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84: Padman, Padmaavat and apologies

Nearly 1 month ago, our host Aditya sat down with regular panelist Satyen to discuss the joys of Padman (minus Sonam Kapoor), the frustratingly nonsensical Padmaavat, and the mildly amusing inconsistencies of Tiger Zinda Hai - which is more than what can be said of this episode.


83: Tumhari Sulu, Padmavati debacle, and the futility of Indian award shows

Ashwin Chhabria drops by for a wide-ranging chat featuring: * Why the simplicity of Tumhari Sulu, and Vidya Balan's sheer force of will, powers this film through despite some questionable narrative choices. * The farce that Indian award shows are, particularly illustrated by the Zee Cine Awards who awarded the Best Film and Best Cinematography awards to....Golmaal Again. * Why everyone has stopped talking about the Padmavati controversy, and why its a sorry state of affairs * Trailer...


82: Ittefaq, and the art of the Whodunnit

Bollywood Weekly is back from hiatus, and we have an action-packed episode. 1) Why Ittefaq is a solid detective story, held aloft by Akshaye Khanna but let down by the mediocrity of those surrounding him. 2) A wide-ranging discussions on our favourite detective stories, Indian whodunnit films, and Kolkata's contribution to the genre 3) Is 36 China Town actually a good film or not? 3) Monsoon Shootout trailer, Goosebumps and interactive storytelling 4) Kaalakandi trailer, and the image of...


81: Secret Superstar, MAMI Round-up and 'Family Entertainment'

1. Why Secret Superstar may just be the best film of 2017 as Zaira Wasim's powerhouse performance is ably supported by Aamir Khan and the rest. 2. A round-up of this year's MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, with special focus on Shlok Sharma's 'Zoo' - shot entirely on an iPhone. 3. Golmaal Again is the highest grosser of the year so far, proving that there are deeply ingrained issues in society for a film like this to be considered most people's idea of 'family entertainment'. 4. Trailer round-up,...


80: Anupama Chopra on MAMI, Independent Cinema and 2017's biggest disappointment

On a special edition of Bollywood Weekly, we catch up with Anupama Chopra - renowned film critic and festival director at the MAMI Mumbai Film Festival - as she gets candid about her journey with MAMI, why festivals are important for independent filmmakers and how MAMI aims to provide something for everyone to enjoy. In addition, Anupama also tells us her favourite films and biggest disappointments from what has been an overall fairly dull 2017 in Bollywood. #Bollywood #Podcast #Movies #Film...


79: Newton, Democracy and the art of film-making

Why Newton is a fiercely patriotic film that should be made tax-free. We discuss a wide-ranging array of topics from Rajkummar Rao and Pankaj Tripathi's perfect portrayals, the hidden meanings and symbolism behind different scenes, and why Newton stands out from other so-called 'indie films'. #Newton #RajkummarRao #PankajTripathi #Bollywood #Film #Cinema #Oscars #Movies #MovieReview #India #Democracy #Politics #Entertainment #judwaa2 #GolmaalAgain #Chef #SaifAliKhan #AjayDevgn...


78: Shubh Mangal Savdhan

An inconsistent, but ultimately enjoyable affair, 'Shubh Mangal Savdhan' will definitely get you up and running. Underpinned by fantastic performances from Ayushmann, Bhumi Pednekar and the entire supporting cast, who carry the film despite a limp second half. We also look ahead to the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, to be held from October 6-14. In this week's show, we discuss Anurag Kashyap's comments regarding the dichotomy between commercial and indie cinema and how festivals like MAMI...


77: | Lipstick Under My Burkha | BW Catch-up

Why Lipstick Under My Burkha, despite its numerous flaws, had enough going for it to be a significant film. This is the first in a new Bollywood Weekly episode format - where we provide a catch-up episode of a movie that released in the last few months that we were not able to cover on the podcast. Let us know what you think! #Podcast #Bollywood #BollywoodWeekly #Film #Movies #MovieReview #FilmReview #LUMB #LipstickUnderMyBurkha #KonkonaSenSharma #RatnaPathakShah #AahanaKumra #VikrantMassey...


76: Bareilly ki Barfi's sweetness, Saif's acting ability, and a heartfelt plea to watch 'Newton'

The pod is back, and this week we celebrate the sweetness and simplicity of Bareilly ki Barfi, held aloft by acting masterclasses from Rajkummar Rao and Pankaj Tripathi. We also discuss that pair's upcoming film Newton, and why it is important that we take the time to go watch it. That's part of our trailer round-up, which also features Judwaa 2 -and the astonishing lack of effort on David Dhawan's part - and Chef, as we discuss whether Saif can actually act or not. #Bollywood...


75: Toilet: Ek Problematic (but Important) Katha

1) Toilet: Ek Prem Katha is problematic in so many ways, most significantly reinforcing stalking and male privilege in a film about empowering women and giving them basic rights. 2) Despite this, the main crux of the movie - toilets and lack thereof - is addressed and delivered effectively. Bhumi Pednekar overshadows Akshay but is given limited opportunity to so in the second half because...Bollywood. 3) We look ahead to (in order of excitement and in reverse order of likely box office...


