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BOLLYWOOD by M K RAGHVENDRA

BOLLYWOOD by M K RAGHVENDRA

Hindi cinema in its new evolving avatar could well be dominated by it brand image in the future M.K.Raghavendra’s ‘Bollywood’ (OUP Oxford India Short Introduction series 2016.) fills a long felt intellectual vacuum in the serious cinephiles book rack. Well researched it follows a very defined linear narrative, and picks up a very distinct language […]

BAAR BAAR DEKHO

BAAR BAAR DEKHO

RUNAWAY “HAPPY’

RUNAWAY “HAPPY’

MOHENJO DARO

MOHENJO DARO

Mohenjo Daro is a puerile attempt and amateurishly made. The production values are abysmal and it feels throughout like a TV serial. Very tacky sets and shots are mounted with a very limited vision. Only Hrithik convinces. Casting couldn’t have been more off the track. A nicely groomed face just out of a facial ‘choti […]

DEV ANAND AND THE MANY BRANDS HE SPAWNED

DEV ANAND AND THE MANY BRANDS HE SPAWNED

The Peter Pan and Gregory Peck of Indian cinema Dharamdev Anand or just Dev Anand romanced the most gorgeous screen goddesses of the black & white era like Suraiya, Kalpana Karthik, Geeta Bali, Nutan & Waheeda Rehman before launching many a stunning face including Zeenat Aman, Tina Munim and Tabu in the Eastman Kodak colour […]

WHAT MAKES NASEERUDDIN BITTER ?

WHAT MAKES NASEERUDDIN BITTER ?

Naseeruddin Shah, actor and a key figure in Indian parallel cinema. Shah has won numerous awards in his career, including three National Film Awards, six Filmfare Awards and an award at the Venice Film Festival. The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan awards for his contributions to Indian […]

BRAND RAJNIKANTH

BRAND RAJNIKANTH

Born as Shivaji Rao Gaekwad in a Marathi family and  known by his mononymous stage name Rajinikanth, began acting in plays while working in the Bangalore Transport Service as a bus conductor. In 1973, he joined the Madras Film Institute to pursue a diploma in acting. Following his debut in K. Balachander’s Tamil drama Apoorva […]

WHY DHARAM IS STILL GARAM ?

WHY DHARAM IS STILL GARAM ?

In the year 2012, Garam Dharam was honoured with the prestigious Padma Bhushan by the Indian Government. Be it, “Basanti in kutto ke samne mat nachna” or the famous ‘gaon walo’ scene where a drunk Viru climbs a water tank and create a riot of laughter saying, “When I dead, police coming … police coming, […]

ACTORS & ACTRESSES WHO NEVER BECAME STARS

ACTORS & ACTRESSES WHO NEVER BECAME STARS

“You have outdone Smita Patil,” said Shekhar Kapur, when he saw Chitrangda Singh’s performance in her debut movie Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi. This is the kind of talent that doesn’t taste stardom in Bollywood many a times. They are the underrated actors and actresses of Indian cinema. They are like consumer brands which are of exceptional […]

Bollywood: One-film wonders

Bollywood: One-film wonders

Every day thousands of starry-eyed people with glittery dreams of making it to showbiz arena steps in the aisles of tinsel town, but it’s only a few who have the stars favouring them. Even for those who succeed in making it to celluloid, getting a break on the big screen is not an assurance of […]

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