By Sushmita Bose
The trailer of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati has just hit the ground running (there’s a hopelessly intriguing story doing the rounds that since Alauddin Khilji invaded Chittor in 1303 AD, the trailer was released at IST 13.03 on October 9 — 1.03pm). And though the film’s title may lead you to believe it’s hinged around Padmavati (or Rani Padmini of Chittor) — played by Deepika Padukone — for me, there was only one takeaway from the trailer. Continue reading Rooting for the screen version of a plunderer named Khilji
By Anamika Chatterjee
In Hindi cinema’s social calendar, October 11 is no ordinary date. It is a day when — amid reams of listicles and slice-of-life pieces on ‘India’s greatest superstar’ — a fan of Hindi cinema re-examines his relationship with Amitabh Bachchan. Of course, it helps that it happens to be his birth anniversary. This week, he turned 75. Continue reading How to rediscover yourself at 75. Ask Mr Bachchan
By Anita Iyer
Meet him at the fountain in front of the pile gate at 9.30am, he said. And further, “I shall be carrying a Targaryen flag,” my guide for the walking ‘Game of Thrones tour’ said in his Croatian accent on the phone, and hung up. Continue reading Guess what the GOT crew had to carry up and down stairs?
By Disha Dadlani
A song has been stuck in my head since the past few days. I can’t tell you what song it is, and I can’t hum it for you. I don’t know the language, neither does American TV anchor Jimmy Kimmel, but he’s in love with it too. Most recently, Jimikki Kammal, a fun and catchy Malayalam song took over the Internet, and in no time, it became a water cooler conversation topic; it’s been labelled ‘Tamil Nadu and Kerala’s Despacito,’ and made its way into flash mobs in colleges. Who knows, soon Ellen DeGeneres may dance to it too! Continue reading So what really is the formula to go viral? Actually, #dunno