The massive outpour of both support as well as opposition against the government's new Citizenship Amendment Act brings to mind images from classic films and television series such as Garam Hava, Buniyaad, Tamas and Maachis.
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:
The year 2019 saw South Indian films dominate headlines and box office figures. While the Ajith starrer Viswasam topped Twitter’s most influential moments’ list, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections and cricket, the Vijay starrer Bigil broke records to cross the Rs 300 crore mark and become the highest-grossing Tamil film of the year.As 2019 draws to a close, we take a look at the top 10 grossing South Indian films of 2019, as per IMDb.
There are naturally talented actors and then there are those who just happen to have the lucky stars aligned for them. These are actors who have fame and a huge fan following but have either not proven themselves as actors, or have seen their acting skills stagnate or decline over the years.We take a look at some of the most overrated actors in Bollywood, as per netizens on forums such as Quora and Reddit. Do let us know who you feel are overrated.
They are treacherous, evil, murderous and give you the goosebumps every time they come on screen. From their dialogues, their mannerism and idiosyncrasies, to the way they dress up - these villains are suave, creepy and even sometimes funny. The role of a villain has always been the most difficult one - after all, it is all the effort they put in to look evil, that makes the hero look so good. However, over the years, the trend of the typical villain, who often outshone the hero, has diminished, and today a number of leading actors are taking on grey characters, instead.We take you down memory lane as we remember ten of the most sinister villains in Bollywood. Let us know who your favourite villain of all times is:
Horror in Hindi cinema is synonymous with the Ramsay Brothers. Chilling, kinky and kitschy – the family's distinguished brand of filmmaking has earned them legions of dedicated fans devouring and dissecting their cinema, and has yielded fertile material for film researchers and authors.This phenomenal, homegrown empire run by seven brothers has created cult classics like Do Gaz Zameen Ke Neeche (1972), Purana Mandir (1984), Saamri (1985), Veerana (1988) and many more. While the direction in most Ramsay films was handled by Shyam Ramsay and his brother Tulsi – who passed away last year – the rest of the brothers took care of production, sound design, screenplay and cinematography etc.This morning, Shyam Ramsay passed away in Mumbai. He was 67 and was reportedly suffering from pneumonia. In his memory, we look back at some of his best work.
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.
When Dadasaheb Phalke made his first silent feature film, Raja Harishchandra in 1913, little would he have realised that he would be setting the foundations of the world’s largest film industry, which would eventually churn out 1,986 films annually, as of 2017. Since then, through the era of the Silent Movies, and the Talkies, through the Independence struggle and beyond, the Indian film industry has brought out numerous films, many of which have turned out to be huge blockbusters, and has introduced great performers to the world.Pre-independent India gave the Indian film industry many great artists who broke barriers of gender and religion and enthralled cinema goers with their acting prowess. This Independence week, we take a look at 10 great actors who have helped shape Indian cinema before independence.
The versatility of Amrish Puri is unmatchable. He could fit into both Shyam Benegal and B Subhash's cinematic vision with equal ease. Puri took all the ridiculous and ribald roles that Bollywood offered, and turned them into something that's exclusively him. On his 87th birth anniversary, we look back at some of his wackiest onscreen avatars.
Harmonium-playing street singer as love guru, a sad piano song, and life lessons in a wistful violin number – we look at the contribution of various musical instruments in Bollywood.
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:
2018 has been a year of upsets and a year of triumphs. At a time when big-budget flicks such as Thugs of Hindostan and Race 3 failed at the box office, there were movies like Raazi and Badhaai Ho that announced the arrival of a new kind of cinema—one that is independent of the traditional star system and relies on great content. Each year IMDb releases a list of top films based on its user ratings. This year’s list includes biopics, thrillers and coming-of-age romances from around the country. South Indian movies to make it to the list did not include a Rajinikanth flick (even though he had two releases this this year), but rather a vibrant mix of films across genres. Significantly, the 2018 IMDb list of the top movies doesn’t feature a single one starring any of the Khans. And the movie that topped the list was a dark horse that you’d never expect to end up at number one. Did your favourite film make it to IMDb’s list of the top 10 films of 2018?
More than a week since its release, Veere Di Wedding has been making money steadily, raking in more than Rs 65 crores. The film, which includes a highly controversial masturbation scene involving Swara Bhaskar and a vibrator has been lauded and ripped apart, alike, for its portrayal of four women and their takes on life, its problems and female sexuality. While many have called this the coming of age of Bollywood films depicting sex and sexuality, others have called it vulgar.Sex has since long been a male bastion in India, with Bollywood particularly objectifying women and portraying sex either in a crass manner (Mastizaade, Kya Kool Hain Hum, Grand Mast) or an overtly erotic way, (Raaz). Very little focus has been placed on the subject of women and their sexuality, and as Actor Vishwas Kini rightly puts it, a lot of men in India do not even know that women have orgasms too.However, a few films have tried to break away from the stereotype and have dared to explore the subject of female sexuality and independence in a serious, non-conventional manner. We take a look:
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
Seven decades have passed since India gained Independence. Today, while we still are fighting to protect our borders from external factors, we are also faced with a multitude of home-grown threats. Bollywood, too, has evolved to reflect this ever changing notion of patriotism.
