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 then re … [Read more...]

Israeli Arms firm Rafael uses Bollywood Dance Number to sell Arms in India

Weapon Firms the world over are trying to sell their wares to India.  French, American, Russian and Israeli are on the fore-front.  Most use bribery and corruption in India to make their way through.  Interestingly, an Israeli firm is using some creative juices to get India to buy their weapon systems. The Israeli arms firm Rafael displayed this Bollywood dance number-based marketing video at the recently held Aero India 2009 in Bangalore. This video has been uploaded for the purpose of em … [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 the re … [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 sh … [Read more...]

Army Chief will retaliate at Time & Place of Choice, except that no one knows that “Place” or “Time”!

Statement that the Indian Army Chief has come out with. And it is the same shit all over again. There is no meaning to what he is saying, for he doesn't believe it and nor does anyone else. He is an organizational man and he is speaking more to his rank and file, which is fine. But his directions - fire back on provocation, in a measured way - is again nonsensical. Why measured? Giving out a very strict warning to Pakistan on retaliation to attacks on the LoC in Poonch district, Indian Army … [Read more...]

If Bollywood has established Women as no more than Sex Objects, then why does it protest the rapes so much??

Are the Bollywood just being holier-than-thou when it comes to issues, while in their films they themselves showcase women as sex objects?  People like Mahesh Bhatt, whose heart probably beats for every social ill, which he blames on Religion, is probably the shallowest of them all.No one has used women.. and I want to deliberately have that word here.. USE.... as much as Mahesh Bhatt.  Specifically, in his movies.  Using Porn Stars is not to show the acting talent of a woman actor, but to ti … [Read more...]

6 Trends that Occurred in Bollywood in 2012

THe year 2012 was a great year for the Bollywood films.  A phenomenon which had started with Ghajini a few years back - of megahits earning Rs 100 crores - suddenly became a rush.  This year therefore brought several things into vogue that should change the way things are done in the industry.Loss of Luminaries:  As the new trends took over and the new brigade came up on the horizon, the industry also lost some of the greatest that the Indian film screen has seen.  Bollywood greats who died thi … [Read more...]

Shailendra: The Great Hindi Lyricist of Bollywood – Tribute on Death Anniversary

Today is Shailendra's Death Anniversary.  And it also happens to be Raj Kapoor's Birth Anniversary!  Dedicating this song to BOTH of them, which happens to be one of my all-time favorites!Shailendra (August 30, 1923 – December 14, 1966) was born Shankardas Kesarilal.  He was by far one of the greatest Hindi lyricist to have graced the Indian Cinema along with his peers Neeraj and Pradeep.  Indian film industry has been dominated by Urdu lyricists and pure, profound and good Hindi poetry has b … [Read more...]