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.
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.
Daddy, which is a biopic on the gangster-turned-politician, Arun Gawli, has been receiving positive reviews for its portrayal of the don, his frame of mind and the world he lives in. Directed by Ashim Ahluwalia, Daddy has actor Arjun Rampal essay the role of Gawli.
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.
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.
Bollywood stars don’t like it easy! They love challenges and have also proved the same with their on screen roles. While it is not so new to see stars turn lovers, villains or serial killers in films, a few of them chose the path less traveled and played God in films. Well, we must admit they have done full justice to their role.
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?
While Amitabh Bachchan, Alia Bhatt and a lot of other A-listers have always been a step ahead of their contemporaries, the latest to join this league are Anushka Sharma and Parineeti Chopra. Anushka will be singing the female version of Jag Ghoomeya in the film Sultan. If this was any less, Parineeti Chopra seems to be following her sister Priyanka Chopra’s footsteps.
Until a couple of years ago, smoking was banned in movies. However, the Supreme Court later permitted smoking scenes in films, with a static message displayed during that particular scene. It was after this that directors took liberty and portrayed smoking in movies. Bollywood divas have been bold about doing out-of-the-box roles and a taboo like smoking was also accepted without much hassle.
Bollywood movies have taken us around the world! Be it India or abroad, our B-town directors have entertained us, showing us some of the world’s most gorgeous places through their films. In fact, movies like DDLJ, Zindagi Na Milege Dobara, Tamasha and others have also made us want to pack our bags and go on a long, adventurous holiday. Yes, Kolkata or the City of Joy, as it is rightly called, has been re-discovered by Bollywood.
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.
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.
As well as pretending to be 007 in an episode of ‘The Saint’, Moore actually starred as the spy in a March 1964 episode of BBC show ‘Mainly Millicent’. In the sketch, he goes for lunch with a Russian agent played by the show’s star Millicent Martin and punches a waiter. Luckily for him, Cubby Broccoli still thought he was the perfect man for the big-screen job.
Time and again Bollywood has proved that films here are not merely for entertainment and women protagonists are not just plastic dolls embellishing the extravagant sets. With movies like Jai Gangaajal, Prakash Jha has given a tribute to the ever-dedicated female cops who fight with the system to provide justice.
Bollywood has brought to front some of the best tourist destinations in India. Places like Ladakh, Taj Mahal, Qutub Minar etc have gained more prominence through films. From Jab We Met to Bajirao Mastani, we bring to you a list of films, which were shot in famous tourist spots. Take a look at B-town’s favourite shooting locations.
While there have been films which have been under fire for objectifying women, a few other films used sex in a comical manner and got away with no fuss. Humour in Bollywood might have fallen a little flat, but these sex comedies have struck the right cord. With Mastizaade and Kya Kool Hain Hum tickling fans back to back, we give you a recap of B-town’s other sex comedies that made you laugh out loud.
Bollywood movies are never confined to just the hero and the heroine taking the centre stage. Some films have also given pets a chance to showcase their acting skills. A few B-town directors have a soft corner for animals and have assigned a pivotal role for them in their films. There are many films where animals have almost played the ‘hero’.
While 2015 saw a number of major blockbusters which raked in moolah like never before, quirky and offbeat films and some flops, this year too has a list of interesting films in the pipeline. Big banners featuring big stars, biopics, socially relevant films,, sequels and new and novel pairing is what’s on the menu for this year.
Not all celebrities took to acting in the very first shot. There was a time when our B-town stars were simple people with common professions. From being waiters to working in Multinational companies, most actors earned their fame and fortune purely by hardwork and determination. We know Akshay Kumar as the Khiladi today, but he was a chef in Bangkok during his early days.
Bollywood or Hollywood, actors are always under the scanner for various reasons, especially their looks. Celebrities are always picky about their onscreen roles and go to any great lengths to get to the skin of the character. Weather they need to gain pounds, shed a few kilos or shave their head, stars have done it all to make a mark in the industry. We bring to you a list of men and women who transformed themselves to suit their onscreen role.
Chewbacca appreciates good hair care. Yesterday, Allure published an interview with Maria Cork, the supervisor of hair in the special effects department for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, out this December.
2015 was the year of the celebrity Girl Squad. We’ve gawked as Taylor Swift and her gang of supermodels strut in combat lingerie in “Bad Blood,” admired Tavi Gevinson and her precocious and talented group of young feminists, envied Lena Dunham and her real life Girls, and Instagram-stalked Man Repeller Leandra Medine and her #GirlBoss clique. It appears that female friendships — and finding a sisterhood of your own — has never had a stronger or more media-hungry moment, but even before hashtags existed, female friendships were prominent in pop culture. This week, the cast of the 1995 film based on Ann M.
Berry, in fact, was the first Oscar-winning actress to appear as a Bond woman in the 2002 film Die Another Day (alongside Pierce Brosnan), and Harris is in the new film, Spectre, as Eve Moneypenny, Bond’s boss and head of the British Secret Service. Her new December cover for Essence was unveiled at the gala. ‘Spectre’ actress on the cover of December 2015 Essence.
Women in Hollywood often complain about the lack of good roles. Surely accomplished actresses like Meryl Streep have had no trouble landing excellent parts, but in an industry where females are often viewed as counterparts or love interests instead of leads, it can be hard for ladies to play the complex characters they desire. But slap on a wig, a prosthetic nose, a dowdy outfit, or an extra 20 pounds and you’ve got yourself an Oscar nomination. Many actresses now vie for the roles involving physical transformations since they generate buzz and so often lead to accolades and trophies.