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Women's Month

I am an NRI, translated into: no-real Indian.  I follow Indian cinema in my quest to find only one million original films before humanity as we know it disappears.  I will use the term Indian cinema sparingly because I only have access to Hindi films, not Malayalam, Punjabi, Kashmiri, Konkani, Nepali, Khasi, Dogri, Garo and other languages.
There are countries that celebrate ‘National Women’s Month’ which is ironic because life is about women.  No women, no life bas!  I recently came across one of my life’s greatest possession when I was cleaning up my DVD library.  It was Jodhaa Akbar, a historical story told with amazing visuals.  The story is set in India.  The director is Ashutosh Gowariker.  The producer is UTV’s Ronnie Screwvala.  The film stars are Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Hrithik Roshan.
If you understand the role Cleopatra played in Egypt’s history, you ought to get a copy of Jodhaa Akbar.  You will not only understand the whole Taj Mahal love story, but Muslim and Hindi d…

Bachchan Blog Book

I am an NRI, translated into: no-real Indian.  I follow Indian cinema in my quest to find only one million original films before humanity as we know it disappears.  I will use the term Indian cinema sparingly because I only have access to Hindi films, not Malayalam, Punjabi, Kashmiri, Konkani, Nepali, Khasi, Dogri, Garo and other languages.


Amitabh Bachchan sits pondering somewhere, on a plane or at home.  “How can I celebrate my 2,000 blog?”  I have a crazy idea.   How about sifting through all the posts and get a publisher to publish them as item books?  Hindi cinema has item boys and girls, why not item books?
1.From press to media That would be one item book.  Make that three books, because of his love hate relationship with the media. 2.Film production from  1950-2010 He has enough posts for this item book because he sometimes blogs about how things were done during and post-Sholay.  He is very receptive to technological advances in both audio and other aspects of shooting and pos…

Marriage Institution

I am an NRI, translated into: no-real Indian.I follow Indian cinema in my quest to find only one million original films before humanity as we know it disappears.I will use the term Indian cinema sparingly because I only have access to Hindi films, not Tamil, Malayalam, Punjabi, Kashmiri, Konkani, Nepali, Khasi, Dogri, Garo and other languages.
I had some time on my time hands, so I went looking for Tabu, the Indian actress.I ended up buying Biwi No. 1, one of her movies.It was a good find because it also features my favourite, Sushmita Sen, the evil model who entices the husband (Salman Khan) away from his wife (Karishma Kapoor).
The saris are my favourite part of the film.Karishma Kapoor is draped in all kinds of silks.The film’s content is something beyond my reach.I’ll be interested in what other people think about the institution called marriage.Biwi No. 1 is heavy stuff.
Who exactly is responsible for making this so-called ‘wonderful institution’ work?Are men justified in being …