NRI filmmakers reflect on the quirks and eccentricities of producing a film in India
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.
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
Is Indian sexual vitality losing out to Western concepts?
"Enjoying marital bliss. Team Dixit-Nene on their way to India!"
Bollywood is gripped by come-backs of the heroine kind.
Men play second-fiddle on Indian TV serials.
Tapping into the emerging market of web-enabled TVs.
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
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.
“I thought the book might be controversial for other reasons.”
Review of the Indian Film Festival in Los Angeles?
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.
Award shows are the new disease in B-town. Are they about recognizing and rewarding excellence … or exploiting opportunistic vested interests?
A tribute to India’s literary icon on his 150th birth anniversary.
Is the Star-as-Bhand the new trip in B-town? Cheap or cool?
In new-age Bollywood, there is a hysterical drive to grab the janta’s attention, at any cost. How does it pan out?
Will No One Killed Jessica be the catalyst to spearhead a turnaround for this seemingly doomed, rejected and neglected genre?
Every November, in the pond-sized sleepy town of Pushkar, India comes alive with a riot of colors and a frenzied burst of activity, attracting visitors from around the globe to the famous Camel Fair.
Monojit Lahiri celebrates the mesmerizing magic and mystique of the red-hot “item” babe’s songs and reminds us that Munni has been badnaam forever.
The foods promote bodily health as they contain all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals required to maintain the body in optimum health.
Our guys and gals are just not cut out for Hollywood.
The mesmerizing region of Leh Ladakh and Kashmir.
Have goodness and virtue been hijacked?
UP-Bihar is Bollywood’s new playground.
Super stars want some acting respect.
Very few Indians have actually read the Kamasutra, which is boringly pedantic and — shockingly to many — did not contain pictures in the original.
There’s a clear divide in the Indian music world between film and non-film music. With their huge budget, films are growing ever bigger. The blend of pop, rap and Sufi music in Indian film songs has doomed the independent music genre.
Hindu culture embraced eroticism and sex as an essential ingredient and institutionalized it in the four exalted goals of Hindu life.
We may be about to get the answer to that pressing Bollywood question — does size matter?
It is reported that over a 100 small films, censor-approved and ready, are rotting in the cans with no takers
India’s tea estates beckon tea connoisseurs from around the world.
Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, one of the world’s foremost players of the sarod, reflects on business and art.
Who killed Kites and Raavana?
The idea that national cinema cannot be translated into a broader idiom for viewers around the world is misplaced.
Brett Ratner who remixed Kites for U.S. audiences, on Bollywood’s potential in the United States.
The consternation over M.F. Husain’s acceptance of Qatari citizenship has rekindled debate on artistic freedom and responsibility in India.
The pretentious hogwash of new cinema.
The answer lies with those you can’t see.
A north eastern Indian town known to be the Land of Dawn-lit Mountains is caught in some unfinished India-China border business.
On the 22nd death anniversary of Raj Kapoor on June 2, Monojit Lahiri pays homage to India’s greatest showman.
Decoding the qualities that have made the Khans the hottest properties in tinsel town.
However all is not lost and Bollywood would do well to emulate the smart and profitable move of filmmaker Imtiaz Ali and producer Saif Ali Khan.
This month we celebrate the exotic flavors of the varied regions of India.
The Chatwals, long very visibly tied to the Ava Lounge, deny any association after the bar is sued.
Washington Post reporter Shankar Vedantam’s book The Hidden Brain: How Our Unconscious Minds Elects Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars, and Save Our Lives, (Random House, 2010, $26) was