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Our weekly Geek Show about underrated, foreign and forgotten movies…after the hype

Ep 15- Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar- Sanju- Sacred Games


In Episode 15 of the Khandaan Podcast, we switch up our format for a special series: over the next few episodes, we will discuss movies nominated by our audience as their all-time favorites. We begin with 1992’s Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar. Starring Aamir Khan, this was the second film made by cousins Aamir and Mansoor Khan, co-starring Ayesha Jhulka, Dipak Tijori, Pooja Bedi, and the always reliable Khulbhushan Kharbanda among others.

We are joined this week by The Guardian’s Mike McCahill, who was watching this movie for the very first time whereas Asim, Sujoy and Amrita grew up with this film and its soundtrack as a constant in their younger lives. This movie is also rich in Bollywood trivia, some of which might be found here in the reunion staged by Anupama Chopra and Rajeev Masand (yes, this is the same video that almost drove Amrita mad.)

We also discuss the brand-new release Sanju, the whitewash special directed by Raju Hirani starring an eerily excellent Ranbir Kapoor, who rebounds in style from a couple of years of less-than-successful films. Co-starring Sonam Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal, Paresh Rawal, Manisha Koirala, Karishma Tanna, Anushka Sharma, and Dia Mirza, this movie should have been a knockout but sadly isn’t.

Lastly, we look at Sacred Games, the first Indian original commissioned by Netflix. Starring Saif Ali Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead, ably supported by a large cast of pitch perfect actors (including Kubra Sait, Radhika Apte, Neeraj Kabi, Jitendra Joshi and others), it’s based on the Vikram Chandra novel and adapted to screen by Varun Grover, Smita Singh (not Bansal as Amrita says in the podcast, sorry), and Vasant Nath. Co-directed by Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap, this series sparked quite a bit of conversation.

Subscribers are reminded that Khandaan is currently accepting nominations for our special run. Please send your suggestions for movies of the Khans that you feel we must watch to upodcasting@gmail.com.

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*Polls close on Wednesday 18th June

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Ep 14- Race 3- Khamoshi The Musical – Khandaan Podcast

Episode 14 of the Khandaan Podcast brings you 1996’s Khamoshi the Musical which stars Salman Khan, Manisha Koirala, Nana Patekar, Seema Biswas, and a very lovely Helen.

However, Asim, Sujoy and Amrita begin the podcast with a raucous discussion of Salman’s latest blockbuster, (the widely and justifiably reviled) Race 3. A bro-laden movie so terrible, it drives Salman-lover Asim into enraged incoherence while Sujoy and Amrita try not to die laughing. Please excuse the f-bombs in this family-friendly podcast.

Tired out from all the emotion, we examine Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s debut feature: a sensitive depiction of a tragedy-magnet family. Featuring several themes Bhansali would go on to explore with better budgets, Khamoshi nevertheless manages to retain some of its charm at this long distance of 24 years. The songs have withstood the test of time and the performances are better than any of us expected. Amrita, however, maintains her irrational dislike of Manisha.

Subscribers are reminded that Khandaan is currently accepting nominations for our special run, which begins with our next episode, #15. Please send your suggestions for movies of the Khans that you feel we must watch to upodcasting@gmail.com.

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Ep 236: LIFF 2018 Preview – Upodcast BE

Together with Josh Hurtado and Omar Ahmed, we discuss the line up for this year’s London Indian Film Festival.

The 9th edition of the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival,  runs at 15 cinemas, across London, Birmingham and Manchester, from 21st June to 1st July, with 27 films, including features and short films, in competition. It is the largest South Asian film festival in Europe.

Buy your tickets via this website, at respective cinema box offices: http://londonindianfilmfestival.co.uk/

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Ep 13- Don 2 – Khandaan Podcast

Welcome to Episode 13 (gulp!) of the Khandaan Podcast where we discuss 2011’s Don 2, starring Shahrukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Boman Irani, Lara Dutta, and Kunal Kapoor.

In this podcast, we talk about the consistently high production values of Excel Entertainment that allow it to make movies that don’t age as badly as other Bollywood product. However, how far can technical excellence take you when the writing is merely ho-hum? This episode left Asim, Sujoy and Amrita with more questions than answers – will Farhan ever make another movie? Were PC and SRK destroying Bharatiya Sanskriti during this film? How hot is Lara Dutta? Etc.

We also discuss the blockbuster new release Veere di Wedding and the amazing response it has received from male reviewers who are massively upset with its brand of female power. We also look at the many controversies that emerged from this film, including Swara Bhaskar’s infamous statement about Pakistan. A few words are also spared for Bhavesh Joshi, a movie that dared but couldn’t bear (any fruit at the box office).

Asim looks forward to your outraged responses to this podcast! He would also like to remind you that Khandaan is currently accepting nominations for our special run, which begins with episode 15. Send us your listener’s picks on upodcasting@gmail.com.

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Ep 12- Jaan E Mann – Khandaan Podcast

Welcome to Episode 12 of the Khandaan Podcast! This week we’re discussing 2006’s Jaan-e-Mann, starring Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, and Preity Zinta.

While JEM has gained a bit of a cult following in the years since its release, it was a disastrous flop when it came out. An uneasy marriage between troubling Bollywood stereotypes and a whimsical ode to classic Hollywood musicals, JEM is by turns fantastic and repulsive. Asim, Sujoy and Amrita have plenty to discuss when it comes to the themes of the film, its reception, the stars, the makers and its place in Bollywood history.

Meanwhile, we discuss a few housekeeping items of interest to our loyal listeners and discuss a few current events such as the reactions to the Race 3 trailer, Salman Khan’s increasingly visible disinterest in song-and-dance routines, and a trio of remarkable interviews: one in which Madhuri Dixit can barely hide her disdain for Rajeev Masand; and two in which Anupama Chopra skillfully drew out Madhuri and Bobby Deol, who dominated the chatter cycle this week with a highly emotional response. Don’t miss the amazing gifs by Sujoy!

We also recommend this fun Madhuri interview by AIB! Don’t forget to send your screenshots and requests to upodcasting@gmail.com.

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Ep 11- Hum Saath Saath Hain – Khandaan Podcast

Welcome to Episode 11 of the Khandaan Podcast and 1999’s Hum Saath Saath Hain, Sooraj Barjatya’s follow-up to his game-changing Bollywood classic, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun…

Starring Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Tabu, Sonali Bendre, and Mohnish Behl alongside the regular Rajshri cast of Reema Lagoo as Maa, Alok Nath as Babuji, Shakti Kapoor as lower income (Muslim) dost, and other assorted stereotypes, this film was the biggest hit of the year when it came out. Together, the reunited trio of Asim, Sujoy and Amrita investigate whether it has held up or indeed, if there is anything to hold up at all.

A remake of the Ramayana, this movie isn’t short on homilies on the ideal family – and it is an orgy of patriarchy upheld by traditional gender roles interrupted by mediocre songs laboriously staged for minutes on end. Others have brilliantly lampooned the cultural aspects of this film already, so we kept our discussion to the film itself. HSSH provides many a LOL, none of them intentional. It is not a film we would recommend to anyone, not even budding Salman Khan fans. Our audience might disagree – and we read out a few responses from our listeners on why they chose this movie.

The three of us also discuss exciting trailers for upcoming movies (Bhavesh Joshi, Veere di Wedding, and the Madhuri Dixit-starrer Bucket List) and defend Sujoy’s honor on the internet.

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Ep 10- Andaz Apna Apna – Khandaan Podcast

Welcome to Episode 10 of the Khandaan Podcast, where we come at last to the one movie we’ve constantly been quoting – 1994’s Andaz Apna Apna. Starring the rare movie combination of Aamir Khan and Salman Khan, this Khantastic film was a big flop when it came out but has attained cult status since then as seen in our poll where it beat out the most commercially successful film of 1994, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun…?

Costarring Karishma Kapoor, Raveena Tandon, and Paresh Rawal in key roles, this Rajkumar Santoshi film offers a veritable who’s who of character actors who elevate the sketches that make this movie a classic. If you can make it past Asim, Sujoy and Amrita crying with laughter as they struggle to describe what they liked about this film, you might find old memories awakened.

However, is this a movie we can recommend to newbies and non-native speakers? Join us as we discuss weighty issues such as effectively translating comedy, self-referential comedy in Bollywood, Aamir Khan’s undercooked comedic chops, and whether we had the same tastes as children as we do now.

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Ep 9- Kal Ho Naa Ho- Khandaan Podcast

Welcome to Episode 9 of the Khandaan Podcast, where we turn our eagle eyes toward Kal Ho Na Ho (2003), starring Shah Rukh Khan at the height of his stardom. Commonly believed to be a remake of Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s weepie Anand (1971), starring Rajesh Khanna at the height of his stardom, KHNH is a souped-up melodrama best remembered nostalgically than rewatched in the present according to podcast consensus.

This week we are joined by guest host and writer/journalist Anisha Jhaveri as Sujoy continues to chase success as influencer to the sundar, susheel, and thodi special. Asim, Amrita and Anisha initially approached KHNH with eagerness, especially since it beat out Tere Naam, an excruciating Salman Khan remake of an excruciating South Indian film, but their joy soon turned to ashes as they were forced to confront that their nostalgia was misplaced and this movie was basically a sporadically funny, racist, homophobic mess with extremely unfortunate costume design.

We recommend you read Molly Ringwald’s excellent essay on dealing with problematic faves in retrospect after listening to this episode.

Episode 9 also includes a short discussion of the short-lived Salman Khan sentencing saga and Asim’s inability to properly understand the visual appeal of SRK walking around aimlessly while dressed in white linen.

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Ep 8- Chandramukhi – Khandaan Podcast

Episode 8 of the Khandaan Podcast features Chandramukhi (1993), starring Sridevi as a celestial being and Salman Khan as her child lover. An uncomfortable mish-mash of Tom Hanks’ Big by way of Telugu blockbuster Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari, starring Chiranjeevi and Sridevi, this little viewed film was a disaster at the box office – surprising none of us.

This week we are joined by guest host Tanvi from the MovieWalaPod in the absence of Sujoy, who is off launching a new career as Instagram model. Asim, Amrita and Tanvi all agreed that this was hands down the worst movie they have had to watch for a podcast, featuring: graphic child abuse, a pedophiliac alien, ALL the bad guys, and incredibly shoddy production values. We also discuss other movies that released the same year, notably Darr, and Asim requested an anthropology lesson regarding the finer techniques of dancing for Shiva, thereby exposing Tanvi and Amrita as Bad Indians. Thanks, Asim.

For a more appreciative review of Chandramukhi’s nonexistent charms, we recommend Beth Watkins’ much more patient article. In the meantime, Asim would like you to know this is not Chand ka Tukda, the other Sridevi-Salman starrer with much better music.

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Ep 235: “Making Bollywood replica’s won’t get us anywhere!” Asim Abbasi talks Cake

We catch up with Asim Abassi director of the Pakistani film Cake releasing in UK theaters on the 29th of March.
Asim talks to Asim if there is an actual revival of Pakistani cinema, claiming a cinematic identity and “gola-ganda” cinematography.

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Ep 7- Paheli – Khandaan Podcast

Episode 7 of the Khandaan Podcast finds co-hosts Asim, Sujoy and Amrita reunited to discuss Paheli (2005), starring Shahrukh Khan in a double role, Rani Mukherjee and a whole host of cameos from Juhi Chawla to Amitabh Bachchan.

This Red Chillies Entertainment film was directed by Amol Palekar, the everyman of yesteryears’ parallel Hindi cinema, and was even India’s official entry to the Oscars for its year. Based on a short story about a bride and the ghost who loves her, Paheli made a lot of right noises about women’s empowerment and the right to choose. More than a decade on, we examine how those messages hold up.

Sujoy declares Paheli the best film we have watched on this podcast thus far, while many of our listeners call it their favorite film, but Asim and Amrita play spoilsport.

We also take a moment to discuss the passing of cinema legend Sridevi and the recent Bollywood release, the rather controversial hit Sonu ke Titu ki Sweety.

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Ep 6 – Talaash – Khandaan Podcast

Episode 6 of the Khandaan Podcast finds co-hosts Sujoy and Amrita missing Asim, who is off doing other things just as we’re handed an opportunity to discuss Talaash (2012), starring Asim’s fave (or so he says) Aamir Khan. However, to make up for the disappointment, we’re joined by our special guest star Beth from BethLovesBollywood!

Although we’d all seen this film upon its release, this was our first rewatch and there were a lot of things here to surprise us. None of us remembered Rajkumar Rao also starred in this film, Amrita was taken aback by how beautiful Rani Mukherjee looks (watch out for Sujoy listing a looong list of movies in which Rani looked amazing), and Beth agreed that Shahrukh Khan (who was also approached for the role played by Aamir) wouldn’t have worked nearly so well for very particular reasons. We disagreed a bit on Kareena Kapoor’s performance, discussed the male-female dynamics, and loved hard on the soundtrack. We also took a quick minute to appreciate director Reema Kagti’s work – of which you can see more in the Akshay Kumar starrer, Gold, to be released this year.

2012 was a really great year for Hindi cinema but rather hit-and-miss for the Khans with Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Dabangg 2, and Ek Tha Tiger joining Talaash at the cinema. Sujoy, Beth and Amrita all agree that Talaash was the clear frontrunner in that pack, and a movie for everyone, irrespective of their fan loyalties.

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Ep 5- Chori Chori Chupke Chupke Review and Padmaavat Discussion

Episode 5 of the Khandaan Podcast finds co-hosts Asim, Sujoy, and Amrita discussing the first film voted to screen by their audience – 2001’s Salman Khan-starrer, Chori Chori Chupke Chupke (CCCC).

First, however, we make a short foray into current cinema with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s extremely controversial Padmaavat, starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, and Ranveer Singh. We discuss the fan politics surrounding the film as well as the merits of the film itself. (Please excuse the sound of the occasional firework in between – Amrita’s neighbors were very excited about India becoming a republic.)

Going back to our Khandaan business, however, 2001 was a significant year for Hindi cinema. It saw the release of Farhan Akhtar’s debut directorial Dil Chahta Hai, featuring Aamir Khan, a seminal road trip movie that is often credited with changing the very language of modern Bollywood by employing an everyday conversational style. Karan Johar, whose multi-starrer behemoth Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (K3G), featuring Shahrukh Khan, released to massive box office success later that year, has famously said that he knew his movie was outdated the moment DCH released.

This was also the year Aamir guided Lagaan to the Oscars, India’s first nomination in the Best Foreign Film category in decades, laying the foundation for his reputation as the great savior of good Hindi cinema. A nearly four-hour period drama about weather conditions, taxes, and cricket, Lagaan was a sensation when it released but isn’t much referenced today within the modern Hindi cinematic ethos unlike DCH and K3G, which each left an enduring impact on desi pop culture for very different reasons.

Shahrukh also had two other releases that year – Asoka, the directorial debut of ace cinematographer Santosh Sivan, was a gorgeous-looking period drama about the eponymous emperor that tanked at the box office before becoming appointment TV in its serialized form; and the washout One 2 ka 4, a rare movie that features SRK as a cop.

The fact that CCCC, a subpar family drama about a rich couple who hire a hooker to carry their baby, was able to win the vote against such a stellar field of choices is a testament to Salman’s star power – and we discuss the issues that arise when a celebrity wields such power. Made at the height of Salman’s personal problems, which would shortly include a murder charge, CCCC was also a troubled production, allegedly made with mafia money.

Belying the nostalgia of several friends of this podcast, CCCC is also deeply problematic, dealing with supposedly progressive ideas in the most regressive way possible. Rani Mukherjee is horrendously dressed and is the catalyst for the main plot of the film, which is bizarre and offensive. Preity Zinta is effervescent and charming – and completely wasted as a hooker with a heart of gold and a fertile uterus. The supporting cast includes an OTT Amrish Puri as a (male) baby-obsessed grandfather, Farida Jalal as a (male) baby-obsessed mother-in-law, Dalip Tahil as a dad who just wants to get his son out of the country for some reason, Johnny Lever as Random Family-Adjacent Dude who sticks his nose where it doesn’t belong, and Prem Chopra as a doctor willing to break every single professional ethic for the sake of friendship. Salman appears medicated.

We did not enjoy this movie but please do listen and laugh at our pain.

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Podcast notes:

We refer to Sal Salam‘s excellent essay on BollyBrit which you can find here

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Ep 4- Deewana – Khandaan Podcast

Asim, Sujoy, and Amrita, co-hosts of the Khandaan podcast, wrap up their re-watch of the Khan-debuts with Deewana. This 1992 blockbuster is the movie we chose as Shahrukh Khan’s debut feature despite his earlier appearance as a supporting character in the artsy In Which Annie Gives It To Those Ones (1989) and his official debut as a lead in Hema Malini’s Dil Aashna Hai, which released later in 1992.

Shahrukh is an electrifying presence in this movie, waking up the audience from its Rishi Kapoor-induced stupor when he makes his appearance in the second half, riding a motorcycle through the streets of Bombay, singing “Koi na koi chahiye…” 1992 was a banner year for SRK – in the history of Hindi cinema, nobody has ever had a debut like him. Signed on to five films (Dil Aashna Hai, Deewana, Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman, Chamatkar, and Idiot) on the strength of his popular TV presence, SRK cartwheeled on to the scene with a brash energy and a willingness to upend everything in sight, immediately rendering everything and everyone before him slightly dated and old-fashioned. This is particularly evident in his scenes with Rishi Kapoor where the two of them appear to be acting in two different movies.

Asim, Sujoy and Amrita agree that Deewana is quite the worst film out of the three Khan debuts. If the second half of the movie features SRK laying the foundations of his obsessed creep/lover persona, the first half of the movie is interminable and stars Rishi Kapoor as a schlubby pop star who gets faux-murdered for his inheritance after successfully wooing the leading lady who looks young enough to be his child. Said lead is Divya Bharati, whose remarkable career in Hindi cinema spanned roughly 18 months during which time she starred in 14 films – an unbroken record to this date. Her tragic death under suspicious circumstances a year after the release of this movie is perhaps one of the only reasons to re-watch this film unless you’re a SRK completist.

Deewana also has the weakest soundtrack of the three debuts but it scores highly on nostalgia. Sujoy was the only one with strong opinions – he’s a big fan of the Rishi Kapoor number, “Sochenge tumhe pyaar“.

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Ep 3- Maine Pyaar Kiya – Khandaan Podcast

Asim, Sujoy, and Amrita, co-hosts of the Khandaan podcast, continue their Khan-journey with Maine Pyaar Kiya (MPK). This 1989 blockbuster romance is the movie we chose as Salman Khan’s debut feature despite his earlier ill-starred appearance as a supporting character in the Rekha-starrer Biwi Ho To Aisi (1988). (To read more about that experience as well as other fascinating bits of Salman’s history, we recommend this in-depth profile by Anna Vetticad.)

Directed by Sooraj Barjatya, one of the men who helped invent Bollywood as we know it today by inspiring seminal Bollywood filmmakers Aditya Chopra and Karan Johar, MPK is an all-out effort at portraying a young, modern love. In an ironic twist, the themes Barjatya establishes in this movie would soon be transformed into a template for conservative, even regressive, family-oriented “clean romance” in the popular imagination by the time it was remade as Hum Aapke Hain Kaun…! or the execrable Hum Saath Saath Hain.

The co-hosts agree that despite its dated appearance and quaint 1980s-ness, MPK is the best made film out of the three Khan debuts. Fueled by his determination to succeed, the Salman we meet in this film is a bundle of energy albeit with the same trademark mannerisms and sly charm we associate with him today. Bhagyashree, whose cinematic career ended with her marriage to a possessive husband, has a raw charm to her that vibes very well with Salman’s Dennis the Menace persona. Also evident in this film are the characters we know from all the subsequent Barjatya films – the understanding mother, the busy father, the father’s best friend, the servants who are as good as family members, the outsiders masquerading as friends but who only exist to destroy the family’s happiness…

MPK’s soundtrack was a sensation when it released with funky sounds, a modern feel, and soaring ballads that are still popular today. Few in the audience at the time realized just how “inspired” it was, however; in 2017, while re-watching the film, Asim’s wife wanted to know why he was listening to so much Stevie Wonder out of the blue.

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Note: We did have some audio issues in this episode for the first ten minutes but it’s smooth sailing after that.

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Ep 2- Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak – Khandaan Podcast

Asim, Sujoy, and Amrita, co-hosts of the Khandaan podcast, begin their foray into all things Khan-related with Qayamat se Qayamat Tak (QSQT). Almost a relic of another era, this 1988 romance is the movie we chose as Aamir Khan’s debut feature despite his earlier appearances as a child star as well as his lead performance in the faux-art film Holi (1984).

Very little of Aamir as we know him today is seen in the fresh-faced hero of QSQT with his impish grin and shy glances at a delightfully effervescent Juhi Chawla (also making her debut). Directed by his cousin, Mansoor Khan, QSQT shows the youth of all those involved in the making of this film – in its tenderness, earnestness, conviction, and behind-the-scenes effort they put into crafting this the biggest success they could possibly imagine.

While neither Asim, Sujoy nor Amrita were old enough to be the target audience of this film (ahem! We are mere babies), we do have some memories of what a cultural phenomenon this movie became. It’s Romeo and Juliet undertones, the weird emphasis on caste, and the fact that the adults in this movie appear to be acting in a world far removed from the one inhabited by the sweet young love of its leads should make it a difficult watch but good filmmaking survives the years even when the material appears dated. QSQT remains a testament to Mansoor Khan’s talent.

It is also buoyed by one of the best soundtracks in Hindi cinema history, with beautiful hummable tunes by ace duo Anand Milind, one of the last of its kind. Maine Pyaar Kiya would soon replace it and surpass it in audience affection, but of all three debuts, QSQT’s is the soundtrack that has survived the test of time.

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Ep 1- What is the Khandaan Podcast?

