Films

A Cinema of Ideas, A World of Images

A Cinema of Ideas, A World of Images

If there ever was an image of the Bengali intellectual filmmaker—Goutam Ghose is it. The shirt, the jeans, the unruly hair, and beard. You just need a cloth bag slung over his shoulder to complete the image of the serious socialist filmmaker dissecting Costa Gavras...
House That Roared

House That Roared

SHAKTI—THE POWER . Director: Krishna Vamsi. Players: Nana Patekar, Karisma Kapoor, Sanjay Kapoor, Shahrukh Khan, Deepti Naval, Ritu Shivpuri, Jai Gidwani. Music: Ismail Darbar and Anu Malik. Theatrical release. Now that Sridevi has turned to producing films, her first...
Signing in Hollywood

Signing in Hollywood

Now that John Woo (Face Off ), Jackie Chan (Rush Hour ), and Ang Lee (The ce Storm ) have become established names on this side of the Pacific, the most recent significant “ethnic” wave in Hollywood comprises names like Kapur, Nair, Chandrasekhar, and, of course,...

Patriot Games

The Legend of Bhagat Singh Director: Rajkumar Santoshi. Players: Ajay Devgan, Sushant Singh, Raj Babbar, Farida Jalal, Amrita Rao. Theatrical release with English subtitles (Eros). The phenomenal success of the patriotic-themed Gadar has resulted in the arrival of not...
Love in the Ruins

Love in the Ruins

Devdas Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Players: Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Madhuri Dixit, Jackie Shroff, Vijayendra, Kiron Kher. Music: Ismail Darbar. Lyrics: Nusrat Badr. Theatrical release with English subtitles, (Eros). As an Indian screen and stage fixture...

NRI Number One

The expatriate in films is nothing new. Casablanca starring Humphrey Bogart as the suave, mysterious Rick in Morocco remains the top favorite 60 years after its release in America. Although expat characters’ lives are traditionally painted as being...