Category Archives: Movies

Are trolls nastier when cricket and Bollywood meet?

By Sunil K. Vaidya

Did Anushka carry drinks for Virat Kohli during a Test match in England? Did she so much as attempt to pad up and join her cricketer husband on the 22-yards between the stumps? Did she banish Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane to third man so she could stand in slip cordon with Kohli? Obviously, that’s an emphatic no. Then what’s all this ruckus about a photograph that was tweeted this past fortnight? Continue reading Are trolls nastier when cricket and Bollywood meet?

Great music can go a long way in elevating even a silly film

By Sushmita Bose

I used to have a slight problem with Hollywood musicals. Unlike Bollywood, where song-and-dance routines are set-pieces (specially designed and, most times, inserted as a side show with no real thread, unless they are playing in the background), American films which claim to be musicals have actors suddenly breaking into a song, impromptu, in an otherwise perfectly “regular” sequence. Continue reading Great music can go a long way in elevating even a silly film

How a once-obese guy rowed across the Atlantic Ocean

By Janice Rodrigues

Omar Nour’s life story reads like something out of a movie. He was born in Egypt, grew up in Switzerland and did his higher education in the US. While he was 29, working as an entrepreneur, he signed up for a triathlon. Today, he is a professional triathlete and one of the first Arabs to row 5000kms across the Atlantic Ocean — what is widely considered the world’s toughest row. It should come as no surprise that there is a documentary based on his ocean adventures. Continue reading How a once-obese guy rowed across the Atlantic Ocean

Why Tom Cruise is on a mission to just remain Ethan Hunt

By Anamika Chatterjee

In 1998, just as I turned 13, my parents decided it was time for me to watch my first Hollywood film — the kind that would have characters in flesh and blood in the real world instead of animated fantasies. My father, a devout follower of Sylvester Stallone, decided it would be a good idea to watch an action film together as a family. Even though my 13-year-old heart craved rom-com, action prevailed! Continue reading Why Tom Cruise is on a mission to just remain Ethan Hunt

Reality can take a hike. My fav films are about young love

By Sushmita Bose

When I was a teenager, Bollywood movies were banned at home — except on rare occasions when Doordarshan would telecast “art” films. The reason was not because they were tawdry or required too much willing suspension of disbelief — but because they showcased “wrong values”. Continue reading Reality can take a hike. My fav films are about young love

Watching a Jurassic Park flick 25 years after the first one

By Lujein Farhat

Dinosaurs are the awe-inspiring behemoths of my childhood. I remember sliding the Jurassic Park VHS tape out of its sleeve, after swearing my three little brothers to secrecy, before popping it into the VCR for a clandestine movie night. Funny how nearly 25 years later, my not-so-little brothers and I went to the late-night premiere of the latest instalment in the series, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. One of my brothers is such a fan that his email signature is still Dr Alan Grant!

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How a bad product plug ruins the fun of a movie

By Sushmita Bose

Welcome to the movies, where the hero (or the heroine) will have to be shown getting behind the wheel at some point, or looking at a watch, or speaking on a phone, or having a cuppa at a café, or checking into a hotel, or proposing (or being proposed to) with a ‘designer’ ring etc etc. So brands jump in to offer their wares/services — and, therefore, their products get noticed. Chances are, they assume, “fans” may just turn into potential consumers. Good for a sales kick.

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