Aseem Chhabra tell us how he watched 302 films in 365 days on airplanes, on Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, Google, Hulu, DVDs and even on YouTube. As a journalist I often write about films. I see many, many films -- at festivals in different parts of the world, in museums in New York City and sometimes even when I have to buy tickets. But it is impossible to remember all the films one sees in a year. So for the past two years I have been keeping a log of every film I watch. My inspiration for this ... Rediff.com, 1 month ago
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'I swayed my arms in the air with strangers when George Michael sang Careless Whispers.''I was in heaven.'Aseem Chhabra remembers a night in when he was mesmerised by George Michael. On December 25 I spent a good part of the evening watching festive videos on YouTube including the song Do They Know It's Christmas? by Band Aid -- a group of British pop stars brought together by Bob Geldof in 1984 to raise funds for the famine in Ethiopia. It was a star studded affair with Sting, Boy George, Phil ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Aseem Chhabra lists the elements that he loved and was pleasantly surprised by in the movies. As the year closes, critics and film writers come up with their favourite lists -- the top 10 best and worst films. But there are some elements that stand out in the movies. Here is my take at the highlights of Hindi cinema in 2016 -- exploring the good performances and ideas, charming moments and other creative segments of the films. This list is in alphabetical order, and not a countdown of the top ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Ranveer-Vaani take Befikre to Dubai.Aseem Chhabra was there. IMAGE: Ranveer Singh poses at the Dubai International Film Festival. Photograph: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for DIFF Ranveer Singh loves his clothes and often what he wears at events reflects an extension of his high-spirited personality. For the world premiere of his new film Befikre at the Dubai International Film Festival, Ranveer wore a long white jacket, with what definitely looked like a ghagra-style skirt. He ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago Ranveer's BEST heroine? VOTE! Rediff.com, 2 months ago
'Having a voice at the table means the other side has to show up to listen. It became clear that wouldn't happen,' says actor Maulik Pancholy, one of the 10 members who resigned this week from the US president's advisory commission on Asian Americans. 'As the son of immigrants, as a person of colour, and as a married gay man,' he tells Rediff.com's Monali Sarkar, 'I feel like so many of the hard won rights that so many people have fought for -- for decades -- are at the risk of being ...Rediff.com, 2 days ago
The hits and misses of the week. Thanks to its title, lack of opposition and Akshay Kumar's popularity, Jolly LLB 2, which opened with a weak response, has managed to grow very well over the weekend. It will need to sustain through the week to make its mark at the box office. Trade analyst Vinod Mirani gives us the weekly verdict. Jolly LLB 2 Cast: Akshay Kumar, Huma Qureshi, Saurabh Shukla, Annu Kapoor Director: Subhash Kapoor What works: Good performances, fun dialogues ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
'The Maoists want the tribals to boycott the election while the police think the election is a farce and don't want to risk going deeper in the conflict zone.''Newton (played with sincerity and deep felt passion by Rajkummar Rao) wants to make sure that the locals cast their vote, a right given to them by the Constitution.'Aseem Chhabra reports from the Berlin film festival for Rediff.com IMAGE: Rajkummar Rao and Anjali Patil in Amit Masurkar's Newton: 'A very important film that should make ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
'South Asian Americans stand to lose greatly.''Now is not the time to be spectators to injustice, narrowly believing that these events that currently affect part of our community won't affect us all.' 'The reality of racial and religious profiling in America is that it is simply enough to be perceived as Muslim to be treated as one.' Civil rights activist Lakshmi Sridaran highlights why South Asians must stand on the right side of history and resist the Trump administration's 'systematic ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
The hits and misses of the week. The clash between Raees and Kaabil at the box office has affected the performance of both films. They failed to draw in decent collections, except on the national holiday of January 26. Last week's release Kung Fu Yoga goes unnoticed. Trade analyst Vinod Mirani gives us the weekly verdict. Kung Fu Yoga Cast: Jackie Chan, SonuSood, Disha Patani, Amyra Dastur. Director: Stanley Tong What works: Jackie Chan. What doesn't: Lousy acting, bad CGI, ...Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago Box Office: Kaabil, Raees fare below average Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago Box Office: Sunil Grover's Coffee with D flops Rediff.com, 4 weeks ago Box Office: Ok Jaanu, Haraamkhor flop Rediff.com, 1 month ago
'I have had a US passport for 26 years. I have a Hindu name. But none of that matters it seems.''Today I have also become an immigrant from Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sudan and Syria.'Today I am Changez Khan and Rizwan Khan.''All of us brown people have been put in the same boat by Trump,' says Aseem Chhabra. IMAGE: Protesters compare Trump to Hitler in a protest in New York City, January 20, 2017. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images Towards the beginning of Mira Nair's 2012 ...Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
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