About Me

fridaynirvana2Welcome to my blog!

I’d like to hear what you have to say, so please free to comment. All comments are moderated, so be patient – I do read all comments, and your comment will be published. You are welcome to your opinion, even if it is opposed to mine, and you can express it here. Please be polite though, else your comment will not be published.

I am a free-lance writer. I write for “Planet Bollywood”, Deccan Herald, contribute to Desicritics, and have written for Rediff. I am an Editor at ReviewGang, and my book reviews are featured on BookRack. My writing has been featured on Ultra Violet , Womens Web and The MacMillan Dictionary Blog.

I accept books for review, and here is my Review Policy.

You can contact me at : amodini_2004 at yahoo dot com

Some of my writing, as it appears on the WWW :

On Deccan Herald :

Perfectly concealed evil
Love in the fast lane
Flopped horror show
Lines of laughter

On Rediff :

KANK : A sob story like no other
Don : Worth a dekho

On Planet Bollywood :

Movie Review : Ishqiya
Movie Review : 3 Idiots
Movie Review : Delhi-6
Movie Review : Rocket Singh – Salesman of the year
Movie Review : Kaminey
Movie Review : Taare zameen par

On Womens Web :

Movie Review : Aisha
Book Review : Faithful Place

On Desicritics :

List of articles by Amodini Sharma

24 Responses to About Me

  1. Nick says:


    Nick from http://www.cinekatz.comhere. Doing some scout work for the LAMB. We’re wanting to make an email newsletter for community features as well as a list we’re making similar to Sight & Sound’s best movies of all time list. Just need an email! Email me at npowe131 at gmail.com

  2. Ashok says:

    A big thank you!!!! Just when I and my wife gave up almost on Hindi cinema after watching barely passable Bollywood imitations of Hollywood cinema, and I don’t watch the Salkan Khan, Katrina Kaif type of movies, I found your website while googling for good movies.

    I loved the Shyam Benegal-Smitha Patil-Shabana Azmi-Amol Palekar cinema but since switched over to Southern Cinema, Tamil/Telugu mainly, as the Balachandar-Bhagyaraj-type of cinema mirrored daily life with a comedic touch. So wrong I was, after looking at your list.

    Your recent best Hindi movies is a very good list, I am almost halfway thru watching these. Although we run into movies like Socha Na Tha in the main stream and we watched it, I am surprised are Tare Zameen Par did not make your list – and I am keen to understand why.. I guess you would have thought it is mainstream cinema anyway. We had watched quite a few passable movies, but good movies do not succeed often so we get to watch less of those.

    Last night we watched Dor. Amazing. I would not have seen this but for you. Gul Panag’s role lefet me thinking, where does she get the confidence that she seem to exude all the time. In a New Jersey suburban life surrounded by kids’ activities, sitcom & crime TV, TV and more TV, this was a relief. And we watched Kahaani the other day. There is a long list from your site ahead of us. Ahem, like the Bucket list.

    A big thank you again. Yours is a great effort, god bless.

  3. Becky Wilson says:


    I’d like to send you the press release for the latest feature film I’m working on, The Fitzroy.

    Please let me know your email address.

    Thanks very much


  4. Rhapsody says:


    I am so glad to have come across your thoughtful blog on hindi cinema. I have been living in the US for 15 years and am not up to speed on current hindi cinema and music. Periodically, I browse the net for thoughtful reviews of hindi cinema and music so that I can watch meaningful movies and build my collection of high quality Indian music. With very few literary blogs like yours, it is challenging to find decent reviews of Hindi cinema. I will surely visit your blog more frequently.

    • amodini says:

      Thanks for the generous compliment. Am glad you find the blog useful, and do hope you find many more recommendations to your liking.

