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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]

The Sholay scene that didn’t follow the script

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The only Sholay scene that didn’t follow the script is the one in which Veeru asks Jai to talk to Mausi about Veeru and Basanti’s marriage. This was because Dharmendra improvised and no one dared stop him. Rest of Sholay toed Salim-Javed’s script.

Bombay Talkies: Only Anurag Kashyap’s Murabba gets the taste right

Bombay Talkies: Only Anurag Kashyap's Murabba gets the taste right

Wasn’t Bombay Talkies supposed to be a celebration of the 100 years of Indian cinema? Then what was Karan Johar’s Ajeeb Dastaan Hain Yeh doing in there? A mere insertion of a hit number from the yesteryears and a character with a roomful of vintage film music, doesn’t make it a tribute to cinema. Irrespective [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]

Amitabh Bachchan’s Raam-Jaane-meets-Anil-Kapoor avatar

The title of this post is precisely what this image reminded me of, even though @SrBachchan isn’t as blessed with copious amounts of body hair as Anil Kapoor. Yet another Sholay phatichar joke: If Anil Kapoor played Thakur in Sholay, then Gabbar would’ve yelled, “Yeh baal humko de de Thakur, yeh baal humko de de!” [Read more]

Why Agneepath needed a remake

Agneepath - Old and new

Some movies just need to be there, embedded in our memories. We shouldn’t attempt to refresh its memory by trying to watch them again. I now regret having watched Agneepath again after all these years. All the fondness is now gone. Before the DVD began to whirr I had these glorious tales to tell the [Read more]

Boom (2003): A treasure trove of celebrity childhood photos

कीचड़ में ही कमल खिलते हैं (Kichad mein hi kamal khilte hain) Out of the mud, the lovely lotus blooms Not too many would’ve seen Kaizad Gustad’s 2003 debacle, Boom, apart from the Katrina Kaif scene with Gulshan Grover (the saucier kissing scene with Gulshan Grover was edited out). For Katrina, Boom was her Bollywood [Read more]

India Googles Kaun Banega Crorepati

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An association with Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) is what Google TV needs to be a success in India, that is whenever it launches in our tech-neglected country. KBC has got Indians googling for answers to the questions asked on the show. Interestingly, some of the searching also happens much after the show is aired and [Read more]