Everything considered, while there is indeed an actor inside every star, true-blue naturals shouldn’t be dumped
What makes Shakespeare so seductively fascinating and relevant to Bollywood is the commonality of tensions and issues that plague mankind — immigration, racism, sexual violence, homelessness, etc. These leit motifs do not belong to the privileged, elitist, educated or intellectuals, but to the human race, rooted as they are in human nature.
We are consumed every time an Indian gets however passing a recognition abroad.
To Bollywood loyalists, Naseer is the industry’s favourite bete noir, but fact is that the guy has always called a spade a shovel and fearlessly unleashed uncomfortable, inconvenient and controversial home-truths.
Theater is a sacred communion with the muse, while cinema is, at best, a fantastic one-night stand.
Even though designers are constantly churning out both newer and classical representations of saris on runways and in Bollywood, in the pace of our everyday lives, saris are increasingly taking a back seat.
There is enough anecdotal evidence that women have used make up both to make and break rules.
In Indian households the change has been particularly exemplary given the country’s patriarchal history.
India’s gigantic showbiz sector, Bollywood included, has yet to throw up a single female comic celebrity, who headlines shows, programmes or movies, or has a popular fan-base.
Ever since red-hot imported porn-star Karenjit Kaur Vohra (that’s the name she was born with, guys) graced the Indian media scene as Sunny Leone in Big Boss it’s been one helluva hulchul and hungama!
Despite the fact that India is not only the world’s oldest, but also the largest film making industry in the world, Indians are riveted by overseas roles offered to their homebred heroes.
Quantico didn’t come easy and nor has the journey been a cake-walk for this resilient, ambitious, can-do, will-do gorgeous small-town kudi for whom every finishing line is only a new starting point for the next quantum leap.
Female-centric movies or movies with female protagonists defying the established social norms have been extremely few and far between.
Praise and hype are normal during the signing up, shooting and promos. Once the fate is sealed … and it’s a Black Friday, a dramatic flip-flop takes place!
Tons of unaccounted moolah traverses around the globe. Sex, sleaze, incest, greed, scandal with hi-flyers from hi-society making dazzling guest appearances.
It seems strange at first to hear latest Hindi songs blaring out of the music systems with young Timorese boys and girls dancing to the tunes in jest.
Bahubali’s sensational cinematic and box office success opens up the potential for regional cinema to finally gain all-India attention and patronage.
a few films of the past decade where you can just sit back and admire the landscape, or even get inspired to pack your bags and travel with family, friends or alone
Bengali film-makers have always glowed, winning accolade and awards all the way, along with huge quantum of reverence and respect.
The Salman Khan cause celebre has left the public, confused and wondering whether stars are really special creatures, monarch of all they survey, a rule unto themselves.
Bollywood singers like Sonu Nigam, Lucky Ali and Himesh Reshammiya decided to give a new direction to their careers by taking the plunge into acting.
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.
Beyond admiration, veneration, reverence, esteem, even awe, respect comes to mind when the name of Raju Hirani comes into play.
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 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?