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.
As a tram trundles along the Maidan on its goat-nibbled tracks, the eye is caught by the pleasant vista of the bulk of Calcutta on one side, framed by ‘the Victoria’, and Fort William on the other, with the race course a near shimmer. On such a tram during the shoot of Dhadak, Janhvi Kapoor seems to have been lost in a reverie that the expanse usually triggers.
Ah...Ek do teen—the jangling freshness of its tinny tune swung at a time when flash was to become flashier, helped along by the raw vim of an ingenue breaking out into stardom. Classics are traduced by Bollywood, buoyed by the vain hope that a version can ride on old magic. That’s all malarkey, shouts Saroj Khan, the original choreographer, when she saw Ek do teen from Baaghi 2, as Jacqueline writhed in lantern light.
When the Telugu film Chirutha didn’t revive her deflated movie career, Neha Sharma promptly turned to photoshoots in glossies; advance notices of which were given to fans through Instagram. Demure was out, decolletage was in and LBDs were flung around like so many hapless suitors.
If anyone needs to cast a mermaid, we hope their choice would be Aisha Sharma—with her hair windswept on a moist, shady day, wrapt in an interesting suit, she is entirely seaworthy. Now, she’s to act opposite John Abraham in the thriller SMJ. Hope they let her swim along.