The Other End of the Line

  The Taj Mahal?   Really?   There was nothing else that they could put on the poster to suggest India to Amrikan audiences? Ok, so, Priya lives in Bombay (or Mooooom-buy as, Granger, her love interest, hottie from Desperate Housewives Jesse Metcalfe calls it), and maybe not all gringos will realize that Gateway or […]

Amitav Ghosh on film

  At the end of a recent interview, I couldn’t help but ask the charming author of the Booker-nominated Sea of Poppies a filmi question: I noticed where, in Incendiary Circumstances: A Chronicle of the Turmoil of Our Times,  in the piece “The Ghat of the Only World” Agha Shahid Ali in Brooklyn, you mentioned […]

Get ready for Slumdog Millionaire

Had a chance last week to see the upcoming release, Slumdog Millionaire, an amazing  modern-day Dickensian saga set in aamchi Mumbai.   In addition to the doe-eyed Dev Patel in the lead, and the hunky Madhur Mittal as his brother, the film also stars Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan and Mahesh Manjrekar. The film’s  done very […]

Why I’m glad I’m not a celeb

  Get ready, folks.    In the vein of Frank Sinatra has a Cold, any minute now someone will be publishing Amitabh Bachchan Can’t Move His Bowels.   Oh wait, the  Times of India has already jumped that shark in this  speculation today about Mr. Amitabh Bachchan’s internal workings: In an attempt of keeping the […]

Black telephones for boys, pink for girls

  In anticipation of the October 31 release of the Ashok Amritraj production The Other End of the Line, the film’s poster is out, complete with gender-appropriate colored telephone handsets.   You can see the trailer here.     The film stars hunky Jesse Metcalfe (from Desperate Housewives) and Shriya Saran (recently seen in Sivaji: […]