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Shaikh Ayaz


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

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.

Anil Kapoor, sons and daughters: The collective star power of the ‘other’ Kapoors
Mon, Oct 17, 2016

Anil Kapoor's clan -- Harshvardhan Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor -- is ranked lower than the Original Kapoors -- Kareena Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor and family -- and Bachchans, but slowly and steadily, they are getting there.

Happy Birthday Amitabh Bachchan: As Big B turns 74, here’s how he has kept up with the changing times
Tue, Oct 11, 2016

Every decade, there’s a new Amitabh Bachchan built on the ghost of the previous decade’s Amitabh Bachchan. On Big B's birthday today, we reveal how he has managed to stay a 'big deal'for close to five decades.

Remembering Mehmood: The man with a tragic life who made people laugh
Thu, Sep 29, 2016

On screen, Mehmood made people laugh. But the King of Comedy often wondered why his life was so sad and tragic.

Ravi Baswani: The man who was Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro
Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Ravi Baswani Birth Anniversary: Bollywood’s two-hit wonder whose fame rests entirely on two 1980s hits, ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro’ and ‘Chashme Buddoor’. What makes him so delightfully memorable?

Mahesh Bhatt birthday: The Godfather and his confessional cinema
Tue, Sep 20, 2016

Mahesh Bhatt belongs to the Raj Khosla, Dev Anand and Guru Dutt school. Like them before him, his musical legacy will be his major contribution to Hindi cinema.

Happy Birthday Rekha: The enduring fame, and pain, of Bollywood’s original diva
Tue, Oct 10, 2017

On Rekha's 63rd birthday, we take a look at her biography, Rekha: The Untold Story, written by Yasser Usman, which attempts to bring forth the extraordinary personality though it takes the familiar route that kept gossip and fan magazines of a certain era in circulation – Rekha’s salacious personal life.