Can one really overstate the Khan effect on Bollywood these past 25 years? Asim, Sujoy, and Amrita, co-hosts of the Khandaan podcast, don’t think so. The movies of Aamir, Salman, and Shahrukh are significant threads forming the rich cinematic tapestry that adorns the background of the lives of generations of South Asians – we sang their songs, mimicked their dance moves, and copied their wardrobe; we meme their blockbusters, obsess over their private lives, and giggle helplessly just remembering bits of their dialogue. There have been other hugely influential Khans in the industry but over the past quarter century, there’s been nobody like these three.

In their own ways, each of these men have changed the course of their industry. Aamir has evolved over the years into the Bollywood patriarch who invests in wholesome movies with a message; Salman is the boisterous life of the party who promises his audience as good a time as he can manage every single time; and Shahrukh is the risk-taking middle class boy whose reach extends beyond cinema and the desi diaspora. As we launch this project in late 2017, however, it remains to be seen how far their momentum can carry them.

Born in the same year, the Khan trio are now in their 50s even if they don’t always act like it. They are the first generation of Hindi cinema stars to have achieved such longevity as leading actors. After nearly 30 years on top, with younger actors jostling for space in this new iteration of the Hindi film industry that the Khans built with their favorite collaborators, one wonders if the Age of the Bollywood Khan is slowly coming to a close.

Thus, the Khandaan podcast – a timely retrospective of Khan work through the years.

We begin with episodes focused on the debut features of the three Khans – Qayamat se Qayamat Tak (1988) for Aamir Khan; Maine Pyaar Kiya (1989) for Salman Khan; and Deewana (1992) for Shahrukh Khan. Technically, of course, Aamir can be seen as a child actor in the films of his uncle, ace director Nasir Hussain, as well as his father and made his adult debut in Holi (1984) opposite Madhuri Dixit, ironically playing the type of obsessive creep that would be made iconic by Shahrukh a few years later. Similarly, Salman’s first foray into Hindi cinema was in the Rekha-starrer Biwi Ho To Aisi (1988) where the director hated his work (and specifically him) so much he had his voice dubbed. Meanwhile, Shahrukh was an extremely popular television actor who’d made his debut in the cult made-for-TV art film In Which Annie Gives it to Those Ones (1989) and his intended Hindi cinema launch was Hema Malini’s Dil Aashna Hai (1992) where he played the solo lead. However, we chose the movies that we considered as having officially launched the three into the arms of their adoring public.

Have a listen and let us know if you agree that when it comes to Bollywood, nothing matters but the Khandaan.

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Our awesome theme song was created by mash up king Dj Shai Guy!

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Ep 234: “Parts like these aren’t written for women in India” – Richa Chadha talks Fukrey Returns

This week’s episode is filled with tons of goodies!

We speak to the amazingly talented Richa Chadha about Fukrey Returns which is the Hindi theater release from last Friday.

I do keep mistakenly calling the movie “Fukrey two” which is not the name of the movie- my bad!

We talk about:

  • Shooting and fun on set
  • Lady Gaga
  • Leveraging Indie success to the mainstream
  • Why Bholi Punjaban is angry?
  • When to speak against social injustice

We also have a sneak peak of our new podcast series “The Khandaan Podcast” before the show, have a listen so you know what the fuss is all about.

Keep an eye out on our social media feeds so you are all caught up on when the new show drops.

Of course if you subscribe below in our iTunes feed, you definitely wont miss it.

We also have an amazing new theme song, created by mash up king Dj Shai Guy!

Follow him on Bombay Funkadelic Facebook page or twitter so you can attend his unforgettable Bollywood parties all around the UK as well as his awesome mash up mixes that are regularly featured on BBC Asia.

Fukrey Returns is currently playing in theaters!

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Ep 233: “Insomnia is my obsessed lover” – Mahira Khan Talks Verna

This episode we speak to the luminescent Mahira Khan about her movie releasing in theaters today, Verna.

We recorded the interview last week, before the controversy surrounding the release became big news, but glad to hear everything seems to be sorted out and people can go out and watch the movie everywhere.

Mahira talks about:

  • International fame and fandom
  • How to promote a movie with impactful themes
  • Adapting a global message to a local audience
  • A rumor she doesn’t mind spreading…

Verna is playing in theaters from today!

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Ep 232 Blade Runner 2049 Review

Denis Villeneuve has made enough better than decent films for Upod to give him his own episode, but what better opportunity than Blade Runner 2049 to get the ball rolling?!

Much has been made of the original and its many iterations and influence, so with 2017’s extension, we weigh in on:

Ryan Gosling and his acting
Harrison Ford’s presence
Oh my God this movie looks immense!
What’s with the run time?
What’s happening when critics can’t get enough of this movie but it’s lagging at the box office?!

You can find Shah Shahid‘s Blade Runner review on his blog by going here.

If you want to hear Asim talk more Bollywood, you can check out the Judwaa 2 Review on Bollywood is for Lovers by going here.

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Ep 231 My Pure Land Review

British-Pakistani director Sarmad Masud’s t MY PURE LAND is this week’s Upodcast Review and it was also announced as Britain’s selection for submission to the Academy Award® in the category of Foreign Language Film .

Based on true events, My Pure Land has been described as a Pakistani western, to break it down for our lovely listener we are joined by Omar Ahmed (@Bressonian) who is a film teacher, PHD Researcher and currently curating the film festival Not Just Bollywood in Manchester

With quite a lot going on with the film, Upod will break down for you:
The photography / cinematography
The patriarchal society & corruption
Some fine performances
Hopes for the debut director
Its narrative structure & how the story plays out

We talk about the previous short movie 2 Dosas in the show which you can find here.

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EP 230: “Woman Need to be their Own Heroes” Taapsee Pannu Talks Naam Shabana

This is one from the secret Upodcast vault!

We spoke with the wonderful Taapsee Pannu during the release of Naam Shabana but never managed to post the episode.

Since we talk a little about Judwaa 2 and the release is around the corner, what better time to than now to put our conversation up!

In this episode we talk about:

  • How many other Taapsee’s Taapsee knows?
  • Her career after Baby and Pink
  • How Hindi Cinema has changed for actresses
  • and what her favorite songs from Judwaa is

Naam Shabana is available for home viewing now!

Judwaa 2 releases 29th of September in UK theaters.

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Hotel Salvation (Mukti Bhavan) Upodcast Review

This week’s Upodcast review is for Hotel Salvation (Mukti Bhavan) which came out last year in India, has been cleaning up awards at film festival and now is getting a UK release through the BFI.

We are joined by the always-entertaining Shah Shahid from the Splitscreen Podcast and Blankpage Beatdown.

This episode we talk about:

  • Splitscreen Podcast and some underrated remade gems
  • Thoughtful movies and the struggle to watch them
  • When the talent can be daunting
  • The brilliance of Adil Hussain
  • And more

To check out more of Shah’s work, head over to his site or his podcast.

We also did an interview with Shubashish Bhutiani, the director of Hotel Salvation, which you can find here.

Hotel Salvation is out in selected UK theaters this week.

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Ep 228: “We are all living stories”- Shubhashish Bhutiani Talks Hotel Salvation (Mukti Bhavan)

We spoke to Shubhashish Bhutiani, director of Hotel Salvation (Mukti Bhavan), at the London Indian Film Festival just before his UK festival premier. The movie is releasing this week through the BFI in the UK so it was the perfect time to post this interview.

We talk about:

  • Opening night at LIFF
  • How to get a movie made
  • Traveling the world and the difference in audiences
  • Dealing with envy and privilege

“Hotel Salvation has already won ten Indian and international film awards including Best Film at the 2017 New York Indian Film Festival, and the Prix Enrico Fulchignoni at last year’s Venice Film Festival (an award given by the International Council of Film and Television at UNESCO to the Venice film that best represents the values of peace and human rights.) It is now a strong contender to be India’s Academy Award entry in 2018.

There will be a full review Upodcast of Hotel Salvation later this week, Shah Shahid from The Split Screen Podcast will be joining us!

Until then,

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Ep 227 Bhumi Pednekar talks Toilet Ek Prem Katha with Upodcast

On this week’s episode of Upodcast, we are talking to Bhumi Pednekar who is starring in Toilet Ek Prem Katha with Akshay Kumar, which is releasing in theatres this FRIDAY.

We talk about to Bhumi about:

  • Game of Thrones and her love of the show
  • The issues that Toilet deals with
  • Melding a romantic story with a movie dealing with social issues

Toilet: Ek Prem Katha releases internationally in cinemas on 11th August.

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Ep 226: Neeti Mohan talks AR Rahman’s concert to Upodcast

This week’s episode of Upodcast we talk to the amazingly talented singer Neeti Mohan who is joining AR Rahman on his “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” concert at SSE Arena Wembley on Saturday 8th July 2017.

 Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” marks the first in a global series, celebrating 25 years of the timeless music of AR Rahman and his team, who have crafted and perfected performances that are enriched with high-scale technology and

production. Leading engineers from around the world have been brought on board to present spectacular lighting and visuals as a backdrop to the live sounds of the musical genius, creating a multi-media extravaganza that will provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience for fans and audiences.

AR will be joined onstage by Neeti Mohan as well as other special guests including Benny Dayal, Javed Ali, Haricharan, Jonita Gandhi, Ranjit Barot and many more.

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“Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” Saturday 8th July, SSE Arena, Wembley

Ticket Purchases:

www.ssearena.co.uk/events/detail/ar-rahman

We talk with Neeti Mohan about:

  • Working with a genius
  • How the internet has effected playback singing
  • Surprise at the name of her dog (who provides some back ground vocals to this chat)
  • How she feels about the recent trend of actors/actresses singing
  • The idea of a playback singer being the “voice” of an actor
  • We also follow up on the effects of the Film Companion Roundtable of female singers
  • The songs she doesn’t understand why people keep asking her to sing

For our review of AR Rahman’s previous concert at the O2, head over here.

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Ep 225: Okja Review Upodcast

This week’s episode the gang is talking about the new Netflix exclusive by Bong Joon Ho: Okja.  Notable for many reasons, we talk about:

Being vegetarian (or not)
Factory farming
Is a movie a movie if it doesn’t play in theaters?
Authority figures being figures of fun
The Cannes Palme d’Or
Bong Joon Ho’s other movies

And of course, give our thoughts overall on Okja, including Okja the uber-pig herself and the brilliant ensemble cast.

Okja is available on Netflix globally from today.

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Ep 224: LIFF 2017 Preview – What To Watch?

The London Indian Film Festival (LIFF), regarded as Europe’s largest Indian film festival returns for its 8th edition to London and Birmingham and we are joined by Josh Hurtado from Screen Anarchy to help us navigate through broad choice of movies.

On this episode, we pick out the movies that excite us or intrigue us.

For the entire program, dates and tickets head over to www.londonindianfilmfestival.co.uk

 

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EP 223: Baahubali 2 The Conclusion Review

This week we review Baahubali 2 The Conclusion also known as the most successful Indian movie every to be released. And for this mammoth task we have brought in the most knowledgeable and best online voices to dissect this breaker of records.

On ep 223 we are joined by Sujoy (aka @9e3k), Amrita Rajan (@amritaIQ) and Josh Hurtado (@HatefulJosh) and we discuss the following topics:

  • Confessions of a Hindi film watcher
  • A taste of things to come post- Baahubali
  • Is Baabubali a commercial blockbuster or a vindication for South Indian movie makers and audiences against the Hindi domination?
  • Does Baahubali sound the end of the Khan era?
  • Who owns the succes of a movie?
  • We discuss the music, performances and the most insane scenes in the movie…

Check out our interview with director SS Rajamouli by going here.

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Ep 222: “Baahubali is not pro Hindu or anti Hindu…” SS Rajamouli Interview Upodcast

We were lucky enough to attend the UK press junket for what was supposed to be the UK premiere of Baahubali The Conclusion with director SS Rajamouli in attendance.

Since the movie had already released and is a massive success we had the opportunity to dig in a little deeper about the movie and it’s reception.

We spoke about:

  • Terrible experience of seeing his movie completed the first time
  • How he sees the value of film criticism
  • Rajamouli gives his secret formula to Bollywood film makers
  • If South India feel vindicated by the success of Baahubali
  • Making a movie like Baahubali as an atheist

Pardon the obvious fanboyism in my voice and the bad acoustics in the room but I think this might be one of the best interviews we have ever had.

Baahubali The Conclusion is currently running successfully in theaters.

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Marvel’s Iron Fist Review Upodcast

On this week’s episode we review the first 6 episodes of Marvel’s Iron Fist, the final Marvel Netflix series before The Defenders kick in to gear.

We’re joined by our friend and comic book connoisseur Akin Aworan to breakdown the story of this billionaire turned martial artist (or is the other way around)

We try to keep it spoiler free for the most part and give a pretty clear spoiler warning before we go into details.

We talk about:

  • Our ranking of Marvel Netflix shows and how Iron Fist fits within them
  • Is the critical reception of the show justified?
  • What works?
  • What really doesn’t!
  • Spoiler section
  • We form the Rosario Dawson appreciation society
  • What we hope for the final 7 episodes of the show

Marvel’s Iron Fist is now available on Netflix globally.


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Ep 220 John Wick Chapter 2 Review Upodcast

Legendary hitman John Wick is forced back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers.

John Wick hits the theaters and Upodcast is ready to break the movie down. This week we are joined by Paresh from The Currysmugglers (check out their latest Chill episode out NOW).

We talk about:

  • Our expectations after the first John Wick
  • How John Wick stand up in the pantheon of action movies
  • What our favorite action set pieces were
  • Where we hope the franchise will go now.

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Ep 219 Don’t Knock Twice Review Upodcast

A new Brit horror brings the creepy back to Upod, along with discussion about some new TV shows

  • Powerless
  • 24: Legacy
  • Santa Clara’s Diet
  • RiverdaleWe move on to our main review of indie horror Don’t Knock Twice
    – where it sits in the range of horror genres
    – the setting, production design, look and feel
    – director, cast & performances, including Nick Moran; where have you been for 20 years?
    – jump scares, all round creepiness
    – the plot, story, confusion and holes we found
    – Asim is a horror-film weakling, but surprises co-hosts with his opinion
    – conclusions & thoughts in general
    – go and see this film if you can, it is great!

 

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Ep 218: Raees Review Upodcast

We’ve got a jam-packed show today and not only because of the amazing roundtable of guests we’ve put together. After all a Shahrukh Khan movies needs the best of the best of bollybloggers to come together (of course we’re not including Asim to that list)

This week we are joined by Amrita, Beth and Sujoy and we talk about:

  • Quick thoughts on Rishi Kapoor’s biography called Khullam Khulla and a deeper dive into Ranbir’s breakfast habits
  • Sujoy talks about why he hated Kaabil and why the rest of the guest opted out of watching it
  • We delve deeper into what similarities there are between SRK and Hritik as performers and if Bang Bang is a better movie than Chennai Express?
  • Then it’s time for our main review of Raees:

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A close friend of ours, Rajee, is battling blood cancer and is in urgent need for a stem cell match for a bone marrow transplant. All it takes is a cheek swab (saliva) to get registered in your respective country’s registry. You can find more details about it at 

fb.me/HealRajee

Please help spread this message to your family and friends. And since ethnicity matters to get a match for Rajee please circulate this as best as possible among your South Asian friends and family.  However, all ethnicities are welcome to register.

Time is of essence – we need as many registrations as possible by the first week of February in order to find a match.

How to register?

India: http://datri.org/donor-registration/

UK:

Age Above 30

Registration: https://www.dkms.org.uk/en/register-now

FAQ: https://www.dkms.org.uk/en/frequently-asked-questions

Age Below 30 

Register: https://www.anthonynolan.org/apply-join-bone-marrow-register

FAQ: https://www.anthonynolan.org/frequently-asked-questions

US: http://www.aadp.org/learn/how-to-register/

If you qualify as a donor, all it takes is a bit of discomfort…

Stem cell donation in Rajee’s case would most likely be donation of bone marrow and this involves the removal of stem cells from your hip bones. This is done using a needle and syringe under a general anaesthetic in a hospital. Although this is not a surgical operation, there will be marks on the skin made by the needle. As there may be some discomfort where the needle has been inserted, you will need to stay in hospital for up to 48 hours and have a period of recovery at home of up to five days.

Stem cell donation is very safe. However, as we all know no medical procedure is entirely without risk. The procedure may involve some temporary discomfort in your bones and any small risks involved will be fully explained before you donate.

You can find more information on this here:

http://www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/bonemarrow/qa/index.asp#whatare

Thank you ever so much 

 

 

Ep 217: Sherlock- The Final Problem and La La Land Review

The guys, joined by Sujoy aka @9e3k , get stuck into the season finale of the BBC’s Sherlock and there is much afoot!
Firstly a quick intro talking about Ben Affleck and his new film, Live by Night.  And then a battle between La La Land and all of Bollywood.

Sherlock, the final problem.  Upod travels down these roads:

– Are the writers taking the piss at the viewers’ expense?
– Why is Moriarty so prominent, after his death?
– Eurus…generally speaking, wtf?
– Concerns with believability

– A slight excursion sideways into Art Malik and his appearance in Mirzya, a recent Bollywood movie!

– And then the “The tasks of Sherlock”
– Horror themes throughout the episode
– The confusing, convoluted ending
– Where next for our intrepid detectives, Holmes & Watson

Check out more of Sujoy‘s work at OneKnighStand and Bollypop!

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Ep 216: Spectral Upodcast Review

We recorded this episode during the holidays but never got a chance to post it, so with this UPOD brings you a belated festive cheer!  Returning with a Santa’s sack of new TV to consider Ahmed talks about Hulu Original Shut Eye, Shooter on Netflix and the pilot of the McGyver reboot.( As usual Martin and Asim are generally ignorant about these shows).

Bringing this back to cinema Martin talks about John Carpenter and also the upcoming season of Martin Scorcese films at London’s BFI. (for more information about the Martin Scorcese season head over to the BFI website)

The main event however belongs to a Netflix original: Spectral, which we discuss at length and alsodebate the merits of providing original content via the “new” disruptive players in the marketplace.

Spectral is available on Netflix globally, and here’s the trailer if you have missed out:


Happy 2017!

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Ep 215: Sherlock – The Lying Detective Upodcast Review

The game is well and truly afoot!  As Sherlock dives further into series 4, so Upodcasting dives further into Sherlock.  Coming up in this latest episode, we continue our own investigations, talking through all of the key issues and talking points of episode 2 – The Lying Detective.  In many ways, this could be considered the sexy episode and Asim and Martin will reveal why.  The stage is well and truly set for a grandstand finish in episode 3 and we shall return next week to conclude matters!

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Sherlock – The Six Thatchers Review Upodcast

Hot on the trail of the BBC’s series (no seasons please, we’re British) four opener, Upodcast takes a deep dive into the first episode.  Will Watson and Holmes get it on?  What the hell happened during the one-off Christmas special and how will Holmes talk his way out of murdering someone in cold blood?  Three small questions, among the many others that we’ve pondered since the last episode and they all get answered thankfully.  For this and more, plus our looking forward to the next two episodes, take a listen; we’ll see you again after episodes 2 and 3!

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Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Review Upodcast

After many troubles Ae Dil Hai Mushkil finally released this weekend and we’re joined by Anisha Jhaveri (@Jhavanis) writer for Indiewire, to talk about Karan Johar’s new movie starring the all star cast of Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Fawad Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

We talk about:

  • Our expectations walking into a Karan Johar movie
  • Some alternative theories on how to view the ADHM
  • Deal with some of the major criticism the movies has faced
  • Is Ranbir Kapoor’s shtick getting old?
  • Is Anushka Sharma a new version of Geet from Jab We Met?
  • The wardrobe of ADHM: sneakers and red pocket liners on a pea coat
  • Was Aishwarya’s role over sold in the promos?
  • Aishwarya and Anushka straight out a magazine cover
  • Cameo’s of ADHM

Anisha’s review of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil can be found on Indiewire or you can follow her on twitter.

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Doctor Strange Review Upodcast

This week we review Marvel’s Doctor Strange starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams and Tilda Swinton directed by Scott Derickson.

From IMDB: A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey of healing only to be drawn into the world of the mystic arts.

Is the movie able to bring our hosts out of their superhero fatigue? Does Doctor Strange try something different to the origin story template?

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Queen Of Katwe Review Upodcast

This episode of Upodcast we discuss Mira Nair’s uplifting Disney produced story Queen of Katwe, starring Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo based on the true story of Phiona Mutesi who came from the streets of rural Uganda to becoming an international chess champion.

We’re joined by our friend Akin Aworan to talk about how Mira Nair avoids the usual trappings of ” based on real life stories” how it compares to movies like Slumdog Millionaire and Million Dollar Arm, how awesome Lupita Nyong’o is and our usual tangents (a very lengthy Deadpool one).

Queen of Katwe is currently have a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes but only released in limited release.

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Mirzya Review Upodcast

Our best episodes are the ones where we see things completely differently. Rakesh Omprakash Mehra’s adaptation of the Mirza Sahiban folktale is one such movie. Mirzya stars Harshvardhan Kapoor, Saiyami Kher (Check out our interview with her by clicking here), Art Malik and Om Puri and hits theaters today after it’s European premier at the London Film Festival.

We’re joined by the talented and always charming Shai Hussain to break down how this adaptation translates to the big screen, how both debutante actors perform  and if the overall world created is matches the legends of the folk tale.

Mirzya hits theaters this weekend and is having it’s European Premier at the London Film Festival.

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Saiyami Kher Mirzya Interview Upodcast

“This experience has been life changing…”

We speak to Saiyami Kher who is making her big screen debut this Friday in Rakesh Omprakash Mehra’s Mirzya, a re-imagining of Mirza Sahibaan’s legendary folk tale.

We talk about her preparation for her role, her background as a marathon runner and how the experience was for an outsider to the industry to collaborate with the Harshvardhan Kapoor, son of living legend Anil Kapoor.

Mirzya hits theatres this weekend and is having it’s European Premier at the London Film Festival.

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Dishoom Review Upodcast

New Podcast for your Ear holes! This week we take to task the Buddy Action revival directed by Rohit Shetty starring younger brother Varun Dhawan, John Abraham and Jacqueline Fernandez.

