Thursday, January 27, 2011

2011: Now for something completely different....

...from Vishal Bhardwaj (Omkara), based on story by Ruskin Bond:



I'm told Priyanka Chopra's performance is virtuoso. 7 Khoon Maaf is one of three films out of India going to the Berlin Film fest, along with The Bengali Detective and Gandu (note to self: must see Gandu --the word is Hindi for 'asshole.').

And from Aamir Khan Productions (featuring the voice of Amitabh Bachchan):



I'm hooked.

Elsewhere...I am keeping my eyes on Excel Entertainment for some radically innovative masala in 2011.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Mixed Reviews for Dhobi Ghat/Film Journos

Dhobi Ghat grabbed lavish praise on the world cinema circuit, but is getting mixed reviews from Indian critics who either love it or dislike it--nobody seems to hate it. (I haven't had a chance to see it, but I generally love what Khan-Rao do.) This happened a lot this last year, with My Name is Khan, Ravaan, and Kites--exuberant reviews from foreign critics, and a mixed bag from the reviewers at home. Hmmm. Goes the other way too, I imagine. Spiderman 3 was huge in India as I recall.

Update: Roger Ebert just weighed in on Dhobi Ghat on Twitter, calling it "hot-hot."

Was there a golden age of film journalism in India? I think that golden age might be now. The writing about film in India is more entertaining and relevant than most of the movies covered.

Monday, January 17, 2011

A New Name?

Because there is a television show called Bombay Talkies, and I've discovered, several other blogs with the same title, I've decided to find a new name for this one and am taking suggestions. (The url will remain the same.)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

No One Killed Jessica

Based on the true story of the Jessica Lall murder, and how two women galvanized a movement to get justice. The Economist gives it a very good review and commends the "lighter touch" it takes.