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My Love Letter to Bollywood

Today, May 3rd, is Bollywood’s 100 year anniversary/birthday.  I obviously love Bollywood films otherwise I would not have started this blog in the first place right? But it is more than just love you see, it is my passion.  I have yet to meet someone who completely gets what this means.  I finally found some friends who like Hindi movies and are always up to watching them with me.  They know who the actors are and the songs that I am currently listening to on repeat.  Still, they don’t watch the movies like I do.  To most people a movie is a nice past time.  It’s fun. They won’t be restless if they can’t go the first Friday and they don’t look for the cinematography or background music.  To be honest I did not notice these things at first but as I grew older and as I watched more films this changed.  When I watch a Bollywood film the colours, the dance, the music, the culture and so many other aspects make me feel a high I don’t think many people feel.  I notice the choice of background music in a particular scene.  I take note of the cinematography.  I want to know who has written the screenplay, the story or the lyrics.  If a movie or song is playing on the TV downstairs I can recognize it almost immediately.  I know all the directors by name and by face.  I recognize production companies and I know who heads them.  I love watching interviews on the movie making process.  I just love everything about them.

Recently, one of my classmates asked me what do you love about these Bollywood movies anyway?  Why Bollywood?  I found it difficult to give an answer.  I mean the standard answer is the song and dance, the romantic songs shot in the Swiss Alps, the chiffon sarees, the dancing in fields, etc. But then movies like Udaan, Barfi, Gangs of Wasseypur, Vicky Donor, Kai Po Che, Paan Singh Tomar, Delhi 6 came to my mind.  These did not have the huge song and dance with a superstar grooving to catchy songs.  Yet I knew in my gut these films are different from Hollywood films.  But how?  I told him that I love them because I can relate to them more.  I get the references made in them because that is what my parents talk about at home or because I learned about them while watching NDTV with my parents.  I get the moral dilemmas the protagonists face in them.  I understood Sid’s dilemma in Wake up Sid.  I too felt that confusion when I was figuring out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.  Ek Main Aur Ek Tu resonated with me because I too feel that parental pressure though no way near as severe.  Indian parents are unique and these films showed how.  Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Ghum taught me about the place parents are given in Indian culture.  I love my parents just like Shahrukh’s character Rahul does.  Hum Saath Saath Hain made me wish I had a family so close knit.  Delhi 6, Kai Po Che and even Mausam were commentaries on communalism and it shaped my outlook on Indian politics.  Taare Zameen Par and Barfi helped me understand the world of differently abled people.  There is a film called Gippi releasing next Friday that basically is the story of my life.  A chubby, unpopular girl who is unusually close to her brother and mother and struggles to fit in.  I even ran for Vice President and she is running for Head Girl!  In the trailer she participates in hotdog hugs and erupts into dance with her mom just like me!  Watching the trailer I thought to myself “Is this based off my life?!”.

Basically Bollywood is my passion.  I could write at least a twenty page paper on why I love it.  I could cite a hundred films that shaped the person I am today.  Unfortunately I have time constraints and you probably don’t want to read twenty pages so all I will say is HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOLLYWOOD, YOU ARE A HUNDRED AND STILL LOOKING GOOD!


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Mallika at Cannes 2012

I have to say usually I don’t like Mallika’s revealing outfits but this one is stunning on her.  It shows a lot of skin but it doesn’t look vulgar and gold always suits the bold actress.  I approve!


Ladies vs Ricky Bahl: Movie Review

I don’t have time to write an in depth review…exams 😦 but here is a brief one:

I swore never to watch another Anushka Sharma movie after my bad ecounters with her at IIFA but I am in love with Ranveer so I went to see Ladies vs Ricky Bahl.

The best part is that Ranveer is there throughout the film!

What works:

1. Ranveer Singh – this guy is a HUNK! But there is more to this book than just the cover. He proves all  those critics who thought he could only do  loud, jhakas roles WRONG.  His character actually speaks relatively little.  Yet, he says so much through his eyes and body language.  Mark my words this guy is the next Shah Rukh Khan of Indian cinema.  He is a self-made guy whose love for acting is evident in his performance.  Plus, his hair…uff tauba! I FEEL SO BAD I DID NOT MEET HIM AT IIFA!!!!! 😦

2. The 3 girls – IGoing in I did not think these girls would be given much scope or add much to the film but I was wrong! They have substantial roles and are quite good to.  Especially Parineeti Chopra, she delivers her dialogues very well and brings a smile to your face every time she says something.  It will be interesting to see her next film which appears to be more of a serious role.

3. The dialogues – Habib Faisal does it again! The dialogues are hilarious! Especially the ones given to Parineeti Chopra’s character Dimple. (There is one really funny one about pyaar between the bakra and kassai.)

What does not work:

1. Anushka Sharma (Yes I am biased so this is most likely unreliable.) – she is stuck in a rut of the same roles again and again.  The bubbly, over smart girl who is a softy at heart but has a hard exterior.  Plus she looks much too thin!  She lost a lot of weight but I though she looked great before.

2. Not enough songs – there are only 2 dance numbers (Mera Jigar Da Tukda and Jazba) in the movies narrative (Thug Le is an end credits song).  Ranveer is such a great dancer it would have been nice to see him dance more.

Ladies vs Ricky Bahl is a good movie.  If you have a free evening, give it a shot.  It will make you smile and you will have a good time. Plus Ranveer Singh deserves a hit.  We need more talents like him who make it on their own.

Rating; *** – 3 stars!


