Bazaar (1982)

Sagar Sarhadi’s Bazaar (1982) dealt with the issue of bride-selling, a trend still prevailing in some parts of the country and parts of the World. The movie boasted of a great starcast with some the best actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Smita Patil, Farooq Shaikh, known for being torch-bearers for the New Wave Cinema. But it…

Jubilee Kumar goes tragic…

While Dilip Kumar was the undisputed ‘King of Tragedy’, fellow actor Rajendra Kumar who was otherwise known for his idealistic characters and swashbuckling ways took the path of tragedy when he did a string of characters that left him heartbroken. He played a doctor in Dil Ek Mandir (1963) who has to operate upon his…

Drawing Parallels

Benedict Cumberbatch once played Stephen Hawking in the BBC television film, Hawking (2004). Ten years later, Eddie Redmayne won the Best Actor Oscar for playing Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything (2014), the same year Benedict Cumberbatch was also nominated for The Imitation Game 😎

Max Fleischer 

In a career spanning 39 years, Max Fleischer produced 624 movies. This Animator, inventor, director and producer is credited with bringing characters like Koko The Clown, Betty Boop, Popeye and Superman to the movie screen

Actress Kalpana gave Shammi Kapoor a tough competition when it came to her dance moves in the song Main Chali Main Chali from Professor (1962)

Mandela

Morgan Freeman (below) in Invictus (2011) and Idris Elba (above) in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom (2013) show very different sides of Nelson Mandela as a reformer, a politician and above all as a human being.

War hero…

Donald Sutherland shone in a string of World War II thrillers from late 60s to late 70s. He stood out in The Dirty Dozen (1967), Kelly’s Heroes (1970), MASH (1970) and The Eagle has Landed (1976).

MOM review

​​StarCast : Sridevi, Akshaye Khanna, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Adnan Siddiqui, Sajal Ali, Abhimanyu Singh Plot : A mother’s journey as she goes on to earn the title of a MOM! Review : MOM sees Sridevi play a mother for the third time after Judaai & English Vinglish, and a fierce one at that. The legendary actress…

The Householder, The Star…

Finally done with, reading my first book on Bollywood, and that too on a star like Shashi Kapoor. The book is not a biographical account on the actor’s life but one that focuses on his aspirations as a theatre actor and a movie star, his accomplishments as the first International star opening avenues for the…

Kevin Bacon…..always

If there is ever a list of ‘Actors who deserve an Oscar but have never won’, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if Kevin Bacon found himself on the top of that list. The versatile actor who has been around for almost four decades, has done roles ranging from a dancer to a law breaker,…

TOP 10 Hollywood Movies that turn 25 this year!

A Few Good Men – A Few Good Men was seasoned Director Rob Reiner’s trying his hand at making a Courtroom Drama and the result was a movie that features in AFI’s list of Top 10 Courtroom Dramas. The movie has some fine performances from Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Kevin Beacon and obviously a very worked up Jack…

“I remember James ‘Jimmy’ Stewart…”

I don’t remember Mr. Smith. I don’t remember this wheelchair-bound photographer witnessing a Murder through the lenses of his camera. I don’t remember this actor sharing screen with John Wayne in John Ford’s western, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. I don’t remember him doing any larger than life characters. I don’t remember him intimidating…