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  • | June 28th, 2012

    Critical reclaim

    Critical reclaim

    True, some films we critics dislike go on to become box office smashes. But our job is to be concerned with the quality of a film, not the collections
    When Salman Khan’s new film Ready released last week, one of the first reviews to run was written by Taran Adarsh on the extremely popular website bollywoodhungama.com. It said that Ready was ‘NOT for the rigid detractors or counterfeit scholars of Hindi cinema who masquerade as messiahs of meaningful cinema’.
    I guess that would be me. Click here to read more

  • | June 28th, 2012

    The celestial status of our stars

    The celestial status of our stars

    At the IIFA awards in Toronto, I saw again how crazy we are about our film stars. Is it this madness that keeps Bollywood from being flattened by Hollywood? Perhaps
    I’ve always known that Indians suffer from a particularly virulent case of movie madness, but just how sick we are was made apparent last month when I went to the IIFA (International Indian Film Academy) awards in Toronto. The 12th edition of the IIFA marked its North American premiere. Clearly, neither the organisers nor the Royal Fairmont Hotel, where the Bollywood contingent was staying, had anticipated the unabashed love that local South Asians have for Hindi movies. Everyone veered between total hysteria and shell shock. Click here to read more