There is more to this inventive Pizza than meets the eye, says Nishi TiwariThe horror genre in Hindi films has had quite the patchy past. So when I first heard that the rights of Pizza -- one of 2012's biggest surprise hits in Tamil cinema -- were sold for a whopping amount to make a Hindi remake, I wasn't exactly stoked. Strong word of mouth and generous recommendations from critics suggested that the Tamil original was a breakthrough of sorts, not only in terms of storytelling, but also ... Rediff.com, 2 months ago
The Anupam Kher Show was everything it promised to be, notes Nishi Tiwari. Talk shows on Indian television have had a dubious record.Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai was one of the few well-written shows to have ever aired. Its host Farooque Shaikh lent it rare elegance and dignity with his disposition and unassuming ways.Simi Garewal’s Rendezvous with film stars seemed more like a drawing room conversation with its overly indulgent tone, while the more recent Koffee With Karan suffered from more ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
The film leaves much to be desired, writes Nishi Tiwari. The Wikipedia entry of Sahil Prem’s dance movie Mad About Dance describes the film as ‘Essentially a dance film, it focuses on the youth, their dreams, anxieties, disappointments and hopes for their future.’ And while on a superficial level that may be true, the film unfortunately leaves much to be desired. Written and directed by Prem, the film also stars him, alongside the beautiful Amrit Maghera, in the lead role.Rediff.com, 4 weeks ago
Lekar Hum Deewana Dil struggles to find its own voice, according to Nishi Tiwari.Mainstream Bollywood of the 1990s had the quintessential yuppie-in-the-making Rahul (mostly played by Shah Rukh Khan in various films) and his new ideas of romance that seemed nothing short of revolutionary at the time. Love is friendship, love is a journey that should culminate in marriage -- ideally after parental approval has been diligently sought and won, the works. Two decades on, the idea of love and romance ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago The Lekar Hum Deewana Dil Quiz: JOIN IN and win goodies! Rediff.com, 2 months ago
'My parents weren’t very ambitious for my career. All they wanted for me was a secure future. So they figured if someone is paying me for my work and I’m not asking them for money, I must be doing something right.' India's foremost ad guru, award-winning lyricist, and scriptwriter turns 46 today. A creative adult is the child who survived, says Ursula K Le Guin, American author of novels, short stories, and children’s books. Prasoon Joshi was all of 17 when his first ...Rediff.com, 3 days ago
Sir Richard Attenborough, who gave us the greatest biopic on Gandhi that ever existed, passed away at the age of 90 on August 24. On the film's 30th anniversary in 2012, seven key members from its cast and crew had recounted their magical days on the Gandhi sets. We reproduce the special feature here. Richard Attenborough's award-winning film Gandhi turned 30 on November 30, 2012.Starring Ben Kingsley in perhaps his best role, the film featured some of India's most talented actors, ...Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
The Hundred-Foot Journey is reduced to plot holes and factual inaccuracies of surprisingly epic proportions, writes Nishi Tiwari. When I think of Om Puri in a Hollywood film, Ayub Khan-Din’s brilliant 1999 film East Is East comes to mind.The delightful British comedy-drama showcased Puri as a conflicted Pakistani patriarch raising a family in England, a role that he played with the exceptional flair we have come to associate with his acting over the years.In ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
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