Feb 232014
Highway - Highway Robbery of The Chase

(Thanks to SI Blog reader rvasam who first alerted me to the lift) Let’s get to the big question right away. Is Bollywood film Highway a lift of the 1994 Hollywood movie The Chase? The short answer – Yes, to a significant, unignorable, inexcusable, unpardonable degree. There are far too many similarities between Highway and The Chase to be dismissed as mere coincidence. Highway Robbery Imtiaz Ali claims to have “written and directed” the Bollywood film Highway. I will throw a sop to the Bollywood Cerberus and concede that Highway is directed by Imtiaz Ali. But “written” by Imtiaz Ali? […]

Feb 222014

Highway – Highway Robbery of The Chase I steered on to the Highway (Alia Bhatt, Randeep Hooda) with much trepidation this evening. This Alia Bhatt creature (heroine of Highway) was completely alien to me. And given my utter contempt for supremely untalented Indian ‘star children’ (Abhishek Bachchan, Zayed Khan, Fardeen Khan, Tusshar Kapoor, Salman Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha etc), I had abysmal expectations from Alia Bhatt (daughter of Bollywood director Mahesh Bhatt and actress Sonia Razdan). Boy, did Alia surprise me and prove my fears to be entirely unfounded. Alia and her new film Highway […]

Feb 212014

By MadMax673 There’s probably something about the number 3 that gives Kevin Costner an instant woody. Back then, it was 3000 Miles to Graceland. He should’ve taken its result as a hint. Lesson not learned, now we’re left to endure 3 Days to Kill. Story Ethan Renner (Kevin Costner) is a CIA agent and an expert killer. The man has never taken a sick day off for 30 odd years. Fate plays a mean role in his life other than the CIA staff. Our spook’s got a terminal disease that has spread throughout his lungs and the doc gives him three […]

Feb 192014
Telugu Bidda Purnachandra Aramalla in Plea Bargain Talks with Preet Bharara

It looks like Long Island Telugu native Purnachandra Reddy Aramalla, 65, is trying to cut a deal with federal prosecutors in the office of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of the Southern District of New York. Aramalla, who owns pharmacies in Queens and the Bronx in New York, was arrested on December 12, 2013 and charged with committing multimillion dollar healthcare drugs fraud on Medicare and Medicaid programs. In layman’s language, Aramalla has been charged with selling second-hand, illegally diverted drugs to patients at his pharmacies. Aramalla is currently out on bail whose terms include a $2 million personal recognition bond, […]

Feb 192014

As the vast army of Indian movie directors extend their long-standing love affair with raw sewage, the tiny crop of Korean film-makers continue to make great strides. My uncontainable passion for all things Korean led me recently to two gangster movies, New World (original title: Sin-se-gae, 2013) and A Company Man (original title: Hoi-sa-won, 2012). I’m happy to report that both are gripping crime dramas, well worth your time. New World is easily the better of the two with a more riveting story, a better cast and a superior director. Now if you believe media reports, a Hollywood version of […]

Feb 172014
 God Turns his Back on Tamil Godman

(Photo courtesy: Commander Selvam’s law web site) For several years, Tamil Samiar (godman) Annamalai Annamalai, a.k.a. Dr. Commander Selvam, a.k.a. Swamiji Sri Selvam Siddhar made a lucrative career out of helping fellow Indian-Americans tackle various obstacles – business, personal, legal, family, marriage, lottery numbers etc – by interceding with God (via pujas) for a fee. Now it looks like 48-year-old Commander Selvam himself might need divine intervention to overcome his legal troubles. Serious Charges Earlier this month, Commander Selvam was indicted in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (Atlanta Division) on charges of bank fraud (credit […]