Shor in the City – Get out of your homes!

Shor in the City

29 April 2011 has to be a date to be remembered, for a number of reasons. Whilst some of them are related to me in a big way, others, like this one, are a Bollywood-squeezed memory that will set standards and expectations for Friday’s to come. It has to be, probably, perhaps the most bombastic Friday in the history of 2011 Cinema. With three releases, namely Shor in the … [Read more...]

New Directors make their presence felt in 2010/11

The year 2010 will probably be remembered as being the year of the success of new directors in Bollywood. There have always been new directors making their presence felt in Bollywood but last year many of them achieved a certain modicum of success and the audience sat up and took notice of their talent and abilities. Most of them were not part of any Bollywood royalty and yet … [Read more...]

2011… THE Year for Bollywood?

Gupta's Second Venture, and Success

The Guptas had their Golden era, and Bollywood, centuries later, is still waiting. But after a closer scrutiny, I am encouraged to finally sit up and take notice – is 2011 the year for Bollywood? Is 2011... THE golden year for our filmon ki industry? I don’t know. Seriously I don’t. I’m no one to tag the world’s second largest industry whatever I want to whenever I like. But … [Read more...]

Why 68 year old Amitabh Bachchan is India’s biggest brand

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You can argue that it is Shah Rukh Khan (or even Sachin Tendulkar) who is India’s biggest brand, and in a way you would be right. However if you want to talk of a colossus who has straddled the scene of Hindi films, for the longest time, and held an entire nation in his thrall, it would have to be Amitabh Bachchan. At age 68 he is today, as popular as he ever was at the zenith … [Read more...]

No Thank You for “Thank You”

ThankYou

The combination of Anees Bazmai and Akshay Kumar has given us box office successes such as Singhh is Kingg and Welcome. There were many expectations from their latest offering Thank You, and all the previews and trailers were tantalisingly promising us a laugh riot. Unfortunately none of those aspirations have been realised. Thank You has turned out to be quite a damp squib … [Read more...]