Santosh Sivan on the Space Shuttle

Well, almost.   Who could have ever imagined a link between the US space shuttle and an indie Indian movie? The Malayalee maestro, Santosh Sivan,  mentioned recently in an email  that his film Before the Rains (which is releasing in India in May) was actually carried into space by astronaut Steve Swanson aboard the shuttle […]

Blue Boy Launching Today

Last night, at the R Bar here in NYC, editor/cabaret singer/author/is there anything else this 28-year-old can’t do? Rakesh Satyal played charming host to well wishers there to count down to midnight when his debut novel, Blue Boy, officially  went on sale.   I am at an uncharacteristic loss for words to describe his Kirantastic […]

Guru Dutt at Lincoln Center in the fall

When he participated in yesterday’s SAJA webcast about the Satyajit Ray retrospective that opens today at Lincoln Center, Richard Pena, Program Director for the Film Society, mentioned something in a  throwaway comment that just warmed my heart to no end:   the Film Society at Lincoln Center will be holding a tribute to Guru Dutt […]

See Ray in NY

  If you’ve never seen his work before, here’s a chance to see why he’s so revered…..Lincoln Center begins a two-week homage to Satyajit Ray starting tomorrow, April 15, and going on ’til April 30, at the Walter Reade theater. There will be screenings of over 20 of his films (many in new 35mm prints), […]

Emosanal atyachar waiting for Dev D

My local movie  guy promised me he’d be getting in the DVD of Dev D this weekend, and I hope he’s a man of his word, because I’m salivating at the prospect of seeing the flic a second time, but also ingesting a whole additional two hours ( ! ) of  the accompanying  DVD, containing […]

Kapoor’s Five Films

Here are a few questions that didn’t make it into the Khabar interview, in the interest of space, as well as Anil Kapoor’s list of his own films he’d recommend for  those unfamiliar with  his work: I had to ask you also about Salaam-E-Ishq.   Perhaps it didn’t get the box office results that everyone […]