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Bollywood, beat this! Reunited after 22 years

This is one story that even the late Manmohan Desai, the king of Bollywood potboilers, would have been proud of. Only this time it is for real.On a bright April day in 1981, seven-year-old......

Modi is our most Nehruvian prime minister

Like Nehru, Modi is loathe to touch the public sector.His policy towards Israel leans towards 'non-alignment.'You can find other similarities: Frequent public speeches, personalised leadership,......

Modi to address joint session of US Congress on June 8

  Narendra Modi will be the first leader to address a joint session of the United States Congress during US House of Representative Speaker Paul Ryan's tenure. US Congressmen want PM to......

'India is a very powerful democracy. It can humble any dictator'

'I have never seen anybody disliked more as prime minister than Modi.' 'What is interesting is in his prime ministership, no matter whatever happens in any corner of India, Modi is blamed for it.'......

Rahul @ FTII: Let down by the dialogue writer

The Congress sent in Rahul Gandhi to play Aamir Khan at the FTII, but it turned out that he played Imran Khan instead, says Malavika Sangghvi. In purely filmic terms, the Rahul Gandhi's appearance......

Govt is likely to decontrol sugar industry

Morarji Desai's government in 1977 decontrolled sugar. Now after four decades, the UPA2 led by Manmohan Singh is moving towards deregulation of the sugar industry, which means no dual price of......

Manmohan Singh honours economist Padma Desai

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh joined former Russian Premier Yegor Gaidar and Nobel laureates on Thursday to compliment Padma Desai, described as 'An economist's economist' by Nobel laureate Paul......

Economists in India: Endangered species?

The pipeline for well-qualified and experienced policy economists at senior levels of government has broken, leading to a growing dearth of suitable candidates for top economist positions, says......

The real issues behind land acquisition

Farmers are inextricably tied to their land. Deprived of it, they have little else to fall back on for their livelihood, says Hasmukh Shah. "This land is your land." Woody Guthrie wrote this great......

Of PMs and their pet economists

Economists who get too close to prime ministers eventually come to grief after their boss is defeated, say T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan If you look at the list below, not one of the economists who......

Vishal Bhardwaj's next is a homage to Manmohan Desai

If you are intrigued by the title of Vishal Bhardwaj's new film Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola, here's a clue to what it means. It's actually a backhanded compliment to Manmohan Desai.Says a source,......

Bollywood's movie bloopers

Implausibility is the heartbeat of Bollywood's indispensable masala. From Manmohan Desai's celebration of all things illogical to Farah Khan's wide-ranging devotion to spoof, there's no shortage......

Amar Akbar Anthony, now in Bhojpuri

Manmohan Desai's multistarrer blockbuster, Amar Akbar Anthony, will now be remade in Bhojpuri. It will be directed by Manish Jain, and produced byRajesh Sharma under his banner, Show Man......

The man who thought the unthinkable

Out of the 20 films that Manmohan Desai directed in his career span of 29 years (1960-1988), as many as 13 films were stupendous hits. His success ratio was 65 per cent, in an industry where flops......

Amar Akbar Anthony: Whoop-it-up fun!

Dinesh Raheja'Clear your mind of "cannot"' said Hollywood actor Samuel L Jackson. And that is what filmmaker Manmohan Desai did on screen repeatedly, but most notably in Amar Akbar Anthony. He got......

Smith confident of filling in Warne's boots

From being part of the New South Wales squad that won the inaugural Champions League T20 (in 2009) to a member of the Australian team back in the subcontinent to defend its world title, Steven......
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PM hints at 'surgical strikes' to unearth black money

IANS Vadodara, Oct 22 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday hinted at 'surgical strikes' against those who have failed to declare... ...
He is the brand!

He has the distinction of being a brand — and his films are known as “Rohit Shetty ki pichhar (films)” irrespective of their... ...
How well do you know Amitabh Bachchan?

Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan turns 74 today. (File | AFP) Amitabh Bachchan needs no introduction. The actor has played all kinds of roles in... ...
The incredible ones that were planned but never happened

So Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan in the Yash Raj Films biggie Thugs Of Hindostan is a casting coup that will happen. And though Amitabh gave the... ...
Drunk driver crashes into patrol car of DCP traffic

AHMEDABAD: SG Road, the racing zone of the city's fast cars, witnessed an accident in which an inebriated car driver hit the car of DCP (traffic),... ...

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