The Slumdog Kill-ionaire is back, and he is reminding us how exhilarating fiction can be when novelists finally leave their seminar rooms and dive into the real world.
"Watching young girls with only one mobile phone in the house debate about who to cast that one vote for -- it was pretty powerful. It wasn't a presidential election, but it was the idea that these girls had a role to play..."
The story behind the making of this year's winner of the Oscar for Best Documentary Short -- Smile Pinki -- is something of a fairy tale equal to the story within the film.
Here's the concept. A bunch of idealistic flower people put down their peace pipes for one minute and decide to host a comedy show. You, the sucker, go and shell out $10 of your hard-earned scratch to watch an hour of penis jokes or something. Here's the communist part: they take the money earned from the show and give it to some not-for-profit organization!
The world's largest middle class remained largely apathetic with the poorest of the poor voting with greater gusto.
March 21 - April 19 Aries Aries is a fire sign, ruled by the planet Mars. You're a mover and a shaker. Next time you're moving and shaking in West Hol...
Admittedly, I may just be naïve to think that talking about issues can solve them. But in my heart of hearts I do believe this. With transparency, comes accountability, comes responsibility, comes change.
The police may have fallen into the pattern of routinely continuing practices left over from India's colonial days, when police were instruments of repression, but that's no excuse today.
The culinary world will award its Oscars tonight and who wins -- or doesn't -- will tell us whether America's food establishment is ready to elevate the Melting Pot to soufflé status.
The era of "creative destruction" in media and entertainment is best thought of as a round-robin boxing match.
Movies for grownups seem to be in trouble. You can't pick up a newspaper without reading another article about the new studio decree: They're not making adult dramas anymore.
We feel deeply for poor Rubina, who really just can't seem to catch a break. And to anyone who's thinking about buying a kid, we suggest following PETA's advice: "Always Adopt. Never Buy."
Adoption has been a hot topic lately, what with Madonna's application to adopt another child from Malawi denied, and the father of young "Slumdog Mill...
You can't just take underprivileged children from the slums to a splashy Oscar party without near-disastrous consequences. Director Danny Boyle stepped up, but is he doing enough?
The conventional thinking that a movie is best appreciated on a huge screen and in an assemblage of strangers no longer holds true when compared to a high-definition home theater.