State BJP leaders complained about the hero criticising high GST on medicines, and even took pot shots at (Joseph) Vijay’s religion. With the media latching onto this attack, the film became a hit. But the GST reference was dropped in the Telugu dub.
This film, in which Vijay succeeds his father, a don, was promoted with the tag line Born to Lead. CM Jayalalitha didn’t relish the loaded line, and Thalaivaa was released only after the line was removed from all publicity material and the on-screen title.
A 2012 hit, remade in Hindi with Akshay Kumar as Holiday, this film drew objections from Islamic groups
in Tamil Nadu for portraying Muslims as terrorist sleeper cells. Vijay and his father had to mute a few dialogues to placate them.
Ahead of the release, Vijay tried to join the Youth Congress (but was overage) and tried to share a platform with Rahul Gandhi, but the ruling DMK kept him away. They also blocked the release until Vijay’s father met Karunanidhi and waved the white flag.
As if to emphasise the shape that’s inevitably summoned up by the mere mention of his next film’s name, Shahrukh tucked in golgappas in Mumbai on his birthday. But Zero—about a vertically challenged man—has now fallen afoul of some Sikhs, who think the film disrespects the kirpan. We hope they would forgive old SRK.
Namaste England, the film was to be called, and its (possibly) oafish director thought a corny desi name gave him the licence to misbehave with a beautiful ingenue by promising her a lead role in it. Iranian actor Elnaaz Norouzi’s pained allegations scorched the front pages of a tabloid in shame. Till the charges are acted upon, we stand by the petite Sacred Games star.
Amit Masurkar’s movie about a young, upright government employee entrusted with the task of holding polls in a Maoist-infested district met with critical and commercial successes. It was also the official Indian entry in the best foreign film category for the Oscars.
Its positive nationalism went much beyond the nation in terms of influence, creating huge collections in China. Towering over the film, actor-producer Aamir pushed Bollywood boundaries in terms of scope and content, à la Raj Kapoor.
A testament to the technological prowess of Telugu cinema, Baahubali (1 & 2) moved much farther than being a regional film.Filmmaker S.S. Rajamaouli has raised the bar in fantasy cinema so high that Bollywood isn’t even trying in that direction.
Salman Khan’s movies have all been about himself in recent times, but it was this tale of a simple soul who risks his life to reunite a little girl with her family in Pakistan that will stay in public memory. This rare one from the Bandra boy goes beyond muscle-flexing.
An indie movie at its best, it had everything—a gripping plot, riveting performances and superb direction. A drama exposing caste and gender inequalities, Masaan engaged with small town reality in a sensitive manner, making it a modern classic.
A cracker of a film which underlined woman power in Indian cinema like never before. In the maverick Kangana Ranaut, Bollywood finally discovered an actress who was capable of delivering Rs 100-crore hits without the prop of any male superstar by her side.
Few Indian movies in recent years have created as much buzz at the international festival circuit as Ritesh Batra’s love story of an ageing widower and a young housewife who are connected because of an innocuous delivery of a lunch box to a wrong address.
Set in a godforsaken place in erstwhile Bihar, the two-part film did not open with ticket windows on fire, but quickly attained cult status. Revolving around the coal mafia, it is arguably Bollywood’s best gang war movie.
LSD unfolded before three eyes: CCTV, handycam, spy cam, and exposed what was about to be laid bare anyway very soon—breakdown of the personal, acceptable and the ethical, behind a ubiquitous lens. Salute.
Until Anurag Kashyap’s breakthrough, Sharat babu’s Devdas was wallowing weightily in the 21st century, the Bhansali version having only added opulence to a cliché. Dev D exhumed him from film city and brought him to the raw and real city with stupendous style.
Rajkumar Hirani underscored his credentials with his Munna Bhai movies but 3 Idiots catapulted him into a league of his own. Based on a Chetan Bhagat bestseller, the film consolidated Aamir Khan’s reputation as a superstar who could do no wrong.
Shahrukh had by now begun to be known as only the hero of feel-good musicals. But this movie, where he played a hockey team coach who grooms a bunch of gutsy girls to fight for the country’s glory, gave glimpses of an actor trapped in a star image.
An Othello from western UP! Vishal Bhardwaj took Shakespeare to the dusty badlands of the Hindi heartland and conjured a powerful film. The surprise of surprises was Langda Tyagi, played to perfection by an otherwise metro-centric Saif Ali Khan.
A hand-held camera loitering inside a Punjabi wedding house captured the revelry as well as complications of personal narratives in both intimate and voyeuristic ways. Mira Nair blended Hollywood and Bollywood to make one that appealed to different time zones.
This dose of gabru jingoism tugged at the audience’s heartstrings rather forcefully. And to spectacular effect. Although, nestled within this saga of aggression is an inter-faith love story that could stand separately. Gadar worked both in single screens and multiplexes.
The script was initially rejected by Aamir Khan, but good sense prevailed and Ashutosh Gowariker’s veritable ode to the never-say-die spirit of rural India under the Raj became a landmark film. Just what the doctor ordered for an escape from the tired romantic musicals!
