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Litmus test for Bollywood

Litmus test for Bollywood

Nov 19,2017 , 01:37 AM IST | Sunday Hans
In one line. Bollywood does not know how to make sequels. If ‘Dabangg 2’, ‘Dhoom2’, and ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai’, come across as our better-made sequels then you can well imagine the quality of sequels Bollywood has dished. Most of them have turned out to be disasters compared to the first like ‘Nigahein’ and ‘Ghayal Returns’. In fact, some of them are called a ‘Raaz 2’ or a ‘Murder 2’ only to cash i
Superstar of content

Superstar of content

Oct 29,2017 , 02:38 AM IST | Sunday Hans
The first fact we should never forget about showbiz is that it is an industry after all. The business model is entertain and make profits. In the process if you get a message or hint, which makes the society a better place, then that is an added bonus.
The criminal defacing of Sholay!

The criminal defacing of Sholay!

Oct 22,2017 , 01:35 AM IST | Sunday Hans
You cannot call yourself a Bollywood fan if you have not watched ‘Sholay’. No other movie whatever be the statistic-ridden noise in its favour by the modern fact scientists has reached half the mark of the way ‘Sholay’ has impacted our psyche and the way it has become a part of our social fabric.
Cruising on success

Cruising on success

Oct 08,2017 , 02:19 AM IST | Sunday Hans
Hindi cinema has been blessed with directors of legendary status. Some were men of drama like Manmohan Desai and Subhash Ghai, who could make a pooja ceremony in a temple look like the opening ceremony of the Olympics.
Carving a niche!

Carving a niche!

Sep 24,2017 , 01:14 AM IST | Sunday Hans
The year 2017 is already well-known for epic disasters. Yet, a star for tomorrow took her place on the list of be tter performers in Bollywood this year. The name is Bhumi Pednekar.Bhumi surprised a lot many of us as the overweight Haridwar girl in ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’.
Spinning Success

Spinning Success

Sep 17,2017 , 02:23 AM IST | Sunday Hans
To repeat a line, which has been written by yours truly about four times already 2017 has been a horror year for Bollywood producers. A year which shattered the famous Neha Dhupia saying about the only two S words that sell one of which was SRK. It is not that 2017 was cruel only to SRK; almost everything that was big as ‘Titanic’ this year for Bollywood sank like the Titanic too.
New poster boy of middle-class India

New poster boy of middle-class India

Sep 10,2017 , 01:41 AM IST | Sunday Hans
There is a famous saying -- the more things change, the more they remain the same. We all have been surprised and entertained by two earthy and entertaining movies in the last three odd weeks. One a sweet comic love triangle called ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’ and the other ‘Shubh Mangal Savdhan’.
Dear B’wood – Where are the superheroes?

Dear B’wood – Where are the superheroes?

Sep 03,2017 , 02:16 AM IST | Cinema
For long, this is that one question, which has remained so ignored by the entire clan of Bollywood makers. Where are our superheroes? Indian superheroes! Bollywood has long hidden behind an excuse to start with and the excuse goes - superhero movies do not work in India.
The age of character actors!

The age of character actors!

Aug 27,2017 , 01:30 AM IST | Hans
For long Bollywood went through a simple track of movie making. It would be either romance, comedy or a violence story. As a result, the system became star driven. Producers or directors would first think of the star and the genre the script would then follow.
Changing  trends of Bollywood

Changing trends of Bollywood

Aug 13,2017 , 01:14 AM IST | Hans
Bollywood is going through an amazing transformation. The old guard is changing or reaching a point of decline. The bombing of ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’, the much hyped SRK biggie is a recent event, which underlines this fact. The ruthless audience is repeatedly telling our stars living in ivory towers of perceived popularity from a decade ago change or die! By death, the meaning implied is box offic
The surprise packages of 2017

