A furious backlash against two Bollywood stars who complained of rising intolerance in India has highlighted the film industry’s uneasy relationship with politics, in contrast to Hollywood where celebrities are often lauded for their activism. Superstars Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan were accused of being unpatriotic after suggesting Hindu-majority …Read More »
As endorsements go, it doesn't get any bigger or more complementary than this.
Bollywood super-producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra's Hollywood debut has received fulsome praise from no less a figure than 'Avatar' and 'Titanic' director James Cameron.
Cameron describes Chopra's 'Broken Horses' as a "Spare and Lean" film that "wraps around the viewer".
It's the kind of description normally reserved for independent filmmakers, not one of Bollywood's commercially successful filmmakers.
Chopra, 62, is responsible for such iconic films as the sweeping romance '1942: A Love Story' through the socially conscious monster hit '3 Idiots', the hugely successful 'Munna Bhai' series and PK - Bollywood's first $100 million blockbuster - Chopra.
Whilst they were all extremely entertaining, subtle or sparse they were not.
'Broken Horses' appears to be the very antithesis of Chopra's usually gregarious films - dark, moody and taut.
In fact, Cameron compares the film to a Steinbeck novel.Read More »
The passing of his father Yash Chopra appeared to have paved the way for Uday Chopra to go beyond his less-than-illustrious acting career by helping set up the international production and financing arm of Yash Raj Films. Now, it seems, the first major Hollywood production under the new Los Angeles-based …Read More »
Former Indian Tennis pro turned mega Hollywood producer Ashok Amritraj has lamented the “lack of recognition” for screenwriters in India, saying it is hindering progress for cinema in the subcontinent. The producer behind Hollywood blockbusters such as ‘Double Impact’, ‘Get Carter’ and the ‘Ghost Rider’ sequel said writers with creative …Read More »
Not only known for being an incredibly versatile actor but one who so naturally portrays challenging and “out of the ordinary” characters, Nawazuddin Siddiqui has certainly left an impression on the Indian film industry. Reportedly, Siddiqui is willing to pursue Hollywood as long as he is playing roles that do …Read More »
The Big B’s predominance in the cast list for The Great Gatsby is not a mere fluke – he really does deserve that credit based on a suave and spot-on performance as shady businessman Meyer Wolfsheim. A lot has been written and said about DiCaprio and Mulligan and whether they …Read More »
Amitabh Bachchan has attempted to play down his cameo in ‘The Great Gatsby’, saying it was “just a friendly gesture” rather than his “Hollywood debut” as some commentators have suggested. The senior Bachchan’s comments come days after he appeared on the red carpet at the films’ world premier in New …Read More »
A bit-part Indian American has been charged with trying to extort millions of dollars from a number of US-based business moguls, including Oscar-winning film producer Harvey Weinstein. Vivek Shah, 25, has reportedly had small roles on ‘Bones’ and ‘Outsourced’ and an un-credited role the in the batman movie ‘The Dark …Read More »
The heat is damp and stifling, the sound that fills the air at once distinctive and surreal. Hundreds of cut-throat razors are at work, scraping rapidly, in a hall packed with girls and women, like so many sheep at a shearing. Thick, dark clumps of hair flop down into baskets …Read More »
Bollywood director duo Abbas and Mustan Burmawala certainly share numerous skills between them, most notably rehashing and ‘Indianizing’ Hollywood movies. But it surely must take a very special kind of skill to take a legendary film with a classic heist and ruin it totally and absolutely for there can be …Read More »