March 8 is International Women’s Day. As part of our ongoing series celebrating Women’s Day we asked women professionals and entrepreneurs about the movie(s) that inspired them growing up.
While eating a highly custom sandwich at the famed Katz’s Deli in New York City, Sally (Meg Ryan) fakes an orgasm to prove to her pal Harry that women are great actresses in the bedroom. When you’re not used to being the nanny, let alone a woman, it’s inevitable that there will be a mishap or two in the kitchen—and there’s nothing funnier than Robin Williams dressed as Mrs. Doubtfire setting his burgeoning bosoms on fire while cooking! An honorable mention from this amazing flick is when Williams plants his face into a whipped-cream pie in order to disguise himself. Is there anything more glamorous than Holly Golightly in her famous little black dress, sunglasses, and updo, enjoying a pastry and coffee while looking in the window of Tiffany’s on Fifth Avenue in the opening scene of the classic movie?
Lovable Goonies giant Sloth is about as iconic a movie character as it’s possible to be, but the man behind the make-up lived a tragic life worthy of its own Hollywood story.
It’s not always that Bollywood celebrities are swamped with work. There are times these stars lay low too, with very little movies in their kitty.The nature of the profession can make a star overnight, but it falls flat in no time, putting a shelf life on people. This is how fickle Bollywood is.While there are stars in the industry who are working at the age of 50, there a few others who are already headed to oblivion. Here’s a look at actors who are playing it low, not out of choice but due to lack of offers, especially after a string of duds or average grossers. Image Credit: Movie Talkies
Actors come and go, but the Khans are here to stay! For over a decade now, the Khans have been ruling Bollywood and effortlessly winning hearts.There was a time when it took a big hero to woo to the audience to the ticket counter, but days have changed now. Our divas are no less and have proved they have it all in them to rake moolah at the box office. These A-listers in fact, don’t even need a superhero to make a film succeed. However, working with the Khans is a dream come true for all and these ladies have been lucky enough to romance with the industry’s famous Khan trio.Take a look!
Bollywood movies are definitely larger-than-life in every aspect, be it costumes, sets or locations.However, did you know these films are not short of errors? Yes, what we see on the big screen is definitely the edited version, but it did have some colossal bloopers.Ever noticed the station name in DDLJ or Katrina’s stockings in Dhoom 3? We bet all these went unnoticed.Here’s a look at some a few Bollywood bloopers which make you want to face-palm yourself for missing them!
Two recent films, Buddha in a Traffic Jam (May 13, 2016) and Santa Banta Pvt Ltd (April 22, 2016) have been in the news for the controversies they have been making. While the former - an autobiographical story which reportedly takes on issues such as campus politics, corruption, moral policing and crony capitalism - has led to clashes between ABVP, the pro-Left and students of the Jadhavpur University, where its screening was cancelled, the latter, a comedy drama, has run into problems with members of the Sikh community. In an industry that is rife with controversies, these are just two of the many films that have either been banned, or have run into trouble over their political, sexual, ideological or religious content.
There will always be stories when you go to the movies, but it’s special effects that truly mark the passage of time in the annals of cinema. Cinema itself was a special effect back at the turn of the 20th century, thanks mainly to innovator and technological pioneer Georges Méliès, who ushered in a new era of filmmaking with his 1902 short film. This was sci-fi before Christopher Nolan’s great-great-great-great grandaddy was but a twinkle in his great-great-great-great-great grandaddy’s eye: the 13-minute short tells the tale of a group of astronomers who travel to the Moon in a cannon-powered rocket, complete with special effects considered lavish for the time.
Deepika is one of the most versatile actors in Bollywood.The actress made her debut with Om Shanti Om, opposite Shahrukh Khan and ever since then, she has taken the industry by storm with her deadly looks and ace acting.While the actress has mastered her onscreen roles, she has left no stone unturned in making her onscreen avatars memorable too.From traditional to fusion Deepika has experimented all of it and has looked absolutely stunning too!However, there are a few onscreen saree avatars in which she looked drop-dead gorgeous.Be it sexy bikini blouses and sarees or the traditional ones, the actress has flaunted all of it with style and élan.Take a look! Image Credit: Movie Talkies