The surprise packages of 2017

Aug 06,2017 , 03:23 AM IST | Hans
A lot of stuff has been written on how, and mostly rightly, 2017 has been big on colossal overhyped duds. Cinema from celebrated makers has been very disappointing in this year. ‘Raees’, ‘Rangoon’, ‘OK Jaanu’, ‘Tubelight’, ‘Noor’, ‘Indu Sarkar’, ‘Sarkar 3’, ‘Begum Jaan’ are a few names that Bollywood belted out this year. All these came with huge expectations and even more gigantic hype and each o
Baadshah of Bollywood

Baadshah of Bollywood

Jul 30,2017 , 02:42 AM IST | Hans
Bollywood today is a happy place in terms of Superstars. If you look at the three Khans, Akshay, Ajay and Hrithik - then you could more or less be convinced that you are looking at half a dozen superstars. Then if you look at our female actresses probably a similar number is going very strong. That is good news today, tomorrow could be really bad.
The dark Horse

The dark Horse

Jul 23,2017 , 01:56 AM IST | Hans
Not many of us are probably Madhur Bhandarkar fans. His cinema is not what we can call the regular cinema. In fact, most of the times he seems to have been stuck in the nowhere land.Masses do not exactly love his brand of cinema and purists find him to be shallow. May be because he shows mirror to the fake world that highbrow purists live in.We will never really be able to pin point. 
Riding high on success

Riding high on success

Jul 16,2017 , 01:47 AM IST | Hans
They say every champion fighter has one good fight left in him. Some champions have probably that one fight always left in them. Sridevi is proving to be one such fighter. Most of us fans recall how she ruled the silver screen in the 80s and then to a certain extent in the 90s. 
Passionate Paresh!

Passionate Paresh!

Jul 09,2017 , 01:13 AM IST | Cinema
My fascination with the rock-solid acting of Paresh Rawal is probably as good as when I started understanding what is good and bad cinema. Paresh Rawal announced himself to us with a small yet very impactful role of a ‘man Friday’ rogue called Annu Bhai. 
25 years of SRK!

25 years of SRK!

Jul 02,2017 , 02:56 AM IST | Cinema
Shah Rukh Khan, popularly known as “King Khan”, has completed 25 years in the industry; we all know this! Writing about any successful public figure's professional journey is tough. As many people know most of the stuff about the person. 
Exciting times ahead

Exciting times ahead

Jun 18,2017 , 02:20 AM IST | Hans
In a short span of two days those of us who love Bollywood have become excited about two movies that will hit us in a few days. As different as chalk and cheese the two movies promise grand entertainment. One is ‘Toilet Ek Prem Katha’ and the other is ‘Baadshaho’.
Half-yearly Bollywood report

Half-yearly Bollywood report

Jun 11,2017 , 02:30 AM IST | Hans
In a lot of ways, Bollywood is like our cricket team of the 1990s. It has the capability to dash out hopes when we expect the highest. It pleasantly surprises and awes us when we expect the least. 
Sure Bollywood is nepotistic

Sure Bollywood is nepotistic

Jun 04,2017 , 02:08 AM IST | Hans
We all saw the trailer of ‘Tubelight’. We all agree that Sohail Khan is a bad choice to play the character of a brother lost in the war. However, ‘Tubelight’ might still work at the box office, purely on the star value of Salman Khan. It, however, does not change one blatant fact about Bollywood – that Bollywood is as nepotistic as Indian political system. As a result, if you look at most of our c
Casting on a repeat mode

Casting on a repeat mode

May 28,2017 , 01:48 AM IST | Cinema
For long Amitabh ruled the screen in the 1970s. For long his critics cribbed about how he was being typecast. In those days, spoiled as the audiences were by some of our best cinema coming in week after week and year after year, a lot many thought the critics were right. 
Taking back to good ol’ cinema

Taking back to good ol’ cinema

May 21,2017 , 01:58 AM IST | Hans
The dust over ‘Why Kattappa Killed Baahubali?’ has settled. We are now clear that ‘Baahubali’ will probably be the blockbuster to beat for years to come. SS Rajamouli's magnum opus had captured the minds of Indians and Indian media like no other cinema in the last 30 odd years. 
A horror movie that looks promising!