  5. Dhwani says:

    Hey Amodini,
    I have taken English 111 class at a community college in Virginia(USA), where I live. We are asked to write an essay on the common expectations on particular genre by taking aid of 3 movies. I have decided to work on romantic comedy and my movies are 3 Idiots, Jab We Met and Mere Brother Ki Dulhan. I want u to give please provide me with reviews on romantic scenes of these three films. Other than that I am quite done with it. I will appreciate if you help me with my essay because its worth 200 points and I want an ‘A’. Can you also recommend me whether they are good choices for my essay or not.

    • amodini says:

      The 3 films fit the “romantic comedy” genre, so yes, good choices. As far as helping you with your essay – it’s your class and your grade – which means you must do the work. I hope you get your “A”!

  6. Pramoda Shetty says:

    Nice work Amodini!

    I used to hunt around for reviews before I ended up watching a movie. Did not want to build up excitement for my Friday movie night and end up watching a dud, giving all the more reasons for my kids to complain on Hindi movies.

    Your site is wonderful. Looked at past movies I have watched and was glad to see the ones I liked made it to the list. So this is a keeper!

    Hope you also branch out to Tamil and Malayalam movies!


    • amodini says:

      Thanks and welcome to me blog. I see some Tamil/Malayalam films on Netflix, but have to watch one as yet – any recommendations?

  7. I am glad I found your blog. I love movies. Since I have a very feeble knowledge of Hindi, I watch mostly Tamil and English films. I watch Hindi films, only if I am accompanied by a Hindi speaking friend , who I will badger to death every time the audience clap or laugh.”What? What did he/she say?”

  8. RK Sagar says:

    Dear Amodini,

    I’m the creator of this video, which is made to ALERT WOMEN and everyone in India. I request you to watch it completely. Duration 11:30 Mins.

    Youtube video

    Also, I humbly request you to place it at some corner of your prestigious page and a word or two so that it reaches to the maximum.

    Many Thanks,
    RK Sagar

  9. Isa says:

    thank you for this great site. I recently watched a lot of Bollywood movies as it’s like a new source of great movies that I never seen before. Viva Netflix with subtitles! I will look forward your reviews.

  10. Jim says:

    Dear Amodini,

    I just discovered Friday Nirvana looking for Hindi film recommendations (after discovering Lunchbox, which I liked a lot.) Thanks for doing such a great job covering new Hindi/other Indian movies. Are there other movies you’d recommend in the same vein as Lunchbox. Another reviewer had recommended Road, Movie, which I gather you didn’t like as much, and I’m curious about it. I’ve also gone out to get a few on your 2013 best list, but was wondering if there were more “low key” films you’d recommend along the same lines as Lunchbox?

    thanks so much!


  11. You write really well and your reviews are quite balanced. Happy to have found your blog.

  12. mostname says:

    No ranjhaanaa and No Fukrey on your 10 best movies list by year list.. why?

  13. Aditi says:


    I need to get in touch with someone regarding an upcoming movie screening.
    Kindly send me the contact info of the designated point of contact.

    Thank you!

  14. Lydie says:

    Dear Amodini,

    Your blog is the perfect tool I needed to get acquainted with Hindi and other Indian cinemas.
    Here in France you don’t get many Indian films in theaters, unless you live in Paris (I don’t) or if they have been internationally acclaimed, like “Parched”.
    So special thanks for your Netflix section: it helps a lot!

    I was glad to read your opinion about SRK and Aishwarya Rai in your review of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, which confirmed mine. Having absolutely no Indian roots made me think that I was only reacting as a typical westerner unable to understand why they are considered as “movie” stars since their acting is usually far below the line drawn by Stanislavski (with a few exceptions for both).
    There IS a cultural thing, but not only…

    Anyway, thanks a lot: your site has become one of the landmarks in my exploration of Indian culture.

    • amodini says:

      Dear Lydie,

      Thanks for your lovely comment! Am glad this blog can help with your Hindi movie viewing. Do keep coming back and commenting – it is readers like you who spur me to write regularly!

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