Over the past two decades or so, world cinema has seen emergence of a film that anchors itself in a local idiom, bears its cultural signature and then positions its appeal to the larger, broader audience outside its specific contexts of origin.
For all lovers of Bollywood fare, the Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan and Aamir Khan have indeed imprinted their dazzling and inimitable presence in the hearts and minds of fans.
India has two basic religions — Bollywood and cricket. What is not as well known is their history of teaming up for the desired goal and reaching for a six!
Media commentators concede that the Film Industry and Censor Board, historically, has always had differing views on screening content.
Private Players prefer not to risk investment in art, non-formulaic, regional fare with no pan-India-familiar stars.
Everytime a couple of small films or a bunch of new, young, exciting stars hit the marquee the media go to town about how the new lot will take from the Khans and why are their days are numbered.
A long-standing convention divides the Urdu ghazal tradition into “Dabistan-e-Dehli” and “Dabistan-e-Lakhnau” .
Beyond admiration, veneration, reverence, esteem, even awe, respect comes to mind when the name of Raju Hirani comes into play.
There is an art and a science to composing sound designed to promote a product or company.
Even after 20 years DDLJ continues to engage, entertain, enthrall and energize zillion of fans worldwide.
Gender inequality has been the source of debate and discussion for decades in sports, entertainment and the corporate world.
Both music directors and composers have really stepped on the gas to enter this once-hallowed space of professional singers and belt out numbers that are — ouch! — frequently indigestible!
It is the bonding, trust, understanding and total surrender of the stars to the director’s magic touch that usually results in the success of the film.
Do the super-stars, for all their glitzy life-style, big bucks and mass popularity, secretly envy the respect, awe and admiration that art-house actors receive from serious critics, commentators and audiences?
Dusty alcoves of memory are where many of yesteryear talents are junked and only the rarest of the rare hope to return to the glories of yesteryears.
Can the tantalizing enigma of romance and mystery even begin to take shape in today’s media and paparazzi-driven era?
The facelift of the red colonial edifice, built around 1780, is part of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s “London dreams,”.
Violence against women and girls is “the single largest human rights pandemic on this planet.”
The controversy over Sachin and Rekha has brought into relief the question, do we really need celebrity MPs?
Why are age-challenged pairings not found weird, unreal or totally corny and dismissed when in real life, this kind of pairing — at least in India — would be frowned upon.
The excitement that greeted Kishore Kumar’s 85th birth anniversary on Aug 4, with Radio, TV and print media freaking out, does suggest that the madcap musical genius is indeed special.
It’s not as if their vocal chords had taken voluntary retirement or they had vanished without leaving a forwarding address.
Can Sushmita Sen regain her universe with her new, ambitious comeback film?
It has been reported that some of the established male chauvinists in the industry are not too kicked about “glam, hot, gorgeous Bollywood heroines kicking ass
Have chalu and chatpata one-liners replaced the earlier gems
Stepwells are considered one of India’s original contribution to architecture.
In India, Shakespeare was first attempted on the screen in Khoon-e-Nahak (Murder Most Foul)
What’s up with all the freaky titles blitzing Bollywood.
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.
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
Today, the most famous address for finding the original 78 RPMs is Mutton Street of ancient Bhendi Bazaar inMumbai.
Art is how people tell their stories through their craft.
Being a celeb in Politics is no guarantee on transporting the voting public to a never-neverland-of-happy-ever-after.
The Oscars are primarily a Hollywood-driven and American-specific event.
Bromances are tough nuts to crack providing filmmakers a real challenge.
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.
Despite the gyms, fitness trainers and make-up, the Khans are not getting younger.
Even after 68 years of Independence, Indian movie buffs are still looking West for approval.
The sudden craze of the hoi polloi to gatecrash into every cultural and literary event in India
Bollywood’s political films fail to make the cut.