A horror movie that looks promising!

May 14,2017 , 01:30 AM IST | Hans
Most genres in cinema have a limited scope -- Revenge, comedy, romance, and realistic cinema. Those, who repeatedly, delve in these genres as writers or directors will tell you how difficult it is to deliver quality and refreshing cinema time and again. The narrowest of them, in fact, is horror. 
Lost in shadows

Lost in shadows

May 07,2017 , 02:34 AM IST | Hans
All the limelight is on ‘Baahubali’ and rightly so. The movie is all about how you present a well-thought content with conviction and audience will arrive in droves. Today, however, I wish to focus on a movie that had an equal amount of conviction and sincerity in its presentation yet it did not get the kind of attention it deserved both at the box office and to an extent in the media.
Goodbye Vinod Khanna!

Goodbye Vinod Khanna!

Apr 30,2017 , 01:50 AM IST | Hans
There are times when you want to write so much and words fail you. Today is one such day. The feeling that Vinod Khanna is no more will take some time to sink in. I was a Vinod Khanna worshipper. I will always remain one. 
The audience wants entertainment first!

The audience wants entertainment first!

Apr 23,2017 , 01:08 AM IST | Hans
While doing a small random fact search I stumbled upon a simple fact. The cost of making of both ‘Naam Shabana’ and ‘Begum Jaan’ is almost the same i.e. 15 crore. If you were to compare; ‘Naam Shabana’ features a not so big star Taapsee Pannu and ‘Begum Jaan’ had the presence of the phenomenal screen star Vidya Balan and backing of the Bhatt camp. 
No comeback from here

No comeback from here

Apr 16,2017 , 01:37 AM IST | Hans
Aa Gaya Hero’, the latest Govinda movie came and became ‘Chala Gaya Hero’ even before you could say Friday. If you were a teenager or a college-going cool kid or an office going young professional in the 1990s in India, chances are you were also a Govinda fan. No one ruled the fun film genre like this pocket dictionary sized dynamite. 
Excitement ahead!

Excitement ahead!

Apr 09,2017 , 01:53 AM IST | Hans
2017, barring a ‘Kaabil’ or a ‘Ghazi Attack’, has been mostly content wise disappointing. That is where April suddenly makes you feel exited. When you look at some of the releases that are mentioned below, it cannot get any bigger than this. Interestingly, it does not get any subtle too. Here are some movies that should make you probably count seconds to their release dates.
Dawn of new era

Dawn of new era

Apr 02,2017 , 01:46 AM IST | Hans
Quick… I will ask you a simple question. How many of you have seen this epic series by Rajkumar Hirani called ‘Munnabhai’. If you are a Bollywood buff then chances are that you may have watched it more than once. If I were to ask you; do you like Circuit as much Munna then again the answer will probably be yes. 
Audience get a raw deal!

Audience get a raw deal!

Mar 26,2017 , 02:34 AM IST | Hans
Call me the typical Bollywood fan guy, but I had better hopes from ‘Commando 2’.  In fact, not just ‘Commando 2’, when 2017 had started I had great expectations from Bollywood. The first quarter promised heavy duty names and some great banners coming out with long anticipated movies. All that has crashed and how! So far it has been a year of, politely, put disappointments.  Let’s take a few cases.
Bollywood needs audiences, not fans!

Bollywood needs audiences, not fans!

Mar 19,2017 , 01:55 AM IST | Hans
Sometimes the greatest enemy of a child is a doting parent. So blind in love and affection they ensure the child grows up wrong. Sometimes to the extent of being an individual who just cannot see his own faults and rectify himself. Bollywood, today, is facing the same problem. Our film stars have fans.