Blog Posts by Sayoni Sinha

  • Rising above stereotypes

    Nawaz with his GOW poster
    The actor talks about his years of struggle, his choice of films and why going to Cannes was a revelation
    Nawazuddin Siddique blushes slightly when his ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ director suddenly pops in between the interview and instigates the journalist to ask Nawaz about his sex scenes in the film. It is not difficult to not notice this 5’6 actor as he quietly slips into the room and sits in a corner before the interview. For someone who has been used to not being noticed for long, this sudden attention from the media and audience is overwhelming.

    Changing lanes
    Siddique is the new flavour of the season after the success of ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’. The recognition did not come overnight and took him 14 years of endless struggle to reach a space when directors are calling him with ‘different’ kind of films, the same people who had earlier wanted to cast him as a beggar or a petty thief. “Because of my short height, I was offered roles which corresponded with my structure- of a beggar or a Read More »from Rising above stereotypes
  • In devil’s den

    While the villains have transformed through the decades when it comes to plotting, sadly their magnificiant lairs have gone missing. Here's why

    In the last scene of Rowdy Rathore, the Hindi remake of 2006's Telugu hit Vikramarkudu, Akshay Kumar goes to Chambal-like hideout of the villain to rescue his family. Apart from the sassy nautanki girls and loud dialogues, the film is a tribute to the 80s with its raunchy and raucous content featuring a done-to-death plot, voluptuous heroine and a villian's lair which can compete with Gabbar's from Sholay. Well, almost.

    The 70s and 80s were the time when each Bollywood villain competed with the other when it came to having a hideout which resembled a space ship or may be a house in Pluto, the more imaginative, the better for the art department The lair is a delineated space for malevolence and was given meticulous detailing to amplify of his power and strength of the evil as the hero's nemesis. Perhaps, this is why in Karan Johar's Agneepath

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  • First among sequels

    With Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum set to hit the screens this week, here's why Bollywood always places its bets on sequels
    When 'Kyaa Kool Hain Hum' released seven years ago, it was panned by the critics for its explicit content. But that didnot stop it from becoming a hit with the masses and using same scathing reviews, producer Ekta Kapoor is promoting her upcoming film and is confident that this film too will work well with the audience.
    In 2012, Bollywood is going to churn out as many as seven sequels of its earlier hits, ranging from already released Jannat 2 to upcoming Dostana 2. While the former had nothing common with its original part other than the lead actor Emraan Hashmi, Dostana 2 will see Abhisekh Bachchan and John Abraham fight for Katrina Kaif. When asked why he chose to play with the 'Dostana' title again, Karan Johar was quick to tell the reporters, "As long as you make it exciting for people, the idea works. If something works and you can continue the same story, why
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  • Edward Talkies: Vintage blues

    This three-tiered 19th century theatre stands as a remembrance of a landscape in decadence in the midst of colonial architecture

    “Most people who come to this theatre don’t mind stealing a few things from whatever is left in this place,” says Sanjay Vaswa, the manager of Edward Talkies. “I have replaced brass taps with plastic taps. They will steal that too but at least it is affordable to replace them,” he says pointing at the kind of clientele he receives nowadays. Lost in time and soaked from its leakages, this three-tiered 19th century theatre with faded white with blue and gold trimmings stands in the narrow bylanes of Kalba Devi as a remembrance of a landscape in decadence where old, forgotten films are screened.

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    Art dekho

    Posters of Bhojpuri films The theatre which now plays only re-runs started off as a drama theatre which catered to the Indian tastes with their Gujarati and Parsi plays while its neighbours, Metro, Regal and Eros had largely British audiences. There are no

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  • Sanjay Dutt is now Samurai Dutt

    The actor who is a trained Samurai fighter will flaunt his skill in Soham Shah’s next

    For director Soham Shah’s upcoming untitled film, the stylish actor has done some unique sword fighting action stunts in a never-been-seen before avatar. To everyone’s surprise Dutt did not require any training to perform the sequence and even finished it days before the planned schedule.

    Apparently, the actor had mastered the skill of using the Samurai sword ages ago, even before his first film Rocky! Very little is known about this talent of the actor because he never got a chance to flaunt it. The actor’s late father, veteran actor Sunil Dutt had sent Jr. Dutt to Japan to learn this form of martial art for a year even before his career began.

    And today, years later when he was informed about the sequence in the film he put everyone at ease on the sets letting them know that it’s a piece of cake for him and that he would do all the stunts himself.

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