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.
"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
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
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