A man of refined manners, poetry and culture, erudite, actor’s actor, the last great mogul of Bollywood, Dilip Kumar’s towering influence is such that there’s a version of him in every aspect of Hindi cinema.
Making comedies is no laughing matter. As we revisit 10 Bollywood comedies that have tickled us over the years, their impact and reputation is a reminder that funny is a serious business. These madly comic films are a proof that great comedies fuse wit and wisdom and chaos and creativity with equal parts stupidity and sophistication.
The life and times of Indira Gandhi is appropriately eventful and dramatic. As we do a quick round-up of how Bollywood has portrayed one of the most powerful leaders in India’s history, a curious truth presents itself — cinema ain’t too fond of the former Prime Minister.
Shah Rukh Khan birthday: It's a special birthday for Shah Rukh Khan in more ways than one. At 53, he's busier than ever. As fans await Zero's trailer and birthday celebrations get underway, we look at why despite the star's recent filmography, though every bit eclectic and diverse, hasn't matched audience's expectations.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan birthday: As Aishwarya Rai Bachchan turns 45 today, we look at three diverse filmmakers — Mani Ratnam, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Rituparno Ghosh — and how they have used the star in their (mostly) period dramas.
There's no better way to honour the memory of the Yahoo star than to celebrate his exceptional musical legacy that includes such evergreen hits as Basant, Tumsa Nahin Dekha, Kashmir Ki Kali, Junglee and Teesri Manzil.
Ever wondered if the 1970s belonged to Amitabh Bachchan? Is there a year or a particular moment in that decade that could be regarded as his very best? '1975' has a good claim, as this was the year that saw Big B at his peak, both as a star and actor.
On Rekha's 64th birthday, we take a look at her biography, Rekha: The Untold Story, written by Yasser Usman, which attempts to bring forth the extraordinary personality though it takes the familiar route that kept gossip and fan magazines of a certain era in circulation – Rekha’s salacious personal life.
The 1970s star and politician who died last year starred in scores of broad-chested male fests. His popular pairing with Amitabh Bachchan gave us such hits as Parvarish, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar and Amar Akbar Anthony. One theory speculates that if he hadn't quit movies in 1982 to follow spirituality, history (and most certainly the career of Big B, a close competitor) would have turned out differently.
Lata Mangeshkar birthday: She’s Hindi cinema’s greatest playback singer and even today, though she playbacks ever so rarely, Lata Mangeshkar’s melodious voice, as Dilip Kumar rightly put it, resides in all of us.
Guru Dutt's niece, painter Lalita Lajmi's daughter and Bhupen Hazarika's live-in partner, Kalpana Lajmi was more than the sum of those beings. She was a radical filmmaker and though her oeuvre is short, it's an important one for Hindi cinema.
As Nandita Das’ biopic Manto, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Rasika Dugal releases this week, we look at the literary bad boy’s Bollywood years in the 1940s, his juicy portraits of the matinee idols and how his intimate friendships with Shyam (unknown to today’s film audiences) and Ashok Kumar shaped him.
Happy birthday Akshay Kumar: Here’s exploring Akshay Kumar's consistency and box-office bankability and why, just like Dharmendra in an earlier era, fellow Punjabi Akshay had to wait for years before, at long last, proving that he matters.
Happy birthday Asha Bhosle: As the evergreen singer turns a year “younger,” a look at her legendary musical journey, the famed rivalry with elder sister Lata Mangeshkar, the men in her life (O.P Nayyar and RD Burman) and her love for cooking.