At Beth Loves Bollywood, Beth shares her top ten films of 2012–and adds special recognition categories such as: “Women Doing Stuff,” “Hip-Flicking Earworm,” and “The Unpopular Movie That Has A Surprising Number of Supporters and We’re Vocal About It.”
Todd Stadtman assembles a list of India’s mightiest film superheroes for The Times of India!
Indian actor Dara Singh has died. In remembrance, Todd from Die, Danger, Die, Die, Kill! has gathered together all his pieces about Singh’s films. The Times of India has responses from fans and filmmakers. The BBC has an obituary.
“The ‘Ramsay Brothers,’ as they are called, have in these films, and in India’s first horror show on television, featured ghosts, ghouls, monsters, zombies, witches, vampires and every conceivable version of things that go bump in the night. Mostly, they’ve been the first to do so.” More on the Ramsay Brothers and Hindi film horror [...]
Beth Loves Bollywood responds to Firstpost‘s “My favourite bimbo: Why America loves brain-dead Bollywood”:
At Bollywood Journal, Beth Watkins takes a look at rare Bollywood cinema showcards being displayed in Toronto.
At Bollywood Journal, Beth Watkins writes about her favorite Hindi film pairing: “Shashitabh,” aka, Shashi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan. “The joy of the pairing is the actors’ chemistry, no matter what roles they are playing.”
Beth Watkins brings Hindi film disco to the Wall Street Journal’s blog (with plenty of links). “Disco might just be the pop music soul mate of Hindi films, though it’s not like Bollywood ever needs an excuse to bust out the skin-tight shiny costumes, the opulent sets or the pulsating light design.”
“Don’t fuck with Bajirao Singham.” Cars roll, guns are drawn and Bajirao Singham tears a lamp post up and hits a guy with it in this trailer for Singham, a remake of the Tamil action film, Singam, directed by Hari and starring Surya Sivakumar.
There have been many, many adaptations of Jane Eyre–from the first talkie in which Jane sings Schubert to an all out musical in the 1990s/2000s. So, of course, there is a Bollywood adaptation of Jane Eyre called, Sangdil in which “Rochester (here Shankar) and Jane (Kamla) were childhood friends[.]“
Need a little more genre poured into your head? Listen up to the monstertastic Monster Island Resort and the horrorific Conversations in the Dark. Don’t forget our good friends Todd from 4DK and Tars Tarkas as they discuss the eternal awesomeness of Polly Shang Kuan at Infernal Brains! and Fighting Femmes, Fiends and Fanatics for [...]
The poster for Paa calls it “A Very Rare Father-Son, Son-Father story.” It’s a rare father and son story where Abhisheck Bachchan plays the father of a 13-year-old boy with progeria. And who plays his prematurely aging son? His real life father, Amitabh Bachchan. Todd at 4DK has more. The Economic Times interviews Abhishek Bachchan [...]
The New York Asian Film Festival wants to help you escape joblessness, global pandemics and despair. Why don’t you let it? (Info here).
“Where Hollywood’s films were full of urban grit and cinema verité style, Bollywood’s were full of blinding color and outlandish levels of artifice. This did not, however, deter Indian B movie king Mohammed Hussain from forging ahead with a remake of Don Segal’s Dirty Harry – one in which he attempted to meld those two [...]
If you look at these pictures of the death trap in Main Balwaan, you’ll just wonder why you don’t have one already. No pesky heros, just peace and quiet. And guys picking parts out of your death trap. So maybe you shouldn’t look if you think it might break your heart…
Like King Ghidorah, Kaiju Shakedown has succumbed to market forces. Again. Hopefully like King Ghidorah, Kaiju Shakedown will rise again. Kaiju Shakedown’s writer, Grady Hendrix, is taking some time to figure out how.
The Sparrow soundtrack is as smooth and cool as Simon Yam in a relaxed fit suit. Grady Hendrix agrees, and then adds Bollywood for your immediate listening pleasure. Immediate in the sense of clicking through.