Bollywood’s stock reason for its characters’ mental health issues has been an agony-filled childhood, but there have also been characters who were just born that way. The mental illnesses have also been used to generate backstories about characters and generate sympathy.
Actor Tarun Bose found his opportunities only within the Bengali camp, unable to break through into the heavyweight Navketan, BR Films, Mehboob Films, Filmistan, or Nasir Hussain camps. Even within the Bengali producers, Bose never found favor with Shakti Samanta or Promode Chakravorty, save for a solitary ‘Love in Tokyo’ with the latter.
Hrishikesh Mukherjee made quiet films about issues confronting the modest aspirations of the ordinary Indian middle-class. His narratives were simple, linear, and definite, and easy for the masses to understand who flocked in droves.
Mughal-E-Azam, released to unprecedented reception on August 5, 1960, ranks as one of Bollywood’s towering commercial and critical successes ever and makes for interesting debates and discussions over coffee, writes Balaji Vittal.