Creative Process

The Masses Vs Classes Debate: Dibakar Bannerjee Breaks It Down

The Masses Vs Classes Debate: Dibakar Bannerjee Breaks It Down

I think he may have cracked it kids! Over to Dibakar Bannerjee: Shanghai is not a film for the great Indian masses. Shanghai is a wake up call for myself. And who am I? The urban, mall-going class who has completely shut ourselves off from everything that is not immediately gratifying for us. And the […]

Ain’t No Love Like Bollywood Love

Ain’t No Love Like Bollywood Love

Bollywood’s trademark “Love Conquers All” vintage romances have a notorious reputation for being unrealistic, crazy, and suspiciously stalkerish. They are also responsible for causing maaajor problems in the real love lives of people like  yours truly (due to unrealistic expectations). But despite learning that love in real life is nothing like what Yash Chopra promised […]

Imagining Imagination With Aamir Khan

Imagining Imagination With Aamir Khan

I think this is one of my favorite interviews ever of anyone in Bollywood. It’s one of the rare well-rounded takes on the state of affairs when it comes to storytelling in Hindi films. Usually people are either “Bollywood sucks” or they’re all “Nothing is wrong with Bollywood” so it’s nice to have a balanced […]

Remake Rip-Offs: How Bollywood Sells Itself Short

Remake Rip-Offs: How Bollywood Sells Itself Short

With Players, the official remake of ‘The Italian Job’, about to hit the big screens (finally heralding the end of one of the worst marketing campaigns ever),  the ‘Bollywood copies Hollywood yet again’ eye-rolling is reaching a gleeful crescendo. A lot has been said about how every other Bollywood movie is a remake or straight […]

Don 2: Exposition Without Cause

Don 2: Exposition Without Cause

I wasn’t one of the many people who inexplicably took issue with the decision to remake Don in 2006.  Bollywood had re-discovered itself during that time and many people were plunging the Bollywood cannon, so long deemed the epitome of un-cool, digging for gold. The Age of Remakes was just around the corner and Don […]

Where’s Your Heart Yash Raj?

Where’s Your Heart Yash Raj?

There’s something about Yash Raj Films that puts me off these days. By “these days” I mean mostly the last decade, ever since Aditya Chopra took over the helm. I so wish it was still Yashji in control of things. I mean, let’s look at the track record. Has a single film coming out of […]

Going West: When Bolly-Peeps Move to H-Town

With Anil Kapoor’s small role in a Very Big Film just around the corner, the BBC had a nice little video about the realities of Bollywood actors moving towards Hollywood for work. I think it’s pretty awesome that Bollywood, by itself, is such a huge, global and self-sustaining industry that it’s the only film biz […]

Thinkfest: Oh Sex, Thy Name Is Definitely Not Prasoon Joshi

So I’ve been catching up with some of the videos that came out of the recent Thinkfest at Goa. Actually I have no clue what this event is about but suffice it to say that it had something to do with a bunch of people lookin’ Real Serious talkin’ about Really Serious Issues. My interest […]

Alien Invasion At The Casting Office

Nargis, Katrina, Jacqueline, Lisa, Giselle, Kalki….umm, Toto we’re not in Bollywood anymore. Are we? As a global nomad myself, I’m hard put to trash these girls for invading Bollywood with their non-Hindi speaking tongues. I’m a democrat, India’s a democracy and Bollywood should anyway be its own country with a separate passport. But I digress. […]

Re-Strategizing Ra.One

I know we’re all rather tired of talking about this film, but as someone who cares and has much respect for SRK’s vision for this movie, I just had to do a little post about how I think Ra.One could have been saved from the media massacre. I still think it was a fine film […]

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