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  Mahesh Tinaikar, golden fingers guitarist of the indie rock scene in India and a passionate musician open to sounds and grooves coming from various influences and parts of the world was his cool and delightful self during an interview he granted to a captivated Hindi Cinema Blog reporter on the occasion of the release of the Whirling Kalapas EP. The acoustic project features him and his usual "partners in crime": Uday Benegal (vocals) and Zubin Balaporia (keyboards) plus collaborations with Suman Sridhar, Taufiq Qureshi, Suresh Mendoza, Ankit Dayal and Vivaan Kapoor. Here is the result of a chilled-out conversation with the man behind the unique strumming and riffs of the many times leg...
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Tag :INDIA
  May 31, 2013, 10:54 pm
Image by Indianexpress.com After having bagged at least 15 minutes of a standing ovation at its premiere screening at the 66th Cannes Film Festival, Ritesh Batra's Dabba (The Lunchbox), produced by Anurag Kashyap, has won the Grand Rail d'Or Award, which is an equivalent of the Critics Week Viewer's Choice Award. This has been followed by the purchase of its North American distribution rights by Sony Pictures Classics. The internationally co-produced film is based on the premise of a mistaken delivery in Bombay's famously efficient dabbawallah system of lunchbox delivery. The delivery error connects a young housewife, Ila Singh, to a mature man close to retirement, Saajan Fernandez, t...
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Tag :RITESH BATRA
  May 25, 2013, 12:06 am
Image from IBNLive.comBy Swanand Kirkire(Edited by Mayank Shekher for the MAMI Film Festival)  I remember when I was a newcomer to Hindi films, I had met the iconic actor-filmmaker Kamal Hassan at a social function. He had then mentioned to me that, over the years, movies in India had worked for us simply as a magic show. Most people watched moving images on silver screen more as theatre audiences experiencing magic playing out before their eyes – without knowing or thinking of the technology that went behind bringing those images to life. With the explosion of technology in later decades, this illusion of magic slowly began to fade away, and cinema 2000 onwards, I suspect, star...
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Tag :MAMI
  May 23, 2013, 8:53 pm
Guest post by: Tiru PradyumnaEditing by: HINDI CINEMA BLOGTiru Pradyumna is a theatre director from Bangalore. Interpreting and finding precious things in Indian cinema which are apparently not understood by normal audience, as well as articulating the concept of aesthetics and semiotics in cinema are some of Tiru's many talents shared with us today. Check out the blog at:  http://tirupradyumna.blogspot.in/  “Koi Jab Roke, Koi Jab Toke, Gun Gun Karata Bhaage Re”   This line flashed at me when I saw a poster of a film near a theatre in Bangalore. The title matched the “ORIGINAL” for the most part till “Saahib Biwi Aur ...”, but in a few seconds, my intellect felt guilty, ...
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Tag :RAJ KAPOOR
  April 30, 2013, 6:30 pm
Sanjay Dutt (Image: bollywoodgo.net) One of the Hindi film industry's most talented and prominent actors, Sanjay Dutt, has received the verdict of the Supreme Court, who accuses him of possessing illegal weapons, purchased from the perpetrators of  the 1993 Bombay blasts, a case for which he has already served jail in the past. In a case that has dragged on for 18 years and has seen Dutt detained and bailed on several occasions, the recent verdict brings forward the frightening perspective of keeping the star in jail for 5 years. He has been requested by the Court to surrender within 4 weeks.  The news has seemingly put on hold 4 different films in which Dutt is currently cast: Raj...
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Tag :POLICEGIRI
  March 21, 2013, 8:31 pm
When a movie without special effects, exotic locations, huge stars and song and dance sequences is released, it tends to be classified in the art film category and is immediately slotted for an intellectual or purely regional audience. Gattu breaks the mould and brings us not only Indian entertainment that will appeal to family audiences but also simple and meaningful cinema. Rajan Khosa's fable explores the life of a little orphan, Gattu, who lives and works with his chachu (performed by a realistic and pitch-perfect Naresh Kumar) in a scrap recycling yard. Despite his lack of formal education, Gattu is a clever boy who uses his intelligence to lie or steal and therefore be able to buy ...