74: Jab Harry Met Sejal

Why Harry Met not a question we have an answer to - and to be honest we wish they didn't. For the first time, Imtiaz Ali has let us down. In the absence of any plot line, SRK and Anushka are forced to recycle previous roles and the result can only be described as a strange, mediocre film. Plus, trailer round-up featuring Bareilly ki Barfi, Shubh Mangal Savdhan, Lucknow Central, Secret Superstar and more! #Bollywood #Podcast #BollywoodWeekly #Entertainment #Comedy #Movies #Film...


73: Jagga Jasoos, IIFA Debacles and Mandira Bedi

- Why Jagga Jasoos should be applauded for its vision and technical brilliance, despite faltering and losing its way in the 2nd half. - In defence of Katrina Kaif, who - accent apart - delivers a career-best turn across the always brilliant Ranbir - An in-depth look at Anurag Basu's many sources of inspiration, from TinTin to Jean-Pierre Melville, courtesy this piece from Bharat Misra - A brief summary of IIFA, as we...


72: Tubelight, and the hypocrisy of Indian audiences

1) Why Tubelight, contrary to critics and popular opinion, is actually a well-made film - let down solely by the insufferable presence of Salman Khan 2) In praise of Kabir Khan, who always tries to portray important messages of faith even in commercial masala entertainers 3) Why Indian movie-goers are hypocrites, and what constitutes a mainstream film 4) We reflect on the trailer of Jagga Jasoos, and an uncanny 'similarity' to TinTin comics #Tubelight #SalmanKhan #SohailKhan #KabirKhan


71: Bank Chor, and the omnipresence of Nawazuddin Siddiqui

1. Why Bank Chor was nothing more than an extended series of Whatsapp jokes brought to life 2. Trailer round-up where Nawazuddin is in everything - from Munna Michael to Babumoshai Bandookbaaz to MOM. 3. Other trailers including Daddy and Toilet - Ek Prem Katha 4. Reaction to the title of Imtiaz Ali's next starring SRK and Anushka Sharma - Jab Harry Met Sejal. neither. #Bollywood #Movies #Film #MovieReview #FilmReview #Entertainment #Comedy #RiteishDeshmukh #BankChor...


70: Raabta

On this week's show - we discuss why Raabta is possibly the worst movie of 2017, and wonder how otherwise competent writers could create something so bad. Also on this show - trailer round-up featuring Mubarakan, Baadshaho and Haseena Parkar, how Anees Bazmee's titles his movies, confusion on Shraddha's casting as Haseena Parkar, and other interesting factoids. #Raabta #DineshVinjan #SushantSinghRajput #KritiSanon #T-Series #TSeries #Mubarakan #Baadshaho #HaseenaParkar #ShraddhaKapoor...


69: Half Girlfriend, Hindi Medium, song remakes and more

1. Everything that went wrong with Mohit Suri's Half Girlfriend, from fake British accents to CGI Bill Gates - but why the hate towards it has been unjustified. 2. Why Hindi Medium on the other hand is a great watch - funny and with a social message. 3. Do song remakes really work? Suit Suit and Main Tera Boyfriend show that there's no signs of this trend slowing down 4. A first take on Sachin: A Billion Dreams based on reviews and general consensus 5. Tubelight trailer review - we really...


68: Sarkar 3

Why Sarkar 3 should be the last film Ram Gopal Verma makes in a long, long time; as well as our look ahead to Sachin: A Billion Dreams and the Simran controversy. #bollywood #bollywoodweekly #podcast #film #movie #moviereview #comment #comedy #sarkar3 #rvg #amitabh #AmitabhBachchan #ManojBajpai #RonitRoy #AmitSadh #abhishekbachchan #sachin #rehman #simran #Kangana #KanganaRanaut #HansalMehta #ApurvaAsrana


67: Meri Pyaari Bindu

Why Meri Pyaari Bindu was probably better off as a short film, but still has enough moments to make it worth watching. Plus, we discuss Maneesh Sharma's views on marriage, debate whether there is any logic to the song '440 Volt' from Sultan, and review the latest trailers. #Bollywood #BollywoodWeekly #Podcast #MeriPyaariBindu #AyushmannKhurana #ParineetiChopra #YRF #Hindi #movie #review #film #salman #SalmanKhan #tubelight #KabirKhan #BankChor #Simran #KanganaRanaut


(Rebroadcast) Episode 37 - Sultan

Bollywood Weekly - Podcast #37 How can we describe Sultan? By Salman standards - it was better than usual. By normal standards - it was Salman. Full review - plus how Bhai became Bhai, and the case for and against Bhai-cott. #salman #bhai #sultan #anushka


65: Naam Shabana

Why Neeraj Pandey's Naam Shabana is badly let down by the quality of it's writing, which leaves it mired in mediocrity. Plus lots of other fun stuff such as the return of Sridevi and Raveena Tandon, and a Mexican remake for 3 Idiots .


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