Had Amrish Puri been alive, he would have turned 88 this week, and keeping in mind how the late starter went onto dominate the landscape of popular Hindi cinema from the mid-1980s to late 1990s, he would have been creating yet another iconic character. As someone who not only started by his early 40s, Puri had to swim against the tide in more ways than one. Although he was a regular feature in films of Shyam Benegal and Govind Nihalani, but when it came to popular films, Puri had to overcome the towering image of his elder brother, Madan Puri, and a host of well-established villains to carve a place for himself.
Deepika Padukone has taken a huge risk by coming out in support of JNU protestors, which has also, unfortunately, reflected in the box office numbers of Chhapaak. However, the Meghna Gulzar directorial, which has Padukone playing Malti, an acid attack survivor, has been lauded for its bold and compelling storytelling. With this film, Padukone has also moved a step ahead by taking on a role which is challenging and at odds with the characters she has been taking up lately.Chhapaak is also the first among many films lined up this year which will be headlined by women. Let us take a look at the women-centric films to watch out for in 2020, some of which are fictional while others are based on the lives of real women:
A significant piece of news about a proposed rupees 600 cr live-version Ramayana rumoured to be helmed by Nitish Tiwari with Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone as the celestial leads could finally shake things up.
Gentle and gallant, intelligent and inspiring, faithful and feisty; our films have portrayed dogs as so many things and then some – just as the wonderful creatures they are. This International Dog Day, let's celebrate our canine friends by remembering some of their greatest Bollywood roles.
With the sale of RK Studios, which will give way to a residential complex by Godrej Properties, India has lost a landmark which saw the rise of one of India’s premier filmmakers and actors, Raj Kapoor, and witnessed some of the most beautiful films made over decades.Financial constraints and the inability to run the studio, especially after the fire that broke out last year, destroying numerous priceless relics, forced the current Kapoor clan to take the decision of selling it.RK Studios, however, is not the first one to bid farewell to a glorious past. Numerous other iconic studios have had to bite dust due to various reasons. We take a look at some of them:
On screen, Kader Khan enthralled an entire generation of movie watchers with his comic timing and antics. However, after he fell ill and during the last few years of his life, the great actor was reportedly alone and very few people from the industry bothered to call on him or his family. His son, Sarfaraz, had also spoken about the fragmented camps and loyalties in Bollywood, calling out Govinda’s hypocrisy in saying that Khan was a ‘father figure’ but not calling on him even once during his prolonged illness.Like Khan, a number of actors who were sought after during the peak of their careers, found themselves alone towards the end and died lonely and often penniless. We take a look at the great stars of the yesteryears who died, forgotten:
He is good looking, intelligent, and beats up the villain single-handedly like a superhero, hence, the male protagonist in Hindi cinema has it really easy to woo his audience, young men want to emulate him and young women want to romance him often.And then the table gets turned on him when the villain takes over, when the antagonist has the viewer sympathize with him and ignore the hero as though he doesn’t even exist.Here are 10 such occurrences when you loved the bad boy in Hindi cinema forgetting the hero even exists.
You think you can identify these celebrities from their childhood photos and which movie/advert they featured in for the first time?
The line-up of intellectual movies from all over the world was made a starry affair by the presence of the biggest names of Bollywood. Earlier, in this edition of IFFI, we have had guests like A R Rahman, Shah Rukh Khan, Alia Bhatt, Siddharth Malhotra as esteemed guests. As the curtains are drawn, Salman Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Sushant Singh Rajput graced the red carpet.Amitabh Bachchan thanked Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani, who presented the megastar with the Indian Film Personality of the Year at the 48th International Film Festival of India. The cine icon was presented the Indian Film Personality of the Year award, which includes a silver peacock, a certificate a scroll and a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh.Check out the red carpet pictures.– Bollywood Life; Pics: Yogen Shah
While Rajinikanth tweeted his support for the PM’s ‘Swacchata Hi Seva’ campaign, adding to the speculation that he might be BJP’s hope for the Chief Ministerial position in Tamil Nadu, his counterpart, actor Kamal Hassan has also confirmed his political ambitions by saying that he wants to be the ‘Chief Minister of the people’.With the kind of mass following and adulation they receive, it becomes quite easy for celebrities and actors to make the switch from cinema to politics. While the film industries of the south have been the breeding grounds of many successful politicians – from M.G Ramachandran and NT Rama Rao to M Karunanidhi, J Jayalalitha and Chiranjeevi, the Hindi film industry has also seen quite a few actors jumping on the political bandwagon – some successful, others not.We take a look at Bollywood actors who took the plunge into politics.Pictures credit: Bollywoodhungama.com via Wikimedia Commons
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet.” ― William ShakespeareThe Bard of Avon was probably not referring to the modern age. Be it superstition, belief or numerology, whatever the reason, more celebrities these days are opting for name changes like never before.Now try to imagine Shah Rukh Khan as Jitendra Kumar Tuli (a name that was suggested by his in-laws) or Gulzar as Sampoorna Singh Kalra! Here’s a list of actors who forsook their original names to make it big in Indian Cinema.
Bollywood has a penchant for creating dreams – and they often take this dreamy thing way too seriously. Not only in the twist of plots but even with the costumes of the actors. Why I say so – well, have a look at these insanely expensive clothes that you and I can only dream of wearing-
Veteran actor Dilip Kumar, who had an entire country praying for him when he was admitted to the Lilavati Hospital on April 15th for respiratory problems, has been discharged recently. Dilip Kumar was born Muhammad Yusuf Khan, on December 11, 1922, in Peshawar, Pakistan into a large family of 12 children. In 1943, Yusuf had a chance meeting with actress Devika Rani and her husband Himanshu Rai, who were owners of Bombay Talkies, at the canteen.
Bollywood heartthrob, Hrithik Roshan celebrated his 42nd birthday on Sunday. While his birthday party was thronged by the who’s who of Bollywood, the star is known to have gifted himself a blue and silver Rolls Royce. Roshan isn’t the only star to have done something extraordinary on his Birthday.
Seriously Ekta Kapoor, this is the best you could do to make your mark in movies? The equally sub-standard dialogues and lyrics of the Kya Kool Hain Hum series are just exposing the pervert of a frustrated, sex-obsessed yet sex-deprived mind, you may call that talent if you want to, I, however, beg to differ. Nudity has become the trend and need of the hour in the entertainment business.