A coming-of-age film that redefined ‘bromance’ and signalled the arrival of a new-age audience that was not ready to carry forward the tropes of Hindi cinema. A game changer, it spawned an era of urban-centric cinema fully compatible with the emerging multiplexes.
Shot on real locations in Mumbai, the film underlined the plight of the city’s bar dancers. Madhur Bhandarkar’s peek into the darker side of the megapolis was as close to reality as possible. No wonder, it won four national awards, including one for a brilliant Tabu.
This one truly took Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s dreams of grandeur to the Indian household. The minutely detailed illusion of a temporally unbothered Gujarati haveli seemed to make for unavoidable indulgence.
For many future cinephiles, Ram Gopal Verma’s visceral magnum opus came as antidote to ’90s Bollywood’s arrow-through-the-heart mush attack. The guerilla frames of Satya announced the arrival of a genre many auteurs would craft their careers around later.
The first of Deepa Mehta’s trilogy loosely based on Ismat Chugtai’s Lihaaf kicked up a storm over the depiction of lesbian relations. It also fuelled a fierce freedom of speech debate. Beyond all the controversies, it was a nuanced film about love and longing.
By the time Raj and Simran made it through the tulip gardens of Keukenhof to the mustard fields of Kapurthala, superstardom had already pecked their sunkissed faces. A mandatory entry to any Bollywood list, DDLJ added the ‘king’ to the Khan 23 years ago.
We don’t know, but maybe Salman Khan has set himself a goal—to follow in Dev Anand’s hallowed footsteps and launch actresses. The one he is promoting has A-list genes: the comely Pranutan Bahl, grand-daughter of Nutan. No, don’t compare, just accept her as she is.
At times, actors are overwhelmed by their just-canned film, and their character within it. Taapsee Pannu, who is on a fairly good run, is enveloped in the world of Anurag Kashyap’s Manmazriyaan and the difficult, garrulously adorable Rumi. See it to share her enthusiasm.
Fans hike up Pulpit Rock where Paramount Pictures organised a special screening of "Mission: Impossible - Fallout", in Forsand, Norway. The film's last sequences were shot at this location, where the makers recreated India's Kashmir.
(L to R) Actor Jimmy Shergill, Dir. Tigmanshu Dhulia, actress Mahie Gill, film producer Rahul Mittra, actress Chitrangda Singh, actor Sanjay Dutt during Film promotion Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3 in DLF Mall of India, Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
Hong Kong singer-actress Karen Mok, center, and Chief Operating Officer Sony Music Entertainment Kevin Kelleher, second from left, prepare to pour onto a champagne tower to celebrate their new co-created music label during a ceremony in Beijing, China.
Bollywood actors (L-R) Manoj Bajpayee, Amruta Khanvilkar, Aisha Sharma and John Abraham pose for a photograph during the trailer launch of their upcoming action thriller Hindi film 'Satyameva Jayate' in Mumbai.
No fault of their own really, if Karan Johar decided to take the nuanced and powerful Marathi film Sairat and throw in the obligatory glitz and glam of Bolllywood for a remake. The launch vehicle of Sridevi’s daughter Janhvi Kapoor, already a social media celeb, and Ishaan Khattar will be called Dhadak. Sairat brought into the national spotlight two unknown young actors, here’s hoping Dhadak doesn’t dim the light over these two young’uns.
Cate Blanchett, from left, Awkwafina, Sarah Paulson, Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter, and Rihanna attend the world premiere of "Ocean's 8" at Alice Tully Hall, in New York.
It’s the age of quasi-mythical, heroic mumbo jumbo dressed up in the garb of ancient Indian glory. The latest off the assembly line is the Telugu/Tamil Veeramadevi, the tale of a vengeful queen, played by Sunny Leone, at the head of an army. Do you think she would have a passionate love life? Place your bets on it.
Bollywood has finally chanced upon the idea of the female equivalent of a ‘buddy movie’. The sorority in Veere Di Wedding, seen here posing showily on the beach in swimwear, comprises Shikha Talsania, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhasker and Kareena Kapoor, who preens as if she’s facing a camera on a fashion ramp. Some people can only act the diva.
Thirty years ago, we schoolboys danced for months to Papa Kehte Hain (and the songs these days...). At a commemorative premiere of QSQT, the mustachioed Aamir fiddled around with a guitar. He must have recalled Reena, who was an extra in the song, and who he secretly married. Memories are made of this.
Visitors attend a cinema theatre during an invitation-only screening, at the King Abdullah Financial District Theater, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia held a private screening of the Hollywood blockbuster "Black Panther" to herald the launch of movie theaters in the kingdom.
Rumours of their romantic goings-on lie yellowing in old gossip pages. But old tales never die, so both Madhuri and Sanjay Dutt were tarrying, in typically weird Bollywood style, to admit that they’re co-actors in a period drama called Kalank. Great. Big deal!
A visitor takes pictures of posters of Hollywood movie stars during an invitation-only screening at the King Abdullah Financial District Theater, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia held a private screening of the Hollywood blockbuster "Black Panther" to herald the launch of movie theaters that are set to open to the public next month.