Bollywood

6:45am

Wed July 2, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 7/2/2014

Sandip Roy: Happy Birthday Burman

R.D. Burman

R.D. Burman would have turned 75 last week and Bollywood threw a great birthday bash. 

Sandip Roy and Kronos Quartet violinist David Harrington remember him.

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6:45am

Wed March 19, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 3/19/14

Women vigilantes, real and reimagined

Gulaab Gang Poster

This is a story about two films that are in the eye of a peculiar storm in India.

One is called Gulaab Gang. The other is called Gulaabi Gang with an "I." But in that single "I" lies a world of difference.

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6:45am

Wed February 26, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 2/26/14

The Lunchbox feeds your soul

It may have been passed over for an Oscar nomination, but the New York Times calls The Lunchbox a Bollywood anomaly - a  quiet movie of unexpressed anguish and yearning instead of movies that clutch viewers by the throat and assault them with glamour, pizazz and dancing.

But what’s really surprising about  The Lunchbox is it actually really made a splash in India with a love story so low key, so subtle, one can hardly call it a romance. The lovers don’t meet. They just exchange notes in a lunchbox. Real handwritten notes . About life. And food.

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6:45am

Wed September 25, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 9/25

I Love You Box

a Dabbawala delivers food.
Wikipedia

Love in India is often over the top. In the weekly magazine Open I read about a 30-year old lawyer in the town of Patna. He leaves I love you notes for his girlfriend written in blood. But he doesn’t slit his wrists to do it because  he says one needs to be innovative, not stupid. So it’s a little surprising to find a Hindi film making a splash with a love story so low key, so subtle, one can hardly call it a romance. The lovers don’t meet. They just exchange notes in a lunchbox. Real handwritten notes . About life. And food.

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10:05am

Wed May 15, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 5/158

Indian Cinema Turns 100!

100 Years of Indian Cinema
khwahishen-aisi.blogspot.com

On May 3 1913 D G Phalke stunned Indians with Raja Harishchandra, a melodramatic mythological film he called a performance with 57,000 photographs. He hardly imagined he was giving birth to the biggest film industry in the world.

 

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