Set in the 1960s, the Queen’s Gambit is about a fictional teenaged female chess prodigy called Elizabeth Harmon. It bucks every cliché to offer a mindblowing drama.
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 his off-beat career path, Sushant Singh Rajput did films that earned critical acclaim as well as money. But that wasn’t all that mattered to this young talented actor who passed away today at the age of 34.
Things took an interesting turn when the elder son of the superstar, from his first wife, was smitten by the same beauty his father had had an affair with. The father was clearly displeased and told them both off. But this is not all.
This brawny model-turned-actor had a roaring affair in the late 1990s with a bombshell of an actress just to break into Bollywood circles. The actress came from a Bollywood family and had access to the upper crust of the industry.
This colourful star’s father-in-law, who is a highly revered figure and boasts a squeaky clean image, wasn't pleased with this sleazy family drama. The star’s sister-in-law, the other daughter of the doyen, has since married again with another man.
The clip is from the 2014 All India Bakchod (AIB) roast in which Johar is mocking the dark skin colour of the comedian Ashish Shakya. The reference is to Zahara Marley, who was adopted by Jolie.
The actor apparently also had the hots for her but he only wanted a casual fling and nothing else. The reason is the girl's close friendship with another male star who is a contemporary of her co-star.
This dashing superstar started seeing his childhood friend, daughter of a yesteryears’ superstar, after his divorce. They both came close when he was nursing a foot injury and was at home for a few weeks. They have been an on-and-off fling since then.
This veteran actor was known for explosively intense roles in the 1990s and many of his movies centered on socio-political issues. One of the ladies was a powerhouse performer, while the other one was smarting from a break-up with a young action star of that era.
An impassioned affair between a controversial former Indian cricketer and an ex-Bollywood actress notorious for her shady connections has set tongues wagging in upper crust social circles.
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.
In May 1973, Amitabh Bachchan's 'Zanjeer', directed by Prakash Mehra, hit the screens and the 'Angry Young Man' prototype landed a brutal punch to a tottering Rajesh Khanna.
The eminent Bollywood actor, Rishi Kapoor, who starred in a string of blockbusters in the 1970s and 1980s, breathed his last on Thursday morning after losing a two-year battle to cancer. He was 67. Rishi is survived by his wife Neetu Singh, son Ranbir Kapoor and daughter Ridhhima.
“Manmohan Desai was the genius who had the audacity to tell the audience in the very first frame that he was going to be illogical, make a fool of them and they better enjoy it.” Be it Box Office or enduring value, the propellants of cinema are the hoi polloi, the common people, not the critics: no one symbolized, and underlined, this fact more resoundingly than Manmohan Desai. Throughout his career, critics derided his films as ‘illogical’, ‘formulaic’, ‘corny’ and ‘crass’, but the audience lapped them up gleefully and turned them into massive blockbusters.
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.
Hordes of Bollywood films hit the screens each year but only a handful among them create tremendous pre-release buzz. Here are the 10 most awaited movies that are slated to release in 2020.
The biggest challenge while making a list of the biggest blockbusters of the decade is to decide what the determining factor should be. As the period spans ten years, one cannot simply pick the ten highest grossers and proclaim them as the biggest blockbusters because the prices of tickets shoot up every year, especially for marquee, big-budget releases.Hence, the nett collections of -- for example -- a ‘Race 3’ released in 2018 are more than a ‘Dabangg’, which hit the screens in 2010, though the latter is a much bigger blockbuster. Hence, the ideal yardstick to measure the magnitude of Box-Office success of films is the number of footfalls. Footfalls are nothing but the number of tickets sold by cinema halls across India. So, a ‘Dabangg’ has more footfalls than a ‘Race 3’ and would have done much more business than the latter if released in 2018 because of increased ticket rates over the years.Here are the 10 blockbusters which released between 2010-2019 and struck gold at the turnstiles.Notes:1) ‘Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’ is excluded as it was a Telugu movie dubbed in Hindi. This list takes into account only Bollywood films.2) Footfalls are number of tickets sold within India.
While 2019 gave Bollywood a few big hits, there were also many opulently mounted films, carrying huge expectations, which bit the dust at the ticket counters.