A Very Bachchan Weekend (cont’d)

  First half of the day, there was a press conference at the plush Mandarin Oriental Hotel to announce the 2008 Unforgettable tour.   In the evening, Lincoln Center was awash in saris and salwars, as crowds gathered for the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan fundraiser to mark the 100th anniversary of Mr. Harivansh Rai’s birth, with […]

A Very Bachchan Weekend

  Monsieur B has touched down in NY on a brief, whirlwind tour, with spouse, son and bahu in tow. Here are some quick images from his stop at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan: To start with, Ganesha: The stage, before: Kanjeevaram peacocks:  Audience: Welcome flowers: Garlanded: Mr. B, stars and stripes, tiranga: Pushpa Bharti, editor […]

Chak De India!

  Grrrrrrl power zindabad! How refreshing Chak De India! is  and what hope it gives me for the future of mainstream Hindi cinema.   Hope, because this is one movie that isn’t traditional masala (it has few songs, few costume changes, no numbers where the characters lipsync to playback singers) and yet is still entertaining, […]

Picture THIS!

Filmi journo and  author Anupama Chopra is on a rapid-fire tour of the US to promote her newly released book King Of Bollywood: Shah Rukh Khan and the Seductive World of Indian Cinema. In spite of the NYC metro system being slowed to a halt by rain storms Wednesday morning, 500 people showed up that […]

A Jet Airways View of the World ?

  I had to smile when I first glimpsed  this page  in the luxe information kit that Jet Airways distributed at the Waldorf Astoria lunch they hosted to announce  their arrival  at US shores. The map, and, more specifically, the point-of-view and perspective  remind me of a certain famous  poster that used to hang in […]