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Sands of Time: Part 27 | Any Resemblance To Pankaj Kapur Is Regretted

Sands of Time: Part 27 | Any Resemblance To Pankaj Kapur Is Regretted

Apr 03, 2022

Pankaj Kapur went on to feature in various roles which not only challenged his histrionic abilities, but introduced discerning audiences to whole new experiences. And yet, he is perhaps not as celebrated as contemporaries like Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, Smita Patil and Shabana Azmi.

Sands of Time: Part 26 | The Man Who Turned Tagore Into A Filmmaker

Sands of Time: Part 26 | The Man Who Turned Tagore Into A Filmmaker

Mar 27, 2022

There was a time when Kolkata — then known as Calcutta — was the heart of the Indian cinema industry, churning out stars and blockbusters of a scale the country had never seen before. And behind all of this was the dogged persistence of one man, a portly Bengali 'bhadralok' named Birendranath Sarkar. 

Sands of Time | Part 25: Muzaffar Ali’s Gaman —  Songs of Exodus

Sands of Time | Part 25: Muzaffar Ali’s Gaman — Songs of Exodus

Mar 26, 2022

Mumbai, once known as Bombay, has been the throbbing nerve centre of Hindi cinema for long. But the real city never found its way to the screen till the late 1970s. Muzaffar Ali’s Gaman was one of the first films to show Bombay with a level of authenticity. Though it was Farooq Shaikh’s only third Hindi film, what he was able to achieve with his portrayal of a migrant, Ghulam Hassan, was truly spectacular.

Sands of Time - Part 24: Mukul Anand - The Merchant of Really Large Things

Sands of Time - Part 24: Mukul Anand - The Merchant of Really Large Things

Mar 20, 2022

Mukul Anand was MAD. It was the name of his company, and it was what his team called him. No filmmaker of his generation had the kind of sweeping, panoramic vision and grandeur that his cinema exhibited. In fact, Bollywood of the 90s was too small to fit the scale of his dreams.

Sands of Time - Part 23: Hold Your Silence! Justice Prevails

Sands of Time - Part 23: Hold Your Silence! Justice Prevails

Mar 19, 2022

Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s 'Die Panne' has spawned many adaptations, including HBO’s 'The Deadly Game', Bengali film 'Anusandhan' and Bollywood’s recent release 'Chehre;. But it was Vijay Tendulkar’s 'Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe', which is spun around its germ, that stands out 

Sands of Time - Part 22: The Kapoor Actors You Hadn’t Heard Of

Sands of Time - Part 22: The Kapoor Actors You Hadn’t Heard Of

Mar 12, 2022

Right from Prithviraj Kapoor to Aadar Jain, the Kapoor bloodline has been in films for an unbroken span of 93 years. It was from Peshawar that Prithviraj set sail for Bombay, and landed a job as an actor when he was discovered by Imperial Film Company’s Bhagwati Prasad Mishra in 1929.

What A Young Boy From Udupi Had To Do With 'Sooryavanshi'

What A Young Boy From Udupi Had To Do With 'Sooryavanshi'

Mar 06, 2022

Part 21 of the 'Sands of Time' series looks at Rohit Shetty's father Muddu Babu Shetty who composed the elaborate fight scenes and even appeared as an on-screen stunt double of buffed-up actors like Premnath, Pradeep Kumar and Pran.

Mani Kaul - Where Art Stands Alone, Pure And Unblemished

Mani Kaul - Where Art Stands Alone, Pure And Unblemished

Mar 05, 2022

Inspired by this school of filmmaking and its immense possibilities, a whole generation of Indian filmmakers burst into the scene in the mid-20th century. They identified themselves as artists, and they swore by realism.

Awaara Maseeha: Who Is Bollywood’s Favourite Writer?

Awaara Maseeha: Who Is Bollywood’s Favourite Writer?

