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.

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’

On the Tehelka case: Stand by the victim

For the past week, the story of Tarun Tejpal being accused of sexual assault has been a raging topic of discussion. Tejpal is the editor in chief of Tehelka, a news magazine with a solid reputation for hard-hitting journalism. The accusation against him is that he sexually assaulted a journalist who works with Tehelka during an event called THINK, which is organised by a company owned by Tejpal, his sister Neena and Shoma Chaudhury, who is also the managing editor at Tehelka. As things stand now, a criminal case has been lodged suo moto against Tejpal. (Suo moto means that the … Continue reading On the Tehelka case: Stand by the victim

Links: Raanjhanaa, sex tapes and what it takes to make a hit in Bollywood

I’ve been terrible about updating this place, which isn’t quite the end of the world or affecting anyone even remotely. But the least discipline one should show when they’ve taken the decision to open a blog for links to their writing is to, well, link to the writing. So the next few posts will be me trying to play catch-up with, er, myself. First up, here’s a piece on suicide as a wooing tactic, as seen in the film Raanjhanaa. Bollywood would also have you believe that the maniac who threatens to kill himself will disappear the moment his lady … Continue reading Links: Raanjhanaa, sex tapes and what it takes to make a hit in Bollywood

Cover drive: Filmfare and Cine Blitz

You know how they say you shouldn’t say anything at the moment you get angry and give yourself some time before you react? Well, in my case, waiting doesn’t seem to help much. It just makes me write columns like the one below. This is the unedited version. The edited version — complete with a super headline provided by Firstpost’s Sandip Roy, bless him — is here. Centennial flop It’s possibly because I’m abysmally bad at maths, but when I saw the “collector’s edition” of Filmfare on the newsstand — with Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Dilip Kumar on … Continue reading Cover drive: Filmfare and Cine Blitz