choudhary and Neha Uberoi) starting  married life under the burden of several loans, even taking one for their honeymoon.

Bollywood star power ‘ads’ up


Hey, did you know Saif and Kareena had a fight? And that Shah Rukh intervened? And an apologetic sms was sent?

OK, so this didn’t happen in real life. It’s the storyline of a new television ad starring the trio for mobile operator Airtel.

Golmaal Returns – Don’t expect any sense in this sequel


There are some things you don’t want to make sense of, instead preferring to just go along with the flow. You’d be well advised to do exactly the same with “Golmaal Returns”.


The sequel to the 2006 comedy “Golmaal” stars the trio of Ajay Devgan, Tusshar Kapoor and Arshad Warsi, with Sharman Joshi choosing not to reprise his role.

Fashion — clichéd, but watch it for Priyanka


Fashion is suddenly a huge part of our lives. Models, fashion shows, haute couture, prêt and wardrobe malfunctions are dominating news headlines and beauty contests are springing up even in small towns across India.

That is why Madhur Bhandarkar’s “Fashion”, which makes an attempt to take a long hard look at the world of fashion, with its pressures and pitfalls, is a topical film.

Roadside Romeo — Doggy tale gone wrong


When you find the villain of the film more endearing than the hero and even 90 minutes seem like a lifetime, there has to be something wrong with the film. 

That’s right. Charlie Anna, the heavy, farting and bespectacled bulldog with a south Indian accent, who throws a spanner in Romeo’s plans, is way more entertaining and funny than the protagonist of Roadside Romeo

Karzzz: A remake that shouldn’t have been attempted


karzzzz.jpgMidway through what seemed like the umpteenth time Himesh Reshammiya
had burst into an extra-nasal, nonsensical song, the couple sitting next to me in the theatre got up and walked out. And it wasn’t even interval yet.

I wanted to follow, but professional duties beckoned and I sank back resignedly in my chair, reconciled to the fact I would have to wait till the end credits of ‘Karzzz’ rolled.

Tracking the Big B through thick and thin


A perfect Saturday afternoon beckoned me. An early lunch was had, the house was quiet and the prospect of dropping off into an uninterrupted sleep was enough to make me smile.

bachchan.jpgOne phone call changed all that. Amitabh Bachchan is on his way to the hospital, a source said and he is sick. The first thing that registered in my mind was “I hope he is ok” and then the journalistic instinct kicked in.

Drona — more flaws than fantasy


drona.jpg My most reliable test of judging a fantasy film is whether I notice the person sitting in the next seat – if I do, that means the film wasn’t gripping enough for me to be totally absorbed in it.

That’s what a fantasy film should do – transport you into its imaginary world and haul you back only when the end credits roll – for that matter, any film should do that.

“Dum Maro Dum” while you still can, on celluloid at least


Normally, I do not care much for actor Rajinikanth’s bullet splitting or his iconic cigarette flip. 
pic1.jpgBut as the government gears up to implement the ban on smoking in public places, I realise that the “long arm of the law” (apparently an all-time favourite dialogue of the celluloid police) may one day also extend to Bollywood.
Having grown up on the antics of Bollywood’s Supermen with their rakish head tilts and outrageous stunts, I cannot help but feel a twinge of fear at the thought of the censor board ever sanitizing on-screen smoking scenes.
Try as I might, I cannot imagine a docile, law abiding on-screen Rajinikanth sans his unbelievable cigarette stunt.

In my college years it gave us women endless joy to see male classmates end up red-faced while trying to imitate the southern hero.

Hari Puttar – Home Alone desi style?


Warner Brothers did get one thing right.

‘Hari Puttar – A Comedy of Terrors’ does have similarities to a children’s film – not ‘Harry Potter’, but ‘Home Alone’.

1280x1024_01.jpgA child alone at home, two bumbling goons out to get him and whole scenes lifted from Chris Columbus’s very popular Home Alone.