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Articles by Shriram
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When KL Saigal arrived in Bombay
In the late 1930s, Kundanlal Saigal was a Bengali icon singing Tagore's poems for recordings. People thronged to cinema halls just to hear his voice. But the great singer was to soon leave the city of his greatest work and move west.
A portrait of his master: Gulzar's poem on Bimal Roy
The filmmaker picked an unknown young man from obscurity and mentored him on the way to glory in arts. Roy's trained eye could see the poet and future director in the novice where others could only see another wannabe. Gulzar, in return, paid tribute in a way only a poet can. On Roy's birth anniversary, a look at the poem.
3 times Neil Nitin Mukesh rocked
The triple threat of his name has been parodied cruelly across cyberspace. Yet, Neil Nitin Mukesh has come a long way as an actor. Here are three of his best performances.
Mani Ratnam and his reality in dreamscape
In an age when films on reality are earning either plaudits or controversies, Mani Ratnam remains an elusive name. A filmmaker who cannot be categorised as commercial or auteur, his films convert reality into something more entertaining - a spectacle.
Imran Khan's lessons in getting the girl who's just not into you
Imran Khan, the nephew of Aamir Khan, the second coming of Sanjay Malhotra, has been on our radar for sometimes. Playing the obsessive lover-boy who just won't take no for an answer has become his forte. And no, that's not a bad thing! Here's a list of films that provide life lessons to broken hearted Bollywood fans.
Helen and the film without a song
Helen's presence in OP Ralhan's 'Hulchul' is not a surprise. The fact that there is no song in the film is. One of the most natural dancers was cast in a film without songs. Here's the story of the mismatch.
The return of Nana Patekar
As an aging artiste in 'Natasamrat', Nana Patekar provided a timely reminder of a character trope that is slowly dying in Indian cinema.
Look at what Irrfan Khan once did
Tom Hanks calls his eyes 'mesmerising'. Danny Boyle is a fan. Spielberg has already cast him. Bollywood can't get enough already. In one decade, Irrfan Khan has made a stunning leap from background roles to lead characters with depth and intrigue. Here is a chronicle of this fascinating actor during his time on the national network.
Vijay Tendulkar: Angry old man
His direct scripts and fiery thoughts burned a deep impression on Indian theatre and cinema. Vijay Tendulkar wreaked more damage to societal injustice through his pen than Amitabh Bachchan could ever do with his fists on screen. Here's how he did it.
Why was Awara popular in Turkey?
Raj Kapoor's classic was the beginning of a long journey for one of his most iconic creations — the tramp. The film and its music reached far beyond Indian borders. It remains one of the most popular Indian films in Turkey. Here's how that happened.
Death anniversary special: KN Singh and his dancing beard in Badhti Ka Naam Dadhi
On the actor's 18th death anniversary, we take a look at this one-off performance that is unlike his typical villainous roles.
Taare Zameen Par - Stars take to Twitter to help Chennai
As Chennai struggles to keep its head above water, stars took to social media to help. Here are some tweets that caught our eye
The 'other' Bajirao Mastani
As theaters across India prepare for Sanjay Leela Bhansali's romantic saga about Maratha warrior Bajirao I, we look back at a previous avatar of this eternal romantic saga.
Deepak Parasher – The Mr India nobody remembers
The sight of Deepak Parasher turning himself into a parody on Bigg Boss was a far cry from the handsome man who made a splash in the modelling circuit during the 80s. From playing supporting roles to Amitabh Bachchan to romping around in nighties on Bigg Boss, Deepak Parasher has fallen a long way.
Only true Hindi cinema fans will recognise these actors
If you are a true blue fan of Hindi cinema, you ought to know the names of these wonderful actors who played second fiddle to the A-listers.
Who is...Pandit Sudarshan?
A versatile Hindi novelist on par with the great Munshi Premchand, Pandit Sudarshan was a part of Indian cinema during the early 30s. Here's a look at the writer who shaped some classic studio-era films and enhanced the role of literature in Hindi cinema.
10 films about disabilities that touched our hearts
Heroes come in different shapes and sizes. Sometimes, they are ordinary men and women who transcend their disabilities to make a difference in the world. Here are 10 films that captured the stories of such heroes.
The one hit wonders
They came. They conquered. They vanished. These Bollywood starlets vanished from the spotlight leaving memories of their first, and perhaps best, performances.
Where did 'Awara Hoon' come from?
Of all the gifted artists who accompanied Raj Kapoor through his journey as a filmmaker, it was Shailendra who understood the ethos of the showman best. His composition for 'Awara' remains a hallmark in the poetry of Indian cinema. Here's how it came to be.
The King of Tragedy and the Queen of Melody
They sang together, but the kingdom was never at peace for 13 years. A look at the song which became the source of discord between two of the most powerful personalities of Indian cinema.