The movie isn’t a patch on Slumdog Millionaire or any of Boyle’s previous films. It’s 93 minutes of torture, really. So what comes unstuck here? Several things. 1. The film makes for a 10-minute short film to be exhibited at film festivals and competitions. Not … Continue reading127 Hours
Many senior actors abhor the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ awards, particularly when they are still happy acting out their real-life fantasies in reel life. Some find it embarassing. Some absent from it, the moment they hear that they are nominated. And others, don’t want to show their … Continue readingLifetime Achievement Awards
Aamir Khan set the trend by not attending any of the award ceremonies being trumpeted about by such luminaries as Filmfare, Screen, Stardust and so on. Today, every other entity wants to award filmstars, be it a publication, a film guild, a fan group, an … Continue readingFilm awards: Are they a scam?
The other day, I saw Phas Gaya Re Obama on TV, and was quite impressed. It’s an engaging drama about thieves stung by recession and how they realise the NRI they have kidnapped for ransom is of no good. What follows is a series of … Continue readingPhas Gaya Re Obama impresses
As we move into 2011, I thought of sharing my key moments of the year gone by. 2010 was a special year. A lot happened in my life. I got even more comfortable working independently. I focussed a tad more on my writing and reading, … Continue reading2010: The year in review
Leander Paes is getting the heebie-jeebies with his debut role in Rajdhani Express. Aamir Khan going underground to guard his new hairstyle for his upcoming film to be directed by Reema Kagti of ‘Honeymoon Travels’ fame. Manisha Koirala is breaking up with her Nepalese businessman … Continue readingBollywood whispers…
It looks like the Congress is losing its sheen. It has already lost it in Karnataka, and now it’s losing it across the country with the 2G spectrum scam. Allocating frequencies at much lower price than the market value, former telecom minister A Raja is … Continue readingCongress: Free falling?
Tron Legacy pioneers a parallel digital universe of what goes on inside computer circuitry. It’s a novel concept where the protagonist gets sucked into it completely. His vision is to create a world of a perfect universe. But his partner has other plans. The result: … Continue readingTron Legacy is a tech gimmick
It has been a disappointing fortnight for me. All the films I saw have dampened my new year spirits. First off was from Hollywood: Tron Legacy. Though the film was a fantastical sci-fi adventure, there was nothing else to keep me glued to the big … Continue readingGuzaarish & Tees Maar Khan disappoint; Band Baaja Baaraat continues to do well
Tees Maar Khan, the third directorial film from Farah Khan disappoints. Scripted and written by her husband Shirish Kunder, this film is a wash-out after the impressive title sequence. The film is a no-brainer, but that is fine so long as it’s entertaining. But even … Continue readingTees Maar Khan disappoints hugely
Going by the box office data available so far, these films are among the top ten. Not necessarily in the same order, though. How many have you watched and loved really? I will tell you mine against each film… Dabangg: This would qualify as the … Continue readingTop 14 movies of 2010
Tees Maar Khan, Farah Khan’s next directorial magnum opus after Om Shanti Om in 2007, is already proving to be a monster hit. PVR sold over 10,000 tickets on Wednesday, the first day of the film’s advance booking. And today, reports mention that most multiplexes … Continue readingTees Maar Khan, a hit already?
Rab Ne girl Anushka Sharma is proving to be Bollywood’s newest ladyluck after Katrina Kaif. And the best part? Anushka can act and she is not stereotyped in a role. From her bubbly and poignant portrayal of a bored housewife to a hottie smuggler in … Continue readingAnushka Sharma third time lucky
The other day, I read a newspaper report that two women were burnt alive for practising witchcraft. Which brings up the question? Is it a sane thing to do? And does witchcraft really hurt people? That it has stood the test of time from the … Continue readingPerils of witchcraft
Fiscal deficit is killing our country… in the long run. There was subsidy on diesel to benefit farmers in India, so they could run their pump sets and generators. But today, most farmers rely on electricity, making the diesel subsidy a farce. So who is … Continue readingWays to rollback petrol price hike?
