Does Bollywood appeal more to women?

It’s not that I have an answer. I am just putting out the question into cyberspace waiting for enlightenment.  Do Indian men enjoy your typical Bollywood story. Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love first. then things start going wrong. Eventually all obstacles are overcome, feuding families reunited and then there is a wedding. I would say that comprises a good 65- 70% of all Bollywood movies.

Are women more attracted to the magic of falling in love, wanting to see it over and over in film… because either we are approaching that stage of marriageable age, or we are in it, or grown out of it, looking back nostalgically.. I am a sucker for romantic comedies and probably that won’t change until I die.  It’s only natural then that I found Bollywood or Bollywood found me. I always feel seriously insulted when somebody puts down Bollywood movies. Usually the harshest criticism comes from the testosterone high corner.

But afterwards, when I recoil introspectively, I can see things more clearly. I will never get tired of the predictable Boy Meets Girl sagas because I guess I am in love with love. It feels nice, warm and cozy. As much as I can appreciate a more complicated story, or a political drama like Raajneeti, a thriller like Johnny Gaddaar, I won’t watch those twice.

Romantic comedies like Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge,  or Jab We Met, or Band Baaja Baarat, or Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, I will re-watch ten times while hoping and waiting for the next one to hit the theaters soon. It’s because they make me feel good and positive about life. The tingling sensation of falling in love, I enjoy it even if it’s only on screen. My basement is packed with DVDs of good and very serious movies that I will never watch again. The romantic comedies always get lost fast because I start lending them to my girlie friends, who may not even watch them and or forget to return them. Eventually everyone forgets. Usually they pop up when it’s time to move to a new location and you get or make a phonecall “remember the DVD..”

I would really like to know how Indian men are feeling about Bollywood rom-coms.  Do they like them? Do they hate them?  hate them only outwardly, in front of friends, so they will not be labeled as nerds and sissies?  Do they consider them ridiculous and watch them only to see hot women in hot pants (or hot saris)?  do they go to the movies to pacify their wives, girlfriends? do they get as touched by the muse of love? are  men suckers for love and romance, as we are..

I still haven’t figured it out.



I feel so bad for Pankaj Kapur.. :-( and Shahid for that matter. I sincerely hope Emraan will start looking for a different occupation, there must be something else he likes… other than acting, like selling Ferraris..shayed :-)

Pavan R Chawla

Shah Rukh and Salman Khan’s much hyped films ‘Ra.One’, ‘Ready’ and ‘Bodyguard’, are competing
for the worst film trophy at the fourth annual Golden Kela awards, a spin off on Hollywood’s Razzies, says this PTI report I’m reproducing here.
The awards, says the report, are to be given in March, and recognise and honour the best of the worst in Hindi cinema by audience poll. The awards are hosted by comedian Cyrus Broacha.
Other films in this list are ‘Mausam’, ‘Singham’ and F.A.L.T.U, which has also won a worst actor nod for lead actor Jackie Bhagnani and worst supporting actor nods for Angad
Bedi, Puja Gupta and Chandan Roy Sanyal.
Ajay Devgn and Sanjay Dutt’s turn as ‘Rascals’ has earned them a nomination in the worst actor category where they will be seen competing with Emraan Hashmi (Murder 2), Ranveer Singh
(Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl) and Imran…

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Who’s King in Bollywood?

Numero Uno. This is not an easy question to answer! Ever since I started watching Bollywood movies a few years back, I recall  this debate  going on, correction: Raging on! cuz nothing is taken lightly in India…  To the chagrin of  the stars and their entourages involved and to the amusement of audiences – like me, the heated debate of who is Nr.1  is a gladiator fight of gladiatorist proportions. We are in awe.  Let’s look at the contenders. Throughout the 80s 90s up to today this hard-fought for position has been held by a variety of stars:

Shah Rukh Khan  Some call him King.  Some call him dated.  Since his flamboyant debut in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge,  he has been the frontrunner. Not just because of his movies, but the man is just Mr. Charisma Inc.  SRK has a long list of hits under his belt. He’s the desi equivalent of a Beatle in the 60s. When he’s in a generous mood he will come to the balcony of his home and wave to his fans. Yes, he is THAT big. and on top, the most charismatic of all the Indian actors. When he talks to people he will make steel melt, he’s so personable. His last movies were commercial successes but the throne is standing on slippery grounds. Personally, I couldn’t connect to any of his last five or six films. I wasn’t crazy about any but you can’t say that loud because he has millions of fans who will die for him and who will go on barricades. I think he needs not to worry. If #1 is passe, we’ll invent a new category for him.  (like they do at the Zee awards..) or we’ll just make him a Lifetime Hero.



