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Tuesday, July 05, 2022

Shaikh Ayaz


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

10 romantic hits that will never go out of fashion
Tue, May 26, 2020

We look at 10 Bollywood love stories that have thrown some of the most memorable cinematic images our way.

10 Bollywood films that are so bad that they are hilariously good
Tue, Jan 25, 2022

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.

Ten must-watch Bollywood and indie movies from the 21st century
Fri, May 08, 2020

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.

10 Bollywood gangster films to watch in your lifetime
Tue, May 05, 2020

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.

The Ultimate Heartthrob: Rishi Kapoor was born to the movies but his gift was entirely his own
Fri, May 01, 2020

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.

Our ultimate guide to the 1970-80s parallel cinema gems
Tue, May 05, 2020

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.

Exploring 10 Hindi films based on books
Tue, Jul 21, 2020

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.

Serial killer armed with an iron rod, femme fatale, avenging mom: Welcome to Bollywood’s heart of darkness
Tue, May 05, 2020

Here are top 10 Bollywood thrillers that will pull you in with their twisty tales. The compilation includes works by noir mavens like Vijay Anand, Anurag Kashyap, Sriram Raghavan and Navdeep Singh.

Your guide to 10 socially relevant films from Bollywood
Tue, May 05, 2020

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.

Film of the Month: Did Farooq Sheikh play his real flirty self in 1983’s Katha?
Tue, Mar 31, 2020

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.

Ramayan: Look at the show from the moral prism, not religious
Fri, May 15, 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?
Wed, Feb 02, 2022

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.