Think of news today, and the images that come to mind are of opinionated journalists, panel discussions with participants shouting each other down and a general cacophony as everybody tries to make their views heard. In the midst of the whole din are the poor viewers who, most often, have no idea what’s going on.However, how many of us remember the good old days of Doordarshan, before cable TV, digital TV and social media bombarded us with non-stop content, where dignified newsreaders and anchors would hold the fort, delivering the news the way it was, without adding their own personal biases or opinions to it. These were anchors the whole nation looked up – they set trends in the way they spoke, dressed, and wore their hair and makeup.For all of us who remember the beloved 70s, 80s and 90s, let’s take a walk down memory lane to track down some of our favourite Doordarshan anchors and see what they are up to these days:
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.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone — on June 26, 1997. All those kids who ardently devoured the story of the young wizard boy back then are in their late 20s or early 30s now. For Potter fans, celebrating the two decades of the book is an emotional experience as well, for it more or less defined their lives, broadening their imagination and inculcating reading habit in them.
There is something about celebrity siblings that captures our attention, no wonder their childhood photos go viral on the social media. Bollywood divas have been posting cute throwback photos lately on Instagram, professing their sibling love. Sonam Kapoor and her younger sister Rhea have been in news lately after the successfull launch of their brand Rheson — a line of affordable luxury clothes.
When you re-watch some of the nostalgic music albums/movie songs from the nineties and early noughties, it wouldn’t be surprising to find some familiar faces, that make us shake our heads in disbelief saying, “I didn’t recognise him/her back then!”. Not all movie stars were lucky enough to land big roles from the beginning itself, but they instead have worked their way to the top, starting sometimes with cameo roles or by featuring in music videos. Tamannaah did a cameo appearance in Tamil film Enakku 20 Unakku 18 at the age of 13, which probably went unnoticed.
Or what about the one where a mommy and a daddy go into the washing machine and emerge an hour later with a new baby? A Ukrainian Samsung washing machine ad tells just that bizarre story. In the ad, the little girl is feeding her teddy bears jam, like you do, and they get all sticky and decidedly un-cuddly.
In a world where money reigns through facades, Dev Anand was the warmth that won hearts! When one talks about love, Dev Anand was always celebrated. Despite being given the title of ‘die hard romantic’ hero of the film industry, his tragic love story with Suraiya is not to be given a miss. During the early 1950’s, Suraiya was already at the peak of her career and had bagged laurels for being the 'sensational singing star’ and 'chocolate charmer’.
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Years ago, it’s heard that huge stars, Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor avoided crossing each others’ path, they were often at loggerheads but they never showed it in public and kept their feelings away from the limelight. Sharmila Tagore, apparently, had a physical fight with Mala Sinha on the sets of Humsaya…Let’s flip the pages of the Bollywood diary and find some juicy bits of gossip from the glorious past. Nutan slaps Sanjeev Kumar: The incident occurred during the time when Sanjeev Kumar was an upcoming actor and he was cast opposite Nutan, an established name those days.
After having studied in Los Angeles, winning the Miss Asia Pacific, 1970 contest and a successful modeling career, Zeenat Aman’s film career began with a small role in O P Ralhan’s ‘Hulchul’, in 1971. The film bombed, but soon, in Dev Anand’s 'Hare Rama Hare Krishna’, Zeenat, aided by R D Burman’s song Dum Maro Dum, won over the heart’s of audience as Janice and she earned a Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for the film. When heroines preferred to play obedient girlfriends and wives on screen, Zeenat was noted for her Western outlook and unconventional choice of roles.