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Monday, March 30, 2020

Shaikh Ayaz


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

Ramayan is back: Look at the show from the moral prism, not religious
Sat, Mar 28, 2020

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.

Why doe-eyed Nimmi was one of Hindi cinema’s last links to the Golden Age
Thu, Mar 26, 2020

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.

Deepti Naval on Farooq Sheikh: We were two believable people, so it seemed like we belonged together
Wed, Mar 25, 2020

In a chat with The Indian Express, Deepti Naval, who is also a painter, poet and published author, remembers her favourite co-star Farooq Sheikh on his birthday today. He would have been 72.

5 Bollywood Instagram handles to follow in the time of coronavirus
Mon, Mar 23, 2020

If you are at home today, spend a fun Monday following these Bollywood handles.

Song of the Month: Papa kehte hain, the hit number from 1988 that made Aamir Khan a teen idol
Sat, Mar 14, 2020

"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.

Streaming Guide: Welcoming Irrfan Khan’s return with his top five performances
Fri, Mar 13, 2020

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.

Meet the ‘Superstar Sidekicks’ from old Bollywood
Wed, Mar 04, 2020

On the way to Sanjay Mishra's Kaamyaab, billed as a tribute to Bollywood's washed-up sidekicks? Scroll through our guide to the seven most successful character actors from yesteryear's Bollywood.

Song of the Month: The life philosophy behind Mr India’s Zindagi ki yehi reet hai
Mon, Feb 24, 2020

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.

For those with an appetite for horror, here are five new age scare-fests
Thu, Feb 20, 2020

Bollywood hasn't mastered horror yet, goes the common consensus. But from a recent pile, we pick top five horror movies to mark the release of Vicky Kaushal's Bhoot: The Haunted Ship.

Ayushmann is not the only one: Bollywood’s top five LGBTQ films
Wed, Feb 19, 2020

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.

Film of the Month: Amitabh’s Agneepath is more than mere Scarface, maloom?
Sun, Feb 16, 2020

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.

A look at how Kartik Aaryan-Sara Ali Khan compare to the original Love Aaj Kal’s Saif Ali Khan-Deepika Padukone
Thu, Feb 13, 2020

Here's revisiting the original cast and idea of Love Aaj Kal (2009), even as its sequel releases this Friday.

Song of the Month: 10 years of Ishqiya’s puckish Dil toh baccha hai ji
Wed, Jan 29, 2020

The Naseeruddin Shah-Vidya Balan romantic number plays out like a fantasy of an old man loopy in love. On Ishqiya's 10th anniversary today, director Abhishek Chaubey says, "Gulzar saab is the finest lyricist of this country, but even he can surprise you sometimes."

Film of the Month: 1975’s Deewaar
Fri, Jan 17, 2020

Lyricist-writer Javed Akhtar was once a part of the renowned writing duo Salim-Javed — best known for Zanjeer, Sholay and Don among more. But critics call Deewaar (1975) their finest hour at the movies. Even Amitabh Bachchan thinks so.

Partners in crime: Tracing Ajay Devgn-Saif Ali Khan bond over the decades
Fri, Jan 10, 2020

Handcuffed to fate: We revisit Ajay Devgn and Saif Ali Khan's previous screen collaborations and mutual friendship over two and a half decades.

Rajinikanth in uniform: Darbar actor’s Bollywood years glisten with ‘cop’ roles
Thu, Jan 09, 2020

In today's big release Darbar, Rajinikanth plays Mumbai's police commissioner. But did you know that in his initial years in Bollywood the Thalaivar made a mark with campy portrayals of police officers, most famously in 1991 films Hum and Farishtay.

From Kangana Ranaut’s tax remark to Citizen Akshay Kumar, 2019’s joshila Bollywood moments
Tue, Dec 31, 2019

There was just enough this year for everyone's needs, from Kangana Ranaut's loose cannon shenanigans and Citizen Akshay Kumar's Bharat-mode to the internet-breaking Khans-Modi selfie and Hrithik Roshan-Tiger Shroff bromance in War.

Film of the Month: Revisiting Bawarchi and Rajesh Khanna’s uncomplicated simplicity
Mon, Dec 30, 2019

Anand (1971) may be Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Rajesh Khanna's most iconic collaboration, but it is their second movie Bawarchi that remains truly special.

Song of the Month: The shocking relevance of Sahir Ludhianvi’s rousing Jinhe naaz hai Hindi par
Thu, Dec 26, 2019

Amidst the ongoing anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests, the politically-charged "Jinhe naaz hai Hind par woh kahan hai?" from Guru Dutt's 1957 classic Pyaasa is a reminder that poets and writers have always held a mirror to the ruling order. I wonder how the Left-leaning Sahir Ludhianvi, who braved Partition, would have reacted to the contentious bill and threats to India's long-cherished secularism and freedom of speech.

Kamaal karte ho, Pandeyji: Revisiting the original Dabangg
Thu, Dec 19, 2019

An ode to 1970s masala entertainers, Dabangg's memorable protagonist could have been written by Salim-Javed. To mark the release of Dabangg 3, we look at how Salman Khan brought Chulbul Pandey alive in the original and ended up making an indelible mark.