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 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.
“Mere paas maa hain”, that iconic line from the movie Dewaar, which became the subject of many jokes, since, epitomised the mother of yesteryear’s Bollywood – sacrificial, weepy, sometimes strong, but mostly made from the same mould. Cut to today and Bollywood’s love affair with its moms continues, albeit in a different avatar. Today’s mothers love the good life, are cheeky, fashionable and revengeful – as both Sridevi and Raveena Tandon showed in their recent films – Maa and Maatr, respectively.We take a look at how mothers have evolved from the traditional maa to the modern mom.
Neil Nitin Mukesh’s look as Sanjay Gandhi has already got people excited about ‘Indu Sarkar’. An intriguing trailer of the film was released today and we must say it looks promising. The film is a historical drama set in the 1970s when Emergency was announced in India. Directed by Madhur Bhandarkar, the movie also stars Kirti Kulhari, Tota Roy Chowdhury and Anupam Kher in pivotal roles.
The Cannes Film Festival revealed its 2017 poster yesterday, and people were none too happy with it. Twitter was quick to point out that the festival's official poster featured a heavily photoshopped image of Italian actress Claudia Cardinale, as Elle U.K. notes. For those who weren't sure whether or not Cardinale's image had been retouched, one Twitter user shared a GIF of the original 1959 photo morphing into the Cannes poster.
It was not the best of times at movie theaters this summer, with several highly anticipated franchises falling short of expectations. But the winter movie season is here to rescue us. Yahoo Movies has been given a sneak peek at five new Fox movies expected this autumn/winter.
Ahead of its release, Rajinikanth starrer ‘Kabali’ has left no stone unturned in promoting the film. The movie has associated itself with major brands across many verticals. AirAsia, Airtel, Amazon and Cadbury, are some of the big brands that have tied up with the film. A wide range of merchandise, including t-shirts, mugs and phone covers, has been released as part of the promotions.The fiercely marketed film hits the theatres this Friday. Here’s a look at some of the brands and the strategies used.
What makes Bollywood so different from Hollywood? Well, many things… but that’s not what this write-up is about. What is it that makes Bollywood movies (no matter what the script) the perfect entertainment? There are a few typical ingredients that go into making the perfect masaledar Bollywood movie! (All Images used are credits of Bollywood/ movie/ entertainment platforms, and are in no way property of Yahoo! India)