LIFF Closing Night: Bombay Talkies

Bombay-Talkies-posterStarring: Rani Mukherji, Randeep Hooda, Saqib Saleem, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sadashiv Amrapurkar, Ranvir Shorey, Katrina Kaif, Vineet Kumar Singh, Amitabh Bachchan

Directed by: Karan Johar, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Indian Cinema, producer Ashi Dua brought together four exciting directors of Bollywood, giving each a chance to tell a story in 25-30 minutes. Given that the four stories are essentially four separate short films, I will review them individually as well.

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The 4th London Indian Film Festival – Preview

liff_press_logo (1)Europe’s largest platform for Indian cinema returns to London next week, as the London Indian Film Festival opens its fourth edition on 18th July 2013. The festival will be bigger than ever this year, with films in many different languages, featuring their first Urdu film, and screening will take place across the city, as well as touring Bradford and Glasgow as well.

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Bollywood Review: Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

221713_620883284595599_1588912505_nStarring: Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Kalki Koechlin, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Farooq Sheikh

Directed by: Ayan Mukherji

Sometimes there’s nothing quite like a regular Bollywood romantic comedy musical, and no one really does them better than Karan Johar. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is Ayan Mukherji’s second film, after Wake Up Sid, and it’s a little more ‘typical’ Bollywood, but that’s in no way a criticism. YJHD is a few original ideas, put together with a number of tried and tested ones, making a sweet, entertaining film, matching the usual high standards of Dharma Productions.

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Song Promo: ‘Ghagra’ from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

The latest song video to be released from Dharma Productions’ upcoming, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is ‘Ghagra’, featuring Madhuri Dixit in a special appearance. The song is fun, but the video could be better. She looks good, considering she turned 46 today, but Farah Khan’s choreography is a bit ‘meh’. She can do a lot better, and you’d expect she would for some like Madhuri Dixit, who’s known for being a good dancer. Of course, the promo is an editing version of what will be in the actual film, so maybe it’s unfair to judge it for now.

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani releases May 31st.

Music Review: Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

yeh jawaani hai deewaniWith the film coming out in just over a month, the soundtrack to Ayan Mukherji’s Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani was released today. The film stars Ranbir Kapoor, who was in Ayan’s first film Wake Up Sid, Deepika Padukone, Kalki Koechlin and Aditya Roy Kapur, and the music has been composed by Pritam.

I’m no big fan of Pritam, we all know he’s not above “taking inspiration” from somewhere, but he’s been impressing me lately, especially with last year’s Barfi! soundtrack, so who knows, maybe my opinion of him will improve with time. Check the bottom of the post for track listing, and the YouTube jukebox.

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