A Movie to Remember

Inspired by Nicholas Sparks' sister, Danielle Sparks Lewis, who died of cancer in 2000, A Walk to Remember is a film based on a novel by the author. The movie was released in 2002 while the novel was published in the year 1998...

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Top Ten Romantic Movies

Following the footsteps of the very popular HBO’s top ten categories, let me first point out the movies that don’t make it to even the bottom ten (I hope to have ten by the end of this article). I just watched The Holiday starring Kate Winslet...

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Bicycle Thief or Birju?

Indians are very emotional beings. No point in proving it because it stands proven in every action of ours, whether it is a concerned Patil criticizing terror attacks on prime time television or Lalu criticizing Patil himself for his soft stand on terrorism...

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A Tale of Victimisation

For a long, long time the film industry attempted to keep us entertained by churning out film after film about victimized Muslims. Thus, It is easy to understand why I was pleasantly surprised when I heard of Ramchand Pakistani...

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Get Inspired

Based on the book by the same name written by Catherine Ryan Hade, Mimi Leder’s movie, Pay it Forward is a beautiful movie that tells the story of an eleven year old boy, Trevor McKinney (Haley Joel Osment, of the Sixth Sense)...

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Demise of a Different Kind

In an article recently published in The Viewspaper (‘The Demise of Parallel Cinema’ http://theviewspaper.net/cinema/2008/09/4153), the writer has presented (by his own admission) a very bleak and forlorn picture of cinema in India today. However, I felt that his article lacks a certain depth and understanding of cinema that I...

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Khuda Kay Liye

‘Khuda Kay Liye’ or ‘In the name of God’ is a film that created a history of sorts, being the first Lollywood film to be released in India. Directed by Shoaib Mansoor, the film is an eye opener to the unjustifiable myths and controversies related to the Islamic religion...

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STRANGER THAN PARADISE (1984)

Jim Jarmusch's ''Stranger Than Paradise'' tells the story of a self-styled New York hipster, Willie (John Lurie), who is paid a most surprising and quite unwelcome visit by his Hungarian cousin, Eva, played by Eszter Balint When she arrives, Willie treats her with cold indifference...

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Horror: DESI style

During childhood, horror movies for me used to be a major source of entertainment as well as fear. While my cousins and acquaintances of my age group were fascinated by animated and comic films, I was thrilled by only one particular genre.

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Like the Petals of Magnolia…

After the success of Boogie Nights, Paul Thomas Anderson directed Magnolia to achieve critical and commercial acclaim in 1999. The film features an ensemble cast which includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore William Macy and Tom Cruise, among others...

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Real Vs Reel

In a country where entertainment is a huge industry, the question of the reel influencing the real or vice versa is an important one. Not much time has passed when this question was directed only at the so-called ‘art films’the cinema that was beyond the common man’s...

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Rationalising Indian Cinema

Indian cinema certainly needs a revaluation and a revamp. It needs to be beautified (as it was earlier) instead of being vulgarized. There is definitely a need of some kind of parameter to judge where the delicate line is being crossed...

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‘ROCK ON!’: ENSEMBLE BRILLIANCE

‘Rock On!’ is a movie with wings of the youth but values of antiquity. It is a movie with the flavour of the much loved rock genre of music and the heady values of everlasting loveloy alty and friendship. It seems that Indian movies are finally coming of agematuring...

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Dan In Real Life

Directed by Peter Hedges, starring Steve Carell and Oscar-winner Juliette Binoche in the lead, Dan in Real Lifeis a light hearted romantic comedy which has witty, clever jokes throughout...

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Bollywood Raj

Bollywood seems to be one of the reasons why India is so prominent on the global map. True, there are other reasons for it but none of them are as glamorous as the world of Lights, Camera, Action! Bollywood has nowadays become synonymous with instant celebrityhood.

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Mirroring Social Reality

Much like literature, art and music – films are also an important tool used by historians to study the evolution of contemporary society. A film is largely similar to a time capsule that can capture the essence and the mindset of the society at the time in which the...

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Technicolour Dreams

When the Lumiere Brothers introduced Cinema to India in 1896 by releasing six silent short films in Bombay, little did they know that they had opened a Pandora’s Box. A box brimming with color, drama, dance, song, action and everything you could imagine. Over the years, this Cinema has,...

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Censor the Censor Board

The Indian Film Industry is one that thrives on remakes, inspirations and flashes of brilliance whose divine origins can be traced back to a recently released commercial Hollywood Film. So by this very nature of every commercial hit (and leaving aside the films based on “original ideas” – they...

