Stories about Bollywood

‘Basmati Blues’ unsurprisingly does what Hollywood has always done – exoticise India’s ‘otherness’

In case you were wondering, the white man’s burden is still alive and well! Even though it is the 21st century, while India is launching US satellites into space and is the world’s fastest growing major economy, the country’s poverty and social ills continue be alluring for moviemakers in the West. Falling back on clichés is a remarkably effortless way to create content for mass entertainment. Every culture offers ready stereotypes, and there are a large number of people in other parts of the world who readily lap up the concocted and twisted narratives. It is not surprising then, that ...

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The sequel challenge: Can ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ fare better than or be as good as ‘Ek Tha Tiger’?

Creating movie franchises seems to be the norm nowadays, which means that if a movie does well, it will invariably lead to a sequel. It was thus unsurprising to hear about Tiger Zinda Hai, the sequel to the 2012 film, Ek Tha Tiger. Set to hit theatres in December 2017, the movie’s trailer was recently released and has been trending on Youtube since. Tiger Zinda Hai, directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and produced by Aditya Chopra, stars Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif in the lead roles, reprising their roles as Tiger and Zoya respectively. The trailer begins in Iraq, showing us the inhuman regime under a terrorist ...

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It’s 2017, why should I change my surname, my identity, after marriage?

“What’s in a name?” I often hear people ask the aforementioned question, to which my instant reaction is, “So why do women change it after marriage?” This used to be a topic of discussion amongst me and my friends before I was married. The typical responses to justifying this included assumptions that it is either required by the law or considered customary and has always been that way. Just because something was considered customary, does that necessarily make it right? If it did, then women should not be voting or be working because historically, it was prohibited or frowned upon. But women today do vote, women do work and women do ...

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Why are female celebrities asked shallow and personal questions but the men are asked professional ones?

I’m not going to lie, I’m a fan of red-carpet events. The pretty dresses, the sparkly jewellery, the glitz, the glamour, the hair and makeup – I love it all. Does that make me a bad feminist? I really hope not. I wholeheartedly believe in a woman’s right and choice to celebrate her looks, her body and her sexuality. But at the same time, it also sets me off when the media reduces a woman to merely that – just a pretty face. At the trailer launch for her upcoming film, Mahira Khan was questioned by a few reporters regarding those controversial pictures with Ranbir Kapoor. ...

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Secret Superstar: A 15-year old rookie overshadows superstar Aamir Khan

Aamir Khan’s roles define him in every movie. Whether he played Raja in Dil, Amar Manohar in Andaaz Apna Apna, Bhuvan in Lagaan, Rehan in Fanaa or Rancho in 3 Idiots, his performances leave a mark on the audience. His latest release, Secret Superstar, also falls in the same ‘hit’ category where Khan displays yet another side of himself to take over the minds and hearts of his viewers. However, this time, he is accompanied by a young actor, Zaira Wasim, playing the role of Insia, who wishes to become a singer but finds her father standing in between her dreams of stardom. The story shows that it is ...

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Can ‘Ittefaq’ surpass or be as good as the 1969 original?

Movie adaptations can be a challenging task, especially if some of the industry’s greatest actors performed in the original edition. The upcoming movie, Ittefaq, starring Sidharth Malhotra and Sonakshi Sinha in lead roles as Vikram Sethi and Maya respectively, will test their on-screen persona and method acting skills. They are not only starring together for the first time, but are also recreating the roles performed by Rajesh Khanna and Nanda in 1969’s original version. Judging by the trailer, the 2017 version of Ittefaq entails many twists and turns, and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Directed by Abhay Chopra and produced by ...

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10 reasons why we cannot wait to watch Padmavati

The trailer for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati released on Monday, and it broke the internet. From a layperson to celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, no one could stop raving after watching it. #PadmavatiTrailer is very terrific. Looking forward to 1st Dec! Good Luck @SanjayLeelaB & team! @FilmPadmavati — Ninad Kamat (@iamninadkamat) October 11, 2017 Awstruck by the padmavati trailer.#fanart #PadmavatiTrailer #Padmavati #deepikapadukone #ShahidKapoor @shahidkapoor @deepikapadukone pic.twitter.com/y94cDe80SI — Masroor shah khan (@Masroorsk) October 11, 2017 T 2573 – HOW DOES HE DO THIS ..?? Sanjay Leela Bhansali, 'Padmavati' and the trailer .. the gift of extraordinary vision !👏👏👏👏🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/9UvVzEqO3Y — Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) October 9, 2017 With over 21 million ...

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Secret Superstar seems like a simple movie with big dreams, but can it surpass Dangal’s success?

Aamir Khan has been a stalwart performer in Bollywood who graces the big screen with memorable performances every time he pursues a lead role. His performances in Dangal, PK, Dhoom 3 and 3 Idiots have established him as an actor who can blend in any role and create magic. His next outing as Shakti Kumar in the upcoming movie, Secret Superstar, puts him alongside a newcomer, Zaira Wasim, who plays the role of Insiya. Both were last seen together in Dangal (2016), which became the highest-grossing movie in Bollywood. Insiya is an aspiring singer who aims at shaking the industry with ...

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Old vs new: Will Varun Dhawan’s ‘Judwaa 2’ fare better than Salman Khan’s ‘Judwaa’?

I recently watched Judwaa 2 and to be honest, I was thrilled during the entire movie. It is a David Dhawan directorial, who directed the original Judwaa as well. Luckily for us, Judwaa 2 has all the David masala his other movies entail. It is packed with a 90s Bollywood formula script, comic escapades, hilarious situations and scenes that lack logic, yet you watch it and feel thoroughly entertained. With a David movie, one expects loads of drama, an action-packed comedy, slapstick jokes and tapori (rowdy) lyrics. And this is precisely what you’ll see in Judwaa 2. I don’t need to delve too much into the story line, since it’s exactly similar to ...

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India may be the world’s largest democracy, but ‘Newton’ shows the struggles prevalent within

Recently, Bollywood has been producing movies that range from romantic flicks to action-packed extravaganzas and it has been slightly redundant. Thus, Newton comes as a breath of fresh air to Indian cinema. Directed by Amit Masurkar, this movie has been chosen as India’s official entry for the Oscars. That itself, sets up a pretty high standard. The trailer itself is powerful enough to compel you to watch the movie. The movie tells the tale of Newton Kumar (Rajkummar Rao), a government clerk who recently started his career. Despite his lack of experience, he is sent on a mission to conduct fair Lok Sabha elections in a Naxalite-Maoist ...

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