Happy Birthday Rob

Its Rob De Niro’s birthday and I can go on and on about how much I enjoy him playing complex roles on screen, especially whenever he plays a gangster, but one movie that I truly love watching and can watch any number of times is Midnight Run (1988). Midnight Run is the most unusual buddy-cop…

Grey shades…

Saif Ali Khan did a string of grey characters in Ek Hasina Thi (2004), Being Cyrus (2005) and Omkara (2006) giving his career a new high

A man for all seasons…

Robert Shaw who once played a henchmen in From Russia With Love (1963) went on to do some major movie roles in A man for all seasons (1967), The Sting (1973) and his most famous movie…..Jaws (1975) 😎

Detective couple

William Powell and Myrna Loy starred together in Manhattan Melodrama (1934) and eventually went on to do 14 films together, but their most celebrated roles were as Nick and Nora Charles (The detective couple) alongwith their pet Skippy in The Thin Man series

Thompson directs Peck

Director J. Lee Thompson always reserved his best for Gregory Peck and the result was a World War II thriller made on an epic scale The Guns of Navarone (1961), a modern day film noir Cape Fear (1962) and a Western comprising an all starcast Mackenna’s Gold (1969). These movie are still considered some of…

Baba…..forever

Sanjay Dutt as the spiteful Ajju in Kaante (2002) outdid Michael Madsen’s Mr. Blonde from the orignal movie, Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Awe-struck

Norman Jewinson stands out as a filmmaker by making movies in genres ranging from a War Comedy (The Russians are Coming! The Russians are Coming!), a Mystery Crime-Drama with racial undertones (In The Heat of the Night), an all season Musical (Fiddler on the Roof), an explosive Courtroom Drama (….and Justice for All) and a…

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 😎

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).