Shai Hussain: Journalist

I recently started shooting entertainment film interviews for our Bombay Funkadelic YouTube channel, but I actually cover a huge host of things….

DJ Shai Guy with Kriti Sanon and Varun Dhawan to talk Dilwale film Shah Rukh Khan Kajol and dance

Getting Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon to interpret their own ‘Funkadelic’ poses

Similar to my other career paths, luck played a big part in the escalation of my step into journalism. It began with the creation of Technically Bollywood, a new blog I created looking at the technical side of writing for Bollywood, and how western methods of screenwriting (structure, characterisation and the formula for musicals) could be adapted for Indian Cinema. You can still find the few articles I wrote for Technically Bollywood here, here, and here.

Farhan Akhtar at the London Indian Film Festival

Meeting and interviewing one of my all-time heroes, Farhan Akhtar.

Luck then came in the form of my Bombay Funkadelic partner Jas Pandohar, who introduced me to the web magazine The-NRI.com. She informed me that they were looking for new writers and thought I should try out. After a successful start with an article on Why The Oscars Don’t Like Indian Cinema, my work with The NRI continued, unfortunately taking away the little time I could dedicate towards Technically Bollywood.

Interview with Nana Patekar at London Indian Film Festival 2014

Interviewing Nana Patekar at the London Indian Film Festival

A year and a half into writing for The NRI, I was offered the opportunity to step up as Bollywood News Editor, extending my role into recruiting new writers and adapting their articles to fit editorial guidelines.

I continue to write articles for The NRI alongside this, regularly covering the London Indian Film Festival, London Asian Film Festival (Tongues On Fire) and the London Film Festival alongside other great events. I enjoy interviewing top end celebrities like Farhan Akhtar and Rani Mukherji as much as I do promising talents like comedian Nadia Manzoor and actress Tannishtha Chatterjee. I enjoy writing film reviews alongside more serious matters like the lack / misrepresentation of black people in Bollywood films. I enjoy creating Onion-like spoof articles on Bollywood and Buzzfeed-esque Top 10s like the Top 5 Series That Should Be Remade For Indian TV, And once in a while, there’s something non-film-related that really annoys the crap out of me, where I have no choice but to get on my soapbox, like the injustice served to Gurkha soldiers or the media’s misrepresentation of “Islamic terrorism”.

Gulshan Grover at London Indian Film Festival

The Bad Man and the Dirty Mind.
Question is – which one is which?

I dip my toe in the waters of a few other publications, but the home for the majority of my work continues to be at The NRI. Saying that, I have just begun BOLLYWOOD BEATS, a new monthly music column for UK’s leading British-Asian newspaper Eastern Eye.

Eastern Eye Bollywood Beats DJ Shai Guy Saala Khadoos Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander Lagaan Chakde India Indiawaale
I hope you enjoy what you read.

Shai Hussain