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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Sampada Sharma


Sampada Sharma

Sampada Sharma is a Copy Editor in the entertainment section at Indian Express Online. Her interests include films, web series and international television shows. She has been writing for Indian Express Online since 2017 from New Delhi. She is the alumna of Indraprastha College for Women, Delhi University and Xaviers Institute of Communications, Mumbai.

Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Chupke Chupke was the subtle antidote to the ‘angry young man’ era; a balance we have forgotten today
Sun, May 15, 2022

The 1970s were the era of the 'angry young man' but it was also the era where every 'larger than life' hero film was balanced with a subtle, almost relatable film. For every Deewar, there was a Chupke Chupke.

From being a fruit juice vendor to becoming the cassette king, Gulshan Kumar’s life was no less than a movie
Thu, May 05, 2022

On Gulshan Kumar's 66th birth anniversary, here's taking a look back at how a man from humble beginnings changed the way music was distributed in India.

Dadasaheb Phalke birth anniversary: The man who brought movie magic to India, captured in Harishchandrachi Factory
Sat, Apr 30, 2022

On Father of Indian cinema, Dadasaheb Phalke's 152nd birth anniversary, here's revisiting Harishchandrachi Factory. The film chronicles Phalke's journey of making the first motion picture in India.

Sharmila Tagore’s Aradhana encapsulates the phony formula of damsels in distress disguised as strong women
Sun, Apr 24, 2022

Sharmila Tagore and Rajesh Khanna starrer Aradhana started the 15 film hit streak for Rajesh Khanna, as Tagore got a rather tough job of playing a damsel in distress who was supposedly strong.

Dilip Kumar’s Ram Aur Shyam is a mediocre comedy that has somehow achieved cult status
Sun, Apr 17, 2022

While a lot of Dilip Kumar’s films since the 1950s have aged gracefully, Ram Aur Shyam, sadly, isn’t one of them.

When Jaya Bachchan played a more talented but subservient wife against Amitabh Bachchan in Abhimaan
Sun, Apr 10, 2022

On Jaya Bachchan's 74th birthday, revisiting one of her finest performances in Hrishikesh Mukherjee's Abhimaan which also starred her husband Amitabh Bachchan. The film told the story of a showbiz couple whose marriage starts disintegrating after the woman gains more fame than the man.

Vidya Balan says ‘do jism ek jaan’ is a myth: It’s ‘do jism aadmi ki jaan, humari jaan rehti nahi’
Wed, Apr 13, 2022

Bollywood actor Vidya Balan, who was last seen in Amazon Prime Video's Jalsa, talks about the kinds of projects that are offered to her and why the tag of 'female-driven films' is still essential.

Rishi Kapoor-Dimple Kapadia’s Bobby: The film that saved RK Studios, heralded the start of teenage love stories in India
Sat, Apr 02, 2022

As Sharmaji Namkeen begins streaming, we look back at Rishi Kapoor's first film, Bobby, as a grown-up that made him a national heartthrob.

Pakeezah: From Meena Kumari’s failing health to separation from director Kamal Amrohi, what went wrong during making of this classic
Thu, Mar 31, 2022

On Meena Kumari's 50th death anniversary, here's recalling the making of one of her most popular films Pakeezah. Made by her husband, director Kamal Amrohi, the film's making went through many ups and downs over 14 years.

Mera Saaya: When Raj Khosla pulled off a twist that can be best described as refined Abbas-Mustan
Sun, Mar 27, 2022

Raj Khosla's 1966 film Mera Saaya gave Sadhana one if the most popular films of her career. The film also starred Sunil Dutt.

Bhuvan Shome: When Mrinal Sen started Indian cinema’s New Wave with Amitabh Bachchan, paid him just Rs 300
Sat, Mar 19, 2022

Mrinal Sen's Bhuvan Shome was the film that started the era of the Indian new wave in cinema. It is interesting to note that this was also the first paying gig of Amitabh Bachchan.

