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OLD FACES ON THE SCREEN

In BOLLYWOOD TODAY (Roli, Rs 795) Kaveree Bamzai butters that side of the bread that has been buttered already. It is a predictable set of actors, film-makers and film personalities who make up this book. There is Big B (fortunately it is his son who makes the cover), and other biggies like the Khans, the Ranis and the Rais. But since “in Bollywood, every cliché is true,” Bamzai cannot be blamed too much for repeating them or the dominant images that stride present-day Bollywood. Even then, today’s Bollywood manages to outpace Bamzai. Most of the write-up that goes with the pictures is yesterday’s news. Bamzai tries to update, of course. But if we know what Rai is doing now other than going around temples, why is there no mention of the “method man” Aamir Khan’s latest venture? Or is there a method in this too? But should Bamzai have followed it as well?

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