Bollywood superstar is busy writing his autobiography even as he performs at award functions and shoots for RA1, his sci-fi film slated for 2011 Diwali release. A biography on him has already been done, and film critics find it “really good” and much to their … Continue readingShah Rukh Khan’s autobiography
Heard that Yash Raj Films’s latest small budget movie Band Baaja Baaraat is doing well after a slow start on Friday. What’s more, it is supposed to have already doubled its profit through music, cable TV rights and so on. With the theatrical earnings crossing … Continue readingBand Baaja Baaraat is drumming up an audience
Golmaal 3 has grossed over Rs 100 crore after taxes from Indian theatrical business alone. Surprising because it is no patch to the first part. Surprising coz it lacks story depth. Surprising coz it is just a series of gags masquerading as film. Surprising that … Continue readingGolmaal 3 surprises
There are few things in life that genuinely scare you. Rash drivers, snakes, darkness, ghosts and spirits. But not every horror film really sends a shiver down your spine. Which is why it’s surprising that Paranormal Activity, a low budget independent film, has worked so … Continue readingParanormal Activity and why it scares you
When the daggers are drawn, it becomes only a question of survival. And so it was when Preity Zinta was told categorically by her beau Ness Wadia to quit acting for good. Unwilling to lose her independent status, Preity replied in the negative, and Ness … Continue readingPreity Zinta prefers acting over boy friend; breaks up with Ness Wadia
Agreed Anjelina Jolie is doing some really good work through her humanitarian efforts to alleviate the pains of refugees, but it’s early days yet for her to make a serious bid at politics. However, news is that she finds Hollywood boring and has now set … Continue readingAnjelina Jolie: America’s first female president?
Yes, it’s official. The youthful Saif Ali Khan you see in the film Love Aaj Kal is courtesy Botox, the wonder treatment. It has not only removed the wrinkles, bird’s feet and the laughlines but has made him look ten years younger. But pray why? … Continue readingActor Saif gets botoxed
Aishwarya Rai is always in the news for one thing or the other. If it’s not her envy rearing its ugly head when Sonam Kapoor was supposed to walk the ramp at Cannes, it’s her questionable land deals hogging the limelight. The latest is Thakre, … Continue readingAishwarya sued by a farmer
Rumour is rife that Jennifer Aniston is dating Bradley Cooper who starred with her in the latest He’s Just Not That Into You. The news spread like forest fire when the two were recently spotted at a romantic Italian restaurant in New York. But the … Continue readingJennifer Aniston finds a new paramour?
Yup. Have seen the so-called sexy Amrita Rao in the film Short Cut. But no, she lacks oomph. And she’s definitely not sexy. So what ails Amrita? Well, it’s her attitude and her curves both. She lacks the form that can catapult her to superstardom … Continue readingAmrita Rao lacks sex appeal
Michael Jackson is no more, but he still lives on. The king of pop is managing to keep the flicker of flame alive with his innumerable songs, dances and his very own autobiography Moon Walk. If you were to decode his life of ups and … Continue readingMJ was a great leveller
Yup. The storylines seem quite similar but director Imtiaz Ali of Kal Aaj Kal isn’t confessing just yet. And he may never do. But here’s the dope anyway. The gossip is that it’s a straight lift from the Taiwanese film Hao De Shi Guang (Three … Continue readingKal Aaj Kal is a copy from a Taiwanese film
Mention Lindsay Lohan and you will think of her lesbian connection and her naked news spreading across the universe. So what’s quicker than a Facebook or LinkedIn to get your visuals around? No, not Picasa or Flickr, but Twitter. Yes, Lindsay has discovered this new … Continue readingNaked news – Lindsay Lohan goes a-twitter
Hottie Trisha Kannan is now in Bollywood, starring alongside hearthrob Akshay Kumar himself. Looks are not just it. She’s talented to boot with an attitude that’s hard to beat. However, her jump from Kollywood (read Tamil films) to Bollywood is not without some inside stories. … Continue readingSouth siren Trisha steps into Bollywood
Yup. Irfan Khan became Irrfan Khan more than a year ago. But he reaping the results of this name change only now. Not only has he starred in international ventures like A Mighty Heart where he shared screenspace with hottie Anjelina Jolie, but he is … Continue readingIrrfan Khan’s numerology trick works