Senior Feature Writer
Articles by Shriram
Dharmendra and his beautiful women
A samsonesque body combined with an Italian smile, Dharmendra romanced some of the most beautiful women of Indian cinema. Here’s a look at Dharmendra’s leading women onscreen.
How Sahir Ludhianvi and Sudha Malhotra created magic
He was a poet; she, a songstress. Between them, they gave rise to one of the most enduring myths of love and longing in Indian cinema.
7 shots from Shotgun Shatrughan
Seven times Shatrughan Sinha proved he was the only straight shooter in Bollywood.
How Satyajit Ray discovered Sharmila Tagore
She was a 14-year old schoolgirl; he, a legendary filmmaker. Yet, on first sight, Satyajit Ray knew there was something special about the girl standing before him.
Shiva: The film that gave us Ram Gopal Varma
In 1989, a 28-year old civil engineering student and video library owner embarked on a journey that would change the face of Indian cinema. His first film about college politics and violence would come to define one of the most controversial, yet talented directors of our times.
Dangal in the Jungle Indian cinema and wrestling
One of the oldest sports in India, wrestling has languished behind other more popular sports in cinema. As two of Bollywood's heavyweight Khans put their muscles behind films based on wrestling, we look at the three names who were at the front of Indian cinema's first tryst with wrestling.
Pride and Prejudice in Chaitanya Tamhane’s ‘Court’
Chaitanya Tamhane's much lauded film is an exemplary take on the workings of the Indian legal system. It takes a close look at one of the most important factor in the execution of justice — the prejudices of people working within the system.
8 times Jimmy Shergill proved to be a real badass
The quiet, romantic hero of Mohabbatein is long gone. Jimmy Shergill, the most underrated actor in Bollywood, has morphed into a badass. Here are some dialogues that prove it.
Five times Deven Verma made a lot of people shut up
Sweet, subtle, and hilarious, Deven Verma was the master of sarcasm. With his deadpan face and witty humour, the brilliant actor regaled audiences with ease. Here are 5 lines that have Deven Verma at his comedic best.
Being Positive: Bollywood films that tackled AIDS
From the cynically socialist 'Pyaasa' to the touching 'Taare Zameen Par', Indian filmmakers have explored issues that lacked political will. One such issue is the problem of AIDS. Here are some films that tackled the disease with sensibility
Meet music composer Nisar Bazmi
A musical prodigy, composer and singer, Nisar Bazmi is a forgotten name in the history of Indian cinema. Here's a look at the career of a man who found success on both sides of the border.
7 romantic films with a difference
Raj Kapoor started it, Rajesh Khanna perfected it and Shah Rukh Khan transformed it into a brand. The idea of romance and love is a staple of Hindi cinema, but there will always be directors who find a different way of discovering this magical emotion
6 surprising hits by Bappi Lahiri
The perennial rap-disco-swing tripper who made immortal songs like 'You Are My Chicken Fry' and 'Bongo Bongo' also composed some soulful melodies. Here are some surprisingly classy hits from the Disco Deewana!
Naseeruddin Shah doesn't agree with Aamir Khan
The veteran says he has no intention of leaving the country The veteran says he has no intention of leaving the country
Guess how angry the Shiv Sena is with Aamir Khan?
Angry enough to offer a Rs. 1 lakh award for slapping the star, apparently Angry enough to offer a Rs. 1 lakh award for slapping the star, apparently
The violin and the camera: V.K. Murthy's journey into cinema
The man behind some of the most iconic images of Indian cinema, V.K. Murthy would never have made it to the film world were it not for the one instrument he is never known for — his violin. Here's how it helped one of India’s greatest cinematographers to step into the limelight
Who is .... Ustad Sultan Khan?
The sarangi is one of the most complex instruments of Hindustani music. Unknown, forgotten, it languished on the sidelines until Ustad Sultan Khan breathed life into it with his magical solos. We remember the maestro
7 films with spectacular background scores
The secret of successful films in Indian cinema lies in their music. The unrecognised background score is the hero of a film as it adds to the plot like a good seasoning. In some films, it even becomes a part of the story. Here are 7 films where the background score became the hero of the film.
What makes Mani Ratnam's songs so special?
His style of filming songs transformed Ram Gopal Varma's opinion of the subject. Mani Ratnam is known for his visually stunning, ethereal picturisation of songs in hard-hitting realistic films. Here's a take on this idiosyncratic quality that separates the master filmmaker from the rest.
Whatever happened to...the cast of ‘In Which Annie Gives it Those Ones'.
At the cusp of the 90s, an unknown television film named In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones ( was released by some film students of the Delhi University. Written by Arundhati Roy, it is a fine film that documented the student culture at the beginning of the decade. Here's a look at the trajectory of the familiar faces who were a part of that experimental film.