India Masala

Bollywood and culture in an emerging India

Ishkq in Paris: Love gone wrong


Preity Zinta’s comeback Bollywood film features the characteristic Zinta elements her fans have loved over the years. Effervescence and her famous dimples. Both are present in “Ishkq in Paris”, albeit in heightened form. Zinta is a little too bubbly, too jumpy and flashes her dimples far too often for them to be endearing. It’s like enthusiasm on steroids.

To counter her obvious efforts, co-star Rhehan Malliek narrows his eyes each time he is expected to show some emotion.

Together, the two of them play along with a farce of a film. One that borrows liberally from every romantic movie cliché known to audiences, cobbled together by director Prem Raj in the fervent hope that his leading lady’s charm will save the day.

It doesn’t. Even the presence of French actress Isabelle Adjani doesn’t lend a credible tone to “Ishkq in Paris” – when you saddle an actress of her calibre with a dubbed Hindi accent and a half-baked role that involves her batting eyes at Shekhar Kapur, it doesn’t do your film any good.

More than ‘just good friends’ in Bollywood


“We are just good friends” has to be the most overused phrase in Bollywood (or even Hollywood) for that matter.


A couple of years ago, each time rumour mills started working non-stop about a “friendship” between celebrities, the two concerned parties were sure to come up with a statement about how they were just good friends.

Videsh: Stark and unsettling


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

The film is a stark, often unsettling tale that tears into a phenomenon of our times — the NRI marriage. And director Mehta does not shy away from the tough realities this film is about.

Rani and Preity — Bollywood queens no more?


One of my favourite scenes is from the film “Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna”. Actresses Preity Zinta and Rani Mukherjee are walking towards the hero, Shah Rukh Khan, in a crowded New York street.

rani.jpgOne of them is oblivious to his presence and the other is fully aware of it. There is a smile on each woman’s face, but the emotions are different.