• Has the quintessential Bollywood mother changed for the better? February 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Right from the golden age of Bollywood - (late forties early fifties till the late eighties), the screen mothers were a critical and intrinsic component of most Bollywood movies. Family fare, Romance, Comedy, even in the violence-prone products of Salim-Javed (courtesy the Angry Young Man) the mother-son relationship...
  • How the mother-son relationship changed in Bollywood February 12, 2014

    New Delhi: Right from the golden age of Bollywood(late forties to late eighties), the screen mothers were a critical and intrinsic component of most Bollywood movies. Family fare, Romance, Comedy, even in the violence-prone products of Salim-Javed (courtesy the Angry Young Man) the mother-son relationship took centre-stage. In fact, it...
  • Political affiliations? Even the Khans can't avoid them? February 11, 2014

    Politics and Bollywood has mostly been a case of spectacular miscasting and there are tons of examples to prove it. Right from the evergreen Dev Anand - who started his own party sometime in the late 70s which bombed in no time - to Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Vinod...
  • Bollywood Award shows? Lack credibility, focus and transparency February 10, 2014

    (Bollywood Award shows are the new glam, entertaining and lucrative time pass in B-town! Point is - are they really about recognizing and rewarding excellence ... or exploiting opportunistic vested interest in the garb of a larger cause? Monojit Lahiri investigates.) It is that time of the year again when...
  • Thank you Suchitra Sen for making our lives so joyous with memories of another day January 17, 2014

    New Delhi: As a kid who grew up in the leafy and starry environs of Mumbai Pali Hill in the 50s and 60s, Suchitra Sen was not a blimp on my radar! It was a star-filled neighbourhood with Dilip Kumar, Meena Kumari, Sunil & Nargis, Pran, Purnima, Gope and Maruti...
  • Remembering Raj Kapoor (December 14, 1924 - June 2, 1988) December 14, 2013

    New Delhi: Raj Kapoor was perceived differently by different people. To some, he was the greatest showman Indian Cinema had ever seen. Mr Razzle-Dazzle who converted the simplest of occasions - Mahurats, Holy celebrations, parties - into major events. The last of the movie moghuls who truly thought big budgets,...
  • Tanishq commercial: Has the crusader overwhelmed the salesman? November 16, 2013

    It's landmark stuff alright! A bride is getting dressed in wedding finery and walking towards the wedding area with a little girl. As the couple begin their 'saat pheres', the little girl, excited and restless, indicates she wants to join them. The lady endeavours to shshhh her, feeling slightly self-conscious...
  • Durga Puja: Religious fest, sponsored programme or reality show? October 4, 2013

    New Delhi: Once upon a time pujas meant an innocent celebration of joy and fun. New clothes. New movies. Eating out. Freaking out with friends and relatives for non-stop 'add'. " It was the one time in the year that you actually got to see, up close, the most breathtakingly...
  • Is Ranbir Kapoor the newest and hottest 'Khan'? September 30, 2013

    New Delhi: For over two decades, 3 Khans ruled Bollywood, all the way! Salman was the sexy bad boy. Aamir, the adventuring perfectionist. Shah Rukh, the to-die-for stylish romantic. Between them [and their individual image-projection] they had the market covered and youngistan cornered in style. Sure, Ajay, Akshay and Hrithik...
  • Richard Burton: The star with an indomitable spirit September 8, 2013

    New Delhi: Supreme stage actor, high-profile mega star, self destructive genius, mesmerizing lover - Richard Burton always fascinated me. In startling (refreshing) contrast to the stereotype Hollywood hero, he stood poles apart. With his brooding, lived-in looks, exciting Celtic blood, mesmerizing magical voice, riveting rags-to-riches story (from the miserable, dank...
  • Teacher's Day Special: To Sir, with love September 5, 2013

    New Delhi: My earliest memories of school are most certainly neither blurred nor cute! They remain plain horrendous! At age 5 in the Mumbai of the mid-fifties, English High School at Dadar was an unmitigated nightmare! The whole process of getting up early, getting dressed, waiting for that damned school...
  • Uttam Kumar: The man who almost gave up on films July 24, 2013

    When Bengal's ace-of-hearts, the one and only Uttam Kumar breathed his last on July 24, 1980, he unleashed the kind of public hysteria unprecedented in the annals of Bengal's movie history. Millions of Uttam lovers, suddenly orphaned, dazed and unbelieving, kept asking just one question, all along: "Is it true?"...
  • Pran: An amiable neigbour who didn't take his bruises seriously July 17, 2013

    New Delhi: My twin calling, advertising and cinema - one a profession; the other, a passion - was born in the Bombay of my childhood, at a place, arcadian and picturesquely peaceful, called Union Park in Pali Hill, a sleepy little neighbourhood in the fifties and sixties. A little distance...
  • Do international Film Festivals help small films make it big? June 24, 2013

    New Delhi: Let's face it. Film Festivals - local or global - have a certain snooty, intellectual, arty, culture-driven aura about them. An image that screams superior, exclusive, unique. The message they seem to convey is: We have nothing to do with the everyday mindless masala that you consume with...
  • Tribute: That's no way to leave us, Rituda May 30, 2013

    "Death is like the loo. You got to go, you got to go!" It could only be a madcap genius like Woody Allen, who could unleash this witticism and take the sting out of something as terrifyingly inevitable as death. When I got the news this morning from a friend,...