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Tag :K. SETHURAMAN
  February 28, 2013, 10:31 pm
A Wednesday was the first Indian film I believe I watched in India and without English subtitles. I still remember a friend translating for me the parts I did not fully understand and feeling how the plot was getting entangled and detangled in my brain. Such a stimulating film had me looking forward to acclaimed director Neeraj Pandey's Special 26 (aka Special Chabbis) and I am glad the waiting is over. While the director might have been facing nervousness this week before the release, one has to say that a trip to the cinema this weekend to watch it is pretty well worth it! Special 26 is a film that takes up the true story of an "army" of  conmen and makes us enter their univer...
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Tag :AKSHAY KUMAR
  February 7, 2013, 7:04 pm
Kamal Hassan and Pooja Kumar at media meet in BombayPhotograph by: Bollywoodhungama.com India is a democracy that is admired by many a country in the world but when sensibilities in religious or communal groups are easily hurt, the foreign community observes with disarray and realizes how fragile a huge democracy might actually be. Kamal Hassan's Vishwaroopam has been receiving good reviews from movie critics but has hurt a highly sensitive sector of the Muslim community this past week, thus sadly becoming the reason for a government issued ban on the film's release in the entire state of Tamil Nadu. Negotiations between Hassan's supporters, the government and the film's detractors have howe...
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Tag :FILMS U-Z
  February 1, 2013, 10:27 am
  Let us quote and interview of Johann Verheem, founder of a weight loss company who became famous overnight due to one of his infomercials: “It's not just that sex sells, but one of the other things very important in direct selling, in infomercials, is that a product looks different enough for someone to stop and watch it.”(Inc. magazine) Verheem's expert knowledge of "what sells" completely matches my impression of Abbas and Mustan Burmawalla's Race 2, where a score of gorgeous males and females show off their tanned and chiseled bodies and brand clothes in luxurious settings while trying to appear cool by emoting as minimum as possible and handling uncannily humongous sums of money...
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Tag :JOHN ABRAHAM
  January 30, 2013, 10:31 am
It was enough to see the promos featuring a smiling pink buffalo, Gulabi Bhains, prior to a Talaash screening to convince us we needed to watch Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola. Seeing Vishal Bhardwaj's name appended to it convinced us further... Though the plot has been analyzed and sometimes criticized by first-time viewers across the press expecting a mainstream movie with a dash of quirkiness or originality from Vishal Bhardwaj, I have to say I find most critics who were disappointed with Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola have missed its point. In my very humble opinion, the movie's disjointedness and wackiness was written on purpose. One scene jumps to the next, the absurd creeps up every other sce...
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Tag :AJAY DEVGAN
  January 13, 2013, 1:00 pm
Bombay moviegoer's expectations were ablaze viewing the giant posters of Bollywood’s most masalaic hero pointing a gun at cars passing by on high avenues. The sequel to one of the cinema industry’s most recent box office monuments, Dabangg, was about to conquer the Indian psyche, or so it seemed...While I am aware of the huge following Salman Khan has among Indians and while I do believe the icon he has become can become an acquired taste for those of us who did not grow up with masala as a run-of-the-mill method of storytelling, this blogger remains nonetheless underwhelmed with the result of the sequel to a very innovative and entertaining original Dabangg.Dabangg 2 shows Chulbul Pande...
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Tag :SAJID-WAJID
  January 5, 2013, 3:00 pm
At the sound of crackers and cheer, the Hindi Cinema Blog welcomes 2013 with a celebration of the best 2012 Bollywood songs and albums that will continue to move audiences beyond the holiday season. Here is our humble pick for a TOP TEN (plus one!) songs classified into categories as we raise a toast to a very groovy 2013! Happy New Year!Romantic hitsMohabbat from Ek Deewana Tha Performed by AR Rahman, the song tinkles with jazzy romance. The promotional video features the composer and singer himself.Main Kya Karoon from Barfi! Celebrating the overwhelming butterflies that fly in one's tummy when love knocks at your door, Pritam created a Brazilian rhythmed tune sung by Nikhil Paul George, ...
