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The 10 Great Movies of 2018: A year that was…

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: A year that was…

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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

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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

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Actors · Swansong

Goodbye Shashi Kapoor

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tX8KbMy17A8&feature=youtu.be 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

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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

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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

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