Of all the six superstars, he is in the most peculiar position today. Imagine a man who pulls in audiences like the proverbial magnet, especially in upmarket Indian zones like the metros and cities, and yet has not given a hit for over three years! Yes, like ... Bollywood Hungama, 4 weeks ago
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'2016 was the year when Shah Rukh Khan took risks and traversed along the path that would ensure the actor could shine more than the star,' says Aseem Chhabra. Since Christmas 2016, much has been written about Dangal, Aamir Khan's new film. Like his previous works, Dangal once again set a new box office record. It made Aamir and his brand of story telling a sure shot success formula -- simple, folksy, with a healthy dose of progressive social values, blended with Bollywood inspired realities.Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Ranjita Ganesan lists the movies we should look forward to. There's a lot happening in Bollywood, Hollywood and world cinema this year. We break it up for you. Bollywood: Masala mix IMAGE: Shah Rukh Khan and Mahira Khan in Rahul Dholakia's Raees, Director Rahul Dholakia's track record is curious. It includes the dud Kehta Hai Dil Baar Baar as well as the moving Parzania . Raees could go either way, but its cast and punchline-heavy trailer make it the most-anticipated popular release of next ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Nehru decided to build The Ashok in New Delhi to host a UNESCO conference. For a prime minister focussed on India building with projects like the Bhakra-Nangal Dam, IITs and factories, "the hotel spoke of the gumption of the country at that time." Manavi Kapur traces the eventful journey of the hotel, which has now completed 60 years. The Ashok wears the scars of the myriad seasons of New Delhi, stains of time marring its once-pristine pink sandstone facade. It's still grand but no ...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, 2 months ago
Bollywood films are often blamed for churning out big ticket escapist dramas but 2016 saw directors taking on hard-hitting topics like homophobia, drug issue and importance of consent. In "Aligarh", director Hansal Mehta once again picked up a contemporary ...Deccan Herald, 2 months ago
'We always tell children to touch the feet of elders. But why?''Why can't a child be respected?''You have to be very equipped to even want to have children.''There are entrance exams for even MBAs... and this is a life we're talking about.' IMAGE: Gauri Shinde with her Dear Zindagi heroine Alia Bhatt. "I'm very much of a romantic," director Gauri Shinde tells Rediff.com's Ronjita Kulkarni at her office in Khar, northwest Mumbai. She would love to make a hardcore romance movie someday. But for ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
'A producer once told me that one doesn't get paid for his acting skills.'' If you work here, you have to be either lovable or sellable.''Nobody talks about talent.' 'Here, people can pay huge stars in crores, but they will cry to pay actors like me in lakhs.''They will say, 'Budget nahin hai. Is baar kum le lo, next time we will see'.''But that 'next time' doesn't come.' Pavan Malhotra, one of our finest actors, shows us another side of Bollywood. IMAGE: Pavan Malhotra One of Bollywood's ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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