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Tag :CHIKNI CHAMELI
  January 1, 2013, 5:08 pm
At the sound of crackers and cheer, the Hindi Cinema Blog welcomes 2013 with a celebration of the best 2012 Bollywood songs and albums that will continue to move audiences beyond the holiday season. Here is our humble pick for a TOP TEN (plus one!) songs classified into categories as we raise a toast to a very groovy 2013! Happy New Year!Romantic hitsMohabbat from Ek Deewana Tha Performed by AR Rahman, the song tinkles with jazzy romance. The promotional video features the composer and singer himself.Main Kya Karoon from Barfi! Celebrating the overwhelming butterflies that fly in one's tummy when love knocks at your door, Pritam created a Brazilian rhythmed tune sung by Nikhil Paul George, ...
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Tag :TOP HITS
  December 31, 2012, 5:08 pm
Kamal Hassan is reportedly exploring the possibility of releasing his new Tamil film, Vishwaroopam, through telecast on a DTH platform on Thursday, January 10, before its full-fledged theatrical release. This is a new approach to publicity for the film and is a technique believed to create a positive word-of-mouth that will incite crowds to watch it at the cinema. The DTH operators telecasting this release would be Airtel, Dish, Videocom and Reliance while the film would have a simultaneous release in Los Angeles. In a country where cinema-goers visit the cinema several times to watch their favorite hit film, this might be quite a strategy. Multiplex owners however are extremely worried thi...
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Tag :TAMIL MOVIES
  December 12, 2012, 1:30 pm
Whistling Woods International has recently launched the first ever Virtual Academy of Filmmaking, which has created its first online course. Hrithik Roshan was present to launch the new programme. He praised the institution and expressed his admiration for all the people who are a part of it, from its creators to its students. The actor additionally hosted a masterclass at the school. Approximately three hundred students attended the class and participated in a final Q&A session which gave them an insight into the star’s experience of cinema, how he has come to value each experience he has encountered in his profession and how he advices each and every student to be fearless in their ...
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Tag :WHISTLING WOODS
  December 9, 2012, 5:30 pm
**Review contains spoilers** After queueing for tickets unsuccessfully a few times, today I was finally able to enter the cinema hall to watch Talaash, a film that had remained mysterious through its filming and even during its promotion for me and which I was patiently waiting to unveil. Let's cut to the chase: The film starts with a fine cinematic glossing over Bombay’s underworld, sung masterfully by Suman Sridhar in what I believe is the most original song in the soundtrack. The poor, the gamblers, the prostitutes, the forgotten are all shown through a skillful lens… Once the tone has been set, a car falls into the sea in an accident that will become the object of investigation for i...
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Tag :NAWAZUDDIN SIDDIQUI
  December 8, 2012, 3:02 pm
The Marrakesh International Film Festival met with an euphoric crowd of more than 50,000 people at the Jemaa el-Fna square for several hours as fans awaited Shah Rukh Khan to grace the event’s red carpet. The star seemed so moved that he braved his own security to wave at the thousands gathered there. Indian cinema has a huge following in Morocco and throughout Africa, which also caused crowd incidents when in 2007 Shah Rukh Khan, accompanied by Rani Mukherjee, Preity Zinta and the late Yash Chopra visited France, a country where a large population of Moroccan immigrants has taken residence.Prince Moulay Rachid later invited the star to a royal dinner and presented Shah Rukh Khan with the ...
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Tag :YASH CHOPRA
  December 4, 2012, 7:15 pm
  Not having read the book Life of Pi, by Yann Martel, I was skeptical about taking the “theatre leap” to watch a film based on such a universally praised novel. Facebook echoes of pleased viewers in India and the talent-studded cast of Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Gérard Dépardieu and Adil Hussain however ended nudging me towards watching the tigersome adventure. I can joyfully say I was not disappointed. Apart from a few lengthy areas, the story had my companion and me hoping, feeling, smiling or speechless for the protagonist. And just when you think all has been said and done in the story, Pi’s ark provokes more thoughts and feelings than you expected. It all starts with a parable narrate...
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Tag :IRRFAN KHAN
  December 4, 2012, 8:08 am
“Wow! Someone who says there is more to Goa than its beaches!” a colleague teased me when he found out I was trying to reach Goa’s Maquinez Palace in Panjim in time for the 43rd International Film Festival of India. I rightfully did not want to miss the opportunity of seeing how Goans, filmmakers and delegates from throughout the world celebrated 100 years of Indian cinema this 2012. Apart from the international film category, the festival incorporated all-time Bollywood hits as well as several carefully selected films from all over the country, showcasing India’s diversity. From all the films selected for the programme, the following are a few of my favorite picks:Samhitaby Sunil Su...
