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]
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.
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]
One of Shammi Kapoor’s unfulfilled desires was to be a horse-riding tea garden manager in Assam.
Shammi Kapoor was to be the hero in Aar Paar (1954) and Dilip Kumar was the choice for the role of Vijay in Pyaasa (1957) but Guru Dutt, ever the reluctant actor, ended playing both the roles.
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]
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]
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]
‘Aah ko chahiye ek umr asar hone tak’ was the first Mirza Ghalib ghazal to be used in a movie (Masoom – 1941).
Gulzar learnt Bangla because having read the translations, he wanted to read Rabindranath Tagore’s writings in their original form.
When Danny Denzongpa refused, Salim-Javed had thought of casting Prem Nath as Gabbar, but many in the Sholay team were intimidated by the veteran actor’s temperament.
Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994) is possibly the first Bollywood movie to be CamRipped. Pre-HAHK films had simultaneous theatre/VHS releases.