India Masala

Growing up with the ‘Moonwalker’

June 29, 2009

It was the late 80s and I was in school, contemptuous of rules and looking for a cause to rebel against parental interference. I was too young to run away and wise enough not to push it so as to end up without dinner.

‘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.

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.

Jana Gana Mana ‘Rann’: new-age anthem?

May 15, 2009

Nearly 60 years after Rabindranath Tagore’s composition was adopted as India’s national anthem, filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma’s interpretation of it is raising conservative eyebrows.

Videsh: Stark and unsettling

March 27, 2009

Watching Deepa Mehta’s “Videsh” is not a very pleasant feeling. Watching a woman getting bruised and beaten up never is.

Fashion and Trade – Room for both on the runway

October 22, 2008

i.jpgMy previous post introducing the Delhi Fashion Week (DFW), dwelt on its capabilities as a newcomer in India’s fashion field.

Delhi fashion week: new kid on the style block

October 17, 2008

The clash of catwalks spurred mixed emotions in the build-up to Delhi’s hosting of not one, but two fashion events this week.

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

October 3, 2008

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.

A date with Bipasha Basu awaits Vijender if he wins gold

August 21, 2008

Vijender KumarThere are a lot of perks to winning an Olympic medal in India (just ask Abhinav Bindra). State governments offer you lakhs, sometimes even crores of rupees, you get a lifetime railway pass, visit the Prime Minister and Sonia Gandhi, and even get patted on the cheek by President Pratibha Patil (hey, that’s a perk).