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.
With her fabulous and flamboyant persona, Bindu became one of Bollywood’s most love-to-hate vamps. It is impossible to imagine the Hindi film scene minus the actress’ colourful performances as the villain’s moll, an errant bahu, and later as a bossy mother-in-law.Along with Helen, Bindu is one Bollywood beauty who has found tremendous success in cabaret numbers. So much so that many of her songs continue to rule the airwaves.On her birthday, we bring you a quiz about some of her most played songs. Can you recognise them? If not, the hints should help you in cracking the answers.Leave us your answers in the comments section below.Happy quizzing!
Poonam Sinha, actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha’s wife and actress Sonakshi Sinha’s mother, joined the Samajwadi party today in Lucknow.Word is, the SP-BSP alliance is likely to field the former model-actress against the Union Home Minister – BJP’s Rajnath Singh from Lucknow, in Uttar Pradesh.Before her marriage to Sinha, Poonam starred in a couple of Hindi films and has been credited with her screen name Komal since the the beginning of her career.Here’s a look at her brief Bollywood journey.
One of Hindi cinema’s most loved lyricists, Anand Bakshi's glorious career spanned four decades and over 3500 songs.
Make no mistake! The decline of comedy in Hindi cinema began well and truly before a certain Sajid Khan of #MeToo infamy came on the scene. Much before he defiled our sensitivities with the Housefull series close to a decade ago, Hindi movies had plumbed the depths by attempting to evoke laughter around a character’s appearance and speech. Coming to the Housefull series, the first instalment was supposedly based on the Tamil hit Kaathala Kaathala, made by master craftsman Singeetham Srinivasa Rao, the maker of India’s first silent movie in color and the man who converted a full-size actor into a dwarf without the use of computer graphics.