Bollywood

2016 in unofficial Google doodles

Mrinalini Sarabhai the unofficial Google doodle

There are some doodles that Google didn’t (or wouldn’t) doodle. The Chaiwallah prides himself as an unofficial Google doodler. I have written about these unofficial doodles and they have also been written about at a couple of places. 2016 had its fair share of the unofficial Google doodles and the doodles are not necessarily a [Read more]

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan – the unofficial Google doodle

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan - the Unofficial Google doodle

I was in school when she first mesmerised us all with those emerald eyes and over two decades later, those eyes still have the same enthralling effect. On Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s this is the obvious unofficial Google doodle that I could conjure.

Watch: Amitabh Bachchan’s first ever scene on the silver screen

Amitabh Bachchan's first ever scehe from Saat Hindustani

Khwaja Ahmad Abbas’ Saat Hindustani might not be the most watched of Indian films, but it marked the beginning of the career of Amitabh Bachchan, arguably the most watched Indian film actor. In this 1969 film Amitabh played the role of Anwar Ali, an Urdu aficionado from Ranchi, Bihar, who along with five different men [Read more]

The Bollywood periodic table

Elements of Bollywood - The Bollywood periodic table

London-based designer Johnny Joannou has a thing for the periodic table. His long series of designs based on the chemisty periodic table of elements covers a wide range of sports and a little cinema including one on our dear Bollywood. The £60 print of the “greatest Bollywood films of all-time” includes films “selected to represent [Read more]

Coming soon: The post-Piku t-shirts (and panjabis) 😉

Post-Piku t-shirt

You might have read the reviews, or better still, watched the ‘motion picture’. Shoojit Sircar’s Piku brings out the poop (or rather the lack of it) obsession from the Bangali bhadrolok’s household to the silver screen, much to the amusement of us Bangalis and oBangalis (non-Bengalis) alike. Not sure if any other community is as [Read more]

Evolution of audio players through ‘PK’ posters

Yet another Cutting the Chai image that got massively shared online. While the parody poster of Rajkumar Hirani’s upcoming film PK starring Aamir Khan, attempts to depict the evolution of the audio player, it in itself also went through an evolutionary process. This is what I photoshopped almost immediately after seeing the poster. A quick [Read more]

Akshay Kumar’s first modelling assignment

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Before becoming an actor, Akshay Kumar did only one modelling assignment and it was for a gym called Perfect 10. And from the money that he earned from his first modelling assignment, Akshay got a photo session done to put together his portfolio to pursue his a career in acting.

Mao Tse-tung’s favourite Bollywood song

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It is a little difficult to imagine Chairman Mao, humming along a Hindi film song. But it is said that the founding father of communist China Mao Tse-tung quite liked the Chinese rendition of Awara hoon, from Raj Kapoor’s Awara (1951). Had China been the manufacturing powerhouse it is now. the lyrics of another popular [Read more]

Watch: Interval at a cinema hall in the 1970s screening a Hindi film

Interval in a cinema hall screening a Bollywood film in the 1970s

Now that multiplexes (and piracy) have altered our movie watching experience for good, ever wondered what it was like inside a theatre back in the heydays of the single-screen theatres? To know/relive that experience Krishna Shah’s 1979 quasi-documentary Cinema, Cinema is a recommended watch. Shah (who also directed the 1978 film Shalimar) tells the story [Read more]

Don (1975) and the curious case of duplicates

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In Chandra Barot’s Don (1978) Pran’s duplicate (for stunts) was a woman, while Zeenat Aman’s was a man. (Hat tip: Rohit Vats) Surprise of the day: Pran's duplicate was a girl in DON. You want the proof. See this picture: pic.twitter.com/rZ2nWoTieN — Rohit 'Vats' (@nawabjha) January 25, 2014 New revelation: Zeenat Aman's duplicate was a [Read more]