We are joined by Hani from wonderful podcast The Bollywood Project and Sujoy aka @9e3k.

(Here is a link to our appearance on their show)

Will Dishoom enter into the pantheon of other classic buddy cop movies?

Does pack enough punch to Dishoom?

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Sultan Review: Bhaicot, Feminism and Muslim Superheroes Upodcast

For this week’s major Bollywood release Sultan, directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and starring Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma, we are joined by Sujoy (@9e3k)  and Anisha (@jhavanis) to  break down a myriad of topics:

We gingerly discuss the topic of “Bhaicot”
The stand out supporting characters
Diversity and inclusion in Bollywood
We discuss Pradeep Menon’s article about Anushka’s feminism which you can find here
Ali Abbas Zafar and the stable of YRF directors
Sultan’s soundtrack
Spoiler section
What are hopes are for Dangal

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Te3n Review Upodcast

The team of Sujoy Ghosh (this time as producer) , Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Vidya Balan (switching roles as lead vs guest appearance)  that brought us one of the best Indian movies, Kahaani, of the last few years comes together again for Te3n.

The movie is set in Kolkatta and is a the remake of the Korean thriller Montage, but this time added with an amazing central performance by the living legend that is Amitabh Bachchan and directed by Rubhu Dasgupta.

Josh Hurtado from TwitchFilm joins us to break down if Te3n delivers on it’s promise, where it ranks in terms of recent Indian trillers as well as child abduction movies like Talaash and Ugly.

We keep the review spoiler free until the midway point, so if you haven’t seen the movie yet, we warn you in advance where to stop listening.

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Vidya Balan Talks Te3n Upodcast

We had the opportunity to speak with the amazingly talented Vidya Balan about Te3n which hits theaters today in the UK.

As usual on Upodcast we talk about the most random things:

Greed as an actor
Our theory that Vidya might be a superhero ninja
How hard it was for Sujoy ghosh to not direct the movie
Vidya reveals a little about Kahaani 2 and we pitch our ideas for Kahaani 3
How the ending of Te3n was kept secret from the cast

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The Flash Season 2 Review Upodcast

The consistently amazing season of CW’s The Flash comes to an end and what a season it has been. In the episode the Upodcast team breaks down some of their favorite moments, why they are still surprised how much they ended up loving the show as a whole and what to hope/expect for Season 3 (which can’t come soon enough)

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The Nice Guys Review Upodcast

Releasing this week in the UK, The Nice Guys stars Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe in a retro 70’s buddy action comedy like they used to make when Shai Hussain, our guest of this week, and I used to be a young men. Does Shane Black capture some of the magic of movies like Another 48 hours and Lethal Weapon?  Will the movie be able to find an audience squeezed between superhero franchises?

All that and more (like the guys that would make Shai question his sexuality) in this week’s episode of Upodcast.

Here’s the trailer and synopsis:

“The Nice Guys” takes place in 1970s Los Angeles, when down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Gosling) and hired enforcer Jackson Healy (Crowe) must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power.”

In UK Cinemas June 3, 2016

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Captain America Civil War Review Upodcast

The third installment in Marvel’s Captain America franchise, Civil War, pits our superheroes against each other. Will our host be on different teams when reviewing this movie?

We keep it spoiler free until our spoiler warning towards the end of the show. We also talk about the new Dr. Strange trailer and make some comparisions with Batman V Superman Dawn Of Justice which seems to have dealt with some similar topics.

Captain America: Civil War hits UK theaters tomorrow, Friday April 29!

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The Jungle Book Review Upodcast

This week’s we join Jon Favreau on his re-imaginging of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book in an updated CGI jungle bonanza.

Our guest this week is the overall awesome dude Dj Shai Hussain ( you can check out more of his work on www.shaihussain.com), who grew up watching the 60’s Disney version on repeat and Asim who has never seen it or read the book.

THE JUNGLE BOOK SWINGS INTO UK CINEMAS ON 15TH APRIL

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Batman V Superman Dawn Of Justice Review

We bring out the big guns for this one. Critically derided but a massive box office hit, where does the Upodcast team stand on Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice which sorta a sequel to Man Of Steel but also a set up for the forthcoming DC Justice League Universe.

Joined by @Bollybrit and @9e3k we keep it low on spoilers (until minute 45) but high on profanity.

During the episode we talk about a deleted scene, if you haven’t seen it yet, here it is:

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The Hateful Eight and X-Files Upodcast

A Tarantino way to start the new year and an obvious choice for UPOD.  The boys are back in the hotseat and talk about 2 highly anticipated events: the return of the X-files (are you under the age of 30?  Does the X-files mean anything to you?) after a seriously long lay-off and Quentin Tarantino’s snowbound epic The Hateful 8.

If you’re Martin you’ve now seen all of Tarantino’s movies in the cinema in January and are begging to see the full roadshow version on the biggest screen possible.  We talk about the merits of the 70mm Panavision screening whilst Ahmed is made to feel inferior for having to get by with such a small screen – thank you Belgian distributors…

From the wintry evil of The Hateful 8, UPOD turns its attention to the X-files.  Throwing you straight back into the action, the writers clearly didn’t fancy hanging around and throw the viewer back in to the action at a pace, using the world’s events in the past 15 years to enhance the paranoia of Mulder and Scully and take us in a slightly new direction with a 6 part mini-series.

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Wazir Review Upodcast

Wazir tells the tale of two unlikely friends – a wheelchair-bound chess grandmaster (Amitabh Bachchan) and an ATS officer (Farhan Akhtar). Both are brought together by grief and a strange twist of fate as part of wider conspiracy that has cast a dark shadow over their lives. Wazir is a pulsating thriller, a moving character study and a gripping revenge story.

This episode we are joined by Sujoy Singha, also known as @9e3k on twitter, where we try to be as careful as possible and not reveal anything that isn’t in the trailer or promo’s.

There is a spoiler warning from the 43 min mark, so if you haven’t seen the movie yet, you can still listen up that point.

For those have seen it, let us know what you thought of uPodcast in the comment section below.

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Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon talk Dilwale with Upodcast

Rohit Shetty’s big release, Dilwale,  is just over a week away so ShahRukh Khan, Kajol, Kriti Sanon and Varun Dhawan were in town for a press conference.

Upodcast had the change to sit down with Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon and ask the questions that only a nerdy podcast like ours dares ask. (Like debating which Star Wars character Kriti Sanon is Chewbacca or R2D2)

The video of our interview is below but the podcast gives you a bit more behind the scenes gossip as well as the 5 things we learnt segment which quite a few of you like listening to.

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Dilwale is a family entertainer with a perfect blend of action, romance and comedy. The film is produced by Red Chillies Entertainments in association with Rohit Shetty Productions. The film will release on December18th 2015.

You can find our Student of the Year interview by clicking here!

After the press conference the stars headed over to Feltham for a meet and greet and here is some of the craziness that ensued:

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Spectre Review Upodcast

Bond is back business with the hotly anticipated SPECTRE, the latest in a long line of blockbusters in 2015.  Upodcasting casts its critical eye over the ghostly goings on of Daniel Craig, acting outside the control of British Secret Service for the first time since Timmy Dalton’s License to Kill way back when in 1989.

Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig reunite for the 4th instalment of the recent canon but have set themselves such a tough task to follow given the awesomeness of Skyfall.  Roles are recast and characters grow, but are we necessarily looking backwards or forwards in James Bond time-zone?  The various nods to Bonds gone-by lend a different feel to SPECTRE but do not detract from what is a fantastic film.  Naturally, at Upod, we don’t really agree on anything, so there is at least one dissenting voice in this podcast.

So, Daniel, if this really is your last outing as Britain’s most famous spy (that is terrible for undercover work of course), we salute you.  Bond has come a long way since Casino Royale (the noughties one) and in a short space of time and for that we thank you.  Perhaps the next most pressing question should indeed be, if it’s not be Daniel Craig next time, then who?

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Anupama Chopra Talks Jio Mami Upodcast

We got the chance to speak with Anupama Chopra, Festival Director, 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival With Star India about why these movies and the festival is important, which movies you should watch out for and how they dealt with some of the issues that happened during last year’s festival.

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JIO MAMI VISION 2015

The Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival is an inclusive movie feast. We showcase the latest cutting-edge, independent cinema – art house fare alongside genre movies from Bollywood and Hollywood and cult international movies. We offer the best of world cinema to the people of Mumbai and we offer the best of Indian cinema to the world. The festival is run by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image popularly known as MAMI. This is a space where we revel in the sheer pleasure of cinema, the joy it gives us and how much it enhances our lives. The goal is to nurture and ignite a passion for movies. We want Jio MAMI to be shorthand for excellence in cinema.

 

ABOUT JIO MAMI

Mumbai – the financial capital of India is also the epicentre of the Indian film industry. The city plays such a major role in production and dissemination of Indian films and television programmes that it is widely known by its acronym ‘Bollywood’. In 1997, a group of film industry stalwarts headed by late Hrishikesh Mukherjee founded the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) as a not-for-profit Trust. Their main objective was to organise an annual International Film Festival which the film industry and the country could be proud of. MAMI has been organising the festival for the last 16 years and aims to foster a climate of good cinema. MAMI engages people from all walks of life across the city and country who enjoy and love good cinema. It is Mumbai’s only film festival that is entirely created and run by film professionals and a group of members from corporate India. Appreciation of good cinema, stripped off all the limiting labels of art and commercial, can only come about through exposure to the best of films the world has to offer. The Festival is the first step in that direction.

 

In their Mission Statement in 1997, the MAMI Board of Trustees said, “We feel it is the need of the hour to disseminate and inculcate good cinema among Indian audiences. The only way to achieve this is to celebrate cinema by hosting an International Film Festival in Mumbai, India ‘s film and entertainment capital. MAMI (Mumbai Academy of Moving Image) is committed to start Mumbai’s first independent international film festival organized by practicing film makers.”

 

For more information on MAMI and the upcoming 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival scheduled to be held from 29th October- 5th November 2015, do visit our MAMI Website, Twitter handle, Facebook Page, Instagram and YouTube as follows:

 

Website: www.mumbaifilmfestival.com #MAMI2015Twitter:/mumbaifilmfestFacebook: /mumbaifilmfestival Instagram: /mumbaifilmfestival YouTube: Mumbai Film Festival

The Martian Book Vs Movie Upodcast

This episode we visit Mars with Matt Damon and stick around longer than intented. Together with Paresh (from the CurrySmugglers)  and Anandini (from Bollystalgia) both card carrying space geeks, we talk about Ridley Scott’s latest offering and especially how it compares to Andy Weir’s best seller, from which the movie is adapted.

We discuss the emergence of space movies, rank them and even come up with plans to re-ignite Nasa’s space program.

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Quantico Ep 1 & 2 Upodcast Review

Priyanka Chopra US TV debut Quantico is a big deal! So much so that we needed to dedicate an hour just to dissect the first 2 episodes.

We’re joined by Jay also known as @Bollybrit (Nominated as a finalist in the Best Blog Category at this year’s Asian Media Awards!) who is a pretty big Priyanka Chopra fan and of course Martin who saw her in our first ever Upodcast episode of Kaminey but had lost any recollection of seeing the movie.

We talk about why Quantico is important from a diversity perspective as well as stepping stone for Bollywood. We review the first 2 episode in more detail, speak about the general intrigue, the action set pieces and how it stacks up to contemporary shows like Scandal and How to Get Away from Murder.

We wrap up the podcast by talking about which level of Bingeability the show has and which other actors could possibly make the jump to Hollywood too.

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Narcos and Irrational Man Upodcast Review

This episode we talk about the new Woody Allen movie, an Irrational Man and the  Netflix Original Series, Narcos.

Of course, Woody isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but Asim has a strange relationship with the director (OK, it’s not THAT strange) – preferring the films that don’t win critical approval to those that do.  Case in point:  Blue Jasmine = yes from Martin but no from Asim, Magic in the Moonlight = yes from Asim, but no from Martin.  We will set the record straight however

Narcos on the other hand, is an entirely different beast.  Drawing on the life and times of perhaps the world’s most infamous drug dealer – Pablo Escobar – of all time (he was so good, dealer just doesn’t do him justice) Narcos gives a pretty unsensationalist depiction of the rise and ultimately fall of the modern drug lord archetype.  Great use of library footage, mixed with original script and solid performances all round really gives the three of us something to talk about.

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On a completely seperate note:  check out our friend’s at Wandererz and their awesome Frenchtravel blog!

 

Brothers Review Upodcast

This week’s episode FilmiGirl and Asim square off in the octagon to break down Karan Malhotra’s Akshay Kumar- Siddarth Malhotra starrer Brothers.

Although a massive success at the Box Office, Akshay Kumar movies tend to be critically derided, together we try to analyse why that is?

We compare how this Bollywood remake of Gavin ‘O Connor’s Warrior stacks up, if the trend of remaking Hollywood properties to Indian sensibilities is a reliable formula?

We also delve into if the movie is a successful follow up to Karan’s previous release, Agneepath that was one of our personal favourite movies of 2012.

Taking many tangents we wrap up the show by talking about the movies that Filmigirl missed this year and should catch up on as well as what else is coming out in Bolly-theaters this year.

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Marvel Phase 2 Review Upodcast

This time we’re attempting to unpick and unravel the ever expanding Marvel universe of superheroes and shine a light on what was previously a sub-genre restricted to Superman and Batman and therefore DC.

All levels of geekdom are catered for, ranging from the casual viewer / person best representing his parents’ generation through to the fully formed, limited edition boxset-buying expert and whatever lies in between!

On the show we are joined by Paresh from the CurrySmuggler and Sujoy AKA @9e3k from Bollypop.in and OneKnightStands.

With phase 2 completed for Marvel, what else remains? Certainly a bit of a fight back from DC, whose Batman v Superman hits screens next year

    • Could it be possible that we have (at least for the moment) hit saturation point with Marvel?
    • Have we indeed hit “peak Marvel”?
    • It’s worth consideration and not without some pitfalls along the way: where are the female led characters such as Black Widow and Wasp going to end up, how are they being portrayed?
    • What becomes of Hulk, Spiderman and the re-booted Fantastic Four- how the hell do they fit in?

We preview Marvel’s phase 3 and tell you what’s coming, what’s hot and what’s possibly not!

You can also join the game of best scene from the various phase 2s and tell us where we all went wrong…there’s NO WAY that’s the best scene, they cannot be serious!

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Terminator Genisys Review Upodcast

Is Terminator the movie franchise that just won’t die? Martin and Asim discuss the re-imagined cast, the legacy of Skynet and if Time Travel can actually make sense in any movie.

 

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Dil Dhadakne Do Review Upodcast

The cruise liner of Bollywood Podcasts is back, this time joined by our friend Anisha Jhaveri, to break down the ups and downs of Zoya Akhtar’s dysfunctional family drama Dil Dhadakne Do.

Now that she’s 3 movies in, we can discuss:

  • What the characteristics of a Zoya Akhtar joint are
  • How succesful she is in combining content with entertainment and her place in the gaggle of nouveau Manmohan Desai film makers
  • What the movie would have felt like with the initial cast
  • The baggage of narrative devices

Beside the ins and outs of one of the most hyped movies of the year.

You can find Anisha’s review by clicking here!

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Tomorrowland Upodcast Review

The latest smash from Disney studios hits screens in the UK this Friday 22nd May.  But what can we expect from such a potentially stunning combination of actors, writers and directors?  George Clooney is the main lead on stage, with directing contributions from Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille and MI:3 – aka the best one of the series so far, with Philip Seymour Hoffman) and writing credits from Damon BahBlahLof, courtesy of Lost and numerous others.

This might well be a one-off in terms of UPOD, but we do delve deeply into the land of make-believe and Disney’s latest sci-fi / futuristic imaginarium.  The spoilers kick-in at around the 19 minute mark, but other than that, no need to worry!

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John Wick and Focus Review Upodcast

The latest Upod is a busy one and we are back in familiar territory to start with!  2015 is a pretty impressive year with its line-up of films, so with the newest James Bond trailer released, we had no choice but to SPECTRE-ulate about what we can ex-SPECTRE from Daniel Craig’s latest collaboration with Sam Mendes.  You can find more of our Bond musings here!
Another franchise movie showcasing its wares recently, but only a baby relatively speaking – with a lowly 5 outings to Bond’s 20 or so – Mission Impossible 5 looks like it should be an absolute winner.  We talk about what MI5 can bring to a now 20 year old series.  Just don’t ask Martin to re-watch MI2 or MI4…
Next up for review we talk about Netflix original, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and we focus on Focus, Will Smith and Margot Robbie’s new con-artist flick.  The con movie is another sub-genre we’ve previously visited as it happens and we’re certainly fans.
Last up and something that we know Ahmed likes, martial arts-revenge-assasination romp John Wick, starring Keanu Reeves and whole heap of others stars.
Stop by next time where we’ll be chatting all things Dare Devil and Fast and Furious among others…

American Sniper Review and Oscar Predictions

’tis the season to be Oscar.  Asim and Martin take aim and set their sights on Clint Eastwood’s latest target, American Sniper.  The most successful war movie of all time has taken America by storm, smashing box office records left, right and centre.  And of course yet more potential Oscar glory for its esteemed director.  Released this week in the UK, it remains to be seen if it can repeat its performance overseas.

Starring Bradley Cooper – looking super-manly with beard and huge muscles – and a barely recognisable Sienna Miller, American Sniper is based on the autobiography of Chris Kyle a US Navy SEAL who served multiple tours of duty in Iraq.  Taking to life in the armed forces like a duck to water, it’s the hum drum of everyday family life that asks the most difficult questions of our leading man.

This movie probably works best if you’re completely out of the picture as to our sniper’s life, both in and out of the SEALs, but we shall let you know if it hits the bulls eye or if it’s wide of the mark.  OK, That’s enough shooting related jokes for now.  Check out the trailer below!

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Lingaa Upodcast Review

Superstar Rajinikanth returns to the big screen in a live action role after 4 years with KS Ravikumar’s Lingaa. As every release of the megastar there is quite a bit of excitement and looking at the initial box office numbers, it seems to be another killer at the box office.

Although we South Indian cinema has a special place in our hearts, we are not the experts we would like to be so we called our friend Josh Hurtado, who covers a lot of Indian cinema for TwitchFilm.com.

We speak about the Rajini Effect, the expectations attached to Lingaa, Sonakshi Sinha’s South Indian debut and how Lingaa compares to Rajnikanth’s massive hits with Shankar (Sivaji- The Boss, Enthiran).

If you haven’t seen the trailer for Lingaa yet, here is it.


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Happy New Year Review Upodcast

Farah and Shah Rukh Khan come together again after a long hiatus to give us Happy New Year which is shattering records left and right. Part Heist movie, part dance movie are they able to recreate the magic of their previous collaborationsMain Hoon Na and Om Shanti Om?

We are joined by Anisha Jhaveri and Danny Bowes to answer some of the most important questions in the history of Hindi Film Cinema:

Can a 6 pack actually be terrifying?

Is there something like a merry go round bar dancer?

Did Amir actually go “Full Retard” in the PK trailer?

Is it fair to have expectations from a movie like Happy New Year?

And does it deserve to make as much money as it did? Or do movies like Kick, Bang Bang and Dhoom 3 deserve it more?

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Gotham/How To Get Away With Murder and Frank Review Upodcast

Sometimes in life, they say less is more, but we beg to differ.  For this episode of Upodcasting, more is more!  We squeeze in a load of TV shows and 2 movies.  Well, 3 movies if you include Asim coming very late to the X-men Days of Future Past party.  It could even have been 4, but Ahmed is further behind as he hasn’t even watched Guardians of the Galaxy (sheesh, come on Ahmed, get with the programme already!).

With the three un-wise men back on form, Upodcasting gears up for the autumn with Ahmed first up talking about TV shows Legends and Forever (both showing in the UK on Sky).  Martin doesn’t really count as he’s been “catching-up on” the A-Team (yes, really), but we still manage to cover Gotham, which debuted this week on Channel 5 in the UK, and How To Get Away With Murder.  Gotham has the most potential arguably, even with a known and in theory limited universe.

Back to movie-world and we talk about Woody Allen’s latest, Magic in the Moonlight, starring Emma Stone and Colin Firth.  Perhaps harsh to compare it to Blue Jasmine (yes, Martin did call the best actress Oscar first) but then what choice do we have?  It seems like with Woody Allen you have to apply some kind of logic as to hit or miss: it’s been 2 years, there’s been a lunar eclipse and he hasn’t been to court, therefore it’s a winner.  Thankfully it’s a good one and a lot easier to discuss than Frank, our final movie.  Starring Michael Fassbender, Domnall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhal but sort of not starring Michael Fassbender…this is certainly in the mould of an art-house movie and raises the question of artistic integrity and the motivations for artistic expression.  And that’s about as succinctly as we can express it without giving to much away.

Here’s the trailer for Frank:

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The Imitation Game Review and London Film Festival Preview

As the London Film Festival rolls onwards, we are joined by writer, producer, DJ Shai Hussain and talk about the movies we are most looking forward to as well as give short thoughts on the ones we have already caught like Jason Reitman’s Men, Women and Children and Justin Simien’s Dear White People.

Our main review is the opening night’s The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley and Matthey Goode based on the life of mathemetican Alan Turing and how he worked on cracking the Enigma machine and helping the allies defeat the Nazi regime during WWII.

Here are some of trailers of the movies we covered during our chat if you haven’t seen them yet:

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Finding Fanny Upodcast Review

This Episode of Upodcast we are joined by the always wonderful Anisha Jhaveri in our search for Fanny. Before we get into our review of Homi Adijani’s follow of Cocktail starring the lumiscent Deepika Padukone, Arjun Kapoor, Pankaj Kapur, Dimple Kapadia and Nasseeruddin Shah, we veer of topic as we always do.

We give our thoughts briefly about Deepika’s cleavage-gate with Times Of India, Asim goes on a rant about being disappointed by highly praised “Hindies” and Anisha talks about how watching Kick almost broke her as a human being.