Aamir Khan.  That doesn’t sit well with Aamir and no. they are not brothers. They are  frenemies, less fr more en.  He has made a few good movies.  His wife Kiran Rao is also someone to watch.  A powerful union.  Aamir pretends he doesn’t care if he is #1 or #2 but that’s bullshit.  I mean this man is box office gold and doesn’t need to worry about public placements. I loved him best in his older movies and my favorite is Earth!  He makes really good movies.  He is known as a perfectionist, so he takes his sweet time to get it right. People say he is shy. But he is not so shy when it comes to promote his movies! I am looking fwd to his next.


an older picture but he looks so sexy here :-)


Salman Khan, who has been called dead and history more than once ALWAYS bounces back. He has found the success formula with his heroes. But they are getting old. And so does he.  Whenever he reemerges with his big world embracing smile he holds firmly in his fist Box Office Numbers. They are on his side. For the time being. Salman is a party crasher as much as he is a honey-bee. I know lots of people who say he’s the one and only king. The best thing is, he believes it.  The beautiful thing about Salman is his eternal optimism.  It will keep him in the cradle of his all adoring fans.






Hrithik Roshan . I love the fact that he is back on the throne and people start putting him back into  a possible #1 position. Who would have thought after  Kites and Guzaarish? those movies could have easily been the nails for the fame coffin.  I was sure, he’d phoenix himself out of it.  I liked Kites, btw. couldn’t understand why it was demolished. I celebrate his return with his last two hits:  Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Agneepath.  It feels like he has never left the stadium. Here, Hrithik, you earned the laurels! We’ll make you Kaiser.





There is hope then for Akshay Kumar‘s big come-back. I know it’s around the corner. His fans have never abandoned him. He has a steady footing. He is just such an adorable guy. It’s hard not to love him.  I wrote about him in a different post, so I  would  just reiterate which is boring.  Akshay dearest, I will always love you, adore you and watch all your movies.   for therapeutic reasons.  much cheaper than a shrink and less fattening than digging into a pot of chocolate icecream.  It must be the punjabi background  that fills him with irresistible flair and energy… Punjabis know how to celebrate!


this picture didn’t come bigger. but you are, in our hearts… :-)



Fact is, in India, you can be launched into the Nr.1 position with one single boxoffice success, and the movie can stink, the acting being rainbow high over the top. If it appeals to the masses and turns box office revenues into golden cows, you’ll be Nr. One.  But that’s not the only reason. Who is King in Bollywood depends largely on politics, not on movies.

Fans are politically divided and so are their opinions on their stars. Indian fans are not your regular star struck fans. They are MOLOTOV cocktails!!  just go to the Indian cinema board on Imdb and throw in a catch phrase, Aamir Khan is the best!  see what happens.

In my humble opinion, I am not Muslim, Hindu or Quarterback, all these stars will have to take a deep breath because YOUNGER ones will be tomorrow’s superstars. But maybe the whole concept is antiquated.  Maybe that era is already fading. Kids have shorter attention spans. They will not come in drones anymore  and wait for days to get a glimpse of their adored King XYZ. They won’t have time. The economy and making good money will keep them busy. Kingdoms are so yesterday.



Except the kingdom of  Amitabh Bachchan.

and let’s not get started on the Queens….








Konkoma Sen Sharma’s rainbow colors



Do you miss her?  I am very happy to know she is embracing the wonderful experience of motherhood and it’s the most important role in a woman’s life, but I feel deprived.

Konkona Sen Sharma  is  a divine actress.  She is born for the screen.  She has a range of emotions that is unmatched, a rainbow of emotions.  I like this picture because it displays her cattiness, her playfulness, she is teasing you. But she can also break your heart, at least make it stop for a few moments.

