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Kancha, Mogambo, Gabbar, Shakal…the greatest villains of Bollywood cinema

Kancha, Mogambo, Gabbar, Shakal…the greatest villains of Bollywood cinema

5 years ago 2
Bollywood’s bad guys have better lines, better outfits, better babes, more gadgets and way more fun before they go out in the climax reel with a bang Agneepath, the first success of 2012, firmly establishes the return of that Hindi movie staple—the villain. For almost two decades, the director trinity of Sooraj Barjatya, Karan Johar […] Read Article ▶
Vidya Balan in ‘The Dirty Picture’: Will Bollywood have more ‘real women’ like her?

Vidya Balan in ‘The Dirty Picture’: Will Bollywood have more ‘real women’ like her?

5 years ago 1
It’s naive to believe that the success of The Dirty Picture will radically enhance female clout in the Hindi film industry Game-changer. That’s the word I’ve heard most often with reference to the Ekta Kapoor-Milan Luthria-Vidya Balan juggernaut, The Dirty Picture, which steamrolled the box office, making over Rs 52 crore in week one. Incredibly, […] Read Article ▶
Salman Khan’s ‘Bodyguard’: An easy escape?

Salman Khan’s ‘Bodyguard’: An easy escape?

5 years ago 14
Is going to the movies the same as going to a nightclub? It’s that time of the year again. A Salman Khan movie has been released and we are playing out a familiar ritual. The film is a blockbuster— Bodyguard has had the highest grossing first week in the history of Indian cinema. But critics […] Read Article ▶
Salman Khan: Bollywood’s rockstar

Salman Khan: Bollywood’s rockstar

5 years ago 40
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 […] Read Article ▶
Karisma, Madhuri, Sridevi: The comeback girls

Karisma, Madhuri, Sridevi: The comeback girls

5 years ago 4
Bollywood no longer sees a heroine’s advancing years as a liability. This should let older actresses break the glamour mould and take on edgier roles This month, Madhuri Dixit was the cover girl for Vogue and Sridevi for Marie Claire. These are somewhat unusual choices for fashion magazines—both women are over 40 and neither has […] Read Article ▶
My undying love affair

My undying love affair

5 years ago 0
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, […] Read Article ▶
Five of my favourites

Five of my favourites

5 years ago 1
There are some films that never leave you. Here is my selection of a few unforgettable ones In these troubled times, if you’re looking for solace in the movies, here, in no particular order, are some of my favourite ones Read Article ▶