Cong 99
BJP 73
OTH 24

Madhya Pradesh

Cong 113
BJP 109


Cong 67
BJP 15


TDP-Cong 21


MNF 26
Cong 5
*Total Tally Reflects Leads + Wins

Shaikh Ayaz

Ayaz is a contributor based in Mumbai. He writes about Bollywood.

Articles By Shaikh Ayaz

Happy birthday Thalaivar: The mythic legend of Rajinikanth

From a bus conductor to near-God status (not to forget, an Internet meme), Rajinikanth has evolved in ways that makes his story almost mythological. Is he even for real?

The glorious legacy of Dilip Kumar, arguably the subcontinent’s first method actor

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.

The mystic with paranormal powers: Rajinikanth’s greatest appeal lies in his connect with the masses

Rajini mania: In an ideal world, the 2.0 star should have been India’s favourite uncle. But he’s not, and this isn’t an ideal world.

The good guys gone bad: Akshay Kumar of 2.0 and others who have turned nefarious before him

From Tabu in Andhadhun to Nana Patekar in Kaala, five recent films in which the hero/heroine made for a kickass super-villain.

3 ways to fix Sunny Deol’s career and the first step is to rescue Sunny Deol from Sunny Deol

Sunny Deol hasn’t had a hit in a while. As Bhaiaji Superhit, a comedy that hopes to parody his action image, releases today, here are ways in which the star can reinvent himself.

Seriously Funny: 10 greatest Bollywood comedies to watch before you die

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.

Indira Gandhi’s 101st birth anniversary: The Iron Lady is still missing from Bollywood scripts

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 @ 53: Will Zero be that elusive birthday gift that King Khan has been craving?

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 birthday: Here’s why top filmmakers delight in imagining Ash in period dramas

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.

On Shammi Kapoor’s birth anniversary, three of his greatest fans share their favourite Shammi song

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.

Happy birthday Amitabh Bachchan: A look back at ‘1975’ and why it was a banner year for the Zanjeer actor

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.

The enduring fame, and pain, of Bollywood’s original diva Rekha

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.

Vinod Khanna’s 72nd birth anniversary: The man from the ’70s who was too good looking to be a villain

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.

Happy birthday Lata Mangeshkar: The nightingale, with 25,000 songs in over seven decades, is a gift that keeps giving

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.

A look at Vishal Bhardwaj’s fascination for twins and dualities

What Pataakha, Vishal Bhardwaj's latest black comedy starring warring on-screen sisters Sanya Malhotra and Radhika Madan, says about the recurring imagery of twins in his films.

Kalpana Lajmi: The maker of women-centric, socially relevant cinema was a mould-breaker in every sense

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.

Manto from another sky: The writer of Partition spent his best years in 1940s Bombay as a film reporter

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.

The dazzling and unsurprising reinvention of Akshay Kumar

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.

Asha Bhosle at 85: The Bollywood legend who was once the perennial ‘Number 2’ (after Lata Mangeshkar) is second to none today

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.

The meaning of Patriotic Indian, according to Bollywood

Exploring the changing face of nationalism, from the idealistic days of Raj Kapoor and Manoj Kumar down to the jingoistic fervour of Sunny Deol and Akshay Kumar.