You can catch more of Anisha’s work at:

http://jhavanis.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.popxo.com/author/anishajhaveri/

http://www.india.com/author/anishaj/

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Kick Review and Bollywood Catch Up Upodcast

Our good friend FilmiGirl was nice enough to join us this episode and we had a VERY long but long overdue chat about tons of topics any Bollywood afficionado would be interested in.

We start with a rundown of this year’s releases and we give Filmigirl a ton of homework to catch up on since she is back from hiatus. Then we look towards the rest of the 2014 release calendar and the movies that are looking interesting and 3 that we agree on look terrible (funily for different reasons)- Can you guess which ones they are?

We wrap things up with a main review of Salman Khan’s Eid release Kick which is probably going to be one of the biggest BO earners every *until that records get shattered as Asim‘s predicts maybe even this year.

As usual we go off on many a tangent, but I guess that’s the reason you guys listen to us!

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What Have We been Watching? And Robocop (2014) Upodcast

This is a busy episode so comes with a “wide load” sticker on the back.  Martin walks down the more arty path, talking about a classic Bernardo Bertolucci, The Conformist, before keeping up the Italian end by frankly, gushing about The Great Beauty, the Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film this year.  Surely the contemporary equivalent of Fellini’s La Dolce Vita.  Rounding off things is The Time Being, starring Wes Bentley and his very serious eyes and a star turn from Frank Langella.

 

Asim and Ahmed bring things bang up to date with talk of TV and blockbusters.  Dancing around the podcast they talk about Cuban Fury (Nick Frost and Rashida Jones) before moving on to Graceland and Gang Related.  Tom Cruise’s latest action blockbuster Edge of Tomorrow is reviewed by Asim, before we round things off with a battle royale: Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 sci-fi (ish) satire and all round cult classic, Robocop versus the 2014 version by Jose Padilha.

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Pompeii, Godzilla, 3 Days to Kill Upodcast

They say good things come in 3s and after a short break, Ahmed returns to complete the 3 musketeers, joining Asim and Martin to talk about 3 movies.  Appropriately, we first talk about Kevin Costner’s latest film 3 days to kill.  Hit, miss or meh?  We’ll set you on the right path.

Next-up we get into true blockbuster territory with Gareth Evans’ much anticipated Godzilla.  A true beast in every sense of the word, it’s smashed the box office like a massive radioactive lizard-thing lying dormant in post-production before being unleashed on cinema-goers the world over.  How much giganto-monster action can we take?  Probably more than we get served if we’re honest, but we’ll guide you through the MUTO and Bryan Cranston show.

Completing the trilogy this episode is Pompeii.  It’s always good to see actors from one our favourite TV shows breaking into mainstream cinema and finding a new audience, but is Kit Harrington’s first major feature the vehicle to take him to the next level?  Opinion is divided within Upodcasting certainly and Martin comes dangerously close to defending it against Godzilla of all things!

Sequel Special Upodcast: The Raid 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spiderman 2

Back in the chair this week we have Asim and Martin discussing some of the latest sequels.  Asim also talks about the english dubbed version of HayaoMiyazaki’s last ever film, The Wind Rises (In Uk Theaters since Friday)!

Here’s the trailer because of all the pretty:

On a much less pleasant note, Martin has been indulging his horror movies taking in Lucio Fulci’s City of the living dead, Lamberto Bava’s Demons (complete with Billy Idol sound track) and most famously of all, Ruggero Deodato’s celebrated (really?) and banned for years, Cannibal Holocaust.

First up The Raid 2 – a mindblowing sequel to Gareth Evans’ Raid that delivers what it says.  Never thought an Indonesian movie would sell out a theatre on a Friday night, but this one proves the exception to that vague rule.  We satisfy our appetite for superheroes next with Captain America: Winter Soldier.  A thriller within a superhero film most would argue second time round is best with this one – so what’s going to happen when Chris Evans retires?  Lastly we talk about The Amazing Spiderman 2.  You’ll know from our podcast 2 years ago that we loved the first / re-boot, but does this one have the legs to make it a hat-trick of super-sequels?

 

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300 Rise of an Empire Review Upodcast

Almost a decade after dining in hell, we revisit the CGI vision of ancient Greece set through the eyes of Zach Snyder and Frank Miller. Ad Film maker, Noam Murro takes over the directing reigns with returning cast members Rodrigo Santoro, Lena Headley and David Wenham together with new additions Sullivan Stapleton and Eva Green.

Were they able to recreate the CGI magic? Or should this sequel have found a better home on DVD?

The Box office suggest otherwise with respectable 147M (and counting at the box office). We break it down for you in this episode of Upodcast.

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Gulaab Gang Review Upodcast

Gulaab Gang released last friday and provides the unique pairing of Bollywood screen Godesses Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla squaring off against each other.

Released in a very crowded weekend of 2 other releases (Queen and Total Siyapaa) but pushed by a massive Marketing and PR push, Gulaab Gang has performed below most people’s expectations.

This episode we chat with Anisha Jhaveri, about why that happened? If actresses of the 90’s have the skill set required to pick the right projects? Or was it a case of director Soumik Sen taking too much on for his debut feature.

You can check out Anisha’s write up on PopXo by clicking here.

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Highway Review Upodcast

We take a road trip through the lens of Imtiaz Ali’s Highway. Starring Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda, Highway is cute a departure from the movies Imtiaz has made up to now.

So does it measure up to his previous successes?

To discuss this we are joined by Aseem Chhabra who was one of the first people to write up his review after seeing the movie at the 2014 Berlinale, which you can find by clicking here. Our second guest is Shai Hussain, AKA DK Shai Guy who is also a writer, producer and director of the forthcoming webseries 3 Shades Of Brown.

Highway is out in theaters today.

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Jai Ho Review Upodcast

This week we take to task Salman Khan’s latest release Jai Ho.

A movie big in hype but ultimately a let down in terms of Box Office and some would say in entertainment value.

Upodcast is joined by Bollyspice Editor, Prathna Tiwari, who like us is a huge Salman Khan fan. You can find more of Prathna’s work on SakhiSpeaks or catch her on twitter.

We talk about about the expectations the audience had and how the reception has been so far. We dissect some of the criticism leveled at the movie and how it holds up. Then we get into the most detailed analysis of Jai Ho that the world will ever see, the way only Upodcast can.

For all the new listeners out there do check out our other Episodes as well as the sperate tab we  created with all the interviews we have done.

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We hope you enjoy the episode as it truly was one of our favorites to record, the comment section below is available for rants, complaints and feedback.

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Sherlock Season 3 and American Hustle Review Upodcast

The game is on..!  Upodcast returns for 2014 with a TV and movie doubleheader.  First up we celebrate the return of Sherlock to our screens.  The long overdue (in our opinion) resolution of the “how did he die but live?” question was so tantalising, more than 9 million Brits tuned-in to the first episode of the 3rd series.  To be fair, both the leads have been off being hobits and Julian Assange so we can excuse the wait, but what of the rest?  We’ll talk you through the last 3 episodes, highs and lows alike and give a little glimpse into the future for those who couldn’t watch the final episode.

Moviewise and making its way to an awards ceremony near you, right now, we have American Hustle.  On the face of it, this has winner written all over it.  Late 70s aesthetic – check, brilliant extended cast – check, based on real-life events – check, story of corruption, betrayal & redemption – check.  So does it deliver?  It does indeed, although not without its flaws.  Let us guide you through one of the most eagerly anticipated films of 2014.  Upod sort of doesn’t do the Oscars if we’re honest, but we can see American Hustle in a 1-on-1 fight with 12 Years a Slave for the Best Film award this year.  And if you’ve ever wondered what Batman with a beer-belly and a very creative comb-over looks like, then the opening scene won’t disappoint.

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Dhoom 3 Review Upodcast

Dhoom 3, the third in the bikes- babes and abs series is poised to be the biggest blockbuster ever to have been made in Hindi Film history. But clocking in near 3 hours, does it deliver on the promise of a thrill ride?

 

FilmiGirl joins us for an in-depth discussion where we coin new phrases, philosophize about the possible subtext and dig deeper than any other review can as the podcast is spoiler free until the half waypoint.

 

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Review Upodcast

The first return  to Hobbit country might have not gone as planned for Peter Jackson’s as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was critically derided but still made mint at the box office.

So is second part in this new Middle Earth trilogy any different?

That’s exactly the question we debate with Sujoy Singha (OneKnighStand and BollyPop) after we got a slight headache from watching a 3 hours 3D movie with out any singing and dancing.

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Clear History, Thor 2, Hunger Games and much more Upodcast

Back in the chair for Upod we have a varied episode, covering a multitude of films.

Heavy duty stuff to begin with as Asim and Martin have been watching documentaries.  Utopia, the latest from John Pilger, takes its name from a region of Australia’s Northern Territories.  Home to many aborigines the reality is that Utopia is far from being that for the indigenous population and in the eyes of the film maker, is proof that apartheid is sadly alive in a modern, prosperous, 21st century democracy.  The good vibes continue with Martin’s documentary, How to Survive a Plague.  It tells the story of how the gay community in New York fought back against the lack of HIV & AIDS healthcare provision in the face of people dying in their droves.  How to Survive a Plague is notable not only for the story it tells, but also for its almost exclusive use of archive and library footage.  Two absolutely affecting films that are well worth watching.

Lightening the mood somewhat, we then talk about the two current sequel movies – Thor 2 and Hunger Games 2.  No, of course they won’t be up for Oscars but bloody hell they are good fun and perhaps more importantly, build on the first instalments.  Let’s be honest, it wouldn’t be difficult to better the first Hunger Games.

The main event and provided by someone close to Upod’s hearts, is Clear History.  The HBO produced and Larry David written movie takes us into familiar Larry territory, but is there more to this than an extended episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm?  We talk you through most, but not all of the huge cast (Michael Keaton, where have you been all these years?) and a few of the gags.  The transition from the small to the big screen is not easy pull off, but if anyone can accept the challenge, it’s of course Larry David…looking like a cross between a hippy and a caveman.

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R.I.P.D, Marvel’s Agents Of Shield and Captain America: The Winter Soldier Upodcast

The boys are back in town.  And they’re not in a good mood.  Although Martin hasn’t watched TV in about 3 weeks Asim and Ahmed have been tucking into Agents of Shield and that hasn’t gone down very well.  Are hints of the A-Team and guest spots from Nick Fury and Agent Maria Hill enough to keep us tuned-in each week?  Martin is in the midst of some kind quest to find the holy grail of gothic and horror cinema, courtesy of the British Film Institute. 8 movies in 8 days and a mere 17 to go in the next 3 weeks.

So surely there has to be something out there to keep us enthusiastic.  We talk about the new trailer for Captain America: Winter Soldier and what we expect from the coming movie.  Plenty of action (natch) but we could well be seeing the beginnings of one of the less understood and appreciated super heroes being shaped into someone truly 21st century.  And for that we are happy!

Moving on to the week’s feature, RIPD, where to start?  Quite possibly this movie won’t operate at a loss when it’s finished its journey around world cineplexes…but maybe not.  And it wouldn’t be a surprise to know that either.  Can Kevin Bacon act any differently in this than the mobile phone ads he’s in in the UK?  Can Jeff Bridges produce an accent different to True Grit?  Will Ryan Reynolds still be acting in big budget movies in 2 years time?  Tune in for this and more!

 

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Krrish 3 Press Conference London Upodcast

The Stars of Krrish 3, Hritik Roshan and Priyanka Chopra,  were in town promoting their upcoming superhero movie and Upodcast had the chance to attend the Press Conf.

There was also an Event at the Apple Store which is a first for a Bollywood Movie so it seems promotions are going full force!

During the short interaction with the UK media Hritik mostly spoke about the usual topics: his fitness, how it felt to play 3 different version and surprisingly he mentions that Vivek Oberoi wasn’t the first choice for the villain Kaal.

The conference was attended by our good friend Sujoy, who you can find on twitter as @9e3K or on his wonderful blogs BollyPop and OneKnightStands.

If you haven’t seen it yet. here is the trailer:

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Bad Grandpa Review Upodcast

Bad Grandpa is the latest release in the long line of Jackass related features, either TV or movie screen based.  Starring Johnny Knoxville as the aforementioned ill-behaved grandfather. Jeff Tramaine directing and Spike Jonze and  others behind the scenes, return to breathe life into a previously thought dead corpse.

Asim and Martin take a trip across country (London’s massive we’ll have you know) to check out a truly 21st century grandfather-grandson relationship.    Our initial fears about a series of random skits (a la Jackass) being stitched together prove to be unfounded and we’re given quite a thoughtful movie with some genuinely funny and occasionally moving moments.

In other news, Martin talks about how far behind in Breaking Bad he is (no chance of spoilers here folks) and that he is miraculously fully up to date with The Blacklist.  Asim talks about Pacific Rim and how sometimes waiting for the conversation to be over can elevate watching a movie.

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Besharam UK Press Conference Upodcast

The team of Abhinav Kashyap’s Besharam came down to the UK to talk about their fortcoming release.

Our good friend Sujoy Singha from Bollypop, attended and managed to even liven up the proceedings at the press conference.

Here’s the audio of the event with Ranbir Kapoor, Pallavi Sharda as well as Rishi and Neetu Kapoor.

The podcast is below but here are some of the things they talked about typed out by the friendly people at Sterling Media.

 

From the Press Release:

The media were then treated to a special welcome from the man himself Ranbir, who said: ‘I am delighted to be here in the UK. This visit is even more special this time as I finally have my parents with me. Besharam is very much a family entertainer, so it is fitting that I should come with my father and mother.’

The floor was then opened up for a lively question and answer session. With the interest garnered by the fact that the Kapoor clan have acted together for the first time, the media asked the trio questions about how it felt to act together, to which Ranbir said: ‘It feels great. Both my parents are an inspiration to me. My father and mother are fabulous actors and my father has been passionate about his craft for over 40 years. I have learnt so much from both of them.’

Neetu Kapoor added: ‘For me, I took on this role in Besharam for two reasons. Firstly, it was a very unique script and concept, and secondly I could act with my family. It was nice, it felt secure and I was in my comfort zone.’

Attention then turned to beautiful leading lady Pallavi Sharda. The Indo-Australian actress spoke of her association with the Bollywood industry and of how Bollywood is perceived by the Indian community in Australia. ‘When I was growing up I was fascinated by Bollywood. I used to wear a Bindi on my forehead whenever I went out. I love Bollywood; it formed a big part of my identity when I was growing up in Australia. Australian Indians really identify with Bollywood as it acts as a way for them to connect with their roots. Indian Cinema is increasingly more cross-over nowadays in the type of films that are being made.’

She added: ‘I have had a great time working on this film. The Kapoors have been very welcoming to me during the making of this film. I had a great time.’
When asked about the key messaging behind Besharam, Ranbir Kapoor said: ‘Beshram is not about embarrassing anybody. Besharam is an attitude. It’s about listening and following your heart.’

Speaking about the evolving of the Indian film market, Rishi Kapoor said: ‘We are evolving by each film. We are making technically better films. Few films offer a message to society.’

In response to a question on what Mr Sanjeev Lamba, CEO of  Reliance Entertainment’s expectations are from Besharam, he said: “Reliance Entertainment distributes and produces both Hollywood and Bollywood movies. With a strategic global outreach, our films are going over 65 – 70 countries. Besharam is a movie for all. Besharam being the most commercial family entertainer, we want it to be liked by all.”

Mr Mahesh Ramanathan, COO of  Reliance Entertainment added: ‘There are 200 countries in the world. And Bollywood has gone only to 35 countries of the South Asian population. There are wonderful markets who are on the lookout for Bollywood. It is about taking the infrastructure, funding people with passion, to take the films to various markets. Reliance has one of the biggest distribution structures from India.’

Speaking about his involvement in the production, Himanshu Mehra, Partner at Movie Temple said: “I was part of Abhinav’s team with Dabbang. We realised that we could form a company and work together. We then approached to Ranbir Kapoor and Neetu Ji with the script and went ahead with Besharam. Our like mindedness has helped us work in unison.”

‘Besharam Press Conference footage and star cast interviews courtesy of: Sterling Media’

You can find more of Sujoy’s work on BollyPop or OneKnightStands or Follow him on twitter on @9e3K.

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Riddick Upodcast Review: Please sir, I want some more

A mini-podcast dedicated to Vin Diesel’s Riddick return.  Asim and Martin take a look at the latest blockbuster sci-fi to hit screens worldwide.

There are mercenaries and bounty hunters, space dogs and beasties, the odd bit of nudity and much swearing.

We won’t reveal too much before listening, but count on us to tell you about Riddick’s bad day at the office.

A short and snappy Upodcast episode, do let us know if you like this format.

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EP 83 Empire State Review, Bat-Fleck and a dissapointing summer of movies- Upodcast

If the Chinese celebrated more than just animals in their yearly zodiac, then 2013 wouldn’t be the year of the snake, it would be the year of The Rock.  Our latest podcast talks about one of Dwayne Johnson’s many movies this year, Empire State.  Also featuring the lesser-spotted Hemsworth (Liam) and a largely irrelevant Emma Roberts, Dito Montiel’s early ’80s throw back about a real life heist in New York is our featured film.  The box-cover promises much, but will it take its place in the pantheon of classic heist movies, such as Riffifi, Heat, Inside Man, or even The Bank Job?  We’ll be the judge of that, thank you very much!

Here is the trailer of Empire State:

Ahmed brings a sad note to proceedings with news of Burn Notice’s farewell season. A great show and clearly the 21st century Magyver. That said, all good things must come to an end…but where will we go now for our fix of funnies, Bruce Campbell and impromptu lessons in how break locks and make bombs from kitchen supplies?

As the summer draws to a close, we start by reflecting on a somewhat lacklustre season of box office smashes. A few have delivered: Man of Steel & Iron Man 3, but instinctively we’re left underwhelmed, despite evidence that Hollywood is in fact up on last summer with its blockbusters AND the notable flops – The Lone Ranger and RIPD. New markets – Asia most notably – have helped score big time, but for how long can the studios get away with releasing the same movie twice? That means you Olympus has Fallen and Whitehouse Down.

No wonder then that Martin has been spending a lot of time at the British Film Institute in recent weeks, this time catching up on the restored silent Hitchcocks.  The Lodger, Blackmail, The Ring etc. – all from the earliest part of his career, in the 1920s.  However, of much more importance, was that Asim talked about the Twitter and Blog shredding news of Ben Affleck’s casting as Batman in the upcoming Superman films.  Batfleck or whatever you want to call him seems to be a uniquely Marmite choice in that you love it or hate it.  Ahmed then introduces us to Graceland – a new US TV show about undercover cops and FBI agents living in the confiscated house of a convicted Elvis-fanatic drug lord.  How does that not sound good?

More cerebral matters are up next with a chat about Keanu Reeves’ excellent doc. Side by Side, which charts the technological evolution of movies from 35mm film, through to today’s multi-platform, lack of common standards digital era.  That ought to be the high point…but Upod is also happy to bring you Mermaids.  Not the Cher/Danny de Vito/Winona Ryder effort from the early ’90s, but a documentary that seeks to prove their very existence.

Author rolls on floor laughing.

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Chennai Express Upodcast Interviews

We’ve kept you waiting but finally our Chennai Express Upodcast Episode is finally ready! Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and Siddarth Roy were in town promoting their biggest Eid release which has also become the biggest box office earner in the history of Hindi Cinema.

How long it will be able to hold that position is another story with Dhoom 3 and Krish 3 (I refuse to learn how to write the title of this movie) releasing soon.

So being in the unique position of attending the Press Conference, the journalist round table as well as doing a 1-2-1 interview, we had so much content for our listeners, it took us a while to find the right format since none of us are genius editors as the listeners of our shows know too well.

If you want the Video interview head over to HeyUGuys by clicking here.

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Girish Kumar Talks to Upodcast About Ramaiya Vastavaiya

Is he a star in the making or just another producer’s son getting a huge launch? Girish Kumar talks to Upodcast with the release of Ramaiya Vastavaiya which is in theaters today!

Truth be told we give him quite a few tough questions to answer and he keeps his charm and smile which wins him points in our books. So I hope you enjoy our podcast interview you can find below.

The movie is out in theaters and if you haven’t yet seen Girish in action here he is shaking his money maker.

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The World’s End Upodcast Review

Any new feature by Edgar Wright is guaranteed to get us excited here at Upod and with the concluding part to the Cornetto trilogy, we have not been disappointed.

The action takes place in a sleepy English town when 5 friends (Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan & Martin Freeman) re-enact a monstrous pub crawl around 12 of the local hostelries.  1990s British indie music provides the soundtrack and beer, several chasers and blue blooded robots provide the action.  Those of us familiar with Spaced or other Edgar Wright films, won’t be let down – there are plenty of references and appearances to whet our appetite – and for those of us less familiar with the genius, it’s just a plainly funny film, you don’t need the references.

Upod remains tight-lipped (at the director’s insistence) about plot and acting spoilers so even after listening, you’ll still be watching it as fresh as we did.  We will however let you know where this one stands in relation to the other two of the trilogy, how funny it REALLY is and what we think a bit more budget means for all concerned.  There are surely, no more fence-jumping jokes left to play!

The World’s End hits UK theaters today!

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Man Of Steel Upodcast Review and Criticism surrounding the movie

Maybe a bit late out of the gate but our geek hearts were still aching to talk about Zach Snyder’s Man Of Steel. Together with Paresh from the CurrySmugglers (check out their latest awesome episode by clicking here) and Sujoy AKA @9e3k we finally get to discuss this new version of the son of Krypton, after Bryan Singer’s failed attempt.

Although the movie has had a massive box office draw, there is talk of sequels, rebooting other DC properties to eventually come to a Justice League movie.

As most Snyder movies Man of Steel has been surrounded by quite a bit of criticism coming understandable as the character is one that we all have grown up with and are quite attached to.

So we specifically wanted to adress some of the major complaints about the movie and what we thought about them.

Hope you enjoy our Chat!

