Jiah Khan’s suicide: Cocooned, Sanitized lives which fret mental blues are a curse

Khan at Nokia Lumia 920 launch party (courtesy Wikimedia)

Jiah Khan, a buddying actress in Bollywood, was recently found dead in her apartment in Bollywood.  The 25-year old's body was found hanging in the apartment by her mother.  She had started her career in a very talked about movie, Nishabd, opposite Amitabh Bachchan. From such a heady start to a lady in personal ruin, would have been a very tough and terrible journey.  In the aftermath of her death, many details are coming out, which suggest that her main issue in life was love life and … [Read more...]

Keanu Reeves in New York subway: Some stars are simple

This guy reading the newspaper on the subway is Keanu Reeves.  And he is travelling in the New York subway just like other millions of commuters.  It seems that the New Yorkers either don't care or are just acting cool.  However, he not just travels in public transport but is actually quite a gentleman. The Matrix star has had a tough life: His father was arrested when he was 12 for drug dealing and his mother was a stripper. His family moved to Canada and there he had several step … [Read more...]

Femina, India’s Women Mag, makes Publishing history with first Fully Crowd-sourced issue

Publishing in India is undergoing a lot of change.  Of all the publications, Femina has made an interesting foray into "CrowdSourcing".  It's first Crowdsourced issues has hit the stands as we speak.  The content has been completely contributed by the readers themselves. Their credo was - If you have got a story, we have got the space. There was a time when Femina was at the forefront of Women's magazines... and then reading Femina became an anti-Feminist activity.  Now, by inviting the … [Read more...]

Indian Rock Bands: Journey over the years – from 1980s to today

India, a country of varied music traditions, also found its youth experimenting with Rock music.  And in the 1980s some pioneering bands like Indus Creek, Euphoria and Skinny Alley came up.  They started with experiment using Rock and Folk.  Over the last decade, the Indian bands have grown in their production quality and also gone past the fusion experimentation to do more Rock mainstream work.  Here is a cool infographic that shows the entire journey.  Click on the image for a larger … [Read more...]

When a 19-year old Indian kid got a personally hand-written letter from The Steven Spielberg!

Sometimes, for those who have a dream and the dreams include a hero - a living hero sometimes - such dreams come true.  Krishna Shenoi is "a nineteen year old Indian kid who enjoys making movies, books, art and other stuff like that..".  He made one small film on Steven Spielberg, which he called " animated tribute to my hero, filmmaker Steven Spielberg". And then one day he got this letter, one that he would have hardly imagined would come by his way. Dear Krishna, Steven saw your animated … [Read more...]

Rise of Indian TV and movies will drive revenues exponentially for media

India's media market, specifically the TV is increasing at a rapid pace.  After China, it is the largest market.  And it will keep at it. With TV sets in 167 million households (second only to China) and a government plan in place to increase the number of internet users from 94 million (out of a population of 1.2 billion) in 2011 to 175 million by 2017 and 600 million by 2020, the prospects for growth are enormous. This increase in the households and eyeballs for the TV will also increase … [Read more...]

Can a Spider’s web stop a train (like in Spiderman 2)?

Can a spider's web stop a subway train, say in NYC?  What will it take for a spider's web to do so?  Or was the scene where Spiderman stops the train by his web just a useless fantasy? A group of students went into this question and surprisingly found out that some spiders can surely stop a train .. and have some tensile strength to spare! First, the team calculated how much four R160 New York City subway cars — packed with a total of 984 people — would weigh (about 200,000 kilograms, or … [Read more...]

How a Movie Trailer can predict its success

Tonight is the Oscar night.  A night when the well made movies triumph.  But what happens on the Box Office?  Does a movie trailer make it a success?  Can it predicts how well it will do?  Well, one company does think so. According to the Innerscope Research study, if a film’s trailer fails to reach a specific emotional engagement threshold (65), it will very likely generate less than $10 million in revenue on opening weekend; a film whose trailer exceeds a certain level (80) will very … [Read more...]

How an Art Collector may have bought a Vinci masterpiece (valued at $100 mn) for just $22k

This is an incredible story of an art collector who bought a painting for $22,000; that may turn out to be an unknown masterpiece by Leonardo Da Vinci - now being called La Bella Principessa. The facts and evidence line up so much along the lines of it being a Vinci, that the critics sound crazy. In any case watch the story in this very interesting and well done documentary by... who else.. PBS! Watch Mystery of a Masterpiece on PBS. See more from NOVA. … [Read more...]

Filmfare Awards: When Pakeezah and Bobby lost Best Film and Music category, and Mughal-e-Azam lost to Parakh

I was watching the Filmfare Awards nite on Sony yesterday.  Of course these days Filmfare or any other movie awards shows are not just about who won and who didn't.  They are more about performances and MCing.  Well, in yesterday's 2013 award show, I would say that Hrithik Roshan's performance of the Ganpati song was hands down one of the best ever. As much credence that is given to these movie awards, I wanted to see which movies had really won the awards in yester-years, when the pomp and … [Read more...]