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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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

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