India Masala

from India Insight:

Cleaning up TV’s dirty pictures

June 25, 2012

I was watching a documentary on Greta Garbo on television. The film was in English with English subtitles for people more comfortable following written English than quick spoken English. Every time the word "sex" or something related to it would come up, the subtitles avoided it. "Heterosexual" became "hetero." "Her sexuality" became "her femininity." Dedicated channel surfing revealed similar evasions. In a conversation about breast cancer on an English channel, the station inserted an asterisk to partially mask the word "breast" in the subtitles, even though you could hear it onscreen.

from India Insight:

No ‘Dirty Pictures’ please, we are Indian

April 24, 2012

Indians woke up on Sunday to front page newspaper ads announcing the TV premiere of “The Dirty Picture”, a National-award winning film that was both critically acclaimed and successful at the box-office.

And the Oscar goes to…

March 3, 2010

Pulitzer prize winning film critic Roger Ebert says he can’t remember a year when it was easier to pick the Oscars.

Rahul Mahajan searches for the perfect TV bride

September 23, 2009

As India heads into wedding season, yet another celebrity is hoping to get hitched — with millions of people watching on prime-time television.

Are Indian audiences ready for the truth?

July 24, 2009

There is something addictive about watching ‘The Moment of Truth’, the American TV show where contestants have to tell the truth to win cash.

from India Insight:

Star seeks groom on TV and other soaps

July 1, 2009

A new reality show in which a bunch of suitable men vie for the hand of Bollywood starlet Rakhi Sawant is an interesting twist on the prevailing custom of Indian men choosing their brides.

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.

“13B”: Don’t expect to get too scared

March 7, 2009

I am one of those people who get scared even when they aren’t meant to. I hate dark rooms and stormy nights don’t evoke any romance in my mind. In short, I am a perfect candidate for horror films — or at least that’s what I thought.