Shilpa Shetty Pregnant

After months of speculation Shilpa Shetty confirmed that she and husband Raj Kundra are expecting a child.

I had the chance to see the couple together in real life and I have to say Raj seems like a super supportive husband.

Congratulations to the couple!


Sajid Khan and Jacqueline Fernandes: The New B’wood Couple!

According to an article Rajeev Masand wrote for Open Magazine, Sajid and Jacqueline are the newest couple in Bollywood.  Quite the strange pair! However, Sajid seems like a nice and genuine guy and I am glad he has found someone.  Rajeev Masand also said the two will tie the knot soon.  I wouldn’t mind a bollywood wedding but Rajeev has been wrong before (he said Shilpa Shetty was pregnant but this proved to be untrue).  Take all this with a grain of salt.

If the two are together, here is wishing them all the best.

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Lara Dutta Production’s Presents “A New Bollywood Baby”

Lara Dutta has confirmed to the Times of India that she is pregnant!! So what do you you guys think the bollywood beauty will have, a boy or a girl?


Congrats to the couple!


Clash After Clash! What About the CASH??

Hindi film releases in the next couple months:

July 15, 2011 – Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara

July 22, 2011 – Singham

August 12, 2011 – Aarakshan

August 19, 2011 – Chatur Singh Two Star and Not a Love Story

August 31, 2011 – Bodyguard

September 2, 2011 – That Girl in Yellow Boots

September 9, 2011 – Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, Rockstar and Tell Me Oh Khuda

September 16, 2011 – Force, Mausam and Azaan

September 30, 2011 – Breakaway

October 6, 2011 – Rascals

When I saw this list on I was shocked.  The reason being, this onslaught of films is not at all going to have a good outcome for the hindi film industry.

June 2011 started off with a big release, Ready (Salman Khan, Asin), it was only until the end of the month when Double Dhamaal was released.  This was optimal because both films had the biggest openings of the year and were declared hits.  They were both comedies so this gap was necessary in my opinion. The reason?  Well, many people cannot afford or find the time to see a film every week.  The industry benefitted from these releases, and all was good.

The first day of July began with two big releases, Delhi Belly(Imran Khan, Vir Das) and Bbudah Hoga Tera Baap(Amitabh Bachchan). In this case, the Imran Khan starrer and Aamir Khan Production, Delhi Belly, did very well.  However, Bbudah’s business was not as good as one expected.  Before the two films released Aamir, Imran and Amitabh Bachchan sir said in multiple interviews that the two films had different audiences and so they were not competitors.  However, despite being of different genres, the films affected each other.   Yes, Delhi Belly’s reviews were better across the board but both films got good reviews from prominent journalist like Taran Adarsh.  It is important to remember that the main audience in India is between 18-30 and they are willing to watch new kinds of films, so genre is not as big a barrier for films as it used to be.  Case and point are films like Dev D, Udaan, Love Sex Aur Dhoka, Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, Ishqiya and now Delhi Belly.  This week Murder 2 and Chillar Party released and this time the films were different enough to both make an impact at the box office.  Still, Murder 2 had a bigger start with a very high occupancy in most areas, while Chillar Party has been growing in occupancy because of word of mouth.  Again with big names behind these films (Mahesh Bhatt and Salman Khan respectively), a lot is on the line.  Luckily, it seems another situation like Bbudah will be avoided.  The onslaught on films will continue as Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara releases.  It is a big budget film and there are many expectations from it.  Insiders who have seen bits of it say it looks like it will live up to all expectations.  I’m sure the film will have great collections but one question comes to mind.  In the first two weeks of July all types of films have released: an adult comedy, a full on masala film, an erotic thriller and a children centric film.  Keeping this in mind is it the optimal time for such a big film to be released?  Would it have a better chance at the boxoffice if it had not released after so many big films?  Well, only time will tell…

Now from the list of release dates above it seems that in September there will be a clash that will do no good for any one.  On September 9th 3 films will release: Rockstar(starring Ranbir, directed by Imtiaz Ali), Mere Brother Ki Dulhan(Imran Khan, Katrina Kaif, Ali Zafar) and Tell Me O Khuda(Dharmendra, Esha Deol and Arjun Bajwa, directed by Hema Malini).  The next Friday, September 16th another two major films will release: Mausam(starring Shahid Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor, directed by Pankaj Kapoor) and Force(John Abraham and Genelia D’Souza, produced by Vipul Shah).  All these films have the potential to garner decent collections but because they are releasing so close together, it seems this will reduce the occupancy of each.  What are the film makers thinking?!  There are big names like Yash Raj, Vipul Shah, Hema Malini, Pankaj Kapoor and Imtiaz Ali behind these films.  All of them have been in the industry long enough to know that this is just bad strategically.  All these films have stars from the new young lot as well.  If some one asked me to choose between Ranbir, Imran, Shahid and John, I would be in a fix.  Ultimately, I would choose Ranbir(I’m a HUGE fan) but I would feel deprived of the experiences the other films may offer.  Those involved in these films need to realize that the movie going audience has a limited budget, both monetary and in terms of time.  Rockstar and Mausam in particular are big budget films that have been in the pipeline for a while.  They are two films which are dream projects, so this risk that they are taking is silly in my eyes.  It is not too late to change some release dates, especially Tell Me O Khuda which may be a good film, but even if it is, it will get crushed by the other big films.

Now I am no trade analyst or expert so I will willingly accept any criticisms for this post.  Honestly, I would never have the guts to write something like this if it were not for Taran Adarsh’s tweets/articles which keep me updated on the boxoffice collections/situations.  So a big thanks to him for inspiring me.