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Bollywood

Bollywood on Trial

Baradwaj Rangan

Can mainstream Hindi cinema defend itself against the charge that it is creatively bankrupt?

It Just Happened

Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, arguably the funniest Indian film ever made, was made on a meagre budget, featured mostly unknowns, and hardly anyone involved believed in it. It became a classic, and almost all its alumni went on to highly successful careers. A celebration

Billboard Blockbusters

A book on the painted posters and hoardings that lured Indian masses into cinema theatres reminds Kiran Nagarkar how essential they were to the spread of the gospel of Bollywood.

Bum Bum Bole

The gifted Darsheel Safary apart, Iranian minimalism just can’t be stretched to Indian melodrama.

The Girl in Kites You Won’t Remember

An American actress who has done bit roles in many Hindi films remembers her rather strange stint.

An Indian Sweetheart

National Award winner Priyanka Chopra survives stardom with habitual cheer.

Housefull

For all the gay jokes and homo-erotic scenes, it’s the film itself that is a major drag.

Inscrutable Censors

Indian film censor certification today divides humanity into U, UA and A. There is a new proposal that hopes to bring common sense to the process.

The Boy from the South

R Madhavan on the space for ideals in society, his relationship with his directors, and his need to be at the centre of attention.

Paathshala

Nana Patekar and Shahid Kapur have been turned into spineless supporting actors in this asinine film.

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