Shashi Kapoor: The humble artist who once refused a National Award because he felt his ‘performance was not competent enough’
Fri, Mar 18, 2022

On Shashi Kapoor's birth anniversary, here's recalling his journey with filmmaker Yash Chopra and how they got the best out of each other.

Tabbar director Ajitpal Singh shares his secret sauce: ‘The more local you go, the more global you become’
Wed, Mar 16, 2022

Ajitpal Singh gained a lot of appreciation after his film Fire in the Mountains premiered at Sundance Film Festival and his web series Tabbar got global acclaim.

Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Anupama: Untangling the complicated web of a father-daughter story
Mon, Mar 07, 2022

Hrishikesh Mukherjee's 1966 film Anupama talks about the dysfunctional relationship of a father and a daughter who can't survive with each other, but find it hard to let go.

How Tiger Shroff established himself as India’s leading action star despite trolling: ‘They asked ladka hai ya ladki’
Wed, Mar 02, 2022

On Tiger Shroff's 32nd birthday, here's appreciating the man at the skills he is really good at - dancing and action.

Manmohan Desai’s Amar Akbar Anthony: The slice of optimism after the dark days of Emergency
Sat, Feb 26, 2022

On Manmohan Desai's birth anniversary, revisiting his famous Amar Akbar Anthony and how the film's central message is worth archiving in this day and age.

Not just the ‘king of romance’, Yash Chopra was the founder of Bollywood’s ‘lost and found’ formula with Waqt
Sun, Feb 20, 2022

Waqt was a gamechanger, not just for Yash Chopra's cinematic journey, but for the journey that Hindi cinema took after this film.

When ‘villain of the millennium’ Pran shocked the audience as he played a noble soul in Manoj Kumar’s Upkar
Sat, Feb 12, 2022

On Pran's 102nd birth anniversary, revisiting the role that changed the perception of the 'villain of the millennium.'

Badhaai Do director says they did not just want acceptance from the audience: ‘We want to be allies’
Wed, Feb 09, 2022

Director Harshvardhan Kulkarni opens up about being an ally with Badhaai Do, and how his film is not just a comedy.

Shashi Kapoor’s Jab Jab Phool Khile was an extremely judgemental film. Here’s why
Sun, Feb 06, 2022

Jab Jab Phool Khile is a pretty formulaic mainstream Hindi film but upon rewatching it, it is more than obvious that this film operates just on stereotypes.

From Rangeela to Pinjar, Urmila Matondkar’s effortless evolution on screen
Fri, Feb 04, 2022

On Urmila Matondkar's 48th birthday, here's looking back at the effortlessness that she brought in Rangeela's Mili and Pinjar's Puro, whilst also pulling off their complexities.

Badhaai Do director on Rajkummar Rao playing a gay police officer: ‘It is not easy for a cop to be queer’
Sun, Jan 30, 2022

Starring Rajkummar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar, Badhaai Do is centered on the subject of lavender marriage. Directed by Harshvardhan Kulkarni, Badhaai Do is scheduled to release on February 11.

If Raj Kapoor’s Sangam was made in 2022, he would be the villain and not the hero. Here’s why
Mon, Jan 31, 2022

Watching Raj Kapoor-Vyjanthimala's Sangam in 2022, it is evident that this is over three hours of male privilege being shoved down the audience's throat.

The story of India, told by its cinema: How the hopeful 1950s were braver than the shrill 2020s
Wed, Jan 26, 2022

The 1950s, in many ways, were braver times and the 2020s are still gathering the courage to make cinema that can represent us to future generations.

When Ramesh Sippy pulled off the biggest casting coup in Hindi cinema, brought together Dilip Kumar-Amitabh Bachchan
Mon, Jan 24, 2022

Even 40 years later, Shakti finds itself in the pages of cinema’s history for bringing together Amitabh Bachchan and Dilip Kumar, and it was all thanks to Ramesh Sippy.