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Tag :AKSHAY KUMAR
  November 29, 2012, 12:43 am
To most Bollywood viewers abroad, the name Yash Chopra conjures memories of discovering the world of Indian cinema, its emotions, its romance, its beauty and its music.  The king of Bollywood romance passed away on October 21st following a multiple organ failure after succumbing to a serious strain of dengue fever. The film fraternity, friends and family have come to pay their homage at Studio 3 of Yash Raj studios before cremation took place. Colleagues from the film fraternity present at the studio were Shyam Benegal, Gulzar, Tabu, Shah Rukh Khan, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Rishi Kapoor, Vidya Balan, Ranbir Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, Subhash Ghai and Ashutosh Gowariker among many others. Chopra h...
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Tag :YASH CHOPRA
  October 23, 2012, 9:41 pm
More than one 90s queen of Bollywood has set her sights on making a "comeback" with a film that showcases her middle-age talent and beauty. Madhuri Dixit's Aaja Nachle and a more recent Aiyyaa starring Rani Mukherjee have received lukewarm responses, however a rare jewel of Hindi cinema was still to appear with the comeback of Sridevi, who held the coveted role of India's sweetheart for many a year. I believe I have less words to express how strongly I recommend watching English Vinglish than for any other review I have written before. Quite simply because English Vinglish is much better watched than read through another viewer's eyes, as colorful or detailed critics as they may be.  T...
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Tag :ENGLISH VINGLISH
  October 12, 2012, 7:57 pm
Today's film review may be coming a bit late but when the Hindi Cinema Blog comes across witty and fun cinema, we tend to say "better late than never"! Bhooter Bhobishyot is a witty tale that gives us food for thought as it tells us the story of ancient Calcutta mansions which are being increasingly demolished to make way for the construction of modern shopping malls. The catch is that ghosts that inhabited and happily haunted the capital's heritage properties are finding themselves homeless without the civil society or the government doing anything about it! Ayan (Parambrata Chatterjee, who, for Bollywood buffs unfamiliar with Tollywood, is the pitch-perfect actor who starred opposite Vidy...
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Tag :PARAMBRATA CHATTERJEE
  October 1, 2012, 11:56 pm
Long before Ranbir Kapoor, Ileana D'Cruz and Priyanka Chopra faced a stampede in Bangalore a few days ago, Barfi! had entered my consciousness with its adorable trailer. Having watched it at its release, I have searched my words for several hours and would say that the film does not end when one comes out of the cinema hall. This one stays with you well beyond.Barfi! is the story of Murphy/Barfi (Ranbir Kapoor) set in 1970's Darjeeling and Calcutta. Barfi is a mischievous and clever deaf-mute youth who falls in love with Shruti (Ileana D'Cruz). While Shruti feels affection for Barfi, she prefers to marry a man approved by her parents. When several years later, Shruti and Barfi meet again, h...
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Tag :RANBR KAPOOR
  September 15, 2012, 2:06 am
Fanaa is being taken to Brazilian cinemas to woo audiences on the 100th anniversary of Indian cinema.The Kajol-Aamir Khan starrer is the first film to open in 25 different mainstream cinema halls throughout the large Brazilian territory in hopes that the audience will become acquainted with Bollywood cinema and develop a taste for it. If the film does well in its first week, it will continue to run for a second week and possibly increase its screenings to 40 cinemas. The project of its release has been led by Dinesh Sinha and Andre Nascimento, who are at the head of Bollywood Filmes, the new and very first distributor of Indian films in Latin America. They are being supported by the Sao Pau...
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Tag :INDIA
  August 27, 2012, 6:30 pm
Once upon a time there was Tiger... A Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer... a full-blown masala entertainer... what could rake in more box office success? Ek Tha Tiger has been the press' favorite phenomenon this week due to its record breaking success figures and most media is likely to praise and recommend it.The film is a Yash Chopra production with Salman Khan as its main man and therefore makes the movie an entire Salman Khan centered affair, with a fresh-as-a-flower looking Katrina Kaif as his befitting love interest. So let's concentrate on the man! Errrr... on Tiger. The spy agent aliased Tiger makes his first full appearance in the film through a curtain of raining ashes and ci...
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Tag :ADITYA CHOPRA
  August 23, 2012, 8:43 pm
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