Monojit Lahiri

Is Bollywood a Global Force?

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

Reel Politics

Bollywood’s political films fail to make the cut.

Death By Twitter

Social networking in these insatiable, exhibitionistic, let-it-all-hangout-times.

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.

Now Showing Celebrity Breakups

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

Switching Lanes

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

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.

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?

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

Flipp’n Flops

Who is to blame when a film flops?

Some Like It Chilled

What is behind our fascination with horror films?

Is Technology Killing Intimacy

Touch or eye-to-eye bonding can never be replaced by silly, coded, corny, cryptic SMS —condensed tight and weirdly worded.

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.

Is Mom Your Best Friend

Things are a bit different in the West. A recent report identifies five distinct mother categories: The Perfectionist; the Unpredictable; the Me first; the Complete; and the one that is winning, the Best Friend.

Pati Patni Aur Woh

Perhaps more than any other film-maker, Yash Raj Chopra (Dhool Ka Phool to Daag, Kabhie Kabhie, Silsila and his last Jab Tak Hai

Ek Tha Tiger

Parsing the raging controversy unleashed by Girish Karnad’s broadsides against V.S. Naipaul and the revered Gurudev.

The Dumbos of Bollywood

Is Bollywood dumb, lazy or plain indifferent to physical or psychological differences and uses them as a convenient soft target for laughs or tears?

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