Feb 28, 2022

Part 19 of 'Sands of Time' looks at the growing up of Bengali writer Sarat Chandra and his art, which was deeply influenced by the work of Victorian-era novelists like Charles Dickens, Marie Corelli and Mrs Henry Wood.

From School Teacher To Bollywood Diva: The Adventures Of Prema Narayan

From School Teacher To Bollywood Diva: The Adventures Of Prema Narayan

Feb 26, 2022

Part 18 of 'Sands of Time' looks at the former beauty queen, dancer and actor Prema Narayan, who won the Femina Miss India World pageant in 1971 and went on to appear in memorable roles in films like 'Umrao Jaan'.

Sands of Time - Part 17: The Journey From Baapi To Bappi

Sands of Time - Part 17: The Journey From Baapi To Bappi

Feb 20, 2022

Both Aparesh and Banshori were beaming with pride, mixed with a little trepidation, perhaps? Will their beloved Baapi - that was Alokesh’s daak naam, a Bengali pet name - be able to deliver the goods?

Lata And Sandhya - Melodies Of A Misty Evening

Lata And Sandhya - Melodies Of A Misty Evening

Feb 19, 2022

The rumour mills often tried to drive a wedge between the two, but Sandhya Mukherjee and Lata Mangeshkar remained friends. As one passed into oblivion, the other followed suit.

Gabbar Singh: An Origin Story

Gabbar Singh: An Origin Story

Feb 13, 2022

Amjad Khan’s portrayal of Gabbar Singh showcased a skill nobody had ever seen on Indian screens. But the story of his success is also the story of his father, his brother, and a dhobi. Part 15 of 'Sands of Time', tells that story.

Not 'Yash Chopra Of Tamil Cinema', He's The Man Who Named Rajinikanth

Not 'Yash Chopra Of Tamil Cinema', He's The Man Who Named Rajinikanth

Feb 12, 2022

Throughout his awe-inspiring stint in theatre and cinema, K Balachander has told stories that would be considered brave even by today's standards, but always found a way to make them commercially viable. One of those stories gave actor Rajinikanth his name. Part 14 of 'Sands of Time' delves into the life and times of K Balachander.

Sands Of Time - Part 13 | Ramesh And Seema Deo: The Best Wedding Photo Ever Taken

Sands Of Time - Part 13 | Ramesh And Seema Deo: The Best Wedding Photo Ever Taken

Feb 05, 2022

Illustrious actor and theatre personality Ramesh Deo breathed his last this Wednesday. In Part 13 of Sands of Time, we pay a tribute by talking about his collaboration with Seema Deo, a pair that stands tall in the history of Indian cinema.

Sands Of Time - Part 12 | A Tale Of Two Friends, Stardom And Death

Sands Of Time - Part 12 | A Tale Of Two Friends, Stardom And Death

Jan 30, 2022

Bollywood stardom usually conjures images of jealousy and one-upmanship. But it has also witnessed some friendships that survived. In part 12 of Sands of Time, we look at one such story of friendship, stardom and eventual downfall.

Sands of Time - Part 11| Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, The Nights Of Bengal, Hugh Grant And An Ancient Love Story

Sands of Time - Part 11| Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, The Nights Of Bengal, Hugh Grant And An Ancient Love Story

Jan 28, 2022

Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam might be connected to a forgotten love story. No, not the one you are thinking about. In this part of Sands of Time, Amborish Roychoudhury talks about a lovers’ spat that inspired two strange books and two films.

Sands of Time – Part 10 | IS Johar, The Angry Man Who Made People Laugh

Sands of Time – Part 10 | IS Johar, The Angry Man Who Made People Laugh

Jan 16, 2022

Inder Sen Johar was the first Indian to be nominated for the BAFTA Awards. He shared the screen with Peter O’Toole in Lawrence of Arabia, and made films on the emergency and forced sterilization. He fought with the goverment and said outrageous things. In this part of Sands of Time, Amborish Roychoudhury talks about the remarkable I.S. Johar.

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