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Upodcast’s Bollywood 2013 Mid Year Catch Up Part 2

Since we didn’t manage to fit in all we wanted to in one episode, we are joined again by the best bollybloggers in the business Filmigirl and Getfilmy to continue our filmi chat in this second part of our Epic Bollywood Mid Year Catch Up.

We head in straight away by picking the most interesting movies we’ve seen this year of Desi Zombies, Vidyut Jamwal’s jumpkicks and if Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani will join the pantheon of all time classic Bollywood movies like DDLJ and Jab We Met or will it run out of juice before that.

Continuing by going through the entire Bollywood Release Schedule of 2013 from upcoming release like Ranjhaana and Shortcut Romeo all the way to Dhoom 3.

Along the way we speak about 3D crotches, Akshay’s 90’s Pelvic thrusts, how big Chennai Express will be? Are Ranvir Singh and Ranbir Kapoor the succesors to SRK and Amir Khan and  if old school romance can make a come back with Ram Leela?

We do get a bit loopy towards the end but that’s what happens when you record for so long.

Hope you guys enjoy it!

@asimburney

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Upodcast’s Bollywood 2013 Mid Year Catch Up Part 1

The Naughtiest Hindi Film Bloggers are back again for your listening pleasure.

FilmiGirl, Getfilmy and Upodcast got together for an epic Bollywood catch up of which this is just the first part.

The 2nd part of our chat will be posted in a couple of days but for this episode of Upodcast we start off with a recap of 2013 in Bollywood comparing the top 10 grossing movies at the Box Office in terms of quality and Revenue.

But you can’t have the queens of gossip on your show and not talk about the biggest News stories and juicy gossip of the year.

We talk about:

  • Himmatwala’s Epic failure
  • The greasy palms of TOIFA
  • Ameesha Patel went to Cannes and so did some other people…
  • Zinta’s comeback
  • Sanjay Dutt’s Chakki peasing
  •  The loss of Jiah Khan
  • And as usual much much much more

 

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Game Of Thrones Season 3 Finale Upodcast Review

Dedicated to the only TV show worth watching before its season finishes, we bring you our thoughts on the story so far and dissect the 3rd season.

Joined by Moviesbybowes‘ Danny Bowes we’ll let you know some of our high points and low points, have a crack at some of the outstanding stories and episodes and let you know who’s delivering the most on-screen.

Not in a nude sense, but we do also try to get to the bottom (no pun intended) of accusations of sexposition levelled at the show.  It’s not all rosy as we do talk about some of the weaker points and predictabilities.  In the end though, you can just enjoy the two experts and Martin, who shows it’s possible to love Game of Thrones without actually knowing what half the characters are called.

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Side Effects and Steven Soderbergh’s Career Upodcast Review

Although Behind The Candelabra didn’t get a theatrical release in the US but did in the UK, we revisit Steven SoderBergh’s second to last movie, Side Effects.

Is it a bird, is it a plane?  No, it’s a Steven Soderbergh thriller with more twists in it than dress-changes in Priscilla Queen of the Desert.  Upod returns to the fray in quick time with a podcast dedicated to possibly the great man’s last ever directed film.  If you believe the rumours that is.   We at Upodcasting have a typically varied take on the Sod: he’s great, he’s OK, he’s overrated.  That said, Side Effects does truly unite us and there ain’t that many movies that do that!

So if this is to be Steve’s final cut, what has he left us with?  It’s pretty much the Jude Law and Rooney Mara show from start to finish, with effective enough filler parts from Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta-Jones.  So whilst the pared down cast makes it seem relatively simple, there are so many twists and turns a red herring would get lost whilst looking for a wild goose.  Thankfully, we navigate these and can say the film is really about: mental illness, “big” pharma, psychiatry, manipulation and revenge.  Plus of course all of the moral – or otherwise – hazards that accompany such matters.  It could be suggested that when you throw such a volumes of mud at something, then only some of it will stick.  And whilst there are certain things that don’t quite ring true enough, the vast majority do and we’re left with a cracking good thriller with a hefty dollop of Hitchcock as things unfold.

So Steven (Moby and Jim Rash have yet to be seen in the same room), if this is truly your last film as a director, then you’ve left us with a cracker and we’re grateful.  And if not, then we just chalk this one up to being another on the long list of successes over your prolific 25+ year career.
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Ranbir Kapoor Upodcast Interview for Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewaani

Tied in with the release of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani in theaters everywhere, we bring you a very special interview with did with the one and only Ranbir Kapoor right here in London during his press tour.

As usual we have our set of quirky questions to ask our guests and I am pretty sure you will enjoy our chat.

For the first time as an intro we are also lifting the veil on what goes on behind the scenes of these press tours and give you “5 things I learnt when meeting Ranbir Kapoor” where I drop the guise of any journalistic integrity you might have thought i had.

If you like this segment do drop us a line in the comment section or on twitter and we will definitely do more of these.

 

"Happiness is real, only when it's shared"-Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

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Star Trek Into Darkness, Evil Dead and TV Upodcast Special

Upod seems to be all a bit pic ‘n’ mix this week.  Variety is however the spice of life and who are we to knock back the goodies on offer right now?  Unless you’ve been living on the moon in recent weeks there is the small matter of the new Star Trek movie which Asim talks about.  Enthusiastically.  Is it better than the first?  Is it more bad ass?  Asim tells all, before Martin reveals his horror treat of the week: the re-made horror classic The Evil Dead.  There’s more blood than you can shake a stick at (why would you though?) but watching Cabin in the Woods meant I was a tad confused at first.

Star of the show however is Ahmed and his devotion to all things cathode ray.  Why spend time experimenting with TV shows when Ahmed can do it for you?  In a pick of the pops but in no real order, Ahmed talks us through a dark crime drama, in Banshee, which sounds quite Lynchian in fact.  The mood is lightened with UK comedy Plebs (courtesy of my landlady as it happens – where’s the discount on my rent?) a seemingly modern sit-com set in erm, Roman times.  Quirky Brit comedy for you eh?  Returning to the darker side of things, we have Da Vinci’s Demons (give the production team more budget) and the very intriguing Orphan Black.  All top stuff and that’s without mentioning the part-documentary-part-fictitious Vikings, courtesy of the History Channel.  The Canadian-Irish production has been getting seriously good ratings from audiences whilst critics have been less favourable – if you want the truth and you can handle the truth, then stay tuned.

Finally, we talk about the hit and miss, Netflix’s Original series,  Hemlock Grove and with a tinge of sadness, the possible dragged out and slow, painful death of what feels like a family member of Upod.  That’s right, Community may have had its final paintball fight.  It may be there in body, but alas, not in (Dan Harmon’s) spirit.

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Dragon (Wu Xia) Upodcast Review

When we come back, we come back kicking ass!

For our return after our hiatus from podcasting, we are taking on Donnie Yen – Takeshi Kaneshiro’ Draong (Wu Xia) just released in the UK! Part Martial Arts western, Part a re-imagining of Cronenberg’s A History Of Violence.

Here is a short Synopsis:

Liu Jin-xi (Yen) is a village craftsman whose quiet life is irrevocably shattered by the arrival of two notorious gangsters in the local general store. When Liu single-handedly saves the shopkeeper’s life, he comes under investigation by detective Xu Bai-jiu (Kaneshiro). Convinced that Liu’s martial arts mastery belies a hidden history of training by one of the region’s vicious clans, Xu doggedly pursues the shy hero—and draws the attention of China’s criminal underworld in the process.

Cast:                                        Donnie YEN, Takeshi KANESHIRO, TANG Wei, Jimmy WANG Yu, Kara HUI
Screenplay by:                         Oi Wah Lam
Directed by:                            Peter Ho-Sun CHAN
Produced by:                           Peter Ho-Sun CHAN, Jojo HUI
Martin was lucky enough to see Dragon back in April and wrote up his review here.

For everyone else, you can download/ stream our UPodcast below!

Dragon is playing in UK theaters now!

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Best of Bollywood 2012 Upodcast

The Upodcast episode you have been waiting for! We break down 2012 in Bollywood together with special guests FilmiGirl, GetFilmy and Charla Manohar.

We speak about the good, the bad and the ever so sad.

Agneepath, Vicky Donor, Pan Singh Tomar, Student Of The Year, Gangs Of Wasseypur, English Vinglish…Who will win it this year? Or will there be a surprise entry? Players or Jism 2 maybe?

Before we get into our top 5 movies of the year, we analyze what the worst part was of Agneepath: Sanjay Dutt’s toenails or the romantic track with Priyanka Chopra’s utterly forgettable role as Kaali? Was she able to redeem herself in Barfi! And we debate if lifting too many scenes from others can spoil a movie in its entirety?

We talk about the 6 female directors that made a mark in Hindi Film’s this year.

What did 2012 mean for the heroes, heroines, debutantes, climbers and…

And you can’t finish a year review with an update of “The Khan Ranking”, taking a moment to discuss how shit Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine truly is and concluding with what we are looking forward to in 2013?

 

Special appearances by UK media personality Ashanti Omkar, Beth from BethLovesBollywood, Amaluu from Bollystalgia, Katherine from Totally Filmi,  Sujoy from Tripple Eggs Podcast, Danny Bowes from Moviesbybowes, Stacey and Prathna from Bollyspice , so big thanks to all of them for stopping by and making this awesome episode even more special!

 

Being a bumper episode it pretty much has the length of an entire Manmohan Desai masala film but that’s why it contains songs, laughter, and even some dishoom dishoom between us film nerds.

 

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Are You Indian? Author Sanjit Singh aka Bad Swami talks to Upodcast

Sometimes you come across a book that comes so close to your personal experiences growing up that it feels like the author has been following you your entire life in a Truman show kinda way. But rarely is there a book that combines that personal journey for Asians with such humor and insight.

Sanjit Singh, who a lot of people might know his from his twitter alias Bad Swami or comedy website, has just written “Are You Indian? A Humorous Guide to Growing Up Indian in America” and he was our guest on this episode of Upodcast chatting to us about growing up as an Asian kid in America and how it differs from growing up in Europe, how he came about writing his book and a host of other topics in this hilarious yet soul searching chat.

 

You can head over on to amazon or his website to see some of the amazing reviews he has been getting, and his book is definitely a strong recommend by the Upodcast team.

 

Listen/download/ subscribe to our chat below!

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Pixar’s Brave Review Upodcast

A sneaky little Upodcasting stocking-filler of a podcast for our next episode.  The main event is Disney’s Brave and all of the long, bouncy, exceedingly life-like curly red hair that goes with it.  Maybe it makes sense for Asim and Martin to do this one without Ahmed, as we are the two who need some of Merida’s offcuts!  Seemingly under the radar (at least for Martin) for a Disney, Brave is fantastic fun and some of the animation is remarkable.  As someone who’s losing his own, perhaps I might be fixated on the hair too much, but it’s amazing I swear.  I was equally impressed with the running time, meaning it is actually suitable for young children to watch with a mere 90 or so minutes and a simple story without any over-complication.  It’s also great for spotting who the voices are – there are in fact two from Trainspotting plus other more well-known names.  Certainly a great choice of family movie for Christmas day.

As per usual we don’t draw the line at merely a movie.  Asim has been catching-up on one of the biggest releases of the year in Prometheus and Martin preferred to spend his time reliving the glory days of a quirky one-off British spoof sci-fi, spoof many things show called Garth Marenghi’s dark place.  Fans of the IT Crowd and The Office (UK version) will enjoy “actor spotting”.

 

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Dabangg 2 Review Upodcast

After the massive success of Dabangg, no one was surprised by the announcement of a sequel. What was surprising was that neither director Abhinav Kashyap nor Sonu Sood were coming back.

Instead Arbaaz Khan, previously producer of Dabangg, was going to make his debut as a director and deliver the follow up to the adventures of Chulbul Pandey within a year.

 

We loved the first Dabangg and we discussed it at length in a previous podcast with wonderful guest FilmiGirl and Amaluu, check out that episode by clicking here.

 

This week Upodcast is joined by always thought provoking writer, burlesque MC, dancer and all round amazing guy Bastard Keith, to challenge our statement that Dabangg 2 might be one of the best sequels made in Hindi Cinema.

We take you on a earth stomping ride, gyrating our belt buckles whilst we compare both Dabangg’s, talk about the phenomenon that is Salman Khan and what the future might hold for him and his now director brother Arbaaz.

Fevicol this Podcast to year ear holes and listener discretion is advised from the outset… seriously guys and gals, this is meant for immature mature audiences.

If you don’t believe me, check out some of Bastard Keith’s other work on his site.

 

Listen/download/subscribe below!

 

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SkyFall and Final Part of 007 James Bond Retrospective

Upod’s final fling with Bond culminates in an extravaganza of mind blowing proportions. This time we give you not one, not two, but four Bonds for your money and take a detailed look at Skyfall for good measure.

We start by training our sights on the Down Under Bond, Australia’s George Lazenby. One of the very first actor-slash-models, the guy arguably had the toughest job in all of Bond-dom, having to take the baton from Sean Connery. It wasn’t his fault he couldn’t match the hype and to be fair, On her majesty’s secret service is one of my favourites and gives us the first glimpse of a skiing James Bond.

Timothy Dalton gets the treatment next before we talk about perhaps the most important Bond, mr Pierce Brosnan.  If he failed in his mission, it was effectively the end of Bond as we know it: no reboots, no psychotic Sophie Marceau and in the end, no Daniel Craig, Quantum of Solace or of course Skyfall.  OK, we might all have been better off without Quantum, but hell, we’ve been spoiled with Casino Royale and of course most recently with one of the most mature films of the 50 year series; Sam Mendes’ forward looking Skyfall.

This week we are joined by first time guest and proper award winning film director Paul McGhie.

Check out more of his work on his blog or follow him on twitter

Or his Short All Pinatas Go To Heaven by going here.

 

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Amir Khan And Rani Mukherji Interviews for Talaash

Tomorrow sees the release one of the most awaited movies of the year Talaash, starring Amir Khan, Rani Mukherji, Kareena Kapoor and Nawazuddin Sidiqqui.

We have been covering the movie extensively with promo songs, trailer, an exclusive interview with director Reema Kagti (click here) But we have truly saved the best for last and that is 2 interviews with massive stars squeezed into a single podcast.

Your ear buds might just explode with awesomeness as we chat with Amir Khan and Rani Mukherji about Talaash.

 

We have been massive fans of both these actors for decades and the chance to speak with both of them was quite daunting but it happened and we can now share it with all our lovely listeners.

 

Do share your thoughts with us in the comment section and drop us an email, tweet or a rating on iTunes.

 

Talaash Releases tomorrow and hopefully we will be reviewing it for you too!

Stay Tuned

 

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Jab Tak Hai Jaan Review Upodcast

Jab Tak Hai Jaan ImageThis week we dissect Shah Rukh Khan’s latest movie Jab Tak Hai Jaan where he starts along side Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma (After Rab Ne Banadi Jodi).

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately this became legendary film director Yash Chopra’s final movie.

  • So does Jab Tak Hai Jaan still weave that classic Yash Chopra magic?
  • Does his cocktail of pathos laden, eternal love still work in todays Instant Noodle Age?
  • Can ShahRukh still romance a tree?
  • And can Katrina Kaif carry the mantle of legendary YRF heroines before her?

To talk about JTHJ some amazingly talented and well-spoken guest joins us, Daniel Pillai from Omni’s Bollywood Boulevard and WSJ India Real Time, Priya Joshi from Digital Spy who make their debut on Upodcast.

Joining for the 2nd time is Sujoy Singha, who has his own hilarious Hindi Movie Podcast called the Tripple Eggs Podcast and of course his gifs on Bollypop and Geekiness on OneKnightStand.

Let us know what you think of the show in the comment section below or drop us an email to Upodcasting@gmail.com

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Reema Kagti Director of Talaash Interview Upodcast

From AD, to script writer to director of HoneyMoon Travels ltd., Reema Kagti has been slowly working together with her partners at excel movies towards giving us this year’s Amir Khan release, Talaash.

Tagged as a Suspense drama and starring Rani Mukherjee, Kareena Kapoor and Nawazuddin Sidiqqui, we had the chance to speak with the passionate film director about how she became a film maker, her cinematic influences growing up, her journey with Excel movies and if Amir Khan really does have a halo above his head.

 

So Check out our Upodcast Exclusive interview with Reema Kagti and stay tuned for the chat we had with Amir Khan, which we will be posting in a couple of days too!

 

Talaash Releases in theaters, 30th of November

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Karan Johar and the cast of Student Of the Year Upodcast Interview

For the promotion of Student of the year, Karan Johar accompanied by Sid Malhotra,Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt flew over to London to talk to the UK press and Upodcast was invited.

If you have ever seen a full press conference it’s pretty hard to get a non rehearsed answer out of the celebrities especially so if they have the quick wit and verbal prowess of Karan Johar, nevertheless we had a 1 one 1 interview where we could ask a few more personal questions.

Student of the Year is in theaters from today and I hope you enjoy our interview with Karan and the rest of the cast.

 

Listen or download below or subscribe to Upodcast in iTunes and never miss a show!

 

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Karan Johar and the cast of Student of the Year Upodcast Interview

For the promotion of Student of the year, Karan Johar accompanied by Sid Malhotra,Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt flew over to London to talk to the UK press and Upodcast was invited.

If you have ever seen a full press conference it’s pretty hard to get a non rehearsed answer out of the celebrities especially so if they have the quick wit and verbal prowess of Karan Johar, nevertheless we had a 1 one 1 interview where we could ask a few more personal questions.

Student of the Year is in theaters from today and I hope you enjoy our interview with Karan and the rest of the cast.

 

Listen or download below or subscribe to Upodcast in iTunes and never miss a show!

 

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007 James Bond Retrospective Part 2- The Roger Moore’s Upodcast

Part two of Upodcast’s Bond retrospective sees us tackle the inimitable incarnation of Roger Moore’s James Bond.  Very much the “difficult second album” syndrome at play here and that’s not to forget the unfortunate stab at Bond by George Lazenby.

But before that we start of with a little catch up what we’ve been watching. We talk about Go On the new Matthew Perry show, The Mindy Project, LillyHammer and Rian Johnson’s Sci Fi Time travel movie Looper.
Then we finally  don our safari suits and flared trousers before taking a look at the highs and lows of the most Bonded actor; kicking off with Live and let Die and completing the series with A View to a Kill.  One of the many joys of re-watching so many James Bonds is that we get a good sense of the overall direction these movies took.  And with Roger in command (he also designed a lot of his wardrobe) it was surely a safe bet by the studio.  So why the fat frown when it comes to Moore?  We talk about the movies that influenced James Bond in this era and also consider that aesthetically, the 70s and 80s weren’t the best place to be – either in fashion or in movies (certainly the 80s).

So is it really Moore’s fault?  Not really no, but it is human nature to compare present with past and throughout the 90s, to compare the past to the past (Moore to Connery).  The jokes are more cheesy and the one-liners come at us faster than our girlfriends can groan “ooohh James”, BUT the stunts are bigger and better and the Brocollis certainly raked in a lot more cash. Should we really blame Roger for having an uncanny ability to raise an eyebrow or deliver the comedy with more elan than Sean Connery?

Well, you can probably get the direction Upod heads on this one, but listen for more insight and controversy: we’re off to drive our Lotus into the river Thames.

You can listen/download to the episode below or subscribe in iTunes and never miss an Upodcast ever again!

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Don 2 Upodcast FlashBack

We recorded this podcast just a day after Don 2 came out in a casual late night chat with our good friend Danny Bowes, from MoviesByBowes and also IndieWire (he’s been firing from both barrels so definitely check out his work).

Unfortunately I’m only now getting to posting it since there were some audio issues that i could only solve now as I didn’t want to give you guys a bad experience listening to Upodcast, but with Priyanka Chopra coming at us with a critically acclaimed performance in Barfi and her career as a popstar starting, as well as just not being to wait long enough to talk Shahrukh until Jab Tak Hai Jaan comes out in November, it was the right time to dig up and dust of our great chat about Don 2 again.

The discussion is still very geeky and very indepth as usually is the case with Upodcast. Bringing you a twist on Bollywood reviews that no one else does.

We talk the Superstar that ShahRukh is, what kind of movies he wants to make and how he wants to project himself, and we even go into the age old Salman vs Shahrukh debate ( in a respectful manner)

We covered Don’s release quite intensly and even did an interview with director Farhan Akhtar in our inimitable style that you can check out here! ( funny story, Shahrukh actually stepped into the room when we were talking to Farhan on the phone so we were only 1 degree away SRK, WOOHOO)

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007 James Bond Retrospective Part 1- “The Connery’s” Upodcast

This Episode of Upodcast is Part 1 of a 4 part retrospective, With Skyfall’s imminent release in the Golden-eyenniversary year of the world’s most famous drinker, smoker, gambler, womanizer and spy, Upodcast takes the chance to head down memory lane.

We’ll take a look at the many incarnations, covering the good, the great & the short-lived.  This episode kicks things off with the original and some say, best Bond, Sean Connery.  Others will follow where we’ll take an in depth look at the rest.

Each episode we will be joined by some amazing guests and we are very fortunate that to kick proceedings off this week one of the Editor’s of the path breaking citizen’s news journal Blottr and Bond connoisseur, Ravin Sampat, has joined us. You can follow him on twitter or his tumblr blog.
With our sights set, we take aim at the Connery era starting from 1962’s Dr No all the way to 1983’s the non- Eon produced, Never Say Never Again,  much to Martin and Ravin’s disgust.

We also talk about Sean’s accent, his physique and his wig…but not his tattoo.  So, we hope you enjoy our mission into the world of Ian Fleming’s indefatigable secret agent.  Fasten the seatbelts on your Aston Martin DB5 as we rewind to 1962.

You can listen/download to the episode below or subscribe in iTunes and never miss an Upodcast ever again!

 

 

 

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Jiro Dreams of Sushi Upodcast review

This week Upodcast is on a quest for perfection. Joined by our guests Paresh from the phenomenal music podcast “The CurrySmugglers” and the always insight and thought-provoking Anisha Jhaveri, writer for Urban Asia, we slice through the Japanese documentary by David Gelb, Jiro Dreams Of Sushi.

