Jodhaa Akbar: Ashutosh Gowariker’s most ambitious historical featuring Hrithik Roshan-Aishwarya Rai Bachchan turns 15
The historic moment that takes us beyond the dynasties of Mughal history, couldn't have been possible without Hrithik Roshan's amazing capacity to infiltrate the portals of divinity through dance movements.
Manorama: The comedienne, vamp & the maharani of memes
Manorama's last celluloid work was for Deepa Mehta's Water, in which she played the leery and vulgar widow who heads a widows' ashram.
Lost: Yami Gautam-Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury’s masterpiece is much more than a political-thriller
The real hero of Lost is the city of Kolkata. It has never looked more vibrant and mysterious in any Hindi films since Sujoy Ghosh’s Kahaani.
Randhir Kapoor may not be taken as seriously as an actor like dad Raj or brother Rishi but he had a helluva lot of hits
Randhir Kapoor was never serious about anything in life. He once admitted he was doing ‘timepass’ with his future wife Babita until dad Raj Kapoor forced him to marry her.
Alejandro Loayza Grisi's Utama captures the drama of real life noiselessly
This is the world that commands our respect for its simplicity: no machines, no technology, no complications.
Nolly is Helena Bonham-Carter’s Baby’s Day Ouch
Nolly is suffused with memorable moments and characters, all so effortlessly lined up that we don’t feel emotionally manipulated for even a second.
Valentine's Day 2023: It's not always about boy-meets-girl, some unusual love relationships in Hindi cinema
Artistes and other unorthodox souls do not allow the rules of civil society to govern their hearts. Nor are they really bothered with what people would think about them.
Madhubala at 90, beautiful & doomed
The mighty Dilip Kumar once admitted to me that he was indeed in love with Madhubala.
Lekh Tandon: The man who directed Amrapali
Sanjay Leela Bhansali an ardent admirer of Lekh Tandon’s work says, 'Amrapali inspired my historicals Bajirao Mastani and Padmaavat.'
Vinod Mehra: The invisible actor
In an era when actors shouted to be heard, Vinod Mehra was the mute performer. His performances never screamed for attention.
Lies damn lies… Urvashi Rautela is NOT cast in Rishab Shetty's Kantara 2
Urvashi Rautela had earlier similarly fastened her tweet belt with cricketer Rishabh Pant.
Kartik Aaryan on Shehzada: It was very different to do an out-and-out commercial film after mentally challenging Freddy
Trade experts are already predicting Shehzada to be the second blockbuster this year after Pathaan. Cheers to that says Kartik Aaryan with swigs of milk.
Gangadhar's film Mukhachitram makes a telling point, crudely
This is just way too much of relevance for the film directed by Gangadhar to remain relevant. It tilts to the trite with the burden of its own relevance and topples over.
Pran's Birth Anniversary: The legend, at his best, was a force of nature
Zanjeer (1973) was a turning point, not only for Amitabh Bachchan but also Pran. The Pathan Sher Khan’s part in this career-making film of Amitabh Bachchan would not have worked were it not for Pran’s turn as the rough-talking but kind-hearted Sher Khan who fights for the truth.
Fursat: Eye phone misfire; Vishal Bhardwaj's most incoherent film till date
Imagine the resources which can be saved if expensive cameras and equipment are deleted from the filmmaking process. But while doing away with a lot of the accompanying baggage, Fursat has also done away with coherence.
The father-daughter bonding between Lata Mangeshkar & Pandit Narendra Sharma
Lataji regarded Pandit Narendra Sharma as a father-figure and would often drop in unannounced at his place during recordings for a quick lunch with his family.
Kamal Amrohi Death Anniversary: Chalte Chalte…
Kamal Amrohi was a pioneer and a trendsetter. In Mahal he brought the suspense genre to Indian cinema. The venus of Indian cinema Madhubala was given her legendary aura in Mahal. Bombay Talkies which was on verge of bankruptcy and who produced Mahal didn't want to sign Madhubala.
Kartik Aaryan owns the Character Dheela 2.0 number; that doesn't mean Salman Khan's song was any less solid
Kartik Aaryan’s version of the Salman Khan chartbuster Character Dheela Hai is its own beast. There is no choreographic connection between the two versions.
First Take: Post Shah Rukh Khan's Pathaan, looking at terrorism with sensitivity
There are other recent Hindi films which also opened the doors to a sensible debate on terrorism and counter-terrorism. Neeraj Pandey’s Baby (2015) is an enormously engaging take on international terrorism. It takes guts to make a film which calls a spade a spade...
Shahid Kapoor-Vijay Sethupathi's Farzi is an exhilarating rollercoaster ride
Farzi has some very interesting plot twists. It is mounted impressively, with the settings and locations exuding the musk of misguided materialism.