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The audience is ‘Ready’
The august Cineswami was inspired to pen this piece after reading Anupama Chopra’s excellent disquisition on how mainstream Bollywood audiences heap opprobrium on film critics when they criticise hit films like Ready
Now, Cineswami is not a critic, though he (or she as the case may be) has the annoying royal tendency of referring to himself or herself in the third person or indeed, frequently use difficult words like ‘disquisition’ or ‘opprobrium’ that are also annoying to the lay Bollywood fan. Rather, Cineswami is a film trade pundit who wades through the mire that is the minutiae of film business so that you don’t have to. Click here to read more
My undying love affair
Why, after so many years, am I so in Bollywood’s thrall? It’s the stories, really. The ones you never see turned into films
Last week, a journalist asked me why, after nearly 20 years, I was still so enamoured of Bollywood. What was so compelling about the Hindi film industry? It’s the films, of course, but it’s also the outsized personalities, epic egos and the sheer, beguiling insanity of the place. Bollywood has the best stories—and I’m not talking about the ones on screen. Here are a few tales that I love to tell again and again. Click here to read more
Salman Khan: Bollywood’s rockstar
What makes Salman Khan such a force to reckon with? Asks Anupama Chopra, in a column written just before the release of Bodyguard
The week Bodyguard opens seems like a good time to ponder the paradox that is Salman Khan. This is his 83rd film in 23 years. And until Shah Rukh Khan’s Ra.One or Don 2 or Aamir Khan’s yet-untitled cop movie shifts the box office scales again, Salman is arguably Bollywood’s No 1 star. His last two films, Dabangg and Ready, were both Rs 100 crore-plus grossers. Click here to read more
Pics: Look who attended Karan Johar’s birthday party!
The much-discussed birthday bash was indeed one of the ‘biggest’ events of B-town. Wanna know who made it and who missed it? Whose outfit was hot and whose was not? Then read on…
After being the talk of B-town for a while, Karan Johar finally celebrated the D-Day or rather the B-Day last night. And mind you, it was nothing short of a red carpet event, my dearies. Click here to read more
Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu: Imran Khan and Kareena Kapoor share an easy camaraderie
The actors are effortlessly attractive and relentlessly charming in their first outing together, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu
Garry Marshall, director of the blockbuster Pretty Woman, once said that in romantic comedy, ‘you don’t cast actors, you cast chemistry’. Shakun Batra, co-writer and director of Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, gets that. He pairs Kareena Kapoor with Imran Khan (the media has consistently spotlighted the fact that she is older – ironic considering that the Khan trinity is now working with girls 20 years younger but an older heroine puts everyone in a tizzy). The two are effortlessly attractive and relentlessly charming. He is sweet. She is saucy. Together they share an easy camaraderie that doesn’t sag even when the film does. Click here to read more
Gali Gali Chor Hai Movie Review: The film is too limp to pack a punch
Gali Gali Chor Hai had the potential to be passably engaging but it fails, says Anupama Chopra
Gali Gali Chor Hai is a well-intentioned but unfailingly dull film about a bank cashier in Bhopal who finds himself caught in a Kafkaesque maze of politicians, cops and courts after he refuses to rent a room to the local MLA. Bharat (note the not-so-subtle irony), played by Akshaye Khanna, is the ‘aam aadmi’ who is squeezed by the system until he snaps. Click here to read more
GHOST Movie Review: Staggeringly shoddy!
Film critic Anupama Chopra reviews Shiney Ahuja’s comeback film Ghost for BollywoodLife.com
Ghost is a horror film so staggeringly shoddy that it makes you long for the glory days when the Ramsay Brothers were churning out films with names like Do Gaz Zameen Ke Neeche and Darwaza. It’s hard to say what’s worse – the ludicrous story about a ghost brutally bumping off people in a hospital. Or the performances – Sayali Bhagat reaffirms the adage that beauty queens can’t act. Or the dialogue – the hero’s debauched father tells him ‘mardangi ko ayaashi ka naam dena chahate ho toh haan, main ayaash hoon.’ Or the laugh-out-loud outfits – Dr Suhani, played by Bhagat, goes to the hospital wearing an off-shoulder mini-dress. Click here to read more
‘Sholay’ was declared a flop!
People were calling the film ‘Chholey’, reveals Anupama Chopra
When it first released all those years ago in 1975, Sholay, that now-iconic film was thought to be a total flop show. The morning after the premiere, people were calling the film ‘Chholey’ and saying that it had a cast of ‘teen maharathi aur ek chooha’ (three warriors and a mouse) and insisted that Indians did not like films like this one. Even the black marketeers were saying that the strange story was a second-rate take-off of Mera Gaon Mera Desh, which was a super-duper hit. Click here to read more
Deepika: Booked and fit!
She joins the bandwagon of actors promoting fitness books or DVDs
Star value works for everything, from ads to box office collections. Now publishers seem to be jumping on to the celebrity bandwagon, getting Bollywood stars to endorse all sorts of books, whether they had a part in the actual writing process or no. And staying in shape seems to be the route most of them take – at least, the biggest of the B-town biggies do. Click here to read more
Shahrukh Khan: I am not a Bollywood insider
The actor reveals all in the foreword to Anupama Chopra’s book
Shahrukh Khan is a natural…in so many ways. He has a natural warmth that comes through in his interactions with people, be it small kids in a hospital ward or corporate biggies at some high-profile event. And when he talks, or writes, that same warmth comes through, making his communication easy, happy, endearing. You listen with SRK speaks, and you smile, watching his energy and vitality and sense of fun. Click here to read more