We follow the life of Jiro Ono, an 85 year-old sushi master and owner of Michelin 3-Star restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro, on his continuing quest to perfect the art of sushi.

To give you an idea of what we are talking about in the show, here is a clip of what happened when renowned food author Anthony Bourdain visited Jiro in his Tokyo restaurant.

 

 

You can follow more of Paresh’s work on the Currysmugglers here, a podcast we can wholeheartedly recommend you listen to straight after ours.

Anisha you can follow on twitter or some of her writings on her blog as well as UrbanAsia

As usual you can listen, download to our show below and if you have a minute, we would love if you could write us a review or rating on iTunes. (It only takes a minute, just click here)

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Joker Review Upodcast

Directed by enfant terrible of Hindi Film cinema Shirish Kunder, starring Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Shreyas Talpade and Alex O’Nell, follows up his 2006 gem Jaan E Mann with a Sci-fi village hoax movie Joker.

Unfortunately already one of the lowest openers of the Indian Box Office of 2012 and pretty much a disappointment all round for those looking forward to what this witty director with a keen visual sense would come up with after a gap of 6 years.

 

Our guest GetFilmy joins us to discuss the debacle leading up to the release, what went wrong and we speculate on what the next steps could be for Shirish Kunder as a film maker.

We try to talk as positively about the movie as we usually do on the show and theorize what went on behind the scenes.

  • Was it bad marketing?
  • The effects of slapgate?
  • Why did Akshay not promote the movie?
  • Is it a completely bad movie?

We finish up the show with the forthcoming releases of the year and what else we can look forward to.

Apologies for our listeners that joined us on Ustream ,that was an experiment that didn’t go well…Maybe next time.

You can find more of GetFilmy’s writing on her excellent blog of follow her on twitter.

You can download/listen to the show below and let us know what you think about in the comment section below.

 

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Hunger Games Upodcast

A podcast we recorded earlier this year but never got a chance to post it, but now since Hunger Games has just released on DVD and Blu Ray, we thought it was the right time to revisit our chat with this episode’s guest avid Young Adult novel devourer and Harry Potter expert Anandini from Potterpensive.tumblr.com and Bollystalgia as well as all round awesome internet person Erin Georgiana, check out her Vlogs on YouTube.

We talk about the how the Hunger Games franchise stands up against other YA novels, if the book are better than the movie, what we hope and expect from the next installments and some of the major controversies and critics about the movie adaptations.

The Article from MovieCityNews we mention in our show can be found here.

 

Check out Amaluu’s  work on Potterpensive.tumblr.com, or follow her on twitter!

Erin on eringeorgina.com and her twitter handle is here!

Listen/download/stream the show below and let us know in the comment section what you thought of our chat!


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The Amazing Spiderman Review Upodcast

Not just a pretty face

New Episode Of UPODCAST is LIVE: One the most recognisable and enduring of the Marvel super-heroes, Spiderman, makes a welcome return to our big screens with Mark Webber’s The Amazing Spiderman.  Upod shines its bright light on Hollywood’s most recent re-boot and asks “is the re-boot too soon?” and how it compares to the Sam Raimi beasts that precede it.  We take a closer look at the inner workings of the film and some hints of that follow.

Andrew Garfield picks up Tobey Maguire’s nerdy baton and then proceeds to throw it away; eschewing shyness for a more assertive role.  And things are the same for Emma Stone‘s Gwen Stacey – given far more sass than Kirsten Dunst ever was.  Once again we return to the Brits for bad-guy inspiration, with Rhys Ifans‘ Dr Curt Connors terrorising New York as The Lizard.

In addition to those leads, the casting also includes Josiah Bartlet and Sally Field as Peter Parker’s uncle and aunt and Denis Leary as Chief of Police (& Gwen’s father).  That’s a bloody decent set of parents and we haven’t even mentioned Irfan Khan’s somewhat under used and shady Dr Ratha.  More of him to follow in the next two installments?  It would be good to see.

So, what lies in store?  A good, but not great, blockbuster that has been re-shaped into something that we at Upod thought should have been all along.  There’s enough to keep all but the harshest critics happy and the makers have sewn the seeds for the next two parts.  Not as innovative as the Christopher Nolan Batman Begins re-make, The Amazing Spiderman nevertheless ticks all the right boxes and gives us a film more grounded in our reality than before.

Check out our new Upodcast below or subscribe in iTunes to never miss one!

 

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Anurag Kashyap chats with Upodcast at LIFF 2012

Anurag Kashyap, the firebrand director, was at the London Indian film Festival which is going on this week and took the time to speak to Upodcast! Sujoy discusses the differences between his brother and his approach to masala cinema, the music of Gangs Of WasseyPur and much more in a pretty short chat!

The movie as well as the Festival which runs until 3rd of July has been setting the city in a blaze of excitement with celebrity appearances and the whose who of Londontown.

You can head over to the Official website for more information as well as the programme of amazing movies they are showcasing by clicking here.

Here is an excerpt from the Press Team about what went down at the premiere!

The third edition of the hugely popular London Indian Film Festival (June 20-July 3) got off to an explosive start with the sold out UK premiere of director Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur. It was standing room only at the Cineworld Haymarket as film buffs from across the world jostled for space at the glittering red carpet arrivals. Anurag Kashyap arrived looking natty in a Narendra Kumar creation. Actress Tannishtha Chatterjee, whose film Dekh Indian Circus plays June 23 at the Watermans Arts Centre and June 24 at BFI Southbank, glittered in a Khubsoorat outfit as did Rang Rasiya (Colours of Passion) stunner Ferena Wazeir.

The celebrity wave continued with acclaimed British Asian actors Riz Ahmed (Ill Manors, Trishna), Upen Patel (Namastey London) and Shiv Jhala (whose Arjun & Alison will enjoy its World Premiere at the festival on June 30), walking the red carpet and obliging screaming fans with photo opportunities. Directors Asif Kapadia (Senna), Michael Winterbottom (Trishna) Q (Gandu), Sidarth Sharma (Arjun & Alison), Devanand Shanmugam (whose Tooting Broadway will World Premiere at the festival on June 22) and Sarovar Banka (A Decent Arrangement) were just some of the high-octane talent present on the occasion.

Bollywood royalty arrived in the shape of Pamela Chopra, the legendary Yash Chopra‘s wife and the Associate Producer of one of Indian cinema‘s all time biggest hits Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. Anushka Sharma who is currently filming in London for Yash Chopra’s next, along with Shah Rukh Khan, sneaked into the cinema anonymously. She enjoyed Gangs of Wasseypur enormously and is looking forward to working with Anurag in Bombay Velvet.

 Anurag Kashyap said: “The London Indian Film Festival is lucky for me. My Dev D played in year one. That Girl In Yellow Boots premiered in year two and got UK distribution and now I’ve opened the festival. It’s a great platform.”

Festival Director Cary Sawhney said: “We are delighted that this year’s London Indian Film Festival has opened to such a tremendous response. We have a diverse range of events scheduled for the next two weeks, including the brilliant collaboration of director Q’s Gandu Circus along with Susheela Raman and the Asian Dub Foundation’s Steve Chandra Savale at BFI Southbank on June 21, and many World and UK film premieres. And for those who couldn’t get tickets for Gangs of Wasseypur, there are two more screenings scheduled on June 28 at the ICA and on June 30 at Cineworld Shaftesbury Avenue.”

Here is a short podcast interview with our good friend Sujoy Singha (@9e3k)

Let us know what you thought of our chat in the comment section below!

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Rowdy Rathore Podcast

To discuss Akshay Kumar‘s return to action movies with Rowdy Rathore by shattering box office collections with a weird spinny saw whilst twirling their moustaches Upodcast is joined by the always awesome FilmiGirl and Bollywood Gif creator extraordinaire Sujoy Sinha also known as @93eK on twitter or from his writings at OneKnightStand and Bollypop!

This was the first Upodcast to be streamed live on Ustream (bookmark this link to catch the next show!), follow our twitter feed or facebook page so you can join the next time we go live with our insanity!

As we mention in the intro, we have quite an amazing competition running for the month of June sponsored by Hi-Fi Tower so click here to check out the rules and how you can win Home Projector to transform your living rooms into a theater experience!

Let us know what you though of the show in the comment section below!

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Review Kahaani Upodcast ft FilmiGirl

We team up with FilmiGirl to talk about Sujoy Ghosh’s Kolkata based thriller Kahaani starring Viday Bhalan.

Upodcast are in depth film discussions for film geeks so we have two part in the show. We stay spoiler free until the mid point and after the interval we delve right into spoiler territory as a film like Kahaani deserves a in depth discussion.

As usual we go off on a few tangents as the filmography of Sujoy Ghosh, Why his Aladin is an underrated crowd pleaser, Bollyfatigue and if celebrities should be retweeting every review on twitter?

After the spoiler section we talk about how Kahaani stands up to other movies with a famous twist, who else could have played Vidya Bagchi and the soundtrack and religious themes in Kahaani.

 

I hope you enjoy the show and do leave us a comment below or a review on iTunes.

 

You can read FilmiGirl’s review on her website by clicking here.

 

Disclaimer: at my 2nd viewing of Kahaani I noticed I had walked in late and missed the first 10 minutes of the movie so some of my comments might seem a bit nonsensical but hey ho, it’s all part of the fun!

 

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TV Special: Awake, Alcatraz, Touch, Person Of Interest, Comic Book Men

A veritable cornucopia of televisual delights awaits with the latest instalment of Upod.  So where to start?  Well, to be honest there’s so much going on with brand new shows, season-old shows, established favourites and unusual erm, side-shows that I’ll give a simple rundown; but it almost seems unfair.

 

Given the frankly disappointing autumn debut of Pan-Am, it was a delight to get stuck into Alcatraz this year.  With many misgivings, mainly surrounding the similarities to Lost and JJ ABrams’ contribution, the Upod team is happy to love this show.  At least for probably 3 seasons; quite how good it will be in season 29 when they’ve caught the 299th prisoner, we can’t say.

 

From this we move to Kevin Smith’s reality TV show (don’t let that put you off folks) Comic Book Men – a fascinating look at a neighbourhood comic store and geekdom all rolled into one.  Ever so slightly more ambitious is the new Kiefer Sutherland show, Touch.  With a global scale and one of the main characters being a “gifted” kid, it’s just begging to fall over itself a la Heroes, but until it does, we’ll keep tuning in.

 

More conventional, but arguably of more interest, is Person of Interest (PoI).  Another JJ Abrams project which is a little bit Minority Report, partly Source Code and soemthing else, PoI was created by the lesser spotted Nolan and gives viewers more from two very talented actors: Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson. 

 

Not content with the head-fuckery of the shows so far, Upod concludes it’s serious programmes by looking at Awake.  Starring Jason Isaacs as a confused and grieving-but still effective policeman, Awake places the viewer in 2 realities and then lets the rest fall into place.  It is very much worth a look.

 

Thankfully we have the 3rd season of Danny Mcbride’s outstanding Eastbound and Down to bring us back to our senses.  Kenny Powers returns to our screens for the final episodes of what must be one of HBO’s boldest shows.  The regulars return, having relocated from Mexico and Kenny’s rekindled relationship with April (and baby) gets off to a bad start.

 

So there you have it: Kevin Smith IS reality, Alcatraz probably has an alternate reality, Kiefer Sutherland’s kid wants to change reality, Jonathan Nolan is watching your reality, Jason Isaacs is greedy and wants two realities and Kenny Powers just basically ignores his reality.

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Adit Rao Hydari Talks to Upodcast About London Paris New York

Part 2 of our interviews about London Paris New York, we chat with the wonderful Aditit Rao Hydari.

Dancer and actress Aditi Rao Hydari made her acting debut in 2007 in Sharada Ramanathan’s acclaimed film ‘Sringaram’. She is best known for her role in popular film ‘Yeh Saali Zindagi’, and also in Rockstar and Dilli 6.

We’re posting both chats here in separate podcasts, let us know what you thought of the movie or our interviews in the comment section below. And do go back to check out our conversation with Ali Zafar.

As usual Upodcast tries to ask different questions and create a conversation with our guests, so we really do hope you enjoy it!

 

London, Paris, New York releases in theaters today!

 

@AsimBurney

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Ali Zafar talks to Upodcast about London Paris New York

We’ve got quite the exclusive for you again, we got the chance to speak with 2 exciting up and coming actors Ali Zafar and Aditi Rao Hydari for their release London Paris New York.

Ali Zafar has lit up the screen in Tere Bin Laden and supporting Katrina Kaif and Imran Khan in Mere Brother ki Dulhan and now is all set to star in this rom com spanning 3 stages in life and 3 cities.

We’re posting both chats but in separate podcasts, let us know what you thought of the movie or our interviews in the comment section below.

As usual Upodcast tries to ask different questions and create a conversation with our guests, so we really do hope you enjoy it!

 

Here is our chat with Ali Zafar

 

 

London, Paris, New York releases in theaters today!

 

@AsimBurney

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Oscars 2012 Wrap Up and The Descandants

Upod goes Oscar crazeee!  Only joking, we’d never stoop that low.

The Upod Oscar special isn’t really about how much we like the awards or the ceremony, but it’s a great chance for us to dissect the top movies of the final year and 9 times out of 10, tell the Academy where they went wrong.  With The Artist garnering the 3 major wins and given the competition it faced, we didn’t have much of a leg to stand on this year.  Hugo did of course match The Artist in sheer volume of wins (5 each) but these were predominantly technical.

Naturally, two of our favourite movies of 2011 were nowhere near the red carpet: Drive and Source Code.  Perhaps there’s just too much existentialism in both of these – that or the “eeeuuuwwwww” factor (for seeing Jake Gynenhall all wired up on a drip and for Christina Hendricks’ brain being blown into 11 354 little pieces in the motel).

The main event for this week’s episode and tying in nicely with Oscar, is The Descendants.  Alexander Payne’s acclaimed film that tells the story of a man who tracks down his soon-to-die wife’s lover to tell him she’s dying was the darling of the nominations.  Artfully shot and never straying onto the sugary side of the street, “Gorgeous” George’s latest performance is certainly praiseworthy and the film itself merited the acclaim that came its way.  We give a typical Upod take on this…and also tell you where the director got it wrong!

Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu Upodcast Review

The Rom Com season is upon us and the first to kick off is Dharma’s Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu directed by newcomer Shakun Batra and staring Imran Khan and Kareena Kapoor. Who else can we invite to sweeten up Upodcast than the charming and bubbly Honey from the very popular site The Daily Honey.

 

We break down the movie, the performances and how Shakun Batra scored on his first directorial venture but we also widen the discussion by talking about quirkie rom coms in general and how Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu stacks up to them.

 

We discuss the merits of attaching fake bangs. Wonder if cool people still have sex in bathroom restaurants and what the future would hold for Riana and Rahul when the movie ends?

 

Check out the Podcast below and download to your hearts content. You can also subscribe to our iTunes feed or RSS in the links below so you never miss an episode.

 

A special shout out to Reena Mumbai’s podcast Mumbai Talkies that we discuss in our review of Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu. You can also find her on iTunes by clicking here!(Reena has been a guest on Upodcast too so do check out her appearance in our Pan Am special)

 

Big thanks to Honey for joining us, check out her amazing work on her website , her video’s on Youtube called The Sticky and of course she is on twitter.

Check out the episode below and leave us a comment!

 

 

 

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In conversation with Mela.com

This week’s Upodcast is slightly different; instead of talking about a specific we talk about HOW to watch movies. We had the opportunity to talk to Anisha Jhaveri, the marketing coordinator at Mela.com, the brand new South Indian Movie Streaming platform tied into their exclusive release of The Dirty picture.
We talk about Mela’s goals to bring South Asian entertainment to a new and global audience,  we talk nerdily about the perils of subtitling and some of the challenges they face concerning piracy and much much more.

For more of information on Mela’s services go over to their website or the following links:
Facebook
Twitter

Get Mela:  www.mela.com/roku
www.mela.com/ipad
www.mela.com/get-mela

 

Take it away Vidya Balan!

 

Let us know what you thought of the show in the comment section below!

 

Agneepath Upodcast Review (Battle of the Remakes)

One was a national award winner yet considered a failure at the time of release, the other has now set new records in terms of box office opening. Today Upodcast is joined by Josh Hurtado the main Bollywood and South Indian film writer from Twitchfilm for a new episode of Battle Of the Remakes: Agneepath.

We start off with our expectations after watching the awesome trailer of the new Agneepath starring Hritik Roshan, Sanjay Dutt, Rishi Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, we delve into a deeper review after talking a bit about the original 1990’s version by Mukul Anand starring Amitabh Bachchan, Danny Denzongpa and Mithun Chakraborty both produced by Dharma. We delve deep into the stand our performances, the dissapointments and some of the editing and directorial choices of Karan Malhotra.

 

We also talk about the merits of Chikni Chameli, why it’s only dangerous to smoke when Katrina Kaif lights up your beedi, compare Kung Fu Hustle to Agneepath and  finally why this version of Agneepath is the perfect movie for anyone who isn’t a regular Bollywood viewer.

 

Do check out our previous Battle Of Remakes, where we put 2 versions of the same movie head to head.

 

Subscribe to us on iTunes and leave us a review!

 

 

 

As usual we talk at length and about every possible detail of the movie.

 

You can also check out Josh review here, or follow him on twitter.

 

Enjoy and let us know what you thought of the show!

 

 

 

@asimburney

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Amy Jackson UPodcast for Ekk tha Deewana

Today we have a Podcast interview with the lovely Amy Jackson, award winning (runner-up miss Britain and miss Liverpool 2010) British model now making her Bollywood debut in Ekk Tha Deewana with Prateik, releasing the 17th of February.

We speak about how welcoming Bollywood has been to her especially being a non indian and by some of the other actresses and the differences between working in the South Indian and Hindi Film industry. Amy was very gracious with her time, lovely to speak with and has the cutest pronunciation of the word “Chennai”

 

We will be posting a chat we did with her co-star and close personal friend Prateik very soon, so keep your eyes out or subscribe in iTunes (click here) so you don’t miss any of our exclusive podcast interviews! ( and while you are there, leave us a review please!)

Here’s the trailer:

 

 

I hope you enjoy and don’t forget to catch her in theaters on 17th of February!

Leave us a comment below if you liked the show!

 

@asimburney

 

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Best of Bollywood 2011

This week we bring together the biggest and snarkiest voices on the Bollywood Blogosphere to review the year past. We are joined by FilmiGirl, Rum from RotiKapadaAurRum and the infamous CurryBear!

 

We start of with our thoughts about the year that was and which trends stood out. Does Akshay Kumar need to re-invent himself for a comeback? Was this the year of Salman Khan? And can we count out ShahRukh Khan?

 

We then go in to our top 5 movies of the year, how we made our lists and why we chose a top 5 instead of a top 10 (coz we’re rebels of the underground!) And there are quite a few surprising choices!

 

We finish up with some of our biggest disappointments and films we hated and what we’re looking forward to in 2012.

 

This is a no holds barred episode so only suitable for mature audiences J

 

You can find CurryBear, FilmiGirl and Rum’s blogs in the links below!

 

www.filmigirl.blogspot.com

http://rotikapadarum.blogspot.com/

www.currybear.com

 

Let us know what you thought of our episode or some of your favorite movies that we might have missed in the comment section.

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Ep 44 Rampart, MI 4, Sherlock Holmes 2, The Goon, Black Mirror

Back in our mix, we recorded this episode before Xmas but the holiday cheer got the best of us and we’re only posting it now. This episode, we are joined by Cassam Looch from MovieVortex, who is the man in the know on the UK movie scene, also joining us for a second time is the always hilarious and insightful Adam Lowes from HeyUGuys.

Our main review is Rampart, the Woody Harrelson Oscar bait movie about a crooked cop in LA. Cassam follows that up with Mission Impossible 4 Ghost Protocol and Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows.

Adam gives his 2 cents on A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas and The Goon starring Sean William Scott. We eviscerate New Year’s Eve and praise the first episode of Charlie Brooker’s dark 3 part mini serie Black Mirror.

As usual hilarity ensues when we digress and talk about the merits of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s career and how nanny banging can hurt ones career prospects!

 

Let us know what you thought of the show in the comment section below!

@asimburney

 

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Upodcast Interviews Farhan Akhtar for Don 2

When we posted the generic media interview a couple of days ago we put ourselves the challenge that if we get to interview Farhan Akhtar for his forthcoming movie Don 2, we would as much better questions. Lo and behold Asim got a chance to squeeze in an exclusive chat with Farhan whilst he was visiting Dubai for the international Premiere.

Although allegedly Shahruh was in the same room as this interview happened, we had to wrestle down our nerves to ask one of our favorite filmmakers some questions about revisiting a character much loved and how things have changed for Don, we ask about the post conversion to 3D and why certain action scenes remind us of other movies.

Have a listen to our podcast below and let us know what you thought of our chat in the comment section below.

@asimburney

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Ep 43 Save Community, Tin Tin and the Secret of the Unicorn and The Devil’s Double

Quick, quick, Upod needs your help trying to save one of the best Comedy shows currently on TV!  Dan Harmon’s brainchild starring a bunch of awesome people is a local Community college in danger of being shut down, way ahead of its time and to the detriment of all who believe in intelligent creative writing.  We pick up the campaign inspired by this piece in the Atlantic Wire.

And as part of the Community program, there are wider issues to discuss such as the perceived rise in popularity of “slow TV” from an article on the BBC website about The Killing and the Wire (click here).  We sort through Sarah Lund’s woolly jumpers, Stringer Bell’s extra large clothes and much more, in the jumble sale* of quality TV drama and comedy.

Pretty much on TiVo fast forward, Ahmed tells us what TV we should have been watching recently (and what we shouldn’t have), Martin waxes lyrical about Tin Tin and Asim can’t quite admit that Immortals isn’t as good as it shoulda woulda coulda  been and reviews the new Andrew Niccols Sci Fi starrring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried, In Time.

