Bollywood biggie Akshay Kumar tells Aseem Chhabra about his new co-star, explains his 70:30 equation of luck and hard work and why his next project may feature the first Gulf War. Akshay Kumar is at the top of his game. He has become such a big Bollywood star that he can demand whatever he wants -- a light work schedule, coupled with many breaks and vacations days. And yet he makes three to four films a year -- a mix of comedy, action and drama. On the eve of the August 8 release of his new ... Rediff.com, 1 week ago
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Aseem Chhabra mourns the passing of the gentle and knowledgeable Mr K D Singh, who owned a quaint bookshop in New Delhi. It was always quiet and warm in there. The narrow aisles made it difficult for more than two people to stand side-by-side while they browsed. The mooda stools gave one the feeling of a Delhi Punjabi household. This was The Book Shop -- the cozy little bookstore in Delhi's posh Jorbagh neighbourhood. And it was run by a sweet warm Sikh gentleman, K D Singh, who always sat at ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
NaMo supporters in New York and New Jersey step out to celebrate the BJP's election victory, reports Aseem Chhabra. They chanted "Modi, Modi" in Times Square as Arnab Goswami's show was being projected on a giant screen along the western face of the One Times Square building, from where the giant crystal ball drops on New Year's Eve. Times Now was live broadcasting Goswami's show -- although there was no sound. But there was no shortage of noise. Construction crews were digging up just ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
Aseem Chhabra spotted a documentary by an Indo-Canadian filmmaker that really stood out. He was at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York whereBig News Network, 1 week ago Emmy nod for Nisha Pahuja's The World Before Her Rediff.com, 1 week ago
Filmmaker Nisha Pahuja, whose widely acclaimed documentary opens in Indian theatres on June 6, in conversation with Aseem Chhabra. Indo-Canadian documentary filmmaker Nisha Pahuja has examined post-liberalization India in different ways. Her award-winning film Bollywood Bound explored four young Canadians of Indian origin -- including a brother and sister, who are obsessed with India's popular Hindi language film industry. That obsession takes them to Mumbai where they go through intense acting ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
What happens when two teenagers -- one Israeli and one Palestinian -- discover that they were accidentally switched at birth? The Other Son is a wonderful vision of Israel and Palestine. There is no positive future for the region and its people without this vision, feels Aseem Chhabra. In one of the crucial scenes in the 2012 film Inch’Allah, (photograph, left), a Canadian doctor is at a border crossing in the West Bank, as she pleads with a tall young Israeli soldier that her patient -- ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
The first Indian-origin federal judge in the United States is India Abroad Person of the Year 2013 President Barack Obama calls him one of his “favourite people.” Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the legendary first female Supreme Court Justice in the US, says America is “lucky as a nation to have him now serving as a federal judge.” Former US Solicitor General Walter Dellinger believes he is “one of the most gifted lawyers of his generation.” And India ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
'A lot of people think violence is strong in my movies, but they aren’t actually seeing it.' 'Even the beheading scene in Gangs Of Wasseypur is not there. The camera is behind the person and all you see are his hands moving.' 'The imagination makes the audience think they actually saw the beheading and they are completely shaken by it.' Anurag Kashyap, in an exclusive interview. Anurag Kashyap recently attended the New York Indian Film Festival, where his film Ugly was ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
In between meditating in the Himalayas and attending prayer sessions, Khyentse Norbu finds time to make films that satisfy his creativity. Aseem Chhabra/Rediff.com finds what brings this recluse into the spotlight. Filmmaker and writer Khyentse Norbu (Dzongsar Jamyang Kheyntse Rinpoche) is a Buddhist lama, who has three films to his credit -- The Cup (1999), Travelers and Magicians (2003) and Vara: A Blessing (2013). The Cup is the story of young Tibetans based in Dharamsala, who want to watch ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
While work on his most ambitious project Bombay Velvet is on, Anurag Kashyap's taut and gritty thriller Ugly screened at the ongoing New York Indian Film Festival. Anurag Kashyap's newest film Ugly is a dark film, darker than his incest-themed 2010 thriller That Girl In Yellow Boots. The film was screened at the New York Indian Film Festival recently. At the question and answer session that followed the screening of this gritty and complex thriller with a moral edge, Kashyap said that the ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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