Much like in the new Netflix release Kaali Khuhi, an ominous village well is central to the plot of this underwatched NFDC film about caste and gender oppression.
Bhanu Athaiya's most celebrated and apparent recognition will always be her becoming the first Indian Oscar awardee. But the renowned costume designer, who passed away on Thursday, is also one of the most essential figures of Hindi cinema. An early player in the field, Athaiya diversified the idea of feminine fashion in films with her vision and constant re-imagination thereby creating some of the most iconic costumes in Hindi cinema history. Be it the trendsetting styling of Waqt, Teesri Manzil and Brahmachari, the awe-inspiring designs of Amrapali, Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam, and Guide or the research-rich authenticity of Ganga Jumna or Lagaan, the sheer scope and versatility of Athaiya’s designs are second to none. With a career spanning from the '50s to the early 2000s, Athaiya contributed to almost every significant film of its time and formed successful collaborations with top filmmakers like Guru Dutt, the Chopra brothers, Vijay Anand among others. In the memory of the legendary designer, we look at some of her most well-known works.
The campaign #womenhavelegs, launched by actor Rima Kallingal, an outspoken critic of the patriarchy that is ingrained in the Malayalam film industry, has triggered a viral movement with actors posting their own pictures in protest of the constant sexualisation of a women’s body.
As Bill Murray turns 70, Ed Power salutes Hollywood’s go-to actor for when it needs someone to play sadsacks, grumps or lasagne-loving pussycats
On the 30th anniversary of the release of ‘Goodfellas’, Ed Power revisits the shocking and uproarious Scorsese classic that revitalised the gangster genre and transformed it forever
Legendary filmmaker Basu Chatterjee known for breezy, slice-of-life films like Rajnigandha (1974), Chhoti Si Baat (1976), Khatta Meetha (1978) and Baton Baton Mein (1979) among others, passed away on Thursday (4 June) in Mumbai. He was 93 and was suffering from age-related illness.Remembering the iconic, middle-cinema maven, we look at his most memorable works.
The Great Indian Family has been Hindi cinema's pet subject right from its early days. The tales of familial duty, drama, and discord have resulted in some of the industry's biggest hits. On the occasion of the International Day of Families, here's a compilation of all sorts of filmi families Bollywood has familiarized us with.
Staying indoors and social distancing have become the new way of life. So we whipped up a playlist of Bollywood songs that seem extra relatable at the moment.
As far as filmy formulas are concerned, feuding families opposed to love birds is one of Bollywood's oldest and most minted one. This week's release, Jai Mummy Di is centred around two warring moms whose kids fall in love. We take the opportunity to revisit some of the famous love stories that weathered against family enmity.
Sharp undercover agents, resolute housewives, and successful career women -- here are some of the most memorable performances from Bollywood’s leading ladies.
Rappers, rockers, lovers, fighters, and good boys gone rogue — here are some of the most memorable performances of this decade.
Performances that paved the way for stardom, resurrected careers, and cemented legacy – we look back at Hindi cinema’s very best in the last 10 years.
Some bulked up, some toned down. Some were subtle, others striking. Let’s look at the year’s most successful onscreen transformations.
In 1969, a lanky, unassuming young man made his debut in Khwaja Ahmad Abbas' Saat Hindustani based on the Goa liberation movement. In the 50 years since then, Amitabh Bachchan has gone from being a talented actor to a revered screen idol to being an inviolable part of the Indian consciousness. These are 50 of Amitabh Bachchan’s best works to date.Do you agree with this list? If not, comment on the space below with your own list.
Going by the number of military intelligence and espionage films Bollywood is churning out, it looks like the industry's spy loving phase is far from over.The Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff-starrer War, which releases tomorrow, promises to be a high-intensity clash between two elite operatives. In the desi digital space too, spy stories have made a debut with Amazon Prime and Netflix's respective recent releases The Family Man and Bard of Blood.And why not? It's drama, action and intrigue against the backdrop of patriotism and national service – a sure shot formula to capture audiences' attention that has filmmakers belting out spy stories in succession.A hot Bollywood favourite in the Sixties, the genre reemerged actively in 2012. Saif Ali Khan became Agent Vinod, Vidya Balan was the unassuming undercover agent in Kahaani, and Salman Khan turned RAW agent in the massively successful Ek Tha Tiger. In the last few years, plots focused of various facets of the intelligence network and their committed operatives have been explored in 2013's Madras Cafe and D-Day, Baby and Phantom released in 2015, Naam Shabana (2017) and Raazi (2018). Earlier this year, Arjun Kapoor's India’s Most Wanted and Romeo Akbar Walter starring John Abraham have made it to the roster of films about intelligence personnel.Contemporary desi espionage films have become more thorough, representational and detail-oriented than the earlier attempts where the world of secret intelligence was fluid with a steady interchangeability between spies and undercover agents from the CBI and CID. But what these films lacked in authenticity, they made up in imagination and entertainment. Here's a look at some of the major and obscure Bolly spy movies.
On its silver jubilee, we look back at everything that makes HAHK a Bollywood phenomenon whose legacy endures.
On National Sunglasses Day, we list out the classy, flashy, and quirky eyewear that have jazzed up Bollywood's style quotient over the years.
There was a semi-cooked one on former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, an over-cooked attempt on Shiv Sena leader Balasaheb Thackeray, a half-baked one on poet Saadat Hassan Manto that hit the screens in recent times. There was the excellent Paan Singh Tomar that told the tale of an Olympian turning rogue and then there was Dangal that brought out the struggles of two gold medalists who overcame misogyny in their families and several other movies in between that gave us more than a glimpse into the lives of real people. India is a country where poetic license is harder to get than a driving license.
One of the disappointing news from the movie industry is the poor performance at the box-office of Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, for, Bollywood’s first mainstream movie about LGBTQ love (Deepa Mehta’s 1996 film Fire was for a niche audience) needed more public backing, just to reinforce the feeling that India as a society is changing in these matters in the right direction. Of course, the lukewarm performance of the film at the box-office does not become a referendum on Indian society’s views on matters like homosexuality and queer lives. A movie may not do well for numerous reasons, and cinematically Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga does slip at a few places, but it is a movie that is full of heart, which in turn is full of love.