Month: July 2017

Variety: Priyanka Chopra Developing Comedy Series About Bollywood Star at ABC

Hell yeah! ABC is developing a comedy series about a former Bollywood star executive produced by Priyanka Chopra, Variety has learned exclusively. The currently untitled single-camera series would follow a former Bollywood star who settles down in the suburbs of America with her bi-cultural family and tries to bring her colorful lifestyle to an otherwise dull town. The series… Read More ›

“Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu” (Howrah Bridge, 1958)

It takes at least a week to get this song out of your head. A week if you are lucky. And then you start mindlessly humming, and suddenly the song is back. “Mere Naam Chin Chin Chu” is a famous song, one of the oldest, most recognizable item numbers. It was a star turn for… Read More ›

Angoor movie poster

Review: Angoor (1982)

I love Shakespeare, and I like movie adaptations of his works, and I enjoy that Angoor doesn’t entirely trust its audience. Most movies are content to include a quick “based on.” Angoor begins with an elaborate introduction, explaining how great Shakespeare is, and explaining the basic premise. Trust the direction and editing to convey the… Read More ›

Saawariya movie poster

Saawariya (2007)

I have seen Saawariya just once, in 2008. It was literally the only Bollywood movie available on iTunes to rent. Amazon’s streaming service was in its infancy, and I didn’t have any kind of Netflix account (though I would be able to rent Om Shanti Om a few months later). But I needed some Bollywood…. Read More ›

still from the Just Dance video game

Just dance with SRK

When the movie ends, I want to dance. Bollywood actors and actresses are so talented, they make dancing look so effortless (and the ones who aren’t technically proficient at least look like they are having fun). And with an item song or closing song in my head, I think I can do it, too. I’m… Read More ›

“Chammak Challo” (Ra.One, 2011)

“Chammak Challo” is an infectious, joyful earworm with a video featuring two attractive stars dancing and being charming. While not an item song in the traditional sense, it topped a number of charts around the world and was an important part of the marketing for Ra.One. The lyrics are simple and set to a beat… Read More ›

Mary Kom poster

Review: Mary Kom (2014)

Mary Kom tells a story that is still too often ignored: that of a female athlete. Based on the life of Olympic boxer Chungneijang Mery Kom Hmangte, the film chronicles Kom’s entrance into boxing, struggles with gender, class, and racial politics, her successes, her marriage and children, and her return to the sport. The film… Read More ›

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