M F Husain Muses and the Hindi Film Industry

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Maqbool Fida Husain, India’s best known artist; responsible for putting India on the world art map, died on 9 June 2011. Regardless of the multitudes of controversies surrounding M F Husain, there can be no doubt that the artist was revered by the art world, to say nothing of the Hindi Film Industry with which he had a long and close association. It is well known that M F … [Read more...]

Bollywood and Politics – Do they Mesh?

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The forays that Bollywood actors have made into politics have been frequent but not always hugely successful; which raises the question - do Bollywood and Politics really mesh? Are Bollywood stars cut out for politics and if not, why so? Recently Saif Ali Khan made a statement to the effect that he was not interested in politics – “I am not a politician by nature. I am very … [Read more...]

Rip-Off’s Suck. Period. Here’s Why.

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Definition of a Rip-Off: It is a movie that is an exact replica of another, in terms of its story and flow. It is called a rip-off primarily because the director doesn’t accept that it is one. In the case that he DOES accept it's copied... it is called an ‘Inspiration’. I remember every time I ever saw a rip-off. I’ve always watched it in disgust. Well, at least most of the … [Read more...]

The Strange Tale of Hindi Film Actor Raj Kiran – Lost and Found

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Remember that hauntingly beautiful melody Tum itna jo muskura rahi ho and the shy faced, sensitive actor in Mahesh Bhatt’s acclaimed film Arth, as he cuts a small pastry to celebrate the birthday of Shabana Azmi’s character in the film? That man is Bollywood actor Raj Kiran, who at the time showed great promise with his histrionic ability, and who then seemed to fall off the … [Read more...]

Bollywood and Plastic Surgery – The Relentless Pursuit of Youth

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When Priyanka Chopra went from nubile young thing to a mature older woman of 65 in Saat Khoon Maaf this was not unusual.  Ho hum, she just did what about 50% of young actresses of Hindi soaps do – play grannies when they are barely out of their teens but this did get me thinking about Bollywood and plastic surgery. It isn’t something that all of them will admit to; but more … [Read more...]