articles by Gautam Chintamani

India

Sushant Singh Rajput passes away: Tracing the actor's journey from television to movie stardom

Sushant Singh Rajput’s death at 34, an age group where most actors destined for greatness tend to enter the best phase of their careers, has expectedly left a deep vacuum

Entertainment

Basu Chatterjee passes away: Legendary filmmaker pioneered 'middle cinema' with films like Rajnigandha, Chhoti Si Baat

Basu da’s demise marks not only the passing on of a legend but also the end of a film genre in every sense of the word.

Lifestyle

A trip down memory lane: Seema Sonik Alimchand's biography of Rajendra Kumar fills important gaps in the superstar's life story

Jubilee Kumar: The Life and Times of a Superstar is more than worth a read as it recreates the aura and charm of a time when an unlikely star became the biggest box office phenomenon but never really made a big deal of it.

Entertainment

Why Rishi Kapoor was called the 'debut king': Multiple actresses started their film careers opposite the evergreen star

Given the number of actresses who made their debut opposite Rishi Kapoor, including Dimple Kapadia and Padmini Kolahpure, he was considered a lucky charm.

Entertainment

Rishi Kapoor's musical legacy lives on: The iconic actor's films always boasted of an impeccable soundtrack

Rishi Kapoor was blessed with great music in his films that only got better with time.

Entertainment

Rishi Kapoor passes away: How the gifted actor outshone his contemporaries to cement a five-decade long career

Although Rishi Kapoor is often rightfully credited with greatness for the work that spanned across nearly five decades, he is not seen as one of the greatest survivors who beat all odds.

Life

Breath of Gold: Sathya Saran examines flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia's life and music through a fluid, intriguing narrative

Sathya Saran's free-flowing style makes disconnected incidents from Hariprasad Chaurasia's life come together to make the ride more intriguing.

Entertainment

Doordarshan bringing back Ramayan, Circus and Byomkesh Bakshi is exactly the kind of nostalgia we need

If Netflix and its ilk can pay top money for golden oldies, then why would Doordarshan not do the same?

Life

Adulatory but insightful, Satyarth Nayak's biography of Sridevi goes deep into the world of the late superstar

It's one thing to understand the impact Sridevi had as a screen icon, since she had arguably established herself as the top actress in three of India's major film industries — Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi — but to capture it on paper is a different ballgame. In Satyarth Nayak’s Sridevi: The Eternal Screen Goddess, the actor's all-round brilliance is meticulously encapsulated, bringing forth episodes from her life that reveal a great deal about the person she was.

Entertainment

20 years of Hrithik Roshan: How the actor has managed to maintain his superstar aura through highs and lows

Hrithik Roshan bridged the gap between the ilks of the 'seniors,' Khans, Akshay Kumar, and Ajay Devgn, and the 'juniors' Ranbir Kapoor and Ranveer Singh.

Politics

Pawan Kalyan realigns with BJP with eye on 2024: Actor-turned-politico playing long game against Jagan Mohan Reddy

In politics, much like popular films, the timing makes all the difference and as a matinee idol, Pawan Kalyan knows a thing or two about making an entry

Entertainment

Netflix cements its place in the global entertainment industry with unprecedented 24 nominations at Oscars 2020

With 24 nominations, the highest for any studio at this year’s Academy Awards, Netflix seems to have won the latest round of the battle with the Oscars.

Life

The Making of Star India: Vanita Kohli-Khandekar's book on Rupert Murdoch’s Indian TV foray is a must-read

Vanita Kohli-Khandekar’s The Making of Star India is a detailed treatise of the news baron Rupert Murdoch’s greatest adventure as well as the tale of India’s tryst with television

Life

Kiran Nagarkar passes away: Writer's social commentary will be inseparable from the allegations against him

Kiran Nagarkar, who passed away at the age of 77 on 5 September 2019, was often lauded as one of India’s greatest writers, and rightfully so.

Entertainment

Saaho: Prabhas should have picked a smaller film, not tried to match blockbuster success of Baahubali

Much like how Ramesh Sippy chose to make the colossal Shaan (1980) after Sholay (1975), Prabhas’ decision to do a Saaho appears to stem from the desire to top the success of Baahubali.

Entertainment

Salman Khan, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Inshallah isn't the first project to fall out because of actor-director tiff

Salman Khan had reportedly agreed to do the film without even hearing the second half, and had a change of heart when Bhansali finally narrated what he had in mind.

Entertainment

Khayyam passes away: Legendary music composer marched to his own beat and that's what set him apart

Even though he enjoyed success and recognition, Khayyam never really did more than a handful of films.

Entertainment

Tridev turns 30: How Rajiv Rai's 1989 film revitalised the Bollywood multistarrer

In Tridev, Rajiv Rai successful managed to pack in not just three leading men and women but a barrage of secondary and tertiary characters that never got the short end of the stick.

Entertainment

Ahead of Toy Story 4's release, decoding the subtle messaging of Disney-Pixar films

While traditionally animation films have always included messaging, it was Toy Story which first truly mastered it

Entertainment

Girish Karnad's plays like Kalyug and Tughlaq showed his work was perfect amalgamation of tradition and modernity

Girish Karnad boasted of a uniqueness that stemmed from the fact that he often looked back into the past to understand the present day.