Shriram

Shriram
Chief Feature Writer

Shriram Iyengar belongs to the not-so-rare species of neuroses cinemanesis. A hassled Mumbaikar, he spends his mornings doing chores while singing Gulzar-RD Burman numbers. He claims a particular expertise in the 'Filmy Maa' species, the experiences of which he extensively documents on his social media pages. His penchant for Govinda hits is as notorious as his delirium of being a Shakespearean actor. When drunk, he can be spotted spouting poetry and his unabated love for Kalki Koechlin on empty streets. If seen, please drop him off at the nearest railway station.
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Articles by Shriram

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Priyanka Chopra raises temperatures on covers of Emmy, Complex

The Quantico star's hot run continues as she becomes Hollywood's favorite cover girl

over 3 years ago — Shriram Iyengar

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Curtain-raiser for Vidya Balan's Marathi screen debut Ek Albela is out

The producers of Shekhar Sartandel's biopic on Bollywood's first dancing star, Bhagwan Dada, released the trailer in the presence of his son.

over 3 years ago — Shriram Iyengar

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When Dara Singh went to the moon 

Dara Singh was India's very own superman. He fought robots and King Kong, was Alexander and landed on the moon before Neil Armstrong.

over 3 years ago — Shriram Iyengar

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When the grass isn’t so green

While Hindi cinema is growing bolder with each passing year, one topic that directors and writers have shied away from so far is drug abuse. But even that is set to change with Abhishek Chaubey's film Udta Punjab (2016).

over 3 years ago — Shriram Iyengar

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Jeetendra, Anil Kapoor receive Raj Kapoor Award for Lifetime Achievement

Actors Jeetendra and Anil Kapoor have been named the next recipients of the Maharashtra government's Raj Kapoor Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cinema.

over 3 years ago — Shriram Iyengar

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KL Saigal's greatest hits 

Lata Mangeshkar was in love with him. Kishore Kumar and Mukesh imitated him. Few stars have been able to combine the talent, skill and emotive ability that Kundan Lal Saigal brought to Indian cinema. Even as Indian cinema moves into the next century, the actor/singer remains one of the most iconic performers to have graced the silver screen. Here is a list of 10 songs that shall forever carry his name through the ages. 

over 3 years ago — Shriram Iyengar

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10 things you didn't know about Balraj Sahni

Balraj Sahni redefined the grammar of acting in Indian cinema. His natural portrayal of characters is a lesson for students of the art even now. Yet, the man was much more than simply an actor. Here are 10 things about Balraj Sahni that you didn't know about.

over 3 years ago — Shriram Iyengar

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Byomkesh Bakshi: The outsider in mainstream cinema

For a character whose lifetime lasted a span of just 30 short stories, Byomkesh Bakshi has infiltrated the subconscious of the Indian noir fan quite deeply.

over 3 years ago — Shriram Iyengar

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Why Emraan Hashmi is underrated as an actor?

For all his serial-kissing adventures, Emraan Hashmi has evolved into one of the most dependable actors of the Hindi film industry. His early films and public profile belie his deep cinematic intelligence. 

over 3 years ago — Shriram Iyengar

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Is the MS Dhoni biopic too much too soon?

Neeraj Pandey first announced the idea for a film on the current Indian cricket team's captain, MS Dhoni in 2014. Dhoni had just announced his retirement from the one-day format and was entering his twilight years. Two years hence, the film has almost been completed, and is entering its post production stage. 

over 3 years ago — Shriram Iyengar

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When Raj Kapoor angered Lata Mangeshkar

For India, Lata Mangeshkar will always be the voice of serenity. In Raj Kapoor's Satyam Shivam Sundaram, the serene songstress sang out of anger and rage. It proved to be a superhit.

over 3 years ago — Shriram Iyengar

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The most iconic sets of Hindi cinema

The set is the most important space within which the life of a film takes place. Often the unsung heroes of our films, production sets are a combination of innovative art and architecture. If you are as much a fan of film sets as Sanjay Leela Bhansali, these film sets will leave you spellbound.

over 3 years ago — Shriram Iyengar

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A 'Taxi' named Shashi Kapoor

Actors wear monikers and nicknames proudly, like status symbols. But not all nicknames are good. Ask Shashi 'Taxi' Kapoor.

over 3 years ago — Shriram Iyengar

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Ayesha Dharker: From terrorist to Queen of Naboo

When Santosh Sivan's 1997 small budget 'The Terrorist' won critical acclaim all over the world, Ayesha Dharker caught the attention of a certain Samuel L Jackson. It won her the role in one of the greatest film franchises of all time. 

over 3 years ago — Shriram Iyengar

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Why struggling writers should read Rahi Masoom Reza's Scene 75

Rahi Masoom Reza's novella 'Scene 75' is the story of an eternal conflict between a struggling writer's ideals and the hypocritical society he lives in. In a film industry where revenue, box-office, and marketing hold sway, the work acquires new relevance. 

over 3 years ago — Shriram Iyengar

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Why Honey Singh is not the first desi hip hop star

From his sharp dress sense to a sharper, vitriolic tongue that raps out lyrics, Yo Yo Honey Singh has been hailed as the first Bollywood rap phenomenon. Yet, the slick superstar is neither the first nor the only, rapper to have found success in Bollywood. 

over 3 years ago — Shriram Iyengar

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How Himesh Reshammiya continues to survive 

Actor, singer, lyricist, producer, compose, Himesh Reshammiya is a man of many talents. But one of his most underrated talents is the ability to survive the most disruptive critics. 

over 3 years ago — Shriram Iyengar

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The Mughal-e-Azam that never was

Mughal-e-Azam is remembered as much for Dilip Kumar, Madhubala and Prithviraj Kapoor as for its visual grandeur, director K Asif, and the story. Yet, if things had gone as per plan, the three wouldn't have been part of the film.

over 3 years ago — Shriram Iyengar

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Javed Akhtar's debt to Sahir

Sahir Ludhianvi's enigmatic shadow looms large on the Hindi film industry, even after his passing. Friend, mentor, and often protector of young poets, Sahir was a soul remembered by people in many different ways. In his 'Half A Rupee Stories' collection, writer Gulzar paints a touching anecdote about the great poet and another young man, Javed Akhtar

over 3 years ago — Shriram Iyengar

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From Hunterwali to Mastani: The female icons of Bollywood

They are bold. They are beautiful. They are India. From the beginning, women have shaped the direction of Indian cinema with their iconic characters and strong performances. Here are the 20 heroines who defined Indian cinema during their reign on screen.

over 3 years ago — Sonal Pandya,Shriram Iyengar