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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.