Shaizine

Shai Hussain's Web Magazine – Reviews, interviews and articles on Bollywood, Independent South Asian Cinema, Brown Britain and a few topical rants inbetween.

The Innocence Of Charlie Hebdo

Just over three years after its offices were firebombed for printing an image of the prophet Muhammed, Charlie Hebdo saw eight of its journalists and two police officers killed in an attack … Continue reading

January 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Film Review: PK

PK tells the story of an alien (Aamir Khan), who has landed on Earth to observe humans and report back his findings. However, on his first day of landing – nangu in the … Continue reading

December 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Peshawar Attack: Terrorism or Revenge?

As a long-term stalwart against the death penalty, I surprised myself by writing a tweet shortly after hearing about the Pakistani Taliban’s attack on a school in Peshawar. The tweet … Continue reading

December 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Jay Sean: Bollywood, Fatherhood And The Return To His Roots

Undoubtedly the most successful British-Asian popstar of all time, Jay Sean (aka Kamaljit Singh Jhooti) talks to The NRI about his new album, the secret to his success and how … Continue reading

December 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

SWAMI: Global Desi Groove Pioneers

True veterans of the ‘Asian Underground’ scene of the UK, music band Swami have been going strong for 14 years now. After a 4 year hiatus, Swami are now returning … Continue reading

November 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Film Review: Happy New Year

A corrupt boxer (Shah Rukh Khan), a partially-deaf pyrotechnics expert (Sonu Sood), an old fat retiree (Boman Irani), a young hacker (Vivaan ‘son of Naseeruddin’ Shah), a drunkard (Abhishek Bachchan) … Continue reading

October 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

“It’s a great thing to be different – that’s what makes us interesting!” ~ An Interview with Kalki Koechlin

With her film Margarita With A Straw set to screen at Leicester Square for the London Film Festival, I got a chance to meet the delightful Kalki Koechlin and speak to her about … Continue reading

October 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Shah Rukh, Deepika, Abhishek, Boman, Farah, Sonu, Vivaan… SLAM!

Reaching the final leg of their SLAM tour, the cast and director of Happy New Year tell us their thoughts on the tour, the film and the process… Their hopes … Continue reading

October 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Film Review: Margarita With A Straw

Margarita With A Straw tells the story of Laila – a young woman with cerebral palsy on a journey of self-discovery and sexuality. The film starts with Laila living a familiar … Continue reading

October 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

“We Love To Fuck Around With The Actors!”

Kanu Behl began as an assistant director to Dibaker Bannerjee on Oye Lucky Lucky Oye! before reprising his role for LSD, as well as writing the screenplay for the film. With Titli, his first feature … Continue reading

October 17, 2014 · Leave a comment