Et tu, Oprah?

Of course, it was great to see the mass, mainstream exposure that Slumdog Millionaire got on Monday’s Oprah Post-Oscar show, with Danny Boyle, Dev Patel and Freida Pinto sitting down to chat about the film and the Oscar experience.   After a commercial break, Oprah announced the performance of the film’s song Jai Ho by, […]

Slumdog @ the Oscars tonight

  So this is the day.   All Many eyes on the Kodak theater to see how many awards Slumdog Millionaire will take home. I confess I’ve lost interest in the awards in recent years, but tonight I’ll definitely be tuning in. Afterward, I’ve been asked to join a SAJA/SAMMA webcast on BlogTalkRadio to discuss […]

Waiting for darshan at Abhi’s place

Back in NY now, but one week ago, while driving through Juhu, we happened upon this scene: …dozens and dozens of people at Abhishek Bachchan’s gate, hoping for a glimpse.   Of course, I had to get out of the car and add to the throng. I mean, this guy really tied up traffic!   […]

Sunday in Bombay

On the road from Lonavala to Bombay, one couple is still carrying over the V-day pink theme: Then there’s the film ads that roll by on buses, for American flics: and the latest Hindi releases: and let’s not forget the occasional passing public health notice:

Slumdog, BAFTAs, hometown applause

So Slumdog Millionaire has conquered the BAFTAs too;  all we have to do now is wait for the Oscars and see what happens there. Above is the hoarding from the nearby Satyam cinemas.   Went with a few friends a couple of days ago to see Slumdog again, and, during the closing credits when A.R. […]

Pondicherry side-trip

Second time back in this sweet city on the sea….teeming with more vellai than you pass on the streets of Chennai….had a wonderful coq au vin at lunch, browsed some  pirated Tamil DVDs on the beachfront,  and just as we were leaving, we stumbled across a temple, complete with an anklet-bedecked elephant named – what […]