In Conversation with Actor Maanvi Gaagroo: “I am a Sucker for Drama”

For those spending hours online, watching YouTube series or liking sharing funny Facebook videos, Maanvi Gagroo needs no introduction. Most commonly identified as the best ideal girlfriend thanks to her stint in the immensely popular TVF series, Maanvi is also a popular name in the theatre circuit. In a freewheeling interview, she spoke her mind on internet content, her Australian-Indian project and of course, TVF. Read on-Continue reading “In Conversation with Actor Maanvi Gaagroo: “I am a Sucker for Drama””

Partners In Rhyme : Amit Trivedi & Amitabh Bhattacharya

Statutory Pleading: Any article on Hindi film music should always be read by playing along the video links embedded in them. Words look bland if there is nothing playing in the background.

May 2012, Hyderabad (Workplace).

The first drops of rainfall in the city have brought smiles on the faces of an otherwise easily irritable group of engineers bored to death in a claustrophobic IT office. People are tuning into their favorite songs for rainy season and for some strange reason the numero uno choice for me since the last 3 years has been “Boondon ke moti…” from Wake Up Sid (2009).Continue reading “Partners In Rhyme : Amit Trivedi & Amitabh Bhattacharya”

Chaalis Chauraasi Movie Review

When you have bumbling robbers,guns,cops, a heist involving lots of money,confusion,mayhem etc, it often results in a good heist flick. Ask Guy Ritchie who has made a career out of helming such heist flicks(Lock Stock and two smoking barrels, Snatch) that have become iconic over they years.

Chaalis Chaurasi or 4084 also has a similar template.  A gang comprising of  a pimp Bobby (Atul Kulkarni), a car thief Albert (Kay Kay Menon), a retired English professor Sir (Naseeruddin Shah) and a drug peddler Shakti( Ravi Kishan) team up to pull one large heist  without a plan and dressed as cops as that would help them to escape easily. But as expected things do not go smoothly resulting in chaos.  Director Hriday Shetty makes a largely enjoyable flick which could have been even better if not for some shortcomings.Continue reading “Chaalis Chauraasi Movie Review”

Top 10 Bollywood Films of 2011

So, another year of multiple Friday releases goes by. And I am sure, quantitatively, we are no way behind any other Film Industry across the world. Though, qualitatively, much leaves to be desired. Nevertheless, there have been doses of entertainment galore for Bollywood – with some nice movies, some nice scripts, some super performances, and like always, some great songs. At the same time, it has also seen the resurrection of women in their own ways. Kareena Kapoor equaled Hema Malini’s record of 4 back-to-back highest grossing movies (of their respective times) – with 3 Idiots, Golmaal 3, Bodyguard and Ra. One. The year’s dreaded Friday – 1st Friday of January – saw a hit movie releasing, that too with two women on helm (not a frequent occurrence). And of course, there’s one lady who snatched the limelight from the Chopras and Johars – ‘the’ Ekta Kapoor. With a diverse repertoire of films under her banner, she is soon attaining the most coveted producer tag.Continue reading “Top 10 Bollywood Films of 2011”