Arts & Entertainment

Bollywood’s Affair with Shakespeare

In India, Shakespeare was first attempted on the screen in Khoon-e-Nahak (Murder Most Foul)

Fugly! Fukrey! Mastram!

What’s up with all the freaky titles blitzing Bollywood.

Phirangi Bollywood Bimbos

They seem to be "here today, gone today" eye-candy, seductive time-pass distractions for a constituency who, once the movie is over and the phirang bimbos exit, are happy to relapse into contented amnesia.

The Curious Case of Katrina Kaif

Here is a star who is the definitive outsider, can’t speak proper Hindi, can’t really act and yet has socked the box office, hearts of audiences and advertisers and remains the most googled

Musical Time Machine

Today, the most famous address for finding the original 78 RPMs is Mutton Street of ancient Bhendi Bazaar inMumbai.

I Them Differently

Art is how people tell their stories through their craft.

Uncle Sam V Uncle Shyam

Being a celeb in Politics is no guarantee on transporting the voting public to a never-neverland-of-happy-ever-after.

Tokenism at the Oscars

The Oscars are primarily a Hollywood-driven and American-specific event.

Hotter Than Romance

Bromances are tough nuts to crack providing filmmakers a real challenge.

Are Heroines the New Heroes

There is an exciting space and opportunity for bold film-makers and gutsy, gifted actresses to rise above the stereotype, safe, comfort zones and go where few have dared.

Khan-tastic or Khallas

Despite the gyms, fitness trainers and make-up, the Khans are not getting younger.

Is Bollywood a Global Force?

Even after 68 years of Independence, Indian movie buffs are still looking West for approval.

Pseudo Intellectual’s Day Out

The sudden craze of the hoi polloi to gatecrash into every cultural and literary event in India

Reel Politics

Bollywood’s political films fail to make the cut.

Party Time For The Three Khans

In year 2014, the buzz is that the three trail-blazing musketeers of B-town, the Khans, are going political.

Do Beauty & Brains Mix?

Beauty acts as a double edged sword.

Sun Sets On Sham-E-Mehfils

After Wajid Ali Shah, the tenth and last nawab of Awadh, was exiled to Calcutta, the culture of Sham-e-Mehfils spread rapidly.

Now Showing Celebrity Breakups

Splits, break-ups, divorces, romances, extra-marital link-ups, fatal attractions, Bollywood has dished ‘em out for ages.

Fiesta of Fun and Frolic

In idyllic-sylvan Goa, the state government spends a fortune to aid King of Chaos or King Momo govern his unruly kingdom.

Switching Lanes

Why do the oldies want to return after their successful first innings?

Manna Dey

A fine human being, an astonishingly gifted and versatile singer, a warmand wonderful colleague Lata Mangeshkar has pointed out.

A Touch of Fusion

There’s no set format in fusion,whereas you need an hour-and-a-half to listen to one raga and these days people don’t have much time.

The Smut Rut

Today with Grand Masti rocking the audiences in multiplexes in fashionable, hi-ticket sections of metro cities, sex comedies of this regressive, libidinous, racy, bawdy kind — surprisingly green lighted by the censors — have gone legit and been accepted as another fun form of mass entertainment.

The Wrong Road

The raging controversy over India’s Oscar entry.

Fictional Facts

Monojit Lahiri wonders whether B-town takes research and accuracy seriously while tackling themes on history, biopics or well known events.

H.A.L.T.

Bollywood’s warring hotties announce a cease-fire, ending several silly, messy and childish spats played out in public. Is it for real, or Oscar-winning performances for self-publicity?

Easy Rests the Crown

A faceless extra until a few years ago, Nawaz today is a respected and renowned presence in Bollywood.

In Defense of Sequels

The pressures and challenges of providing more thrilling and exciting content than the first is no joke.

Second Acts

The score card on directorial seconds

All Bow no Arrow

Bollywood, as a space, has always been hugely racist, shamelessly rooting for a particular prototype, ignoring, rejecting, dismissing, praising, but not casting, any male hero who does not fit into their dumb, myopic mold.

Odd Pairs

Bollywood gets bold with unusual lead pairings.

Flipp’n Flops

Who is to blame when a film flops?

Let’s Dance!

Dance institutes across India are laughing all the way to the bank — thanks to parents’ new-found fascination for TV reality shows.

Some Like It Chilled

What is behind our fascination with horror films?

The Fundamental Quandry

The events of 9-11 have changed cinema. These changes have been far ranging, from narrative construction and movement to the aesthetics of urgency.

Heritage Studios of Mumbai

Some of the biggest studios of the 1920s and 1930s now lie in ruins.

Once Upon a Time: The Lunch Houses of Bollywood

The ideas of many great Hindi movies germinated in these lunch homes, the stomping grounds of the greatest film-wallahs.

Midnight's Children: Two Authors in Search of a Film

Rushdie and Mehta’s Midnight’s Children promises a doubled up feast for thought and senses before the theater goes dark.

Chumma Chumma De De

Indian society, post-globalisation may be wanting to make that critical, new-age, paradigm shift regarding morality, but still feel distinctly uncomfortable while discussing anything to do with sex.

Classic Hindi Melodies Make a Comeback

Be it in the film world or ad world, old melodies from the 1990s, 1980s and even earlier are striking the right chords with young music enthusiasts, who are loving and lapping up the snazzier and contemporary remixed versions of the tracks.

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