By Nivriti Butalia
Here’s a confession: I sneak stuff into movie halls all the time — to eat, that is. Roasted foxnut (makhana) is my favourite. Either I roast it in the oven (I add kadi pata, ghee, salt or just zaatar and lemon olive oil), or I empty packets (bought from you-know-which-Indian-store) into the largest clean pan I can find. I then oversee the foxnut turn brown, but not too brown, because unwatched makhana burns fast, and the burn smell lingers, and then for 24 hours in the apartment you’re stuck with air that reeks of defeat.
Continue reading Why I sneak munchies into the movies all the time
By Anamika Chatterjee and Dhanusha Gokulan
“The gimmickery reminded me of Zee Horror Show”
Horror entered my life when I was 12 years old. Back then, it was a forbidden genre in our house. My grandmother felt watching ghosts could wreak havoc on my brain. There were many things wreaking havoc on my 12-year-old brain, and a ghost on television couldn’t possibly have made a difference. Or so I thought until one day my mother reluctantly agreed to watch Bees Saal Baad (the 1962 Bollywood thriller) with me. The black-and-white macabre film, coupled with Lata Mangeshkar’s haunting rendition of Kahin Deep Jale Kahin Dil was enough to send a chill down my spine. What the film instilled in me, however, was an appetite for horror. As I aged, the cinephile in me signed a pact with the virtual devil — bring on the horror and I’d deal with it.
Continue reading Does the horror show Ghoul live up to the hype?
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?
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
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
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
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