Category Archives: Bollywood

Hot Off the Virtual Press: #Bollywood Goes to College

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Namaste Ms. Zinta

When I first discovered Bollywood, Preity Zinta danced across the streets of New York in Kal Ho Naa Ho(2003) and Kabie Alvida Na Kehna(2006) as the quintessential NRI (Non Resident Indian) working girl.  Even in her début in one of my all-time … Continue reading

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When Greed Is Good

While Anglo-Americans flock to theaters to watch Tom Cruise conduct impossible missions or Daniel Craig test drive M’s devices, the rest of the world seeks their thrills as Shah Rukh Khan completes perfect crimes as Don.  These are not films … Continue reading

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Hope Hota Hai

My blogging idol, John Fea, threw down the gauntlet and demanded a statement on hope.  When I stood under a palm tree and watched two strangers exchange wedding vows, I knew what I needed to write. The Scandinavian-American groom arrived … Continue reading

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Hot Off the Virtual Press: What if you could do anything?

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Zumba Humbug

I came to Zumba as the next best thing to a Bollywood dance class.  One of many things I like about big Bollywood wedding scenes is that the atrophied aged bounce to the Bhangra with as much fervor and the … Continue reading

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Marshalling Masterpiece

I organize the story of my life not by dates, but by Masterpiece.  Some of my earliest memories surround the Sunday night ritual of my mother’s disappearance behind closed doors to watch Upstairs Downstairs uninterrupted while my father took over her … Continue reading

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“What do you do?”

I don’t think my mother has ever forgiven me for a remark I made aged four.  As she tells it, I announced loudly in a department store, “I know what you can do Mommy, you can be a cleaning lady!” … Continue reading

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Bertrand’s Bollywood

If Bollywood was good enough for renowned British philosopher Bertrand Russell, surely it’s good enough for you! With thanks to Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism alumna and India’s leading film critic, Anupama Chopra:

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Taming a Tiger: How Khan & Chopra Chastise Chua

Aamir Khan is on a mission.  Like Stars on Earth/Taare Zameen Par  tackled India’s test-centered attitude towards teaching those with small attention spans and large artistic talents.  Khan joins forces with Vinod Chopra to create three eccentric engineers capable of … Continue reading

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