actresses

Moon Moon Sen in Cinthol toilet powder ad from 1986

Moon Moon Sen Cinthol poweder ad

Moon Moon Sen, to me, is more of a model than an actress. I recall seeing her more in print than on the screen. In fact, I have watched very few of her films (well, there are very few watchable Moon Moon Sen films). According to the (sometimes no-so-reliable) Wikipedia entry on her, “she notably [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.

Et tu, Dadamoni? How Ashok Kumar fell from grace in Suraiya’s eyes

Ashok Kumar with Suraiya

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]

Sunny Leone in Viiking XXX energy mix surrogate ad

Sunny Leone in Viiking XXX energy mix surrogate ad

Sunny Leone has successfully transited from mainstream pornography to mainstream Bollywood celebrityhood. With films and product endorsements, this Punjabi kudi has her face (well, more than that) plastered on walls (film posters), medical stores (Manforce condom ads) and now also at your neighbourhood panwallah’s. Sunny Leone is the brand ambassador for Viiking Ventures’ XXX brand [Read more]

Gideon Sundback Google doodle: The Anil Kapoor and Vidya Balan edition

Here’s the Cutting the Chai take on today’s Google doodle honouring the inventor of the zip, Gideon Sundback. It has achieved some virality on Twitter and is also spreading fast on Facebook. So the next time you see this image somewhere, you know the source. Gideon Sundback #GoogleDoodle unzipped: The Anil Kapoor and Vidya Balan [Read more]

Sharmila Tagore in 1966 Murphy Radio Ad

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The language was Bangla, but the accent and the stories, distinguishably Chinese. An avid radio listener, my father tried to inculcate this dying habit into his sons. FM is not real radio. Short wave is. Radio Beijing with its waves traversing the Himalayas captivated me. Stories from China, read out in textbook Bangla with a [Read more]

Lisa Ray in Bombay Dyeing Vivaldi Ad

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Quite a long while ago when I had initiated (and now reviving) the Fantastic Females series on this blog, the name Lisa Ray was on the top of the list of all the fantastic females that I wanted to feature. While a comprehensive post on Lisa Ray will take quite some effort to put together, [Read more]