what you think…
Ienjoyed reading the interview with Naseeruddin Shah (‘Most Hindi movies are silly’, January 31), for here is one star who does not mince words when expressing his views about an industry that he is an integral part of. Generally you come across stars who have only good things to say about the kind of films coming out of Bollywood these days and they are extremely tactful about the major film-makers as they don’t want to upset them by being critical.
Mr Shah was refreshingly honest, but that does not mean that I agree with what he said. In recent times there have been several Bollywood films with a strong original script that have been made beautifully and have done well at the box office.
Shalini Patwardhan, via email
With due respect to Naseeruddin Shah, I do not agree with his statement that most Hindi movies are silly.
In the interview he says that he has not seen enough commercial Hindi movies. Then how can he say that most of them are silly?
He should not generalise. We have talented commercial cinema actors who have given great performances in some great, never-to-be-forgotten Hindi films.
I guess Mr Shah must see some more commercial Hindi movies and then express his view, especially when he happens to be a highly respected figure in the Hindi film industry and his opinion matters.
Sangeeta Bhalla, via email
Iabsolutely loved reading the interview with Bappi Lahiri (‘The king of bling’, January 31).
It took me back in time. When I grew up psychedelic discotheques existed only in the movies and his music was India’s answer to pop.
In retrospect, his music might lack melody and critics could say it was very basic and tacky, but I don’t know of anybody who grew up during Bappi’s peak years who has not danced to his tunes.
And isn’t that the sign of a successful star?
Sandeep Bhattacharya, via email
The real-life story this week was simply awe-inspiring (‘Crippled by the Mumbai attack but I battled back to run a marathon’, January 31).
Rüdrani Devi proves that we should make the most of what life has to offer us and not let major or minor setbacks take over our dreams and goals. She is a real-life hero because even though she was shot at, witnessed her friends being killed and then saw her husband walk out on her, she remained focused on her dream of running a marathon.
Who says role models are rare these days? She is definitely one.
Nandini Nayyar, via email
Terrorist-attack victim RÜdrani Devi inspired readers
Should Naseeruddin Shah revise his opinion of Hindi films?
Bappi Lahiri… bringing back good memories