Actors · Directors · Short Takes

Raj & Nargis: A love that wasn’t

There was nothing subtle or silent about their romance. From the moment Raj Kapoor and Nargis met, in 1947, they were destined to create history. A first meeting that was cherished by Raj and immortalised many years later in his bubblegum love tale Bobby (1972). It was the scene in which Dimple Kapadia and Rishi Kapoor meet the first time and she accidentally smears… Continue reading Raj & Nargis: A love that wasn’t

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Directors · Short Takes

Why Andaz was a watershed movie for Dilip Kumar, Nargis and Raj Kapoor

They were the original stylish trio of Hindi cinema. The talented players who made the love triangle an affair to remember and repeated forever. The year, 1949. The movie, Andaz. The creator of which was legendary director Mehboob Khan. There is no doubt it proved to be a watershed film in the careers of Dilip… Continue reading Why Andaz was a watershed movie for Dilip Kumar, Nargis and Raj Kapoor

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Actors · Short Takes

QSQT: Love at first sight with Aamir Khan!

I take my cinematic love-at-first-sight moments very seriously. The year was 1988 when Doordarshan, Chitrahaar and Chayageet were still my gateways to an imagined heaven. Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak was about to enter my life. If my memory doesn’t fail me, Gazab Ka Hai Din was the first song I happened to watch on Chayageet.… Continue reading QSQT: Love at first sight with Aamir Khan!

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Filmmaking · Music

Three desi señors rock Señorita

Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar and Abhay Deol lit up the screen together with saucy Señorita in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. Indian male actors are objectified much less compared to female actors on screen, so this was very welcome. Director Zoya Akhtar did it with such Spanish flavour, style and character that we hardly registered it… Continue reading Three desi señors rock Señorita

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Movies · Vintage Watch

Mr. & Mrs. ’55

Anita: Kya naam hai tumhara Pritam: Pritam Anita: Pri.. kuch ajeeb sa naam hai na Pritam: Do char baar bulayengi.. to.. achcha lagega Pritam: Kahiye Pritam: Pri.. Anita: Pri.. Pritam: ..tam Anita: ..tam In a delightful exchange, shot entirely in a teasing close-up, you heart protagonists Pritam Kumar (Guru Dutt) and Anita Verma (Madhubala) instantly, wishing… Continue reading Mr. & Mrs. ’55

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Actors · Short Takes

Geeta Bali & Shammi Kapoor Love Story

There is something heartening and hopeful about a timeless love story. So here is my favourite real-life one of Hindi cinema’s golden couple Geeta Bali and Shammi Kapoor. They shared a love for nature and fell in love early 1955, around picturesque Ranikhet (close to Nainital) where they were shooting for a movie called Rangeen… Continue reading Geeta Bali & Shammi Kapoor Love Story

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