Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
Anurag Kashyap hasn’t slept in four days. He’s been writing his next film and doesn’t want to stop till it is done. When I walk into his suburban terrace apartment, Kashyap is beaming because he’s just finished writing the climax and he is very happy with it.
He offers you some tea, shows you clips from his new film “That Girl in Yellow Boots” which premiered at the Venice Film Festival, all the while chatting animatedly with his assistants about shooting schedules and movies.
In an industry where it’s all about being politically correct, Kashyap is delightfully candid, speaking about himself and the world he inhabits with an honesty that is difficult not to appreciate. Not that it should come as a surprise — he is after all the “rebel” film maker of Bollywood, the one who is out to change the way the game is played.
“Dev D“, his modern-day adaptation of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s classic “Devdas” was what many critics termed a turning point for Bollywood and the way it makes films.
For someone who came into the Indian film industry as a former beauty queen, Aishwarya Rai has done her fair share of unglamorous roles in Bollywood.
From playing an abused wife in “Provoked” or the middle-aged wife of an industrialist in “Guru”, Rai has always let her acting do the talking.
Actress Sonali Kulkarni, best known for her roles in “Daayraa” and “Dil Chahta Hai“, spoke to Reuters on the sidelines of the 40th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in the tourist haven of Goa.
Kulkarni is in Goa to promote her critically acclaimed Marathi film “Gabhricha Paus” which takes a hard-hitting look at the issue of farmer suicides in Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region.
Chatterjee, who was in Goa to present two of her films “Bombay Summer” and “The White Elephant“, has done a number of international projects. Her next film — Dev Benegal’s “Road, Movie” — is slated for a February 2010 release in India.
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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.
Director Joseph Mathew Varghese speaks to Reuters about his debut feature film ‘Bombay Summer‘ which is being screened at the 40th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Panaji, Goa.
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When I think of a Bollywood media interview, what pops into my mind are — long waits, filthy sets, stars with a lot more attitude than they should have and clichéd answers I could have predicted long before I met them…
But Saif Ali Khan proved me wrong on all counts. He turned out to be a thorough professional.
I wish someone would make a movie on the “Sea of Poppies.”
Amitav Ghosh’s latest novel has all the right ingredients for a film set in 19th century India — runaway lovers, a bankrupt Raja, anti-British sentiment, a white woman masquerading as an Indian peasant and a huge ship sailing down the Ganges.
“It’ll be very difficult. Will need a lot of special effects,” says the 52-year-old writer.