In the late 1980s and 1990s, it was said of the Hindi film industry that an actress’s career depended on a hit song. Until they got one, newcomers struggled to get a foothold, no matter their acting talents. Many careers were thus catalysed by Saroj Khan’s moves — the actor or actress who delivered them on screen won the audience’s love and acceptance from the film fraternity.
It’s quite ironic that the actor who was once not paid for his work in a television show in India — reportedly because his performance was substandard — went on to become a global crossover star. But then Irfan Khan, who became Irrfan, didn’t really stick to the beaten track.
In a pinstriped suit, rose-tinted gold-rimmed sunglasses and a walrus moustache, Rishi Kapoor filled the frame as the gangster Iqbal in Nikkhil Advani’s action drama D-Day. It was the second time the actor and director were collaborating, having previously worked together on the 2011 sports drama Patiala House, in which he played Akshay Kumar’s father.
There are guilty pleasures and there is the discomfort of staring at your own missteps. Four More Shots Please, a show about four flawed, fearless, fashion forward women who take chances, make mistakes and accept responsibility for them, triggers both these feelings.
In the early days of the lockdown, when we took a break from googling 'novel coronavirus', completed our hand hygiene routines and domestic chores, many of us revisited Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion. In this 2011 thriller, a group of medical professionals are desperately working to find a cure for a raging and highly contagious virus.
Bollywood's revived love for movies with social commentary, which use humour, satire, and drama to reach wider audiences, have opened up discussions on hitherto taboo subjects—from menstruation to erectile dysfunction
A foot-tapping sequin-doused disco number, a hot-pink wedding, and a kiss between the two male leads: Bollywood's latest release, billed as India's first gay romcom, is making no bones about its subject matter.
In 1952, the inaugural edition of the International Film Festival of India, better known as IFFI, had 23 countries represented across 40 features and 100 short films. On 20 November, the 50th edition opened in Panjim, Goa, with 200 feature films from 76 countries.
Earlier this month, Abhiroop Basu’s Meal, starring Adil Hussain, won the Best Short Film award at the Ottawa Indian Film Festival Awards. In August, this 11-minute film will be one of around 100 — selected from thousands of — entries to screen at the Oscar-qualifying Odense international Film Festival, Denmark.
Lisa Ray was a model at 16, an actress, almost a Bond girl, a TV-show host and now an author. She’s been to many places — from her birth place in Canada to India, the US, Italy and the UK. She’s followed her curiosity and it’s culminated in Close to the Bone, an autobiography with all its adventures and misadventures, conflicts and triumphs.
There is a breathlessness associated with the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) – a last-minute flurry of activity and excitement in the final hours before the inauguration of the 49th edition on 20 November.
A well-laid-out table can enhance the quality of your food and the quality of your day," says Johnny Sandelson, chairman of luxury retailer Thomas Goode & Co. “It can dress up the conversation and it can be very uplifting."
A couple is sitting on a sofa, chatting. She’s barely wearing any makeup and is dressed in the kind of comfortable pyjamas and top we all like to lounge around in on a Sunday. Dressed
in a cotton kurta and jeans, he’s sharing his dilemmas with her
When writer-director Anand Tiwari, 34, was growing up in Matunga, Mumbai, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge was the epitome of love. It was a time when Shah Rukh Khan’s Raj refused to run away with Simran (Kajol) until Amrish Puri acquiesced and told Simran to go “live her life".
Few Indian actors straddled Bollywood and Hollywood with the grace and impact of Irrfan Khan. A graduate of the National School of Drama, Irrfan, who dropped his last name and was referred to simply by his first name with an extra ‘r’, began his acting career with television roles, getting his first movie break in Mira Nair’s Salaam Bombay in 1988.