All of this before the grand finale: Lee Tamahori’s shot at cinematic redemption, The Devil’s Double.  Dominic Cooper stars in the movie about the ill-fated plan to play Uday Hussein’s body double.  Fast cars, loose women, designer clothes…

Here’s the trailer:

 

We’ll leave the rest for you to discover in the podcast!

* A Jumble sale is where you bring all your old stuff to say a church hall and then sell it.  Very popular with schools and Scouts etc when I was growing up.

@martincawley

 

Imagesource: BadHaven

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Ep 42 RaOne Special

RaOne is more of an event than just a Hindi Film so Upodcast got together with some of the most interesting voices on the internet to talk about ShahRukh Khan’s latest sci-fi epic. Already having set records in terms of box office and revenue as well as production budgets combined with a never before seen marketing campaign and corporate tie ups. But is it enough? Find out in this week’s Upodcast by clicking/downloading/subscribing to us in iTunes!

This week Asim is joined by some awesome guests: First of all Beth who’s been blogging for almost half a decade on BethLovesBollywood and recently started writing for the Wall Street Journal‘s India Real Time, a welcome return to Upodcast after her visit on Best of 2010 wrap up episode). Our second guest is the that unique balance of insight and hilarity Danny Bowes from Tor (check out his RaOne Review) and MoviesByBowes who is quickly becoming part of the Upodcast family.

And finally we have Dheeraj, Film Journalist and man about town for DesiBox joining us for the first time! Check out Desibox’s coverage of RaOne Premier in London‘s O2 and his review on the DesiBox website.

Is there any place on the internet for Hindi film geeks to have in depth discussion about cinema except Upodcast? Me thinks nahiiiin!

Let us know what you thought of our over an hour long discussion about RaOne in the comment section below!

@asimburney

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Ep 41 Misfits Season 3 premiere and QandA with Cast and Creators at BFI

One of the very best British things around right now, Channel 4‘s Misfits makes a welcome return to E4.  Asim and Martin were fortunate enough to see a preview screening of the first episode from season 3, at the British Film Institute on London’s Southbank.

Not only a preview screening, but an intro from the producer, plus Q&A with creator Howard Overman and cast members AND a sneak peak trailer for episode 2.  Joining Howard Overman on stage were Lauren Socha (Kelly ), Iwan Rheon (Simon), Nathan Stewart-Jarret & Robert Sheehan replacement, Joseph Gilgun (Rudy).  Ahead of the Q&A the audience was told “whatever you ask, just make sure it’s not about what superpower we’d like to have if we could choose one!”  The cast must get this question so often it’s like an IV drip.

Season 3 opens with the gang almost all back together and with new powers.  Nathan, we are told is “in Las Vegas” and we are left to really get to know the replacement, Rudy, played absolutely perfectly, by Joseph Gilgun.  Sadly Robert, Rudy’s character is fantastic and we’re just not going to miss Nathan at all!

Without divulging too much, the show’s a cracker – slightly-comical death and sexual return to our screens – and by the time we’ve been introduced to Rudy’s new character the gang are back doing community service in the safe hands of the same probabtion officer from the previous episodes.

Set your Tivo for 10pm Sundays on E4 and find out who the real Heroes are.

Beware: The Episode contains spoilers as usual.


@martincawley

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Ep 40 Pan Am TV Show Bonus Episode

Upod goes flying for its next podcast; a one-off special with guest reviewer Reena Mumbai, aka Mumbai Mango from twomanoges.com or @r2the from twitter (you can also catch her on her blog at Reena.Me)

Unfortunately, this episode comes with a warning of some turbulence so you’ll have to fasten your ears into their seatbelts for some bumpy audio.

The latest US show to ape the look and feel of the early sixties, Pan-Am focuses on the airline of the day: Pan American world Airways.  In the decade when business class was economy and first class was first class the show seeks to blend a bit of women’s liberation with cold war espionage.  All the while looking supremely glossy.

Produced by Sony TV and aired by ABC in the US, Pan-Am has some heavyweight names attached to it: writer Jack Orman of ER fame and director Thomas Schlamme of The West Wing behind the scenes, and Christina Ricci (’nuff said) and Margot Robbie from, erm, Aussie soap Neighbours.

So is it worth paying the airfare?  We flew Pan-Am for 2 to 3 episodes so you can find out and episode 6 airs this Sunday.  Wait, how did I get this far and not mention Mad Men?

Listen to the podcast below!

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Ep 39 Part 2 Recent- Bodyguard, MBKD, Force, Mausam- and Upcoming Releases in Bollywood (Ra.One vs Don2) with FilmiGirl

Part 2 of our massive Episode 39 and of course we can’t have Filmigirl as a guest and not dedicate a whole episode on Bollywood!

Put your Snark Helmet as Filmigirl and Asim take a swing and dissect the late summer and early fall releases of this year.

Starting with one of the biggest hits of the year Bodyguard, we ask the question did it deserve it’s success? We quickly takie a detour to find Mere Brother Ki Dulhan– the movie where the hero is actually the heroine and will there ever be an serum invented to protect audiences from Ali Zafar‘s infectious charm?

Father and Song duo put everything they had into Mausam but what the hell went wrong with that movie (or did it even?) and  is John Abraham after his recent success a Force to be reckoned with  or did Vidyut Jamwal run away with the accolades?

We finish off with what else is there to look forward to? Rockstar? Desi Boys? Or will it only be about Ra.One vs Don2? We finally come clean about our issues with ShahRukh Khan, so if you ever wanted to hear what we really feel, listen to the episode below!

 

Of course we would love to hear form you so please do leave a comment!

For more of FilmiGirl, you can check out her blog or catch her on twitter!

@asimburney

 

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Ep 39 pt1 Red State, Drive, Homeland, The Good wife, Archer, Super, SuperHeroes

This episode is in 2 parts due to it’s massive nature! Part 2 we only talk Bollywood!

I just don’t get it.  It’s like Upod just stashes a load of great stuff away, keeping all of the good stuff for bumper episodes.  Our latest show covers music, movies and TV…and what’s more, we even bring you a guest to enlighten us and show us the error of our ways.

 

Martin talks about some new music courtesy of AdultSwim & ScionAV.  A compilation featuring artists and producers such as Kode9, Burial and a boatload more, Unclassified is a must for anyone interested in bass music and can be downloaded for free, here.

 

Obviously, references to comic books / superheroes are never far from Upod and we talk about two films that look at both sides of the coin: documentary Superheroes, which takes a look at the rise of the real life superhero and Super, Rainn Wilson‘s new movie about an ordinary guy who becomes a superhero.

 

Personally, I think most superheroes would meet their match if they ever met Archer, the obnoxious super-spy who has returned to our screens for a 3rd series.  After this, we debate the finer points of The Good Wife and something new, starring Claire Danes: Homeland.  Keeping the British end up is Damian Lewis, so fingers crossed he hasn’t been cast as the bad guy.

 

To wrap up with, we talk about the good stuff from Kevin Smith – Red State – and from Nicholas Winding Refn, Drive.  A return to form from the director who brought us Chasing Amy, Clerks and Dogma?  You’ll need to listen to find out, but I don’t think it’s spoiling anything to say that there are no such questions to be answered about Drive – it’s a quality effort indeed.  That said, are all of those people who REALLY want one of those jackets going to be thinking a quilted, silk bomber jacket with a golden scorpion on the back, is cool in say 7 ½ months time?

Let us know what you thought of the episode in the comment section below!

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Ep 38 RDB Interview with Kuly for Sheera Di Kaum

We had a chance to speak with Kuly, one third of the biggest Bhangra band of the moment RDB or Rhythm Bhangra Dhol known for their massive songs, international collaborations with acclaimed rappers like Snoop Dogg and Ludacris and their total domination of the Bollywood charts since working with Akshay Kumar on movies like Namaste London, Singh Is King, Kambakth Ishq and now Speedy Singhs/Breakaway.

Now Upodcast is not well versed in music ( unlike or friends The CurrySmugglers who are back with an amazing season!) but we had a chance to ask some interesting questions about the state of bhangra, the new found international audience and some behind the scenes gossip on how the industry works.

Above all Kuly was a very nice guy to speak with and although he was in the backseat of a car, he really took the time to answer all of our questions.

It’s a fun listen, check it out below and don’t forget to leave us a comment!

Here are some of the tracks RDB is famous for

You can find more info on their website and also their forthcoming album WorldWide.

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Ep 37 Vidyut Jamwal Interview Exclusive – playing the villain in Force

Force is this week’s big Hindi release and we had a chance to have a conversation with Vidyut Jamwal, the surprise package and debutant villain pitted against a very buffed up John Abraham, in the remake of South Indian Kaakha Kaakha which originally starred Surya and Jyotikha (find our review here).

 

Force is already getting rave reviews (our review will be up shortly) and this is probably due to a large part to Vidyut’s performance. And I am sure as soon as the ladies (and some gents-apparently 10-12% of the male population) will get a look of Vidyut’s six-pack, they will turn into goo.
Vidyut was raised in an ashram and has been training in various different styles of martial arts since a very young age so he is definitely a good match for John’s bike lifting shenanigans.
Check out some of the stunts he did for the media at a press event.

 

 

Source: Fox Star India
We had a very nice time speaking with Vidyut, he seems like a genuinely nice guy and has that gusto that new comers have, plus he complimented me a few times so that always gets you brownie points.

The interview happened on the phone so there are a few things that gets lost in translation but I am sure you will have a great time listening to our chat.
Let us know what you thought of our interview in the comment section below (or even better leave us a review on iTunes)

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Ep 36 Speedy Singhs/BreakAway Q&A with Russell Peters, Vinay Virmani and Ghuggi

Upodcast attended a Q&A with the cast of Speedy Singhs/ BreakAway in London who were in town to promote their Ice Hockey Underdog crossover film releasing in the UK on Friday 30th September 2011. International comedy sensation, Russell Peters, and rising star of cinema, Vinay Virmani, joined fellow cast and crew members including much adored comedian/actor Gurpreet “Ghuggi” Singh and co-producer Ajay Virmani as they addressed the audience and conducted a Q&A session with media in attendance.

We had a chance to pose some of our questions in typical Upodcast fashion and tried to get some clarification from Russel Peters about the statements he recently made about Bollywood.

A lot has been said in the media and even more so has been pulled out of context but you can listen to the entire press conference here and make up your own mind.

From the Press Release:
Directed by Hollywood filmmaker Robert Lieberman (‘D3: The Mighty Ducks‘, ‘Table for Five’) and produced by First Take Entertainment and Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar’s Hari Om Entertainment, ‘Speedy Singhs’ is a gripping, cross-cultural hockey drama set in the Indo-Canadian community of suburban Toronto, Canada. Other stars in the film include Hollywood heartthrob, Rob Lowe; the demure Camilla Belle (‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park‘, ‘10,000 BC‘); and veteran of Indian cinema Anupam Kher (‘Bend it like Beckham’). A galaxy of other exciting cameos are provided by the likes of recording artist and actor Aubrey “Drake” Graham and Grammy Award winning rapper Chris “Ludacris” Bridges. Ludacris added his vocals to the cross-urban music track of the year, “Shera Di Kaum”, the promotional song for ‘Speedy Singhs’, where he also features in the video.

‘Speedy Singhs’ releases in cinemas across UK and worldwide on 30th September 2011


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Ep 35 Real Steel , The WhistleBlower, The Hour and FrightFest

Upodcasting was hungry. Very hungry. We have feasted on the many delights on offer and bring you a tasting menu of scientifically measured blabber in an episode that Heston Blumenthal would be proud of.

The annual Film4 Frightfest returns to haunt us, but in a good way. We talk about the Guillermo Del Toro produced remake of Don’t be afraid of the dark and the follow-up to cult British horror classic The Wicker man, The Wicker Tree; again directed by Robin Hardy.

For good or for bad, Breaking In has been renewed and we also debate the merits of Franklin and Bash. Whatever our conclusions, Louis CK brings us back to reality with the excellent and award nominated, Louie. More flights of fancy follow with our analysis of the excellent trailer for Tucker Vs Evil.

BBC2’s 6 part drama The Hour is the next dish to be served…mainly cold, but with a dash of spicy sauce to liven it up. We then have a little bit of a breather between courses; some sorbet to cleanse the pallet in the form of Real Steel: the all action, futuristic, robot-fighting, fun-packed blockbuster starring Hugh Jackman. Our co-host @asimburney was lucky enough to have a sneak preview screening!

The main review this episode is for The Whistleblower – a somewhat under-known film starring Rachel Weiss in a brilliant performance in a powerful film. It won’t spoil things to say we think this film is fantastic and a perfectly satisfying way to end our movie meal.

Listen to the podcast just after the trailers or subscribe to us on iTunes!

@martincawley

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Ep 34 Kareena Kapoor Bodyguard Interview

The one and only princess of Bollywood Kareena Kapoor graced us with her presence when she was in London promoting Bodyguard, her forthcoming movie with Salman Khan. And we got a chance to interview her for an exclusive Upodcast episode. Check out our chat with the ever radiant Bebo after the jump! Read More

Ep 33: Super 8, Captain America, Cowboys and Aliens and Friends With Benefits

Step right this way ladies and gentlemen, for the show of a lifetime. We’re not necessarily saying this is the BEST Upod to date (it is damned good of course), but more like there’s a lifetime’s stuff in this one! This weeks special guest is Adam Lowes from HeyUGuys, one of the most awesome FilmBlog on the net.  What didn’t we talk about in Episode 33 I wonder?

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Ep 32: Apocalypse Jaa or not your father’s Martial Arts movie

In this episode our gang of Upodcast Shaolin Monks is joined by the Ronin samourai Danny Bowes from Tor, taking you on a trip through crescent kicks and flying monkey styles through the different stages of the martial arts movie.

We start off speaking about some of the legends that shaped the genre from Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan to  Sonny Chiba. To action stars that took it one step further like Jean Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris and we even take a detour through Michael Dudikoff and Steven Seagal (not for long though)

The Gang then focuses its chi on the nouveau vogue of martial artists that have taken over the reins and we stand before the elephant shaped throne of Thai Action Star Tony Jaa.

We discuss his filmography in detail speaking about all of the Ong Bak movies, his difficult times and possible comeback.

Swiftly like the shadow we move to Donny Yen and the Ip- man series and finish off with Indonesian up and comer Iko Owais and his Pentak Silat debut Merentau.

Lots of excitement, and wear a helmet whilst listening to this episode as the verbal kicks might just knock you out!

Listen below or download!

Let us know which martial artists we forgot to mention or deserve more praise in the comment section below!

 

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Ep 31- It’s a CAAAAPY, Yaar!- Remakes, Adaptations and Straight Lifts in Bollywood

With the release of Murder 2 and Singham, message boards and twitter timelines are rife with calling out movie makers as lazy thiefs and intellectual hacks. Bollywood has always had a rich tradition of playing fast in loose with it’s ‘inpirations’ so Upodcast decided to take on this subject head on with our unique view of the world of Hindi Film and music industry and accompanied by an esteemed panel of sharpshooter bloggers, we give you the discussion to end all discussions. Check out our take on Remakes, Adaptations and Straight Lifts in Bollywood! Read More

EP 30 Captain America (1990), not the first avenger…

In the words of Janice from Friends(a very popular series in the 90’s-Ed)…”oh, My, GAWD!”, do we have a show and a half for you this week. The Upod tri…erm…pod, was hyperactive like never before; it’s almost easier to tell you about what we didn’t talk about than what we did!

We kick-off with the great and not so good of current TV and movies. Has Ahmed been transformed by the final installment of Michael Bay‘s robotganza, or just bored without la Fox? Green Lantern gets the treatment next and is swiftly followed by Bridesmaids and by Bad Teacher. Cameron (Diaz NOT James) is free to spank me anytime – I’m the naughty pupil that needs teaching. (easy tiger! Ed)

Next up, two of our favourites. Newly Emmy nominated Louis CK and his “let me take you to a dark place and leave you there” humour and comedy GOAT Larry David‘s Curb Your Enthusiasm, season 8 curtain raiser. After 7 seasons, we surely know where the jokes are going to go, but we are still powerless to stop the inevitable hilarious and of course slightly uncomfortable outcome.

We somehow take a pause for breath whilst we look forward to December and review the trailer for MI:4 Ghost Protocol. And that’s not something we thought was possible from a Tom Cruise action film featuring an Eminem theme song.

Finally, we get in the mood for the next big summer blockbuster – and possible saviour of comic book films this year – Captain America. Much as we’d like to have had a world exclusive secret screening, we haven’t and had to content ourselves with Albert Pyun‘s 1990 marvel instead. It’s got Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox in support roles so it has all the potential for an underrated classic. We let you know where to start with the Captain America franchise!

 

You can reach Martin on twitter!

and let us know what you thought of the podcast in the comment section below!

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A Chat with the LIFF Program Director Cary Rajinder Sawhney

Running from June 30th to July 12th 2011, the London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) offers cinema-goers  a new wave of Indian  films from film makers across the region.

Organised by Cary Rajinder Sawhney the LIFF aims to showcase Indian films in a different  light; those that don’t conform to the  traditional Bollywood structures, story and direction.

Festival organiser par excellence

 

Upodcast, in yet another exclusive spoke to Cary about the LIFF and what we  can expect from it in the future.  For those who can’t quite get their heads around the all singing all dancing side of Indian cinema, the good news is that there is a great outlet for something new and challenging and it will only get bigger and more accessible.

 

The full program can be found here

 

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A Conversation with Abhinay Deo, director of Delhi Belly at LIFF

Delhi Belly is already a huge box office and critical success, but Martin had the chance to attend the world premiere at the London Indian Film Festival and chat with director, Abhinay Deo‘s. In true Upodcast style we manage to ask the film maker about his cinematic influences (some surprising, some less so), the advantages of approaching Hindi movies from an advertising background and all this will the place was buzzing with the appearance of the London glitterati.

We have the inside track and as we were granted special access to the director for a quick interview.  Listen below to our exclusive!

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Ep 29 Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap (Or why Amitabh Bachchan is Awesome)

We kneel before the Emperor of Bollywood this week. In this “Bbuddah
Hoga Terra Baap” Podcast episode, we are joined by Burlesque and Movie Club
Host Bastard Keith and friend of Upodcast and regular guest Danny Bowes writer
for Tor and MoviesByBowes, we dissect the awesomeness that is Amitabh Bachchan
with the release of his latest masala reboot. Listen or download to the podcast
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Delhi Belly Exclusive A Conversation with Imran Khan

EXCLUSIVE PODCAST: We had a chance to catch up with Imran Khan (Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, Break ke Baad, I Hate Luv Stories) and talk about his forthcoming movie Delhi Belly directed by Abhinay Deo and co-starring Vir Das and Kunal Roy Kapoor.

This is a real treat and Imran had the chance to speak about the marketing approach, controversies surrounding the release of the movies, on Delhi Belly not being a typical  Bollywood movie, the role of censorship in Indian Cinema and what his favorite swearword is! Riveting stuff!

 

Check out the trailer of the movie!

 

Delhi Belly will be premiering at the London Indian Film festival on the 30th of June and you can find more information on the screenings and programme on their site by clicking here!

A big thanks to Ashanti for setting this up for Upodcast. You can follow her on twitter and her blog and many of her writings pretty much everywhere from Cineworld Unlimited Magazine (UK), Anokhi Magazine (Canada/US/UK), Galatta Magazine (India), Desi Hits (Worldwide)!

Also a thanks to our good friend FilmiGirl for prepping us and giving some great questions to shoot and who also did a few interviews with Imran’s co-stars in the movie Poorna Jagannathan and Kunal Roy Kapoor.

Do leave a comment below and let us know what you thought of the Podcast!

 

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EP 27 X Men First Class, E3, WiiU, Hangover 2, Green Lantern Emerald Knights, Priest

Episode 27 of Upodcast is indeed a true geek feast ladies and gentlemen.  In fact there was too much for the three of us so we brought in occasional guest “Loops” (aka Louis Francois) to ably assist us in our round up.

Wii discuss and digest the latest and greatest from E3 for U all and of course get stuck into some movies.  First up is Hangover 2, the one the critics love to hate!  Can the team repeat the successful recipe for needing painkillers the morning after or should we all  just ditch the monkey?

In the midst of a comic book laden year of films, we also talk about 2 adaptations, one Korean and one American: Priest and Green Lantern Emerald Knights.  Which needs our prayers and which is a shining beacon?  You’ll have to listen below or download our Podcast and find out.

We give you a low down of the E3 conference in LA from Playstation to Micrsoft and where the biggest announcement was the Nintendo‘s WiiU.

Here is a handy InfoGraphic the guys over at IGN made:

Last but by no means least, we unleash our collective critical beast on X-Men First Class. Matthew Vaughn‘s latest movie has a cracking trailer and a talented cast, but does it leave us travelling in economy?

 

Here are the trailer of the movies we reviewed:

 

 

You can follow Loops on twitter, or check out his travel photography on  tumblr or his nostalgia blog.

Let us know what you thought of the show in the comment section below!

 

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Ep 26 L.A. Noire, The movies inspired by James Elroy novels and An Intro to Noir

With the release of RockStarGames L.A. Noire, the Upodcast team gives you a Noir inspired episode. Forget about Femme Fatales, we are  joined by our good friend and noir connaisseur Danny Bowes from Tor.com.

This Episode of our Geekalicious Podcast takes you through the murky dark lit alleys of  1940’s LA. We give our impressions of this seminal game for the Sony Playstation console and discuss the world it might have been inspired by.

The UpodCast team gives our picks for taking your baby steps in the wold of Noir! We speak about movies ranging from James Elroy’s Black Dahlia and LA Confidential to Maltese Falcon, The Third Man, The Tim Burton Batmans and Brick.

Check out Danny’s blog by clicking here, if you havent’ checked it out yet, you will be glued when you do! His full and very detailed review of L.A.Noire  is here but beware of spoilers if you havent finished the game!

Let us know what you thought of the show in the comment section below and of course you can follow us on twitter or Subscribe in iTunes and never miss an episode!

Listen to/ or Download the episode in the player below!

 

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Ep 25 Fast Five, Thor and Game Of Thrones

Re-Post: The regular team takes a hit as Belgian internet goes on strike, but we combine with Filmigirl and Moviesbybowes to bring you a Voltron of an episode.

