Aseem Chhabra

Senior Rediff.com Contributor Aseem Chhabra is director of the New York Indian Film Festival, an entertainment writer and author of Irrfan Khan: The Man, The Dreamer, The Star. You can e-mail the author at aseem.chhabra@gmail.com

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The BEST FOREIGN Films of 2017

The BEST FOREIGN Films of 2017

Rediff.com31 Dec 2017

Aseem Chhabra gives us the top films that enriched his year.

'Jennifer's death destroyed Shashi Kapoor'

'Jennifer's death destroyed Shashi Kapoor'

Rediff.com6 Dec 2017

The death of his beloved wife was a blow Shashi Kapoor never recovered from, reveals Aseem Chhabra.

'Shashi Kapoor gave his heart to every film'

'Shashi Kapoor gave his heart to every film'

Rediff.com5 Dec 2017

'The news that the once dashing, absolutely handsome, utterly charming Shashi Kapoor is no more makes me feel terribly sad.' Aseem Chhabra, author of Shashi Kapoor: The Householder, the Star, pays rich tribute to the iconic actor.

'Shashi Kapoor didn't need to pretend'

'Shashi Kapoor didn't need to pretend'

Rediff.com4 Dec 2017

In Shashi Kapoor: The Householder, The Star, Aseem Chahbra gives us glimpses of one of Bollywood's best loved actors.

A Shashi Kapoor movie you must see

A Shashi Kapoor movie you must see

Rediff.com15 Nov 2017

Shakespeare Wallah had been out of circulation for a long time, but a restored version of the film opened in New York on November 10. It will travel after that to other cities in the US and hopefully, soon to India as well, says Aseem Chhabra, author of the bestseller Shashi Kapoor: The Householder, The Star.

Will these films win an Oscar?

Will these films win an Oscar?

Rediff.com28 Sep 2017

Aseem Chhabra lists the top 10 films at the recent Toronto International Film Festival.

Why NaMo, Rahul, Kejri etc MUST watch Newton

Why NaMo, Rahul, Kejri etc MUST watch Newton

Rediff.com21 Sep 2017

'Will anything change for you after the election?' And the man said 'Kuch nahin badlega.' And he had a smile on his face. He knew nothing was going to change.

'Judi Dench is obsessed with India'

'Judi Dench is obsessed with India'

Rediff.com18 Sep 2017

'He cooked chicken curry and so because of him, curries entered the British royal kitchens.' 'Eventually, he became a political advisor to the queen.' 'This guy was disrupting the royal household. It sent shockwaves...' Ali Fazal on his character Abdul Karim and working with acting legend Judi Dench.

Priyanka Chopra's secret 'passion project'

Priyanka Chopra's secret 'passion project'

Rediff.com12 Sep 2017

Besides the five Indian films that are playing at the Toronto International Film Festival this year -- a rather large collection at an international film festival, says Aseem Chhabra -- there are more films with an Indian connect.

Priyanka Chopra's secret 'passion project'

Priyanka Chopra's secret 'passion project'

Rediff.com12 Sep 2017

Besides the five Indian films that are playing at the Toronto International Film Festival this year -- a rather large collection at an international film festival, says Aseem Chhabra -- there are more films with an Indian connect.

'I want to be a Priyanka Chopra in reverse'

'I want to be a Priyanka Chopra in reverse'

Rediff.com31 Aug 2017

'I want to go back to India after my success here.'

Can a man and a woman be 'friends' without having sex?

Can a man and a woman be 'friends' without having sex?

Rediff.com3 Aug 2017

As Imtiaz Ali's Jab Harry Met Sejal releases, Aseem Chhabra feels it's the best time to revisit the Hollywood classic When Harry Met Sally, which tries to answer the question in the title of this feature.

Review: The Big Sick is a heartwarming film

Review: The Big Sick is a heartwarming film

Rediff.com30 Jun 2017

The Big Sick is packed with delicious details, moments and scenes that makes the film stand apart as a smart rom-com, says Aseem Chhabra.

'When it comes to your country, you should take a stand'

'When it comes to your country, you should take a stand'

Rediff.com28 Jun 2017

'I know many actors living outside India put on accents in films because they think that is how Indians talk. I avoid that.' 'I don't have to prove anything through my accent. My psyche is Indian.' Anupam Kher gives us his 500th film!

Blessed to have lived in the times of Daniel Day-Lewis

Blessed to have lived in the times of Daniel Day-Lewis

Rediff.com23 Jun 2017

'He has given us a history, a heritage that we can share with generations to come,' says Aseem Chhabra.

Why I am thankful to Hasan Minhaj

Why I am thankful to Hasan Minhaj

Rediff.com14 Jun 2017

'You made me realise that it is great to be brown, even if we are currently living under Donald Trump's false definition of America.' 'In my 36 years in America there have been few instances where I have laughed and cried so much watching a show about brown people.'

Review: Go, watch A Death in the Gunj

Review: Go, watch A Death in the Gunj

Rediff.com2 Jun 2017

A Death in the Gunj is not a happy film at all times, but it is very entertaining says Aseem Chhabra.

Vinod Khanna: An actor with a touch of sadness

Vinod Khanna: An actor with a touch of sadness

Rediff.com28 Apr 2017

Aseem Chhabra sensed an internal turmoil in Vinod Khanna, which sometimes showed the moody person on screen.

Goodbye Regal. Thank you for the memories

Goodbye Regal. Thank you for the memories

Rediff.com30 Mar 2017

'I know all good things have to end someday. But memories, especially film memories are special,' says Aseem Chhabra.

