Happy Birthday Alia Bhatt: Alia may have turned only 24 but she is 32 in her head and 54 in her craft. Before Badrinath Ki Dulhania, her five memorable performances which make her the foremost among her peers.
Prithviraj Kapoor is imposing as Emperor Akbar and Dilip Kumar a.k.a Prince Salim is appropriately understated but it is Madhubala’s Anarkali that defines and carries K. Asif’s 1960 epic Mughal-E-Azam on her delicate shoulders.
The House of Mukesh: Neil Mukesh is the third generation of a singing family. His grandfather, Mukesh, personified the golden age of Bollywood playback. Even today, his name is etched alongside greats like Raj Kapoor, Kishore Kumar and Mohd Rafi.
Happy birthday Subhash Ghai: The man who gave us hits as Kalicharan, Saudagar, Hero, Ram Lakhan and Pardes might have fallen out of currency today, but there was a time when he was a much sought-after director every star dreamt of working with.
Great star of the parallel cinema movement, a character actor who did mindless movies, controversy’s child – Om Puri’s life was as colourful as his work. This unlikely hero, as his wife Nandita's biography, called him, took an unlikely exit from the world too.
Call him sanctimonious saint, India’s conscience keeper, Mr Perfectionist or ruthless media strategist, the truth is Aamir Khan is a risk-taker who has discovered a magic formula for box-office gold. Dangal is yet another proof.
The invisible Aditya Chopra may be the most powerful man in Bollywood but his directorial work is unexceptional with Befikre as his next film. And then there’s the question of DDLJ – will he ever outgrow his landmark debut?
Alia Bhatt, the Dear Zindagi star more than makes up for her off-screen ingénue image with a natural-born brilliance on celluloid. Alia, who made her debut with Student of the Year, could well be the ‘Actress of the Decade’
King Khan’s early training was rooted in art cinema and middle-of-the-road idealism of Aziz Mirza and Kundan Shah. Then Chopras and Johar made him the star. Now that he’s working with the equally offbeat Gauri Shinde and Imtiaz Ali, can SRK revive the ‘actor’ in him?
Happy Birthday Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: On Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s birthday, we look at why Indians love her despite her having more duds than hits. And she is at her best in simple roles (Iruvar, Guru, Chokher Bali) than in glam diva roles a la Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.