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.
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.
There are a lot of distractions while reading eBooks on the phone and Twitter is one. As I was swiping through the pages of Raju Bharatan’s A Journey Down Melody Lane: The Making of a Hindi Film Song on my phone, I occasionally switched to the Twitter app to follow what’s tweeting. In a strange [Read more]
The obits call him Bollywood’s most feared villain. Not for me. To me Pran Saheb was the most hero-like of all the villains of Hindi cinema. By hero-like I don’t mean the most good looking, that was of course Vinod Khanna, before he inevitably turned a hero. Pran didn’t strike terror in my childhood heart [Read more]
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]
Naseeruddin Shah fans, please allow me the privilege of ruining your day. Men in drag is not always a pretty sight to look at, but Bollywood insists in the name of humour. This Naseeruddin Shah image (edited for extra effect) from Anil Sharma’s Tahalka (1992) may elicit more shock than laughs. Also giving Naseer company [Read more]
In the final bout, death got more points but Dara Singh won. The loveable wrestler turned actor died today aged 83. A few days ago I was reading Vir Sanghvi’s wonderful tribute to the man in The Greatest Show on Earth: Writings on Bollywood, unfortunately can’t seem to locate the piece that originally appeared in [Read more]
Ashok Kumar might have started as a reluctant actor, but Dadamoni soon transformed into one of the biggest stars of his time and Indian cinema’s first superhit Kismet (1943) had him as the lead. Ashok Kumar’s (born Kumudlal Ganguly) film career spanned over six decades in which he acted in about 300 films and a [Read more]
In 1974 Kulbhushan Kharbanda was sacked from his job for playing the lead role in Vijay Tendulkar’s play ‘Sakharam Binder’. The MD of the company Kharbanda worked for, watched the play and felt it was “against the morality of the company.”
The Salman Khan in this advertisement for Hero Honda CD100 is about 25 years younger than the superstar Salman of today and precedes his blockbuster debut in a lead role in Maine Pyar Kiya. Before entering his destined world of movies, @beingsalmankhan dabbled for a while in the world of modelling. This is one of [Read more]