Category Archives: Movies

Film Fridays: Bobby (1973)

Trailer

Technically, this video is a summary. I couldn’t find the trailer online. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cr1cSLhfoOk

Review

Bobby was one of the biggest Hindi films of 1973. Starring Rishi Kapoor (Raju) and Dimple Kapadia (Bobby), the film has all the elements of a blockbuster: teenage angst and rebellion, lovers separated by their families, beautiful Kashmiri mountains, and an incredible motorcycle chase … Continue Reading ››

Film Fridays: Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012)

Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0UXgoJ9Shg

Review

Jab Tak Hai Jaan (As long As I Live) is Yash Chopra's last film as a director. His death just before the film's release marks the end of a two-decade collaboration between the director and Shah Rukh Khan, Bollywood's reigning king. JTHJ tells the story of Samar, an NRI living in London … Continue Reading ››

Book review: Power of a Common Man (2014)

Baadshah of Bollywood. King Khan. King of Bollywood. King of Romance. SRK. Tom Cruise of India. All these names describe one man: Shah Rukh Khan. Actor, producer, KKR owner, spokesperson, and businessman. These words also describe SRK. In her book, Power of a Common Man: Connecting with Consumers the SRK Way, Koral Dasgupta explains SRK’s revolutionary … Continue Reading ››

Film Fridays: Khoob Asti Afghanistan (2007)

This Friday's film, the documentary Khoob Asti Afghanistan? (Are You All Right Afghanistan?), is a departure from my typical Bollywood fare. Last week, we attended the 99th edition of the FD Zone in South Mumbai.  The weekly program's purpose is to further the appreciation for documentary, short, and animated films in India.

Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0ICtteF_Ds

Review

For the 99th edition, the FD Zone … Continue Reading ››

Film Fridays: Chennai Express (2013)

Trailer

http://youtu.be/hZGR5Sj1Bfo

Review

WARNING: If you have never seen a Shahrukh Khan film, do NOT start with this one. At a minimum, you should watch DDLJ (Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge) before watching this movie. That way, you will appreciate the inside jokes told through songs.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdZB-1O3HwM Chennai Express is the highest-grossing Bollywood movie of all time with almost INR3.95 billion … Continue Reading ››

Film Fridays: The Lunchbox (2013)

Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Enq9nNGnMFY

Review

The Lunchbox begins with the iconic Mumbai local trains and ends with Mumbai’s famous dabbawallahs. In between, the film makers take us on a journey of laughter, love, and life. A lunchbox delivered to the wrong location connects two lonely people: a soon-to-retire accountant and a young housewife. The housewife, Ila, soon realizes the tiffin … Continue Reading ››

Film Fridays: Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013)

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is a 2013 film starring Ranbir Kapoor as Bunny and Deepika Padukone as Naina. The film tells the story  of four college friends at critical points in their lives. This film is a typical Bollywood blockbuster aimed at raking in the rupees with young audiences. Ranbir Kapoor is Bollywood royalty, the latest generation … Continue Reading ››