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Shaikh Ayaz


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

Happy Birthday Alia Bhatt: As Alia Bhatt turns 24, her 5 films which make her Bollywood star performer
Wed, Mar 15, 2017

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.

Happy Birthday Aamir Khan: ‘Mr Dependable’ Khan has single-handedly turned cinema into a lucrative corporate industry
Tue, Mar 14, 2017

Happy Birthday Aamir Khan: Few Bollywood stars are as consistently bankable and single-minded in their focus for cinema as a form of feel-good entertainment and message as Aamir Khan.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali birthday: The boy from a chawl who grew up to make extravagant epics
Fri, Feb 24, 2017

On Sanjay Leela Bhansali's birthday, here's to the director of Devdas and Bajirao Mastani who dreams big and his cinema is a tribute to a long-standing obsession with stories, legends and songs.

Rangoon will belong to Shahid Kapoor, not Kangana Ranaut. Here’s the reason
Fri, Feb 24, 2017

Before Rangoon, we look at the powerhouses who drive Vishal Bhardwaj’s cinema -- Gulzar, Shahid Kapoor, Rekha Bhardwaj, Pankaj Kapoor, Irrfan Khan, Tabu, and finally, Shakespeare.

Madhubala birthday: Madhubala’s real story is as tragic as her iconic character, Mughal-E-Azam’s Anarkali
Tue, Feb 14, 2017

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.

As Neil Nitin Mukesh weds Rukmini Sahay, here’s flipping pages of the Mukesh family history
Tue, Feb 07, 2017

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.

Raees: Shah Rukh Khan needs to redefine his image. Can Raees do this?
Wed, Jan 25, 2017

Before Raees, there's no doubting Shah Rukh Khan's spot as a guarantor of success but if he has to catch up with other Khans, some reinvention and introspection would not hurt.

Happy birthday Subhash Ghai: As he turns 72, a look at what makes him Bollywood’s biggest Showman of the 90s
Tue, Jan 24, 2017

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.

The Man from Madras: Ahead of OK Jaanu, a short guide to Mani Ratnam’s powerful films
Tue, Jan 17, 2017

The visual poetry of Mani Ratnam’s cinema and why even though his movies straddle the social and political they conceal a hopeful, humane and romantic heart

Hrithik Roshan birthday: As he turns 43, dark clouds hover around the Greek god’s superstardom
Tue, Jan 10, 2017

It’s been trying times for Hrithik Roshan. Messy divorce, Kangana legal files, Mohenjo Daro disaster. Can Kaabil lift Hrithik out of this low phase? Wait before you write him off.

Om Puri: Unlikely hero who straddled twin worlds of Ardh Satya’s Anant and Narsimha’s Baapji
Mon, Jan 09, 2017

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.

Beyond Dangal reviews: Decoding Aamir Khan’s success formula
Sat, Dec 24, 2016

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.

Happy Birthday Dilip Kumar: As Dilip Kumar turns 94, a look at his titanic reputation as India’s finest method actor
Sun, Dec 11, 2016

Amitabh Bachchan is a devotee. Shah Rukh Khan blindly imitates him. Javed Akhtar calls him the ‘Panini’ of Indian acting. What makes Dilip Kumar so great? Let’s find out.

DDLJ is like an albatross around Aditya Chopra’s neck. Will Befikre change that?
Fri, Dec 09, 2016

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 is like Jennifer Lawrence: a star who’s also terrific actor
Wed, Nov 23, 2016

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’

Men who made Shah Rukh Khan the star and killed SRK, the actor
Mon, Nov 14, 2016

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: As Aishwarya turns 43, the cinema we want to see her in
Tue, Nov 01, 2016

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.

Ajay Devgn’s Shivaay: The star is in need of a hit, as a director!
Thu, Oct 27, 2016

As Shivaay attracts Diwali buzz, a look at what is at stake for Ajay ‘Mr Director’ Devgn. This may be Ajay's second film as a director but he has reportedly ghost directed many of his earlier films.

Today is Shammi Kapoor’s birthday and also the 50th anniversary of Teesri Manzil
Fri, Oct 21, 2016

Today is Shammi Kapoor’s birthday. As exuberant ‘lover boy’, Shammi Kapoor set the tone for how your typical modern Hindi film hero would look like

Happy Birthday Hema Malini: As Hema Malini turns 68, here’s looking at why she is a true feminist
Sun, Oct 16, 2016

Why is Hema Malini not considered a feminist when she’s actually one? On her birthday, we look at how her life choices prove so.