VICEROY’S HOUSE – interview with Gurinder Chadha

by GREG KING Gurinder Chadha is best known for her film Bend It Like Beckham. She was in Australia to promote her latest film Viceroy’s House, a sweeping historical epic set against the turbulent backdrop of India in 1947, when the British Empire was leaving. Greg spoke to Gurinder about her personal connection to the events depicted in the film, casting, and the challenges in making such an ambitious period drama. http://www.mediafire.com/file/du12b1avq2fo5ls/220415_001.MP3   Continue reading

THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Madden Stars: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Dev Patel, Bill Nighy, Richard Gere, Ronald Pickup, Penelope Wilton, Celia Imrie, Tamsin Greig, Tena Desae, Lillet Dubey, David Strathairn, Diana Hardcastle, Shazad Latif. Is this the most ironically apt film title of the year? The original and life affirming Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was one of the surprise hits of 2012, so it's not surprising that the producers have had a second bite at the cherry with this obligatory sequel. But the film suffers from the usual fate of most Continue reading

SIDDHARTH

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Richie Mehta Stars: Rajesh Tailang, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Irfan Khan, Anurag Arora, Shobha Sharma Jassi. A grim, emotionally wrought tale about a father's desperate and harrowing search for his missing son Siddharth is certainly a welcome change from the usual Bollywood style of filmmaking with its colourful dance sequences and musical numbers and inordinate running time. This moving drama offers some insights into life in contemporary India and gives audiences a taste of an exotic culture beyond our understanding or Continue reading