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Maria Giovanna

A native New Yorker and Irish American, Maria’s first connection with India was flying Air India to Heathrow. She saw her first Hindi movie in 1997 and was never the same since. In 2001 she got a Masters in journalism from Columbia University. The same year she first touched down on Indian soil, during a bandh in Chennai. In 2006, Maria started her blog – Filmiholic – as well as freelancing for Mint, Rediff/India Abroad etc. She enjoys Gita Govinda and Shobhaa De.

Jul 11, 2014

Remembering Zohra Sehgal: the asli Jewel in the Crown

Long before we talked about crossover stars, there was Zohra Sehgal. On her 100th birthday, friends from around the world from James Ivory to Aasif Mandvi, toast the art, craft and naughtiness of Zohra Sehgal. #Aasif Mandvi #Gurinder Chadha #Inpraiseof #James Ivory #The Jewel in the Crown #Zohra Sehgal

Jul 12, 2013

In Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Art Malik finally gets his passage to India

At age 60, Art Malik, who became famous with Raj productions like The Jewel in the Crown and A Passage to India, is finally acting in a bona fide Indian film. But his role in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag almost didn't happen. #Art Malik #Bhaag Milkha Bhaag #Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra #VeryCloseUp

Oct 15, 2012

Aiyyaa… he’s H-O-T! Prithviraj uncovered

"As a south Indian you should be flattered when you watch Aiyyaa," says Prithviraj. It shows south Indianness as sexy and cool. He's having his Bollywood launch today but Prithviraj is already over 80 films old. #Aiyyaa #Prithviraj Sukumaran #VeryUpClose

Sep 1, 2012

Chalo Ireland: Will Ek Tha Tiger be Dublin’s lucky charm?

Dublin's historic Trinity college hadn't allowed a film crew in for 20 years until Ek Tha Tiger. Ireland rolled out the red carpet for Bollywood. Now it is hoping Salman Khan will help the Celtic tiger roar. #Dublin #Ek Tha Tiger #Ireland #Kabir Khan #MovieBiz #Salman Khan

Jul 22, 2011

How I met and fell in love with AR Rahman

An Irish American woman stumbles upon a half-forgotten Tamil song from a decade ago. And instantly it's flashback time — to a great romance and the utter heartbreak that followed. All with music by AR Rahman. #A.R. Rahman #Bollywood #Inpraiseof #Tamil films

Jun 1, 2011

Bitten by the Tamil movie bug

There must be at least some folks in the Hindi movie industry watching the goings on down South and taking note, as there have been more and more influences trickling upwards toward Mumbai. #Bollywood #Tamil Cinema

May 9, 2011

An entreaty to film celebs who tweet

For a while now, I’ve been itching to share some unsolicited advice in the form of suggested Dos and Don’ts for the famous filmi folk out there who are already on Twitter, or who are thinking of joining. Now is a good time. #Bollywood #New York City #Ram Gopal Varma #Starbabble #Twitter