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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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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Why Aamir Khan was scared to play his age in Dangal

Tanne chaaro khaane chit kar degi Tere purje fit kar degi Dat kar degi tere daanv se badh ke Pench palat kar degi Chit kar degi, chit kar degi Aisi dhaakad hai dhaakad hai Aisi dhaakad hai Aisi dhaakad hai dhaakad hai Aisi dhaakad hai Once in a supermoon, does a big budget Hindi movie… Continue reading Why Aamir Khan was scared to play his age in Dangal

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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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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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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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