Bollywood posts

It’s Friday Dance Time.

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Babita Kapoor and Biswajeet get all gender-bender on us in this classic.

Yo, Mr. Moustache, I think I just found our entry for the *PMH talent show. Practice starts tomorrow.
Happy Friday, jaans!
Film: Kismat
Song: Kajra Mohabbat Wala
Year: 1968
Composer: O.P.Nayyar

Fool marks

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

The smartest thing about “3 Idiots” is that director Raju Hirani uses the student crowd of his IIT-inspired engineering college as a laughter track. This means when an idiotic joke is cracked, everyone in the audience thinks the next person laughed and so they laugh too. Which is ironic because one of the things that [...]

A Blue Mood

Friday, December 18th, 2009

It’s Friday, the day when new movies hit the movie theatres and the film world hopes like hell that all of us will scurry to the box office and buy tickets for the week’s releases. The news this Friday is that all the theatres with James Cameron’s Avatar are full. There were 700 prints of [...]

It’s Friday Dance Time.

Friday, November 20th, 2009

This one goes out to Mr. Patel….Hope your trip this week from Bombay to Goa was great as this tune. Have a great weekend everyone!

Film: Bombay to Goa
Song: Listen to the Pouring Rain
Year: 1972
Composer: R.D. Burman

It’s Friday Dance Time.

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Film: Laawaris
Song: Apni tu jaise taise
Year: 1981
Composer: Kalyanji Anandji

Boy zone

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Apparently, if you’re a guy from South Mumbai — sorry, SoBo; for South Bombay, naturally — then there’s a new way to hit on a girl. You go up to her and pretend to be a dude from Andheri. This involves saying things like, “Hey, wanna dance?” (with dance pronounced with a Texan twang) or [...]

HR report

Friday, October 16th, 2009

I think I just saw the greatest moviee ever made. No, that is not a typo. Aap Kaa Surroor - The Moviee The Real Luv Story has given me joy, rekindled my faith in Bollywood and reminded me that while spelling is sacred, it’s a distant second to fun. Plus, it’s got me out of [...]

It’s Friday Dance Time.

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Sometimes, the Disco King just can’t be beat. This tune is utterly perfect: from the choice of playback singers to the picturization, from Anil Kapoor “break-dancing” to Amrita Singh breaking hearts. I have all the steps memorized. Come, friends, let us DANCE!

Film: Saaheb
Song: Yaar Bina Chain Kahan Re
Composers: Bappi Lahiri
Year: 1985

Hollywood Cracking Down On Bollywood

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

MUMBAI — For years, Indian producers have paid Hollywood the ultimate compliment: knocking off American films scene-for-scene and turning them into Bollywood blockbusters.
Now, Hollywood is paying Bollywood a compliment of its own. Instead of ignoring the plagiarism, American moviemakers have begun suing their counterparts in India, a sure sign that this country’s booming, $2.2 billion-a-year [...]

Samplin’ Swedes

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Ok, here’s a bonus post before the weekend, courtesy of our boy in Rennes, France.
I never realized Britney Spears’ megahit Toxic, which was produced by the Swedish duo Bloodshy & Avant (a.k.a Miike Snow), sampled a film tune. The song they sampled is called “Tere Mere Beech Mein” from the film “Ek Duuje Ke [...]

It’s Friday Dance Time.

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Have a great weekend everyone!
Dont forget to signup for the *PMH Giveaway. Enjoy…..

Film: Zakhmee
Year: 1975
Song: Nothing Is Impossible
Composer:Bappi Lahiri

I’ve got mail

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

There are days when being a journalist isn’t equal to being underpaid, ignored, abused, overworked and generally equated with a beast of burden. Sometimes, it’s a journey of discovery that begins in your Inbox. Most of the time, the Inbox is full of nonsense notifications like the one that informed me that Nandana Sen is [...]

You Can’t Copyright No Beats

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Kabul Se Aaya Hai from Palay Khan. Featuring a sample from Tears for Fear’s The Working Hour.

Absent mark

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

With Bollywood producers and distributors on strike, here’s a sample of what is playing in the theatres now: “Martian Child“, “New Police Story 5“, “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly“, “Dashavatar” and “Iron Maiden Flight 666“. Last week, the Times of India had an ad that claimed “Mr. Bean’s Holiday” was being brought back [...]