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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]

Chamko – Fixes all spots

A topical in context of the ongoing IPL spot fixing brouhaha. This is from one of the most fondly remembered scenes from Sai Paranjpye’s very loveable 1981 comedy Chashme Buddoor. Watch in the video embedded below.

Cinema century: May 3, 1913 – Raja Harishchandra and the beginnings of a national obsession

Cinema century: 3 May, 1913 - Raja Harishchandra and the beginnings of a national obsession

(This is an edited version of a post first published on April 21, 2012, that was also cross-posted on my other blog at IBNLive.com) In India, cinema isn’t just a passion. It is an obsession. We have perhaps inherited this acute addiction from the man who started it all, 100 years ago – the Father [Read more]

Sultry Amitabh Bachchan-Smita Patil poster makes ‘Shakti’ (1982) look like a skin flick

Sultry Amitabh Bachchan-Smita Patil poster makes 'Shakti' (1982) look like a skin flick

Ramesh Sippy’s Shakti (1982) isn’t as much about the Amitabh Bachchan and Smita Patil on-screen romance, as the on-screen histrionics of the Big B and and the Big D – Dilip Kumar. In a rare drift away from the moral weave of the movies of that period Sippy didn’t shy away from portraying a live-in [Read more]

Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s 139-second long Bollywood debut in Sarfarosh (1999)

Nawazuddin Siddiqui's 139-second long Bollywood debut in Sarfarosh (1999)

Mereko kuch nahi pata, mein to kal hi mulk se aaya. Bol na be ~ Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s first lines in Hindi cinema Even a glimpse is enough to know a good actor from remaining 95 per cent and 139 seconds of Nawazuddin Siddiqui from 14 years ago was enough for me. The man has delivered [Read more]

Raja Harishchandra (1913) on India Public Domain Movie Project (and in 3D)

Dadasaheb Phalke's Raja Harishchandra (1933) on India Public Domain Movie Project (Also in 3D)

In India, cinema isn’t just a passion. It is frenzical. We have perhaps inherited this acute addiction from the man who started it all, 99 years ago – the Father of Indian Cinema Dhundiraj Govind Phalke (1870-1944). Dadasaheb Phalke as we better know him as, held the first show of Raja Harishchandra what is widely [Read more]

The India Public Domain Movie Project premieres with Kismet (1943)

Ever since I first understood the concept of public domain, this project of getting Indian films which out of copyright into a single place has been a recurring desire. But I never actually got around executing the idea, because the plans I drew were grandiose beyond my resources. While reading the chapter on Ashok Kumar [Read more]

Watch: Helen, Queen of the Nautch Girls (and a Lux ad)

A 1973 31-minute documentary from Merchant Ivory Productions, directed and narrated by Anthony Korner on Bollywood greatest ‘item girl’ ever. It’s Helen’s 72nd birthday today. But before you head on to the video, a vintage Lux advertisement featuring Helen. YouTube playlist: Helen, Queen of the Nautch Girls Madhu Nair points out that the YouTube videos [Read more]

So Munni’s Zandu Balm wasn’t an in-film placement

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Update: I think I need to eat my words. From what it now appears, to me, that it was indeed a cleverly planned in-film placement and the subsequent controversy was just a publicity stunt. What I, for so long, thought of as a brilliant example of in-film (rather in-song) advertisement turned out to be a [Read more]

Toffees for change? Take this sandal instead

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My wife, Varsha, gets peeved whenever the attendant at the cash counter offers toffees instead of change. She refuses to accept the toffee-currency and has even offered to pay them back in toffees. But Nana Patekar in the forthcoming release Tum Milo To Sahi does better, he offers a sandal. I strongly support my wife [Read more]

No videos! Because Blip.tv deleted my account

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Blip.tv has deleted my account because I apparently violated their terms of service. I assume that it has something to do about the ads that I upload, they might have interpreted it as promotion for the goods/services. The worst part is that I wasn’t even informed. Though my intention, as any regular reader of this [Read more]

Falling in love with Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge

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Three women, three kisses, three heartbreaks, a couple of apologies that’s Bachna Ae Haseeno (BAH). But this post isn’t about BAH it’s about Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (DDLJ) (English title: Braveheart Will Win the Bride), that super-duper hit, a film that BAH pretends to be an extension of (parasite would be more appropriate). People tend [Read more]