Film Fridays: Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012)

Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0UXgoJ9Shg Review Jab Tak Hai Jaan (As long As I Live) is Yash Chopra's last film as a director. His death just before the film's release marks the end of a two-decade collaboration between the director and Shah Rukh Khan, Bollywood's reigning king. JTHJ tells the story of Samar, an NRI living in London … Continue reading Film Fridays: Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012)

Book review: Power of a Common Man (2014)

Baadshah of Bollywood. King Khan. King of Bollywood. King of Romance. SRK. Tom Cruise of India. All these names describe one man: Shah Rukh Khan. Actor, producer, KKR owner, spokesperson, and businessman. These words also describe SRK. In her book, Power of a Common Man: Connecting with Consumers the SRK Way, Koral Dasgupta explains SRK’s … Continue reading Book review: Power of a Common Man (2014)

Film Fridays: Chennai Express (2013)

Trailer http://youtu.be/hZGR5Sj1Bfo Review WARNING: If you have never seen a Shahrukh Khan film, do NOT start with this one. At a minimum, you should watch DDLJ (Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge) before watching this movie. That way, you will appreciate the inside jokes told through songs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdZB-1O3HwM Chennai Express is the highest-grossing Bollywood movie of all … Continue reading Film Fridays: Chennai Express (2013)

Film Friday: Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (The bravehearted one will take away the bride) is one of Bollywood’s most quintessential films. Starring Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, DDLJ follows two NRIs (Raj and Simran) who meet on a train during a European holiday. They fall in love, but Simran is engaged to another guy and must return to … Continue reading Film Friday: Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)

D is for dancing

So many D words, so little time! Didi, downward-facing dog, and driver, to name a few.  Few words capture a foreigner's imagination more than dancing. Dancing is a quintessentially Bollywood trope. The trope is so common that many US TV shows with Indian characters have parodied the dance sequences. Take this example from Big Bang Theory. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0alLuXHrU6cContinue reading D is for dancing

It’s just not cricket

Cricket is the national sport of India. Well, technically, hockey (field not ice) is the national sport. It is probably more accurate to say cricket is the national pastime, much the same way baseball is in the US. Baseball and cricket actually have quite a lot in common. There are innings (singular and plural), batters, … Continue reading It’s just not cricket