Bollywood Trivia

Prescribed doses of Bollywood tidbits. Fresh, stale, recycled… The unknown, the little known and perhaps a little of the well known facts about the Hindustani film industry – the movies, the times and the people.

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]

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: — Rohit 'Vats' (@nawabjha) January 25, 2014 New revelation: Zeenat Aman's duplicate was a [Read more]

Filmfare magazine cover dated April 2, 1954 featuring the first Filmfare Award winners

Filmfare magazine cover dated April 2, 1954 featuring the first Filmfare Award winners

60 years ago on Sunday, March 31, 1954 the first Filmfare Awards ceremony (for films released in 1952-53) was held at Bombay’s Metro Cinema and the subsequent issue of the fortnightly film magazine (dated April 2, 1954) had on its cover three of the winners from the night posing with their trophies. On the cover [Read more]