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Bollywood’s Hollywood Fixation

Sure, Bollywood is on the rise, but as a global force that instantly demands and gets respect, awe, admiration and attention, sorry folks, Hollywood is the real thing.

To Hell With Bollywood

Even megastars like Amitabh Bachchan and Salman Khan are rebelling against Bollywood— the word that is.

Desi Ghee Incarnate

The star wrestler-actor Dara Singh embodied all that Indian-style clarified butter or “desi ghee” stands for — not least its potential for good honest home-grown strength and tenacity.

Glocal

Delhi’s street vendors serve as global marketing model.

Romance Lost

Frankly, India of the late 1960s was totally unprepared for Rajesh Khanna. The film industry, blown out of its mind, christened him Superstar. Stardust, the new iconoclastic, irreverent and deliciously chatpata new film magazine on the block, baptized him the Phenomenon and sold out its maiden issue within days just via banners enquiring whether Rajesh will/has married his girlfriend (at that time) Anju Mahendru?

Mehdi Hasan

A tribute to the greatest gazal singer of our time.

Tuning In to Tune Out

Music is the essential stressbuster for many Bollywood stars, trying to cope with erratic shooting schedules, hectic travel and long hours under the arclights, not to mention the unrelenting paparazzi gaze.

The Skinny on Ash’s Fat

Aishwarya’s figure is cause for global distress. The querry “Aishwarya figure”throws up over 4 million results on google.

Is the Sheen Rubbing Off The National Film Awards

“The National Awards, sadly, are no longer what they used to be, with the favoritism, regionalism,politics and quid-pro-quo rampant. However, compared to the scores of others they are still streets ahead.

Stars Vs Actors

Actors are famously more admired than hired.Stars are famous for being famous.

Canned in Cannes

The awkward fact remains that although Bollywood is the world’s largest movie factory, we don’t register even a hiccup in this gala, global, mega feast. Historically we have been conditioned and programmed to believe that it’s not the winning or losing, but participation that is the key.

India Dances to Latino Beat

Dancers say the popularity of Latino dances lies in the inherent joyousness, the friendships it generates on the floor across cultural divides — and the free-flowing body language, open to improvisations.

Orphaned in Fantasyland

Will Chillar Party’s National Award inspire a rush of child films?

Bringing Ganesh Down to Size

Dahibhavkar said that setting the height limit was a unanimous decision of representatives of all Ganeshotsav committees, social and public figures, artists and idol-makers.

IPL v Bollywood Clash of the Titans

The Indian Premier League is no longer perceived as a great threat for film releases.

Slumdog Millionaire Children’s Fairly Tale Ride Chugs On

The dream ride continues for Rubina Rafiq Qureshi and Azharuddin Ismail.

Why Serious Actresses Are Turning Item-Bombs

Possibly shaken up by these flops, she attempted to switch lanes, get adventurous and experiment with masala fare.

Naach Meri Bulbul, Paisa Mile Gaa!

How far are Bollywood stars willing to prostitute themselves?

Bollywood’s Oscar Curse

Why does the most glamorous, celebrated and venerated award spurn Bollywood, the world’s largest film industry?

Are Rajasthani Celebrity Marriages Jinxed?

What’s with this place that causes celeb couples to embrace fatal attraction? Is it really a royal jinx for the glitterati, hypnotized by the color and romance of this amazing state, only to be doomed in their relationship?

Is Small the New Big in Bollywood?

The idiot screen overwhelms the idiot box, once the spot for cute, sweet, homely, intimate fare.

Goodbye, Mr Gambler

A fan and critic bids farewell to the most enduring — and handsome — of Bollywood’s romantic legends.

Why The Dirty Picture is 2011’s Hottest Pick

The fact that the movie was a thinly-veiled bio of the southern sex-bomb of the 1980s Silk Smitha added solid, lip-smacking spice.

Vidya Balan Undisputed Show Stopper

Atta Girl! Way to go! Never was dirt so sexily rewarding!

Mein to Ek Khwab Hoon

Whatever happened to Bollywood’s heartbreak melodies?

The Curious Case of Freida Pinto

“In such an insanely competitive market, to carve a niche with such modest talent, is indeed fantastic and I mean it as a compliment.”

A Different Arrangement

Indian American filmakers hit their stride

Who is the Real King Khan

Over time, serious contenders, such as Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgun and Hrithik Roshan, enjoyed their moments (they still do), but all things considered, the Khan trio between them seem to have hijacked the popular imagination and developed an unmatched and unprecedented fan base across the globe.

International Kite Festival

Uttaryan International Kite Festival in Ahmedabad attracts people from all over the country and, in recent years, international kite fliers as well

Guarding Against Bodyguard

Has B-towns latest Box Office Badshah upped the ante for loud, over-the-top, mindless, action-packed masala — and in the process threatened good taste and quality cinema?

The Essential Jagjit

A selection of favorite Jagjit Singh ghazals, bhajans and songs.

The Essential Jagjit

A selection of favorite Jagjit Singh ghazals, bhajans and songs.

Tumsa Nahin Dekha! Shammi Kapoor: 1931-2011

A tribute to Mr. Yahoo, the once abject failure, who became a rebel star and revolutionized Indian cinema

Unintended Extras

NRI filmmakers reflect on the quirks and eccentricities of producing a film in India

The Western Face of Tibet

Even as Buddhism captures the imagination of the West, the West is capturing the hearts of Tibetans in Dharamsala, the capitol of Tibetans in exile, notwithstanding the Dalai Lama’s frequent exhortations against Tibetans losing their identity.

The Pre-Trip Gift Buyer’s Guide

For the past few weekends, my friend Tam has been hitting the shops assiduously, rifling through bargain aisles; stocking up enough shower gels to clean

The Lost Indian Art Of Desire

Is Indian sexual vitality losing out to Western concepts?

Madhuri Dixit Shoots Down Divorce Rumors

"Enjoying marital bliss. Team Dixit-Nene on their way to India!"

Buddhi Hogi Teri Maa

Bollywood is gripped by come-backs of the heroine kind.

Flingo’s Fling

Tapping into the emerging market of web-enabled TVs.

Lyricist Make-Over Kaun Badnaam Hui? Darling, Kiske Liye?

Thrilling youngistan, shocking old-istan, the new breed of song-writers in Bollywood is re-writing the rules of the game. What’s going on?

Indian Restaurant Chains Have Overseas Expansion on Their Menus

Indian Restaurant Chains Have Overseas Expansion On Their Menus

Experiments With Gandhi

Even the most uncharitable reading of Mahatma Gandhi’s life and works would discount any possibility that Gandhi had sexual liaisons, much less homosexual ones, after 1906. Only fabricated and dishonest interpretations can — and have.

Joseph Lelyveld

“I thought the book might be controversial for other reasons.”

Shades of Grey

Review of the Indian Film Festival in Los Angeles?

Fatal Phirangi Attraction

Contrary to popular belief, it has little to do with the poor track record indicated. If they haven’t impacted the film or audience, the fault lies squarely on the filmmaker and his intent in using this creature effectively.

The Bollywood-award Epidemic

Award shows are the new disease in B-town. Are they about recognizing and rewarding excellence … or exploiting opportunistic vested interests?

Rabindranath Tagore Mystic Poet

A tribute to India’s literary icon on his 150th birth anniversary.

Paisa Pheko Tamasha Dekho!!

Is the Star-as-Bhand the new trip in B-town? Cheap or cool?

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