Sahib Biwi aur Ghulam- the classic based on a novel by acclaimed Bengali writer Bimal Mitra- must be finest Hindi cinema of the century that highlights the decline of wealthy aristocracy and the rise of working class in colonial Bengal. Released in 1962, the movie shows the contrast in two social classes through the character of Bhootnath- a young lower middle class servant in the … Continue reading Revisiting the Classic: Saheb Biwi aur Ghulam
Have you ever loved, and eventually felt searing disappointment when life couldn’t deliver all love was meant to be – a loving propitious future, enduring years of blissful harmony? Such is the story of Masaan (translation – crematorium), meticulously interwoven in the narrow lanes of Varanasi – where four strangers come together and are stripped off of everything they know about love. Spoiler Alert – But … Continue reading Masaan – the Most Soul Stirring Movie of 2015
There is something about Sunny Leone that is disturbing to many of us entangled in the so-called notion of morality. A woman should be like Sita- pure, innocent, harmless and devoted to her man. Sunny Leone is anything but Sita. As an adult, she made her own choice getting into the porn industry and she did quite well. Life as a porn star is limited … Continue reading Sunny Leone in Sita’s World
Have you ever witnessed life come a full circle, like in the “what goes around comes around” kind of way? My co-blogger Deepti and I have spent numerous hours discussing the Ranveer-Deepika-Ranbir-Katrina love angle and we just experienced Bollywood’s biggest karma-is-a-b**** fallout in recent history. As you must have already read – Ranbir broke up with Katrina. Incidentally, it is also the day Ranveer and … Continue reading Lessons in Karma from Deepika Padukone
Bajirao Mastani is a wretched love story about Bajirao the stately Maratha Peshwa (equivalent to Prime Minister) and Mastani (a half-Muslim) warrior princess of Bundelkhand. The movie is lavish – magnum opus of sorts, a grand-slam delivered by director Sanjay Leela Bhansali. I loved the speed with Bhansali delivered all elements essential to a Bollywood movie – stunning song sequences, insanely rich costumes, captivating action, … Continue reading Bajirao Mastani – the Feminist Review
Spoiler Alert! Spoiler Alert! Spoiler Alert! Spellbound, Dumbfounded and Shocked That is my expression right now after watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If Star Wars Part IV, V and VI were about Luke Skywalker and his quest to reach his father Darth Vader; and Star Wars Part I, II and III were about Anakin Skywalker and his journey from being a noble Jedi to … Continue reading Let the Force be with the Fans
The most fulfilling human projects appeared inseparable from a degree of torment, the sources of our greatest joys lying awkwardly close to those of our greatest pains – Alain de Botton, distilling the thoughts of Friedrich Nietzsche in The Consolations of Philosophy Tamasha, the latest movie from director Imtiaz Ali had conflicting reviews, and after watching the movie tonight I was compelled to write a review … Continue reading A Late Movie Review – Tamasha
With the holidays around the corner, mega movies are about to hit the theaters. We are anxiously awaiting: Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani (BRM) starring Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh in the lead Rohit Shetty’s Diwale with Shahrukh Khan, Kajol and forgettable people in the lead Imtiaz Ali’s Tamasha starring Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor in the lead Sooraj Barjatiya’s Prem Ratan Dhan … Continue reading Will the Khans take down Sanjay Leela Bhansali?
I am one of those Bollywood fans who gets proud witnessing the success of our actresses. Not all are born with a Kapoor, a Bachchan or a Khan surname, yet some actresses have made it on their own. Deepika, Priyanka, Kangana- they all started somewhere, faced failures, yet managed to rule Bollywood due to their continuous hard work. Bollywood is also a Kingdom of three … Continue reading Thank God Kareena Kapoor Khan does not Represent Bollywood Queens
Shahid Kapoor got married earlier this year to the pretty young lady – Mira Rajput. He then went on to star in the newest Dharma Productions – Shaandaar, as in GRANDIOSE – or as fans and critics stated A DUD OF GRANDIOSE PROPORTIONS! Disgruntled and green-eyed Shahid fans have started blaming the newly wedded wife for brining immense ill-luck to Shahid. Ironically, it’s an ill-fated career … Continue reading Shaandaar Movie Review – find the right guy and dump the wrong guy!