India Masala

Bollywood and culture in an emerging India

from India Insight:

Bollywood fashion at Cannes

By Arnika Thakur and Shashank Chouhan

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the authors and not necessarily of Reuters)

The image of Aishwarya Rai in a striking yellow sari with lots of gold jewellery walking the red carpet at Cannes 2002 is one that a generation of Indian movie fans may not forget.

Few Indians were familiar with Cannes until the actress made an appearance on the French Riviera. Not only did Rai introduce fans back home to the world’s leading cinema showcase, she also made global audiences take note of Bollywood. This year, the 66th Cannes festival is showcasing India as a guest country to mark the centenary of its film industry.

Celebrities such as Sonam Kapoor, Mallika Sherawat, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Frieda Pinto and Amitabh Bachchan made an appearance - and had to step up their fashion game.

IFFI 2009: INTERVIEW – Actress Sarita Choudhury


Sarita Choudhury, known for her roles in Mira Nair’s “Mississippi Masala” (1992) and “Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love” (1996), spoke to Reuters on the sidelines of the 40th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in the tourist haven of Goa.

Choudhury’s latest film “For Real“, an English film set in New Delhi, premiered in Goa.

IFFI 2009: Sona Jain on ‘For Real’

Filmmaker Sona Jain and lead actress Sarita Choudhury spoke to Reuters about their film “For Real” on the sidelines of the 40th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in the tourist haven of Goa.

Jain’s first feature film is the story of a six-year-old who witnesses a moment of discord within her family.

IFFI 2009: Rituparno Ghosh on ‘Sab Charitro Kalponik’

Filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh spoke to Reuters about his film “Shob Charitro Kalponik” on the sidelines of the 40th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in the tourist haven of Goa.

The Bengali film, starring Bipasha Basu and Prosenjit, explores the relationship between a poet and his wife.

IFFI 2009: Aijaz Khan on ‘The White Elephant’


Aijaz Khan‘s debut feature film, about Shabri the drunkard and a ‘holy’ elephant which chooses him as its keeper, is set in a village in Kerala.

The Hindi film, starring Tannishtha Chatterjee, Prroshanth Narayannan and Neena Gupta, is being screened at the 40th International Film Festival of India in Goa.

What’s in a name? The truth about “Kaminey”


When a friend went to buy movie tickets for Vishal Bhardwaj’s “Kaminey”, she felt uncomfortable.

She had never before used the word — Hindi slang for ‘scoundrels’ — and was embarrassed to utter it at the ticket counter.

Of Karma, Porn and Osian’s Cinefan


Thou shalt not go to the Osian’s Cinefan film festival expecting each film to be a masterpiece. I learned this the hard way.

Over the years, I have chanced upon several nuggets at Osian’s, an annual feast for fans of cinema in New Delhi. But on the opening day of the 2008 edition, I arrive at the venue in the evening — with no time to decide on what I want to watch. I check the schedule and my eye falls on an unusual title.