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Bollywood Just Changed!

Watch a Govinda – Karishma Kapoor movie of the nineties and compare it to one of the movies of today, maybe Bheja Fry, and note the difference. You will see how Bollywood has truly witnessed a transformation in the past decade. From the method of storytelling to the variety...

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1994 : Dolby Digital Story

The 1994 movie 1942: A Love Story was a landmark in Indian cinema in many ways. It had the last piece of music by the legendary R.D. Burman. It was, incidentally, also the first Indian film to be given a U/A rating! It was also famous for a reason...

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If Live Was an Indian Movie

Had life been a Indian movie, no mortal soul would have ever complained about not having a life. Life would have been full of resplendent moments. A filmy life would be full of nach gaana, strong, at times, over-exaggerated emotions. Also, a happy ending to one’s life story would...

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Very Very Filmi

“The Indian Film Industry is a bit over-the-top”. This according to me is the world’s greatest understatement. Don’t get me wrong, I am not anti the Indian Film Industry. There have been a number of Indian movies, where the directors and actors have really out-done themselves. But a majority...

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Lets Talk About Kollywood

India is a land of diverse cultures. Diverse cultures give rise to diversity in mindsets and different mindsets make a society. Inspired from society, we have movies which are, apart from being our source of entertainment, an indicator of this society. As such we have various Cinema industries in...

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Our Phillum Imagination

The Indian Film Industry has been India’s major source of identification from time immemorial. It is one of the largest film industries in the world, with millions of dedicated viewers worldwide. India eats drinks and sleeps movies.

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Viewer Inspired Hua

We see them act in movies, judging reality shows, attending dos, and so on. Bollywood stars are literally all over the place. We, the masses, have vested immense power and faith in these celebrities, but do they in turn, inspire us?

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Indian Films vs Hollywood

The never-ending debate goes on. But is the competition really there? Or are they just two complementing terms written on either side of a word? The story behind the Indian Film Industry (the biggest in the world) is that of broadening horizons and vertiginous ambition. It has always been...

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Why The Need For Formula Films?

We have often heard actors, directors and even producers complaining about how certain films were made “way ahead of their time” after they failed to do well at the box office, implying of course that the audience lacked either the sophistication or the intellect, or both, to perceive and...

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Cham Cham Barsa Bollywood

As the monsoons have graced us earlier than expected, the frosty droplets of water from the heavens romance Bollywood like no other season. Come rain, and the season seduces the film industry in a way which is captivating and amazingly imaginative. Filmmakers have covered great lengths to showcase emotions...

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Yeh Hai Bollywood Meri Jaan

Bollywood is that mystical place which seems far from reality…and yet is so real. It is a place which determines the destiny of thousands of people who are a part of it. A place where new stars are created everyday, a place where new stories are unfurled and a...

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If Life was an Indian Movie

Had life been a Indian movie, no mortal soul would have ever complained about not having a life. Life would have been full of resplendent moments. A filmy life would be full of nach gaana, strong, at times, over-exaggerated emotions. Also, a happy ending to one’s life story would...

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Close Up: Abbas Kiarostami

Nama-ye-Nazdik (Close- Up) is part documentary, part fictive recreation of the real story of a man named Ali Sabzian who so admired Mohsen Makhmalbaf, one of Iran’s leading filmmakers, that he pretended to be him...

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Marilyn Monroe – A Biography

Even after being dead for 46 years, her mystical aura lingers on. Her extraordinary life and inexplicable death intrigues one and all.Norma Jean Baker a.k.a Marilyn Monroe, the blond bombshell, has left a lasting impact on the world...

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Bhojpuri Films Cross Barriers

If you thought that the popularity of the "gamcha" wearing star was confined to the small screen and centers, hear this. The Dutch government has acknowledged his contribution to the Bhojpuri Cinema and the language by issuing a postal stamp in his name...

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‘Inspiration’ Or Theft?

I was shocked when I got to know that many popular songs from Bollywood movies were inspired, copied, heavily inspired or straight-lifted from Korean, Chinese or French movies and TV shows. Music composers give various arguments, but is it justified?...

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Mahatma v/s Gandhi (My Father)

“The greatest regret of my life…Two people I could never convince –My Muslim friend Mohammed Ali Jinnah andMy own son Harilal Gandhi.” This line summarizes portrayal of the troubled relationship between Mahatma Gandhi and his eldest son Harilal Gandhi in the film- Gandhi My Father . . .

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