Mr. Chameleon

Randeep Hooda made his debut as a leading actor with D (2005) but it was an extended cameo in Once Upon a Time in Mumbai (2010) that did the trick for him. His biggest asset is his ability to undergo transformation for the characters he plays onscreen and his forte are the real-life characters like…

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…

TOP TEN Bollywood Movies that turn 50 this year!

An Evening in Paris – This Shakti Samanta movie has one of the most energetic opening sequences in a Bollywood movie, with a visibly overweight but suave Shammi Kapoor clinging on to the bonnet of a car and singing the title song with his gang of girls. The movie repeated the successful pairing from Kashmir Ki Kali, but this…

Partners in CRIME!

If Akshay Kumar was all about style, Sunil Shetty was the muscular one.  If Akshay had the highest kicks, Sunil had the best punches.  These two actors had already proved their mettle as action stars when they first came together in Waqt Hamara Hai (1993) but it was Mohra (1994) that pitted them against each…

Meena Kumari’s 85th Birth Anniversary…

Meena Kumari as Sita is a strong woman, weakened by circumstances who reaches a cross-section in life where her husband who suffers from Cancer undergoes an operation conducted by her lover from the last. Meena Kumari scores yet another fine performance in Dil Ek Mandir (1963)

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 😎

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