May Links: Bombay Velvet, Mad Max, Salman Khan and more.

My reviews of Gabbar is Back, The Spongebob Movie, Piku, Mad Max: Fury Road, Bombay Velvet,Tomorrowland, Tanu Weds Manu Returns and San Andreas. The music of Bombay Velvet gave me a chance to draw up a playlist of one of my favourite music composers, OP Nayyar. When Mumbai Mirror revised its rating of Tanu Weds Manu Returns because of “reader feedback and research”, I wrote this. “However, kowtowing to public opinion and blurring the lines between advertisement and editorial content threatens to be the way forward in contemporary journalism. As it is now, journalism is a broken business model and no one … Continue reading May Links: Bombay Velvet, Mad Max, Salman Khan and more.

Of Mann ki Baat and respecting women

I wrote this after listening to the joint radio broadcast by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama. What’s ironic about Modi saying Obama’s life is inspirational is not just that it really is so, but that most of the BJP would probably gawp in horror at the idea of a single mother like Obama’s and a wife as independent as Michelle. Consequently the Indian prime minister, deferring perhaps to BJP’s ingrained chauvinism, ignored those aspects and instead turned the spotlight on the comfortable and conventional: Obama being a proud father. In the process, Modi lost sight of the … Continue reading Of Mann ki Baat and respecting women

Links: Garam Hava, Boyhood, Kill/Dil, Film Bazaar and banning ‘feminism’

MS Sathyu’s classic film Garam Hava was re-released and it’s a film that doesn’t seem dated or irrelevant decades after its original release in 1974. A look at how differently India’s political establishment has changed its attitude towards the indie film: Whether it’s the shame and heartbreak of being jilted, the frustration at being qualified but unemployed or struggling with stereotypes, much of Garam Hava is still real and relatable. The difference is in the world surrounding the film — can you imagine Prime Minister Narendra Modi using his considerable powers to ensure a tiny little indie film gets released? Read the whole … Continue reading Links: Garam Hava, Boyhood, Kill/Dil, Film Bazaar and banning ‘feminism’

Links: Naming names, Apple Watch, Deepika Padukone vs TOI and more

If you thought bad movies are all that turn me into the wordy version of Angry Birds, think again. The police raid a hotel, discover an actress moonlights as a sex worker. They release her name to the press. Her “high profile” clients, however, remain anonymous and shielded from the public gaze. More cheerfully, what Bollywood thought of yesterday, Apple creates today. Case in point: Mr India’s Device versus the Apple Watch. Deepika Padukone picked a fight with The Times of India, and at least as far as the court of public opinion is concerned, Padukone won. She was helped by the fact … Continue reading Links: Naming names, Apple Watch, Deepika Padukone vs TOI and more

Links: Krrish 3, The Day After Everyday, Baazigar, Kanye West, Gori Tere Pyaar Mein

It’s update time again, so here we go.   On the vintage superheroes from Indian cinema, includes a Telugu Superman, Dharmendra in a hospital gown acting as Jor-El and Sridevi as one of our early superheroines, Nagina. Running commentary of Krrish 3. Sample: Dil tu hi bata, how to not be creeped out by Roshan’s vein-ridden upper crotch area? Ranaut deserves an award for not shuddering when she has to unbutton Krrish’s shirt in order to let us all see Roshan’s pelvis. Does he do exercises that are just for the two and a half inches below his navel? Like miniature … Continue reading Links: Krrish 3, The Day After Everyday, Baazigar, Kanye West, Gori Tere Pyaar Mein

On Politics, Politicians and Graphic Novels

Having spent many long hours listening to Narendra Modi speechify and Mamata Banerjee froth at the mouth because she was ‘attacked’, I wrote this post on politicians trying to write stories for themselves that will lend them a certain kind of persona and graphic novels that tell readers tales from modern Indian history. The comics and graphic novels include Delhi Calm, Bhimayana and Chairman Meow and the Protectors of the Proletariat and the comic titled Kashmir Ki Kahani that’s up on News Laundry. They’re all highly recommended, if you haven’t read them. The post got me a superb comment. Someone called Lavi wrote: … Continue reading On Politics, Politicians and Graphic Novels