Born in 1979  smash into a filmi family,  daughter of the incredibly talented and accomplished  actress/ director /writer  Aparna Sen, who I deeply admire, Konkona didn’t have to look far for the best possibly intro. As a matter of fact, her mother directed and wrote some of her most memorable and intriguing roles, Mr and Mrs Iyer, her break-0ut role and 15 Park Ave.

She is married to the  versatile actor Ranvir Shorey.  It assures that acting will certainly stay in the family.  Look at the baby now, you’ll probably see it again in 18 years on screen..





Konkona played in some of my favorite movies, off-beat, or parallel cinema, as it has been labeled. Page 3, Traffic Signal, Mixed Doubles, Life in a Metro, Luck by Chance, The President is Coming… all films you should absolutely watch and it will change your view on what Bollywood is all about.

Her filmography is impressive and I wouldn’t be surprised at all  if she started writing and directing, following the footsteps of her mom.




2011 7 Khoon Maaf
Nandini Kumar

2010 Mirch
Rani Lavni/Anita

2010 Right Yaaa Wrong
Radhika Patnaik

2009 Wake Up Sid
Aisha Banerjee

2009 Luck by Chance
Sona Mishra

2009 Meridian Lines

2008 Dil Kabaddi

2008 8
Zeinab (segment “How can it be ?”)

2007 Aaja Nachle
Anokhi Anokhelal

2007 Life in a Metro
Shruti Ghosh

2007 Traffic Signal

2006 Omkara

2006 Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota: What If…?
Tilottama Das Punj

2006 The Companion
Kaberi Chatterjee

2006 Mixed Doubles

2005 15 Park Avenue
Meethi (as Konkona Sensharma)

2005 Karkat Rashi (TV movie)
College girl

2005 Page 3
Madhvi Sharma

2005 Amu
Kaju “Amu”

2004 Chai Pani Etc.
Shanti/Radha Joshi

2002 Mr. and Mrs. Iyer
Meenakshi Iyer (as Konkona Sensharma)

2000 The Girl
Ria (as Konkona Sensharma)

1994 Amodini
Teenage stepmother (as Konkona Sensharma)

1989 Picnic (TV movie)
Daughter (as Konkona Sensharma)

1983 Indira











Filmfare awards

Award season in India. First there were the Zee Awards, now Filmfare. I guess that would be the equivalent of Golden Globes and Oscar’s, but don’t take my word… and since India LOVES bestowing awards in general, India has countless film award shows. But I think these two are the most important ones. I am very happy. My favorite movie this year has won BIGTIME!  Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.  You see the second guy there on the left? That’s Farhan Akthar. He is the brain behind the movie. He and his sister Zoya. Beautiful script, beautiful dialogue, beautiful cinematography, music,  and  SUCH  A GREAT CAST. Hey, Filmfare! You should add another category: Best ensemble.  You could tell what an amazing chemistry this cast had on set. It just transpired. Couldn’t help it but trickle down to us.. :-)  Another player in this movie that made it special was:  Spain.

If you haven’t seen it yet, go and do it now! :-)





Best Actor Popular – Ranbir Kapoor (Rockstar)
Best Actress Popular – Vidya Balan (The Dirty Picture)
Best Film Popular – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Best Director Popular – Zoya Akhtar (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara)
Best Film Critics – Zindagi Milei Na Dobara
Best Actor Critics – Ranbir Kapoor (Rockstar)
Best Actress Critics – Priyanka Chopra (7 Khoon Maaf)
Partho Gupte – Special Filmfare Jury Certificate for his performance in Stanley Ka Dabba
Best Supporting Actor (Male) – Farhan Akthar (Zindagi Na Milege Dobara)
Best Supporting Actor (Female) – Rani Mukerjee (No One Killed Jessica)
Lifetime Achievement Award – Aruna Irani
Best Lyrics – Irshad Kamil (Nadaan Parindey)
Best Playback Singer (Male) – Mohit Chauhan (Jo Bhi Mein)
Best Playback Singer (Female) – Usha Uthap and Rekha Bharadwaj (Darling)
Best Music – A.R Rahman (Rockstar)


