Sridevi Masters English Vinglish
Nov09

Sridevi Masters English Vinglish

Like cheese and wine, some things just get better with time. At age 49, Indian actress Sridevi (a one-name wonder like Madonna) is returning to the big screen after a 15-year hiatus. She’ll be staring as a Pune-based housewife bent on learning English in Gauri Shinde’s directorial debut English Vinglish According to the Hindustan Times, this whimsical drama, which opens October 5th, has already scored rave critical reviews. And while...

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Barfi! Gives Disabled Voice
Sep14

Barfi! Gives Disabled Voice

Film is often used to explore serious social problems. From the haunting condemnation of racism in To Kill a Mockingbird to the humorous exploration of bullying in the much more contemporary Mean Girls, movies allow for the exploration or critique of behaviors while accessing the masses through the guise of entertainment. Likewise, Anurag’s Basu’s heartwarming new film Barfi! explores India’s attitudes towards disabled people. The...

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THE BEATMAN IS BACK!
Aug13

THE BEATMAN IS BACK!

Shiamak Davar returns to his first love – singing. Aptly called, Shabop, Shiamak defines the title song as ‘dance, without worry’. An eclectic mix of Hip Hop and street Funk, the music is young, peppy and very modern. The cool, grunge feel of the video shot in a construction site celebrates that fact that dance is for everyone, a motto that Shiamak has stood by for two decades. Shiamak – Shabop, the music album is a result of two...

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Publicity for Jism 2 Blocked by Censor Board
Jun28

Publicity for Jism 2 Blocked by Censor Board

Jism film-maker Pooja Bhatt has been left holding tha bag–or more specifically an Adult rating–by India’s Censor Board Too bad for Pooja that TV spots cannot be run with this rating, which means the Jism 2 cannot be publicized. A visibly angry Pooja vented her ire on Twitter: ‘First music promo for #Jism2 has been given an ‘A’ certificate. And this was what one could call a truly watered down...

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Cannes Film Festival Welcomes Bollywood
May16

Cannes Film Festival Welcomes Bollywood

The 2012 Cannes Film Festival will show-case five Bollywood films, including three from indie filmmaker Anurag Kashyap. Kashyap’s Peddlers will be shown during the Critics’ Week and compete for the prestigious Camera d’Or while the two-part Gangs of Wasseypur will be shown at the Director’s Fortnight. Other films that will be featured at the festival are Ashim Ahluwalia’s Miss Lovely and the 1948 classic...

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IIFA Awards Head to Singapore
Apr30

IIFA Awards Head to Singapore

The International Indian Film Academy, also known as IIFA, announced last Wednesday that the 13th annual IIFA Awards will take place in Singapore this year from June 7th to 9th. For the past 12 years, this Bollywood award extravaganza has taken Indian cinema to glamorous pinnacles beyond national shores. Last year’s awards ceremony took place in Toronto, Canada. They’ve also been held in China, Europe, and the Middle, East. This is...

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Bollywood Stuntmen Dies in Noida
Apr16

Bollywood Stuntmen Dies in Noida

From jumping cars to sky diving, stunts in the Indian entertainment industry have come a long way. The recent death of stuntman Shailendra Singh Bisht in  Noida has called industry safety standards into question once again. Bisht, 30, was rappelling down a glass-walled mall last week when he lost his grip and fell to his death from a height of 40 feet. On set mishaps are a constant threat–in Hollywood and Bollywood. Actor Rahul...

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Bollywood’s Risque New Ads
Apr13

Bollywood’s Risque New Ads

In case you missed it, sex sells. And Bollywood seems to be testing the trend with a series of racy new promotional posters that have raised a few eyebrows, among other things. Since Darwin sailed to the Galapagos, it’s become apparent humans are basically machines bent on survival and reproduction—and these instincts can be subtly manipulated by savvy industrialists looking to unload everything from cheap watches and sunglasses to...

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Bollywood–Too Much of the Same?
Apr02

Bollywood–Too Much of the Same?

The men are good looking and cut. The women are assertive yet vulnerable. Still, there’s a growing sentiment among Indian movie critics that the unrelenting pursuit of the blockbuster has stunted the talent pool and given rise to a certain cookie-cutter class of movie in Bollywood. Gone are the days when silver screen dandy Dev Anand caused hearts to palpitate with his inimitable style of filmy foppishness.  Likewise, Amitabh’s angry...

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Agent Vinod Banned in Pakistan
Mar26

Agent Vinod Banned in Pakistan

Agent Vinod is a 2012 Indian Suspense/Thriller film directed by Sriram Raghavan. The movie borrows its name from the 1977 film and is produced by Saif Ali Khan and Dinesh Vijan. The flick centers around a sort of Indian James Bond who disarms bombs, dodges bullets, and ultimately saves his country from nuclear disaster. However, one feat has proved too dificult for the headliner–gettting the movie aired in Pakistan. Pakistan...

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