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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]

Watch: Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Maino’s wedding video

Rajiv Gandhi Sonia Gandhi wedding

Whenever I have a little time on my hand (which is actually very little these days), I like to browse through archives (both physical and digital) in search for hidden gems and today stumbled upon this: Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Maino’s wedding video from February 25, 1968. (Note that the video doesn’t have any sound) [Read more]

Maggi noodles missing from Nestle’s 100 years in India video; Maggi explains why

Nestle India 100 years in India video

(Post updated to include response from Maggi India) Nestlé is gradually attempting to make amends after the big Maggi noodles controversy that hit both its brand image and stock prices hard. As part of its brand revival strategy Nestlé India has released a minute-and-a-half long video that essentially wants to deliver the message that Nestle [Read more]

This ‘immoral’ ad for Josh condoms is banned in Pakistan

Banned in Pakistan - Josh condom ad

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority recently banned the above advertisement for a contraceptive brand Josh for being ‘immoral’ and contrary to religious norms. Apparently the ad is so offensive that it received “deluge of complaints from the public” and “was considered an affront to Pakistani culture.” The condom in question is marketed in Pakistan [Read more]

Meet the original Revolver Rani from 1971 – Vijayalalitha

Meet the original Revolver Rani from 1971 - Vijayalalitha

Kangana Ranaut is playing the title role of Revolver Rani in Sai Kabir’s forthcoming film co-produced by Tigmanshu Dhulia and Rahul Mittra. The film also stars Vir Das. But the original Revolver Rani is from over four decades ago. Vijayalalitha with both guns blazing was quite a ‘female James Bond’ in a number of Telugu [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]

Harlem Shake (The Meira Kumar ‘baith jaiye’ edition)

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Adding a Lok Sabha flavour to the viral Harlem Shake meme. Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar’s ‘baith jaiye’ pleads to MPs seem to largely go unheard inside the house, but outside the Parliament it is no less than a phenomenon and fits perfectly into the Harlem Shake pandemonium. Enjoy and please baith jaiye. Shorter version

The Amul girl isn’t 50, yet: Trivia, an awesome image and a movie

Utterly, butterly, ignoramus! I am a sucker for anniversaries. They give an opportunity to celebrate something that you want to and the occasion guarantees that readers notice (and also appreciate) your celebration. Was a bit surprised to find that the Indian media was marking the 50th anniversary of the Amul moppet, whereas her golden jubilee [Read more]

Rajesh Khanna and the Red Rose in Fabina Suitings & Shirtings ad

I doubt whether the proprietors of Fabina Textiles Pvt. Ltd. watched Rajesh Khanna’s 1980 psycho-thriller Red Rose before agreeing the sign on the fading superstar for the advertisement? There are some films so bad that they are just plain bad, and there are some films so bad they are hair-raisingly awesome. Somewhere in the large [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]

Watch Online: Sant Tukaram (1936)

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Sant Tukaram (1936) is one of the 20 greatest films ever made in India, according to T20 of Indian Cinema list at The 40th International Film Festival. Since this movie was released more than 60 years ago, it, according to the Copyright Act of 1957 [PDF], is in the public domain. Language: Marathi Director: Damle [Read more]