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Shaikh Ayaz


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

How greed became good: From Shree 420 to The Big Bull, Bollywood’s evolving relationship with money
Tue, Apr 13, 2021

Abhishek Bachchan's The Big Bull and its big bucks ambition raise a pertinent question: how does Hindi cinema show wealth and why the rich are always the villain?

DD days: Exploring the prime-time middle-class adventures of Wagle Ki Duniya
Fri, Mar 26, 2021

The great RX Laxman and Kundan Shah came together to create the well-loved sitcom that looked at an ordinary family and their ordinary situations. Here's taking a trip down the memory lane.

Aamir Khan turns 56: Five things that Mr Perfectionist gave Hindi cinema
Sun, Mar 14, 2021

From being a marketing seer to one-film-a-year rule, the hit-making Aamir Khan has many things to teach his peers and younger stars. On Aamir’s birthday, we compile a short list.

Turning the clock back on the acclaimed Partition saga Buniyaad, called the Sholay of Indian TV
Tue, Feb 23, 2021

First aired in 1987, DD's multi-generational Buniyaad was about a family, headed by Alok Nath-Anita Kanwar, torn asunder in the aftermath of 1947. Here's revisiting the Ramesh Sippy show that captured the horrors of Partition as well as the little joys of pre-Partition life

Looking ahead to what Bollywood will look like after COVID-19
Mon, Feb 08, 2021

Last year, Covid-19 halted film productions and shuttered cinema halls. As new models of entertainment hit the shelves, we look at what they might mean for Hindi cinema of the near future.

Revisiting Bharat Ek Khoj that showcases India’s rich history in brief
Tue, Jan 26, 2021

53 episodes long, Shyam Benegal's Bharat Ek Khoj successfully brought Jawaharlal Nehru's The Discovery of India to TV screens during the golden age of Doordarshan.

Vijay Anand’s son Vaibhav: Dad retired from Bollywood out of frustration
Fri, Jan 22, 2021

The Anand Bros were once the toast of Bollywood. Vijay Anand's films, in particular, have endured and even enjoyed a revival in recent decades. On his 87th birth anniversary, Vaibhav Anand opens up about his legendary father's movies, music and legacy.

Comedy’s Sardar-E-Azam: Why Jaspal Bhatti’s Flop Show was a mordantly ‘misdirected’ satire
Fri, Jan 01, 2021

Every month, the TV We Used To Love series will rewind to the Doordarshan shows of 1980s and 90s, an era remarkable for its rich television. We are starting with the late Jaspal Bhatti's ten episoder Flop Show, a witty send-up of the great North Indian middle-class archetypes.

The Rise of OTT: Why 2020 was a game-changer for streaming aces like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video
Thu, Dec 17, 2020

As the tough year draws to an end, the story of OTT (over-the-top) has only just begun. Here's what makes the digital platforms so savvy and how they are shaping the future of Indian entertainment.

The glorious legacy of Dilip Kumar
Fri, Dec 11, 2020

In Bollywood, you cannot become a star if you don’t have a bit of Dilip Kumar in you. From Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan down to Aamir Khan, Govinda and Shah Rukh Khan, Kumar’s influence can be felt in every generation of stars who came after him.

Bollywood in 2020: The good, the bad and the ugly
Wed, Dec 09, 2020

From public grief over deaths (Sushant Singh Rajput, Rishi Kapoor and Irrfan Khan) to Bachchan's battle with Covid and Kangana Ranaut's endless controversies, a quick round-up of 2020's cinematic ebbs and flows.

Lijo Jose Pellissery: A cheerleader of the Mollywood New Wave
Thu, Nov 26, 2020

What is so special about regional cinema? Why has Mollywood Nights replaced Bollywood Nights? We can answer that by paying paeans to what is so special about Lijo Jose Pellissery's cinema.

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge turns 25, but how does it hold up today?
Tue, Oct 20, 2020

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Aditya Chopra's meditation on love and NRI culture, is the longest-running Hindi film. But the Shah Rukh Khan-Kajol starrer's rigid patriarchy and submissive female characters have not stood the test of time.

Streaming Guide: 3 funeral farces that make ‘death’ sound fun (well, almost)
Mon, Oct 19, 2020

Thithi, Ee. Ma. Yau and Mukti Bhawan turn a comic lens towards death and loss, offering instead lessons on life's boundless appetite for absurdities.

Here’s how Zanjeer helped Amitabh Bachchan become a star
Sun, Oct 11, 2020

There's so much to Amitabh Bachchan, that it's difficult to cover everything about him. So, instead of a sweeping panorama of his five decades in cinema, we cut straight to Prakash Mehra's Zanjeer, a film that gave Hindi cinema a new star – an 'Angry Young Man', if you will.

Rekha: The enduring fame and pain of Hindi cinema’s original diva
Sat, Oct 10, 2020

On Rekha's 66th birthday today, here's our ode to the Umrao Jaan star's enigmatic life and how a movie-obsessed India looks at her, with awe and oodles of mystery.

Bollywood’s Pak Connection: Not just Dilip Kumar, many Hindi stars had their origins across the border
Sun, Oct 04, 2020

With roots in Pakistan, Punjabis such as the Kapoors, Dev Anand, Balraj Sahni and Sunil Dutt dominated 50s Bollywood. As Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor's ancestral home in Peshawar is all set for a facelift, we look at Bollywood's relationship with our neighbour-cum-foe.

Lata Mangeshkar turns 91: The nightingale is a gift that keeps giving
Mon, Sep 28, 2020

She is 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.

Ode to Guide: Celebrating Dev Anand’s 97th birth anniversary with his greatest movie
Sun, Sep 27, 2020

A grey-shaded hero and adulterous heroine, 1965 classic Guide was ahead of its time. Starring Waheeda Rehman and Dev Anand, it's an unusual tale of love, jealousy and betrayal and ultimately, a journey of a tourist guide mistaken for a spiritual guide.

A brief history of Jaya Bachchan and her ‘gutsy’ statements
Thu, Sep 17, 2020

Kangana Ranaut has been baying for nearly every Bollywood's denizen's blood. But recently, Jaya Bachchan finally stood up to defend her industry. This, however, wasn't the first time the doyenne has spoken her mind.

Asha Bhosle at 87: Once the perennial ‘Number 2’, the Bollywood legend is second to none today
Tue, Sep 08, 2020

As Asha Bhosle 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.

Revisiting Bawarchi and Rajesh Khanna’s uncomplicated simplicity
Sat, Jul 18, 2020

Revisiting Bawarchi, you can see how the film rests on Rajesh Khanna's inherent charm and even feeds off from his manic energy that was on full display previously in Anand.

RD Burman’s 81st birth anniversary is a perfect time to revisit the classic Gulzar-Pancham combination
Sun, Jun 28, 2020

Music Director RD Burman is noted for introducing Western and retro beats into his music, making his work rebellious for its time.

10 Bollywood dramas to watch in your lifetime
Mon, Jun 08, 2020

This time, we list the timeless dramas – that most quintessential of Bollywood genres that Indians are a sucker for.

Basu Chatterjee’s cinema celebrated the common man and woman with gentle humour
Fri, Jun 05, 2020

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.