Scales the Great Wall of China
Indian films have attracted more Chinese eyeballs than anything else. They have done in a couple of years what diplomacy has been unable to do in over five decades. Hindi-Chini bhai bhai is being said over films and peppy numbers
When Eric Su (32) croons "Chaali aa thou chaali aa"
from Aradhana with what you call, to borrow a term from John
Keats' Ode to Nightingale, full-throated-ease, his singing
evokes fun. He is quite aware that this is one of the best songs from
Hindi cinema. Su knows more than many Indians about Bollywood. He has
watched Lagaan, Ghajini, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge,
Chandni Chowk to China, Don, Robot, Slumdog Millionaire,
3 Idiots, My Name is Khan and several other Hindi movies
— of course with English sub-titles — on the internet and in
When a corporate head
honcho decides to break out of his trappings and resume his rock
music, Vin Sinners, a hard rock band emerges
are changing. Corporate CEOs are sporting long hair and rockers are
opting for crew cuts. Well then, how does vice-president-cum-rocker
Vinesh Nair manage his image? While he strikes financial deals as
vice-president of the Global Marketing and Communications in formal
shirts and short hair, as the evening draws, he transforms into Vin,
the front man of Dubai-based metal rock band Vin Sinner in black
leather and inked arms.
At 77, cricket coach
Gurcharan Singh serves the game with the same verve and vitality as
when he started at 17
M. S. Unnikrishnan
years sit lightly on his slight shoulders, as he keeps a punishing
schedule every day of the week — from 9 a.m to 7 p.m Eighteen years
after he retired from the Sports Authority of India in New Delhi as
the chief cricket coach, Gurcharan Singh is still as active as ever.
Senior National Boxing Champion in the light welterweight category,
finds a role model in Akhil Kumar
can go any lengths to
follow their passion. Mandeep Jangra, current Senior National Boxing
Champion in the light welterweight (64 kg) category, was one of those.
He lied, concealed it from his parents and, at times, was severely
reprimanded and even got beatings from his father.
The proposal to convert R K
Narayan’s house into a state government-funded memorial has,
unfortunately, got entangled in a controversy
No house for the Malgudi Man
10 years ago, I fulfilled my long-cherished desire to see R K
Narayan's house in Mysore, where he had penned his endearing,
tragic-comic tales and novels of Malgudi. The quaint, fictional town
exists everywhere yet nowhere. With Narayan's magic the landmarks and
landscapes of Mysore, visible from his Yadavgiri house then,
transformed into Malgudi's skyline.
On a tea trek
It drives Sri Lanka's GDP. It
is an employment generator and brings the fringe benefits of fame —
the eminence of the famous Ceylon Tea
Preeti Verma Lal
is liquid wisdom'. At 6,000-ft above sea level driving through a misty
cloud forest and tidily terraced tea gardens in Haputale, Sri Lanka,
an anonymous wit's repartee is the last temptation. Tea is all around.
Not merely as liquid wisdom but as the sole reason for everything else
Cinema within cinema
Many a filmmaker has turned
the spotlight on the lives of movie stars as well as themes concerning
the film industry
Shoma A. Chatterji
Bhandarkar’s Heroine and Zoya Akhtar’s Luck By Chance reveal
Indian filmmakers’ obsession to unfold some stories within the
industry. The audience gets an insight into cinema as an art form,
cinema as a mirror to society, cinema that reflects social concern and
as a tool of expression for the filmmaker. Most filmmakers, wittingly
or unwittingly, tend to make, at least, one self-reflexive
film-within-a-film at some time or another.
Kareena Kapoor in Heroine.
cartoonist-turned-politico, Balasaheb Thackeray, commanded a great
influence over Bollywood
commanding persona, his flowing saffron robe, rudraksh beads
entwined in his hands, shawl on his shoulders, his quick silver wit
and sharp speeches made the charismatic Balasaheb Thackery not only
Maharashtra’s beloved leader but also a great muse for filmmakers.
a wow wedding film
Read on to know the secrets
of shooting a great wedding movie:
is Cool: People insist on
increasing the duration of shots in general and movie in particular.
This only makes their movie look drab and never-ending. Trust your
wedding film-maker when he/she tells you to keep it crisp. Anyway, you
will not be watching those never-ending repetitive videos so why make
them in first place?
A gift of love!
"Can I see my
baby?" the happy new mother asked. When
the bundle was nestled in her arms and she moved the fold of cloth to
look upon his tiny face, she gasped. The doctor turned quickly and
looked out the tall hospital window. The baby had been born without