Lunchbox director: From Irrfan to Broadbent to Redford

Lunchbox director: From Irrfan to Broadbent to Redford

Rediff.com15 Mar 2017

'One of the director's primary jobs is to make sure that all the actors perform as if they are in the same movie, playing in the same band -- one is not acting in a different band than the other.'

10 movie gems from Berlin

10 movie gems from Berlin

Rediff.com1 Mar 2017

Here are Aseem Chhabra's picks -- 'films that mattered to me, entertained me and will stay with me through the year.'

10 movie gems from Berlin

10 movie gems from Berlin

Rediff.com1 Mar 2017

Here are Aseem Chhabra's picks -- 'films that mattered to me, entertained me and will stay with me through the year.'

Why every Indian must watch Newton

Why every Indian must watch Newton

Rediff.com13 Feb 2017

'The Maoists want the tribals to boycott the election while the police think the election is a farce and do not want to risk going deeper in the conflict zone.' 'Newton (played with sincerity and deep felt passion by Rajkummar Rao) wants to make sure that the locals cast their vote, a right given to them by the Constitution.'

The US under Trump: Why this American is worried

The US under Trump: Why this American is worried

Rediff.com6 Feb 2017

'I have had a US passport for 26 years. I have a Hindu name. But none of that matters it seems.' 'Today I have also become an immigrant from Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sudan and Syria.'Today I am Changez Khan and Rizwan Khan.' 'All of us brown people have been put in the same boat by Trump,' says Aseem Chhabra.

Will La La Land lose out at the Oscars?

Will La La Land lose out at the Oscars?

Rediff.com25 Jan 2017

There is a group of La La Land haters -- especially jazz aficionados who feel the film gives too much importance to a white man who sets out to save the musical genre associated with the African American community, points out Aseem Chhabra.

Will La La Land lose out at the Oscars?

Will La La Land lose out at the Oscars?

Rediff.com25 Jan 2017

There is a group of La La Land haters -- especially jazz aficionados who feel the film gives too much importance to a white man who sets out to save the musical genre associated with the African American community, points out Aseem Chhabra.

Will we once again see a 'new' Shah Rukh Khan?

Will we once again see a 'new' Shah Rukh Khan?

Rediff.com23 Jan 2017

'2016 was the year when Shah Rukh Khan took risks and traversed along the path that would ensure the actor could shine more than the star,' says Aseem Chhabra.

302 films in 365 days!

302 films in 365 days!

Rediff.com18 Jan 2017

Aseem Chhabra tell us how he watched 302 films in 365 days on airplanes, on Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, Google, Hulu, DVDs and even on YouTube.

302 films in 365 days!

302 films in 365 days!

Rediff.com18 Jan 2017

Aseem Chhabra tell us how he watched 302 films in 365 days on airplanes, on Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, Google, Hulu, DVDs and even on YouTube.

'We must have auditioned 10,000 girls for Dangal'

'We must have auditioned 10,000 girls for Dangal'

Rediff.com12 Jan 2017

Meet Bollywood's finest casting director Mukesh Chhabra.

'We must have auditioned 10,000 girls for Dangal'

'We must have auditioned 10,000 girls for Dangal'

Rediff.com12 Jan 2017

Meet Bollywood's finest casting director Mukesh Chhabra.

Om Puri: I will die if I do not work

Om Puri: I will die if I do not work

Rediff.com6 Jan 2017

'In our film industry, there are not many opportunities for actors... Our films are not character based, they are hero and heroine based. The only roles we have for character actors are to play the girl's or boy's dad or a police officer...'

Thank you George for the good times!

Thank you George for the good times!

Rediff.com27 Dec 2016

'I swayed my arms in the air with strangers when George Michael sang Careless Whispers' 'I was in heaven.'

The BEST Moments in Hindi Films in 2016

The BEST Moments in Hindi Films in 2016

Rediff.com26 Dec 2016

Aseem Chhabra lists the elements that he loved and was pleasantly surprised by in the movies.

When Ranveer Singh was heartbroken

When Ranveer Singh was heartbroken

Rediff.com12 Dec 2016

Ranveer-Vaani take Befikre to Dubai.

Review: Befikre is joyful and will make you smile

Review: Befikre is joyful and will make you smile

Rediff.com9 Dec 2016

Aditya Chopra's film reminds us that a well-shot Bollywood romantic film can be so entertaining even when it does not offer anything new, says Aseem Chhabra.

Will India allow Sarah Munir to attend Purvi Thacker's shaadi?

Will India allow Sarah Munir to attend Purvi Thacker's shaadi?

Rediff.com11 Nov 2016

'I don't want a government to tell me that I can't be there for my sister's wedding.'

We will see what tomorrow brings

We will see what tomorrow brings

Rediff.com9 Nov 2016

'Eight years of what Obama had achieved can be wiped out during the Trump administration,' fears Aseem Chhabra, who worries about his country under'an arrogant bully, who whipped up the worst out of his followers.'

Mughal-e-Azam: A world class Indian production at last

Mughal-e-Azam: A world class Indian production at last

Rediff.com27 Oct 2016

'We want to be a nation at par with the best internationally.' 'But why is it in theatre we continue to have such low standards?'

10 MUST WATCH Movies, coming up!

10 MUST WATCH Movies, coming up!

Rediff.com19 Oct 2016

Aseem Chhabra's recommendations for the Mumbai film festival.

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