Best Director Debut – Abhinay Deo (Delhi Belly)
Best Actor Debut – Vidyut Jhamwal (Force)
Best Actress Debut – Parineeti Chopra (Ladies vs Ricky Bahl)
Best Choreography – Bosco – Caesar (Senorita – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara)
Best Dialogue – Farhan Akthar (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara)
Best Story – Sanjay Chauhan (I Am Kalam)
Best Screenplay – Akshat Verrma (Delhi Belly)
Best VFX – Red Chillies VFX (Ra.One)
Best Background Score – Ranjit Barot (Shaitan)
Best Action – Action Concepts (Don 2)
Best Cinematography – Carlos Catalan (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara)
Best Costume – Niharika Khan (The Dirty Picture)
Best Sound Design – Nakul Kamte (Don 2)
Best Production Design – Shashank Tere (Delhi Belly)
Best Editing – Huzefa Lokhandwala (Delhi Belly)
R.D Burman Award for Upcoming Music Talent – Krsna (Tanu Weds Manu)






I couldn’t be happier with the results.


Agneepath is awesome, a desi Tarantino!



it felt like seeing one of those  Indian classics ON SPEED. I am not surprised Sanjay Dutt got scared when he watched himself!  He is a grandiose, GLORIOUS villain. Hollywood could only wish to have villains of that caliber! I also enjoyed Rishi Kapoor as supporting villain…

The movie is handsomely gory,  and for that reason probably a one time watch.  Hrithik is magnifique to watch! actually, you want to watch him in slow motion….over and over and over.  Karan must have had fun. I loved the picturization of Shah Ka Rupta,  couldn’t find a clip for it. but it will be available soon, I hope.  I love those all men dance sequences, a pleasant change.



And, btw,  I want to thank  Karan Johar or Malhotra for not using white background dancers for this movie. They always stick out like sour thumbs in an all-Indian cast.

Priyanka is stunning as always.  She is almost too pretty to be real.  Just the right amount of everything.  I loved her in this movie, she had the fresh scent of spring flowers, lighting up the screen with her beauty.



The scenes are  epic, colorful, energetic.You get drawn into the drama even though you might not always  follow motivations and intent.



This movie is a banquet laden to the rim with rich foods that will take three days to digest.  In the category of  Lady Gaga wearing her meaty dress…actually that’s exactly how I felt when the credits started rolling and I got out of my seat, come to think of it…  even though we went for Bengali sweets afterwards.



One thing I really didn’t understand.. please someone explain it to me. how can you carry Sanjay Dutt on your shoulders after you have been stabbed with a 12 inch  butcher knife  from the front, the back, sideways… into the liver, smashed to a pulp, hanged upside down. I mean Vijay must have been clinically dead by the time he gets hold of Kanchu to lift him up and hang him.  Second point, no one there from the village to give the man a hand? :-)

Stunning cinematography.  Highly recommendable.   But leave your kids at home.




want to get out of your engagement elegantly? call the Jodi Breakers

Jodi  means couple or partner. I guess somebody discovered a niche in this movie for a company of sorts that breaks up engagements?  So that sounds like a fun premise for a  Bollywood rom com.  And I am not going to miss this:



It helps to see a radiant Bipasha Basu lighting up the screen with her million dollar smile.  And personally, I love Madhavan. He’s the kind of guy you want around if an asteroid hits next door, or your basement floods. If you get stranded on a Pacific island and begin to panic, Madhavan will be the guy to calm you down. He’s so personable and also the last Bollywood hero with love handles. He’s not rushing to the gym to work on some six packs so he can become an action hero.  I LIKE THAT ABOUT HIM.  He’s real. He’s down to earth. He’s the kind of guy your mom wants you to marry.  The pink glasses in the trailer, let me tell ya, is the kinkiest thing he’s  done in film. And I bet it wasn’t his idea.

Here is his mini bio at a glance and you’ll know what i mean…..     bio


I loved him in two movies and they are both excellent so you should check them out:

When Tanu Weds Manu.   it was a huge hit and I am not surprised they’re working on a sequel…



and the amazing film  A Peck on the Cheek / Kannathil Muthamittal


Bipasha Basu, luckily for us,  fainted dissecting a rat when she went for a science degree and after a few detours ended up in Bollywood. Since then she has been gracing many BW movies.  I loved her in  Madhur Bhandarkar’s  film Corporate.  She is a hottie, but she can play anything from hot to cold.