Gautam Chintamani

Gautam Chintamani

articles by Gautam Chintamani

Entertainment

Asha Parekh: Why conferring Dadasaheb Phalke award to her should be celebrated

The Phalke for Asha Parekh recognises the long overdue honour for one of the most influential actresses to grace Indian cinema

Opinion

Saawan Kumar Tak: Why this filmmaker matters despite largely forgotten and having no dedicated fan base today

Tak’s death at 86 due to failing health saw fans and followers of Hindi films recall his fascinating body of work that includes, amongst other things, two iconic hits that ended up redefining the careers of Rajesh Khanna and Salman Khan

Entertainment

Bollywood’s wrong answers to boycott calls: Why our ‘stars’ still operate in a vacuum

The reaction of actor Arjun Kapoor that Bollywood has made a mistake by remaining silent about the calls for a boycott of new films reeks of utter ignorance and, dare one say, naiveté

Entertainment

From Nehru to New India: Five films that capture Hindi cinema’s 75-year journey

Nothing can be a bigger testimony of New India in cinema than ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’ (2019), and the reaction of the critics and audiences sums up the 75-year journey

Entertainment

Obituary | How Bhupinder Singh remains one of India’s most significant cultural icons

Bhupinder Singh’s mellifluous voice was unique, but it was also the new ground he broke in the world of ghazals both as a vocalist and composer that make him legendary in more ways than one

Entertainment

How failure of ‘Thugs of Hindostan’ forced Aamir Khan to look for the safety net of ‘Forrest Gump’ remake

The official remake of the multi-Oscar winning 1994 Robert Zemeckis-directed Forrest Gump, Laal Singh Chaddha, is adapted for the Indian screen by actor Atul Kulkarni and directed by Advait Chandan

Entertainment

Amber Heard only represents herself; her loss can’t be seen as the end of a movement

In the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard instance, a jury delivered a verdict based on the evidence presented. In this light, Depp stands vindicated on many of his stances, and it goes to show that presumptions solely based on a person’s gender make it unfair for either of the genders

Entertainment

Obituary | Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma: More than just an exponent of Hindustani classical music

A true crossover artist, Pandit ji created a sound that shall remain unparalleled and as unique as one can imagine

India

How the British were the worst colonisers ever known to humanity

Reading MJ Akbar’s new book, one gets a sense of how the British Raj not only ended the Indian way of life and values, but also instilled a system and mindset that embraced its exploitative ways

Entertainment

The Kashmir Files crosses Rs 200 crore, but Bollywood isn’t too happy about it. Here’s why

More than the industry being uncomfortable with the shift in the narrative or the support that the film has garnered from the government, the audience response — read box office collection — has rattled it

Entertainment

Obituary | How Bappi Lahiri struck an impeccable balance of mood and melody

It was not just Bappi da's music that made millions love him. He was adored for much more, and besides his music, his sartorial choices, his jokes and his warmth endeared him to millions

Entertainment

Amar Prem at 50: Film that was cut out for Sharmila Tagore and yet Rajesh Khanna went out of way to be part of it

Rajesh Khanna’s decision to pursue Shakti Samanta’s ‘Amar Prem’ reveals how he could spot a good role and then go all out

Entertainment

Lata Mangeshkar passes away: How the veteran singer became synonymous with Hindi film music for millions

Lata Mangeshkar’s passing on can never diminish the influence she wielded on Indian cinema in her lifetime.

Entertainment

You may be offended by Kangana Ranaut and Vir Das, still they have every right to speak their minds

Those who take umbrage to what a Kangana Ranaut or a Vir Das say must remember that their freedom to express cannot be directed at taking away someone else’s rights to speak their mind.

India

From pandemic and Pangong to farm protests, how Narendra Modi showed his mettle as prime minister

India is well on its way to charting its new place in the world, notwithstanding challenges, criticism and opposition, both at home and abroad

Entertainment

Dilip Kumar dies at 98: Era comes to an end, peerless thespian was the defining voice of Independent India

What truly made Dilip Kumar the go-to actor for a host of filmmakers was his ability to carve an onscreen identity that could address many complex issues within the realm of popular Hindi cinema.

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.