Not content with just one blockbuster, we first delve deep into the world of Fast Five and director Justin Lin.  Is this Vin Diesel’s finest hour?  Can Paul Walker’s eyes get any bluer?  Arguably yes and no to both of those questions, but you’ll have to listen to find out what we really think.  Spoiler alert, we do think it’s really really good!

Next up, we return to familiar super-hero territory and dish the dirt on Thor.  Now, if you’d asked us a couple of years ago, what the K-Bran would be doing whilst “resting” between series of Wallander, the chances are, we wouldn’t have said “oh sure, we know, he’ll be directing the next installment in the Marvel Comics franchise”.  ’Cos of course, that’s as likely as Michel Gondry directing Green Hor…oh, right.  Nathalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth star, but has the director gone all Shakespearean on us and diluted what should be a winning formula?

Last but by no means least, is Game of Thrones.  HBO’s latest fare recalls dungeons and dragons, high fantasy and a rugged as ever Sean Bean.  There’s a hint of Lord of the Rings too, but don’t be fooled by this mention and let Upodcasting guide you through the 7 Kingdoms and set you on the right path

We all Love this little video Sung Kang star of Fast Five made;

 

Trailers:

 

Check out Filmi Girls writings on her blog

Danny’s In Depth review of the Fast & Furious series is on his blog and you can find more of his writing on Tor

Let us  know what you thought of the episode in the comment section below!

 

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Ep 24 LimitLess/ Source Code

Re-Post: Jam Packed Episode of Upodcast this week. We give you 4 movies reviews for the price of zilch! We start of with in-depth review of Bradley Cooper’s first movie as a leading man, Limitless. Did one of our host just pull the race card on Duncan Jones’ Source Code? To wrap the show up we keep our final reviews of the show Scream 4 and Your Higness spoiler-free. This might be one of our funniest shows so listen or download after the jump!

 

 

Shownotes:

  • Limitless
  • Source Code
  • TV shows:
  • Green wing
  • Breaking in
  • What is a Sandwich show?
  • Ahmed Goes Green with an episode of Radiolab- Podcast: “Be Careful What You Plan For”
  • Preview of Green Lantern
  • Apocalyps Now remastered edition
  • Scream 4 (Spoiler Free)
  • Your Higness (Spoiler Free)

Trailers:

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As always let us know what you thought of the show in the comment section below! And drop us an iTunes review if you like what you hear! Thanks for listening!!!

 

EP 23 Paul/ The Man From Nowhere

The most fun fun fun Upodcast team is back. We give our take on Simon Pegg- Nick Frost Sci Fi comedy Paul and the Korean action flick The Man From Nowhere. Is Arnold The Governator making his return to movies and how does this make us feel?  Marty also forces to grow up a little by talking about Truffaut and we catch up on quite a few new and old TV shows. Check out our the New Episode of Upodcast after the jump! It’s deafeningly AWESOME!

 

The Show Notes:

  • Intro
  • The Return of Arnold Schwarzenegger (1.55)
  • Oscars (4.31)
  • Paul (7.55)
  • Movies for Grown ups by Martin: Truffaut at the BFI (12. 35)
  • The Man From Nowhere (17.00)
  • TV (37.10) : Archer, Bob’s Burger, Mr Sunshine, Episodes, The Killing
  • Outro

Trailers:

 

Let us know what you thought of the episode in the comment section below! Or drop us a review on iTunes!

 

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Episode 22: True Grit, Green Hornet and our Oscars predictions

New Episode 22 Upodcast: The Team reviews True Grit, Green Hornet in the 3D Dimension! More crack than an egg factory the team gazes into their Crystal ball and predicts the future winners of the Academy Awards. Check out the new epsiode after the jump!

 

First off, we talk about our review of Green Hornet, the film version of the comic book, of the radio show of the TV show. Whilst none of us could have imagined Michel Gondry directing such a feature, we’re damned pleased he has.  Released in the cinema graveyard slot of January, this has set the benchmark for superhero / comic book related films to come in 2011.  Green Lantern and Thor will need to be excellent to better Seth n Jay.

We then proceed from arguably the ridiculous to the sublime with genuine Oscar contender, True Grit (22min 36sec). Beautifully re-made by the Brothers Coen, what does the new version give us? Is it a Coen’s Western and if so, what kind of Western? Sadly we’ve been too lazy to watch the original John Wayne film (and in my case, any John Wayne film) and give you that comparison so you’ll have to make do with our thoughts on this one alone.

Finally we bring you our highs, lows and unknowns of the Oscars 2011 (42min 30sec). Gaze into our crystal ball as we steer you fundamentally in the wrong direction for who will win and who will lose. Make no mistake; if you use our guesses for gambling you’ll also be a loser on Oscar night.

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Lessons Learnt in Bollywood in 2010 and What’s in store for 2011!

This week we are joined by BollywoodGora (AKA Steven Baker), writer for BollySpice and DigitalSpy and Upodcast regular FilmiGirl. We discuss some of the lessons we as Bollywood geeks have learnt and what we hope to avoid in 2011. We breakdown the upcoming releases in 2011, the ones we are looking forward to and the actors and actresses we want to see more of! Of course we can’t avoid adding our own little snarky twist to everything! Check out the episode after the jump! Read More

The UnderRated Rom Com: 500 Days of Summer

In this week’s  Upodcast we review the delightful quirky romantic comedy 500 Days of Summer starring Joseph Gordon Levitt and Zoey Deschanel directed by Marc Webb, director of the upcoming Spiderman movie. Is this an underrated gem or does it just belong on the shelf of romantic comedies studios seem to churn out? Or are the guys just trying to sort out their own personal demons with women? Check out the podcast after the jump!

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Upodcast:The Perils of Bollywood fandom and reactions to Tees Maar Khan

NEW SEASON! And we are back from our short break, with an amazing Bollywood episode. This week Beth, FilmiGirl and I discuss the critics/fan reactions to the release of Farah Khan‘s Tees Maar Khan. We delve into many controversial topics and many feathers will get ruffled, so listen to the complete episode after the jump! Read More

TV Special: Fall US TV Preview

The Big Podcast for the small screen! This week we catch up with all of our favorite TV shows. The gang previews some of the new shows on the block  (Boardwalk Empire, Outsourced, Nikita) , we catch up with some of the regulars returning for another season( Mad Men, Dexter, 3o Rock,…) and we finish off discussing some of our favorites, and especially how the Shows that debuted last year are holding up ( Community, Glee, Modern Family). Listen to the full episode after the jump!

You can always drop us a mail with thoughts if you agree or disagree or show theme idea’s on feedback@upodcasting.com

And of course you can follow us on Twitter/Upodcast or Facebook/Upod Cast!

Listen or download the podcast by clicking below!

The music featured in our show is Steve Porter’s Community Remix.

One of our favorite shows!

We Review/Preview the following shows- let us know if you have a favorite that we forgot!

Nikita, Community, Boardwalk Empire, Outsourced, Running Wild,  30 Rock, The Office, Dexter, Bones, Castle, Sherlock, Modern Family, Community, Glee, How I met your mother!

The show is jam packed!

We discuss the awesomeness of Community and why it hasn’t crossed the atlantic yet! ( Update Community is now showing in the UK on Viva-YAY!)

We bash Outsourced for being lazy and re-enforcing cultural stereotypes.

We also discuss possible replacements for Steve Carrell in The Office and some surprising names!

and Martin rants about US shows going on for too long!

Let us know what you thought of the show in the comment section below!

 

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UpodCast Dabanng Special

Like Salman Khan, UpodCast walks it’s own beat. This week we dissect the phenomenon of Dabanng joined by friends of the show Filmigirl and Anandini. We extensively review the movie, ask ourselves if you need to be a Salman Khan fan to enjoy Dabanng to the fullest, debate the return to massala entertainment,  rave about Sonakshi Sinha and also discusss what a potential sequel could look like.  Oh, if that wasn’t enough to salivate your earbuds,  we also discuss the  forthcoming releases for the rest of the year! For all this and much much more, Listen to the episode after the jump!

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Bonus episode:Stallone Special- The Expendables!

Hi everyone, we have been waiting for this one for quite some time and finally this week in honor of The Expendables and Mr. Sly Stallone, all three of us went to check out the film, I mean how we could resist with such a cast and a movie would be beyond me!

Here’s the trailer!

 

 

Shownotes:

  • Stallone, Stallone and Stallone
  • A detailed review of The Expendables
  • The Man,the Myth of Sylvester Stallone (33min 17 sec)
  • His Iconic Roles
  • Our favorite picks of Sly’s movies!

Check it out and leave us some comments and feedback!

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Episode 15: The Vampire Movie- Let The Right One In

Twilight be Damned! This week Upodcast goes back  to Sweden and tackles the Vampire movie Let the Right One In andwe discuss its forthcoming American remake “Let Me In” directed by Matt Reeves of Cloverfield fame and Chloe Moretz (Hit Girl). We have a spoiler free discussion on Chritopher Nolan’s latest masterpiece (or is it?) Inception and the latest version of The Karate Kid starring Jaden Pinkett-Smith and Jackie Chan. In Geek News we discuss Nokia‘s comeback woes, New car technology coming towards us (if your’re rich that is) and the announced line up the much awaited Avengers-movie at Comic-Con. Check out the full show after the Jump!

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Bonus Episode: Bollywood Special- The Art of the Item Number

This week we crack a main ingredient of Bollywood movies. The Item number! Asim is joined by our very own Bollywood Diva Kara also known as FilmiGirl and Paresh, one half of the music mix masters duo, The CurrySmugglers. Together we dissect what makes Bollywood Item Numbers such a unique phenomenon and what makes them really tasty, we pick our favorite tracks that made us throw our hard earned cash on screen and making it rain. We finish off with the Paresh’s “Memorial Picks of Filthiest Item Numbers”. Our mommy’s will be proud. Check out the full episode after the jump!

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Episode 14 UpodCast Mid Year Wrap Up 2010/ Sci-Fi Review Timecrimes

The Upodcast team takes a look back at the first half of 2010. We go over our favorite flicks, our biggest dissapointments and take a look ahead on what’s yet to come. We also review the Spanish SciFi TimeTravel movie TimesCrimes (Los Cronocri­menes-2007) directed by Nacho Vigalondo. Check out the full episode after the jump!

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Bonus Episode Bollywood Mid Year Wrap Up 2010- Upodcast

Here is the Voltron of all Bollywood Podcasts. Combining the powers of Beth from Bethlovesbollywood, Katherine from TotallyFilmi, Kara from Filmigirl and Bollyspice and a lone Asim sans his usual co-hosts, this bumper episode of  Upodcast  goes through the best and worst  of 2010. No punches are held back and no performance is safe. we review the prominent releases of Bollywood give our take on Twitter Celebs, The Bikini issue and a look forward to  the rest of the year. Listen to this EPIC episode after the Jump! Read More

Episode 13: Battle of the Remakes Hitch vs Partner

Season  PREMIERE!

The Upodcast team is back after a long hiatus! For our season premiere we have a jam packed show for all you guys! And for this weeks Battle of the Remakes we are taking part in Govinda Week!

Check out the brand new episode after the jump!

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Episode 12 – Leon the professional the DIRECTORS CUT!

This week the Upodcast team will astound you guys by talking about a Flying car (Ya, that’s right)!!!A documentary entitled Why We Laugh and finally the LOST iPhone 4G!! PLUS our special guest for the evening Mr. Ali; no connection to Ali’s “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee“, although in his head he is!!

We also have a full review for Leon the professional; Kick back and enjoy while you see Jean Reno take on the world with his mini arsenal that he has wrapped around him throughout the film, needless to say a film like such can only come out from Luc Besson’s intense imagination! Let’s not forget Natalie Portman, at 16 years old going in a film with Jean Reno, now is that not the dream of any 16 years old to act with Mr. LEON! Last but not least the one and only Gary Oldman who ROCKED his role!

Check out the trailers and full episode to stream or download after the jump!

Underwhelming Trinity (the quirky side of internet life) for this week is:

Ahmed gets caught up in the craze of the lost and found new generation iPhone 4G thanks to Gizmodo and MacRumours! Also, if you get a chance check out Jon Stewart’s reaction to the topic!

Asim talks about a documentary he has recently saw Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy (2009)

Martin this week talks to us about a flying car! Check out Ahmed’s and Ali’s reaction to it! Simply priceless!!

I hope you liked the show! Do spread the word on our podcast and a BIG thank you to all our new followers and subscribers.

PS I have just checked out last night Iron Man 2 and oh my god! IT ROCKED!! Plus I have a new founded respect for Scarlett Johansson not only her hottness overwhelms you but we will be seeing her in loads of action movies, because Miss Hottie CAN whup some ass!

Send us your feedback on feedback@upodcasting.com/, even if it is on Miss Scarlett Johansson!!

Send us your picks for underwhelming trinity or stat of the week and we’ll read out your email or play your recorded voicemail!

 

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Episode 11- The con movie: Matchstick Men!

This week Upodcast team will rock you guys by talking about a Toe Mouse!!! Movie Stars Who Should Try TV and whether you should keep your integrity intact for $16, 000! Check it out

We also have a full review for Matchstick Men; hear on our divine podcast the love-hate relationship most of us have with Nicolas Cage and of course Ridley Scott! ! And without a doubt one hell of an amazing performance from no one other then Alison Lohman

Check out the trailers and full episode to stream or download after the jump!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24JoNlaOqps

Underwhelming Trinity (the quirky side of internet life) for this week is:

Ahmed gets too lazy to find something from the near future for us, instead he comes across an article that got too much to him: Opinion: The story BCG offered me $16,000 not to tell.

Asim talks about The Movie Stars Who Should Try TV Let us know if you guys agree more with the article or our point of views?? feedback@upodcasting.com

Martin’s Stat of the week is is tweetminster! who are using Twitter to predict the outcome of the UK general election. As for his Underwhelming no need to say more then TOE MOUSE!

I hope you like the show,  what am I saying? Of course you guys love us and our show! Do spread the word on our podcast and a BIG thank you to all our new followers and subscribers.

Also, don’t forget our brothers from the states http://currysmugglers.com

Send us your feedback on feedback@upodcasting.com/

Send us your picks for underwhelming trinity or stat of the week and we’ll read out your email or play your recorded voicemail!

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Episode 10 Double Feature: Kick-Ass and Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

For our 10th Episode we give you two reviews for the price of one free podcast! This week Upodcast team also talks about the iPad launch, cooking with a coffee pot and solar powered back packs

A spoiler free discussion on Kick-Ass that we got to watch earlier as Asim and Martin are lucky to live in Blighty.

We also have a full review for Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, the first part of the Swedish film adaptation of the Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson. Check out the trailers and full episode to stream or download after the jump! Read More

Episode 9 SciFi Classic – Soylent Green

The Upodcast team visits the 70’s for the first time on the show and enjoys watching the one and only Mr. Charlton Heston!

Check out the podcast, the Soylent Green trailer and the full show notes after the jump!

The underwhelming trinity of this week is:

Ahmed discovers a very troubling leaflet about 80% of Belgium’s being stressed out, plus hear how he makes Asim and Martin his medical guinea pigs ,it will leave you laughing your heads off!

Stats of the week teaches us how Burger King too weird, McDonalds not honest, both could learn a thing or two from White Castle.

This week’s Genre is the 70’s SCi Fi Legend: Soylent Green. Directed by Richard Fleischer mostly know for his ACADEMY AWARD WINNER! Best documentary of 1947 in Design for Death and Doctor Dolittle (1967) . Let us know what you thought of the show in the comments section

Here is the trailer:

Don’t forget to check out our new buddies on http://currysmugglers.com/ you’ll definetly have a blast with these guys!

You can send us your mails with suggestions on feedback@upodcasting.com and spread the word on UPODCAST!

As usual the music for this episode is provided by our good friend DJ Iron

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Episode 8 The 80’s Classics – The Secret of My Success

The Upodcast team revisits the 80’s for the second time after our Midnight Run episode this time accompanied by THE 80’s star par excellence, the evergreen Michael J Fox.

Check out the trailer and the full show notes after the jump!

Marty and Asim discuss the pointlessness of statistics in Stat of the WEEK whilst Ahmed puts his sexy Flu voice on.

The underwhelming trinity of this week is:

  • Ahmed discusses the Zeal optics Ski Googles and why you can’t find colored people on ski slopes.
  • Martin explains the difference in Extended takes and tracking shots and confuses the hell out out of Asim.
  • Asim talks about potential casting choices for the upcoming Captain America movie and why this movie will be a tough task to accomplish.

This weeks Genre is the 80’s classics: The secret of my success. Directed by Herbert Ross mostly know from Footloose. We all loved this movie and were dying to revisit it. Let us know what you thought of the show in the comments section

Here is the trailer:

You can send us your mails with suggestions on feedback@upodcasting.com and spread the word on UPODCAST!

As usual the music for this episode is provided by our good friend DJ Iron

 

 

 

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Episode 7 Anime – Steamboy (Suchīmuboi)

Hi all this week we will be talking about SteamBoy, the follow up movie of Katsuhiro Ohtomo‘s Akira!!

Ok, let’s get this show started, this week Asim, party Marty and I will be ranting out Two and a Half Men for being on the air for SEVEN years! Also, we are glad to know that we aren’t the only ones who share these feelings; check out what college humor guys came up with after the jump!

 

Let me underwhelm you!

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Episode 6 Battle of the Remakes: Thomas Crown Affair

Hey all and welcome to one more episode with the gang! Tonight we will be battling it out with The Thomas Crown Affair, so pretty much who prevails between Pierce 007 Brosnan versus Steve McQueen, who will win!!!!

Here are both trailers to check out!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_b_jZ_2g9lg

Now it’s time for our underwhelming trinity, so here’s a rundown of our weekly crazy internet findings!

Asim will be talking not about one topic, but THREE! First let’s go to Germany, where guys find it hard to break up their relationship so they resort to a professional to do it for them guilt free, stress free!! Breaking up is hard to do, so pay someone else! Go or no go, please let us know what you think?!

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Episode 5 funf UPODCAST The Counterfeiters!

Hallo alle,

Today the gang and I will be reviewing one of Germany’s best! The Counterfeiters or should I call it Die Falscher, which is a true story of the largest counterfeiting operation in history, set up by the Nazis in 1936.

Check out the trailer:

 

And now, along the words Robbie Willams let me underwhelm you!

 

MEL GIBSON’S APOCALYPTO FEATURING RAHAT ALI KHAN

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Bonus episode: a post-apocalyptic Postman!(and a discussion about Futuristic Movies)

OK folks, roll up roll up!  Time to tide you over with a Bonus episode! Join the Upodcast team go mainstream and worship at the altar of one Kevin Costner…  Postman style.

The gang discusses the demise of Kevin Costner’s career and our top Post Apolcalyptic and/or Dystopian Future Movies. And why The Postman deserves it’s place in Pajiba‘s list of most cheesy movie moments!

You can also find the trailer here, although a trailer for this 3 hour film can’t do it justice 😉

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQWbz5CNwHQ&feature=player_embedded

You can send us your thoughts on feedback@upodcasting.com and you can also follow us on Twitter!

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Episode 4 UPODCAST – A Prophet (Un prophete)

This week we will French up a bit, and take you behind prison walls for a six year ride to follow Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim) a young Arab who is sent to a French prison where he becomes a mafia kingpin. The movie is directed by Jacques Audiard.

Check out the trailer for Un prophete below

 

Underwhelming Trinity of the week;

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Episode 3 The 80’s Classics- Midnight Run

After India and New Zealand, you will travel back in time to 1988 to check out Robert De Niro (in his Golden Globe-nominated performance) as a bounty hunter and Charles Grodin as his prisoner! Check out the trailer for Midnight Run below

 

First let me take you to our world of underwhelming trinity¦

Asim this time shares with us The 20 Best Canceled TV Series

Marty will be talking about building the ultimate database of sampled music and cover songs on WhoSampled!

And I will be introducing to you a new and futuristic side to Laptops to come!

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Episode 2 Horror- Black Sheep

Small ticket entertainment we may be, but you can’t accuse us of not trying to visit the corners of the world

 

India one week and New Zealand the next. That’s right folks for episode 2 we visit the land of Lord of the Rings and apparently some demented man-eating sheep – check out the trailer for Black Sheep below

 

But before the main event, we also have the underwhelming trinity!!!

Ahmed wants to go 3D TV

Martin shares a musical 3-some from his collection

And Asim shares some really good film scenes from some really bad films!

You can always e-mail us at feedback@upodcasting.com. Join us next week for an all new episode and an underwhelming experience!

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Episode 1 Bollywood – Kaminey!

The Under Promise Over Deliver Podcast- a weekly dose of small ticket entertainment!

A podcast with 3 distinctly different voices:

Ahmed -PopCorn- K loves his blockbuster entertainers Michael Bay , animated movies and anything with big explosions

Party Marty C has a more discerning taste raning from Ingmar Bergman to a deep love of everything Bond related

And Asim hasnt come across many movies he hasn’t liked in his life: from Kurosawa, to the latest Bollywood movies. He has only walked out or turned off 2 movies EVER in his life.

 

The first ONE – Kaminey!

Welcome everyone and let’s get started!

So, for our UPOD casting first episode with Ahmed, Asim and Marty we will be kicking it with Kaminey!

You can always check out the Kaminey’s trailer!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gh0yCd5z77A

 

But before we get into that, let me take you away from the movie scene and introduce you to a little something that we call the Underwhelming Trinity, each of us will talk to you guys about something new, forgotten about or simply something that is kick ass!

Are you ready to get underwhelmed!!

This week, Asim will be discussing an interesting point of view on laugh tracks in sitcoms and how much they annoy him!

Party Marty will be talking about some of the best absinthe-films of snowboarding around; check it out!

And last by not least, I will be talking about the new Nokia 4G concept prototypes!

You can always e-mail us at feedback@upodcasting.com or on Ahmed, Asim or Martin’s mail. Join us next week for a brands new episode and an underwhelming experience!

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