What if James Bond went to Bombay in the late 1970s and wasn’t so much a secret agent as a stylist and interior designer for a particularly aesthetics-oriented villain? The plot of Shaan has very little to do with any of the Bond films that I can remember. […]
At Arré, friend of the Gutter Aditi Sen writes about the making of Coolie, the near death of Amitabh Bachchan and a different India. “Coolie is a film that tells us that chaos will eventually be restored, that truth and justice will prevail over falsehood and avarice. It […]
Friend of the Gutter Aditi Sen writes about horror in Bollywood at The Quint. “For a long time, haunting had a very defined pattern in Hindi cinema. Old mansions, deep woods, ruins, old forts – spooks always occupied spaces away from mainstream life. It was Ram Gopal Varma’s […]
Bombay Talkies, released in 2013 to mark the centennial of Indian feature filmmaking, is not just another film about the film industry. This anthology project keeps its focus on the power of cinema for audiences. The four contributing directors represent different vibes, maybe even genres, within the current […]
Rudraksh (2004) is a famously terrible Bollywood movie. Since I first started watching Hindi films in 2005, I have read multiple blog posts gleefully detailing its shortcomings, and an Indian comedy duo made further mincemeat out of it in an episode of their recent series “Pretentious Movie Reviews”: […]
The Gutter’s own Beth and friend of the Gutter Todd Stadtman join Mike White to discuss the Indian film classic, Sholay on The Projection Booth.
Ajooba is one of those Bollywood movies that almost everybody dismisses—cheap costumes, awkward giant monsters, make-do special effects—until you get them to actually think about it. Released in 1991, this bank-breaking Indian and Soviet co-production features a plot that sounds more at home in the 1970s in the […]