Along with the more popular Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Sai Paranjpye and Gulzar, Basu Chatterjee, who died today at 93, is often called the father of middle of the road cinema, a genre whose gifts include Chhoti Si Baat, Chitchor, Rajnigandha and Baton Baton Mein.
Dev Anand, Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra and Mithun Chakraborty have acted in dozens of timeless classics. But these are not those movies. Today, we explore some of the most astoundingly bad films headlined by these A-listers, especially in the winter of their careers.
According to critics, the 1990s was lousy. But at the turn of the millennium, things got only worse. Just when all hopes were lost, miraculously, thanks to the emergence of a new breed of indie actors and directors, Bollywood veered towards a seismic shift whose legacy shapes it even today.
Who doesn't love a punchy gangsta rap? Certainly, Bollywood does. So, here's making an offer you can't refuse. Our compilation of all-time 10 Bollywood gangster movies that you should immediately put on your must-watch list.
Rishi Kapoor's passing is a huge loss. He was central to the 1970-80s Hindi cinema memories as its foremost romantic star but what was unusual was the way he made a comeback in the recent years, with gloriously newfound energy and a hunger for more.
Led by Shyam Benegal, Mani Kaul, Govind Nihalani, Ketan Mehta and Saeed Mirza among others, Hindi parallel cinema that originated in 1970s advocated uncompromising realism. Sometimes called the New Wave, its influence can still be felt on contemporary filmmakers like Anurag Kashyap, Tigmanshu Dhulia and many others.
Even as Dil Bechara, which is based on John Green's best selling novel The Fault in Our Stars, is set to premiere on Disney Plus Hotstar on July 24, we look at ten best Bollywood adaptations of bestsellers.
Alongside the escapist fare, Bollywood has always had a great parallel tradition of poetic realism, stories dealing with social issues and locating heroism in ordinary lives, starting with Bimal Roy and V Shantaram. Today, Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar, Shoojit Sircar and many others combine entertainment with social commitment to produce meaningful cinema. Here's our list of 10 Hindi films based on a social subject, spanning decades.
At least co-star Deepti Naval and director Sai Paranjpye think so. We revisit Katha (also featuring Naseeruddin Shah as protagonist... and let us reassure you the film has lost none of its repeat value) to find out ourselves.
Ramanand Sagar's Ramayan (1987) was an unprecedented landmark in the DD era. As the record-breaking epic is all set to be re-telecast from this morning, here's rewinding to the time when Lord Ram's morality tale brought India to a standstill.
It was showman Raj Kapoor who gave Nawab Banoo her screen name. RK's Barsaat and Mehboob Khan's Aan catapulted Nimmi to fame. The yesteryear star who died on March 25 aged 87 was the last of the greats from 1950s Bollywood.
"Papa kehte hain" from Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, a breakout song with which Aamir Khan found his groove, underlines youthful anxiety. As the star turns 55 today, a throwback to a time when was he was just another fresh-faced star-in-waiting. Did he make his papa proud? You bet.
Angrezi Medium is Irrfan Khan's much-publicised first film following his cancer treatment. Long hailed as a 'method actor,' he has acquired a reputation for emoting with his eyes. For proof, look no further than these five gems from the creative labyrinth that has been his three-decade long acting career.
Shekhar Kapur and Sonam Kapoor recently expressed their displeasure over Mr India remake and rightly so. The 1987 comedy's popularity has been long-lasting, a feat that director Ali Abbas Zafar will find difficult to match. Same goes for its chartbuster music that remains one of its biggest draws.
Before Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, we have had queer characters that have touched hearts and made us think. (By and large, the rainbow is missing in cinema, but still the recent spike in LGBTQ films is a welcome change). Here's a list of gay/lesbian movies that you ought to see if you haven't already.
Amitabh Bachchan's widely-parodied Vijay Dinanath Chavan turns 30 today. The crime drama holds a special place in the hearts of fans but did you know it was an epic flop on release? Trashed as a middling Scarface copy, today it is an oft-quoted cult film.