Category Archives: Bollywood

In Lansdowne, the crickets drown out John Denver

In Lansdowne, the crickets drown out John Denver. We sit outside in the gathering dusk, our ears attuned to the insects in the trees. Swaty is quiet. She slouches in a plastic chair with her feet up on the parapet … Continue reading

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Why you should watch "Tanu Weds Manu Returns"

While the rest of India sizzled in the 40 degree heat, Bollywood baked some unexpected May treats for movie fans. And set up a tough fight for this year’s best actress honours. Deepika Padukone (“Piku“) squares off against the twin … Continue reading

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Sweater? Swagger? What Banno needs most is a Swatter There’s that song again on television. Bollywood film “Tanu Weds Manu Returns” features a peppier version of a popular folksong performed at north Indian weddings. The lyrics have been updated to reflect the times, making present-day “Banno” an unabashed … Continue reading

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Movie review: "Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania"

It’s tough to think of a Karan Johar production that doesn’t have memorable music. But “Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania” is no “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani“. Indeed, there were moments in the movie hall when I wished I owned a universal … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Shuddh Desi Romance – never before has an Indian rom-com snubbed marriage so effectively

There is nothing shuddh (pure) or desi (Indian) about the romance in Shuddh Desi Romance so don’t go expecting a stereotypical Bollywood ending where the hero and heroine are united in matrimony. Anything but. In the years to come, this … Continue reading

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Why Karan Johar’s "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewaani" is a Bollywood masterpiece

I watched “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewaani” today. Finally. It’s been a month since the latest package from the Karan Johar assembly line of box-office hits opened in Indian cinemas. And it deserves every rupee of its billion-rupee (and still counting) … Continue reading

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Of Merkel, beer showers and Amsterdam

A waiter accidentally spilled five glasses of beer down Angela Merkel’s back last week. I empathise with the German Chancellor because I know exactly what she went through. Flashback to June 2005. Amsterdam was hosting the International Indian Film Academy … Continue reading

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