You have to hand it to Shoojit Sircar and Juhi Chaturvedi – the duo have made a Bollywood film about a topic like sperm donation without a double entendre. This also speaks volumes about Chaturvedi’s skill (she wrote story, screenplay and dialogue), because ‘Vicky Donor” is hands down the funniest film of the year so far.
Sircar and Chaturvedi, both from the advertising world, address issues such as sperm donation, infertility, stereotyping and even the aching loneliness that sets in after a spouse dies young, with such light-hearted humour and panache that you cannot help but applaud their effort.
MUMBAI (Reuters) – Bollywood is no longer scared of cricket.
Five years after the inaugural Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament, the world’s largest film industry is confident enough to release big-ticket movies during the much hyped domestic cricket season, citing cricket fatigue and India’s dismal performance overseas.
Bollywood has traditionally avoided movie releases in the March to April period when students are busy with school examinations and families stay away from cinemas.
MUMBAI, April 12 (Reuters) – Video-sharing website YouTube,
owned by Google, aims to spruce up its social
networking skills through better integration across platforms,
and hopes to more than double annual ad revenue in emerging
markets like India, a top executive said.
“YouTube has been lacking great social features. Commenting
and sharing have been part of YouTube, but the experiences could
be much better than they are,” Tom Pickett, global content head
for the website, told Reuters in an interview on Thursday during
a visit to India.
MUMBAI (Reuters) – Jon Landau, producer of box-office blockbusters “Titanic” and “Avatar”, is often credited with bringing the 3-D wave to Hollywood along with business partner and director James Cameron.
The duo re-released their 1997 film “Titanic” in 3-D and it opened worldwide on Easter weekend, just a week before the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the luxury liner.
Reviewing a movie like Sajid Khan’s “Housefull 2” is a futile exercise. In fact, I don’t think the makers of this film made it for creative purposes — this is a money-making venture, and going by the number of people who came to watch it at 9: 15 a.m. on Good Friday morning, I would say it’s well on its way to becoming a successful one.
Khan doesn’t take off from where the first “Housefull” left off — this is a whole other story. But he does keep the toilet humour, over-the-top acting and noise pollution that characterised the 2010 film. Instead of laughing gas at the Buckingham Palace, he adds a fake Prince Charles who attends a wedding at the end and persuades one of the characters to stop shooting people in the name of “the queen and the country”.
MUMBAI (Reuters) – Asin Thottumkal burst into Bollywood with her role as the effervescent Kalpana in Aamir Khan’s 2008 blockbuster “Ghajini”.
“Ready” with Salman Khan was also a hit and Asin now joins an ensemble cast for Sajid Khan’s “Housefull 2″, which opens in cinemas on Friday.