Pink (Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, 2016), or whose story is it?

‘Pink’ is a textbook example of the pitfalls of making a film as a star vehicle v/s making a film to tell a story. Increasingly, mainstream Hindi films are only about the stars. I guess the producer and director spend so much time and energy chasing the star to agree to do their film, that when they do get the star, they must milk his/her … Continue reading Pink (Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, 2016), or whose story is it?

english vinglish (2012) – the unstoppable woman

Dhanno and I saw ‘English Vinglish’ (directed by Gauri Shinde) at a trial show early this week. Dhanno thought we were going to a premiere. The difference between a trial and a premiere is the difference between backstage and the limelights. So, Ranbir Kapoor did not show up, much to Dhanno’s disappointment, and the good fortune of my arms which would otherwise have been badly … Continue reading english vinglish (2012) – the unstoppable woman

the house in juhu

In the 15 adult years I’ve lived in Bumm-Bumm-Bhole-Land, I don’t remember how many times I must have told a rickshaw wala, “Juhu, near Amitabh Bachchan‘s bungalow”. If you are going to Prithvi theatre, then you say, “Take it right from Amitabh Bachchan’s bungalow”. Or now, “Take it right from Amitabh Bachchan’s old bungalow”. Even if all you are doing is going to the bank … Continue reading the house in juhu

of stereotypes, sins and genders

Dipali and Pallavi tagged me to list at least ten things I have wanted or done which my gender is not supposed to. Being not just A woman, but an Indian woman, seriously influenced by Hindi cinema, I thought that I am: sadly none of this, whatsoever, no grace, no dancing skills, no utterly, utterly breath-taking beauty. but maybe, a little bit of this – … Continue reading of stereotypes, sins and genders