Choreographers · Swansong

Power and behold: The dancing legacy of Saroj Khan

Sarojji, you were a legend and one of a kind. A heartfelt salute for countless moments of cinematic joy and moves, for making a mark as a female choreographer in Hindi cinema - despite the odds stacked against you. Saroj Khan's life and 60 plus years of career were defined by her natural talent and… Continue reading Power and behold: The dancing legacy of Saroj Khan

Actors · Directors · Filmmaking · Movies · Perspective · Writers

The 10 Great Movies of 2018

Women shone in Hindi cinema, the Khans sobered down, solid scripts made their mark, and character actors rocked big along with stunning lead performances in 2018. Returning to mainstream with a solid presence, women made ample use of significant screen time devoted to them. Six movies with female-driven plots made it to top ten performers… Continue reading The 10 Great Movies of 2018

Actors · Conversation · Filmmaking

Nandita Das: Manto’s view of women and the dignity he gave to them is rare

Nandita Das does not need an introduction. Her body of work speaks for her. She is known for her unique acting, and now directing choices. She quietly defied moulds with expert performances in Fire, Earth, Kannathil Muthamittal, Azhagi, Kamli, Before The Rains and Ramchand Pakistani. Her directorial debut Firaaq, which she co-wrote with Shuchi Kothari, was… Continue reading Nandita Das: Manto’s view of women and the dignity he gave to them is rare

Actors · Swansong

Goodbye Sridevi

I will miss you, Sridevi. Thank you kindly for all those deeply satisfying, funny, sad, happy, magic moments on screen. All fire, epitome of grace she was an acting institution. The actress did all kinds of cinema with superb conviction - commercial, B-grade, A-grade, critical in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada languages. From thunder… Continue reading Goodbye Sridevi

Actors · Swansong

Goodbye Shashi Kapoor This is how I shall always remember Shashi Kapoor. Him riding a bike in Kala Patthar, carefree and full of life, singing: Ik raasta hai zindagi, Jo tham gaye to kuchh nahi, Yeh kadam kisi muqaam pe, Jo jam gaye to kuch nahin... Every time I watch this song, my heart does triple somersaults.… Continue reading Goodbye Shashi Kapoor

Actors · Short Takes

Happy 60th, Dimple Kapadia

The nation is still panting.  Less than 5 months before I was born, in September 1973, one woman redefined and mainstreamed female sexuality for Hindi cinema. We still haven't recovered... This song, Hum Tum Ek Kamre Mein Band Ho Aur Chaabi Kho Jaaye, of course, played a huge part in that. Although the lyrics were… Continue reading Happy 60th, Dimple Kapadia

Actors · Swansong

Goodbye Vinod Khanna

  He was the sexy sanyasi with a swagger. With that unforgettable cleft chin, those delicious good looks, solid screen presence and earnest acting, movie punters of yore were convinced that Vinod Khanna was Amitabh Bachchan's only real competition. Khanna himself was pragmatic about it and didn't think much of that analogy. He was at… Continue reading Goodbye Vinod Khanna

Actors · Short Takes

The fight scene that convinced Prakash Mehra to cast Amitabh Bachchan in Zanjeer

“Destiny stands by sarcastic with our dramatis personae (characters) folded in her hand.” George Elliot's quote from Middlemarch perfectly fits Amitabh Bachchan's situation and his casting in Prakash Mehra's Zanjeer - written by Salim-Javed - the movie that created the angry young man phenomenon and gave Hindi cinema its most successful and lasting superstar to… Continue reading The fight scene that convinced Prakash Mehra to cast Amitabh Bachchan in Zanjeer